Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

10 March 2016

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Principal's Address

Principal's Message

As we have just past the middle of Term One it is an opportune time to reflect on the purpose of our school and our vision for the future. Many things are expected of our school including self-esteem building, academic improvement and delivery of a wide range of programs to deal with health issues and drug education, behaviour modification, dealing with students' medical and health needs, supporting fundraising for charities, providing excursions and camps and a host of other activities. At our school, we willingly pursue these activities through the design and implementation of dynamic programs because in doing this, we are giving our students the opportunity to build upon their character.

We also work very hard to continually improve the learning outcomes for all students and to develop their approach to the concept of lifelong learning. Student achievement is an important focus for Newton Moore Senior High School. This is why we have Quality Teaching and Learning as one of our key school priorities. We also acknowledge that the diverse range of success that students have achieved at our school in many other areas. This is highlighted through our many sporting, artistic and musical successes. All in all, a very busy time for us but as always, with parents supporting our school, we are continuing to enhance our students' educational opportunities.

With our continued focus on what happens in the classroom, setting high standards and expecting all our students to do their best we need your help. I would like to remind parents that we value your support and would encourage you at any time to arrange to meet with staff to discuss your child's progress. Finally a thank you to those Year 7 parents who attended our recent welcome to the school and information barbecue.

Susan Kerr M.Ed.Admin, B.Ed,Dip.Teach
Newton Moore SHS

Up and Coming Dates

6 March

Labour Day Holiday

14 March

Act, Belong Commit Lunch Activity

8-18 March

OLNA Testing

16 March


21 March

Yr 7,9 & 11 Parent Night

22 March

Yr 8 Immunisation

22 March

Interschool Swimming

22-23 March

School Photographs

25-28 March


29 March

Easter Tuesday – Student Free Day

30 March

Athletics Carnival

30 March

Yr 8, 10 & 12 Parent Night

Deputies' Report

Behaviour Expectations

Newton Moore Senior High School adopts a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach to student engagement and behaviour. This places an emphasis on explicit teaching of our school-wide expectations (Be prepared, Be Courteous, Respect Others' Rights and Property, Let Others Learn) and positive reinforcement. Parents and guardians can help by discussing and reinforcing these expectations with your child.

One of our most important expectations is Be Prepared. For our students this means:

  • Personal needs organised prior to start of day (e.g. food, drinks, deodorant)
  • Eat nutritious breakfast, recess and lunch and drink plenty of water
  • Wear full school uniform
  • Arrive on time and be ready to learn
  • If late to school sign in at Student Services
  • Switch off and put away electronic devices – prior to entering class
  • Work to the best of your ability
  • Stay in class at all times
  • Drink and toilet breaks take place during break times
  • Have required equipment – books, files, paper, calculator, pens, pencils and other subject specific equipment
  • Meet deadlines
  • Use an organisational tool (e.g. diary, electronic calendar)
  • Stay in school grounds

Computer Use and On-Line Services

We would like to remind all parents to read the Computer Use and On-Line Services document and return the attached ICT Acceptable Use Agreement for Students sent to families in the mail earlier this term. Additional copies can be collected from outside the Deputy Principal offices in the Administration Centre. Completion of this agreement enables students to have full access and connect a personal device (BYOD) to our network.

Year 11/12 students are encouraged to bring a personal device (BYOD) to school or apply for a "take home" laptop. Year 11/12 students are expected to bring a device (BYOD or "take home" computer) to school EVERY day.

Special Examination Arrangements

To ensure that students with special education needs are catered for in an appropriate way and in accordance with the School Curriculum & Standards Authority (SCSA) guidelines, the use of Special Examination arrangements in Year 12 WACE examinations is conditional upon a successful application being made to the SCSA. Newton Moore SHS will assist with this application, though we ask families to initiate the application and provide the appropriate supporting documents. Applications for Year 12 students are due to SCSA in May. Further information, including sample forms, can be accessed at and following the links >senior secondary>WACE exams> Special Programs. If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact the Year 12 Deputy Principal Mrs Kylie Cattaway.

Parent Teacher Meetings

The parent/teacher meetings for the year will be held at the following times:

  • Years 7, 9 and 11 Monday March 21, 2016 2pm – 6pm
  • Years 8, 10 and 12 Wednesday March 30, 2016 2pm – 6pm

You will be able to start making bookings from 4pm on Monday March 14, 2016. The information on how to make these bookings will be emailed next week.

Please contact Mrs Alison Myles on 9722 2400 if you have any queries.

