Moama Anglican Grammar Newsletter

14 February 2020
Issue Two

Honour and Excellence

From the Principal
Primary News
School Noticeboard
Coming Events
Around the School
Music
Community News
Moama Anglican Grammar
03 5480 5900
2 Kirchhofer Street
Moama, NSW, 2731
AU

From the Principal

Welcome to 2020

I hope everyone has settled back into the routine of school, particularly our Kindergarten students and their families.  Creating a safe and secure environment is a major focus for us here at Moama Anglican Grammar.  This safe and secure environment is not only about our physical environment but social and emotional safety.  We want our students and staff to enjoy being at school and to feel comfortable to learn and be the very best person they can.

 

A part of creating a warm and inviting place for our families is the work of our Parents and Friends group.  The focus of our P&F is to support the development of relationships between families at the school.  The team of parents work throughout the year to organise a number of social occasions where parents can meet each other. 

 

In the Primary school there are class representatives who work with each class group to help new families settle in and enjoy some social time together with their children.  In the Secondary school, the focus is a little different.

 

The P&F help the school through volunteer work for some of our major occasions such as ANZAC Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day and Remembrance Day.  The work they do helps the staff and students by contributing to the development of our supportive environment.

 

We are very grateful for the work of these parents and I understand that not all parents can be involved in these activities but any who can are very welcome.

 

Mrs Carmel Spry

Principal

Primary News

A wonderful first few weeks

Welcome Back Picnic night

Special thanks to our P&F for organising a ‘Welcome Back Picnic night’ last Thursday evening February 6. Our families came along to meet new and older families in a relaxed environment and ate their tea picnic style in our beautiful grounds. Students had a great time running around playing and eating ice creams and the adults had a lovely time chatting and meeting each other and some new staff as well.

 

Year 6 Leadership Training

Last Thursday February 6 our Year 6 cohort participated in Leadership training with Mr Gibbs and Miss Higgins.  All of our Year 6 students are seen and treated as leaders within the Primary school and our younger students look up to them every day as role models. The students worked in mixed groups and discussed lots of different topics throughout the morning such as :

  • Communicating with others
  • Working together in a group
  • Working out different behaviours
  • Managing a group
  • Feeling positive
  • Helping others
  • Open Roads and Dead End Roads
  • Being an effective leader
  • Encouraging discussion – open and closed questions
  • Being prepared and organised
  • Useful strategies

Senior Constable Paul Ebsworth visits  K-6

Senior Constable Paul Ebsworth visited the Primary school on Monday February 10, which was very timely as Safer Internet Day was on Tuesday February 11.  He delivered engaging presentations in the hall to K-2 on ‘Stranger Danger’ and spoke about general safety such as wearing seatbelts, bike helmets and crossing the road. Our Yr 3-4 and Yr 5-6 students had separate presentations focussing on ‘Social Media Safety and Awareness and Cyberbullying’. Paul shared lots of information and involved the students as much as possible.

Parents please refer to the following websites on ways to report cyber crime:

Think u Know https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/

eSafety Commissioner   https://www.esafety.gov.au/

 

Year 5 Camp

Our Year 5 students along with Miss Briggs, Mrs Barber and Mr Rudge are looking forward to their Gold camp to Ballarat next Monday February 17 to Wednesday February 19. We are sure they will all have a fabulous time and look forward to seeing some photos and hearing all about it when they return.

 

Volunteer Induction

For those of you that are able and willing to assist on a regular basis within the Kindergarten – Year 2 classrooms in 2020, or would like to volunteer for other school activities across the year, you are invited to attend a volunteer’s induction session on Friday February 21.  This session will be held in classroom JS4 from 8:30 - 8:50 am. You will also have the opportunity to complete the compulsory Volunteer Declaration form at the end of the session. Please bring along your driver’s licence or photo identification.  An email was sent to K-2 families on Wednesday this week.

 

Primary Sport

Moama Echuca Border Raiders Soccer Clinics

We had two soccer clinics here at school on Wednesday, hosted by our local Border Raiders Soccer club. We had just under 30 Year 4-6 Boys’ and 37 Year 4-6 girls participate in the sessions. They learnt the fundamentals of soccer and had the opportunity to show off their skills. All enjoyed the sessions and they even walked away with some gifts from the Border Raiders Soccer club. Thank you to Andrea Barry for organising the clinics. The club does have a come n try day on Saturday March 14. See the attached flyer at the end of the newsletter in the Community News section.

