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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!
Maitland Area School student’s Evie Falco and Macy Poole represented Yorke Peninsula at the SAPSASA Hockey competition held at Grange Hockey Club from June 22nd to 26th 2015. The girls had 2 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses to finish the competition in 7th place.
The girls represented Maitland Area School and the Yorke Peninsula with pride and great sportsmanship. They had a great week, improving their skills and gaining experience in competition Hockey. We would like to extend a thankyou to girls coach Kelly Whittaker, Umpire Fergus Rowntree, all players and their parents. Congratulations girls.
The YP Combined Schools Concert Band performed in the Open Bands Division of the 2015 Balaklava Eisteddfod on Friday July 31 in the Balaklava Town Hall.
Competition in this division was fierce, with the Trinity band once again taking out first place.
We were narrowly pipped for second by the Xavier 'Little Big Band' but were still happy with our 87/100 adjudicator's score.
Our young band played confidently in front of a large crowd and received lots of positive comments on their playing, manners and musicianship.
Thanks as always to our wonderful conductor Debbie Schwartz for your untiring efforts in bringing out the best in our students.
Thank you also to community members Linda Kinch, Malcolm Kinch and Di Morgan for your support.
Last Tuesday the our school undertook a walk into the Point Pearce Community. The walk was organised by Tommy Wanganeen, Danielle Reid and Ben Rigney as part of their year 12 studies. I would like to thank all of the students, staff and community members from Point Pearce Aboriginal School, Maitland Children’s Centre and Maitland Area School for their support and participation in this event. It was fantastic to see all of the groups come together under the banner of reconciliation within our community.
Last term the Year 2 class worked on procedure writing.
To finish off their unit they listened to a story about a boy called Ben who was making honey biscuits with his Gran.
The students had to write their own procedure (recipe) for honey biscuits after listening to the story.
We then tested our honey biscuit recipes in the Home Ec room to see if we got the procedure right.
There was lots of licking the bowl, excited oven watching and a flour mix up!
A big thank you to Michelle Geater-Johnson, Sally Davey, Brooke Polkinghorne, Karen Crawford, Danny Allen, Mel French, Mandy Amey and Brooke Davies for helping us.
Emma Atkins, Year 2 Class Teacher
The Year 5/6 class made skill-testers as the finish to their Science unit on electricity. Students first bent wire into a tricky path then attached it to a block of wood. They added a small LED light and battery and a handle with a second length of wire ending in a hoop. The trick was to move the hoop along with wire without touching it - if you did, the LED lit up! The testers were a popular project and a good test of students electrical knowledge and manual dexterity.
Tim Tuck, Year 5/6 Science
It was wonderful to host our second-round of Glen Osmond student visitors last term. Ex-MAS teacher Miss Secomb brought a two classes to Maitland for a taste of country life and by all reports, the students had an exciting, if exhausting time.
The sixty city students and adults camped out in the PAC and spare primary classrooms and experienced a wide range of activities organised by the school and the local community.
The visitors took a guided trip around Maitland, visited the Ag Block (thank you Year 10's and Miss Townsend), played games with the 3/4 students (thank you Mr Salmon and Mr Mills) and had a special tour of the Anna Bina farm, seeing the process of turning grain into food (thank you Mr Wundersitz).
We had a delicious BBQ on the Thursday night and the support of the parents and students in years 3 and 4 was much appreciated. We're looking forward to the next visit Vanessa, and there is some talk of us perhaps visiting you!
During the last week of the school term it was our great pleasure to host students, parents and staff from Glen Osmond Primary School for an overnight stay and country experience.
Many in our community remember Vanessa Secomb from her time teaching at Maitland and it has led to her desire for her city based students to get a taste of what life is like in a country school and community.
The feedback from the students, parents and staff from both schools was very positive and I think that we will begin discussions to investigate formalising an exchange programme between the two schools.
Thanks to Bron Polgreen and helpers for the catering, MAS staff and the Ben Wundersitz and Anna Binna staff for providing an exciting programme for our visitors.
The SA Public Teaching Excellence Awards have now closed.
