Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Deputy principal's Blog

News, views and information from Beth Hector, the Deputy Principal of Maitland Area School

DECD schools are required to promote and develop learning environments that are safe and supportive.  Students and staff may have anaphylactic (severe allergic) conditions that include nut allergies.  

This means that exposure at school may constitute a risk to their health and wellbeing. While it is not possible to guarantee that the school environment will be completely free of potential nut hazards, risks can be minimised by adhering within reasonable guidelines. Given this context, CYS is developing Nut Awareness Guidelines for our R-12 students.

Read more: Nut Allergy Guidelines

Five Maitland Area School  students ,out of the team of 12, were selected to represent Yorke Peninsula in the U12 Country Carnival cricket team.  Harrison Geater-Johnson, Will Davey, Henry Butler, Rupert Polkinghorne and Ollie Linke played in Whyalla over the weekend. They all had a marvellous time and represented both their district and our school with excellent sporting behaviour. Well done boys !


On Friday 19th August the Maitland Playgroup spent a busy morning at the Area School. They were greeted by Year 9 students who, under the supervision of teacher Miss Sarah Townsend, took them on a tour of the Ag Block where the children particularly liked the goats and the chickens.

Following this they were treated to a story in the Library by librarian Mrs Moloney and enjoyed sharing a fruit platter, while the adults were able to have a hot drink.

The morning finished with Music & Movement and lots of drum playing in the Performing Arts centre with Mr Tuck. It was so lovely to share our facilities with the laygroup and we are very excited that as of next term they will meet regularly on our site when the  Early Learning Centre opens.


Reconciliation is about coming together and last term we did just that to celebrate Reconciliation Week.  Students engaged in a range of cultural activities including:

  • Traditional Cooking—Kangaroo Patties 
  • Traditional Yulunga Games 
  • Sharing Dreaming Stories 
  • Boomerang Painting 
  • Michael Long - The Long Walk - Walk the talk 

 We acknowledge Reconciliation and the meaning it brings to many facets of our day to day life here at MAS.  By celebrating this day we were able to explore the importance of reconciliation and the ongoing commitment each of us has to come together within our community. 


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.

Read more: Year 7-9 Canberra Trip 2015

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.

To promote reading and acknowledge students who are developing good reading habits and improving their comprehension skills we have introduced “Reader of the week “ in the Reception to Year 7 classes.
Each week teachers are nominating students from their classes who have displayed these characteristics. The awards are not limited to one per class and some weeks there may be multiple students from one year level and perhaps none from another. 
The awards are books which have a commemorative book plate glued in the front acknowledging the student’s receipt of the award.
I would like to thank Ron Watson, principal of Point Pearce Aboriginal School and a number of the staff of Maitland Area School for their kind donations of books used for the awards.
On Friday 4th April staff, students and community members gathered in the Performing Arts Centre to acknowledge the many years of dedicated service Mrs Kaye McCauley gave to Maitland Area School and to wish her well in her retirement. The Festival Choir, under the direction of Mrs Debbie Schwartz, set the scene for this special event singing as guests arrived.
Head prefect, Patrick Dodd, welcomed everyone and speakers included Charles Wundersitz who spoke on behalf of the present day student body; chair of our governing council, Mrs Victoria Johns who reflected upon Mrs McCauley’s role in the school and family connections and principal, Mr Andrew Gravestocks, who spoke on behalf of the department and the staff. Mr Gravestocks presented Mrs McCauley with a gift in appreciation of her teaching career and Mrs McCauley responded, sharing some very special memories which resulted in many smiles and laughter. A very poignant photo story highlighting Mrs McCauley’s career entertained the audience and we thank Mr Tuck for producing this. The Festival Choir sang “Ngarra Burra Ferra “ and led the singing of the National Anthem.
Mrs McCauley has left an indelible mark on the history of Maitland Area School and generously presented the gift of a clock to Heads of Primary, Koby Polgreen and Lucy Rowe, to ensure all students will be able to check the time during breaks.
Recently I visited the local war memorial with Mrs Hasting and her Year 6/7 SOSE students. Students are learning about ANZAC day and the contributions their relatives and other community members made to keep our country safe and free. 
I have enjoyed visiting classes throughout the school who are learning about ANZAC Day and preparing work for our annual display in the Maitland Town Hall.
Thank you to members of the community who came along to the Maitland Tidy Towns “Clean up Australia Day” morning on Saturday March 1st.
The North Terrace extension which borders our school benefitted from the time spent clearing the rubbish from this area.

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