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Congratulations to conductor Deb Schwartz, accompanist Jonny Gorden and the MAS Festival Choir. A fabulous, fantastic and fun concert at the Festival Centre that matched the wonderful weather outside.
The show was colourful and moving with outstanding performances by soloists, musicians and guest artists.
Two thumbs up for everyone involved.
1 Atkins and R-2 Atkins combined this week for a spectacular 'flight' themed primary assembly.
We were all welcomed aboard the MAS Jumbo Jet by our captains and then taken on a most enjoyable trip to Japan and China.
The students performed a play for us, shared their entertaining postcards, introduced all the regular segments (including birthdays, merit cards and book awards) and finished up with a wonderful video of their (very!) busy term.
Well done to the students and teachers for a highly polished and professional assembly.
Well done to Sarah Townsend and her team of students who represented the school at the recent Royal Adelaide Show. Whilst the results were not at the lofty level of 2013 ( we'll be hard pressed to repeat those!) it was great to see the team come home with some well deserved ribbons.
To me, what was just as great a success was seeing the number of students and parents who worked together at the show to achieve the results. Special thanks go to Julie Bagshaw for her work with the students and to Tony Lawler and Andrew Honner for transportation. A great effort from all concerned.
Next week we say farewell to our three pre-service teachers, Deony Sims, Natalie Gordon and Kimberley Trueman. They've worked well in what can sometimes be a complex and demanding teaching environment, with positive reports from their mentor teachers on their classroom teaching and involvement. We wish them all the best for the future.\
Congratulations to the Festival of Music Choir who performed in Adelaide last Sunday. The culmination of a year’s hard work.! This year we have worked closely with Ardrossan Area School for this event and it has been a great example of the two schools working together. A big thank you to Deb Schwartz for her effort in working with the students throughout the year.
For the last two weeks of this term, Beth Hector is enjoying some long service leave in America. If you have queries or questions that you would normally direct to Beth, please refer them to Tim Tuck (Primary), Leigh Rothe (Secondary) or myself.
A reminder that Friday, September the 26th is the last day of this school term. School finishes at 2pm on this day. Term 4 will begin on Monday, 13th of October.
Well, it’s all over for another year! After months of preparation our Show team again represented our school with pride in Adelaide and were fortunate to again come home with a swag of ribbons.
This year we took two steers to town – Gaz the Red Poll from Kev Graham’s stud and Joel the Murray Grey, donated by Stuart Redding. Although our scan results didn’t look promising on the first morning, we were very pleased when Gaz won 4th place in his weight class on judging day.
Our goat team was very successful this year. We took six goats to the Show and our prize winners all came from Margaret Miller’s Coota Park Stud near Wallaroo. Bailey came 5th, Charlie 1st and Sam 1st in their respective weight classes on judging day, and Sam was then named Reserve Champion Lightweight goat. In the carcase competition, Charlie came 3rd in the Chevon category, whilst in the Capretto category Ollie came 6th, Tilly 5th and Sam 1st. Sam then went on to win the overall lightweight division and was named Champion Lightweight Carcase.
Our students looked fantastic in their red team shirts during the Grand Parade on Wednesday afternoon, and despite some rather difficult animals, managed to complete a number of laps of the oval to the cheers of the crowd.
Congratulations to all the Year 9 and 10 Agriculture students involved in the preparation of our animals over the last four months. Particular congratulations to the students selected to represent MAS in Adelaide:
Steer Team – Jesse Lawler, Lochie Gregory, Anna Falco, Ebony Short, Ciaha Smith
Goat Team – Georgie Robinson, Ezra Glazbrook, Bethany Sly, Nikita Penhall, Louise Lawler, Luke Clifford, Henry Honner, Caitlin Wyatt
Huge thanks to Julie Bagshaw for working with the steer team in Adelaide, to Tony Lawler and Andrew Honner for transporting stock and equipment to the Show and to the many parents and family members who supported us during our time in Adelaide.
