Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Student Representative Council

On Friday of Week 6, our SRC Team participated in an intensive training day at our Maitland Campus for a team-building and training day.

Together we identified the qualities that build successful teams, discussed our individual roles and responsibilities, rehearsed meeting procedures, set-up our working committees, developed skills in planning events and motivating others and identified the immediate needs of our school which will be our driving force as we begin to plan activities to address them. 

Our team also had a relaxing lunch at a local cafe and took-part in a range of challenges that provided our SRC with opportunities to showcase their leadership skills in a competitive and practical setting. 

Overall the day was fun and rewarding and instilled further confidence in our individual members to be able to contribute and work together as a team in order to achieve our goals in 2017.

On February 18  we had a very successful Student Leader Induction Ceremony in the Performing Arts Centre. It was pleasing to see the number of students nominate for leadership positions within the school, and we sincerely value the contribution that they will make to school life during this year. 

I congratulate all of the students who took their opportunity to be involved in student leadership, whether as a member of the Maitland Area School SRC, House Captain or Bus Monitor. It is great to see you taking on a leadership role in the school, both you and the school will benefit from this.

Special mention to: Head Prefect Anna Falco, who spoke to the assembly about the goals she will be trying to achieve this year. We are very lucky to have someone of Anna’s ability leading our student body.

Thanks also to all the parents and family members who came to see the induction, it was great to see you there and I’m sure the students really appreciated your attendance. Staff and students are also to be congratulated: the students displayed excellent listen skills throughout the ceremony, showing their understanding of the importance of the occasion whilst staff coordination, flexibility and support leading up to and including the day were exemplary. 

Thanks go to our special guest, Dr Emily Klopp, for her words to the student body, as well as Ms. Helen Moloney and Ms Chelsea Koch, for all their work in facilitating the election processes, and getting all students organised for the assembly.


We finished up Term 3 with a choc-full SRC assembly in the PAC. Miss Townsend presented special certificates to all the students involved in the Royal Adelaide Show. She showed the many ribbons our animals won, both on the hoof and on the hook.

Our school chaplain Kelly had a special guest, Eldon who donated two Bibles to the school library. These were received by our prefects.

Mr Tuck told us about old-scholar Nikki Bell and her fight with the cruel disease that is Dystonia. We joined in with thousands of other people around the world to help raise awareness and all 'jumped for Dystonia'.

Mr Tuck also announced the house competition results for term 3: the Vincent Eagles by a close margin!

Mr Gravestocks closed the assembly by presenting attendance certificates and wishing us all a very safe holiday.

In class meetings last week all classes were asked to record ideas for possible fundraising activities.  Fundraising Suggestions were:

  • Selling cupcakes/food stalls/selling old toys, clothes etc
  • Favourite Disney character day
  • Fluro day
  • 60’s dress up day
  • Onesie day
  • Wear team colour day
  • Crazy hair day
  • Colour run
  • Fun run
  • Sporty day
  • Movie day/night
  • Horror day/Halloween/scary Friday theme/Haunted House
  • Pet day
  • Sausage sizzle lunch
  • Social for secondaries
  • Raffles
  • Book character days (Library for Book Week)
  • Lucky dips
  • Charities to Support:
  • Cancer Council
  • Childhood Cancer Association
  • CanTeen Bandanna Day
  • Cora Barclay Centre Friday 16th October Loud Shirt Day

The World Vision 40 Hour Famine  was also discussed. In the last 2 years this has been a dual effort including students participating in the official 40hr project as well as each class giving up something on a nominated day and paying $2 for wearing casual clothes. In Term 1 the SRC raised $297.00 on Friday the last day of term when students payed $2 to wear casual clothes at the Youth Day event.

Thank you to all the classes who contributed suggestions for fundraising activities during class meetings in Week 3. Well over 40 activities were put forward. The SRC Executive was left with the task of choosing 5 options for classes to now vote for their favourite 2.

The options are:

  • Wear Sharks and Eagle Colours for a day
  • Wear Fluro Colours for a day
  • Crazy Hair Day
  • PJ/Onesie Day
  • Wear Favourite Sport Team Colours

Each class will now vote and record a first and second choice which will be collated at the next SRC Meeting.


Maitland Area School’s annual School Leader’s Induction Ceremony was held on Thursday February 12 in the school’s Performing Arts Centre. Deputy principal Beth Hector and Chairperson of the Governing Council Victoria Johns presented new prefects Lisa Brumfield, Nathan Tucker, Ben Feutrill and Ezra Glazbrook with their prefect pins and ties. 

YPC Mayor Ray Agnew then made the secondary school SRC presentations to Jarrod Tucker, Kaylee Short and Tiana Short.

Fiona Hollams, the secretary of the Parents and Friends, made the primary school presentations to Matilda Barrett, Marley Holmes, Molly Rowe, Elizabeth Dodd, Lachlan Johns and Hallie Hendy.

The South Australia Aboriginal Sports Training Academy presentations were made by Coordinator Chelsea Koch to the 17 students from Maitland Area School, Ardrossan Area School, Kadina Memorial School and Moonta Area School. 

Several SAASTA students have also been inducted into the Elite AFL and Netball teams.

Read more: School Leaders' Induction Ceremony

It was with great pride that I was able to accompany our SRC to the Maitland War Memorial on Remembrance Day this year. The students all dressed in our formal uniform and from the discussions that I had going to and returning from the Memorial it was clear that all understood the importance of the day. 

Thankyou to the community members who have taken the time to provide positive comments to not only me but the students involved as I think too often we concentrate on what isn’t working or on how we could improve and don’t take time to reflect on some of the positive things that do occur in our personal and professional lives. 

Well done too to the remainder of the school population who took part in a service in our PAC. From all accounts the most respectful and successful service we have conducted in recent years. 

The official Term 2 SRC Fundraiser was held on Thursday June 26 with 'Hairlarious Day'. Students and teachers were encouraged to sport their best head of hair and gold-coin donations all went towards the Childhood Cancer Association.

There was lots of creativity on show from both young and old with dyeing, glitter, sculpting and some very interesting wigs (we KNOW it was a fake Mr Tuck!)

Congratulations to everyone for making the day so much fun. Thank you to all those (very) patient parents who twisted, tweaked and coloured their children's hair, your time and efforts were much appreciated.

Combined with the sausage sizzle and donut sales, this was an impressive community fundraiser which we can all be proud of.





On Wednesday 26th March, Miss Sarah Atkins and Mrs Helen Moloney accompanied Lucy Rowe 6/7 M, Koby Polgreen 6/7KD and Lily Dyett 4/5S to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to take part in the Primary National Young Leaders Day.

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