Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

This year Mimasaka City is once again planning to visit Maitland as part of our exchange programme. At this stage they are planning to visit in August. Once we have more details I will publish them through the newsletter.
 
If you think that you may be interested in having a Japanese student stay in your home or if you have any ideas of activities we could organise for them please don’t hesitate to contact me at school. 
 
Recently information was sent home regarding this project. Our school is in the second phase of this national data collection. The collection process will run for the remainder of the term. 
 
As was mentioned in the information that was sent home, please do not hesitate to contact the school if you require further information on this project.
 
The mice move in...
As I am sure you are all aware we are in the grip of a mouse plague within our community! Needless to say, the school has not been spared!  Our baiting regime has been increased significantly and we are attempting to clean up as best as possible, often on a day-to-day basis. 
Hopefully some cold weather and rain will assist and their numbers will be reduced significantly. Once this occurs we are aiming to thoroughly clean affected rooms.
Thank you to the many parents who attended parent / teacher interviews last week. I am now in my  fifth year at the school and the number of  attendees were certainly a record. We will publish the numbers early next term and I think we can set a target to beat in term 3!
 
Over the last few weeks we have received exciting news regarding the placement of senior students into highly competitive training courses. Congratulations to the students listed below for winning these places against a large field of high-calibre entrants.
  • Colin Sansbury & Ben Rigney: Port Power AFL Academy 
  • Sherida Bourghouts & Anna Falco: Australian Defence Force Careers Programme
  • Bill Edwards, Andrew Watson & Ciha Smith: Mining, Resources & Energy Career Course
  • Jesse Lawler & Cody Willson: STEM - 2014 Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Course (organised by UniSA and the Mid North, Yorke Peninsula and Barossa Trade Training Centre)
 
The majority of these students are in year 10 and 11 and the experiences, all at an extremely high level, will definitely provide them with the opportunity to excel.
 
Thank you to members of the community who came along to the Maitland Tidy Towns “Clean up Australia Day” morning on Saturday March 1st.
 
The North Terrace extension which borders our school benefitted from the time spent clearing the rubbish from this area.
This week we welcomed, Sam Power, an old scholar of the SAASTA programme to our staff. 
Sam has been employed by the SANFL as a trainee based at Maitland Area School. In his role Sam will be working across the school and supporting the SAASTA programme. 
 
At Presentation Night we took the opportunity to thank the staff who are leaving at the end of 2013. 
Whilst the time served at MAS is vastly different they all have demonstrated commitment and a deep desire to support students to achieve their best. 
On behalf of the community I would like to acknowledge and thank them for their service.
  • George Hewitson – Aboriginal Education Coordinator, 2013
  • Ali Newbold – Literacy Coach, 2012/13
  • Brooke Edginton – JP teacher, 2012/13
  • Steve Heyes- Numeracy Coach, 2013
  • Fiona Myers: Flexible Learning Manager, 2013
  • Star Derrington: Maternity leave for first half of 2014
  • Jackie Norman: Primary teacher, 1984 – 2013
  • Kaye McCauley: Primary teacher, 1962 – 2013
Kaye McCauley and Jackie Norman have been part of Maitland Area School for a combined total of 80 years, with Kaye teaching at MAS for 51 years; truly amazing. 
 
Last Monday we spent the day reviewing where we are at as a site in comparison to the standards and targets we set at the beginning of the year and reviewing the results of the student, parent and staff surveys conducted recently.
It was really pleasing to see the growth that has occurred within cohorts of students in literacy and numeracy. Thankyou to Steve Heyes, Numeracy Coach, and Ali Newbold, Literacy Coach, for the role they have played in our site and in preparing the data. To me, there have been improvements at Maitland Area School in both literacy and numeracy, and our capacity to refer to individual student data and differentiate learning programmes for students.
The other component of the day involved reviewing the results of the opinion surveys that were conducted recently. Once further analysis has been completed work will be undertaken by the SRC, Governing Council and staff to prioritise actions and publish results. Thank you to our parent and student representatives for taking part in a very valuable day.
 

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