Moama Anglican Grammar 

08 February 2019
Issue Two
From our Deputy Principal
Coming Events
School Noticeboard
Around the School
Joining Vocal Ensembles
Primary Sports
Secondary Sports
Community News
Moama Anglican Grammar
03 5480 5900
2 Kirchhofer Street
Moama, NSW, 2731
AU

From our Deputy Principal

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Welcome to 2019’s school year!

 

This week we held our annual Commencement Assembly and it was heartening to start another year seeing our school’s Mission Statement living in our Moama Anglican Grammar community.

Our Mission Statement is: “To provide a safe and inspiring educational environment that provides students with the skills and confidence to move forward in life.”

 

At the Commencement Assembly I commented on how lucky our school is to have teachers who work hard living our Mission Statement every day, focussing on doing the very best for the students in their care. But I added that our Mission Statement does not start nor stop with teachers. I explained that all of our students have a role to play in making our school safe and inspiring so that each of us strive to fulfil the legacy that has been left behind by the wonderful group of students that have gone before us.

We celebrated the achievements of one of those groups of students - the Year 12 class of 2018. We also inducted student leaders and wished our Year 12 class of 2019 all the very best as they embark on their last year of schooling. We all look forward to an exciting year ahead.

 

You will notice in the community section of this Newsletter that there is an opportunity for students (aged 14 to 18) to possibly be involved in the G’Day Space trip to the United States that will be held in December 2019. Information is included in the attached flyer and expressions of interest (tear-off slip at the end of the flyer) can be returned to myself here at school by Wednesday February 27. A representative will be speaking to students at Assembly on Tuesday February 19 and parents will be notified of an evening information session that will most likely occur on Tuesday March 12 once the expression of interest tear-off slips have been returned and collated.

 

Mrs Kathleen Kemp

Deputy Principal

Coming Events

Coming up

Term 1 Dates:

Year 5 Camp: 13 - 15 Feb

Brick Alley Oval parking closure:  Mon 11 and Thurs 14 Feb

Secondary Swimming Sports: Wed 20 Feb

Primary Swimming Sports: Thurs 21 Feb

Year 8 info night: Thurs 21 Feb 7:00 pm 

Year 11 info night: Thurs 21 Feb 7.00pm 
Labour Day Public Holiday: Mon 11 March

 

A reminder school starts at 8:50 am and students are to be dropped off anytime after 8:20 am. 

Kinder Free Days

Wednesday 13, 20, 27 Feburary

Wednesday 6, 13 March

Cambodia Service Trip Move Fundraiser: Captain Marvel

In June 2019, 34 Moama Anglican Grammar students are participating in a Service Trip to Cambodia. Students are partnering with Habitat for Humanity whose aim is to create a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. 

While in Cambodia, the student team will help build homes for three families in need using their own hands through Habitat's Global Village program. Students are currently involved in a preparation program that includes team building, developing their cultural understanding and fundraising. 

Help support these students by joining us at Paramount Cinemas to see Captain Marvel!
Tickets are $20 each and are available from Paula Smith:
[email protected] and may also be purchased from the Cambodia Service trip students. 

Supper will be provided at 6:00 pm before the movie commences.

Trailer for Captain Marvel can be found here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1BCujX3pw8

School Noticeboard

Closure of Brick Alley Oval car park- Thursday 14 February

Murray River Council advises a change in car parking availability as they relight Brick Alley Oval on Thursday 14 February.

 

The new LED light fittings are scheduled to be installed on Thursday 14 February 2019 by a team from Thomson Electrical.

There will be specialised works, including testing and monitoring of the entire sports field. The site will be occupied by contractors for the entire day and evening.

 

No vehicles are to parked around the perimeter of the oval during the day as contractors will require access.

See visual below:

 

Totally Smiles Dental Group Visit: Term 1 Week 5

Totally Smiles Mobile Dentistry will be visiting

Moama Anglican Grammar the week commencing

Monday 25 February – Friday 1 March 2019 (Week 5).

 

Please see details in below flyers.

Forms can be collected from both Primary and the Main office next week.
Forms to be returned by Friday 15 February.

 

Get involved in the School Banking program

Moama Anglican Grammar Primary School is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students.

 

School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.

The rewards available during 2019 are:

  • Scented Stackable Highlighters
  • Snowy Origami Set                
  • Icicle Slapband Ruler
  • Yeti Fluffy Notepad
  • Arctic Owl Fluffy Keyring
  • Scratch Art Cards
  • Water Skimming Bounce Ball
  • Polar Pencils & Pencil Toppers

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

 

Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

 

Just open a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways: 

 

1. Online

Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

 

2. In branch

Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, such as a driver’s licence and birth certificate.

