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Our combined Halloween dress-up-day and Danceathon was a huge success on Friday October 29.
Students arrived in costumes on-masse int he morning with some cute costumes such as minions and fairy-tale characters among the more horror-themed ideas.
Preparations for the danceathon had started at the beginning of the term, with students learning a dance routine to a Halloween-themed song.
The R/ 1 class learned 'Monster Mash' with Tim Tuck, the Year 2 class danced 'Thriller' with Emma Atkins, Letitia Linke gave the Year 3 (I'm a Monster) and Year 4 (Bad Blood) classes a great grounding for their songs with teachers Andrew Mills and Tim Tuck rehearsing after. Betina Davies choreographed This Is Halloween for the Year 5/6 class and the Year 7/8 class choreographed their own version of Silento - Whip Nae Nae.
The PAC was decorated with giant pumpkins, tiny pumpkins and lots and lots of lights! Year 9 students made creepy plastic tape arms and feet, pumpkin posters and gravestones. The Year 3-4 pumpkin pictures hung across the stage and the pumpkin pinata - a lolly-filled pumpkin for the best dance - took place front and centre.
Over sixty parents joined in the fun as we danced to favourites such as Ghost-busters and Everything Is Awesome and watched each class in turn perform their dance routine.
As extra entertainment the Year 5/6 class performed a special graveyard version of Danse Macabre with giant skeletons that somehow turned into the hokey pokey.
The Festival Choir also performed, singing a brand new song about Japanese ghosts from next year's musical.
The best dance was judged by the class SRC reps with the Year 3's taking first palce just ahead of the Year 7/8's.
Congratulations to all the students, staff and parents who contributed, with special thanks to Emma Atkins, Sarah Atkins and Beth hector for their help with setting up.
The P & F combined Garden Party & Open Day on Wednesday October 28 was a huge success, with more than eighty parents, friends and community members enjoying the warm weather, open classrooms and magnificent morning tea.
Visitors were greeted at the school entrances by SRC members with programmes and directions to events and classrooms.
Special lesson times were organised across the morning to showcase classroom activities, with the JP unit and secondary art room being favourites. Parents also commented on the tech display, garden designs in the library and the primary art-room artwork.
Visitors then assembled with students and staff in the Agricultural Studies garden area and enjoyed morning tea, an Ag Block tour led by Ag teacher Sarah Townsend.
SSO Ali Adams talked about the Garden to Plate programme then principal Andrew Gravestocks took the group on a tour of the school, finishing at the Performing Arts Centre.
The festival Choir, conducted by Deb Schwartz entertained the audience with selections from the Festival of Music concert.
The day finished with the judging of the best 'Garden Hat'
Lots of thanks to the P & F for organising and promoting the day and to the staff and students who helped in so many ways.
The YP Combined Schools Concert Band travelled to Ardrossan on October 27 for the Ardrossan Area School Music Concert.
The band played several numbers as the audience entered then officially opened the concert with the 'Abba On Broadway' medley, 'Hawaii Five-o' and 'How to Train Your Dragon'.
The MAS Festival Choir then joined the Ardrossan Festival Choir to present a combined repertoire.
Thanks as always to the dedicated staff, community members and concert band students.
The JP have eagerly embarked on the yearly transition process with a fun packed trip to the Maitland Children's Centre on Tuesday the 20th of October.
The students enjoyed visiting their past teachers, the playground and accessing the kindy's loose parts, which saw the students using the parts to solve problems and creating new play equipment.
Then on Wednesday the 21st of October, we headed to Point Pearce School on the bus (thanks Mr Allen) and joined the JP class in creative crafts and playground fun.
It was great to see all students interacting together as they began to learn each others names in the lead up to 2016.
The transition process continues this week with both the Kindy and Point Pearce students visiting MAS and the JP classes.
The main theme of the Week 1 assembly was 'wear a hat in the sun'!
Term 4 is always a 'hat' term and there were reminders about wearing a hat if we wanted to play in the sun, and having to play in the shade if we didn't have a hat.
Mr Tuck and Miss Koch also presented a special video showing how UV rays affect the skin and how sun-cream looks black under a UV light.
The Year 7/8 students received this letter from the Maitland Hospital after the completion of their cultural wall hanging for the Chappell Wing.
Dear Mr Gravestocks,
Thank you to the Maitland Area School students and Val Mclean who visited us over a four week period to create a beautiful cultural wall hanging for Chappell Wing.
The residents have certainly enjoyed watching the students’ artistic talents and social interaction.
The painting has been hung up in CW for all to see with lots of positive feedback comments received from staff, family and visitors to CW.
Work has begun on converting two of the Primary Corridor classrooms into a flexible learning area for the R-2 classes.
Part of the dividing wall is being removed to accommodate a sliding door ahead of new carpeting, painting and furniture upgrades.
The P & F met early on Friday October 16 to complete the planned upgrade to the school's old rose garden.
The old roses had been removed previously and the are cultivated.
New plants were sourced locally and groundsman Trevor Allen was commandeered to dig the larger holes for the trees with the post-hole digger.
