Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

22 September 2016

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

On our last week of this term we have some exciting events happening. We will be celebrating NAIDOC week. This will include a flag raising ceremony; students in Year 7, 8, 9 will be involved in a variety of fun cultural activities. Students will be able to taste damper and kangaroo stew at lunchtime. This year’s theme for NAIDOC is Songlines, The Living Narrative of Our Nation. The purpose of the NAIDOC celebrations is to further promote a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands people, their culture and language.

Another major event in the last week is the ‘Battle of the Knights’ followed by the school ‘Fun Run’. This is an opportunity for students to be involved in a whole school event dress-up and have some fun. Students don’t have to be sporty. They just need to be good team players. We would like to encourage parents to ensure they have their child attend school this day, as it is just as important as any school day.

These are just a few of the highlights of another very busy and successful fortnight at Newton Moore. Once again, I wish you all a very safe holiday. To our Year 12s all the best in preparing and studying for those all-important exams. I am off to Japan in the holidays with Mrs King and our Language students to visit our sister school.

Susan Kerr M.Ed.Admin, B.Ed,Dip.Teach

Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

Our Accounts Officer is Michele Scanlan


Our accounts office is located in the front office of the school.

The finance window is open 8am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

At the accounts window you can pay your child's School charges and contributions, pay for excursions, year books and graduation.

Michele our accounts officer can accept cash, cheque or EFTPOS payments.

Michele can also accept credit card payments over the phone if this is more convenient. You can also make online payments by direct deposit to our bank account.

Don't forget, paying your accounts means your child has a better equipped and better looking school environment.

Up and Coming Dates

10th October

School Development Day

10-17th October

Tuart College Exams

17-21st October

NAP Civics and Citizenship Year 10

17-21st October

Year 8 -11 Conference

18th October

Assembly Farewell Year 12

18th October

Year 12 Last Day – Activity Day

21st October

NMSHS 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Deputy Principals’ Update

As a parent or carer you play a vital role in your child's learning. Building positive relationships between home and school plays an important part in our students' education. Effective communication is the key to the success of these relationships. Working together in a partnership (student, parent and teacher) provides the best opportunity for successful outcomes. Please discuss any queries or concerns with a teacher or Year Coordinator, for example:

  • attendance
  • engagement
  • academic progress
  • social or emotional well being
  • behaviour
  • homework
  • assessment

We are committed to respond promptly and helpfully to your enquiries, concerns, suggestions and positive feedback.


As of the 16th of October 2016, there will be major changes to the TransBunbury school network within Bunbury. These changes will affect all existing town and school services. These changes are designed to improve the bus network and provide greater legibility. Bus drivers will be handing out bulletins about the proposed changes.

“On the 16th of October 2016, there will be major changes to the TransBunbury green town and school network. In order to see how student’s trips are affected, please visit the Public Transport Authority webpage after Wednesday 21st September for new timetables and routes. Please use the Timetable Guide to be directed to the correct timetable for your student.”

Year Group Information

Year 10s – Year 12s

Do you need help to look for or find a job or getting matched to a Career?

Call Jobs South West on 9721 5033 to make an appointment in October, November or December

They will support students and ex-students with mock interviews, resumes, selection criteria, job applications, matching up to jobs.

Please ensure you book in advance as sometimes they are really busy and cannot see people for two weeks.

Student Services Update

Good Standing Policy

The Good Standing Policy aims to reinforce Newton Moore Senior High School’s values and Student Behaviour Expectations. It also aims to teach and assist students to take responsibility for their behaviour, make positive choices and encourage them to do well in all areas of schooling. At NMSHS every student will begin the school year with Good Standing. This entitles the student to all school privileges.

Students who lose their Good Standing will not be allowed to attend extracurricular incursions/excursions, reward activities, inter-school sport or similar for a period of five weeks from the loss of Good Standing. Parents/Guardians and Year Coordinators will be notified and it will be recorded on SIS. Students who lose their Good Standing will not miss out on activities which are ‘whole school events” or required for assessment purposes.

