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.

The audience arrived mid-Friday afternoon in the Performing Arts Centre, a little unsure of what they were about to see.

There they were lucky enough to view the only live performance of the brand new song 'Autumn Leaves' by the band 'Stage of Lights' and see their amazing video clip.

Video Clip

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Muso Magic

Who are 'Stage of Lights'? They're over sixty Year 7 students from Maitland, Ardrossan, Moonta, Curramulka, Minlaton and Yorketown) who had spent two days in the PAC, working with the brilliant team from Muso Magic.

And who are Muso Magic? They're Adam and Glenn, two professional musicians with an extensive pedigree in Australian rock music who guided, cajoled and inspired us to write, sing, dance and perform this original song that reflects the challenges that young teens face in the transition from Primary to Secondary School.

Thanks to all the junior mentors from AMS, to all the senior mentors from across the Peninsula, to the school staff and the volunteer parents who made this amazing two days possible.

Designs

Here are the winning designs for the CD cover and T-shirt.

Autumn Leaves CD Cover Stage of Lights T-Shirt

The Music Is Fun Band visited our school this week and performed in the PAC.

We were joined for the concert by students from Maitland Lutheran School, Point Pearce Primary School and Ardrossan Area School.

The band presented 90 minutes of live high quality music, with the energetci and responsive audience enjoying old children's classics such as 'The Hippopotamus Song' and contemporary pop songs such as 'Fireflies' and 'Dynamite'.

Many members of 400 strong audience also helped the band with costumes, singing and dancing.

A great performance with lots of fun and learning.

Music Is Fun

The end of term 1 Whole School Assembly was held in the PAC today.

Run by the Junior SRC, it featured musical items, awards and lots of certificates.

The Festival Choir performed an amusing from this year's program that described the annoyance felt by Fairy Tale characters at the way their lives were lived.

The Year 10/11 band performed with the Junior Choir and had the audience singing along with versions of 'Surfing USA' and 'Dynamite'.

Special guest Megan Byssenschutt presented a number of certificates to FLO students. The Mini-Chefs group also received recognition.

Miss McPharlin announced Ron Edwards as the winner of the SRC photography competiton. He recieved a $20 gift certifcate.

The Year 3-7 classes attended a moving and evocative Come Out performance of 'Steam Island' in the PAC today.

Presented by the Southern Youth Theatre Ensemble, the show's themes include inclusion, bullying and group dynamics.

Clever use was made of the performance space with digital projections helping create a steam-punk feel to Armin Greder's original story.

The young actors used mime and physical theatre effectively and the musical accompaniment was creative and imaginatively conceived.

The audience enjoyed the show and asked many questions at the end.

6/7T was lucky enough to be the first class to present a primary assembly in the new Performing Arts Suite. They demonstrated - using live actors - how series and parallel circuits are constructed, showed off their model houses with light switches and performed a set of tableaux for the audience to guess.

They also used the PAC's new sound system, the data projector and the wireless microphones.

Year 6/7S is the next class on the roster to present an assembly.

Staff arrived early for their group photograph today. It wasn't long after that students began assembling and teachers quickly organised class groups for the whole school photo.

Getting camera angles right from the top of the scaffolding was tricky but soon the most difficult shot of the day was done and the classes began coming through the new venue ready for individual and class photos.

Family photos were finished just after lunch and a big thank you must go to the office staff for their organisation, to SSO Helyn Southwood for her work and the efficient and professional approach of our photographers.

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