It was great to see all of our students involved in the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day. This was one of our first events where the Maitland Campus and the Early Years Centre have joined together to enjoy the activity.
The students loved their pancakes with cream and jam and it was a pleasure to watch our students using their manners with each other and reflecting our values of Respect and Relationships.
A huge vote of thanks must go to our PCW Kelly Whittaker for organising the day and our local Lions Club for the cooking of the pancakes.
A big thank you also goes to the Point Pearce Campus staff and community for organising their special pancake day. The pancakes certainly looked delicious in both locations!
Welcome to the 2017 school year and our new school Central Yorke! Who knew where we were going to be 12 months ago.
Our kids are excited, our school community proud of what we have achieved and the staff renewed with an energy to provide an engaging and relevant education to our leaders of tomorrow.
While each of our campuses have great traditions and pride, our new school will allow for our cohort to create their own traditions and identity that someday their children will be a part of.
If you look around both campuses you will see many changes already completed as well as in the pipeline to occur. Maitland will be looking at getting a new reception area, while Pt Pearce will be looking at new offices and toilets. Our goal is to make Central Yorke an innovative learning space that encourages both staff and students to push the boundaries and take risks.
Our Early Years students are already talking about how cool our school is and our Senior Students are already planning the best way to achieve their SACE. At this point in time we have started with 235 students with more enrolling each day.
As a member of AFFLIP and as part of our responsibilities as an international school, we have just recently hosted a group of Filipino Principals.
They were on a study tour to look at our programs, our daily structures and wellbeing of our students. They were amazed at how our school ran and the strong focus we have on literacy and numeracy.
It was also great for our staff to understand what it is like to teach in a developing country. For example, did you know that class sizes in the Philippines can be at minimum 35 students and get up to nearly 70. The Principal and teacher we hosted have 2800 students at their schools and only 7 computers in the whole school. Also in the Philippines many of the students come to school malnourished and have set supervised eating times so teachers know they are getting something to eat. It made us realise how lucky we are to live in Australia and be educated here.
The Filipino principals thoroughly enjoyed their time here and the pedagogies they will take back with them. Some our classes will be running units concurrently with their schools and some of our students will also get a chance to Skype on one of their seven computers with a class.
This week we say farewell to our Year 12 students. Many will be going onto complete exams in the next few weeks; some will be going onto employment and others taking that next step in their lives.
As a word of advice to the Year 12’s who are finishing, life is a series of events, both good and bad. No matter how deft your organisational skills, there will always be life influencing factors over which you may have no control.
As you embark on this new stage of life, you will be able to rise to the occasion because of the values our school has taught you. On such occasions think of the values the teachers have instilled in you and you will make us proud. "Change indeed is painful, yet over needful", said Thomas Carlyle.
Maitland Area School is going to miss you.
We hope that someday you will look upon your days here fondly and remember the staff who made a difference in your life. We wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
I was lucky enough to attend the Public Education Excellence in Teaching awards during the holidays where our very own Sarah Atkinson was a finalist.
The night showcased the amazing work our teachers do and while Sarah did not win the top prize, to be recognised in the top six teachers in the state is a massive achievement and a testament to the effort and work that Sarah puts into her work here.
On behalf of the school and community Sarah, we say well done and thankyou for what you do.
Reminder we will be having a Pupil Free Day on Monday 28th November. On this day Staff will be engaged in reviewing 2016 achievement and perception data, team target reviews and starting planning and setting targets for 2017. They will also use this time to refine our curriculum and look into problem based learning as timetabled lessons.
Last Wednesday was our open day.
We had over 140 families visit the school to see our students in action and culminate our Paddock to Plate program.
I was honoured enough to conduct a Principal's tour in which many a memory was shared. The new Early Learning Centre proved a hit and the students loved the learning journey with our visitors.
After a short morning tea we had our grandparents and students read to each other. This brought back many memories of the times I spent with my grandparents reading. Both grandies and students had a ball and showcased the strength of our school community.
What really made this a special time were the grandies who read with students they didn’t know, just so our students didn’t miss out.
A big thankyou must go to our parents and friends and friends of the library that made our open day a possibility.
t the end of this term we farewell a very important member of our wellbeing team in Emma Ward. Emma started with us as a professional counsellor 2 years ago and the work she has done since with our students in times of need has been amazing. Emma is continuing her counselling in Adelaide and we will miss her dearly. Thankyou Emma for the way you looked after the wellbeing of everyone at Maitland Area School. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours.
This was a fantastic spectacle that was put on last week. A big thankyou must go to our school community for making this such a success. While watching the thank-yous at the evening performance I started to ponder on the journey I started here 9 months ago. In my first assembly I asked our students and our families what the MAS logo means to them. I received answers such as respect, pride, tradition and history.
After being a part of Bonsai Samurai, I witnessed first hand what our school means to our scholars and greater community. As I write this I feel both honoured and proud to be working with such an amazing community. While we may not achieve the greatest results (yet) I can see that our students and staff genuinely want to do well. We are well supported by our families and after the improvement we have seen this year it is just a matter of time before our school is rewarded with the results they deserve.
A huge thankyou must go to Tim Tuck, Val McLean, Di Bourne and Debbie Schwartz whose tireless efforts made this production a reality. I cant wait until the next one!
With only a fortnight to go until opening night our staff and community are getting excited about the school production of Bonsai Samurai. There has been a lot of time and effort go into it and I can’t thank our school community enough for the support they have thrown behind it. As it is my first production I am very excited to see our Maitland student’s showcase their talents. A big thankyou must go to Tim Tuck and his band of helpers that make this possible.