Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Secondary Coordinator's Blog

News, views and information from Leigh Rothe, the MAS Secondary Coordinator


Congratulations to Cody Willson and Jesse Lawler who have been accepted into  the 2014 Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (S.T.E.M) Career Network. This is a partnership between the Barossa, Lower North & Yorke Trade School Consortium and the UniSA Connect program. The Network provides and exciting opportunity for students to explore career pathways in the S.T.E.M. sector with hands on activities and to be able to work with specialists in these fields. I look forward to seeing what these students achieve throughout the year.
I'd also like to join with Mr Gravestocks in congratulating Colin and Ben for their success with the Port Power Academy, Sherida and Anna for their inclusion in the Australian Defence Force Careers Programme and Bill, Andrew and Ciha for their inclusion in the Mining, Resources & Energy Career Course.
We have come tome to the end of a very busy year at Maitland Area School. There have been many events and excursions during the year which have engaged students and broadened their horizons.

Thank you staff

A big thankyou to the staff at Maitland Area School whose continued efforts have laid the foundations for continuing student achievement. The wider community has also played a major roll in delivering programs and helping students in diverse range of ways, Thank you. 
The continued support of families is also appreciated, particularly from senior students as they work through and complete their SACE. 
Finally, well done to our nine Year 12 students who have battled through to the end of the year and whose efforts throughout have laid the foundations for future success. Good luck with the next phase in your lives, wherever that may take you.

A relaxing break

Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing break, and look forward to seeing everyone back again for what promises to be another big and successful year.
Next Monday night the Senior School is holding its SACE information evening. This is a great opportunity to find out information about what the school can offer your children as they head into the senior years. Letters have gone home this week inviting all parents / caregivers with children in Years 8 to 12 to attend and information books have been supplied to students in Year 11 and 12. Staff will be on hand to discuss subject choices with you on the night. Subject counselling will follow during the week and appointments can be made on the night.
The Senior Pure Maths class played the ASX  Schools Share Market Game over ten weeks in late Term 1 and into Term 2. The class performed very well during the game with stiff competition as to who would make the biggest profit. As of the close of trading on the 15th May, Liam Thatcher had drawn away to post an end result of $53,615.73 from his $50,000 allocation. He was closely followed by Ron Edwards and Ben Smart. Well done to all those who competed.


In previous years the senior Pure Maths class has participated in the Australian Stock Exchange Schools Sharemarket Game. Last year one of our students performed very well, leading the state for a period of time and also ranking highly nationally. This year I am inviting any Secondary students to join in the game. The Game brings the world into the classroom. It's a great opportunity to have students interacting online, in what is as close to real life share trading as you can get. While learning about the Sharemarket, students can put what they are learning into practice as they are given a hypothetical $50,000 to trade for a 10 week period. As a result of playing the Game students will...
  1. develop their knowledge of the sharemarket
  2. learn how to research companies
  3. discover the importance of wise investment decisions
  4. begin to learn more about investing which is beneficial for their future
It is free to play and as a bonus, students can win great cash prizes of up to $2500. If you are interested in joining the game please contact me at School before the 6th of March as trading begins on the 7th of March.


This term we will be trialling the use of Edmodo in the YEar 12 classroom.  
Edmodo is a free and secure learning network for teachers, students, and schools.  It provides a safe way for us to connect, share content, access homework, participate in discussions and receive class information.
Edmodo is available 24/7 and is accessible online and through any mobile device with Internet capabilities – including free apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices.  Students can access their account from any mobile device or computer, and set up notifications within Edmodo to receive alerts/reminders via text or e-mail.
Edmodo will not be used as a social network like Facebook or MySpace.  This tool will be used   strictly for educational purposes using the following guidelines:
  • Students will be required to use appropriate grammar instead of texting language
  • Edmodo does not allow private student-to-student messaging- the site will be used to discuss school-related content only
  • No put-downs or sarcasm toward another’s ideas. All school rules and consequences related to harassment apply
Students who violate the guidelines above may face disciplinary action and/or face losing the privilege of using Edmodo.
As the trial progresses it is hoped that other classes may be able to join in the Edmodo experience. I look forward to a great year as we incorporate the use of technology into our classroom curriculum.  If you have any questions, please contact me at school


It is getting towards the time of year when our Senior students are beginning to have work due for assessment. The following is based on infromation from the SACE website and will form the basis of our school Deadlines Policy.
The school sets assessment deadlines to provide clarity and to allow staff and students to manage their workloads. Some assessment pieces may require intermediate dates to monitor a student’s progress (drafts, journal evidence etc). The timeline for completing a task will be outlined by the teacher prior to starting a task. Students may negotiate extensions with their teacher prior to the assessment deadline.
The school will not accept work that is not handed up according to the timeline provided where there is not a valid reason. Failure to meet the final assessment deadline will result in that student failing the task.
A letter of non-submission will be posted home where students fail to meet intermediate or final deadlines.


Maitland Area School views homework as an important part of the learning environment. By building the habits of regularly completing homework students will have developed successful daily routines for use in further studies. It is an expectation that when homework is set, students will attempt to complete the tasks required of them.
To assist students develop these skills, students who do not attempt to complete homework tasks will be asked to attend the Lunchtime Homework Centre (LHC) in a designated area. 
The LHC will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunchtime (12:55pm) for students to attend and complete homework tasks. Staff members will be on hand to supervise the LHC and to make sure that work is being finished.
Opportunities will arise for students wishing to attend the LHC to complete work under supervision before it is due or who may not have access to the required resources at home.
A signed note from a parent explaining a valid reason for a student not completing homework is required to excuse students from attending the Lunchtime Home Centre.

A big thank you to the families who came to the SACE evening last Wednesday. A lot of staff effort went into preparing for it, and it was rewarding to see you all there.

The next step is to begin the subject counselling process. Letters have gone home for families with students heading into years 11 and 12 next year.

Please respond with preferred appointment times so that we can organise counselling sessions next Tuesday and Wednesday.

The subject selection handbook will be sent home with students for you to help with this process.

I encourage you to look through this and check out the variety of courses available at MAS. Other year levels will follow shortly after.



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