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ISSUE 1 2019


Welcome to The MAG A warm welcome to our readers of our first printed edition of our bi-annual publication The MAG. We envisage this magazine will travel far and wide to our alumni, current families, prospective families and supporters. In this issue we welcome two new senior staff to the Secondary School, look into the TAS building and school farm, showcase our exciting events from the year so far, and interview two very talented Alumni! We have had a wonderful time putting together various stories for you which highlight what Moama Anglican Grammar means to us, and to the students and staff who call it their school. We hope you enjoy reading Issue #1.

On the cover: Year 12 Primary Industries students Angela Bavich, Lexie Belcec, Lauren Webster, Molly Hayes and Chelsea Hall and teacher Miss Danielle Garden showcase the school born lambs along with Coco the Alpaca in front of the TAS building which opened officially at the end of 2018.

Co-ordinator: Chelsea Leslie Photography: Chelsea Leslie, some images supplied by the Riverine Herald and teaching staff Design: Esley Studio Printing: Revolution Print Thank you to the administration staff for your assistance with bringing Issue #1 to life.











GO GREASED LIGHTNING – Secondary Production







22 MUSIC IS A CELEBRATION An interview with Kevin Kiely

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Community During the year we have been creating a strategic plan for the

The programs we plan aim to offer learning opportunities

next few years. A major component of planning for the future

where each student is encouraged to grow and develop in

has been to reflect on where we are as a school as well as

each of these areas. Our aim is clearly articulated in our

dreaming about the possibilities and potential. One of the key

Vision statement:

components that has been articulated by everyone involved has been the concept of community and how this influences

To provide a safe and inspiring educational environment that

how we work together; students, families and staff.

provides students with the skills and confidence to help create their future.

The concept of a community is based around the understanding that a group of people unite over a common

The future our students create then impacts the community

understanding or to achieve a common goal. For Moama

we all live and work in; the relationship is symbiotic and

Anglican Grammar this understanding is the desire to provide

circular – we all share the great benefits created when we

educational opportunities to support the development of

work together supporting and guiding our students to reach

the whole person. Of course, we do not work to develop the

their potential.

potential of young people in a vacuum, each are members of families who have specific roles in their community.

This is a wonderful community – the physical environment, the families, the staff and the students, past and present and

When educators talk about developing the ‘whole person’

our future plans recognise these important relationships and

it can be seen as a catch phrase with little meaning. However,

will look to strengthen these in the future.

for us it is ensuring that the four aspects of each person is given time and attention. We recognise the four components


as the physical growth, academic growth, social/emotional


growth and the spiritual growth for each student at Moama Anglican Grammar. 4 | MOAMA ANGLICAN GRAMMAR


Earlier this year we farewelled Dr Gaell Hildebrand and William Vanderpol from the School Board. At the Annual General Meeting Marcus D’Angri was elected onto the Board. Marcus is a chartered accountant in Echuca and has very capably stepped into the role of Treasurer. I’m pleased to announce that the remaining vacancy has now been filled, with Neal Sproal being appointed to join the Board. Neal comes to us with forty years’ experience in the education sector, including twenty years as a

One of the key strands in the Strategic

I want to take this opportunity to

school principal. The addition of Marcus

Plan is Positioning for the Future.

thank Brett Burdeu for his outstanding

and Neil rounds out the broad range of

Consistent with that aim, at its last

service and commitment to Moama

experiences, skills and passions on

meeting the Board approved the

Anglican Grammar. Along with his role

the Board.

expansion of the school’s solar panel

as Business Manager, Brett has been

system, almost tripling the current

the Company Secretary and has been

One of the key responsibilities of the

capacity. Once installed the new system

an invaluable aid to the Board. We wish

Board is in setting and overseeing

will essentially take Moama Anglican

Brett all the best for the future.

the strategic direction of the school.

Grammar off the grid and will mean the

Through the course of this year the

school is now classed as a small scale

As we approach the end of the year,

Board has been working collaboratively

power plant! Through this process of

we have enjoyed celebrating the

with the Principal and Executive team

evaluating and approving this project

success of our Year 12 students at the

to set the next Strategic Plan, which will

the Board has considered not just the

Valedictory Assembly and look forward

guide us through the coming years.

financial and environmental aspects,

to the Presentation Night for the whole

We are entering a period of

but also educational opportunities it

school. It is a privilege to be part of a

consolidating the growth of the school

raises. Students across the school will

community that strives for honour and

and ensuring we continue to be a safe

be able to explore how the system

excellence, with compassion, respect

and inspiring community where all

generates, stores and uses electricity

and integrity in all that we do.

students are provided with the skills

in a way we hope will inspire everyone.

and confidence they need to create

This is of course just one step we are


the future. The new Strategic Plan

taking as a school community to care


focuses on this and addressing the

for our environment, but one that

challenge of building our community,

we can all be very proud of. The new

positioning our school for the future

system will be installed later this year

and ensuring the best possible

and should be up and running before

outcomes for our students.

