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 2023

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Important dates

Thursday 4 May – Parent Teacher Meeting
Friday 5 May – Interschool Mixed Netball Secondary (Pat Gallagher Stadium.
Thursday 11 May – Friday 12 May – Clontarf Sleepover - Year 8 - Centralian Middle Academy Room
Tuesday 18 May - 9.30am to 10.30am - Year 9 Excursion, VET Expo - Marian Centre, OLSH Sadadeen
Friday 26 May – School Athletics Carnival – Rhonda Diano Oval


Welcome to our latest school newsletter! We're already in the third week of our second term and things are off to a great start. Our school is buzzing with excitement and learning as our Year 7, 8 and 9 students continue to explore new areas of knowledge and engage with a range of activities and events.

At the conclusion of last term students were selected for the Student Representative Council and our School Captains were also elected. Students include:

School Captains: Xuan Le Phuong, Maitland Campbell, Natasha Tebeck, Tadiwanashe Nungirayi.

Student Representative Council Members: Ace Young, Ashlee Randle, Audax Van Der Pash, Ben Balzer,Ben Cameirao-Kent, Chelsey Clarke, Cody Hunt, Cyrus Fabricante, Ernest Kopp, Jaydn Polak, Lara Duncum, Layla Presley, Lucy Hocking, Mitchell Lawler, Nicole Hunter, Nyabhan Dojiok, Precious Bishop, Runya Dash, Sammy Appo, Sharna Hodgetts. Tayla Jones, Vivica Long.

The process involved all students putting forward an application based on their strengths and how they contribute positively to the school.

In addition to this, many students from our SRC have already begun positively impacting our school by representing Centralian Middle School in the recent ANZAC Day March. Students outside of the SRC also participated and it was fantastic to see students representing the school and Clontarf Foundation at such an important community event.

Recently, we made the most of the recent solar eclipse. It was an amazing opportunity for our students to learn about the science behind this rare event and observe the phenomenon. Students were so engaged in an event that was so present in the news that they could directly observe and experience for themselves.

We also held a successful information night focused on our Year 9 school camp to Adelaide, which will be happening in term 4 this year. Our Year 9 students and their families are eagerly looking forward to this exciting opportunity.

In the coming weeks, we have several exciting events to look forward to. These include our Parent Teacher Night, Interschool Mixed Netball, Clontarf Sleepover for Year 8, an upcoming Year 9 excursion for a Vocational Education and Training Expo, and our School Athletics Carnival. We're proud of our students for their enthusiasm and commitment to these events and we look forward to seeing them achieve great things.

As always, we encourage parents and caregivers to stay in touch with us and to support their child's learning journey. Thank you for your ongoing support of Centralian Middle School.

Best regards,

Josh Mapstone
Senior Teacher - Inclusion

School news and updates

Anzac Day

CMS students marched with pride in the ANZAC Day March this morning, to show our respect and recognition of ANZAC servicemen and women. Lest we forget.

Year 7

Friday of Week 1 was a partial solar eclipse which ties in with the Year 7 Science curriculum. A solar eclipse is when the moon is in front of the sun so it blocks some or all the light coming from the sun. The Year 7s looked at it with a pinhole projector. You could also see the crescent shape in the shadows of leaves.

Year 7s finished off last term strong, with students designing and running their own investigations.

This term we are learning about chemical mixtures. Students have explored the properties of matter, how we show matter using the particle model and created their own solutions by exploring soluble and insoluble substances.

7.8 has had a busy start to the term creating models that represent the water cycle and learning about ANZAC Day. Together the class created a display board to show their respect for all those who have fought in our wars.

VET Conservation and Land Management

VET students have been developing their industry knowledge and identification skills of local animals and plants.

We visited the Desert Park and went behind the scenes to see how they run their nursery, in particularly seeing how they prevent diseases from entering the park. They also attended the bird show to learn about our local species and ran a survey of birds found in desert rivers habitat.

Big shout out to the Alice Springs Desert Park, in particular Bryce from Botany for his time in the nursery / propagation areas.

Jacelyn Anderson
VET Land Management trainer/assessor

Stars Foundation

We’ve had a great start back to Term 2 in CMS Stars!

