Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

On Monday the 19th of September the JP classes received a visit from Mr John Andrews on his 430km bike ride along the peninsula, raising funds and awareness for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Mr Andrews set out from Moonta on the 18th of September and spent his first night in the Maitland Caravan Park and got quite wet! 

He showed us all of his special gear, his bike, first aid kit, spare tyres, tubes, tools, kitchen, food supply, clothes, tent, and a not very comfy looking bed (rolled up yoga mat) which he could fit into a small trailer he towed behind his bike. 

Mr Andrews happily explained all of his equipment and answered all of our questions before continuing on his journey.


The YP Combined Schools Concert Band travelled to Ardrossan on October 27 for the Ardrossan Area School Music Concert.

The band played several numbers as the audience entered then officially opened the concert with the 'Abba On Broadway' medley, 'Hawaii Five-o' and 'How to Train Your Dragon'.

The MAS Festival Choir then joined the Ardrossan Festival Choir to present a combined repertoire. 

Thanks as always to the dedicated staff, community members and concert band students.





The Year 7/8 students received this letter from the Maitland Hospital after the completion of their cultural wall hanging for the Chappell Wing.

Dear Mr Gravestocks,

Thank you to the Maitland Area School students and Val Mclean who visited us over a four week period to create a beautiful cultural wall hanging for Chappell Wing.

The residents have certainly enjoyed watching the students’ artistic talents and social interaction.

The painting has been hung up in CW for all to see with lots of positive feedback comments received from staff, family and visitors to CW.


Andrea Tucker

Lifestyle Coordinator- 

Maitland Hospital. 

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.


The school Concert Band and Festival Choir helped commemorate the 100th ANZAC anniversary with performances at the ANZAC Dawn Service and community breakfast. 

The band has accompanied the community hymns for over 15 years now, and it was gratifying to see the high attendance of staff, students, old scholars and community members for the event.

Principal Andrew Gravestocks and school prefects Nathan Tucker and Lisa Brumfield  laid wreathes and presented ANZAC commemorative books at the memorial during the service.

The Festival Choir then performed at the community breakfast held after the service.


Last Monday we hosted Harmony Day for K-2 students at the MAS, the Maitland Lutheran School, Point Pearce Aboriginal School and the Maitland Children's Centre. Our theme was 'it's more fun when everyone's invited' and the  event was based on the story of 'Ophelia Orange and the Fabuloulsy Funny Fruit Salad Party'.

Children and teachers from all four education centres joined in making party invitations, party hats and a musical instrument. They sang 'Fruit Salad' (by the Wiggles) and danced the 'Fruit Salad Hokey Pokey'. Thank you to Sarah Atkins and Emma Atkins for organising activities, to Beth Hector for making the fruit salad (yummy yummy!) and to my Year 5/6 helpers who ran the PA and PowerPoint, helped the younger children in activities and danced the Fruit Salad so well at the end!

A big thank you to Kelly Whittaker and the Lions club for the tasty pancakes they served up on Feb 17.

Pancakes were sold through the PAC and it was almost a complete sell out!

There was a wonderful turn-out from our music students for the Maitland ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

Joined by community members and ex-scholars, 26 musicians played the traditional Dawn Service hymns and bolstered the considerable community crowd with family and friends while our head prefects presented the ANZAC Day books.

Over 150 people then gathered at the Town Hall for a cooked breakfast and ANZAC presentations.

Thank you to conductor Deb Schwartz, our musicians and family members for attending. A special thank you to the families that travelled from Yorketown, Ardrossan, Minlaton and Kadina to be part of the day.





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