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

27 August 2018

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Important Dates

30th August – Year 9 Transition Visit to Centralian Senior College
11.00am-2.30pm 31st August – Cross Country at the Telegraph Station
5-7th September – Clontarf Year 7/8 Uluru Camp
7th September – Staff Learning Day – no school for students
12th September – Immunisations for students in Year 7 and 8
17th September – School photos
17th -21st September – Year 9 VET
28th September – Last day of Term 3

From the Principal

Dear families

It was a very sad and difficult week at CMS last week as we learnt that Mr Liam Quin passed away. Mr Quin worked at CMS as a Senior Teacher, Teacher and Clontarf Director. We provided additional support to students and staff last week and will continue to do so.

We will be holding a Smoking Ceremony and assembly on Wednesday as a way of recognising the tremendous positive impact that Mr Quin had on our school community. All members of our community are welcome to join us. We will gather at 8.45 and commence at 9.00.

Against the backdrop of this sad event there were also really positive things happening at school. A group of Girls Academy students joined with their counterparts at Centralian Senior College to travel to Adelaide for an amazing week at Adelaide Uni and other activities. Head over to our Facebook page to see photos from this trip as well as a news story that the ABC compiled when they caught up with the girls.

On Friday we have our Cross Country Carnival. This is always a really positive and fun day. Families are welcome to join us from 11.00-2.30 at the Telegraph Station. Students should come to school in the morning as normal and will be dismissed from school as normal at the end of the day. If you wish to collect your young person from the Telegraph Station you need to see their homegroup teacher by 2.15.

Next Friday we have a Staff Learning Day so there is no school for students. Staff will be analysing NAPLAN and School Survey results in order to plan for 2019. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your support.

Warm regards,
Paul van Holsteyn

Mr Paul Van Holsteyn

In Memory – Mr Quin

It is with great sadness that we learnt of Mr Quin’s death last week. Centralian Middle School lost a kind and committed staff member and our thoughts are with Mr Quin’s family and all who knew him.

There was a memorial on Sunday in which staff, current and former students and family members attended.

We will be holding a Smoking Ceremony and assembly on Wednesday morning; any interested members in our community are welcome to join us. We will gather at the school at 8.45 and start at 9.00.

We have been supporting students and staff around this tragedy. We had additional counsellors at the school last week and Kirsten, our counsellor, will continue to support our students through this now and into the future. Please contact the school if you would like us to arrange support for your young person.

In addition to this, there are supports available in the community, including:

Headspace is a counselling and support service for young people (12-25): 08 8958 4544

Child and Youth Mental Health Team provide mental health support to young people (up to 18): 08 8951 5950

Alice Springs Hospital provides emergency mental health support: 08 8951 7777 / 1800 682 288 after hours / or attend the Emergency Department

Ambulance / police can provide support in a mental health emergency: 000

Mental Health Association of Central Australia (MHACA) is a mental health service for adults: 08 89504600

Holyoake is a counselling services that supports all ages: 08 8952 5899

Relationships Australia is a counselling services that supports all ages: 1800 634 405

Social and Emotional Wellbeing Service (Congress) provide mental health, counselling and family support for Aboriginal people: 08 8959 4750

Kids Help Line is a 24 hour phone service supporting young people: 1800 551 800 (Free call)

Life Line is a 24 hour phone service supporting all ages: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live: 1300 224 636

Events and Announcements

School Survey – we want to hear from you!

Each year we request feedback from our community so that we can review our progress and focus our improvement energies. We collect feedback from families, students and staff.

We would like families to provide us with feedback through a short, less than 10 minute survey. We will collect feedback from students while they are at school.

Please follow the link below to complete the survey.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school on 8955 2333.

News from the NT Music School

Clontarf Corner

Good guys sleepover

Year 7 & 8 Academy members were recently treated to a sleepover at the Academy room. The boys had plenty of fun playing some Minute To-Win-It games, they also enjoyed a movie at the Alice Springs Cinema and finished the night off with a lovely dinner at the Gillen Club.

Annual Clontarf Employment Forum

Wednesday night was the central regions Annual Clontarf Employment Forum with 6 of our senior fellas in attendance. We had a mix of local and national service providers which were K-Mart, Yeperenye Shopping Centre, Norforce/ADF, QANTAS, NT Police, Central Land Council, GTNT and Voyages. Our fellas engaged really well and asked some great questions to the providers. Since the night a couple of our boys have expressed interest in working with QANTAS in the near future. After the forum the boys were treated to a schnitzel and chips at the Gillen Club with Centralian Senior and Yirara Collage.

Super Health Check Clinic

Thursday saw our first Super Health Check Clinic for the year, we had 7 of our young men attend to make sure their health and well-being are being kept in check. This is an activity that’s taken seriously by Clontarf, we admire the fellas for putting their hand up and showing leadership and taking responsibility for their own health.

Employment Worksite Visit – Alice Springs Fire Brigade

The Year 8 cohort had an exciting contact time last week with a visit to the Alice Springs Fire Station. The fellas had a tour of the station and had a very good look at what a fire fighters life looks like day to day. It was an interactive visit with the boys getting their hands on the “jaws of life”. They geared up in the firefighting equipment and also got to have a spray of the hose from a truck. The boys asked some good questions throughout the visit and represented Clontarf and the Centralian Middle School Proudly.


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