Last Tuesday was our annual Primary Splash Day. The day generates a great deal of excitement amongst our younger students. Well done to the students for the level of participation and competitive spirit demonstrated on the day.
Congratulations to Spencer for their winning performance and to Julie Adams for once again presenting her cup to the winning team.
Tuesday February 12 was Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) and it was terrific to have the Lions' Club firing up the BBQ and cooking pancakes for the students and staff.
A big thank you to all the Lion's Club members who donned aprons and chef's hats as well as to our School Chaplain Kelly Whittaker for organising the delicious activity!
Next Tuesday is our annual meet the teacher night. I would like to encourage all parents and caregivers to attend if at all possible.
On the night teachers will be providing information regarding the curriculum, expectations and activities that your student will be able to access throughout the year. Proposed camps and excursions will be discussed including the potential costings and expectations students will need to meet to be able to attend.
In addition to the scheduled homeclass information sessions, Chelsea Koch will be running a session at 7pm to outline our Physical Education programme across R-12. Topics included will be structures for Sportsday, Interschool Sport, Brain Gym and Play is the Way. A flyer with more detail regarding this session will be sent home shortly.
Welcome to Emma Atkins (year 5/6), Kimberly Black and Betina Davies (sharing the other year 5/6) to our school. I am really pleased that we were able to employ staff who are familiar with our school and students as Emma is an old scholar, Betina and Kimberly both live locally and have undertaken relief work with us. Another new face is Priscilla Miller as our Finance Manager, replacing Ros Allen / Charmaine Simmons. Priscilla comes with a wealth of experience and I am sure will be a real asset to the Admin team at MAS.
Last Saturday night, the staff of Maitland Area School, past and present, had the opportunity to formally farewell some long term members. The total number of years that the retiring staff had committed to our school was amazing. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Greg Bone (31 years), Jill Bagshaw (23 years), Charmaine Simmons (23 years) and Denise White (23 years) all the best for their retirement from our entire school community and to remind them that the door is always open.
Last Friday at our Student Free Day, students, parents and staff worked through the review of our previous improvement plan and begun work on future directions for our school. As a group we have prioritised the following two areas: Achievement and Community, for our next planning cycle. Secondly, we have agreed to begin the exploration of “Play is the Way” as a programme to develop and strengthen our values as a school community. Further work will continue with the SRC, Governing Council and staff to add more detail to the plans. The aim is to have them completed by the middle of term 1, 2013. A big thankyou to all involved, especially the students who gave up their student free day!
Last week we received the fantastic news that Browne Falconer, an architectural firm, have been appointed to undertake the feasibility study to move the Maitland Children’s Centre to Maitland Area School. The aim is that work will begin on this process before the end of the school year. This is an exciting development and I look forward to working on this project with the Children’s Centre’s Director Louise Hanrahan and our community.
A reminder that Remembrance Day Service is being held on Sunday the 11th of November at the Maitland War Memorial at 10:45am. It would be fantastic to see a number of our students representing the school at this service in their school uniform as this day is an important time for our community to remember and reflect the many who have fought for our way of life.