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Primary SRC Leader elections were held on Friday February 5.
Congratulations to the nominees for their excellent speeches and the serious manner in which they conducted themselves and to the Year 4, 5 and 6 students for their excellent listening skills and mature approach to the voting.
News from the Canteen! It is with great pleasure that we welcome Terri Frizzell as our new Canteen Manager.
Terri has had a life times experience working in catering and kitchens, and she has some exciting new ideas to add to our school menu.
Terri would love some parents to come into the canteen to help and share in their passion for healthy eating and our school. I encourage you all to please give at least a few hours of your time to come in and help.
MAS Music &Music & Drama is compulsory at MAS from Reception through Year 8 and a choice subject at Year 9/10. We’ve got lots planned for 2016, with a brand new recorder programme for the 2-3 class (Black-Belt Recorder!), a new classroom singing resource for R-6 (Jam Music), a new Performing Arts course at Year 9/10, the Music Is Fun band visit in Term 2 and lots more!
We have our biggest group of instrumental students in many years – nearly forty – starting this year.
This includes all our year 5 students who will be part of our new primary programme. Students will borrow instruments for a semester, have instrumental lessons with Mrs Schwartz and be part of band lessons with Mr Tuck. Students may choose to continue with their instrument in Semester 2 at the usual hire fee.
The west side of the school is definitely 'building site' shaped! The huge covered outdoor learning area (COLA) framework has gone up over the secondary courtyard, the old JP rooms have been gutted with a second huge covered play area over the old primary courtyard. Interior walls have been erected in the new kindy section with the extension framework in place.
The newly refurbished 11-12 learning area is now in use and the R-2 classes have settled into their new unit. The special-needs bathroom area has been gutted, expanded and tiling is now complete.
A very exciting set of projects that will benefit our school community for years to come!
Welcome back to another year at Maitland Area School. This year is a year of change in many respects. We look forward to working with our new principal, Grant Keleher, and the fresh perspectives he brings with him. Welcome also to our new students. We have had many new enrolments, particularly in the senior years, and look forward to sharing your successes at Maitland Area School.
A big MAS welcome to all our new students and their families this year, and especially to our five reception students making a brand new beginning in Miss Atkins R/1 class. It was wonderful to see how quickly the young children settled in, even if a few teary parents made good use of the 'comfort package' thoughtfully provided by Sarah. Hopefully it included sufficient tissues!
Assemblies are changing in frequency this year. Primary assemblies will now be held every two weeks (odd numbered weeks) and SRC assemblies at the end of each term.
Keep an eye on the calendar for dates and times.
Last year we announced the trial of a new Year 5 instrumental program. Year 5 students in 4/5 SD and 5/6 KD will be loaned a band instrument for the first semester and have small group lessons with IMS teacher Deb Schwartz and band lessons with myself. Band lessons will be held on alternate weeks to assemblies.
I hope that everybody has had a relaxing break and are ready to tackle 2016 with energy and enthusiasm. I would particularly like to welcome new families and their children to Maitland Area School. We are a school that focuses on developing positive relationships with our families and the community and I know together we can strive to provide opportunities for our children to succeed in their studies.
I have been teaching on the peninsula and mid north now for 15 years and have spent the past five years as Assistant Principal at Kadina Memorial High School. I have a wife Adele and two kids, Charlotte, who is six and Jack, who is three. Adele is the Deputy Principal at Moonta Area School.
My main aim is to work with the community to ensure Maitland Area School is a place where young people can develop the necessary skills, attitudes and competencies that allows them to become positive, productive members of our community. At Maitland Area School we will strive to work with our families to provide a quality education for our young people and have it as a place that they are proud to call their own.
The weather was certainly kind to us on our first day back for 2016, even if it took a turn for the worse the following day with torrential rain!
Students were excited to see their friends and all the changes in the school but still listened carefully to new principal Mr Keleher in the morning assembly.
Then it was off to meet home-class teachers and settle into new classrooms.
The biggest changes were probably for our R-2 classes who have a new furbished double unit with new carpets, paint, furnishings, whiteboards and location!
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.