Family Holidays

Families are requested not to plan holidays or time away from school during the school term or in examination periods. Such absences seriously impact on the students' chance of success and these absences are not considered a valid reason for non-completion or non-submission of assessment tasks.

Newton Moore SHS Car Park

We would like to remind parents that the staff car park is not to be entered when dropping off or picking up your child. This makes for an unsafe practice. In the interest of safety, the car park is not to be entered for this purpose.

School Contact

If you need to contact the school, these are some key people you can contact-

Deputy Principals:

Mr Damian Croxford (Yr 7 & 10)
Mrs Kylie Cattaway (Yr 8 & 11)
Ms Janine Keall (Yr 9 &12)

Year 7 & 10 Coordinator

Mr Kent Rodsjo

Year 9 & 12 Coordinator

Ms Tonia Gelmi

Year 8 & 11 Coordinator

Mrs Donelle McInerney

Student Services Manager

Mr Tim Morton

Attendance Officer

Mrs Peta Parsons

Year Group Information

Year 7 Meet and Greet Evening and Social

The Year 7 Meet and Greet Evening and Social was held with a great turnout from the year group and their families. Many staff were on hand to talk and answer any queries from the eager parents who attended. Our student executive then ran the social which saw the Year 7 students rocking the house down in the PAC.

Year 10 Dental Check-ups- Monday 21st March

All Year 10 Students will be having a very brief dental check on Monday 21st March during Form and P1.

Interschool Swimming Carnival

Our interschool swimming carnival will be held on Tuesday 22nd March 2016 at the Hay Park Community Pool. Students are required to have their permission slips returned to participate in this event. We look forward to a terrific day. We wish all of our competitors good luck and may the best school win! Go the Moore!

Meet the Team

Meet the School Executive

Luella Knuckey

Hello! My name is Luella Knuckey and I am Head Girl for 2016. Since Year 8 I have dreamed of being on Exec as it is a great opportunity to demonstrate leadership and have a true influence on the school. What I love about NMSHS is the amazing opportunities that are offered, such as Science Horizons, as well as the friendly staff. All of my three sisters attended Newton Moore, the youngest is currently in Year 8. I have a part time job, and I am a member of the South West Orchestra but once I have finished school, I'd love to study medicine at UWA.

Isabel Hislop

My name is Isabel Hislop, I've been a student at Newton Moore since 2012. I wanted to go onto the Student Exec to bring the 'S' back to school. My interest and hobbies are dancing and baking, cupcakes of course. I have three brothers, two older and one younger. My eldest brother, Robert, was also a Student Exec member.

Cameron Kendall

My name is Cameron Kendall, I have been at Newton Moore SHS since 2012. I wanted to go onto the Student Exec because it is a great way to be involved in the school community as well as to learn leadership skills to help me after school. My interests, hobbies and pastimes are volleyball both in and out of school, Bush Rangers within Newton Moore, and being involved in the community in and out of the school. I have one sister who graduated from the Newton Moore in 2011, my dad is an electrician and my mum does PCRs for real estate agents.

Kasey Hunt

My name is Kasey Hunt and I have been a student at Newton Moore SHS since the start of Year 11. I wanted to go on the Student Exec because I felt like I could be a great member and be a person who students could approach easily when they had issues they needed to discuss. My interests and hobbies include bike riding around my local area with friends, and keeping up to date with current issues regarding the environment. I have a younger brother who attends Newton Moore, and an older brother who lives in Esperance with my dad. I moved from Esperance to Bunbury during early January 2015. I look forward to the upcoming year as Deputy Head Girl, and finishing Year 12 so that I can move forward to the next stage in my life; attending university.

Tayla-Jane Mason

My name is Tayla-Jane Mason. I have been attending Newton Moore SHS since 2012 when I was 13 years old. I wanted to be a part of the Student Exec team because I wanted to be a good role model to the younger students and develop further leadership qualities that can later on help me in life. My interests, hobbies and pastimes are playing beach volleyball, working two jobs (Coles and City Beach), reading a good book and hanging out with friends. I have a sister, Sidney, who is also attending Newton Moore SHS and she is in Year 9. My mum works part time in Centrepoint for a company named Smiggle and my dad works full time for a company called S&J Excavations in Treendale.

Reuben Pemberton-Ovens

My name is Reuben Pemberton-Ovens; I have been privileged enough to enjoy the myriad of wonderful opportunities that Newton Moore and its vibrant school community provides since Term 2 in 2012. I wanted to be on the 2016 Student Executive so that I could put back something into this wonderful educational institution and in doing so impart upon other students the enjoyment and unique experiences which I have been gifted with as a result of my time here!

