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

Thank you to all the families who came to our Meet the Teacher evening on Tuesday February 4th. We appreciated the opportunity to share classroom routines, goals and plans with you.  Each teacher prepared a class information leaflet and for those families unable to attend this printed information was sent home with students the next day.
We invite parents to feel more than welcome to contact teachers at any time to discuss their child’s learning and welfare. It is often a good idea to arrange an interview time and we ask that Monday and Tuesday after school is not a preferred option as staff meet formally each of these afternoons for discussion of agenda items and training sessions.
At the end of this term, Friday July 5th, Mrs Kimberly Black, who has co-taught the year 5/6 DB class this year will be leaving us to take maternity leave. Kimberly and Mrs Betina Davies have worked wonderfully as a team, sharing the role of class teacher and designating the subject responsibilities clearly to best meet the needs of the students in their care.
In the coming semester Mr George Hewitson will take on the role of home class teacher on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as be responsible for the teaching of Studies of Society and Environment. Mr Scott Moore will teach the English on these two days and Mrs Beth Hector will teach the Mathematics. Miss MelissaKate McPharlin is excited to be able to teach Visual Arts to this class and share her skills with them.
These changes will come into effect at the beginning of next term and handing over of information sessions will have occurred between Kimberly and other staff prior to this.
We thank Kimberly for the work she has done at MAS and wish her and her family much happiness with baby number 3.  
Along with many parents, grandparents and special people in the lives of our Year 6 students I was invited to afternoon tea in the Home Economics Centre on Tuesday 18th June. A delicious array of food was on offer with warm or cold drinks to help wash it down. Miss Taheny had been working with the Year 6 students in the weeks prior to this so that scone dough was used in a variety of sweet and savoury forms and the choices for our eating pleasure was incredible. I know all who attended were very impressed with the décor, the quality of food and the hospitality skills these young people showed.
The education system collects data about a number of issues including attendance and achievement through testing processes such as NAPLaN and Running Records. 
Teachers use data to inform their teaching practice and cater for the individual needs of students in their classes. Teachers must be able to diagnose and act on these needs.
We have created a Data Wall at Maitland Area School to provide a visual representation. The pictures of the students’ faces upon this and where they are performing according to national Literacy & Numeracy testing has led to in-depth discussions amongst staff.
“Putting faces” on a data wall to track student achievement is strengthening the shared responsibility for the Literacy and Numeracy needs of our students, regardless of the subject areas teachers work in. 

Today, as I was passing the Tech Studies Centre I was delighted to see the Reception class were having one of  their weekly lessons with Mr Greg Beeston. I could not resist but to grab my camera and capture their enthusiasm and desire to learn. I was even politely corrected that  “They’re not goggles Mrs Hector , they’re safety glasses”  when I commented upon the eye wear ! 

The students were completing their pinwheels. They had previously constructed the paper template and decorated it. Today there was cutting, folding, hammering and connecting happening. The wonder on their faces when they shared the finished product with their classmates and others put a smile on my face and gave me cause to again be thankful for our Area school setting. 


Our Year 3, 4 and 5 students enjoyed a morning of friendly rivalry last Friday playing in the annual Diamond Cricket competition against students from Ardrossan Area School. The oval was in pristine condition and the parents and friends who gathered to cheer on our four teams were treated to some great sporting behaviour and skill. Each of the four teams played four 20 minute games of cricket. Diamond Cricket is fast moving and requires excellent team cooperation and maximises the participation of all competitors. It was with bated breath that the final tally was counted, as after round 3 the scores were tied. In the final round both schools won 2 games each and so the result was a Draw. This seemed fitting as both schools played like winners!

I would like to thank the Parents and friends for their generosity in paying for the purchase of a significant number of new texts for take home reading. Our children love to share their reading skills with their families in the home setting and replenishing our resources is very important.

This support from the P& F is very much appreciated.

These are being posted home on Thursday August 23rd. We ask that parents discuss the information with their children and then take the opportunity for parent/ student/ teacher interviews during the week beginning Monday September 3rd. Booking sheets for interviews will be distributed the week prior to this.

Earlier this year students from this and many other schools across the country applied for a 2012 Defence Technical Scholarship and Curtis Blythe in Year 11 was awarded one .

The DTS programme provides a financial incentive to eligible Year 11 and 12 students to stay at school and finish their education whilst undertaking Maths and English and a trade or technical related subject, suitable for further study and training for a technical trade in the Australian Defence Force.

To be successful winners had to complete an intensive application process demonstrating their knowledge of technical trades and describe in detail what they would do as a tradesperson in a real life crisis situation.

It was a competitive selection process and with over 2300 applications from across Australia. Congratulations to Curtis who was presented with a certificate and cheque for $2000 as a successful applicant.

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