Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

8 September 2016

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Newton Moore Senior High School has a proud tradition of looking for ways to provide innovative curricular and co-curricular programs of excellence and I have every confidence we will continue to do so for many years to come.

Newton Moore Senior High School has a wonderful sense of community, staff, students, parents and our industry partners work effectively together to ensure all students are successful. With the world changing around us, as Principal my challenge is to ensure that we have students who can develop the skills required to be successful in the future.

With this in mind, computer technology continues to play on ever-increasing role in the lives of today’s students. Students will be using computers in one form or another for the rest of their lives. Newton Moore SHS has a number of new technologies including document readers, laser cutters, numerous 3D printers, data loggers and scanners to just name a few. We believe it is an important aspect of education, thus every one of our Year 11 and 12 students is able to loan a laptop over 2 years which they can use for their studies. All students are also encouraged to bring their own devices which can connect to the network. We provide laptop trolleys for every learning area. We have trolleys of devices in the IRC; as well, we have numerous computer labs operating across the school.

The use of technology is essential for today’s students, as employers now expect young people to be ‘techno savvy’. Another important reason is that most future student testing will be done on computers. At our school to ensure we have the best educated students, we have a compulsory course called Computer Literacy in which we are preparing students for the future by teaching essential skills when using the computer.

Finally, I would like to thank all those parents who completed the National School Opinion survey. We are presently reviewing the results of these surveys from parents, staff and students. We thank you for your support.

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

From the Finance Team

Take Home Laptops

Just a reminder to parents - students in Year 11 and 12 can borrow a school laptop while they are attending school.

Parents and carers are required to ensure that they convey the importance of looking after the laptops. The laptop is on loan and remains the property of the school. Parents must ensure that students return the device prior to terminating their child’s enrolment.

All Year 12’s must return these prior to their last day of school on 18th October 2016. These laptops will then be reset and ready for use by our up and coming Year 11’s.

Up and Coming Dates

12th Sep

Drama Performance Exams

13th Sept

YOHfest Southwest Heat

19th Sep

Year10 Work Experience

21st Sep

Assembly NAIDOC

21st Sep

Year10-11 Shining Knights BBQ

23rd Sep

Year 7-9 Shining Knights BBQ

23rd Sep

Battle of the Knights & Fun Run

Deputy Principals Update

Skoolbag App

Have you downloaded our Skoolbag App? Skoolbag enables quick and effective communications to students, parents and caregivers. It works similarly to other Apps and you will receive push notifications when new information is uploaded. It is free and available for all smart phones. Simply search Newton Moore Senior High School in the relevant App store.


Congratulations to those Year 7 and 9 students who have already met the Year 12 Western Australian Literacy and Numeracy requirements for a West Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) by achieving at least a Band 8 in the NAPLAN tests. Individual results were posted to parents on 22nd August 2016. NAPLAN provides the school with a good opportunity to compare its performance with other schools and it also provides teachers with an opportunity to review their teaching and learning programs.

Extra Help

Many of our Year 12’s have their ATAR looming and Mock exams even sooner. The last date for withdrawing from a Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) examination has expired. Students are reminded that it is a WACE requirement that if they are enrolled in a Year 12 ATAR course they must sit the external exam in that course. Students who do not sit the final examination for a course will not receive a grade for that course and may not meet the Achievement Standard Requirement for WACE.

Year Group Information

Year Twelve

The end of school year is fast approaching for our Year Twelve students. Their last day of school is Tuesday 18th October (week 2, next term). On this day the traditional Year 12 final assembly will take place in the gym commencing at 8.40am. There will be a morning tea for students with a guest speaker and then an Activity Day. On Monday 19th September, the Year 12 Dinner will be held at VAT. The dinner will start at 6.00pm and end at 10.00pm.

The Graduation Evening is on Wednesday 26th October at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre (BREC). Rehearsal for the Presentation Evening is compulsory for every student and is held at the BREC on Wednesday 26th October from 10.30am to 12 noon. On the night, students must arrive at BREC no later than 5.50pm. Parents need to be seated by 6.15pm.The ceremony will start promptly at 6.30pm.

Tickets for the Presentation Evening are limited to five per student. If more than five tickets are required, please contact the Senior School Coordinator, Tonia Gelmi in Student Services. Parents will not actually receive a ticket or a particular seat – seating will be based on first in, first served.

