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

8 March 2021

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Important dates

Wednesday 17 March to Friday 19 March – Clontarf Year 9 Camp
Thursday 25 March – Battle of the School Bands
Thursday 1 April - Interschool Swimming Carnival
Thursday 9 April – Last day of Term 1
Monday 19 April – First day of Term 2

From the Principal

Dear families

Welcome to Week 6. Thank you to the parents and teachers who attended the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday last week. It is a fantastic opportunity to have your say in the governance and genuine decision making about what happens in our school. The school council meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of every Month – you are all welcome to attend our next meeting on March 24 at 5:30pm. At our next meeting we will be having a look at the schools 2021 Strategic Plan. In 2020 we developed a ‘Instructional Model’ which is a range of strategies used by teachers to engage students in learning. This year we will work to develop a process where teachers are giving and receiving feedback to each other.

As the cooler weather approaches (eventually) I am encouraging all students to wear school jumpers – even though it has been close to 40 degrees some students have been coming in with non-school uniform. Students are able to express themselves with choice of shoes and accessories- we just ask that uniforms are worn on a daily basis.

I am very excited to be announcing our new student leaders for 2021. CMS have voted and we will be announcing school captains and house captains at our assembly this week. Ms Emma Forrester will be leading the group this year – “we pride ourselves on our ability to offer our students meaningful ways to contribute to the ongoing development of our school and provide a voice to our students. The results of our recent elections will be announced at our special assembly, which is being held at 12:30pm on Wednesday 10th March. We hope that you can mark this date in your calendar and attend to support our new leaders.”

Cassie O’Bree

Ms Cassie O’Bree

School news and updates

CMS Open Night

What an amazing night we had, thank you to everyone who came, here are a few photos of the event.

Year 7 – Visit to the Community Gardens to learn water saving strategies.

With the issue of water and its continued supply in Alice Springs on our minds, Year 7 students visited the Community Gardens this week. We are working on a campaign to raise awareness about water conservation and Bruce and Kaz from the gardens were fountains of knowledge on the subject. Students were taken on a tour to demonstrate water-saving devices and practices, and informed of the great work being undertaken by local growers and gardeners. In Geography students will use their new knowledge to discuss issues and create their awareness campaign.

Year 7 students shine on the track!

Two Year 7 students were stand-outs at the Speedway recently. Natasha Tebeck won the Centralian Junior Street Stick title and Jess Foley came in a very impressive third in a field of 13 cars. Watch out for these rising stars! We’ve no doubt their achievements in the classroom will be just as impressive!

Year 8

Year 8s have been learning about Vikings in History this term. Last week we learned about how Vikings lived in longhouses, and classes have had the opportunity to get creative and build their own longhouses in Minecraft this week.

Year 9 - VET Conservation & Ecosystem Management

The last few weeks, the VET Conservation and Ecosystem Management crew have been learning about the areas of land management. In week 4 we were lucky enough to speak to Ranger Mark (big thanks to Ranger Mark!) at Simpsons Gap Ranger Station (part of Tjoritja / West Macdonnell National Park) and learn the different roles that NT Parks and Wildlife rangers have when taking care of their parks. Our students had fun trying on the different PPE (personal protective equipment) needed to stay safe in these roles.

  • Firefighting / management
  • Weed spraying
  • Brush cutting
  • Track maintenance
  • Welding

While at Simpsons Gap, we had a look at the habitats and plants found at the waterhole and also had a look at a potential restoration site – stay tuned for updates!

From Utnenge

Alex was away studying last week and Linda was pretty busy. We have had lots of new students and Ms North and Ed are also working with us now. Mr Ryan is helping us with our recycled art projects.

We made masks for Mardi Gras and Lantern festival and also pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. We learned that Mardi Gras, Lantern Festival, Ayyamihi, and Pancake Day are all Spring festivals. This week in Humanities we have learned about Girls Day, which is also a spring festival. In Sustainability we did a Science lesson on forests for World Wildlife Day.

We have nearly all chosen our sustainability projects. Zaffy is doing cosplay, Shanita is doing sea life, Shantae is doing a worm farm, Evance is working on our school garden, Anastine is creating a tree house sculpture, and Metia is doing a rainforest painting.

Community Announcements

Administrative Assistant – School Sport NT

School Sport NT has a vacancy for an Administrative Assistant, one is located in Tennant Creek and the other in Alice Springs.

Each position is casual up to 13 hours per week (during School Term only) to commence in March 2021.

Please email finance.ssnt@education.nt.gov.au with a one page summary sheet and detailed resume or telephone 8999 5700 for a job description.

Casual Recreational Officer - YMCA

Fun and exciting positions opening up for motivated and enthusiastic people in our Recreational Department at the Kilgariff Recreation Centre. The successful applicants will aid in the delivery of children and young people’s programs and community events during the school holiday periods.

The role focuses on engaging with and encouraging participants to have fun and live active and healthy lifestyles.

  • Hours: between 7:30am – 5:30pm (Monday to Friday) during school holiday periods

The right person is passionate and enthusiastic about active living and program delivery and who is committed to creating a fun and safe environment.

The ability to work in a team and be flexible and adaptable to changing situations is highly desirable.

You must enjoy working with children and young people and hold (or willing to obtain) a current working with children’s check and national police clearance. To apply please send your resume and cover letter with 2 contactable references to recreation.krc@ymca.org.au

Unbroken Land 2021 - Premiere Screening

Unbroken Land is a production from Incite Arts, which will be showcasing at Araluen Theatre in Alice Springs on Friday 12th March, 6.30pm. See flyer below for more details.

Multi-cultural fitness month, starting next week!

Check it out!

Variety NT – Freedom Camp

Variety NT organises Freedom Camp @ Goanna Park over one week in the July school holidays. Freedom camp is a free camp for teenagers with a mild to moderate disability. For more details and application form click HERE

Teen Gym for aged 12 & over

5 weeks Teen Gym program starts on the 01 February, 8 March & 19 April. See the poster below for more details.

Mini Roos

Girls’ football starts at Ross Park on the 04th of March. See flyer below for more details

Sports voucher

Sports Vouchers are available now!

Apply for yours online,


*** Children living in an urban area are eligible to receive two $100 sport vouchers each year - one in January and one in July - for sport, recreation and cultural activities.

Parents or carers need to apply for vouchers online each semester.

All vouchers expire on 31 May each year.


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