 

Open Water Learning Experience

On Tuesday, our Year 6 students are participating in the half day Life Saving Victoria Open Water Learning Experience (OWLE) program. This is held on the sandbar near Maidens Inn Caravan Park. The students will enjoy a variety of activities based on being safe in open water environments and in particular the Murray River.

 

Primary Swimming Carnival Yr 3-6

The Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival will be held at the Echuca pool on Thursday February 20. Many students have been training and preparing for the day of fun competition in the water. We look forward to seeing our students participate in events and enjoy the day. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to attend and cheer on the students. Buses will depart school at 9:00 am and we hope to start by 9:30 am and leave again by bus at 2:40 pm in the afternoon.  Best of luck to everyone and let us see which House, Perricoota, Meninya, Martin or Chanter comes out on top! 

 

Hockey Victoria

Next Friday, a Hockey Victoria representative will be visiting our school to run sessions with the Year 1, 2, 4 and 5 classes as part of the PDHPE/Sport program.

 

Nigel Rudge Head of Primary and Mel Scott Head of Teaching and Learning Primary

 

School Noticeboard

Drought Assistance

I am delighted to advise parents that the Special Circumstances Drought Assistance Grant Application submitted in December 2019 has been successful.  This will provide some fee assistance to our farming families who are impacted by the drought.   I am currently contacting relevant families to discuss the details and individual circumstances.  If you are a farmer and haven’t heard from me please contact me by phoning the School or email sbarry@moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au.  We have also received funding to increase counselling support, funds for a small number of staff to complete Youth Mental Health First Aid training, school uniform assistance and even our sheep were not forgotten with a contribution to grain costs for the 2019/20 year.  A morning tea for families impacted by the Drought is currently being planned.

 

Suzanna Barry

Business Manager

Uniform shop volunteers needed

Marlene is looking for volunteers in the uniform shop. We are open:

Tuesdays during term time, 8:30 – 9:15 am
Thursdays during term time, 2:45 – 3:15 pm

 

Please contact her if you are interested in assisting on 5480 5900 or via email mstapleton@moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au

New Canteen Managers

We welcome Sue and Brian as Canteen managers in 2020.

They have been working hard on creating a delicious menu for our students and we look forward to working with them.
Sue and Brian are also introducing a before school menu.

You can view the menu here:

https://www.moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Term-1-Canteen-Menu-2020.pdf

A reminder to families that canteen orders are available via Quickcliq using their online portal.

See our website for more information:

https://www.moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au/our-school/school-day/canteen/

Immunisation for Year 7 and 10

On Tuesday March 3, Community Health Staff will be conducting the first School Vaccination Program visit. The students in Year 7 will be receiving the 1st dose of Gardasil (HPV) vaccine and a single Boostrix vaccination and students in Year 10 will be receiving a single  Meningococcal ACWY vaccine.

In preparation we would request that the students have a good breakfast and come in their sports uniform for the day.

Student vaccination request and parent information kits have been distributed and are to be returned by Monday February 24.

SEQTA reminders

If you have previously used SEQTA please ignore the details below. However, if you are having troubles with logging in please contact our IT Support team at help@moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au

 

New families please read through details below:

Our Teacher/Family system is called SEQTA and contains three core parts; SEQTA Teach, SEQTA Learn and SEQTA Engage.

  • SEQTA Teach, includes curriculum planning, mapping, assessment and reporting, pastoral care and analytics and is used by the staff.
  • SEQTA Learn, is the student online environment. This environment is accessible on any device over the internet and at school. Thereby giving students access to everything they need to learn more effectively, and tools that allow them to stretch themselves, be more interactive with what they are learning and achieve better outcomes.
  • SEQTA Engage, is the online environment for parents/guardians so you can access up-to-date information quickly and easily about the school and your child/rens learning.

We have implemented SEQTA Teach, Learn and Engage in stages over the last two years. SEQTA Teach has pastoral, attendance and assessment and reporting functions for staff and now supports continuous online reporting to parents.

All new families would have received an email  from noreply@seqta.com.au with the subject title "Welcome to SEQTA Engage". Please ensure to check your junk email folder if it does not appear in your inbox. This email contains the link that will enable you to set up your SEQTA Engage account. Please click on this link as soon as you get the email and follow the instructions provided. If you have difficulties or do not receive the email contact our IT Support team on help@moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au

We look forward to providing families with the features and functionality of SEQTA Teach, Learn and Engage.

