The Crier

18 October 2019
Issue Fourteen
From the Principal's Desk.....
Sports Report 
Head of Middle School Report
CAGS Calendar
Cobram Anglican Grammar School
(03) 5871 1816
40-48 Campbell Road
Cobram, Victoria, 3644

From the Principal's Desk.....

Good afternoon parents, guardians and students,


Welcome back everyone for what promises to be a full and rewarding Term Four. I trust that students have had the opportunity to refresh after a very busy Term Three, and that families were able to spend extended periods of quality time together.


It was fabulous to see parents, guardians and students utilising the Performing Arts Centre for Parent/Teacher interviews in the first week of term. The room as alive with a buzz of positivity and inclusivity, and reports from parents, teachers and students gave the facility a big ‘thumbs up’. It is wonderful to see this building used as a hub of pro activity in our great school.


Yesterday, Thursday October 17, saw the official opening of our Performing Arts Centre (PAC). Chair of the Board of the ASC, Mrs. Barbara Godwin OAM officially opened the building, supported by our Council Chair Trevor Noonan OAM, ASC CEO Peter Laurance OAM, and the Bishop of Wangaratta, The Right Reverend John Parkes AM who blessed the PAC. This event was a highlight for the school and was witnessed by all staff and students, along with several members of the Board of the ASC who had travelled from Perth to visit the ASC schools in the Eastern States.

Parents and guardians of our Year Twelve cohort will be aware that the students reach the end of another year of senior VCE studies when our Year Twelve students finish their scheduled classes in preparation for their first exam, English, the following Wednesday October 30. I wish all Year Twelve students the best in their exam period and for all the future may bring. It has been very pleasing to see staff members and students collaborating throughout the year, with the assistance and input of parents working towards best outcomes for all VCE students. I encourage students to make the most of their time in the lead up to this very important exam session. The exam period will be a stressful period for VCE families and I urge parents to be sympathetic to the needs of Year Twelve students undertaking Exams during this period. The good news for Year Twelve students is that the Exam period will come to an end on Wednesday November 20. Good luck Year Twelve. The rewards for your efforts are very near to realisation.


Parents, students and guardians are reminded that my door is always open, and that I am always available to assist where queries arise.


Kind regards,

Steve Gale


Sports Report 

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to this Term 4, Week 2 issue of 'The Crier'.


What an amazing start we have had for the term with our superstar athletes surpassing expectations unbelievably, both in school based competition and in extra curricular participation.

At the end of last term, we had a number of students and staff involved in Grand Finals of local competitions and end of season award ceremonies, where a number of them were successful. The Cobram Tigers Football Netball Club had their U17 football side make it to the granny where they were successful in claiming the title. Miles Curtin, Jedd Opray, River Loizou, Oscar Mackay (Year 11) and James Curtin (Year 10) all played a part in this team during the year and in the finale! The Strathmerton A Grade team also got the chocolates in their grade of the Picola and District Football Netball League, where Miss Vanessa Ward (school receptionist) was a huge contributor to this happening!!! On top of her playing a major part in toppling Picola in the decider, she also took out the club's best and fairest award for this team/grade and then on to win the Nathalia Football Club Women's Best and Fairest award as well!!! Last but not least, Mackenzie O'Dwyer (Year 6) returned from the School Sports Australia 12 and Under Netball Championships in Canberra with a BRONZE MEDAL! Mackenzie acquitted herself exceptionally and was a key player in the Victorian team's success, especially considering they were the best team in the competition over the 2nd round!


As soon as we returned from holidays, there has been no reprieve, diving straight into the next levels of athletics. Seven Year 7-10 students ventured over to Albury last Thursday, 10th October, to participate in the Hume Region Secondary Athletics Championships and did extremely well! Isaac Crawford (Year 8) crossed the line in 1ST PLACE IN THE 14 BOYS' 400M EVENT, WHICH SEES HIM IN MELBOURNE TODAY (18/10) CONTESTING THE STATE FINAL!!! He also gained a silver in the 800m and a bronze in the 1500m. Bailey Mason (Year 10) finished in 2nd place in the 16 Boys' Triple Jump and the 14 Girls' 4 x 100m relay team, consisting of Madison McDiarmid (Y7 and underage), Ava Vodusek (Y7 and underage), Belle Dunn and Erin Scanlon ran their hearts out to finish 3rd. On Monday, 14th October, 31 Year 3-6 students represented Cobram AGS at the 2019 Goulburn-Murray Division Athletics Championships in Shepparton and what they achieved was sensational. From this event, 15 students qualified for the Hume Regionals, which are being held in Albury today, 18th October. We have 10 students representing the school in individual events, where Sarah Stone (Year 5), Charlie Fox (Year 5) and Mackenzie O'Dwyer (Year 6) are representing in both of their favoured two events, 7 others in one individual event and 3 relay teams!!! The combined efforts of both our Primary and Secondary athlete squads sees this easily the best ever performed group in the history of our school, in both our Christ the King and Cobram Anglican Grammar School statuses!!! Thanks to all the parents, family members and Ms. Bagu, who all came along to support and assist the squad to perform at this high level! We wish them all the very best and hope to report on more success following today's event! 

And if you thought that was enough, wait...….there's more!!! Yesterday, Thursday 17th October, the Year 7 and 8's participated in the GMDSSV Interschool Summer Sports day, where they participated in Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis and Cricket. One of our Year 8 Girls' teams ended up coming runners-up on the day, whilst the CAGS A cricket team only had the one loss for the day (by 2 runs) to finish in 5th spot. Being part of the cricket supervision, it was also terrific to see the encouragement and support the B team gave each other. They may have been light on for wins on the day but had the biggest win of all by giving their best and encouraging their team-mates to do the same! Well done!


