Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia


Our SAASTA Connect students were rewarded with a day at Alberton Oval courtesy of SAASTA and the Port Adelaide football club. Students participated in a range of activities including boomerang and spear throwing, team building games, football skills and drills and a personal tour of the player’s facilities with Port Adelaide champion Russel Ebert.  It was great to see our students getting to know other SAASTA connect students from across the state, something which we hope will only grow as students move forward into senior SAASTA.  


Ultimate Frisbee expert Rex Johnson came to visit our SAASTA Academy last week to help the team brush up on their skills.  Students will be competing in an Ultimate Frisbee competition in Term 4 as a part of the SAASTA Shield carnival. 


As a part of SAASTA SACE requirements students had to organise a cultural activity which they would share with community members. 

After lengthy brainstorms the class decided they would go on a cultural road trip where they would share different aspects of  culture with three of our four  cluster schools.

We attended Ardrossan Area School, Moonta Area School and Kadina Memorial.  Students participated with small groups of students to engage in a range of experiences. 

Some of the experiences included:

  • Teaching traditional Yulunga Games
  • Sharing our Power Cup Journey 
  • Teaching students about the 4 Totems of the Peninsula and canvas painting 
  • Dreamtime story - “Mad Magpie” and canvas painting 

It was a great experience for our students to step into a teaching role and share their culture.  All the schools really enjoyed our visit  and loved having the opportunity to be involved.   


The SAASTA Connect Camp took place at 'Errapa' campsite, Iron Knob, in the first week of the school holidays. Graham Walker and I attended the camp with five of our students; Lahnara, Lashae, Lakarri, Kevin and Elijah. We were extremely proud of them and the way they represented themselves and our school. Their attitude and behaviour was fantastic and they all participated in all activities, no matter how challenging. 

Elijah and Kevin had attended this campsite previously, which allowed them to step up and take on more of a leadership role among their peers and representing all students with thank-you's to the police officers who ran the camp and giving a thoughtful speech.  Thank to everyone for supporting these students. They certainly did us proud!


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.


High Achievements for SAASTA Team

Sam Power | SAASTA Leader

After final team selections 15 very excited students from the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) travelled to Adelaide for the 2014 Aboriginal Power Cup on Wednesday the 21st of May. 

The Students from the Maitland Cluster were made up from the four schools of Ardrossan, Maitland and Moonta and Kadina.

The Aboriginal Power cup is run for three days, this year it was on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of May which is located at Port Adelaide Football Club, Alberton Oval. I was lucky enough to be selected as the coach of the SAATSA team which was a great experience.

The Aboriginal Power Cup has been running for 7 years now from having 133 students in 2008 to 399 in 2014.

Read more: SAASTA Power Cup 2014

Congratulations to Colin Sansbury & Ben Rigney for being selected for the Port Power AFL Academy.

The 2014 MAS Leaders’ Induction Ceremony was held on Tuesday 11th February in the Performing Arts Centre. Special guests included Councillor Trevor Davey deputising for Mayor Ray Agnew; Victoria Johns, Chairperson of the Governing Council; Letitia Linke, President of the Parents and Friends; Peter Lindsay and Matthew Campbell representing SAASTA and our guest speaker Dr Rebecca Morgan.

Special Guest

The ceremony was opened with the Acknowledgement to Country read by Candice Rankine and Andrea Rigney. Special thanks goes to our guest speaker Rebecca, who completed all of her schooling at Maitland Area School. Whilst at school Rebecca also carried out leadership roles such as Spencer House Captain, secretary of the Prefects and a bus monitor.
Rebecca described her educational journey to reach her present role as a doctor and her 6 top tips to make year 12 a more successful experience.

Prefect Induction

Our four Prefects -  Patrick Dodd, Pria Sandercock, Nathan Tucker and Ben Feutrill - were then inducted. They read the Prefects' Endeavour together followed by Patrick, as Head Prefect, making the response to the audience.

Read more: 2014 School Leaders Induction Ceremony

This week we welcomed, Sam Power, an old scholar of the SAASTA programme to our staff. 
Sam has been employed by the SANFL as a trainee based at Maitland Area School. In his role Sam will be working across the school and supporting the SAASTA programme. 

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