 

If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.

 

School Banking day is Tuesday.

 

If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2019 School Banking program information pack from the school office or visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking

SEQTA Teach, Learn and Engage

If you have previously used SEQTA please ignore the details below. However, if you are having troubles with logging in please contact our IT Support team at [email protected]

 

New families please read through details below:

Our Teacher/Family system is called SEQTA and contains three core parts; SEQTA Teach, SEQTA Learn and SEQTA Engage.

  • SEQTA Teach, includes curriculum planning, mapping, assessment and reporting, pastoral care and analytics and is used by the staff.
  • SEQTA Learn, is the student online environment. This environment is accessible on any device over the internet and at school. Thereby giving students access to everything they need to learn more effectively, and tools that allow them to stretch themselves, be more interactive with what they are learning and achieve better outcomes.
  • SEQTA Engage, is the online environment for parents/guardians so you can access up-to-date information quickly and easily about the school and your child/rens learning.

We have implemented SEQTA Teach, Learn and Engage in stages over the last two years. SEQTA Teach has pastoral, attendance and assessment and reporting functions for staff and now supports continuous online reporting to parents.

All new families would have received an email this afternoon from [email protected] with the subject title "Welcome to SEQTA Engage". Please ensure to check your junk email folder if it does not appear in your inbox. This email contains the link that will enable you to set up your SEQTA Engage account. Please click on this link as soon as you get the email and follow the instructions provided. If you have difficulties or do not receive the email contact our IT Support team on [email protected]

We look forward to providing families with the features and functionality of SEQTA Teach, Learn and Engage.

Canteen

Years K-4

K-4 students can have a lunch order only. Student orders will be delivered to the classroom at the beginning of lunch. Students are not permitted to attend the canteen during the day to purchase items over the counter.

The canteen offers an online ordering service for School families. You may register at https://quickcliq.com.au/

Alternatively, students / parents need to complete their lunch order on a brown paper bag with payment and deposit it in the canteen bag in their classroom each morning before 9:10 am.

 

Years 5 -12 

The canteen offers an online ordering service for School families. You may register at https://quickcliq.com.au/.

 

Alternatively, students will need to drop their orders to the canteen in a paper bag with payment and their full name, class and order written on it prior to school commencing. Collection of lunch order will then be available from the small side window at lunchtime. Recess and lunchtime snacks can be purchased over the counter.

Don't forget about the delicious fruit cups that can be purchased too, perfect for these hot days.

 

Anaphylaxis Strategy

All children with a known allergy or anaphylaxis require a health care plan including an anaphylaxis plan.

Nut Minimisation Strategy - The School is unable to guarantee a nut free environment. However, it will endeavour to reduce the risk of exposure to nuts by:

  • Requiring the School Canteen to ensure meals produced on site are nut free. Packaged foods may contain nuts, so children need to check labels and avoid such products
  • Requiring the Food Technology staff to ensure a nut free food preparation area for use by students with nut allergies and to provide a nut free food technology program for the student
  • Ensuring all staff involved in the direct care of students are trained in the use of epi-pens
  • Requesting that all parents avoid sending food to school which contain nuts 
  •  Insisting on any foods brought for sharing (birthday cakes) are only provided after the prior agreement of the class teacher and are sent in with a list of ingredients showing the items are nut free and were prepared in a nut free environment (ie adequate precautions were taken to avoid contamination – benches washed down, etc).

For more information, refer to Anaphylaxis & Severe Allergic Reactions Guidelines for Schools – Second Edition 2006 as provided by AIS NSW. This guide can be located on the AIS Website www.aisnsw.edu.au

Buses and Transport 

Bus travel is optional and eligibility for free bus travel is based on the student residential address. Our students may access Moama Anglican Grammar via Echuca Moama Transit (for Echuca and Moama Township residents), Transport for NSW (NSW rural residents) and the Victorian School Bus Program (for districts outside of Echuca). Our Bus Supervision Duty teacher will assist students at the end of each school day. 

 

2019 PTV Student ID and VSP applications

Applications for Echuca Township residents for 2019 PTV School Student ID and Student Passes have been generated here at the school to be processed at Bendigo PTV Hub. Thank you to those families who have completed their applications. 

