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

26 April 2019

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Important dates

Monday 6th May – May Day Public Holiday
Thursday 16th May – School Council meeting
Tuesday 14th – Friday 25th May – NAPLAN
Wednesday 15th May – Friday 17th May – Year 8 Clontarf Camp to Uluru
Friday 25th May – Year 9 Transition Visit to Centralian Senior College
Thursday 30th May – Athletics Carnival
Friday 31st May – Staff Learning Day – no school for students

From the Principal

Dear families

Welcome back to another term of learning. I hope that you enjoyed the time you had together as a family over Easter and the week before and that everyone is rested and ready to return. We welcome a number of new students and some new staff to the school this term – you can read about them later in the newsletter.

Term 2 always has a strong focus on learning. For part of Term 1, students are settling in to the school and getting to know each other and their teachers. That work has occurred and now the focus is very strongly on pushing forward with learning. Complementing this, students will be developing individual Learning Plans over the next few weeks, which will include a personal, writing and numeracy goal. This will form the basis of our discussions in Learning Conferences which occur at the beginning of Term 3. Additionally, we will be providing achievement reports at the end of this term in which teachers make an on balance judgement about the degree to which each student has achieved the Achievement Standard for their year level in that learning area.

The National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is rapidly approaching – it will occur from Tuesday 14th – Friday 25th May. This year for the first time we will participate in the online testing program, which will hopefully ensure that the results are more valid and more quickly available than previous testing.

After NAPLAN we have a number of enjoyable opportunities scheduled. We have our Athletics Carnival on Thursday 30th May followed by a student free Staff Learning Day on Friday 31st May. At around the same time we will have students participating in the Centralian Eisteddfod. Later in the term, most of our year levels will go on their annual camps.

You will have noticed from the temporary fencing that our gym is being upgraded. This will include new flooring, new seating, a new entrance from the carpark, making the stage area operable again and expanding our PE storage area. We are very excited about this, although it does mean that the gym is out of action for us for the duration of the term. We are looking forward to being able to access the gym from the beginning of Term 3.

As the weather starts to cool, please ensure that your young person is in full school uniform at all times. This includes:

  • CMS polo shirt
  • CMS shorts or track suit pants or plain (no logo) navy blue shorts of pants (no denim)
  • CMS hoody or plain (no logo) navy blue jumper
  • Shoes – no thongs or slides

We will be clamping down on students out of uniform. We have been reminding students this week but from next week will be requiring that either parents bring in uniform or students change into loan uniform when they are out of uniform. Parents will be billed for any loan uniform that is not returned. We appreciate in advance your support.

Warm regards
Paul van Holsteyn

School news and updates

Welcome to new staff members

We are welcoming a number of new staff at the school this term. Shantel Klarenbeek and Anne McGown have joined the school as tutors in the Year 7 team while Shaquille Swan joined the school as a tutor in Year 8 and Aaliyah Fuamatu joined the school as a tutor in Year 9.

Linda Lau has joined the school as a teacher who will work on literacy intervention and support across the school.

L-R Shaquille Swan, Aaliyah Fuamatu, Linda Lau, Anne McGown.


CMS commemorated ANZAC Day with students participating in the Dawn Service and the mid-morning march and service, including laying a wreath.

Polly Farmer Follow the Dream

The Polly Farmer Follow the Dream after school program begins in Week 2. Hope to see you next week!

Girls Academy News

Welcome back for an exciting and eventful term 2!!

This term Girls Academy have a lot of exciting events and activities planned for the girls. Contact times are the same with year 7s on a Tuesday lesson 5, year 8s on a Thursday lesson 5 and year 9s on a Wednesday lesson 5.

Coming up with this term we have

  • Corporate Visit Anna Cranney from Clough Friday 26th
  • Lunch with a Mentor on the 10th May and 14th June
  • Re Engagement Lunch with students below 50% attendance in week 5
  • Shining Bright with students above 85% in week 10

Again for term 2 we will continue our After School Activities on Tuesday afternoons, this term we will be joining with Yirara Girls Academy and Centralian Senior College Girls Academy. We will be doing activities and games such as, cooking, AFL, Go Karts, Mother’s Day crafts and so much more.

Also we will be continuing our weekly cook ups, this term we may have little change in Wrap Wednesdays coming into winter we may mix it up. We also have End of the Month Birthday Cakes for April, May and June.

Keep an eye out in the next coming newsletters, we will start to add some photos of what we have been getting up to and will also have a reminder of our Upcoming Events for GA.

  • Girls Academy Staff – Kiah and Michelle

Moran Photography workshop

Recently, 30 students were involved in a photography workshop put on by the Moran Foundation. They spent the day learning how to use the camera and capture the perfect shot. We would like to thank the Moran Foundation for this great opportunity. Take a look at our budding photographers in action.

Community Announcements

Sports vouchers

There is a change to how Sport Vouchers are being distributed this year. Schools are not being provided with vouchers for each student. Rather, families have to apply for vouchers online. Go to:


Semester 1 vouchers need to be claimed soon.

Support red cross by knitting

Australian Red Cross, Alice Springs, has been providing Trauma Teddies to children in hospital in Central Australia, police cars and stations, St John ambulances in Central Australia, Fire stations, Sexual Assault Referrral Centre, Ti Tree Clinic, Child and Youth Mental Health, Northern Territory Emergency Services, Women’s Shelters and RFDS planes.

They need lots of teddies and they’re looking for you to help them meet the need. Here are ways you can help:

  • Knit teddies if you are a knitter (they will supply the wool and easy to follow pattern)
  • Come and learn to knit
  • Organise a group of people and they will teach you to knit
  • Help ‘stuff’ teddies (requires very little skill)
  • Sew on Red Cross Labels
  • Donate Wool
  • Donate filling

If you would like to support please contact Jenny Eldridge, Australian Red Cross, 3 Yarabah Crt. Ph. 8924 3956. Email jeldridge@redcross.org


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