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2 Atkins have been rearing frogs in the classroom and we heard all about their life-cycle from the confident class members. They showed video of their paper-plane constructions and invited other classes (and parents) to make a plane with a prize for the winner (4 Salmon). They finished with a great video of Mr Salmon's class that wasn't shown in week 4 due to technical issues.
The 5/6 Class put on a true-blue Aussie to get 2015 off to a great start. They shared facts about each Australian state, wore their dinki-di Aussie cork hats with pride and demonstrated their skill in place numbers, all the way up to 23 million! They rounded all this off with Aussie accents and game for other classes to join in.
A big thank you to Kelly Whittaker and the Lions club for the tasty pancakes they served up on Feb 17.
Pancakes were sold through the PAC and it was almost a complete sell out!
The Kindy has already visited the school three times this year as part of an enhanced transition program. In past weeks the children have visited the library, but this week we tried at our hand at being photographers.
The children had a look at an old 'box-brownie' camera, which surprised many by being very empty! We also looked at a (much!) later model DSLR camera then took lots - and lots - of photos on the iPods, with some children dressing up in animal masks for some fun shots.
We practiced inside with 'portrait' shots then went outside to take 'landscape' shots in the JP playground. I was much impressed by the children's confidence to try out new skills, their helpfulness to each other and their terrific manners!
Maitland Area School’s annual School Leader’s Induction Ceremony was held on Thursday February 12 in the school’s Performing Arts Centre. Deputy principal Beth Hector and Chairperson of the Governing Council Victoria Johns presented new prefects Lisa Brumfield, Nathan Tucker, Ben Feutrill and Ezra Glazbrook with their prefect pins and ties.
YPC Mayor Ray Agnew then made the secondary school SRC presentations to Jarrod Tucker, Kaylee Short and Tiana Short.
Fiona Hollams, the secretary of the Parents and Friends, made the primary school presentations to Matilda Barrett, Marley Holmes, Molly Rowe, Elizabeth Dodd, Lachlan Johns and Hallie Hendy.
The South Australia Aboriginal Sports Training Academy presentations were made by Coordinator Chelsea Koch to the 17 students from Maitland Area School, Ardrossan Area School, Kadina Memorial School and Moonta Area School.
Several SAASTA students have also been inducted into the Elite AFL and Netball teams.
Congratulations to our Secondary students for the way they have started the year. There are many new faces in the corridor and the added vibrancy from the year 7/8 room. It is fantastic to see the learning and positive attitudes on display through the classrooms.
I have attended some conferences and meetings over the last few weeks which have caused me to reflect on what a great place Maitland Area School is to work. We have worked really hard over the last few years to improve our outcomes for Senior Secondary students which has seen a big jump in successful SACE completion. Our students are now confidently applying for further education and gaining meaningful employment.
This year we are offering over twenty face-to-face SACE subjects directly at Maitland Area School.
We are also actively supporting a further nine subjects through Open Access College. Students are also undertaking VET courses at Certificate 11 and 111 level as well as school based apprenticeships and other industry programs.
This means that students at Maitland Area School have some amazing opportunities for a school of our size and these only present themselves when the whole school community is working together. Our staff and leaders are supportive of students and each other which allows us to develop flexible options to achieve success.
Thank you to everyone for their part and I look forward to this continuing and sharing similar success at the end of this year.
Both the Festival Choir and YP Schools Concert Band started rehearsals this week with lots of new faces amongst the regulars. The choir is now at lunch, with students missing only a small part of the preceding lesson. The Concert Band still meets on Wednesdays after school, with students travelling from Kadina, Ardrossan, Minlaton and Yorketown to rehearse with us.
We've had perfect weather for our first few days of swimming. The students have been enjoying the warm tempeartures and expert guidance from our two instructors Gabrielle and Jodie.
Thank you also to Mrs Miller in the bookroom for finding our instructors; it's been a difficult process with competing demands from all across the Yorke Peninsula.
Under the guidnace of SSOs Julie Bagshaw and Ali Adams, the 2014 Year 4/5 class grew a bountiful crop of vegetables which made for a mouth watering harvest in 2015, seen here on display with this year's Year 4s.
The Year 4s then worked in the Home Economics room cooking up delicious meals from their garden produce.
A big thank you to everyone involved in the project which continues in expanded form in 2015.
There was a great turn out for our Meet the Teacher Night. Thank you to all the families who attended and to the teachers for their presentations.
Class information sheets and booklets were distributed on the night. If you were unable to attend and your child has not brought his or her sheet home, please contact your teacher.