All Year Twelve students and their parents are also invited to Newton Moore Senior High Schools 50th Celebrations on Friday 21st October 2016. All guests should be at the school by 8.45am for a 9.00am start.

Permission notes and further information will be sent home shortly about the above events. However, if you require any further information, please contact Mandy May  on 97222429 or via email  

Managing Exam Stress – Ways to Relax

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

I’m always stressed

Ways to relax

All about getting active

Student Services Update

Year 7 Diary Tips

Speaking Presentations

Throughout our lives there are numerous occasions on which we are expected to give speeches, including engagements, weddings, funerals, birthdays, work presentations, club functions and so on. Many people cringe at the thought because they have never been shown how to prepare for and deliver a high quality speaking presentation.

Cultivating in our students the confidence and know how to stand up and deliver well thought out speaking presentations will benefit them for life. At school students are expected to give verbal accounts of what they have learnt, investigated and concluded to different audiences, including in class, school assemblies, representing the school in public arenas etc. They need to be coached how to do this.

The key to avoiding possible stressful situations in delivering speaking presentations is to nurture in students the resilient and resourceful habits of being prepared, rehearsing voice tones, practising body language and identifying important points beforehand.

The focus this week is designed to provide explicit guidelines, empower students to feel confident to deliver a clear and competent speaking presentation.

Fun Run

On the last day of Term 3 students will be participating in the Newton Moore SHS annual fun run.

This is a great opportunity for students to be involved in a whole school Physical Education activity. The fun run course is approximately 5km long and includes the area of Hay Park and Newton Moore.

Students are encouraged to dress to impress and get creative with their attire for the opportunity to win great prizes!

Parents are more than welcome to attend at cheer on the students throughout the course!

Learning Areas


Refining COE honours passed colleague by promoting science careers for girls

Recently six Year 10 students from Newton Moore High School in Bunbury were inspired about the possibility of forging a career in science, experienced life as a University of Western Australia (UWA) student and visited Alcoa, thanks to a memorial fund established by Alcoa of Australia in conjunction with UWA.

The fund was created in 2011 to honour talented and community-minded former Alcoa employee, and UWA graduate, Chanelle Carter, who died tragically in a cycling accident in Spain in 2010.

Currently in its sixth year, the Chanelle Carter Memorial Fund enabled the students to participate in National Science Week activities, stay on campus and tour Kwinana Refinery. The girls also met Chanelle’s parents.

“Chanelle was always an advocate of women in science and would speak of her grandmother who was refused entry into engineering at UWA because of her gender,” Carim said.

“It seemed fitting that a memorial initiative would focus on providing an opportunity for girls from remote schools in the South West to be exposed to science in higher education and the work place.”

Teacher Celeste Park said the conversation afterwards was totally positive and the girls spoke of how they would all love to study at UWA together.

“These last few days have given the girls the power of possibilities – a wonderful gift. From what I have gleaned of Chanelle I think she would have been delighted,” Celeste said.

A number of previous participants of the program from Newton Moore have since gone on to study science at tertiary level.

In past years, students involved in the program have also come from Pinjarra, Australind and Collie Senior High Schools, Eaton Community College and from Perth College where Chanelle had graduated as Dux of the school.

Exploring careers in science thanks to the Chanelle Carter Memorial Fund were the Newton Moore High School students and teacher Celeste Park, supported by (L-R back) Steve Leavy, Albert Russo, Tina Matheson, Neil Fox, Jarrod Buttery, Shani Higginbottom, Lance Myers and Felicia Lee from Alcoa’s Technology Delivery Group. Not in photo Carim Armanios.


A very important opportunity for current Year 10 and 11 students.

South West Regional TAFE are offering the following courses for Thursdays and Fridays while students are in Year 11 and 12 in 2017. This is a great opportunity to obtain a qualification in an area that interests students.

The best part about these courses is they are mostly free! Normally they would cost over $1,000 each once students leave school!

Students will be provided with an opportunity to apply on-line at school. They can see Mr Mungioli at lunchtimes or before school to get more information.


Geography Students Excel in Australian Geography Competition

Geography students from Newton Moore Senior High School tested their geographical skills and knowledge against students from all around Australia in the 2016 Australian Geography Competition.

