Curriculum and Activities - What's On Offer...

There's always something exciting happening at Maitland High School. Staff and students run engaging activities, and there's something for everyone. 

 

Music:

Private Music lessons 

Computing:

Australian Video Game Challenge (ON NOW) | Minecraft Club | Game Development  | Tech Girl Superhero (ON NOW) | Grok Python Challenge  (Starts 1st August) | Bebras Challenge | Web Comp

Science:

Envirothon | Science & Engineering Challenge | Build a Future Day | 


 

Private Music Lessons

 We have talented, local music teachers coming in to school weekly to teach singing, guitar and drums. 

If you would like more information, or to enrol, then download our Parent Letter and Form

If you'd like to contact the school, please email Chris Long at christopher.long19@det.nsw.edu.au


 

 

 


 

Australian Video Game Challenge

Click the image above for infomation. See Mr Eaton with your team to register.

 

 Minecraft Club

 

 

 

Teacher running this group: Mr Robert Eaton

At Maitland High School we have our own Minecraft server which is run and maintained by students during lunch times. Minecraft is a fantastic tool for students to explore creative solutions to various problems. To view the last project download the instructions and zip file of the Maitland High School built in Minecraft. A great tool for anyone new to the school or just those that want to have a wander. All you need in Minecraft installed on your PC. It's a great example of how Minecraft can solve a problem, in this case anxiety about coming to a big school and getting lost.

We have many more projects starting up in Minecraft throughout 2016. These projects are the ideas of students for students some of which will eventually end up in the classroom as an engaging way to learn content. If you enjoy Minecraft then come along and join the Minecraft club at Maitland High School.

Who can be involved? Students from all years. 

How do you join? To join the club students need to see Mr Eaton in the computer staffroom located above the canteen. New projects are starting every term with Minecraft as interest grows.

When? all year

Watch the making of Maitland High School by students.

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Game Development

 
Game TrainingIn 2017 Maitland High School is fortunate to be hosting a game training roadshow. The software used is a sophisticated 3D package available free of charge to all students called Unity. It's been used by some of the biggest gaming companies. The goal of the RoadShow is to motivate students toward software development. We turn their passion for video games into a passion for learning, writing code and creating commercial quality games.
Game Training is working to reverse the decline in student IT uptake by educating and motivating students. By tapping into a student's passion and motivation for video games we are able to teach them coding concepts way beyond their years.
The Game Training RoadShow is a fast-paced, educational and entertaining 3 hour incursion ideal for all students from years 4 to 12.
 
All students receive $3,500 worth of resources and 12 months subscription and support from the game training team.

Who can be involved?
The Game Roadshow is open to all years.

How do I participate?
Refer to the Permission Note for more details. To register either complete the permission note and bring in to the office or simply complete the eForm on the schoolbag app or website.

When?
Session 1 - Demonstration Only (free) : February 2nd, 2017
Session 2 - Computer Workshop (limited places) : February 15th, 2017
 
Payments due by the 10th February 2017. Places are limited for the workshop (Session 2)
 
 
 

 

 


  

 The Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero

 
Teacher running this group: Mr Rob Eaton

This competition is for female students only. It's an international competition where female students get together in small groups to develope their very own app to solve a community probelm. In 2016 Maitland High School entered 6 teams from years 7 to 11. The students, with the support of their mentors (which include lecturers from the University of Newcastle) develop an app, a business plan and market their idea over a 12 week period meeting twice a week before school. No programming experience is required and students learn valuable communication, group and entrepreneurial skills. Look out for the great work our teams produce. The competition in 2016 concludes in August.

Click here to find the write up in the local newspapers as the girls launched their projects at the Newcastle University.

Who can be involved? Female students from all years. 
How do you join? Register your interest now by contacting Mr Eaton or clicking on Events - Competitions on the schoolbag app or the front page of our website on the right.
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 Grok Python Challenge

Teacher running this group: Ms Donna-Maree King, Mr Josh Noble and Mr Robert Eaton
This competition runs over 5 weeks and is open to all students at Maitland High School. No programming experience is required. Students are taught the fundamental skills of the programming language Python widely used throughout the world. More and more industries are relying on computers and Australia, according to recent studies is falling behind other nations in our region when it comes to teaching students how to code. This is a great opportunity for students to dip their toes into programming with support of teachers, other students and tutors from the University of NSW.
Who can be involved? Anyone. See computer staffroom.
How do you join? This will be advertised on the Website / Facebook page / roll call notice / school app and computer faculty notice board. This is an annual event at Maitland High School. The cost of this competition is $20 and begins Ausgust 1st.
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 Bebras Challenge

Teacher running this group: Mr Josh Noble

This is a national competition run annually. Each year Maitland High School submit students into this event in the form of small teams. The competition is open to all students from 7 to 12 and involves an hour of class time to complete the challenge. This competition focuses on computational thinking and is worthwhile for all students in this technological age.

Who can be involved? Anyone.
How do you join? Look out for information concerning this competition in early August. The competition is run in early September. There is no cost to participate in this competition.
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 Web Comp

Teacher running this group: Ms Donna-Maree King, Mr Josh Noble and Mr Robert Eaton
Run annually this competition begins early in Term 1. The competition focuses on learning skills in HTML and CSS. Students will learn to create websites from code and runs over a 5 week period. Support is provided at lunch times in the computer rooms by teachers, other students competiting and tutors from the University of NSW. No experience is n
Who can be involved? Anyone.
How do you join? Information will be on our website during week 1 of Term 1, roll call notices as well as the computer faculty notice board. There is a cost of $20 for this competition or those wishing to participate later in the year in the Grok Python challenge can pay $30 for both competitions.
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 Envirothon

Teacher running this group: Science faculty

In Envirothon, students will:

  • use fieldwork skills and enquiry-based learning from Science, Geography and Environmental Education to explore threats to sustainability and biodiversity
  • within their team, develop and present management strategies to solve the identified issue
Who can be involved? Year 11 Science students
How do you join? This group aims to extend our gifted and talented Year 11 Biology students. 
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Download:
MHS_World-20161021T220209Z.zip
Instructions_for_loading_Minecraft.pdf