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As always, there's lots happening at school, and Term 3 is no different...
Then of course we have the Japanese Exchange Program in Week 4 and just two weeks later we have Compass Rose and then the Festival Choir performances in Adelaide. A busy and exciting term to look forward to!
In the last week of last term I had the pleasure of accompanying our Year 8 & 9 students to the Errappa Camp at Iron Knob. Having been in a number of schools that have accessed the camp it was a great opportunity for me not only to get to spend some time with the students but to also get a better understanding of the activities undertaken by the students.
The Errappa Camp is run by police officers and concentrates on developing self confidence and team work with the students. I was not only amazed to note the activities undertaken by the students but probably more so by the level that students challenged themselves. Well done to all involved!
Thank you to the families who have expressed interest in hosting a Japanese student. Their time of arrival is only a couple of weeks away. We are seeking more families to assist, so please contact the school if you can help out. You may also want to use the Japanese language posters on the next three pages to get ready for the visit!
This term we welcome back Star Derrington who will be working predominantly in our Flex Room supporting a range of students for the remainder of the year.
Congratulations to Bill Edwards on receiving his Certificate 2 in Automotive mechanics (diesel. )Bill has used the VET pathway to work towards achieving his career goals and is currently working towards his Certificate 3 in Agriculture.
The official Term 2 SRC Fundraiser was held on Thursday June 26 with 'Hairlarious Day'. Students and teachers were encouraged to sport their best head of hair and gold-coin donations all went towards the Childhood Cancer Association.
There was lots of creativity on show from both young and old with dyeing, glitter, sculpting and some very interesting wigs (we KNOW it was a fake Mr Tuck!)
Congratulations to everyone for making the day so much fun. Thank you to all those (very) patient parents who twisted, tweaked and coloured their children's hair, your time and efforts were much appreciated.
Combined with the sausage sizzle and donut sales, this was an impressive community fundraiser which we can all be proud of.
Please note the new date for our production. It's changed from August 13 & 14 (Week 4) to August 27 & 28.
This was done to avoid clashes with the Japanese Exchange visit. Fingers crossed we're not clashing with anything else!
Di Bourne, our costume lady extraordinaire has been super-busy with grass skirts, brass band uniforms, parrots and much more. A big thank you to her helpers and the obliging classroom teachers when we've borrowed students for fittings.
Belinda Wundersitz has been in teaching the Year 8/9 students a thing or two about Scottish jigs and the like.
Thanks go to Letitia Linke for her help with the younger students.
We're making palm trees - lots of palm trees! Art teacher MelissaKate McPharlin has been organising our painting-parties while Year 6/7 teachers Val McLEan and Betina Davies have been making Moai heads and painting canoes, paddles and white whales.
Congratulations to George Butler for his second win in the 2014 AFL Tipping Schools Championship. George won this great footy and certificate for his troubles. I'm told he's open to helping less successful tippers with their weekly predictions!
From 17th – 19th June, our Year 10 students attended the University of South Australia’s Rural Reconnect Program. This Program is a University-based experiential learning program for rural secondary students who are considering tertiary study. Students experienced University life first-hand as they participated in a range of interactive activities across all four of UniSA’s campuses.
The three day program is designed for Year 10 students to explore career pathways, learn about University programs and services, and gain practical knowledge in a range of subject areas.
UMAT stands for Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test. The test is used to assist with the selection of students into medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at an undergraduate level. The UMAT is an aptitude test, the test does not require any knowledge or skills. The UMAT is designed to assess general attributes and abilities gained through prior experience. There are three main sections to the UMAT, Logical reasoning and problem solving, understanding people and abstract non-verbal reasoning. These three abilities are considered important to the study of professions in the health science.
I found out about the UMAT by career investigating in PLP in year 10 and by talking to the local dentist on my work experience.
Preparation I have done for the UMAT include:
On Tuesday 3rd June well known N.S.W. writer, Simon Higgins author of the Moonshadow and Tomodachi Books spent the day at MAS.
Simon spoke to all the year 6-9 students and shared his writing process with the use of PowerPoint images and animations. He even performed a brief martial arts sword demonstration which reflected his stories of ancient Japan. Simon then conducted three workshops with years 6/7, 8 and 9 and guided them in the secrets of story writing, and the art of writing exciting openings.
The students were engaged in Simon’s performance and workshops, and came away from the day excited in a positive way about reading, writing and researching stories.
The last day of term 2 also marks the last day for Layce Van Hee our Rotary Exchange student from Belgium who has been with us for a year.
That year has certainly flown by and I hope that Layce has had a fantastic time and has many great memories to take home with her. Farewell Layce on behalf of the Maitland Area School community.
