Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Productions

We had a full house for our Shakespeare Festival in week 9 of Term 4.

Romeo & Juliet

The R/1 class presented their own take on Taylor Swift's 'Love Story' with a cute - and funny - video featuring a dozen Juliets, an octet of Romeos and a plot to capture the balcony. 

The Tempest

The Year 2/3's presented a live-action retelling of the Tempest, starting with the mighty storm, and ending just where it all gets mushy! Some great character performances from the various Ariels, Prosperos, daughters, princes, sailors and Calabans!

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Year 4 went all technical with a green-screen version of the classic Shakespearean comedy. They covered the famed 'play-within-a-play', the marriage and the 'end'. Some clever effects and a mysteriously magical unicorn!

Macbeth

The Year 5/6 class wowed with two sixty-second versions of Macbeth. The boys were marginally quicker than the girls but the girls won with their dramatic interpretations.

Hamlet

The Year 7/8 class performed the entirety of Hamlet: in rap! They put their raps to music then created video clips to accompany them.

Thank you...

Sprinkled throughout were 3D animations made by the Year 9's introducing the plays: thank you to the Year 9 class for this special contribution! 

Thank you as always to our supportive parents and to Mrs Hector for her special Shakespeare 'Readers of-the-Week'.

Our Mini-Circus on November 18 was a huge success. We had 100 students showcasing their circus skills in the PAC Circus Ring under the 'Big Top'. It was wonderful to see so many parents in the audience, thank you for adding extra excitement to our show!

Pride of place in the audience were the Maitland Preschool children. A big thank you to Trevor Allen for being our bus driver and thank you to our two Year 6/7 clowns who accompanied the children to the school.

There were lots of stand out acts but special mention must go to Annabelle and Ivy for their 'Stretchy Legs' doctor act, to Darnell, Harrison and Anthany for their 'Human Cannonball Act', to Jayden, Mitchell and Oscar for their 'World's Strongest Man Act' and to Elijah, Lachlan and Tyson for their marvellous Parkour act that closed the show. 

Thanks go to Kyle  who kept the crowd entertained with his magic acts, April  for running the music and to Sylvia and Lynarrha for running the ticket office and helping with changing the equipment.

Date Change

Please note the new date for our production. It's changed from August 13 & 14 (Week 4) to August 27 & 28. 

This was done to avoid clashes with the Japanese Exchange visit. Fingers crossed we're not clashing with anything else!

Costumes

Di Bourne, our costume lady extraordinaire has been super-busy with grass skirts, brass band uniforms, parrots and much more. A big thank you to her helpers and the obliging classroom teachers when we've borrowed students for fittings.

Dancing

Belinda Wundersitz has been in teaching the Year 8/9 students a thing or two about Scottish jigs and the like.

Thanks go to Letitia Linke for her help with the younger students.

Scenery

We're making palm trees - lots of palm trees! Art teacher MelissaKate McPharlin has been organising our painting-parties while Year 6/7 teachers Val McLEan and Betina Davies have been making Moai heads and painting canoes, paddles and white whales.

Date Change

Please note the new date for our production. It's changed from August 13 & 14 (Week 4) to August 27 & 28. 

This was done to avoid clashes with the Japanese Exchange visit. Fingers crossed we're not clashing with anything else!

Costumes

Di Bourne, our costume lady extraordinaire has been super-busy with grass skirts, brass band uniforms, parrots and much more. A big thank you to her helpers and the obliging classroom teachers when we've borrowed students for fittings.

Dancing

Belinda Wundersitz has been in teaching the Year 8/9 students a thing or two about Scottish jigs and the like.

Thanks go to Letitia Linke for her help with the younger students.

Scenery

We're making palm trees - lots of palm trees! Art teacher MelissaKate McPharlin has been organising our painting-parties while Year 6/7 teachers Val McLEan and Betina Davies have been making Moai heads and painting canoes, paddles and white whales.

Date Change

Please note the new date for our production. It's changed from August 13 & 14 (Week 4) to August 27 & 28. 

This was done to avoid clashes with the Japanese Exchange visit. Fingers crossed we're not clashing with anything else!

Costumes

Di Bourne, our costume lady extraordinaire has been super-busy with grass skirts, brass band uniforms, parrots and much more. A big thank you to her helpers and the obliging classroom teachers when we've borrowed students for fittings.

Dancing

Belinda Wundersitz has been in teaching the Year 8/9 students a thing or two about Scottish jigs and the like.

Thanks go to Letitia Linke for her help with the younger students.

Scenery

We're making palm trees - lots of palm trees! Art teacher MelissaKate McPharlin has been organising our painting-parties while Year 6/7 teachers Val McLEan and Betina Davies have been making Moai heads and painting canoes, paddles and white whales.

Today's Compass Rose Rehearsal is in lessons 3 & 4. We are running all of Act 1 and (hopefully!) some of Act 2.

Can Year 8s please move directly to the PAC after recess so we can start on time.

Mr Tuck

Brainstorm Productions performed two shows at school on May 2 in the PAC.
 
The first show, 'Verbal Combat', aimed to address some of the issues around Cyber Bullying, using a contemporary story performed by two very talented young actors. 
The show certainly had our Year 8-12 students enthralled with a poignant soundtrack, lightning fast costume changes and  realistic character portrayal. Following the show, the actors discussed some of the issues, responses and characters involved. Scan the QR code for more info.
 
The second show, 'The H Team', was aimed at  the Primary Classes and focused on giving students the knowledge, confidence and resilience to help combat negative feelings and behaviours.
 
Once again the actors swapped parts constantly, involved students in songs and actions and bought home the message that critical thinking is an important skill that can help us 'outsmart the media, the junk food giants, the advertising gurus and the bullies to create a healthy harmonious school community'. The primary students had lots of questions to ask and at the conclusion and the actors also offered advice on how to learn lines for our own musical.
 
Congratulations to all students for their terrific audience skills and to Brainstorm Production for these brilliant shows.

Our annual Christmas Assembly drew a record crowd of parents and families who gathered on Wednesday December 11 in the PAC to celebrate the end of the year with the R-7 students.

With nearly thirty items on the programme, the afternoon was packed with singing, dancing (well done Miss Norman!), jokes, plays, student-videos, music performances, the 5/6 Band and the Festival Choir. 

Father Christmas made an appearance, courtesy of the local police and helped us present the Classroom Christmas Door competition.

Thank you to all the families who attended and supported their children, thanks to the PA crew for coping with a technically difficult programme and thanks to Debbie Schwartz for her support and help throughout the day.

 

 

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