Moonee Ponds West Primary School

22 June 2018
2018 - Issue 19
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

Principal's report

Greetings Students, Teachers, Parents and Carers, in the community of Moonee Ponds West PS,

Declaring the School Council Election Result

Thank-you to all staff and parents of our community for their diligence in completing this process.  I am particularly pleased with the level of confidentiality and professionalism that all members have demonstrated.  We have four (4) nominations for three (3) positions in the Parent Category.  The Poll closed on Tuesday June 19 and the votes were counted on Thursday June 21 as per the advertised process.   The prescribed Department of Education School Council Election processes were followed, and I declare the following elected to the Parent Category:

 Ben Atchison

 Nigel Keegan

 Lisa Shaw


The newly elected School Council will meet on Monday June 25 for the first School Council meeting. Thank-you to all members of our parent community who put their names forward for this important role. 


Yesterday your staff completed their COMPASS training so we can implement from day one Term 3.   I am sure you will find this mode of communication enables all stakeholders to be informed and supportive of school activities and our learning environment. All families will receive their generic login today via a sealed envelope addressed to the parent/carer.  It is important to read the letter and activate the login.  There is a How to Use COMPASS booklet for your guidance. The first task you will be able to complete is changing the login password.  You will be able to book a time for your Parent/Carer/Teacher/Child Interview which are on Wednesday July 25.  The booking aspect of COMPASS will open on Monday June 25.   Please consult the COMPASS Information booklet for this information.

We have been very fortunate to implement this tool for Term 3.  Generally aspects of implementation can be interrupted, but it seems the ‘stars are aligned’ for us to get about our business, and this is a reflection of a dedicated staff, wanting to improve how we go about things, and a forward thinking School Council.  My personal thanks.

Protocols for COMPASS Communication: As we move into the implementation of COMPASS, there is opportunity for communication to all staff and parent members of our community.  For this to be an appropriate communication there will need to be some protocols outlined. The protocols for communication electronically to any member of our community is guided by the Department of Education’s Acceptable Use Policy.  I would add to this, that emails directly to teachers should be during business hours, any other electronic communication outside of these hours should be directed to the Moonee Ponds West school email address or to me  the Principal.   Our general communication process is to acknowledge the email, and then respond within 48 hours of the original correspondence.  The school and Principal’s email address is at the bottom of this Newsletter. Let us see how we can work together within these confines.  


How wonderful it was to see the ‘sea of colour’ running in the local streets. All children were willing participants and actively gave their best! Remembering this is a fundraiser for our school, I urge families to collect their donations and return to school as soon as they can.  We want all donations in by the end of Term 2.  As the children have indicated, the school keeps a percentage and there is a donation to the Make a Wish Foundation this year at the request of the Junior School Council. Well done children.  Thanks to Bree, the class teachers and parent/carer helpers for their support and care for students during this annual school event.

Clean Up-Clean Out

We have a skip in our grounds so that the teachers can Clean Up and Clean Out.  Over the years, we accumulate items that really cannot fit in a normal school bin, are too big to go home, and so we need a skip! I think I have seen the dust flying from certain parts of our school. The skip leaves today (Friday) so I will be scouting for additional items. Again, to those who have been diligent in ensuring that their space is safe and orderly great work!

Well that is about it from me.  Until we meet in person, my best wishes.


Kerri Simpson.

Notices Home

Tuesday 19th June

  • Room 2 - Staffing update
  • Room 7 - Staffing update

Friday 22nd June

  • Portfolios/Reports Room 2
  • Portfolios/Reports Room 7

School Council

2018 School Council Election

Declaration of Nominees Elected


After the close of voting at 4 pm Tuesday 19th of June 2018 and the counting of ballot papers on Thursday 21st of June I declare the following nominees duly elected to the Moonee Ponds West Primary School Council;


Membership Category

Parent Members - 3  

  •  Ben Atchison
  •  Nigel Keegan
  •  Lisa Shaw

There were 2 nominees and 2 vacancies for the DET membership category. At the close of nominations on the 19th February I declare the following nominees duly elected to the Moonee Ponds West Primary School Council,


DET Employees - 2

  •  Michelle Bovè
  •  Alyena Mohummadally

  • The first council meeting for this new School Council will be held on Monday 25th June 2018 in the Principal’s Office (Admin Building) at 7.00 pm


At this meeting we will hold elections for President, Vice President & Treasurer. The retiring school council members will also be in attendance on this night.


