Moonee Ponds West Primary School

10 September 2019
2019 - Issue 27
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!
Sport News
Music 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

Dear Parents,Carers, Students,Staff and members of the Moonee Ponds West Community

Hope you were able to come to the annual Show Day.  The weather was glorious, the excitement high as the children planned and set about carrying out their show day plans. Thank-you to parents who cleaned out toy cupboards to assist with the prizes.  I think there were a number of winners on the day!

Staffing News

At present we have an Assistant Principals position advertised.  Getting a permanent person in this position will add stability to our school.  In selecting for this position, we use a representative Panel and Key Selection Criteria. It is an exciting opportunity for the school I believe.  Stay tuned.


With a younger staff profile there are often life highlights to celebrate.  Congratulations to Amy Robinson who is having a baby!  Amy’s baby is due early in 2020 so she will continue with us for the rest of 2019.  Our best wishes go to Amy.

Ms Jenny Irvine is having period of sick leave until the end of the term.  We collectively wish Jenny well and eagerly await her return. 

The Sponsorship Survey

As we mentioned last newsletter we are seeking opinion on our current Sponsorship policy as it comes into the cycle of review. Your thoughts will be helpful so please take a moment to offer your comment.  There are only two questions. This link is

2020 NAPLAN results

We received the school’s NAPLAN results last week. Generally, the trend is one of improvement especially about student learning growth in Reading, Writing and Number.  Your individual student NAPLAN results are at the General Office for collection.  Can’t get in to get them, then please make arrangements through the Office to have them posted to you. The following is a snapshot of the trends.


Student Learning Growth Year 3-5 for 2019

NAPLAN is a snapshot in time of performance both individual and school, and when we use the analysis data (in the aspects of reading, number, spelling and grammar and punctuation), we can find our areas of strength, and aspects that need additional attention.  Sometimes there are discrepancies in results and it is worth a chat to the teacher to see the complete picture of achievement.

Continuous Reporting

The Three/Four (3/4) teachers are trialling Continuous Reporting this Semester.  With the provision of devices, and a more personalised approach to the learning sequence which provides feedback in a regular and more immediate cycle, many schools have moved to this more relevant option. Teachers already plan together in their in school time Professional Learning Team, and it is whilst planning that assessment tasks are developed. At the beginning or completion of a task a sample of the student’s learning is captured and assessed either against a rubric or an achievement scale.  Such tools provide the student with a description of what has been achieved and what is next. At the end of the year the written report will be a simple one page document with the achievement against the expected levels for the year, and a general comment.  Continuous Reporting promotes differentiation and assessment and learning at ‘point of need’.  Already there has been evidence provided of learning tasks in Mathematics, and writing with  more to be added before the end of this term. The team will be seeking feedback at the end of the first cycle which will be at the end of this term.  

Our Team successes

Congratulations to the Athletics Team that performed well at the recent District Athletics Carnival.  Good on Logan (200m) and Lachie T (Hurdles) for progressing to the next level.  Congratulations also to the Basketball teams that were involved in the Interschool Basketball Competition last week.  All played well and improved with each game.

Well that’s about it from me.  Until we meet in person, stay warm in this typical September weather!

Sincerely and with gratitude

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 Engagement  commence at 4.00 pm

  • Thursday 20th June 
  • Monday 29th July 
  • Monday 2nd September 
  • Monday 18th November
  • Monday 9th December

Community Engagement Sub Committee Report

Our newly formed Community Engagement Sub-Committee of School Council meets monthly in the weeks before School Council.  The purpose is to deal with all things Community; discussing aspects of involvement, parent, community participation across the school, and linking Parent Reps to the School Council.  At our last meeting we looked at the Volunteers Policy providing information to update within the cycle.

The Sub-Committee is also wanting to develop a Parent Skills and Volunteers register as  many schools have such a register.  The purpose would be to access the skills and support of the community. Please consider  adding your name and skills to the register.

If you are wanting to be part of the Community Engagement Sub-Committee we meet on a Monday after school (4pm) in Kerri’s Office.  The next meeting is Monday 18th November (Please note there are no School Council meetings held in October).  All interested welcome to attend.


At present Convenor and Minute-taker.

School Council Meeting 26th August 2019 Report 

School Council had its first meeting for Term 3 on Monday 26 August 2019.

As always, the reports from the sub-committees were presented. The sub-committees are Education, Environment and Sustainability, Community Partnerships, Junior School Council and Resources.

Councillors examined the Annual Implementation Plan Mid-Year evaluation which will be presented to the community later in the year. This document is a ‘traffic light’ style document which reflects the work to date that has taken place in the school.

Next week, Jack’s Paddock will be a building site as the builders will begin creating the structure that we discussed earlier this year. After the building of the structures are put up, we will plan community working bees and all hands on deck welcome!

The Year 2 sleepover is planned for Friday 25 October 2019 in Term 4 and we have just had a successful swimming program for the 5/6 students, with many children taking part.

J.S.C. is supporting the Cancer Council as the chosen charity for the monies raised from the Fun Run this Friday 30 August. 

