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On the 7th of February the R/1/2 classes travelled to Redwing Farm. We got to see donkeys, cows, goats, pigs, chooks, ducks, geese and even a cheeky dog under the fence. Both classes had a fantastic time feeding, patting and learning about the different types of animals.
We even brought some friendly chickens back with us who will be living in the Ag Block. When we returned we wrote some great recounts and excitedly shared our adventure with our parents. A big thank you to Redwing Farm for allowing us to come and visit, Trevor Allen for driving the bus and Ali Adams for supporting us and showing us around.
What a fantastic few weeks we have had at our Early Learning Centre. We had our first visit to the library last Thursday where we had some time to read and look at the lovely children’s books and we even got to borrow two books each.
Mel read us a great book about making things with ‘loose parts’! We loved this book as it showed that with loose parts and your imagination you can create wonderful things. If you have any loose parts we could use in play for building and creating please let us know.
We also used our cooking skills to make some zucchini burgers with the zucchinis we grew in our very own kindy garden. With Jo we peeled, chopped and grated the veggies and herbs. Thank you to Hunter’s Mum Lisa for donating parsley and chives from their home garden too. The kids weren’t so sure about them but the staff thought they were very tasty.
We have also been having lots of fun mat times and story times where we have been learning lots of new things. We have been focusing on learning our daily routines with Oscar Organised, recognising our names and counting using songs and stories just to name a few. We have been learning how to listen by following the 5 L’s of listening – legs still, hands in our lap, lips closed, looking at the person speaking and using our listening ears.
After lunch we have also been having relaxation time where we have been playing relaxing music and concentrating on deep breathing with bean bags on our bellies.
Most importantly though we have been doing lots of playing!.
DECD schools are required to promote and develop learning environments that are safe and supportive. Students and staff may have anaphylactic (severe allergic) conditions that include nut allergies.
This means that exposure at school may constitute a risk to their health and wellbeing. While it is not possible to guarantee that the school environment will be completely free of potential nut hazards, risks can be minimised by adhering within reasonable guidelines. Given this context, CYS is developing Nut Awareness Guidelines for our R-12 students.
Wow those holidays went quick! Now we have a busy Term One jam packed with sporting opportunities for all our students at Central Yorke School.
Our first item on our calendar is nominating and selecting of House Captains. Students will be given the information during the Homegroup double on the first day of school.
During this time teachers will outline the role and expectations of House Captains. We will be asking all students in Year 5/6 to nominate a boy and a girl who they think will suit the role (students can vote for themselves) these names are then put on the board and students choose whether to decline or accept the nomination.
This allows students who may be too shy to nominate themselves to be nominated by a peer and take on the nomination if they wish. Students who wish to accept the nomination will then take a Nomination form which they will then use to fill out a short speech which will be delivered in front of their house group the following Monday the 6th of February (Week 2) during elections.
Years 4/5/6 will vote for the Primary House Captain and Years 8/9/10/11/12 will vote for the Secondary House Captain once all nominees have completed their speeches.
Students who are successful in winning the role of House Captain will then be recognised at the Leaders Induction which will be held on Tuesday the 14th of February (Week 3).
Welcome to 2017 School Year from Point Pearce Campus. We are very pleased to see some extra students attending this term. We have six Junior Primary Students and six Pre-school students. Our Occasional Care has four enrolments at this stage
From term 1 2017 parents and carers with children enrolled in a government preschool, rural care, occasional care, family day care or respite care service will be asked to provide evidence of their child’s immunisation status under a new procedure aimed at protecting children against vaccine preventable diseases (VPD).
Please bring this information to the school when enrolling or bringing a child to our campus.
Thank you for your co-operation.
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Welcome to 2017 in our fantastic new Early Learning Centre! We hope you enjoyed the holidays and had a relaxing Christmas and New Year with your loved ones.
Firstly, I would like to introduce myself, my name is Kerry Richardson and I am the Head of Early Years at Central Yorke School. I will be overseeing the Early Years Preschool Education at both the Maitland and Point Pearce Campuses. I am really looking forward to getting to know all of the preschool children and their families.
Mel Richards is our Early Years Teacher who you all know well and Jo Rawlings and Tammy Wheaton are our Preschool SSO’s. We understand that there have been many changes and if you have any questions regarding Preschool please feel free to speak with one of us.
