Speical Events 2011
The audience arrived mid-Friday afternoon in the Performing Arts Centre, a little unsure of what they were about to see.
There they were lucky enough to view the only live performance of the brand new song 'Autumn Leaves' by the band 'Stage of Lights' and see their amazing video clip.
Who are 'Stage of Lights'? They're over sixty Year 7 students from Maitland, Ardrossan, Moonta, Curramulka, Minlaton and Yorketown) who had spent two days in the PAC, working with the brilliant team from Muso Magic.
And who are Muso Magic? They're Adam and Glenn, two professional musicians with an extensive pedigree in Australian rock music who guided, cajoled and inspired us to write, sing, dance and perform this original song that reflects the challenges that young teens face in the transition from Primary to Secondary School.
Thanks to all the junior mentors from AMS, to all the senior mentors from across the Peninsula, to the school staff and the volunteer parents who made this amazing two days possible.
Here are the winning designs for the CD cover and T-shirt.
On the 23rd of August the Maitland Area School Festival choir travelled by bus with Ardrossan choir students to Magic Millions to rehearse with over 300 students for the Primary Music Festival .
Maitland choir members will be performing fourteen songs at the Festival theatre on Wednesday September 21st .
Congratulations to Ionah Warrior who has been selected as a soloist. Ionah will be featured speaking the Wongatha language in the finale number ‘Gundulla – We dance’.
Book Week started off this year with a visit from the children’s author, PC Green. PC entertained the students from R-7 with stories about his past as a surf journalist and also author. He also gave the students tips on how to write. Exposing children to author visits opens their eyes to the writing process and helps them to become more aware of the world in which they live. This is essential if they are to develop sound literacy skills, particularly in creative writing as most authors base their writing around real life experiences and the world as they know it.
Book Week Competition
During Book Week a competition was held around the theme One World Many Stories, for R-7 classes. Each class had to choose a country and then do a presentation that told a story from that country in some form. The story could be told in the form of a play, or a poem or a picture or a song etc. On Friday the 26th of August the classes presented their stories at the Junior School Assembly and a winner was chosen by a panel of judges made up by members of the Friend’s of the C.Y.P. Library. The Friend’s of the Library also donated the $100 first prize to the winning class. The presentations were superb. Those of us lucky enough to see them were blown away by the imagination and talent displayed by the students.
The wide range of topics for the presentations is obvious in the photos on these pages.
Unfortunately there can only be one winner and this year it was Ms Secombe’s year 5 class, who retold an Australian Dreaming Story using paper machete puppets that they had made. I would really like to thank and congratulate all the classes and their teachers for the effort they put into this competition.
Also during Book Week we had a Central Book Supplies, Book Fair. We held the same book fair last year and it was as successful again this year. The books represent very good value and they walk out the door. We were able to select nearly $300 worth of books in Commission. My thanks go to the Friend’s of the Library for helping out during lunch break while the fair was on.
Congratulations to all of the MAS students involved in SAPSASA sports and a big thank-you to the students and their families for their support and willingness to help out during trainings and carnivals - it’s been much appreciated.
Our Year 9 Camp started bright and early Monday morning, June 27th. After a quick farewell to parents we headed for the Errappa campsite at Iron Knob. The camp is run by the SA Police and provides opportunities for students to challenge themselves both mentally and physically. Our first afternoon was spent playing team building games, using strategies to get ‘Mr Bean’ to safety across the hot molten ‘lava’ and rescuing our teammates from a fast flowing ‘river’. After dinner, our guide Dave took us on a night walk through the scrub and along the train tracks, assuring us the trains weren’t running and telling ghost stories about Mick the Headless Miner.
The students and staff were very nervous about the lead up to the Aboriginal Power Cup Carnival as none of us had participated in it before. The carnival consisted of football matches, a formal dinner and career expos.
Our students found the Career Expo quiet useful as they learnt about a few different careers of interest and gave some students a bit of a clear idea of what they would like to do when they leave school.
The Formal dinner was exciting with four awards being presented on the night Our SAASTA group took out two of the awards for Best Team Song and Best Guernsey which Joel Lawrie designed. The students were thrilled to have won the awards.
The Reconciliation Week assembly guests included Peter Stockings (Regional Development Board), Tim Schwartz (MAS Governing Council)) and George Walker (Point Pearce Council).
Peter spoke to the assembly about what reconciliation means to him and students showed work they had produced within a theme of reconciliation. The highlight of the assembly was the walking in by students of a multi-coloured chain symbolising the linking of races and cultures. Reconciliation week certificates were also presented.
During the January holidays I attended the Australian Youth Science Forum in Perth.
The NYSF is a 12 day event which gives year 11 students going into Year 12 a very unique opportunity to test out careers in science, engineering and other fields.
For the 12 days you will be in Canberra or Perth living on campus as a university student and during that time you will have many lab and other company visits, places that general public wouldn’t usually be able to see.
I thoroughly enjoyed this program and would recommend It to any students wanting to pursue a career in the science field. It is a great program for building personal qualities such as body language, public speaking and a lot more. I personally benefited from this program highly and would like to thank Maitland Area School and the Maitland Rotary Club for giving me the opportunity to experience such a program.
Last Friday 40 staff attended a DECS first Aid training day held at the school.
We were joined by 11 staff from Pt Pearce school and 3 from the Maitland Children’s Centre.
The three presenters from the Red Cross were excellent making our learning experience enjoyable. A light lunch was supplied by the Yorke Valley Hotel.
With school trips coming up at the end of this term it was a good time to brush up on the latest techniques in casualty care.