Moonee Ponds West Primary School

14 May 2019
2019 - Issue 12
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Music 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 Parents, Carers, Guardians and Students in the community of MPWPS

This week I wish to inform you that the School Council’s Annual General Meeting is to be held before the next School Council meeting on May 27th.   The Annual General Meeting will report on the 2018 school year and outline performance in the   Annual Report which you can now access on the My School website. The AGM will commence at 6.30-7.00 pm. All welcome.

The Election Day Stall here at MWPS

We are looking for some additional help on our Bake Sale stall and Sausage Sizzle to be held this Saturday (please see link below to sign up to volunteer).  Please come along, help us out and vote at the same time.  Very convenient!  Hope to see you there sometime over the day.

Our Camping Program

On your behalf I would like to thank the staff for their efforts in implementing our Year 3/4 and 5/6 camping program this year.  Both groups of children have had a wonderful experience in the country, learning about different parts of rural Victoria and how to be independent. Thank you to all the parents who have encouraged and supported your child’s participation.  Both groups had a bush adventure experience; a challenging experience in many different ways. The recent camp at Echuca had the Camp staff provide some wonderful comments about our students; their kindness and resilience whilst away from their families.  Well done everyone.

Toilet Update

I am pleased to say that the refurbished toilets in the Hall building are now ready to be used by our youngest community members. The new refurbished toilets in the Hall Building have been funded by your generosity. Our Building Fund is a non-compulsory contribution made by families to improve the facilities of our school. The rebuild of the  new toilet block will be ready very shortly.  There has been a hold up with the laser sheeting for the windows under the roof line.  It is expected to be installed within the next week then it will be full steam ahead! Thank you for your patience and for encouraging the patience of your children. Collective efficacy is demonstrated by your support for the school.

Staffing News

Welcome to our new face in the General Office: Xavia.  Xavia is an Educational Trainee completing Certificate 3 in Business. She will take on the Reception and Student records role within the Office enabling Sharyn to learn more of the other Office routines.  There will be a bit of a shuffling of the chairs to enable these new opportunities.

Welcome also to Marg who joins our Intervention Team. Marg is an experienced teacher, intervention teacher (literacy), and teacher trainer for many years.  She joins Karen Ghosn, Lisa Angelo and Adele Freeman .

Welcome also Chloe who also joins us as an Educational Trainee in Education Support.  Chloe is assisting in classrooms across the school.

Good luck to Adele who finishes with us on May 31 to add to her family.  It has been great to have Adele supporting the learning of students in the 3/4 team.  We look forward to hearing your news.

Cooler Weather

As the Autumn mornings become more frequent I would like to remind our children of the need to keep their bodies warm.  After getting out of a warm bed, into a warm house, into a warm car for the drive to school it can be a shock for the body to step into the cold school yard! Children I suggest you put a jumper on or at least in your bag to ensure this constant body warmth.  Keeping colds and sniffles at bay is the way!

Well that’s about it from me.  Might see you at the Polling Booth on Saturday.


Kerri Simpson (Principal Acting at MPWPS)


School Council

School Council Membership

Parent members:

  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Matthew Kenny
  • Jane Kingsley
  • Brian Stanley
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Helen Lockart
  • Katherine Ayrton
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Barbara Springfield
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

School Council Meetings
commence at 19:00

  • Monday 25th February
  • Monday 18th March (rescheduled)
  • Monday 27th May
  • Monday 17th June (rescheduled)
  • Monday 26th August
  • Monday 16th September
  • Monday 25th November
  • Monday 16th December

Sub Committee Meetings

Education Committee - Meetings commence at 18:30

  • Thursday March 14th
  • Monday May 6th
  • Monday June 3rd
  • Monday August 5th
  • Monday September 2nd
  • Wednesday November 6th
  • Monday December 2nd


Resources Committee - Meetings commence at 19:00

  • Tuesday 12th February 
  • Tuesday 12th March
  • Tuesday 14th May
  • Tuesday 11th June
  • Tuesday 13th August
  • Tuesday 10th September
  • Tuesday 12th November


Environment Committee - Meetings commence at 18:00

  • Wednesday 27th February 
  • Wednesday 20th March 
  • Wednesday 22nd May 
  • Wednesday 19th June 
  • Wednesday 21st August 
  • Wednesday 18th September 
  • Wednesday 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 

Annual General Meeting 2019

We invite our community members to our 2019 AGM on Monday 27th of May. The AGM will be held at 6.30 pm and will proceed the scheduled School Council meeting.


Education News 

Resource Smart

Ever wondered how to make our great school even better? Have an idea for our school and how we can be more resource smart? Efficient with our energy use? Then come to a Resource Smart School (RSS) presentation at 530pm on Wednesday 22 May. Nicole Butler the Resource Smart Schools Coordinator from Environment Education Victoria and will come and answer all your questions and explain why it is important for MPW to enter the world of Resource Smart Schools. Plus there are roles for keen parents, we, need, you!

Please RSVP to


Following the 530pm RSS session, the Environment and Sustainability Sub-committee will meet at 6pm in the same space. New members are always welcome.


Music News

We are proud and excited to have some of our senior choir students participating in the 2019 Victorian State Schools Spectacular: Made of Stars. 

The Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria. Fittingly, this year’s theme, Made of Stars, will feature a galaxy of out-of-this-world performances showing that these students are made of star stuff.

The three-hour live show – involving music, dance, skateboarding and circus arts – will be performed to an audience of around 12,000 people at Melbourne Arena on Saturday 14 September over two shows at 1pm and 6:30pm.


Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience. 

For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on our students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets when they go on sale at 9am Wednesday 12 June via


Adult:                              $40

Child under 15:           $20

Concession:                  $30


Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling - Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.


2019 Senior Choir
The Wind in the Willows

In 2019 the MPW senior choir will continue to explore many of the elements within the performing arts. Our goal is to enable the students to participate in and bring together the many facets of the arts such as music, singing, acting, dancing and behind the scenes roles.


This year we will be performing our version of ‘The Wind in the Willows,’ written by Kenneth Grahame. The story combines a number of themes: countryside life, transport, justice, friendship and home. In addition, The Wind in the Willows is one of the most famous examples of anthropomorphism, enabling our students to explore human characteristics, such as ambitions, emotions and behaviour and help develop personal connections to their characters. The themes and personifications will be discussed as we work through each scene, characterisation and the interpretation of the songs and choreography.

The process of rehearsing and performing spoken and sung dialogue helps to develop language skills and provides a platform for students to take positive risks and build self-confidence. Everyone will be involved and have an integral role to play (big or small) to present this year’s musical. The process of being in a show provides the opportunity for every student to develops life skills such as responsibility, collaboration, respect, self-confidence & co-operation.


The best part is…It’s fun

If anyone would like to assist in some way with the production please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Kate Ridgeway

Fundraising Events

Election Day BBQ & Cake Stall - Saturday 18th May 2019

As Moonee Ponds West PS will be the site of a polling booth for the 2019 Federal Election the fundraising team will be hosting a BBQ and Cake Stall on the day to raise funds to continue to enhance our great school. Voting will be open from 8am to 6pm on the day so we will be running the stalls from 8am until sold out! We will therefore require lots of home-baked goodies to sell on the day and LOTS of volunteers to support the BBQ and Cake Stall. Baking information and packaging will be sent home to families in the next 2 weeks and if you are able to spare some of your time to support our stalls on Election Day please sign up to volunteer here


If you have any questions please direct them to the Fundraiser Team via the School Office.


Thank you,

MPW Fundraising Team

School Information

General Office

Office:                                         8:15a.m - 4:45p.m

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 - Acting

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 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 Thursday 19th December


End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 3.30 pm.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January  and Friday 8th March 

Term 3:

Thursday 25th July 

Term 3:

Monday 4th November

Term 4:

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free)

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

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 14th May

Naplan Testing years 3 and 5

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Wednesday 15th May

Naplan Testing years 3 and 5

Excursion Lego Educational Centre F/1 Team

Thursday 16th May

Naplan Testing years 3 and 5

Excursion Lego Educational Centre F/1 Team

Excursions 1/2 Team

Parent Information Session F/1 team 6:30 pm

Friday 17th May

5/6 Winter Sport 

District Cross Country

Excursion Lego Educational Centre F/1 Team

Saturday 18th May

Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall

Wednesday 22nd May

Melbourne Zoo Excursion 5/6 Team


Friday 24th May

5/6 Winter Sport 

Monday 27th May

States of Matter Incursion 3/4 Team

Annual General Meeting 6.30 pm

School Council 7:00 pm

Tuesday 28th May

States of Matter Incursion 3/4 Team

Thursday 30th May

Incursion 1/2 Team

Friday 31st May

5/6 Winter Sport

Incursion 1/2 Team


Monday 3rd June

Education Committee 6:30 pm

Thursday 6th June

Building & Construction Incursion 1/2 Team

Friday 7th June

5/6 Winter Sport

Monday 10th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11th June

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Friday 14th June 

5/6 Winter Sport

Monday 17th June

School Council 7:00 pm

Monday 24th June

Japan Tour departs

Scienceworks Excursion 3/4 Team

Friday 28th June

Term 2 Concludes @ 2.30 pm

Community News

Seeing Eye Dog Puppies in Schools

Across Victoria, Seeing Eye Dogs currently have over 10 volunteer Puppy Carers who work as Principals and Teachers and bring their Seeing Eye Dog Puppies into their Schools. The puppy caring program requires volunteers to care for a puppy in their home from the age of 8 weeks, until they are approximately 12-15 months of age, before entering the training program. Having a puppy in schools can reduce stress, improve teacher and student health and wellbeing, as well as being a great education tool for the school community. This presentation will be a fantastic opportunity to hear from Seeing Eye Dogs staff and carers about puppy caring and there will be plenty of puppies to meet!

Listen to Kate, one of our incredible puppy carers share her experiences about how enjoyable it is to care for a puppy and the positive impact it has had on the children who attend Glen Waverley Primary School.


Event details

Date & Time: Tuesday 21 May, 5pm-6pm

Location: AEU Victoria, 126 Trenerry Cres, Abbotsford

Please email David Tyson if you are attending--

Vision Australia


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