Moama Anglican Grammar 

07 December 2018
Issue Twenty
A word from the Principal
Reminders
Around the School
Anglicare Christmas Appeal
Community News
Moama Anglican Grammar
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Moama, NSW, 2731
AU

A word from the Principal

The End Of 2018

Reflection is an important tool, especially when coming to the end of a year. At secondary assembly I have encouraged the older students to reflect on their goals and dreams, to think back to their New Year’s resolutions and make an honest assessment of their progress, not to measure themselves against others but against the measure they have set for themselves.  When we reflect on the year, I hope there has also been a lot of joy, love and positivity to celebrate and acknowledge.  I hope 2018 at school has been a year with friends and laughter as well as working toward your goals. Our students have many talents and gifts and with effort and application are able to experience success. 

 

All our students should be celebrating their success as young people who work to be better members of their school community, who reflect and live our core values, who have worked to repair a fractured relationship or been open to new ideas or perspectives that are different.  These are valuable goals and signs of growing maturity and development and as staff and parents, we celebrate and congratulate students for these achievements. 

 

We celebrate the success of our staff, board and community – the completion of our TAS building was reason to reflect on our progress – we continue to grow, not only in the number of students but also in the diversity of subjects and opportunities for our students offered through the school. This year 53 students completed their Year 12 studies and await their results from NESA and the opportunities these can lead to.  Some of our Year 12 students have already been accepted into apprenticeships or the workforce in their chosen field and are well on their way to being fully engaged adults in their community!  We have also seen a number of Year 11 students complete their Preliminary studies and move from school to apprenticeships.  Again, these are wonderful achievements worth celebrating – this is our goal as educators; to work with young people to reach their potential and be empowered to carve out their own pathways.

 

To all our students, thank you.  Thank you for your willingness to engage with your school, to be curious and explore with wonder, to be willing to take risks and challenge yourself to grow and be the best you possibly can.  Thank you for the times you fail but try again.  As teachers and parents, we love watching you learn.

 

I would like to thank the parents, families and volunteers for your ongoing support as we work together with your children to develop resilient, well rounded, thoughtful young people who are ready to meet the challenges of life -  and work to improve the world for themselves and others. The recycling program lead by some of our youngest students has shown all of us how we can do simple things to improve our world.

 

I would like to acknowledge our wonderful staff: they are a dedicated team who work together to support our students as they grow and become mature and responsible young people – the staff are a group of very important individuals who play a significant role in making the school run smoothly every day. 

 

I would particularly like to acknowledge the staff who have left this year: Jo Webb, Sarah Buchanan, Martina Richardson, Dan Lukies, Gareth Leach and Andrea Romano.  I would also like to thank and acknowledge the staff who are leaving us as the year ends; Maree Slatter, Mandy Astill, Cate Johnston, Regan Smith and Nicole Quinlan.  We wish you well in whatever you do in the future, thank you for your contribution to our school.

 

I would also like to acknowledge the work of our Board; members past and present – these people are volunteers who donate their time and expertise to support the direction of the school and work for our community; their time and effort is greatly appreciated.

 

I also acknowledge the partnership we have had with Father Wayne Sheean for the last four years.  Father Wayne has added to the development of our Anglican faith and has supported the school in many ways.

 

I wish you all a safe and blessed Christmas.  At the centre of Christmas is the birth of a baby, a new beginning, the celebration of potential and promise – everything is possible and I wish you joy at this special time.

Have a happy and safe Christmas.

 

Mrs Carmel Spry

Principal

Reminders

OTHER IMPORTANT REMINDERS

School magazines can be collected at the beginning of 2019 for those students who were absent today.

A Note from the Deputy Principal

Last Thursday was our 2018 Presentation Night. Presentation Night is always a wonderful occasion for the Moama Anglican Grammar community to come together to celebrate student successes.

At the beginning of the evening I mentioned how I had spoken to some of our students on the theme of being part of the Moama Anglican Grammar community and how it is very similar to being part of any team. I have included this introduction to Presentation Evening below:

At an Assembly earlier this year I spoke to the Secondary students about how wearing the school uniform well is about being part of the Moama Anglican Grammar community and used the analogy of uniforms worn in groups and teams such as the Police Force, Fire Brigade and sporting teams. I spoke about how the uniform is not just about adhering to rules but that it is more about respect, honour and recognising that in being part of a team we are not thinking about ourselves but instead being thoughtful of and working with the members of the team.

