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.

On Friday 4th April staff, students and community members gathered in the Performing Arts Centre to acknowledge the many years of dedicated service Mrs Kaye McCauley gave to Maitland Area School and to wish her well in her retirement. The Festival Choir, under the direction of Mrs Debbie Schwartz, set the scene for this special event singing as guests arrived.
Head prefect, Patrick Dodd, welcomed everyone and speakers included Charles Wundersitz who spoke on behalf of the present day student body; chair of our governing council, Mrs Victoria Johns who reflected upon Mrs McCauley’s role in the school and family connections and principal, Mr Andrew Gravestocks, who spoke on behalf of the department and the staff. Mr Gravestocks presented Mrs McCauley with a gift in appreciation of her teaching career and Mrs McCauley responded, sharing some very special memories which resulted in many smiles and laughter. A very poignant photo story highlighting Mrs McCauley’s career entertained the audience and we thank Mr Tuck for producing this. The Festival Choir sang “Ngarra Burra Ferra “ and led the singing of the National Anthem.
Mrs McCauley has left an indelible mark on the history of Maitland Area School and generously presented the gift of a clock to Heads of Primary, Koby Polgreen and Lucy Rowe, to ensure all students will be able to check the time during breaks.
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

It was fun running the first two Primary Assemblies this year and a big thank you to the parents who supported my efforts. I hope you were entertained! We've made a few changes to our Assembly format. We plan to include the 'Acknowledgement of Country' after the school hymn, recognising the stewardship the Narungga people have had on the land our school is built on. We're also extending the National Anthem to include the second verse, and it was a pleasure to hear the enthusiastic singing from our R-7s on our first sing-a-long last week. We're continuing the recognition of student achievement with our weekly merit cards; a new batch has arrived and should be good for the next ten years! There are no birthday jelly-beans this year; instead birthday-students receive a certificate and light up bouncy-ball. Not as tasty, but much more healthy!

A huge thank you to Scott Wilson who has just donated this amazing Roland Electronic Drumkit to the school. A number of students have already had the opportunity to try out the kit and comments included 'brilliant', 'amazing' 'cool' and 'can I please, please, please have another go?'
I'd also like to thank Scott for the time he took to set up the kit and ensure I knew how to operate it. Our school has extensive facilities for making music but Scott has ensured our students can practice, perform and compose on a truly remarkable instrument.
Presentation Night 2013 on Tuesday December 10 was standing room only with the Performing Arts Centre filled to capacity and beyond. The audience was entertained in the lead up to the opening by the MAS Concert Band performing a selection of songs from their 2013 repertoire.
At 7pm Year 11 student Brooke Smith made the Acknowledgement of Country and the Festival Choir and Concert Band gave stirring performances. Principal Andrew Gravestocks spoke of the past year and highlighted some of the many events, opportunities and achievements of our school, from interstate and international travel, to growth in test results, reduction in behaviour management and the growing sense of community and desire to excel. He farewelled a number of staff, highlighting the extensive careers of primary teachers Kaye McCauley and Jackie Norman, both of whom retire this year.

Read more: Presentation Night 2013

Our annual Christmas Assembly drew a record crowd of parents and families who gathered on Wednesday December 11 in the PAC to celebrate the end of the year with the R-7 students.

With nearly thirty items on the programme, the afternoon was packed with singing, dancing (well done Miss Norman!), jokes, plays, student-videos, music performances, the 5/6 Band and the Festival Choir. 

Father Christmas made an appearance, courtesy of the local police and helped us present the Classroom Christmas Door competition.

Thank you to all the families who attended and supported their children, thanks to the PA crew for coping with a technically difficult programme and thanks to Debbie Schwartz for her support and help throughout the day.



What a fantastic day we all had on ‘Freaky Friday’ the 15th November.
Students and staff participated in good spirit and had a great time. The Canteen looked amazing and sold an array of spooky foods and treats. Thank you to Bron Polgreen, our wonderful canteen manager and her assistants on the day, Mrs Victoria Johns and Mrs Leticia Linke. Mrs Polgreen proudly donated $50 to the SRC from purchases on the day.
A big thank you also to Mr Tuck and the year 9s for their excellent creation of a ‘Haunted House’ which was visited by many students and some staff!
One student from each class was awarded a goody bag for the best costume. This was supplied by Mrs Polgreen and her assistants.  
In total $250 was raised for future SRC fundraising projects. 
The R-12 SRC, with help from Mrs Moloney, ran this week's whole school SRC assembly.
Brooke presented the Welcome to Country after the singing of the School Hymn.
Mr Tuck presented a bevy of Merit Cards and we celebrated four birthdays from the Primary School.
Mrs Derrington led the Junior Choir with two songs and the house points were announced; Spencer has cracked one thousand points!
A video compilation highlighted the activities and events of Term 2 (or at least the first half!)  and students enjoyed, amongst other things,  the action footage of the Music Is Fun Band visit and the Year 7 Tree Planting.
Mr Rothe announced the final results of the ASX Share Game and congratulated the students who performed so well.
The highlight though was the presentation of blazers to the SRC and it was terrific to see the families in attendance for this event.

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