Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia


On the 31st of October the SRC organised and hosted a ‘Halloween’ themed day at school. We had two haunted houses, one for R-3 in the vet room and the other for the 4-12’s in the sewing room. To enter we had to pay 50c. On the day we had Halloween canteen specials like creepy cupcakes, witches hats and spiders.  All the food was a great success especially the cupcakes. Thanks to Mrs Polgreen and her helpers for running the canteen and to Donna for making the creepy cupcakes. We were very pleased with the number of students that participated in dressing up on the day, we were also pleased with the teachers that joined in as well.Over all we raised $480 and had a great day. We would like to say a big thank you to the Benyo family for organising all the props for both houses and setting them up and a thank you also to the SRC, teachers and canteen workers. The day was a great success and hopefully we can enjoy Halloween again next year!

Earlier this year students from this and many other schools across the country applied for a 2012 Defence Technical Scholarship and Curtis Blythe in Year 11 was awarded one .

The DTS programme provides a financial incentive to eligible Year 11 and 12 students to stay at school and finish their education whilst undertaking Maths and English and a trade or technical related subject, suitable for further study and training for a technical trade in the Australian Defence Force.

To be successful winners had to complete an intensive application process demonstrating their knowledge of technical trades and describe in detail what they would do as a tradesperson in a real life crisis situation.

It was a competitive selection process and with over 2300 applications from across Australia. Congratulations to Curtis who was presented with a certificate and cheque for $2000 as a successful applicant.


georginna_bbGeorgia Thomson, who represented South Australia and received a silver medal at the interschool state championship in Canberra, recently opened the SAPSASA centenary celebrations. This was held at Adelaide Arena where the State girls and boys teams played a demonstration game before the Adelaide 36ers match.  It was a great experience to play in front of such a large crowd. During the half time break of the 36ers game, each state team walked out and marked the opening of a centenary of SAPSASA.

During the January holidays I attended the Australian Youth Science Forum in Perth. 

The NYSF is a 12 day event which gives year 11 students going into Year 12 a very unique opportunity to test out careers in science, engineering and other fields.

For the 12 days you will be in Canberra or Perth living on campus as a university student and during that time you will have many lab and other company visits, places that general public wouldn’t usually be able to see.

I thoroughly enjoyed this program and would recommend It to any students wanting to pursue a career in the science field.  It is a great program for building personal qualities such as body language, public speaking and a lot more.  I personally benefited from this program highly and would like to thank Maitland Area School and the Maitland Rotary Club for giving me the opportunity to experience such a program.

The 2011 Maitland Show was held on Tuesday March 8 in perfect weather, despite the town receiving torrential downpours just the day before.

The primary school students arrived at the show riding on parent Tim Davies' truck and took several laps around the oval as part of the parade.

The Primary Choir and the Festival Choir both performed in the main tent, followed by the Concert Band.

School finished early at 2pm for families to visit the show together and students enjoyed the many rides, sideshows, food and activities.

Students also exhibited craft, art and cooking items and many won prizes.

The Show ended with a fireworks display just after sunset.

Clean Up Australia Day was held one day early in Maitland this year, with a keen and energetic group of nearly 30 adults and children combining forces with the Maitland Tidy Towns committee at the Retirement Village.

Groups worked along the cemetery road clearing fallen trees and rubbish then tidied the western fence line of the school and the adjoining path.

Organiser Mark Hector said he was pleased with the turnout and thanked volunteers and children for their times and effort.

Congratulations go to Jessica Nankivell  (above) who was our Head Prefect in Year 12 last year.

Jessica scored 97.5 points for her TER and gained admittance to a double degree in Law and Commerce at the University of Adelaide.

Due to Jessica’s approach to her studies she has also been awarded a Principal’s Scholarship to Adelaide University.

Well done Jessica, you’re certainly proof of what a student can achieve at a country school with hard work and the support of family and teachers.

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