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Working Bee

A HUGE thank you to all who came along to our working bee, the rain set in for a while but did nothing to dampen everyone's spirits. A record crowd of  60 enthusiastic volunteers painted, weeded, mulched, dug, plumbed and planted among other things, to make our school grounds look fabulous. Thank you to everyone for making it a fun and productive day, Andrew for his outstanding organisational ability and Lyndsay for his cooking skills.

2014 Maitland Environmental Youth Forum

The 2014 Maitland Environmental Youth Forum was held at Walka Water Works, Oakhampton on Thursday 15th May. The Forum provided the opportunity for students to come together with a variety of environmental professionals to learn about different facets of the environment and gain hands-on experience in a variety of workshops.

Local High school and primary school students were presented with workshops by the following organisations:

.  Blackbutt Reserve : Reptiles and Insects and their local environment
.  Hunter Resource Recover - Recycling in Maitland
.  Maitland City Council - Local weeds and Introduced birds
.  Rural Fire Service : Managing Fires
.  Hunter Bird Observers: Bird Identification
.  Forests NSW: State Forest management
.  Hunter Region Botanic Gardens: Plant herbariums
.  Hunter Indigenous Plants: Plant Propagation
.  Wetlands Environmental Education Centre: Sustainable energy

Maitland Grossmann High was represented by staff and students who now believe they have greater knowledge about the environment.


On Tuesday the 8th of April, 53 year 10 students were able to travel to Newcastle University on a bus for a tour of the Campus and got to experience a sample of what uni life is like. We left school in the morning and were met by two student ambassadors at the front of the uni, where they boarded the bus and pointed out different areas of the campus as we drove around, allowing us to truly understand the huge scale of Newcastle Uni. We were then able to embark on a walking tour of different sections of the uni, and listen to a presentation in a lecture theatre, allowing us to get a closer look of what life would be like studying at Newcastle Uni. Once many of us got some food at the establishments Newcastle Uni had to offer, we boarded the bus and headed back to school, full of new knowledge and excitement about the opportunities we now know Newcastle Uni has to offer. We would like to thank Mrs Osborne for organising this excursion and giving us this opportunity, as well as Ms Patterson for also accompanying us on the day.

Year 10 Geography

Coastal Management Excursion

On the 27th March, 2014 students of Year 10 Geography participated in a coastal management excursion to Redhead beach. With the inclement weather not all tasks were completed but students did gain knowledge and hands on experience how to calculate wave times, effects of erosion and creating transects that was run by the Awabakal Environmental Education Office.

‘The weather made the day completely unforgettable.’ – Mr Cizzio

By Jessica Burg
Year 10 Journalism

Lake Macquarie Art Gallery

For the sixth year, Lake Macquarie Art Gallery has an exhibition, ‘First Class’. The exhibition highlights the talent of students HSC artworks, from the Hunter and Central Coast regions. This year, two of our students have had their artwork selected to be shown in this exhibition. The students are Samuel Weston and Rosanna Swanson, and their art will be on display from the 11th of April to the 1st of June.
Caitlin McArthur
Journalism Studies


Date: 21 July 2014 00:00 to 25 July 2014 00:00
Summary: Written Response to Scenario (in class) 15%

HSC Design and Technology Ass 5

Date: 25 July 2014
Summary: Project Realisation Evaluation Task 25%

HSC English Standard Ass 5

Date: 25 July 2014
Summary: Reading/Writing/Listening Task 15%

HSC History Extension Ass 1b

Date: 25 July 2014
Summary: Synopsis 5%

HSC History Extension Ass 1c

Date: 25 July 2014
Summary: Annotated Bibliography 5%

HSC History Extension Ass 1d

Date: 25 July 2014
Summary: Essay 20%

Adopt a Resident - Yr 10 (50 interested students)

Date: 25 July 2014
Summary: Induction, Library -period 3 (Osborne/Goward)

Year 9 & 10 Italian classes

Date: 25 July 2014 05:30 to 17:30
Summary: COASIT Walking Tour of Lechhardt 'Buon Appetito" - Ms Blatchley
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HSC Senior Science Ass 4

Date: 26 July 2014
Summary: Practical Investigation & Task H1, H2, H$, H6, H9, H11, H12, H13, H14, H15 30%

Year 10 1 Stem - A005

Date: 27 July 2014
Summary: Electric Vehicle Festival - Bike Preperation - Mr Bardon
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HSC Advanced English Ass 5

Date: 28 July 2014
Summary: Viewing/Representing/Listening Task (before 8.30am) 15%

Prelim Senior Science

Date: 28 July 2014
Summary: Task 3 Open ended investigation, 30%

Prelim Retail Services

Date: 28 July 2014 00:00 to 04 August 2014 00:00
Summary: Work Placement

2014 ICAS English Cost: $8.80

Date: 29 July 2014
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SES Cadet Training

Date: 29 July 2014
Summary: School -All day, SES (J Sellers/Fogarty)

HSC Hospitality -BOS Commercial Cookery Stream

Date: 29 July 2014
Summary: Event 10, Function 2

Prelim Food Technology

Date: 30 July 2014
Summary: Task 3 Report, 30%

Annual Careers Evening "Anything is Possible"

Date: 30 July 2014 19:00 to 21:00
Summary: Hall -Interested students & parents (L Osborne)

Prelim Society and Culture

Date: 31 July 2014
Summary: Task 3 Research and Portfolio Reflection, 35%

Blue Mts Excursion

Date: 31 July 2014 00:00 to 01 August 2014 00:00
Summary: All Yr 8;(L Wakem)

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Year 10 students spent Monday 21st July attending various different informative sessions in regards to their subject selections for years 11 and 12. The day was a full day event for all year 10 students and students were separated into seven groups to attend various rotational information sessions from Head Teachers, Year Advisors, Career Advisor and Tafe representatives. The day was very informative for all students, and provided much insight into the many senior subjects on offer at our school, including VET courses, and Traineeships.