Head of Humanities, Kate Nightingale said she had just received the results and was pleased with how the students performed.

“We have a number of students at our school who performed to a very high level in the competition this year with four gaining high distinctions, five distinctions and four credits” said Miss Nightingale

“Over 65,000 students from 670 schools across Australia entered the competition so the results give us an external benchmark as to how our students are going in certain aspects of geography” she added

Bernard Fitzpatrick, the Competitions national coordinator, said: ‘The competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and to reward student excellence.”

“Geography is an important subject which develops a students understanding of the spatial interrelationships between people and place. It helps students appreciate the complex nature of local, regional and global social, economic and environmental interactions, said Mr Fitzpatrick.


The Year 10 Living and Leading students have been completing a NMSHS sporting hall of fame project. With the assistance of Mr John Reading many former students will have their portraits hung in the gym for everyone to view. This project is a celebration of the achievements of some of our talented students.


Well the weather surely turned it on for the annual winter carnival. Newton Moore sent a competitive team to participate against other schools from around the South West.

The school finished fourth in the overall champion shield and fourth again in the meritorious shield.

Individual sports competed well with boys’ volleyball and girls’ netball finishing second in tight contests. Boys’ basketball when through the day undefeated, winning the day. Great work boys! Mixed hockey played hard all day and finished on top, giving them back to back champions, awesome work!



Basketball Boys




Volleyball Boys


Boys Football


Volleyball Girls


Football Girls


Basketball Girls




Positive Behaviour School

The PBS Team has finalised their ‘Purpose Statement’ which is a brief statement of purpose relative to Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). It will form the basis for policies, procedures, activities, and decisions. It will assist staff, students, families and the broader community to understand the focus on the social and behavioural climate of the school.

Our Purpose

We can do MOORE to enhance the capacity of our school community to provide a safe, inclusive learning environment for all.

M aintain a whole school approach with clearly defined expectations and routines
O ur decision making is guided by data
O ur staff expertise is shared and celebrated
R eaching our full potential
E xplicit teaching of expected behaviours

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Jade Riley is a Year 10 student with a promising future. The winner of NMSH Engineering Scholarship two years in a row, she continues to carve her pathway to success.

Jade has worked hard to get where she is achieving A’s in Semester 1 for both her engineering and science classes. Always being prepared for class, completing homework on time and attending homework classes has given Jade the confidence to select ATAR subjects for Year 11.

Jade’s attendance to school is above 90%, and her engagement in all Academy and school activities has earned her place in the Academy Leadership Group.

Recently, being involved in the STEM science fair concreted Jade’s love for all things science and engineering. Jade is hoping a discussion with an industry representative at the fair will secure a work experience placement this year.

Jade’s excellent behaviour, engagement and commitment to the Girls Academy, school community and her academic achievement makes her a valuable role model not only to her sisters and cousins but also to other Academy girls.

News from Parent Bodies

School Board

New Board Member - Belinda Heaney

Belinda is a Process Support Engineer at the BP Oil Refinery in Kwinana, where she has worked for almost 5 years. In her role she provides technical support for the areas of the plant that make the diesel supply for W.A.

Belinda grew up in Bunbury and attended NMSHS, graduating in 2006. She was Head Girl in Year 12 and graduated Dux of her year. After finishing high school she moved up to Perth to study Physiotherapy, but soon switched to Engineering and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with First Class Honours.

Belinda is passionate about helping school students to learn about and explore the possibilities after school, especially in the realm of STEM. During her university studies she was a Curtin Student Ambassador and travelled around some of the schools in Perth to talk to students about her experiences and their options when choosing their university preferences. She has also come back to Newton Moore to speak to some Year 7’s and 8’s from the Career’s education program just last year.

She has a keen interest in keeping active with Crossfit and Triathlons and completed the Busselton Half Ironman in May 2015. Other interests include spending quality time with friends and family and going out for breakfast!


NMSHS 50th Celebrations

We’ve raised the 1966 time capsule! There was some concern that we would have trouble finding it but it was exactly where we expected it to be, right underneath the plaque (although it did have to be moved from its original burial site when the new buildings went in). We’ve dusted it off and have the sealed capsule on display in the library. It will be opened on the 21st, in the library at 11am. I know we have a few founding students coming so the opening will be particularly special for them – seeing just how well their items have survived.

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