Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

25 August 2016

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Effective schools, like any other effective organisations, have a clear vision, concise plans, support of staff, students and community and a commitment to focus on improvement. 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 key school priorities, and every decision we make and action we take relates to these. Our priorities are:

  • Quality Teaching and Learning
  • Relationships and Partnerships

There is unequivocal evidence that it is the quality of teaching that makes the most significance difference to student learning. The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) support this statement and highlight the standards for high quality teaching explicit.

Newton Moore Senior High School makes our commitment to high quality teaching public and upfront by making “Quality Teaching and Learning” one of our school priorities outlined in our Business Plan.

This week our school demonstrated Quality Teaching and Learning to the community through our STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Fair. How fabulous to see the students’ high quality Crest awards on display. The high quality of the work was amazing and is testimony to the quality of teachers we have here at the school. It was exciting to see the students’ engagement. There were so many activities going on, such as mathematics workshops, robotics displays, coding demonstrations, F1 racing cars and a variety of fun science experiments happening.

As adults, we reminisce about the great teaching and classroom experiences we had and how these great teachers influenced our lives and made such a difference. I am proud that at Newton Moore Senior High School, we have a school full of those teachers. In last year’s survey 97% of parents and 98% of students agree that the school expects students at our school to do his or her best. This is definitely because of our high quality teaching and learning.

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

From the Finance Team

What a difference paying your fees and charges makes to our students.

A snapshot of what we have been able to purchase so far this year is:

  • 6 laptop trolleys
  • 176 computers/laptops for students
  • 5 projectors for classrooms
  • over 560 new books for the Information Resource Centre

We have installed new bike racks doubling our capacity as well.

At NMSHS we are constantly working towards improving our environment for students and staff, so we really appreciate your fees and charges being paid.

For fees and charges payment plans, please phone Michele in our Accounts Office on 9722 2419

Up and Coming Dates

2nd September

LOTE Mandurah Concert

2nd September

Mock Prac Exams

6th September

Clontarf Seniors Employment Forum

9th September

Year 10 P.A.R.T.Y

Deputy Principals Update

Want to know about the OLNA?

Some students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are about to sit the OLNA. OLNA stands for the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment, which students have to complete to demonstrate they have achieved the required standard of literacy and numeracy in order to achieve their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) awards the WACE at the end of Year 12 to students who have met all the requirements. You can find more about the requirements on the website at:

We will inform you if your child needs to sit the OLNA, which will be held at school during Week 7 and 8 of this term:

  • Writing 29-31 August
  • Numeracy and reading 29 August – 9 September

The OLNA has three components – reading, writing and numeracy. The reading and numeracy components comprise 45 multiple‐choice questions; the writing component is an extended response of up to 600 words. Students are allowed 50 minutes for the reading and numeracy components and 60 minutes for the writing.

To prepare our students for the sorts of questions they can expect and to familiarise them with the online assessment software, we provide access to practice and example tests on a secure website.

The Practice and Example tests can be accessed at:

Username: 4040
Password: prac 14

If you want to know more, go to the Authority’s website and look under Senior Secondary > Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment. There you will find more information, answers to frequently asked questions and a brief video. You can also send questions to .

2017 Subject Selections

Students in Years 7 – 9 have received their 2017 subject selections forms this week. Students are asked to discuss their selections with their parents, complete the forms and then place them in the labelled boxes outside the Deputies offices. Students who submit their forms by the due date will have an equal opportunity to access their preferred subjects. The subject selection handbooks can be found on the Newton Moore Senior High School Website. The handbook provides detailed information about each elective course on offer.

Year Group Information

ECU Open Day – 28th August

ECU Open Day is on again at our South West (Bunbury) Campus on Sunday, 28 August. It’s your opportunity to check out the campus, meet our staff and students and generally have some serious fun.

There'll be demos, talks and course advice. You can meet friendly, highly qualified lecturers and explore our facilities. Check out entertainment and giveaways. Plus talk to current and past ECU students about their studies.

Go to the link provided below for more info.

Managing Exam Stress

More than 220,000 students go through their Year 12 exams each year, in what can be the most stressful time of their school years. Many feel like their entire life depends on their Year 12 results.

These resources are designed to help support students, parents and carers, through the stressful exam period. It includes information on how to recognise students who may not be coping with the added stress and how you can help them. It covers advice, tips and resources on everything from encouraging students to maintain a positive attitude to limiting their caffeine.