Our Term 1 Preschool Program is focusing on building relationships with the children, creating a feeling of belonging in the centre and learning our centre routines.
Our first day of Kindy was great fun! We made an ocean in the water trough, we made some wonderful rose petal creations, we played in the sandpit, cooked in the new mud kitchen and made cakes, pizza and doughnuts with the playdough, just to name a few things. When we are playing we are learning lots!
Welcome to the 2017 school year and our new school Central Yorke! Who knew where we were going to be 12 months ago.
Our kids are excited, our school community proud of what we have achieved and the staff renewed with an energy to provide an engaging and relevant education to our leaders of tomorrow.
While each of our campuses have great traditions and pride, our new school will allow for our cohort to create their own traditions and identity that someday their children will be a part of.
If you look around both campuses you will see many changes already completed as well as in the pipeline to occur. Maitland will be looking at getting a new reception area, while Pt Pearce will be looking at new offices and toilets. Our goal is to make Central Yorke an innovative learning space that encourages both staff and students to push the boundaries and take risks.
Our Early Years students are already talking about how cool our school is and our Senior Students are already planning the best way to achieve their SACE. At this point in time we have started with 235 students with more enrolling each day.
Join us at the Maitland Area School Presentation Night as we celebrate academic excellence, scholastic improvement, teamwork, leadership, persistence and community spirit.
Tuesday December 13 - 7pm - Performing Arts Centre
Wow, what a great time we had at the first MAS Christmas On the Green! We ran the gauntlet of inclement weather to emerge into a warm sunny evening with fantastic entertainment from the Brighton High School Band, the YP Concernt Band, the MAS Festival Choir, the Junior Concert Band and a variety of class acts including the 'Christmas Truce' play from the Year 5/6 class, 'Six White Boomers from the 4/5 class, 'Jingle Bell Rap from the Year 2/3's and 'On Christmas Day' from the R/1's. Thank you to staff, students and families for attending and to the P & F, Governing Council and the Davies family for making the night such a great success.
The Children's Centre held their very first End of Year Celebration in the new building on Thursday. Mel thanked staff and parents for their help through the year, highlighting the way everyone had worked together to make the move from the old kindy so smooth. The children performed several entertaining Christmas songs then received their individual books highlighting their achievements throughout 2016. After a video showcasing the year's activities and events Chairperson Emma Mann also thanked staff and parents for their support. She presented Mel and Rachel, who leave at the end of the year, with gifts in appreciation for their dedication and work with the children. Afternoon tea was served then Father Christmas, (accompanied by the Maitland Police) made a surprise but welcome visit.
Five Maitland Area School students ,out of the team of 12, were selected to represent Yorke Peninsula in the U12 Country Carnival cricket team. Harrison Geater-Johnson, Will Davey, Henry Butler, Rupert Polkinghorne and Ollie Linke played in Whyalla over the weekend. They all had a marvellous time and represented both their district and our school with excellent sporting behaviour. Well done boys !
Through play based learning children have been engaged and exploring:
Children were introduced to the Maths Toolbox and have enjoyed using the variety of ‘tools’ in their play. They have particularly enjoyed using the tape measures, calculators and timers and have been creative in how they use them to support their exploration and investigation.
Children have been creating journals and drawing pictures about their favourite thing at the new Kindy. It’s not surprising that most of them are enjoying the ‘tap’ in the sandpit.
This week we will introduce our learning tub to explore children’s knowledge and interests around “What is a scientist?”
We will begin our child protection focus this week looking at Early Warning Signs.
Oscar Organisation has been helping children revisit routines and learn where everything belongs in our new play space. We look forward to meeting Connie Confidence over the next few weeks.
It has been fantastic seeing children settle in and explore our new learning environment. We have received positive feedback about our Centre from both children and families as well as the wider community. The Children’s Centre received a lot of visitors as part of the recent MAS Open Day who were very impressed by our Centre.
We have had a successful start to the term and I look forward to an exciting and busy term. Once again thankyou to all of you for your ongoing support and understanding during this time of settling in.
As a member of AFFLIP and as part of our responsibilities as an international school, we have just recently hosted a group of Filipino Principals.
They were on a study tour to look at our programs, our daily structures and wellbeing of our students. They were amazed at how our school ran and the strong focus we have on literacy and numeracy.
