We had a small taste of the Clipsal on Friday as the Jesus Racing team ute pulled onto the school grounds in Maitland. The roar of the engine captured attention and students came running to check it out. Obviously it was a replica ute of the one raced, but it was still great to be up close!
Throughout the year I have the privilege of organising Christian Option/ Values presentations to visit our school, and when Jesus Racing became available following their Clipsal races, I didn’t pass the opportunity up. The last time they visited was in March of 2012.
Although all students could check the ute out, view the trophy they won at the Clipsal and get a poster signed by race driver Andrew ‘Fishtail’ Fisher, the seminar was presented to the Year 7-12’s. The Lutheran School Year 7-9’s also joined us in this great presentation. Andrew Fisher is not just a successful race driver, he has also had a successful business career where he has provided strategic advice to hundreds of companies and was also the CEO of a public company.
Join us at the Maitland Area School Presentation Night as we celebrate academic excellence, scholastic improvement, teamwork, leadership, persistence and community spirit.
Tuesday December 13 - 7pm - Performing Arts Centre
As a member of AFFLIP and as part of our responsibilities as an international school, we have just recently hosted a group of Filipino Principals.
They were on a study tour to look at our programs, our daily structures and wellbeing of our students. They were amazed at how our school ran and the strong focus we have on literacy and numeracy.
It was also great for our staff to understand what it is like to teach in a developing country. For example, did you know that class sizes in the Philippines can be at minimum 35 students and get up to nearly 70. The Principal and teacher we hosted have 2800 students at their schools and only 7 computers in the whole school. Also in the Philippines many of the students come to school malnourished and have set supervised eating times so teachers know they are getting something to eat. It made us realise how lucky we are to live in Australia and be educated here.
The Filipino principals thoroughly enjoyed their time here and the pedagogies they will take back with them. Some our classes will be running units concurrently with their schools and some of our students will also get a chance to Skype on one of their seven computers with a class.
What is AFFLIP?
What is AFFLIP?
AFFLIP is the Australian Foundation For Fostering Learning In the Philippines and is a is a voluntary, non-government, not for profit Foundation based in South Australia, which makes a contribution to the educational development of young people living in some of the poorest areas of the Philippines.
At present its work is located in Mindanao in the southern Philippines.
AFFLIP has a board of fifteen members, four of whom have past associations with Yorke Peninsula communities, Mr Ali Douglas as a Senior at Maitland Area School, Mr Trevor Tiller as principal of Ardrossan Area School and District Director of Wakefield District, Caroline Green is a member of the South/Taheny family at Warooka and John Erskine was a teacher at Ardrossan Area School.
Warooka Primary School is also a member of the Schools Learning Network School. It is hoped that two staff members from Baliok will be able to visit Warooka in the future.
AFFLIP has been operating for 5 years and has implemented six programs in Talomo District
- Health, Nutrition using vegetable gardens
- Early Literacy Development
- Curriculum Resources
- Schools Learning Network
- Outdoor Learning Environment Program
Maitland Apex Club and Maitland Rotary Club have been wonderful supporters of AFFLIP fundraising efforts. People wanting more information about AFFLIP and how to contribute can get further on the AFFLIP website www.afflip.com.au
Last Wednesday was our open day.
We had over 140 families visit the school to see our students in action and culminate our Paddock to Plate program.
I was honoured enough to conduct a Principal's tour in which many a memory was shared. The new Early Learning Centre proved a hit and the students loved the learning journey with our visitors.
After a short morning tea we had our grandparents and students read to each other. This brought back many memories of the times I spent with my grandparents reading. Both grandies and students had a ball and showcased the strength of our school community.
What really made this a special time were the grandies who read with students they didn’t know, just so our students didn’t miss out.
A big thankyou must go to our parents and friends and friends of the library that made our open day a possibility.
Our Royal Show experience looked a bit different in 2016 from previous years – no steers this time, but a fantastic group of goats entered into the Led Wether Competition.
Our Year 9/10 Ag class spent lessons in Term 3 training, grooming and feeding our Boer goat entries to prepare them for the big event, and a lucky group of hardworking students were selected to represent Maitland Area School in Adelaide.
After unloading and settling the animals on Tuesday night, we were ready for busy day of preparation on Wednesday.
The goats were weighed and scanned, then washed and blow dried. Finally, in beautiful sunshine, they were presented in the Grand Parade along with goats, steers, dairy cows, horses and hundreds of students from around the state. Our team looked fantastic in their bright red shirts and the goats looked very smart in their red halters. The occasion was a bit too much for a couple of our youngest goats and they needed a bit of help (ie a carry!) around the main arena! Overall our students represented MAS brilliantly and they can be very proud of their efforts.
On the 20th of September the R-3s participated in the Milo Cricket Clinic, which had to be run in the gym due to the bad weather.
Students practiced throwing, catching, bowling and batting under the watchful guidance of two Adelaide Strikers players. All students had a blast and enjoyed a milo drink to finish.
On Monday the 19th of September the JP classes received a visit from Mr John Andrews on his 430km bike ride along the peninsula, raising funds and awareness for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Mr Andrews set out from Moonta on the 18th of September and spent his first night in the Maitland Caravan Park and got quite wet!
He showed us all of his special gear, his bike, first aid kit, spare tyres, tubes, tools, kitchen, food supply, clothes, tent, and a not very comfy looking bed (rolled up yoga mat) which he could fit into a small trailer he towed behind his bike.
Mr Andrews happily explained all of his equipment and answered all of our questions before continuing on his journey.
On Friday 19th August the Maitland Playgroup spent a busy morning at the Area School. They were greeted by Year 9 students who, under the supervision of teacher Miss Sarah Townsend, took them on a tour of the Ag Block where the children particularly liked the goats and the chickens.
Following this they were treated to a story in the Library by librarian Mrs Moloney and enjoyed sharing a fruit platter, while the adults were able to have a hot drink.
The morning finished with Music & Movement and lots of drum playing in the Performing Arts centre with Mr Tuck. It was so lovely to share our facilities with the laygroup and we are very excited that as of next term they will meet regularly on our site when the Early Learning Centre opens.
The MAS goats have been out and about, taking walks around town, having their hair trimmed in preparation for the Adelaide Show and soaking in the warm weather. Well done to our hard working 9/10 Ag class who don't kid around when it comes to looking after their goats.
It was a long time coming, but the weather finally made a turn for the better, so on Wednesday, August 17, the Year 4/5 class were able to make their contribution to National Tree Day by planting nearly 100 trees on the north side of the Maitland Cemetery.
We'd initially planned to plant the trees back in week 1 of term, but the site was washed out with heavy rains over several days. We rescheduled for the following week and then rescheduled again when the site was, once again, flooded.
The wait until week 4 was definitely worth it, as the day dawned sunny, a little cool, but with no clouds in sight.