As I mentioned in the previous newsletter Andrew Mills had received a nomination for his work at the School this year. Since then Leigh Rothe and Kerry Thomson have also been nominated for their outstanding work at our school. Congratulations to all three for their well-deserved nomination.
On Thursday 4th June students from Maitland Area School & Ardrossan Area School attended the SAPSASA Cross Country State Championships at Oakbank to compete as the Southern Yorke Peninsula Team.
All students ran well in what was very muddy, wet and trying conditions. Results were-
10 year old boys team Oliver Linke 14th, Riley Davey 131st, Flynn Briggs 138th, Rupert Polkinghorne 139th, Will Davey 162nd
10 year old girls – Ebony Wheare 99th
11 year old boys- Sam Allen, Jack Winen 162nd, Tre Fuller 163rd
12 year old girls- Kaylee Short 138th, Jemma Torsney 89th
13 year old girls- Ella Davey 145th
13 year old boys Caleb Poulter 46th
Oliver Linke finished in the top 20 gaining him an invitation to the State Cross Country Team Trials on the 13th June at Salisbury in which he finished 7th.
It was drizzly morning at 6:30am on Monday June 15th when a rugged up group of parents farewelled the Year 7, 8 and 9 students on our journey to Canberra. This weather was to remain with us throughout the trip, but it did not dampen our spirits.
We participated in an educational tour of the national capital, Canberra, with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. Our itinerary began at the National Capital exhibition, where we learned about the early days of federation and the search for a geographical location to create our nation’s capital. Other venues over the week were the National Museum, Art Gallery and Mint along with Old Parliament House. Highlights were watching parliament in session, meeting our local member Mr Rowan Ramsay, touring the War Memorial and getting very active at Questacom.
Mr Ramsey and his wife Teresa spoke with us about the electorate of Grey, in which we live and expanded upon the diversity of such a large electorate. Though having just finished question time in parliament and about to meet with a senior minister Mr Ramsey was happy to answer our questions and kindly provided us each with a pack of information and goodies to take with us. We thank him for this. As it was Local Government week in Canberra we were lucky enough to catch up with Mayor Agnew and Councillor Davey as well.
Every week this term I have started a newsletter article, then decided to wait ‘just one more week’ so I could include information about the next exciting addition to our Ag Block. So finally, as the term draws to a close, here is the bumper issue which includes everything that has been going on in Ag this term!
We have planted a range of salad vegetables in the garden beds, checking their progress weekly and completing a garden journal.
In addition we have learnt about the range of Ag enterprises run at MAS and have started to produce our own Ag Block book. The highlight of each lesson is a visit to the many animals here at school.
We have spent the term studying cattle production and raising two calves (Nigel and Billy) on buckets of milk.
Our calves have been very quiet and cooperative this year and, apart from a bit of tummy trouble when they stole the pigs’ feed, they are growing well!
On Friday we received official notification that our school was successful in our application to become a specialist Music and Performing Arts School under a state government initiative to promote excellence.
The grant recognises that long, proud and outstanding history of music and performing arts not only at Maitland Area School but also the number of schools on Yorke Peninsula that access our programmes and the substantial community support which we receive.
Congratulations to Andrew Mills for his nomination for the SA Public Teaching Awards. His nomination was made in recognition of the work that he has done with students in our school this year. As a teacher it is always fantastic to receive acknowledgement for the work which you do and I would like to thank the member of our school community who took the time to submit the nomination.
'Who Sank the Boat?' is the Year R/1's class story for this term and they've already started making their own boats.
To test ideas about buoyancy and displacement, the students made boats out of squares of aluminium foil. They soon discovered that the shape of their design had a lot to do with how well it floated, and how much it could support.
The Linke family met an old friend in the London Museum recently - the real Hoa Hakananai'a!
Those of you who attended the Compass Rose performances last year will undoubtedly recognise the statue in the picture. Tommy and Ollie reported back saying that the real Hoa is smaller, a LOT heavier, and has lots of carving on his back.
The Music is Fun Band entertained a full house last Thursday June 4 with over 350 students from MAS, PPAS, AAS and MLS enjoying the professional, fun and educational concert.
