Moama Anglican Grammar 

07 September 2018
Issue Fourteen
From our Primary School 
Primary Sports
Around the School
Secondary Sports
Celebrating our Community Members
Community News
Moama Anglican Grammar
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Moama, NSW, 2731

From our Primary School 

Primary Public Speaking 

Last term on 25 May our school held the Years 3-6 Lion’s Club Junior Public Speaking Competition. From this day seven students were selected to represent our school against Moama Public School early this term. We were very lucky as a school to host the next level of the competition which was on Sunday 29 July.  The following students competed against Moama Public School in our Resource Centre.


Years 3/ 4

Montana Southern

Hesandu Ambalangodage

Nkira Ekeanyanwu


Years 5/6

Anastasia McLindon

Isabelle Barber

Oluchi Ekeanyanwu

Ella Bowler


From this competition two of our students won their divisions, Montanah Southern ( Years 3/4) and Anastasia McLindon (Years 5/6) with Hesandu Ambalangodage receiving the Runner’s Up Certificate (Years 3/4) and Isabelle Barber receiving the Runner’s Up Certificate (Year 5/6) .


Ella Bowler, Oluchi Ekeanyanwu and Nkiru Ekeanyanwu received a participation certificate.


Both Montannah and Anastasia were eligible to compete at the Region 3 Final in Lockington on Sunday 12 August. Unfortunately, Montannah was unable to attend due to other commitments so Hesandu Ambalangodage stepped up and took her place.


The next level took place on Sunday 12 August in Lockington, Anastasia McLindon (Year 6) won the Years 3/6 Public Speaking Competition against 7 other students from other Lion’s Club regions.


Hesandu Ambalangodage (Year 3) came Runner’s Up in the Years 3/4 Competition (competing against 7 other students).

Both students were outstanding representatives of our school and the Moama Lion’s Club.


Ana then prepared herself further to compete in the Grand Final on Sunday 26 August at Tongala Primary School where she came Runners Up .


Anastasia competed against 5 other students from a broad area including Albury. There were 80 students who began in the initial rounds down to the final six students on the day.  


Anastasia was an outstanding representative of our school and the Moama Lions Club.


We are very proud of the seven students who all competed to a high standard. They were outstanding role models for our school and showcased their amazing individual talents.

Tracee Zweck

Primary Public Speaking Coordinator

Tournament of Minds (TOM)

Over the weekend (24 August) at La Trobe University, Shepparton Moama Anglican Grammar took 49 students (7 teams of 7) to compete at the Regional Finals of Tournament of Minds (TOM) International Competition. The students ages range from 8 to 14 years old (Year 3 to Year 9).


Tournament of Minds (TOM) is a problem-solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. Tournament's aim is to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment. TOM is an opportunity for students with a passion for learning and problem solving to demonstrate their skills and talents in an exciting, vibrant and public way. The Tournament process provides a platform for excellence and equips participants with twenty-first century skills and strategies. This is an international competition which had over 16,000 students participating last year. Teams are required to work together on a Long Term Challenge for six weeks without assistance from teachers, parents or peers. They are encouraged to explore possibilities and experiment with ideas as they endeavour to produce their best possible solution. 


In a surprise MAG gained four 1st places and one ‘Honours’ or 2nd place. In the Primary school section the school placed 1st in the Language Literature and Arts sections, while in the Seconday the school placed 1st in the Language Literature and Arts sections and one ‘Honours’ place in the STEM section. 


Therefore, we have qualified 4 teams to compete in the NSW TOM State Final for the first time, in Sydney on Sunday 9 September. This year, no other school in the state has qualified 4 teams for the NSW Final. We are the biggest team at the NSW finals in 2018 and the students are looking forward to competing for a place in the National Finals to be held in Darwin. 


Thank you to our teachers Mrs Paul, Miss Aquino, Mrs Chalmers, Mrs Williams, Mrs Zweck and Miss Briggs for facilitating the teams and good luck to the students travelling to Sydney on Saturday. Thank you to Mr Dolan who volunteered to judge on the day.


