Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Secondary Coordinator's Blog

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



This Tuesday, August 14, we had a visit from Keith Payne, a recipient of the Victoria Cross for his service in Vietnam. Keith gave an interesting presentation on responsibility and the things that individuals are responsible for. It was a thought provoking session and judging by the questions asked, our students enjoyed it.

As part of our subject counselling process for students enrolling in SACE stages 1 and 2 in 2013 we will be conducting a SACE information evening on Wednesday 8th August at 7pm, in the Maitland Community Library.The purpose of this evening is to provide information about the structure and requirements of SACE and to provide some initial counselling about subject availability, subject pathways and post school options, and vocational pathways.Staff will be on hand to give out information and to answer questions as they arise. We will follow up enquiries with the SACE Board and Tertiary Institutions if necessary.Families in Years 8 and 9 are also invited to attend to see what our senior students are able to achieve at Maitland Area school. I look forward to seeing you there.

It has been decided this year that we will be combining our traditional Year 8 and 9 camps. This will allow us to continue to maximise opportunities for our students and provide a more productive camp environment. This year we will be attending the Police Blue Light camp at Errappa, Iron Knob, where students will have the chance to build teamwork and self confidence. Next year we will still be going to Canberra so that everyone will still have the opportunity to experience both camps.

Twenty-five MAS students visited the Convention centre last week and attended the 2012 Tertiary Studies and Career Expo.The students found the day useful and received valuable information on career paths and university options.

I encourage all parents and caregivers to attend Meet the Teacher Night next Tuesday. It is an excellent opportunity to meet with staff and to discuss the year ahead. There will also be a sausage sizzle at 7pm for those who wish to stay and meet the Governing Council.

This is my first as Secondary School Coordinator and I am looking forward to a positive year working with students, their families and MAS staff. It has been great to see many new faces in the Secondary School and I have been really pleased to see most of our students in school uniform. I would like to congratulate the way in which classes have settled in quickly and are engaged in their learning journey for the year.

This year we are delivering Stage 1 and 2 Physics at Maitland Area School for the first time in several years. We are in the process of sorting through our equipment but need some help. Does anyone have a working, older style vacuum cleaner that has a blow function as well as suction? Any donations would be greatly appreciated!

Interim reports have been sent home which give families an indication of student's progress so far this year, with interviews to be held Thursday, 29th. Notes have gone home inviting parents / caregivers to make bookings with relevant teachers to discuss students work. I urge you to consider making the effort to attend as the night is a valuable tool to help maximise student's success.

Three Yr 12 students (Ian, Kathryn, Angus) attended the Aim for Adelaide study skills program on Tuesday the 27th.

This event was run by Adelaide Uni and covered time management, exam preparation and essay writing. A lot of strategies to improve these areas were discussed and I am sure will be valuable to those who attended. I would like to thank these students and parents for making the effort and would like to strongly encourage all students to attend future workshops when they are made available.

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