Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Due to the implementation of the Australian Curriculum all schools were allocated four Student Free Days to assist staff to ensure schools are able to meet the designated deadlines. As a result the group of schools in Southern Yorke Peninsula decided recently to hold our next Student Free Day on Monday the 10th of September. This day will be instead of the planned and publicized School Closure Day on Wednesday the 12th of September. This will support subject area teachers working together across our schools.

Congratulations to our students, staff and community members in our school band for their success at last week’s Balaklava Eisteddfod. The Sax Ensemble group won their category and our Concert Band was second overall. A fantastic effort considering the number of primary students in our band and the fact that they were competing against much larger schools than ours.

Congratulations also go to Jackie Norman, Debbie Schwartz, Vanessa Secomb and Anna Taheny for their SA Teaching Award nominations. The nomination forms cited their professionalism, innovation and dedication to achieving the best outcomes for our children. It would be wonderful if they could all win!


Of these there are many!
As previously mentioned, Ian Burman has moved to Ardrossan Area School for the remainder of the year as Principal. We wish Ian all the best in his new role and I am sure will still hear from him often as the schools work closely together.
Beth Hector has begun her tenure early as the Deputy Principal and now has that role for the next five and a half years.

Read more: Staffing Updates

We have a number of new students beginning their schooling in the Reception class.  A big welcome to Josh French, Sadie Polkinghorne, Morgan Shipp, Jameson Schilling and Barnaby Wheare who began this term and to Noah Meseke and Nickola Meseke who joined the class at the end of last term.

It has come to my attention during my morning yard duties and wanderings around the school that the number of students wearing our designated uniform has improved significantly! As many of you will be aware we undertook a major review resulting in some changes, including the inclusion of plain black track pants (without large logos or stripes). It is fantastic to see that the vast majority are in compliance with our policy and there is a growing number wearing the full uniform e.g. the inclusion of brown or black shoes. Well done to all involved. It looks fantastic as many visitors have commented on.

Staffing UpdateThere has certainly been some movement in staffing recently! 

  • Ian Burman has accepted the position of Principal of Ardrossan Area School for the remainder of 2012. This will mean that Ian will finish his time at Maitland at the end of this term and retire at the end of the year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ian for his many years of work at MAS in the capacity of both a Deputy Principal and Principal. 

Read more: Staffing Update

Two weeks ago our staff participated in the whole of Southern Yorke Peninsula student free day at our school.

The purpose of the day was to continue familiarising both primary and secondary staff on the content of the Australian Curriculum.

Primary Staff Journey

For primary staff the journey has been longer but there is an expectation that the primary cohort of the school will be reporting to parents against the Australian Curriculum in Maths, Science, English and History by the end of the year to parents.
Ongoing work will continue for the next few years to ensure that staff are in the best possible place to deliver the new curriculum to our students. Through newsletters I will be providing information for parents and our community on the impacts of the new curriculum to hopefully ensure a smooth transition for us as a school.


One really positive aspect of the day was the terrific feedback we received about our school from our many visitors. Our grounds really impressed as did the catering (thanks to the canteen and the Yorke Valley Hotel).

Tenders have closed for the construction work that will upgrade our existing Ag classroom. Hopefully work will start in the near future and be completed in time to enable us to deliver Certificate 2 in Agriculture (cropping focus) next year. To ensure that we will have the capacity to do this meetings have begun with service providers to shape up the course and ensure that it meets the needs of our community. Stay tuned as further information will be forthcoming. Our aim is to hold a community meeting next term to discuss the training package that will be delivered.

This Friday is a Student Free Day for all students. Schools from across Southern Yorke Peninsula will be attending our school for a full day workshop. The teachers will gain skills to enable them to deliver and report against the Australian Curriculum. Through the newsletter and parent information sessions we are aiming to ensure that we have a smooth transition to the major changes that the Australian Curriculum brings.

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