Thank you to Moama Bowling Club for sponsoring the TOM Teams in their NSW State Final endeavours and subsidising their travel costs.

Stacey Briggs

Melbourne Writer’s Festival

On Monday 27 August, 40 students from Years 3-6 and 4 staff attended the Melbourne Writer's Festival held at Federation Square.  We were fortunate enough to participate in two workshops on the day, “Creating Characters” and “M is for Mutiny”.


During the “Creating Characters” workshop we uncovered the process for bringing characters to life by listening to author/illustrator Leigh Hobbs and fantasy illustrator Marc McBride.  Leigh Hobbs is best known for the 20 children’s books he has written and illustrated, featuring his much-loved characters Old Tom, Mr Chicken, Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig and Mr Badger. He was the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016–17.  Marc McBride is an illustrator of book covers and picture books. He is known for the internationally bestselling Deltora Quest series, and also wrote and illustrated World of Monsters and countless How to Draw books. His latest creation is The Boy Who Drew Dragons.


In our second workshop “M IS FOR MUTINY”, we explored how author John Dickson and illustrator Bern Emmerichs used art and the alphabet to explore the colonisation of Australia. Bern Emmerichs is a highly celebrated ceramic artist. Her works are in the Australia National Gallery, the NGV, and many other collections around Australia and the world. Her artworks are created using large hand-painted porcelain tiles which are photographed and overlaid with text.  We were then fortunate enough to participate in an art workshop with Bern where we created group artworks using scratch paper and backgrounds painted by Bern herself.


Overall it was a very inspiring and valuable day where we could see how authors and illustrators develop their ideas and see these ideas through to their final product.

Mrs Brooke Barber

Literacy Coordinator

Veolia Environmental Services Moama - Echuca

The Kinder and Year 6 students as well as Year 7 student Matthew DiPetta visited Veolia last week to see first hand what happens to the contents of our recycling bins and how it is managed, treated and disposed of. We saw the contents of the bins being sorted and bundled and learnt how cardboard, paper, plastic, glass and aluminium were then turned into bales and auctioned off to companies that would then melt down the bales and recycle the product to make something new.


Prior to our visit the students took part in a six week Waste Pioneers Program sponsored by Veolia and the Shire of Campaspe.


We were challenged to create a product that recycled 1.25 litre soft drink bottles. The students had to create and present their pitch to an internal panel and two of the projects were then presented to a group of people at Veolia. We will find out how our projects fared toward the end of next week.


As a school we are all very excited to see the enthusiasm with which our students and staff have embraced the idea of doing things better at MAG in relation to reusing and recycling products. We would like everyone to continue to "think before they throw" and to be creative in their endeavours to make our environment free from rubbish and waste. 

Andrea Ripon

Meerkat Productions

Each year, in celebration of Book Week and Literacy Week, we organise Meerkat Productions to visit the Primary School and perform two 40 minute musical productions that include original songs and puppetry shows. They are adaptations of the books shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA)

The Year 4 – 6 students enjoyed the CBCA Shortlisted Book of the Year:  Younger Readers – Boy. This new book from the CBCA Honour Award-winning team, Phil Cummings and Shane Devries, tells this tender tale of power and perception.


A  war between the king and the dragon is tearing the land apart. Boy runs into the middle of a fight. With a simple question, he makes them wonder why they are fighting, and helps them see how they could be much happier.


The Kindergarten to Year 3 students enjoyed the CBCA Shortlisted Book of the Year:  Picture Book – The Elephant by Peter Carnavas.

 ‘Your dad won’t fix your bike – until you fix your dad.’


Olive’s father has a sadness so big that she imagines it as an enormous elephant following him around.  Every day Olive sees the elephant. And every day, she wishes it would go.

With the help of her cheery grandad and best friend, Arthur, Olive sets out to chase the elephant away.