ReachOut’s top tips for beating stress

Help your teenager to beat exam stress

How to write a study timetable

Revision Programs for Years 7 – 12

October Revision Programs and Exam Boost Seminars are being run by Academic Task Force and Academic Associates to assist students to consolidate their subject knowledge, apply what they have learnt at school to their exams and to maximise their marks.

Student Services Update

Year 7 Diary Tips

Stress Control / Exercise and 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 of 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

Morning Music and Handball

Have you recently heard something louder than usual coming from the school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings?

If you have, it’s probably the disco beats coming from our office. It’s brought a really positive vibe to the start of school and to the Handball games going on outside. It’s great to see the passer bys smiling and enjoying the music and the dance moves of teachers heading off to class are very impressive.

Here you can see the competitive boys in their game of Handball and the girls who’ve come to have a chat with Miss Hayley before school.

Literacy Corner

Grammar Matters!

Welcome to the eleventh 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”.

A Reminder:

Rule 1: When you put the end of an original sentence in front, you put a comma after the part you moved.

We heard lots of strange noises during the night. When we change the order of this sentence by moving the parts around, a comma is needed. During the night, we heard lots of strange noises.

Rule 2: If the part after and, or, but, or so is a complete sentence, you need a comma.

I need to study hard ,or I won’t pass the test. (The part underlined is a complete sentence, so a comma is needed.)

She was drinking a cup of tea and reading. (The part underlined is NOT a sentence, so no comma is needed.)

Having a common language in our classrooms is important. We teach that there are NINE parts of speech. In the last issue we started to look at rules for using commas in sentences.

Here are some more rules about commas.

Rule 3: If you name a series of three or more things, you separate each thing with a comma. In a simple list, there is usually no comma before the last item, as it is replaced by the word ‘and’. If it is a more complicated list, a comma will help make the meaning clear.

Examples: The room was filled with boxes, books, desks and chairs.

Mr Hughes told his students to be on time, follow directions, write neatly, and answer all questions.

Rule 4: After a part of a sentence that begins with if, when, because, or whether, you put a comma.

Examples: If we get rid of some junk, the room will look better.

Whether or not you believe me, it is true.

Rule 5: Use a comma to separate the person being spoken to from the rest of the sentence.

Examples: Have you eaten, Steve, or should I make some lunch?

Did you phone, Henry, or was it someone else?

(Remember, Rule 2 also applies, so both commas are necessary.)

In the next issue we’ll look at using a pair of commas to separate an embedded clause.

Learning Areas


White Card Training – Year 10-12

White Card Training – a great opportunity. See Mr Mungioli (lunchtimes or before school) for more information

Training delivered by ATC (Damien Bailey) in A5 at Newton Moore SHS

4 hours 3.15pm – 7pm Tuesday 13th September

  • Face to face White Card Training (CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry)
  • A great opportunity to obtain essential skills and training.
  • The White Card is essential for work experience in the Building and Construction industry as well as any future applications to obtain an Apprenticeship.
  • This opportunity is available for any Yr 10- 12 students.
  • To enrol and pay, please contact the ATC direct on (08) 9725 7911 or call into our office at 44 Craigie Street Bunbury WA. You will need a USI (Unique Student Identifier) to enrol. See the USI website for more information and to apply for your USI.
  • $50 paid direct to The Apprenticeship and Traineeship Company at least two days prior to course. 9 (Lot 44) Craigie Street, Bunbury (Davenport area). Office hours are 8.30am to 4.30pm. No EFTPOS available


Year 12 Physical Education Studies students will be attending a Mock practical examination on the Friday 2nd September held at Eaton Community College.

Positive Behaviour School

The Positive Behaviour Support framework is to help NMSHS improve the social and learning behaviours of students and decrease disruptions that interfere with their individual academic achievement.

As we enter the initial stage of implementing PBS, we will be reviewing the existing Behaviour Matrix so it aligns with the PBS guidelines. This will involve obtaining feedback from both the staff and students, ensuring everyone in our school has a voice in the expectations we are setting for the whole school community.

This will include consultation with staff as a whole in week 6 and then in the near future students will be actively engaged, during individual classes, to contribute to this reshaping of the Behaviour Matrix. The information obtained will be collated by the PBS Team and then fed back to staff and students for approval.

Aboriginal Education



Our Senior boys travelled to Perth to participate in the Clontarf Cup at the Clontarf College on Wednesday the 17th of August, 2016.

The boys played great footy at times but found it very hard to adjust to the wet conditions. In both games we went down by a couple of goals. Unfortunately we missed out on the grand final but the boys still had a good time and both games were played in good spirits.