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Opening Doors with the HSC We spoke to Stuart Hughes, our new Head of Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School about his experience and training in education and why the Higher School Certificate is a valuable choice for Year 12 students.

How long have you been teaching?

ATAR results) and VET Pathways for students wanting to gain vocational training.

I have worked in the NSW Independent sector for 12 years having started in the NSW State System. Moama Anglican

The VET pathway is aimed at students wanting vocational

Grammar is the third Independent NSW School I have

opportunities as well as students wanting to commence the

worked at and the lessons I have learnt in improving student

HSC early. Year 10 students at Moama Anglican Grammar have

performances in these Schools I have brought here to Moama.

the opportunity to start the HSC Primary Industries and/or the

In 2018 I completed my Masters of Educational Studies

Tourism, Travel and Events course which they complete by the

majoring in Pedagogy which looks at the way students learn

end of Year 11.

and what teaching strategies can be used to improve all student outcomes. My results from a personal and Faculty

The School also offers School Based Apprenticeship and

level increased dramatically once I started my Masters and had

Training (SBAT) as well as other TVET subjects provided

a clearer understanding of how students learn.

through TAFE NSW or Bendigo TAFE, with current students studying and working in industries including Hospitality,

Why should students choose the HSC?

Banking, Health, Agriculture and Tourism.

The Higher School Certificate offered in NSW is the premium

What does the Future of teaching at Moama Anglican

Year 12 qualification in the country, evident in the many

Grammar look like?

International Schools that choose to incorporate the HSC program over other State qualifications. It is seen to open

With my experience and understanding of the HSC and how

doors for students by giving them the skills and options to

to maximise a student’s ATAR result, the School has focussed

succeed in their chosen profession after School. The HSC

on further increasing their Academic rigour by setting high

also scales well in regards to ATAR results and university

expectations to ensure all students achieve their personal

entrance ranks.

best. This year for the first time we have 13 Year 11 students undertaking the English Extension 1 Course which is excellent.

As such, Moama Anglican Grammar offers the NSW Higher

This Extension course in the NSW system scales exceptionally

School Certificate (HSC) with a number of pathway options

well. And the extension courses allow students to pursue

to cater for all student’s needs. In Year 11, students may

subject areas they particularly enjoy including Science, History,

undertake a Standard Academic Pathway, an Extension

English and Mathematics.

Pathway (which is aimed at students wanting to attain high



Moama Anglican Grammar prides itself on our experienced

results, like Moama Anglican Grammar, were outstanding

teaching staff and as a result, students have achieved top HSC

with a First in the State in English as well as increased student

results across a range of subjects including a first in the state

performance at the Band 5 and Band 6 level.

for Community and Family Services. What is evident is our teaching staff care about our students Recent educational research has outlined that explicit teaching

and the pastoral support offered by the School as well as the

practices, setting high expectations as well as assisting

Academic rigour of our courses will ensure continued success

students through feedback, increases the speed of learning for

for Moama Anglican Grammar, the regions Premier K-12

all students. By encouraging students to be lifelong learners,

School. The HSC certainly does open doors for our students.

supporting the students both pastorally and academically and by increasing student self-efficacy students have every opportunity to achieve their personal best. My previous experience in Sydney outlines this notion that continuing to look for improvement in teaching practices increases student performance. In my previous Schools our

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Jeffrey Scott, our new Head of Secondary joined Moama Anglican Grammar at the beginning of 2019 with a great aim to encourage leadership and positive behaviour in the school, aligning with our core values. Jeff joined us from Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane, where he was Housemaster for day boys. During his time at Churchie, Jeff was heavily involved in the co-curricular program as the assistant coach of the First XI soccer team and coach and manager of rugby union, touch football and athletics. He was also involved in the coordination of multiple overseas soccer trips to Europe. This was Jeff’s first experience in an all-boys education setting, having taught in co-educational schools for all but five years of his 20+ education career. Having a Bachelor of Education (Science/Mathematics), Jeff has been a teacher of Physics, junior Science and Marine Studies. He also has a Masters of Leadership and Management (Secondary Education). In previous schools, Jeff has held various middle management positions including Assistant Director Administration/ Curriculum, Head of Science, Year Coordinator and Head of Sport. Sport is a passion for Jeff who still plays soccer and touch football. He is also coaching the Senior Women’s team at the Border Raiders. Jeff believes that a school is not just an academic institution, but a place for students to better themselves in all aspects of their lives.



