22 August 2023
Friday 25 August – Interschool Cross Country – Telegraph Station
Monday 28 August to Wednesday 30 August – Year 8 Camp – Hamilton Downs
Monday 11 September to Friday 17 September – Year 9 VET Week @ CDU
Wednesday 13 September – Alice can Dance – Araluen Art Centre
Centralian Middle School Families and Friends,
The second newsletter of Term 3 shares recent highlights and happenings at CMS and a few important upcoming events.
Firstly, a hearty congratulations to all our athletes who participated in the Cross-Country event held on Friday the 11th at the Telegraph Station. The 3.6-kilometer race tested students’ endurance and determination. The top three finishers in each year level will proudly represent our school at the upcoming Interschool Cross Country event scheduled for the 25th. We are immensely proud of their achievements and wish them the very best.
Our commitment to nurturing leadership qualities in our students has taken a dynamic turn with the commencement of a leadership program that targets selected year 7 and 8 students, expertly facilitated by Steve from G-Training Boxing Gym. This initiative is designed to empower our students with essential life skills and leadership qualities, preparing them to excel not just in the classroom but in every facet of life.
Additionally, the rhythm of creativity is coursing through the veins of our students as they dive into the GUTS Dance program. This program promises an exciting performance later in the year, showcasing the immense talent that resides within our school community.
As we look ahead, we can't contain our excitement for the Year 8 Camp to Hamilton Downs in Week 7. It's a fantastic opportunity for our students to build lasting memories and foster teamwork and resilience.
Winter sporting competitions are reaching their climax, and we extend our best wishes to all our students participating in finals.
Looking further ahead to Term 4, the Year 9 camp is quickly approaching (Week 2). We can't wait to see our Year 9 students embark on this transformative journey to Adelaide. Our fundraising efforts for the camp are still in full swing, and we'd like to extend our gratitude to our Year 9 coordinator, Clarence Jeannie, for her unwavering dedication and hard work in helping us reach our fundraising target.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates, achievements, and events as we continue to nurture the brilliance that resides within every Centralian Middle School student.
Josh Mapstone – Senior Teacher – Inclusion, Centralian Middle School
School news and updates
Cross Country Carnival
On Friday the 11th of August, the whole school travelled to the telegraph station for our Cross-Country Carnival. We had a great day out with our students, celebrating their many talents.
Big congratulations to Fire for winning the first position, Water came second, followed by Air & Earth. Congratulations to the following champions in each year level:
- Narnie Anderson & Jackson Kerridge
- Jakyle Kelly & Anahera Hereora
- Tayla Jones & Emmanuel Rudolf
- Zoe Blair Butler & Tarynt Stubbs
- Jayden Waistcoat & Olive Barwick
- Finoa Nepe-Fuamatu & Jack McCracken
- Lizzy Smith & Mason Tilmouth
- Tyrell Coulthard & Natasha Tebeck
- Sharna Hodgetts & Zach Glover
Well done to everyone who participated!
Alice Can Dance 2023
Alice can dance rehearsals are under way and our CMS stars are learning their steps. This year promises to be another spectacular show! Alice Can Dance is on the 13 September at Araluen Art Centre, tickets on sale soon.
FIFA’S Special Guests
A couple of year 7 students, Casey Curtis-Stanton and Zoe Mallard were part of 50 First Nations girls aged 11-15 from Western Australia, Northern Territory and Central/Far North Queensland. They were treated to a trip of a lifetime when they visited Brisbane/Meaanjin. The group was invited by FIFA during the visit of Secretary General Fatma Samoura to the Northern Territory in July. The girls and their ten female chaperones – including mothers, aunties, grandmothers, sisters and teachers – were treated to a trip full of football, memories and messages of empowerment.
The Barber of Seville
Alice Springs Singchronicity choir members performed at the Araluen Centre with world class opera singers in the Opera Australia production of Barber of Seville.
Vocal teacher Glenyss Rae worked with the Singchronicity choir for eight weeks, teaching the Italian pronunciation and vocal techniques required for the chorus parts.
16 students from Year 4 to Year 9, including CMS students Audax Van Der Pasch, Olive Barwick, Rowan Cole and Chelsey Clarke joined the chorus to sing in the opening and closing scenes of Rossini's delightful comedy opera. In the first scene, the students played the role of assistant barbers as the Count planned how to win the heart of the beautiful Rosina. Later in Act 1, the choir returned to stage as police responding to a rowdy party. The junior singers were barely recognisable in their police hats, moustaches and reflective sunglasses!
They returned as moustachioed barbers in the final scene, and to receive an extremely enthusiastic applause.
The students all revelled in the opportunity to learn from world class opera singers and perform on the wonderful stage at Araluen Centre. The conductor Siro Battaglin commented that the Alice Springs student choir was one of the best he had worked with on this production!
Big thanks to our wonderful parent chaperones Mel Quilliam and Rohan Barwick for their time, patience and care!
In humanities this term, Year 7 students have been practising their archaeological skills. In one of their lessons, they got excavate “ancient” artefacts. Here are some photos of 7.6 enjoying their time being archaeologists.
