Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

School & Community News

Short news items and information from MAS & the local community.


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.

Next Monday, Tony Harrison the Chief Executive of the Education Department is visiting Maitland Area School and Point Pearce Aboriginal School. 

One of the main topics of discussion during his visit will be the strengthening of the working relationship between MAS, Point Pearce and the Children’s Centre now and in years to come. 

At this point in time we have loosely labelled the relationship “Central Yorke Schools”. 

As we continue to refine how this relationship could operate and how formal the relationship could be we will be seeking input from all stakeholders through SRC, Governing Councils and staff. 

The visit will be a fantastic opportunity for our school community to showcase the many programmes and high standard of education that we deliver. 


A reminder that school finishes this term on Friday 10th of April at 2pm and that Term 2 begins on Monday April 27th.

Next Friday, the last day of school for Term 1, Maitland Area School is hosting a Youth Day as part of the Youth Week celebrations. 

For the first time we are working in partnership with the Youth Week Council, Yorke Peninsula Council, Point Pearce Aboriginal Council, Country Health SA, Office of Youth and SAPOL to host an event such as this. 

The day will have a number of stalls from different agencies that will provide information for families and young people. 

There will also be an element of fun as part of the day with Jumping Castles, Face Painting, Sumo Suites, Velcro Wall and a sausage sizzle being available for all attending. 

It would be great to see as many community members as possible attend what should be a fantastic day.

The SRC has voted for students to wear casual clothes on this day for the cost of $2. The money collected will be used for future SRC projects.


Special Showdown donuts (A Fundraiser for our Canberra trip) will be available at the Canteen on  Friday May 1st. Students may order these through their class teacher, who will distribute order slips. Slips with order details and payment will be collected by class teachers up until the morning of  Wednesday April 29th.

Donuts are $3 each and as we order the exact number through Balfours we cannot accept late payment or orders. So choose your team, order your donut and pick up at lunch time on the Friday May 1st!


Please be advised that training for Under 10’s and Under 12’s will be as follows:

First Training Thursday 26th March at 3:30pm at Maitland Oval

2nd Training Wednesday 1st April 3:30pm at Maitland Oval

3rd training Thursday 9th April 3:30pm at Maitland Oval.

 Under 8’s/Auskick will commence on Thursday 9th April 3:30pm at Maitland Oval.  Junior Colts and Senior Colts have commenced on Thursday nights at maitland oval.  Any queries please contact Tim Schwartz 0428 363 242

From Mary Herrmann I Governance Officer

Primary and Secondary students will be attending an online Safety Presentation delivered by the Carly Ryan foundation. In addition to the presentation being held at MAS, Yorke Peninsula Council are proudly sponsoring the Carly Ryan Foundation in providing a community presentation about online safety. The presentation will be held in the Minlaton Council Chambers on Thursday, April 9 2015 at 6.30pm.  There is no cost to attend and the presentation runs for around an hour.

From Helyn Southwood

An order for MAS Track pants has been sent to our suppliers.   Price will be $38.50 with limited stock available in sizes 6 - 12

Come and Try Sessions for YP soccer will be held at Moonta Area School on Sunday April 12th between 10 – 11:30am. If you are aged between 4 (turning 5 this year) and 17 you are welcome to become a player for the Yorke Peninsula Soccer Association. Come and have a go this weekend!


Mandy Amey 0418 829 908 

Net Set Go is an introduction to netball open to all school aged children 5-8. This season Mandy Amey will be coordinating parents to assist her on Thursday nights. Net Set Go will start in Term 2, Thursday 30th April 3.15 – 4.00pm


There's more National Youth Week fun on April 12 down at Yorketown. (See advertisement earlier). Maitland students can catch a  free bus down to the event. It leaves from the Maitland Town Hall at 8.15am and returns at 5.50pm. Please see the front office for booking forms. MAS musicians and singers are encouraged to join in the many music performances on offer on the day.