I strongly wish to be able to help students of all backgrounds and facilitate them with the opportunities and support that they need to achieve their goals through my role as the Deputy Head Boy. Some of my personal interests include literature, philosophy, gaming, political advocacy and international relations; I thoroughly enjoy extra-curricular activities such as debating and all other forms of public speaking.

Ria Martin

My name is Ria Martin. I have been a student at Newton Moore SHS since the start of Year 8 and am now currently in Year 12. I wanted to go on the Student Exec because I want young students to look up to me and I want to show them that I can be their role model. I believe that I am a hardworking and trustworthy student that's willing to learn and try new things.

My interests are baking cakes and desserts. I also love reading books in Wattpad (book app) and making stories myself. I'm also in love with pandas, I mean they are just too cute to not like. I have one brother, Regi Martin, ex-student of NMSHS and currently studying at Curtin University. My parents both work. My dad is a mechanical engineer and used to work up north and do a fly in fly out job but now he's working at Worsley Alumina, to be closer to us. My mum works at MS as a carer for people who have Multiple Sclerosis.

Angus Fyfe

My name is Angus Fyfe, I have been a student at Newton Moore SHS since 2012. I wanted to be a part of the Student Exec as I wanted to have an influence in how the school communicates with its students. The Student Exec was a perfect way to achieve this goal as we have the task of connecting with students on a daily basis. My interests include international politics, new technology and sustainability of our environment. My hobbies include being a volunteer surf life saver, playing hockey and community engagement with the CALM Cadets. My mother is currently a Head of Learning Area at Bunbury SHS, my father is a shift worker for Crystal Global, and my sister has just started university enrolled in Industrial Computer Science.

Ayla Boshoff

My name is Ayla Boshoff and I have been a student at Newton Moore Senior High School since Term Three Year ten. I wanted to go on the Student Executive because I love being a leader and role model to others in the school community. I enjoy being challenged with difficult tasks and solving them as a team.

I have a heap of hobbies and interests that include netball, basketball, volleyball, dancing, DIY crafts, going to the gym and keeping fit, and lastly, going to the beach and exploring. In my spare time I either work, study or socialise with my friends. My mum and dad have successful jobs and I have an older brother who is attending university.

Cody Evans

My name is Cody Evans and I have been at Newton Moore SHS since Year 8. I wanted to be a member of Student Executive because I want to make a difference before I leave school. I would like to help present and future students enjoy and get the most out of their school experience while here. My interest and hobbies are playing Colts footy, surfing, volleyball and riding motocross on the weekends. I have one sister and I have a twin who is also on the Student Exec. My mum works at the Bunbury Hospital where she rosters on all the nurses and staff. My dad is a Superintendent for Woodside and runs the Karratha Gas Plant for them.

Benjamin Evans

My name is Benjamin Evans, I have attended Newton Moore SHS since Year 8. I wanted to join Student Exec because I wanted to leave a little bit of myself at Newton Moore and make the school a better place than it already is before I finish the school part of my life. My main interest is motocross. Volleyball and footy are interests of mine too. I have a twin brother also on Student Exec and a sister as well. My dad works for Woodside and is the superintendent at the Karratha gas plant for the international market. My mum works at the hospital in Bunbury and does all the rostering. I hope this little bit of information about myself gives you a bit of insight about my life.

Damon Barron

My name is Damon Barron. I have been at the school since Year 8, and Adam Road for Years 1-7 before that. I had always been interested in joining the Student Executive, because I enjoyed leadership roles and public speaking, and wanted to give back to the school. Not to mention, I knew I'd love taking part in the assembly skits the Exec always does. My interests and hobbies include technology and video games, languages (currently learning Japanese and Esperanto), music, and broadening my understanding of anything and everything. I have a brother in and a sister at Adam Road. My dad is the Materials Co-Ordinator for Orontide Engineering and my mum serves customers in the South West Sports Centre Café.

Student Services Update

Act belong Commit Day Monday 14th March – Extended Lunch Time

Monday 14th March is Act Belong Commit Day which promotes the awareness of mental health and the agencies available to students and staff who may require some support. We will have approx. 10 - 15 agencies who will set up stalls on the grass area outside the library during lunch time for staff and students to access. There will also be various activities running throughout lunch.


Miranda Gerson is a Provisional Psychologist and a member of the Department of Education School Psychology Service. She provides specialist support to students and school staff who Support Students to achieve academic success, social and emotional well-being and productive behaviour. Miranda is at Newton Moore from Monday to Thursday. Requests for service are generally managed by the Program Co-ordinator.

