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

3 May 2022

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Important dates

Thursday 19 May to Friday 20 may – Clontarf Camp
Thursday 12 May – Stars Sleepover – Year 7
Wednesday 25 May – Clontarf Sleepover – Year 9
Thursday 26 May – School Athletics Carnival – Rhonda Diano Oval
Tuesday 7 June – Thursday 9 June - Clontarf Top End Cup Camp (Katherine) Year 7,8,9

From the Principal


Hope you have all enjoyed the long weekends! The weather is beginning to cool, and students will need jumpers to handle the cold mornings. We have some very comfortable hoodies available in the uniform shop to purchase. A reminder that uniform is expected to be worn at CMS including enclosed shoes. It is also important that students are coming to school every single day. If students are unwell, you can call or text to let us know.

NAPLAN is coming up next week for our Year 7 and Year 9 students. More information has been sent out with progress reports. Please do not hesitate to connect in with your young person’s teachers to discuss their progress in their learning. Students will also receive end of Semester reports in Week 10 of this term which will contain A to E grades. The assessment schedule will be sent out this week. Please check in with your young person about their progress and work completion.

This term we will also have a school review. A team of four reviewers will be in the school in Week 6 and will be led by an accredited reviewer from ACER. A school review helps us to reflect on our practice and to identify our next steps for improvement initiatives.

In 2021 Centralian Middle School was celebrated for being a high progress school in NAPLAN. We were acknowledged for this outstanding achievement with the release of the NAPLAN data across the country. This means that some of our students compared to other students are making greater gains. Our focus this year continues to be on GROWTH in literacy in and numeracy. Our teachers are working to analyse our student data to refine their focus for teaching to have the greatest impact on student outcomes. We are also in our second year of using Read Write Inc- Fresh Start which is a reading intervention program for students that require additional support.

Cassie O’Bree

Ms Cassie O’Bree

Assessment Schedules

Each term we will provide you with Assessment Schedules so that you know the key assessment tasks your young person has to complete in each subject area and the timeframe for when items are due. The Term 2 Assessment Schedules foe Year 7, 8 & 9 are below.

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

School attendance and why everyday counts

This poster shows the importance of attending school every day.

School news and updates

Year 7

This week in Maths, year 7 students are learning about probability and what better way to learn than through a fun card game!

In year 7 Humanities, students have been learning about how to solve problems in society. Students have been working hard to learn key concepts which will help them develop effective solutions later in the term.

15 of our year 7 boys have completed the first week of a health and wellbeing program with Steve from G-Train. The program focusses on developing, discipline, resilience, respect and positive relationships through fitness and boxing. Here are photos of our deadly boxing fellas during their first session.

Year 8

Ms Taryn, the school based Police Constable, joined 8.1 for some fun during English and cooking classes.

Learning to cook helps you understand different cultures, customs, and flavours from around the world. You will also learn life skills such as: healthy eating, budgeting, and cleaning. Save some money. Cooking costs less than eating out at restaurants, fast food take away places, and school cafeteria. Preparing fresh food will provide much needed nutrition to your diet while also increasing your energy and overall health quality in the short and long run.

Cooking activities allow you to express your creativity. Experiment with new things! You can always eat your errors. Cooking will help you practice subjects such as: science, reading, and maths, as well as improving your critical thinking skills. Cooking is a great way to put your school skills to use.

Ryan Sawtell, Eknarin Meechai, Tekai Lankin.

Students Leadership Team

Our new Student Leadership Team had their first meeting of the year this week. They started with a round of 'speed dating' to get to know each other better before they started brainstorming ideas for future projects.

They hosted their first whole school assembly where the efforts of students were acknowledged with CMS Values awards.

Our Student Leadership Team are looking forward to a full and exciting year of student driven projects and initiatives.

Clontarf Corner

A group of our students from Clontarf awoke early this morning, welcoming the rain to attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service.

When asking one of our young men what they'd learnt, one of our year nine students mentioned - "I learnt that there were 73 soldiers from Central Australia who fought for our country, amongst those, many indigenous soldiers"

The morning finished up with a further minute of silence on ANZAC Hill in remembrance of those who lost their lives across all wars.

Earlier in the week our early morning trainers listened to the "Last Post", followed by a minute of silence and a full-field game of footy held in true ANZAC spirit, with courage, mateship, and endurance. Lest We Forget

Here is a photo of “Staff vs Student” at a Clontarf basketball game.

Below is a photo of Year 9 Clontarf student Martin Norman. Martin he’s proudly showing is progress with his Ukulele in Design & Tech, well done Martin! Also a photo of Mr Ryan with 3 of his students, and the fellas going mountain biking. Enjoy!

Stars Foundation

What a great start back to Term 2!

Our Year 7s are lucky to be working with Katie Thompson from BluEarth during contact times, where we will focus on living healthy and active lifestyles through movement and positive wellbeing practices.

For our Year 9s, we have been working on employment portfolios. During these sessions they have researched different careers, pathways and what transferrable skills apply to them. We are especially proud that some of our Stars students have already taken that big step of independence and have found employment themselves!

We’re looking forward to finally spending time with our Year 8s in Week 4, and have many activities planned for this term.

Lastly we would like to congratulate Stars Year 9 student Tarnia Palmer on her appointment to school captain. We are so excited to see her grow and thrive in this role, and wish her the best of luck!

Community Announcements

Alice Springs Disability Networking Event

We warmly welcome teachers, support staff, parents and carers to attend our disability networking event Ready-Set-Connect being held in Alice Springs on Thursday 12 May from 10:00am – 12:30pm.

Ready-Set-Connect is an informative (and fun!) event based on a speed dating format. It connects teachers, support coordinators, parents and carers of people living with disability with NDIS disability service providers.

National and local service providers will be sharing information about their services and products. The event will help you keep in touch and up to date with services in your local community. In the space of a little over two hours, you will build your connections and get to meet and know a variety of providers servicing your region.

It's FREE for Attendees! Come and join us. Let us know you are coming by registering as an Attendee. Here are the event details. Click on the link below to register as an Attendee for the event:


Central Region School of Sport Education Football Trials

School of Sport Education will run Football (Soccer) trials on Thursday 5th May 2022 & Friday 6th May 2022 from 4:00-5:00pm at Ross Park. This is for the 12 Years and Under Boys & Girls. There will be 1 x boys team of 12 players and 1x girls team of 12 players.

Students must be a minimum of 10 years (i.e. born no later than 2012, and a maximum of 12 years i.e. born no earlier than 2010. FYI there is an age dispensation for students turning 13 years of age between 01/07/022-31/12/22). More details and a permission form below

Celtic Football Club

Alice Springs Celtic FC is looking for players for U12 and up. Here is how to register/contact the club.

2022 Young Territory Author Award

The Young Territory Author Awards (YTAA) are an annual writing competition where entrants write and produce their own book.

The Young Territory Author Awards, run by the City of Darwin Libraries are open for 2022. The competition is open to all Territorians 18 years and under, for more details, have a look at the poster below or check out our Young Territory Author Awards website:


Entries can also be completed on-line at this website: Enter On-Line

Sports voucher

Semester 1 2022 Sports vouchers are available. Parents and carers will need to apply online each semester by going to the following website:


Please note if the details of the young person are already on the system, a voucher will be available to print or save straight away, if the details are not found by the system a voucher will be sent to the email address you have provided within 7 days.

More information is available at www.sportvoucher.nt.gov.au , alternatively you can also contact our Sport Voucher team by phone on 1800 817 860 or by email sport.voucher@nt.gov.au.


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