It was also great for our staff to understand what it is like to teach in a developing country. For example, did you know that class sizes in the Philippines can be at minimum 35 students and get up to nearly 70. The Principal and teacher we hosted have 2800 students at their schools and only 7 computers in the whole school. Also in the Philippines many of the students come to school malnourished and have set supervised eating times so teachers know they are getting something to eat. It made us realise how lucky we are to live in Australia and be educated here.
The Filipino principals thoroughly enjoyed their time here and the pedagogies they will take back with them. Some our classes will be running units concurrently with their schools and some of our students will also get a chance to Skype on one of their seven computers with a class.
This week we say farewell to our Year 12 students. Many will be going onto complete exams in the next few weeks; some will be going onto employment and others taking that next step in their lives.
As a word of advice to the Year 12’s who are finishing, life is a series of events, both good and bad. No matter how deft your organisational skills, there will always be life influencing factors over which you may have no control.
As you embark on this new stage of life, you will be able to rise to the occasion because of the values our school has taught you. On such occasions think of the values the teachers have instilled in you and you will make us proud. "Change indeed is painful, yet over needful", said Thomas Carlyle.
Maitland Area School is going to miss you.
We hope that someday you will look upon your days here fondly and remember the staff who made a difference in your life. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
I was lucky enough to attend the Public Education Excellence in Teaching awards during the holidays where our very own Sarah Atkinson was a finalist.
The night showcased the amazing work our teachers do and while Sarah did not win the top prize, to be recognised in the top six teachers in the state is a massive achievement and a testament to the effort and work that Sarah puts into her work here.
On behalf of the school and community Sarah, we say well done and thankyou for what you do.
Reminder we will be having a Pupil Free Day on Monday 28th November. On this day Staff will be engaged in reviewing 2016 achievement and perception data, team target reviews and starting planning and setting targets for 2017. They will also use this time to refine our curriculum and look into problem based learning as timetabled lessons.
Last Wednesday was our open day.
We had over 140 families visit the school to see our students in action and culminate our Paddock to Plate program.
I was honoured enough to conduct a Principal's tour in which many a memory was shared. The new Early Learning Centre proved a hit and the students loved the learning journey with our visitors.
After a short morning tea we had our grandparents and students read to each other. This brought back many memories of the times I spent with my grandparents reading. Both grandies and students had a ball and showcased the strength of our school community.
What really made this a special time were the grandies who read with students they didn’t know, just so our students didn’t miss out.
A big thankyou must go to our parents and friends and friends of the library that made our open day a possibility.
Our 2016 R-10 musical Bonsai Samurai made its world premiere in the Maitland Area School Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday September 21 and Thursday September 22 to packed houses and enthusiastic audiences.
Telling the story of a short, Samurai obsessed boy called Hiroki (played by Ollie Linke) and his long-suffering sister Shun (played by Emma Rowe), Bonsai Samurai featured ninjas (short and tall), Samurai (blue and red), Imperial Lords (good and bad) and a wide assortment of bandits, villagers, sumo wrestlers, koi fish, shadow puppeteers and ghostly Japanese spirits called Tsukumogami.
But why a historical musical, why Japan and why a short samurai?
The SRC would like to sincerely thank the 14 students and staff member who participated in the 40 Hour Famine Project from home. Collectively $422.00 was raised by this group. We conducted our ‘Go without Day’ on the 26th August, and raised $305.80 by allowing students to wear casual clothes for $2. An additional donation box was also circulated on the day.
During SRC class meetings conducted earlier in the term each class elected to ‘go without’ an item or activity as their way of supporting and making a stand for global hunger.
Term 3 has been a busy one (as always!) for instrumental music and choir students, with competitions at Balaklava, performances for the Japanese Exchange at MAS and involvement in the Bonsai Samurai production.
Thank you to all students, staff and parents who supported the Concert Band rehearsal last week at Ardrossan and the performance at their music concert this week.
It was a very busy two weeks, and we are appreciative of families time and commitment.
All instrumental music and choir students will feature in our music showcase concert on November 17th, 7pm. Tickets are priced as in other years at adult $10, child $5, Family$25
We will be showcasing our yr 12 flautist Sherida Borghouts, the choir, our latest recruits, YP schools concert Band and guest artist Lucy Young ( currently a jazz student at Adelaide Uni)
Beginner and intermediate students should be practicing page 13 and senior band students their concert band repertoire.