Kerri Simpson     

Principal - Acting

Up coming meetings:

Monday 25, June

School Council 19:00

Monday 27,  August

School Council 19:00

School Council Membership

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


Monday 25th June

Starlab Incursion F/1 Team

School Council 19:00

Friday 29th June

Assembly 9:00

End of Term 2 - Early dismissal 14:30


Monday 16th July

Term 3 starts 9:00

Tuesday 17th July

Parent Information Session - 'Living and Growing Program' 19:00

Wednesday 25th July

Curriculum Day (Reporting to Parent Day - Pupil Free)

VSSS Rehearsal 8:00


Monday 6th August

Education Sub Committee 18:30

Tuesday 14th August

Circus  Years 5/6

Resource Committee - 19:00

Tuesday 21st August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Book Character Dress Up Day and Multi Aged Workshops

Wednesday 22nd August

VSSS Rehearsal - Melbourne Town Hall

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 23rd August

MVIMP Concert - Lady Northcote Bacchus Marsh

Friday 24th August 

MVIMP Music Camp return

Monday 27th August

School Council 19:00


Monday 3rd September

Education Sub Committee 18:30

Wednesday 12th September

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 13th September

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Friday 14th September 

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Saturday 15th September

VSSS Matinee and Evening Performance




Education News 

3/4 Science incursion

As part of the Grade 3/4 inquiry unit on Earth Science students participated in an incursion from Hands On Science. Here is a reflection on the day written by some of the students - Mia & Bidaya and Harriet & Poppy from Room 24. 


Grade 3-6 Living and Growing Program (Sex Ed)

We will begin our sex education program with a parent information session which will be held on Tuesday 17 July at 7:00 pm. The Sex education program runs over three sessions beginning July 24 through to August 10. The grade 5/6 program will run on a Tuesday and the 3/4's on Fridays. Information regarding the program will be sent out next week.

Anti-bullying Workshops with Kate Wilde

Over several weeks, Kate Wilde from The Human Development Workshop has worked with staff and students at MPW. She ran a whole staff Professional learning session as well as behaviour and anti-bullying workshops for all of our grade 3 to 6 classrooms. It is great to report the positive impact this has had on staff and students who are using the language and strategies presented to us.

In response to our Student Attitudes to School Survey data collected last year along with findings from grade 4-6 focus groups, it was evident that students felt the need for training in this area. Anecdotally, we are happy to report that over the past few weeks, we have seen a shift in some of these behaviours. Some students who were using Mouse behaviour (See below) are now standing up for themselves, using dolphin behaviour. Many are practicing solving problems as dolphins do.

During the workshops, students took the opportunity to reflect on their own behaviours and how they respond to others by learning about the following animal behaviour metaphors:


Dolphin, Mouse, Crocodile, Fox Behaviours

When faced with conflict most of us have a ‘default’ setting, a way of behaving that is often unhelpful and sometimes makes things worse.  The three common responses are spelt out below, along with the alternative - Dolphin behaviour (assertive).  It takes practice but when dolphin behaviour becomes a habit children resolve conflict more effectively, feel better about themselves and relate better to their friends and family.

Mouse (Passive)

People who act like a mouse are afraid to express their feelings and often don’t stand up for themselves.  When expressing an opinion may do it in a way that suggests they can be easily persuaded to change their mind.  Even when they know they have been treated unfairly they do little, resulting in frustration and sadness.  The problem with the behaviour is that it makes them a target as others know they will not retaliate or take action when wronged.

Fox (Passive-Aggressive)

Fox behaviour involves sending a message of anger or disapproval in a non-direct or unclear way.  A hostile message with an intention to hurt or pressure without letting others know exactly what they’ve done wrong or how to fix it.  Behaviours include dirty looks, spreading rumours, excluding others, etc.  The main problems with this behaviour is that it can be very hurtful to others, including friends and often leads to ‘payback’ where groups will start habitually  interacting with one another on this level.

