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CMS : Centralian Middle School newsletter



CMS : Centralian Middle School newsletter


Centralian Middle School


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Northern Territory Government

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Alice Springs


Centralian Middle School newsletter


Newsletter, 2 February 2018

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Northern Territory Government.



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Uniforms, stationery and the Back to School payment We require that students are in full school uniform at all times this includes a CMS polo, CMS or plain navy shorts and enclosed footwear. As the weather cools, a CMS hoody and plain navy or CMS tracksuit pants are required. Students should also have a hat at school every day. If a student is out of uniform, either they will be made to change into second hand loan uniform or you will be called to bring in appropriate uniform for them. We are running low of some uniform sizes. Our delivery of shorts has come in so we have all sizes for shorts, and we are expecting our delivery of polo shirts at the beginning of next week. We will let families know via our Facebook page when this comes in. As well as uniform, students need to at all times have an A4 exercise book for each subject (5 minimum) as well as pens, pencils, a ruler, a pencil sharpener and an eraser so that they are prepared for learning. If a book is completed or lost, it needs to be replaced by the family. Students have a tidy tray at school in which they can store these items or they can carry them back and forth each day in their bag. In some classes, exercise books will be kept in the classroom by the teacher. We sell uniforms and stationery at Student Access, which is open before and after school and at break times. Our prices are as follows: Polos and short - $30 Hoodies - $40 Tracksuit pants - $45 Sports t-shirt (optional) - $10 CMS bag (optional) - $10 Stationery pack - $30 We sell the Stationery Pack at cost price to families. It contains: 5 exercise books, 1 graph book, 1 document folder, 3 black pens, 3 blue pens, 3 pencils, 1 packet coloured pencils, 1 pencil case, 1 8Gb USB, 1 eraser, 1 pencil sharpener and 1 ruler. Students can also purchase individual items of stationery from Student Access during the year. As well as stationery and uniforms, there is a $50 charge for students to participate in the swimming program which will occur in Term 4 and a requested parental contribution of $100 per student Fortunately, the NT Government has again provided a payment of $150 to support families to get students started at school. This can be used to purchase uniform, stationery or pay the swimming fee. This can be redeemed at Student Access and needs to be spent before the end of Term 1. Phones and Social Media As you will be aware, students are not permitted to have phones or other electronic devices between 8.30 and 3.00 at CMS. Phones should either be switched off and away in bags or handed in to the Front Office to be returned at the end of the day. This is because the lure and distraction of phones and social media gets in the way of learning and we consider that students both need and deserve a break from these devices while at school. If you need to contact your young person during the day, please call our office on 8955 2333 and we will endeavour to pass on a message. Alternatively you are welcome to call them on their phone before 8.30 or after 3.00. If a student has a phone or other device (including headphones) out during the day, they will be required to deposit it in the office and they can then collect it at the end of the day. If they resist doing so, the phone or device will be confiscated and you will be required to come in and meet with staff to collect the phone. We appreciate your support in this matter. Issues arising through Social Media There are many positive things that are made possible through social media. Unfortunately, many issues arise from how young people and adults use social media and there is increasing evidence suggesting a link between the increase in use of social media and mental health concerns. We strongly encourage you to discuss and continue discussing with your young person how they use social media. This communication will help them to feel that they can raise any concerns they may have with you. We also strongly encourage you to monitor your young persons use of social media. Please note that in our experience young people commonly have multiple accounts on each platform that they use. If you or your young person have any concerns around interactions on social media, we encourage you to let us know. In our discussions with students, we recommend a SCREEN SHOT / BLOCK / REPORT approach. Young people can also report the concern to the social media platform (Facebook, Instagram etc), and need to do this before blocking. In our experience these reports are generally ineffectual at fixing the situation and we recommend that young people report to a trusted adult for support. If we can identify students involved in matters that are reported to the school, we will typically bring the involved students together to seek to resolve the issue and make an agreement on how to interact in future. We find that face to face people are much more respectful than how they interact online. If we cannot identify students involved or others involved are not a member of the CMS community, it becomes more difficult for us to respond. This is where it can be appropriate to report the concerns to the police. In these situations we work to support the student. Screen shot take a screen shot of the concerning interaction/image. (It is helpful if previous interactions are also recorded to provide the context of the conversation.) Block block the profile of the person who has sent the concerning interaction/image. Report report the concern to a trusted adult for support, such as a parent or teacher. 3

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