Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Spcial events 2013.

With not even a day in between, the Concert Band was back on the road again on Saturday December 9, performing at the 2013 Curramulka Lights community gala celebration. The teachers met at the PAC at 4.30pm and transported the equipment to Curramulka for an early setup, leaving everyone time to enjoy a leisurely dinner and wander amongst the many stalls and attractions.
At 6pm we assembled to tune. A sizeable audience also appeared and settled down on the grass to listen to the items. This time the emphasis was on Christmas items, with both contemporary and traditional tunes. The band was well received by the Curramulka crowd and our 45 minute set passed quickly, Thank you to the Curramulka Committee for erecting our tent and to the parents for transportation.
The MAS Concert Band and Choir were out and about on Friday December 8, playing concerts at Yorketown Area School, Minlaton District School and Ardrossan Area School as part of their annual Yorke Music Tour. 
Despite the tight time schedule, we played a full programme at each school, with both the band and choir performing well in the varied conditions. 
The Concert Band performed selections from its 2013 programme as well as some Christmas favourites. Our vocal version of 'Little Talks' proved popular with all the schools.
The Choir dressed up to perform 'Socks and Jocks' and 'Stand Together', both from the 2013 Festival of Music programme. At AAS the choir was joined by the Ardrossan Festival Choir and the two groups sang together, in perfect harmony!
A big thank you to Nixon's buses for our transport, to Community members Malcolm Kinch, Di Morgan and Helen Stocking for your support, to the band members from the school's we visited and to the schools for helping us set the tour up. Thanks also to our roadie and DJ Jesse Lawler for organising the PA system.
Well done Mrs Schwartz for organising another opportunity for our students to demonstrate their musical skills to a wide and diverse audience.
The R-2 classes headed off to Port Victoria on Monday December 9 for their long awaited beach picnic, and despite cool (read cold!) and damp (read rainy) conditions, we had a terrific time.
Groundsmen Trevor Allen and Peter Johnson were our bus-drivers (and cooks) and we pulled up at the foreshore jetty with dark clouds on the horizons but excited children nonetheless.
The students finished their recess quickly and descended on the playground, thoroughly enjoying the chance to try out new equipment. The old boat and the climbing frames were especially popular.,
Next up were our activity groups. Students rotated through activities including beach cricket (the water was six-and-out), scavenger hunts (hands up those found the 'tiny crab')and museum visits (the Port Victoria Maritime Museum is awesome).
Everyone was hungry come lunch and the sausage sizzle, courtesy of Mr Allen and Mr Johnson, was much appreciated. 
Groups then competed for the best sand castle with students creating complex and creative designs.We finished with a swim, well  some of us did (it was still very cold!) then we dried off and returned to Maitland.
Thank you to all the teachers and helpers who came on the day, congratulations to Sarah Atkins and the JP team for organising the day and a big thank you to Mrs Hall for opening the museum and showing us round.
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.

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Our annual Christmas Assembly drew a record crowd of parents and families who gathered on Wednesday December 11 in the PAC to celebrate the end of the year with the R-7 students.

With nearly thirty items on the programme, the afternoon was packed with singing, dancing (well done Miss Norman!), jokes, plays, student-videos, music performances, the 5/6 Band and the Festival Choir. 

Father Christmas made an appearance, courtesy of the local police and helped us present the Classroom Christmas Door competition.

Thank you to all the families who attended and supported their children, thanks to the PA crew for coping with a technically difficult programme and thanks to Debbie Schwartz for her support and help throughout the day.



What a fantastic day we all had on ‘Freaky Friday’ the 15th November.
Students and staff participated in good spirit and had a great time. The Canteen looked amazing and sold an array of spooky foods and treats. Thank you to Bron Polgreen, our wonderful canteen manager and her assistants on the day, Mrs Victoria Johns and Mrs Leticia Linke. Mrs Polgreen proudly donated $50 to the SRC from purchases on the day.
A big thank you also to Mr Tuck and the year 9s for their excellent creation of a ‘Haunted House’ which was visited by many students and some staff!
One student from each class was awarded a goody bag for the best costume. This was supplied by Mrs Polgreen and her assistants.  
In total $250 was raised for future SRC fundraising projects. 

A big thank you to everyone (especially our Deputy Beth Hector) who made Grandies Day 2013 such as success. Thank you to everyone who visited the school to see their grandchildren and share the afternoon with them. A big shout-out as well to those who visited to spend time with children whose own grandparents were unable to visit. There was lots to see and do, with Halloween Songs from the Year 3/4s, traditional games with the JPs, media across the decades in Year 2, PE, Mathletics, iPads, art and craft, Tech Studies, Ag Studies and more. A big thank you to Anna Taheny and students for the afternoon tea, to Debbie Debbie Schwartz for conducting the Festival Choir and to Mr Gravestocks for leading the principal's tour


The Year 3, 4 and 5s travelled to Ardrossan for the annual Diamond Cricket competition. The weather was cool, windy but fly-free as the students played a round-robin set of matches. Both teams played well, with good sportsmanship, determinination and skill on display. Congratulations to Ardrossan for their outright win on the day and to Ardrossan teacher Nick Marsh for his organisation.







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