The Festival Choir and Concert Band will be performing at this year's ANZAC Dawn Service. Old Scholar musicians are welcome to join the band; meet at 6:15am at the war memorial. Please contact the school if you need music before hand.

At the end of 2013 Mrs Kaye McCauley retired from teaching at Maitland Area School. To acknowledge her many years of dedicated service there will be a special assembly in the Performing Arts Centre at 10 am on Friday April 4. This will be followed by a morning tea in the CYP Library. All members of our community are welcome to come and celebrate with Kaye. To assist with catering it would be appreciated that if attending you contact the school on 08 8832 2613. 
The voting has closed for our two new house teams. Thank you to the families, students and staff who provided suggestions and voted during the process. The vast majority of votes were received for the team combination: Vincent Sea Eagles (Red) and Spencer Sharks (Blue). We will now undergo a process to allocate students and their families to the two new teams ready for 2014.

This year our Governing Council AGM will be held on Wednesday the 6th of March at 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Centre. 

A letter from Governing Council will be sent home shortly outlining the importance of this body and encouraging parents / caregivers to nominate. Nomination forms will be included in the letter home. 


The MAS School Leaders' Induction Ceremony commences on Thursday February 14 at 9.30am in the Performing Arts Centre. Prefects, SRC representatives, House Captains, the SAASTA team and Bus Monitors will be presented with badges and certificates acknowledging their leadership positions. Guest speaker is old scholar (and current teacher) Emma Atkins. The ceremony will conclude with morning tea.


Just a reminder that school starts back again on Tuesday January 29.

Don't come in on Monday - it's a public holiday!

There'll be a back-to-school welcome in the Performing Arts Centre at 8:40 , where new staff will be introduced and students will meet their home class teachers for 2013.

Builders were busy at MAS in the holidays, laying new panels on the Recreation Centre roof.

The repairs address a number of concerns with rain and dust.

Year 6/7 Agriculture

We have spent the term focusing on farm safety and in particular, tractor safety. Students have discussed how to work safely around machinery and then had the 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to show how NOT to behave around tractors – see our photographs!

Year 8 Agriculture

This term we have studied the Farm Environment, including climate, soil, pests and weeds. Our Year 8 students made their own wind monitors and used thermometers to record weather conditions in various places in the Ag Block. We have also learnt about the farming zones in SA.

Read more: Term One Ag Report


Congratulations to Spencer, winners of the 2012 Twilight Sports Carnival. Final scores:

Spencer: 1569    Yorke: 1435    Vincent: 1100

For the first three days of this week, Roy Menner has been working with teachers in classrooms on improving our Literacy programmes, particularly in the area of reading. It is always a pleasure to have the Menner’s visit as their skills and knowledge are appreciated. This is part of our ongoing priority in the area of literacy.
We are looking forward to our Twilight Sports Carnival and encourage students to show house pride by wearing their house colours, encouraging others and displaying good sporting behaviour.

Students will arrive at school at 12:30pm and move to home classes for the roll. We expect that they will have already eaten their lunch at home.  Following this, classes will move to the secondary oval for the official opening at 1pm. The first events will commence at 1:10pm.  We are anticipating a 7pm end to the evening.

Catering will be limited on the day with the Governing Council providing a sausage sizzle from approximately 5pm. During the afternoon there will be sales of water, soft drinks, icecreams, chips and hotdogs.

DSCF5611We are ask that students dress “sun smart” and have labelled water bottles with them on the day. Shoes must be worn at all times.

PLEASE NOTE: Students in  R -2 will be placed into the care of their parents at 5pm. Parents to meet students and teachers on the tennis courts for this to occur.

For your own comfort feel free to bring along your deck chairs to enjoy the day.

First week back 2012Welcome back to the 2012 school year. I hope that everyone had a relaxing, enjoyable Christmas / New Year break.