Echuca Town Bus Travel for 2020

An email was sent on Friday 31 January, to families who reside in Echuca Township according to our database. If you did not receive the email, and believe your child should be eligible for a Victorian Student Pass, please contact the school to confirm your residential address.

Any students may travel on the Echuca Moama Transit services as they are public transport.  Students who do not hold a Victorian Student Pass are required to pay the usual fares:

$1.20 per trip;
$2.40 per day ticket (collected from driver in morning and shown again in the afternoon);
$11.20 per weekly ticket (collected from driver and shown each trip for that week).

Timetable and stop information may be obtained from Echuca Moama Transit – 5484 1129.

Echuca township students who reside more than 4.8 kilometres from home to our school are eligible to apply for a Victorian Student Pass (VSP). 

An arrangement has been made with the Department of Education for students who received VPS’s in 2019 and who live less than the minimum home to school distance of 4.8km.  These students may continue to receive the allowance until they exit Moama Anglican Grammar. However, all new 2020 applications must comply with the conveyance allowance policy regardless of whether they have a sibling receiving the allowance.

The full conveyance allowance policy document may be viewed at: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/transport/Pages/conveyance.aspx

The VSP consists of a Myki card which is linked to a PTV endorsed school Student ID card.  Both cards should be readily shown to drivers each time the student travels on Echuca Moama Transit services. This Myki may also be used to access free public transport anywhere in Victoria.

Please find attached the mandatory Department of Education and Training (Vic) Conveyance Allowance Application-Private Bus form to be completed and signed by the parent / guardian and submitted to the school. 

Please note: on page 4 there is a section for the parent to sign over the conveyance payment to the school in order for the school to purchase the VSP from Public Transport Victoria on behalf of the students.

Also, hardcopies of this form are available for collection from both our Primary and Main Admin offices.

Families of students who apply for a VSP will be invoiced a $10 processing fee by the School.

Students who have their 2019 VSP should continue to show it to the drivers until new cards are issued.  New applicants will be issued an endorsed letter to show their bus driver until cards are issued by PTV.

We ask that families who have not yet completed the application to please complete the and return this to the school by Monday 17 February 2020 to allow time for passes to be processed and collected from the Bendigo Hub of Public Transport Victoria before 2019 cards / letters expire on 28 February 2020.

If you have any questions in relation to this, please contact Marnie or Lou at the School – 5480 5900.

 

ESafetyCommisioner new website – a great resource for all Parents and Guardians.

The new website will give you access to the world’s most comprehensive suite of information, resources and reporting tools to help you and your child/ren have safer experiences online, through the new online safety hub at esafety.gov.au.

 

We encourage families to take the time to look at their new website and explore the Parents’ section.

Large bulky items on the Bus

Please note that the bus operators are not permitted to transport large items in the external storage compartment of the bus, e.g. bikes or scooters.  Should your child need to transport such items please make alternate arrangements.  Also remember to park well clear of where the bus is expected to stop.

Thank you for your support with this.

Late students

It has come to our attention that some secondary students are arriving late to school without the appropriate form of communication.

 

A reminder to parents that late students (or those that are departing early) should either:

Provide an 'out of routine' form when arriving at school / leaving early

Or

Parents/Guardians are to fill in a late arrival/early departure eform via the Parent Portal  PCSpider.
 

In the instance that this cannot happen, a phone call or email to the school is also appropriate.

 

It is our Duty of Care to know where students are at all times.

Coming Events

Term 1

Please check your SEQTA calendar for all dates and further information.

Date Event
Monday 17 February Parents and Friends meeting 9:00 am
Monday 17 - Wed 19 February Year 5 Camp - Ballarat
Wednesday 19 February Secondary Swimming Carnival (Please note the canteen will be closed on this day except for Primary lunch orders)
Thursday 20 February

Primary Swimming Carnival

Real Talk - Year 7 and 8

Friday 21 February Real Talk - Year 9
Tuesday 25  February Shrove Tuesday
Wednesday 26 February Ash Wednesday Chapel Services
Friday 28 February Casual Dress Day - "Be Rare Be You" Fabry Australia Rare Disease Day
Tuesday 3 March Year 7 and 10 Vaccinations
Wednesday 4 March RAS Primary Swimming

Secondary Open Evening

 

Around the School

Welcome

We love to celebrate our students and showcase what they have been up to, both inside and outside the classroom! Below are a few things that happened over the last two weeks.

