Moonee Ponds West Primary School

10 December 2019
2019 - Issue 37
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Environment and Sustainability news at MPW!
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

Greetings to all Families, Community and Staff of Moonee Ponds West PS,

Week 10!  Oh, my goodness hasn’t the time flown! Seems like we only just started the year and we are now preparing to close off 2019.

It has been a successful performance year for our school. We have been able to move students learning growth in all categories (above the level, at Level and below level) in Number, so that we have no students performing (as a cohort year 3-5) below the expected standard. In Reading, we have had significant growth in student achievement (Year 3 -5) for students above and below the expected level. The students at level have grown but not as significantly as the other two categories. Such achievement has enabled the school to move from RENEW to INFLUENCE. What has made this difference?  I believe it is the learning that has built the capacity of teacher’s instruction in reading and mathematics.  Working in teams with coaches and peers documenting a developmental approach to lessons is the key. Problem Based Learning enables students to show what they know and build on it. In reading, the Unit planner has enabled teachers to differentiate at the class level for small group instruction.  Our challenge is to keep in this zone!  We all look forward to the challenge.

Parent Information Book for 2020

Uploaded with the newsletter is the Parent Information Booklet for 2020. We have new information in the booklet for families to consider. The most important pages are the Term Dates, Curriculum Days (some still are to be confirmed) and the use of COMPASS as our main communication tool. We still have 60 families we think are yet to log on. It would seem that these families are missing out on joining our community and participating. We are planning to make contact in the new year and offer some specific training to assist where possible.

Parent Representative for 2020

Our suggested process for allocating parents reps was to seek parents for this role early so we could let you know who the parent representative was when the class lists were distributed.  To date we have five names.  I am attaching the Expression of Interest again, so if you wish or you and a friend might like to nominate before the end of this school year. Please note we are adding the Specialist areas for your involvement. The following have been received. 


Room Number





Jaime Kirby









Naomi Grayson















Kate Lonergan









Fiona Limoli





















Vanessa Kerr




Creative Arts









The Race around Melbourne for senior students:  The race is on this THURSDAY!

Our Year 5/6 students head into the city for an independent, planned exploration as part of the school’s transition activities.  This is very exciting and the children have been busy planning where to go, what to do, and how to get there using public transport. All senior students need their Myki so that they can travel. On Thursday morning, the parent helpers need to be here by 8.30. The students need to be on their way by 9.00 and back by 2.45-3.00pm.

Lost Property

Thank-you to our Education Support Officer Maria, who went through the items and rescued the named uniform pieces on Monday.  Hopefully, they got back to you as well. Each day until the holidays we will be rolling the racks out. Please encourage your child to look for their lost items especially the street clothes.

We do not hold any clothing items over the break!

Reverse Advent Calendar to help others

The Ascot Vale Pantry has an opportunity for us all to give at this time of the year. The Reverse Advent Calendar is a wonderful idea to give specific items on the days to Christmas. How about we all support this great organisation. I have included the Reverse Advent Calendar with this newsletter and there is a black decorated box in the General Office to receive your items. I will ensure that all collections are received by the Ascot Vale Little Free Pantry.

Well that’s about it from me.  Until we meet in person.


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 28th October
  • 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
  • Tuesday August 6th (date change)
  • Tuesday September 3rd (date change)
  • Tuesday 8th October
  • 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 15th October
  • Tuesday 12th November
  • Tuesday 10th December


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 16th October
  • Wednesday 20th November 
  • Wednesday 11th December 

Community Engagement  commence at 4.00 pm

  • Thursday 20th June 
  • Monday 29th July 
  • Monday 2nd September 
  • Monday 21st October
  • Monday 18th November
  • Monday 9th December

School Council meeting 25th November 2019

The School Council met on Monday 25th November to discuss the activities for the remainder of Term 4, 2019 and how best to prepare for 2020 – the beginning of a new decade for MPWPS!

We started out the evening with a de-brief of the Japan Study Tour, led by Diana Vivian. There was so many positive outcomes for the children who attended this life changing trip. Generally, the chance to experience a different culture, practice their Japanese and see the many historical sites of this amazing country. Of particular note was the visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, the homestay and of course Disneyland Tokyo! We finished up discussing ways in which the tour can be even better when it is next run in 2021. Thanks Diana, Cindy, Kerri and all the incredible parent helpers who attended this trip. Your contribution was instrumental in creating lifelong memories for our children.

We then had the Principal’s report where Kerri advised of the new teachers coming to the school (Dessa Walsh and Tim Cannan) and the promotion of Kim Simmons to the position of Learning Specialist Literacy and Jessica Greenbaum to the position of Numeracy. We are all pleased to see a blend of new faces and stability in critical learning areas. We then focused on the creative side of the school activities. The MVIMP Combined Concert was a great night with MPWPS excelling at both the on stage performance and the quota of winning raffle tickets. The Art Show was also a success, showcasing the children’s artistic work in a creative and beautiful display.

The Sub-Committee reports were tabled and discussed. Junior School Council were pleased to report the success of Bandana day – with all bandanas sold – and great interest in the work going on in Jack’s paddock. Thanks to all the parents that participated in the recent survey on Coles/Woolworths school sponsorship. We are collating the results and discussing these with the Junior School Council and the Green Team. The Education Committee had a particularly productive meeting with discussions around the curriculum, better resources for the library, grade 6 graduation and the Program Plan and Budget prepared by the teachers for 2020. A significant amount of planning has occurred already, and it will ensure a great start to the new year. Great news for the Environment Committee who were successful in their application for the MVCC Edible and Interactive Garden Grant – $3,100! A working bee is likely to occur early in the new year, so watch this space.