Ways that students can keep their good standing include:

  • Following the behaviour expectations of the school
  • Attending school on time
  • Getting to class on time
  • Wearing the school uniform
  • Completing school assessments by the arranged date

Bullying Prevention

The Newton Moore Senior High School community consistently teaches and promotes the school values (inclusivity, global awareness, happiness, teamwork and success) to create a safe and supportive learning environment for students.

Bullying is when an individual or group misuses power to target another individual or group to intentionally threaten or harm them on more than one occasion. This may involve verbal, physical, relational and psychological forms of bullying. Teasing or fighting between peers is not necessarily bullying.

Staff at Newton Moore Senior High School use a range of strategies when responding to bullying behaviour. The people impacted by the bullying behaviour will be consulted throughout this process. Records will be kept to guide effective case management.

If your child reports that they are being bullied at school please support your child to report it to Student Services so that we can work with you and your child to develop a plan to help them.

Year 7 Diary Tips

Giving and Volunteering

Nurturing in students the adopting of a sense of civic responsibility for the communities they live in is an essential element in their development as young citizens. Adolescence is a time in which students’ primary focus can be upon themselves. Balancing their focus on themselves with proactive attitudes and opportunities to do something to help others, will build interdependent, reflective and collaborative habits in them.

Volunteering their time in assisting others to make the world a better place is a pursuit that will benefit their wellbeing. Raising their awareness and curiosity of volunteer organisations which devote their energies to helping others and then investigating them further is well worth pursuing.

Encouraging students to look at how they can make a positive difference through their signature strengths will energise their efforts. Performing acts of kindness for others creates uplifting positive emotions for all of us.

While enduring volunteerism is seemingly on the ebb worldwide, encouraging students to think beyond their own needs will be character building for them and enable them to initiate positive behaviours.

Literacy Corner

Grammar Matters!

Welcome to the twelfth 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. Then we start looking at sentence structure.

Let’s quickly review what we already know about sentences.

Sentences have two parts, the SUBJECT and the PREDICATE.
8. The last word of the subject is a NOUN or a PRONOUN.
9. The first word of the predicate is a VERB.
In other words, a sentence must have a subject (someone or something) and a verb (an action).
Now, just to make things a little more challenging, we need to learn another new term, clause.

A clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb.

Someone or something (subject) is doing something (verb).

There are two types of clauses, and lots of different names for them. We are going to call them independent clauses and dependent clauses.

  • An independent clause can stand on its own. It makes sense on its own. It is sometimes called a main clause or a principal clause.
  • A dependent clause does not make sense on its own. It needs other clauses around it. It is a sentence fragment, which you will remember from Unit 1. It is sometimes called a subordinate clause.

Sentence Structures

There are three different sentence structures. They are:

  • simple
  • compound
  • complex.

A simple sentence expresses only one idea. A simple sentence is one single clause; an independent clause.

For example:

  • Dad and I went fishing.
  • The athlete won a gold medal.
  • I like pizza.

Life would be very boring if we only had simple sentences. Look at this example.

He arrived home very late. His mother was upset. He told her the reason. That didn’t help at all. She made him do his homework before dinner. He had to do the dishes. He did everything she asked. She was still unhappy. She wouldn’t speak to him. She wouldn’t look at him. He promised to never be late again. Everyone was happy.

This is a series of simple sentences. It is not powerful writing. You can make your writing a lot more interesting if you learn to use compound and complex sentences as well.

So next instalment at the beginning of Term 4 – compound and complex sentences!

Learning Areas


2016 STAWA Science Talent Search

Newton Moore was proud to be informed that we had two student finalists for 2016 Science Talent Search.

Students Connie O’Reilly (Yr 11) and Emmason Tucker (Yr 10) have been invited to a presentation ceremony on Wednesday 21st September at Scitech Discovery Centre to acknowledge their efforts. Connie's project investigated the impact of sky glow on the night sky, and Emmason's project investigated possible bacterial resistance to hand sanitisers. A great effort by both students and we look forward to hearing the results.