“The day was really beneficial, and helped in aiding my subject selections for my senior years at Grossmann” – Year 10 student, Rhys. The day was a great success and we would like to thank Mrs Osborne, and all teachers involved in the day.

Posted by: maleys

On Wednesday 30 July, the annual themed careers information evening will be held in our school hall from 7pm.

“Anything is Possible” will provide careers information to interested students and parents. Garth Russell, of ABC radio, will compere the evening and interview our guests. Representatives from organisations including TAFE, Newcastle Uni, Youth Express , Defence Recruiting and the Australian Business Apprenticeship Centre will also be in attendance to provide careers information. Guests to be interviewed by Garth include ex-students Courtney Turney (police), Alyssa Wakem (Events Coordinator), Josh Niland (chef) and Duska Tadic (psychologist). Brad Harris, Apprentice Master from Four Mile will also be a guest.

We look forward to meeting you at this entertaining and informative event which is an important part of our Careers Calendar each year.

Posted by: maleys

Australian governments and sectors are working together on a range of reform agendas aimed at improving the lives of people with disability. The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 direct
the obligations schools must satisfy when working with students with disability.

From 2015, one obligation all schools in Australia are required to fulfill, for students with a disability (as defined by the DDA), is to collect and record data on the nature and extent of modifications made to ensure that students with a disability are able to participate on the same basis as students without a disability.

The data provided by all States and Territories will form an annual national snapshot of all students with disability across all schools in Australia and the changes that they are receiving to enable them to equitably access the curriculum. This data will also help education authorities and schools to better target programs and resourcing decisions.

Data security and protection is a priority and students’ personal details will be kept confidential. Parents and carers can be reassured that the data collated by each State and Territory is de-identified and only this information is provided to the Australian Governments. Parents do have the option to exclude their child from the data collection if they so wish.

Similar to other high and primary schools, Maitland Grossmann High School is trialling this in 2014. Parents and carers of students with a disability (as defined by the DDA) attending our school can expect to receive a letter shortly that informs on the national data collection and how to exclude their child if they choose.

Further information on The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 can be attained by accessing the links listed below.

This link will open a Department of Education Fact Sheet on the National Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability for parents and carers.

Posted by: maleys

On the 26th of June, Maitland Grossmann High school celebrated the 2014 NAIDOC Week where we recognise the traditional custodians of this land. We would personally like to recognise the Wonnarua People, who are the traditional custodians of the land our school is built on. NAIDOC week is the National Aborigines & Islanders Day Observance Committee. In this week, we celebrate the culture & history of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people. The week is unfortunately in the school holidays, so our school celebrated it on Thursday.

In celebration of NAIDOC week, Art Teacher Mrs Johnson, and others have made a sculpture of a fish and a net, to be presented in our school. The fish has been constructed by volunteer women in Mrs Johnsons ‘Girls Group’. The group gave up their lunch times to create the scales to put on the skeleton of the fish, which was welded by Miss Jones. The scales of the fish were made from Raffia (a type of grass that is dried and then processed). The reason it was used for the weaving was that the people involved had wanted to use a contemporary material to make an artwork that everyone, especially young people, could appreciate.

Once the sculpture is complete it will be on display in the Learning Circle Garden, near the eastern oval, behind the demountable classrooms.

“I’m very proud to be apart of a school that celebrates cultural diversity and embraces Aboriginal culture. ” -Mrs Johnson

Posted by: maleys

Dear Parents,Year 7 and 10 Parent Teacher interviews will be held from 3.00pm to 6pm on Thursday 24th July 2014 in the school hall. Parents should make bookings online. Click here for instructions.

Posted by: sleaps

Once again Maitland Grossmann High School has entered the Premier’s Debating Competition. This year has seen us enter three teams, one Stage Five team and two Stage 4 teams, in the state wide competition which involves the students selecting a topic on arrival at a school and having one hour to prepare their response either in the affirmative or negative depending on a toss of a coin.

Our first round opponents for the Stage Five team, on 4th June, were Hunter River High School with the topics for debate being based around students and teachers having control of a school’s budget and contact sport being banned for under 18s. The team consisted of Max Schumacher and Jess Alexander from Year 10 and Claudia Williams and Juliet Taylor from Year 8. Maitland Grossmann High School
took the negative in the first debate and affirmative in the second and with persuasive arguments triumphed over their opponents in both debates.

“Both the Maitland Grossmann HS team and the two HunterRiver High School teams debated to a high standard. Max, Jess, Claudia and Juliet showed great skill in debating a point, even if they did not fully agree with it! We are looking forward to taking on our next opponents, Dungog HighSchool. Watch out Dungog!”  - Ms McEntyre

Posted by: maleys

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Uniform Shop

The Maitland Grossmann High School Uniform Shop has now gone on-line.  Parents will need to create an account and follow the prompts. Click here for access. If you have any problems please contact Jennifer Newton - Uniform Coordinator on 0434 195 547 or 4934 2066 during Uniform shop hours.

Normal Trading Hours
Tuesday 8am - 12pm
Thursday 1pm - 5pm


ME Program

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Millennium Student & Parent Portal

During last term Yr 11 Information Technology students, Shane Humbles and Luke Smith, have been working on the Living Library project. They have interviewed several people who have had a connection with the school, recording their memories. Click here to view their work.
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