Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia


The Performing Arts Centre was constructed between 2009 and 2011 as a home for the school's music and drama programme. It replaced the old Junior Prmary building and features a large drama teaching and performance space, a music area, practice rooms and a recording centre.

Along with curriculum subjects the PAC hosts school assemblies, visiting performers and community groups.

Our combined Halloween dress-up-day and Danceathon was a huge success on Friday October 29.

Students arrived in costumes on-masse int he morning with some cute costumes such as minions and fairy-tale characters among the more horror-themed ideas.

Preparations for the danceathon had started at the beginning of the term, with students learning a dance routine to a Halloween-themed song.

The R/ 1 class learned 'Monster Mash' with Tim Tuck, the Year 2 class danced 'Thriller' with Emma Atkins, Letitia Linke gave the Year 3 (I'm a Monster) and Year 4 (Bad Blood) classes a great grounding for their songs with teachers Andrew Mills and Tim Tuck rehearsing after. Betina Davies choreographed This Is Halloween for the Year 5/6 class and the Year 7/8 class choreographed their own version of Silento - Whip Nae Nae.


The PAC was decorated with giant pumpkins, tiny pumpkins and lots and lots of lights! Year 9 students made creepy plastic tape arms and feet, pumpkin posters and gravestones. The Year 3-4 pumpkin pictures hung across the stage and the pumpkin pinata - a lolly-filled pumpkin for the best dance - took place front and centre.

Over sixty parents joined in the fun as we danced to favourites such as Ghost-busters and Everything Is Awesome and watched each class in turn perform their dance routine.

As extra entertainment the Year 5/6 class performed a special graveyard version of Danse Macabre with giant skeletons that somehow turned into the hokey pokey.

The Festival Choir also performed, singing a brand new song about Japanese ghosts from next year's musical.

The best dance was judged by the class SRC reps with the Year 3's taking first palce just ahead of the Year 7/8's.

Congratulations to all the students, staff and parents who contributed, with special thanks to Emma Atkins, Sarah Atkins and Beth hector for their help with setting up.


A HUGE 'well-done!' to all the students who performed at the Showcase Concert on Thursday September 24, you were magnificent!

We had soloists, duets, trios, choirs and (of course) the band all pumped and ready to play some amazing music.

A big shout out to students Sherida and Phillip for their stunning exam pieces for SACE Solo Performance, well done to the comperes, adult mentors, our special guests Sheree and Megan and of course our conductor Deb Schwartz.

Thank yous also go to our huge and appreciative audience; you really helped push the performers beyond the ordinary!

PS You can download our programme here.

We had a full house for our Shakespeare Festival in week 9 of Term 4.

Romeo & Juliet

The R/1 class presented their own take on Taylor Swift's 'Love Story' with a cute - and funny - video featuring a dozen Juliets, an octet of Romeos and a plot to capture the balcony. 

The Tempest

The Year 2/3's presented a live-action retelling of the Tempest, starting with the mighty storm, and ending just where it all gets mushy! Some great character performances from the various Ariels, Prosperos, daughters, princes, sailors and Calabans!

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Year 4 went all technical with a green-screen version of the classic Shakespearean comedy. They covered the famed 'play-within-a-play', the marriage and the 'end'. Some clever effects and a mysteriously magical unicorn!


The Year 5/6 class wowed with two sixty-second versions of Macbeth. The boys were marginally quicker than the girls but the girls won with their dramatic interpretations.


The Year 7/8 class performed the entirety of Hamlet: in rap! They put their raps to music then created video clips to accompany them.

Thank you...

Sprinkled throughout were 3D animations made by the Year 9's introducing the plays: thank you to the Year 9 class for this special contribution! 

Thank you as always to our supportive parents and to Mrs Hector for her special Shakespeare 'Readers of-the-Week'.

The Kindy visited the school for some special lessons on Monday May 18, joining the R/1 class for drama in the Performing Arts Centre.

After some drama warm-ups, the R/1 class acted out the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. They tripped-trapped over the troll bridge, asked him to 'eat their brother, who is bigger' and showed how the troll ended up being head-butted into the river.

Then it was the kindy children's turn. They split into four groups - Little Billy Goat, Middle-sized Billy Goat, Big Billy Goat and Troll.

The trolls hid under the bridge where the river went through. Each group then trip-trapped over the bridge, acting out the story.

Puppet time

Then it was the puppets' turn to play! Everyone was given a puppet and practised making voices and movements. Then we acted the story out all over again, but with each child performing all four characters.  Everyone did a great job and we look forward to your next visit with us.


The Performing Arts Centre resounded to the sound of singing, laughter, tears and gunfire this afternoon as the Year 7-12 students watched the insightful and moving drama 'Gallipoli: A Manual of Trench Warfare".

Presented by Queensland touring company Jally Entertainment, the professional production laid bare the courage, humour, mateship and conflict that was at the heart of the Gallipoli campaign.

The actors commanded the students' attention for the full 120 minutes, taking us on an emotional roller coaster as we shared their dreams, empathised with their plight and saw the physical and psychological pain that war can cause.

The scenery set the time and place with authenticity and theatrical purpose. Care and attention had been given to costuming and stage properties and the simple but effective lighting and sound design added much to the play's atmosphere.

The acting was excellent with the distinct characters played with deceptive ease.

Congratulations to tour manager Ali and all the actors and crew for your wonderful work and to Mr Moore for coordinating the visit to Maitland.


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