Centralian Middle School
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56 Milner Road
Alice Springs NT 0870
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Email: Centralian.middle@education.nt.gov.au
Phone: 08 8955 2333

15 April 2016

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Parent and Teacher Night

Week 2, Wednesday 20th April

5-7pm, CMS Library

Please join us on Wednesday evening to meet your child’s teachers and receive feedback on their progress in Term 1. No bookings are required.

Alice Springs on Track

Cybersmart Information Session

Parents and Carers are invited to a joint Centralian Middle School and Senior College Cybersmart information session

Wednesday 27th April from 5:30-7:00pm in the Centralian Middle School Library.

Youth Engagement Police will deliver the Thinkuknow Cybersmart program and the School Counsellors will discuss how to respond if your child talks to you about cyber bullying. ThinkUKnow is a cyber safety education program that educates parents, carers and teachers about how people are using technology, the challenges they may face online, and how to help them overcome these in a safe and ethical way. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about young people and their online environment, and how you can help them to be safe and responsible users of technology.

Throughout the year students will be participating in sessions discussing bullying, being an active bystander and the school’s policies and process around dealing with bullying. Centralian Middle School has zero tolerance of bullying and students are encouraged to let an adult at school know if they are being given a hard time.

This information session is the beginning of a process where we are looking at ways that we can learn from parents about how we best support your young people around bullying, cyberbullying and developing strong positive relationships. We would love to hear more about your ideas and there will be an opportunity to share those with us through ongoing discussions.

If you would like more information please contact School Counsellor – Kirsten Wilson on 8950 2500 or Kirsten.wilson@ntschools.net


Week 5

The students in Year 7 and 9 will be involved in the NAPALN assessment programme from Tuesday 10th May until Thursday 12th May.  These students will all complete the following tests: Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy. It is really important that all students in Year 7 and 9 attended on these days.  If you would like more information then you could either contact the school, or access the following NAPLAN website- www.nap.edu/naplan/school-support.html .


Teaching Teams

We would like to welcome David Douglass and Maria Maher who will be teaching Year 7 and Kylie Bennett who is in Small Groups. Come and meet all the teachers at our Parent and Teacher Night this Wednesday, 20th April from 5-7pm in the library.

Please find below our teaching teams. If you have any queries please contact our front office on 89502500.

Leadership Team

Eddie Fabijan


Douglas Algate

Assistant Principal

Lyndsay Thomas

Assistant Principal

Year Level Teachers

Learning Team


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Team Leader
AP Support

Rachael Fata
Lyndsay Thomas

Ben Balmer
Lyndsay Thomas

Annie Thompson
Doug Algate

Wellington Pasi
Doug Algate


A Block Down Stairs

A Block Upstairs

E Block upstairs

F Block


0.1 Tom Atkinson

0.2 Kylie Bennett

0.3 Michelle Pinto

0.4 Hans Westermann

0.5 Jacinta Kirkpatrick

7.1 Gwenyth Broug

7.2 Maria Maher

7.3 Kate Axten

7.4 Gavin Nolan

7.5 David Douglass

8.1 Bonnie Chapman

8.2 Ian Shepherd

8.3 Stone Lee

8.4 Jo Molin

9.1 Stephen Ryan

9.2 Wendy Cowan

9.3 Ryan McGhie

Non Home Group teachers


Lorna Parker

Rachel Helliwell

David Johnston

Leah Carroll

Science & Maths Enrichment

Inclusion across the school

Year 9 Maths and Science

Year 8 & 9 SOSE and English

Student Mobile Phone and Personal Devices Policy

The increased ownership of mobile phones and personal devices requires the school to have rules to ensure that such devices are used responsibly by our students. Our school rules state that mobile phones and personal devices must be switched off and left in student bags during and between lessons unless they are instructed by their teachers that they can be used in class for educational purposes.

