Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia


Maitland's SAASTA team placed a very respectable 4th in the state shield competition results. They scored 16/20 for the Touch & Basket Clinics, 30/40 for their Dreaming Story (2nd overall), 15 for the Touch Football, and 12.5 for the Basketball Carnival giving a grand total of 73.5, just 10 points behind winning team Port Lincoln. 
An impressive result for a small but dedicated Country SA team.
Wednesday night at the SAASTA State Awards, Maitland Cluster team member Kayla Masters was joined by students from John Pirrie Secondary, winning Academic student of the year. Kayla has proudly represented the school with an all round effort, showing great leadership as well as her academics.
Every year the schools that are a part of the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) program travel to Adelaide for the Aboriginal Power Cup (APC) which is held at Alberton Oval, the home ground of Port Adelaide Football Club. We play football against the other schools around South Australia who are also a part of the SAASTA program.


Before going down to Adelaide for the Aboriginal Power Cup each team that’s part of the SAASTA program had to do multiple tasks within the APC booklet as part of the integrated learning SAASTA subject working towards their SACE. Some of the tasks in the booklet included, Power Cup workshop and cultural discussions, where Port Power players Brendon Ah Chee, Chad Wingard, Jake Neade and PAFC staffs Paul Vanderburgh and Narelle Long visited for a footy session and in preparation for the APC, we also had to design a team Guernsey for our team to wear at the Aboriginal Power Cup.

The Power Cup

Aboriginal Power Cup is the main event for the schools who are involved in the SAASTA program, we all go down to Alberton oval to play against other schools we play 7 games in total each a 20 minute football match with two 10 minute halves and a 3 minute half time break.

Workshops & Expos

We don’t just go to the Power Cup to play football we also attend workshops and career expos. Workshops included a session called Hearing Young Voices, where we shared information, opinions about our culture and how far we had come. Another workshop sponsored by Santos gave information about recruitment and how we can use social media to help us get a job.  We were also warned about the dangers of the using social media and to be careful of what we put on the internet.  We were given an example of the use of ‘SnapChat’ and ‘Facebook’ in that what you put up is there forever and can never be taken down. 
Something that we found enjoyable was the workshops run by UniSA where they used modern equipment, to test our fitness. We also gathered useful information at the careers expo, which was good to know we had help once we left school.

I could not be prouder of our SAASTA team and we finished second over all -  a score based on sports, grades, attendance and behaviour. Well done!Some of the many highlights:

  • Kayla was  recognised as a nominee for SAASTA Student of the year as well as SAASTA academic of the year
  • All students completed their Senior First Aid.
  • We participated in a beach volleyball carnival, netball carnival, surf life saving and went bowling. Phew!
  • We saw Anthony Mundine and had a performance by the rapper Capper. Brilliant!

On the 5th of September The SAASTA Certificate 2 Sport and Rec class headed to Maitland CFS to ask Trevor Allen (Station Head Captain) some questions about his role and the roles of the workers in the CFS crew. He told us about the importance of communication and working as a team to fight fires. Trevor showed us the communication/radio room which was full of radios and a log book that all communication is written in. He also showed us one of the trucks which we sat in and had our photo taken in. Trevor also sounded the sirens and turned on the lights. It was a fantastic day and we all enjoyed it.


On the 16th of May “The Screaming Eagles” went to Adelaide for the Aboriginal Power Cup. The team is a combined team and has students from four different schools that meet up at Maitland Area School every Tuesday. The team consist of Kirsty Weetra, Kiara Miller, Kiyanne Sansbury, Lynette Wilson, April Wilson and Nicole Walker from Maitland. Willis Daveson, Teekah Chantrill, Tianna Sansbury and myself (Kayla Masters) from Moonta. Stacey Pratt and Sam Power from Ardrossan and Mikey Aplin from Kadina. 

Read more: Aboriginal Power Cup

Head prefects and Primary CaptainsThe 2012 MAS School Leaders' Induction Ceremony was held on Thursday 16 February in the Performing Arts Centre.

Special guests included: Brenda Bowman, Deputy Mayor of Yorke Peninsula; Tim Schwartz, Chairman of the Governing Council; Marie Wheare, President of the Parents and Friends and Zac Rawlings, our guest speaker.

The ceremony opened with the Welcome to Country by Kirsty Weetra.

Zac, who was a Prefect at MAS in 2008, then spoke passionately and succinctly about his career as an Audio and Lighting Engineer. Building on his experiences at school and in the local community, Zac first gained a traineeship at the Adelaide Convention Centre and is currently the senior technician at Westminster School. He encouraged students to work hard, find a passion in life and take advantage of the experiences that school offers.


Our four Prefects, Nicole Walker, Nikki Benyo, Maddsion Briggs and Liam Thatcher were then inducted. They read the Prefects' Endeavour together with Nicole, as Head Prefect, making the response to the audience.

Secondary Coordinator Leigh Rothe and Deputy Mayor Brenda Bowman then presented the Secondary SRC badges.

The Primary SRC badges were presented by Primary School Coordinator Beth Hector and Marie Wheare

SAASTA Presentations

The SASSTA TeamSAASTA Coordinator Melissa McPharlin then announced the MAS SAASTA team for 2012. Many of the team's families were in the audience to see them join their peers on the stage.

Principal Andrew Gravestocks and Coordinator Vanessa Secomb presented the House Captain badges.

Finally, in the last of the presentations, Mr Gravestocks and Mrs Moloney presented the Bus Monitor badges.

Head Prefect Nicole Walker then closed the ceremony, thanking families, staff and students for their attendance.

Following the ceremony, school leaders and their families enjoyed morning tea provided by Home Economics teacher Anna Taheny and her students.

I had the opportunity to attend the finals of the SAASTA Power Cup Carnival at AAMI Stadium on June 26th.  Our students played well and although  they didn’t make the finals, they did win several awards at the formal dinner. You can read more about their weekend later in the newsletter. 
We can now build on the good work that’s been done by Mel McPharlin and Graham Walker to ensure the continued personal development of these students and their academic success in terms of the SACE.

The students and staff were very nervous about the lead up to the Aboriginal Power Cup Carnival as none of us had participated in it before. The carnival consisted of football matches, a formal dinner and career expos.
Our students found the Career Expo quiet useful as they learnt about a few different careers of interest and gave some students a bit of a clear idea of what they would like to do when they leave school.
The Formal dinner was exciting with four awards being presented on the night Our SAASTA group took out two of the awards for Best Team Song and Best Guernsey which Joel Lawrie designed. The students were thrilled to have won the awards. 

Read more: SAASTA: Power Cup

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