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The Year 3-8 lunchtime footy program organised by Year 4 teacher Andrew Mills has been a huge success with the Eagles and Sharks fielding two teams each with plenty of subs sitting on the bench.
It's been fascinating watching students (especially the die-hard footy players) adapt to the modified rules which aim to make the game more readily accessible - and successful - for players of all abilities, body sizes and strengths.
Well done to all the students for embracing the game and congratulations (again - sigh!) to the Sharks for maintaining an unbeaten record.
Last Monday the Point Pearce, Maitland Area School and Children's Centre communities hosted Tony Harrison, the Chief Executive of the Education Department as part of his tour of Yorke Peninsula. It was a great opportunity to showcase the programmes and work which is happening in our community and how we believe education and care services should operate into the future.
Thank you to students, staff, Governing Councillors and community members for their efforts to ensure the day was a success.
The Performing Arts Centre resounded to the sound of singing, laughter, tears and gunfire this afternoon as the Year 7-12 students watched the insightful and moving drama 'Gallipoli: A Manual of Trench Warfare".
Presented by Queensland touring company Jally Entertainment, the professional production laid bare the courage, humour, mateship and conflict that was at the heart of the Gallipoli campaign.
The actors commanded the students' attention for the full 120 minutes, taking us on an emotional roller coaster as we shared their dreams, empathised with their plight and saw the physical and psychological pain that war can cause.
The scenery set the time and place with authenticity and theatrical purpose. Care and attention had been given to costuming and stage properties and the simple but effective lighting and sound design added much to the play's atmosphere.
The acting was excellent with the distinct characters played with deceptive ease.
Congratulations to tour manager Ali and all the actors and crew for your wonderful work and to Mr Moore for coordinating the visit to Maitland.
R-12 students gathered together in week 1 to receive attendance awards from Mr Gravestocks, Canteen Cards from Mr Tuck and medallions and ribbons from Miss Koch.
Congratulations to the Sharks for winning the Term 1 house competition and to all the students who gained their 100% attendance certificates.
Mr Mills class put on a great assembly this week with lots of special treats for their audience. They shared literacy and maths activities, some terrific artwork and led the singing of the song 'Sugar Rush', from the Music Is Fun Band repertoire.
We finished the assembly with presentation of the Cross Country awards.
The 2015 MAS Cross Country Event was held on Thursday May 7. All eyes were on the weather, which changed from cool and sunny to cold and damp by the time we finished the five races at midday. Congratulations to all competitors for braving the blustery conditions and for completing the races with a smile on your face!
A big thank you to all the parents and staff who supported the event and to the Year 10's who marshalled the students around the course.
The spring-bulb fund-raiser was popular with the P & F raising $255 towards the Year 7-9 Canberra trip.
Thank you to all who purchased bulbs and congratulations to the P & F!
Once again this year the Education Department are running the SA Excellence in Public Education Awards.
In previous years our school has had a number of staff nominated for the different award categories and I know that it has meant a lot to them that their community took the time and effort to nominate them for the award.
If you believe that a staff member or a team of staff from MAS deserve nominating, please take the time to do so. More details to follow later in the newsletter.
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.
The school Concert Band and Festival Choir helped commemorate the 100th ANZAC anniversary with performances at the ANZAC Dawn Service and community breakfast.
The band has accompanied the community hymns for over 15 years now, and it was gratifying to see the high attendance of staff, students, old scholars and community members for the event.
Principal Andrew Gravestocks and school prefects Nathan Tucker and Lisa Brumfield laid wreathes and presented ANZAC commemorative books at the memorial during the service.
The Festival Choir then performed at the community breakfast held after the service.
A huge thank-you to Michelle Geater Johnson for organising canteen help for both the Senior & Junior Interschool Sports Days and for helping out on the Thusday. Many thanks to Karen Crawford for her tireless effort over both days, Brooke Davies, Brooke Polinghorne & Kate Butler for their help on Wednesday and to Vanessa Germein, Fiona Hollams & Vic Johns for helping out on Thursday. Our canteen could not have operated to the efficient standard without the support of P & F over theses two days. Sincere thanks to Ezra Glazbrook & Georgie Robinson for their help also.
