Moonee Ponds West Primary School

17 March 2020
2020 - Issue 4
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Music News
Fundraising Events
Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!
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, Students, Carers and our  Community,

We had a wonderful WORKING BEE on Sunday with many many hands, making the tasks disappear!  We moved 10 cubic metres of mulch onto existing garden beds, weeded, pruned, swept and tamed the over growing ‘strappy’ plants (Dieties) that are popular around our school.  In Jack's Paddock, teams of parents and children with wheelbarrows and rakes moved 20 cubic metres of Tuscan Topping to redefine the pathways as per our Sensory Garden plan.  It looks wonderful!

We almost had an archaelogical dig with parents and children uncovering the ‘tactile path’ from a time gone bye.  I have since found out the Tactile Path was an art project with each class contributing to a section.  It was a wonderful re-discovery, and we were all very excited!


My grateful thanks to all parents, School Councillors, and children who gave up a precious Sunday morning to assist and to Jarrod Sutton who rescued me and cooked an exceptional BBQ.  I especially acknowledge and thank Adam Wilson (father of Sienna and Jackson) for his skilled work in the ‘scaping’ of this area, and the use of his equipment which enabled completion on the day. Thank-you also to partner Emily for covering Adam’s time away from the family.  Your direction Adam, enabled many!

We are awaiting six (6) wooden fruit boxes to settle into the area to develop as our ‘wicker beds’ which will be the return of the ‘veggie patch’ for growing some food and flowers.  Know how to set up a ‘wicker bed’?  Let us know we will need your expertise!

Finally I have uploaded some photos of the Working Bee in a ‘montage’ below.  

COVID-19 and Moonee Ponds West PS

It’s a crazy world at the moment. I think Australia’s first experience of such a situation since the WWII! How are you all managing?  From the school’s perspective we are endeavouring to adopt a ‘business as usual’ approach.  We have NO confirmed cases or casual contacts in our immediate community, all children seem well, and the staff team are supporting students, parents and each other in a calm and professional manner.  As the current leader of the school, I feel proud of the staff, and acknowledge their behaviours and management, at this difficult and unprecedented time.  Well done team!

As information is received, it is passed onto staff and families via COMPASS, so that all are informed. Whilst this information has been very frequent, it is my intention to pass all relevant details to you.  If families have the information then choices can be made, and we resist the temptation of our minds, to build information that may not be accurate.  Please use the COMPASS portal to keep in touch.  In the event of a closure, this will be the main communication strategy for school to parent, and Google Classroom will be the main learning communication for teachers to students.

Cancelled lessons

MVIMP, Soundgarage, Jayde’s Dancing Group and Chess lessons will be suspended for the next two weeks.  This decision is to be in recognition of the 1.5 metres social exclusion boundary. We apologise for any inconvenience.

School-Home Learning

Moonee Ponds West is well situated for School Home Learning to occur.  We already have some online learning tools (Mathletics, EPIC–reading material, Sunshine Online) and devices for student access. The staff will be meeting over the next nights to discuss the School-Home learning expectations so that we are ready to go if needed. 

Home responsibilities will be:

  • connectivity to the internet through technology,
  • ensure we have up to date email addresses for parents,
  • reading the set program sent out by teachers,
  •  Ensure your child is engaging in at least 30 minutes of reading each day as well the planned tasks set by the teacher.
  • Stay tuned for further updates.

Our Camping Program

The 3/4 Camp which was scheduled to leave on Wednesday of this week has been postponed due to Department of Education directions.  We are seeking a new date but this may not be possible. The directive re camps and excursions could put our future plans under threat.  We will keep you posted early in the new term.

School Photos

As a result of the current situation our School Photos will be rescheduled.  Currently, we are seeking an alternative and will publish this date on COMPASS a soon as we can confirm.

Parent Representatives for 2020

Wonderful news! We have all classes covered with a Parent Rep for this year.  The Parent Reps are as follows:

Please make yourself known to the Parent Rep.  The class teachers will be in contact to ask for your email address and or mobile phone number so a group will be created. This is an opt out process, so please let the Class Teacher know if you are not wanting to be involved.

Well that is about it from me. Until we meet in person, stay calm and well.


