Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Speical Events 2011

Sports, visiting artists, enrvrionmental programs, bands, camps and excursions - all are important learning activities for students at MAS. Here are some in 2011 we'd like to share with you.

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.

It was wonderful to extend both the number of events and timing for our Splash Carnival this year to accommodate the Year 7s who are now part of the primary school. Again, it was lovely to welcome students from Point Pearce Aboriginal School who joined with our Reception to Year 2 classes in their events.

The weather was kind to us and the crowd was as enthusiastic as the competitors. I must make special mention of the house captains who assisted very capably with the organisation and were extremely supportive of younger students in the pool.

Congratulations to Spencer House who won the day with a score of 33 points, followed by Yorke with 27 points and Vincent with 24 points.

Mrs Julie Adams, whom the cup is named after, was on hand for the presentation to captains Jackson Bruce and Georgie Robinson. Thank you to all parents and other family members who joined us on the day, creating a great atmosphere to accompany the excellent sporting behaviour displayed by the students.

With our 2011 Twilight Sports Carnival only a few weeks away 6-12 students have been involved in regular athletics practice.

Long-jump, javelin, discus, shot-put and long jump stations have been set up on the Secondary oval with students rotating between them.

Many students are already showing improvement and it's been terrific to see older students coaching and encouraging the younger ones.

 

 

Staff arrived early for their group photograph today. It wasn't long after that students began assembling and teachers quickly organised class groups for the whole school photo.

Getting camera angles right from the top of the scaffolding was tricky but soon the most difficult shot of the day was done and the classes began coming through the new venue ready for individual and class photos.

Family photos were finished just after lunch and a big thank you must go to the office staff for their organisation, to SSO Helyn Southwood for her work and the efficient and professional approach of our photographers.

Our first day back at school for 2011 was warm and sunny, a welcome relief from the 40C day in 2010! Principal Andrew Gravestocks welcomed students - old and new - then Coordinators Beth hector and Greg Bone organised home group classes with their teachers. Lessons began immediately after recess after an extended home-class period.

 

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