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

5 June 2020

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Important dates

Monday 8th June – Queen’s birthday Public Holiday
Friday 19th June – 2020 Cross Country
Monday 22nd June - School Council meeting
Thursday 25th June - Semester 1 reports mailed home
Friday 26th June - Last day of Term 2

From the Acting Principal

Dear families

Over the last two weeks, I have had the privilege of being the Acting Principal, and I have enjoyed learning new things and the challenges I have faced. I have had the opportunity to visit classrooms and watch teachers providing feedback to students around their learning. It’s great to see classrooms buzzing with learning and students seeing the benefits of their positive interactions with each other and their teachers.

Our teachers are well underway with writing reports and using all the work our students have completed in assessing student achievement across the semester. Reports will be sent home to families Thursday 25th June.

Please continue to remind your young person about washing their hands to reiterate the importance of this. Washing hands is one of the best protections that we have against the coronavirus and indeed against all types of infection.

We are delighted to welcome two new staff to the school – Mr Brayden France and Ms Nikki Heffer. Mr France and Ms Heffer had been travelling around South America but had to return to Australia at the height of the COVID situation. They have almost completed their 14 days of isolation and will be with us after the long weekend.

Finally, I would like to thank all the staff, students and families for your support while I have been in the role of Acting Principal. Mr Van will be back next week, and Ms Clarence Jeanny will continue to backfill my role as the Year 7 Team Leader.

Warm regards

Laryssa Montgomery
Acting Principal

School news and updates

Keeping warm during recess & lunch

With the weather cooling down, one of the highlights during recess and lunch time is the student lead volleyball game that all year levels participate in.

Students who catch the bus

A reminder that students are not permitted to drink (other than water from a sealable bottle) or eat on the school bus.

Please remind your young person to either finish their snack/drink before they get to the bus stop or leave all consumables in their school bags as they may not be allowed onto the bus.

Canteen Manager vacancy at CMS

The incredible Miss Vicki is leaving us at the end of Term 2 and we are looking for someone to take over the Canteen Manager position. Please contact Carol Watson at the school if you are interested.

Year 7 - Small Group Classes

Every Friday, 7.2 & 7.6 have a double class in the library. After choosing a book they like, they do some quiet reading with their teacher/tutor. This aims to develop their comprehensions skills and also encourage a love of reading.

Youth Recycle Art Prize

During Term 1 CMS students designed and made sculptures to enter in the Youth Recycled Art prize run by the Alice Springs Town Council (ASTC).

The brief was to use only recycled materials. The students worked in groups to produce their finished piece during their year level contact time lesson.

The entries were then displayed in the CMS library for all other students and staff to vote on the CMS winner.

The winners were Makayla Fenwick, Daniel Peace, Daniel Briggs and Miki Padam, they all received Cinema vouchers.

Well done to all the students who entered.

Clontarf Corner

Welcome to the 3rd addition of the term 2 Clontarf Corner. It was a busy 2 weeks, with as usual, a lot activities happening.

Movie Madness this term will be rewarded to members who are can improve their school attendance, positive engagement in class as well as in our academy room, reengagement and also just for being a deadly bloke.

Year 7’s members that made the activity were:

  • Brendan Pon
  • Keenan Driffen
  • Chris Ah-kit (Again. Well done, Chris!)
  • Nicholas Woods
  • Amon Fry
  • Darcy Landon


This week Mel Gunner from Headspace visited our year 7s, 8s and 9s. Mel spoke to our lads about mental toughness and resilience.

Thank you for your time Mel, our fellas really appreciate it!

It was Tama’s Birthday on the same day as contact time so we had a little cake with some candles for him. Happy Birthday Tama!


Clontarf’s students at CMS are trying really hard to win a game against staff.


  • Staff vs Students table tennis comp – Winner was staff
  • Connect 4 Competition – Winner was Daniel McAdam
  • PS4 Comp – Winner was Kaeden Roman (again, well done mate!)


Halfway through last term, Cheyne linked up with the team at K-Mart to see if we could get a few of our lads employed - from the very beginning it was a success. The K-Mart guys were super accommodating, inviting our lads for worksite visits and streamlining the application process. Isaiah Sandy, Clontarf alumni, was employed last term with the help of Charlie Lowson, our Employment Officer, who has come along in leaps and bounds there. Greeting customers at the door, putting away stock and leading/mentoring all of the current Clontarf boys and showing them the right way – even getting them to do push-ups if they are late for work.

Year eight student, Isaiah Miller, was the first to be employed, working hard with the team and even got his mug in the paper with Alonzo Nelson, year ten student from Yirara Academy.

The year seven lads had a worksite visit and a walkthrough on Tuesday, led by Isaiah Sandy. Sandy, along with store managers Mark and Kay showed the boys every aspect of the work involved. Nathan Woodbury, Kassim, Brody, Lazarus Hogan and Henry loved it – they were also given the opportunity to choose anything they liked from the store, to the value of $15. Nathan Woodbury chose an Esky, Mark said he’d never seen that before.

These fellas are also about to go through the application process, just as their year eight and nine counterparts have done.

Awesome work, boys!


A great job from all of the Clontarf lads over the past few weeks.

“From Little Things Big Things Grow”

Community Announcements

Guide Dogs Australia PAWGUST campaign

PAWGUST is a fun yet challenging event that encourages people and their pooches to walk 30 minutes a day for 30 days during August. Be active, spend quality time with your family while raising funds for guide dogs pups in training in NT & SA.

For more info go to the link below.


Alice Springs Softball League 2020 sign up Day


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