Moonee Ponds West Primary School

31 August 2018
2018 - Issue 27
Principal's report
School Council
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
AU

Principal's report

Dear Parents, Carers and Students of MPWPS

Last day of winter today! Spring is in the air although from Thursday’s weather you would not know it!  The icy winds and occasional rain showers certainly spelt winter in its best form.

Spring is a time of renewal in many of nature’s spheres, and late Term 3 and Term 4 enables our school to review, renew and reload for the new year that approaches.  We have already begun this process with our formal Review week 2 of Term 4.  During Term 3 the staff have been reviewing and revisiting our goals and targets and discussing the enablers and barriers to our progress.  Being involved at this level encourages staff to find the ‘holes’ if you like and celebrate what is working well.  The Review process will provide direction for the next four (4) year through the development of the Strategic Plan.  By now you might be tiring of me speaking about the Review however, I am hoping you see how important this process is to guiding the school into the future and that we are all on this learning ‘bus’ in a seat and hopefully facing the same direction!

Our MVIMP Soiree: Congratulations to the children who performed at the Soiree last Thursday night.  You can never have too much music in your life! I always feel fortunate when I pass the Music Practice Rooms and hear children playing a range of instruments to a competent level. Last week some senior boys played piano for me in an impromptu performance.  Both pieces were very different and displayed skill and talent.  As I mentioned you can never have too much music in your life!

Can I take this opportunity to recognize all the MVIMP tutors for their dedication and skill in instructing our students over time, to our long time ‘Sound House’ piano tutor Anne for her patience, instruction and encouragement to our students. I often see Anne close to students encouraging the reading of the music and hear her quiet voice as she encourages the children to excellence. Finally, to our staff (Sandra and Kate) who work behind the scenes with timetables, room allocation and liaison with other schools and situations, you enable the program to happen and be successful for our students. My thanks.

Our MVIMP Soiree

Congratulations to the children who performed at the Soiree last Thursday night.  You can never have too much music in your life! I always feel fortunate when I pass the Music Practice Rooms and hear children playing a range of instruments to a competent level. Last week some senior boys played piano for me in an impromptu performance.  Both pieces were very different and displayed skill and talent.  As I mentioned you can never have too much music in your life!

Can I take this opportunity to recognize all the MVIMP tutors for their dedication and skill in instructing our students over time, to our long time ‘Sound House’ piano tutor Ann for her patience, instruction and encouragement to our students. I often see Ann close to students encouraging the reading of the music and hear her quiet voice as she encourages the children to excellence. Finally, to our staff (Sandra and Kate) who work behind the scenes with timetables, room allocation and liaison with other schools and situations, you enable the program to happen and be successful for our students. My thanks.

Drop Off Zones

Thank-you for following the processes and protocols for these areas.  I have been speaking with a Moonee Valley Council traffication representative (James is my contact) about two things:

  1. Re-jigging the Crossing Supervisor’s times on Athol Street (from 8-9pm to 8.15-9.15) to ensure that entry and exit to the school is safe and monitored by our person.  In order to do this data on traffic and foot traffic during both times will need to be collected.  The pedestrian/vehicle surveys at the Athol Street and Eglinton Street school crossings will occur on Tuesday 4 September 2018.  Let’s see what happens. Safety is always first!
  2. I have raised with James the possibility of extending the Eglington Drop Off Zone so that we do not get the bank up of cars waiting to enter.  We will be monitoring the morning Drop Off traffic to evaluate if an extension is necessary.  I have asked for the optimum, up to the end of our property. Probably not likely but an extension of say three carparks would be helpful. James did informed me of that MVCC does have a set of printed Guidelines around usage of this area.  I will circulate when I receive these.  In the meantime, please ensure you follow safe practices and that you only enter this area if your child/ren are waiting.

The Drop-Off zones (on both sides of our school) are provided for the convenience of our families. They foster an independent opportunity for your children as well.  It is a win-win everywhere!

5/6 Camping program

Our senior students head north over the next two weeks. They are all very excited (staff as well) so I look forward to waving them off and welcoming them back. Camp provides so my learning opportunities, and I smile when remembering the camp bag on the way out, and it returning home in almost the same condition with those bottom layers almost untouched!  Have fun on camp and remember we will miss you all, but will be excited to welcome you back on the Friday.

Father’s Day this weekend

To all the fathers and significant male role models in all families, have a great day on Sunday with those that love you the most!

Well that is about it from me this week.  Take care and until I meet you in person.

 

Sincerely

Kerri Simpson.

School Council

Annual General Meeting

On Monday night August 27th 2018 the Annual General Meeting and tabling of the Annual Report to the School Community was held.

Thank you to those who attended.

 

The Principal (Acting) reported on the school's performance for the 2017 school year. Ms Barbara Springfield commented on improvements across the year.

A copy of the presentation and the Annual report are attached. This will also be available on our website.