ASSETS Program

Congratulations to Harley Marsh (Yr 10) who has been selected to attend the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) program in Townsville from 12-20 December 2016. Harley will work with James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science looking at sensor networks and biodiversity and complete a workplacement with scientists in the field. During the trip, Harley will also look at the interface between traditional and Western science as well as being involved in the Leadership and Support program.

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to Jade Warrington who is a worthy finalist in the WESTERN AUSTRALIA Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award. Jade has contributed to the PEAC and the Science Specialist Programs over many years and is currently the school’s STEM coordinator. Well deserved Ms Warrington!


Full Time TAFE Applications now open

Important message for all Year 10 -12 aiming to leave school at the end of this year to study at TAFE full time.

Applications are now open. Go online to the following links and call South Regional TAFE for more information.

Please be aware that TAFE will look at OLNA results and school reports as part of your application.


The Australian Geography Competition

The Australian Geography Competition is a contest for Australian secondary school students, assessing their geographical knowledge and skills. The competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and to reward student excellence

The top students from Year 10, 9, 8 and 7 were selected by their teachers to take part in the competition. Although we had no overall competition winners in our age groups, the students did very well at tackling some very challenging questions!

Year 10 students,
From left to right - Jack Harrington, Dale Luke, Emmason Tucker, Bonnie Cook, Ky Williams, Daisy Brookes

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Why ‘Getting Tough’ isn’t the solution

“In reality, punishments satisfy the punisher, but have little lasting effect on the punished.” (Losen, 2011).

PBS is about giving students with social, emotional and behavioural needs the environment that may allow them to learn the vital skills, behaviours and attitudes necessary to function successfully, not only in school, but also in the community and workforce.

NMSHS’s PBS Team Implementation Checklist (TIC) guides the PBS team in the implementation process. Currently in the very early stages of implementing PBS we have recently reviewed the TIC (checklist) and completed the Action Plan at the same time to track items that are ‘In Progress’ or ‘Not Yet Started’. This will be carried out on a regular basis to ensure our efforts are continued over time.

Aboriginal Education


NAIDOC Day at Newton Moore SHS was held on Wednesday the 21st of September. The theme for NAIDOC this year is Songlines: The Living Narrative of Our Nation. The program, for the day commenced with a student, parent, teacher breakfast of bacon and egg rolls. The NAIDOC assembly involved students presenting the meaning of NAIDOC, Welcome to Country in Language, a Narrative on the Songlines theme, music performance, slide shows and presentation of Art Work.

Recess involved a Didgeridoo and Dance performance by Koolangkas Kreate. For Periods 3,4 & 5 the Year 7,8 & 9 classes participated in a number of workshops such as; Art, Language, Drum Beat, Film, Cultural and Connecting to Country.

During lunch the school population were entertained by music and an opportunity to watch Artists in Residence ply their artistic wares while enjoying a nice warm cup of kangaroo stew.

On behalf of the Aboriginal Education Team we would like to thank the students, family, community members and presenters for celebrating NAIDOC 2016.

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Girls Academy


The 8th Annual Girls Academy Showcase was recently held in Perth. Over 120 girls from Academies throughout WA, NT and NSW participated. It was a three day event, held at Curtin University and activities included an Opening Ceremony hosted by comedian/actor Peter Rowsthorn, a two day basketball tournament with trophies and special awards and one day of cultural, leadership and university activities, hosted and facilitated by Curtin AHEAD.


Employment Forum – Wednesday 7th September

The Clontarf Foundation operates under a simple yet effective mission statement.

“The Clontarf foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.”

One of the most important aspects of this statement is to improve employment prospects in order to participate meaningfully in society. What better way to improve the employment prospects of our boys than to put them in a room full of potential employers for a few hours. On Wednesday 7th September this is exactly what we did when we held our annual South West Clontarf Employment Forum.

