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

2 August 2022

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Important dates

Thursday 4 August - 3.30 to 7pm – Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
Thursday 11 August – Cross Country Carnival – Telegraph Station
Wednesday 10 August to Friday 12 August - Clontarf Camp - Rodna Cultural Tours & Uluru
Wednesday 17 August to Friday 19 August – Year 8 Camp (Ross river)
Friday 19 August – Interschool Cross Country - Telegraph Station

From the Principal

Hello, Werte!

Welcome back to Term 3. It has been wonderful reconnecting with you all. The sun is shining, and after this morning’s brutal chill, we have a lovely day to fully recuperate and look forward to the start of another exciting term here at Centralian Middle School. I hope that although the weather has been slightly chilly over the break, you have taken the opportunity to truly reconnect with each other and enjoyed some time with family and friends.

I look forward to this term as we move into August and through the cold months to longer days, more sunshine, and warmer days. As with all schools the last term, we had our fair share of students and staff away with illness. Term 3 is an opportunity to work on increasing our attendance and getting our young people to school daily. While we know that Covid is still impacting our community, it is time for us to move forward and start living with Covid. That means practising good hygiene and staying healthy by getting to bed at a reasonable hour, eating well and ensuring that we stay hydrated.

This Thursday, 4th August, we are holding Learning Conferences. This is an important opportunity for a student, family member and teacher to meet and discuss the student’s progress. Families can now make a booking to meet with teachers. We strongly encourage you to book in so that we can celebrate the achievements your young person has made and set goals for the remainder of the year. Your young person should participate with you at the conference. The conferences will be held from 3.30 -7 pm in the gymnasium. Some of our students have prepared a light meal for families to enjoy thanks to our awesome new Home Economics teacher, Ms France. Come along and be a part of the CMS community.

Term 3 will also be the perfect time to extend our learning beyond the classroom. Our Year 7s have already headed to Ross River for two nights and three days and enjoyed some of our incredible region’s wonders. Our Year 8 and 9 students will head out to camp this term. Check out some of the fun our Year 7s had below.

Kind regards,
Simon Rowlands
Acting Principal

Mr Simon Rowlands

Learning Conferences


Assessment Schedules

Each term we 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 3 Assessment Schedules for Year 7, 8 & 9 are below.

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

CMS is looking for Classroom Tutors to join our team.

If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of our young people please contact CMS on 89552333

School news and updates

Year 7

Camp @ Ross River

Year 7 started the term with a tremendous year-level camp at Ross River. It took place over two nights and three days and was filled with many different outdoor activities. On Wednesday, we spent time setting up camp and playing team-building games. We had spaghetti bolognaise for dinner that night.

On Thursday, Ms Sutton drove everyone to Trephina Gorge. We completed the Gorge Walk and met Jennie and Kelly, two rangers, who introduced us to two adorable joeys named Cinnamon and Goldy. After enjoying lunch at the gorge, we returned to camp to rest and watch the sunset. That night we enjoyed tacos for dinner.

On Friday morning, after we had eaten our bacon and egg sandwiches for breakfast, we started packing up camp. Everyone worked together to make sure our campsite was left as clean as it was when we arrived. Other campers even complimented us on our fantastic behaviour and willingness to look after our camp!

Thank you to all the teachers who came along and worked hard to ensure we all had a great time.

Emma Forrester – Year 7 Co-ordinator

Year 7’s who weren’t able to join their classmates on camp enjoyed a lesson where they were able to paint a picture of their choice. Some students chose to paint their favorite game character or sports team. Other students experimented with colours.

Year 8

This week 8.1 has had the pleasure of having Jess in our class. Jess showed the students how to cook banana bread in a rice cooker. The banana bread taste so good, we cooked another one the next day for morning tea. Jess has been very helpful and a great presence in our class.

They are studying the film Moana in Term 3. During art, they are making their own Kakamora (fleet of coconut pirates) out of paper mache. Ruby is painting a portrait of a character and other students have been enjoying designing geometric patterns.

