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Congratulations to the MAS Festival Choir. They did our school proud in the very long morning rehearsal and performed like seasoned professionals in the evening show. Thank you to all the parents who traveled with their children and supported the choir on this great day. And of course a BIG thank you to choir trainer Deb Schwartz for her instruction, guidance and oversight of the choir programme. Well done everyone!
Cue the trumpets!
The MAS Royal Adelaide Show team goats have won:
Champion Heavyweight Goat (Gary the Goat led by Tiana) AND Reserve Champion Lightweight Goat (Bubbles the Goat led by Ben) AND First place in his class (Bobby the Goat led by Caitlin).
The goat team also came 4th in the 'Best Presented School in the Grand Parade'.
Go Team MAS, Miss Townsend, helpers and (of course) the goats!
Congratulations to Ilea Frensch and Matthew Thomson (Year 7) on their selection in the SAPSASA State girls and boys basketball teams. Primary school students from around the state trialled 4 times recently in Adelaide.
From these trials, a team of 10 boys and girls were chosen. Over the next few months Ilea and Matt will train on Sundays in Adelaide in readiness for their carnival in November.
This year the State Basketball teams will participate in the Pacific Schools Games hosted in Adelaide.
Both Ilea and Matt commenced their basketball with local peninsula teams and are currently part of the Yorkers Program at Kadina.
In addition to this both train all year round as part of the SA Country Development Network Squad Program (DNSP) at Kadina. Ilea and Matt also play basketball for Norwood all year round and are currently in their U14 Division 1 sides.
The Mid-Term Three SRC assembly was held on Friday August 21 at 2:10 in the PAC.
Along with the students we had a good showing of parents for a jam-packed agenda.
Miss Koch gave the SAASTA report, showing off their flag, mural board and student-designed uniforms.
Mr Tuck handed out the Term 2 canteen vouchers which were happily accepted by the SRC reps on behalf of the victorious Sharks.
He also shared two Year 9 films demonstrating a professional level of acting, filming, editing and sound skills.
Mr Rothe awarded Mathletic certificates to three students for 'mastery' (above 85%) on the popular Mathletics practice software.
Mrs Hector congratulated the 7-9 students for their behaviour and application in Canberra and we viewed an entertaining video of photos from their trip away.
The year 9 Art class are studying pottery this term. Dr Tim Bromley demonstrated how to throw a pot on a wheel.
His expertise and skills in this area gave a different dimension to our art lesson.
Dr Bromley worked with the students showing them how to centre the clay and then shape a bowl.
The year 9 students and myself would like to thank Dr Bromley for his time and patience.
Mr Salmon's Year 4 class worked with the YP Council on July 23 to plant over sixty trees along West Terrace, opposite the dam. Students were trained in digging appropriate sized holes, safely opening seedlings and the assembly of the windguards around each tree.
Working in pairs, the students were methodical and careful but also quite fast; the entire section of trees took just over 90 minutes.
Thank you to the YP council for training and to Peninsula Toyota for their sponsorship of gloves and t-shirts.
The weather didn't look the best for our Reconciliation Walk last Tuesday, August 4, but except for some scattered rain in the last kilometre and a healthy shower during the speeches, it was a fine day all round for this important community event.
The walk was organised by Ben Rigney, Danielle Reid and Tommy Wanganeen as part of their SAASTA year 12 SACE pathway studies. After brainstorming and discussion with school and community leaders, the 4km walk involved MAS, Point Pearce Primary and the local community.
MAS students left school at 9:30 with a Police escort. Traffic signs at the Point Pearce turn-off emphasised the community nature of the walk. Older students started 4km out from Point Pearce, with younger groups starting at 3km, 2km and 1km points.
A good-sized community group had gathered at the entrance to the town and we completed the walk with the Point Pearce Primary School students.
At the school we shared fruit for recess and Ben, Danielle and Tommy publicly thanked the school, parents and community members for their involvement.
The R-2 classes stayed for a sausage sizzle and games organised by the SAASTA and SAASTA-Connect students.
Well, it was a clean sweep for our SYP SAPSASA District Basketballers in Minlaton last Wednesday, July 29 when our Year 5/6/7 boys and girls basketball teams participated in the SYP SAPSASA District Basketball Carnival held at the Minlaton Basketball Stadium.
The boy’s team was coached by Andrew Thomson and umpired by Marie Wheare. The girl’s team was coached by Naomi Davey and umpired by Jess Davies. Bench official and scoring duties came from the generous support of Danny Allan, Kerry Rowe and Simon Wheare.