If you are yet to do so, please provide  2 hardcopy identical colour passport style photographs of each child and come to the main administration office to sign the forms.  (Photos must include head and shoulders. School photos are perfect or photos taken using a smartphone against a white background may be used. Make sure they're colour, in focus and identical.)

In the meantime, if your child has their 2018 pass they should continue to use it until their 2019 passes arrive.   Thank you to Echuca Moama Transit operators who are allowing our students to access the town service to and from school without charging fares while this is being resolved.

Bus enquiries should be directed to Mrs Lou Kennaugh at the School Office. Click here for more information.

Summer Uniform Requirements

Boys
Short sleeved white School shirt; formal blue School shorts; plain navy school socks (no logos); polished, laced, black leather school shoes.

 

Girls
Summer School dress; plain white school socks (no logos); polished, laced, black leather school shoes. Girls’ dress length should be to the top of the knee.

 

Hats During Terms 1 & 4, at Recess and Lunchtime, and while engaged in any lessons outside a classroom (eg. PDHPE classes or any class doing practical work outside), ALL students are expected to wear School bucket hats, even if under shade. Hats are not to be worn in the class room and should be removed prior to entering the room.

 

A 'no hat, no play' policy operates in Terms 1 and 4 and students are required to wear their hats for all outside activities. For Kindergarten to Year 2 students, please note: if you wish your child to wear his or her hat to and from school, please supply a spare school hat to remain in your child's classroom at school. This will ensure that your child will always have a hat available. Sunscreen is available

Uniform Shop

Regular opening hours during term time:

8:30 am to 9:15 am on Tuesday

2:45 pm to 3:15 pm on Thursday

 

Alternatively you may download a uniform order form and price list here.

 

Around the School

Year 11 VET Primary Industries

The stock troughs are in!

Our VET Primary Industry Students have been working hard to get areas ready for our Dohne Merino sheep coming at the end of February. They have been installing stock troughs in the paddocks to make they they have constant fresh water.

 

First day of Kindergarten

And just like that, they are big school kids!

Our Kinder students aenjoyed their first day full of fun and learning with Mrs Ripon and Mrs Reid. They made self portraits, read books, made the most of the great playground, visited the Resource Centre, made new friends and couldn't wait to get home to tell about it!

 

The wonderful world of Narnia

The words of C.S. Lewis have come alive in the Resource Centre through the world of Narnia! 
Students have peered through the wardrobe, dressed in fur coats, defeated the White Witch and greeted Aslan with honour, while having a lot of fun on the way!
We look forward to seeing students delve into these wonderful stories throughout Term 1.

 

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not because I see it, but because by it I see everything else” - C.S. Lewis

 

Commencement Assembly

Our Commencement Assembly is a time to both reflect and look to the future. A time where we honor Band 6 result recipients from 2018 and induct our HSC Class of 2019 along with our Primary Leaders and Captains. 
It is wonderful to celebrate these achievements of such caring, compassionate and determined students and we know they will do us proud in their roles throughout 2019.

 

The new Inductees were:

Vice School Captain

Charles McCormick

 

K-6 Student Leaders

Zac Dolan

Jilly Jones

Ebbeny Jettner

Digby Newman

 

K-6 Music Captains

Zena Colacino

Gabrielle McMaster

 

K-6 House Captains

Chanter - Amelia D’Angri and Paige Looney

Martin - Jack Davy and Patterson Eeles

Meninya - Toby Cadd and Nathaniel Pearce

Perricoota - Steven Kirkpatrick and William Pike

 

Beacon Leaders

Lily Hillman

Silas Kingma

Beau Metcalf

Cleo Oberin

 

Public Speaking and Debating Captains

Isabelle Williams

Alex Smith

 

Year 6 Leadership Training Day

Students enjoyed a day of leadership training today. With discussions and activities based on peer support, leadership qualities, working together, effective communication strategies, encouraging discussion and managing group scenarios. A great day of learning and fun for the leaders of our Primary School.

 

Joining Vocal Ensembles

An Invitation to Students to Join our Vocal Ensembles
 

We have exciting things planned for our Co-curricular Music Program this year and we are thrilled to offer an opportunity for students to join our Primary and Secondary vocal ensembles. In addition, students in our vocal ensembles will be invited to participate in an upcoming workshop with an Australian National Choral Association (ANCA) clinician to further their vocal learning and experiences.

  

At MAG, we offer two vocal ensembles and encourage any students who enjoy singing and music to join.