Year 9

Our Year 9s were stoked to get their personalised t-shirts this week! The shirts feature beautiful artwork by the very talented Emma Lake, who is also a tutor at CMS, Thanks Emma, we love them!


Year 9 have reviewed what they already know about chemistry and started their Term 3 topic on atoms. To demonstrate that some things are too small for even a microscope, we looked at salt water under the microscope (we literally couldn’t see anything) and then made salt crystals by evaporating the water away. These crystals we could see. The take home message: we can’t see the individual atoms, but we can see they join together into crystal lattices.

Home Economics

Watch out, MKR! Dom and Addy are comin’ for ya!

VET Conservation & Land Management

We've had some exciting news for the VET Land Management class. The Department's Registered Training Organisation has paid for materials to build our very own hoop house see the picture taken from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilosaVqiSlc - thank you! This will be built alongside our training room, covered with shade cloth and contain raised gardens for the future seedlings we grow in our nursery. Many thanks to Dan Mar Fan for his building expertise. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but it will be a great way to develop and display a whole range of skills.

Watch this space!

We also welcomed our second intake of students, showing them our procedures and spaces around the school. For the start of this term we're focussed on our "Maintain the Workplace" unit. Students need to show a range of physical skills and complete a Written Assessment.

They've made a solid start getting prepared for this.

Jacelyn Anderson

Phoney Film Festival 2022

Congratulation to Year 8 students Cyrus Fabricante and Matthew Nguyen who won the Stop Motion category of this year’s Phoney Film Festival! Cyrus and Matthew made their short film “Z’ Prison Break” with the guidance of Design & Tech teacher Steve Ryan. Well done Fellas!

Stars Foundation

Welcome back everyone!

We would like to start off by congratulating the Year 7 staff on a successful camp in Week 1. It was great for us to get out to Trephina Gorge to see our girls participating in activities, making new friends, as well as reconnecting with one another after the holidays.

We were lucky enough to have our School Counsellor, Fran, facilitate yoga sessions with our Year 7 and 8 students where we tested our flexibility and balance – we’re glad our girls had a good laugh!

In the coming weeks we are really looking forward to have our Year 7 students engage in HIIT sessions with Steve from G Training, and also for our Year 8’s to continue their health and wellbeing focus at Get Physical while learning how to play Squash.

Our Year 9 Stars girls are now working with Katie from BluEarth, during that time they have created board games with a First Nations spin! Games include dominos using Arrernte symbols and even Monopoly using Northern Territory traditional place names. Katie has some awesome activities and excursions on country planned this term that we hope grow our girls’ leadership skills and confidence!

Lastly, we are so excited that we will be participating in the School Girls Footy Competition run by AFL Central Australia, starting on Thursday August 4th! To play each Thursday’s we encourage our girls to attend all their classes, display Stars values and attend our trainings on Tuesday mornings.

Clontarf Corner

To find out what Clontarf has been up to and what events are coming up, click on the links below.

Upcoming Events @ Clontarf

  • Good Bunch Lunch 90-100% weekly school attendance
  • Right Tracks Leadership contact times.
  • After school inter-school basketball comp.
  • Morning training with CSC academy
  • “Toasty Tuesday’s” at Lunchtime
  • Seniors Morning Tea with the Mayor and Alice Springs Town Council
  • Year 7 and 8 Camp to Tennant Creek in week 6

Community Announcements

Minecraft 3 Day Camp

If you are in grade 3, 4, 5 or 6 and enjoy playing Minecraft, this camp may be for you!! Limited places available so book soon! Have a look at the flyer below, to book and find more details click the link below


Ninja Warrior at the Y

Jul 31st 2022, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Ninja Warrior Fun comes to The Y. If you're aged 12-25 years test your skills against our warrior course! More info here ydo@astc.nt.gov.au | 8950 0500


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