Adolescents sometimes face problems and difficult decisions and can usually manage with help from family, friends and other school staff. Students can ask for an appointment at the student services front desk. They will not be asked the reason for wanting to see the School Psychologist. Miranda will meet briefly with the student and if necessary advise if there is someone else who is better placed to assist. If personal issues are raised, confidentiality is discussed with the student. If you prefer your child to only make an appointment with your permission, please advise the Program Co-ordinator.

If you have any questions about psychological service to students, please leave a message at the Student Services desk.

Learning Support Coordinator

Students have recently returned to school, which can sometimes be a stressful time, where students become anxious about the changes and new experiences they're going to face. Parents and other adults can support young people to develop skills for understanding and managing their feelings. They need to learn about helpful thinking that they can use to encourage themselves to have a go, and they need to gradually build up their confidence by taking on small challenges.

Kids Matter – an Australian Mental Health Initiative have made the following suggestions about supporting students with anxiety difficulties, which may be useful for your child(ren) at home and school:

  • Help to recognise and understand anxiety
    A first step in helping children gain some control over anxiety is recognising when it occurs and how it affects them.
  • Model helpful coping
    Being a good model involves showing children how to cope with emotions (not just telling them). Show children with anxiety how you use helpful self-talk in a difficult situation (eg "This might be a bit challenging, but I'll give it a go").
  • Discourage avoidance
    Sometimes when children say they feel sick, they are describing feeling anxious. It is important that children do not avoid things like school or homework unnecessarily.
  • Praise having a go
    Encourage children with anxiety to attempt new things and praise them for trying. It is very important to emphasise trying rather than success when anxiety is an area of difficulty.
  • Introduce challenges gradually
    Children build strength and resilience by learning to face challenges. It is important to begin with small challenges that children can meet. For example, a child who is frightened of dogs might start by walking past the house when the dog is barking without having to cross the road. This improves confidence for taking on more challenging steps.
  • Start small
    Help the child to choose goals for becoming more confident and to take small steps towards achieving them. Celebrate his or her success at each step. Experiencing even small successes helps to reduce anxiety.
  • Practise coping skills
    Practise using coping strategies for challenging situations. Help children talk about problems and support them to come up with possible solutions.
  • Try not to get angry
    If a child simply refuses to do something even after you have encouraged him/her and broken the task into steps, it may simply be overwhelming at that time. Sometimes, you need to back off and praise the child for doing as much as he or she could. Later, try again with smaller steps and encourage your child to have a go, one small step at a time.

School Nurse

Your body is composed of roughly 60% water. That means when we are dehydrated we are affecting the performance of the majority of our body. By the time you experience the sensation of the thirst, you are already dehydrated.

Nearly all of our systems do not function as well without the proper water intake.

Keeping yourself well hydrated will have the following benefits:

  • You will be less cranky. Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Think clearer and be happier by drinking more water.
  • You will perform better. Proper hydration contributes to increased athletic performance. Water composes 75% of our muscle tissue! Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance.
  • Water flushes out waste and bacteria. Our digestive system needs water to function properly. Waste is flushed out in the form of urine and sweat. If we don't drink water, we don't flush out waste and it collects in our body causing a myriad of problems. Combined with fibre, water can also cure constipation.
  • Being hydrated will help prevent headaches. Sometimes headaches can be caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate that nasty head pain. Next time your head hurts, try drinking water.
  • Being hydrated will make your skin glow. Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the colour and texture of skin by keeping it building new cells properly. Drinking water also helps the skin do its job of regulating the body's temperature through sweating.
  • Water helps to feed your body. Water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body. Water serves at the body's transportation system and when we are dehydrated things just can't get around as well.

Literacy Corner

Grammar Matters!

At Newton Moore SHS we explicitly teach grammar and spelling rules to empower our students to be more confident, stronger writers.

How can parents help? In coming issues, Literacy Corner will be a regular feature in which we will roll out some of the basics we are covering in our Year 7 classes. You can talk to your child, help them understand and do simple exercises with them to ensure they understand. Contact your child's English teacher or the English HOLA Lesley Stace at if you would like additional exercises for them to do at home.

Every word in our language is a "part of speech".

Having a common language in our classrooms is important. We teach that there are NINE parts of speech.


These are the words that name people, places, animals and things in sentences.

Common nouns are the ones that name everyday things, such as: farmer, dog, mountain, dentist, friend, table.

Proper nouns give people, places and things their proper names, such as: Mr Smith, Bunbury, October, Mount Everest, Australia Day, Tuesday, Olympic Games. Proper nouns always begin with a capital letter.

