31 March 2017
Son-J Padam working hard at VET
31 March – Youth Week Health Expo
6.30pm 31 March – Clontarf Movie Night: ‘Zootopia’, Telegraph Station, all families welcome
7 April – Term 1 Progress Reports mailed home
1 April – Back to School Vouchers Expire
7 April – Last day of Term 1
10-14 - April School Holidays
14 April- Good Friday
17 April – Easter Monday
18 April – First Day of Term 2
From the Principal
Paul Van Holsteyn
We have celebrated Harmony Day and acknowledged the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Our Year 9 students have completed their first
Today we held our Youth Week Health Expo. This involved 20 Alice Springs health and wellbeing organisations coming
We have had to farewell one of our teachers. Ms Leah Carroll, a Year 9 English and Humanities teacher, has taken up a new role. Ms Carly Phillips has joined the Year 9 team. Ms Phillips is an experienced English and Humanities teacher. She has previously worked at CMS but joins us now from St Phillips. Please join me in making her feel welcome.
We are mailing home Term 1 Progress Reports next Friday. (Please ensure we have your correct mailing address.) These reports are a
Our Term 1 Progress Reports are not comprehensive A to E reports. We send A to E reports home at the end of Semester 1 and Semester 2. We will also be holding formal Learning Conferences (or three-way interviews) at the end of Semester 1, although we encourage you to contact teachers at any time. We know that students do better when home and school work closely together.
We will be launching our Facebook page today. Facebook is a valuable way of being able to keep our community informed about the many rich opportunities and experiences that are available at CMS. Head over to the page to ‘like’ it so that our posts come up on your feed.
In our last
In our last newsletter we also provided families with the opportunity to ‘
As you know, the government provides a $150 Back to School payment for all students. This money needs to be spent or allocated by the end of Term 1 (next Friday 7 April)
This is our last newsletter for the term. We hope that you stay safe and enjoy your one week break as a family and that students return refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of Term 2. School resumes on Tuesday 18th April. (The Monday is a public holiday - Easter Monday.)
Paul van Holsteyn
Year 9 VET Program
All the Year 9 students have engaged in Vocational Education and Training at Charles Darwin University this week. They are learning about a variety of professional industries that may help guide their careers or assist in getting
The students should be proud of the hard work and opportunities they have created this week.
Congratulations to the following students for completing 5 merit cards:
We celebrated Harmony Day in Week 8 here at CMS and the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence in Week 7.
For Harmony Day, students and staff decorated a paper hand with things that reflected their identity. On the
We held a special assembly with this year’s Harmony Day theme of ‘Everyone Belongs’ where students wore a piece of orange material to symbolise connection with the Australia wide Harmony day theme. Students received awards for displaying such values amongst their peers. Our assembly was concluded with a performance by the Year 7, 8 and 9 dance group.
You might have seen this covered in the Advocate – they published an article about our Harmony Day events. You also might have heard Mr Van speak on ABC Radio as a part of the National Day of Action Against Bullying. If you missed him, you can listen to the clip here.
Harmony Day Award Winners:
7.1 – Brooke Campbell for helping everyone.
7.2 - Alyssa Briscoe because she is willing to help anyone. Her kind and quiet nature
7.5 – Cassius Laughton-Hill and Abraham Lennie for accepting all students in class as equal.
8.2 - May Polak for being a truly kind individual willing to help anyone
8.5 – Monica Ellis really values harmony, she will even forgive those students that tease or bully her. She is someone who always reaches out and is friendly with everyone.
9.1 – Jacquita Selmes for always assisting others in class
9.2 – Delia-Jade Seely for showing great care and consideration for the
9.3 – Sean Xiao for being a leader and helping others
9.4 Anastacia Kapeli is welcoming to all students, and extremely helpful to those around her.
9.5 Lance Norman is a thoughtful student who consistently thinks of others.
Glenn Clarke is always friendly and inclusive around the Academy. He is fair and polite with all students and makes the Clontarf Academy a better place to be around.
Year 7: Brooke Campbell for her generous and inclusive nature in Centralian Girls Academy
Year 8: Jemma
Year 9: Shania Presley-Cole for her generous and inclusive nature in Centralian Girls Academy
Assistant Principal Awards:
For being active bystanders and promoting peace at Centralian Middle School.
