Moama Anglican Grammar 

15 June 2018
Issue Ten
From our Principal
Around the School
Primary Sports
Secondary Sports
Helpful Hints
Community News
Moama Anglican Grammar
03 5480 5900
2 Kirchhofer Street
Moama, NSW, 2731

From our Principal

Term 2 Comes to a Close

We are almost half way through the year with Term 2 holidays beginning at the end of next week.  The end of semester is an opportunity for students to ‘check in’ with the goals they set at the beginning of the year.  It is time to measure how they are tracking and to review their goals.  Reports are being sent to parents via SEQTA Engage, please take some time to talk with your son/daughter about the reports and to work with them to set goals for Semester Two.


We also farewell Mr Gareth Leach and Mr Dan Lukies at the end of this term and Ms Martina Richardson early next term.  As a school community we wish them all the very best for the future and we are grateful for their commitment and dedication to Moama Anglican Grammar.  All our staff and students have benefited from their expertise and experience over their time here.


I wish all our students, staff and families a safe and restful break and look forward to seeing the students return on Tuesday 17 July.


Carmel Spry



Key Dates

  • Last day Term 2 is Fri 22 June (normal dismissal time of 3:05pm)

Term 3

  • Monday 16 July – Friday 21 September
  • Student Free Day – Mon 16 July

Office Hours During Term Break 

Week 1

Monday 25 June to Friday 29 June - 9:00am - 3:00pm 

Week 2 

Monday 2 July to Friday 6 July - CLOSED

Week 3

Monday 9 July to Friday 13 July - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Applications Close Today!


Around the School

Coming Soon!


The BIG issue

This year, the school has subscribed to 'The Big Issue' magazine. This magazine is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and creating work opportunities for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people. 


The vendors run social enterprises to create work opportunities for people who are unable to access mainstream jobs. These enterprises operate much like traditional businesses, except all revenue is put back into the enterprises for the benefit of the individuals involved and broader community.


In order to access 'The Big Issue', visit the Library Moodle page, daily notices on SEQTA or visit the Resource Centre for a hardcopy.


Boomerang Bags

450 bags in 6 weeks!
Thank you to all the parents who assisted in the upcycling of old pillow cases to reusable shopping bags.

Boomerang bags help reduce single use plastic bags, as well as teach our children they can be part of the solution. A grassroots movement that has spread across 708 communities worldwide Echuca/Moama are proud to be involved.

In July the primary students will decorate the bags in art and take them home to keep and use.

You will also see Boomerang Bags in the uniform shop. Please boomerang these back to the office for reuse.

Join Plastic Bag Free Echuca/Moama on Facebook to find out about Boomerang Bag working bees in the community.


Year 4 Art 

Our Year 4 students have busily been making paper mache masks with Mrs Hemmings in their art classes, take a look at their fantastic creations!


Dragon Days!

Next Wednesday 20 June from 7:30pm in our Multipurpose Hall our Year 5 students will perform their production 'Dragon Days'. The students have been busily preparing to take audiences to The Stumbledorf village where villagers need a hero to save them from their terrifically terrifying dragon... or do they?  


Entomological Art 

Miss Moon's Visual Arts students have become Entomologists, studying insects for their latest art making task. The class are using coloured pencils and the burnishing technique to render their chosen insects. We cannot wait to see their final drawings.


Maths Olympics

Over the past two days Students in Years 3 - 11 put their maths skills to the test in our annual Maths Olympics! Battling it out for house points students solve maths questions as well as the infamous music quiz!

Thank you to all participating students, staff, student judges and helpers for making this fantastic event possible.


We will reveal the overall winning house at your next assembly, stay tuned...


Duke of Ed Adventurous Journey

Over the long weekend 5 students completing their Silver Duke of Ed award and 5 students completing their Bronze Duke of Ed award headed off to the Strathbogie Ranges to complete their adventurous journey section of the award. The first group of Silver students we met with the immediate challenge of hiking, setting up camp and cooking in the dark on the first night. The spirit of the group was great and all students took on the challenge well. The next morning was a bit more dreary with us facing a long climb up to the top of Lightning Ridge in rain. The group packed up camp and were ready to go nice and early. We headed up the ridge and spent many hours climbing uphill, occasionally stopping to cross a creek (with some stepping into the mud, to find that they sank above their knees, and others helping each other navigate a different route or cross the creek as they balanced walking across a log.)


