Moonee Ponds West Primary School

11 August 2017
2017 - Issue 23
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education News 
Sport News
Fundraising Events
School Information
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Parent Opinion Survey

We're conducting a survey to find out what you think of our school.


The Parent Opinion Survey is completed annually by the Department of Education and Training and is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at every school in Victoria.  All responses to the survey are anonymous.

The survey helps our school gain an understanding of how you view our school climate, student engagement, and relationships. Our school will use the results to inform school planning and improvement strategies. 

The survey will be conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete. It can be accessed from Monday 7th August to Sunday 27th August.

The survey is available in English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha) and Hindi.

Results will be sent back to our school at the end of September. 

For parents/carers who are unable to access the survey please contact Sandra Monaghan in the Office to arrange for online access to be made available at school.

Room 23 update

Due the continued absence of Helen Lockart the teaching and learning in Room 23 will continue with Joanne Belvedere. Parent/Student/Teacher interviews will  be scheduled as soon as possible.

Father's Day Stall

This year we will be holding an Australian Produce stall to give students the opportunity to purchase a gift for their father or a special person in their life.

The stall will be held on Friday 1st September.

Thank you to the community members organising the stall. See further information within Educations News.

National Science Week

Next week is National Science Week. For further information please find below a link to the National Science Week home page.

Enrolments 2018

We have now completed our enrolment tours for 2018 enrolments.  Sibling enrolment forms are available at the office. If you are enrolling a sibling for 2018 could you please submit the enrolment forms as early as possible to assist with planning for 2018.

Bell Shakespeare

Thank you to Sue and Claudia for organising the Bell Shakespeare Company workshops for the children in years 3 & 4 throughout last week. Please see the Education News for further information.

Dr Who and Vincent Van Gogh

The following link provides  an excerpt from a Dr Who episode that has served to assist with discussion of the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh throughout the previous few weeks in Creative Arts.

Possum update

Earlier this week two baby possums were found in Jack’s paddock. They were safely transferred to a local veterinarian and have subsequently been placed in the care of a wildlife service. They are currently being cared for and will continue to be so until their release back into the community in approximately 8 weeks (at an undisclosed location no more than a kilometre from the location they were found).

School Lunch Orders

School lunches orders are provided by the Darling St Café – for information about the menu items a link is provided in the Community News.   Lunch orders provided to the school are healthy, nutritious and are in accord with  DET guidelines and the school’s Healthy Eating Policy.


MPW Healthy Eating Policy Final.pdf

We are seeking community feedback on new healthy options that could be added to the lunch order menu. Could you please provide your feedback to the school email address @ [email protected] or on the link provided on our website @

Secondary School Transition

Notification of 2018 Secondary School placements for year 6 students were forwarded to families on Wednesday. If families have any questions please contact Michelle Bové or the front office.

Annual Implementation Plan - 6 months report

Details of the school’s annual implementation plan were included in the newsletter last term. Earlier this week at Education Subcommittee of Council we had the first set of reporting against the first six months of this plan.

Overall the school is on track with most aspects of the plan, for example:

  • Professional Learning teams developed and started to implement their plans (Inquiry, Mathematics, English, Student Welfare, Communications and Learning Support)
  • A revised assessment, moderation and reporting schedule implemented
  • Weekly staff coaching in English and Mathematics
  • Restorative practices professional development
  • Rights & responsibilities process undertaken for all classrooms
  • Complaints and Concerns Policy reviewed.

Priorities for the next six months are:

  • Consistency in judgement data
  • Review and update of the Student and Engagement and Wellbeing Policy
  • Review of school vision and values
  • Communication to and within the school community.

The Annual Implementation Plan and information about the Education Subcommittee of Council is available on the school web-site.


A detailed presentation was given about Maths, English and Learning Support.

Vicki McCormack, teacher in room 4 and curriculum leader gave the Maths update. Vicki spoke about the work of the maths coach, Michael Minas. Michael coaches teachers throughout the school by going into the classroom and taking lessons, supporting the teachers with their lesson planning, giving feedback and assisting with development. The main focus of this work is problem solving which is a priority in the school.

The Maths Policy has been re-written with teachers so that it is underpinned by the school philosophy, adopted at the end of 2016. This new policy will be available later this term.


In the following weeks English and Learning Support updates will be included.


The next Education Subcommittee meeting will include an update from the teams focusing on inquiry, communications and student welfare.