You can also keep up-to-date on our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/MoamaAGS/

A great start to Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden for 2020

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden began this week for Year 3 students, with the opportunity to prepare and eat an Asian Cabbage Fried Noodle Salad. 3Z enjoyed learning about the kitchen, working as a team and making their salad dressing on the stove. Our parent helpers also enjoyed their kitchen garden experience! The lunchtime Garden Club has also begun for Year 3 and 4 students. Each student will have the opportunity to work in the garden each term during Monday lunchtime. Planting new plants and harvesting produce ready to be used in our recipes in the kitchen. Perhaps you can make the Asian Noodle Salad  this week for your family.

 

Commencement assembly

Commencement Assembly 2020 was a wonderful morning to celebrate leadership within the school community, both past and present. We were delighted to have some of our Band 6 recipients from the HSC class of 2019 join us for the assembly to be acknowledged by the School for their efforts. We also inducted our Class of 2020 HSC students, Primary leaders and Beacon leaders.

Thank you to family members who attended and continue to support students in achieving their personal best.

We are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead!

 

Succulent garden Year 2

Year 2 students had a wonderful week creating their succulent garden near their classrooms!

They have written up a 'How to' document to share with you. Check it out below!

 

Shave for a cure

Today Grace Murphy and Harry Withers 'shaved for a cure' to raise much needed funds to help  beat blood cancer!

Students rallied together to watch the shave and donate money. Grace and Harry were able to raise another $367 today over lunch, which has taken their combined total to just over $4,000 raised!

It was wonderful to see such dedication from our students, Grace also will be donating her hair to make wigs.

The school will be registering for Shave for  a Cure  on Monday. Any students interested please speak to Mr Scott.

 

Equestrian

During the recent summer holiday break, Year 11 student Lucy Nelson proudly represented our school at the Victorian Youth Dressage Championships on the Mornington peninsula at Boneo Park. Lucy and her new mount Matuvu Barocco, aka Rocky, competed in the Senior Preliminary Dressage class. They achieved great scores for their first competition together, placing 7th in both dressage tests. 

 

Coming up in the next few months there are two local Interschool competitions being held. One at Tatura on the 25th and 26th of April and the annual Elmore Equestrian EA Interschool competition during the July school holidays. These Interschool competitions offer a range of riding disciplines and events to cater for all horse and rider combinations.  Both of these events are run very well and showcase many riders from schools around the state. This year it would be fantastic to have a full MAGS team (4 riders) to join Lucy!

 

If there are any students who have their own horse, enjoy competing in ridden events and is interested in representing Moama Anglican Grammar at an Interschool Equestrian event and would like to find out more you can speak to Lucy around the school or email -lucynelson@moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au

 

Photography

The things we do for a good shot! Miss Moon's Photographic and Digital Media class tried their hand at creating Depth of Field using aperture and their surroundings. We are lucky enough to have the Moama Adventure Playpark and the Botanic Gardens nearby to help create some beautiful images. Stay tuned for their final images.   

 

Music

An Invitation to Students to Join our Vocal Ensembles

We have exciting things planned for our Co-curricular Music Program this year and we are thrilled to offer an opportunity for students to join our Primary and Secondary vocal ensembles.

 

The foundation for all music education is based first and foremost around singing and the voice. Not only is singing in a group beneficial for all musicians, it is a core and fundamental element in society, improves aural skills, musical literacy, and confidence in performance – and of course, can be extremely fun!

 

At MAG, we have two vocal ensembles and encourage any students who enjoy singing and music to join.

 

Our Primary vocal ensemble, Jr. Singers, is open to students in Years 3-6. Rehearsals for 2020 will commence Wednesday 19 February (Week 4) before school from 8.15-8.45am in JS4, led by Miss Codie Ellis.

 

Our Secondary vocal ensemble, MAG Singers, is open to all Secondary students from Years 7-12. Rehearsals will commence Friday 21 February (Week 4) from 8-8.45am in the Hall, led by our vocal tutor Victoria Pannett.

