News, views and information from Tim Tuck, the MAS Primary Coordinator.
The main theme of the Week 1 assembly was 'wear a hat in the sun'!
Term 4 is always a 'hat' term and there were reminders about wearing a hat if we wanted to play in the sun, and having to play in the shade if we didn't have a hat.
Mr Tuck and Miss Koch also presented a special video showing how UV rays affect the skin and how sun-cream looks black under a UV light.
The Year 7/8 students received this letter from the Maitland Hospital after the completion of their cultural wall hanging for the Chappell Wing.
Dear Mr Gravestocks,
Thank you to the Maitland Area School students and Val Mclean who visited us over a four week period to create a beautiful cultural wall hanging for Chappell Wing.
The residents have certainly enjoyed watching the students’ artistic talents and social interaction.
The painting has been hung up in CW for all to see with lots of positive feedback comments received from staff, family and visitors to CW.
Work has begun on converting two of the Primary Corridor classrooms into a flexible learning area for the R-2 classes.
Part of the dividing wall is being removed to accommodate a sliding door ahead of new carpeting, painting and furniture upgrades.
The P & F met early on Friday October 16 to complete the planned upgrade to the school's old rose garden.
The old roses had been removed previously and the are cultivated.
New plants were sourced locally and groundsman Trevor Allen was commandeered to dig the larger holes for the trees with the post-hole digger.
With lots of helpers (both younger and old) the new plants were in with threatening rain turning into an instant garden-soaking.
Well done to all involved - the area looks a million dollars!
The Concert Band is once again performing at the 'Curramulka Lights Up' fair on the first Saturday evening in December.
Lights Up is a fun family night commencing with a street parade which concludes at the community oval where there are then food and drink facilities, twilight markets, photos with Father Christmas, live music (including the band!), face painting, and lots more
Once the sun goes down it's 'lights up' with the town Christmas light display officially being switched on. The lights are on until the New Year.
Come along and support the school band and have a great time too!
Term 4 is a wearing-your-hat-at-breaks term.
Students wearing an appropriate bucket-style red hat (available at the bookroom) can continue to play in their favourite areas, such as the primary oval, soccer pitch or basketball court.
Students without a hat can still play, but are restricted to areas with shade cover, such as our two coverways, verandahs and covered areas (such as those by the basketball courts and pool) and some of the larger trees around the grounds.
The Sun Play / Shade Play poster is up around the school with up to date UV danger information; just scan the QR code for today's UV warnings!
A HUGE 'well-done!' to all the students who performed at the Showcase Concert on Thursday September 24, you were magnificent!
We had soloists, duets, trios, choirs and (of course) the band all pumped and ready to play some amazing music.
A big shout out to students Sherida and Phillip for their stunning exam pieces for SACE Solo Performance, well done to the comperes, adult mentors, our special guests Sheree and Megan and of course our conductor Deb Schwartz.
Thank yous also go to our huge and appreciative audience; you really helped push the performers beyond the ordinary!
PS You can download our programme here.
We had a full house for our Shakespeare Festival in week 9 of Term 4.
Romeo & Juliet
The R/1 class presented their own take on Taylor Swift's 'Love Story' with a cute - and funny - video featuring a dozen Juliets, an octet of Romeos and a plot to capture the balcony.
The Year 2/3's presented a live-action retelling of the Tempest, starting with the mighty storm, and ending just where it all gets mushy! Some great character performances from the various Ariels, Prosperos, daughters, princes, sailors and Calabans!
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Year 4 went all technical with a green-screen version of the classic Shakespearean comedy. They covered the famed 'play-within-a-play', the marriage and the 'end'. Some clever effects and a mysteriously magical unicorn!
The Year 5/6 class wowed with two sixty-second versions of Macbeth. The boys were marginally quicker than the girls but the girls won with their dramatic interpretations.
The Year 7/8 class performed the entirety of Hamlet: in rap! They put their raps to music then created video clips to accompany them.
Sprinkled throughout were 3D animations made by the Year 9's introducing the plays: thank you to the Year 9 class for this special contribution!
Thank you as always to our supportive parents and to Mrs Hector for her special Shakespeare 'Readers of-the-Week'.
Congratulations to the MAS Festival Choir. They did our school proud in the very long morning rehearsal and performed like seasoned professionals in the evening show. Thank you to all the parents who traveled with their children and supported the choir on this great day. And of course a BIG thank you to choir trainer Deb Schwartz for her instruction, guidance and oversight of the choir programme. Well done everyone!
The Mid-Term Three SRC assembly was held on Friday August 21 at 2:10 in the PAC.
Along with the students we had a good showing of parents for a jam-packed agenda.
Miss Koch gave the SAASTA report, showing off their flag, mural board and student-designed uniforms.
Mr Tuck handed out the Term 2 canteen vouchers which were happily accepted by the SRC reps on behalf of the victorious Sharks.
He also shared two Year 9 films demonstrating a professional level of acting, filming, editing and sound skills.
Mr Rothe awarded Mathletic certificates to three students for 'mastery' (above 85%) on the popular Mathletics practice software.
Mrs Hector congratulated the 7-9 students for their behaviour and application in Canberra and we viewed an entertaining video of photos from their trip away.