And .. we're almost there! Great rehearsal yesterday (well done everyone!) and our first show (the matinee) today.
We've sold out Thursday night (yay!)
Today's timetable for Compass Rosers...
9:00 Lesson 1 - as normal
9: 50 Recess
10:10 Get into costumes and makeup, over to the PAC.
10:45 Audience enters the PAC
11:00 Compass Rose Matinee Performance!
Big reminder - we have a public audience - best behaviour from cast and crew, especially those sitting in the audience.
Don't forget Thursday: Show starts at 7pm, main characters by 6pm, everyone else by 6.30pm to classrooms / PAC at latest.
Thursday night is a sellout - well done everyone!
Our JEP 2014 visitors arrived at the airport at 5:10am.
We traveled to Glenelg for sunrise, a walk on the beach and breakfast,
From there winded our way up to the Mount Lofty summit to see Adelaide. A beautiful day, and in the distance we could just make out Yorke Peninsula and the hummocks.
We headed to Cleland Conservation Park for a tour and lunch. Everyone was fascinated by the tiny potoroos, friendly kangaroos and cuddly koalas.
Then it was off off on the long drive to Maitland. We stopped in at Federation Park for a photo, popped into Ardrossan for fuel and then after a brief tour of Maitland, it was time for the welcome party in the Performing Arts Centre.
As always, there's lots happening at school, and Term 3 is no different...
Then of course we have the Japanese Exchange Program in Week 4 and just two weeks later we have Compass Rose and then the Festival Choir performances in Adelaide. A busy and exciting term to look forward to!
In the last week of last term I had the pleasure of accompanying our Year 8 & 9 students to the Errappa Camp at Iron Knob. Having been in a number of schools that have accessed the camp it was a great opportunity for me not only to get to spend some time with the students but to also get a better understanding of the activities undertaken by the students.
The Errappa Camp is run by police officers and concentrates on developing self confidence and team work with the students. I was not only amazed to note the activities undertaken by the students but probably more so by the level that students challenged themselves. Well done to all involved!
Thank you to the families who have expressed interest in hosting a Japanese student. Their time of arrival is only a couple of weeks away. We are seeking more families to assist, so please contact the school if you can help out. You may also want to use the Japanese language posters on the next three pages to get ready for the visit!
This term we welcome back Star Derrington who will be working predominantly in our Flex Room supporting a range of students for the remainder of the year.
Congratulations to Bill Edwards on receiving his Certificate 2 in Automotive mechanics (diesel. )Bill has used the VET pathway to work towards achieving his career goals and is currently working towards his Certificate 3 in Agriculture.
The official Term 2 SRC Fundraiser was held on Thursday June 26 with 'Hairlarious Day'. Students and teachers were encouraged to sport their best head of hair and gold-coin donations all went towards the Childhood Cancer Association.
There was lots of creativity on show from both young and old with dyeing, glitter, sculpting and some very interesting wigs (we KNOW it was a fake Mr Tuck!)
Congratulations to everyone for making the day so much fun. Thank you to all those (very) patient parents who twisted, tweaked and coloured their children's hair, your time and efforts were much appreciated.
Combined with the sausage sizzle and donut sales, this was an impressive community fundraiser which we can all be proud of.
Please note the new date for our production. It's changed from August 13 & 14 (Week 4) to August 27 & 28.
This was done to avoid clashes with the Japanese Exchange visit. Fingers crossed we're not clashing with anything else!
Di Bourne, our costume lady extraordinaire has been super-busy with grass skirts, brass band uniforms, parrots and much more. A big thank you to her helpers and the obliging classroom teachers when we've borrowed students for fittings.
Belinda Wundersitz has been in teaching the Year 8/9 students a thing or two about Scottish jigs and the like.
Thanks go to Letitia Linke for her help with the younger students.
We're making palm trees - lots of palm trees! Art teacher MelissaKate McPharlin has been organising our painting-parties while Year 6/7 teachers Val McLEan and Betina Davies have been making Moai heads and painting canoes, paddles and white whales.