The students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the two performances


Primary Sports


Our school is currently running several different initiatives across the Primary School. The focus will be on enhancing the technical skill level of all our students by working on foundational skill acquisition that can be used holistically across all sports.


Kinder to Year 2 are currently undertaking the ‘The Mascot Challenge’ run in conjunction with Woolworths and the Sydney Thunder. I hope that all students will pass this rigorous course and collect their certificate and gift at the end of the term!


The Years 1 - 4 are awaiting the return of Liam Barrett, our NSW Cricket guru to run the groups through some intense skill acquisition, which backs up what we are currently doing in PE lessons. One student, who shall remain nameless, stating only earlier this week. “Mr Dolan, who knew cricket was this much fun!”


This training will come in very handy for our local Cricket tournament in Term 4 (Years 5/6 on 15 Nov, Years 3/4 on 16 Nov).


Our team continue to dedicate their time to training with the support of Mrs McFadden, Jamieson and Lauren (both Year 8 students). The team are looking extremely strong and will go to Melbourne full of confidence.  The commitment and dedication shown by the entire squad is testament to the students resolve and true grit, which will see them succeed, not only in Gymnastics but throughout their school lives and beyond! Well done, keep up the hard work.


Jump Rope for Heart

The Year 5 and 6 students are passionately preparing their group sequences, and are all confident they will be ready to amaze and show off their fabulous skipping ability on Thursday 20 September. All for a fabulous cause and some amazing ideas are being cultivated in lessons. All while developing great cardiovascular fitness, its win, win!

St John First Aid 

We hosted presenters from St John who delivered age specific presentations across the entire Primary school, providing a fun and engaging lesson on basic First Aid, informing our students on what to do in medical emergencies and how to administer CPR! Not only was this extremely educational and covered elements of the PDHPE syllabus, but more importantly,  it educated students and gave them the tools to potentially save a life. The presenters were impressed with the students and the school in general and wish to return in the very near future!



Our fantastic Year 6 students have taken on the running and leadership of a lunchtime netball competition open to all years. The students gain many benefits from these endeavours, with participation levels over and above anything we could have expected. So much so that students are already planning their next tournament! 


Lunch time training will commence shortly for all budding basketball players in Years 5 and 6 wishing to represent the school on Friday 19 October. Again, help from our student body allows this to become a great learning opportunity too!



Mr Dolan (Head of Primary Sport)

Around the School

Japanese Exchange Students

Last week we said farewell to our 6 Japanese exchange students from Naka Ibaraki High School. They  had a fabulous time learning about Australian culture and the English Language whilst in Echuca-Moama.



Our PASS Camp students have had a a great time on their camp. They departed school and rode along the banks of the Murray River on the Victorian side to the Barmah Lakes. Students then switched to canoes and paddled up the lake to Swifts Creek Landing Camp ground.


On day 2 students then paddled down the narrows to Barmah for lunch then continued paddling downstream to Morning Glory campground.

Their final day was enjoyed riding back to school along the river trails on the NSW side.


Winter Candlelight Concert

Our Winter Candlelight Concert was fabulous last Tuesday night! We have so many talented musicians!


Prepping for the Market

Yr 11 Primary Industries preparing and presenting their vegetables last week. Stay tuned for the Primary Industries Farmers Market in term 4.

Primary Assembly

We enjoyed a great Primary Assembly last week with a fantastic performance by our Primary Rock Band or, as they liked to be called, the m&m's. Congratulations to the students who received core value awards. A number of our co-curricular music students recently completed AMEB Music exams. Congratulations to the following students who all passed with pleasing results:

  • Kokona Koreeda, Honours in Preliminary Piano
  • Zena Colacino, Honours in Grade 1 Piano
  • Ella Bowler, Credit in Grade 3 Piano
  • Gabrielle McMaster, Honours in Grade 3 Violin
  • Catrina Paul, Credit in Grade 7 Piano


Primary Market Day

Our Year 9 and 10 Students held their Primary Market Day at lunchtime last Thursday with all our primary students getting involved in all the activities and enjoying the amazing treats available! Primary students were heard saying "I wish every Thursday was Primary Market Day!" All funds raised from today will go to the following charities: Royal Children's Hospital, Autism Spectrum Australia, Smile Train - Cleft Lip and Palate Children's Charity and Motor Neurone Disease Australia.


