Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

16 June 2016

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

At the latest School Board meeting the school farewelled Mr Michael Douglas. Michael had chaired the board for many years initially starting off as the Chair of the School Council before the school became an Independent Public School. After graduating from Newton Moore Senior High School as Dux of the School he studied and practised law before lecturing at Curtin University. Michael is leaving our school board to take up a new and exciting position interstate. Michael has made such a great contribution to our school and I would like to wish him all the best as he embarks on a new adventure.

We are very fortunate to be welcoming Ms Lyn Farrell, Dean of Edith Cowan University, as our new Board Chair. Lyn is a current member of the board making significant contributions to our school. I also welcome Belinda Heaney. Belinda was Dux of the school in 2006.

The School Board establishes a vision for the school that reflects the aspirations and needs of the community. The Board can have an important influence on the direction of the school, with members bringing ideas and lending their expertise to strategic planning and community partnerships. Professional skills in areas such as management, finance, procurement, marketing and cultural knowledge support the Principal and strengthen the school’s capacity to meet the needs of its students.

As an Independent Public School, Newton Moore Senior High School has a business plan that outlines key priorities, commitments and strategies for students and the community for 2015-2017.

As a school we have two school priorities, and every decision we make and action we take relates to these focus areas.

Our priorities are:

Quality Teaching and Learning
Relationships and Partnerships

For more information please download a copy of our school’s business plan from our website:

Kylie Cattaway
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

With the help of parents/guardians paying their 2016 contributions and charges we have been able to purchase over 58 new computers/ laptops and 2 new laptop trolleys.  The school has also purchased more than 400 new books/resources for the Information Resource Centre. We’ve also recently had some external painting done,  brightening our environment up for all of us to enjoy.

So keep paying your contributions and charges and be an active part in your children’s schooling.

Up and Coming Dates

22nd June

Assembly – Country Week

23rd June

Clontarf Junior Game

26th June – 1st July

Country Week

27th June

Year 10-11 Work Experience

1st July

Year 7 – 9 Shining Knights BBQ

Admin Report

Proposed changes to TransBunbury services - consultation

As part of the Public Transport Authority’s (PTA) commitment to providing quality public transport to the local community, the PTA is proposing service changes to the TransBunbury bus network.

The Public Transport Authority is inviting feedback from the community through a public consultation period prior to these changes taking effect. The consultation period will remain open until Monday 11th of July 2016.

The proposed changes to the TransBunbury network are planned for implementation the latter half of 2016.

A summary of the changes include:

  • Proposed introduction of Route 825 for the Bunbury Dolphin Centre.
  • Proposed introduction of Route 826 between Bunbury Train Station and Bunbury Bus Station.
  • Proposed time changes and deviation changes to Route 828, 829, 841 and 843.
  • Proposed time changes and route alteration to Route 832 and 844.
  • Proposed time changes and route alteration to Route 830, including an extension of services to College Grove.
  • Proposed time changes and route alteration to Route 845, including an extension to Millbridge Estate.
  • Proposed time changes and route alteration to route 827, including truncation of service to terminate in Glen Iris due to duplication of services.
  • Proposed deletion of Route 831 due to poor patronage and duplication of services in Dalyellup.
  • Some poor performing trips are proposed to be removed and re-allocated elsewhere.
  • Proposed replacement of all existing school services with a new school bus network.

It is expected that the proposed changes will result in better connections for services and allocation of resources where they provide most benefit to the community.

