Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

News, views and information from Tim Tuck, the MAS Primary Coordinator.

The Kindy has already visited the school three times this year as part of an enhanced transition program. In past weeks the children have visited the library, but this week we tried at our hand at being photographers.

The children had a look at an old 'box-brownie' camera, which surprised many by being very empty! We also looked at a (much!) later model DSLR camera then took lots - and lots - of photos on the iPods, with some children dressing up in animal masks for some fun shots.

We practiced inside with 'portrait' shots then went outside to take 'landscape' shots in the JP playground. I was much impressed by the children's confidence to try out new skills, their helpfulness to each other and their terrific manners!

Maitland Area School’s annual School Leader’s Induction Ceremony was held on Thursday February 12 in the school’s Performing Arts Centre. Deputy principal Beth Hector and Chairperson of the Governing Council Victoria Johns presented new prefects Lisa Brumfield, Nathan Tucker, Ben Feutrill and Ezra Glazbrook with their prefect pins and ties. 

YPC Mayor Ray Agnew then made the secondary school SRC presentations to Jarrod Tucker, Kaylee Short and Tiana Short.

Fiona Hollams, the secretary of the Parents and Friends, made the primary school presentations to Matilda Barrett, Marley Holmes, Molly Rowe, Elizabeth Dodd, Lachlan Johns and Hallie Hendy.

The South Australia Aboriginal Sports Training Academy presentations were made by Coordinator Chelsea Koch to the 17 students from Maitland Area School, Ardrossan Area School, Kadina Memorial School and Moonta Area School. 

Several SAASTA students have also been inducted into the Elite AFL and Netball teams.

Read more: School Leaders' Induction Ceremony

Both the Festival Choir and YP Schools Concert Band started rehearsals this week with lots of new faces amongst the regulars. The choir is now at lunch, with students missing only a small part of the preceding lesson. The Concert Band still meets on Wednesdays after school, with students travelling from Kadina, Ardrossan, Minlaton and Yorketown to rehearse with us.

We've had perfect weather for our first few days of swimming. The students have been enjoying the warm tempeartures and expert guidance from our two instructors Gabrielle and Jodie.

Thank you also to Mrs Miller in the bookroom for finding our instructors; it's been a difficult process with competing demands from all across the Yorke Peninsula.


Under the guidnace of SSOs Julie Bagshaw and Ali Adams, the 2014 Year 4/5 class grew a bountiful crop of vegetables which made for a mouth watering harvest in 2015, seen here on display with this year's Year 4s.

The Year 4s then worked in the Home Economics room cooking up delicious meals from their garden produce. 

A big thank you to everyone involved in the project which continues in expanded form in 2015.


There was a great turn out for our Meet the Teacher Night. Thank you to all the families who attended and to the teachers for their presentations.

Class information sheets and booklets were distributed on the night. If you were unable to attend and your child has not brought his or her sheet home, please contact your teacher.


We've had beautiful weather for the start of our summer swimming program. We welcome back instructors Nikki Watson and Gabriella Herd who will work with our students over the two weeks. Students will receive six swimming sessions, making up for missed sessions from the start of the year.

Please ensure students have sunscreen for the sessions; that sun is quite hot!


Our Mini-Circus on November 18 was a huge success. We had 100 students showcasing their circus skills in the PAC Circus Ring under the 'Big Top'. It was wonderful to see so many parents in the audience, thank you for adding extra excitement to our show!

Pride of place in the audience were the Maitland Preschool children. A big thank you to Trevor Allen for being our bus driver and thank you to our two Year 6/7 clowns who accompanied the children to the school.

There were lots of stand out acts but special mention must go to Annabelle and Ivy for their 'Stretchy Legs' doctor act, to Darnell, Harrison and Anthany for their 'Human Cannonball Act', to Jayden, Mitchell and Oscar for their 'World's Strongest Man Act' and to Elijah, Lachlan and Tyson for their marvellous Parkour act that closed the show. 

Thanks go to Kyle  who kept the crowd entertained with his magic acts, April  for running the music and to Sylvia and Lynarrha for running the ticket office and helping with changing the equipment.

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