After 4 ½ hours of hiking up the hill we were hit with a navigational dilemma. The track was not marked on the map and the tracks we could see did not seem to be heading in the correct direction. A decision was made to follow the track which headed north in the hopes it would turn west. However, after a really steep descent the track headed east and we found ourselves back at one of our creek crossings. Cold, wet and getting late in the day the group decided to attempt crossing Lightning Ridge another time and used our support group to return us to camp for a wet night.


At camp we joined the Bronze students who, along with Ms Meryn Chalmers, had learnt how to pack their packs, set up camp and had completed some navigational hiking activities. Our first task as a group was to get a fire going and then get dinner going before we were all too cold and soaked.


On the Saturday we had lovely weather and enjoyed a short hike to a spot where we all enjoyed some rock climbing and abseiling. This was a bit of a highlight of the day. Catrina Paul was our quickest rock climber with others showing determination and commitment to overcome fear and exhaustion to get up the rock.


On Sunday we enjoyed a lovely 14km hike, being led by the Silver students. It was a challenging day for many and there was plenty of relief when we got into camp, set up tents, collected firewood and built a fire.


On Monday all students were excited for the last day of hiking as they all were nursing tired legs and many other bruises, aches and pains from the weekend’s activities. The hike along the ridge was above the clouds and was beautiful, until we hit our extra steep decent where there was plenty of sliding down the hill into the clouds.


Every student supported every other student on this hike and overall we had a wonderful weekend together in the wilderness. Congratulations to Mia & Tori Oberin, Caitlin and Catrina Paul, Hayden James, Kate Mulcahy, Jess Smith, Isabelle Williams, Bryanna Todd and Ruby Hehir for completing this section of their award.


Year 4 Violin

This semester, Year 4 students have been working in practical groups to learn either violin or a range of percussion instruments and recorder as part of their classroom Music program. On Wednesday, Year 4 groups performed to each other, as a special way to celebrate their learning for this semester. Violin students performed two songs, which showcased their developing technique. Next semester, remaining Year 4 students can look forward to learning violin, with our violin tutor, Mrs Marion Moncrieff.


Youth Leadership Training Day 2018

On Thursday 7 June at 8.50am, 10 Moama Anglican Grammar students left for Kyabram P12 College. The aim of the day was to look at ways to improve the environment within our communities and schools as well as learning to work with people we didn’t know. We were put into teams and participated in interactive games which was lots of fun and allowed us to make new friends.


The first activity was a get to know you activity where we had to answer questions about ourselves and share them with the group we had been placed into. This was a bit of fun and we all had a laugh. Within our school group we had to brainstorm a way to make an improvement within our community or school. We chose our school yard and reducing rubbish and waste. Some of the brainstorming ideas we came up with included a nude food program, reduce plastic, reduce plastic bottles etc. We presented this back to the others schools and it was interesting listening to everyone’s ideas. We finished the day in our mixed groups with a play-doh activity where we had to guess what someone was making and if you got them all right then you got a point. The team with the most points got a packet of pods.


It was a fantastic day and we were very spoilt with some yummy food for morning tea and lunch. I look forward to seeing some of our ideas implemented into the school yard.

By Mackenzie Southern 


Primary Sports

Another busy term!

Hello and welcome to what has been another fast and furious couple of weeks. The house captains have arranged a meeting with myself to take on more of a leadership role within the primary school. As such, plans are in place to run a number of lunch time clubs and sporting fixtures/knockouts during both Term 3 and Term 4. I am very excited to see what these amazing young people come up with and wish to implement. With that in mind, should any parents wish to volunteer their time to facilitate and implement some of their ideas you would be most welcome! Please contact either myself or Kylie in the office.


Gymnastics club (every Tuesday lunch) is proving very popular with all of our students and as such Mrs McFadden and I have decided to hold trials in Week 1 of Term 3. The event is open to Year 2 students and above and held in Melbourne in September. Should you wish your child to attend the trials please have them collect a letter from me during recess or lunch.


RAS Athletics will be held on Tuesday 7 August in Albury for students 9 years and above who finished in the top two during our athletics carnival. More details to follow next week.


I have also been approached by a number of secondary students in regards to running basketball training sessions, again another great example of our students becoming leaders within their communities and expressing the school values thought their actions. This will commence in Term 3.


Should you wish to contact me regarding anything sports orientated please do not hesitate to contact me on 5480 5950 or email [email protected]


Paul Dolan

Head of Primary Sport       


Secondary Sports

NSW All Schools 15 Years and under AFL Championship

Last week Olivia Taranto, Georgie Gough, Jayda Richardson, Charlotte McGillivray and Anthony DePasquale travelled to Sydney as CIS 15 years and under AFL players to play in the NSW All Schools AFL Championship competition. The girls team played well and showed that as a regional team they were getting stronger than previous years. They placed third out of the day. The boys team showed great strength and won the competition.


