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The Music is Fun Band entertained a full house last Thursday June 4 with over 350 students from MAS, PPAS, AAS and MLS enjoying the professional, fun and educational concert.
With many of our students involved with dances, singing and acting, the show was a rollercoaster of up-tempo dance numbers (such as Sugar Rush or The Lego Movie Song), contemplative showstoppers (Vita Mia and Lanterns) and silly singalongs (Star Trekkin and the Crazy Frog medley).
There were lots of dress up moments too, with the Crazy Frogs, dancing Cupcakes and Addams Family reunion being favourites.
Congratulations to the Year 5/6 and Year 7 dance groups who choreographed their own dance for 'Live Louder'; your applause was richly deserved!
Thank you to all the school music coordinators for organising the student performances and of course a huge shout out to Andre and the Music Is Fun Band for yet another awesome concert.
Last week I attended the Aboriginal Power Cup in Adelaide.
The Maitland Area School team is made up of students in year 10 to 12 from Ardrossan AS, Moonta AS, Kadina Memorial School and Maitland AS.
Our students competed hard on the field and ensured that all other activities were completed.
Unfortunately the boys and girls team were not successful in making the final which was played as a curtain raiser to the Port Power and Western Bulldogs game on Saturday night.
The team was successful in winning the warcry competition and received a guernsey signed by the Power team as their prize.
Overall our community can be very proud of the way our students represented them on what was long and tiring days.
A couple of weeks ago Beth Hector and I attended the Country Education Conference in Melbourne as part of a contingent of Area Schools from South Australia. Many of the challenges that we face in South Australia such as student numbers, access to courses and attracting staff are issues shared by our interstate counterparts.
It was interesting to note the communities that were successfully delivering a thriving educational programme all had strong community support and all shared a common belief that by working together as a group of schools that they could deliver high quality education to the young people in their communities.
The Kindy visited the school for some special lessons on Monday May 18, joining the R/1 class for drama in the Performing Arts Centre.
After some drama warm-ups, the R/1 class acted out the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. They tripped-trapped over the troll bridge, asked him to 'eat their brother, who is bigger' and showed how the troll ended up being head-butted into the river.
Then it was the kindy children's turn. They split into four groups - Little Billy Goat, Middle-sized Billy Goat, Big Billy Goat and Troll.
The trolls hid under the bridge where the river went through. Each group then trip-trapped over the bridge, acting out the story.
Then it was the puppets' turn to play! Everyone was given a puppet and practised making voices and movements. Then we acted the story out all over again, but with each child performing all four characters. Everyone did a great job and we look forward to your next visit with us.
The Kindy and Junior classes have been making friends with six yellow programmable robots and teaching them how to race, land in a target and perform complex instructions.
And all with just a touch of a button!
The happy little robots are called Bee-Bots and we've been making good use of the Digital Media Laboratory to introduce the students to the elements of programming in a fun, interesting and often competitive way.
Bee-Bots have seven buttons on top. Students start by pressing clear to clear all previous instructions.
They then press the forward, reverse, right turn / left turn and pause buttons in sequence to make the Bee-Bots travel forward, reverse, make a quarter turn to the right or left or to pause for a few seconds.
By combining the button presses the robots can navigate obstacle courses, race each other, trace out patterns or even (very slowly) dance!
The UK has recently made computer programming an integral part of their school curriculum and the US is emphasising the need for students to become more computer literate not only as 'drivers' of software but 'under the hood', learning how to program.
Bee-Bots are a simple, hands-on approach for introducing programming and if the rapped attention of our students was anything to go by, a very successful one.
In class meetings last week all classes were asked to record ideas for possible fundraising activities. Fundraising Suggestions were:
The World Vision 40 Hour Famine was also discussed. In the last 2 years this has been a dual effort including students participating in the official 40hr project as well as each class giving up something on a nominated day and paying $2 for wearing casual clothes. In Term 1 the SRC raised $297.00 on Friday the last day of term when students payed $2 to wear casual clothes at the Youth Day event.
The options are:
Each class will now vote and record a first and second choice which will be collated at the next SRC Meeting.
The R-6 classes have been making lanterns for the Music Is Fun Band visit. Junior classes constructed their's from templates while older classes measured and cut there's from scratch.
The Year 5/6 class integrated their lantern making with their science work on electricity and made battery operated lanterns. The students will use them to add extra atmosphere to the song 'Lanterns', by the band Birds of Tokyo.
The Year 3-8 lunchtime footy program organised by Year 4 teacher Andrew Mills has been a huge success with the Eagles and Sharks fielding two teams each with plenty of subs sitting on the bench.
It's been fascinating watching students (especially the die-hard footy players) adapt to the modified rules which aim to make the game more readily accessible - and successful - for players of all abilities, body sizes and strengths.
Well done to all the students for embracing the game and congratulations (again - sigh!) to the Sharks for maintaining an unbeaten record.
Last Monday the Point Pearce, Maitland Area School and Children's Centre communities hosted Tony Harrison, the Chief Executive of the Education Department as part of his tour of Yorke Peninsula. It was a great opportunity to showcase the programmes and work which is happening in our community and how we believe education and care services should operate into the future.
Thank you to students, staff, Governing Councillors and community members for their efforts to ensure the day was a success.
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.