Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Parents and Friends

News from the MAS Parents & Friends Club

The P & F combined Garden Party & Open Day on Wednesday October 28 was a huge success, with more than eighty parents, friends and community members enjoying the warm weather, open classrooms and magnificent morning tea.

Visitors were greeted at the school entrances by SRC members with programmes and directions to events and classrooms.

Special lesson times were organised across the morning to showcase classroom activities, with the JP unit and secondary art room being favourites. Parents also commented on the tech display, garden designs in the library and the primary art-room artwork.

Visitors then assembled with students and staff in the Agricultural Studies garden area and enjoyed morning tea, an Ag Block tour led by Ag teacher Sarah Townsend.

SSO Ali Adams talked about the Garden to Plate programme then principal Andrew Gravestocks took the group on a tour of the school, finishing at the Performing Arts Centre.

The festival Choir, conducted by Deb Schwartz entertained the audience with selections from the Festival of Music concert.

The day finished with the judging of the best 'Garden Hat' 

Lots of thanks to the P & F for organising and promoting the day and to the staff and students who helped in so many ways.


The P & F met early on Friday October 16 to complete the planned upgrade to the school's old rose garden.

The old roses had been removed previously and the are cultivated.

New plants were sourced locally and groundsman Trevor Allen was commandeered to dig the larger holes for the trees with the post-hole digger.

With lots of helpers (both younger and old) the new plants were in with threatening rain turning into an instant garden-soaking.

Well done to all involved - the area looks a million dollars!

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

Thank you

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for all their time, effort and support no matter how big or small. Anything you can manage helps! 

We had ten active members on the Parents & Friends in 2012 and I would like to congratulate everyone on working so well together. I would like to make a special mention of Kate Butler our Secretary. Her time and efforts  in 2012 made my job much easier!

The results of all our hard work are as follows:

Fundraised profits:

  • SYP Athletics Carnival $753.54
  • Bulb Catalogues $353.50
  • Meet a Mate $459.32
  • Toy Catalogues $81.44
  • Happy Little Mung Bean Soaps on going

Total $1,647.80

Allocated funds:

  • Primary Take Home Readers $719.80
  • ANZAC book for Library $50.00
  • Canteen Microwave $300.00
  • School landscaping $1000.00
  • Presentation Night Award $30.00
  • CYP Little Aths 
  • Automatic Timing Gates $1000.00

Total $3,099.80


Meeting topics

Meeting topics for 2012 included:

  • Guest speaker Principal Andrew Gravestocks talking about School and Staff updates, Kindergarten relocation planning, Sports Shorts and uniform policy changes and School Landscaping.
  • Guest speaker Deputy Principal Beth Hector spoke to us about Literacy Workshops and Take Home Readers.
  • Guest speaker Fiona Lee Colliver, our Bus Coordinator updated us on routes, rules and numbers on our buses.
  • Our Governing Council Rep Janine Burrows kept us up to date with minutes and attendance at meeting with major topics being Ag Block Renovations, School Landscaping and Site Planning for 2013.
  • Canteen Updates came from Teesh Linke Specials and Updates to Menu, Supply difficulties and the usually was more volunteers needed!
  • Mr Tim Tuck (Primary School Coordinator) after many discussions from parents held a R/1/2 Parent Meeting covering concerns and issues in this area, along with brain storming from parents. This was very well done and worth while.

I have enjoyed being the President with a group of mums willing to help out. I hope you all have enjoyed keeping up to date with School Life and getting together doing our part in making a difference to our school and a nicer place for our children to be.

Thank You, 

Marie Wheare

President, Parents and Friends



The P&F’s latest fundraising venture was catering at the recent Meet A Mate in Maitland event. The P&F would like to acknowledge the time given by our wonderful volunteers Victoria Johns, Linda Singleton and Ros Allen who worked all night and raised a large amount of money.


The P&F’s latest fundraising venture was catering at the recent Meet A Mate in Maitland event. The P&F would like to acknowledge the time given by our wonderful volunteers Victoria Johns, Linda Singleton and Ros Allen who worked all night and raised a large amount of money.

I would like to thank the Parents and friends for their generosity in paying for the purchase of a significant number of new texts for take home reading. Our children love to share their reading skills with their families in the home setting and replenishing our resources is very important.

This support from the P& F is very much appreciated.

The P&F have been busy fundraising this year at the SYP Athletics Day and with the bulb catalogues. Thank you for supporting these ventures. We have used the money raised to provide new primary take home readers to the value of $720 and also a new microwave for the canteen.

Our next fundraiser is a catering stall at Meet a Mate in Maitland on Saturday 4th August. If anybody is able to volunteer their time to work on the night, please contact Sally Davey on 0412 051 588


We would like to thank Julie Elies very much for the time and effort she has put into the Parents & Friends. Julie has been involved since 1998 and her children have now completed their education at Maitland Area School.We celebrated our Xmas lunch this week and Julie was presented with flowers and a gift card for all her hard work. Thankyou Julie.

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