When written reports are sent home this week you will notice that we have changed their format. Our aim is to provide you with an informative snapshot of your child's achievement at school. For the end of year reports we are aiming to include individual student achievement data in the areas of literacy and numeracy. I would also encourage parents to follow up directly with subject teachers if they have specific questions relating to the reports.
I have great pleasure in announcing that Sarah Atkins has been made a permanent teacher at Maitland Area School. This appointment is in recognition of the number of years that Sarah has filled temporary positions in the school and the outstanding work she has done in the JP area of our School. Congratulations Sarah.
Secondly, I can now confirm that Lauren Webb who is currently working in the year 3 class has been appointed to stay with us in her current capacity for the remainder of the year. Star Derrington will be returning 2 days a week next term and will work across the school supporting students in Literacy.
Thank you to the two families who have expressed interest in hosting Japanese students from Mimasaka when they arrive in August. The dates for the exchange are from the 8th to the 18th of August. If you are interested in hosting a student or students or would like further information please don’t hesitate to contact the school.
Jo Linke from CAHFS will be running courses for new mothers in the conference room every Friday from the 25th of August, 10am to 12pm, for six weeks.
Sam Power | SAASTA Leader
After final team selections 15 very excited students from the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) travelled to Adelaide for the 2014 Aboriginal Power Cup on Wednesday the 21st of May.
The Students from the Maitland Cluster were made up from the four schools of Ardrossan, Maitland and Moonta and Kadina.
The Aboriginal Power cup is run for three days, this year it was on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of May which is located at Port Adelaide Football Club, Alberton Oval. I was lucky enough to be selected as the coach of the SAATSA team which was a great experience.
The Aboriginal Power Cup has been running for 7 years now from having 133 students in 2008 to 399 in 2014.
The CYP Library AGM will be held on Wednesday 21 May at 3.30pm in library. All welcome to attend!
There was a wonderful turn-out from our music students for the Maitland ANZAC Day Dawn Service.
Joined by community members and ex-scholars, 26 musicians played the traditional Dawn Service hymns and bolstered the considerable community crowd with family and friends while our head prefects presented the ANZAC Day books.
Over 150 people then gathered at the Town Hall for a cooked breakfast and ANZAC presentations.
Thank you to conductor Deb Schwartz, our musicians and family members for attending. A special thank you to the families that travelled from Yorketown, Ardrossan, Minlaton and Kadina to be part of the day.
Congratulations to Colin Sansbury & Ben Rigney for being selected for the Port Power AFL Academy.
Week 9 was a busy and productive week for our key SRC Leaders. On Wednesday 26th March, Miss Sarah Atkins and I accompanied Lucy Rowe 6/7 M, Koby Polgreen 6/7KD and Lily Dyett 4/5S to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to take part in the Primary National Young Leaders Day.
Representatives from the Scout Association visited MAS on March 26 and ran students through a series of activities designed to increase awareness the various programmes that are on offer. Students problem solved, played logic games, spun a colourful parachute and crammed into the a tiny tent during the 50 minute program.
We had brilliant weather for our Maitland Show parade.
Teachers and students dressed in their finest blues (Sharks) and reds (Eagles) and walked (or rather meandered!) from Pioneer Park to the Showgrounds.
We stopped several times along the way to allow our shorter-legged students the chance to catch up and eventually lost sight of the front of the parade!
Fortunately we made the correct turn at the oval crossroad!
The Concert Band performed for the opening of the show, as did the Festival Choir. Congratulations to Deb Schwartz for the quality of both groups, especially this early in the year.
Well done to all students for their (mostly) uncomplaining walking and their enthusiasm promoting their house teams.
It was fun running the first two Primary Assemblies this year and a big thank you to the parents who supported my efforts. I hope you were entertained! We've made a few changes to our Assembly format. We plan to include the 'Acknowledgement of Country' after the school hymn, recognising the stewardship the Narungga people have had on the land our school is built on. We're also extending the National Anthem to include the second verse, and it was a pleasure to hear the enthusiastic singing from our R-7s on our first sing-a-long last week. We're continuing the recognition of student achievement with our weekly merit cards; a new batch has arrived and should be good for the next ten years! There are no birthday jelly-beans this year; instead birthday-students receive a certificate and light up bouncy-ball. Not as tasty, but much more healthy!
Instrumental teacher Deb Schwartz was named 'Maitland Citizen of the Year' at a special Australia Day ceremony at the 'Heart of Maitland' on Januray 26.
Over her twenty year career at MAS Deb has been choir trainer, isntrumental music teacher and band director as well as community roles with the Uniting Church and the Msuic & Arts Club. Her noimination, by the Polkinghorne family, was in recognistion of the personal time, talent, and dedication that Deb has shared with Maitland and indeed Yorke Peninsula over that time.
Thank you to the Maitland Progress Committee and Lions for their organisation of the Australia Day breakfast and for the opportunity to recognise community workers such as Deb.