With many of our students involved with dances, singing and acting, the show was a rollercoaster of up-tempo dance numbers (such as Sugar Rush or The Lego Movie Song), contemplative showstoppers (Vita Mia and Lanterns) and silly singalongs (Star Trekkin and the Crazy Frog medley).
There were lots of dress up moments too, with the Crazy Frogs, dancing Cupcakes and Addams Family reunion being favourites.
Congratulations to the Year 5/6 and Year 7 dance groups who choreographed their own dance for 'Live Louder'; your applause was richly deserved!
Thank you to all the school music coordinators for organising the student performances and of course a huge shout out to Andre and the Music Is Fun Band for yet another awesome concert.
Last week I attended the Aboriginal Power Cup in Adelaide.
The Maitland Area School team is made up of students in year 10 to 12 from Ardrossan AS, Moonta AS, Kadina Memorial School and Maitland AS.
Our students competed hard on the field and ensured that all other activities were completed.
Unfortunately the boys and girls team were not successful in making the final which was played as a curtain raiser to the Port Power and Western Bulldogs game on Saturday night.
The team was successful in winning the warcry competition and received a guernsey signed by the Power team as their prize.
Overall our community can be very proud of the way our students represented them on what was long and tiring days.
A couple of weeks ago Beth Hector and I attended the Country Education Conference in Melbourne as part of a contingent of Area Schools from South Australia. Many of the challenges that we face in South Australia such as student numbers, access to courses and attracting staff are issues shared by our interstate counterparts.
It was interesting to note the communities that were successfully delivering a thriving educational programme all had strong community support and all shared a common belief that by working together as a group of schools that they could deliver high quality education to the young people in their communities.
The Kindy visited the school for some special lessons on Monday May 18, joining the R/1 class for drama in the Performing Arts Centre.
After some drama warm-ups, the R/1 class acted out the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. They tripped-trapped over the troll bridge, asked him to 'eat their brother, who is bigger' and showed how the troll ended up being head-butted into the river.
Then it was the kindy children's turn. They split into four groups - Little Billy Goat, Middle-sized Billy Goat, Big Billy Goat and Troll.
The trolls hid under the bridge where the river went through. Each group then trip-trapped over the bridge, acting out the story.
Then it was the puppets' turn to play! Everyone was given a puppet and practised making voices and movements. Then we acted the story out all over again, but with each child performing all four characters. Everyone did a great job and we look forward to your next visit with us.
The Kindy and Junior classes have been making friends with six yellow programmable robots and teaching them how to race, land in a target and perform complex instructions.
And all with just a touch of a button!
The happy little robots are called Bee-Bots and we've been making good use of the Digital Media Laboratory to introduce the students to the elements of programming in a fun, interesting and often competitive way.
Bee-Bots have seven buttons on top. Students start by pressing clear to clear all previous instructions.
They then press the forward, reverse, right turn / left turn and pause buttons in sequence to make the Bee-Bots travel forward, reverse, make a quarter turn to the right or left or to pause for a few seconds.
By combining the button presses the robots can navigate obstacle courses, race each other, trace out patterns or even (very slowly) dance!
The UK has recently made computer programming an integral part of their school curriculum and the US is emphasising the need for students to become more computer literate not only as 'drivers' of software but 'under the hood', learning how to program.
Bee-Bots are a simple, hands-on approach for introducing programming and if the rapped attention of our students was anything to go by, a very successful one.
In class meetings last week all classes were asked to record ideas for possible fundraising activities. Fundraising Suggestions were:
The World Vision 40 Hour Famine was also discussed. In the last 2 years this has been a dual effort including students participating in the official 40hr project as well as each class giving up something on a nominated day and paying $2 for wearing casual clothes. In Term 1 the SRC raised $297.00 on Friday the last day of term when students payed $2 to wear casual clothes at the Youth Day event.
The options are:
Each class will now vote and record a first and second choice which will be collated at the next SRC Meeting.
The R-6 classes have been making lanterns for the Music Is Fun Band visit. Junior classes constructed their's from templates while older classes measured and cut there's from scratch.
The Year 5/6 class integrated their lantern making with their science work on electricity and made battery operated lanterns. The students will use them to add extra atmosphere to the song 'Lanterns', by the band Birds of Tokyo.