 

Our vocal ensemble leaders have a wealth of choral experience and expertise; you can read more about Miss Ellis and Victoria below:

 

Codie Ellis:

Codie was an active member of the established choral organisation, Voices of Birralee, until moving to Echuca in April, 2019. During her time with Birralee, she had extensive opportunities to work alongside renowned conductors, composers and educators both in Australia and overseas. Some of Codie’s most memorable choral achievements have included competing at the Riva Del Garda International Choral Competition in Italy and recently singing for centenary celebrations on the Western Front in France. Codie has studied choral conducting at university and has since worked with many school and community choirs. She has a deep love for music and is passionate about sharing the joy of choral singing with all ages. 

 

Victoria Pannett:

Singing is a fun activity and leading the MAG Singers is such a privilege.  We get to sing a variety of great music, broadening our musical horizons so to speak, and creating some amazing harmonies.   Here’s a little bit about me…I’ve been a singer ever since I can remember.  I grew up in Melbourne and studied voice and piano throughout my school life.  I’ve sung in rock / cover bands, in cabaret, choirs, made a few tv appearances, performed in musical theatre, jazz bands, and even a Madonna tribute show.  I’ve been teaching singing for 17 years, I have musically directed several shows by Echuca Moama Theatre Company, and I sing in a local band from time to time. 

           

Participation in our vocal ensembles does not incur a cost however, a high level of individual commitment to attend weekly rehearsals will be required to ensure the ensemble is able to progress and prepare for performances.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Fiona Gibbs (Head of Performing Arts Primary) should you have any queries: fgibbs@moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au

 

Group keyboard lessons with Marg Ross

New to our Co-curricular Music Tuition Program - GROUP KEYBOARD LESSONS.

 

We are thrilled to now offer group keyboard lessons; a new initiative within our co-curricular music program.

 

One of our piano tutors, Marg Ross, will be offering group keyboard lessons. For a number of years, Marg has been teaching keyboard in groups of three at Kennington Primary School in Bendigo, and it has proven to be very successful. In a supportive and encouraging group setting, students are eager to learn and keep up with other students in their group.

 

The emphasis of group keyboard lessons, is learning contemporary/pop music that students are familiar with. For example, students would learn songs from the latest shows, musicals and pop charts. ‘Dance Monkey’ is a favourite for Marg’s students at present.

 

Tuition can commence from Year 1, or earlier if required.

 

Lessons also include theory in a fun format, and students will be offered performance opportunities.

 

Lessons are $15.00 per student for a 30-minute group lesson. Three students per group is ideal.

 

If students are interested in commencing group keyboard lessons, parents/guardians can complete our co-curricular music application form and return to the Office. Our co-curricular form can be collected from the Office or downloaded from our website here: https://www.moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-Cocurricular-information.pdf

 

We will collect applications for this new and exciting program with the aim to commence pending expressions of interest. Lessons will be on Wednesdays.

 

For any further queries, please contact Fiona Gibbs (Head of Performing Arts Primary): fgibbs@moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au

Co-curricular music lesson and current availability for 2020

We are fortunate to offer a variety of instruments available for students to learn through our co-curricular music program. We have a great team of music tutors who offer quality lessons and provide ongoing support to students so they can gain confidence in playing, and participate in a range of music performance opportunities.

 

The beginning of the year is a great time for students to commence learning an instrument and places for 2020 are filling up quickly.

 

Below is a list of the instruments we offer in our co-curricular music program, along with their current availability.

 

Any families wishing for their child to commence learning an instrument are advised to complete and return our co-curricular music application form, which can be collected from the Office or downloaded from our website here: https://www.moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-Cocurricular-information.pdf

 

For any further details, please contact Mrs Fiona Gibbs (Head of Performing Arts Primary): fgibbs@moamagrammar.nsw.edu.au

 

High availability

Some availability

Very limited places / waiting list

Voice / Singing

Flute

Group Keyboard (new for 2020)

Clarinet

Saxophone

Trumpet

Trombone

Drums

Cello

Piano

Violin

Guitar

Bass Guitar

Community News

Community Sport

 

Events

 

Exchange

 

Moama Anglican Grammar Newsletter
Conveyance Allowance Application - Private Bus travel.pdf
Asian Noodle Salad recipe for home.pdf
How to make a Succulent Garden by 2D.pdf
SEQTA Engage for Primary Parents&Guardian manual EXTRACT.pdf
SEQTA Engage for Secondary Parents&Guardians manual EXTRACT.pdf