Maris Carmody

Maree Slatter

Science and Mathematics teacher

Italian teacher

2006 - 2018

2006 - 2018

Maris Carmody brought a professionalism and commitment to

Maree was the driving force behind our languages program

Moama Anglican Grammar that made her a great role model

and created our Italian program throughout the whole school,

to other staff and a respected and liked teacher by students.

K-12! Maree also initiated, organised and ran our first ever Italian Trip, which has become a popular trip for students and

During her time here since 2006 she taught Science and

a reputable tour for the School.

Mathematics in the Secondary school. Although Maris never taught Year 12 she was the teacher that many Year 12’s

Maree’s knowledge of language and how it is learned is quite

credited their good grounding in Science and Mathematics to.

amazing. We have been very lucky indeed to have her as our Head of Languages for as long as we did! Maree’s talents

Maris was one of the most supportive teachers of students

extended to beyond our school when she created a revision

and staff alike. If there was a school activity that needed staff

languages program that is currently being used by many

help, Maris was always one of the first to volunteer and her

schools as well as ours.

ideas were invaluable. As Maris started so early in the school’s history, many of the great initiatives of the school can be

Maree has a creative side to her that sees her produce some

credited to her involvement in getting them off the ground.

of the most intricate and beautiful patchwork hangings and blankets – some of which we have discussed in mathematics

Maris is a talented orator and although we only had the

classes because of the geometrical relevance to design.

privilege of hearing her speak in a formal setting a few times

Maree also makes clothes, purses and cushion covers and

while she was at the school, these occasions will always be

is a fabulous cook. Before her departure, she created a fun

remembered by the students and staff who were lucky enough

momento for the staff, with a gift of engraved forks for the staff

to hear Maris speak.

room, where previously staff were sharing 6 between them all.

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Cinderella & Rockerfella Year 5 Production Year 5 students performed the musical

and supported each other throughout. From reminding

production of ‘Cinderella & Rockerfella’

each other about upcoming rehearsals held at lunchtimes,

to a sellout audience. During Semester 1 students learnt songs, dances and lines during classroom Music lessons and during additional lunchtime rehearsals, to perform in front of family and friends on Wednesday 20 June. Cinderella & Rockerfella is a modern musical reworking of the classic tale. The musical features all the traditional characters; Cinderella, Rockerfella (formerly known as Prince Charming), Buttons, the Ugly Sisters and the Fairy Godmother framed in a modern world of fame and celebrity. There were music managers, paparazzi, good and bad fairies and much more! The story focussed on a fresh perspective about fame and fortune and how ultimately true love will prevail! All Year 5 students participated in this experience with a willingness to be involved in all aspects of the production,


to collaborating with peers, and even choreographing small group/duet items for songs in the performance. An especially amusing part of the production was our added inclusion of a ‘talent show’ within the story; this enabled groups of students to have a say in what they would like to perform and take creative license. The talent show included a variety of acts including singing, magic, comedy, circus acts and sports in slow motion through miming. These acts allowed students to work with peers to prepare a creative performance, including suggestions for music, choreography and even preparing dialogue. Students performed brilliantly and gave the audience star-quality entertainment! They brought their characters and the story to life through their acting and singing, and by wearing vibrant costumes, utilising a range of props and performing in front of artistic digital backdrops.


Science Week During Science Week we saw the Science Faculty take over lunchtimes to bring the joy of Science to our students – outside the classroom. Students from the Primary and Secondary school enjoyed a variety of events associated with the 2019 Science Week Theme - “Destination Moon: more missions, more science”. Students young and old, and even some staff, participated in a number of lunch time activities, including Moon Missions Trivia, the annual Amazing Race, Science on Display - held by our current Year 11 Science students and Mr Zweck’s Science show. A big thank you to all staff and student helpers during the week, especially Jenny Cain and Gabrielle Luke for their efforts behind the scenes, and our Year 10’s! It was great to see the whole school involved and enjoying the wonder that is Science.


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Learning to serve There are some tasks that come along as

to learn that we were just a small cog in the larger work of

part of my role as Chaplain which provide

Habitat for Humanity and its collaboration with communities,

deeper meaning than the average day to day. Our 2019 service trip to Cambodia was one of those tasks. During the June school

government and other NGO’s. We were able to work alongside local families and tradespeople as together we built four houses. Our visits to other communities that Habitat have assisted highlighted the sustainability of their approach,

holidays, I had the privilege of taking 33

their focus on empowering those in need and learning that

students and five staff to Cambodia to learn

poverty alleviation is about restoring broken relationships with

from the local people and build homes with

government, land, self and God.