Following the competitions Jayda Richardson and Anthony DePasquale, both from year 9, were selected in the NSW All Schools team and will be attending training camp in Canberra and the SSA Secondary 15 Years & Under AFL Championships in Adelaide in July. Congratulations to both these students and good luck at the next competition.


AFL Under 15 Girls Giants Cup Competition

On Wednesday 13 June a team of 25 under 15 year old girls coached by Miss Leah Thompson headed to Deniliquin to play in a competition against Deniliquin High School, Finley High School, Barham High School and Hay High School. The first game was played against Barham and was our highest scoring game with the girls scoring 5 goals to win with a score of 31 to 6. The goal scorers for this game were Charlotte McGillivray (2 goals), Lily Hindman, Kayla Elphick and Olivia Taranto.


The second game was a much closer game on the bigger oval against Finley with the girls winning by a narrow 2 points (14 to 12). Olivia Taranto and Lizzie Halloran scored the goals in this game.


The third game saw the backline having to work hard against a strong attack from the Hay girls in the first half. They protected the goals well and prevented Hay from scoring in the first half. The final result was a win with a score of 14 to 6 and goals were scored by Hannah Norman and Charlotte McGillivray.


The final game against Deniliquin High was a strong game with a late goal in the first half from Moama. In the second half our girls found some space with the ball and took the lead winning 19 to 6. The goal scorers were Charlotte McGillivray (2 goals) and Georgie Gough.


Every team member put in 100 % effort on the day and represented Moama Anglican Grammar well with great sportsmanship and team spirit. The girls won the competition and progress to play at the NSW/ACT State Championships in Canberra next week. Good luck with the next round.


CIS Cross Country

On Thursday Oscar Burns, Jake Clancy, Dylan Jardine, Dylan Scoble, Angus McKindlay, Darcy Nelson, Olivia Davy, Maia Roberts and Jaymi Clancy represented Moama Anglican Grammar and RAS (Riverina Associated Schools) at the CIS Cross Country in Sydney. All students had a good day, and represented the school exceptionally well by trying their best and showing amazing team spirit and support. Congratulations to all students and thank-you to their parents for the support of taking them to this event.On Thursday Oscar Burns, Jake Clancy, Dylan Jardine, Dylan Scoble, Angus McKindlay, Darcy Nelson, Olivia Davy, Maia Roberts and Jaymi Clancy represented Moama Anglican Grammar and RAS (Riverina Associated Schools) at the CIS Cross Country in Sydney. All students had a good day, and represented the school exceptionally well by trying their best and showing amazing team spirit and support. Congratulations to all students and thank-you to their parents for the support of taking them to this event.

Kim McFadden

Head of Sport, VET and Duke of Ed Coordinator

Helpful Hints

Parents' Ultimate Guide to Snapchat

Is Snapchat safe for kids? How does it work? And what's with Snapstreaks? Everything curious parents need to know about this ultra-popular app.


Christine Elgersma


If you have tweens or teens, you know about Snapchat. And if you can't figure out how it works, you're probably over 25. One of the most popular social media apps out there, Snapchat gives kids and teens what they really want: a simple way to share everyday moments while simultaneously making them look awesome. And unlike Facebook and Twitter, which record and broadcast everything you do, Snapchat uses messages that are meant to disappear (learn more about how they actually don't). Like so many social media apps, Snapchat is a mixed bag, so it's a good idea to understand how it works, how your kids use it, and how much time they spend on it so you can make sure their experiences are positive.

In addition to letting you connect with and follow friends, Snapchat offers a lot more cool stuff: games, news and entertainment, quizzes, and truly innovative photo- and video-editing tools (so innovative, in fact, it's nearly impossible for grown-ups to figure them out -- another reason kids love it).


Something about snapping, sharing, and then forgetting about life's little moments has massive appeal for kids. And for the most part, that's what they use Snapchat for. The app has a lighthearted design, and its photo filters and effects tend toward rainbows and flower crowns. But other features pose some risks: Snap Map lets friends see each other's location on a map, which isn't always safe; Snapstreaks requires kids to exchange messages for as long as possible, which is a major time-suck; and Discover offers some age-inappropriate content. With your guidance on privacy, safety, social media pressure, and marketing, though, Snapchat can be a fun way for teens to connect. Check out our full review to get the whole scoop.


What is Snapchat?
Snapchat is a popular messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos (called snaps) that are meant to disappear after they're viewed. It's advertised as a "new type of camera" because the essential function is to take a picture or video, add filters, lenses, or other effects and share them with friends.