 

School Council Membership 2018

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Michelle Bovè
  • Helen Lockart
  • Vicki McCormack
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

Community Calendar

September

Monday 3rd September

Education Sub Committee 18:30 

Camp Nillahcootie  Group 1 Rm's  9/10/13 departs

Tuesday 4th September 

Japanese Immersion Day Grades 5/6

Friday 7th September

Camp Nillahcootie  Group 1 Rm's 9/10/13 returns

Monday 10th September

Camp Nillahcootie  Group 2 Rm's 14/15/18 departs

Tuesday 11th September

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 12th September

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 13th September

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Friday 14th September 

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

District Basketball Grades 5/6

Camp Nillahcootie Group 2 Rm's 14/15/18 returns

Saturday 15th September

VSSS Matinee and Evening Performance

Monday 17th September

School Council 19:00

Tuesday 18th September

Circus Grades 5/6

Friday 21 st September

Assembly 9:00

Term 3 concludes at 14:30

October

Monday 8th October

Term 4 begins 9:00

Tuesday 16th October

Circus Grades 5/6

Tuesday 30th October 

Circus Performance Grades 5/6

November

Tuesday 6th November

Melbourne Cup Day - No school

Tuesday 13th November

Soundgarage Concert

Wednesday 14th November

Soundgarage Concert

Education News 

Hats

Just a reminder to all families that as spring is approaching, all students will need a wide brimmed or legionaries hat at school. Please ensure that your child/ren have their hats next week.

From Monday 10th September, we will be enforcing our playground responsibility of wearing a hat at all times when outside. Children who do not have hats will be asked to play under sheltered areas.

Jack's Paddock

Earlier this year, with the support of the Environment sub-committee and with student input as to what students wanted, MPW applied for a grant to MAKE JACK’s PADDOCK GREAT AGAIN! We have been informed that our application for a grant has been successful but people in our community need to vote for it – as this is how the Pick My Project funding will operate. We need your help. The projects with the most votes will receive funding. We have applied for funding to bring play equipment into Jack’s Paddock which will benefit our community on weekends when the grounds are accessed. 

Voting will open at 9am, Monday 13 August 2018 and close at 5pm, Monday 17 September.

In order to vote you will need to register for a Pick My Project account. The website is www.pickmyproject.vic.gov.au

Once you’ve registered, you can select your voting area by searching for the school’s street address (150 Athol st, Moonee Ponds) or locality, or dropping a pin on the map. You’ll be shown a minimum of 30 projects in your local community from which you’ll be able to vote for your three favourites.

Please vote for Make Jack's Paddock great again! And ask everyone you know to vote as well, the more votes, the more chance we truly have to Make Jack's Paddock great again!

Thank you

Alyena Mohummadally 

Environment Sub-Committee

Short Film Festival

Two weeks, ago over 100 students, parents, siblings and caregivers crammed into the performance space to attend our short film festival.

 

Over the last 2 months students in rooms 14 & 15 (grade 5/6s) participated in a movie making unit led and developed by Simon Direen, a young documentary filmmaker.

The project was initiated by the Creative Arts team in collaboration with Helen and Kim from rooms 14 and 15 to provide students with a new experience in the arts.

Simon is both a filmmaker and youth worker based in Melbourne. Simon’s has won a total of 8 awards for Directing, Editing and Producing. One of these films, the narrative short “Disappear”, made its world premiere at the Brooklyn Film Festival in June 2015 and received the Award of Merit in the Hollywood Best Shorts Competition in July of the same year.

Simon’s movie making unit at was titled: Engage – Create – Cooperate - Overcome. The 6 to 8 week course, was designed to engage students in learning, encourage creative problem solving, build social skills through cooperation and boost self-esteem by overcoming obstacles. Using up to date but limited technology, students worked in small groups to make a short 2-3min film.  Students created a variety of films including using the technique of “stop motion.”

The festival was introduced by Elli, and Ashleigh and each film, 10 in all, were separately introduced by Ruby, Olivia and Lily.

The titles of the film provide some sense of the unique narratives created.

·         Runaway Romance

·         Mastermind 

·         The Enchanted String

·         The Homeless Kid

·         Elephant Through the Looking Flower

·         The Curse

·         Apocalypse

·         Big Bully

·         The Bully

·         Lillie and the Rogue Hero

 

Parents/carers loved the films which was expressed in our feedback sheets on the night:

·         “Tonight was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed working all the children’s works. We have discussed this a lot at home.”

·         “Great effort overall. Not much discussion at home but great results. Some interesting films!!

·         “It was fantastic. Yes, kids talked heaps about it at home. It clearly was a very valuable experience. Great opportunity.”

·         “Tonight’s presentation was humorous and adventurous. Great to see the children expressing their ideas and speaking so confidently tonight. Only issue was it was sometimes hard to hear student’s presentations from the back of the room.”

