Secondary Coordinator's Blog
News, views and information from Leigh Rothe, the MAS Secondary Coordinator
Last Wednesday, Emma Westbrook and myself took two very excited teams to compete in the Port Pirie Science Week Expo.
A Primary team and a Secondary team competed against other schools from within the region in a series of three challenges.
Our Secondary team consisted of Liam, Shaylah, Jasmine and Evie who started strongly and despite struglling with the last two challenges still finished a commendable fourth.
Better news for Lily, Sophie, Steph and Oscar who competed consistently in all challenges to finish the day in equal first position.
It was a rewarding day for all involved and it was good to see the teams work together to find solutions to the problems presented to them.
Tonight is the annual SACE Information evening, starting at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Centre. It is an opportunity for students and their families to gather information and ask questions about future subject opportunities at Maitland Area School. Secondary staff will be in attendance to help with any queries. All secondary students are welcome to attend while it is advised that all Year 10 and 11 students come to prepare for subject counselling. We look forward to seeing you there.
The Year 10 students took part in a Work Experience Program in Week 8, term 2 and this involved students being placed with employers to gain insight into the workplace and industry.
Work Experience is an important part of our school program where students experience the world of work, often for the first time.
Our students had a successful week within a wide range of industries and have returned to school able to reflect on their experiences to assist them with developing personal and learning goals for school and beyond.
A highly valued reason for the success of the MAS Work Experience Program each year is the support that our students receive from the Maitland business owners, managers, industries and organisations.
This year, we would like to acknowledge and thank the following:-
- Maitland Marine Services
- Hotel Maitland
- Do@Sixty Four Hair and Beauty
- Eglinton Bros
- Virginia and Andrew Rowntree
- Port Victoria Hotel
- CJ&ME Bridgman
- The Village, Eldercare
We'd also like to welcome Pre-service teacher Trent Harris to to MAS. Trent is working with our middle school students, teaching HPE and Maths. We hope he finds his five weeks with us a valuable experience.
We'd like to welcome German Exchange student Hanna Dzierer to Maitland. Hanna is on a six month exchange to Australia and is already busy with school subjects and helping out in the local production of 'Annie' with the Music & Arts Club.
Holidays are fast approaching and students will be looking forward to a well earned break. For our Year 12 students it is an opportunity to finish work and begin to prepare for the upcoming term.
All year 12 subjects have an externally assessed component worth thirty percent of the final grade. For some these are investigations and folios, for others it is an end of year exam. Either way, Term 3 represents a busy time of the year with a lot of work due and deadlines to meet.
To support students with exams and preparation for them, Maitland Area School are offering support for programs run during the holidays. A package has gone home to all students with an end of year exam outlining the assistance available.
1. Ace Your Exams
Firstly, the Ace Your Exams program is being conducted at Kadina Memorial School on the first Monday of the holidays.
Tickets have been provided for each student by MAS.
2. Holiday revision courses
The second is a range of holiday revision programs run by companies in Adelaide.
These are proving increasingly popular and assist with specific subject revision and exam preparation.
MAS is offering to refund half the cost of these sessions after completion. Please contact the school if you require further information.
Welcome back to another year at Maitland Area School. This year is a year of change in many respects. We look forward to working with our new principal, Grant Keleher, and the fresh perspectives he brings with him. Welcome also to our new students. We have had many new enrolments, particularly in the senior years, and look forward to sharing your successes at Maitland Area School.
Congratulations to Thomas Smart as our highest achiever in 2015. There were also a number of impressive individual subject efforts, with a number of A grades achieved. All but one of our eligible students achieved their SACE last year, continuing our run of successful results over the last three years. We wish the class of 2015 well as they step out into the "real world", whatever that may look like, and look forward to hearing of their adventures.
It has been pleasing to see the engagement in programs trialled by the school last term.
The Woodwerx program has provided access to specialised skills in furniture construction with students completing some impressive pieces of work to take home.
The Butheras Rock project has also given the opportunity for students to learn hands on skills and developing teamwork to regenerate the viewing platform and surrounds on site at Point Pearce.
Both of these are examples of the way the school community is able to work together to provide opportunities for our young people.
The feedback from both has been positive and I look forward to seeing the completed projects.
Thankyou and congratulations to all staff and students involved.
Term 3 promises to be another busy term at Maitland Area School. Our Year 12’s are now approaching the final months of their schooling and we encourage them to keep working hard to finish the year successfully.
It is important that students are supported through this time as it can be very stressful for them and for their families. Subject counselling for senior students will be taking place later this term.
It is also important that conversations are starting about what students might be looking at doing next year and beyond to make this process as stress free as possible. More information will become available over the next few weeks about dates and times.
We welcome new students Judith Jackson (Year 7) and Michael Andrew (Year 8) to our school. We hope they enjoy their time with us and find success with their learning.
Year 10 Work Experience
The Year 10 students were out and about in the local and wider community with Work Experience in the last week of Term 3.
We'd like to thank local businesses for giving our students this valuable opportunity to experience working conditions and practices.
Congratulations to our Secondary students for the way they have started the year. There are many new faces in the corridor and the added vibrancy from the year 7/8 room. It is fantastic to see the learning and positive attitudes on display through the classrooms.
Success at MAS
I have attended some conferences and meetings over the last few weeks which have caused me to reflect on what a great place Maitland Area School is to work. We have worked really hard over the last few years to improve our outcomes for Senior Secondary students which has seen a big jump in successful SACE completion. Our students are now confidently applying for further education and gaining meaningful employment.
This year we are offering over twenty face-to-face SACE subjects directly at Maitland Area School.
We are also actively supporting a further nine subjects through Open Access College. Students are also undertaking VET courses at Certificate 11 and 111 level as well as school based apprenticeships and other industry programs.
This means that students at Maitland Area School have some amazing opportunities for a school of our size and these only present themselves when the whole school community is working together. Our staff and leaders are supportive of students and each other which allows us to develop flexible options to achieve success.
Thank you to everyone for their part and I look forward to this continuing and sharing similar success at the end of this year.