17 November 2017
From the Assistant Principal
This week has been busy with two greatly anticipated events, our school social and the Swimming Carnival. The school social on Thursday night was a great event, student leadership students banded together and decorated the canteen court yard in ‘Halloween’ theme. Well done to the student leadership team for making it happen. It was the best social, thanks to all of the staff that helped out on the night. A special thank you to Miss Axten, Kirsten and our resident DJ’s Sean & Stephen.
The Swimming Carnival on Friday was great, everyone participated well in events. A big thanks to the Students Leadership team who put on a BBQ. The results of the day will be announced soon. We would like to thank all our students for a very enjoyable day.
We would like to thank all families for their cooperation last Thursday during the power outage. As many of you would know, Alice Springs experienced a total black out for several hours on Thursday 10th of November. Due to the rising heat in classrooms at the school which was heightened by our inability to open windows to cool down learning spaces, the leadership team in consultation with the Department of Education Directors chose to send students home from school for the remainder of the day. Phone calls were made to emergency contacts on our systems, text messages were also sent. If you did not receive communication regarding this matter, please contact the office to ensure we have the correct information on file for situations like this one that may arise again in the future.
End of year reports are underway as year level assessments are slowly wrapping up for the year. Every year level will continue to engage in planned learning programs until the end of Term 4, so please continue to support your child to be engaged in school activities until the end of the year.
Centralian Middle School is once again hosting an Orientation Day for 2018 incoming Year 7 Students. Designed to familiarise young people with the experience of the Middle School environment our Orientation Day is an important opportunity for both students, teachers and parents to ‘get to know each other’ before the new school year starts. Educators at CMS are committed to making the transition from Primary to Middle School as smooth as possible, we do this by gathering data and information on each incoming student so we can best prepare our staff and ensure we have the necessary facilities on hand to deliver quality education. If you know any families who may be interested in attending this event, please direct them to contact the office.
Our end of year Presentation Night for Thursday 30th of November is quickly approaching, please join us to celebrate the hard work our students have put into their studies this year. Parents are encouraged to stay for tea and coffee after the proceedings to connect with teaching staff.
Next week Our Year 9 students are at Vocational Education at Charles Darwin University campus in Sadadeen, please ensure your child wears appropriate clothing for their chosen activity.
A big thank you for all the student who attended the Swimming Carnival. Results from the teams will be released soon.
The school social was a big success!
Year 9 VET
Our Year 9 Students will spend Week 7 at Vocational Education and Training at Charles Darwin University Campus in Sadadeen. VET is a great opportunity to try new skills and get some real life experience within a chosen trade.
Please make sure students have returned their consent forms and are in full school uniform including appropriate foot ware.
30th November, 6pm, Alice Springs Convention Centre
Please join us at the Alice Springs Convention Centre for our end of year Presentation Night. This is a wonderful evening when the whole school community comes together to celebrate the hard work and achievements of our students.
Letter and consent forms have been sent to students who need to attend a rehearsal at the Convention Centre, please ensure the paper work is returned.
Friday 24th November, 9am-3pm
Centralian Middle School is once again hosting an Orientation Day for 2018 incoming Year 7 Students. Designed to familiarise young people with the experience of the Middle School environment our Orientation Day is an important opportunity for both students, teachers and parents to ‘get to know each other’ before the new school year starts. Educators at CMS are committed to making the transition from Primary to Middle School as smooth as possible, we do this by gathering as data and information on each incoming student so we can best prepare our staff and ensure we have the necessary facilities on hand to deliver quality education.
If you know any families that may be interested in attending CMS in 2018, please direct them to contact our front office.
After School Physical Education
After school PE sessions have been running once a week this term. We have had a great turn out of students, who have enjoyed playing a number of different games including table tennis, rounders and dodge ball. For those that are interested see the front office for a permission form and bring it back to Ms Russell.
The sessions are on every Thursday from 3-4pm. Come and join the fun!
Polly Farmer – Follow the Dream
Transition Activity between the Alice Springs Maths and Science centre of excellence (ASMSCE) and follow the dream (FTD) students
CMS Follow the Dream students act as leaders and role models
The engineering challenge – which eggs survive the drop?
Follow the Dream students demonstrated their leadership and role model behaviour at a transition session with the Maths and Science Centre of Excellence Program students. Follow the Dream students introduced the program to potential 2018 grade 6 students. Participants. Grade 6 students received application forms to take home to their families.
Students from both programs worked together to design a ‘nest’ for a raw egg that was to be dropped from a height of 1.7m. The challenge being that the egg was to land without breaking. Resources included a pieces of string, 15 straws, 2 paperclips, a sheet of paper, and a strip of masking tape. Building teamwork and leadership, students were able to build successful ‘nests’. We were delighted to see unbroken eggs falling safely in their ‘nest’ due to excellent leadership skills and team work to work out solutions to the design challenge.
Tyler Wingrave-Borg accepted into the competitive Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu summer program, University of Sydney
Well done Tyler! All on the Polly Farmer, Follow the Dream wish you a fantastic time on this summer program. As someone who has worked with you extensively over the last eighteen month I know you will get a lot out of this opportunity. You will meet new friends and experience what it is like to learn in a university setting. Importantly, you will find out what makes learning such a challenging and ultimately rewarding experience.
In 2018, I strongly encourage and support all FTD Year 9 students to apply for this program.
creating movies using the new ipad pros
FTD students are preparing for their visit to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) as part of their upcoming ‘Leadership’ Camp to Melbourne. At ACMI the students will be using the new Follow the Dream iPad Pros to create short movies.
Alice Spring Language Centre
Overdue Library Books
Students are reminded that all overdue library books must be returned to CMS library as soon as possible. If returned books cannot be located families will be sent an invoice for replacement.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the front office.
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- All students have to be in full school uniform every day. This includes a CMS jumper. Students will be required to remove non-school jumpers. Students can wear a plain white or navy long sleave top under their school shirt
- 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.
Community Notice Board
Bush Christmas Exhibition for kids
Central Australian Bush Christmas Exhibition opens next Saturday at Central Craft.
Central Craft Araluen Cultural Precinct