QuickBits Term 2 2015

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Immunisation for year 7 & 11.
This will be held tomorrow, Friday 15/5/2015, in the MPC. Students are asked to ensure their consent forms are completed and returned in order to have their immunisation. Any anxious students are welcome to come to the MPC during Homeroom time (during roll call) to have their injection.

 

 Storm Updates


Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.
Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.
Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.
Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.
 

 

 ANZAC Pride!

Thank you to our dedicated staff and students who represented the school with distinction at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service! We are very proud and grateful for our history of young men from Maitland Boys' High School who served our country, and sadly, many of whom also lost their bright, young lives. Equally, we are very proud of our young people today, who honoured the memory of these young men -and our school. En Avant!

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Maitland High School Staff hard at work cleaning up after the storm last week! The wonderful removalists we had in on Friday who moved staff room furniture so that we could have the carpets removed also commented on what a help they found our teaching and Office staff, who pitched in, hastening the process! Thank you so much!

 

Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.
Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.

SCHOOL IS OPEN TOMORROW FOR ALL STUDENTS!
Dear Everyone!
We are looking forward to seeing all our students again tomorrow after what has been a very big week for all in our community. I hope you all have power again and that the damage has not been too severe. Our thoughts go out to those who are still in difficult circumstances.

Our dear old school has taken a bit of a battering! The Staff Commonroom ceiling fell in in one section, and the room entirely flooded, causing sign...ificant damage to the areas directly below it as well: the Front Foyer, Down Stairs Deputy Principal's Office, Front Office and hallways around to Rms 9,10,11.

The PDHPE staffroom was also entirely waterlogged and the PE staff have had to relocate to the Fitness Lab! As if those sporty types weren't fit enough, now they will put the rest of us to even greater shame when they are working out on the gym equipment all recess and lunchtime!

The Drama room was also deluged from the Hall above, which is also out of action until builders can assess the safety of the roof. The Drama room had 10cm of water lying over the floor and is not operational.

The Front Office has been relocated to the Library and all visitors are asked to go to the single entrance gate outside Rms 22,23,24 - the 3 old original classrooms next to the Library, and walk around the Library verandah to access the new, temporary 'Front Office'.

Parents needing to pick up students from school throughout the day due to illness or appointment, can do so from the Library.

Student and Staff entry ONLY is through the double gates on High St entrance, the side Bus gate entrance on Hunter St, and the only entrance on Pierce St is through the double gates. All other gates are closed.

Parents and Carers are asked if they could remind their children NOT to go into any areas which are roped off! These areas are roped off because they are dangerous. There will be zero tolerance of any student who puts themselves or others at risk through unsafe behaviour.

Students are asked to keep away from the areas listed below:

There has been significant tree fall in the Passive Area in the Year 7 Quad and this has been roped off.

Area 5 is entirely out of bounds due to risk from trees which need to be assessed for soundness. The soil bank has eroded around some.

The front of the school is entirely out of bounds due to risk from trees which need to be assessed for safety and all parents, students and staff are asked not to stop, walk or park outside the front of the school where it has been barricaded off.

The stairs between the Basement and the MPC on Pierce St are roped off due to signifcant soil ersosion and exposed services.

There will be an Assembly in the MPC for all students and Staff at 9am tomorrow morning.

We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

Paula Graham
Relieving Principal.

Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.
Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.
Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.
Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.

School closed for all students on Friday. We will be reopening to all students on Monday, 27 April.

Dear All,
While our wonderful cleaners have done a great job today cleaning up many areas, tomorrow we will have electricians on site pumping out the main electrical distribution switch, drying out other electrical distribution cupboards, which requires them to be left open, emptying all light covers filled with water and making repairs where required. Other contractors will b...e in tomorrow and on the weekend to dry out or remove carpet and assess ceiling damage in Penman wing. The Front Foyer of the school, the Front Office and the Staff Common Room are presently out of use due to water damage to ceiling and floors. Fallen trees are roped off and should be removed soon, whilst others require assessment.

It is important for everybody to stay out of areas roped off with 'danger' tape.

Thank you to our wonderful Mrs Bower, school Canteen Manager, who looked after staff corralled in the Library today, while the WHS team assessed rooms for safety, before they were able to return to staff rooms to clean up and prepare for students' return.

Apologies to our neighbours for the alarms which wailed intermittently today- once the distribution boards dry out, they should stop shorting out.

All staff are requested to sign on in the Library tomorrow for a 9am Briefing.

Kind regards,
Paula Graham
Relieving Principal.

