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Moama Grammar celebrates its first 10 years

Moama Grammar Anglican School celebrated its 10th anniversary foundation day and the official opening of the secondary school/junior school expansions on Monday.

RENEE THOMPSON May 8, 2014 11:42am

At Moama Grammar on Monday were from left school board chair Craig Smith, Member for Farrer Sussan Ley, school captains Ashley Sutton and Mackenzie Downie, principal Guy Evans and guest speaker Phil De Young.

Moama Anglican Grammar celebrated a decade of existence this week.

In 2004, the school’s founders attended a public committee meeting and established its steering committee, which then went on to start Moama Grammar in 2005.

On Monday an official Foundation Day service was held, which included live performances from students and presentations from school captains Ashley Sutton and Mackenzie Downie, who took turns to share their experiences.

A light lunch for parents and students and Foundation Cup games took place at the school oval after the ceremony.

NSW Assistant Eduction Minister and Member for Farrer Sussan Ley was among special guests.

She and school board chair Craig Smith officially unveiled the two plaques commemorating the completion of the senior school and the extension of the primary school.

As part of the expansion, five classrooms and offices were added in the west wing of the senior school and three classrooms to the junior school.

Ms Ley said she had visited Moama Grammar a number of times and had always found it ‘‘overwhelmingly friendly’’.

‘‘I can remember this school when it was just a few rooms and a lot of empty space,’’ she said.

‘‘These are exciting times, you get to shape the culture of this school.’’

During the ceremony, Ms Ley took a minute to take a snapshot of the school’s jazz ensemble while they were performing, which she later tweeted.

Ms Ley, who is also a pilot, ended her speech saying while she flew into Echuca airport on Monday morning in chilly weather, it was ‘‘nice to thaw out with such a warm welcome’’.

Fellow special guest Phil De Young, an educator of 30 years, said he was honoured to be part of the celebrations.

Mr De Young spoke about the three pillars of education: curriculum, co-curriculum and pastoral care programs.

He likened the importance of the pastoral care to the ‘‘very well positioned’’ support of a safety net under a tightrope.

‘‘As you go out on that tightrope you may wobble, but the pastoral care system is there to support you and is the net that catches you and puts you back up there,’’ he said.

He also spoke about the need for students and parents to be better listeners.

‘‘When we approach conversations, we can approach them aggressively, submissively or assertively,’’ he said.

‘‘Assertive is the best way and says: ‘I hear what you are saying and understand where you are coming from’.

‘‘Kids are good at this, adults often opt for the first, aggressive tone.’’

Principal Guy Evans said the school had experienced every success in 10 years and thanked parents, friends and the wider community for contributing to the school’s development while remarking it was ‘‘no time to sit on our laurels’’.

‘‘Now is the time for the school to rise up and set the platform for our next decade of success,’’ he said.

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