Father's Day

Our Primary Students were thrilled to be joined by their dad, granddad or special friend for our Father's Day celebrations last Friday! The students made gifts and played games with their guests and everyone enjoyed the delicious BBQ thanks to our parent helpers!


Book Week Success

A huge "thank you" to the Parents and Friends and all the parent volunteers who helped make the 2018 Book Week pop up book shop possible!


This year we earned a massive $1040 credit with Scholastic Books. This will be spent predominantly on junior and middle year fiction, boosting student access to new, fun reading material. 


It was fantastic seeing the students excitedly browsing the books on sale, and feel a real buzz around reading. Without your help this wouldn't have been possible.


Many thanks from the whole library team!

Footy Colours Day

Staff and Students all came dressed in their favourite football teams colours with all donations raised going towards the Buy a Bale charity to support farmers in need.


Year 12 General Mathematics Study Lecture 

General Mathematics students will be attending a free HSC revision lecture on Saturday 8 September to assist them in preparing for the HSC General Mathematics Exam. This is a fantastic opportunity and it is strongly advised that all students attend. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mr Warren or your maths teacher. The lecture will be presented by Mr Stuart Palmer, Mathematics Educational Consultant.


Date: Saturday 8 September

Venue: Resource Centre, Moama Anglican Grammar

Start Time: 9:00am

Finish Time: 3:00pm

Student to bring: Drink bottle, pen and paper for taking notes, lunch and snacks for the day.

Teachers Responsible: Mr Steven Warren, Mrs Cheryl Watson, Ms Renee Aquino

Please note uniform is not required.

Secondary Sports

Netball Finals

School netball came to a close this week with our Senior team (Year 11 & 12 students), who made it through to Victorian School Championships State Finals playing their final games. Thank you to Mrs Anna Palmer and Ms Casey Frame for coaching and taking the girls to the competition and to Mia Oberin for her team management support from selections to her final report following the last games. Read Mia’s report below.


On Thursday 6 September, the Year 11/12 Senior Netball team attended the Victorian School Championships at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Melbourne. Upon arrival, it was clear the competition would be fierce, with teams from the top schools from all over the state arriving also.

Despite the tough competition the team continued to play with incredible sportsmanship, teamwork and high spirits. Unfortunately, the team were not able to continue through to finals. The team played incredibly well and only lost their games by very small margins.

The girls are to be commended for their efforts and their exemplary representation of the school.

Well done!


Kim McFadden

Head of Secondary Sport


Celebrating our Community Members

Riley Kicks Goals

Riley Smith has finished off a great year with his football. After playing Bendigo Pioneer Under 16 earlier this year and also representing Shepparton District Junior Football Club at Interleague Level, last week Riley was equal winner of  the Shepparton District League Under 16 Most Valuable Player as voted by the opposition coaches.

In addition, he finished third in the Shepparton District League Best & Fairest and then later that week won the Echuca Football Club Under 16 Best & Fairest for Echuca Bombers. Well done Riley!



Tell Us Your News!

We are always looking for news about our students and their involvement in the community. If you have information about  community service, sporting, academic or co-curricular accomplishments you would like us to know please email [email protected]

Community News

September Health Tip


Echuca Moama New Bridge Pop Up Info Stall - one day only!

NSW Roads and Maritime Services and the Victorian Major Roads Projects Authority are building a second $280 million Murray River crossing between Moama and Echuca.

Roads and Maritime is currently finalising designs for the Moama intersection upgrade, which will connect the Cobb Highway at Perricoota Road in Moama to the Murray Valley Highway and Warren Street in Echuca.

Project team members will be at  Moama Marketplace to answer your questions and provide further information this Saturday 8 September between 9am and 2pm.

This is what it might look like:


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