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The Performing Arts Centre resounded to the sound of singing, laughter, tears and gunfire this afternoon as the Year 7-12 students watched the insightful and moving drama 'Gallipoli: A Manual of Trench Warfare".
Presented by Queensland touring company Jally Entertainment, the professional production laid bare the courage, humour, mateship and conflict that was at the heart of the Gallipoli campaign.
The actors commanded the students' attention for the full 120 minutes, taking us on an emotional roller coaster as we shared their dreams, empathised with their plight and saw the physical and psychological pain that war can cause.
The scenery set the time and place with authenticity and theatrical purpose. Care and attention had been given to costuming and stage properties and the simple but effective lighting and sound design added much to the play's atmosphere.
The acting was excellent with the distinct characters played with deceptive ease.
Congratulations to tour manager Ali and all the actors and crew for your wonderful work and to Mr Moore for coordinating the visit to Maitland.
R-12 students gathered together in week 1 to receive attendance awards from Mr Gravestocks, Canteen Cards from Mr Tuck and medallions and ribbons from Miss Koch.
Congratulations to the Sharks for winning the Term 1 house competition and to all the students who gained their 100% attendance certificates.
Mr Mills class put on a great assembly this week with lots of special treats for their audience. They shared literacy and maths activities, some terrific artwork and led the singing of the song 'Sugar Rush', from the Music Is Fun Band repertoire.
We finished the assembly with presentation of the Cross Country awards.
The 2015 MAS Cross Country Event was held on Thursday May 7. All eyes were on the weather, which changed from cool and sunny to cold and damp by the time we finished the five races at midday. Congratulations to all competitors for braving the blustery conditions and for completing the races with a smile on your face!
A big thank you to all the parents and staff who supported the event and to the Year 10's who marshalled the students around the course.
The spring-bulb fund-raiser was popular with the P & F raising $255 towards the Year 7-9 Canberra trip.
Thank you to all who purchased bulbs and congratulations to the P & F!
Once again this year the Education Department are running the SA Excellence in Public Education Awards.
In previous years our school has had a number of staff nominated for the different award categories and I know that it has meant a lot to them that their community took the time and effort to nominate them for the award.
If you believe that a staff member or a team of staff from MAS deserve nominating, please take the time to do so. More details to follow later in the newsletter.
Next Monday, Tony Harrison the Chief Executive of the Education Department is visiting Maitland Area School and Point Pearce Aboriginal School.
One of the main topics of discussion during his visit will be the strengthening of the working relationship between MAS, Point Pearce and the Children’s Centre now and in years to come.
At this point in time we have loosely labelled the relationship “Central Yorke Schools”.
As we continue to refine how this relationship could operate and how formal the relationship could be we will be seeking input from all stakeholders through SRC, Governing Councils and staff.
The visit will be a fantastic opportunity for our school community to showcase the many programmes and high standard of education that we deliver.
The school Concert Band and Festival Choir helped commemorate the 100th ANZAC anniversary with performances at the ANZAC Dawn Service and community breakfast.
The band has accompanied the community hymns for over 15 years now, and it was gratifying to see the high attendance of staff, students, old scholars and community members for the event.
Principal Andrew Gravestocks and school prefects Nathan Tucker and Lisa Brumfield laid wreathes and presented ANZAC commemorative books at the memorial during the service.
The Festival Choir then performed at the community breakfast held after the service.
A huge thank-you to Michelle Geater Johnson for organising canteen help for both the Senior & Junior Interschool Sports Days and for helping out on the Thusday. Many thanks to Karen Crawford for her tireless effort over both days, Brooke Davies, Brooke Polinghorne & Kate Butler for their help on Wednesday and to Vanessa Germein, Fiona Hollams & Vic Johns for helping out on Thursday. Our canteen could not have operated to the efficient standard without the support of P & F over theses two days. Sincere thanks to Ezra Glazbrook & Georgie Robinson for their help also.