Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

28 July 2016

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Principal's Address

Principal's Message

Where has the year gone? Just having returned from my long service leave and we are now already half way through the year. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Kylie Cattaway for doing a wonderful job in my absence as Principal of Newton Moore SHS.

When I was away on leave other staff also stepped up and I would like to thank Pippa Herbert for taking on the Deputy Principal role. This work ensured that all aspects of school leadership were attended to. This is so typical of our school as we have such dedicated people who go well beyond expectations in performing roles to their utmost ability. It's what makes working in our school so rewarding, resulting in high levels of job satisfaction. This positivity flows onto our student body as they, too, can easily sense that their teachers and support staff are happy and proud to be here working with them.

I would also like to congratulate Kylie Cattaway who has won the Associate Principal's role at Newton Moore SHS and Janine Keall who has won the Deputy Principal's role. With our growing student numbers we have a Principal, one Associate Principal and two Deputy Principals now supporting us in the school administration team.

Just a reminder that next term we have our fifty year celebration coming up on 21st October 2016. We are looking forward to the momentous occasion and we have organised lots of fun activities. We are so proud of our 50th year anniversary committee who are organising the day.

Another important event this term is completing our 'National Opinion Surveys'. We have included information about this in this newsletter. We would really appreciate if parents could complete this survey in the time allocated as it gives our school some important information about how parents feel about what is happening in our school. Questions will vary; some are about the school environment, student learning, your opinion about teachers in our school and other general information. Your feedback is important to us and provides us with the opportunity to see how we are progressing and, most importantly, how in the future we can improve.

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

From the Finance Team

Important to pay excursions / incursion charges on time

At times throughout the year your child or children may have the opportunity to go on excursions/incursions. The planning of the excursion/incursion is very thorough and time consuming for the teaching staff organising. At Newton Moore SHS, we pride ourselves on how many excursions we offer to enhance your child's educational needs. So your child can partake in these exciting opportunities we require payment for all excursions/incursions to be made on time.

We thank you for your support for this.

Finance Team

Up and Coming Dates

30th July

Lower School Drama Excursion

31st July

Japanese Cultural Exchange

3rd August

Clontarf Senior Game

4th August

Australian Mathematics Competition

4th August

Indonesian Film Festival

5th August

Year 9 Engineering Challenge

9th August

Year 8 Engineering Aurecon Bridge Competition

11th -14th August

Band Festival Perth

Deputy Principals Update


It is important to be at school every day

To get the most out of a good education, children need to go to school every day.

School attendance has a major influence on educational outcomes.

Students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve better results at school and are more likely to complete their schooling.

Parents can make it easier for their child to attend school by having a positive attitude to learning and education.

It is important that, from the first day of school, parents set an expectation that their children will be at school every day. Missing an average of five days of school a term adds up to missing a full year of schooling by the end of Year Ten.

It is important to remember that all Australian states and territories have legislation in place that requires parents to ensure their children attend school.

WA University Open Days 2016

The Open Days are an opportunity to visit and explore the university campus and learn about the huge range of courses on offer, speak to lecturers and current students, and make the most of the activities and entertainment provided on that day.

The residential colleges at UWA will also be holding an Open Day which provides an opportunity to explore the accommodation and the community environment they offer.

The dates are as follows:

Murdoch University - Sunday 24th July 10am – 4pm
Curtin University - Sunday 31st July 10am – 4pm
University of Western Australia (UWA) - Sunday 14th August 10am – 4pm
UWA Residential Colleges - Sunday 14th August 10am – 4pm

  • St Catherine's College
  • St George's College
  • St Thomas More College
  • Trinity College
  • University Hall

Edith Cowan University (ECU)

  • Mount Lawley & WAAPA Sunday 14th August 10am – 4pm
  • South West Sunday 28th August 12pm – 3pm

For further information, please go to the links below or speak with Mrs Keall or Ms Gelmi.

