Moama Anglican Grammar 

11 August 2017
Issue Thirteen
From our Principal
Around the School
Celebrating our Community Members
Parents and Friends
Changing the Way We Think
Community News
Moama Anglican Grammar
03 5480 5900
2 Kirchhofer Street
Moama, NSW, 2731

From our Principal

Interdisciplinary Thinking – 21st Century Skills

Interdisciplinary thinking skills and dispositions enable students to develop processes for thinking in the areas of understanding, curiosity, truth and evidence, fairness and moral reasoning, creativity, self-management, and decision making. There are various important but complex problems, phenomena and concepts that are not easy to understand or resolve when approached from single disciplines. Climate change and world poverty are clear examples, but equally, a full understanding of identity, public health, human rights, or knowledge can only be constructed by applying multiple perspectives and ways of thinking. While disciplinary depth is essential for investigating these complex issues, they also require what Howard Gardner calls a ‘synthesising mind’. Students require skills that enable them to engage in interdisciplinary translation and synthesis, as part of teams or individually, in order to develop more complete pictures than would be possible from any one disciplinary perspective. This will enable them to have a mindset for the world they will live in as adults – “A mind for the future”.

Interdisciplinary education must supplement disciplinary teaching and learning so students can learn how to respond to challenges that transcend disciplines and work in the confluence of multiple disciplines. As a school, we are educating students for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise and this reflected in many aspects of our educational program. At the recent 2018 Information Evenings held at school for Year’s 8-10, I discussed the need for education to be transformative and explicitly teach students skills such as thinking routines, problem solving and creativity. We also outlined our new subject offerings, the broader pathways for students through Years 11 & 12 and the changing nature of workplaces and tertiary options.

I am often asked by parents, what can I do at home to support the development of these skills? To support your son or daughter in interdisciplinary thinking you can access the wide variety of activities and programs provided in our local area and beyond. These are a good way to continue learning outside school in ways that is not considered “boring” or “homework.


Activities outside of school support interdisciplinary thinking and give students a wider context in which they can develop their mindset for the future and I have listed some resources below. As our partners in the educational journey of your sons and daughters your participation, engagement and interest in how their minds are developing will value add in ways that enrich both learning at home and at school.

Honoris et Excellentia

Teresa Deshon 


Dates to Remember

Book Week- Monday 14 - Friday 18 August

Science Week - Monday 21 - Friday 25 August


The Magisbald Prize

Why not get creative and enter the new Moama Anglican Grammars's Art Competition 'The Magsibald Prize' ?



Students in Years 9 - 11 in 2018 are invited to join our fifth Study tour of Italy in our September Term Break.


Do you want to?

  • Gain a global perspective
  • Explore new environments as they go beyond their familiar environment
    and comfort zone
  • Become self-reliant and independent
  • Create memories you’ll always remember

Then come along to the information night on Thursday 8 September 7:00pm in our Multipurpose Hall to find out more about this fantatsic expereince!


Earn and Learn Program

The Woolworths Earn & Learn program commenced this Wednesday and through this program we will be able to get new educational resources for our school and all we need you to do is shop for your groceries at Woolworths.


From Wednesday 26 July to Tuesday 19 September we are collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers. You will get one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco and gift cards). Place the Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet and when it’s complete, the Sticker Sheet can be dropped into the Collection Box in the Primary Office.


At the end of the promotion, we’ll be able to get some great new equipment. If you’d like to know more visit

Brainstorm Productions presents The Magic Words 

Next Monday 14 August our Primary students will be getting a special visit from Brainstrom Productions who will perform 'The Magic Words'. An entertaining, educational show that will reinforce our anti-bullying policy. The performance is a fun way to encourage students to have good values and show respect at school, at home and online.


The show helps students discover the true meaning of using magic words - "sorry", "thank you", "please", "excuse me" - and come to understand that having good values and showing respect is an important and essential part of growing up.


Keep an eye out on our Facebook Page and Instagram for all the fun from the day! 

Around the School

Grammar Experience

A fantastic morning for our visiting preschool students at Friday's Grammar Experience Session!  Our letters of offer will be mailed by the end of the month.


Seussical Jr

We hope you all enjoyed our 2017 Senior Production Seussical Jr! It was a fabulous show full of bright colours, great characters and catchy songs! You might still have a few stuck in your head!


Lego Exhibition

Matt Di Petta in Year 6 showcased his impressive collection of Lego Robots in the Resource Centre at lunchtime today. Matt has over 30 models in his collection some are mechanical and motorised. Matt can spend from 3-16 hours on a model depending on its size and level of difficulty. The students had a great time looking at his works and hearing all about how he created them!


Family Life Mother and Daughter Session

Last Tuesday 1 August we had our second Family Life parent session from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in the Primary School. This evening titled the ‘Mother and Daughter’ information session was especially aimed for our Year 3 to 6 girls providing age appropriate information to support the girls with the physical and emotional changes of puberty and menstruation.


There were special moments and respectful conversations with Mothers and daughters during the evening.  Family Life sold some current, age appropriate resources to assist adults with continuing conversations with their child at home.


