Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Hello everyone, it has been an extremely busy start to the term with lots of exciting things happening at the Point Pearce Campus.  

We had a lovely bacon and egg breakfast in week 3 attended by community members and CYS staff.  

Students have been involved in swimming lessons at the Maitland Campus and I have been extremely impressed with the progress they have made with their skills and confidence.  

FLO / FLEX Program

As you would have seen in the previous editions of the newsletter we have launched our FLO/FLEX program with secondary students at the Point Pearce TAFE on Tuesdays.  Cori Pollard, Eddie Newchurch and myself are overseeing the program and so far it has been extremely successful with around 10 students working towards completing their SACE.  

SAASTA

On Wednesdays I have been involved in teaching SAASTA at the Maitland Campus which has been thoroughly enjoyable.  The group of students are respectful and committed and the teaching and support staff have formed an excellent team.  I’m looking forward to continued involvement in the program.  

Shared JP Program

On Thursdays and Fridays students from the Point Pearce Campus have been joining in lessons with Mrs Westbrook, Mrs Davies and Mr Tuck.  The students have really enjoyed making new friends and participating in PE, Performing Arts and Literacy Activities.  

Well-being initiatives

I have also been working at the Maitland Campus on a Thursday with Cori Pollard on Wellbeing initiatives.  We have secured a place in the Operation Flinders Program during the May exercise at Yankaninna Station in the Northern Flinders Ranges.  Kelly Whittaker and myself will take 10 students on an 8 day survival camp, I will keep you posted with updates as the exercise draws closer.  

Community art group

Charlotte Buckskin has been running our Community Art Group on a Monday in the cultural room which has started off really well.  All are welcome to attend.  The group starts at 10am on Mondays and goes through until around 1pm.  Tea and coffee are available as are art supplies and paint.

We held our first parent group meeting at Point Pearce on February 17th.  We have eight people in the group and our Chairperson in Cheryl Agius.  We look forward to continuing to work together to strengthen educational outcomes and for Aboriginal students at Central Yorke School.  We are still deciding on a name for the group and should have it finalised at the next meeting.

Regards, Daniel Richardson.

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