Foundation Transition


The transition sessions at Moonee Ponds West aim to provide the children with a glimpse of school life.  Foundation transition at Moonee Ponds West occurs over three sessions.

Over the initial two sessions, children may be involved in developmental play, maths, reading, writing and activities that allow them opportunities to experience school and to transition from one activity to another.

During the first session the children will be ‘buddied up’ with a current Foundation or Grade 1 student who will welcome your child into the classroom and provide a familiar face for the following session.

The third and final session will be an opportunity for your child to meet the students that will be in their classroom next year and if possible their teacher. The school will make every effort to ensure this occurs. 

During this session you will be invited to join us for an initial information session, receive an information pack and have the opportunity to meet other parents of children starting school.

Foundation Transition 2017 dates:

  • Session One    Week beginning Monday 6th November
  • Session Two    Week beginning Monday 20th November
  • Session Three  Tuesday 12th December





6-7 Transition

This section contains important dates and events relating to transition to Secondary School. 


Below is a list of the schools where the majority of the students from MPW attend secondary school:


To determine your closest school use the following -


To find out more about designated neighbourhood schools click here.


If you are looking for your child to sit for either the SEAL or accelerated programs, please be aware that University High School and Buckley Park are scheduled on the same day at the same time. University High School shares their results with Mount Alexander College, Footscray City and a number of other schools in the area. Buckley Park use a different High achieving test (ACER) and therefore is not able to use results from the schools using Edutest.




Neighbourhood Policy:

The principles of the Department of Education and Training neighbourhood school policy are found in the Education Act 2008. 


These are:

  • To guarantee the right of each child to a place in the designated    neighbourhood school.
  • Wherever practical, to provide parents/carers with the opportunity to enrol their child at the same school as that being concurrently attended by an older brother or sister who resides permanently at the same address.
  • To allow parents/carers not wishing to send their child to the neighbourhood school to select any other school in which space is available.
  • To contain enrolments in each school within the limits of available resources as determined by the Regional Director.
  • Attendance at a particular primary school does not automatically guarantee enrolment at a particular secondary school.


Placement Criteria:

Where there are insufficient places at a school for all students who seek entry, students should be enrolled in the following priority order unless determined otherwise by the Regional Director.


Students for whom the school is the designated neighbourhood school (determined by a straight line from the student’s home to front gate of the school).

  1. In those instances where the Regional Director has restricted the enrolment of a school, students for whom the school is the nearest one to their permanent residential address.
  2. Students with a brother or sister who will be concurrently attending the school and who resides permanently at the same address.
  3. Students in order of closeness of their home to the school.

Application Process:

If you select a school other than the neighbourhood school as first preference, you should provide at least four (4) school preferences in Section 2 of the Application Enrolment Form.


Note: If students are not successful in gaining their preferences, they will be placed in their designated neighbourhood school.


Placement Appeals Process:

Parents/carers have the right to appeal a Year 7 placement decision. In the first instance, the appeal should be to the Principal of the preferred school. If a parent remains dissatisfied, a further avenue of appeal to the Regional Director may be made.


Curriculum Grounds:

Some schools provide entry based on curriculum grounds, such as sport, music and language.


If your first preference school requires an additional completed Curriculum Criteria Form, this needs to be submitted with your initial application through the Primary School.


If your second, third or fourth preference schools require an additional completed Curriculum Criteria Form, you must send this directly to the relevant school with a covering letter confirming this documentation relates to a future preference.


Select Entry Accelerated Learning (SEAL) Programs:

  • These programs cater for gifted/high potential students
  • Years 7-10 usually completed in 3 years with increased options for VCE studies
  • Enquiries are made directly to schools
  • Entrance exams usually occur in May
  • Close schools offering the program include Brunswick Secondary, Buckley Park Secondary, Mt. Alexander College and University High School.


Note – Various schools offer other programs to provide extension for motivated and academically advanced students.


Examples of special entry requirements:

  • Maribyrnong Sporting Academy
  • Melbourne College of the Arts
  • Melbourne Girls Secondary College


Schools making additional requests:

  • Princes Hill Secondary College
  • Strathmore Secondary College
  • University High School


Applying for non-government schools:

  • If you are sure you have already secured a place for your child in a non-government school you still need to complete and return the application form but you don’t need to put in preferences.
  • If you have not had a place confirmed, is it is advisable to still put in preferences for government schools.


Please be aware of personal situations that may change and which may alter secured enrolments in non-government schools.