Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

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

The NRM (Natural Resource Management) Environment Day on Wednesday for our Year 4-7 students was a big success. 
We were joined by 90 students from other YP schools and were involved in hands-on sessions with reptiles, insects, soil, waste management, marine debris and shore birds. 
During the sessions students dressed as insects (see the back cover!), made their own soil, designed their own badges, watched a very wind blown CSIRO scientist live on a Queensland beach, cuddled a blue-tongue lizard and helped sort waste from re-cycling.
Congratulations to Ranger Fabienne Dee and her team for an educational and informative day for both staff and students.

There was a wonderful turn-out from our music students for the Maitland ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

Joined by community members and ex-scholars, 26 musicians played the traditional Dawn Service hymns and bolstered the considerable community crowd with family and friends while our head prefects presented the ANZAC Day books.

Over 150 people then gathered at the Town Hall for a cooked breakfast and ANZAC presentations.

Thank you to conductor Deb Schwartz, our musicians and family members for attending. A special thank you to the families that travelled from Yorketown, Ardrossan, Minlaton and Kadina to be part of the day.





Week 9 was a busy and productive week for our key SRC Leaders. On Wednesday 26th March, Miss Sarah Atkins and I accompanied Lucy Rowe 6/7 M, Koby Polgreen 6/7KD and Lily Dyett 4/5S to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to take part in the Primary National Young Leaders Day.

I Am Somebody

The theme for the day was ‘I am somebody’, and our students along with up to 1000 students from around the state were exposed to several inspirational speakers. These speakers spoke of their time as students and the importance of leadership in the paths they took in life. 
Some of the speakers were Sqn Leader Anneka Deaton a RAAF pilot; Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister and Andy Griffiths, well known children’s author. 
The students represented our school with pride and participated enthusiastically in the activities on the day.

Secondary National Young leaders Day

On Thursday 27th March, Kelly Whittaker and I accompanied our Prefects, Patrick Dodd 12T, Pria Sandercock 12T, Nathan Tucker 11TB and Ben Feutrill 10M to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to take part in the Secondary National Young Leaders Day.
The theme for this day was also ‘I am somebody’. The students were challenged by the inspirational speakers to think long and hard about their power and influence as young leaders. Some of the speakers included, Mike Martin, Executive Director of the Halogen Foundation, Daniel Flynn, Social Entrepreneur and founder of the Thankyou Organisation and Mark Bickley, SA football star.

Quotes of the day

Some of the stand out quotes of the day included:
  • Dream big, impossibility is only someone’s opinion, not a fact. Daniel Flynn
  • How would you lead your life if you had no fear? Daniel Flynn
  • Empathy is at the root of all good leadership.  Mike Martin
  • Don’t let hurdles stop you, work harder if it’s what you want.  Anneka Deaton
  • Learn from the challenges. Julia Gillard
The Prefects were also motivated and interested in the day’s activities and were fine ambassadors for Maitland Area School. They also took advantage of seeking information at the careers expo that was part of the day.
On Friday 4th April staff, students and community members gathered in the Performing Arts Centre to acknowledge the many years of dedicated service Mrs Kaye McCauley gave to Maitland Area School and to wish her well in her retirement. The Festival Choir, under the direction of Mrs Debbie Schwartz, set the scene for this special event singing as guests arrived.
Head prefect, Patrick Dodd, welcomed everyone and speakers included Charles Wundersitz who spoke on behalf of the present day student body; chair of our governing council, Mrs Victoria Johns who reflected upon Mrs McCauley’s role in the school and family connections and principal, Mr Andrew Gravestocks, who spoke on behalf of the department and the staff. Mr Gravestocks presented Mrs McCauley with a gift in appreciation of her teaching career and Mrs McCauley responded, sharing some very special memories which resulted in many smiles and laughter. A very poignant photo story highlighting Mrs McCauley’s career entertained the audience and we thank Mr Tuck for producing this. The Festival Choir sang “Ngarra Burra Ferra “ and led the singing of the National Anthem.
Mrs McCauley has left an indelible mark on the history of Maitland Area School and generously presented the gift of a clock to Heads of Primary, Koby Polgreen and Lucy Rowe, to ensure all students will be able to check the time during breaks.
On Thursday March 20 the Primary Interschool Team travelled by bus to Yorketown to compete in the SYP Primary Schools Sports Day.  With clear skies and eager participants it was pleasing to see everyone help set up the team-area and then head off to their individual events.  It was a warm day and it was fantastic to see the students showcase the school’s sun smart policy by wearing hats and applying sunscreen.
Congratulations to all of the students that competed on the day and it was great to see students willingly take on the events that they were not programmed to do.  All students proudly represented the school and did their very best.  Special congratulations to Isabel Hollams the 2014 7 year old Girl 60m champion and to Ilea Frensch the 2014 11 year old Girl 200m and Discus champion.
The team came 10th in the Handicap Shield and 6th in the Overall Shield. 
A big thank you to Miss Koch for organising the day, Mr Allen for driving the bus and setting up the tent and to all the fantastic parents for coming out to support the team.
Harmony Day is officially celebrated on March 24, but it was rescheduled this year to March 26 to allow the Kindy to participate.
Along with teachers Sarah Atkins and Chelsea Koch, we headed for the Lutheran School Gym, where we were greeted with a 'Let's Party' sign.
Party we did, with fun getting-to-know-each-other games such as 'Pin the Tail On the Donkey', biscuit icing, party-hat making and puzzles and races.
Thank you to all the staff and students at the Lutheran School who made us all so welcome and a special 'hi' to Mortimer the Mouse who popped out of a grating to steal some tasty biscuit crumbs.
Last Tuesday (March 4) was Shrove Tuesday so to celebrate, we held our annual Pancake Day. We had great weather and hungry mouths to feed and raised over $200 from the sales of pancakes over the morning.
We are extremely thankful to the Maitland Lions Club for providing the BBQ and cooking the pancakes for us. 
This group have helped us out for many years and the pancakes just keep on getting better!
We also had students who I’d like to recognise as they were very helpful and used great initiative. Thank you to:
Jesse Lawler
Koby Polgreen
Lucy Rowe
Toni-Lee Allen
 and any others I may have forgotten.
It was a great day and the wonderful manners and smiles we received certainly made it all worth while.

We had brilliant weather for our Maitland Show parade. 
Teachers and students dressed in their finest blues (Sharks) and reds (Eagles) and walked (or rather meandered!) from Pioneer Park to the Showgrounds. 
We stopped several times along the way to allow our shorter-legged students the chance to catch up and eventually lost sight of the front of the parade!
Fortunately we made the correct turn at the oval crossroad!
The Concert Band performed for the opening of the show, as did the Festival Choir. Congratulations to Deb Schwartz for the quality of both groups, especially this early in the year.
Well done to all students for their (mostly) uncomplaining walking and their enthusiasm promoting their house teams.





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