Dear MHS community,
I have just received a change of advice from our Director of Schools. As Properties have advised that there may be an electrical risk if power is restored after significant rain, and as the MHS power distribution boards have been affected by water, and there is currently no power on site, I believe we will need to have the water damage to these boards inspected by electrical technicians to ensure the safety of the school site. Therefore the school will be ...closed to all students, including Year 12, tomorrow. If electrical technicians determine there are no electrical issues with the return of power, I will notify the school community via Facebook, the school's website, and ABC radio 1233 AM, of our student return to school plan. We are aiming to return students as soon as it is safe to do so. Please check our Facebook page or Website for further updates tomorrow.

MHS staff, please report to the Library tomorrow and access the school through the front High St double carpark gates only, for Briefing and clean up plan. Please avoid parking in front of the tall gumtrees at the front of the school entrance, as the soundness of these trees is unknown at this stage.

Take care, everyone.
Kind regards,
Paula Graham
Relieving Principal.

School will be open tomorrow, Thursday, 23rd, April for Year 12 ONLY. Staff and Year 12 are asked to meet in the Library and access the school through the double carpark gates on High Street only. At present, there is still no power and significant water damage to other sections of the school, which need to be assessed for safety, in addition to being cleaned before use.

Year 12 will operate on the following timetable:
Period 1: English
Period 2: Ancient History; Chemistry;... Computer Applications; Dance; IPT; Metals Engineering; Photography; Society & Culture.
Period 3: Mathematics
Period 4: Business Studies; Drama; EEC; Hospitality; PDHPE; Physics; Sport Coaching; Work Studies.
Period 5: Biology; Engineering Studies; Multi-Media; Legal Studies; Music; IT Timber; Senior Science.

Students and Teachers need to be prepared for 'analogue' lessons (i.e. No computers, no power!) which will be held in Hodge Wing. Teachers will meet class groups in the library at the beginning of each period.

The Canteen will not be open.

Paula Graham
Relieving Principal.

Staff are advised that they may attend school if it is safe for them to travel and IF personal circumstances permit. Staff should consider impending weather conditions, and their ability to return home. Staff should listen to 1233 AM and consider SES safety warnings in making their decision. All staff attending MHS today should report to the Principal's Office.
Paula Graham
Relieving Principal.

 

Maitland High School will be closed, tomorrow, Wednesday, 22 April, due to site and student safety concerns. We have a number of trees down and some which may pose a danger at the front of the school. There is also water damage to some buildings. There is no power and major flooding occurring in our surrounding areas, which creates a risk for families travelling. Please keep students safely at home tomorrow. Please check this site tomorrow morning for further details.
Paula Graham
Relieving Principal.

 

We are thinking about all in our community and know that many are struggling without power and experiencing significant storm damage. The school has no electricity at this stage, a number of trees down inside the grounds and others around the perimeter may present some concern to safety. There is also some damage to roofing.

I am uncertain about the readiness of our site to safely accommodate students tomorrow. I will look to assess the situation at first light tomorrow mor...ning (road access to school permitting) and will post by 7.30am if the school can be safely opened for students. At this stage, and with more severe weather predicted overnight, it looks unlikely.

Additionally, all parents, students and staff should be guided by SES community service announcements and make safety your first priority. Do not travel in unsafe weather conditions. Families should also consider whether rapidly rising flood waters may impact on students' ability to get home again, in making decisions about student attendance tomorrow.

Please check our Facebook page or Website tomorrow morning around 7.30am as to whether the school is open or closed.

Keep safe!
Paula Graham
Relieving Principal.

Due to increasing severe weather, Maitland High School is now CLOSED for the day. We have a number of trees which have just fallen in the playground and I am concerned about the safety of students. Please keep all students at home today.
Paula Graham
Relieving Principal.

 

Where ever possible, students are advised to stay in the safety of their own homes today and stay off the roads. The severe weather conditions are continuing and there are high winds at school. The school has power and minimal damage, but there are few staff and there is a high likelihood of flooding in the surrounding areas.
Paula Graham
Relieving Principal

 

All students and staff at MHS are urged NOT TO travel and to make make safety their first priority. There are very high winds at school at present and I believe it is not safe for people to be on roads. Please follow emergency services travel warnings and do not travel unless safe.

 

What awful weather! While the school is open, PLEASE ensure you make safety your first priority and DO NOT travel anywhere until safe!! Livetraffic.com and 1233 ABC Newcastle are good for travel safety information.
Paula Graham
Relieving Principal.

 

Astounding contribution by MHS in WW1.
As the school prepares for the centenary of ANZAC it is humbling to look at the young faces of those who enlisted 100 years ago. The grief and tragedy evident in the records is overwhelming.
It is appropriate to start the recognition of our WW1 MHS servicemen with David McNeil Heugh - mentioned in despatches and wounded on Day 1 at Gallipoli - died 4 days later while being transported to Alexandria.