Enjoy the weekend,


Jeff Lyon

Notices home to parent/carers

Tuesday 8th August

MPW Great Book Swap - Whole school

Parent Contributions Reminder 

Wednesday 9th August

Inquiry Unit 3/4 Team

5/6 Camp 1 Forms 

Year 6-7 Secondary School Placements

Thursday 10th August

3/4 Team video permission

Head Lice Alert Room 3

Head Lice Alert Room 16

5/6 Camp 2 Forms


Community Calendar


Tuesday 15th August

Ceres Excursion F/1 Team

Resources Committee 19:00 to 21:00

Wednesday 16th August

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Monday 21st August

Book Week begins

Tuesday 22nd August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Melbourne Planetarium Excursion

Rm's 20, 21 & 22

Book Swap

Wednesday 23rd August

Book Week Dress Up Day

Multi Age Workshops

Friday 25th August

MVIMP Camp returns

Book Week concludes

Monday 28th August

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Tuesday 29th August

Imax Excursion 2/3 Team

Wednesday 30th August 

Grade 5/6 Excursion Koori Heritage Walk

Thursday 31st August 

Grade 5/6 Excursion Koori Heritage Walk


Friday 1st September

Father's Day Stall

Monday 4th September

Education Sub Committee Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

5/6 Camp Curembene Rm's 11,12 & 18 Departs

Tuesday 5th September

Zeeko Music Incursion -Whole school

Friday 8th September

5/6 Camp Curembene Rm's 11,12 & 18 Return

Monday 11th September

5/6 Camp Curembene Rm's 10,14,7 & 15 Departs

Thursday 14th September

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

Friday 15th September

Victorian State School Spectacular rehearsals

District Soccer

Saturday 16th September

Victorian State School Spectacular Concert

Monday 18th September 

School Council Meeting 19:00 to 21:00

Thursday 21st September

MPW Show Day

Friday 22nd September

School Assembly 9.00

Eary dismissal 2.30pm End of Term 3


Monday 9th October

Term 4 Begins 9.00

Thursday 19th October

Grade 2 Sleep Over

Education News 

Artist in Residence – Bell Shakespeare - it's a wrap

Last week grade 3/4 students worked with the Bell Shakespeare company students for a full week.


Each grade worked with Julia our 'artist in residence' for 4 one hour sessions over the week in addition to their regular creative arts session. On Tuesday evening all staff including several of our ES staff participated in an hour half professional development - which was great fun.


I think if you read our student feedback you will see it was a great success, opening up our students to a wider experience and perspective in the Arts and across our curriculum.


Sue & Claudia

(Creative Arts)


Frank Room 17: The enthusiastic Bell Shakespeare company has finally come to MPW!!  Everyone one was very excited and on their toes for waiting for them to come. I was so pleased that I cancelled my holidays. The week was physical and fun. I loved the acting the games, acting out Mid Summers Night’s Dream because I played King Oberon.

King Oberon is a powerful character, he was pleased with himself, he was leader. I had to speak in a low voice, pretend to be king-like and look powerful. Definitely great introduction for when we go to high school – we now know how fun and crazy Shakespeare was. I loved doing the Shakespearian insults

The program builds self-confidence, it’s fun but it is not just about having fun – you actually learn things. I learnt about Shakespeare – details about the plays and all the different characters.  I thought it was great to work with other kids in the class and I even got to work with Jess which was fun. I definitely would like them to do the program again and again. I would highly recommend Bell Shakespeare.


Anwen Room 17:

I loved everything about the visit. I liked the way you worked in different groups and did interactive drama games. It showed how you could work with other people. The activities were like speaking some sort of another language. Instead of using words we used our body movements and expressions. Even when we couldn’t talk we followed one another, and showed a great sense of team work.

I think the week made us more interested in Shakespeare. Some kids who knew stuff could use their knowledge as a talent. I felt comfortable all the time. I am used of being put out of my comfort zone because I do horse riding and that is hard, so I like being pushed out of my comfort zone because it opens up more doors for the future.  

I noticed at first – some kids feeling a bit uncomfortable but then they got into it and embraced it.

I think Shakespeare has inspired a lot of people. He is an amazing writer and that is what Bell Shakespeare is saying – we are going to teach students how amazing he is.

I think we should do the residency again with the grade 3/4 classes. This is a good time to start acting , it seems like a perfect age group, I definitely think we should have them back.



Phoebe room 19:

My favourite character in Mid-Summer Nights dream was Queen Titania. I like it when she fought with the King, she would never put her guard down. She was a strong woman and she knew what she wanted. I learnt Shakespeare had many unusual words or phrases that we still would like to learn more about Shakespeare’s life and what it was like in his time.

I would rate the program 11 out of 10 and I would love them to come back again and again, a thousand times yes!!!


Ari Room 13:

I loved the character Titania. She is a strong character who will do everything for the orphan child and I think she is a kind character. I learnt heaps about the Shakespearian characters and the words he used. I definitely would love the company to come back again. I liked the acting parts when I played Titania, Hope played Puck and Emma was the orphan.


Thom Room 19:

I loved the week with the Bell Shakespeare company. My favourite character was Nick Bottom. I liked him because he was funny and silly. Shakespeare made up lots of insults and he really had a unique way of going about things. I would love this week to be a regular event and next time do another play. My favourite drama game was to make a word or objects using our body to create the shape. I would rate the week 9.5 out of 10!


Book Week Celebrations - Wednesday 23rd August

WHOLE SCHOOL MULTIAGE WORKSHOP is a whole school event whereby students are split across various grades and participate in a literature based ‘fun’ activity with another staff member. It allows students to interact and engage with other students and teachers from other year levels within our school. 



