Moonee Ponds West Primary School

20 July 2018
Issue 21
Principal's report
Community Calendar
Education 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 Parents, Carers, Students and Friends of MPWPS,

Term 3 has commenced and welcome new staff to our team; Ms Amy Wirth in Foundation and One, Ms Kim Satchell in year 2/3; and Ms Joanne Teeuw in year 3/4. We look forward to learning alongside you this year and we hope that your contribution to MPWPS will make the difference.


How is this communication tool going for you?  Haven’t logged in yet?  Lost the booklet and your special password?  Not to worry!  All can be solved by contacting Sandra in the General Office.  With the upcoming Three-Way Conferences your class teacher maybe trying to contact you to arrange a time, so best if you can access COMPASS. 


What is new with COMPASS?  We have activated the Health Centre/First Aid notification as well.  When your child reports to the First Aid Officer, they will enter the details of the visit onto COMPASS.  A notification will then be forwarded to you.  There is no need to call the school unless you are overly concerned as the usual process of calling parents for your consideration of an injury or illness will still occur. 


All classes are now marking the attendance roll on COMPASS. The roll is marked in the class by 9.05 and if your child is absent, an SMS will be sent to alert you.  Of course, if you have let the Office, or marked the absence on COMPASS from home, then no SMS as we know exactly where your child is. We have noticed that some long-term absences entered prior to this process have not transferred so we apologise for any inconvenience. Please be patient with us as sometimes in the early days of learning a new process there are slips. If you get an SMS and you know, your child is at school call to check.  This is a simple process in the Office and reassuring for you. The roll is marked frequently across the school day to ensure children are safe. 

Lost Property

We have returned the LOST PROPERTY to the Gym on the right hand-side as you enter.  It is just outside the OSHC Office.  If you are entering to look for an item, please indicate to an adult that you are there so that the OSHC leaders know.  When looking at the Lost Property I noticed that many items are of free dress, expensive and unnamed.  Hardly any were the uniform items.  Interesting I thought! I hope that returning the Lost Property to this area will be more convenient and items will be returned to their rightful homes!  Thank you to the parent volunteers who have been wrestling with the Lost Property over the months.  Your attention to this area is welcome and appreciated.

Cold Weather

With the recent cold weather, please come inside the buildings where you can to stay warm and dry.  However, do remember that classes are in action and teaching and learning is still the focus. This is especially in the Junior or Hall Building.  Conversations echo in the Hall area, and if there, is a Hall session concluding the children and the teacher need to get about packing up, and sharing the experience, so please position yourself so you are not in the way. I ask for your cooperation in ensuring your safety and that of the students and staff.

Three-Way Conferences (Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews)

Next Wednesday July 25 is  STUDENT FREE so that the teachers and students can speak about their learning with you.  Please ensure that you have booked online via COMPASS and that your child attends with you. Student Portfolios hold   samples of your child’s learning.   The Three-Way Conferences complete the Reporting to Parents cycle for Semester 1.  

This term we will be establishing an Assessment and Reporting team to review our Reporting to Parent processes, streamlining some aspects adjusting to needs of students, seeking your opinion on what is valued and what can be improved.  Staff through our internal processes will consider any adjustments, and recommendations will be forwarded for discussion and inclusion in the policy at the Education Committee.  It is an exciting time as we move to improve what we already do.

The Front Gates

During the school day, the front gates will be closed. Please use the latch to open and close on exit. Entry to the school during the day is through the General Office.  As the Child Safe regulations demand, all adults entering the school site during school hours must sign in and out.  Has your child has forgotten something?  Come to the General Office and we will ensure this gets to them! Thank you in anticipation.

School Review Information

This year we are in Review by the Department of Education.  This process of improvement occurs every three (3) years. Our Review days commence on October 16th.   A Parent Forum will be held on August 2nd to seek your feedback on your school including these into our Self Evaluation.  The Self Evaluation is prepared first, then the external Reviewer (Phillip Morrison) will visit and be in the school for three days seeking to hear from all.  At the end of the process, we will have a new Strategic Plan that will guide us for the next three (3) years.

The Parent Forum is on August 2nd at 7.00 pm in the Performing Arts Space. Please join us to help with the development of a rich Self Evaluation.  We will also be offering an Online Survey for families and a chance for you to speak directly to me via the Principal’s Open Line each Monday from 9.30-10.00 am.

Living and Growing Program for Years 3-6

This term are part of the learning program, and in line with expectation of the Victorian Curriculum we are offering the Living and Growing program for years 3-6.  Sex Education Australia (SEA) facilitates the program we offer.  A very successful Parent Evening was held on Tuesday evening. The information shared at this evening demonstrated age appropriate topics and some handy phrases for parents to use when children might delve into areas not appropriate for their age.  Jenny, our facilitator took questions and has provided me with information about program changes.  The program commences next week (week2) on Tuesday for years 5/6 and Friday for 3/4 classes.

