Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia


I was lucky enough to attend the Public Education Excellence in Teaching awards during the holidays where our very own Sarah Atkinson was a finalist. 

The night showcased the amazing work our teachers do and while Sarah did not win the top prize, to be recognised in the top six teachers in the state is a massive achievement and a testament to the effort and work that Sarah puts into her work here. 

On behalf of the school and community Sarah, we say well done and thankyou for what you do. 


Congratulations to Andrew Mills for his nomination for the SA Public Teaching Awards. His nomination was made in recognition of the work that he has done with students in our school this year. As a teacher it is always fantastic to receive acknowledgement for the work which you do and I would like to thank the member of our school community who took the time to submit the nomination.

Australian, state and territory governments have agreed on a new approach to collecting data on school students with disability. 
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability provides Australian schools, parents, education authorities and the community with information about the number of students with disability in schools, where they are located and the adjustments they receive.
MAS Staff have just completed their second training session in better understanding disabilities and the implementation of the national data collection system
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.
This week we welcomed, Sam Power, an old scholar of the SAASTA programme to our staff. 
Sam has been employed by the SANFL as a trainee based at Maitland Area School. In his role Sam will be working across the school and supporting the SAASTA programme. 
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

Kellie is an ACEO (Aboriginal Community Education Officer) who works across the three sites of Point Pearce aboriginal school, Maitland Area School and Maitland Children’s Centre.
Kellie is hosted by Point Pearce Aboriginal School as a trainee and she is studying for a diploma in Early Childhood Services, which should be completed at the end of this year. As part of her studies Kellie is doing practical experience at the Children’s Centre as and Early Childhood worker.
Kellie was a nominee for the The Yorke Peninsula Celebration of Employment Awards  in 2012 and MADEC nominated her again this year, within a highly competitive field. 
Kellie has won the runner up trophy as trainee of the year and we congratulate her on this wonderful achievement.
The awards acknowledge and reward individuals and organisations that excel in training and employment within the Yorke Peninsula Region
A big welcome to our newest staff member, Ronnie Donnelan.
Ronnie will be working with Trevor Allen as part of the Grounds team. He comes to us from Alice Springs, where he's had a wealth of experience working in the agricultural industry and with young people.

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