Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

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

With not even a day in between, the Concert Band was back on the road again on Saturday December 9, performing at the 2013 Curramulka Lights community gala celebration. The teachers met at the PAC at 4.30pm and transported the equipment to Curramulka for an early setup, leaving everyone time to enjoy a leisurely dinner and wander amongst the many stalls and attractions.
At 6pm we assembled to tune. A sizeable audience also appeared and settled down on the grass to listen to the items. This time the emphasis was on Christmas items, with both contemporary and traditional tunes. The band was well received by the Curramulka crowd and our 45 minute set passed quickly, Thank you to the Curramulka Committee for erecting our tent and to the parents for transportation.
The MAS Concert Band and Choir were out and about on Friday December 8, playing concerts at Yorketown Area School, Minlaton District School and Ardrossan Area School as part of their annual Yorke Music Tour. 
Despite the tight time schedule, we played a full programme at each school, with both the band and choir performing well in the varied conditions. 
The Concert Band performed selections from its 2013 programme as well as some Christmas favourites. Our vocal version of 'Little Talks' proved popular with all the schools.
The Choir dressed up to perform 'Socks and Jocks' and 'Stand Together', both from the 2013 Festival of Music programme. At AAS the choir was joined by the Ardrossan Festival Choir and the two groups sang together, in perfect harmony!
A big thank you to Nixon's buses for our transport, to Community members Malcolm Kinch, Di Morgan and Helen Stocking for your support, to the band members from the school's we visited and to the schools for helping us set the tour up. Thanks also to our roadie and DJ Jesse Lawler for organising the PA system.
Well done Mrs Schwartz for organising another opportunity for our students to demonstrate their musical skills to a wide and diverse audience.
The R-2 classes headed off to Port Victoria on Monday December 9 for their long awaited beach picnic, and despite cool (read cold!) and damp (read rainy) conditions, we had a terrific time.
Groundsmen Trevor Allen and Peter Johnson were our bus-drivers (and cooks) and we pulled up at the foreshore jetty with dark clouds on the horizons but excited children nonetheless.
The students finished their recess quickly and descended on the playground, thoroughly enjoying the chance to try out new equipment. The old boat and the climbing frames were especially popular.,
Next up were our activity groups. Students rotated through activities including beach cricket (the water was six-and-out), scavenger hunts (hands up those found the 'tiny crab')and museum visits (the Port Victoria Maritime Museum is awesome).
Everyone was hungry come lunch and the sausage sizzle, courtesy of Mr Allen and Mr Johnson, was much appreciated. 
Groups then competed for the best sand castle with students creating complex and creative designs.We finished with a swim, well  some of us did (it was still very cold!) then we dried off and returned to Maitland.
Thank you to all the teachers and helpers who came on the day, congratulations to Sarah Atkins and the JP team for organising the day and a big thank you to Mrs Hall for opening the museum and showing us round.
Presentation Night 2013 on Tuesday December 10 was standing room only with the Performing Arts Centre filled to capacity and beyond. The audience was entertained in the lead up to the opening by the MAS Concert Band performing a selection of songs from their 2013 repertoire.
At 7pm Year 11 student Brooke Smith made the Acknowledgement of Country and the Festival Choir and Concert Band gave stirring performances. Principal Andrew Gravestocks spoke of the past year and highlighted some of the many events, opportunities and achievements of our school, from interstate and international travel, to growth in test results, reduction in behaviour management and the growing sense of community and desire to excel. He farewelled a number of staff, highlighting the extensive careers of primary teachers Kaye McCauley and Jackie Norman, both of whom retire this year.

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Our annual Christmas Assembly drew a record crowd of parents and families who gathered on Wednesday December 11 in the PAC to celebrate the end of the year with the R-7 students.

With nearly thirty items on the programme, the afternoon was packed with singing, dancing (well done Miss Norman!), jokes, plays, student-videos, music performances, the 5/6 Band and the Festival Choir. 

Father Christmas made an appearance, courtesy of the local police and helped us present the Classroom Christmas Door competition.

Thank you to all the families who attended and supported their children, thanks to the PA crew for coping with a technically difficult programme and thanks to Debbie Schwartz for her support and help throughout the day.



