Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

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

Congratulations to conductor Deb Schwartz, accompanist Jonny Gorden and the MAS Festival Choir. A fabulous, fantastic and fun concert at the Festival Centre that matched the wonderful weather outside. 

The show was colourful and moving with outstanding performances by soloists, musicians and guest artists. 

Two thumbs up for everyone involved.


1 Atkins and R-2 Atkins combined this week for a spectacular 'flight' themed primary assembly.

We were all welcomed aboard the MAS Jumbo Jet by our captains and then taken on a most enjoyable trip to Japan and China.

The students performed a play for us, shared their entertaining postcards, introduced all the regular segments (including birthdays, merit cards and book awards) and finished up with a wonderful video of their (very!) busy term.

Well done to the students and teachers for a highly polished and professional assembly.

Our JEP 2014 visitors arrived at the airport at 5:10am.

We traveled to Glenelg for sunrise, a walk on the beach and breakfast,

From there winded our way up to the Mount Lofty summit to see Adelaide. A beautiful day, and in the distance we could just make out Yorke Peninsula and the hummocks.

We headed to Cleland Conservation Park for a tour and lunch. Everyone was fascinated by the tiny potoroos, friendly kangaroos and cuddly koalas.

Then it was off off on the long drive to Maitland. We stopped in at Federation Park for a photo, popped into Ardrossan for fuel and then after a brief tour of Maitland, it was time for the welcome party in the Performing Arts Centre.



Term 3 Highlights

As always, there's lots happening at school, and Term 3 is no different...

  • Vet day (July 24)
    YP Vets are visiting us today (Thursday) and talking to R-7 students about pet care. There also bringing some animals for us to pat.
  • Tree Planting (July 25)
    Our annual tree-planting activity is on Friday, with the 4/5 class heading to the north end of the school to plant trees quite close to home.
  • JP Pet Week (July 27- 31)
    Next week is JP Pet Week with students sharing stories and photos of their pets. Some of the pets are even making a visit to the school.
  • Australian Folklore Show (July 27)
    Last year we had Ghana, Beat Your Drum. This year it's the Australian Folklore Show, with sheep shearing, swaggie dressing and bush bands. Cost is $4 / student.
  • SAPSASA Basketball Carnival (July 30-31)
    Our upper primary students are off to battle for basketball supremacy at Minlaton.
  • Balaklava Eisteddfod (August 1)
    The Concert Band and 6/7 Band are heading to Balaklava to compete in the 2014 Eisteddfod. 
  • Wipe Out Waste (August 5)
    This is a follow up to our environmental science day held earlier in the year.

Then of course we have the Japanese Exchange Program in Week 4 and just two weeks later we have Compass Rose and then the Festival Choir performances in Adelaide. A busy and exciting term to look forward to!

Read more: Term 3, Here We Go!

Date Change

Please note the new date for our production. It's changed from August 13 & 14 (Week 4) to August 27 & 28. 

This was done to avoid clashes with the Japanese Exchange visit. Fingers crossed we're not clashing with anything else!


Di Bourne, our costume lady extraordinaire has been super-busy with grass skirts, brass band uniforms, parrots and much more. A big thank you to her helpers and the obliging classroom teachers when we've borrowed students for fittings.


Belinda Wundersitz has been in teaching the Year 8/9 students a thing or two about Scottish jigs and the like.

Thanks go to Letitia Linke for her help with the younger students.


We're making palm trees - lots of palm trees! Art teacher MelissaKate McPharlin has been organising our painting-parties while Year 6/7 teachers Val McLEan and Betina Davies have been making Moai heads and painting canoes, paddles and white whales.

Congratulations to George Butler for his second win in the 2014 AFL Tipping Schools Championship. George won this great footy and certificate for his troubles. I'm told he's open to helping less successful tippers with their weekly predictions!

Brainstorm Productions performed two shows at school on May 2 in the PAC.
The first show, 'Verbal Combat', aimed to address some of the issues around Cyber Bullying, using a contemporary story performed by two very talented young actors. 
The show certainly had our Year 8-12 students enthralled with a poignant soundtrack, lightning fast costume changes and  realistic character portrayal. Following the show, the actors discussed some of the issues, responses and characters involved. Scan the QR code for more info.
The second show, 'The H Team', was aimed at  the Primary Classes and focused on giving students the knowledge, confidence and resilience to help combat negative feelings and behaviours.
Once again the actors swapped parts constantly, involved students in songs and actions and bought home the message that critical thinking is an important skill that can help us 'outsmart the media, the junk food giants, the advertising gurus and the bullies to create a healthy harmonious school community'. The primary students had lots of questions to ask and at the conclusion and the actors also offered advice on how to learn lines for our own musical.
Congratulations to all students for their terrific audience skills and to Brainstorm Production for these brilliant shows.
The NRM (Natural Resource Management) Environment Day on Wednesday for our Year 4-7 students was a big success. 
We were joined by 90 students from other YP schools and were involved in hands-on sessions with reptiles, insects, soil, waste management, marine debris and shore birds. 
During the sessions students dressed as insects (see the back cover!), made their own soil, designed their own badges, watched a very wind blown CSIRO scientist live on a Queensland beach, cuddled a blue-tongue lizard and helped sort waste from re-cycling.
Congratulations to Ranger Fabienne Dee and her team for an educational and informative day for both staff and students.

There was a wonderful turn-out from our music students for the Maitland ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

Joined by community members and ex-scholars, 26 musicians played the traditional Dawn Service hymns and bolstered the considerable community crowd with family and friends while our head prefects presented the ANZAC Day books.

Over 150 people then gathered at the Town Hall for a cooked breakfast and ANZAC presentations.

Thank you to conductor Deb Schwartz, our musicians and family members for attending. A special thank you to the families that travelled from Yorketown, Ardrossan, Minlaton and Kadina to be part of the day.





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