Moonee Ponds West Primary School

13 August 2019
2019 - Issue 23
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
Music News
Environment and Sustainability
Fundraising Events
School Information
Community Calendar
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Dear Parents, Carers, , Students and Community members

We are coming up to an exciting time Book Week!  This year we are launching Book Week with Dress Up Day on the first day of the week!  Next Monday Aug 19th we will move from the assembly to the multi-aged classes for a group activity around a book!  We will also ask the students who dress up to do a ‘twirl to show off their theme.  Come along if you can.  It is sure to be fun. Please note change to our calendar.

District Athletics this week

On Friday our students will be participating in the District Athletics.  Over the last couple of Fridays the students have been training for their events.  Good luck to all involved and remember it is the participation that is most important, winning is the additional icing!


Another wonderful week of learning for the students who participated in the Music Camp. The concert on the final evening was full of great playing, fun and for some courage. Playing in front of an audience takes courage and commitment to the team.  Learning a musical instrument requires time and practice. The more you practice, the better you play, the more you enjoy.  One student told me once that he saw a model of how he wanted to play, and changed his practicing to 10 minutes every day instead of half an hour on Saturdays.  The result was incredible.  Learning a musical instrument? Here’s my challenge to you, practice 10 minutes every day for 21 days and see if your skill improves!  It’s a life lesson.

Thank-you to Katherine Ayrton who assisted our students on the camp and to Robyn the CRT who continued the learning in Katherine’s class during that week.

Resilience in our children

Over the weekend there was an interesting article in the Age on Anxiety in our children. How can we build resilience in our children so they can bounce back from adversity?  Parenting isn’t easy and being over concerned doesn’t help either. At present we are hosting a Parenting Program called '1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching' to assist parents in working with children and young people. The facilitation is from our Network School Student Support Officers (SSSO) and there are 25 participants. The program runs for  3 sessions and is being held in our Community Room. Whilst it is too late to join in now, think about joining the next program when you see it advertised.

School Fun Run

Get out the running shoes our FUN RUN is coming! As always this is a shared fundraiser for the school and a nominated charity. Sponsorship is encouraged, and parental help is essential as we run on the streets surrounding our school. We will have special sign in sheets for parents on this day, so that this process doesn’t hamper the organization. Bree has already put out the call for assistance, so keep those offers rolling in.  In most schools the Fun Run is the biggest fundraising event of the year.  Let’s make this happen for MPWPS as well.


Since we started the re build of the old toilets we have had a number of rodents (seen and unseen) in the building closest to the corner of Eglinton and Lennox Street.  We have employed many and varied strategies. We think (according to the experts) that all creatures have now been eradicated.  However, we are re thinking the couch situation and discarding the older ones.  These will be replaced with something similar sometime into the future.  Our cleaners are vigilant in ensuring that all class spaces are thoroughly cleaned and ready for students.

Teacher learning

Over this term your class teacher maybe out of class to participate in learning around Mathematics, English (reading and writing) or Inquiry. These days are full of thinking and planning and learning.  In mathematics the Mathematics Leadership and the 3/4 teachers have been working with our consultants (expert Chris Coombes) to develop lesson sequences in additive and multiplicative thinking in mathematics.  Such guides will assist teachers to diagnose where students are, and plan developmentally where to next.  It is important work and that is why we are giving the time to develop the lesson structure collaboratively. We are also building mathematical content knowledge by doing this work.  When teachers are out of their class but at school the learning they have planned continues. The teacher and the Sub-School Leader (Barb or Jarrod) check in during the day. Most of the out of class learning as described concludes this term.

Well that’s about it from me. The secondary placements are now out, so I hope our year 6 students are satisfied with their placement for 2020.

Until we meet in person


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS.)

Sibling Enrolments

A reminder to MPW families that if you have a sibling starting school in 2020 to collect an enrolment pack from the office.  We are in the process of finalising our 2020 enrolments.

Come down and support the Maribyrnong Bunnings BBQ this Saturday

Moonee Ponds West will be hosting the Bunnings Maribyrnong BBQ this Saturday the 17th August. This is always a great day with high demand for a Bunnings Sausage and a great fundraiser for our school. Please pop down to say hi, grab a snag and support your school!


