Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

PE & Sport

Congratulations to Ilea Frensch and Matthew Thomson (Year 7) on their selection in the SAPSASA State girls and boys basketball teams.  Primary school students from around the state trialled 4 times recently in Adelaide.  

From these trials, a team of 10 boys and girls were chosen.   Over the next few months Ilea and Matt will train on Sundays in Adelaide in readiness for their carnival in November.  

This year the State Basketball teams will participate in the Pacific Schools Games hosted in Adelaide. 

Both Ilea and Matt commenced their basketball with local peninsula teams and are currently part of the Yorkers Program at Kadina.   

In addition to this both train all year round as part of the SA Country Development Network Squad Program (DNSP) at Kadina.  Ilea and Matt also play basketball for Norwood all year round and are currently in their U14 Division 1 sides.

Well, it was a clean sweep for our SYP SAPSASA District Basketballers in Minlaton last Wednesday, July 29 when our Year 5/6/7 boys and girls basketball teams participated in the SYP SAPSASA District Basketball Carnival held at the Minlaton Basketball Stadium. 

The boy’s team was coached by Andrew Thomson and umpired by Marie Wheare. The girl’s team was coached by Naomi Davey and umpired by Jess Davies. Bench official and scoring duties came from the generous support of Danny Allan, Kerry Rowe and Simon Wheare. 

Conditions were cold and windy on the outside courts all day, yet our boys and girls were not fazed by the elements and began their dominance early, by comfortably defeating our neighbouring school, Maitland Lutheran. 

Read more: SYP SAPSASA Basketball Clean Sweep

MAS students participated in the Open Girls YP Netball competition on Monday July 20.

The team won both games and now move to the finals held at ETSA Park in Week 4 of this term.


Maitland Area School student’s Evie Falco and Macy Poole represented Yorke Peninsula at the SAPSASA Hockey competition held at Grange Hockey Club from June 22nd to 26th 2015. The girls had 2 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses to finish the competition in 7th place.

The girls represented Maitland Area School and the Yorke Peninsula with pride and great sportsmanship. They had a great week, improving their skills and gaining experience in competition Hockey. We would like to extend a thankyou to girls coach Kelly Whittaker, Umpire Fergus Rowntree, all players and their parents. Congratulations girls.


Last week I attended the Aboriginal Power Cup in Adelaide. 

The Maitland Area School team is made up of students in year 10 to 12 from Ardrossan AS, Moonta AS, Kadina Memorial School and Maitland AS. 

Our students competed hard on the field and ensured that all other activities were completed. 

Unfortunately the boys and girls team were not successful in making the final which was played as a curtain raiser to the Port Power and Western Bulldogs game on Saturday night. 

The team was successful in winning the warcry competition and received a guernsey signed by the Power team as their prize. 

Overall our community can be very proud of the way our students represented them on what was long and tiring days.


The Year 3-8 lunchtime footy program organised by Year 4 teacher Andrew Mills has been a huge success with the Eagles and Sharks fielding two teams each with plenty of subs sitting on the bench.

It's been fascinating watching students (especially the die-hard footy players) adapt to the modified rules which aim to make the game more readily accessible - and successful - for players of all abilities, body sizes and strengths.

Well done to all the students for embracing the game and congratulations (again - sigh!) to the Sharks for maintaining an unbeaten record. 


The 2015 MAS Cross Country Event was held on Thursday May 7. All eyes were on the weather, which changed from cool and sunny to cold and damp by the time we finished the five races at midday. Congratulations to all competitors for braving the blustery conditions and for completing the races with a smile on your face!

A big thank you to all the parents and staff who supported the event and to the Year 10's who marshalled the students around the course.


The Year 3-6 classes have been involved in a soccer tournament this month. Organised by Mr Salmon, students elected two teams from each class and have been playing against each other in a series of 'friendlies'. This week and net we get serious. The younger classes will play off to determine who will face the older teams in the semi-finals leading to the grand final on Youth Activities Day next Friday. Teams have been quite evenly matched despite the age differences, so the final should be quite a game! 


Last week we had the rare privilege of hosting both the Secondary and Primary Interschool Sports Days on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. This was a massive undertaking and one that would not have been possible without the commitment and work put in by staff, parents and community members. 

On both days it was great to see our students competing and striving to do their best for their school. In terms of results the secondary team surprised themselves in the Open Division and won the day and our school finished second overall. 

A great effort considering the size of our school!

Now that the days have been completed we will be reviewing with staff, SRC and Governing Council what went well and things we think could be improved in future. If you have any feedback please contact me at school.

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