Choir students will have a selection of songs from their books to prepare.
Choir students have also been asked if available to perform at the Weetulta Strawberry fete 8pm Saturday November 5th.
Our Royal Show experience looked a bit different in 2016 from previous years – no steers this time, but a fantastic group of goats entered into the Led Wether Competition.
Our Year 9/10 Ag class spent lessons in Term 3 training, grooming and feeding our Boer goat entries to prepare them for the big event, and a lucky group of hardworking students were selected to represent Maitland Area School in Adelaide.
After unloading and settling the animals on Tuesday night, we were ready for busy day of preparation on Wednesday.
The goats were weighed and scanned, then washed and blow dried. Finally, in beautiful sunshine, they were presented in the Grand Parade along with goats, steers, dairy cows, horses and hundreds of students from around the state. Our team looked fantastic in their bright red shirts and the goats looked very smart in their red halters. The occasion was a bit too much for a couple of our youngest goats and they needed a bit of help (ie a carry!) around the main arena! Overall our students represented MAS brilliantly and they can be very proud of their efforts.
What a busy end to the term we have had!
We visited Port Pirie for a “Patch Theatre” performance to allow students to experience the expressive arts.
We were fortunate enough to have a visit from Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson. Judy really enjoyed visiting the school and working with the community. Judy shared a lot of knowledge and wisdom with us.
We had a visit from some year 9 students from Xavier College in Melbourne. It was great for the students to interact and participate in a range of activities together. The staff from both sites worked very hard to make this day happen.
On Monday the 19th of September the JP classes received a visit from Mr John Andrews on his 430km bike ride along the peninsula, raising funds and awareness for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Mr Andrews set out from Moonta on the 18th of September and spent his first night in the Maitland Caravan Park and got quite wet!
He showed us all of his special gear, his bike, first aid kit, spare tyres, tubes, tools, kitchen, food supply, clothes, tent, and a not very comfy looking bed (rolled up yoga mat) which he could fit into a small trailer he towed behind his bike.
Mr Andrews happily explained all of his equipment and answered all of our questions before continuing on his journey.
t the end of this term we farewell a very important member of our wellbeing team in Emma Ward. Emma started with us as a professional counsellor 2 years ago and the work she has done since with our students in times of need has been amazing. Emma is continuing her counselling in Adelaide and we will miss her dearly. Thankyou Emma for the way you looked after the wellbeing of everyone at Maitland Area School. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours.
This was a fantastic spectacle that was put on last week. A big thankyou must go to our school community for making this such a success. While watching the thank-yous at the evening performance I started to ponder on the journey I started here 9 months ago. In my first assembly I asked our students and our families what the MAS logo means to them. I received answers such as respect, pride, tradition and history.
After being a part of Bonsai Samurai, I witnessed first hand what our school means to our scholars and greater community. As I write this I feel both honoured and proud to be working with such an amazing community. While we may not achieve the greatest results (yet) I can see that our students and staff genuinely want to do well. We are well supported by our families and after the improvement we have seen this year it is just a matter of time before our school is rewarded with the results they deserve.
A huge thankyou must go to Tim Tuck, Val McLean, Di Bourne and Debbie Schwartz whose tireless efforts made this production a reality. I cant wait until the next one!
Early years teaching and support staff attended a training session last week led by Yorke Peninsula Occupational Therapist Janine Burrows.
Janine talked about the 'building blocks for fine motor mastery' with attendees learning about the latest research in the area. Following this hands-on group activities offered opportunities for the practical application of new skills, techniques and ideas.
Wow! We only have two weeks (sort of) to go before the world premiere of 'Bonsai Samurai'! As always, students have impressed with their dancing, acting and general stage-confidence. It's been terrific to see older students taking on choreography roles and assisting younger classes.
Mrs McLean's art students have been busy at the showgrounds painting our Kabuki-style backdrop while Di Bourne and her helpers have been very busy creating the costumes and props.
Most rehearsals this term have been in performing arts lesson times, but as we approach our 'live' shows, we'll be running dress rehearsals across afternoon sessions.
On Friday 19th August the Maitland Playgroup spent a busy morning at the Area School. They were greeted by Year 9 students who, under the supervision of teacher Miss Sarah Townsend, took them on a tour of the Ag Block where the children particularly liked the goats and the chickens.