 

Our Primary vocal ensemble, Jr. Singers, is open to students in Years 3-6. Rehearsals for 2019 will commence Wednesday 21 February (Week 4) during lunchtimes in JS4 with Mrs Sarah Hemmings and Mrs Fiona Gibbs.

 

Our Secondary vocal ensemble, MAG Singers, is open to all Secondary students from Years 7-12. Rehearsals will commence Friday 15 February (Week 3) from 8-8:45 am in the Hall, led by our vocal tutor Victoria Pannett and accompanied by Mrs Fiona Gibbs.

 

The foundation for all music education is based first and foremost around singing and the voice. Not only is singing in a group beneficial for all musicians, it is a core and fundamental element in society, improves aural skills, musical literacy, and confidence in performance – and of course, can be extremely fun!

           

Participation in our vocal ensembles does not incur a cost however a high level of individual commitment to attend weekly rehearsals will be required to ensure the ensemble is able to progress.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact

Mrs. Fiona Gibbs [email protected]

3 Top Reasons To Sing in a Choir!

1. Improve your chops!

Take this opportunity to train your ear, learn how to sing a harmony part (and hold on to it), and get used to singing and working collaboratively with other musicians. Learn to maneuver your voice around by singing in different styles and genres.

 

2. Your Brain Will Remain Active

Learning new songs and making new musical memories is a great investment in your brain’s future. Neuroscientists have shown that musical memories engage broader neural pathways than other types of memories. That’s why hearing an old song can flood you with very specific emotions and visual cues. Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients routinely remember songs from their youth and it can be a beautiful phenomenon to witness. Additionally, doctors are now finding that singers have more circuit connections between the right and left sides of their brains than non-singers. Memorising words (left brain function) and music (right brain function) could keep those nerve cells and synapses in excellent working order and that means more invigorating life experiences!

3. Your Heart Will Soar!

We mean this both physically and emotionally. Firstly, singing is an aerobic workout. As you repeatedly inhale and exhale, your blood and muscles get oxygenated. Studies show that “feel-good” hormones like endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin are being manufactured at a higher level than when not singing. Being one of many voices singing together for common joy can bring so much exhilaration!

 

So sing. Sing a song. Sing out loud. Sing out strong.

Primary Sports

Hello One and All
 

A very warm welcome back to school, all our students have all come back eager to learn and participate to their very best. Lessons have been challenging due to the recent hot and humid weather and I please ask that all Parents ensure that your child has a hat and water bottle on days that they have sport. As always, the school will supply sunscreen and students are encouraged to apply this before the start of each outdoor sports lesson.

 

The first of our three carnivals will be held at Echuca pool on Thursday 21 February; with this in mind students in Year 3-6 will be asked which races they wish to participate in during class time. Students can choose to swim in either 25 metre races or 50 metre races for each swimming discipline, but not both.

 

Selection for RAS is based only on 50 meter races, the top two times from all heats will be offered a place. 

 

Yesterday I was in Albury for a RAS team meeting, it was decided upon by the committee to change the RAS race dates from Tuesday 5 March to Wednesday 6 March. 

 

Should you have any questions please contact me via phone on 5480 5900  or email [email protected]

 

Thank you

Paul Dolan

Head of Primary Sport

Secondary Sports

Swimming Sports

Welcome back to the 2019 school year, I hope everyone has settled in and is ready for another big year of sport. The first major sporting event for Secondary school students in 2019 is the Secondary Swimming Carnival which will be held on Wednesday 20 February, at the Echuca War Memorial Aquatic Centre. We welcome parent helpers at our sporting events, so if you wish to assist on the day of the swimming carnival please send an email to [email protected] 

 

At the swimming sports carnival students will not have access to the canteen, but the student leaders will be running a BBQ on the day and students are encouraged to purchase a sausage from the BBQ, or to bring a packed lunch for the day. We also ask that parents please refrain from bringing takeaway food into the pool for their child.

 

Participation has always been encouraged and striving to achieve a student’s personal best is a value we like to see all students living up to. On Monday next week students will be signing up for the races in which they would like to participate, and all students are encouraged to swim in at least one stroke, or participate in the cork bob if they are a non-swimmer.

 

Perricoota has been a long standing winner of the House Spirit Award, and I am hoping all houses challenge them this year. Houses will be awarded points based on attendance in correct house shirt this year, which will count towards the overall house award at the end of the year.  