Staff and students come to school dressed up as a book character for a day.  Be creative and use your imagination and be someone or something else for the day!

MPW Great Book Swap

As part of our Book Week Celebrations, MPW has participated for the first time in the MPW GREAT BOOK SWAP fundraiser. All funds raised from this event will be donated to Indigenous Literacy Foundation to support literacy in remote indigenous communities.


Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to:

  • Reduce the disadvantage experienced by children in very remote indigenous communities across Australia
  • Improve literacy rates in these children so their life choices grow
  • Instil a real lifelong love of reading

The focus is to instil a real love of reading and improve literacy levels throughout these Indigenous communities.


So as a whole school let’s make a difference…


If you have any second-hand or unwanted children’s books at home and would like to donate them to our school for the Book Swap that would be much appreciated.  Please drop them off ASAP to the library so we can start setting up for the MPW GREAT BOOK SWAP.


Students can pop into the library on Tuesday 22nd August 2017 and with a gold coin donation may choose a book to take home from the selection of books.


What better way to get a new book and support a great cause!


As there is only two weeks to go until the big day, we are encouraging students to bring in their second-hand books ASAP and to give their gold coin donation to their classroom teachers.


You can support the MPW GREAT BOOK SWAP by donating a book or by making a financial donation online.  Click the link below and it will take you to our fundraiser page:


MPW’s fundraising goal is to reach $1000 to donate to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Kids Matter - Belonging at school makes a difference

All children need to feel that school is a safe place where people will care about them, where their needs for support, respect and friendship will be met, and where they will be able to get help to work out problems. When these needs are met children develop a sense of belonging at school. Belonging is very important for children’s mental health and wellbeing. 


Kids Matter - What makes a positive school community?

Children come from an endless range of different families, backgrounds, cultures and religions. They also have a variety of interests, learning styles and abilities. Despite all of these differences, everyone should feel included and welcome within their school community.


Father's Day Stall


Sport News

Sport Term 3

Friday 18th  August – District Athletics Carnival

Tuesday 5th September – Division Athletics

Sports News

Athletics Trials

Due to bad weather and safety concerns our District Athletics Carnival was postponed.  The event will now be held at Aberfeldie Park on Friday 18th August.  Apologies for any inconvenience but we look forward to participating in couple of weeks.


Region Soccer Final

On Wednesday 9th August our girls soccer team travelled to Werribee to participate in the Western Metropolitan Region Finals.  The team played some really great soccer and got better with every match.

We need your help

For our programs to run we need lots of parent/carer assistance. If you are able to assist with any of our events please see Bree and pass your Working with Children check details onto the office.

Fundraising Events

MPW Fundraising Events 2017

  • MPW Spring Fling, Friday, 20th October
    Please don’t forget to note the next MPW social event in your diary!
    Tickets and additional details will be available this term. Get in early as Spring Fling tickets sold out last year!
  • End of Year Raffle 

Fundraising contacts

Rachel, Anna & Danielle - please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to Rachel, Anna and Danielle.               


School Information

General Office

Office:                                         8:15a.m - 4:45p.m

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan                 Business Manager

Cristina Zelaya                Administration Officer

Sharyn Reinke                Administration Officer

Leadership Team


Jeff Lyon

Assistant Principal (Acting)

Barbara Springfield

Business Operations Manager & Communications Co-Leader

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher/Daily Organiser/Communication Co-Leader

Michelle Bové

Leading Teacher (Acting)/Curriculum Leader

Vicki McCormack

Student Absences

If your child is absent from school (including illness and appointment), it is necessary to inform the  school.  This can be in the form of a telephone call, email, entering the absence through a link on the front page of our website, in writing or by advising the office or classroom teacher directly.

If your child is sick it is advisable to not send your child to school.

Term Dates

Term 1:

Tuesday 31st January to Friday 31st March

Term 2:

Tuesday 18th April to Friday 30th June

Term 3:

Monday 17th July to Friday 22nd September

Term 4:

Monday 9th October to Friday 22nd December


End of term dismissal is at 2.30pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 1.30pm.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Monday 30th January & Tuesday 14th March

Term 2:

Monday 22nd May

Term 3:

Thursday 27th July

Before and After School Care

At MPW before and after school care is provided by Camp Australia. The service operates 7.15  - 8.45 am in the morning and  3.30 to 6.15 pm afternoons.

To enrol your child please go to

Lost Property

In 2016 - 40kg of unnamed clothing and

30 items of unnamed plastic containers were donated to charity each month.


Our lost property is managed by parent volunteers and we need your help to reduce this huge workload and loss of property.


You can help by:

  • ensuring all belongings are clearly marked with student's names and room numbers
  • regularly check (and encourage your child/ren to check) for their lost property
  • remember it is the responsibility of students and families to regularly check lost property and reclaim items

When is unnamed lost property cleared and donated to charity?

  • Last Friday of every month

Where is lost property?

In the causeway at the entry to room 7 and 8 (near the toilet block off the little adventure playground).

Community News


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