Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

30 June 2016

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Principal’s Address

Week Ten of Term Two brings one of the most anticipated events for our Year 10, 11 and 12 students, that is, Country Week. Our team of 118 students and 12 staff boarded the numerous buses on Sunday to begin their journey to Perth. Our team will compete against other country schools in a range of sports with competition beginning on Monday with the opening ceremony and concluding with the closing ceremony on Friday. I expect some exhausted but proud staff and students as they arrive back Friday afternoon. Go Newton Moore!

Following on from our parent-teacher interviews during Term One, the school will issue students’ first formal report for 2016 at the end of this term. We have been working hard to update our contact records to include parent/guardians email addresses as this semester will be the first time we are emailing student reports to families. We have moved towards this method of delivery for the following reasons:

  • There is an increasing need for families to have electronic copies of students’ reports (e.g.: online scholarship applications).
  • We have the ability to email reports to more than one email address per student.
  • Cost effective method of delivery.

Student reports will be emailed out to families on Thursday 30th June 2016. Parents/guardians without an email address can collect a hard copy of their child’s report from Friday 1st July 2016 from the Administration Centre of the school.

The school’s Administration Centre will be closed from Monday 4th July 2016 for the duration of the school holidays. The office will re-open on Monday 18th July 2016. Please note that Monday 18th July is a school development day with students starting Term Three on Tuesday 19th July 2016.

I wish to welcome Mrs Susan Kerr back into her role as Principal at the beginning of Term Three following her long service leave this term. Thank you for the support of all our families whilst I have stepped into the role of Principal this term.

I wish all our students and families a restful and enjoyable school break.

Kylie Cattaway
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

A reminder for all fees and charges are now due for payment.

Please contact the Accounts office on 9722 2419 to set up payment arrangements or to pay over the phone.

Thank you

Up and Coming Dates

1st July

Last day of Term Two

4-6th July

Academic Success Workshops

18th July

School Development Day

19th July (Tuesday)

First day of Term Three

21st July

Year 11 -12 VET Work Place Learning starts

22nd July

Year 7 2017 Enrolments Due

25-27th July

Girls Academy Year 9-10 Major Reward Camp

28th July

Year 12 STEM Scitech & Governors House Visit

Deputy Principals Update

Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA)

The Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) is awarded by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority when students meet the specified requirements for secondary schooling.

One requirement is that students must demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and a minimum standard of numeracy by successfully completing the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA).

Congratulations to all students who successfully completed their OLNA tests in March.

Unfortunately some students have not been successful in passing one or more OLNA tests and are therefore at risk of not achieving the WACE requirements and thus receiving their certificate at the end of Year 12. Parents will receive a letter if your child has not yet passed these tests.

Students will be given another opportunity to pass the tests in September (Writing 4-8 September, Numeracy and Reading 4-15 September). Students will be supported by teachers in their classes as well as through preparation work by our Learning Support Team.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to call me at the school on 9722 2400.

Damian Croxford

Year Group Information

Lower School Leadership Students

The Year 7 - 9 Leadership students have been receiving mentoring talks once per term from high achieving and well recognised members of the local community. These mentors have had links with the school being former students or parents of students and are still passionate supporters of the school and its programs. The Leadership students also received their badges and certificates from Mrs Cattaway. We look forward to their continued development in the next few years leading into Upper School.

Academic Success Workshops

Academic Success Workshops are being held 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 1st August or you can call or email him on Office Number: 9722 2433 or mob: 0477 931 008 email.

Student Services Update

Assembly Awards

Congratulations to the following Students of the Month presented at our most recent assembly.

Year 7
Preston Woods

Year 8
Jack Slater

Year 9
Paul Nurul Pertiwi

Year 10
Mariah Yarran

Year 11
Simon Beggs

Year 12
Kyla Osbourne

Year 7 Diary Tips

Reducing Stress/ Tense Feelings

There will be times in all students’ school careers where they experience stress and tense feelings.

