Maitland Area School

Maitland | Yorke Peninsula | South Australia

Ultimate Frisbee expert Rex Johnson came to visit our SAASTA Academy last week to help the team brush up on their skills.  Students will be competing in an Ultimate Frisbee competition in Term 4 as a part of the SAASTA Shield carnival. 


Last Wednesday, Emma Westbrook and myself took two very excited teams to compete in the Port Pirie Science Week Expo. 

A Primary team and a Secondary team competed against other schools from within the region in a series of three challenges. 

Our Secondary team consisted of Liam, Shaylah, Jasmine and Evie who started strongly and despite struglling with the last two challenges still finished a commendable fourth. 

Better news for Lily, Sophie, Steph and Oscar who competed consistently in all challenges to finish the day in equal first position. 

It was a rewarding day for all involved and it was good to see the teams work together to find solutions to the problems presented to them.


The JP hosted another successful Pet Week (week 8).

A big thank you to all the families that organised the animals and photos.  

We loved meeting and learning about all the different pets.  

This year we met dogs, cats, rabbits, blue tongue lizard, cockatiel, Eclectus parrot, turtles and chickens. 

Monday, March 21 was Harmony Day and we celebrated this national festival of Australia's cultural diversity by joining students from Point Pearce Aboriginal School at a special morning of inclusiveness, respect and belonging at the Maitland Lutheran School.

The Harmony Day theme is 'everyone belongs' and children were treated to story-telling, cultural handicrafts, special games, face-painting and more in our two-lesson visit.

A special treat was a didgeridoo performance to finish our activities.

Thank you to the staff at MLS who organised and ran the activities and a special 'well-done' to the MLS students who led games and handicrafts and interacted so patiently with students from all three schools.

On the March 21 our class had a group of ladies come in to the library to teach us how to knit. We had six ladies help us and lots of thanks to Mrs Koenders, Mrs Townsend, Mrs Burman, Mrs Jolly, Mrs Stock, and Mrs Crouch for coming in and sharing your time and talents. 

We were learning to knit because we are learning about wool in our Ag lessons. 

We all had different colours and our goal was to make a square each. When we've finished we're going to sew it all together to make a blanket to donate to the village or the hospital. 

Some of us found knitting easy but most of us found it hard. There were a couple of people who never want to see a pair of knitting needles again in their life, but over all we had a good afternoon.

News from the Canteen! It is with great pleasure that we welcome Terri Frizzell as our new Canteen Manager. 

Terri has had a life times experience working in catering and kitchens, and she has some exciting new ideas to add to our school menu. 

Terri would love some parents to come into the canteen to help and share in their passion for healthy eating and our school.  I encourage you all to please give at least a few hours of your time to come in and help.

Excess Fruit

If any families have trees with fruit, Apples and Oranges to spare, donations to the canteen would be greatly appreciated.

The weather was certainly kind to us on our first day back for 2016, even if it took a turn for the worse the following day with torrential rain!

Students were excited to see their friends and all the changes in the school but still listened carefully to new principal Mr Keleher in the morning assembly.

Then it was off to meet home-class teachers and settle into new classrooms. 

The biggest changes were probably for our R-2 classes who have a new furbished double unit with new carpets, paint, furnishings, whiteboards and location!


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