School Council

School Council Membership

Parent members:

  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Matthew Kenny
  • Jane Kingsley
  • Brian Stanley
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Helen Lockart
  • Katherine Ayrton
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Barbara Springfield
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

School Council Meetings
commence at 19:00

  • Monday 25th February
  • Monday 18th March (rescheduled)
  • Monday 27th May
  • Monday 17th June (rescheduled)
  • Monday 26th August
  • Monday 16th September
  • Monday 25th November
  • Monday 16th December

Sub Committee Meetings

Education Committee - Meetings commence at 18:30

  • Thursday March 14th
  • Monday May 6th
  • Monday June 3rd
  • Tuesday August 6th (date change)
  • Tuesday September 3rd (date change)
  • Wednesday November 6th
  • Monday December 2nd

Resources Committee - Meetings commence at 19:00

  • Tuesday 12th February 
  • Tuesday 12th March
  • Tuesday 14th May
  • Tuesday 11th June
  • Tuesday 13th August
  • Tuesday 10th September
  • Tuesday 12th November
  • Tuesday 10th December


Environment Committee - Meetings commence at 18:00

  • Wednesday 27th February 
  • Wednesday 20th March 
  • Wednesday 22nd May 
  • Wednesday 19th June 
  • Wednesday 21st August 
  • Wednesday 18th September 
  • Wednesday 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 

Community Partnerships

Thursday 20th June 4:00 pm



Sub Committee's 2019 - Expression of Interest

Are you interested in joining one of the School Council Sub Committees for 2019? Please find attached an Expression of Interest. You may return your Expression of Interest by email to the School Council Secretary @


Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 

Book Week Celebrations
17th – 23rd August 2019


This year the Children’s Book Council Of Australia celebrates

BOOK WEEK from 17th to 23rd August and the theme is


The Short Listed Books are available for viewing in the library 

or on the following website


This year as part of Book Week Celebrations, we will have the following events…




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! Bring your book to school on Monday and share at Monday morning assembly.



Multi age 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.

3/4 Science Expo Excursion

On Monday 12th August twenty-eight of our 3/4 students, 3 MPW staff members and our visiting Japanese teachers all visited Parkwood Green Primary School’s “Student-led Science Expo”. The expo is a culmination of Year 5 and 6 students learning in their Science Specialist lessons for the year.

We were lucky to be able to send five students from each of our 3/4 classes to attend. All students had a fantastic time and were able to explore presentations and demonstrations focussing on Chemistry, Robotics, Earth and Space, Biology and Physics. Our students recorded observations and asked questions, and even took a Yoga device for each group to take photos and videos.

Students will now share back to their own classes what they saw and learned at the expo, which will add to the learning of all of our 3/4 students current Science Inquiry unit.

It was great to see our students be able to work with students from across the other classrooms and also represent MPW at another school. It was a fantastic opportunity and we were grateful for being invited to attend.

Everyone had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the expo and the experience of visiting another school. Students were highly engaged in what they saw, were able to do and were really excited about reporting back to their peers and teachers.

3/4 team and students


Sport News

MPW Fun Run

We will be holding our 28th Annual Fun Run on Friday 30th August  from 9.00 to 10.30am.  All the students & teachers will be involved and can run, jog, skip, hop, walk etc. for one hour.

We cannot run this event without your assistance so don’t be shy! It’s also a great way to get to know other parents & support the children as they run past. Please complete the attached form below if you are able to assist.


Music News

MVIMP Music Camp

On music camp instead of our usual 30 minutes a week in our music sessions, we were able to spend 3- 5 hours of great fun and practicing. To those endeavouring to go in the future; please remember to bring lip balm.

Our time practicing music includes…The amazing band sessions. Whereby all of the different and diverse musical groups are brought together to unleash the legendary sound of all of us put together!


On Thursday evening we were given the opportunity to put on a concert. All parents/families and carers were invited to attend, as well as the school principals. At the concert, the grade 6's were mainly fine, but the grade 5's were a bit timid and anxious, prior to performing. When everyone performed together in harmony it was terrific. It was such an incredible feeling to be clapped and cheered by a large crowd.

We had such a delightful time getting to meet students from other schools (Ascot Vale West, Ascot Vale and Moonee Ponds), we got to partake in indoor games, writing a camp song, and music trivia. We all had such a marvellous time, and our music and confidence improved majorly. 