Information regarding the proposal is available at the TransRegional webpage:

In addition, Community members are invited to attend information sessions and Public Transport Authority representatives will be available at the following times to discuss the service changes:

Thursday 23 June 2016

Senior Citizens Centre

Bunbury Visitor Centre

Bunbury Centrepoint

Stirling Street

Bunbury Bus Station,

Carmody Place

Outside Coles

9:00am to 12:00pm

1:00pm to 5:00pm

5:30pm to 9:00pm

Friday 24 June 2016

The Parks Shopping Centre

Eaton Fair Shopping Centre

Opposite Newsagency

Opposite Woolworths

9:00am to 12:30pm

1:00pm to 5:00pm

Saturday 25 June 2016

Dalyellup Community Centre

Bunbury Forum

Gosse Way

Opposite Dome Café

9:00am to 12:30pm

1:00pm to 5:00pm

If you are unable to attend a community session but would like to submit feedback, you can do so by sending an email to or calling the InfoLine on 13 62 13.

Year Group Information

Positive Behaviour Rewards

Lower School students have been rewarded with some great prizes for their positive behaviour. Joel McCracken from Year 9 was the lucky winner of a new waterproof backpack. Draws are conducted every week at the year group meetings.

Lower School Leadership

Mrs Cattaway presented the Lower School students with their leadership badges and certificates of appreciation to those who participated in the primary school visits. They also were privileged to hear a presentation from one of the community’s most experienced and awarded senior citizens, Mrs Margaret Smith JP, OAM, local government councillor for over 20 years and director of the charity group Strong Angels. The students were given messages about following your dreams, making the most of the opportunities given to them and always bouncing back from adversity and disappointments.

Academic Success Workshops

These workshops are in the first week of the holidays and will be presented by a representative of ECU on the 4th, 5th and 6th of July, (first week of holidays). Please complete RSVP slip and return to James Skoda in IRC by Friday the 24th of June. Or you can call or email him on Office Number: 9722 2433 or mob: 0477 931 008 email:

Student Services Update

The spare uniform cupboard needs you!

(or at least your old uniforms)

Do you have uniforms lying around in a cupboard that your child has grown out of? Our spare uniform cupboard, located in Student Services, is looking pretty bare so we’d appreciate being able to take your spares from you. We can always put them to good use. Students are often provided with items of spare uniform from our cupboard and would greatly appreciate your donations.

If you have a friend or neighbour whose children used to attend our school would you spread this message?

Any donations of Newton Moore uniforms can be dropped off at our Student Services reception or at the Administration reception.

Thank you!

The Student Services Team

Year 7 Diary Tips


Every member of the school community has the right to feel a sense of belonging and security and comfort at school. No one can be allowed to deny any person this right and it is important that all students have a real awareness of what harassment is, whether as a victim or as a perpetrator. Harassment in any form cannot and should not be tolerated.

The capacity to build relationships, learn collaboratively and have empathy for others are important lifelong personal attributes which should to be nurtured in our students. The presence of harassment in any environment can have a debilitating effect on the acquisition of these personal attributes and qualities.

There are many forms of harassment, including physical, verbal, electronic, emotional, and sexual. All must be addressed as soon as they occur. They won’t just go away and may escalate into bullying. The harassers also need assistance to raise their self-awareness of their unacceptable behaviours in order to become self-correcting to modify how they treat people. At times we may have to explicitly teach certain students how to treat other people appropriately because they have had no positive role models in their lives to learn from.

In today’s society, school is very often the most stable and safe environment for many students and maintaining this must be a high priority within the school community. Developing students’ preparedness and willingness to realise that it is their right to speak up if they are being harassed or bullied is essential in building their Strengths and Control element of wellbeing and resiliency.

Initiating frank and proactive dialogue, both at school and at home, on this destructive issue and then following up with immediate and decisive action will see harassment diminish in our schools.

Learning Support Coordinator

Working Memory

The definition of Working Memory is: the ability to hold and manipulate information in mind for brief periods of time in the course of ongoing mental activities, consisting of a system of three sub-components: verbal short-term memory, visospacial short term memory, and the central executive.

Many students have a poor working memory. These children typically have the following characteristics:

  • Their progress in reading and maths is slow,
  • They struggle to follow instructions and complete complex tasks,
  • They may appear distracted, forgetful and inattentive due to their mind being on overload, attempting to process information, and
  • They are often reserved in group situations.

