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The Instrumental Music Service 'Brass Group' visited our school on Tuesday November 15. The group performed in the PAC to students from Years 3-7.
They were very entertaining, impressing the audience with a medley of movie tunes, music from the middle-ages and an inventive story-piece based on the tale of the Tortoise and the Hare.
They demonstrated how brass instruments work, showed a variety of ways to create new - and unusual - sounds and shared their love of playing music.
A secondary aim of the visit was to encourage students in Years 5 and up to consider learning a brass instrument.
If your child is interested, please contact IMS teacher Deb Schwartz at the school for more information.
Earlier this year we were selected to play in the SYP SAPSASA Cricket Carnival. This was held last week, 7-10 Nov, in Adelaide.
On Monday we played at Westminster College against Lower Eyre Peninsula. We got them all out for 47 runs and made over 150 runs to win the game easily.
Tuesday we played at SACA Park 25 against North Eastern. We had another big win.
Wednesday we were back at SACA Park 25. The game against Mid North was much closer and we won by only 10 runs in a very exciting match. Wednesday afternoon we caught up with the SYP tennis team at the Beachouse, Glenelg for a bit of fun.
On Thursday the number one country side, SYP, played the number one metro team, Western, for the Neil Brook Shield. We batted first and made 169 runs. We bowled and fielded well to get them all out for 122, winning the game and the shield by 47 runs. It was a great week and we have made a lot of friends through our SAPSASA experience.
Thanks to Mr Field for coaching and our parents for taking us to trainings and games
On Thursday the 10th November the R-7 classes of Maitland Area School celebrated Nude Food Day. Our students were asked to bring a healthy, non-packaged lunch to school. Any orders from the canteen were also in minimal packaging. Nude Food Day was a chance for our students to come together and learn what they can do for their health and the health of the planet. An event like this can give all of us a taste of the benefits, ease and fun involved in packing a healthy lunch!
Some interesting discussions about packaging and waste occurred in a number of classes, with Year 5s undertaking a waste audit with Miss Taheny.
Mrs Moloney visited classes and gave stickers and a raffle ticket to students who participated.A special thankyou to Mrs Polgreen in the canteen who donated three lunchboxes as raffle prizes.These lunchboxes are available for purchase from the canteen.Lunchboxes can be used on a daily basis for lunches brought from home or for canteen-ordered lunches. Using these lunchboxes also assists with less waste reducing the number of brown paper bags in our bins
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918, after 4 years of continuous fighting the guns fell silent on the Western Front. Today; 93 years later we celebrate this day as Remembrance Day. It is a day that we honour the men and women who have died in the line of duty for Australia.
As part of the Remembrance Day celebrations the Year 4 class was honoured to attend the service at the Maitland War Memorial. It was a special experience as many knew a person who had served or is still on active duty today within the armed forces. It enabled them to remember those people in the minute silence and then honour them by laying a wreath.
The remainder of the school honoured the special day with a Remembrance Day assembly in the Performing Arts Centre. Special images reflecting the themes of the day were projected on the screen. SOSE teacher Pat Hasting then explained the reasons behind the ceremony. Primary School Captains Jackson Moloney and Ebony Short finished with the reading of the Ode to the fallen.
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the Maitland Area School Music Concert in our new performing arts centre. The evening was a credit to the staff and students involved. It was a real reminder of the depth of the music programme at our school, especially when we reflect on the number of students, across both the secondary and primary component of the school involved in music.
A special thanks goes to Tim Tuck, Deb Schwartz, Vanessa Secomb and Belinda Wundersitz for the tireless work that continues all year with the students allowing them to perform at such a high level. A big thankyou also to the staff and community members who give up their time weekly to support our students in our music programmes. The sound and ability to show video in the performing arts centre certainly cemented the decision to hold our end of year presentation night in the new centre (we think we will all fit!).
The audience arrived mid-Friday afternoon in the Performing Arts Centre, a little unsure of what they were about to see.
There they were lucky enough to view the only live performance of the brand new song 'Autumn Leaves' by the band 'Stage of Lights' and see their amazing video clip.
Who are 'Stage of Lights'? They're over sixty Year 7 students from Maitland, Ardrossan, Moonta, Curramulka, Minlaton and Yorketown) who had spent two days in the PAC, working with the brilliant team from Muso Magic.