Our Year 7 and 8 Stars students began the term focusing on one of our four key pillars, Healthy Lifestyles, with mountain bike riding. It is not an easy activity to participate in, but each one of our Stars girls made the most of the activity, were responsible on the bikes, took care of one another during the ride and all absolutely loved being out in the fresh air. A massive thank you to George from Wellness on Wheels for facilitating our group and sharing the benefits that physical activity has on wellbeing. Our Year 7s then focused on our key pillar, Community, in Week 2 where we made ANZAC biscuits and discussed its significance during World War I. Our Stars girls did a great job as always in the kitchen and were engaged and respectful during our discussions.

Our Year 9 Stars students also focused on Healthy Lifestyles, with the help of Darren Talbot from the Right Tracks Program and Sam and Mark from the Congress Health Promotions team. The Stars students were educated on the effects of alcohol, cigarette and vape smoking, as well as other drugs, and could see the health effects that it has on the body with the visual props of phlegm, tar and cancer on the lungs, the ingredients in cigarettes and how substances can affect an unborn baby. In Week 2 our Year 9’s will shift their focus onto our key pillar, Employment, as we visit Kmart for a workplace tour! Our Year 9s are very eager to explore employment options as they enter the employability age, and Stars staff are excited to support them with applications and resume writing to achieve their goals.

In the coming weeks we will be reintroducing our Tasty Tuesday feeds open to all Stars students, our Friday Attendance Feeds, where we celebrate the weekly achievement of 80% attendance of Stars students, sessions with the Arrernte Community Boxing Academy, and afterschool activities with the Boyles Striking Academy (in partnership with the Alice Springs Town Council). We will also be restarting our Health Checks with Congress Larapinta this term, so we encourage all students and families to return forms ASAP! 😊

We’re looking forward to another jam-packed term and are thrilled to see our students participate in the local CAFL competition.

Clontarf Corner

It’s been a nice start to the Term it’s been with our fellas at Clontarf Centralian Middle Academy and great to be back with the fellas again after a short break.

The fellas kicked off the Term in a Rugby League session with Parramatta Eels! It was great to see the lads getting involved and developing their rugby league skills, learning from the very best.

The first week also saw us start our music project with a group of fellas. We had six boys join us in a jam session where the fellas tried out different instruments including the bass, electric guitar, drums and the electric piano! For most of the boys it was the first time they had tired the instruments but that didn’t stop them from jamming out. They picked the groove up quickly and now we’ve got some big ideas for the project. Watch this space!

Trevarne, Tarrynt, Lachlan Wilton, LeShawn, Levon showed their leadership and all put their hands up to take part in the ANZAC day commemorations on their day off. We joined the parade down Todd Mall along with our CMS peers, teachers and leadership. It was a proud moment for the fellas as they laid the reef on the top of Untyeyetwelye aka ANZAC Hill to commemorate the sacrifices of Australia and New Zealand’s past and present soldiers.

Looking forward to another big Term with the lads!

Community Announcements

RoboCup Junior Launch Event

When: 4.30 to 6.30 pm Thursday 4 May
Where: Alice Springs Town Council Function Room

Come along the learn about RoboCup Junior and what we’re doing in 2023!
See live demonstrations of robots and meet with fellow robotics enthusiasts!
RSVP to library@astc.nt.gov.au or ring 8950 0508 to know more about it.

Teddy Bears Picnic

When: Saturday 6 May, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Where: Alice Springs Town Council Civic Centre Lawns
Come and help us raise funds for the Alice Springs Toy Library. More info below.

Free Youth Hip Hop Dance Classes

When: Every Mondays - 17 April to 19 June, 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Where: Andy McNeill room, 93 Todd St, Alice Springs

ASTC Youth program will be delivering Free Hip Hop Dance Classes Every Monday from 17 April - 19 June. (Except on Public Holiday) If you are in between 12-25 years, join us and learn new cool dance moves. 4.30 - 5.30 pm

Disability Networking Event - Alice Springs Ready-Set-Connect Event

When: 9.45 to 12.30 Wednesday 10 May
Where: Araluen Arts Centre

This event is to help you keep in touch and stay 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 a variety of providers. It's FREE for Attendees! Come and join us. Let us know you are coming and register as an Attendee by going to our website or using the link below.


