Moonee Ponds West Primary School

01 June 2018
2018 - Issue 16
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 to all in the MPWPS Community

Well, I have almost been here for two full weeks; how am I going do you think?  Happy to have your feedback and in fact in Term 3 I plan to dedicate time from 9.30 to 10.30 each MONDAY for your feedback. Simply call in to the Principals Feed hour called Principal’s Open line! You can talk about any aspect of our school life during this time.  If you have a bouquet fantastic, if you have a brickbat also great and we will endeavour to get back to you within 48 hours to give a response.   I look forward to taking your calls on the first Monday of Term 3 until the end of the year.  Of course not on Public Holidays!

Vision and Values Working Party

Vision and Values Working Party: Over the past term and a half, a group of people (representative of the stakeholders) have been canvassing opinion and feedback around the Vision and Values of the school.  This group consists of parent representatives (Lee Cath - School Councillor, Sarah Downard and David Collins), Staff representatives (Mandy Jones- Student Wellbeing Team and Sue Phillips- Staff Wellbeing Team) and representatives on behalf of students (Maddie Carter and Louise McNab - Junior School Council convenors). In most schools this process occurs prior to a Review period, and so MPWPS is right on point.

Extensive consultation was conducted with staff, parent/carers and students. As a result of this work, our Vision and Values statement has been drafted, with all feedback to date considered under the guidance of Sharon Butler, a department of education consultant. We welcome your comments and endorsement of the draft, which is included below.  Following this feedback, the draft will be finalised by the V & V working group and presented to Education Sub-Committee for discussion, then recommendation  to School Council for ratification. All stakeholders are receiving this draft statement, so that it can be fine grained in ensuring we have it correct.  Please remember that in any consultation process we are consulting and hearing all voices so that we can get the best outcome for all.

Please send your comment to the working group via:

We will accept comment until June 5th so that we can table our final draft at  Education Sub-Committee on June 14th.   Please note this meeting date change to accommodate this process. 


Draft Vision and Values Statement

Our Vision:

  • Young people will leave MPW as knowledgable, independent, critical thinking individuals able to take their place in the world with the capacity and courage to create a better future.
  • The MPW community do this by nurturing compassion, creativity and a love of learning.
  • Values:
  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

Regional Literacy Training

This year the South Western Metropolitan Region is offering all schools the chance to train a Literacy learning Leader(s) for their school.  At MPWPS we are aiming to train two (2) teachers.  Their role will then be to support the literacy learning across the school Foundation to Year 6.  Not only is this a wonderful leadership opportunity for two of our teachers, but it will enable us to strengthen our existing structures and strategies around literacy learning.  We offered this opportunity to staff on the Literacy Curriculum team. I will let you know which teachers will be involved as we are at present going through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process as we think many staff will be wanting this experience.

COMPASS is coming to Moonee Ponds West PS

Over the past week I have been talking to teachers and parents about how we could improve an already great school.  Most have said communication.  I understand there was a trial of Schoolbag recently (thank you to those who contributed to this trial) and I want to reassure you that COMPASS builds on and extends communication in many many areas.  We will have a parent component of COMPASS open for our upcoming Parent/Teacher/Student (or Three-Way) Conferences in early term 3. I am very excited about the possibilities that COMPASS can offer all stakeholders.  So stay tuned for information about this new and exciting development.

Drop Off and Pick up Zones

Over the past week I have been monitoring the flow into and out of these areas.  It seem the front moves better that the Eglington St Zone.  So here are some further suggestions for co-operation and safety:

  • If you are waiting for your child please remain in your car.
  • If there are no spaces in the Drop Off zone please drive on to the roundabout, and do a loop so to speak
  • Always remain courteous and
  • Come a little after 3.30pm (say 3.40) and when most cars have gone and the area is free.

Let’s see how these suggestions go over the next week.


Well that’s about it from me. It has been really great to meet you and your children during this week.  One of my oldest and dearest colleagues/friend made this comment when she knew I was coming to MPWPS ‘’you are at your natural home Kerri!”


Yours sincerely

Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting)

Notices Home

Tuesday 29th May

  • School Council Election - whole school

Wednesday 30th May

  • 'Eye See' pole day - whole school

Thursday 31st May

  • 'Celebrating the Arts' - whole school
  • Fun Run update - whole school

Friday 1st June 

  • Teacher update - Room 2
  • Teacher update - Room 7

School Council

School Council Report

Meeting held: 28 May 2018 at 7.00pm in the Principal's office



School Council President, Louise Evans, welcomed new councillors and Acting Principal Kerri Simpson to the meeting.


School Council Election

Two senior representatives from the Department of Education and Training visited for part of the meeting to explain the reasons for a new election of council members. These details were to be communicated to all members of the community via a formal letter.


