Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Special events, activities, visits, excursions and news from across the school in 2014.

Our Mini-Circus on November 18 was a huge success. We had 100 students showcasing their circus skills in the PAC Circus Ring under the 'Big Top'. It was wonderful to see so many parents in the audience, thank you for adding extra excitement to our show!

Pride of place in the audience were the Maitland Preschool children. A big thank you to Trevor Allen for being our bus driver and thank you to our two Year 6/7 clowns who accompanied the children to the school.

There were lots of stand out acts but special mention must go to Annabelle and Ivy for their 'Stretchy Legs' doctor act, to Darnell, Harrison and Anthany for their 'Human Cannonball Act', to Jayden, Mitchell and Oscar for their 'World's Strongest Man Act' and to Elijah, Lachlan and Tyson for their marvellous Parkour act that closed the show. 

Thanks go to Kyle  who kept the crowd entertained with his magic acts, April  for running the music and to Sylvia and Lynarrha for running the ticket office and helping with changing the equipment.

The Premier's Reading Challenge is a literacy engagement program that was introduced by the Premier in 2004 to encourage students to read more books and enjoy reading and to improve literacy levels.

The Challenge requires students to read 12 books between the beginning of the school year and early September.

MAS joined the Premiers Reading Challenge in the inaugural year of 2004 and this year some of our students received the Reader for Life - Gold Award.  What a wonderful achievement - 11 years of meeting the challenge! 

MAS has been regularly recognised as a school with outstanding achievement and I congratulate the 133 students who received awards for 2014.

It was with great pride that I was able to accompany our SRC to the Maitland War Memorial on Remembrance Day this year. The students all dressed in our formal uniform and from the discussions that I had going to and returning from the Memorial it was clear that all understood the importance of the day. 

Thankyou to the community members who have taken the time to provide positive comments to not only me but the students involved as I think too often we concentrate on what isn’t working or on how we could improve and don’t take time to reflect on some of the positive things that do occur in our personal and professional lives. 

Well done too to the remainder of the school population who took part in a service in our PAC. From all accounts the most respectful and successful service we have conducted in recent years. 

Congratulations to conductor Deb Schwartz, accompanist Jonny Gorden and the MAS Festival Choir. A fabulous, fantastic and fun concert at the Festival Centre that matched the wonderful weather outside. 

The show was colourful and moving with outstanding performances by soloists, musicians and guest artists. 

Two thumbs up for everyone involved.


Well, it’s all over for another year! After months of preparation our Show team again represented our school with pride in Adelaide and were fortunate to again come home with a swag of ribbons.


This year we took two steers to town – Gaz the Red Poll from Kev Graham’s stud and Joel the Murray Grey, donated by Stuart Redding. Although our scan results didn’t look promising on the first morning, we were very pleased when Gaz won 4th place in his weight class on judging day.

Our goat team was very successful this year. We took six goats to the Show and our prize winners all came from Margaret Miller’s Coota Park Stud near Wallaroo. Bailey came 5th, Charlie  1st and Sam  1st in their respective weight classes on judging day, and Sam was then named Reserve Champion Lightweight goat. In the carcase competition, Charlie came 3rd in the Chevon category, whilst in the Capretto category Ollie came 6th, Tilly 5th and Sam 1st. Sam then went on to win the overall lightweight division and was named Champion Lightweight Carcase.

Our students looked fantastic in their red team shirts during the Grand Parade on Wednesday afternoon, and despite some rather difficult animals, managed to complete a number of laps of the oval to the cheers of the crowd.


Congratulations to all the Year 9 and 10 Agriculture students involved in the preparation of our animals over the last four months. Particular congratulations to the students selected to represent MAS in Adelaide:

Steer Team – Jesse Lawler, Lochie Gregory, Anna Falco, Ebony Short, Ciaha Smith

Goat Team – Georgie Robinson, Ezra Glazbrook, Bethany Sly, Nikita Penhall, Louise Lawler, Luke Clifford, Henry Honner, Caitlin Wyatt

Thank you...

Huge thanks to Julie Bagshaw for working with the steer team in Adelaide, to Tony Lawler and Andrew Honner for transporting stock and equipment to the Show and to the many parents and family members who supported us during our time in Adelaide.

Our JEP 2014 visitors arrived at the airport at 5:10am.

We traveled to Glenelg for sunrise, a walk on the beach and breakfast,

From there winded our way up to the Mount Lofty summit to see Adelaide. A beautiful day, and in the distance we could just make out Yorke Peninsula and the hummocks.

We headed to Cleland Conservation Park for a tour and lunch. Everyone was fascinated by the tiny potoroos, friendly kangaroos and cuddly koalas.

Then it was off off on the long drive to Maitland. We stopped in at Federation Park for a photo, popped into Ardrossan for fuel and then after a brief tour of Maitland, it was time for the welcome party in the Performing Arts Centre.



The official Term 2 SRC Fundraiser was held on Thursday June 26 with 'Hairlarious Day'. Students and teachers were encouraged to sport their best head of hair and gold-coin donations all went towards the Childhood Cancer Association.

There was lots of creativity on show from both young and old with dyeing, glitter, sculpting and some very interesting wigs (we KNOW it was a fake Mr Tuck!)

Congratulations to everyone for making the day so much fun. Thank you to all those (very) patient parents who twisted, tweaked and coloured their children's hair, your time and efforts were much appreciated.

Combined with the sausage sizzle and donut sales, this was an impressive community fundraiser which we can all be proud of.





Brainstorm Productions performed two shows at school on May 2 in the PAC.
The first show, 'Verbal Combat', aimed to address some of the issues around Cyber Bullying, using a contemporary story performed by two very talented young actors. 
The show certainly had our Year 8-12 students enthralled with a poignant soundtrack, lightning fast costume changes and  realistic character portrayal. Following the show, the actors discussed some of the issues, responses and characters involved. Scan the QR code for more info.
The second show, 'The H Team', was aimed at  the Primary Classes and focused on giving students the knowledge, confidence and resilience to help combat negative feelings and behaviours.
Once again the actors swapped parts constantly, involved students in songs and actions and bought home the message that critical thinking is an important skill that can help us 'outsmart the media, the junk food giants, the advertising gurus and the bullies to create a healthy harmonious school community'. The primary students had lots of questions to ask and at the conclusion and the actors also offered advice on how to learn lines for our own musical.
Congratulations to all students for their terrific audience skills and to Brainstorm Production for these brilliant shows.

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