Murdoch University

Curtin University

University of Western Australia (UWA)

Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Admin Report

Skoolbag Mobile App

Skoolbag is a school to parent communication tool for mobile phones. This School Mobile App provides schools with an easy way to tell parents and carers everything they need to know about school news, newsletters, events calendar, cancellations, school notices, school information, school timetables, parent sick note forms, school documents and much more.

Skoolbag is available for iPhones – Go to the App Store, Android phones – Go to Google Play and Windows based phones – Go to Windows Store.

Search for Newton Moore and the app should show up. Click install.

If you have Skoolbag installed on your phone and you find it not working it may be because a new version has been released.

Go to the app store for your device and search for the app. When found it should say update. This will download the latest version to your phone.

National School Surveys

We are asking all parents to complete an online survey as part of the National Schools Opinion Surveys Program.

All schools throughout Australia are required to conduct these surveys every two years.

The survey will take 5 – 10 minutes and is anonymous.

If the school has your email address we will have already emailed you the instructions, address of the survey and your unique code.

If you didn't receive an email contact the school and we will give you the address and a code. To complete the survey online start an internet browser and enter the survey address. The first page will ask you for your access code which is unique and can only be used once.

Any enquiries please contact the school on 9722 2400.

Year Group Information

Year Coordinators

What do Student Services do to assist your child during their time at school?

Our team provide an effective pastoral care program which is accessible to staff, students and parents.

The Role of the Year Co-ordinator….

Our main role is pastoral care:

  • Support students in areas of mental and physical health academic progress and peer interactions.
  • Act as a 'go between' for staff, students and home.
  • Provide coping strategies for everyday problems associated with schooling.
  • Provide advice to staff on behavioural and classroom management issues.
  • Administrative duties involving attendance, behaviour and code of conduct.
  • Use the school policy to provide direction and guidance in relation to discipline.

Who are we?

Tonia Gelmi
Year 9 & 12

Kent Rodsjo
Year 7 & 10

Donelle McInerney
Year 8 & 11

If you have queries, problems, worries or just wish to express a concern, please do not hesitate to contact us on 9722 2400.

Student Services Update

Year 7 Diary Tips

Stress Control – Exercise - Leisure

To feel good about themselves, flourish in their pursuits and have a sense of peace and harmony in their lives, students need to find school/life balance. This in turn fosters growth mindsets which empower students to do good things. They usually learn these attitudes from positive role models around them. Initiating discussions both at home and at school on this holistic area will raise their self-awareness and curiosity to learn more.

This week's focus is about looking at the big life balance picture through their individual signature strengths of sharing concerns, relaxation techniques, regular exercise and quality leisure activities. Encouraging this approach will benefit the growth of all their elements of wellbeing.

People who are unable to find time for exercise and relaxation in their lives will have to find time for illness; it's a reality and while it can be ignored, it won't go away. Students pursuing an active lifestyle are provided with many opportunities to meet new people, experience different things and be in a cycle of continuous learning. Learning to regularly take stock and reflect on how they are progressing is a habit well worth cultivating in students (and ourselves) for a balanced life.

In today's society, where electronic means of communication such as texts, social networking sites, twitter, emails, blogs and mobiles, overshadow face to face interactions, we must be vigilant to ensure that students engage in real conversations and activities with people often.

Learning Support Coordinator

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability

All schools in Australia, including Independent and Catholic schools, will participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability every year.

The Data Collection is an annual count of the number of students with disability receiving educational adjustments to support their participation in education on the same basis as students without disability.

All education agencies are now required under the Australian Education Regulation 2013, to provide information on a students' level of education, disability and level of adjustment to the Australian Government Department of Education. Data will continue to be de-identified prior to its transfer and no student's identity will be provided to the Australian Government Department of Education.

The collection of this information from states and territories will inform future policy and program planning in relation to students with disability.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kirsty Jacobs on 97222473 or the Western Australian Department of Education NCCD Helpline on 0477 741 598.


Dyscalculia is an innate difficulty in learning or comprehending mathematics. Students with Dyscalculia have trouble understanding numbers, learning how to manipulate numbers, learning mathematical facts, and a number of other related difficulties.