Habitat for Humanity. For two weeks we experienced all that Cambodia has to offer. The food was incredible, Cambodia’s culture is ancient and glorious, attested to by the majestic Angkor Wat. Their recent history is tragic and the guides were generous with their personal stories of overcoming incredible difficulty as they deeply desire a future of peace and harmony.

Service is not an activity, but a mindset. A modelling of the teaching of Jesus who taught us to put others before ourselves and to love our neighbour. Our greatest challenge is to consider what service now looks like as we reengage with our own community.


It is easy for Westerners to fall in the trap of thinking of themselves as the ‘hero’ who has come to save. Often our desire to help others comes from very good intentions, but can unwittingly develop into a superiority complex. We wanted our students to discover not only the complexity of poverty and the difficulty of alleviation, but to see the Cambodians as people with a long history and incredible culture that has high and low points like any country. We wanted them to experience the incredible beauty of the land, the gentleness of this people and the variety in how they work and live. We also wanted students to understand the push and pull factors behind the poverty that they see. Our hope was that we would develop an attitude of humility and a willingness to learn to serve. International aid is not accomplished purely through good will, but thoughtful engagement and understanding the needs of the people. It was good for us

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Grease This year Moama Anglican Grammar was pleased to present the school edition of the musical Grease. This show was directed by Mrs Kim McFadden and Mrs Megan McMaster; musically directed by Mrs Victoria Pannett and Miss Codie Ellis and set and projection design created by Mr Danny Hindson. We enjoyed preparing this iconic production as we explored being a teenager in the 1950’s through well-known characters Danny, Sandy, Rizzo and Kenickie and song and dance numbers, ‘Go Greased lighting you’re burning up the quarter mile’. We have learnt to be ‘greasers’ with our black biker jackets and stylish gelled hair, pink ladies, cheerleaders and rock and roll radio stars, ‘Spinnin’ the stacks of wax’. There have been so many elements to play with that have made this show fabulous to present. We had many students who enthusiastically involved themselves for the first time in the world of musical theatre with us, along with many seasoned performers. We commend them all on attending rehearsals, learning many lines and memorizing complex vocal parts and dance steps, ‘Shoo bop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom!’ The whole ensemble worked positively and created strong friendships across Years 7 – 12. A big thanks to all staff, parents, friends and students behind the scenes who have painted, found props and costumes, transformed actors with make-up and wigs, created projections and our fabulous greased lightening car.


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Book Week In August, our school and many others

The Book Week Parade was a highlight of the week with many

across Australia enjoyed a week celebrating

colourful and imaginative costumes on display. It was lovely

reading, writing and the appreciation of books. The theme for this year, ‘Reading is my secret power’ was explored through reading and activities related to the shortlisted books for the Children’s Book of the Year awards. Lunchtime activities included decorating boomerang bags, making miniature books and book marks, creating secret messages and colouring posters. There were also quizzes running all week. The Resource Centre was a buzz each lunchtime with students participating in the various activities.

to see the students enjoying the parade and having parents and friends come along to see the fun. Students from our Resource Centre Committee did a fantastic job in organising and running the Book Parade. They acted as MC’s and organised the music playlist and presentation. Thanks also to the judges who had a very difficult job this year. There was also a Pop-up book shop operated by Collins Booksellers Echuca. Students enjoyed the opportunity to browse new titles and perhaps buy a book. We would like to say a big thank you to the parent helpers who assisted in the Book shop.




UN Youth Australia MIA OBERIN - YEAR 12

UN Youth Australia are one of Australia’s largest youth-led organisations, educating and empowering young Australians to have the vision and passion to create meaningful change within their communities and throughout the world, and aim to equip them with the skills and inspiration to do so. Year 12 Student and School Captain Mia Oberin has had some wonderful opportunities to work with UN Youth Australia this year.

Then, in China, we focussed on the government, the economy and the way in which the entire country rose from a

Over the course of this year, I have been fortunate enough

developing country into a global powerhouse. This experience

to be involved in a number of opportunities with UN Youth

was life-changing and allowed me to network across the globe

Australia. In January of 2019, I travelled overseas during the

and meet like-minded students from all over Australia.

summer holidays to Japan, South Korea and China with the organisation.

In July, I was selected to be a member of the Victorian Delegation for the UN Youth Australia National Conference.