As you can see, a very successful end to term and an extremely busy start to the new one!!! Great to be a part of some very special achievements and giving our students every opportunity to excel in the sporting offerings we are able to provide!!! Congratulations to one and all! So proud of what has been accomplished! Go Team CAGS!!!


Until next time, God bless and take care.

Jon O'Dwyer

Head of Sport


Head of Middle School Report

Today we held the official opening of the PAC and I was struck by something that Peter Lawrence CEO of the Anglican Schools Commission mentioned in his address. He said that new building and facilities are great, but the real strength of a school are its people. We do have good people in the Middle School and I am proud that we have teachers and students who are striving to be the best that they can be.


On the last Thursday of Term 3 we held our first Middle School Social. The smiling faces and packed dancefloor was evidence of how much fun was had on the night. Of the 100 students who attended, three lucky students each received a $50 voucher to Menthas clothes store. It is hard to single anyone out as it was a fantastic team effort from the Year 8 leaders and Middle School teachers to make the night run so successfully.


Currently the Middle School is in the process of electing our 2020 leaders. We have had an assembly on leadership, current Year 7 students have been filling out their house leader nomination forms and next Monday 21st October those students will be presenting a speech to their respective houses. The chosen leaders will then head to Albury in Week 5 this term for GRIP training, to help develop their leadership skills.


We have some orientation days this term to help transition our students smoothly into next year. The grade 6 students will be involved in sessions where they become Year 7’s for a double lesson, experiencing a different classroom with a different teacher. Also on the 3rd of December we have a whole school orientation day where each year level moves up into their 2020 classes.


Special mention to Makayla Pestrucci and Lacey Eddy who performed a duet from the upcoming production at the opening of the PAC, in front of the whole school and many special guests including Bishop John.

I encourage everyone involved in the Middle School to try their best and finish the year off strongly.


Kale Watkins

Head of Middle School





CAGS Vice Captain, Olivia O'Neill is graduating Year 12 with a Certificate II in Allied Health to compliment her VCE in 2019.


Olivia is striving towards a career and Nursing and Rehabilitation and has received an Aspire early entry into the Bachelor of Nursing at LaTrobe for 2020. October is an exciting, but also daunting time for our Year 12 students with their final exams just around the corner.


Early conditional entry is a credit to Olivia, and takes a little heat off as she starts her exams. Olivia’s previous experience at Amaroo Aged Care in Berrigan certainly started the wheels turning for an exciting career in health. Undertaking an allied health certificate at Cobram District Health has been a great way for Olivia to explore a variety of careers in health so she can make an educated decision about her future.


The commitment to this course and the placement at Cobram District Health is a credit to Olivia. Olivia said that this program has certainly helped her develop patient care and as a result has given her confidence in her abilities to follow her career dreams.


The course coordinator Di Millsteed commended all the graduating students for their persistence, resilience and commitment to their placement and the high standard of course work they submitted at the graduation ceremony.


Well done Olivia, we are very proud of you, we wish you and your classmates all well for the rest of your VCE exams!





CONGRATULATIONS to our Award recipients from Monday 14th October's Junior School Assembly. Thank you to Farrer House Captains Dante Zito & Murphy Stephens for hosting our morning; and well done to some of the Year 3/4 students who shared their Alexandra Camp stories with us.

Front L-R: Luke Nave, Kayla Brain, Angelina McKay, Xavier Webby, Aidan McArley,

Back L-R: Harlin Robbins, Grace Cameron, Kayla Orsida.

A great way to kick start term 4!!


CAGS School Captains, Mohammed Al Mousawy & Chloe Turra attended Cobram Community Cinema Inc.'s "sod-turning ceremony" recently which was another exciting step closer for the long-awaited local project.

The ceremony was attended by a number of local politicians including Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum MP and many other figures from other local groups assisting with the project.


As chief organiser extraordinaire behind the project, Mr Rob Morey said he was "ecstatic to see the town another step closer towards the twin-cinema build."


Rob said "It was great to see our local youth represented with both Cobram Secondary College and Cobram Anglican Grammar School who have been avid supporters of the project from day 1."

People wishing to contribute toward the project can visit the GoFundMe page at




We welcomed the new school term in with our 'Whole School Assembly' on the first day back last week. It was wonderful to see so many bright & bubbly faces ready for their first day back after what was hopefully a restful and refreshing break for all.

CONGRATULATIONS to our "GO FOR GOLD" recipients who proudly accepted their awards from our Heads of School for their varying effort, endeavour & application for last term.


JUNIOR SCHOOL: Logan Parnell & Hayley Lebner
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Emily Orsida & Micky Voeun

SENIOR SCHOOL: Bailey White & Alexandra Trives


Our "My Story" was presented by Year 1 student Angelina McKay, who shared her story about her South Korean family origins and what family means to her. Well done Angelina, you did an amazing job!




Mrs Smith has invited all of the NASA families to a Facebook group called NASA 2020. If you could please check and join. I have used emails that are registered with the school. It is getting closer....



The School Production is getting close! 


Tickets are ON SALE NOW and can be purchased at the school office. Please call 03-58711816 if you wish to make your purchase over the phone via credit card. 


Mrs Chmiel and the students have been working tirelessly during school recess and lunch times, some weekends and over the holidays, so it would be wonderful to see a great crowd to show our support of their hard work! 



The Prep classes enjoyed a visit to the local hospital today where they took their teddy's along and got to meet some of the helpful staff who are always helping others! 


We will have more photos and a full update in the next edition of the newsletter, but here is a small sneek peek at the fun that was had! 





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