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