How does Snapchat work?
All you need to sign up is your name, an email address, and your birth date. On Snapchat, users go by a handle, and Snapchatters gravitate toward silly names. To add friends, you can upload your contacts or search for people you know. You can also automatically add someone by taking a picture of their "Snapcode," a special QR code unique to each user. After that, things get a little confusing. On Snapchat, photos -- not text -- usually start the communication. To begin a conversation, you tap the big camera circle and take a snap. There are all sorts of photo-editing tools (you have to experiment to figure out what they do) as well as filters to adorn your images. Once you customize your snap, you can send it to anyone in your friends list or add it to your story, which is a record of the day that your friends can view for 24 hours. Snapchat also offers group texting and group stories that everyone in the group can contribute to.  


How old do you have to be to use Snapchat?
According to the terms of service, users must be 13. You have to enter your birth date to set up an account, but there's no age verification, so it's easy for kids under 13 to sign up. Common Sense Media rates Snapchat OK for teens 16 and up, mainly because of the exposure to age-inappropriate content and the marketing ploys, such as quizzes, that collect data.


Do messages really disappear on Snapchat?
It depends. If you set a time limit on a snap, it will disappear after it's viewed. However, recipients can take a screenshot of an image using their phones or a third-party screen-capture app. A phone screen-capture will notify the sender that the image was captured. But third-party apps don't trigger a notification. For these reasons, it's best that teens understand that nothing done online is really temporary. Before sending a sexy or embarrassing snap of themselves or someone else, it's important to remember that the picture could circulate the school by tomorrow morning.


What are Snapstreaks?
With a Snapstreaks, two users have snapped back and forth within a 24-hour period for three days in a row. Once you've established a streak, special emojis and statistics display next to the streakers' names to show you how long you've maintained a streak. Why do they matter? For one thing, they add to your overall Snapchat score (basically a number that reflects how much you use the app). For another, they can occasionally become the most important thing in a kid's life. Because of the intense bonds kids can form over social media, they can feel that a Snapstreak is a measure of their friendship, and if they don't keep it up they'll let the other person down. Teens have even been known to give friends access to their Snapchat accounts to keep a streak going if they can't do it themselves (for example, if their phone gets taken away for being online too much). This can lead to feelings of pressure, anxiety, and compulsion, so it's good to know if your kid has streaks going to get a window into why that selfie might feel really important.


What's Snap Map?
Snap Map displays your location on a map in real time. Only your Snapchat friends can see where you are. If your friends have opted into Snap Map, you can see their locations, too. (You can turn this off or use it in Ghost Mode, which allows you to see the map but not be seen by others.) Snap Map also features news and events from around the world -- for example, a political rally in Nicaragua, which displays as an icon on a map of the world. The biggest risk with Snap Map is a teen having their location seen by all their friends -- since some of their Snapchat contacts may not be real friends. Unless there's a specific event and it makes it easier for friends to know each other's location, it's best to leave Snap Maps off or use it in Ghost Mode.


What's a Snapchat story?
A story is a collection of moments in the form of pictures and videos that, taken together, create a narrative. (After Snapchat popularized the format, other social media services, including Facebook and Instagram, offered story-creation tools, too.) On Snapchat, stories appear as circles, and when you tap them, they autoplay the pictures or videos the user collected. You can create personal stories that your friends can view for a 24-hour period. Or, if you think your Snap is particularly interesting or newsworthy, you can send it to Our Story. Our Stories are kind of like mini-documentaries of events, holidays, game championships, or other things happening in the world on a particular day. Snaps are curated and compiled by the company. While it's cool to have your story added to Our Story, it's also very public, so kids should think carefully before submitting one.


What's a Snapcode?
When you sign up, Snapchat gives you your own unique QR code. When you meet a fellow Snapchat user and want to friend each other, you can just take a snap of the other person's code, and they're automatically added to your friends list. Because it's so easy to find friends on Snapchat (depending on your settings) or exchange codes, teens may end up with virtual strangers on their friends list. For a variety of reasons, that can be risky, so it's best to talk to your teen about when it's safe to add people.


What's Discover?

Discover offers content created by celebrities, news and entertainment outlets, and other users. You can subscribe to specific Discover sources to receive their feeds. While Discover offers some legitimate news from publishers including the New York Times and Vice Media, the offerings can be promotional and are frequently mature. But if your kid has signed up with their correct birth date, they'll miss the alcohol ads and other adult content that Snapchat filters out for underage users. Discover stories often feature promos prompting kids to "swipe up" to learn more (which usually leads to ads) or take a quiz (which is usually a marketing tool). This section runs the gamut from harmless to shocking, so it's good to look around and get a sense of what your kids are seeing.


