Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

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. 

Values

Central Yorke School have three school values that are relevant to the students of today and also represent the main values that our families hold dear to them. 

The values are 

Respect

Relationships

Resilience

I have asked staff that all conversations they have with students involve our values. I also ask parents to support these values with conversations they have with their children. 

Things like 'please' and 'thankyou' are totally acceptable norms. 

Student expectations over the 12 months have increased both in terms of academics and citizenship. 

As I said to students on Monday, I am proud of the level they have achieved so far, but it is unacceptable to stay there. 

Attendance

It is a requirement that students are here on time every day. The DECD benchmark for attendance is 95%. If your child is sick and can’t come to school, then please write a note in their diary and forward it onto their teacher. Days off for trips to Adelaide or birthdays are not legitimate excuses and really hinder young people from obtaining quality educational outcomes. Parents and staff need to foster positive relationships to make sure students are at school every day.

Uniform

Our uniform and colours are steeped in tradition and mean a lot to past students and the community. A uniform is a symbol of belonging, it is also a way of identifying and keeping students safe in the yard, but mostly it represents pride, excellence and a respect of ones traditions and culture. Students at Central Yorke School are required to wear a uniform every day. If for some reason your child cannot be in uniform, please write a note in their diary or negotiate something with leadership. I have been impressed with the uniform standard already on display.

I hope that all students are enjoying their new school uniforms and will wear them with pride. Our jumpers are still being made and will hopefully be here before the weather turns. You will receive more information when we know more from our supplier.

Can parents also please note that grey is no longer a colour of our uniform. Students are required to wear black in regards to pants and shorts. Also the Governing Council have also ratified that stripes are also against uniform policy. I ask that parents please support us in regards to your children wearing the correct uniform. We have attached a copy of the uniform policy to the school app as well as in the front of the student diaries.

Welcome to our new staff

We welcome Shayla Vince who is teaching PLP, English and Workplace Practices. Shayla comes to us from Stansbury and is already making her mark at the school with her enthusiasm. 

The Early Years Centre welcomes Mrs Kerry Richardson who has been teaching at Pt Pearce. Kerry comes to us with a Kindy, Junior Primary and Rural Care background. We are really excited to have Kerry with us to lead our Birth to Year 2 curriculum.

CYS leadership

Behind all great schools is a great staff and to support them is our leadership team.

This team is responsible for our strategic direction and implementation of policy and procedures.

At Central Yorke our leadership consist of

Grant Keleher – Principal;

Beth Hector – Deputy

Daniel Richardson – Head of Pt Pearce Campus, Aboriginal Education R-12

Kerry Richardson – Head of Early Years

Tim Tuck – Learning and Innovation

Scott Moore – Learning and Student Pathways

Chelsea Koch – SAASTA Academy

Helen Moloney – Counsellor

Priscilla Miller – Business Manager 

If you have any questions about our school, please feel free to approach any of the leadership and they will endeavour to answer them. 

If you are unhappy with anything at the school, please come and tell us. If you wish to say something positive – tell everyone else.

In closing, it is a choice to attend Central Yorke School. By choosing to attend our school, students choose to follow our values and expectations and conduct themselves as valued members of their community. 

If you do have any questions of the school and how we operate please do not hesitate to call me at school or pop in to have a chat. We have our Parent Night Tuesday the 7th of February and I encourage all parents to come along and meet the staff as well as myself.

Until next time.

Grant Keleher

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