  • Recognising early warning signals enables parents and teachers to intervene to support them
  • Conversations around creating and actioning positive coping strategies to reduce anxiety are effective reducers
  • Asking them what things they can start doing for their family is a proactive approach

Triggers which may become stressors include:

  • heavy study and learning workload
  • overly high expectations of themselves and from others
  • striving to be “too” perfect and obsessed with detail
  • lacking organisational skills
  • peer group problems and pressure
  • social networking harassment

While these situations are undesirable, the reality is that they will occur from time to time

  • The key is not letting them intensify into stronger emotions and more serious mental health issues.
  • The most effective way to build students’ social-emotional resilience is to teach them how to develop their own positive self-calming strategies.
  • Stress warning signals fall into three main categories:
  • physical – trembling, headaches, skin disorders, dizziness, stomach aches, tiredness.
  • emotional – anxiety, temperamental, lack of interest, loss of self-esteem.
  • behavioural – disturbed sleeping patterns, forgetfulness, abnormal eating habits, withdrawal, easily distracted.

“One may have good eyes yet see nothing.”

Learning Support Coordinator


Dysgraphia is a specific learning disability that often remains undiagnosed. The Dyslexia SPELD Foundation (DSF) say it is a persistent difficulty with written expression, handwriting and/or spelling that may occur in isolation but, more often, occurs in conjunction with dyslexia.

Dysgraphia can be separated into two subtypes:

  • Motor-based dysgraphia can be viewed as difficulties with the mechanical aspects of writing. Writing for these young people may be tiring, laborious and sometimes painful.
  • Language-based dysgraphia is more consistent with delays in processing and sequencing ideas in writing. Students’ writing is well below the expected level despite the young person being able to present their ideas clearly and concisely orally.

If you would like more information about dysgraphia you will find reputable information at:

School Nurse

Turn off the TV or Computer and Get Active

Did you know?

  • Spending too much sedentary or ‘still’ time watching TV, surfing online or playing computer games is linked to children becoming overweight or obese.
  • Children who watch TV for more than 2 hours every day are more likely to have an unhealthy diet, less likely to eat fruit and less likely to be physically active.
  • Nearly half of children aged between 5 and 15 years spend more than 2 hours every day on ‘small screen’ entertainment.
  • Children are more likely to snack on foods that are high in sugar, salt or saturated fat when they’re watching TV.

How much time in front of the screen?

When kids and teens spend time in front of small screens – whether it’s the TV, computer or hand-held games – it takes away from the time they could spend playing sport, games or being active.

Australian guidelines recommend that kids and teens spend no more than 2 hours each day on small screen entertainment. Long periods of use should be broken up as often as possible.

While computers and TV can be valuable for education and learning, the health benefits, skills and enjoyment that kids and teens get from being physically active are just as important.

Tips for parents

  • Before you switch on the TV or the computer for your children, stop and think – could they spend the time being active and have some ‘small screen’ time later on?
  • Set limits on TV viewing. If there is a specific program that your child wants to watch, turn the TV off once it is finished. Alternatively, record the program and watch it together later on.
  • Set limits for computer games and being online – no more than 2 hours a day and not during daylight hours when they could be outside and active.
  • Don’t allow a TV or computer in your child’s bedroom. Keep them in a common area of the family home so you can monitor use.
  • Have a list of active indoor and outdoor games or activities for your children, so you can suggest alternatives to watching TV or playing on the computer.

Literacy Corner

Grammar Matters!

Welcome to the eighth 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 talked about adverbs. Now let’s look at the last three parts of speech: conjunctions, prepositions and interjections.


A conjunction is a joining word.

Examples: for, yet, so, or, because, until, while, as, whether, although, before, meanwhile, whenever, if, since, unless.


A preposition comes at the beginning of a phrase and shows the connection between the noun (or pronoun) and the rest of the sentence. It usually tells about when and where.


Ben plays football at the weekend. The preposition at begins the phrase at the weekend which tells us when Ben plays football.

Sarah met her friends outside the coffee shop. The preposition outside begins the phrase outside the coffee shop and tells us where Sarah met her friends.


An interjection is an exclamation of one or two words “thrown in” and which stand alone. It is usually a response to surprise, shock or disgust. Examples: Honestly! Yuk! As if!

Next term we’ll start talking in more detail about parts of speech and how they operate within sentences to make written expression more effective.

Learning Areas


Languages Camp

Recently students from the Year 9 and 10 Japanese classes attended the Japanese Languages Camp to Perth. This is the first year that this camp has been offered to students and was received with much anticipation.