What are Snapchat's other features?
Snapchat is waaaay more than cute photos. The more you use the app, the more points you get and the higher your Snapchat score goes. Snapchat awards high scorers with trophies and other perks. Here are a few other Snapchat features:
  • Face lenses and world lenses: If you've seen photos of people with cartoon cat ears and whiskers on their faces, those are face lenses. World lenses are augmented reality elements, such as rainbows, that you can add to a snap so it looks like it's part of the photo. Technically, lenses are "overlays" -- and they cost money on Snapchat.
  • Geo-filters: These are location-specific elements that can only be unlocked by visiting a specific place. Businesses use geo-filters as a way for customers to check in and advertise them. A kid could create a special geo-filter for their sweet-16 party for attendees to add to their photos.
  • Snapcash: Like PayPal or Venmo, Snapcash lets users transfer money to each other.
  • Memories: If you don't want your snaps to disappear, you can store them to send later.
  • Snapstore: This is exactly what it sounds like: a place to buy Snapchat-related items.
  • Shazam: A feature that helps you identify a song.

Is Snapchat safe for tweens and teens?

Most kids use Snapchat to goof around and stay in contact with their friends -- end of story. Yes, there's some mature content, but it's appropriate for most teens 16 and up. That said, there are three key risky areas:


The myth of disappearing messages. When Snapchat first started, it was labeled "the sexting app" because people sent intimate photos, assuming they'd self-destruct. Any app can be misused, but a lot of kids mistakenly believe that Snapchat has a built-in Get Out of Jail Free card. Teens really need to understand that the content they share can be saved and shared and may never go away. It's best to have this conversation before they download Snapchat, but it's never too late. Talk about whether any of their friends have ever pressured them to send a sexy image and discuss why someone who would do that does not have your best interests at heart. Kids should also ask permission before sharing a picture of someone else.


The time suck. Snapchat is a ton of fun to use, and there's lots to discover on it. Snapstreaks and stories add a time-pressure element that makes kids feel like they have to check in. If it ever seems like your kid is stressing and not using the app for fun, it's time to step in.


Privacy and safety. Since it's so easy to add friends in Snapchat, you can end up with lots of people you don't know well on your friends list. And depending on your settings, the app can collect a ton of data about your habits in -- and outside of -- the app. Snapchat also works with a lot of third parties that they share your data with.


How do I monitor Snapchat and use the settings?

The biggest challenge for parents is that there's no way to see your kid's activity in the app in the same way as on other social media platforms. Since there's no feed to scroll, there's not much to monitor. Instead, focus on the privacy settings. If you decide to say yes to Snapchat, sit down with your kid and together go into the app's settings (the little gear icon next to your profile image). Scroll down to "Who Can..." This is where you can control important safety features such as who can see your location and who can view your story. This is a perfect time to talk to your kid about using their Snapchat account safely and responsibly. Discuss when and how often you'll check in on how they're using it and how they're feeling about it. Explain that you understand that social media is important to them, and, at the same time, your role is to protect them. Don't forget to ask your teen to show you some of their snaps and some of the cool features they like in the app. That'll make it a little less scary for you -- and send the message that you're on the same team.

Community News

School Holiday Program




After School Art Program


Show Pavilion Entries

As many people know, the Pavilion at the annual Show (10 & 11 November) is filled with entries of all shapes and sizes, by people of all ages. The primary and secondary pavilion, which has been revised this year for clarity and simplicity, has a range of sections that your students may wish to enter. These include, but are not limited to, painting/drawing, cooking, sewing/knitting, photography, woodwork/metalwork, horticulture, and handwriting.

Entry for all under 18’s is completely free, and comes with the opportunity to win great prizes! 


For further information, or if you  would like a copy of the Primary or Secondary Pavilion Schedule, please email Kathryn Stewart, Pavilion Co-ordinator  [email protected] or call on 0427 279 547.

Dog Training


South West Music News


Johnno's Run

For more information click the link below:


There are training sessions for anyone interested in attending (free) on Monday evenings at 4.30pm or 5.15pm at the entrance to Scenic Drive.
People can walk, run or ride if they like. 


Jim Cosgriff also has a Men’s Wellness Group that walks every Friday morning and meet at the entrance to Scenic Drive at 6am. For men of all ages, sizes and fitness abilities. It’s proving to be a great stress reduction exercise for those who attend and is very light hearted.


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