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Clean Up Australia Day was held one day early in Maitland this year, with a keen and energetic group of nearly 30 adults and children combining forces with the Maitland Tidy Towns committee at the Retirement Village.
Groups worked along the cemetery road clearing fallen trees and rubbish then tidied the western fence line of the school and the adjoining path.
Organiser Mark Hector said he was pleased with the turnout and thanked volunteers and children for their times and effort.
Last week we had the “Sammy D Foundation” deliver a very strong message to our Year 9-11 students.
Sammy was a teenager who lost his life a couple of years ago when he was assaulted after a party. His parents do not want other people to suffer like they have had to.
The students I have spoken to found the talk and discussion groups a very thought provoking and worthwhile exercise.
The Governing Council AGM is scheduled for Monday 21st March in our Community Library. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 2010 Governing Council for their work. Topics such as school uniform, curriculum, grounds, new facilities were just some of the work undertaken in 2010. On the same note I would like to welcome parents to nominate for the 2011 Governing Council. A letter to all parents will be sent home in the near future outlining the process for nominations.
Our new changeable sign at the front of the school has now been erected. We will be using the sign as another means of communicating with our community. Thanks to the members of Governing Council for their assistance in the erection. Stay tuned for updates!
The weather was kind to us and the crowd was as enthusiastic as the competitors. I must make special mention of the house captains who assisted very capably with the organisation and were extremely supportive of younger students in the pool.
Congratulations to Spencer House who won the day with a score of 33 points, followed by Yorke with 27 points and Vincent with 24 points.
Mrs Julie Adams, whom the cup is named after, was on hand for the presentation to captains Jackson Bruce and Georgie Robinson. Thank you to all parents and other family members who joined us on the day, creating a great atmosphere to accompany the excellent sporting behaviour displayed by the students.
Long-jump, javelin, discus, shot-put and long jump stations have been set up on the Secondary oval with students rotating between them.
Many students are already showing improvement and it's been terrific to see older students coaching and encouraging the younger ones.
Getting camera angles right from the top of the scaffolding was tricky but soon the most difficult shot of the day was done and the classes began coming through the new venue ready for individual and class photos.
Family photos were finished just after lunch and a big thank you must go to the office staff for their organisation, to SSO Helyn Southwood for her work and the efficient and professional approach of our photographers.
Congratulations go to Jessica Nankivell (above) who was our Head Prefect in Year 12 last year.
Jessica scored 97.5 points for her TER and gained admittance to a double degree in Law and Commerce at the University of Adelaide.
Due to Jessica’s approach to her studies she has also been awarded a Principal’s Scholarship to Adelaide University.
Well done Jessica, you’re certainly proof of what a student can achieve at a country school with hard work and the support of family and teachers.
This week, staff across the school have been working with Margaret and Roy Menner. Margaret and Roy are literacy specialists who work with school nationally and internationally to assist them to develop whole school, consistent literacy practices.
We believe that specialist training coupled with the re-structuring of classrooms and the timetable will enable us to engage all students in quality literacy programmes.
It was great to see the number of parents who attended our Meet the Teacher night last week.
I believe that connections and relationships between parents, students and staff at the school are crucial to creating the optimum environment for student learning.
Thanks again for this support and I know that those who attended enjoyed the impromptu tour of our new Performing Arts Centre.
I would like to welcome our new staff Anna Taheny (Home Economics), Sarah Atkins (Primary), Chelsea Koch (PE & SOSE) and Graeme Walker (AFL Traineeship) to our school. They are all fantastic additions to our team and bring with them new ideas and enthusiasm.