Moonee Ponds West Primary School

30 April 2019
2019 - Issue 10
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Sport News
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

Greetings Parents, Carers, Community Members and Students,

Welcome back to Term 2.  A bit of a short week for our first week back, with Easter Monday and Anzac Day all in the one week! The term starts with a focus on our 5/6 camping program (weeks 2 and 3) and then NAPLAN Statewide testing (week 4).

NAPLAN in 2019

The statewide testing program is in Week 4 this year (May 14, 15 with a catchup day on May 16).  In preparation the teachers have been given a reading from Fountas and Pinnell entitled ‘Teaching the Genre of Testing’.  For students to do their best in such a test situation they require an understanding of how to answer a multiple choice question and how to identify a ‘distractor’ to name a couple of skills. Students also have to write within a time constraint and to a prompt. This can be difficult if not part of existing teaching process.  In real life we all have to write to a time frame sometimes, so this is really a life skill.  Our students in Year 5 perform well above the State, and our result is similar to other schools with students like ours.  In Year 3 we perform at the State a little different to other schools with students like ours.  In preparation for the NAPLAN we certainly don’t need to do extensive test practice, but we do need to provide every opportunity for our students to do their best, and see this as an opportunity to be involved in a different learning experience. Teachers already use three pieces of learning evidence when planning for learning needs, with one piece being an external measure.   Good teaching practice will stand up to any external measure I believe. The NAPLAN is a snapshot in time; it does help if children are encouraged to do their best. Hoping your child will participate and you will be able to talk together about giving their best effort in this task.

Parent Term Calendar

We include again with this newsletter the Parent Term Calendar.  All the important dates have been added to the Community Calendar in COMPASS, and any changes will appear here for your convenience. 


Parent Forums for Term 2

This term we are very fortunate to have Dr David Collins host the Forums.  David will provide information on Anxiety and our children, including how we can support children to be confident and more resilient.  The first Forum is May 3rd from 9-10 am.  Young siblings are welcome as we will have some toys for them.  The second Forum will be on June 7th again 9-10 am.  We will confirm the venue via COMPASS on Thursday.  

Our NYC trip

We had a great time with other teachers and leaders, viewing lessons and speaking with students about their learning.  We were able to see students from kindergarten to Year 9 engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics from District 20 in Brooklyn.  The STEAM Expo was held at a Junior High School with each school exhibiting their chosen project.  Jarrod and I hope to put our pictures together for viewing on the General Office TV.  We are required to put a report together for the Department of Education, and have given an undertaking to the Superintendent of District 20 that we will contribute to a professional article on our international partnership.  When completed we will add it to the website under school documents.

Our Annual Implementation Plan for 2019

So what are we working on this year? I am including a summary of the foci for our work this term.  The School Council through the Education Sub-Committee monitors the implementation of our goals and targets for the year.   Have a look at the summary.  It is good to be informed.


Toilet Update

Unfortunately the finishing of the toilets has been held up, as has the completion of the refurbishment of the toilets in the Hall Building.  Please be patient we are almost there.  In the meantime we have the use of the portable toilets as we had last term.  The builders are waiting on the partitioning for the cubicles and the laser sheeting for the top of the Toilet Block. We will keep you updated via COMPASS so please activate your password and get into the habit of checking COMPASS for school communication.

Cross Country Trials

Thank-you to the parents who provided feedback on the original dates proposed.  We have been able to adjust to APRIL 29th so that we can get the maximum number of children involved.  The trials were held on Monday and by all accounts there was some very good running!  Well done to all students who participated and the parents who gave time to help with the supervision.

2020 Foundation Parent Evening

This year we are holding a parent information session for prospective parents.  If you have a child that is to start school in 2020, I invite you to attend to become familiar with the school and our transition processes. These have changed a little over time.  The Prospective Parent Information Evening is on  Thursday 16th May at 6.30pm.  Of course, if you know families who also may be interested spread the word!


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

Sincerely and in good faith

Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting at MPWPS)


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
  • Monday August 5th
  • Monday September 2nd
  • 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


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 


Education News 


Moonee Ponds West Primary School is committed to enhancing student learning by working collaboratively between home and school.  The opportunity to practice reading for improved comprehension and fluency is crucial to all students, and so the school is offering our students the opportunity to join our Early Bird Readers Club.

In Term 2, some staff will be available in the library between the hours of 8.30am to 8.45am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, to listen to students in Year 2 – 4 read. Children will be given time to practice their reading with the support of an adult. 