The Dyslexia SPELD Foundation defines Dyscalculia as a condition that affects one's ability to acquire arithmetic skills. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. Even if they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence.

If you would like more information about Dyscalculia please go to:

School Nurse

10 golden rules of 'sleep hygiene'.

Be consistent

Train your body to sleep by going to bed and getting up at the same time (even weekends). You can develop your own sleep rituals, such as stretches, breathing exercises, meditation, or sitting calmly with a cup of caffeine-free tea.

Sleep when sleepy

Don't spend too much time lying awake in bed. Only go to bed when you feel tired.

Get up and try again

If you haven't fallen asleep within half an hour, get up and do something calm until you feel sleepy. Sit with the lights dimmed and read something boring (preferably in print not on a screen), or if you use your technology, reduce the noise and 100% brightness. Try to avoid anything overly interesting or stimulating; as this could wake you up even more.

Avoid caffeine

It is best to avoid consuming these substances at least 4-6 hours before bed. They can act as stimulants and that late night snack can keep you awake and disturb the quality of your sleep.

Bed is for sleeping

Only use your bed for what it's intended so your body associates bed with sleep. If you watch TV, eat, read, or work on your laptop, your body may not learn this connection. Leave your phone outside the bedroom too, or if you must have your phone- ensure you go to bed when you are sleepy and avoid phone use in bed.

No naps

Avoid naps during the day to ensure you are tired at bedtime. If you can't make it through the day, ensure your nap is for less than an hour and before 3pm.

Bath time

Having a bath 1-2 hours before bedtime can help. The bath raises your body temperature, and you begin to feel sleepy as your temperature drops.

No clock - watching, or phone checking

It's natural, but try not to watch the clock. Checking the time wakes you up and reinforces negative thoughts such as 'Oh no it's so late, I'll never get to sleep.' A good practice is to turn your phone onto sleep mode at night so that notifications do not disturb you as you're falling asleep.

Use a sleep diary or app

This is a valuable way to track your sleep patterns. If you have sleeping difficulties, a GP or psychologist can use this information.


Regular exercise is also good when it comes to sleep. Burning energy during the day can help to ensure you don't feel restless in the evening. Try not to do strenuous exercise in the four hours before bedtime.

Final Tip: Lead by example and reduce your own bedtime IT use!

Literacy Corner

Grammar Matters!

Welcome to the ninth instalment of 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? Literacy Corner is a regular feature in which we 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. In Semester One's newsletters we went through all of these parts of speech.

Now we need to look at how these parts of speech operate in sentences.

A reminder:

There are four types of sentences: the statement, the command, the exclamation and the question.

Commands and exclamations are often only one or two words. For example:

Amazing! Come here. Get out! They are still proper sentences but some of the rules we'll discuss won't apply.

Of course all sentences must start with a CAPITAL LETTER and end with a FULL STOP, EXCLAMATION MARK or QUESTION MARK. But it is often a huge challenge to persuade students to apply this consistently!! Unfortunately they see lots of poor role-modelling in advertising, TV etc.

When teaching sentence structure for statements and questions we discuss the following:

They are made up of two parts, which are: the part that names, and the part that tells you more.

Let's look at these examples:

He walked down to the shops.
The boy walked down to the shops.
Walter walked down to the shops.
The incredibly smelly young boy walked down to the shops.

In each of the examples above the part that tells you more is "walked down to the shops". The rest – note that it is at the beginning of the sentence – is the part that names.

The technical language.

We start referring to the "part that names" and then introduce its technical term – the subject.

We start referring to the "part that tells you more" and then introduce its technical term – the predicate.

More next edition…

Learning Areas

Technology & Enterprise

Jamie's Ministry of Food

On Wednesday, 20th August 2016, seven Newton Moore Senior High School students were lucky enough to start a seven week cooking course with Jamie's Ministry of Food at Edith Cowan University in Bunbury. Ryan Bennell, Frank Bridges, Eli Hill, Colin Jetta, Aaron Lowe, Kyla Osborne and Kaitlyn York are on a culinary journey to build a solid foundation of practical skills and become lean, mean cooking machines in a position to feed themselves, their family and friends food that not only tastes and looks great but is also very nutritional and economical.