The 2013 Year 7 Graduation Dinner was held at the Yorke Valley Hotel on Wednesday, December 4. The evening was well attended by students and parents, with over seventy people sitting down for a meal, speeches, presentations and cake-cutting.
Principal Andrew Gravestocks greeted the families and after dinner was served, Primary School leaders Ben Smart and Olivia Dyett spoke about the class and the past year.
Home class teacher Val McLean then presented students with their graduation certificate and spoke about each student's contribution to the class.
The graduation cake, in the shape of the year '2013' was cut and photos were taken of the graduating class.
Thank you to Pat Hasting for her photography, the Yorke Valley for the venue and service and to the families who attended.

The R-7 Classes decorated their classroom doors in festive style this week in our second annual  Christmas Door-Decorating Competition. The doors were once again imaginative and stylish, with top honours in our FaceBook poll taken out by 2A. All classes received certificates from Santa at our Christmas Assembly and personally signed by the big man himself.

The word 'thanks' crops up often in our newsletter. Rightly so; no school can operate successfully without the generosity of time and expertise of many people, young and old, all going above and beyond to benefit others. Including:

Our Canteen Volunteers

Thank you to the parents who volunteer their time—time after time— to ensure we can keep our canteen running.

Our Classroom Volunteers

As parents we know the improtance of hearing our children read. Thank you to the volunteers who give their time to hear other children read.

Our Tech Crew

Ben, Connor, April and Matt run our AV gear at every assembly. And set up the PAC. And help pack it up. And present a professional show every time. Thank you all.

Our SRC Members

SRC members are the student voice in our school. Thank you for giving so freely of your time to ensure all our students are heard.

The Breakfast Club Volunteers

Kelly and her band of helpers provide much needed nutrition and ensure all our students get a good start to the day. Thank you.

Our Groundsmen

Trevor and Peter go above and beyond so often! Thank you for your professional work, your bus-driving and the pride in our school.

Our Cleaners

Kids can be very messy. But our school—made for three times the number of students we have now—is clean, clean above and beyond our cleaners' contract. Thank you all.

Our Band Volunteers

Malcolm, Linda, Di, Helen; thank you for your role-modelling, your expertise and teaching of our Concert Band students.

Our Bus Drivers

Thank you for not just driving a bus. Thank you for caring about your passengers, looking out for their best interests and being that cheery face that greets them each morning on the way to school and says goodbye on the way home.
What a fantastic day we all had on ‘Freaky Friday’ the 15th November.
Students and staff participated in good spirit and had a great time. The Canteen looked amazing and sold an array of spooky foods and treats. Thank you to Bron Polgreen, our wonderful canteen manager and her assistants on the day, Mrs Victoria Johns and Mrs Leticia Linke. Mrs Polgreen proudly donated $50 to the SRC from purchases on the day.
A big thank you also to Mr Tuck and the year 9s for their excellent creation of a ‘Haunted House’ which was visited by many students and some staff!
One student from each class was awarded a goody bag for the best costume. This was supplied by Mrs Polgreen and her assistants.  
In total $250 was raised for future SRC fundraising projects. 

Young Musicians Shine

What a delight the Music Concert was, and what a showcase of our talented students. Our Junior Choir was light on numbers but big on sound, our 5/6 Band demonstrated a trove of future talent, our festival Choir wowed us with beautiful harmonies and soaring melodies and the Concert Band students (including some who only started this year) raised the rafters with their playing. Conmgratulations to all the students and a big thank you to our supportive parents who filled the PAC and to all the teachers who helped the Music Staff on this special night.  

T20 Cricket

We hosted the T20 Cricket on Tuesday October 20. The weather held for us this time (despite a threatening cloud or two) and we were rewarded with some impressive wins. Well done students on your behaviour and sportsmanship and thank you to Chelsea Koch for her orgainsation and to the primary teachers for their supervision and support.


The results of the NAPLaN (National Assessment Programme – Literacy and Numeracy) for students in Years 3, 5 , 7 and 9 were posted out to families last week.  Staff have met to analyse the information received and are continuing to do so in teams throughout this term. Parents are encouraged to make an appointment with their child’s teacher or a member of the management team if they wish to discuss the results in more detail.

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