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

7 August 2020

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Important dates

Monday 10th August – Staff Learning day, no school for students
Monday 10th – Thursday 13th August – Learning Conferences
Wednesday 12th August – 8.30am and 5.00pm School Tour for prospective parents
Friday 21st August – Interschool Athletics
Monday 24th August – School Council Meeting
Friday 28th August – Athletics Carnival
Wednesday 16th September - Centralian Senior College Information Evening (5.30pm – 7.30pm)

From the Principal

Dear families

We have had a very positive start to the term with students and staff settling in to the school routines and applying themselves to the learning at hand. The thing that I enjoy most about my job is the opportunity to see the learning gains that our students are making, and moving around the school over the last fortnight I have had plenty of opportunity to see this.

On Monday (10th August) it is the time for the teachers to put themselves back in the position of learner as we have a staff learning day. There is no school for students on Monday. We will be working on our curriculum processes, checking our assessment tasks and reviewing our curriculum maps to ensure that we provide focussed and comprehensive learning sequences for our students.

Last newsletter I wrote that some of our staff were in quarantine as they travelled from Victoria or Sydney; I’m delighted to announce that all staff have cleared quarantine and have joined the school. We’ve included photos below so that you can get to know our new staff.

Next week we have our Learning Conferences. The purpose of this event is to celebrate the learning that has occurred so far this year and to plan and set goals for the remainder of the year. If you have not already booked in for a conference, please do so today – there is information further in our newsletter further below. We want to speak with as many of our families as we are able to.

Next Wednesday (12th August) we are holding school tours and information sessions for families that may be planning to join the school in 2021. We will have one session in the morning at 8.30am and one session in the evening at 5.00pm. Please promote this opportunity to any families that you know are considering the school for their young person.

Warm regards

Paul van Holsteyn

Learning Conferences

We are holding Learning Conferences next week. Learning Conferences are an important opportunity for a student, family member and teacher to meet and discuss the progress of the student and set some goals for the remainder of the year.

Families can now make a booking to meet with teachers. With the current coronavirus situation, Learning Conferences can be conducted over the phone, online using Zoom or in person at the school.

There are two ways that you can make a booking:

  1. Call the CMS office on 8955 2333
  2. Book online at https://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/code?code=rb26t

We look forward to seeing you next week.

Come and see what we’re up to!

We have a school tour coming up next week for prospective families. Come along and meet the principal - 8.30am or 5.00pm on Wednesday 12th August.

Welcome to our new Staff

We welcome some new faces to the school this Term. Please join us in helping them to feel welcome in the school.

  • Ben Balmer - Team Leader: Attendance and Wellbeing
  • Emma Forrester – Year 9 Humanities
  • Ariarn Huston – Year 8 Maths & Science

Here are their photos so you can recognise them on your next visit.

Assessment Schedules

Below are Term 3 Assessment schedules for each year level. Please refer to these to be informed about the key assessments tasks your young person will complete this term in each learning area, including key dates and time.

If you have any questions, please contact your young person’s teacher.

School news and updates

Year 9 – Term 3 – Hospitality Class

Units: SITXCCS001 Provide customer information and assistance / SITXCCC003 Prepare and present sandwiches

Students this semester focus on their customer service skills and create different styles of sandwiches – Pullman sandwiches, Club sandwiches, Finger sandwiches, Wraps, Rolls and Focaccia’s. After developing their own small sandwich and coffee ‘café’, they will take orders, make the sandwiches while providing the highest quality of service to their customers.

Units: SITXFSA001 Use hygienic practices for food safety / BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others

Tuesday Class: Chicken Schnitzels and Vegetable Frittata

Through this term students will be whipping up a selection of amazing recipes chosen by the class. Making these recipes will develop their skills in all aspects of hospitality hygiene and working effectively with each other in teams, a whole group, and individually to meet deadlines similar to what is expected in the hospitality industry.

Last semester the café set up by our VET students in the staff room collected an amazing $250 from teacher’s donations who purchased coffee or food from the program. The vet program nominated the Gap Youth and Community Centre to receive the funds. What an amazing achievement which in turn can be utilised by all youth for After Hours programs!

Centralian Girls Academy News

We have had a fantastic start to Term 3 in welcoming back all our amazing girls from the Big School Holidays! We have also welcomed new students that have commenced as well. We also have the pleasure in welcoming Miss Rhianon McEwan Program Manager from our Palmerston Campus that is down in supporting us with her invaluable knowledge and expertise.

We have had some changes up in the room as well in adding an Art House Corner, Beauty Salon and Internet Café to name a few. The girls have also been enjoying hot milo at their break times as well as Friday Feeds which consists of Weekly Themes in touring Countries all over the world in their Culinary Cuisine. We’ve also had nutritional breakfast, recess and lunch as healthy meals. All the girls that had birthdays in June and July came together with Aunty Michelle to celebrate with our scrumptious birthday cake. We’ve also enjoyed our Teachers coming up and spending time with the girls as well.

School Girls Football Competition

We’ve had huge success in commencing the School Comp with our girls first competing against Santa Teresa we came out on top with our first win. We also had two amazing, talented footy girls join us from the Senior College along with our awesome Coach Miss Sarah Carmody Program Manager teaching our girls ball drills and kicking accuracy. All our girls put in a huge effort in playing together as a team and most importantly having fun.

Our second game we went out and versed the talented Yirara College Girls with Mrs Kylie Campbell as their Coach, the girls all had a ball in competing with each other as it was a very close game with Girls Academy narrowly taking the win with 9 goals, 7 points to 9 goals, 2 points. What a ripper match! Next week sees us traveling out to Hermannsburg Community to have a game.

Contact Time

All our Cohorts have spent the last couple of weeks in settling back into school routine and expectations. We have spent a lot of time focusing on support and listening to suggestions from all our girls which is great for all relationships.

This week we commenced with Blue Earth Program with the talented Miss Katie Thompson in introducing the Program with our girls which all Cohorts will do for the rest of the term and beyond. We will also be spending time with Miss Myphy Bond who is a Support Officer with Blue Earth.

Looking forward to a great Term 3

Rhianon, Emma and Aunty Michelle

Clontarf Corner

Check out some great after school event Clontarf are having this term.

Red Centre Cup Football after school

Table Tennis King Vs Centralian Senior College

“From Little Things Big Things Grow”

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