Charlotte , Matthew  and Eveline .


We are proud and excited to have some of our senior choir students participating in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Made of Stars. 

The Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria. Fittingly, this year’s theme, Made of Stars, will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances showing that these students are made of star stuff.

The three-hour live show – involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus arts – will be performed to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September over two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm.


Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience. 

For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets when they go on sale from Wednesday 12 June via


Adult:                              $40

Child under 15:           $20

Concession:                  $30


Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling - Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.

2019 Senior Choir
The Wind in the Willows

In 2019 the MPW senior choir will continue to explore many of the elements within the performing arts. Our goal is to enable the students to participate in and bring together the many facets of the arts such as music, singing, acting, dancing and behind the scenes roles.


This year we will be performing our version of ‘The Wind in the Willows,’ written by Kenneth Grahame. The story combines a number of themes: countryside life, transport, justice, friendship and home. In addition, The Wind in the Willows is one of the most famous examples of anthropomorphism, enabling our students to explore human characteristics, such as ambitions, emotions and behaviour and help develop personal connections to their characters. The themes and personifications will be discussed as we work through each scene, characterisation and the interpretation of the songs and choreography.

The process of rehearsing and performing spoken and sung dialogue helps to develop language skills and provides a platform for students to take positive risks and build self-confidence. Everyone will be involved and have an integral role to play (big or small) to present this year’s musical. The process of being in a show provides the opportunity for every student to develops life skills such as responsibility, collaboration, respect, self-confidence & co-operation.


The best part is…It’s fun

If anyone would like to assist in some way with the production please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Kate Ridgeway

Environment and Sustainability

Did You Know?

Did you know you can reduce your landfill waste and REDcycle your soft plastics?  Simply collect your bread bags, pasta bags, frozen vegetable packets, cereal box liners, even your old green shopping bags and pop them in to your nearest REDcycle collection bin.  The collection bins are easily found at your local Coles and Woolworths (Moonee Ponds / Showgrounds etc), at the front of the store.  See the REDcycle link for further info.


Bottle caps update!

Thank you to all who have donated so far and we now have so many bottle caps! We want to reach our school goal of 10,000 bottle caps so please continue to bring your milk or juice bottle caps to school and either donate at the office or give to a 1/2 student or teacher.  Please check that they have the Numbers 2 or 4 and the recycle logo on them as these are the caps that can be recycled. 


These bottle caps are put through a 3D printer and turned into hands for kids in developing countries who have lost a limb. We have put an ice cream container at the front office, please put your juice or milk bottle caps in there (no metal or tin).


Fundraising Events

What’s Coming Up?

Bunnings BBQ – Saturday 17th August

Come down and support the Maribyrnong Bunnings BBQ this Saturday

Moonee Ponds West will be hosting the Bunnings Maribyrnong BBQ this Saturday the 17th August. This is always a great day with high demand for a Bunnings Sausage and a great fundraiser for our school. Please pop down to say hi, grab a snag and support your school!


MPW Australiana Trivia Night 2019

MPW Australiana Trivia Night 2019

When:             Friday 11th October 7:00 -11.30pm

Where:            MPW School Gym

Ticket Cost:  $35pp (BYO Drinks and Nibbles/Snacks)

Raising Funds For: New Sensory Garden


Our major Fundraising Event this year will be an Australiana Themed Trivia Night hosted by the infamous Dolly, always a hit with the punters. So, bail up your mates for a ripper, ridgey didge night of entertainment! Come dressed as your favourite Aussie legend, Icon or just come in your flannie and uggs for your chance to win you beaut prizes!

It will no doubt be a top night filled with trivia, laughter, games and a lot of fun! Don’t forget your moolah and your plastic as there’ll be bonzer items up for grabs in the                                                                                                            auctions and grouse raffle items to win!


It’s BYO so bring your esky, stop by the Bottle-O on the way and don’t forget your sangers!


Tickets are now on sale so don’t be a galah and get your tickets before you miss out!  Each table seats 9 of your mates, that’s 10 including you! Book your own seat or join a mob.

Book through Eventbrite here:

To have flexibility on seat selection please use a desktop PC or lappy when booking.