Dolphin (Assertive)

Dolphin behaviour involves the ability to express rights and needs in a positive way and to try and solve problems, rather than just gain a personal win.  The assertive child is real with themselves about what they feel but tries to remain in control of their feelings when resolving conflict.  The ingredients for talking like a dolphin are:

  • ‘I’ - taking responsibility for your own thoughts and ideas
  • ‘Feel’ - letting the other person clearly know how their behaviour made you feel
  • ‘Solution’ - coming up with a  solution to the problem


(i.e. I feel disappointed you didn’t return my DVD when you promised.  I will call you tonight to make sure you put it in your bag for tomorrow)


Dolphin behaviour isn’t a cure all, but is certainly more generally effective and useful for children (and for adults!!) than the alternatives.

Here are some reflections from Room 7 and 8:

I liked the Anti-bullying workshop because it was fun. I learned a new word called “Bystander”. I learnt how bullying can affect people at its highest level. Michael A Room 8.


  • I learn from Kate that ‘bystanders” support the people who are doing the bullying. Zillah S Room 8.
  • At the workshop, we learnt about bullying. They were talking about Mouse behaviour, Dolphin behaviour, Fox behaviour and Crocodile behaviour. Alanna D Room 8.
  • People bully people on the internet. When someone is bullying, normally someone sees it. Lachlan A Room 8.

I really liked the stuff we talked about!

There are four behaviours. The first behaviour is Dolphin. Dolphin behaviour is kind, helpful and caring. They always solve a problem before it gets too big.

The next one is mouse behaviour. Mouse behaviour is when someone does something and you say, “Oh I don’t care. I didn’t really want it anyway’ and then they keep on doing it. (It doesn’t solve the problem.)….

The next one is crocodile behaviour.  Crocodile behaviour is when someone keeps yelling and yelling at you.

The last one is Fox behaviour. It is when someone talks about you behind your back and you don’t know!

We also learnt about bullying and how you shouldn’t do it.

We also played Night at the Museum.



The following is a quote from Zarah S Room 8

I learnt that sometimes I can use Fox behaviour and all of them. I still do Dolphin behaviour.

When Kate Wilde came to our classroom, she taught us all of the animal behaviours. There is Mouse, Crocodile, Fox and Dolphin.

Mouse is quite shy and when something would happen she or he wouldn’t do anything about it and they would just say, “Okay” or “I doesn’t matter.”

Crocodile behaviour is like when it’s mean, it shouts, and it can really hurt someone’s feelings. I don’t recommend being that kind of person when you are solving a problem.

Fox is when there is a group of friends and one of the friends says something behind their back and the other person doesn’t know about it.  Then, when they find out, they get mad and the next day they don’t talk and the mean person doesn’t know what’s going on. I don’t recommend solving a problem like this either because you can’t solve a problem without talking and agreeing.

Dolphin is a good way to solve problems because if two people were playing a game and then a person comes and takes the ball that they were playing with and then they say, “Please give that ball back and if that doesn’t work, try and try again. But if that doesn’t work, go and get a teacher.

Grace Room 7.

In the Kate Wilde workshop, we learnt about “bystanders” and cyber bullies. We did role-plays about bullying and by-standers and we learn more about different animal behaviours like dolphin, crocodile, fox and mouse. It was fun.

Apostolos K Room 7

Two important things Jordan took away from Kate’s session was, “Now I know what it feels like to be bullied’ and, “Now I know the key words, I feel I have the solution”.

Jordan V Room 7

In discussing the animal behaviours, Jonathon said, “The dolphin behaviour is the only good behaviour. The dolphin behaviour is good because you stand up for yourself and solve problems.”

Jonathon N Room 7

Kate also taught us about by-standing and Bullying. We also played some games. I was really surprised that girls cyber-bully more than boys. He also went on to say, I think the Kate Wilde workshop was fun, interesting and important.

William H Room 7


Sport News

Regional Cross Country


This week Elli H (Room 14) competed at the Regional Cross Country event at Brimbank Park.  Elli qualified for the event by finishing 3rd at the Division Cross Country earlier this term.  In an outstanding effort Elli finished in 1st place and will now compete in the State Championship after the holidays.  Congratulations Elli and good luck for the State Final!!


Fun Run 2018

Next week look out for a full report on today's fun run.

Fundraising Events

Our next event is ....
Spring Fling – Friday Oct 19th 

Please mark it in your diary!

Thanks again,

The Fundraising Team.

Fundraising contacts

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

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Michelle Bové

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.

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.

To enrol your child please go to

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

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