Compound nouns are words made of two words joined together, such as: football, letterbox, bedroom.

Collective nouns name groups of people, animals or things, such as: a herd of goats, a fleet of ships, a team of players.

Abstract nouns give names to the things we cannot see, hear, smell or touch. They name our thoughts and feelings, behaviours, qualities and ideas. Some examples are fear, beauty, greed, wisdom, courage.

Learning Areas


Meet Stella Potter, Workplace Transition Coordinator

Students are well supported at Newton Moore SHS. We strive for success and have placed emphasis on students obtaining real experiences.

The school has recently appointed Mrs Potter as the Workplace Transition Coordinator. Her focus will be to support students to set up workplace learning and work experience placements, conduct the VET induction meetings with parents and students, and visit students and their host employers in the work place.

Mrs Potter has previous experience in supporting young adults working in open employment, conducting workplace assessments, developing return to work programs for injured employees, and working with students with disabilities and their families.

Her first observations of the school are that students are well supported and offered a broad range of learning opportunities. The students enrolled in the VET program have worked well with her to identify the work environments that they are interested in and have shown a lot of enthusiasm for the program. Mrs Potter believes that students gain a great deal of skills and experience from their time in the workplace. The school is fantastic in allowing most VET students to attend the workplace a day per week throughout the year.

Mrs Potter would like to take the opportunity to thank the staff and students for their patience and support of her in starting this new position.


Fundraising for Japan Study Tour - Garage Sale

Please come and support the Japan Study Tour students who are hosting a garage sale this Saturday 12th March from 8:00am at 65 Hudson Road, Withers. Look forward to seeing you there!

Aboriginal Education


South West Academy

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.

Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys in 2000 the Foundation has grown to cater for about 3,700 boys in 68 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The Foundation believes that failure to experience achievement when young, coupled with a position of under-privilege can lead to alienation, anger and more serious consequences. As a prelude to tackling these and other issues, participants are first provided with an opportunity to succeed and in turn raise their self-esteem.

At Newton Moore Senior High School we have three full time, locally based Clontarf staff who mentor and counsel students on a range of behavioural and lifestyle issues while the school caters for their educational needs. Our Academy provides an important school-engagement mechanism for many at-risk students who would otherwise not attend or have low school attendance

The vehicle for engaging the boys in Western Australian is Australian Rules Football. The Foundation uses the existing passion that Aboriginal boys have for football to attract them into school and keep them there. Any Aboriginal male enrolled at the school is eligible to participate in the Clontarf Academy.

Upon completing the programme, graduates are helped to find employment. Specialist Employment Officers are engaged to do this and provide support until graduates become comfortable with their new jobs and surroundings.

The Foundation's approach has been very successful, not only in attracting young men to school and retaining them but also in having them embrace more disciplined, purposeful and healthy lifestyles.

Choice Programs


Bush Rangers WA

The Bush Rangers Cadet program is held at Newton Moore SHS every Monday afternoon 3:10pm to 5:00pm. Presently there are 50 students in Bush Rangers from Years 9—12. The Bush Rangers leaders are Luke Marinoni, Sam Testa, Samantha Eaton, Maddy Obal and Benn Gladden. Bush Rangers is a free program for students as it is a State Government funded youth development program aimed at creating exciting opportunities for youth. The Bush Rangers receive training in drill, first aid, bush craft, survival skills, teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

News from Parent Bodies

P & C

Invitation to ALL Parents and Interested Community Members
P&C Association AGM on Wednesday 16th March 2016
7pm Admin Staff Room

The current committee invites all interested people to attend the AGM and be part of something important to the School community.

Last year in excess of $15,000 dollars was given by the P&C to fund various programs and resources across many educational and support areas in the school.

These donations were only made possible by the success of the school canteen staff and committee who work tirelessly to provide healthy food and an important focal point for the school community to meet.

All canteen profits go back to school but a functional and legal P&C is required to make this happen as well as support and have a say on the many other initiatives in the school community.

So if you can help and want to feel wonderful that you've contributed to something worthwhile...... we hope to see you at the AGM on Wednesday 16th March at 7pm.

Thank you
P&C Committee


NMSHS 50th Celebrations

On the 21st October 2016 Newton Moore SHS will be celebrating 50 years of educating students of the Bunbury area. The program for the day includes an assembly, tours of the school, lessons in a bygone era, displays and sporting events.

You can register your interest on the Newton Moore SHS website

or join the Newton Moore SHS 50th Celebrations facebook page

Class of '75
Class of '75
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Community Notices