Personally, the opportunity to be on School Council has been very rewarding. The collegiate way in which the parents, teachers and staff work together is fantastic; all to benefit the students at this great school. If you want to be part of this and really make a difference, please put your hand up next year when roles on the School Council become available.


Lisa Shaw



School Councillor

Community Engagement Sub Committee Report

Our newly formed Community Engagement Sub-Committee of School Council meets monthly in the weeks before School Council.  The purpose is to deal with all things Community; discussing aspects of involvement, parent, community participation across the school, and linking Parent Reps to the School Council.  At our last meeting we looked at the Volunteers Policy providing information to update within the cycle.

The Sub-Committee is also wanting to develop a Parent Skills and Volunteers register as  many schools have such a register.  The purpose would be to access the skills and support of the community. Please consider  adding your name and skills to the register.

If you are wanting to be part of the Community Engagement Sub-Committee we meet on a Monday after school (4pm) in Kerri’s Office.  All interested welcome to attend.


At present Convenor and Minute-taker.

Annual General Meeting 2019 Report


Education News 


On the 29th of November I lost my graduation bear. If you know where it is, or if you see  a spare graduation bear it is probably mine, so can you please bring it  to room 10? I would like to have it as a reminder of primary school. Thank you. Magnus (Rm 10)

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

Help fight the war on waste this Christmas -
KeepCup Fundraiser

Help fight the war on waste and encourage someone you know to be more sustainable this Christmas with their very own KeepCup! KeepCups make a great gift, especially perfect for KK presents. They are now available to purchase through the School Office with two different sizes and several different colours available – Small 8oz are $14 and Large 12oz are only $16. Why buy just one – consider one for every member of the family. Also, each KeepCup sold raises money for the school and we’ve partnered with Darling St Espresso who will take 50c off the price of your first coffee or milkshake in your new KeepCup! KeepCups are also suitable for lunch order milkshakes. What are you waiting for……let’s try to wipe out disposable coffee cups in our school community….buy yours now!





Music News

MVIMP 2020

Expressions of Interest and continuation in the program are due this week.

Please see Expression of Interest, Continuing in the Program and Holiday Borrowing Form.



2020 Enrolments are now being accepted. Please see enrolment below.


Fundraising Events

Union Road Christmas Celebration Cake Stall

Last Saturday MPW held a Cake Stall at the Union Road Christmas Celebration. It was a brilliant day for the celebration, the sun was out and the streets were filled with fun, food, families and community spirit! It was a great opportunity to raise some additional funds for our wonderful school at such a great event. We would not be able to run successful events without the support of our community so we would like to thank the many families that were able to contribute to the success of our stall for your time and effort at a busy time of year. To the families that baked delicious treats to sell to those who donated their time to help run the stall on the day, Thank You, we were overwhelmed by your generosity! We are really proud and excited to let you know that we raised $1302 on the day!



MPW End of Year Christmas Raffle

The End of Year Raffle is fast approaching! Every family should have now received a book of 10 Raffle Tickets to sell. Please see details below about our wonderful prizes. Tickets are just $2 with money and tickets due back to the office no later than Wednesday 18th December with the Raffle drawn at 9 am on Thursday 19th December at our final assembly. If you have not received a book of tickets or require more tickets please see the office.


Help fight the war on waste this Christmas -
KeepCup Fundraiser

Help fight the war on waste and encourage someone you know to be more sustainable this Christmas with their very own KeepCup! KeepCups make a great gift, especially perfect for KK presents. They are now available to purchase through the School Office with two different sizes and several different colours available – Small 8oz are $14 and Large 12oz are only $16. Why buy just one – consider one for every member of the family. Also, each KeepCup sold raises money for the school and we’ve partnered with Darling St Espresso who will take 50c off the price of your first coffee or milkshake in your new KeepCup! KeepCups are also suitable for lunch order milkshakes. What are you waiting for……let’s try to wipe out disposable coffee cups in our school community….buy yours now!









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.

2019 Term Dates

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.

2019 Curriculum Days

Term 4:

Thursday 19th December School (last day of Term 4 2019) - 3:30 pm dismissal

Friday 20th December (Pupil Free - Staff time in lieu half day)

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 Friday 18th September

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

Term 4:

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

****** 4th Curriculum Day to be advised

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.


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 10th December

Step Up Day 

Resources Committee 7:00 pm

Wednesday 11th December

Parent Rep Celebration 9:00 am

Friday 13th December

Student Reports published

Monday 16th December

School Council 6:30 pm

Tuesday 17th December

Grade 6 Graduation 

Wednesday 18th December

Grade 5/6 Picnic

Thursday 19th December

Assembly 2.30 pm

Last day Term 4 - School concludes @ 3.30 pm


Wednesday 29th January 

School begins for students in years 1-6


Monday 3rd February

School begins for Foundation students

Friday 14th February

Community Basket Tea

Community News



Camp Australia Holiday Program

Dear MPW Families,
Camp Australia will not be running the Holiday Program at Moonee Ponds West Primary School during the Term 4 holidays.

We have alternative Holiday Programs at nearby local primary school locations available for you to access.  You may enrol your child at Brunswick North Primary School, Flemington Primary School or Essendon North Primary School.
Kind Regards,
Ceylan Portakalci
Camp Australia Coordinator at Moonee Ponds West Primary


Camp Australia 1300 105 343 

Essendon North PS 

Brunswick North PS

Flemington PS

Moonee Ponds West Primary School
MPWPS Communication Protocols_ParentsPDF.pdf
AR_presentation_ to council 2018_MPWPS.pdf
arc_2018_2901 AR MPW.pdf
Expression of Interest for MVIMP 2019 - 28.11.2018.doc
Expression of Interest for MVIMP 2020.pdf
Continuing in MVIMP and Holiday Borrowing Note 2019.pdf
MPW DD and Enrolment form 2020 (002).pdf