And who are Muso Magic? They're Adam and Glenn, two professional musicians with an extensive pedigree in Australian rock music who guided, cajoled and inspired us to write, sing, dance and perform this original song that reflects the challenges that young teens face in the transition from Primary to Secondary School.
Thanks to all the junior mentors from AMS, to all the senior mentors from across the Peninsula, to the school staff and the volunteer parents who made this amazing two days possible.
Here are the winning designs for the CD cover and T-shirt.
On the 23rd of August the Maitland Area School Festival choir travelled by bus with Ardrossan choir students to Magic Millions to rehearse with over 300 students for the Primary Music Festival .
Maitland choir members will be performing fourteen songs at the Festival theatre on Wednesday September 21st .
Congratulations to Ionah Warrior who has been selected as a soloist. Ionah will be featured speaking the Wongatha language in the finale number ‘Gundulla – We dance’.
Book Week started off this year with a visit from the children’s author, PC Green. PC entertained the students from R-7 with stories about his past as a surf journalist and also author. He also gave the students tips on how to write. Exposing children to author visits opens their eyes to the writing process and helps them to become more aware of the world in which they live. This is essential if they are to develop sound literacy skills, particularly in creative writing as most authors base their writing around real life experiences and the world as they know it.
During Book Week a competition was held around the theme One World Many Stories, for R-7 classes. Each class had to choose a country and then do a presentation that told a story from that country in some form. The story could be told in the form of a play, or a poem or a picture or a song etc. On Friday the 26th of August the classes presented their stories at the Junior School Assembly and a winner was chosen by a panel of judges made up by members of the Friend’s of the C.Y.P. Library. The Friend’s of the Library also donated the $100 first prize to the winning class. The presentations were superb. Those of us lucky enough to see them were blown away by the imagination and talent displayed by the students.
The wide range of topics for the presentations is obvious in the photos on these pages.
Unfortunately there can only be one winner and this year it was Ms Secombe’s year 5 class, who retold an Australian Dreaming Story using paper machete puppets that they had made. I would really like to thank and congratulate all the classes and their teachers for the effort they put into this competition.
Also during Book Week we had a Central Book Supplies, Book Fair. We held the same book fair last year and it was as successful again this year. The books represent very good value and they walk out the door. We were able to select nearly $300 worth of books in Commission. My thanks go to the Friend’s of the Library for helping out during lunch break while the fair was on.
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The 2012 Year 10-12 Subject Choice booklet was distributed to students this week. A digital pdf copy can be downloaded here.
Please contact the school if you have any queries.
Congratulations to all of the MAS students involved in SAPSASA sports and a big thank-you to the students and their families for their support and willingness to help out during trainings and carnivals - it’s been much appreciated.
Our Year 9 Camp started bright and early Monday morning, June 27th. After a quick farewell to parents we headed for the Errappa campsite at Iron Knob. The camp is run by the SA Police and provides opportunities for students to challenge themselves both mentally and physically. Our first afternoon was spent playing team building games, using strategies to get ‘Mr Bean’ to safety across the hot molten ‘lava’ and rescuing our teammates from a fast flowing ‘river’. After dinner, our guide Dave took us on a night walk through the scrub and along the train tracks, assuring us the trains weren’t running and telling ghost stories about Mick the Headless Miner.
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!
The students and staff were very nervous about the lead up to the Aboriginal Power Cup Carnival as none of us had participated in it before. The carnival consisted of football matches, a formal dinner and career expos.
Our students found the Career Expo quiet useful as they learnt about a few different careers of interest and gave some students a bit of a clear idea of what they would like to do when they leave school.
The Formal dinner was exciting with four awards being presented on the night Our SAASTA group took out two of the awards for Best Team Song and Best Guernsey which Joel Lawrie designed. The students were thrilled to have won the awards.
The Reconciliation Week assembly guests included Peter Stockings (Regional Development Board), Tim Schwartz (MAS Governing Council)) and George Walker (Point Pearce Council).
Peter spoke to the assembly about what reconciliation means to him and students showed work they had produced within a theme of reconciliation. The highlight of the assembly was the walking in by students of a multi-coloured chain symbolising the linking of races and cultures. Reconciliation week certificates were also presented.
During the January holidays I attended the Australian Youth Science Forum in Perth.
The NYSF is a 12 day event which gives year 11 students going into Year 12 a very unique opportunity to test out careers in science, engineering and other fields.
For the 12 days you will be in Canberra or Perth living on campus as a university student and during that time you will have many lab and other company visits, places that general public wouldn’t usually be able to see.
