Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

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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.


6/7T ran the Week 4 Primary Asssembly around the theme of 'Sound Idea.

Nikita and Tiana hosted the assembly, introducing class members who demonstrated different sound concepts:

  • Charles and Lachlan demonstrated sound vibrations on the timpani drum.
  • Luke showed how sound ahs three qualities - volume, pitch and tone - on an electric guitar.
  • Kevin, Riley and Ezra demonstrated synthesisers on the Korg and an iPad.
  • Hayley and Dolly ran a hearing test with Miss Edginton and Miss Secomb as volunteers.

We finished the assembly with a video of our mechanical animal models.


On Monday 21st of May a collaborative event celebrating National Families Week 2012, was held at Maitland Area School.  Families SA representatives attended the school and met with the R-2 classes for a shared reading time followed by a sausage sizzle morning tea. The 2012 theme was, “Families Make A Difference: Helping Kids Grow and Learn”. It was great to see parents joining in by reading to the students and enjoying the morning tea provided by Families SA.

Rehearsals for the local production of 'Chicago' have started in the PAC.

Directed by local choreographer Leanne Cane, this year's Maitland Music & Arts Club musical promises to be a very different show to to 2011's 'Oliver'.

The club has made good use of the MAMC facilities splitting dancing and musical rehearsals between the centre's rooms.

The 'Chicago' cast and crew will move to the McKnight Theatre in June, with performances in early September.

The Jesus Racing V8 Ute
'Jesus Racing' V8 driver Andrew Fisher visited our school last week to share his passion for driving and to challenge students to show courage when faced with life's big decisions.

Andrew talked about his driving - at Bathurst and the Clipsal - then invited students to look at some of the big decisions they'd have to make in their lives about topics such as drinking, speeding, drugs, alcohol, sex and God.

It was a thought provoking session from a personable speaker.

Afterwards Andrew signed posters and students had a closer look at the car.

You can find out more about Andrew and the Jesus Racing team on his website.

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.

Read more: 2012 School Leaders' Induction Ceremony

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the Maitland Area School Music Concert in our new performing arts centre. The evening was a credit to the staff and students involved. It was a real reminder of the depth of the music programme at our school, especially when we reflect on the number of students, across both the secondary and primary component of the school involved in music.


A special thanks goes to Tim Tuck, Deb Schwartz, Vanessa Secomb and Belinda Wundersitz for the tireless work that continues all year with the students allowing them to perform at such a high level. A big thankyou also to the staff and community members who give up their time weekly to support our students in our music programmes. The sound and ability to show video in the performing arts centre certainly cemented the decision to hold our end of year presentation night in the new centre (we think we will all fit!).

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