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

31 May 2021

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Important dates

Monday 31 May to Friday 4 June – Reconciliation Week
Tuesday 1 June, Friday 4 June & Saturday 5 June – 7pm to 10pm – Chicago the Musical High School Edition
Monday 14 June – Queen’s Birthday public holiday
Friday 25 June – last day of Term 2

From the Principal

Dear families


I am super excited to invite you all to our very first combined Centralian Middle School and Centralian Senior College Musical – CHICAGO- High School Edition. It is so impressive to see the commitment of our staff and students in the lead up to the performance. It is sure to be a great night of entertainment- make sure to book your tickets so that you don’t miss out!

Please ensure that your young person has a full school uniform! Our school jumpers are currently on sale and a bargain at $35 -the jumpers are very cosy and warm for this chilly weather.

We had an amazing day at the Athletics Carnival. Thanks to Mr Latham, our staff, student leadership team and volunteers who organised and prepared for the event. It turned out to be a relaxing and fun day for all of those involved. It was great to see our students excel on the field and participate in events. We were also entertained by house chants and lots of dancing! Thanks to Ms North who kept us well fed and also to our visitors from Acacia Hill who delivered cakes with Scott from our VET program. We will also announce the Year Level Champions and the House Winner at an assembly this week.

Also, this week is Reconciliation Week - Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. Our classes will be taking action with their teachers this week. We will also reflect on how we collectively build relationships within our community that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

Warm regards
Cassie O’Bree

Ms Cassie O’Bree

School news and updates

Uniform on sale!

WINTER is here!!

Keep the chills away this winter with a CMS hoodie! Student Access is open every morning 8:00am to 8:30am and every afternoon 3:00pm to 3:30pm.Come in and see us to get yours for just $35.00 in the winter sale! We also have tracksuit pants a plenty – new style. Great for keeping legs warm in these cold months.

School attendance

We would like to remind parents/guardians to please contact the front office on 8955 2333 or email Centralian.middle@education.nt.gov.au if you’re your person is unwell or will be away from school for any other reason.

Chicago the Musical High School Edition

Chicago is on this week!!! If you haven’t booked your ticket yet, don’t miss out and click on the link below!


Athletics Carnival

What a stunning day we had at Rhonda Diano Oval on the 28 May for our 2021 Athletics Carnival. A big thank you to the HPE team and all staff who made the day such a success. The Winners will be announced this week during school assembly.

Exit Art Award

Congratulations to ex-student & current school employee, Emily Mcginness for winning the Exit Art Darwin Visual Arts Award

"Hidden in Mparntwe reveals my heritage and belonging that celebrates my imagined self, supported by and connected to my Mparntwe spirit. The colourful fabric applique combines the tradition of Indigenous oral storytelling and lived experiences. Its romanticised view reveals a fairy garland surrounded by Indigenous symbols I relate to and use to interpret my world. The two young fairies look at peace as they observe the world around them. These Indigenous fairies represent culturally the support for family they honour, value and protect." - Emily MCGINNESS

Hidden in Mparntwe 2020

S.A.L.T Worshop

Supporting And Linking Tradeswomen (S.A.L.T) ran a workshop for our Year 8's today. They created a timber project from measuring up, cutting and assembling. The tools and skills involved included, measuring with tapes and set squares; cutting with a variety of saws such as hand saw, drop saw and jigsaw to assembling with drills, impact drivers, nails, screws, hammers, nail punches and different drill bits.


Year 7

Years 7’s Home Economics class had their first attempt at making pizza from scratch this week, they made their own pizza dough and tomato based pizza sauce! Here are some examples of the finished product.

Year 9

In Science Year 9’s were tasked with a 2-part investigation into bacterial growth. The bacteria was grown on agar plates. They took samples from phones, door handles, shoes, taps, money and tabletops, to name a few. ?” With the strong advertising we’ve been exposed to recently, most students hypothesised that hand sanitiser would kill the most bacteria.

HOWEVER… Their findings: In 100% of tests, it was soap that grew the least number of fungi or bacterial colonies. Hand sanitiser performed only slightly better than water! Students discussed that perhaps the sanitiser did not have the 70% or more alcohol that is recommended.

Take home messages – Clean your phones often – and use soap to wash your hands


Earlier this week in Utnenge, Zaffy visited the library for a lesson on how to cover books. Sandrine was a great teacher!

In cooking we have made scones with a great recipe out of cream, lemonade and flour. We made them for the staff morning tea and they turned out really well! We have also cooked breakfast burritos and hash browns. For Anzac day we made ANZAC cookies.

In the school shade house we are still planting lots of seeds. Our winter seeds include radishes, kale and beans. We made a video of our garden to enter a competition to win a greenhouse for the school. Our tomatoes are beginning to flower in the shade house.

VET Conservation & Ecosystem Management

Highlights from the end of Term 1 and start of Term 2…

  • Time in our nursery – moving seedlings into bigger pots and moving nursery plants into their Winter greenhouse
  • On the ground – learning about workplace safety checks at the Simpsons Gap Ranger Station and plant species at Standley Chasm
  • Dressing up a garden site at AZRI with painted tables and new plants

Next we’ll be helping out the Parks and Wildlife Commission at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station with their cactus busts and protecting significant trees from controlled fire at Simpsons Gap.

Clontarf Corner

Term 2 - Weeks 4-6

Morning Trainings

Our morning trainings are going great with good numbers attending. There is a strong team atmosphere building up in preparation for the Top End Cup in week 8 held in Katherine.

Year 7 Sleepover

In week 4, the 6 young men in the picture below had a sleepover at the academy room. They also visited the Earth Sanctuary (Dark sky festival). Well done fellas.

Taco Tuesday’s

We continue to get HUGE numbers down for Taco Tuesdays, serving upwards of 70 tacos most lunch times. Our teachers are always welcome to come on down and join in on the festivities.

Alice Springs Turf Club

We have also teamed up with the Alice Springs Turf Club to gain some work experience by helping organise the car park. This has ran for two weeks now with both the Turf Club and our lads very pleased with what this work experience has taught them.

Year level Attendance Challenge

The year 9s have been dominant in the attendance challenge, winning the first 5 weeks of Term 2. Keep up the awesome work fellas.

Gillen Primary School - Football Clinics

Some of our academy members have been out in force mentoring a young group of year 5 and 6 students from Gillen Primary School through football clinics each week.

Central Region Employment Tour article

Click the link below and find out more on what Clontarf members across three Alice Springs local schools, have been up to

Stars Foundation

Every Wednesday some of our Stars member have got their hearts pumping at G-training. Well done girls! And thank you to Steve and Grace for training our students from CMS!

Community Announcements

YMCA school holiday recruit

YMCA are currently looking to recruit some holiday staff for the school holiday period, have a look at the flyer below

2021 Eisteddfod

For more details including the full program, click the link below


UMPIRE AFL – Get in the game!

AFL are looking for Umpires of all ages for the 2021 CAFL season.

Earn from $30 to over $100 a game each weekend!

For more info contact Sam Cunningham on 0447 479 174 or samuel.cunningham@afl.com.au


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