This rule is intended to ensure that all students can concentrate on their learning without any interruptions while at the same time ensuring the benefits that mobile phones provide (such as increased safety) can continue to be enjoyed by our students.

The school accepts that parents give their children mobile phones to protect them from everyday risks. It is acknowledged that providing a child with a mobile phone gives parents reassurance that they can speak with their child when they are travelling to and from school.

For further information, please read our current policy

Immunisations Dates for Term 2

The second round of immunisations for 2016 will be held at CMS on the following dates. Year 7 Gardasil Tuesday 17th June 2016 and Year 8 Boostrix and Varicella - Wednesday 18th June 2016. If your child did not bring any consent forms home, please contact me and I can send them out to you ready for the commencement of the next round.

If you have any questions please contact Barbara Glover, Health Promoting School Nurse on 89502513

Student Arrivals

Please ensure your child’s safety by using the allocated Student Drop Off Area which is located at the South entrance (across from the Gillen Club). The Staff Carpark is out of bound to students this includes drop offs.

Onsite Programs

Please find attached information regarding onsite programs at Centralian Middle School

Healthy Eating at CMS

Is water the best choice of drink?

Water is better than soft drink, sports drinks and fruit juice because the sugar content in these drinks can damage teeth.

Lunches dropped off to school for students

CMS has healthy and nutritious food to offer to the students and staff in our Canteen as part of our Healthy School programme. We would ask that parents bringing in lunch for their child, consider buying something healthy for them instead of fried foods from KFC, Mc Donald’s etc. but look at the healthy options that they offer. Also cans of fizzy drink are not part of our Healthy School program and would prefer that you supply fruit juice, milk or water. We thank you for supporting the schools new program.


Improving academic performance of school students through better nutrition and increased physical activity

Physical activity can improve emotional wellbeing by reducing depression and anxiety and improving mood. It also improves sleep and attentiveness, energy levels & ability to concentrate. Habits including patterns of physical activity are formed early in life and usually continue into adulthood. Current consensus around developing physical activity programs for children is towards building skills for life.

Did you know?

Low energy intake at breakfast can negatively impact on physical endurance, creativity and wellbeing.

Did you know?

Skipping just one meal can negatively affect problem solving ability.

Healthy Eating & Better School Performance

Being well-nourished is more than the absence of hunger; it requires a balanced intake of the many nutrients that our bodies require to grow and optimally function. Poor diet and hunger have been shown to decrease attentiveness, motivation and other behaviours critical to school performance. Malnourished children are often tired and unable to concentrate. Even short-term nutritional deficiencies influence children's behaviour, ability to concentrate and to perform complex tasks and do well at school.

Peanut Allergies

There are a number of students attending CMS who are allergic to peanuts and carry their EpiPens with them. This allergy can be life threatening to them if they come in contact with peanut products. Parents are advised that we are trying to support these students by not having any peanut products on the school campus. This can be in the form of paste, food cooked with peanut oil or spray, health bars with peanuts etc. Please support us in this matter and contact Barbara Glover, Health Promoting School Nurse on 89502504 if you have any questions

Canteen Committee
Centralian Middle School

Healthy Hair

It has come to our attention that some students in the school may have head lice and I seek your cooperation in checking your child’s hair this week. Reasonably priced treatments are available at supermarkets and chemists. For more information please read the attachment.

Polly Farmer

This term the Follow the Dream Students met with Alice Springs Midwife and former Centralian Senior College student Cherisse Buzzacott. Cherisse shared her experience of University life and explained her job as a Midwife at the Alice Springs Hospital. It was an informative and very inspiring presentation. Thank you Cherisse for coming along and sharing your story.

The Follow the Dream – Polly Farmer Program is a voluntary and selective program for higher achieving Aboriginal Secondary Students. The program assists and supports students to continue to succeed at school, complete Year 12 and achieve a successful transition into university, training or meaningful employment.

For more information or an application form please contact the Program Coordinator – Michelle Francis at Centralian Senior College on 89585000.

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