Classroom teachers will ensure ‘just right’ books are selected for students to bring to these sessions.  These books will be in their Home Reading satchel.  Students are asked to bring these books in the morning with them to the library.

A Sign-In book will be allocated at the entrance of the library and students are asked to independently sign in as they arrive at 8.30am.  The Early Bird Readers Club will commence on Tuesday MAY 7th.

If your child is excited about reading and would like to join our Early Bird Readers Club could you please contact their classroom teacher and they will ensure that you child will have their ‘just right’ books sent home with them at the end of the day.  We encourage children to attend all or at least two mornings for their improvement to be immediate.

Thank-you to all involved.  We look forward to your feedback on this new learning opportunity.


Lisa Angelo (for the Early Bird Readers Club)




In Flanders Fields - Wednesday 24th April 2019 Today Room 2 read the poem, In Flanders Fields. We focused on visualising when listening to the poem.  Students then illustrated what they visualised. This was to acknowledge ANZAC Day.



Room 7 Inquiry

Dear parents and carers,

Room 7 are organising a small business for our inquiry topic. We have chosen to create Beeswax wraps. In case you don't know what they are, they are sustainable wraps to keep your food fresh. Room 7 are trying to erase glad wrap as much as we can, and replace it with this product. To achieve our goal we need the following items:

  • Honeycomb or pure Beeswax (pure Beeswax is referred) at least 1kg please
  • Jojoba oil 120ml
  • Pine resin or Dammar gum at least 500g
  • 100% only cotton fabric

If you are able or willing to donate these items please contact Liz in Room 7 MPWPS, by the middle of week 3.

Thank you,
Sincerely Room 7


Sport News

Cross Country

We held our Cross Country Trials on Monday 29th April at MPW.  Congratulations to all our competitors who challenged themselves to run 3km and 2km respectively in their age groups.

We saw some great individual performances, but a highlight of the day was the encouragement and confidence the students gave each other.


Thanks to all the parents and carers who helped supervise the course and Fiona & Lisa who assisted with the results.


Good luck to the students listed below who will represent our school at District Cross Country on Friday May 17th.


Winter Sport

This week winter sport begins with MPW Gold playing Nth Melbourne at home.  MPW Blue has a bye.

Students will play games of Football, Netball and Tee Ball.  Students who are not selected in their team for a week will participate in some Basketball coaching from SEDA students, who are being supported to develop their coaching skills.


This week the fixture and teams will be sent via Compass to all Gr 5/6 Parents & Carers.  This information is also on the Sports notice board in the Gym

Fundraising Events

Election Day BBQ & Cake Stall - Saturday 18th May 2019

As Moonee Ponds West PS will be the site of a polling booth for the 2019 Federal Election the fundraising team will be hosting a BBQ and Cake Stall on the day to raise funds to continue to enhance our great school. Voting will be open from 8am to 6pm on the day so we will be running the stalls from 8am until sold out! We will therefore require lots of home-baked goodies to sell on the day and LOTS of volunteers to support the BBQ and Cake Stall. Baking information and packaging will be sent home to families in the next 2 weeks and if you are able to spare some of your time to support our stalls on Election Day please sign up to volunteer here


If you have any questions please direct them to the Fundraiser Team via the School Office.


Thank you,

MPW Fundraising Team

MPW Movie Night 2019

We are very excited to inform the MPW School Community that we raised $5013 at our Annual Movie night on the 22nd of March.

Thank you to our very generous School Community for their support.


School Information

General Office

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

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

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 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.

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:

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free)

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

In 2018 - 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 Calendar


Tuesday 23rd April

Term 2 Begins

Tuesday 30th April

5/6 Camp Kookaburra Group 1 departs


Friday 3rd May

Parent Forums 

9:00 to 10:00 am

5/6 Camp Group 1 returns

Monday 6th May

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Tuesday 7th May

5/6 Camp Group 2 departs

Friday 10th May

5/6 Camp Kookaburra Group 2 returns

Tuesday 14th May

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Saturday 18th May

Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall

Monday 27th May

School Council 7:00 pm



Monday 3rd June

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11th June

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Monday 17th June

School Council 7:00 pm

Monday 24th June

Japan Tour departs

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Community News





Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Early Bird Readers Club_Tm2_2019.pdf
Copy of 2019ParentMeetingcalendar_Term_2_.pdf
AIP FLYER_MPW 20_03_19.pdf