Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

We finished up Term 3 with a choc-full SRC assembly in the PAC. Miss Townsend presented special certificates to all the students involved in the Royal Adelaide Show. She showed the many ribbons our animals won, both on the hoof and on the hook.

Our school chaplain Kelly had a special guest, Eldon who donated two Bibles to the school library. These were received by our prefects.

Mr Tuck told us about old-scholar Nikki Bell and her fight with the cruel disease that is Dystonia. We joined in with thousands of other people around the world to help raise awareness and all 'jumped for Dystonia'.

Mr Tuck also announced the house competition results for term 3: the Vincent Eagles by a close margin!

Mr Gravestocks closed the assembly by presenting attendance certificates and wishing us all a very safe holiday.

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that causes continuous muscle contractions, leading to twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Dystonia can affect just one part of the body or be generalized throughout multiple muscle groups. Dystonia affects men, women, and children of all ages and backgrounds. It is the third most common movement disorder, after Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. 

Dystonia causes varying degrees of disability and pain, from mild to severe. There is presently no cure, but multiple treatment options exist and scientists around the world are actively pursuing research toward new therapies.

To raise awareness of Dystonia in our local community, we viewed a video on Dystonia, heard of its impact on old scholar and organsied a 'Jump for Dystonia' at our SRC assembly.


2 Atkins have been rearing frogs in the classroom and we heard all about their life-cycle from the confident class members. They showed video of their paper-plane constructions and invited other classes (and parents) to make a plane with a prize for the winner (4 Salmon). They finished with a great video of Mr Salmon's class that wasn't shown in week 4 due to technical issues. 

The 5/6 Class put on a true-blue Aussie to get 2015 off to a great start. They shared facts about each Australian state, wore their dinki-di Aussie cork hats with pride and demonstrated their skill in place numbers, all the way up to 23 million! They rounded all this off with Aussie accents and game for other classes to join in.

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