On New Year’s Eve, I boarded a plane to Japan with 19

At the conference, ten young delegates from each state

strangers from all over Australia; 15 students ranging for the

travelled to Melbourne to stay at Queen’s College for a week.

ages of 15-18 and 4 United Nations Youth Representatives.

During our time we participated in Model UN debates in

We were set to embark on a 3-week study tour that focussed

State Parliament, listened to various speakers and had the

on the analysis and breakdown of the cultures, political

opportunity to meet with Kareem El-Ansary, the 2019 Youth

situations and economies of each nation.

Representative to the UN.

The trip is aimed at students who have an interest in global

The opportunities presented to me through UN Youth have

issues, politics and international relations. In each country, a

been abundant and have given me the ability to network

different theme was explored and discussed. For example, in

with individuals from all over Australia and the globe. It was

Japan we discussed how the Japanese culture has transformed

a fantastic opportunity and it would be great to see more

over time due to international interference. In South Korea, we

students involved in the future.

looked at the tense political situation between the North and the South and debated heavily on the topic of reunification.

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Our farming enterprise Following our official opening of the

The opportunities for young members

Calga Dohnes. These have formed

Technical and Applied Science (TAS)

of the community are rapidly expanding

the basis of our breeding stock for

building in 2018, students and teachers

with this development.

the coming years. From these ewes,

have utilised the versatile space for a

the first lambs were born in April. The

myriad of programs and classes. The

At the opening of the TAS building,

six new lambs, one ewe and five ram

benefits of the architecturally designed

Mr Roger Wakefield, local businessman,

lambs joined the farm family. These

building provide great academic and

spoke about the Science of Agriculture

lambs have enabled students to learn

practical wealth to the school.

and the importance of education in

invaluable lessons about farm life

this field in recent years. Educated

and what it means to raise animals.

Councillor Chris Bilkey, Mayor of

farmers, agronomists and agribusiness

The lambs were marked (drenched,

Murray River Council, acknowledged

professionals are more innovative in

vaccinated, tailed, castrated and ear

the incredible “return on investment�

tough times and therefore maximise

tagged) by our Year 11 students with

Moama Anglican Grammar has

their potential overall. This notion and

assistance from Bruce Barnes-Webb.

provided Murray River Council since it

knowledge of our changing times and

Two of the lambs will be grown for

commenced in 2005. The phenomenal

reliance of farmers in the future places

showing and breeding.

growth of the School and this recent

Moama Anglican Grammar at the

expansion into Primary Industries,

industry forefront.

Agriculture and Applied Sciences is

The farm has also gained two friendly additions in Coco and Skye, alpacas

indeed an asset for the district.

With the upgrade of our facilities our

borrowed from the Bavich family,

Reverend George Hemmings led those

HSC Agriculture and Primary Industries

whose daughter is currently completing

assembled in prayer as he dedicated

courses have increased in number

the Primary Industries course.

the building.

with student participation from Year

The alpacas provide protection for the

10 onwards gaining momentum.

sheep as well as an added experience

The project was jointly funded by the

This program allows students to learn

for all students at the school who have

Australian Government (under the

onsite in a hands-on environment at

enjoyed meeting them.

Capital Grants Program) and

our dedicated farm facilities. With topics

the Moama Anglican Grammar

including animal husbandry, agronomy

With this growth within the school

school community.

and opportunities for work experience

grounds, comes exciting opportunities

within regional farming enterprises, we

for students to participate further afield.

With a dedicated computer lab,

are setting up our students to engage

Students had a fantastic experience at

science room, wood work space and

in the farming world with a high level of

the Australian Sheep and Wool show

classrooms, this functional facility is a

knowledge on many topics.

this year working with the breeders in

one-stop-shop for many subjects. Our

the Dohne tent. The morning session

most recent addition to the School is

In February this year six Dohne Merino

was spent learning about all the

our barn, located alongside the TAS

ewes, which were in lamb, were

different types of wool and breeds of

building and adjacent School farm.

donated from Caroonboon Station/

sheep followed by a practical lesson in


showing sheep. Students took part in the holding/showing of the breeders’ rams during the day. With this valuable insight into the show, the plan next year is take our aptly named ‘Bruce’ as an official Moama Anglican Grammar stud ram to compete in the show. During 2019, our Year 9 and 10 Agriculture students entered the inaugural Riverina Wether Challenge preparing seven merino wethers over six months. The wethers were presented for judging at Deniliquin Showgrounds in August. The sheep were weighed, shorn and assessed and the students demonstrated their knowledge of the merino wool industry in Australia. Already the School farm is producing a