Conditions were cold and windy on the outside courts all day, yet our boys and girls were not fazed by the elements and began their dominance early, by comfortably defeating our neighbouring school, Maitland Lutheran.
MAS students participated in the Open Girls YP Netball competition on Monday July 20.
The team won both games and now move to the finals held at ETSA Park in Week 4 of this term.
The SAASTA Connect Camp took place at 'Errapa' campsite, Iron Knob, in the first week of the school holidays. Graham Walker and I attended the camp with five of our students; Lahnara, Lashae, Lakarri, Kevin and Elijah. We were extremely proud of them and the way they represented themselves and our school. Their attitude and behaviour was fantastic and they all participated in all activities, no matter how challenging.
Elijah and Kevin had attended this campsite previously, which allowed them to step up and take on more of a leadership role among their peers and representing all students with thank-you's to the police officers who ran the camp and giving a thoughtful speech. Thank to everyone for supporting these students. They certainly did us proud!
Maitland Area School student’s Evie Falco and Macy Poole represented Yorke Peninsula at the SAPSASA Hockey competition held at Grange Hockey Club from June 22nd to 26th 2015. The girls had 2 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses to finish the competition in 7th place.
The girls represented Maitland Area School and the Yorke Peninsula with pride and great sportsmanship. They had a great week, improving their skills and gaining experience in competition Hockey. We would like to extend a thankyou to girls coach Kelly Whittaker, Umpire Fergus Rowntree, all players and their parents. Congratulations girls.
The YP Combined Schools Concert Band performed in the Open Bands Division of the 2015 Balaklava Eisteddfod on Friday July 31 in the Balaklava Town Hall.
Competition in this division was fierce, with the Trinity band once again taking out first place.
We were narrowly pipped for second by the Xavier 'Little Big Band' but were still happy with our 87/100 adjudicator's score.
Our young band played confidently in front of a large crowd and received lots of positive comments on their playing, manners and musicianship.
Thanks as always to our wonderful conductor Debbie Schwartz for your untiring efforts in bringing out the best in our students.
Thank you also to community members Linda Kinch, Malcolm Kinch and Di Morgan for your support.
Last Tuesday the our school undertook a walk into the Point Pearce Community. The walk was organised by Tommy Wanganeen, Danielle Reid and Ben Rigney as part of their year 12 studies. I would like to thank all of the students, staff and community members from Point Pearce Aboriginal School, Maitland Children’s Centre and Maitland Area School for their support and participation in this event. It was fantastic to see all of the groups come together under the banner of reconciliation within our community.
Last term the Year 2 class worked on procedure writing.
To finish off their unit they listened to a story about a boy called Ben who was making honey biscuits with his Gran.
The students had to write their own procedure (recipe) for honey biscuits after listening to the story.
We then tested our honey biscuit recipes in the Home Ec room to see if we got the procedure right.
There was lots of licking the bowl, excited oven watching and a flour mix up!
A big thank you to Michelle Geater-Johnson, Sally Davey, Brooke Polkinghorne, Karen Crawford, Danny Allen, Mel French, Mandy Amey and Brooke Davies for helping us.
Emma Atkins, Year 2 Class Teacher
The Year 5/6 class made skill-testers as the finish to their Science unit on electricity. Students first bent wire into a tricky path then attached it to a block of wood. They added a small LED light and battery and a handle with a second length of wire ending in a hoop. The trick was to move the hoop along with wire without touching it - if you did, the LED lit up! The testers were a popular project and a good test of students electrical knowledge and manual dexterity.
Tim Tuck, Year 5/6 Science
It was wonderful to host our second-round of Glen Osmond student visitors last term. Ex-MAS teacher Miss Secomb brought a two classes to Maitland for a taste of country life and by all reports, the students had an exciting, if exhausting time.
The sixty city students and adults camped out in the PAC and spare primary classrooms and experienced a wide range of activities organised by the school and the local community.
The visitors took a guided trip around Maitland, visited the Ag Block (thank you Year 10's and Miss Townsend), played games with the 3/4 students (thank you Mr Salmon and Mr Mills) and had a special tour of the Anna Bina farm, seeing the process of turning grain into food (thank you Mr Wundersitz).
We had a delicious BBQ on the Thursday night and the support of the parents and students in years 3 and 4 was much appreciated. We're looking forward to the next visit Vanessa, and there is some talk of us perhaps visiting you!
During the last week of the school term it was our great pleasure to host students, parents and staff from Glen Osmond Primary School for an overnight stay and country experience.