This is all very important as what we eat day in day out directly affects not only how long we live, but also how intelligent, creative, energetic and happy we are during our lifetime. Consider this: with the exception of our home and mortgage, we will probably spend more on food during our life than anything else. It's pretty clear that knowing how to cook and shop efficiently are skills we can't afford not to have.

The highlight of week one was an outstanding spinach and feta frittata made with caramelised red onion. It tasted every bit as good as it looked and was a lot of fun to prepare!

Newton Moore Senior High School would like to sincerely thank ECU for sponsoring our students and Alex, Marie and Christine, from Jamie's Ministry of Food, for their expert care and tuition.

projectABLE Workshop

Year 10,11 &12 Certificate 2 in Community Work classes attending a workshop run by projectABLE. The workshops aim to give students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the disability and community care sector.

Projectable Workshop
Projectable Workshop
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The English Department started off the term with a bang with two terrific guest speakers.

On Tuesday we were lucky to have the services of UWA (University of WA)'s education outreach officer Melissa Kirkham who presented throughout the day introducing students to Shakespearean theatre. Melissa spoke about the beginnings of theatre in England and the development of the Globe theatre. Students also rewrote the prologue from Romeo and Juliet. We were very appreciative of Melissa's presentation which will assist our students when they study the Bard's works.

On Thursday we were visited by an author, Soa The Hulk Palelei, who has just published his life story Face Your Fears. Soa is an Australian retired mixed martial artist who competed in the UFC. Soa was an amazing speaker who spoke with sensitivity and honesty about the challenges he has faced in life. He spoke about the difficulties he had as a child and gave students very powerful advice about self belief and dealing with bullying in a non-violent manner. Students responded very positively to his messages and the queues for photos with The Hulk were long and winding.

It is always valuable to have guest speakers visit our school to expand our students' horizons.

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South regional TAFE applications will be open from 1st September. This is for anyone that wants to leave school and attend TAFE FULL TIME in 2017. The link below will provide information about courses available and how to apply on-line. The info about applying will be available after 1st September.

Students are encouraged to contact South Regional TAFE on 97807070 or to get more information about courses.

Positive Behaviour Schools

Exciting news as Newton Moore SHS has embarked on a journey to become a Positive Behaviour School ( PBS) We have formed a very competent team of staff who are working together to review our behaviour management systems.

PBS as it is commonly known, is a research based process that, when correctly implemented, is proven to create a safer and more effective school. PBS will rely on some organisational change strategies to improve the social, culture, learning and teaching environment in our school, and will help us ensure we have the individual behaviour supports needed to achieve academic and social success for all of our students.

Above are the teaching staff members who are our newly formed PBS team.

Aboriginal Education

AIEOs at Newton Moore Senior High School

Aboriginal Education Indigenous Officers commonly known as our AIEOs play a huge role in our school supporting our students. We are so lucky to have such high calibre workers in Lois Little, Max Jetta and more recently Glen Garlett all working to support our Aboriginal Students.

As a school we want Aboriginal students, and in fact all students, to gain the knowledge, skills and understandings they need to achieve and enjoy success at school.

AIEOs also do home visits as we want more parents and community members to become more involved in their child's education.

AIEOs also are a great support to our teaching staff. They work alongside teachers in their classes and they are used to help us implement culturally inclusive education programs. AIEOs are amazing and a great asset to us as they conduct many initiatives that connect Aboriginal students, families and communities with our school.

Glen Garlett

Lois Little

Max Jetta


South West Clontarf Academy v Busselton SHS "Dreamtime Game"

The South West Clontarf Academy travelled to Busselton to take part in a South West "Dreamtime Game‟ on Wednesday the 15th of June. This included students in Years 10-12 from both NMSHS and BSHS. This event has been a successful one for several years and this year was no exception. The spectators were treated to some amazing displays of agility and ball skills by the South West boys who ran out comfortable winners.