I thoroughly enjoyed this program and would recommend It to any students wanting to pursue a career in the science field. It is a great program for building personal qualities such as body language, public speaking and a lot more. I personally benefited from this program highly and would like to thank Maitland Area School and the Maitland Rotary Club for giving me the opportunity to experience such a program.
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 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.
Last Friday 40 staff attended a DECS first Aid training day held at the school.
We were joined by 11 staff from Pt Pearce school and 3 from the Maitland Children’s Centre.
The three presenters from the Red Cross were excellent making our learning experience enjoyable. A light lunch was supplied by the Yorke Valley Hotel.
With school trips coming up at the end of this term it was a good time to brush up on the latest techniques in casualty care.
The One and All left Port Adelaide for Wallaroo on the 17th May, with ten crew members and twenty seven trainees.
I was one of the trainees who volunteered to go as it was a great opportunity to try new things, make new friends and most of all travel.
It was the first time I'd ever been on a sailing ship and I soon found out there were lots of things to do. Some things we did were steering the ship, climbing the mast, team building games, learning how to tack which we did so we could travel towards the wind (zigzagging), going on watch which is watching for things in the water or light houses or land, cleaned the boat, navigation, went in the net out the front of the boat to secure the front sails and run the boat without our watch leaders.
Our first stop was Reevesby Island where we did team building games. After leaving the Island we set sail for Wallaroo.
It was a great experience and I learnt a lot about myself. I have become more confident and found out that I was good at steering the ship. Most of all I discovered that I really enjoy sailing!
On Thursday 19th of May we had a visit from Paul Vandenburg, Wade Thompson, Byron Picket and Amy Rogerson, who work for the Port Adelaide Football Club.
They came to Maitland Area School and talked about careers, team goals, personal goals, team building and also ran through some football drills with the students, which they found useful.
We were also lucky enough to have the Para West Adult Campus SAASTA students visit us. They are the team that Maitland SAASTA students will be joining with for the Power Cup Carnival. This gave our students the opportunity to meet their new team mates.
On the training side of things the teams are starting to take shape as they are improving on their ball skills, fitness and working more as a team.
I was recently fortunate enough to attend the biannual ATASA (Agriculture Teachers Association of South Australia) Conference held in Loxton. It was a great opportunity to learn about the latest developments in Agriculture teaching, visit a range of industries in the Riverland and also to catch up with colleagues from around the state. One fact which was repeated over and over was that Term 2 is a very busy time for school farms and Agriculture students! This has certainly been the case at Maitland Area School – we've hit the ground running and don't look like slowing down any time soon!
Students have planted their vegetable seeds and look forward to their weekly lessons to check the progress of their seedlings.
This was held on Friday May 27th at our school. The weather was kind to us as approximately 500 students from 16 schools competed.
Our students performed very well and certainly looked the part in our sports tops. We were pleased with the way they encouraged each other and their behaviour in general.
We were very lucky to have Mr Alan Bennet, who is Regional Superintendant with St Johns as our first aid officer on the day.
The P&F, along with Bron Polgreen, ran a fabulous canteen as did the Cougars Netball Club. There were many parent and Year 7 and 10 support personnel on hand for the day. Thanks so much to everyone involved.
Special mention must be made of the students who received certificates for winning as individuals or as part of a team in a number of divisions.
On the 25th May, the Year 10 students visited Ardrossan Areas School to attend the ‘Lemon Car’ demonstration.
In an entertaining and informative day, students participated in many activities including changing tyres and identifying defects in a car. Students were also taught the importance of road safety and awareness.
Picture: Year 10 Girls changing a wheel during Lemon Car at Ardrossan.
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.
We were joined for the concert by students from Maitland Lutheran School, Point Pearce Primary School and Ardrossan Area School.
The band presented 90 minutes of live high quality music, with the energetci and responsive audience enjoying old children's classics such as 'The Hippopotamus Song' and contemporary pop songs such as 'Fireflies' and 'Dynamite'.
Many members of 400 strong audience also helped the band with costumes, singing and dancing.
A great performance with lots of fun and learning.
After the great success of the 2010 group (all students achieved the certificate), this year’s group have shown great enthusiasm during Term 1.
A recent highlight was a visit to Ben Wundersitz’ farm for a lesson about ‘turning rain into grain’, followed by a ride in a range of farm machines. The students even had the opportunity to drive some of the machinery and many thought it was easier to drive than the little school tractor!