Reports to Council


1. Principal’s Report

Annual Report

The Annual Report to the community has been prepared and will be communicated at this year’s Annual General Meeting. The date for the AGM will be determined at the next school council meeting in June.

Vision and Values

As part of the extensive work being carried out to develop the school’s four-year Strategic Plan, Lee Cath presented a draft Vision and Values statement and spoke about the consultation process to date.

Council endorsed the draft statement, which will be shared with the school community for further comment. It will then be tabled at the education subcommittee meeting on

14 June for consideration and adjustment if necessary.

The aim is for council to ratify the Vision and Values statement at its June meeting.


Information Communication Technology (ICT) Upgrade

In line with recommendations from the Department, the school will be upgrading its ICT infrastructure in several areas. This will result in a more reliable system that is capable of supporting the learning of our students and teachers.


Communication Upgrade

Kerri outlined the benefits of Compass, a web-based school management platform that many schools use. It was noted that MPW has trialed the Skoolbag App, but Compass is a communication, tracking and learning platform all in one. It was agreed that MPW would start moving across to Compass in Semester 2.



Kerri welcomed new staff member Katherine Ayrton and congratulated Alyena Mohummadally, who has accepted an ongoing position within the school. A selection process is now underway for two new staff members who will fill leave positions in Semester 2.


Jarrod Sutton, an experienced Leading Teacher with strong ICT skills, will be joining the team on 4 June to support staff with our ICT upgrade and assist with a range of other technical duties.


2. Education Subcommittee

There was no education subcommittee report presented at this meeting. The next meeting will be held on 14 June.​


3. Environment Subcommittee

The environment subcommittee met on 23 May and is now defining roles and reviewing the school’s Environment Policy. The next meeting will be held on 20 June.


4. Junior School Council

Vicki and Helen reported that the students did a fantastic job running the Mother’s Day Stall this year, which raised $975.00 for charity. The JSC has decided to use some of the money raised to create a memorial for Stan, the school’s neighbour of many years.

The JSC is now busy choosing Fun Run charities and planning its new Wipe Out Waste (WOW) project.


5. Resources Subcommittee

There was no resources subcommittee meeting held in May. The next meeting will be held on 12 June.


General Business


Pick-up /Drop-off Zone​


Council continued to discuss the importance of parents using the ‘pick-up/drop-off zone’ areas safely.

Kerri is exploring some new options to improve the traffic flow in these areas, and she will keep the community up to date as more news comes to hand.


Toilet Redevelopment


The latest drawings from the working party were shared with council members. The community will continue to be kept up to date with this project via the Newsletter.


The next Moonee Ponds West Primary School Council Meeting will be held on 25 June 2018.

School Council Membership

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans - School President
  • Ben Atchison - Vice President
  • Lisa Shaw - Treasurer
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

DET members:

Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer

Michelle Bove

Helen Lockart

Vicki McCormack

Alyena Mohummadally

Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

Community Calendar


Wednesday 6th June

Incursion - Hands On Science  Grade 5/6

Thursday 7th June

Imax/Melbourne Museum - Grades 3/4

Monday 11th June

Queen's Birthday - Public Holiday no school

Tuesday 12th June

Resource Committee - 19:00

Thursday 14th June

Scienceworks Excursion Rm's 6/21/22

Education Sub Committee 19:00

Wednesday 20th June

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 22nd June

Fun Run 9:00 to 11:00

Monday 25th June

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

Wednesday 25th July

Curriculum Day (Reporting to Parent Day - Pupil Free)

VSSS Rehearsal 8:00


Tuesday 14th August

Circus  Years 5/6

Tuesday 21st August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Wednesday 22nd August

VSSS Rehearsal - Melbourne Town Hall

Thursday 23rd August

MVIMP Concert - Lady Northcote Bacchus Marsh

Friday 24th August 

MVIMP Music Camp return

Education News 

F.A.D. – Wednesday May 23rd

Thank you to all the volunteers – adults and children – who planned and ran an activity for our Free Activity Day (or F.A.D.) last week.


It was a fantastic day rated very highly by the children involved. We had a great range of activities on offer – it’s always amazing to see how many different talents and skills people in our community have, and wonderful to see the children try new things and build interest in areas they may not have otherwise experienced.


Your time and effort is greatly appreciated!

Buddy grades

This week all buddy grades across the school got together to participate in an event focusing on social and emotional learning.  All buddy grades were encouraged to participate in an activity to foster whole school practices including rights and responsibilities and restorative justice.