Term 3 changes

At this stage as a result of a time fraction change Performing Arts will be offered to the following year levels in Term 3 - 1/2, 2/3, 3/4 and  to the following year levels F/1, 5/6 in Term 4, thus enabling all children to have this experience but in a different format.  Should you wish to speak to me about this please call.

State Schools Spectacular

Congratulation to those children who are working hard to be part of this spectacular event. Having the opportunity to perform in such a large arena is wonderful.  The first practice day is next Wednesday July 25 or Reporting to Parents day, so please speak to your child’s teacher if your child is involved and you may need to reschedule to a time outside this day.  Chookas everyone!

Well that is about it from me.  Remember to be logged onto COMPASS because information and keeping informed is important.



Sincerely and in good faith

Kerri Simpson

Notices Home

Monday 16th July 

  • Room 11 - teaching arrangements

Wednesday 18th July

  • COMPASS Update - Whole school


Community Calendar


Monday 16th July

Term 3 starts 9:00

Tuesday 17th July

Parent Information Session - 'Living and Growing Program' 19:00

Tuesday 24th July

Japan Tour 2019 Parent

Information meeting 19:00

Wednesday 25th July

Curriculum Day (Reporting to Parent Day - Pupil Free)

VSSS Rehearsal 8:00

Friday 27th July

Athletic trials Grade 5/6 @ Aberfeldie Athletic Track


Thursday 2nd August

Parent Forum 19:00 in the Performance Space

Friday 3rd August

Athletic trials Grade 3/4 @ Aberfeldie Athletic Track

Monday 6th August

Education Sub Committee 18:30

Wednesday 8th August

Excursion to Melbourne Water Treatment Plant Rm's 11, 12 and 24

Thursday 9th August

Excursion to Melbourne Water Treatment Plant Rm's 16 & 17

Tuesday 14th August

Circus  Years 5/6


Resource Committee - 19:00

Tuesday 21st August

MVIMP Music Camp departs

Wednesday 22nd August

VSSS Rehearsal - Melbourne Town Hall

Book Character Dress Up Day and Multi Aged Workshops

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 23rd August

MVIMP Concert - Lady Northcote Bacchus Marsh

Friday 24th August 

MVIMP Music Camp return

Monday 27th August

School Council 19:00


Monday 3rd September

Education Sub Committee 18:30

Wednesday 12th September

Environment Committee Meeting 18:00

Thursday 13th September

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Friday 14th September 

VSSS Dress Rehearsal  8:00

Saturday 15th September

VSSS Matinee and Evening Performance




Education News 

EXCITING Japanese News!!!

We are already planning for the Japan Study Tour in 2019. Next Tuesday we are meeting in the library at 7.00 pm with all students who are interested in going and their families. If you haven’t already filled in the Expression of Interest form, it is included below.

We are looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday!


Diana, Cindy, Sandra and Kerri


National Disability Insurance Scheme

Please find below information for families about the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  This comes into operation in 2018. If you are interested in attending these information sessions please read the Parent Flyer and request additional assistance from our General Office if you require.


Australian Mathematics Competition

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. It has since spread internationally, with students in more than 30 countries attempting the same problems. The competition will be available in paper format.

The AMC is for students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6). The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking and questions are designed so that they can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. The problems get more difficult through the competition, so that at the end they are challenging to the most gifted students. Students of all standards will make progress through the problems, and also be challenged along the way.

If your child is in grade 3, 4, 5 or 6 and would like participate please collect an enrolment form from the office. The Competition will take place on August 9 at school.

There is a cost of $6.50 to participate in the competition.

If you have a question please see Vicki McCormack in Room 4.


National Tree Day

Next Friday, MPW will be celebrating National Tree Day! To support this wonderful community event, each classroom will participate in an activity during Free Activity Time (FAT). Joining with Bunnings, Maribyrnong we will be planting native seeds in the classrooms and we will also be planting some more native plants within our school, near the soccer pitch during lunch time.


Parents are welcome to support the classrooms during this FAT session if you would like. Just touch base with your classroom teacher.


We look forward to making MPW a little greener!

Chess Coaching


Fundraising Events

Our next event is ....
Spring Fling – Friday Oct 19th 

Please mark it in your diary!

Thanks again,

The Fundraising Team.

Fundraising contacts

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


Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Japan Tour 2019 Expression of Interest.pdf
MPWPS After School CHESS.pdf
MPWPS After School CHESS.pdf
Parent NDIS session.pdf
Parent flyer NDIS.pdf