Term 1 has seen quite a lot of activity in the Ag Block. Our Year 5/6 class have started Agriculture lessons for the first time and they are a very enthusiastic bunch. They are already showing some great skills working with sheep and cattle.
The Year 7/8 class have spent the term studying the farm environment, completing soil and climate experiments and comparing the price of farms across different farming zones in SA.
They recently completed research about the many different and varied careers that can stem from an interest in Agriculture.
Year 9 students have studied the impact of insects on Agriculture and have nearly finished designing their own insect trap.
A highlight of the term for this class was a visit from local beekeeper Lionel Harmer. He entertained the class with a demonstration of the suit, gloves and the smoker that beekeepers use, brought in a hive and samples of honey to taste and even shared the story of the worst place he’d ever been stung by a bee!
Finally our Year 10 class have spent the first term learning about the importance of soil in farming.
They have completed a range of experiments examining soil structure and texture and are soon to present their talks about soil conservation. Many of the students have taken on the challenge of learning to drive the school’s brand new tractor.
We’d like to thank Ben Eglington for the many hours he has spent with us providing tractor driving lessons. Our students are now (nearly!) ready to go it alone!
Mr Mills Year 3 students shared some very creative poems and writing for their first assembly including some clever T-Shirt designs.
The students also played an original song on recorder and hosted a series of challenges for the other classes to participate in.
Congratulations to the new Tech Crew as well for their running of all things technical!
Miss Atkins class have had a dinosaur themed term and showed us their dinosaur pictures, 3D printing and going-on-a-dino-hunt drama play. The play had a big surprise: a 3m long Triceratops hidden under sheets!
The class also shared colourful butterflies, showed us how to mix colours together and ran a video of their busy term.
Our Festival Choir was assessed today in a two-hour long workshop session. Comments from the assessor included 'excellent self-managed behaviour','effective dynamics', 'accurate rhythms and steady beat' and 'balanced sound'. Overall the students received a 'B' rating and the comment 'what a great little choir!
Congratulations to Mrs Schwartz and all the students for their fine efforts. Congratulations to the Ardrossan Area School Festival Choir for their well deserved 'B' as well.
The Year 3-6 classes have been involved in a soccer tournament this month. Organised by Mr Salmon, students elected two teams from each class and have been playing against each other in a series of 'friendlies'. This week and net we get serious. The younger classes will play off to determine who will face the older teams in the semi-finals leading to the grand final on Youth Activities Day next Friday. Teams have been quite evenly matched despite the age differences, so the final should be quite a game!
Miss Atkins Reception / 1 class have a visitor for the next few weeks; a 3m long triceratops dinosaur model, courtesy of local Palynologist and Stratigrapher Roger Morgan. Local residents of Maitland have no doubt seen Roger's other dinosaurs at the Chatt Centre, in the Maitland Show or in his front garden. A big thank you to Roger for his kind loan. 'Cera' is a real hit with the kids!
The Kindy children visited again on Tuesday for a music lesson. We played with lots of different shakers and 'clackers' and learned their proper names: maracas and castanets. We danced to music with a strong beat and found that some music has no beat - and it's very hard to move to!
The children also programmed a drum machine to play a beat and saw how a metronome can be used to set a speed (or tempo) for music. We had a great time that finished too quickly; see you all again for your next visit in Term 2.
Last Monday we hosted Harmony Day for K-2 students at the MAS, the Maitland Lutheran School, Point Pearce Aboriginal School and the Maitland Children's Centre. Our theme was 'it's more fun when everyone's invited' and the event was based on the story of 'Ophelia Orange and the Fabuloulsy Funny Fruit Salad Party'.
Children and teachers from all four education centres joined in making party invitations, party hats and a musical instrument. They sang 'Fruit Salad' (by the Wiggles) and danced the 'Fruit Salad Hokey Pokey'. Thank you to Sarah Atkins and Emma Atkins for organising activities, to Beth Hector for making the fruit salad (yummy yummy!) and to my Year 5/6 helpers who ran the PA and PowerPoint, helped the younger children in activities and danced the Fruit Salad so well at the end!