We are incredibly thankful for our

With 20 teams of three sheep

high standard of achievement across

sponsors and supporters during this

competing from across the district

the Riverina.

busy and exciting time of growth at

our two teams came 1st and 4th overall with the following results:

the school. Special mentions go to Kindergarten students have also seen

Reid Stockfeed’s, IK Caldwell, Kober,

benefits from the addition of these

Caroonboon Station / Calga Dohne

Team 1, $1,474.97 total value

programs. Along with the secondary

Merino, Bruce Barnes-Webb, Roger

Wool Class: 1st

Agriculture students they planted 200

Carmody, Woodlands Park Hay and

Meat value: 2nd

trees along the school boundary.

Grain, Mark Connors, Michaels JCB,

Overall: 1st

The trees were supplied by the Shire

Richard Werne, McInnes Family, Bavich

of Campaspe and Planet Ark as part of

Family and Stephen Cain.

Team 2, $1,380.16 total value

National Tree Planting Day in another

Wool Class: 3rd

wonderful opportunity for students

We look forward to seeing the growth of

Meat value: 4th

across K-12 to collaborate.

our farming enterprise in years to come.

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Let’s Get Happier The Get Happier Project is a sequential program that supports the explicit teaching of social and emotional intelligence in our Primary School classrooms. The implementation of the Get Happier Project continues to build on its initial introduction in 2018 and we are now seeing students begin to move through the different stages of their developmental learning.

The Get Happier project is an extension of Dr William Glasser’s

The Year 6 students embark on a journey to increase

work in understanding human behaviour, and his development

happiness within the school community as they create

of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. The school program has

team based projects. The projects are managed and led by

evolved over time from evidence-based psychology and the

the students that not only provide improved happiness to

authors, Ivan Honey and Rebekah Honey, have been assisted

the community, but which also develops the students’ own

by many educators, psychologists, and counsellors from all

leadership skills.

over the world. It is an exceptional program that is positive, meaningful, adaptable, and above all, engaging for

The Get Happier project aims to provide students with the

the students.

‘Tools for Life’ so they can better understand themselves and those around them. We are already seeing the positive impact

During 2019 our Early Years students are learning about

it has on the students, staff and community as students build

feelings and how to get along with each other. This is achieved

their social and emotional learning.

through a variety of story books, posters, and interactive games. The teachers embed choice theory language through the daily running of the classroom. Students in Year 2 and 3 progress into a new stage of learning to help them understand behaviour and the behaviour of others in a complex world. They read stories, are involved in games, and immerse themselves in discussions about emotional wellbeing. Year 4 and 5 students are involved in a much deeper understanding of Choice Theory and human behaviour. This evidence-based psychology is explained in the context of a car and teaches students how to control their behaviour so they can achieve improved wellbeing outcomes within their lives.




Cooking for the Echuca Community Foodbank In conjunction with the local Echuca Community Food Bank, a team of Year 6 students worked together to produce meals for people in need. They collaborated and cooked a large number of meals that included a chicken curry, salads, pumpkin soup, and fried rice. The Echuca Food bank was very grateful for the support of the students.

Police letters of gratitude As part of our class Get Happier Project, four students from Year 6 decided to write letters of gratitude to members of our community. They hand wrote over 20 letters for members of the near-by police stations. It was amazing to see how a little bit of effort can impact the wellbeing of others. Our students even received a letter from one of the grateful police officers who expressed how the students letter of gratitude made him feel fantastic.

Dancing in the school yard Year 6 decided to create an experiment that involved a single student randomly dancing to music in the playground during lunch. We observed to see if others would naturally join in and the results were amazing. A large number of students began to also dance, creating happiness and excitement all round.

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Music is a celebration, not a chore The drumline has found its place at Moama Anglican Grammar as a musical highlight of School events. This year they have also been able to perform at various community events including International Women’s Day brunch at Moama Bowling Club, Echuca East Fete, the Easter Sunday and AFL Grand Final celebrations at the Port of Echuca and the Echuca Moama Sweat vs Steam event. With plenty more up their sleeve, we spoke to Kevin Kiely, our co-curricular music tutor for our Junior and Senior Drumlines and Jazz ensemble about his work at Moama Anglican Grammar.

How long have you been in the music industry/business?

What is your favourite style of music?

