Moonee Ponds West Primary School

23 March 2018
2018 - Issue 8
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

Draft Vision Statement and Values

Today the Vision and Values Working Group reconvened and commenced the work of drafting a Vision Statement and School Values for further community consultation. 


If anyone wishes to provide further feedback and/ or responses to the 4 questions below could they please do so by Thursday.


The questions for your consideration are:

  • What is it about this school that led you to send your child(ren) here and not somewhere else? Why was this important?
  • What is important to your child(ren) at school right now?
  • What kind of person do you want your child(ren) to be?
  • What could/does the school do to prepare your child(ren) for the future?


Once the vision statement and school values have been drafted they will be displayed around the school, placed in the school newsletter and on the school website for a further round of feedback before reconvening the Working Group  to write a final draft of a Vision statement and school Values to take as a recommendation to School Council on May 28th.


Thank you to all members of the school community who responded to the four questions and/or attended workshops/meetings to discuss our school’s vision statement and values.


Thank you also to the members of the working group for their contributions in facilitating the consultation process for students, staff and parent/carer’s.


The consultation process is to enable the views of all community members to be heard – students, families, teachers – whilst being guided by DET policies and legislative requirements. We are not aiming for consensus, rather we are wanting to elicit the key themes that emerge across the consultations. These will be used to shape the Vision and Values for the school for the next 4 years.

Enrolment Tours for 2019 Foundation Students

Enrolment tour dates for prospective 2019 Foundation students are now listed on the school’s website.

Reminder - Photo Day

The school photos will take place on Wednesday 28th March. 

Reminder - Fundraising

Further suggestions as to what our fundraising efforts could be directed towards are most welcome. All suggestions can be forwarded to the school’s email address or dropped into the office.

Movie Night

Tonight is our annual movie night.  One of our major fundraising events will be held in warm weather and under a clear sky tonight. I hope to see all our community members  enjoying the event this evening.

Secondary School Expo

The annual Secondary School Expo was held in the school gym on Wednesday 21st March. Please see the report in Education News.

2018 School Elections

After the close of voting at 4 pm Thursday 15th of March 2018 and the counting of ballot papers I declare the following nominees duly elected to the Moonee Ponds West Primary School Council;


Parent Members

  •  Ben Atchison
  •  Nigel Keegan
  •  Lisa Shaw

At the close of nominations on the 19th February I declare the following nominees duly elected to the Moonee Ponds West Primary School Council,


DET Members

  • Michelle Bovè
  • Alyena Mohummadally

Thank you to all candidates who nominated for the School Council Election. The first council meeting for this new School Council will be held on Monday 26th March 2018 in the Principal’s Office (Admin Building) at 7.00 pm.  

Whole School Assembly next week

A reminder that the school assembly next week will be on Thursday at 9:00 am.

End of Term

A reminder that all children will be dismissed from classes at 2:30 pm on Thursday next week. School resumes on Monday April 16th.


Enjoy the  weekend,



Notices Home

Friday 23rd March

  • Room 17 - Inquiry Unit

Community Calendar


Monday 26th March

School Council 19:00

Tuesday 27th March

Regional Swimming

Wednesday 28th March

School Photo Day

Thursday 29th March

End of Term 1 - early dismissal 14:30


Monday 16th April 

Term 2 commences

Wednesday 25th April

Anzac Day - no school

Thursday 26th April

Curriculum Day - no school



Wednesday 2nd May

Parent Information session - David Hornsby (Literacy) 19:00

Monday 7th May

Grade 3/4 Camp departs

Education Committee 19:00-21:00

Wednesday 9th May

Grade 3/4 Camp returns

Tuesday 15th May

Naplan testing

Resource Committee - 19:00

Wednesday 16th May

Naplan testing

Thursday 17th May

Naplan testing

Friday 18th May

Naplan testing (catch up if required)

Wednesday 23rd May

Environment Committee 18:00

Monday 28th May

School Council 19:00




Education News 

Year Two/Three News!

Last Wednesday as part of our inquiry unit, ‘Who is the Boss of my Brain? -I am!’, children in the Year Two and Three team participated in team building sessions run by Supreme Incursions here at school. These sessions involved children working in groups to undertake challenges requiring them to work together, building on a variety of team building skills.

It was great to see the children working together to overcome challenges. They were fully engaged in the activities, supporting and encouraging each other and never giving up! As a follow-up to the incursion, children reflected on the strategies they used throughout the session and how we can apply concepts such as collaboration, co-operation, sharing, persevering, building trust, communication, etc.  to develop and maintain strong relationships.

I hope you enjoy some of the images included from the session. I know you will agree that it looks like heaps of fun too!

Jenny Irvine (on behalf of the 2/3 Team)


Annual State School Expo

After school on Wednesday 21st March, the annual  State School Expo was held in the gym. Families within the Moonee Valley Network with children in grades 4, 5 & 6 attended the expo and had the opportunity to meet the Principals, some teachers and  Year 7 students from the following local state Secondary Schools:

  • Buckley Park Secondary College
  • Mount Alexander Secondary College
  • Essendon/ Keilor College (East Keilor and Niddrie campuses)
  • Rosehill Secondary College
  • Strathmore Secondary College

These schools had a display and information handouts for interested families. If you would like a copy of any information please see the Year 7 Transition display table in the hallway outside the entrance to the Performance Space.

Reminder - Information Night 

To our families and friends of MPW,

You are invited to attend an Information night on Wednesday 2nd of May in the Performance space at 7.00pm through to 8.30pm.







We are very happy to announce that David Hornsby will be presenting and  speaking about the teaching of English and the importance of a balanced approach.


Some of the things he will talk about include:

  • What do we actually do when we’re reading?  How does the reading process work?
  • How can we help our children with reading at home?
  • Why is phonics always a ‘hot topic’?
  • What is phonics, and what place does it have in a literacy program?  
  • How does our spelling system work?  (It’s not all about sound.)

This is David’s 51st year in education. He is passionate about teaching and learning and doesn’t want to retire!

David was with the Victorian Ministry of Education for 28 years and taught at every year level from Prep to Year 6. During that time, he also lectured at La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and RMIT University. For 4 years, he was an Education Department consultant in both primary and secondary schools and then returned to the primary classroom. He was the principal of Ringwood Heights Primary School, a school he loved, for 5 years.

He is currently in demand as an education consultant in schools and in conference centres across Australia and in many parts of the world. He has completed many lecture tours of the USA and the UK, and has also worked with teachers in China, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malta, New Zealand and Singapore.

Fundraising Events

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


Jeff Lyon

Assistant Principal - Curriculum

Ashley Spagnol

Student Welfare and Program for Student with Disabilities Co-Ordinator

Barbara Springfield (Acting Assistant Principal)

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 all belongings are clearly marked with student's names and room numbers
  • regularly check (and encourage your child/ren to check) for their lost property
  • remember 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).

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