Cath McCaig our presenter certainly engaged all those that attended with her knowledge to help prepare the girls with the physical and emotional changes they are and will be facing in the near future.


Kinder 100 Days

Happy 100 Days of Kinder! Our Kindies celebrated their 100th day of school on Wednesday where they enjoyed parading in their 100 Day themed outfits and a yummy morning tea in the Harkness Room! Have a look at all the fun from the day!


Year 9 Mock Interviews

This week all Year 9 participated in the Beacon Mock Interview program. We were fortunate to have interviewers representing the following local businesses and organisations - Agriculture Victoria, Insurance House, Campaspe Shire, Beacon Board, Murray River Council, Moama Bowling Club and Moama RSL. Students gave the following comments and reflections on their experience:

  • “Friendly person, great feedback on how to structure a resume” – Patrick
  • “Great experience, good to know what an interview is like” – Cameron
  • “Experience was worth it. I feel more confident for a real interview” – Jenna
  • “I enjoyed all the tips and realistic experiences I gained while doing the interview” – Nixon
  • “Explained what to do and what needs to be said in an interview. Great experience” – Kelsie
  • “Wasn’t as scary as I thought” – Lilli


RAS Albury

Congratulations to our Primary Students who represented Moama Anglican Grammar at RAS in Albury yesterday. We are extremely proud of all of them and will publish the results when they are finalised.


It's Solar Time!

We are very excited that our new 100 Kilowatt of solar panels has recently been completed on the Resource Centre! 


Sideshow Games!

Today our Primary students took part in the 'Sideshow Games' during lunchtime.  The games  raised money for Mukti Mission in India. Mukti is an organisation who works to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged women and children. You can learn more about their work by visiting: A team of 16 students and 3 staff are heading off to India in September holidays to support this work.


To participate in this day, Kindergarten – Year 6 students were invited to pre-purchase 5 tickets for $3.  The tickets enabled the students to participate in at least two activities of their choice and the opportunity to win some prizes.


Students took part in a number of different games including Mario Kart, Chocolate Drop, Balloon Darts, Face painting, Nurf targets, Jaffa smash , tin can knock-ems and much more! Take a look at all the fun from today!


Celebrating our Community Members

Mr Hickingbotham Caputres Geelong Great!

Mr Hickingbotham currently teachers 7 Visual Arts, Robotics, Graphics and technology across both primary and secondary. But that's not all he's good at! He recently completed this fabulous portrait of Geelong great and AFL Hall of Fame inductee Gary Ablett Snr.


The work took over three months to complete and was entered in this year’s Archibald Prize however as one of more than 800 entries unfortunately it did not make the final 43.


 A chance encounter at Church in Kyabram enabled Philip to ask Gary to be his muse. After seeing some of Philips other works Gary was really keen to do it, Philip said “I took photos and sketches and we went from there, Gary is an incredibly humble man”. The piece was completed using acrylic paint for the first layer and then going over the top with oil paint. Unfortunately the two lost touch before Philip was able to show Gary the finished project with him only seeing it half done.


Philip will now enter the piece in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize later this month. We are so incredibly proud of his effort and think the piece is absolutely stunning.


A Special Gift

We are extremely greatful to the Colacino Family for their recent donation which enabled the purchase of four p-bones. They are a great addition to our co-curricular music program and have played a significant role in initiating a new opportunity for students to participate in.


The p-bones will be used in our Year 6 Brass/Woodwind music program, where students receive mentoring in trumpet, saxophone or trombone from experienced tutor, Mr Kevin Kiely.


Students who enjoy participation in the Year 6 Brass/Woodwind program and wish to excel further, can choose to join our newly established Step Up program, which builds on skills for playing these instruments in an ensemble setting.


We now have an opportunity to initiate a p-bone group to specifically grow the number of students playing trombone, which will then feed to our Marching Pep Band consisting of a drumline and colourful horn section!


Patrick Takes on Japan

Patrick Mathers in Year 8 is about to spend eight days playing soccer in Japan as part of the under 14 Victorian Regional Representative Squad. Patrick is part of the team of 37 players selected for the squad and is joined by four other members of the Bendigo Football Club, where he currently plays in the National Premier League.


In addition to Patrick playing for a National Premier league soccer team he is also part of a Talented Identification Development soccer program, he was asked to trial to represent Country Victoria and  travel to Japan, he was successful in attaining a spot on the team. He will travel to Japan for 10 days 


Read more about Patricks great achievement in the article below from the Riverine Herald. 



Alyssa is Canberra Bound

Congratulations to Alyssa Hunter who has been selected to participate in the 2018 National Youth Science Forum in Canberra! 



Aaron bringing generations together 

Congratulations to Aaron Williams who has been selected to take part in the Centenarian Portrait By Teenagers Project; an art exhibition profiling one hundred of Melbourne ́s oldest residents through portraits painted by teenagers. 100 will be on display as part of the 2017 Victorian Seniors Festival in October.


The project is about bringing generations together outside of the typical family unit, celebrating seniors in a unique way and creating a fun platform for inter-generational exchange.


Aaron will be painting his centenarian portrait as part of his Year 11 ‘mini’ body of work this term. We cannot wait to see his final painting.