·         “The filmmaking was a great experience for students to express themselves. I love that MPW provides kids with a wide range of creative experiences. Our family believes that this is the best. Looked like lots of fun!!”

·         “Loved it. Great to give kids an opportunity to try new things and possibly discover new passions. Thanks Simon and teachers – great effort. This is why we love MPW.”

·         “Fantastic learning experience and great opportunity to showcase the work the kids achieved.”

If you would like to contact Simon or you think another school would appreciate the program his details below.

Simon Direen.

 

FILMMAKER

Producer / Director / Editor / Camera.

www.simondireen.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moonee Ponds West Show Day

M.P.W Show Day is fast approaching! This year it is to be held on Thursday, September 20th. Show Day is a special day on the Moonee Ponds West calendar! (In fact it is my favourite day of the school year!) It is such a wonderful community celebration and an opportunity to see our children’s amazing skills!

 

Show Day has a long history at MPW. I don’t know what year it commenced, but it was well and truly established when I arrived here over twenty years ago. Across the school, children plan, develop and design games, challenges, side-shows etc. similar to those at the Royal Melbourne Show. They then prepare for their activities, creating instructions, rules, advertising, timetables and prizes.

 

Show Day is a wonderful opportunity for children to develop their creativity, work collaboratively, problem solve, apply mathematical knowledge and skills, use language for different purposes whilst working on real-life authentic learning. (Building relationships with their peers and a sense of community are additional bonuses of the day.)

 

 The day is completely run by the children, for the children. The main event runs between 11:45 am and 1:00 pm.

 

Over the next couple of weeks your children will ask if they can clean out their toy boxes in search of prizes to given on the day. Prizes are never new, and they are never food – rather, we ask children to search at home for any good quality toys/ books/ cards/ figurines/ etc. that may have fallen to the bottom of toy-boxes through non-use. No money is required- Fun can be free!

 

Children may also let you know from day to day of other requests for materials needed as they become clearer about what their Show Day activities will be.

 

Of course families are welcome to join in the excitement. We would love to see you there!  (Don’t forget to sign in at the office before you join in the fun!)

 

Roll-up! Roll-up! Nearly every player wins a prize!

Jenny Irvine

Sport News

Victorian Interschools Snow Sports 2018 

By Josh H - Room 14

Last week I competed at Mount Buller for the Victorian Interschools Snow Sports 2018.

During this week competitors compete in a series of events/races:Alpine GS, ski cross, snow board cross, and moguls just to list a few.

I competed in two events: Alpine GS and Ski Cross.

In the first event I came 82 out of 110 and in the second event I came 39 out of 130😄.

 

In Alpine GS you have to ski around the gates that are spread out quite far apart and you have to gather some speed.

 

In ski cross you have to go around a race course that is sloping downwards. I represented Moonee Ponds West, and there were students from all over Australia.

 

Fundraising Events

A touch of Bond – Friday October 19th 

MPW “Touch of Bond”

If you believe “Diamonds are Forever” and Martinis should be shaken, not stirred please join us for this fun filled and glamorous evening. Take part in our “Fashions on the Field” for the chance to win prizes and bring along your competitive spirit to bid in our Live Auction for a weekend away!    

 

The Union Function Room

Union Hotel

252 Union Rd, Ascot Vale (enter via Maribyrnong Rd)

7:30pm to 12:30am

 

Dress Code: Bond…..James Bond!

 

Cost: $60 per person

 

Includes substantial finger food and 3 complimentary drinks (beer, wine and soft drink). Music, Live Auction & Best Dressed Prizes.

Tickets available from Eventbrite @

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mpw-touch-of-bond-tickets-49412307542

 

Please advise the school of any dietary requirements @[email protected]

Please purchase your tickets @ Eventbrite from Tuesday 21st of August.

Please note this is an adult only event.

Fundraising contacts

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

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

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

[email protected]

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Michelle Bové

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 in the form of a telephone call, email, entering the absence through the COMPASS parent portal , 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.

2018 Term Dates

Term 1:

Monday 29th January to Thursday 29th March

Term 2:

Monday 16th April to Friday 29th June

Term 3:

Monday 16th July to Friday 21st September

Term 4:

Monday 8th October to Friday 21st 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 29th January and Friday 9th March

Term 2:

Thursday 26th April

Term 3:

Wednesday 25th 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.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

To enrol your child please go to www.campaustralia.com.au

Lost Property

In 2017 - a significant amount of unnamed clothing and 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  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 News

Kieran's Music School

Former Buckley Park College alumnus based in Niddrie, I am currently studying a Bachelor of Music and offer lessons in drums, guitar and trumpet for kids of all ages and a broad range of genres including rock, pop, R&B, classical, etc.

I teach students in my own studio space in Niddrie or I am also able to travel for lessons.

For all enquiries please call Kieran Rule at 0433 537 635, or email at [email protected].

For more information see https://www.musicteacher.com.au/kieran-rule/

 

 

 

 

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