At the Koombana Bay Sailing Club our year 10, 11 and 12 boys met with members of businesses and organisations such as ERG Electrical, Water Corporation, AWDC, Goomburrup, ANZ Bank, WA Police, Centrelink, Consumer Protection and Illuka Recources. During a rotation system the boys each had a chance to take part in information sessions and 1 on 1interviews with each of the businesses and organisations. The interviews were a great opportunity for the boys to engage with potential employers and gain useful information they will find useful in their future employment.

One of the many highlights of the day was the talk given by one of our Clontarf alumni Rodney Dann. He spoke about the difficulties of finding a fulfilling occupation and the time that it took to do so. He was also quite inspirational when he talked about his goals for the future. We would like to extend a sincere thankyou to Rodney for taking time out of his day to talk to us.

We would also like to thank Iluka Resources for their excellent efforts in providing and cooking the breakfast for the boys and other organisations. The great food really did help to make the day a great one.

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

High Achiever – Dale Fortescue

It seems like yesterday I noticed a hard working Year 8 student trying his best to produce quality work in the classroom. Within the first few months of his time at Newton Moore High School he was moved into the Science Horizons Specialist Program. It was there he took advantage of the opportunities given to him. Dale was the top of his class in Physics and scored very well across the board in all subjects during his final year at NMSHS.

All of us at Newton Moore Senior High School were very happy and proud to hear that Dale is now training at ADFE (Australian Defence Force Academy), which is linked to the University of NSW. He is studying Aeronautical Engineering over the next three years. Dale plans on continuing his studies becoming a pilot after his degree.

All of us at NMSHS wish the best to this wonderful young man. Special thanks to Dale’s mum Beverley for passing on this story and the picture of Dale with the Chief of Defence Force – Air Chief Marshall Mark Binskin AC.

Kind Regards,
Marty Denstedt BSc. Grad. Dip. Education
Newton Moore Senior High School

Choice Programs


The Year 9 MASH students have been improving their leadership skills by assisting at the Adam Road Carnival. Many of the students were involved in officiating and organizing their athletics events which allowed for the smooth running of the day. Adam Road teacher Mrs Sheedy was very impressed with the students support and enthusiasm in making the day run smoothly.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

Jo Curtis wins volunteering award

The Nan Marlow Award for Excellence in Volunteering recognises the special people who contribute many hours to school canteens. Jo Curtis started volunteering at the Newton Moore canteen in 1997 and has contributed 4800 hours of her time. Jo works every Wednesday, despite no longer having children attending the school and her volunteering also extends to mentoring primary school students. Without such dedicated volunteers as Jo we would not be able to provide the services we do for our students so the staff and students of Newton Moore would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Jo, and the other volunteers who make such a difference to our school.

School Board

The Newton Moore Senior high school Independent Public School Board's role is to provide strategic guidance and monitoring of the school's performance. We are very lucky here at Newton Moore as we have a very hardworking board whose members really care about the future directions of the school.

Members of the board are elected for a maximum of 3 years. The School Board meets twice a term in Terms One and Four and once a term in Terms Two and Three. Additional meetings may be called if we have something really important to discuss. The Board most recently has been looking at school students performance data and discussing the school’s positive behaviour support program. Next meeting we will be reviewing the OLNA and NAPLAN data. A special thank you to the wonderful board members and chair.


NMSHS 50th Celebrations

The excitement is starting to build up around the school as the arrangements for the celebrations are finalised. The program and brochure will give you the information you need to plan your day – we have the formal assembly in the morning, opening the time capsule and burying the 2016 time capsules, one for each year group. Each of the learning areas will also be presenting special programs on the day. There will be some amazing artwork for you to view, trips down memory lane looking at photos and memorabilia and enjoying the spectacle of over 850 students forming a human “NM 50” on the oval at the end of the school day. The festivities won’t be over then. There will be a sundowner to give you a chance for a more relaxed catch up with old and new friends, and the day will culminate in a Showcase presented by the Performing Arts students.

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