Centralian Middle School
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56 Milner Road
Alice Springs NT 0870
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30 January 2015

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Principal’s Blog

To all of our students and families,

Welcome to the 2015 school year. It has been great to see such a positive start to our school year. Our new year seven students have arrived fresh-faced and ready to learn. It has been lovely to see them all willing to make new friends and learn about their new school environment. We also have quite a few new students in years eight and nine. New students always freshen up our school by offering new opportunities for friendships. There will be a number of opportunities for families to come in and meet our staff and I urge all families to join in these events. The better we work together, the higher the outcomes for our students will be. Please help your children by helping them being prepared for school. We know students do better at school when families show interest in what they are learning.

Of course at every school, students occasionally run into some difficulties. Please let us know straight away if you have any concerns.

Don’t forget, every child is entitled to a back to school voucher to the value of $150 towards school expenses, but they need to be spent by the end of the first term. You just need to come into school to sign the form, and you can use the voucher there and then.

Best Wishes to everyone for a great year,

Donna O’Brien
Principal

Straight to work for the Year 8 students

CMS Website Update

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What’s on.

Year 7 Parent Information Session

Week 1, Friday 30th January 2015, 2pm

Parents of Year 7 students are invited to join the Year 7 Team for a walk through Centralian Middle School at 2pm this afternoon. Light refreshments will be available.

CMS Family Barbeque

Week 3, Thursday 12th February 2015, 5-7pm

Students bring your families to meet the Centralian Middle School Team

Introducing....