All of us here present tonight are members of the Moama Anglican Grammar team. Each of us, students, parents and guardians, teaching and non-teaching staff each have their own important role to play to make the Moama Anglican Grammar team great.

At the end of any team’s season is awards night and tonight we celebrate members of our team, the students, who have had success academically and/or in the contributions they have made to our Moama Anglican Grammar community this year.

After a wonderful Presentation Evening I finished by saying: As we all head off into the Off Season for the Moama Anglican Grammar team, spare a thought for our HSC students who have started an early pre-season. For the rest of the Moama Anglican Grammar Team, have a restful break and a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. I wanted to include the above in this Newsletter for any MAG team members who could not make it to Presentation Evening to make sure all members of the team are included in our wishes for a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

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 also included in the below and expressions of interest (tear off slip at the end of the flyer) can be returned to myself here at school early next year. We will also run a parent information session here at school if the is enough interest. Families will be notified early in 2019 of the date and time of this evening.

 

Kathleen Kemp

Deputy Principal

 

Christmas Service

You're invited!

Christ Church Anglican Echuca has some exciting events planned in the lead up to Christmas helping us celebrate the reason for the season. 

An interactive family service will be held on Christmas Eve, before a traditional communion service on Christmas Day. Something so amazing as God's coming to earth is made all the more special when it is shared with others. You and your family would be most welcome to join us. 

 

NSW Health Fact Sheets

From time-to-time parents/guardians may need to refer to the NSW Health website for advice on childhood illnesses. The approaching school holiday break may be an ideal opportunity to eliminate head lice and manage re-infestation. Please note we have also had a report of scarlet fever in the local community, facts sheets are available from:

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/childhood.aspx

Photography Award

Are you a budding photographer? Now is your chance to enter and win some great prizes with the Head On Photo Festival Student Prize 2019. First prize is a new Sony A7iii camera (worth over $3000) with 28-75mm lens and $500 cash. Entries close 3rd of Feb 2019.

To find out more information visit the website https://www.headon.com.au/awards or speak with Miss Moon.

Attendance and Leave

Thank you to the vast majority of our families who follow DET procedure when applying for leave for students who will be absent from school for 3 or more consecutive days. Should you need a refresher, or for future reference, simply complete the e-form available on our Parent Portal Homepage: http://pcspider.moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au/Spider2011/Pages/Home.aspx; under the Notifications Panel / Notifications / Available eForms called Student Extended Leave Application (3 or more consecutive school days).

 

Uniform Shop

OPENING TIMES:

Tuesdays during term time                     8:30 – 9:15 am

Thursdays during term time                    2:45 – 3:15 pm

 

Exceptions:

Tuesday 22 January 2019                      9:30 – 11:30 am

Thursday 24 January 2019                     2.00 – 4.00 pm

Tuesday 29 January 2019                      8.30 – 10.30 am

 

We strongly suggest not to leave your purchases until too late as we may not be able to guarantee supply.

Around the School

ChooseMATHS Video Awards

Hamish Smith, Isabelle Williams and Alex Smith from year 8 and 9 submitted a very entertaining video on 'Fun Farming Maths.' They cleverly demonstrated the theme "Our World Needs MAths" and received a Highly Commended Award for their efforts.  Each received a medal, certificate and $50 voucher. 

Well done team.

If you would like to see the video, it can be found on the Choose Maths Awards website:

https://choosemathsawards.org.au/student-video-portal/?contest=video-detail&video_id=735

Grade 6 Graduation

Our Year 6 students attended their Graduation last week at Rich River Golf Club. What a wonderful time to celebrate their primary years coming to an end. Plenty of laughs, dancing and singing. Congratulations Year 6 students, we look forward to seeing what the future holds in your Secondary years!

 

Motocross 

Congratulations to Matthew Maxwell (Year 1) who competed at the 2018 AUS-X Open at Kudos Bank Arena in Sydney last month.  He was selected to compete in the KTM Junior Challenge event  and came 7th in the race, in front of 15,000 spectators.

 

Matthew Maxwell and Marco Maxwell (year 4) were also awarded 2018 Cobram Motocross Club Championship trophies last weekend.  Both came first in their respective classes (50cc and 65cc). Congratulations!

 

Carols on the Lawn

Last night our Primary Lawn area was filled with families all enjoying our annual Carols on the Lawn. All primary classes got into the Christmas Spirit and performed for an audience of family and friends! There were fabulous costumes, catchy songs and plenty of Christmas Spirit!