Run by the Junior SRC, it featured musical items, awards and lots of certificates.
The Festival Choir performed an amusing from this year's program that described the annoyance felt by Fairy Tale characters at the way their lives were lived.
The Year 10/11 band performed with the Junior Choir and had the audience singing along with versions of 'Surfing USA' and 'Dynamite'.
Special guest Megan Byssenschutt presented a number of certificates to FLO students. The Mini-Chefs group also received recognition.
Miss McPharlin announced Ron Edwards as the winner of the SRC photography competiton. He recieved a $20 gift certifcate.
Presented by the Southern Youth Theatre Ensemble, the show's themes include inclusion, bullying and group dynamics.
Clever use was made of the performance space with digital projections helping create a steam-punk feel to Armin Greder's original story.
The young actors used mime and physical theatre effectively and the musical accompaniment was creative and imaginatively conceived.
The audience enjoyed the show and asked many questions at the end.
The SA Primary Schools String Orchestra played today in the Performing Arts Centre.
The concert lasted for forty minutes and included classical, contemporay and fun pieces.
Highlights were the metronome composition and the horror movie piece which featured screams and some very odd sounds from the string instruments.
MAS Year 6/7 students Corey and Wade helped by running the PA and lights.
The orchestra had over forty musicians and included violins, violas, cellos and a double bass.
The PSSO was on a tour of Yorke Peninsula and camped each night before performing at local schools.
Thank you very much to the Maitland Hockey Club, who so generously sponsored a Hockey Clinic for our Year 4-7 students on Thursday March 31st. Hockey SA coach Dale Stephen was ably assisted by local members Melissa Moloney, Julia Poole and Courtney Edwards. Students participated in a number of skill building activities and challenged each other to perform hockey tactics.
Mr Tuck recorded some excellent video footage of the day and shared this at the following assembly.
It was fantastic to see the engagement of our students and the enjoyment they experienced.
We appreciate Maitland Hockey Club for giving our students the opportunity to participate in this clinic. It really is wonderful when the school and community work together.
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.
The Rotary Flood Relief Fundraising dinner was held on Sunday April 3 and the MAS Concert Band was invited to perform.
Although down in numbers due to weekend commitments the band played a selection of Broadway Show tunes to an appreciative and attentive crowd.
Thank you to all the staff, students and parents who gave their time to support such a worthwhile cause.
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
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.
Teacher supervisors on the day were Miss Shepherd, Miss Koch and Mrs Hector who commented on the excellent behaviour and the skills students were able to display in the athletic events.
Our students were very competitive and represented Maitland Area School proudly. Individual medal winners on the day were Tyson Reid, Havanah Zilm- Smith, Jarrad Powell, Ashley Williams and Jorja Schilling.
A very special thank you to Julie Bagshaw, Ali Adams and Fiona-Lee Colliver who managed the U10 /U11 Long Jump pit and to parents, Naomi Davey, Julia Poole, Jacinta Oster and Keryl Schilling, who had official marshalling duties. As with many events, we both rely upon and truly appreciate, the support given to us by our school community.
The School Governing Council working bee was a huge success with a terrific turnout from parents, staff and students.
The main objective was to clear undergrowth and debris from the trees on the eastern fence line and behind the new Performing Arts Centre.
Heavy machinery and many hands made quick - if exhausting work - of the area and a BBQ at the Little Athletics shed was a welcome respite.A big thank you to everyone involved. The area is now ready for landscaping and replanting.
6/7T was lucky enough to be the first class to present a primary assembly in the new Performing Arts Suite. They demonstrated - using live actors - how series and parallel circuits are constructed, showed off their model houses with light switches and performed a set of tableaux for the audience to guess.
They also used the PAC's new sound system, the data projector and the wireless microphones.
Year 6/7S is the next class on the roster to present an assembly.
The 2011 Maitland Show was held on Tuesday March 8 in perfect weather, despite the town receiving torrential downpours just the day before.
The primary school students arrived at the show riding on parent Tim Davies' truck and took several laps around the oval as part of the parade.
The Primary Choir and the Festival Choir both performed in the main tent, followed by the Concert Band.
School finished early at 2pm for families to visit the show together and students enjoyed the many rides, sideshows, food and activities.
Students also exhibited craft, art and cooking items and many won prizes.
The Show ended with a fireworks display just after sunset.