Maitland High School

Successful Teachers, Successful Students, Successful School

Telephone02 4933 7933

Emailmaitland-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Welcome to Maitland High School

LOCKDOWN EXTENDED - LEARNING FROM HOME TO CONTINUE IN WEEK 10

Due to ongoing concerns about community transmission, stay-at-home rules in place for regional NSW will be extended until at least 12:01 am 18 September. This means that NSW schools continue to operate under current Level 4 restrictions at least until Saturday 18 September.

Thank you for keeping students safely at home. Our school will be open with minimal supervision to support those students who cannot be educated from home, for example if their parent or carer is an essential worker. All students and families will continue to be supported with learning from home materials and resources.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school on 4933 7933 if you or your child requires any support.

Just a reminder – If you are collecting resources or returning learning packs from the school we are now ‘Contactless pick-up and delivery’.

This procedure is as follows:

·         When you arrive at school please remain in your car and call the Front Office on 4933 7933 to notify them of your arrival and your reason eg. I am here to pick up a ‘Hard Copy Learning Pack’ for my child in Year 9.

·         Please wait in your car until you receive instructions on how to collect your pack.

Please remember - Masks are Mandatory at schools under Level 4 COVID Restrictions.

In addition, attached are instructions for the download and set-up of the Canvas app which will be useful for students to communicate with their teachers and access instructional videos on their mobile phones. If you require assistance in setting up the app, please contact the school.

Thank you for keeping everyone safe!

Melissa Schatz

Relieving Principal

 
 

Why we are seen as 'the school on the up' in the community!

Maitland High School is the second-oldest state high school in Australia. It has a very rich history and a strong position in the community which provides a stable platform for the school to look to the future. Our school motto, “En Avant” (Go Forward) encapsulates the school’s aim to develop a sense of future: of capacity, achievement and success, in all students. Our 2015-17 School Plan captures the focus of the school: 'Successful Teachers, Successful Students, Successful School'.

The school is increasingly the talk of the community as the school 'on the move' in the area! Why? Read on...

Can a public high school, which is open to all students, really have settled classrooms, high expectations of student behaviour and quality learning? Proudly, YES!

Maitland High School is a very special place where real vibrancy and a sense of community exist and are promoted through inclusive curricular and co-curricular activities. We are very proud of our continuing improvement and the recognition of our school as a place of settled classrooms, engaged learners and positive student relationships. This was recognised recently (Nov 2016) when one of our head teachers was at an HSC Marking Centre. On hearing that she was from Maitland High School, other HSC markers from the Hunter area exclaimed; "Oh, that's the school we hear so much about! We hear great things are happening there and that it is really on the move! You must love working there!" The head teacher delightedly told this to colleagues in a Staff Meeting at the end of the year - her pride in our school's recognition, and that of her colleagues on hearing this, was wonderful to see!

This pride and positivity is also reflected in our exceptionally high teacher morale and commitment to the school: in the end of 2016 Staff Survey, 99% of all teaching staff reported that they enjoyed working at MHS. This translates into enthusiastic and committed teachers in high-performing and well-supported classrooms. Staff morale is a telling indicator in a school: MHS is a healthy, happy community and has a wonderful staff who care greatly about our students and their successes. Come and find out first-hand about our school!

Year 12 HSC - COVID update

All senior students, especially Year 12, are reassured that the National Standards Education Authority (NESA), understands and is making extensive allowances for the disruption this serious world event is causing to HSC preparations. Please do not worry about this, NESA is working extensively to ensure Year 12 students are not disadvantaged at the HSC. More explicit information is being developed by NESA and will become available shortly.

 

NESA's latest information:

Following the meeting, Chair of the NESA Board Professor Peter Shergold said he had three important messages for HSC students:

  1. We know you are worried. While we recognise we are facing an unprecedented situation, we want to assure you that you will be able to get a HSC certificate this year, and that the certificate will facilitate access to university, further education and employment, as it has for students over the past 50 years.
  2. Keep learning, do your assessments as advised by your school, make progress on your major projects where you can and, most importantly, look after yourself, whether you are at school or at home. Reach out to family, friends and your teachers if you need to.
  3. If you get sick, your school and NESA have provisions to ensure you are not disadvantaged.

Effective immediately the Board is giving principals or system authorities the power to make decisions about the number and weighting of HSC formal assessment tasks for their school in 2020. The Board affirms its complete trust in principals and teachers.

“This action provides schools with the flexibility they need to support their students in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak,” Professor Shergold said.

NESA will provide specific advice to principals about this delegation of authority later this week.

For up to date advice about the 2020 HSC visit the NESA COVID-19 advice page:

https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/about/news/novel-coronavirus

 

En Avant

Paula Graham

Principal



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