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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.
Term 1 has seen quite a lot of activity in the Ag Block. ¬†Our Year 5/6 class have started Agriculture lessons for the first time and they are a very enthusiastic bunch. They are already showing some great skills working with sheep and cattle.¬†
The Year 7/8 class have spent the term studying the farm environment, completing soil and climate experiments and comparing the price of farms across different farming zones in SA.¬†
They recently completed research about the many different and varied careers that can stem from an interest in Agriculture.
Year 9 students have studied the impact of insects on Agriculture and have nearly finished designing their own insect trap.¬†
A highlight of the term for this class was a visit from local beekeeper Lionel Harmer. He entertained the class with a demonstration of the suit, gloves and the smoker that beekeepers use, brought in a hive and samples of honey to taste and even shared the story of the worst place he‚Äôd ever been stung by a bee!
Finally our Year 10 class have spent the first term learning about the importance of soil in farming.¬†
They have completed a range of experiments examining soil structure and texture and are soon to present their talks about soil conservation. Many of the students have taken on the challenge of learning to drive the school‚Äôs brand new tractor.¬†
We‚Äôd like to thank Ben Eglington for the many hours he has spent with us providing tractor driving lessons. Our students are now (nearly!) ready to go it alone!
Mr Mills Year 3 students shared some very creative poems and writing for their first assembly including some clever T-Shirt designs.
The students also played an original song on recorder and hosted a series of challenges for the other classes to participate in.
Congratulations to the new Tech Crew as well for their running of all things technical!
Miss Atkins class have had a dinosaur themed term and showed us their dinosaur pictures, 3D printing and going-on-a-dino-hunt drama play. The play had a big surprise: a 3m long Triceratops hidden under sheets!
The class also shared colourful butterflies, showed us how to mix colours together and ran a video of their busy term.
Our Festival Choir was assessed today in a two-hour long workshop session. Comments from the assessor included 'excellent self-managed behaviour','effective dynamics', 'accurate rhythms and steady beat' and 'balanced sound'. Overall the students received a 'B' rating and the comment 'what a great little choir!
Congratulations to Mrs Schwartz and all the students for their fine efforts. Congratulations to the Ardrossan Area School Festival Choir for their well deserved 'B' as well.
The Year 3-6 classes have been involved in a soccer tournament this month. Organised by Mr Salmon, students elected two teams from each class and have been playing against each other in a series of 'friendlies'. This week and net we get serious. The younger classes will play off to determine who will face the older teams in the semi-finals leading to the grand final on Youth Activities Day next Friday. Teams have been quite evenly matched despite the age differences, so the final should be quite a game!¬†
Miss Atkins Reception / 1 class have a visitor for the next few weeks; a 3m long triceratops dinosaur model, courtesy of local Palynologist and Stratigrapher Roger Morgan. Local residents of Maitland have no doubt seen Roger's other dinosaurs at the Chatt Centre, in the Maitland Show or in his front garden. A big thank you to Roger for his kind loan. ¬†'Cera' is a real hit with the kids!
The Kindy children visited again on Tuesday for a music lesson. We played with lots of different shakers and 'clackers' and learned their proper names: maracas and castanets. We danced to music with a strong beat and found that some music has no beat - and it's very hard to move to!
The children also programmed a drum machine to play a beat and saw how a metronome can be used to set a speed (or tempo) for music. We had a great time that finished too quickly; see you all again for your next visit in Term 2.
Last Monday we hosted Harmony Day for K-2 students at the MAS, the Maitland Lutheran School, Point Pearce Aboriginal School and the Maitland Children's Centre. Our theme was 'it's more fun when everyone's invited' and the ¬†event was based on the story of 'Ophelia Orange and the Fabuloulsy Funny Fruit Salad Party'.
Children and teachers from all four education centres joined in making party invitations, party hats and a musical instrument. They sang 'Fruit Salad' (by the Wiggles) and danced the 'Fruit Salad Hokey Pokey'. Thank you to Sarah Atkins and Emma Atkins for organising activities, to Beth Hector for making the fruit salad (yummy yummy!) and to my Year 5/6 helpers who ran the PA and PowerPoint, helped the younger children in activities and danced the Fruit Salad so well at the end!
On Saturday we held a Garage Sale on our Primary Oval in an attempt to send some of our excess furniture and equipment to a better homes.¬†
A big thank you to the students and parents who helped clean out sheds and other spaces and to those who assisted with the sale. At last count over $1200 had been raised that will go to assisting our students with camps this year.