Clontarf Movie Night
On Friday the 31st of March, Clontarf are hosting a Moonlight Cinema at the Telegraph Station. We are showing the family movie Zootopia and we would like to invite everyone in the CMS community. We thought it would be a relaxing evening that would be nice for all of the family. Entry is free with a BBQ available for purchase from
Year 7 Update
The Year 7 students will be hosting a mock businesses expo from work that they have created in Humanities. These are group displays and the end products will be amazing. Parents and friends are welcome to come and view the business displays at recess time on the Thursday 6th April 10:25 am until
The Year 7s would like to thank the following businesses:
- Marlie from Afghan Traders
Heaven Havenfrom The Flight Centre
Marlie and Heaven kindly came in to speak to the Year 7 cohort about owning a business in Alice Springs. We are truly thankful for sharing your knowledge with us!
As part of 7.5 learning in
Comments from the students:
Jayden - It was the first time I went to the Telegraph Station
Blake - I like seeing people driving around on top Anzac Hill
Cliffy - I like going to the Information Centre
7.5 is running
Year 8 Update
Assessments due 31 March
Please be reminded that the final English and Humanities assessment items for Year 8 students were due today. If any student and parent
English: Letter to the Editor
HASS: The Black Death
All Year 8 students are currently working towards in proving time management. There
Positive Words in Year 8.4
This week Year 8 students have taken steps towards creating a more positive classroom environment. Students are sharing appreciation posts, which are placed into their personalised envelopes. Students welcomed this idea with open arms and took on a very respectful
Make music a part of your child’s life with the Northern Territory Music School (NTMS). Students receive weekly instrumental instruction free of charge! The annual registration fee is just $50.00.
Only students attending NT Government schools have access to the NTMS program. Lessons are offered from Year 5 upwards. Year 4’s will be accepted once Year 5 and 6 students are placed. Our instrumental program includes flute, clarinet saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar and percussion.
Brochures can be picked up at your school's front office or visit our
News from Clontarf
20 fellas get out of bed early for morning training last week, Brentley Austin was the trainer of the week, he worked hard in practice drills and then put his skills to perfect use during a scratch match.
Continuing this term's contact time theme of 'Education & Employment', we have been taking our fellas around town to talk with employers. Last Friday our Year 9s went to Larapinta IGA. We saw the back end of the business and learned about the types of work available to young people in Alice Springs. Levi Thomas showed great interest and he could be serving you in the future!
On Monday and
Finally, our Year 9s went to Yirara College for a Pathways Expo in Week 8. The fellas interacted with the AFP,
Last week, 11 Year 8 fellas braved the heat for a camp out to Redbank Gorge. The camp was designed to foster a sense of teamwork amongst the
After a good night’s sleep in the swags, the fellas were up early for a 6km hike to Mt Sonder Lookout. We shared the load and carried breakfast so we could enjoy the view as we ate. It was extremely pleasing to see Elijah Doolan and Chris-Daniel Forrester proudly completing the hike.
The camp finished with a swim and lunch at Ormiston Gorge. We hope that the efforts we saw on camp are translated into school,
Visit to Bellette Media was a blast!
‘Follow the Dream’ Polly Farmer students visited the local media company, Bellette Media recently to find out about career pathways in media as well as gain an understanding of the types of work and scope of projects within the industry. Students had the opportunity to talk to a coder, graphic designer, social media strategist, project manager, filmmaker and animator as they demonstrated their work. Brad the Director told us how much the industry has changed with the ongoing uptake of social media and new technologies.
Surrounded by creatives the Polly Farmer students took the opportunity to pitch their innovative science and adventure graphic novel ‘Mixed Feelings’ to the designer/ illustrator and project manager for feedback. All comments were positive, encouraging and achievable.
Back to School Voucher expires on the 7th April 2017.
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We need your support to ensure the school day runs smoothly:
- All students have to be in full school uniform every day.
- School starts at 8.30.
- Students need to have books, pens and pencils to be prepared for learning. A stationery pack is available from Student Access.
- Students are not to have mobile phones between 8.30 and 3.00. Students can drop them off at the office or keep them switched off on their person during the day. Please do not call or text your child during the day. If you need to urgently contact your child, please call the office.
- Soft drinks and energy drinks are not appropriate drinks for at school. These will be removed from students.
- Healthy drinks and food are available for purchase from the canteen on a daily basis.