New Staff

I would like to welcome Scott Moore as an English teacher and Brooke Edginton as a Junior Primary teacher to our site. To date we have been unsuccessful in employing a Tech Studies teacher. In order to ensure that we can deliver the curriculum to the students we have a Permanent Relief Teacher here currently. Barry Hajisarva is filling that role for the first few weeks with Sean Carroll assisting with welding workshops for our senior students. Congratulations go to Leigh Rothe who has been appointed the Secondary Co-ordinator and to Helen Moloney who has been appointed as a full-time, Reception to Year 12 Counsellor.

Read more: Welcome Back for 2012

If you have visited our site recently you will notice that work is well underway with our land­scaping project around the artificial turf and Performing Arts precinct.

Many of the larger trees have been planted (thanks Victoria!) and the irrigation is underway (thanks Fred Brokenshire and Gav Schilling).

Now that the area has begun to take shape we can envisage more what it will look like when completed, especially as our new Aboriginal art murals have now been mounted on the library wall.

A big thanks goes to Trevor and Sean, our groundsmen, for all the work that they have put into the area to date.
At last week's Governing Council meeting school uniform was discussed, particularly in relation to the changes that were introduced this year. It is timely to remind parents that the wearing of black shorts and pants are approved.
We seek your support in ensuring that the shorts are of an appropriate length and that all items do not have excessive branding in the forms of stripes or logos. We have also noticed a number of students are now wearing large, pointed ear rings. I would like to remind parents / caregivers that our policy outlines that only studs or sleepers may be worn due to health and safety reasons.
Homeclass teachers will remind students of uniform expectations in the first instance, then remind parents / caregivers by a note in the diary. Follow up will come in the form of a reminder letter from Tim Schwartz (Governing Council Chairperson) and myself.
During the consultation last year it was determined by a clear majority that we, as a school, believe that school uniform is important in a students identity as a student at Maitland Area School and in order for staff to be able to identify who are students are in the school yard.
Once again we seek you support in this.
The McDonald’s Camp Quality Puppets are performing here in the Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday November 9th at 11am. This is an educational programme, using life size puppets to deliver a fun and positive message about supporting children living with cancer and other serious illnesses. The information shared aims to help children heighten their awareness of the need to care for and support others who may look, or be a little different, particularly because of physical problems. This programme links very well with Community awareness and Personal development in our school’s programme and relates very much to our children’s contribution to a more caring society. Parents with pre school children who would like to come and share in this presentation are very welcome.
Principal Andrew GravestocksThe report has been presented to staff and Governing Council and it is now up to us, as a school, to work through the recommendations that were made during the process. A really good part of the report is that it contains not only recommendations for us to strive for but also commendations from the review team on what we are doing well. In essence the main recommendations from my point of view were to ;
  • Develop a whole school literacy agreement
  • Dig deeper into an aspect of literacy e.g. reading .
  • Implement a leadership structure at the school to support our focus on literacy.
If you would like to read a copy of the Executive Summary, it will be posted on our webpage soon and hard copies are available from school.

Download the latest newsletter here.

In this issue:

  • A summary of the school's Literacy Diagonstic review.
  • Information on the upcoming Grandies Day.
  • Details on the school's first ever 'Maurice de Rohan Scholarship ' - an all expenses study trip to London!
  • Photos and news from this year's Book Week.
  • Photos from the Choir's Magic Millions rehearsal.
  • Lots of photos - Solar Paper Science, Margaret Menner visit, Whole School Assembly.

The warmest congratulations are extended to members of our staff who have been nominated for South Australian Public Teaching Awards. 

Joanne Shepherd has been nominated for Inspirational Early Career Teacher of the Year, our Special Education SSO staff have been nominated for Excellent School Support Staff of the Year and Tim Tuck has been nominated for Inspirational Primary School Teacher of the Year.

Tim has also been selected as the DECS South Australian nominee for the Australian Primary Teacher of the Year in the Australian Awards for Outstanding Teaching and School Leadership. Well done and richly deserved!

I had the opportunity to attend the finals of the SAASTA Power Cup Carnival at AAMI Stadium on June 26th.  Our students played well and although  they didn’t make the finals, they did win several awards at the formal dinner. You can read more about their weekend later in the newsletter. 
We can now build on the good work that’s been done by Mel McPharlin and Graham Walker to ensure the continued personal development of these students and their academic success in terms of the SACE.