Students travelled on the Australind train, arriving at Perth train station just as peak hour was descending on public transport commuters. Students had to make their way through the crowds to the Fremantle line to catch another train to City West station. Students were very understanding of other commuters and most experienced standing on a crowded train for the first time.

Students were to stay at City Stay Apartments and after a wrong turn, or two, we finally met up with Mr Richard Brown, parent of Joel Brown (Year 9), and made our way there. Students were quickly assigned rooms and changed into casual clothes for the train trip back to Perth station for dinner.

If you are adventurous and interested in Japanese cuisine, I cannot recommend The Bonsai Café and Restaurant enough. Students indulged in a taster course of traditional Japanese entrees, before selecting a main course. Most students, well the boys really, were courageous and willing to try anything, even though the chopsticks were more cumbersome than helpful in allowing them to see who could eat the food the fastest. It was even great to hear many students using their Japanese language to order their meal!

Returning back to the apartments, students were given some free time before bed time. With lights out at 9:30pm, I was (not) surprised to see so many tired faces on Friday morning.

After students were responsible for cooking their own bacon and eggs for breakfast, we embarked on a wet and wild walk to the Hyogo Friendship Garden located at Dumas House. The garden was a gift to the people of Perth to mark the 30th anniversary of the Sister State relationship between Hyogo and Western Australia in 2013. It was a very tranquil experience, but slightly lost on most of the students due to the climatic conditions.

Given time to dry off and warm up, students set out for the Hyogo Cultural Centre where they engaged in learning activities celebrating the anniversary of the Hyogo and Western Australia sister-state relationship. They learnt about the major cities of Hyogo and practiced some of their language through games, songs and quizzes. I think the highlight of this part of the itinerary was the introduction of poki and ramen noodles. It became a game of stealth as to who could sneak the second (third or fourth) pack of poki.

From this point, students were able to relax and put the stressful week behind them by hitting the shops! Students were introduced to several Japanese influenced businesses where they were able to purchase Japanese imported merchandise, anime and manga. With most having already exhausted their spending money allowance, students moved onto late night shopping and dinner in the Perth CBD.

After a breakfast of pancakes, very tired students were herded back onto the Australind and returned safely back to the waiting arms of parents in Bunbury.

Thank you to all those who assisted in preparations for the camp and for ‘Browny’ for taking the time to assist in supervising the camps.

Mrs Amy King

languages camp
languages camp
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Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Moort Day (Family Day in Noongar language)

Moort Day is the day where the Aboriginal Education team invite our families to school to thank our Families for everything they do for us.

Our Leadership Group from Girls Academy and Clontarf gave speeches with a big screen behind them with a slideshow of all the great activities we have been doing at school. Our Leadership Group have been chosen because they display great leadership qualities.

Once the presentation and lunch was over our families enjoyed watching a game of football and some Mum’s and teachers played netball or basketball against the Girls Academy.

It looked like the girls won against our Mum’s this year, making it 1 all!!

The boys had a great game of footy and plan next year to invite our Dad’s along for a game.

We would like to thank all of the Parents, Carers and Teachers in making it an enjoyable day.

moort day
moort day
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Choice Programs

Community Engagement Program

Participation in the Year 10 Community Engagement Program provides students with the opportunity to interact with various service groups that offer support to local communities.

On Thursday 23rd June 2016 members of the Argyle/Irishtown Voluntary Bushfire Brigade visited the school with one of their light tankers. During the visit the students were able to examine the vehicles equipment and safety features, experiment with the on-board and remote communication systems, practice radio protocols and experience operating fire-fighting hoses and water pumps.

Students had many questions to ask Mrs Parker and Mr Corfe, who had been kept busy with numerous large fires during the past summer.


NMSHS 50th Celebrations

There is quite a buzz starting around the school as the 21st October looms closer. Students are planning what will be going in the time capsules, demonstrations and displays are starting to come together and it is good to see there is some chatter on the Newton Moore Senior High School 50th Celebration Facebook page. Looking through our archives I have not found many photos from the early days of the school although we have this lovely collection presented to the school by the builder. If you have any photos of the early days, around the school, student activities or anything Newton Moore related please share them with us.

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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