The Leadership Team

Donna O’ Brien
Principal

Dan Lewinski
Well Being
Assistant Principal

Cassie O’Bree
Teaching and
Learning Assistant
Principal

Donna O’ Brien
Principal

Dan Lewinski
Well Being
Assistant
Principal

Cassie O’Bree
Teaching and
Learning
Assistant
Principal

Year 7 Team

Kristi Beynon
Coordinator

Kate Axten
Teacher

Loveena Guilford
Teacher

Prahbat Soni
Teacher

Annie Thompson
Teacher

Bradley Braun
Learning Support

Vicky Goude
Learning Support

Shane McAuliffe
Learning Support

Kristi Beynon
Coordinator

Kate Axten
Teacher

Loveena
Guilford
Teacher

Prahbat Soni
Teacher

Annie
Thompson
Teacher

Bradley
Braun
Learning
Support

Vicky Goude
Learning
Support

Shane
McAuliffe
Learning
Support

Year 8 and 9 Team

Ben Balmer
Coordinator

Jacelyn Anderson
Teacher

Cassandra Connelly
Teacher

Laarni Gaces
Teacher

Loveena Guilford
Teacher

Gavin Nolan
Teacher

Lorna Parker
Teacher

Wellington Pasi
Teacher

Rebecca Gibb
Teacher

Ian Shepherd
Teacher

Wade Zaglas
Teacher

Dudley Clarke
Learning Support

Jess Gatt
Learning Support

Fiona Hunter
Learning Support

Carol Turner
Learning Support

Michelle Willis
Learning Support

Ben Balmer
Coordinator

Jacelyn
Anderson
Teacher

Cassandra
Connelly
Teacher

Laarni Gaces
Teacher

Loveena
Guilford
Teacher

Gavin Nolan
Teacher

Lorna Parker
Teacher

Wellington
Pasi
Teacher

Rebecca
Gibb
Teacher

Ian
Shepherd
Teacher

Wade
Zaglas
Teacher

Dudley Clarke
Learning
Support

Jess Gatt
Learning
Support

Fiona Hunter
Learning
Support

Carol Turner
Learning
Support

Michelle
Willis
Learning
Support

Small Groups

Rachel Helliwell
Coordinator

Tom Atkinson
Teacher

Sally Bryan
Teacher

Rachel Fata
Teacher

Rebecca Hunter
Teacher

Ryan McGhie
Teacher

Rina Scott-Wilson
Teacher

Hans Westermann
Teacher

Shelly Caspani
Learning Support

Barry Georgopolous
Learning Support

Tenniel Helliwell
Learning Support

Nola Hunter
Learning Support

Rachel
Helliwell
Coordinator

Tom
Atkinson
Teacher

Sally Bryan
Teacher

Rachel Fata
Teacher

Rebecca
Hunter
Teacher

Ryan
McGhie
Teacher

Rina
Scott-Wilson
Teacher

Hans
Westermann
Teacher

Shelly
Caspani
Learning
Support

Barry
Georgopolous
Learning
Support

Tenniel
Helliwell
Learning
Support

Nola Hunter
Learning
Support

Tila Tonumaipea
Learning Support

Arts

Stone Lee
Teacher

Peter McMeel
Teacher

Well Being

Barb Glover
School Nurse

Val Sloane
Counsellor

Denise Casey
Home Liaison
Officer

Daryl Preston
Home Liaison
Officer

Flexible Learning Centre

Malcolm Solomano
Coordinator

Kelvin Caspani
Learning Support

Eddie Fata
Learning Support

Girls @ Centre

Amanda Freestone Coach, Shelly Bestmann Program Manager,
Jenna Browne Coach

Welcome back to all of our G@C girls, we hope you all had a fun and safe break! We would also like to welcome the new Year 7 girls – we are all really looking forward to getting to know you and will do our best to help you settle into CMS 

‘Girls at the Centre’ is a fun mentoring and support program, run by The Smith Family. We are here to make sure that girls at CMS get the most out of their education and that they feel safe and supported at school. We provide the girls support both in and out of the classroom and we have a girls-only space for the students to hang out during break times and build friendships in a safe place. We always have a lot of fun together and try to make school an exciting and happy place for our students!

Cake Decorating on Tuesdays

Next week we will be starting our free afterschool activities – we will be doing Cake Decorating on Tuesdays and Wheelchair Basketball on Thursdays and will drop you off home on the bus afterward! You will need permission from your family to attend. We have 20 spots available each session; all girls are welcome to attend

We will also be starting our Bacon and Egg Brekkie every Thursday morning where you can have a feed and listen to different speakers each week.

Drop into our room over the next few weeks for lunchtime activities and fun times! If you would like to sign up to our program this year please see our friendly coaches for more information. Our new G@C T-shirts should be here any day and will be distributed after the 3 week trial period.

Clontarf Academy

Welcome

The Centralian Middle School Clontarf Academy programme was established in 2007 and is operated out of Centralian Middle School in Alice Springs. The Academy caters for indigenous students from Years 7 to 9. The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.

The Centralian Middle School Clontarf Academy engages its members through activities which build leadership, discipline and self-esteem and has seen positive outcomes in many areas including increased school attendance and self-esteem. Students who participate in Clontarf undertake a wide range of activities from educational excursions, camps, sport games, health checks, lunches, healthy cook-ups, just to name a few. Each activity is developed at targeting one of the five key learning pillars of the Clontarf program; Education, Employment, Leadership, Well-being and Healthy Lifestyles.

This year we would like to welcome all new and returning students for what will be a truly exciting and fun packed year at Clontarf!

All parents, family and students are welcome to come over to Clontarf and meet one of our friendly staff to hear more about the program.

Warm Regards,

Tom Clements | Director
CMS Clontarf Academy
Centralian Middle School

Centralian Girls Academy

Girls Academy would love to welcome back our students from last year and all the new students.

Girls Academy Basketball team

Jessica Mauboy visits Girls Academy

We have a lot on our agenda for this term, and we are excited to share it with our girls. Apart from our contact times during school, we will be commencing our ‘After School Activities’ from week 2, every Tuesday & Thursday 3:00pm to 4:30pm and bus drop off’s will be provided. We will be co-hosting an International Women’s Day Luncheon with G@C, a Sleep over in Week 6 on Friday 6th March, , and our ‘Girls Academy End of Term Awards’ Luncheon on Thursday 26th March. As these dates get closer we will be sending home notes for our families. Again welcome back, we look forward to a great year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, from Girls Academy.

Samarra Schwarz –
Program Manager

Nicolette ‘Sissy’
Dunn – Development
Officer

Healthy Teeth

The Department of Health (DoH) provides a FREE dental service to all children attending primary and secondary school. If your child/children require a check-up or treatment, please contact Flynn Drive Dental Centre on 89516713. A parent or guardian MUST attend with their child/children