Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Special Events 2012

Sports, visiting artists, enrvrionmental programs, bands, camps and excursions - all are important learning activities for students at MAS. Here are some in 2012 we'd like to share with you.


Tuesday December 11 saw the MAS school community gather in the Performing Arts Centre for the Maitland Area School 2012 Presentation Night.

There was an excellent showing of parents, families and students, with the PAC filled to capacity, and a bit beyond!

Special guests included Roger Nottage, (ARD Yorke & Mid North, Ray Agnew (Mayor District Council of YP), Marie Wheare (President Parents & Friends) and Tim Schwartz (Chairperson Governing Council).

The evening began with songs from the school Concert Band under Debbie Schwartz who played a medley of songs from the musical 'Wicked' and the Junior School Choir under Vanessa Secomb who presented two Christmas Songs. 

Rowan Ramsey Award

The School Community Rowan Ramsey award was presented to Victoria Johns for her leadership and hard work in designing and overseeing the planting of the Primary gardens around the PAC.

ADF Awards

Kerrie Thomson presented the Australian Defence Force awards. Principal Andrew Gravestocks and School Council Chairman Tim Schwartz addressed the audience and both outlined many achievements from 2012 including grounds projects, literacy programs, building projects and student successes.

Farewell Vanessa

Vanessa Secomb was farewelled and thanked for her contributions to the all aspects of the school's music program over the past years.  Ex-principal Ian Burman was then farewelled from Maitland with an acknowledgement of his many and varied roles. Likewise Senior  School teacher Shane Thatcher and SSOs Denise White, Charmaine Simmons and Ros Allen were thanked and farewelled after many years of service.

Primary School leaders Bethany Sly and Charles Wundersitz reported on the year's events, followed by the presentation of the Primary Awards by Primary Coordinator Tim Tuck.

2012 Video Highlights

A terrific video highlighting our busy but exciting year entertained the crowd, with many Junior School students singing along with the accompanying songs.

Secondary Coordinator Leigh Rothe presented the Secondary Awards with SAASTA Coordinator MelissaKate McPharlin presenting the Duke of Edinburgh Awards to SAASTA students. Sophie Elies returned to accept the Principal's Prize Dux of 2011.

Festival Choir

The Festival Choir under Belinda Wundersitz entertained with two songs from their Festival program, with Brianna Schwartz providing a solo part to the song 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, which was dedicated to Vanessa Secomb.

Leigh called our Year 12 students to the stage to make the school-leavers presentations then Deputy Head Prefect Nikki Benyo gave the closing address. Thank you to Pat Hasting for organising the presentations and awards, and to our donors, special guests, presenters and staff for making the evening run so smoothly.

This week's Primary Assembly was organised by the Primary SRC, with help from teachers Sarah Atkins and Helen Moloney. 

We also had some special guests from the Maitland Retirement Village joining us.

Each class presented a short segment highlighting some of the work they'd done in the previous term.

  • The R/1/2s read stories they'd written
  • The 3/4s gave a PowerPoint presentation
  • The 5s showed off their artwork and played a tune
  • 6/7T showed (or tried to show!) a stop-animation

The School Concert Band, fresh back from touring YP, then played some Christmas songs. Mr Tuck presented the merit cards, including a special one for conductor Debbie Schwartz for all her hard work organising the band.

Primary Leaders Charles and Bethany finished with a Christmas greeting. When the students had left the visitors were served afternoon tea.



Our Concert Band visited Ardrossan Area School and Curramulka Area School on Friday November 30 as part of our annual YP Band tour. 
The students played well despite the variable weather conditions - it got very sultry! -  so we appreciated the responsive audiences in both schools . 
We finished the day playing for the Primary SRC assembly back in Maitland. 
Thanks go to Debbie Schwartz for organising the tour, to community members Di Morgan, Malcolm Kinch and Linda Kinch for joining us and to our bus driver Rod Nixon.


For this week's assembly 6/7T presented our stop-animation videos and electrical skill-testers.

We invited audience members to test their skill, but no one was able to trace the wire's length without the light bulb lighting up.

The animations were well received, especially the 6/7S boy's 'Slenderman'.

Mr Tuck also handed out a lot of Birthday Cards.

The Concert Band recently performed at the Curramulka Lights for the sixth time, continuing an annual tradition that  started in 2007.

The show has certainly expanded in that time, and this year we were played in a colourful marquee, set alongside trading tables, stalls, amusements and even the big man himself, Santa.

Being held at the busy time of the year means we don't always have our full group, so it was wonderful that so many students and staff were able to join us, including ex-scholar Brittany Honner, who donned the MAS colours and lent her flute playing skills to the ensemble.

The band played a selection of Christmas tunes and concert items, with 'Holiday Cheer' and 'Pirates of the Carribean' being strong crowd favourites.

The band joined in the local festivities too, following the parade around the oval (probably in the hope of a lolly or two!) and competing in some of the many children's activities that had been organised.

A big thank you to the Cury Lights Committeee; we really appreciated our spacious tent (and lack of gales!) and the students enjoyed their chocolate treat and thank-you card after.

Thanks also go to the parents who transported students and (as always) support the band and to the staff who gave their time to carry equipment and perform.

Here's looking forward to Lighting Up in 2013!

This year's Illawonga Camp was the first three days of Term Four, so well done to everyone for remembering to be there on time straight after the holidays!We left Maitland at 8.45, with our usual bus-driver Brian (who has told us 'this is his last year' four years in a row!) and we were delivered to the campsite just in time for lunch. A quick bite and we were straight into the afternoon's water activities.


Read more: 6/7 Illawonga Camp Report

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!

Our Year 3, 4 and 5 students enjoyed a morning of friendly rivalry last Friday playing in the annual Diamond Cricket competition against students from Ardrossan Area School. The oval was in pristine condition and the parents and friends who gathered to cheer on our four teams were treated to some great sporting behaviour and skill. Each of the four teams played four 20 minute games of cricket. Diamond Cricket is fast moving and requires excellent team cooperation and maximises the participation of all competitors. It was with bated breath that the final tally was counted, as after round 3 the scores were tied. In the final round both schools won 2 games each and so the result was a Draw. This seemed fitting as both schools played like winners!

The two Year 6/7 classes visited Point Pearce on Thursday September 13 as part of their Aboriginal Cultural Studies. Along with teachers Martin Salmon and Pat Hasting and elder Eddie O'Loughlin, the students visited sacred sites and learned about life for the traditional custodians of the area.

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