While students are required to wear their sports uniform with their house shirt carnival, they may also dress up in their house colours. This can include coloured wigs, coloured hats, coloured sunglasses, pom poms in the house colours etc. Please remember the pool does not allow coloured zinc, coloured face paint, coloured hairspray and streamers, as these stain the pool floor and the sinks in the bathrooms.

Students who finish in first or second place in backstroke, breaststroke, or butterfly, and first, second, third or fourth in freestyle at the school swimming sports may be eligible to complete at the next stage, BISSA (Border Independent Secondary Schools Association). This competition is running in week 6, on Thursday 7 March in Wagga Wagga.

 

Secondary Swimming records can be found at our website:

https://www.moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au/teaching-and-learning/co-curricular/sport/

Dates to remember

 

  • Secondary Swimming
    • Moama Anglican Grammar – Wednesday 20 February
    • BISSA – Thursday 7 March – Wagga Wagga
    • CIS – Wednesday – Thursday 1-2 May - Sydney

 

  • Secondary Athletics
    • Moama Anglican Grammar – Friday 22 March
    • BISSA – Tuesday 18 June - Albury
    • CIS – Tuesday 24 September - Sydney

 

  • Cross-country
    • Moama Anglican Grammar – Friday 5 April
    • BISSA – 13 May - Narrandera
    • CIS – 13 June - Sydney

 

CIS SPORT

For many other sports there is the opportunity to be involved in a RAS or CIS teams. These sports all require students to be nominated and attend a trial for selection.

If your child is a high performing athlete and they would like to compete at the CIS level of sport there are a number of sporting opportunities available to them.

Selections and competitions are generally in Sydney and parents need to be responsible for student travel to and from the competition and any required accommodation.

Entry into a CIS sport has an entry fee of $25 associated with it. 

Entries have strict cut off dates, so if you are interested in being nominated please let me know by the specified dates below in order to ensure that your child can be entered into the competition.

The most common sports are listed below, but if you would like information on these or any different sport, please feel free to contact me.

The best way to contact me is by email at [email protected]

 

Term 1 CIS Sports

If you are interested in attending any Term 1 CIS sports please let me know by Friday 8 February (the end of week 2), so I can complete a nomination for you.

Cricket

  • Open male (selections – 20-21 Feb)
  • Open Female (selections - 15 Feb)

Tennis

  • Open male and female tournament - 20 Feb

Softball

  • Female competition – 25 Feb
  • Male competition – 26 Feb

Triathlon – individual athlete’s event - 28 Feb

Hockey – female 16 years and under – 26 March

Golf

  • Secondary Boys & Girls Championships – 1 April

 

Term 2 CIS Sports (nominations are due by 26 April except those specified below)

Swimming

  • 1&2 May – students who come 1st or 2nd at BISSA are selected to attend this event.

Basketball

  • Open girls 9 May (nominations are required by 1 April)
  • Open boys 13 May (nominations are required by 1 April)

AFL

  • Boys and Girls 15 and under CIS Trials – 9 May (nominations required 1 April)

Hockey

  • Open girls – 20 May
  • Open boys – 23 May

Football (Soccer)

  • Open boys and girls – 27 & 28 May
  • 16 & Under boys – 27 May

RAS Netball Trials

  • 15 & under and Open Girls RAS Tryouts – 6 June – Albury

Cross-country

  • Secondary boys and girls – 13 June (students will be selected if they achieve a top 5 placing at BISSA).

 

 

Term 3 CIS Sports

Netball

  • Girls 15 & under and open (students will be need to be selected at a school level to attend RAS tryouts, where a RAS team will be selected to attend this day) – 19th August

Athletics (during the school holidays)

  • Secondary boys and girls – 24 September (students will be selected to attend this if they place 1st or 2nd at BISSA.

 

Students will also have other opportunities to represent the school on the sporting arena in sports such as, AFL football U15 competition and a Senior boys competition, Netball, Shooting, and Equestrian. I will consider all opportunities, which present themselves for students to participate in a sport. So, if you know of an opportunity and would like to discuss it with me, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Mrs Kim McFadden

Head of Secondary Sport & VET and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

Community News

G'Day SPACE opportunity

Travel to the United States with your class-mates for a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit NASA and the Kennedy Space Center in Orlando.

Details in the flyer below, please return your expression of interest to Mrs Kathleen Kemp by Wednesday 27 February.

 

Mainly Music

 

Moama Anglican Grammar 
Term1 Canteen Menu.pdf
Totally Smiles information.pdf
Totally Smiles visit details.pdf
G'DAY SPACE Flyer.pdf
G'DAY SPACE Flyer.pdf