The next meeting is on Monday 16 September 2019.  As always, parents are welcome to join any of the sub-committees, please see later in this newsletter for dates and times for each sub-committee.

Alyena Mohummadally

School Councillor

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 


A big thank you to the school community for the wonderful support given to our Book Fair.

We were overwhelmed with the response. It is very gratifying knowing that reading and books play such a huge part in the lives of you and your children.

We sold $5437.00, 30% of the sales comes back to the school in reward points,  which can be used to purchase new titles for the library as well as multiple copies of books for the various Literature Sets.

Congratulations to the winner of our Book Hamper, Charlotte G from Room 21.

Many Thanks

Michele & Denise

NEW! MPWPS Dance Program

The dance program was a huge success in Terms 2 & 3. The program offers the opportunity for students from all year levels to participate in a dance program at the school during lunch times. Jayde has received wonderful feedback from the students and parents involved over the years running her program at schools across Melbourne.

The cost will be $6.00 per lesson (inc. GST) paid in one instalment of $60.00 (Term 4 will run as an 10 week program) Students are not required to purchase dance wear, they simply show up in their uniform and have a great time with their friends.

If you are interested in your child enrolling in the Term 4 Dance Program, please contact Jayde on the details below.

Jayde Egan

P:0422 089 964


Sand Pit Toys required

With the spring weather  arriving the sandpit is a popular area for student play.  Our school sandpit is in need of some of some new sand pit toys for students to enjoy. If you have any sand pit toys that you would like to donate to the school could they please be dropped off at the Office.


Thank you.

Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!

Bottle caps update! – Ending collecting this term (on 18 September)

Thank you to all who have donated so far and we now have so many bottle caps! We have almost reached our school goal of 10,000 bottle caps, but will continue until the last Wednesday of term (18 September 2019). 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. If you can, please give them a rinse as well so we don’t have to! 

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).  See the website for more information.


They’re Calling On You campaign –Melbourne Zoo update.

Last year students at MPW collected phones for the Melbourne Zoo campaign and if you have any phones that you don’t use anymore, you can place them  in the box at the office.  An update from Melbourne Zoo:

Eastern Lowland Gorillas are on the brink of extinction. You can help protect gorillas in Africa simply by donating your mobile phone.

So far, we've recycled and re-purposed more than 171,000 devices donated by individuals, schools and workplaces. But what's the connection between mobile phones and gorillas?

View the website for more!

Green Team Report MPW Show Day 2019

Dear Moonee Ponds West Community,

On Wednesday the 4th of September we had our annual Show Day event. As much fun as it is, Show Day has also been known to generate a lot of waste.

But this year the Green Team was able to help reduce the waste of the event. We did this by creating a ‘sustainability checklist’ that all classrooms received and used. Everyone then did their best to think about the waste that their activity might produce.

Last week at Show Day, we noticed that instead of paper posters, kids found new ways to advertise their stalls, like using chalk and whiteboards.

We also noticed that many kids used upcycled materials in their activities such as cardboard boxes, drink bottles and bottle-caps. There were also many stalls that used re-usable materials such as frypans, mugs and hula hoops.

Lastly, we would like to acknowledge the stalls who went out of their way to create something better for the school and the environment around us. One of these stalls encouraged kids to collect rubbish and trade it for a plant as a prize. Another stall was a competitive rubbish relay. There was also an environmental film festival and website launch! Well done to everyone that got involved!


Sport News


Well done to our school Athletics Team that competed at the  District Athletics on Friday 16th August at Aberfeldie Park.  MPW finished equal 2nd overall!  Thank you to Lisa, Jill, Ben and all the parents who helped out on the day.

The following students qualified to compete at Division Athletics on Tuesday 3rd September at Keilor Park: Kai H, Logan J, Charlotte MP, Finn Mc, Orlando P, Olivia R, Demi S, Jake S, Lachlan T and Taisei W.

Good luck to Logan (200m) and Lachie T (Hurdles) who now go on to Regionals after finishing 2nd in their events!!




On Friday 6th September we had 1 boys team and 1 girls team compete at our District Basketball Carnival.  Thanks to Julie D and all the parents who came and supported.  We had a great day with our boys team finishing 2nd in our pool with 4 wins and 1 loss and our girls team won 2 out of their 5 games.

Fun Run

On Friday 30th August MPW held its 28th annual Fun Run.  We had terrific weather and it was great to see the school community come together. 

A big thank you to all the parents, carers, grandparents who volunteered to cut fruit, stamp hands, supervise corners and drink stations, we can’t hold this event without you so thank you for your support.

We also had former MPW student Lynden Dunn (Collingwood FC) come in on Thursday to promote the Fun Run and share some of his experiences with our students.



Music News

Good luck to the senior choir students participating in the 2019 Victorian Spectacular this weekend.


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

Fundraising Events

What’s Coming Up?

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 10th September

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Thursday 12th September

VSSS Choir Dress Rehearsal @ Melbourne Arena

Philosothon Excursion

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

Thursday 17th October

Foundation/One Activity Night 5.00 pm

Friday 25th October

Grade 2 Sleepover


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
Enrolment intentions 2020.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