There are ways that you can support students at home who may have a poor working memory. These include:

  • Recognising their working memory failures: If they leave a task or fail to complete it, it may mean their poor working memory prevented them from doing so.
  • Monitor the young person for these failures: What are they and aren’t they understanding/processing of what you’ve said? Ask the young person what they’re having trouble with.
  • Evaluate the working memory loads: Ensure you’re not demanding too much of them.
  • Reduce working memory loads: Don’t give them too many instructions at once.
  • Repeat information if required
  • Encourage the use of memory aids: the use of a diary, calendar or signs on the fridge for example are ways to support the young person remember what is coming up or a daily routine.
  • Develop the young person’s use of strategies to support their memory: Encourage them to ask for help and use the memory aids you’ve put in place.

School Nurse

Throwing punches online: the reality of cyberbullying

As young people increasingly interact through social media, the incidence of cyberbullying is on the rise. Over 4 million Facebook user ‘likes’ happen every minute, indicating the pervasive nature of social media in today’s world. Cyberbullying can have serious, long-lasting impacts on a young person’s mental, physical and emotional health, including triggering feelings of shame; guilt; fear and loneliness; and in severe cases, may lead to depression and suicidal ideation.

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is ‘any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass or cause substantial emotional distress to a person using electronic means to support severe, repeated and hostile behaviour.’ It can occur through a range of digital devices and media, with smartphones and social networking sites the most popular. Cyberbullying includes activities such as posting offensive messages, teasing, spreading rumours, ignoring or excluding people from groups, and sending or posting unpleasant comments or images online.

Why you need to know about cyberbullying

The growing prevalence of cyberbullying may be due to the increasing number of young people communicating online in daily life. Furthermore, the anonymous nature of the internet and inability to see reactions behind the screen can lead people to behave in ways they wouldn’t in a face to face situation. Cyberbullying is difficult to escape. It is invasive and can occur at any time, 24 hours a day, and can follow a young person from their school to their home environment.

What are the warning signs of cyberbullying?

  • Changing patterns in computer or mobile phone use
  • Increase in text messaging, often at all times of the day or night
  • Trouble sleeping or nightmares
  • Becoming withdrawn, depressed or anxious
  • Feeling unwell
  • Becoming anti-social/not wanting to be with usual friends or family.

For many young people, the fear of being disconnected from their online identity discourages them from telling adults about cyberbullying, so it is important for adults to remain calm and supportive at all times.

If any of the warning signs are apparent, adults should keep an eye on social interactions and try to talk with the young person about what may be happening.

How can young people respond to cyberbullying?

Young people can follow the G.E.T.R.I.D of a cyberbully anagram developed by the Raising Children Network. Additionally, Think U Know provides a great range of cyber safety tips for young people and adults including:

  • Stay private - make sure profiles are set to ‘private’ or ‘friends’ only.
  • Think before you post - once it is on the internet it is there forever! Think about who may see it or where it may end up in the future.
  • Open lines of communication - discuss cyber safety issues with young people. Establishing open and honest communication will encourage young people to come forward if there is a problem.
  • Stay up to date - with how young people use mobile devices and new apps.

Resources for young people

The following organisations provide information and assistance to young people regarding cyberbullying:

Kids Helpline

Provides a telephone and online counselling service and can offer advice on how to work through the emotions associated with cyberbullying. 1800 55 1800, 24/7

Youth beyondblue

Offers a number of online resources and interventions on their website aimed at empowering the young to cope with anxiety and depression, which is often experienced by young people being bullied.

Think U Know

Provides 11-17 year olds with valuable information on cyber safety. There is also a ‘report abuse’ tab monitored by the Federal Police, for those being cyberbullied

Provides a variety of fact sheets and an online help forum to assist young people with everyday issues.

