Year 12 2019 at Maitland High School is a collegial group of students who demonstrate talents in a wide range of5 subjects and interests.
At Maitland High School our aim is develop well rounded young people who contribute to their local community. Each year, Year 12 support a charity and work as a community to collect donations for that specific charity organisation. This year, Year 12 chose ‘It’s in the Bag’ through Share the Dignity organisation. Together with the wide Maitland High School community, they collected 64 handbags, and backpacks, which were donated to women in need at Christmas time. They also represent the school proudly at Remembrance Day and Anzac Day services. Maitland High is the only school to attend all four Anzac Day services.
Year 12 students have taken on mentoring roles for junior students, with our Prefects attending Year 7 Camp at Point Wollstonecraft in an effort to build relationships. They are also active participants in school programs including Pink Shirt Day which promotes an anti-bullying culture in the school and various interactive fundraising days. In particular, the annual ‘Teachers vs Students Competition’ where Year 12 vs the staff in various activities for the converted trophy and bragging rights. Our first event was a watermelon eating competition which was won by the students.
A highlight of the year for Year 12 is the annual Swimming Carnival where they get to dress up and have a relaxed day filled with water fun and ‘floaties’. Students take great effort to coordinate their outfits to dress up for the occasion.
Many of our students are completing VET subjects as part of their HSC and are participating in a range of work placements that will prepare them for careers after school. Our Year 12 students have attended numerous enrichment excursions to supplement their academic studies including live theatre and dance performances, art museums, Newcastle University visits, HSC workshops, Hospitality catering events and presentations, various sporting events, Computing challenges and many more.
As the HSC course intensifies, students are encouraged to maintain their focus in class and work consistently towards achieving their goals. It is quite usual for Year 12 to be feeling stress at this time of year. All students are reminded to seek support if required. There are numerous avenues of support available, including classroom teachers, Year Advisor and Deputy Principal. Our Student Support Officer and counsellors are available for stress management strategies.