31st October 2023
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Welcome to our school newsletter as we work together through this busy Term 4.
All students have recently taken their English and Maths PAT tests which provide teachers and students with information about growth and areas for continued improvement. In this newsletter we provide the Assessment Schedule with information about your young person’s learning in Term 4. Teachers will report on all classes for all Semester 2 at the end of this term.
CMS students continue to extend themselves in a variety of rich learning activities. The Year 9 Camp to Adelaide was full of new and wonderful experiences. A huge vote of thanks goes to Ms Jeanny and the Year 9 team for all their hard work to make this dream trip a reality. The Year 9s are also continuing their transition visits to Centralian Senior College in preparation for their Year 10 studies.
On Wednesday 18th October, a group of Year 7s and 8s attended an interactive session presented by medical students from the University of Wollongong for anyone thinking about future medical careers. On Tuesday 24th October, Student Leaders attended information sessions about local government and a meeting of the Alice Springs Town Council where they represented the school so very well and posed some excellent questions to councilors; Mayor Paterson was full of praise for CMS! Finally, Mr. Gill is coaching students who will compete the in the Ethics Olympiad later this term. These students are learning how to discuss ethical and moral issues in a safe and structured way.
World Teachers’ Day was on Friday 28th of October. Stars Academy treated staff and students to a plentiful and delicious morning tea. That evening at the Teaching in the Territory Excellence Awards we celebrated our teachers, especially Ms Sarah France who was a finalist for Secondary Educator of the Year and Ms Catherine Harris, a finalist for Inclusion Educator of the Year. Special congratulations go to Mr Simon Rowlands who won Principal of the Year for the Central Region and Ms Tenneil Helliwell who won Support Person of the Year for the entire Northern Territory.
We appreciate families’ support in seeing young people prepared for school with school uniform including closed in shoes, not Crocs or slides. We also appreciate family support as we remind students that play fighting is unsafe and not part of responsible school behaviour.
Positive behaviours continue to be celebrated, including at our school assembly in Week 4 with awards and acknowledgements for students from every Home Group. It was wonderful that some families were able to join us then. As the term rushes by, it is time to mark our calendars for the CMS Presentation Night which will be held on Thursday 7th December.
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Year 7 - Assessment Schedule
Term 4, 2023
Students will write a persuasive text about gender stereotypes where they will use their knowledge of persuasive language.
Using their understanding of the main characters and events in the 1998 Disney film Mulan, students will write an essay about how film technique was used for effect.
Students will complete a statistics quiz where they compare types of data and measures of centre.
Students will complete a set of geometry quizzes where they classify triangles, parallelograms, and angles between within lines.
Weeks 4 - 6
Students will conduct experiments and describe everyday forces and their direction of movement:
· magnetic forces
History: Ancient Egypt
Students will choose one person from the hierarchy of social positions to write first person account of their life in Ancient Egypt.
History: Ancient China
Students will create a cause and effect flow chart about how contact with other societies has influenced and changed Ancient China and the world.
Health & PE
Students will be required to construct a poster educating people around the different dangers of the varied water environments, using statistics and research to assist them.
Water Skills Proficiency Test
Students will complete a number of water skills to enable the school to accurately assess the ability of all students in the water. This assessment is also used to ‘band’ or level students’ ability in the water for our camps and swimming carnival.
Safe use of knives in the kitchen
Students will participate in a range of learning activities involving correct use of knives within a kitchen environment.
Practical assessment of Food Technology skills
Students will participate in making a variety of dishes. Skills will include reading and following a recipe independently, production and presentation of the finished product, and cleaning of their station after use.
Students will explore the design features included in Microsoft PowerPoint and basic programming in Scratch. They will also extend their practice of file organisation.
Design and Technology
Products Changing Overtime
Students will explore the design features and factors of a product and how it has changed over time to meet societies demands.
Students are to create a tonal drawing with a pencil using a still life painting by Fernand Leger as the template.
Students are to create a linocut printing containing an image of an Australian animal and their name.
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Skate Park Workshops
10th October- 12th December. Every Tuesday from 5pm-7pm
Where: Alice Springs Skate Park, 14 Speed Street
Are you an emerging rider? Join us to practice tricks and shred on skateboard, scooter or BMX! It’s all about learning new tricks in a safe and enjoyable environment. Snacks, water and music provided. Open to everyone, gender inclusive, with equipment to try provided. This program is free and facilitated by local skaters & riders @ Skatepark 14 Speed Street. The Gap, NT, 0870
Art and Craft Workshops
25th October- 29th November. Every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm
Where: Central Craft, Araluen Cultural Precinct
Harness your creative flare by attending our creative art making workshop series. This free 6‑week Art & Craft program is held at Central Craft on Wednesdays from 4 – 6pm. A different art/craft theme each week suitable for young people aged 12 — 25. This program runs 25 October — 29 November. Workshops facilitated by Central Craft.
Lift and Yarn: Young Men’s Wellbeing Program
2nd November- 30th November. Every Thursday from 5pm-6pm
Where: ASAL Gym, 10 Speed Street
Lift & Yarn with us to improve your health and wellbeing! This free five-week wellbeing program is for young men aged 12+ years. The program includes 30-mins of physical exercise, and 30 mins of mental health education, a light feed and entry into the pool until close. This program runs 2 November — 30 November. Supported by the Northern Territory Government.
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