Many in our community remember Vanessa Secomb from her time teaching at Maitland and it has led to her desire for her city based students to get a taste of what life is like in a country school and community.
The feedback from the students, parents and staff from both schools was very positive and I think that we will begin discussions to investigate formalising an exchange programme between the two schools.
Thanks to Bron Polgreen and helpers for the catering, MAS staff and the Ben Wundersitz and Anna Binna staff for providing an exciting programme for our visitors.
The SA Public Teaching Excellence Awards have now closed.
As I mentioned in the previous newsletter Andrew Mills had received a nomination for his work at the School this year. Since then Leigh Rothe and Kerry Thomson have also been nominated for their outstanding work at our school. Congratulations to all three for their well-deserved nomination.
On Thursday 4th June students from Maitland Area School & Ardrossan Area School attended the SAPSASA Cross Country State Championships at Oakbank to compete as the Southern Yorke Peninsula Team.
All students ran well in what was very muddy, wet and trying conditions. Results were-
10 year old boys team Oliver Linke 14th, Riley Davey 131st, Flynn Briggs 138th, Rupert Polkinghorne 139th, Will Davey 162nd
10 year old girls – Ebony Wheare 99th
11 year old boys- Sam Allen, Jack Winen 162nd, Tre Fuller 163rd
12 year old girls- Kaylee Short 138th, Jemma Torsney 89th
13 year old girls- Ella Davey 145th
13 year old boys Caleb Poulter 46th
Oliver Linke finished in the top 20 gaining him an invitation to the State Cross Country Team Trials on the 13th June at Salisbury in which he finished 7th.
It was drizzly morning at 6:30am on Monday June 15th when a rugged up group of parents farewelled the Year 7, 8 and 9 students on our journey to Canberra. This weather was to remain with us throughout the trip, but it did not dampen our spirits.
We participated in an educational tour of the national capital, Canberra, with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. Our itinerary began at the National Capital exhibition, where we learned about the early days of federation and the search for a geographical location to create our nation’s capital. Other venues over the week were the National Museum, Art Gallery and Mint along with Old Parliament House. Highlights were watching parliament in session, meeting our local member Mr Rowan Ramsay, touring the War Memorial and getting very active at Questacom.
Mr Ramsey and his wife Teresa spoke with us about the electorate of Grey, in which we live and expanded upon the diversity of such a large electorate. Though having just finished question time in parliament and about to meet with a senior minister Mr Ramsey was happy to answer our questions and kindly provided us each with a pack of information and goodies to take with us. We thank him for this. As it was Local Government week in Canberra we were lucky enough to catch up with Mayor Agnew and Councillor Davey as well.
Every week this term I have started a newsletter article, then decided to wait ‘just one more week’ so I could include information about the next exciting addition to our Ag Block. So finally, as the term draws to a close, here is the bumper issue which includes everything that has been going on in Ag this term!
We have planted a range of salad vegetables in the garden beds, checking their progress weekly and completing a garden journal.
In addition we have learnt about the range of Ag enterprises run at MAS and have started to produce our own Ag Block book. The highlight of each lesson is a visit to the many animals here at school.
We have spent the term studying cattle production and raising two calves (Nigel and Billy) on buckets of milk.
Our calves have been very quiet and cooperative this year and, apart from a bit of tummy trouble when they stole the pigs’ feed, they are growing well!
On Friday we received official notification that our school was successful in our application to become a specialist Music and Performing Arts School under a state government initiative to promote excellence.
The grant recognises that long, proud and outstanding history of music and performing arts not only at Maitland Area School but also the number of schools on Yorke Peninsula that access our programmes and the substantial community support which we receive.
Congratulations to Andrew Mills for his nomination for the SA Public Teaching Awards. His nomination was made in recognition of the work that he has done with students in our school this year. As a teacher it is always fantastic to receive acknowledgement for the work which you do and I would like to thank the member of our school community who took the time to submit the nomination.
'Who Sank the Boat?' is the Year R/1's class story for this term and they've already started making their own boats.
To test ideas about buoyancy and displacement, the students made boats out of squares of aluminium foil. They soon discovered that the shape of their design had a lot to do with how well it floated, and how much it could support.
The Linke family met an old friend in the London Museum recently - the real Hoa Hakananai'a!
Those of you who attended the Compass Rose performances last year will undoubtedly recognise the statue in the picture. Tommy and Ollie reported back saying that the real Hoa is smaller, a LOT heavier, and has lots of carving on his back.