Speical Events 2011
Tuesday December 13 saw the MAS school community gather in the Performing Arts Centre for the annual Presentation Night.
There was an excellent showing of parents, families and students, with the PAC filled to almost caacity.
The evening began with songs from the school Concert Band and the Junior School Choir.
The School Community Rowan Ramsey award was presented to Greg Smart for his voluntary work with the Agricultural Studies program
.Principal Andrew Gravestocks and School Council Chairman Tim Schwartz addressed the audience and both outlined the positive work begun in 2011 in areas such as grounds, staff recruitment and facilities.Teachers Jo Shepherd, Greg Bone and Jill Bagshaw were farewelled and thanked for their contributions to our school over the years.
Primary School leaders Jackson Moloney and Ebony Short reported on the year's events, folowed by the presentation of the Secondary Awards.
After a song fromt the Festival Choir, Kerrie Thomson and Mel McPharlin farwelled our Year 12s and announced their plans and further education goals. Jessica Nankivell, recipent of the 2010 Principal's prize spoke of her year since leaving MAS and the evening was concluded with a stirring speech from our head prefect, Sophie Elies.
Thank you to Pat Hasting for organising the presentations and awards, and to our donors, presenters and staff for making the evening run so smoothly.
The Instrumental Music Service 'Brass Group' visited our school on Tuesday November 15. The group performed in the PAC to students from Years 3-7.
They were very entertaining, impressing the audience with a medley of movie tunes, music from the middle-ages and an inventive story-piece based on the tale of the Tortoise and the Hare.
They demonstrated how brass instruments work, showed a variety of ways to create new - and unusual - sounds and shared their love of playing music.
A secondary aim of the visit was to encourage students in Years 5 and up to consider learning a brass instrument.
If your child is interested, please contact IMS teacher Deb Schwartz at the school for more information.
Earlier this year we were selected to play in the SYP SAPSASA Cricket Carnival. This was held last week, 7-10 Nov, in Adelaide.
On Monday we played at Westminster College against Lower Eyre Peninsula. We got them all out for 47 runs and made over 150 runs to win the game easily.
Tuesday we played at SACA Park 25 against North Eastern. We had another big win.
Wednesday we were back at SACA Park 25. The game against Mid North was much closer and we won by only 10 runs in a very exciting match. Wednesday afternoon we caught up with the SYP tennis team at the Beachouse, Glenelg for a bit of fun.
On Thursday the number one country side, SYP, played the number one metro team, Western, for the Neil Brook Shield. We batted first and made 169 runs. We bowled and fielded well to get them all out for 122, winning the game and the shield by 47 runs. It was a great week and we have made a lot of friends through our SAPSASA experience.
Thanks to Mr Field for coaching and our parents for taking us to trainings and games
On Thursday the 10th November the R-7 classes of Maitland Area School celebrated Nude Food Day. Our students were asked to bring a healthy, non-packaged lunch to school. Any orders from the canteen were also in minimal packaging. Nude Food Day was a chance for our students to come together and learn what they can do for their health and the health of the planet. An event like this can give all of us a taste of the benefits, ease and fun involved in packing a healthy lunch!
Some interesting discussions about packaging and waste occurred in a number of classes, with Year 5s undertaking a waste audit with Miss Taheny.
Mrs Moloney visited classes and gave stickers and a raffle ticket to students who participated.A special thankyou to Mrs Polgreen in the canteen who donated three lunchboxes as raffle prizes.These lunchboxes are available for purchase from the canteen.Lunchboxes can be used on a daily basis for lunches brought from home or for canteen-ordered lunches. Using these lunchboxes also assists with less waste reducing the number of brown paper bags in our bins
Congratulations to all students who performed at our recent School Music Concert, you should all be very proud of your effort and success.
I would like to thank the staff and parents of Maitland Area School for their continuous support of the Concert Band and choir programs. We are so fortunate to have the assistance of talented, passionate staff, community members and most of all wonderful parent support.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918, after 4 years of continuous fighting the guns fell silent on the Western Front. Today; 93 years later we celebrate this day as Remembrance Day. It is a day that we honour the men and women who have died in the line of duty for Australia.
War Memorial Ceremony
As part of the Remembrance Day celebrations the Year 4 class was honoured to attend the service at the Maitland War Memorial. It was a special experience as many knew a person who had served or is still on active duty today within the armed forces. It enabled them to remember those people in the minute silence and then honour them by laying a wreath.
The remainder of the school honoured the special day with a Remembrance Day assembly in the Performing Arts Centre. Special images reflecting the themes of the day were projected on the screen. SOSE teacher Pat Hasting then explained the reasons behind the ceremony. Primary School Captains Jackson Moloney and Ebony Short finished with the reading of the Ode to the fallen.
Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the Maitland Area School Music Concert in our new performing arts centre. The evening was a credit to the staff and students involved. It was a real reminder of the depth of the music programme at our school, especially when we reflect on the number of students, across both the secondary and primary component of the school involved in music.
A special thanks goes to Tim Tuck, Deb Schwartz, Vanessa Secomb and Belinda Wundersitz for the tireless work that continues all year with the students allowing them to perform at such a high level. A big thankyou also to the staff and community members who give up their time weekly to support our students in our music programmes. The sound and ability to show video in the performing arts centre certainly cemented the decision to hold our end of year presentation night in the new centre (we think we will all fit!).