Thankyou to everyone who made me feel very welcome at MAS in my first week as Acting Primary Coordinator.

For those of you who don’t know me I have been teaching at Kadina Primary over the last 3 years and also filled in as Director at Maitland Children’s Centre for 2 terms last year – it has been great to see some familiar faces in the yard and also get to know some new ones!

I live in Wallaroo and enjoy playing Netball and Basketball among lots of sports. I hope to get to know many more students, staff and community members during my time here.

Scott MooreScott has been working our school since the start of the term. He has been teaching in the Year 8 & 9 SOSE classes and in English with Year 6/7 T. 

Scott is a final year teaching degree student at the University of Adelaide. Apart from his practical teaching sessions Scott was involved with the YP Cross Country event as a marshal. I know the staff and students wish Scott well in his career as a teacher and thank him very much for the contributions he has made at Maitland Area School.

On Tuesday of this week we were fortunate to have the Education Minister, The Honourable Jay Weatherall, visit our school.

It was a real pleasure to be able to take him on a tour of our school and be able to share the vision we have as a school community regarding our curriculum and facilities.

Thankyou to all the parents who attended the 8-12 interviews over the last couple of weeks. School and family working together to support the learning of a student is a known factor in the achievement of successful learning outcomes. If you have any ideas on how we can improve our interview / reporting process, please contact me at school.

Thankyou very much to the families who attended the R-7 three-way conferences. I have received much positive feedback from staff. Attendance at these was high with classes averaging over 80% and in one case 100%. This year we sent home interim reports to Years 6 and 7, who have a number of specialist teachers. Though class teachers managed the 3 way conference process, they were provided with information by other staff at a meeting prior to the conference. Please remember you are welcome to make an appointment at any time to meet with your child’s teacher/s.

Our school will be taking part in a Diagnostic Review process on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of week 1 next term.

The aim of this process is to look at ways of building on student learning outcomes in literacy and enhancing the education programs for our students both now and into the future.

The visiting team of 7 comprises of people from the Department of Education and Children’s Services, our Regional Office and a teacher from the staff. Many staff, students and parents will be involved in interview or discussion groups. Student learning will be observed and an extensive range of school data analysed. It is anticipated that a report will be back in the school by the end of May and its findings will provide directions for school development over the next three years.

After the diagnostic review we will work to further develop our literacy teaching and learning programs.

Thank you in anticipation to all who contribute to this process. It will provide our school with commendations and recommendations to assist us enhance our teaching and learning programs.

On sports day students were given the opportunity to participate in the SRC Photography challenge.  It was a treasure hunt to see if they could collect photos of events throughout the day! 

Congratulations to all of the students who entered and down loaded their photos! From the students who entered the competition there have been four chosen to be in the running to win the $20 voucher to the toy store.

To voite, just click on your favourite photo in the Survey Box.

Students, family and friends are all welcome to vote for the winner. Voting will close at the end of the term. The winner will be published in an upcoming newsletter.



1 Different teams    Cheyanne Buckskin
2 Tongue!               Cheyanne Buckskin
3 High jump            Ron Edwards
4 War paint            Jesse Lawler

The Concert band will be performing at the Rotary fundraiser on April 3.
Please meet staff at the back of the Maitland Town Hall at 2pm to set up for 2:30pm. If you are free at 1:30pm please meet at the Performing Arts Centre to pack vehicles with equipment. The band will perform in the performance uniform – red polo, black pants and shoes.
Please note details for Anzac Day Performance April 25th.  Meet at 6.15 am at the Maitland War memorial. Please bring your own stand, music and instrument. Wear black pants/ shoes and school jumpers. A cooked breakfast is served at the Town Hall after the service.

As part of the SAASTA program students were required to plan and prepare a healthy meal suitable for an athlete and serve to an invited guest. The meal chosen was a chicken chilli wrap. Each student was given a job involving the preparation of the meal. The jobs they were given were purchasing ingredients, setting the table, preparation of the meal ­­- and cleaning up of course!

