Last Saturday night, the staff of Maitland Area School, past and present, had the opportunity to formally farewell some long term members. The total number of years that the retiring staff had committed to our school was amazing. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Greg Bone (31 years), Jill Bagshaw (23 years), Charmaine Simmons (23 years) and Denise White (23 years) all the best for their retirement from our entire school community and to remind them that the door is always open.
I'd like to add my thanks to Andrew's regarding Anna's work here over the past 15 weeks. Most contract teachers just have to worry about the one class and set of subjects, but during Anna's time with us she's taught the Year 5 class in Mrs McCauley's absence, the Year 1/2s and the Music program in Miss Secomb's absence, filled in for myself as Year 6/7 class teacher and Drama teacher and finished off with the Year 3/4 class for Miss Norman. Anna's shared her computing skills with many of our students and still found time to mentor Secondary students. The staff and myself have appreciated your enthusiastic and professional approach to teaching and wish you all the very best for the remainder of the term at Roxby Downs.
A big thank you to the families who came to the SACE evening last Wednesday. A lot of staff effort went into preparing for it, and it was rewarding to see you all there.
The next step is to begin the subject counselling process. Letters have gone home for families with students heading into years 11 and 12 next year.
Please respond with preferred appointment times so that we can organise counselling sessions next Tuesday and Wednesday.
The subject selection handbook will be sent home with students for you to help with this process.
I encourage you to look through this and check out the variety of courses available at MAS. Other year levels will follow shortly after.
The warmest congratulations are extended to members of our staff who have been nominated for South Australian Public Teaching Awards.
Joanne Shepherd has been nominated for Inspirational Early Career Teacher of the Year, our Special Education SSO staff have been nominated for Excellent School Support Staff of the Year and Tim Tuck has been nominated for Inspirational Primary School Teacher of the Year.
Tim has also been selected as the DECS South Australian nominee for the Australian Primary Teacher of the Year in the Australian Awards for Outstanding Teaching and School Leadership. Well done and richly deserved!
Thankyou to everyone who made me feel very welcome at MAS in my first week as Acting Primary Coordinator.
For those of you who don’t know me I have been teaching at Kadina Primary over the last 3 years and also filled in as Director at Maitland Children’s Centre for 2 terms last year – it has been great to see some familiar faces in the yard and also get to know some new ones!
I live in Wallaroo and enjoy playing Netball and Basketball among lots of sports. I hope to get to know many more students, staff and community members during my time here.
Scott has been working our school since the start of the term. He has been teaching in the Year 8 & 9 SOSE classes and in English with Year 6/7 T.
Scott is a final year teaching degree student at the University of Adelaide. Apart from his practical teaching sessions Scott was involved with the YP Cross Country event as a marshal. I know the staff and students wish Scott well in his career as a teacher and thank him very much for the contributions he has made at Maitland Area School.
Last Friday 40 staff attended a DECS first Aid training day held at the school.
We were joined by 11 staff from Pt Pearce school and 3 from the Maitland Children’s Centre.
The three presenters from the Red Cross were excellent making our learning experience enjoyable. A light lunch was supplied by the Yorke Valley Hotel.
With school trips coming up at the end of this term it was a good time to brush up on the latest techniques in casualty care.