I began my music career at age 11, when I learnt both the

Jazz/Rock/Latin/Funk/Blues. To me, an artist has a palette of

drums and trumpet as my first instruments. I have wonderful

colours, when practising scales you have to look at them as

memories of setting up my drum kit beside the transistor radio

colours from your own individual heart. That’s the beauty

and would play along to tunes. My biggest influences, as far

about jazz music, you have to do a lot of listening and

as teachers, would be one of Australia’s top jazz commercial

transcribing of the great jazz artists and that’s where you

trumpet players Bob Venier and Kevin Simmonds, a drum set

learn so much about musicality.

percussionist. Kevin especially taught me the art of teaching others and the passion that comes with it.


How many students do you teach at Moama Anglican Grammar? I teach around 60 students across the school from Year 1 right up to Year 12. There is the Jazz ensemble, Junior and Senior Drumlines as well as other instruments like drums, percussion, trumpet, trombone, saxophone and more. I really enjoy teaching the younger students as it is important to develop a passion for music at a young age. What does it mean for the students to be able to access great music teaching in their own community? Coming from the country myself as a child and having to study in Melbourne and Bendigo to get professional expertise, I know what it’s like to be placed in the country as a young student who wants to achieve great things in the music industry. To have these programs and performance opportunities available to the students locally is invaluable. What do you enjoy most about teaching music? The sharing of passion for music is very important to me and celebrating it as a unique art form with the students is something I love to do every day. Allowing students to learn music helps develop confidence and self-esteem. The main platform that I try to teach with is passion, to really get students involvement in playing music from the heart rather than from the head. Musicality is always the end goal. ISSUE 1 - 2019 | 23


was a wonderful experience. Two years

in a big school with all of the learning

later I ventured off to Europe. I spent a

and leadership skills I have taken on

month travelling across England, France

board from Leitchville. I would like to

and Italy with my best friend from Uni.

be in a position where I can lift student

While over in Italy I stopped into Reggio

outcomes and become more influential

Emilia the home town of Costi a dear

in the school and education setting.

friend I made during my time at school. Costi came to MAGS in 2011 as part of

Tell us about your favourite memory

her exchange program. Coincidently

from school

Reggio Emilia is also very well known in

My most memorable moment in school

the Early Childhood Education industry

was the Year 12 sleepover at school that

so while there I completed a class to

led into our celebration day. The night

add to my resume. Once completing

was filled with great times with my Year

my travels and Uni degree I attained my

12 friends and teachers. Miss Letts did

first job at Echuca East Primary school.

the girls nails ready for our valedictory

It was a wonderful experience to teach

dinner the following night. We played

in such a large school with a wide range

some music and danced. The next day as

of staff. In 2018, I began teaching at

we all got ready together is was nerve-

Leitchville Primary School. Leitchville

racking to know that it was our final day

Primary School is a small school with just

Honestly I didn’t think I would be

as ‘kids’ and we were about to step out

7 students in the whole school!

teaching Prep to 6. I originally thought

into the adult world carrying with us all

The students range from Prep to Year 6.

I wanted to be a childcare worker or

of the knowledge our teachers had gifted

I work there with just my Principal and

kindergarten teacher and even then I

to us.

myself as the full time staff. We have an

doubted myself.

office lady who comes in twice a week.

Most influential teacher/staff member

Leitchville is such a different set up to

So many to choose from. I had such a

big schools. I get to teach PE, Literacy,

wonderful experience at school with

Maths, Cooking and ICT. I love that I get

all of my teachers. All of the teachers

to do it all. I have learnt so much and

took an interest in my learning and did

can’t wait to continue to learn.

everything they could to ensure I got to


What year did you graduate? 2012 When you were a student, what did you think you would be doing once you graduated?

What have you been up to since Moama Anglican Grammar? Work, study, travel? Since leaving I jumped straight into university and then the workforce. I

where I wanted to be. However I would

have completed a four year Bachelor

Do you have any accomplishments

degree in Early Childhood Education, at

you would like to share with us?

La Trobe University in Bendigo. I lived

All academic achievements aside my

in Bendigo for my first year of Uni then

my literacy and maths I wouldn’t be

biggest accomplishment to date is that

moved back to Echuca as I only needed

where I am today. I found school to be a

I’m engaged. I have a wonderful partner

to study 3 days a week. While at Uni I

challenge and did find that I needed the

Dylon Haimes. We got engaged in

travelled to a few different countries. I

extra support. My teachers were always

January 2019 and our wedding is in

have been to Thailand where I stayed

there for me to ensure I pushed myself

April 2020.

and achieved my best. I think, because of

for one month. While there I stayed in an orphanage where I taught English

What are your plans for the next

each evening. On weekends I taught

5 years?

