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

30 November 2018

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Come and join us for our Presentation Night

Help us to celebrate the achievements of our learners.

5.45pm for a 6.00pm start, Thursday 6th December, Alice Springs Convention Centre

Important Dates

6.00pm 6th December – CMS Presentation Night
10th December – Year 9 Celebration Event
12th December – Colour Smash
13th December – Last Day of Term
29th January - First day of school for 2019

From the Principal

Dear families

We are really getting to the tail end of the year now, with less than two school weeks to go before we finish. The last day of school is Thursday 13th December and students return for 2019 on Tuesday 29th January.

Teachers have been busy finalising assessment and writing reports over the last few weeks. It is always a great process as we take stock and identify just how much our students have learnt across the course of the year. We will be mailing reports home on Thursday 13th December. Please ensure that your address details are up to date with our office otherwise you might not receive the report.

Amongst the assessment and reporting, we have also been working on determining our improvement priorities for the school for next year and recruiting staff to join the team. I am delighted to let you know that we will have a relatively stable staff for next year with few new faces.

We have also had a busy few weeks with a number of significant events occurring and a number of events coming up over the next two weeks.

Last week we had our annual Swimming Carnival. It was a great day and our students displayed our school values of respect, responsibility and fairness while including a bit of a competitive edge and having a whole lot of fun. Congratulations to Earth who won the event. There are a number of photos from the day later in this newsletter.

This week our Year 9s are across at CDU again for their fourth and final VET skills taster course. Students have been able to try a large number of skill sets during Year 9, which will help them to be informed if they wish to take up VET students in a more formal and ongoing way in Year 10 and beyond.

Today we were very fortunate to have our 2019 Year 7s join us for the day. They have got to meet our staff and other students and are feeling more comfortable about making the jump to CMS next year. If you know of someone who is intending on attending CMS next year who has not returned enrolment forms, can you have them contact the school on 8955 2333 as soon as possible.

On Thursday 6th December we have Presentation Night, our premiere event for the year. It is being held at the Convention Centre with guests to arrive by 5.45 for a 6.00pm start. (Award winners, performers and Year 9s should arrive at 5.30pm.) We strongly invite all families to join us for this important celebration of the learning of our students.

On Monday 10th December we will have an evening event to celebrate our Year 9 students. Students already have information about this and have to purchase tickets ASAP.

Our final big event for the year is one that is entirely fun: we have our Colour Smash on Wednesday 12th December. Students will receive more information about this.

Warm regards,

Paul van Holsteyn

CMS Events and Announcements

Contact details

We will be distributing end of year reports shortly. These are mailed home. If you have changed your address (or phone) recently can you let us know so that we don’t send mail to the wrong address?

You can email us at centralian.middle@ntschools.net or call our friendly office staff on 8955 2333.

Library books – must be returned now

All library books need to be returned to the library now. There will be no new loans this year. CMS will be issuing bills for items not returned.

Old uniforms

As the end of the year approaches, we would greatly appreciate it if families could donate any uniforms that you will no longer need back to the school. We make these available back to students as loan uniforms.

It’s time to enrol!

It’s time to enrol at CMS if you have a young person who is joining the school in 2019. Forms are available from the Front Office.

Swimming Carnival

We had a fantastic Swimming Carnival last Friday. What a great day it was! Congratulations to Earth who won the event.

Marvel-ous Graphic Novel workshop

Science + fiction meets the arts and technology: A STEAM project across CMS and CSC campuses.

Centralian Middle School students, Lauren Boyle, Seraphina Newberry and Alyssa Mason joined Declan Miller at Centralian Senior College to write and illustrate their own graphic novel under the creative mentorship of Yawuru graphic novelist Brenton E. McKenna and editor, Wolfgang Bylsma from Geshalt Publishing, Perth. Students were so enthused with the creative process that they turned up for an extra Saturday workshop.

The graphic novel format provides students multiple ways to develop and demonstrate their literacy and science + fiction skills by telling unique stories through English, the Arts, Science, Culture and Technology.

Brenton gave an inspiring and entertaining talk to year 10 students on his journey to becoming a published and sought after author and illustrator.

Watch out for three awesome graphic novels to appear on your reading list next year.

This project is proudly supported by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), Gestalt Publishing and the NT Writers’ Centre. Such projects would not occur without the support and goodwill of school staff - thanks to all for making this literacy project happen.

Clontarf award winners

We did not have enough time to get the photos from the Clontarf awards night in the last newsletter, so have included them this time.

Congratulations to:

Justin Baliva


Lawrence Squire

Leadership Award

Junior Wallace

Community Award

Kingsley Tilmouth

Determination Award

Ian McCormack

Principals Award

Roderick Liversidge-Rosas

Junior Clontarf Spirit

Luke Foster

Senior Clontarf Spirit

Instrumental lessons with the NT Music School

Its time to enrol in instrumental lessons for 2019. The NT Music School provides CMS students with instrumental lessons for clarinet, flute, guitar, percussion, saxophone, trombone and trumpet. Lessons are free although there is a one off $50 registration fee and students need to provide own instrument. This is a great opportunity!

Enrol on the Music School’s website below or by coming in to the CMS office.

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Community Announcements

School Sport Team Official positions

There are opportunities for parents to volunteer to accompany School Sport championships and development camps in 2019.

Free meningococcal ACWY vaccine available

Parents are reminded to take advantage of the FREE meningococcal ACWY vaccine available to all children and young adults aged 1 to 19 years in the Territory.

The vaccine protects against four different strains of meningococcal disease, A,C,W and Y, and is available through your local GP, Aboriginal Community Controlled Clinic, urban community care centre, or remote health service.

Meningococcal disease is a rare but serious bacterial infection that can develop very quickly, and cause death in 5 to10 per cent of those affected. It can also lead to hearing loss, seizures, loss of limbs, renal failure and skin scarring.

The meningococcal ACWY vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine, and is the best defence against meningococcal ACWY disease.

For more information about meningococcal disease, and where to get the vaccine, visit the link below:


ASYASS Resource Centre

The ASYASS Resource Centre at 3 Brown Street is an afternoon drop in space for young people aged 10 – 17 years old. Come in and play sports, draw and make art and unwind in our cinema space and Xbox room. We cook meals, you can help. The Resource centre is open:

  • Tuesdays 5.30 – 9pm
  • Wednesdays 3 pm – 8.30 pm
  • Thursday 3 pm – 8.30 pm
  • Friday 3 pm – 10 pm
  • Saturday 7 pm – 10.30 pm Youth Disco
  • Sunday, Monday Closed.


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