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Mr Michael Scobie retired from the Service yesterday. Mr Scobie was one of our longest serving colleagues at Maitland High School and his dedication to our school has been deeply demonstrated in his quiet pride and long history with our school. Mr Scobie attended our school as a student, from 1967 to 1972 when it was Maitland Boys High School. He returned to us as our Librarian in 1983- only the 4th Librarian since WWII. Mr Scobie has witnessed many of the school's milestones..., including: our Centenary in 1984; the opening of Rutherford High School in 1985; the school becoming 'co-ed' in 1987, educating both boys and girls; a brief and highly contentious name change to Evatt High School in 1988, before becoming proudly Maitland High School in 1989.

Mr Scobie was farewelled on Assembly last Wednesday and celebrations of his long and dedicated career at MHS continued on Thursday with a luncheon and then again later in the last period of the term, when many staff came over to the Library for the cutting of the cake and to finally line the pathway into Hinder House as Mr Scobie made his exit under a guard of honour and the singing of the School Song. En Avant, Mr Scobie! We wish you all the best in your retirement and thank you for your wonderful dedication to our school!

Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.
Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.
Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.
Maitland High School - information for the MHS community's photo.

 

School closed for all students on Friday. We will be reopening to all students on Monday, 27 April.

 

Dear All,
While our wonderful cleaners have done a great job today cleaning up many areas, tomorrow we will have electricians on site pumping out the main electrical distribution switch, drying out other electrical distribution cupboards, which requires them to be left open, emptying all light covers filled with water and making repairs where required. Other contractors will be in tomorrow and on the weekend to dry out or remove carpet and assess ceiling damage in Penman wing. The Front Foyer of the school, the Front Office and the Staff Common Room are presently out of use due to water damage to ceiling and floors. Fallen trees are roped off and should be removed soon, whilst others require assessment.

It is important for everybody to stay out of areas roped off with 'danger' tape.

Thank you to our wonderful Mrs Bower, school Canteen Manager, who looked after staff corralled in the Library today, while the WHS team assessed rooms for safety, before they were able to return to staff rooms to clean up and prepare for students' return.

Apologies to our neighbours for the alarms which wailed intermittently today- once the distribution boards dry out, they should stop shorting out.

All staff are requested to sign on in the Library tomorrow for a 9am Briefing.

 

Kind regards,
Paula Graham
Relieving Principal.

 

 

 

Please continue to check our Maitland High School facebook page for the latest updates.

 

 

NAPLAN 2015 - Important information for parents/carers and students in Years 7 & 9

Files available for download

NAPLAN 2015 Letter to Parents

NAPLAN 2015 Year 7 Organisation

NAPLAN 2015 Year 9 Organisation

 

 

 Student Notices

Zone Cross Country schedules for the 24th April has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

Year 12 SLR excursion for the 24th April has been postponed.

A new date for the school Athletics Carnival will be announced soon.

 

 

Current School Newsletter

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Indigenous Personal Learning Plan Evening

The Indigenous Personal Learning Plan Evening will be held again this Wednesday the 18th of March after school in the staff common room. Light refreshments will be provided. Entry through the main entrance into the school foyer.

 


Open Basketball Success!

 

Congratulations to our Open Boys and Girls Regional Basketball teams who competed with pride, determination and great sportsmanship at the Gala Day!

 

Our Boys' results were:

Defeated Jesmond 50-37; defeated Wingham 78-39; defeated Lambton 62-30.

 

Our Girls' results were:

Defeated by Swansea 32-14; defeated Lake Munmorah 62-25.

 

Congratulations on your wonderful effort and team spirit, all! Thank you to Mr Hockley for all his hard work and commitment!

 

 

 

 

Year 11 Crossroads Camp

 

Year 11 Crossroads camp will be held at Forster from May 11 to May 13.
Crossroads is a compulsory course for all Year 11 students and the camp is a
great way for them to complete the course whilst also experiencing team
building activities.

A $100 deposit needs to be paid by Thursday April 2 to secure a place.

Click here for more information.

 

Turning into Teens Program

 

Headspace Maitland will be running a 6 week parenting program called Tuning into Teens. The program aims to show parents and caregivers how to help their teen develop emotional intelligence and express and control their emotions.

The group will be running on a Tuesday night at Headspace Maitland from 6-8pm and will run for 6 weeks. Click here for the information sheet.

 

 

 

 

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Good luck to our wonderful Year 12 students - first HSC examination English (Standard) and English (Advanced) Paper 1, 10.20am - 12.30pm, Monday 13 October.

Good Luck to our wonderful Year 12 students 

School Uniform price rise from 1st September 2014

This is a direct result of increases in raw materials, CPI, manufacturing wages, freight costs and the falling Australian Dollar. 

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Over $13 000 was raised. En Avant Maitland High En Avant!

A big thank you to all the people who made the CanTeen Fundraiser a success 

 

Sports activities available at MHS

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When you see the Back to School posters early in the new year please ensure you purchase WHS compliant footwear.

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