With lots of helpers (both younger and old) the new plants were in with threatening rain turning into an instant garden-soaking.
Well done to all involved - the area looks a million dollars!
We finished up Term 3 with a choc-full SRC assembly in the PAC. Miss Townsend presented special certificates to all the students involved in the Royal Adelaide Show. She showed the many ribbons our animals won, both on the hoof and on the hook.
Our school chaplain Kelly had a special guest, Eldon who donated two Bibles to the school library. These were received by our prefects.
Mr Tuck told us about old-scholar Nikki Bell and her fight with the cruel disease that is Dystonia. We joined in with thousands of other people around the world to help raise awareness and all 'jumped for Dystonia'.
Mr Tuck also announced the house competition results for term 3: the Vincent Eagles by a close margin!
Mr Gravestocks closed the assembly by presenting attendance certificates and wishing us all a very safe holiday.
The Concert Band is once again performing at the 'Curramulka Lights Up' fair on the first Saturday evening in December.
Lights Up is a fun family night commencing with a street parade which concludes at the community oval where there are then food and drink facilities, twilight markets, photos with Father Christmas, live music (including the band!), face painting, and lots more
Once the sun goes down it's 'lights up' with the town Christmas light display officially being switched on. The lights are on until the New Year.
Come along and support the school band and have a great time too!
Term 4 is a wearing-your-hat-at-breaks term.
Students wearing an appropriate bucket-style red hat (available at the bookroom) can continue to play in their favourite areas, such as the primary oval, soccer pitch or basketball court.
Students without a hat can still play, but are restricted to areas with shade cover, such as our two coverways, verandahs and covered areas (such as those by the basketball courts and pool) and some of the larger trees around the grounds.
The Sun Play / Shade Play poster is up around the school with up to date UV danger information; just scan the QR code for today's UV warnings!
It has been pleasing to see the engagement in programs trialled by the school last term.
The Woodwerx program has provided access to specialised skills in furniture construction with students completing some impressive pieces of work to take home.
The Butheras Rock project has also given the opportunity for students to learn hands on skills and developing teamwork to regenerate the viewing platform and surrounds on site at Point Pearce.
Both of these are examples of the way the school community is able to work together to provide opportunities for our young people.
The feedback from both has been positive and I look forward to seeing the completed projects.
Thankyou and congratulations to all staff and students involved.
A HUGE 'well-done!' to all the students who performed at the Showcase Concert on Thursday September 24, you were magnificent!
We had soloists, duets, trios, choirs and (of course) the band all pumped and ready to play some amazing music.
A big shout out to students Sherida and Phillip for their stunning exam pieces for SACE Solo Performance, well done to the comperes, adult mentors, our special guests Sheree and Megan and of course our conductor Deb Schwartz.
Thank yous also go to our huge and appreciative audience; you really helped push the performers beyond the ordinary!
PS You can download our programme here.
Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that causes continuous muscle contractions, leading to twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Dystonia can affect just one part of the body or be generalized throughout multiple muscle groups. Dystonia affects men, women, and children of all ages and backgrounds. It is the third most common movement disorder, after Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor.
Dystonia causes varying degrees of disability and pain, from mild to severe. There is presently no cure, but multiple treatment options exist and scientists around the world are actively pursuing research toward new therapies.
To raise awareness of Dystonia in our local community, we viewed a video on Dystonia, heard of its impact on old scholar and organsied a 'Jump for Dystonia' at our SRC assembly.
We had a full house for our Shakespeare Festival in week 9 of Term 4.
The R/1 class presented their own take on Taylor Swift's 'Love Story' with a cute - and funny - video featuring a dozen Juliets, an octet of Romeos and a plot to capture the balcony.
The Year 2/3's presented a live-action retelling of the Tempest, starting with the mighty storm, and ending just where it all gets mushy! Some great character performances from the various Ariels, Prosperos, daughters, princes, sailors and Calabans!
Year 4 went all technical with a green-screen version of the classic Shakespearean comedy. They covered the famed 'play-within-a-play', the marriage and the 'end'. Some clever effects and a mysteriously magical unicorn!
The Year 5/6 class wowed with two sixty-second versions of Macbeth. The boys were marginally quicker than the girls but the girls won with their dramatic interpretations.
The Year 7/8 class performed the entirety of Hamlet: in rap! They put their raps to music then created video clips to accompany them.
Sprinkled throughout were 3D animations made by the Year 9's introducing the plays: thank you to the Year 9 class for this special contribution!
Thank you as always to our supportive parents and to Mrs Hector for her special Shakespeare 'Readers of-the-Week'.
Congratulations to the MAS Festival Choir. They did our school proud in the very long morning rehearsal and performed like seasoned professionals in the evening show. Thank you to all the parents who traveled with their children and supported the choir on this great day. And of course a BIG thank you to choir trainer Deb Schwartz for her instruction, guidance and oversight of the choir programme. Well done everyone!
Cue the trumpets!