In short

As young people’s social lives are being played out in an evolving digital world, it is important that they are provided with education and guidance on how to stay safe at school, home, and online. A coordinated effort between parents, schools and their staff, and health professionals is vital to foster safe and acceptable online behaviour and minimise and manage cyberbullying, as shown by research.

Literacy Corner

Grammar Matters!

Welcome to the seventh 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. Last issue we finished talking about verbs. Now let’s look at adverbs! Stick with me – it looks like a lot but it’s not difficult so let’s get going:

Adverbs are words that add more meaning. Adverbs can be added to:

  • a verb ( He runs fast.)
  • an adjective (He is a very fast runner.)
  • another adverb (He runs too fast for me.)

Adverbs make writing more powerful by giving more information. Look at this sentence: The teacher spoke to the class. If we add an adverb such as angrily, the sentence has more meaning: The teacher spoke angrily to the class.

It is easy to spot adverbs. They add meaning to verbs, adjectives and other adverbs; NEVER to nouns.

There are several different types of adverbs:

Adverbs of manner tell us how something is done. Many of these adverbs end in ‘ly’. e.g. quickly, sadly.

Adverbs of time tell when things happen (or how often) e.g. yesterday, next week, on Tuesday, now, daily, seldom.

Adverbs of place tell us where things are happening e.g here, everywhere, away, around, over.

Adverbs that modify or intensify add meaning to other adverbs or adjectives. They change or increase the meaning.

  • He was extremely fit.
  • My grandmother is very old.
  • We are nearly there.
  • The pace of the race was fairly slow.

Interrogative Adverbs are used to ask questions e.g. How are you?

Adverbs of degree tell us the extent to which something happens e.g. very, almost, nearly, scarcely, completely.

There are three forms of these:

  • Positive degree He shouted loudly. I am quick.
  • Comparative degree He shouted even more loudly. My friend is quicker.
  • Superlative degree He shouted most loudly of all. My sister is the quickest.

Generally we add ‘er’ or ‘est’ to words of one syllable e.g. hard, harder, hardest; high, higher, highest. For adverbs ending in ‘ly’, we use more and most e.g. popular, more popular, most popular.

Well done for getting through all of that! Told you it wasn’t all that hard really didn’t I?

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

During Term Two the Girls Academy, in partnership with Diabetes WA, has been running several Stronger Culture Diabetes Prevention lunch time workshops. With an average attendance of 30 girls per session these have been very successful. The workshops have been delivered with the help of several school staff members and community elders. The six week workshop covered several topics including portion control, healthier eating alternatives, a return to cultural eating for better health, maintaining a good level of fitness and different stress relief techniques. The Academy and visitors were treated to healthy lunches as a part of the workshops with a highlight being roo stew and damper.

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons


Department of Education

Information for Parents/Guardians

If your child is interested in applying for either the Science Horizons Specialist Program or Engineering Specialist Program they are required to sit an entrance test. The testing is a compulsory part of the application process.

Students attending Newton Moore Senior High School feeder primary schools are completing this at their school during Term 3.

Students from other primary schools are invited to sit the test at Newton Moore Senior High School.

Date: Thursday 23rd June Week 9
Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm
Location: Report to front Administration Building at Newton Moore Senior High Hotchin Street, students will be escorted to D3 science room.

Please feel free to contact Mrs Lorraine Ellis Head of Science if you require more information.

Mobile 0428932112, Ph 08 97222454


NMSHS 50th Celebrations

Newton Moore has gone through a number of changes since it was first built in 1966. Classrooms have been added. The gym and the library are among some of the bigger changes. The walls have also been decorated with some amazing artwork . Perhaps you were involved? Maybe you were one of the vibrant silhouettes that decorate the end of the science block. I wonder how many could still fit into their high school silhouette?

Newton Moore Senior High School

50th Year Celebration

Friday 21st October 2016

All past and present, students and staff are welcome.

Register below or check us out on Facebook