Moonee Ponds West Primary School

11 December 2018
2018 - Issue 40
Principal's report
School Council
Education 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 Parent, Carers, and friends of MPWPS,

WOW what a wonderful performance last Wednesday evening when Alice in Wonderland came to the gym at Moonee Ponds West Primary School.  This was a wonderful production that enabled maximum participation and enjoyment for all.  The singing, dancing and acting by our children was not only entertaining (like a Cabaret style) but the children had real joy on their faces!  A true Performing Arts performance!  My thanks goes the children and families that are the Senior Choir; the children who go to practice at lunchtime each Monday and Friday, to Vicki Mc Cormack who assists Kate with supervision on these Choir days; to the Education Support officers (Donna, Lurinda and Julie who have spent weekends painting sets and assisting in other ways, to the parents/carers who have assisted along the way particularly Kerrie Ahrens who has given many Fridays to rehearsal especially when Kate was unwell, to Kate’s daughters and niece who helped Kate with the dance routines, making of costumes and the many other things that are required. Finally to Kate herself for the vision, creativity and courage to provide such a wonderful opportunity for our students. We are truly very lucky to have Kate and her extended family in our community. We salute and gratefully thank-you for your effort to provide this wonderful learning experience each year for our students.

Staffing News

We have gone through an internal process to appoint for 2019 our Professional Learning Team Leaders at each of the year levels.  The Professional Learning Team leader is new in our school structure and replaces what you may know as the Team leader.  The new role has a focus on teachers collaborating together each week in an allocated time, with the planned focus on student learning and achievement.  Our new leaders in this role will be undergoing training commencing at a Leadership Conference in late January. The school structure also features a School Improvement Team (PLT) where a regular meeting of the PLT leaders, the Learning Specialist, Assistant Principal and Principal meet to monitor implementation and support teachers and Education Support Officers to carry out the learning required by our students.  It is very exciting to have our teachers willing to undertake this role within the new structure. Our Professional Learning Team leaders for 2019 are:

Foundation/One: Emma Campbell

Year One/Two: Alyena Mohummadally

Three/Four: Jessica Greenbaum

Five/Six: Lisa McLachlan


New to our school structure for 2019 is the role of Learning Leader-Engagement.  This role has grown out of the School Review where it was identified that having a more targeted approach to student engagement in their learning would enhance learning generally for our students.  The students and staff identified that our students have lots of choice in their learning, and so the next step is to have teachers involve students in their learning goal setting and monitoring through the use of learning intentions and success criteria for learning sequences. Many of these next learning opportunities for staff will enhance what already is our pedagogical practice.  We will be just ‘tweaking’ around the edges to ensure that student voice in learning is enhanced, purposeful and really enables our students to fly with relevant and appropriate scaffolding and feedback.

Class placement today

The children moved to their new classes as our Step-Up day for 2019. We have spent many hours (thank you Jarrod for your patience

and collegiality throughout this process) to enable the classes to be balanced.  The class placement process is usually a lengthy one, with some adjustments being made from the first run of groupings.

Please remembers children mix really well together, and I monitor the classes until Easter 2019. We would appreciate you at home supporting us in your conversations and taking the chance to build resilience through what could be a change process for your child.


Well that’s about it from me for this week.  Hope things aren’t too hectic for you at this time of the year.  Remember to breathe and take care of yourselves.


Kerri Simpson

Principal (Acting)

School Council

School Council Membership 2018

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Michelle Bovè
  • Helen Lockart
  • Vicki McCormack
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

Term 4 Meetings

School Council meeting Monday 26th November 2018:


 We firstly heard from members of the Junior School Council, Jack P and Amelia K, Grade 4 students, who discussed work with the MPWPS Visions and Values, talked about reflections from Show Day and the Poppy appeal, and also outlined plans for a memorial for Stan (the school’s next-door neighbour for many years who passed away earlier this year).

We reviewed Sub-Committee reports including news from the Resources, Education and Environment and Sustainability Sub-committees. The draft budget for 2019 will be presented at the next Resources meeting, the Parent Payment policy was approved for 2019 to provide an early and transparent overview of school expenses. Plans to develop a sensory garden at MPWPS were discussed with the Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee overseeing this exciting project.

Importantly, Kerri presented an extensive review of the recent MPWPS Strategic Review and talked about this process and recent discussions had as well as the direction that the school needs to take to be implementing the directions of the Department of Education. Naplan results over the last 5 years, with trends over time in the different categories, were also presented and reviewed. The school plans to use information from Naplan and the Review to better support student achievement and a brief report will be written soon for the school community to summarise all of these issues and future plans. Kerri highlighted the importance of ongoing teacher professional development and outlined that structure will be designed for enabling staff to do further collaborative learning that will also contribute to improve student achievement. The recent formal Review will also inform and shape the new 4-year Strategic Plan being developed at present.

