History and Facilities

MPW, established in 1888, is located in the historic inner Western suburb of Moonee Ponds. Reflecting the Victorian era, the buildings have been updated to keep the period facade with internal improvements to provide optimal learning conditions for all students. The school has an interesting combination of gracious Victorian and modern buildings, with specialist rooms for Library, Japanese Music, Creative Arts and Performing Arts. The Library is centrally located within the school and boasts an extensive range of student and teacher resources. The Gymnasium caters for a variety of indoor sports and includes a spacious performance stage. Another major refurbishment was completed in 2011 consisting of six classrooms, a music and performance space as well as an upstairs Community Room.

The school grounds offer both active and passive areas for play; two adventure playgrounds, a synthetic oval (Tiger Turf) with running tracks, athletics sandpit, football and soccer fields as well as a courtyard and centenary garden. The amphitheatre provides a pleasant environment for learning and social interaction. Parents and carers, staff and students form an active Environment Committee that contributes to many areas of the school ensuring we are minimising our environmental footprint. The children and wider school community actively maintain a school vegetable patch.

Many artistic creations such as ceramic totem poles, mosaic stepping-stones and silk wall hangings can also be found within the school grounds. These are representative of our Year 6 Arts projects, undertaken by each year’s graduating class.

Our school has an open gate policy that encourages community groups and families to use the school buildings and grounds.

The original buildings (Library and Hall) are considered to be significant structures of historical interest to the National Trust.

At the peak of enrolment in the 1930s, in excess of one thousand students attended the school. At the beginning of 2018 the enrolment is approximately 550 students with a teaching and education support staff of approximately 64 full and part time staff.