On Wednesday, the whole school participated in buddies day. Room 12 met with Room 1 and Room 2 to learn about animal behaviours. There are four different animal behaviours named crocodile, fox, mouse and dolphin. Crocodile behaviour is when you get angry and aggressive. Fox behaviour is when you hear someone talking about someone behind his or her back and you either tell someone else or tell the person who was spoken about. Mouse behaviour is when you see something bad happen and you don’t do anything about it. Dolphin behaviour is when you speak up and focus on the solution of the problem (this is what the school expects from kids!) We had to do a collage of each of the animals using the colours of what we thought represented the animal behaviour we chose. For example, the colours chosen to represent crocodile behaviour was red and orange. We were in groups working with big buddies and little buddies to make decisions about how decorate the animal collage. At the end of the session, we ate lunch on the footy pitch with the whole school. It was amazing and we were able to let our creative energy flow.  


Written by Celeste and Quynh Room 12



Chantal has had a great start to her 2018 season. Chantal is competing in the Elementary Ladies Division this year and had her first Competition, Autumn Challenge, earlier in the month. Chantal came 1st in the Artistic section and 2nd in the Free Skate.


Chantal’s next National Competition is in Sydney during the Queens Birthday long weekend, she will be representing the Melbourne Figure Skating Club and Ice Skating Victoria at the Hollins Trophy. This prestigious event attracts competitors from all over Australia and New Zealand. Chantal will compete again in Melbourne on the 23rd of June at “Winter Skate” and then in Brisbane for “Winter Sun” from the 11-15th of July.

Sport News

Reminder - M.P.W. FUN RUN

We will be now holding our 27th Annual Fun Run on Friday 22nd June   from 9.00 to 10.30 am.  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 form below if you are able to assist.


Fundraising Events

MPW 80s Trivia Night 2018



When:            Saturday June 2nd June 7:30 -11.30pm

Where:          MPW School Gym

Ticket Cost:  $30pp (BYO Drinks and Nibbles/Snacks)


Hi Families,

Can’t make it to the annual MPW Trivia Night this year……….no problem at all, you can still bid and win some wonderful items/services in our Silent Auction! We’ve taken the Auction online this year enabling all of our wonderful MPW families to take part.


All you need to do is follow this link to our Auction: hit Login and Create an Account (no payment details required)!


You can already browse the amazing items generously donated by local businesses and MPW families and once logged in create a favourites list by clicking the heart on Auction listings. Please keep checking back as we still have a few more things to add before the Auction goes live and you can bid!


The Auction will GO LIVE on Sunday 27th May 2018 at 7pm 

So how does it work? Simple! 

The auction will run via the website link above so please make it a website favourite /add it to your phone’s home screen for easy access. The system allows Proxy bids where you can enter a Maximum bid and the system will bid on your behalf or you can manage your bids one by one! Email notifications are used to inform you when you have been outbid, made a successful bid or won the item at the end of the Auction. At the conclusion of the Auction on Saturday 2nd June 2018 at 10:30pm winners can only collect their items once full payment has been made via cash or credit card either at the Trivia Night on 2nd June or in the school office from Monday 4th June 2018.


Things to note:

  • Auction items’ conclusion time will automatically extend if a bid is made in the last 3 minutes of the Auction (up to a maximum of 30mins extension)
  • We have the right to amend the Auction conclusion time
  • New items may be added at any time prior to the conclusion of the Auction
  • Details of Auction items may be amended prior to any bids being received
  • Please keep the Online Auction details within the MPW community of existing families to enable us to manage it effectively

If you’re coming on the night:

  • Fully charge your phone (we will have a backup laptop if required)
  • Download a “QR Code Reader” app on your phone as Auction items will be displayed with QR codes allowing you to scan and go straight to the Auction item to make your bids
  • Bring along some extra gold coins to play some fun games and enter the raffle, dress up and bring your 80s knowledge, humour and dancing shoes!

Want to come to 80s Trivia but haven’t booked! Book NOW. Tickets selling fast! Don’t miss out on a great night!


If there are any questions please hit the “Contact Us” button on the Auction website and send us an email.


Happy Bidding,

Danielle & Rachel

MPW Fundraising Team

Fundraising contacts

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

Community News



mart Pup For Leo Market Fundraiser

Where: Ascot Vale 15th Essendon Sea Scout Hall (22 Wood Street, Ascot Vale)

When: 5 June at 16:30–20:30

The Market is to raise funds for a Smart Pup service dog for Leo it will help him and our family in so many ways like being able to go out something we struggle with at the moment as he can be unpredictable. Leo has Autism ADHD Laryngomalatia and Central Sleep APONEA. Because of these conditions Leo can get sick really easily and his airway can close over in the past 6 months Leo has had croup 20 times.

Come and join us for Food Trucks Games and market stalls and support Leo.

Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Buddy Activity.pdf
MPW Fun Run.pdf
Parent Fun Run Note.pdf