Thank you for those that joined us and also supported the various food stalls that were running. All funds raised from the food stalls will go to supporting the work of Habitat For Humanity Victoria Australia in Cambodia. In 2019, 35 students and 7 teachers will be travelling to Cambodia to work with HFH and assist in their mission of a "World where everyone have a safe and decent place to live."

 

Year 10 Work Experience

Last week Year 10 students participated in their Work Experience across various business in town and across the state. 
Thank you to all the local businesses who took the year 10 students on board. 

 

Photographic and Digital Media task

Miss Moon's Photographic and Digital Media students have been working all term to create their Appropriation task. 
The task required the students to take a well-known painting or drawing and create a photographic representation. They busily created backdrops, collected or made props and then worked in the lighting studio to capture their image.
Their hard work certainly shows in these great images!

 

Art Club

Students enjoyed the last Primary Art Club session of the year this week. They made paper mâché ice-creams and painted rainbow trees on a mini canvas.
We look forward to all the creations to come in 2019!

 

Presentation Night

Our 2018 Presentation Evening last night at the  Echuca Basketball Stadium was a wonderful way to celebrate the end of a fantastic year. Congratulations to all students on their achievements and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2019.

We were delighted to have our local State Member of Parliament, Austin Evans, attend our Presentation Night and also have a tour of the School.  Austin is a passionate advocate for education with a background in engineering.  The school would also like to thank Austin for his contribution of awards to Presentation Night.

 

Year 2 Maths games

On Monday, students from Grade 2 took part in the annual Maths Games Day. This year, Miss Stacey Briggs’ Grade 5 class hosted the activities along with Michaela Spry from our Enrichment Maths elective in Year 9.

Students completed a round-robin of maths activities including; tangram puzzles, dice games, connect four strategy games, place value card games and Sphero and Blue Bot robot challenges.

It was wonderful to see our younger students get so excited by mathematics and enjoying problem-solving and posing questions with their mentors from Grade 5 and Years 9.

 

Anglicare Christmas Appeal

Wrapping it up

Thank you to our school community for your generous support of the Anglicare Christmas Appeal! This week members of the Parents & Friends and student volunteers packaged up all the donated food items creating a total of 49 Christmas Hampers. All of these were then loaded into cars and transported to a very appreciative Anglicare. Student volunteers also separated all the donated gifts and toys under the Resource Centre Christmas tree into categories for the various age groups.

Now Anglicare can begin providing these hampers and gifts to families who connect with their service helping to bring joy and encouragement to these children and their families. 

 

Tim Bowles

(Chaplain)

 

Community News

Christmas at Echuca Library

 

 

G'Day Space Tour 

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

Details in the flyer below, please return your expression of interest to Kathleen Kemp early in 2019.

 

Bridge Arts Project

Revitalising Meninya Street is high on the priority list for Murray River Council. They are currently forming a Masterplan to address issues including parking, landscaping, design and connections to surrounding public spaces.

 

The project is being run in conjunction with the Bridge Arts Project (BAP). The BAP aims to design and facilitate a monumental public art project based around the new Echuca Moama bridge crossing and surrounds which will be almost adjacent to the northern end of Meninya St.

 

A Masterplan will guide the BAP steering committee, Council and its partners in the implementation of a package of staged works to connect and invigorate Moama’s core precinct. The project will result in a vibrant and commercially viable Moama that is inviting, aesthetically pleasing, provides value for money, is sustainable, has easy access, creates a strong sense of place and is unique to our community.

We are seeking community input into the plan’s development and ask that if you can spare a few minutes, that you please complete a brief survey to contribute your thoughts on this precinct.

 

To access the survey, please follow this link - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X8GFH55

Coding Camp

Camp dates:  21 - 23 January 2019
Follow this booking link for all the dates and details about what’s on offer for the Summer
Holidays : www.codecamp.com.au/moama
 

 

Festival of the Christmas Trees

 

Christmas Lunch for those in Need

 

 

The Camping Program

It's time again to register for The Camping programs summer camps in Corop:

MTC (year 9 and 10 in 2019)

January 7 - 11

 

YTC (year 7 and 8 in 2019)

January 14 - 18

http://www.thecampingprogram.org.au/

 

Moama Village Pharmacy November Topic- Sunburn

 

YMCA School Holiday Program

 

Bronze Star/ Bronze Medallion

 

Moama Anglican Grammar 
Sunburn.pdf
G'DAY SPACE Flyer.pdf
G'DAY SPACE Flyer.pdf
SUPER 7 update.pdf