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We've had beautiful weather for the start of our summer swimming program. We welcome back instructors Nikki Watson and Gabriella Herd who will work with our students over the two weeks. Students will receive six swimming sessions, making up for missed sessions from the start of the year.
Please ensure students have sunscreen for the sessions; that sun is quite hot!
Our Mini-Circus on November 18 was a huge success. We had 100 students showcasing their circus skills in the PAC Circus Ring under the 'Big Top'. It was wonderful to see so many parents in the audience, thank you for adding extra excitement to our show!
Pride of place in the audience were the Maitland Preschool children. A big thank you to Trevor Allen for being our bus driver and thank you to our two Year 6/7 clowns who accompanied the children to the school.
There were lots of stand out acts but special mention must go to Annabelle and Ivy for their 'Stretchy Legs' doctor act, to Darnell, Harrison and Anthany for their 'Human Cannonball Act', to Jayden, Mitchell and Oscar for their 'World's Strongest Man Act' and to Elijah, Lachlan and Tyson for their marvellous Parkour act that closed the show.
Thanks go to Kyle who kept the crowd entertained with his magic acts, April for running the music and to Sylvia and Lynarrha for running the ticket office and helping with changing the equipment.
The Premier's Reading Challenge is a literacy engagement program that was introduced by the Premier in 2004 to encourage students to read more books and enjoy reading and to improve literacy levels.
The Challenge requires students to read 12 books between the beginning of the school year and early September.
MAS joined the Premiers Reading Challenge in the inaugural year of 2004 and this year some of our students received the Reader for Life - Gold Award. What a wonderful achievement - 11 years of meeting the challenge!
MAS has been regularly recognised as a school with outstanding achievement and I congratulate the 133 students who received awards for 2014.
It was with great pride that I was able to accompany our SRC to the Maitland War Memorial on Remembrance Day this year. The students all dressed in our formal uniform and from the discussions that I had going to and returning from the Memorial it was clear that all understood the importance of the day.
Thankyou to the community members who have taken the time to provide positive comments to not only me but the students involved as I think too often we concentrate on what isn’t working or on how we could improve and don’t take time to reflect on some of the positive things that do occur in our personal and professional lives.
Well done too to the remainder of the school population who took part in a service in our PAC. From all accounts the most respectful and successful service we have conducted in recent years.
A feasibility study has begun to investigate the installation of a wetland / dam on our school grounds. It is envisaged that it will be situated near the new bus shed and extend into the ag paddock adjacent to this. Governing Council have been investigating with staff as to how we can reduce our water costs and at this stage this would seem to be a viable option if the water can be re-used on the oval and in Ag.
Fortunately we are able to access our trade training centre funding for agriculture to fund the project if it is viable as initial costing suggest the project could be up to $130 000 in total. I will aim to update the community as this project progresses as we are working with the local council. The hope is that we will be able to maintain our oval to a higher standard for not only students at MAS but also for community groups who utilise the oval.
Congratulations to conductor Deb Schwartz, accompanist Jonny Gorden and the MAS Festival Choir. A fabulous, fantastic and fun concert at the Festival Centre that matched the wonderful weather outside.
The show was colourful and moving with outstanding performances by soloists, musicians and guest artists.
Two thumbs up for everyone involved.
1 Atkins and R-2 Atkins combined this week for a spectacular 'flight' themed primary assembly.
We were all welcomed aboard the MAS Jumbo Jet by our captains and then taken on a most enjoyable trip to Japan and China.
The students performed a play for us, shared their entertaining postcards, introduced all the regular segments (including birthdays, merit cards and book awards) and finished up with a wonderful video of their (very!) busy term.
Well done to the students and teachers for a highly polished and professional assembly.
Well done to Sarah Townsend and her team of students who represented the school at the recent Royal Adelaide Show. Whilst the results were not at the lofty level of 2013 ( we'll be hard pressed to repeat those!) it was great to see the team come home with some well deserved ribbons.
To me, what was just as great a success was seeing the number of students and parents who worked together at the show to achieve the results. Special thanks go to Julie Bagshaw for her work with the students and to Tony Lawler and Andrew Honner for transportation. A great effort from all concerned.
Next week we say farewell to our three pre-service teachers, Deony Sims, Natalie Gordon and Kimberley Trueman. They've worked well in what can sometimes be a complex and demanding teaching environment, with positive reports from their mentor teachers on their classroom teaching and involvement. We wish them all the best for the future.\
Congratulations to the Festival of Music Choir who performed in Adelaide last Sunday. The culmination of a year’s hard work.! This year we have worked closely with Ardrossan Area School for this event and it has been a great example of the two schools working together. A big thank you to Deb Schwartz for her effort in working with the students throughout the year.
For the last two weeks of this term, Beth Hector is enjoying some long service leave in America. If you have queries or questions that you would normally direct to Beth, please refer them to Tim Tuck (Primary), Leigh Rothe (Secondary) or myself.
A reminder that Friday, September the 26th is the last day of this school term. School finishes at 2pm on this day. Term 4 will begin on Monday, 13th of October.
Well, it’s all over for another year! After months of preparation our Show team again represented our school with pride in Adelaide and were fortunate to again come home with a swag of ribbons.
This year we took two steers to town – Gaz the Red Poll from Kev Graham’s stud and Joel the Murray Grey, donated by Stuart Redding. Although our scan results didn’t look promising on the first morning, we were very pleased when Gaz won 4th place in his weight class on judging day.
Our goat team was very successful this year. We took six goats to the Show and our prize winners all came from Margaret Miller’s Coota Park Stud near Wallaroo. Bailey came 5th, Charlie 1st and Sam 1st in their respective weight classes on judging day, and Sam was then named Reserve Champion Lightweight goat. In the carcase competition, Charlie came 3rd in the Chevon category, whilst in the Capretto category Ollie came 6th, Tilly 5th and Sam 1st. Sam then went on to win the overall lightweight division and was named Champion Lightweight Carcase.
Our students looked fantastic in their red team shirts during the Grand Parade on Wednesday afternoon, and despite some rather difficult animals, managed to complete a number of laps of the oval to the cheers of the crowd.
Congratulations to all the Year 9 and 10 Agriculture students involved in the preparation of our animals over the last four months. Particular congratulations to the students selected to represent MAS in Adelaide:
Steer Team – Jesse Lawler, Lochie Gregory, Anna Falco, Ebony Short, Ciaha Smith
Goat Team – Georgie Robinson, Ezra Glazbrook, Bethany Sly, Nikita Penhall, Louise Lawler, Luke Clifford, Henry Honner, Caitlin Wyatt
Huge thanks to Julie Bagshaw for working with the steer team in Adelaide, to Tony Lawler and Andrew Honner for transporting stock and equipment to the Show and to the many parents and family members who supported us during our time in Adelaide.