Students had a special visit from Toni Howard, head office of SAASTA and Andrew Gravestocks, Principal of Maitland Area School who both dined and enjoyed the meal. Toni was really impressed and would like to congratulate everyone on the event. Her feedback to the team was glowing!  She was particularly taken with the numbers of community members present. One of the SAASTA students Dylan Walker said “the meal was enjoyable, and it was good to have the community members there supporting us”.
In the end it was a big success and all the students had a great day. We look forward to the students achieving their assessments and goals.

Last week we had the “Sammy D Foundation” deliver a very strong message to our Year 9-11 students.

Sammy was a teenager who lost his life a couple of years ago when he was assaulted after a party. His parents do not want other people to suffer like they have had to.

The students I have spoken to found the talk and discussion groups a very thought provoking and worthwhile exercise.

The Governing Council AGM is scheduled for Monday 21st March in our Community Library. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 2010 Governing Council for their work. Topics such as school uniform, curriculum, grounds, new facilities were just some of the work undertaken in 2010. On the same note I would like to welcome parents to nominate for the 2011 Governing Council. A letter to all parents will be sent home in the near future outlining the process for nominations.

Our new changeable sign at the front of the school has now been erected. We will be using the sign as another means of communicating with our community. Thanks to the members of Governing Council for their assistance in the erection. Stay tuned for updates!

Advancelife Photography will take our school photos on Thursday 24th February.  Order envelopes have been sent home.

Uniform Expectations

Students are expected to wear full school uniform.  Headbands are to be school colours only.

Girls    Summer dress, white socks, and black, brown or grey footwear.  No shorts please.

Boys    Grey shorts or trousers, school polo shirt and black, brown or grey footwear.

Prefects will be photographed in their winter uniform: trousers or skirt, white shirt, tie and blazer.

Envelope Informations

Please take careful note of the instructions in the photographers’ envelope.  Students may hand their envelope with money inside to their home-group teacher prior to photo day.  Spare envelopes and Family photo envelopes can be collected from Mrs Simmons or Mrs Southwood at the bookroom.

ID Envelopes

No ID envelopes will be given out this year.  The Photographer requires $4 in a separate envelope with students name on it.  This must be handed to the bookroom on photo day or beforehand.


Please do not put payment for ID in any other envelope.

Correct Money

Please ensure you have the correct money for your envelopes as the Bookroom and Canteen are unable to give you change on photo day.  Banking is done daily and no cash is held at the school overnight.

Whole School Photo

At 8.30 on February 24 students are requested to gather near the Performing Arts Centre, in class groups for a whole school photo.  Please leave school bags outside.


Congratulations go to Jessica Nankivell  (above) who was our Head Prefect in Year 12 last year.

Jessica scored 97.5 points for her TER and gained admittance to a double degree in Law and Commerce at the University of Adelaide.

Due to Jessica’s approach to her studies she has also been awarded a Principal’s Scholarship to Adelaide University.

Well done Jessica, you’re certainly proof of what a student can achieve at a country school with hard work and the support of family and teachers.

This week, staff across the school have been working with Margaret and Roy Menner. Margaret and Roy are literacy specialists who work with school nationally and internationally to assist them to develop whole school, consistent literacy practices.
We believe that specialist training coupled with the re-structuring of classrooms and the timetable will enable us to engage all students in quality literacy programmes.

It was great to see the number of parents who attended our Meet the Teacher night last week.

I believe that connections and relationships between parents, students and staff at the school are crucial to creating the optimum environment for student learning.

Thanks again for this support and I know that those who attended enjoyed the impromptu tour of our new Performing Arts Centre.

I would like to welcome our new staff Anna Taheny (Home Economics), Sarah Atkins (Primary), Chelsea Koch (PE & SOSE) and Graeme Walker (AFL Traineeship) to our school. They are all fantastic additions to our team and bring with them new ideas and enthusiasm.

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