Tell Us Your News!

Parents and Friends

Kitchen Garden

We are keeping busy with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden and are extremely grateful for the parent helpers. Helping out in the Kitchen Garden Program is a great way for you to work closely with your child and their peers. 


The Year 3 and 4 students prepare, cook and run their own mini restaurants with the produce from the garden. If you want to volunteer please email [email protected]


Take a look at the Grade 4 students enjoying their Spiced Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala this week!


Working Bee

Keep an eye out for more information and the date for our upcoming working bee! 

Logo Competition

The winner from our Logo Competiton will be announced at the next Secondary Assembly. We cannot wait to have a brand new student design logo! 

We would like to hear from you!

We are always looking for new ideas and suggestions, you may email suggestions to  [email protected] or pop into reception and place a suggestion in our suggestions box!

Meeting Dates 

Mon, 21 August at 7.30pm

Mon, 18 September at 9.00am

Mon, 16 October at 7.30pm

Mon, 20 November at 9.00am

Changing the Way We Think

New research shows genes are more important in explaining differences in academic performance than teachers and schools.

Australian research into the academic performance of twins in NAPLAN tests has revealed that skills in maths, reading and spelling are up to 75 per cent genetic.

Genetics also had a 50 per cent impact on writing skills.


In stark contrast, the influence of teachers and schools on students was only found to be around 5 per cent, when looking at why children performed better or worse than their peers.


The research has been conducted by Emeritus Professor Brian Byrne and colleagues at the Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders, and the University of New England.


Byrne is a guest on this week's episode of Insight, sharing his views on how research into twins can deepen our understanding of the general population.

The research will shortly be published in full, with much of the peer review process complete. Some parts of the study have already been published.

Byrne and his colleagues were allowed access to around 3000 sets of twins and were able to look at their academic performance in literacy and numeracy NAPLAN tests in years 3, 5, 7 and 9.


The results were surprising.


Families, teachers and schools had a much more modest contribution when explaining the difference in academic performance of children in the same grade or class.  


The majority of difference between students’ abilities in literacy and numeracy were instead attributable to their genetic make-up.


Writing skills were the least influenced by genetics – only about 50 per cent.


Genetic influences on reading, spelling and mathematics abilities were found to be between 50-75 per cent.


The findings back up earlier research done in the UK.


“Genes are the things that are, for the most part, driving differences among children, and not different teachers or even different schools,” Byrne told Insight’s Jenny Brockie, during filming of the show’s feature on twins.


Click here to read the full article.

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Community News

Photo: Maddilyn Watson Year 10

What's on in our local community:

The Echuca Library, 310 Hare Street Echuca will be hosting a heat of the Victorian Poetry Slam on     Friday 25 August, registrations open from 6pm for a 6.30pm start. You can be a spoken word artist,  poet, wordsmith or rapper, performers are given a microphone, a live audience and just two minutes to impress the judges with their original spoken words or poetry.

Prizes for various age groups- primary and secondary school students welcome.

The 2017 Echuca Moama Youth Expo: Bridging the Gap will be held on Tuesday 12 September, 2017 at Echuca College, for all the Year 8, 9 & 10 students from our five local secondary schools – Echuca College, St Joseph’s College, Moama Anglican Grammar School, Echuca Specialist School and River City Christian College.                                                   

The expo is an exhibition of the youth, health and welfare services and community groups in the Echuca/Moama area. The students will have the opportunity for one hour to mingle around the exhibitions collecting information and engaging with the presenters and joining in the activities on offer. There will be entertainment of music performances and an art exhibition. 1100 secondary students will attend the Expo.


The Expo theme ‘Bridging the Gap’ has many meanings. Bringing the two towns closer and the five schools together and bridging the gap of student’s knowledge of what our area offers. The event is supporting the RUOK? Day which is on 14th September.


The aims for the expo are to inform our young people of the health and welfare services and support networks available to them in their local area and how to access them and to provide opportunities for all young people to be connected with the community by making them aware of sporting, community groups and options for volunteering and encourage greater participation in these groups. Another goal is  to showcase the local artistic and musical talents of our young people.


This Expo focuses on health, well-being and making community connections.

The Expo is organised by Campaspe Cohuna LLEN and sponsored by Moama Bowling Club.

"The Two Worlds of Your Teenager" Book Launch

May be of interest to Year 10s, 11s and 12s  Parents (only - not for students) to assist them as their children enter an important part of their schooling and lives. 


Let's Talk

Riverina Bluebell & Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group presents a free community forum like no other, focused on family mental health, navigating grief and helping teens build resilience. 


A panel of expert speakers, including a local GP, Lifeline counsellor, community members and well renowned mental health advocates, will share their medical, counselling and personal perspective about depression, suicide and overcoming grief. 


Free flowing discussion and questions will be encouraged. 
Be inspired, engaged, informed and connected to your community. 


Starts at 7pm, 21st August at the Deniliquin Golf Club with a supper provided.
There’s no need to book – find out more at Riverina Bluebell dot org dot au. or Facebook
Entry Form.pdf
2017 08 09 Rising Soccer star is picked for japanese tour.pdf