On Saturday we held a Garage Sale on our Primary Oval in an attempt to send some of our excess furniture and equipment to a better homes.
A big thank you to the students and parents who helped clean out sheds and other spaces and to those who assisted with the sale. At last count over $1200 had been raised that will go to assisting our students with camps this year.
Last week we had the rare privilege of hosting both the Secondary and Primary Interschool Sports Days on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. This was a massive undertaking and one that would not have been possible without the commitment and work put in by staff, parents and community members.
On both days it was great to see our students competing and striving to do their best for their school. In terms of results the secondary team surprised themselves in the Open Division and won the day and our school finished second overall.
A great effort considering the size of our school!
Now that the days have been completed we will be reviewing with staff, SRC and Governing Council what went well and things we think could be improved in future. If you have any feedback please contact me at school.
2 Atkins have been rearing frogs in the classroom and we heard all about their life-cycle from the confident class members. They showed video of their paper-plane constructions and invited other classes (and parents) to make a plane with a prize for the winner (4 Salmon). They finished with a great video of Mr Salmon's class that wasn't shown in week 4 due to technical issues.
The 5/6 Class put on a true-blue Aussie to get 2015 off to a great start. They shared facts about each Australian state, wore their dinki-di Aussie cork hats with pride and demonstrated their skill in place numbers, all the way up to 23 million! They rounded all this off with Aussie accents and game for other classes to join in.
A big thank you to Kelly Whittaker and the Lions club for the tasty pancakes they served up on Feb 17.
Pancakes were sold through the PAC and it was almost a complete sell out!
The Kindy has already visited the school three times this year as part of an enhanced transition program. In past weeks the children have visited the library, but this week we tried at our hand at being photographers.
The children had a look at an old 'box-brownie' camera, which surprised many by being very empty! We also looked at a (much!) later model DSLR camera then took lots - and lots - of photos on the iPods, with some children dressing up in animal masks for some fun shots.
We practiced inside with 'portrait' shots then went outside to take 'landscape' shots in the JP playground. I was much impressed by the children's confidence to try out new skills, their helpfulness to each other and their terrific manners!
Maitland Area School’s annual School Leader’s Induction Ceremony was held on Thursday February 12 in the school’s Performing Arts Centre. Deputy principal Beth Hector and Chairperson of the Governing Council Victoria Johns presented new prefects Lisa Brumfield, Nathan Tucker, Ben Feutrill and Ezra Glazbrook with their prefect pins and ties.
YPC Mayor Ray Agnew then made the secondary school SRC presentations to Jarrod Tucker, Kaylee Short and Tiana Short.
Fiona Hollams, the secretary of the Parents and Friends, made the primary school presentations to Matilda Barrett, Marley Holmes, Molly Rowe, Elizabeth Dodd, Lachlan Johns and Hallie Hendy.
The South Australia Aboriginal Sports Training Academy presentations were made by Coordinator Chelsea Koch to the 17 students from Maitland Area School, Ardrossan Area School, Kadina Memorial School and Moonta Area School.
Several SAASTA students have also been inducted into the Elite AFL and Netball teams.
Congratulations to our Secondary students for the way they have started the year. There are many new faces in the corridor and the added vibrancy from the year 7/8 room. It is fantastic to see the learning and positive attitudes on display through the classrooms.
I have attended some conferences and meetings over the last few weeks which have caused me to reflect on what a great place Maitland Area School is to work. We have worked really hard over the last few years to improve our outcomes for Senior Secondary students which has seen a big jump in successful SACE completion. Our students are now confidently applying for further education and gaining meaningful employment.
This year we are offering over twenty face-to-face SACE subjects directly at Maitland Area School.
We are also actively supporting a further nine subjects through Open Access College. Students are also undertaking VET courses at Certificate 11 and 111 level as well as school based apprenticeships and other industry programs.
This means that students at Maitland Area School have some amazing opportunities for a school of our size and these only present themselves when the whole school community is working together. Our staff and leaders are supportive of students and each other which allows us to develop flexible options to achieve success.
Thank you to everyone for their part and I look forward to this continuing and sharing similar success at the end of this year.