English at a school in the local town. It

In the next 5 years I would like to be back


have to say if it wasn’t for Mrs Patten and Mrs Needs especially helping with

these teachers, I became a teacher also.


Do you have any accomplishments you would like to share with us? Since I left school I have successfully become a fully independent young adult who has worked her way from being a bench player for under 19’s to a starting 11 player for the women’s team. I am also successfully managing a balance of work, university, soccer and social life.


What are your plans for the next 5 years? My plans for the next 5 years are to

“Overall; the school, the staff, the people and my family all helped shape me into the

hopefully be playing professional soccer and have graduated from my teaching course. I aim to be working in a school and continuing to support myself while

person I am today pushing

still maintaining a healthy relationship

me to strive and be the best I

and having a balanced lifestyle. But most

can be in all aspects of life.” When you were a student, what did you think you would be doing once you graduated? When I was at Moama Anglican Grammar, I saw myself in Melbourne playing a high level of soccer and possibly going to university. What have you been up to since Moama Anglican Grammar? Work, study, travel? Since I left school I have moved to Melbourne with Nathan my partner. I also have a steady job at a local cafe and study a P-12 teaching degree at Victoria Univeristy. I also play Semiprofessional soccer for the South Melbourne Women’s side.

importantly I aim to just be as happy as I am or even more than I am right now. Most influential teacher/staff member I had so many influential teachers as they were all so passionate towards my education and all took the time to help me, so I will be forever grateful to all of them. However, Mrs Needs did leave a special mark with me as she was always there to help me with absolutely everything and anything and she was never scared to tell me when I needed to improve something. She always stood by my mate Ed and I even when we were in the most general of maths and she was there on the day I graduated. I don’t think I have ever cried more in my life than when we all stood up for her to say goodbye and thank you. She was with us all during the good and the bad and she has my utmost respect and admiration.

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Parents and Friends 2019

from 8:30 am in the primary school. This is an opportunity for parents at school drop off time, to use as a regular catch up with other parents. Hosting our first Moama Anglican Grammar Night Out is our main event for the year. We trust that families will be

The aim of the Parents and Friends group is to foster the spirit of Moama Anglican

supportive of the opportunity to come along and enjoy themselves. This is an opportunity for parents and staff to socialise outside of the school grounds and have a great night

Grammar core values through care and

out with food, drink and entertainment. We envisage that this

connection within the school community.

will be an annual event.

We started off 2019 with a Movie Night screening

Our active Parent and Friend members have supported our

TOY STORY 3 which was popular with our primary families.

school with events such as

This incorporated the assistance of the senior school running

• ANZAC and Remembrance Day Wreath Making Mornings

a BBQ and other treat stalls, enabling them to raise money for

• Year 10 Homeless Sleep-out

their Cambodia trip.

• Collins Book Week Exhibit • Father’s Day BBQ Lunch

The Parents and Friends have regular commitments

• Junior Disco

throughout the year and the group meet on the third Monday

• Food Bank

of each month. Each term an evening social event is held

• Working Bees

to welcome members of our school community to a more

• Making Boomerang Bags for the junior school to decorate

relaxed catchup. This year the PF have taken on promoting

and distribute

the monthly coffee morning on the first Friday of each month

• Assisting Parent Class Representatives in organising events to help individual class teachers. Our Parent and Friends committee would appreciate any new members who would like to join us, engage in the school community, and help out at any of our school events throughout the year. Our meetings are held in accordance with the School Board requirements, but most importantly, they are a great way to meet other parents and help your child’s school. The PF committee roles are: PRESIDENT:









Our first ever Moama Anglican Grammar students at the initial site Foundation Students – February 2005 Back Row: Nicholas Barry, Kayla Howarth, Mary Ellen Bell, Meghan Danaher, Zachary Couchman, Demi Hawkett, Monique Smith, Jenny Pike, Christopher Glasson, Luke Hartley Front Row: Hannah Martin, Jemima Draper, Mercedes Zanker, Stacey Turner, Taylah Phelan, Whitney Todd Principal: Andrew Pullar



Grandparents Day: Friday 1 November

First Day 2020 – Year 7 and 12: Wednesday 29 January

Secondary Students Leader induction assembly: Friday 1 November

All other year levels commence: Thursday 30 January

Remembrance day service: Monday 11 November

Secondary Swimming carnival: Wednesday 19 February

Year 6 Gradation Dinner: Thursday 28 November

Primary Swimming Carnival: Thursday 20 February

Primary Carols of the Lawn: Monday 2 December Presentation Evening: Thursday 5 December Celebration Day/Last day of Term 4: Friday 6 December HSC results released: Tuesday 17 December

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