Discussions were also had at Council about a potential new Community sub-committee to be developed to provide a stronger link and increased communication between the school and parents/carers. There is one final School Council meeting for the year to be held in December.


Nigel Toussaint

School Councillor


Next meeting:

  • Monday 17th December 18:30

Education News 

Make a Change

Our world is dying. With tonnes of waste, landfill and heaps of pollution damaging our atmosphere and changing our climate. We could die out because of heat, dehydration, pollution and flooding. We are people who need your help to stop this when others will not.


Green House Gases

Green House gases are made from burning coal and fossil fuels. The gases pollute the atmosphere and store heat in the earth’s atmosphere, heating up our climate and damaging the ozone layer.


Our Ozone Layer works as a sunscreen for Earth, stopping dangerous UV rays from burning the wonderful life on earth.


The Waste We Produce


An average family of four wastes two whole trucks of food a month, causing what used to be perfectly good food to go to landfill because someone may have served too much or let the carrots go mouldy. If you think about it, you waste around 24 full trucks of food every year, and that’s just one family. When the food goes to waste and mixes with the chemicals and oils in plastics, it releases methane, another greenhouse gas. Remember, this is only in Australia, imagine how much is wasted around the whole world.


Farmers and Consumer Laws.

Most shops have laws about what their food should look like, for example, shops will not take bananas that are too long, too short and they won’t even take a banana too curved or straight. This is forcing farmers to throw out apples, tomatoes and thousands of other foods into landfill. ‘War on Waste,’ is a video that can help you understand just how horrible this is and what you can do about it.


Climate Change and Animal Habitat

The waste we throw out is disgraceful and so are the greenhouse gases we produce. These things cause global warming. Although global warming is happening already, it can increase the temperature by only a decimal, but makes the earth hotter, meaning some day the earth could get too hot. The more waste and pollution we produce, the quicker that happens. Global warming doesn’t just affect humans, but massively impacts animals and the whole world. The warming of the earth is melting the ice causing possible floods and tsunamis, and with the ozone layer dying bush fires would be more and more likely. More animals will be dying, including sea animals like turtles and fish. The polar bears and other ice animals will drown in the water. Just think about it. Really think.


You can make your own change. Use your creativity and find some ways to change the future.

Install natural power resources, start collecting compost or protest about consumer laws.

Help us start a new future.


By Lachy, Ava  and LeNoir  (Room 10), as our action for our inquiry about sustainability.


'So What'

I invite families to support the Inquiry ‘So What’ question for the years 2/3 classes.

As a result of their learning this term the children have indicated their desire to support those who may need it. They have been investigating the community.

So in the front Office there is a red plastic bin for any donations of non-perishable foods that could be made into hampers for West Wagon Asylum Seekers Resource Centre in Sunshine.

This is a voluntary act of kindness from one family to another!

Fundraising Events

Christmas Raffle 2018

On Friday 7th December families received a book of ten raffle tickets for our last fundraising event for the year, our annual Christmas Raffle.

The tickets are $2.00 each and there are great prizes to be won.

Please support our 2018 fundraising efforts by purchasing or selling a book of ten tickets. 


Fundraising contacts

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

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

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 in the form of a telephone call, email, entering the absence through the COMPASS parent portal , 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.

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 Friday 20th December


End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 1.30 pm.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January  and Friday 8th March 

Term 3:

Wednesday 25th July 

Term 3:

Monday 4th November

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.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

To enrol your child please go to

Lost Property

In 2018 - 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 Gym on the right hand side, as you walk in.

Community Calendar


Tuesday 11th December

Whole School Transition Day

Wednesday 12th December

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 14th December

Student Reports home

Monday 17th December

School Council 18:00

Wednesday 19th December

Year 6 Graduation

Friday 21st December

End of year Assembly 9:00

End of Term 4  Early dismissal @13:30


Tuesday 29th January

Curriculum Day (Teachers return)

Wednesday 30th January

Term 1 begins - Grades 1-6 

Thursday 31st January

Term 1 Begins - Foundation students

Community News



Tennis Clinics

School Holidays Tennis Clinic 1

Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th and Friday 28th December 2018

School Holidays Tennis Clinic 2

Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th January 2019

9.30am to 11am $35 per day or $90 for the 3 days

9.30am to 12.30pm $60 per day or $170 for the 3 days at: 

North Park Tennis Club, Flemington Road Parkville.

For further information contact Gabriel 0418178328


Gabriel Moise

North Park TC

Kensington Banks TC

Moonee Ponds West Primary School