Kerri Simpson Principal (acting at Moonee Ponds West PS)

School Council

School Council Meeting Report

Next meeting 23rd March 2020

School Council Membership 2020/2022

Parent members:

  • Simone Beever
  • Matthew Cam
  • Shannon Jeffs
  • Matthew Kenny
  • Jane Kingsley
  • Anna Poole
  • Anna Radywonik
  • Brian Stanley
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Helen Lockart
  • Melanie Beissel
  • Barbara Springfield
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

School Council Meetings
commence at 19:00

  • Monday 24th February
  • Monday 23rd March
  • Monday 25th May
  • Monday 22nd June
  • Monday 24th August
  • Monday 14th September
  • Monday 23rd November
  • Monday 14th December

Sub Committee Meetings

Education Committee - Meetings commence at 18:30

  • Monday 10th February
  • Monday 2nd March
  • Monday 4th May
  • Monday 1st June
  • Monday 3rd August
  • Monday 7th September
  • Monday 2nd November

Resources Committee - Meetings commence at 19:00

  • Tuesday 11th February 
  • Tuesday 10th March
  • Tuesday 12th May
  • Tuesday 9th June
  • Tuesday 11th August
  • Tuesday 8th September
  • Tuesday 10th November
  • Tuesday 8th December


Environment Committee -

Meetings commence at 18:00

  • Wednesday 19th February 
  • Wednesday 18th March 
  • Wednesday 20th May 
  • Wednesday 17th June 
  • Wednesday 19th August 
  • Wednesday 16th September 
  • Wednesday 18th November 

Community Engagement  commence at 4.00 pm

  • Wednesday 19th February
  • Wednesday 18th March
  • Wednesday 20th May
  • Wednesday 17th June 
  • Wednesday 19th August
  • Wednesday 16th September 
  • Wednesday 18th November

Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 

Bluearth at Moonee Ponds West PS


This term our 3/4 team have had the chance to work with an organisation known as Bluearth.  The organisation assist with the development of the physical, emotional and social development of children through mindfulness and movement.  The staff at MPWPS have also been involved in this mindfulness and movement.

We have noticed that the result of this weekly activity has given students some skills and actions to employ when times are tough.

MPWPS likes Bluearth and we hope to continue with these sessions for the remainder of 2020. 


Tips Sheet for helping Children deal with COVID19

Please find attached a tips sheet to de-escalate the worry some children may experience in this current climate.



Music News

MVIMP 2020

The Moonee Vale Instrumental Music Program is a shared program between four schools:

  • Ascot Vale Primary School
  • Ascot Vale West Primary School
  • Moonee Ponds Primary School
  • Moonee Ponds West Primary School

MVIMP offers a quality instrumental music program for students in Grades 3 to 6.

Students are taught in small groups at each of the schools.  Students also have an opportunity to participate in shared workshops, camps, concerts, ensembles or the combined MVIMP band.


We currently have places available to start in Term 2 in:

  • Brass - Trumpet, Trombone and French Horn
  • Strings - Cello, Violin and Viola
  • Woodwind - Clarinets, Flute and Saxophone

If your child is interested in joining the program please contact the MVIMP Co-Ordinator - Sandra Monaghan -


MVIMP 2020 Cello students  Archie and Angus participating in their weekly lessons at MPW


Fundraising Events

Hot Cross Bun Fundraising Drive


Your family should have now received an order form for the MPW and Bakers Delight Hot Cross Bun Drive. This fundraising drive provides you with the opportunity to purchase delicious Hot Cross Buns and make a profit for our school. For every 6 pack of Hot Cross Buns you order Bakers Delight Showgrounds Village will give $1.50 to our school. There are delicious varieties to choose from with Fruit, Fruitless, Apple & Cinnamon and Chocolate Chip on offer. The Hot Cross Buns are the same price as in-store at $7.50 per 6 pack with the benefit of our school raising funds from each pack you purchase.

If you would like to order please complete the order form and bring it to the School Office complete with full payment no later than Friday 20th March 2020. Your Hot Cross Buns will then be ready for collection from Wednesday 25th March. Remember to ask family and friends if they would like to order some too! If you have any questions please direct them to the Fundraising Team via the School Office.









Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall

Environment Committee

Thanks to everyone who attended the working bee on Sunday. If you get the chance, have a look around the school grounds and see some of the great work done. We put down new topping near the Ga-Ga Ball Pit, did lots of weeding, mulching, pruning and a general cleaning up of the school grounds. We were also excited to re-discover the wonderful mosaic path near the Eglinton Street fence! A special thanks to Adam Wilson for all of the work he did both on the day but also in the lead up to the working bee.

Please enjoy the photo gallery from the day below:

The Environment Sub-Committee will be undertaking numerous tasks in the coming months including:

  • overseeing implementation of the recommendations of our recent energy audit;
  • working with experts to develop a landscape and planting plan for the School with a special focus on native plants;
  • creating our edible garden through the grant received from Moonee Valley Council;
  • continuing implementation of the Resource Smart School Program; and
  • working with Green team in their ongoing activities.

We’d love more parents to become involved in the work of the Sub-Committee. You don’t have to come to meetings and can do activities in your own time. If you’re interested, feel free to contact the office or one of the parent reps, Nigel Toussaint, Sara Melvin, Bec Romano or Nicole Marshall.



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 

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.

2020 Term Dates

Term 1:

Wednesday 29th January to Friday 27th March

Term 2:

Tuesday 14th April to Friday 26th June

Term 3:

Monday 13th July to Thursday 17th September

(Friday 18th September Pupil Free)

Term 4:

Monday 5th October to Thursday 17th December

(Friday 18th Pupil Free)

***** End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1,2 & 3. Term 4 is at 3.30 pm

2020 Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Tuesday 28th January and Friday 6th of March

Term 3:

Thursday 23rd July

Friday 18th September

Term 4:

Friday 18th December (Pupil free half day in lieu)

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. You can reduce this by:


Labelling everything that comes to school (a simple sharpie does the trick). 


Thank you to all those that are already in the habit of labelling and checking lost property (located in the gym). It makes our volunteers job much easier. 


School uniforms tend to be well labelled and easy to return. A quick reminder that pre-loved uniforms can be be purchased from the office. 


Top offenders in lost property are:

- casual clothing, particularly larger sizes

- hats 

- drink bottles 

- lunch boxes 


Please consider the drain on our resources every time these items are replaced. Label and check regularly. 



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


Wednesday 18th March

Community Engagement Committee 4.00 pm

Environment Committee  6.00 pm

Monday 23rd March

School Council 7.00 pm

Friday 27th March

Term 1 concludes 2.30 pm


Tuesday 14th April

Term 2 Commences 


Monday 4th May

Education Committee 6.30 pm

Tuesday 12th May

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 20th May

Community Engagement Committee 4.00 pm

Environment Committee  6.00 pm

Monday 25th May

School Council 7.00 pm


Monday 1st June

Education Committee 6.30 pm

Tuesday 9th June 

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 17th June 

Community Engagement Committee 4.00 pm

Environment Committee  6.00 pm

Monday 22nd June

School Council 7.00 pm

Friday 26th June

Term 2 Concludes 


Monday 13th July

Term 3 Commences

Thursday 23rd July

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free day


Monday 3rd August

Education Committee 6.30 pm

Tuesday 11th August

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 19th August 

Community Engagement Committee 4.00 pm

Environment Committee  6.00 pm

Monday 24th August

School Council 7.00 pm


Monday 7th September

Education Committee 6.30 pm

Tuesday 8th September

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Monday 14th September

School Council 7.00 pm

Wednesday 16th September

Community Engagement Committee 4.00 pm

Environment Committee  6.00 pm


Thursday 17th September

Term 3 Concludes

Friday 18th September 

Curriculum Day - Pupil Free day


Monday 5th October

Term 4 commences


Monday 2nd November

Education Committee 6.30 pm

Tuesday 10th November

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Wednesday 18th November 

Community Engagement Committee 4.00 pm

Environment Committee  6.00 pm

Monday 23rd November

School Council 7.00 pm​​​​​​​


Tuesday 8th December

Resources Committee 7.00 pm

Monday 14th December

School Council 7.00 pm

Thursday 17th December

Term 4 concludes at 3.30 pm

Friday 18th December

Curriculum Day - Pupil free (half day)

Community News









Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Declaration of Poll 2020.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf
Hot Cross Bun Order Form 2020 - MPW.pdf