Following this they were treated to a story in the Library by librarian Mrs Moloney and enjoyed sharing a fruit platter, while the adults were able to have a hot drink.
The morning finished with Music & Movement and lots of drum playing in the Performing Arts centre with Mr Tuck. It was so lovely to share our facilities with the laygroup and we are very excited that as of next term they will meet regularly on our site when the Early Learning Centre opens.
The MAS goats have been out and about, taking walks around town, having their hair trimmed in preparation for the Adelaide Show and soaking in the warm weather. Well done to our hard working 9/10 Ag class who don't kid around when it comes to looking after their goats.
It was a long time coming, but the weather finally made a turn for the better, so on Wednesday, August 17, the Year 4/5 class were able to make their contribution to National Tree Day by planting nearly 100 trees on the north side of the Maitland Cemetery.
We'd initially planned to plant the trees back in week 1 of term, but the site was washed out with heavy rains over several days. We rescheduled for the following week and then rescheduled again when the site was, once again, flooded.
The wait until week 4 was definitely worth it, as the day dawned sunny, a little cool, but with no clouds in sight.
Isaac Whittaker has represented South Australia many times in hockey at National Tournaments. Last year at the age of 16 he was competing in the National Under 18 competition, which led to his selection in the Under 17 Australian Mens team, who recently travelled to South Africa. This was a huge achievement and very exciting, making the many hours of training and travelling worth it.
He spent 16 days travelling through South Africa, playing test matches and stopping to sight see at Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. It was a fantastic experience to play against other elite teams and also learn a lot about the country, their history and culture. One memorable trip was to the prison where the famous Nelson Mandela was held, with the tour guides being ex-prisoners themselves.
Isaac has now been selected in the SA Open Mens squad in hope to make the team who will travel to Perth later in the year, to play in the Australian Hockey League. Congratulations Isaac!
It’s encouraging to all, no matter what area; whether sport or study, that hard work and dedication does pay off. If you continue to strive and stay focused on your goals, you will be rewarded.
Breakfast Club is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 8:25- 8:45am. Students arrive at school on bikes or buses and come in for a bite to eat, whether it’s their first for the morning or a top up, to get ready to learn.
The menu consists of warm milo, toast with vegemite or honey, and fresh fruit. There are many students who volunteer to help and serve their school peers. It’s a great way to start the day.
Recently I contacted Kick Start 4 Kids who are a group in Adelaide who receive food and volunteer to deliver to schools for breakfast clubs like ours. Because there are a few schools on Y.P. receiving this service, it’s feasible for them. It’s an amazing organisation and we are so blessed to have their service. We had our first delivery last week.
Ultimate Frisbee expert Rex Johnson came to visit our SAASTA Academy last week to help the team brush up on their skills. Students will be competing in an Ultimate Frisbee competition in Term 4 as a part of the SAASTA Shield carnival.
Letters have been sent out to families of children who are eligible to commence preschool in 2017. This is the ‘First Round of Preschool Offers’ and will only be sent to families who are in our catchment area. If you know of someone who has a child who will turning four before the 1st of May 2017, please have them contact us. It is not too late to enrol!
We have said goodbye to Amanda who has taken on a new role as an Early Childhood Leader and to Michelle who has moved from the district. I have been appointed as Acting Director for Terms 3 & 4.
We welcome Rachel Wells as our Preschool Teacher for the rest of the year. Rachel is building wonderful relationships with children and is enjoying getting to know them.
Our 2016 production, 'Bonsai Samurai' steamed further ahead this week with more scenery, props and costumes appearing in the Performing Arts Centre. Mrs Bourne has been flat out creating Samurai, Sumo and Bandit costumes, Mrs Schwartz has been helping cast members sing up a storm and student, parent and teacher choreographers have been busy trying to get actors' left and right feet sorted out!
We had a number of special packages arrive as well. First was our sumo suit, which you can see featured on the 'big pictures' page. Then our koi kites arrived from China (gorgeous!) and finally some new lighting equipment.
Students -young and old - continue to surprise, delight and entertain as they work through rehearsals and practices. At one point we had children from years 3 through 10 working alongside each on stage. I'm not sure too many schools can boats of that!
A few shout outs to students. To:
TI could easily mention a dozen more - suffice to say we have a talented bunch of students!