The MAS Royal Adelaide Show team goats have won:
Champion Heavyweight Goat (Gary the Goat led by Tiana) AND Reserve Champion Lightweight Goat (Bubbles the Goat led by Ben) AND First place in his class (Bobby the Goat led by Caitlin).
The goat team also came 4th in the 'Best Presented School in the Grand Parade'.
Go Team MAS, Miss Townsend, helpers and (of course) the goats!
Congratulations to Ilea Frensch and Matthew Thomson (Year 7) on their selection in the SAPSASA State girls and boys basketball teams. Primary school students from around the state trialled 4 times recently in Adelaide.
From these trials, a team of 10 boys and girls were chosen. Over the next few months Ilea and Matt will train on Sundays in Adelaide in readiness for their carnival in November.
This year the State Basketball teams will participate in the Pacific Schools Games hosted in Adelaide.
Both Ilea and Matt commenced their basketball with local peninsula teams and are currently part of the Yorkers Program at Kadina.
In addition to this both train all year round as part of the SA Country Development Network Squad Program (DNSP) at Kadina. Ilea and Matt also play basketball for Norwood all year round and are currently in their U14 Division 1 sides.
The Mid-Term Three SRC assembly was held on Friday August 21 at 2:10 in the PAC.
Along with the students we had a good showing of parents for a jam-packed agenda.
Miss Koch gave the SAASTA report, showing off their flag, mural board and student-designed uniforms.
Mr Tuck handed out the Term 2 canteen vouchers which were happily accepted by the SRC reps on behalf of the victorious Sharks.
He also shared two Year 9 films demonstrating a professional level of acting, filming, editing and sound skills.
Mr Rothe awarded Mathletic certificates to three students for 'mastery' (above 85%) on the popular Mathletics practice software.
Mrs Hector congratulated the 7-9 students for their behaviour and application in Canberra and we viewed an entertaining video of photos from their trip away.
The year 9 Art class are studying pottery this term. Dr Tim Bromley demonstrated how to throw a pot on a wheel.
His expertise and skills in this area gave a different dimension to our art lesson.
Dr Bromley worked with the students showing them how to centre the clay and then shape a bowl.
The year 9 students and myself would like to thank Dr Bromley for his time and patience.
Mr Salmon's Year 4 class worked with the YP Council on July 23 to plant over sixty trees along West Terrace, opposite the dam. Students were trained in digging appropriate sized holes, safely opening seedlings and the assembly of the windguards around each tree.
Working in pairs, the students were methodical and careful but also quite fast; the entire section of trees took just over 90 minutes.
Thank you to the YP council for training and to Peninsula Toyota for their sponsorship of gloves and t-shirts.
The weather didn't look the best for our Reconciliation Walk last Tuesday, August 4, but except for some scattered rain in the last kilometre and a healthy shower during the speeches, it was a fine day all round for this important community event.
The walk was organised by Ben Rigney, Danielle Reid and Tommy Wanganeen as part of their SAASTA year 12 SACE pathway studies. After brainstorming and discussion with school and community leaders, the 4km walk involved MAS, Point Pearce Primary and the local community.
MAS students left school at 9:30 with a Police escort. Traffic signs at the Point Pearce turn-off emphasised the community nature of the walk. Older students started 4km out from Point Pearce, with younger groups starting at 3km, 2km and 1km points.
A good-sized community group had gathered at the entrance to the town and we completed the walk with the Point Pearce Primary School students.
At the school we shared fruit for recess and Ben, Danielle and Tommy publicly thanked the school, parents and community members for their involvement.
The R-2 classes stayed for a sausage sizzle and games organised by the SAASTA and SAASTA-Connect students.
Well, it was a clean sweep for our SYP SAPSASA District Basketballers in Minlaton last Wednesday, July 29 when our Year 5/6/7 boys and girls basketball teams participated in the SYP SAPSASA District Basketball Carnival held at the Minlaton Basketball Stadium.
The boy’s team was coached by Andrew Thomson and umpired by Marie Wheare. The girl’s team was coached by Naomi Davey and umpired by Jess Davies. Bench official and scoring duties came from the generous support of Danny Allan, Kerry Rowe and Simon Wheare.
Conditions were cold and windy on the outside courts all day, yet our boys and girls were not fazed by the elements and began their dominance early, by comfortably defeating our neighbouring school, Maitland Lutheran.
MAS students participated in the Open Girls YP Netball competition on Monday July 20.
The team won both games and now move to the finals held at ETSA Park in Week 4 of this term.
The SAASTA Connect Camp took place at 'Errapa' campsite, Iron Knob, in the first week of the school holidays. Graham Walker and I attended the camp with five of our students; Lahnara, Lashae, Lakarri, Kevin and Elijah. We were extremely proud of them and the way they represented themselves and our school. Their attitude and behaviour was fantastic and they all participated in all activities, no matter how challenging.
Elijah and Kevin had attended this campsite previously, which allowed them to step up and take on more of a leadership role among their peers and representing all students with thank-you's to the police officers who ran the camp and giving a thoughtful speech. Thank to everyone for supporting these students. They certainly did us proud!