VET Conservation and Land Management
Simpson Gap plant survey
Our VET group have been busy working on tasks for their "Observe and Report Plants or Animals" unit. Currently we have been conducting bird surveys at Jesse Gap, Yeperenye Nature Park and plant surveys at Simpsons Gap, Tjoritja National Park.
VET Land Management trainer/assessor
What a great few weeks it has been here at Stars! We have had a strong focus on healthy lifestyles and wellbeing these past few weeks, learning about ways to look after our mind and body, and had plenty of opportunities to exercise and explore the Alice Springs region.
In Week 4, a small group of Stars students were able to travel to and explore the East and West Macs, as a reward for their efforts in displaying the Stars values this term. On Wednesday, the students went to Trephina Gorge for a scenic walk, before heading to Emily Gap for a picnic lunch; and on Thursday they travelled out to Ormiston Gorge to visit the scenic lookout and have a BBQ lunch. Although the girls were not able to connect with the Yirara Stars like initially planned, this two-day excursion allowed students to form and develop friendships with other Stars students that they would not normally get to interact with.
We have also had a range of educational and exciting activities for contact times this term that have focused on healthy lifestyles and rewarding the positive behaviours of our Stars students. A big thank you to Kasey Kopp from Congress who has been delivering a fantastic ‘Tackling Smoking’ program to our Year 7 and 8 Stars students, focusing on looking after our bodies and keeping them healthy and strong. The girls have enjoyed Kasey’s workshops and activities and have learnt a lot about the effects that different substances can have on our bodies and mind. In addition to these educational sessions with Congress, the girls were able to spend some of their contact times out in the community, participating in fun sessions at the Alice Springs Golf Club.
Outside of contact time, healthy lifestyles and wellbeing has continued to be central to our term. Many of our girls have been getting up early to participate in early morning walks this term, with our latest being the Trigg Hill walk at the Telegraph Station. With a busy term in full swing, morning walks give the girls the opportunity to slow down and focus on their own wellbeing as they enjoy the beautiful scenery in Alice Springs. The girls were also able to participate in the CMS Cross Country Carnival, where they walked or ran along a 3.6km track at the Telegraph Station. A big shoutout to our superstar – Narnie Anderson – who won first place for the Year 7 girls!!!
We are over halfway through the term now and looking forward to the activities we have planned for the next 4 weeks. Our Stars Basketball Carnival in Week 9 is approaching fast, where we will be running a day of basketball with our other Stars academies in the Central Region. We also look forward to rejoining George from Wellness on Wheels, linking our Year 9’s with workplace visits and commencing transition visits with different Stars academies in Alice Springs.
We are excited for the few weeks ahead of us!
Half way through Term 3 and the fellas have been busy at Clontarf!
In week 3, Morning Training was swapped out for a match against Yirara at Albrecht Oval. Even some teachers came out to support the lads as they went goal for goal against quality opposition. What made the game extra special was Fox Footy came down to film the match! There was plenty to capture with goals galore and dazzling skills on display.
We’ve also had the gentlemen from Right Tracks program run a training session teaching our fellas about discipline, developing their footy skills, and teamwork. Right Tracks also worked with the fellas off the field during our contact time facilitating a team building session where the fellas learned more about each other and built stronger connections.
The fellas have been getting involved in all our afternoon activities including mountain biking, gym, backboard footy and our UFC championship. There’s plenty happening and it’s great to see the fellas engaged in after school fun.
We’re off to Tennant Creek next week and looking forward to a strong second half of the Term.
Polly Farmer Foundation
Follow the Dream students from Centralian Middle School visited Adelaide to participate in STEM activities and explore careers in STEM. FTD students participated in the Science Alive - STEM Day Out at the Adelaide Showgrounds to hear from prominent Women in STEM and participate in over 50 STEM activations.
While in Adelaide students also visited the SA Museum, CDW studios, MOD, Australian Space Discovery Centre, the Botanic Gardens, Rundle Mall, the Adelaide Markets, and as a special reward saw the Adelaide Crows take on the Gold Coast Suns at the Adelaide Oval. FTD students are now excited and curious as they return to STEM learning in the classroom and Follow the Dream Program. A big thank you to the Adelaide Crows Foundation for the tickets!
FTD students are now excited and curious as they return to STEM learning in the classroom and Follow the Dream Program. A big thank you to the Adelaide Crows Foundation for the tickets!
FTD students also visited the Alice Springs Earth Sanctuary to join a visiting Year 9 students from a Melbourne high school for an afternoon of fun activities including spear throwing, damper making and painting as well as learning about sustainability and the local environment.
Pawsome Tales @ Alice Springs Public Library
Join us for “Pawsome Tales” in celebration of Children’s Book Week. This event will promote the joy of reading and create a positive connection between children and pets, teaching them about responsible pet ownership and the role our rangers play in animal welfare. Have a look below for more details.
We Will Rock You: School Edition
For tickets to this event click here.
Community Care Career Expo
Royal Life Saving NT
Red CentreNATS 09
1-3 September 2023!
For tickets to this event click here
Celebrating one year to go with The Warm-Up event at Anzac Oval on 14 October 2023!
For more info click here
La Trobe University Spring Program
Desert Festival 2023
For the full program and more information go to the link below or phone 08 8952 2392.
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