To register click here

Want to know more?   Head to our website www.onecommunity.net.au ; email remi@onecommunity.net.au ; or phone on 0409 356 060

Alice Food Festival 2023

When: Friday 12 May, 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: St Philip's College, Schwartz Cres

The Alice Food Festival is back in 2023! After a hiatus due to COVID, the Alice Food Festival is returning to St Philip’s College on Friday 12 May from 5:30-8:30pm. Held on the oval, this free, family event is a celebration of Alice Springs food, culture, and community! We invite you to come along to ignite your tastebuds with culinary delights and tasty treats. If you much prefer to eat food rather than prepare it, make sure you keep your diary clear and your stomach empty for Friday 12 May!

Reconciliation Week Cinema Night

Council is holding a National Reconciliation Week Outdoor Cinema Night involving:

  • A Smoking Ceremony by Central/Eastern Arrernte Kin
  • 20-30 minute performance of members from the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir
  • Screening the Choir’s documentary ‘The Song Keepers’

All participants will also be able to receive a FREE HOT BEVERAGE from the local café van Twisted Teaspoon where they will also be selling some warm food to keep you cosy on a winter evening as well as stalls held by impactful local organisations!

The event is on Council Lawns on the 1st of June from 5:30-8 pm and don’t forget to rug up!

National Simultaneous Storytime - at - the Library!

When: Wednesday 24 May, 10.15am – 11am
Where: Alice Springs Public Library

We would love it if you could join us here at the Library. Come and lis¬ten to an excit¬ing sto¬ry about the Spike the Sloth, who was deter¬mined to run in the GREAT RACE! The oth¬er sloths said it couldn’t be done, but Spike didn’t care, she was ready to run!

We will be read¬ing the book the “Speedy Sloth” along with every¬one in many oth¬er places around the coun¬try! Fun art and craft activ¬i¬ties includ¬ed. Come dressed up in your favourite sport¬ing gear!

Tennis central Region Trials

Want to represent the Central Region Team?

Alice Springs Basketball Association

Junior 3x3
Give it a go and bring your mates
Yipirinya School - Lovegrove Drive

Open Day - Learn to Swim Enrolments T2

When: Saturday 13 May, 10.30am – 1.30pm
Where: Aquatic & Leisure Centre
Open Day - Learn to Swim Enrolments T2 FREE ENTRY from 10.30am to 1.30pm only. Entry fees apply at other times. TERM 2 (6 weeks) starts 20th May.

The Alice Springs Steiner School Autumn Fair

When: Saturday 27 May, 10am – 2pm
Where: Steiner School, 163 Ragonasi Rd, Ross

The whole family is invited to a magic-filled day at The Alice Springs Steiner School Autumn Fair. This is a major event on the Alice Springs com¬mu¬ni¬ty cal¬en¬dar. Come enjoy the fab¬u¬lous food, a mas¬sive lawn sale, plants and pro¬duce from the school gar¬den and com¬mu¬ni¬ty, live music, hand-made crafts, chil¬dren’s activ¬i¬ties and won¬der¬ful ambiance of the school grounds. Fair-goers can also find out about the curriculum and have a browse of student work at the Steiner education display. You also having the opportunity to explore the classrooms and grounds. Parking is available opposite the school on Ragonesi rd. Cash-out will be available till 1pm. The Autumn Fair is The Alice Springs Stein¬er School’s major fundrais¬er for the year, and is organ¬ised and run by the par¬ents and friends of the school.

NT Sports Academy Foundations Program

The NT Sports Academy Foundations Program is set to commence next week at Bruce Reid Indoor Centre, St Philips. This is a free program that has been developed as a fun way to develop skills, strength, conditioning and fitness. Have a look below for more details.

Soil Week Australia Competition

Soil Week Australia is a not-for-Profit organization creating awareness about the importance of healthy soil. This year we are again running our successful Healthy Soils Competition. The competition is free to enter and there are lots of great prizes to win! Find out more here Facebook and Instagram .

Sports voucher

Sports vouchers applications close 24 May 2023. To apply go to the link below:


To find out more click here


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