Despite a great effort from the Busselton students, Newton Moore was just too sharp across the ground. Jacob Pickett was a standout at the back for the visitors and even pushed forward to kick two goals whilst Ryan Bennell and captain Tristan Ugle were dominant in the middle of the ground.

"It is always great for us to welcome Newton Moore to Busselton SHS. The game attracts a large crowd and is always enjoyed by our students and families." commented the Busselton captain. "It's great to host Newton Moore and for the boys to share a lunch. Our Year 7-9 students can look forward to doing the same next term," Busselton teacher Geoff Holt.

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The game is a great opportunity for our boys to raise awareness about NAIDOC week and also to display the great level of talent we have in our South West Region.

Girls Academy

Aboriginal School Based Traineeships with WA Country Health

At the end of Term Two we celebrated two Year 11 Girls Academy students signing up with ATC Work Smart for their 18 month School Based Traineeship placement with WA Country Health Service.

Whilst working at WA Country Health Service Keeana Bennell and Lauryn Loo will be completing Certificate 2 in Business.

The girls secured their Aboriginal School Based Traineeship after being interviewed and completing a 5 week work experience placement last week.

After a lot of hard work from Mr Mungioli, Stella Potter our Work Place Transition Co-ordinator, Steve Dix ATC Work Smart and WA Country Health and Michelle from the Girls Academy the girls signed off on the paper work today supported by their Parents

The Girls Academy would like to thank ATC Work Smart and WA Country Health for giving Lauryn and Keeana this wonderful opportunity.

Choice Programs

Book Club

Each Wednesday Lunch time students from across the school come together in B3A for Book Club. They bring along their own book to read and enjoy. We usually start the session eating our lunch and having a chat about what's been happening during the week. Then after some silent reading we will often have a chat about what we've read and compare books with one another. It's a great way to enjoy reading in a relaxed, quiet place in the school.


Country Week


During Week 10 of Term 2, 120 students headed to Perth to represent Newton Moore Senior High School at Country Week. Country Week is a sporting carnival held each year and is open to country high schools from around the state, with teams travelling from as far as Christmas Island. A total of 3,800 students attended and participated this year.

Newton Moore sent a total of 10 teams including girls and boys AFL, Volleyball, Basketball, Mix Hockey and Soccer, Netball and Speech and Debate and participated in over 50 fixtures during the week.

We had some amazing results from our teams. We were involved in six A grade finals. These included Prepared Speech, Debate, Girls and Boys AFL, Girls and Boys Basketball. Overall we were Champion School for Boys AFL, Girls Basketball and Prepared Speech, and other finals were only lost by the smallest of margins! Our Boys AFL team led by Mr Stuart Hayward has now won 3 grand finals in the last 4 years and the team is looking promising for years to come. A special mention to Reuben Pemberton-Ovens for his outstanding win in the prepared speech section taking home the win in a very competitive group.

On behalf of all the staff who attended, I would like to thank all the students for their outstanding sportsmanship, exceptional behaviour and for representing the Newton Moore school community with pride and passion. I look forward to managing the 2017 Country Week Team.

Miss Erin Cartledge

Boys AFL

Winning A Grade Side

Coach: Stuart Hayward

Girls AFL

Runner Up A Grade Side at presentations

Girls Basketball

Winning A Grade Side

Coach: Jason Schuttloffel

Speech and Debate

A Grade Runner Up Team

Prepared Speech

Reuben Pemberton-Ovens A Grade winner

Left to right Damon Barron, Reuben Pemberton-Ovens and Kelley Roberts

NMSHS 50th Celebrations

Excitement is building as the celebrations get closer. We have just been lent some ball and graduation memorabilia by Bronwyn Walker, past student and now parent and P& C member. The first Annual Ball was held on the 20th June 1968 and was a great success and the tradition continues. The theme for the 2016 ball was "Once Upon a Time" and like the ball in 1968, was a great success.

Newton Moore Senior High School 50th Year Celebration Friday 21st October 2016

All past and present, students and staff are welcome.

Register here or check us out on Facebook

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