The fundraising team are seeking items for our event in all shapes and sizes. Are you able to donate or do you have connections? We are looking for substantial items to include in the auctions as well as smaller items to include in our raffles.

Examples of donations may include (all items must be unused):

  • Holiday House Weekend away / Dinner for 2
  • Goods / Service Vouchers
  • Homewares / Electronics
  • Health & Beauty Products
  • Kids Stationery/Sporting Goods/Toys/Games

Please drop your donations in at the school office preferably by Wednesday 18th September (prior to Term 3 school holidays).


The Fundraising Team would like to thank you so much for your continued support and generosity at our MPW Fundraising events, we look forward to seeing you at our Australiana Trivia Night and celebrating our wonderful school community.


Fundraising contacts

Sophie, Michelle, Rachel & Danielle – if you have any questions please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to the team.                





School Information

General Office

Office:                                 8:15 am - 4:45 pm

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

Xavia Bicheno                  Administration Trainee

Leadership Team

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Jarrod Sutton

Student Absences

If your child is absent from school (including illness and appointment), it is necessary to inform the  school.  This can be done via the COMPASS parent portal and the school absence  telephone line. 

If your child is sick it is advisable to not send your child to school. Continual absence may require a medical certificate.

2019 Term Dates

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January (Curriculum Day) to Friday 5th April

Term 2:

Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 28th June

Term 3:

Monday 15th July to Friday 20th September

Term 4:

Monday 7th October to Thursday 19th December


End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 3.30 pm.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January  and Friday 8th March 

Term 3:

Thursday 25th July 

Term 3:

Monday 4th November

Term 4:

Thursday 19th December School (last day of Term 4 2019) - 3:30 pm dismissal

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free - Staff time in lieu half day)

Before and After School Care

At MPW before and after school care is provided by Camp Australia. The service operates 7.00  - 8.45 am in the morning and  3.30 to 6.15 pm afternoons.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

To enrol your child please go to

Lost Property

We have a significant amount of unnamed clothing regularly donated to charity.


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


You can help by:

  • ensuring that all belongings are clearly marked with students' names and room numbers
  • regularly check (and encourage your child/ren to check) for their lost property
  • remember that 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 Gym on the right hand side, as you walk in.

Community Calendar


Tuesday 13th August

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Friday 16th August

District Athletics

Saturday 17th August

Bunnings BBQ @ Maribyrnong

Wednesday 21st August

VSSS Choir Rehearsal @ The Melbourne Town Hall

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

MVIMP Soiree 7.00pm @ MPW

Thursday 22nd August

Koorie Heritage Trust Excursion 5/6

Sex Ed 5/6 Parent Information Session 7.00 pm

Saturday 24th August

Tournaments of the Minds 

Monday 26th August

Koorie Heritage Trust Excursion 5/6

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 28th August

Grade 5/6 Free Activity Day

F/1 Zoo Excursion 

Thursday 29th August

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 1


Tuesday 3rd September

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 5th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 2

Friday 6th September

District Basketball Carnival

Tuesday 10th September

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Thursday 12th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Friday 13th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Saturday 14th September 

VSSS Choir Performance Matinee and Evening Performance @ Melbourne Arena

Monday 16th September 

School Council 7:00 pm

Wednesday 18th September

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Thursday 19th September

Sex Ed 5/6 Session 3

Friday 20th September

Term 3 Concludes @ 2.30 pm


Friday 11th October

Parent and Carer Function


Monday 4th November

Curriculum Day

Tuesday 5th November

Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday 6th November

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 7th November

Parent Information Session - Sex Ed 3/4

Tuesday 12th November

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 1

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Thursday 14th November 2019

MVIMP Combined Concert

Tuesday 19th November 2019

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 2

Wednesday 20th November

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Monday 25th November

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 26th November

Sex Ed 3/4 Session 3

Soundgarage Keyboard Concert

Wednesday 27th November

Soundgarage Guitar and SAP Concert


Monday 2nd December

Education Committee meeting 6.30 pm

Tuesday 10th December

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 11th December

Environment Committee meeting 6.00 pm

Monday 16th December

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

Community News


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Puppy Carer Brochure.pdf
School Council Sub Committee EOI 2019.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf
MPW 2019 FUN RUN Assist form.pdf