Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

PE & Sport

It has been great to see our secondary students get into lawn bowls as a part of their practical component with Mrs Schmidt.  We have been very fortunate to have had the use of the local bowls club in Maitland as well as the expertise of Gary Downs and John Spaans who have volunteered their time to work with our students.  

Classes will now complete a 5 week intensive block to develop their skills and already it seems the students have been having a lot of fun!


Our Long Run, Long Jump and Javelin events are held prior to sportsday so student athletes are at their best for the demanding day.

The Long Jump and Javelin were held early on Monday March 6 with overcast conditions helping athletes.

The Long Run, with events ranging from 80m sprints for the youngest through to the gruelling 1500m for the oldest students was held on Thursday March 9.

Conditions were warm to hot, but that didn't stop enthusiastic students from achieving personal bests.

Thank you to all the staff and parents who organsied and officiated on the day and to the families who supported students in the spectator area.


In Week 5 of this term our SACE Physical Education students participated in an Aquatics program at Port Vincent. 

Year 12 course

As part of their Year 12 course, our Stage 2 Physical Education students combined with students from Minlaton District School and together completed a 3-day sailing course that not only tested them physically but also mentally. 

They were put through a comprehensive program where they were required to learn and apply their skills in rigging, getting away and returning to shore, capsizing, man-overboard recovery, points of sail, tacking, gybing and initiating tactics. 

Testing skills

Although it was a very exhausting and mentally draining three days for our Year 12 students, I was extremely proud of the resilience and teamwork shown as they worked tirelessly through their skills criteria. 

Our Year 11 students were also put through a strenuous 3-day program that allowed them to learn new skills in kayaking, snorkelling and sailing.

Andrew Mills | Year 12 PE

Wow those holidays went quick! Now we have a busy Term One jam packed with sporting opportunities for all our students at Central Yorke School. 

House Captains

Our first item on our calendar is nominating and selecting of House Captains. Students will be given the information during the Homegroup double on the first day of school. 

During this time teachers will outline the role and expectations of House Captains.  We will be asking all students in Year 5/6  to nominate a boy and a girl who they think will suit the role (students can vote for themselves) these names are then put on the board and students choose whether to decline or accept the nomination.  

This allows students who may be too shy to nominate themselves to be nominated by a peer and take on the nomination if they wish.  Students who wish to accept the nomination will then take a Nomination form which they will then use to fill out a short speech which will be delivered in front of their house group the following Monday the 6th of February (Week 2) during elections. 

Years 4/5/6 will vote for the Primary House Captain and Years 8/9/10/11/12 will vote for the Secondary House Captain once all nominees have completed their speeches. 

Students who are successful in winning the role of House Captain will then be recognised at the Leaders Induction which will be held on Tuesday the 14th of February (Week 3).

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Five Maitland Area School  students ,out of the team of 12, were selected to represent Yorke Peninsula in the U12 Country Carnival cricket team.  Harrison Geater-Johnson, Will Davey, Henry Butler, Rupert Polkinghorne and Ollie Linke played in Whyalla over the weekend. They all had a marvellous time and represented both their district and our school with excellent sporting behaviour. Well done boys !


On the 20th of September the R-3s participated in the Milo Cricket Clinic, which had to be run in the gym due to the bad weather. 

Students practiced throwing, catching, bowling and batting under the watchful guidance of two Adelaide Strikers players. All students had a blast and enjoyed a milo drink to finish.

On Wednesday the 3rd of August our school competed in the SAPSASA SYP Zone Basketball Carnival held at the Minlaton Basketball Stadium. Teams were represented by Minlaton District, Curramulka Primary, Warooka/St Columbus and Maitland Lutheran Schools. 

Maitland AS had four competing teams consisting of a Year 5/6 girls team coached by Ella Davey, a Year 5/6 boys team coached by Paul Linke, a Year 6/7 girls team coached by Naomi Davey and a Year 6/7 boys team coached by Marie Wheare. 

As always our students were great ambassadors for our school with and impressed with their endeavour and competitive effort. Our two boys teams achieved some fantastic results with our Year 5/6 Boys defeating the Maitland Lutheran School in their final game to become SYP zone champions and our Year 6/7 team finishing the carnival undefeated and advancing to the next stage of competition later in the term. 

A huge thank you goes out to our generous and kind parents for all they do to make events like this possible. 

A special mention must go to our coaches once again, our umpires Nick Polkinghorne, Jess Davies, Sally Davey and Janine Burrows, our scorers, those parents who assisted with transport and all our enthusiastic supporters. 

Thank you all!


Well done to the twenty year eight and nine students who made the effort to represent the Yorke Peninsula Zone this year.  They were well skilled, played a positive attacking game style and appropriately competitive attack on the ball.

Unfortunately over the course of the whole match, Kadina Memorial School proved to have a bit too much depth for YPZ, eventually running out winners by a comprehensive margin.  While all players showed good endeavour, our better players for the day were those that continually battled , were often outnumbered but showed a fighting spirit over the four quarters.

Well done to KMS on a strong performance and we wish them well for the rest of the competition.


In week 8 Term 2, the Yorke Peninsula boys and girls teams participated in the SAPSASA Hockey Carnival, held at Grange Reserve in Adelaide. Both teams were made up of students from across the Peninsula, with the girls also having some Adelaide players join in.

Both the opposition teams and the weather,made it out to be a challenging and competitive week. There was a lot of skill displayed and great improvement from Monday to Friday. Maitland Area School student Macy Poole in Year 6, was selected 

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