Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia


From 17th – 19th June,  our Year 10 students attended the University of South Australia’s Rural Reconnect Program. This Program is a University-based experiential learning program for rural secondary students who are considering tertiary study. Students experienced University life first-hand as they participated in a range of interactive activities across all four of UniSA’s campuses.

The three day program is designed for Year 10 students to explore career pathways, learn about University programs and services, and gain practical knowledge in a range of subject areas.


What is the UMAT? 

UMAT stands for Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test. The test is used to assist with the selection of students into medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at an undergraduate level. The UMAT is an aptitude test, the test does not require any knowledge or skills. The UMAT is designed to assess general attributes and abilities gained through prior experience. There are three main sections to the UMAT, Logical reasoning and problem solving, understanding people and abstract non-verbal reasoning. These three abilities are considered important to the study of professions in the health science. 

How did I find out about the UMAT?     

I found out about the UMAT by career investigating in PLP in year 10 and by talking to the local dentist on my work experience. 

What I have done to prepare for the UMAT?

Preparation I have done for the UMAT include:

  • Attending a National Institute of Education UMAT training day
  • Going to the University of Adelaide Dentistry and Oral Health information night 
  • Doing practice questions from the NIE UMAT booklets. 


Well done to Montana Briggs on her recent selection in the State SAPSASA Girls Basketball Team.  
Primary students from around the state trialled on 4 occasions before a final team of 10 was chosen.  This year's SA team will travel to Townsville and compete in the State Carnival from August 16-23.  
Montana commenced her basketball with the Port Victoria Basketball Club and is currently playing with the Arthurton, Norwood, and Yorkers teams,  and is part of the Development Network Squad Program at Kadina.  
Previous Maitland Area School State SAPSASA Basketball Representatives :  
  • 2001 Emma Langford to Brisbane
  • 2005 Isabelle Daniel to Melbourne
  • 2011 Georgia Thomson to Canberra
The student members of the 2013 Japanese Exchange Program to Mimasaka have been making the rounds of the Maitland Service Clubs. The clubs donated funds to enable students to travel overseas last year, and on Tuesday April 8, it was the turn of Year 10 student Luke Clifford and Year 9 student Jordyn Ingham.
The students spoke at the Maitland Lions Club meeting, and accompanied by Principal Andrew Gravestocks, shared stories of their travels and  fielded questions from the group.  
Well done!
The planned visit by Mimasaka City students and staff to Maitland is well under way with a tentative date set for August.

Congratulations to Colin Sansbury & Ben Rigney for being selected for the Port Power AFL Academy.


Week 9 was a busy and productive week for our key SRC Leaders. On Wednesday 26th March, Miss Sarah Atkins and I 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.

I Am Somebody

The theme for the day was ‘I am somebody’, and our students along with up to 1000 students from around the state were exposed to several inspirational speakers. These speakers spoke of their time as students and the importance of leadership in the paths they took in life. 
Some of the speakers were Sqn Leader Anneka Deaton a RAAF pilot; Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister and Andy Griffiths, well known children’s author. 
The students represented our school with pride and participated enthusiastically in the activities on the day.

Secondary National Young leaders Day

On Thursday 27th March, Kelly Whittaker and I accompanied our Prefects, Patrick Dodd 12T, Pria Sandercock 12T, Nathan Tucker 11TB and Ben Feutrill 10M to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to take part in the Secondary National Young Leaders Day.
The theme for this day was also ‘I am somebody’. The students were challenged by the inspirational speakers to think long and hard about their power and influence as young leaders. Some of the speakers included, Mike Martin, Executive Director of the Halogen Foundation, Daniel Flynn, Social Entrepreneur and founder of the Thankyou Organisation and Mark Bickley, SA football star.

Quotes of the day

Some of the stand out quotes of the day included:
  • Dream big, impossibility is only someone’s opinion, not a fact. Daniel Flynn
  • How would you lead your life if you had no fear? Daniel Flynn
  • Empathy is at the root of all good leadership.  Mike Martin
  • Don’t let hurdles stop you, work harder if it’s what you want.  Anneka Deaton
  • Learn from the challenges. Julia Gillard
The Prefects were also motivated and interested in the day’s activities and were fine ambassadors for Maitland Area School. They also took advantage of seeking information at the careers expo that was part of the day.
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

In the second week of holidays we ran our very first Maitland Area School Ski trip as a standalone school.  Nine students -  Annaliese Moloney, Maddision Briggs, Patrick Dodd, Teagan Layne, Nathan Tucker, Harrison Biggs, Thomas Smart, Tayna Polgreen and Amelia Honner - ventured off to the snowy slopes of Mt Buller.  Teachers who attended the trip were Miss Taheny, Mrs Derrington and myself.

Read more: Mount Buller Ski Trip

A class reunion to commemorate 30 years 
since leaving school will be held on 12th October 2013 at the Arthurton Sports Club Rooms from 12 noon ‐ late.
A BBQ Lunch ‐ Catered Evening Meal, please bring a salad or sweet to pool for lunch, BYO Drinks
A small fee to cover hire of venue, BBQ meat and catering will be calculated later when the number of attendees has been finalised. Fees can be paid on the day.
Please pass this invitation on to any classmates and teachers that you are still in contact with. If you have photos / school magazines, please bring them with you. If you can't make, please email a current photo and some news about yourself.
Some of you may be interested in a tour of MAS on Sunday. Please indicate if you are and we'll try to make it happen.
RSVP September 23, 2013.
Merridee Schilling:
0418 859 308

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