Moonee Ponds West Primary School

06 August 2019
2019 - Issue 22
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, Staff, Students and friends of MPWPS

I have some exciting news! We have two of our Japanese Sister School teachers visiting for the next seven (7) days.  Some of our children were in their classes when they were at school during our recent tour.  The teachers are on their summer break and are using this time to learn about the Victorian school system.  During their stay they will be travelling to and from our school by public transport (an experience). They will also be visiting Kingswood Primary School with another colleague. The teachers Yōko and Hanae

will be working alongside Diana and Cindy in the Japanese program and will also have other  experiences whilst here at MPWPS.  Please make them feel welcome; it a great privilege to have such a connection to our Sister School.

The Parent Forum

Last Friday a small but dedicated group joined our Learning Specialist-Numeracy (Vicki McCormack), for a session on Mathematics teaching and learning at Moonee Ponds West PS.  Explanations about Number Talks and Problem Based Learning enabled the parents to gain insight into the new  work that our teachers have been doing over the last 18 months.  This learning has been led by our Mathematics Consultant Chris Coombes.  Vicki as Learning Specialist will be supporting teachers in implementing these strategies across the school generally. The Problem Based Learning is a strategy for instruction in more forward thinking secondary colleges, and actually requires students to think and use their mathematical skills to solve problems.  In a PBL session the teacher is watching, noting and looking for the different ways children are solving the problems. It is exciting work for both teacher and student.  Thanks to Vicki for her time to share knowledge with our parents and thank you to our parents for giving the time to learn.

Year 5/6 Swimming

Off they went on Monday morning for sessions of swimming! We were surprised how many students need to learn this important skills. The Maribyrnong Aquatic Centre is a wonderful resource and the pool facility is really impressive.  The main pool is a 50 metre indoor pool, with great water quality. Today I attended the swimming (yes I had my bathers) and watched as our students participated with enthusiasm.    As I dived in, I felt like Dawn Fraser swimming the final leg of the 100 metres relay hehehe!  The new swimming benchmark (for all year 6 students leaving primary school) is to meet the swimming and safety requirements of the Swim Safe Certificate. To gain the certificate the student needs to be able to swim 50 metres in freestyle, tread water for 5 minutes, continuously swim for a period of time, confidently answer safety questions and perform a supervised rescue.  For students working up to this certificate I would suggest swimming lessons of some sort.  Today many children were gaining confidence with their stroke development and a few more lessons would see them achieve and be safe in the water.  Please encourage your child to get this essential life skill.  Please see the photos of the session  below.


Sensory Garden Update

We received information late last week that our Sensory Garden project had progressed to the next level where a contractor will be allocated to the project and an initial meeting will be held.  This is wonderful news and means commencement is just around the corner! The plans for the area are published in the display box near the platform.  Have a look it will be a great space for children and families.

Foundation Enrolments for 2020

If you are intending to enrol your child at Moonee Ponds West for 2020, I urge you to do this as soon as possible. We are now looking at siblings, and then considering families from outside our area. At this stage we are preparing letters to confirm enrolments. The Moonee Ponds West transition program will commence in term 4.  Dates and times will be confirmed once offers have been accepted.

Well that’s about it from me. Until we meet in person.


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)

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

Book Week is always an exciting event on the MPW calendar. It is a special celebration of everything books!

This year Book Week will be celebrated from

17th - 23rd August. It is a special spotlight on reading, experiencing new texts by Australian authors and illustrators, sharing favourite books, and personal connections to, and understandings of character and events.

At MPW, our library will come alive with exciting displays based on this year's theme READING IS MY SUPER POWER.’

The Shortlisted books will also be on display, and many will be read, shared, and discussed during library sessions.

During Book Week students will also take part in a Multi-age Book Week Workshop (day to be confirmed this week) – a special whole schoolbook experience: Students are also encouraged to dress up as a book character on this day.

Please feel free to visit our library during this special week, and hopefully, together, we can “open” your child's secret reading powers!

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge 2019

This year the school has not be registered for the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. However don’t despair! We have included a link to the booklists for you and there is a display in the school library with a selection of books.

These can be borrowed during the classroom library sessions or from 8.45 – 9.00am when the library is open.

Browse the list and find the books that are right for your child. Record reading on their regular classroom reading log.

Include the title of the book and ‘PRC’ to indicate it’s a book from the Premiers’ Reading Challenge.


The Challenge aims to inspire children and young people to read more books.

 It is not a competition, but a challenge to each student to read.


The English Team


Click here to go to the Premiers’ Reading Challenge Booklists

1/2's Inquiry Unit - Materials and Design

On Thursday and Friday of last week the 1/2s were able to see how the Inquiry unit they investigated (Materials and Design – choices and the impact we make) can bring about a result in so many different areas.

  • The garden and landscape group planted native trees one day and mulched the next.
  • The basket and weaving group made looms and weaved and created interesting designs and patterns.
  • The mud kitchen group had a go at using gaffer tape, cable ties and twine to put pallets and card together to make the kitchen.
  • The cubby house group investigated using straw and mud, making a clay pop up installation base and they also got very muddy and had a lot of fun.  

It was great for the kids to see that their investigating, planning, designing and ultimately building/creating to complete the unit can take place.  The students got to choose which group to go into and that allowed for students from different classes to work together collaboratively.




Special thanks to our parent helpers and donations of items that went into the four projects.


From the 1/2 students and teachers

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

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

50 free native trees from City West Water

Last week, Katherine (teacher) informed the Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee that we received 50 free native trees from City West Water.  City West Water provided bamboo and cardboard guards for the trees and the trees were in tiny tubes. We were even given native grass!


As part of their Inquiry unit on Materials and Design – a group of 1/2 students with Alyena (teacher), Nicole (parent) and Marie (parent), spent Thursday morning planting the trees. Brian helped us as well in many ways, especially with his mallet and making sure the bamboo was secure and then he fenced off the area with black and yellow tape.

At the end of the school day, all students are welcome to tip out any water left in their bottles on to the trees, just please be careful when you do this as the trees are very, very small and young.

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.


Fundraising Events

What’s Coming Up?

Bunnings BBQ – Saturday 17th August

Moonee Ponds West will be hosting the Bunnings Maribyrnong BBQ on Saturday 17th August. This is always a great day with high demand for a Bunnings Sausage and a great fundraiser for our school. We would love your help with ensuring the day runs successfully. If you can spare a couple of hours on the day to help with either cooking, serving or general preparation please sign up here



 Parent Function - Friday 11th October



We also need your help! We will be running Live and Silent auctions along with Raffle Hampers to support the event.  We are looking for items for the Auctions from substantial through to smaller along with items that may contribute towards our Hampers. Do you have connections where you  might be able to source items as a donation or perhaps a substantial discount? Some examples of donations might be a Weekend away in a Holiday House, a Hotel stay, Dinner for 2, Homewares, Sporting Goods, Non-perishable food items, Service or Goods Vouchers, Electronics, Memberships, to name a few! If you can help we would love to hear from you – please get in touch via the School Office!  The fundraising team will also be seeking the support of local businesses but it would be great to hear what our School Community has to offer! Thank you 😊 


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 6th August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Wednesday 7th August

5/6 Swimming Group 2

Thursday 8th August

MVIMP Music Camp Gala Concert

Friday 9th August

MVIMP Music Camp returns

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

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

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

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

Lost Hearing Aid

Hearing Aid lost on the 5th of August in the vicinity of the school and grounds. Please note that there is a small battery inside.

If found please contact Orme Harris on 90432473

Thanking you.





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