Both the Festival Choir and YP Schools Concert Band started rehearsals this week with lots of new faces amongst the regulars. The choir is now at lunch, with students missing only a small part of the preceding lesson. The Concert Band still meets on Wednesdays after school, with students travelling from Kadina, Ardrossan, Minlaton and Yorketown to rehearse with us.
We've had perfect weather for our first few days of swimming. The students have been enjoying the warm tempeartures and expert guidance from our two instructors Gabrielle and Jodie.
Thank you also to Mrs Miller in the bookroom for finding our instructors; it's been a difficult process with competing demands from all across the Yorke Peninsula.
Under the guidnace of SSOs Julie Bagshaw and Ali Adams, the 2014 Year 4/5 class grew a bountiful crop of vegetables which made for a mouth watering harvest in 2015, seen here on display with this year's Year 4s.
The Year 4s then worked in the Home Economics room cooking up delicious meals from their garden produce.
A big thank you to everyone involved in the project which continues in expanded form in 2015.
There was a great turn out for our Meet the Teacher Night. Thank you to all the families who attended and to the teachers for their presentations.
Class information sheets and booklets were distributed on the night. If you were unable to attend and your child has not brought his or her sheet home, please contact your teacher.
As always the start to the school year has been busy. It has been fantastic to welcome back some familiar faces and some new ones to the school. As a result our enrolment numbers are above what was predicted for 2015. From my observation the year has started well for the staff and students. Students are highly engaged and working well in vibrant classrooms. Thank you to all families for their efforts in ensuring that their students are in uniform and ready for learning from the beginning of the year.
Election processes have been completed for the student leadership for 2015. Congratulations to all students who have been elected to represent their peers in the SRC, Sporting events or as a bus monitor. In our next newsletter we will officially recognise our student leaders after they have been inducted this week.
This year Maitland Area School is due to undertake our biannual exchange to Mimasaka City in Japan. The exchange is open to all students from year 8 to 11. As in 2013 our aim is to travel to Japan in the last week of term 3 and return in the second week of the school holidays. Decisions regarding which staff will accompany the students have not been made at this stage. For the first time we will be inviting students from Ardrossan Area School to take part in the exchange. If families are interesting in their children being part of this exchange or would like further information please contact the school so that we can gauge interest and begin planning if required.
A big MAS welcome to all our new students especially our brand new receptions.
Welcome back to the 2015 school year! On behalf of our school community I would like to extend a warm welcome to families who are new to our school. It was great to see the excitement on the faces of students this morning as they begun their new school year. For me, now beginning my sixth year at the school, I was impressed by the number of students wearing uniform and the way that they presented themselves today.
This year is going to be challenging and exciting for us a school as we will take some big steps forward in a number of projects we have been working on for a number of years. The Children's Centre construction is due to begin this term and I am hoping that we are not too far off with our wetland project. Our staff is working through how these projects will potentially effect learning programmes and are putting plans in place to minimise disruptions.
We are continuing our work with Point Pearce Aboriginal School and the Children's Centre on plans to strengthen and develop links between the sites and how this could work operationally. The MAS Governing Council will be taking a lead role in this throughout year and we will work together on processes to ensure that strong consultation takes place within our community regarding this initiative.
Next Tuesday is our annual "Meet The Teacher" Evening. I would like to encourage all parents to attend if possible and if not possible to make contact with your students teacher to make a time to do so. At this evening teachers will be outlining how the class will operate, activities planned for the year and expectations regarding homework and communication with home.
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.
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.
Our JEP 2014 visitors arrived at the airport at 5:10am.
We traveled to Glenelg for sunrise, a walk on the beach and breakfast,
From there winded our way up to the Mount Lofty summit to see Adelaide. A beautiful day, and in the distance we could just make out Yorke Peninsula and the hummocks.
We headed to Cleland Conservation Park for a tour and lunch. Everyone was fascinated by the tiny potoroos, friendly kangaroos and cuddly koalas.
Then it was off off on the long drive to Maitland. We stopped in at Federation Park for a photo, popped into Ardrossan for fuel and then after a brief tour of Maitland, it was time for the welcome party in the Performing Arts Centre.