On February 18 we had a very successful Student Leader Induction Ceremony in the Performing Arts Centre. It was pleasing to see the number of students nominate for leadership positions within the school, and we sincerely value the contribution that they will make to school life during this year.
I congratulate all of the students who took their opportunity to be involved in student leadership, whether as a member of the Maitland Area School SRC, House Captain or Bus Monitor. It is great to see you taking on a leadership role in the school, both you and the school will benefit from this.
Special mention to: Head Prefect Anna Falco, who spoke to the assembly about the goals she will be trying to achieve this year. We are very lucky to have someone of Anna’s ability leading our student body.
Thanks also to all the parents and family members who came to see the induction, it was great to see you there and I’m sure the students really appreciated your attendance. Staff and students are also to be congratulated: the students displayed excellent listen skills throughout the ceremony, showing their understanding of the importance of the occasion whilst staff coordination, flexibility and support leading up to and including the day were exemplary.
Thanks go to our special guest, Dr Emily Klopp, for her words to the student body, as well as Ms. Helen Moloney and Ms Chelsea Koch, for all their work in facilitating the election processes, and getting all students organised for the assembly.
I hope that everybody has had a relaxing break and are ready to tackle 2016 with energy and enthusiasm. I would particularly like to welcome new families and their children to Maitland Area School. We are a school that focuses on developing positive relationships with our families and the community and I know together we can strive to provide opportunities for our children to succeed in their studies.
I have been teaching on the peninsula and mid north now for 15 years and have spent the past five years as Assistant Principal at Kadina Memorial High School. I have a wife Adele and two kids, Charlotte, who is six and Jack, who is three. Adele is the Deputy Principal at Moonta Area School.
My main aim is to work with the community to ensure Maitland Area School is a place where young people can develop the necessary skills, attitudes and competencies that allows them to become positive, productive members of our community. At Maitland Area School we will strive to work with our families to provide a quality education for our young people and have it as a place that they are proud to call their own.
Maitland Area School has been identified as a school of significance by a national reference group for a research project titled “Building an evidence base for national best practice in mathematics” due to the significant improvement in our NAPLAN results between 2011 and 2014. A letter and consent form from the University of Tasmania will be sent home to all parents with students in years 3 to 9. The survey has been instigated and funded through the Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia. I would like to encourage all of our students to participate and therefore their parents to complete and return the consent as soon as possible.
Best of luck to our students participating in the Festival of Music Choir performance at the Festival Theatre on Monday the 8th of September. It is an amazing opportunity and experience to perform in a venue like the Festival Centre with students from across SA.
Our Royal Show team have been working hard to prepare our steers and goats for the Royal Adelaide Show this year. Every year it amazes me how the animals improve with the training provided by the students and overseen by Sarah Townsend. Maitland Area School will be closed on Wednesday September 9th for the Show. I would encourage families planning on attending the Show to do so on this day and support our school team.
For the first time in a number of years our students have had the opportunity to participate in the Stage 1 (Year 11) Outdoor Education course. This has been a introduced this year in response to students wishing to undertake the course.
I know that for many people the thought of carrying your own food, clothes and camping equipment for a week without running water or other amenities could induce nightmares but the recent camp which the students undertook to Mambray Creek was a great success.
Starting this week a number of secondary students who have expressed interest have begun a project at a site of significance called Buthera’s Rock at Point Pearce.
The students will be working with tradespeople to remove and re-build a viewing platform and landscape the area.
This project is the result of a grant we received this year to promote engagement and we are grateful to be partnering with the Point Pearce Corporation, District Council of YP, Re-engage and Point Pearce Aboriginal School in this venture.
Stay tuned for photos of the students at work!
Congratulations to the school concert band for taking out 3rd position in the open bands division at the recent Balaklava Eisteddfod. A great effort considering the number of younger students who play in the band and the fact that the band is now made up of students from a number of schools.
Last Tuesday the our school undertook a walk into the Point Pearce Community. The walk was organised by Tommy Wanganeen, Danielle Reid and Ben Rigney as part of their year 12 studies. I would like to thank all of the students, staff and community members from Point Pearce Aboriginal School, Maitland Children’s Centre and Maitland Area School for their support and participation in this event. It was fantastic to see all of the groups come together under the banner of reconciliation within our community.
During the last week of the school term it was our great pleasure to host students, parents and staff from Glen Osmond Primary School for an overnight stay and country experience.
Many in our community remember Vanessa Secomb from her time teaching at Maitland and it has led to her desire for her city based students to get a taste of what life is like in a country school and community.
The feedback from the students, parents and staff from both schools was very positive and I think that we will begin discussions to investigate formalising an exchange programme between the two schools.
Thanks to Bron Polgreen and helpers for the catering, MAS staff and the Ben Wundersitz and Anna Binna staff for providing an exciting programme for our visitors.