The school notice board has caused a little confusion. Bonsai Samurai is definitely on September 21 & 22. The 9 on the notice board is the week. Sorry about that!
Tickets will go on sale week 7 and be available through the school bookroom. A note will also go home soon detailing some costume requirements (mainly black!).
Last Wednesday, Emma Westbrook and myself took two very excited teams to compete in the Port Pirie Science Week Expo.
A Primary team and a Secondary team competed against other schools from within the region in a series of three challenges.
Our Secondary team consisted of Liam, Shaylah, Jasmine and Evie who started strongly and despite struglling with the last two challenges still finished a commendable fourth.
Better news for Lily, Sophie, Steph and Oscar who competed consistently in all challenges to finish the day in equal first position.
It was a rewarding day for all involved and it was good to see the teams work together to find solutions to the problems presented to them.
Tonight is the annual SACE Information evening, starting at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Centre. It is an opportunity for students and their families to gather information and ask questions about future subject opportunities at Maitland Area School. Secondary staff will be in attendance to help with any queries. All secondary students are welcome to attend while it is advised that all Year 10 and 11 students come to prepare for subject counselling. We look forward to seeing you there.
Congratulations to the staff and the students on our NAPLAN results. This year we have seen the best NAPLAN results for quite some time. Our Year 3 students were off the charts and our improvement from our Year 7 – 9’s was unbelievable. Our average outperformed the state average in most cases and most students saw growth.
Our challenge now is to make sure that we keep improving our curriculum and teaching strategies to set the bar higher and maintain our students in the higher bands.
We are also looking at new intervention and improvement strategies for those students who didn’t achieve SEA targets. It is critical that we now see this as the norm and strive to improve on these results each year to build the academic reputation of our school.
Our traditional welcome assembly was held on Thursday, August 4, in the PAC.
The building was jam-packed with students, staff, Japanese guests, families, community members as well as the fifty strong Combined Schools Concert Band.
The assembly began with the Australian National Anthem played by the band, the Acknowledgement of Country and the Japanese National Anthem sung by the exchange group.
The Concert Band played it's Balaklava Eisteddfod repertoire which included, appropriately enough, two Japanese pieces.
Principal Grant Keleher talked to the group - in both languages - about the importance and value of the Exchange. The Japanese students were then introduced and each student made a short statement in Japanese.
The students sang a beautiful old Japanese song, accompanied by the piano. Our guests received special gifts then each school group made a presentation about their school and area in Mimasaka.
Our 7/8 class proudly showed off our fantastic agriculture facilities to an enthusiastic group of Japanese students and staff on Thursday afternoon.
The MAS students worked together with the Japanese visitors to complete a literacy activity aimed at improving their English/Japanese translations of common agricultural words.
They then enjoyed a tour of the Ag Block. Each visiting student had the opportunity to hold a lamb, visit the pig shed, feed our calves and walk the goats.
In addition, Olivia and Krystal from Year 10 provided tractor rides for a few lucky Japanese students.
Overall it was a very successful, busy and enjoyable afternoon. Congratulations to all the MAS students for being such great tour guides.
We received many positive comments from the Japanese staff and students about the 'wonderful experience' which was so very different from anything they had seen in Japan.
Before sunrise on Wednesday, 3rd August, Grant Keleher, Colin Bridgman and Star Derrington were at the airport to collect our Japanese guests from Mimasaka City comprising of Katsuta Junior High School, Mimasaka Junior High School, Ohara Junior High School and Sakuto Junior High School as well as their Education Board director.
Without their luggage (which had flown by itself to Hong Kong!), but luckily with their cameras, we visited Glenelg and walked the jetty. A quick stop to buy essentials became a maths lesson on measurement and learning to use the check-out.
At breakfast, more maths lessons were given about money (Thanks Mr Keleher) and great communication by all meant everyone was fed.
Students also bought some warmer clothing and then it was time to hold a koala at Gorge Wildlife Park. The 21 students and 5 Japanese adults also saw and learnt about other wildlife, such as the kangaroo and cassowary.
On the drive home, we had lunch made by our school canteen (Thanks Terri), and they had a short nap. It was such a wonderful welcome for our guests thanks to our Parents and Friends committee, the school band, staff and especially our host families who were at the Performing Arts Centre on our return.
The YP Combined Schools Concert Band made their annual pilgrimage to Balaklava last Friday, August 5, for the 2016 Balaklava Eisteddfod.