Jacob Pickett was good all day and never stopped trying. Shayden Little used the ball well every time he had it. Shayden also made his league debut for Carey Park against Harvey Bulls last weekend.

Congratulations to Shayden and well done to the rest of the senior boys.

Shayden Little training at the Leadership Camp.

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

STAWA SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH- Southwest regional judging

Newton Moore performed strongly in the Southwest regional judging of the STAWA Science Talent Search. 25 Newton Moore students were entered into the competition due to the high standard of their CREST Award reports which were recently displayed at the NMSHS Community STEM Fair. A CREST Award is an open-ended science investigation that students design and carry out themselves.

The following Newton Moore students CREST projects have progressed to the state finals of the Science Talent Search.


Research Investigation



Which is the best cleaning product for cleaning windows?

Preston Woods


UV Blocker

Kynen Neill


Saving Annie

Wyatt Goff


Ice Ice Baby

Aimee Adams



Harry Smith


Operation: Salt Berry

Shachar Eyal


Does different concentrations of disinfectant induce bacterial resistance?

Emmason Tucker


Magnet strength at different temperatures

Jan Fromm


Proving Bernoulli's Principle

Mackenzie Clarke


How skyglow effects the night sky

Connie O’Reilly


Inertia of an Egg

Cassie Stirling

These students had their projects forwarded to the STAWA STS state judging, along with Wyatt Goff, Shachar Eyal and Aimee Adams whose work was highly commended.

The following Newton Moore students placed in the categories below:


1st Wyatt Goff

2nd Kynen Neill


1st Harry Smith

2nd Emmason Tucker


1st Connie O’Reilly

2nd Cassie Stirling


1st Jan Fromm

2nd Mackenzie Clarke


Aurecon Bridge Building Competition – State Final

Last term, Year 8 Engineering students learnt about bridge design and constructed their own bridges made from skewers and PVA glue. We held an in-class competition, where each bridge was loaded with weights to see which bridge could hold the heaviest load. From this, two group of students 'The Popsicle Knights' (Shani Eyal, Davana Stevens and Porsha Harvey)and 'DAT Bridges' (Kynen Neill, Taine Lottering and Aiden Doak) were then selected to compete at the state finals of the Aurecon Bridge Building competition held at Scitech on Wednesday 3rd of August. The 'DAT Bridges' team finished 4th in Group A with their bridge holding 76.5kg and 'The Popsicle Knights' bridge held 45kg. It was a fantastic effort from both teams- Well done!

Top: Kynen Neill, Aiden Doak, Shani Eyal
Bottom: Taine Lottering, Davana Stevens, Porsha Harvey



On Thursday 18th August, during National Science Week, Newton Moore hosted its annual Community STEM Fair (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The Fair aims to expose and engage participants in STEM activities, and to make them aware of the importance of STEM skills and the impact of STEM in our everyday lives. This year, the Fair included robotics (NXT and EV3) demonstrations, student CREST award displays, Coding and Mathematics workshops, F1 in Schools and Human Powered Vehicle demonstrations. We also has a special guest visitor Nao- an autonomous, programmable humanoid robot from Edith Cowan University. We were visited by several Primary Schools including Adam Road, Cooinda, Maidens Park and Djidi Djidi, in addition to community and industry members. Over 1500 people attended the event and feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Thank you to everyone who played a part in the organisation and running of the Fair and to those who got involved the activities making it a huge success.

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News from Parent Bodies

School Board

The most recent School Board meeting was held on Wednesday 17th August 2016.

The School Board at these meetings discusses a range of diverse topics. The Independent School Review was a key focus at the most recent Board meeting. The Board looked at the purpose of the Independent Review which is to examine standards of student learning, the quality of the learning environment and how effective our school is at self- reviewing. An outside group called the review team will visit the school. Based on the school review team findings they identify areas for development and where applicable make recommendations for further improvement. The review team also looks at how well placed the school is to sustain and improve its performance into the next planning cycles and to assess the schools capacity for future improvement. Lots of robust discussion happens at board meetings and we are lucky to have a very dedicated, diverse group of board members.


NMSHS 50th Celebrations

More treasures have come to light - this time it is to do with the canteen - and if we were to use a photo of today's canteen we could probably use the same headline. With far fewer stay at home mums, getting helpers is even more difficult.

Talking of the canteen - they had massive prices rises. In 1967 - cakes went up by 1c! We couldn't even do that today as the 1c coin is long gone.

What was your favourite food from the canteen when you were at Newton Moore? Is there any chance you have an old menu tucked away somewhere, or some of the stationery that the canteen sold?

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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