Students, staff and community members travelled from far across the Yorke Peninsula, meeting at the Balaklava Institute for a 4.40pm performance, the last of the day.
The band competition has three divisions: Junior, Senior and Open. The Concert Band is in the open division as our group includes teachers and adult community members. Prizes are awarded in each division and their is an overall winner selected from the three division winners.
In keeping with the Japanese theme of our school production and the ongoing Japanese Exchange, we chose to showcase two Japanese style songs and the make our newly acquired Taiko drums the centrepiece of our performance. The ensemble rose to the challenge of these orientally flavoured pieces and delivered an emotive, dynamic and moving performance. The two Japanese songs were complemented with a contemporary pop piece, 'Fireflies' which also impressed with its intricate counterpoint and subtle rhythmic qualities.
On Wednesday the 3rd of August our school competed in the SAPSASA SYP Zone Basketball Carnival held at the Minlaton Basketball Stadium. Teams were represented by Minlaton District, Curramulka Primary, Warooka/St Columbus and Maitland Lutheran Schools.
Maitland AS had four competing teams consisting of a Year 5/6 girls team coached by Ella Davey, a Year 5/6 boys team coached by Paul Linke, a Year 6/7 girls team coached by Naomi Davey and a Year 6/7 boys team coached by Marie Wheare.
As always our students were great ambassadors for our school with and impressed with their endeavour and competitive effort. Our two boys teams achieved some fantastic results with our Year 5/6 Boys defeating the Maitland Lutheran School in their final game to become SYP zone champions and our Year 6/7 team finishing the carnival undefeated and advancing to the next stage of competition later in the term.
A huge thank you goes out to our generous and kind parents for all they do to make events like this possible.
A special mention must go to our coaches once again, our umpires Nick Polkinghorne, Jess Davies, Sally Davey and Janine Burrows, our scorers, those parents who assisted with transport and all our enthusiastic supporters.
Thank you all!
The Year 10 students took part in a Work Experience Program in Week 8, term 2 and this involved students being placed with employers to gain insight into the workplace and industry.
Work Experience is an important part of our school program where students experience the world of work, often for the first time.
Our students had a successful week within a wide range of industries and have returned to school able to reflect on their experiences to assist them with developing personal and learning goals for school and beyond.
A highly valued reason for the success of the MAS Work Experience Program each year is the support that our students receive from the Maitland business owners, managers, industries and organisations.
This year, we would like to acknowledge and thank the following:-
This week is SSO week and we celebrate the wonderful work our Student Services Officers do at Maitland Area School.
We currently have 18 SSO’s working at our school doing a variety of roles. From grounds, to classroom intervention or front office administration to library our SSO’s work hard to provide a positive and supportive environment so our children can enjoy learning with their teachers. They work tirelessly for our school to make it the best it can be.
Our challenge as a community is the next time we see an SSO at the school, feel free to say thank you for their efforts to make our school great.
This term is quickly passing us by and is possibly is the busiest term for our Year 12’s. This term will see all of their subjects finish in preparation for Term 4 exams. Students will see their workload raised yet again as they start external assessment tasks to finish their course. For those of our students doing exams Term 3 will also see them start to book times with revision centres to organise holiday seminars. Year 12’s will also work with our Senior School coordinator Leigh Rothe to look at SATAC applications and to map out their pathway beyond Maitland Area School.
Last week saw our Maitland Area School Concert band compete at the Balaklava Eisteddfod. They did an amazing job and finished second in the open band section.
We finished fourth overall which is a huge achievement for a school our size. We competed against much larger schools such as Trinity College and were unlucky no to beat them.
Our students pride in their school was evident and we also congratulate Year 12 student Sherida Borghuts, who finished 2nd overall in the individual performance.
The results here reflect the hard work our students have been putting in to all of their learning programs this year. With practice and determination I know that all of our students will achieve better next year.
Last week we saw 21 students and 4 staff from Mimisaka City Japan join us on a 5 day study tour of the Yorke Peninsula. I was fortunate enough to have a young student billet with my family and I for the duration. We spent time on the farm yarding lambs as well as time showing him all the sights our wonderful part of the world have to offer us.
As we said our goodbyes on the last day it amazed me how students from such different cultures, could form such an emotional attachment to their host student and families. I know that our students will have long standing friendships from this visit.