Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

20 October 2016

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Principal's Address

Principal's Message

This term is going to be full of fun packed activities including the final Year 12 assembly, our 50th anniversary celebration; the graduation ceremony and the Minister of Education's visit all happening in the first few weeks.

Thanks to students and staff (including a few former students) - all those who have been working tirelessly to make these events a success.

For Year 12 students, the end is suddenly very close. The Semester 2 ATAR mock exams occurred during the term break. With only a few days to go it is important that all assignments and tasks are submitted. I encourage all the 12s to look back and reflect on your school experiences. Your learning journey has occurred over the last 12 years – not just the last 12 months. If you are feeling pressured or stressed, remember that the exams ahead are only a measure of your ability at a specific point in time; and your results do not represent your future.

Research tells us that it is healthy to feel a little stress or anxiety in the lead up to exams; however too much stress can impact negatively on your ability to study effectively. If you need some support to manage your stress, please speak to a family member or member of staff – both our Student Services team and Year 12 teachers/ or Year Coordinators can help at any time.

We would like to wish all of our Year 12 students all the best in their studies and with their exams. I trust all your hard work comes to fruition.

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

Up and Coming Dates

21st October

NMSHS 50th Celebrations

26th October

Year 12 Graduation

28th October

Japanese Film Festival

29th October

YOHfest State Final

31st October

Year 12 WACE Exams begin

4th November

Clontarf Wadjemup Cup

6th November

Chaplain Colour Run

11th November

Music and Visual Arts Examinations

15th - 22nd November

Year 11 Examinations at Hay Park Hockey Stadium

Deputy Principals' Update

One of Newton Moore Senior High School's key values is inclusivity. For us, inclusivity means providing opportunities for all students to be included in school community events and given a chance to participate and succeed. It was wonderful to see the engagement, teamwork and positive efforts of our students during the Battle of the Knights and annual Fun Run held on the last day of Term 3. Thank you to Donelle McInerney and Kate Nightingale for their efforts organising and coordinating these events.

On this same day, we had our 'Shining Knights' rewards, with food, music, games and activities. This was a way of recognising and celebrating the success of those students who continually demonstrate and achieve our school-wide behaviour expectations, specifically:

  • Adhering to the dress code
  • Attendance of 90% and above and being on time to school
  • Positive behaviour (less than three negative behaviour reports)
  • No suspensions or truanting

Congratulations to those students who were 'Shining Knights' in Term 3. Keep up the great work! Students who are 'Shining Knights' each term will be acknowledged and celebrated as a 'Golden Knight' at the end of the year with a special certificate and activity. A big thank you to Tim Morton for organising and coordinating these activities.

At year meetings this week we have been reinforcing with students the importance of maintaining a high standard of behaviour and work effort right through Term 4, with both 'Golden Knights' activities and final reports at the end of the term

Shining Knights
Shining Knights
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Year 11 Semester Two ATAR Examinations

The Year 11 Examinations will be held from November 15, 2016 through to November 22, 2016 at the Hay Park Hockey Stadium. Music and Visual Art students will also have an examination on November 11, 2016. Students are expected to attend school on Monday November 14, 2016.

An e-mail with information about Semester 2 Examinations has been sent out to parents. Please complete the parent consent form which has been given to all Year 11 ATAR students.

Admin Report

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

Ex Student Excels at World Skills

Sallie Brittain went to World Skills in Melbourne recently and after three days of competition won bronze in cookery, a huge achievement. She has also just completed her apprenticeship as a chef which she started not long after graduating in 2013.

Student Services Update

2017 Student Exec

I had the privilege of listening to the speeches of Year 11 students who nominated for the 2017 Student Exec. I was incredibly impressed by all those who nominated. Standing in front of the whole school to deliver a speech takes a great deal of courage and shows excellent leadership.

Congratulations to.....

  • Chantel Cracknell
  • Tamzin Turrell
  • Taylar Barbera
  • Kelley Roberts
  • Jan Fromm
  • Henry McInnes
  • Louise Bradford
  • Samantha Russell
  • Harnoor Sahota
  • Shay Lewis-Te Hau
  • Jacob Ashdown

These students make up our Student Executive for 2017.

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

Year 7 Diary Tips

People you meet

Relationships make the world go around and nearly everything our students will achieve in life will come from working well with others. Therefore it is important that there is a deliberate focus on cultivating in students the necessary skills, dispositions and attributes to enable them to build high quality relationships. Continually building all the elements of students' wellbeing every day will equip them to achieve this. It is essentially about building students' moral, social, emotional, ethical and spiritual infrastructures.

Encouraging students to use their signature strengths when interacting with others will provide them with plenty of positive experiences which will strengthen their overall wellbeing. It is the frequency of positives that make the difference to relationships, not the intensity of them. It can be as simple as smiling when meeting other people, or listening with their eyes, ears and heart and asking over and over again, tell me more. We need to keep reminding students that others matter.

The way they interact with others at school, at home and in the community will contribute to how successful they are in achieving their goals.

The majority of people they will meet are friendly and easy to be with. Then there are those people who have irritating manners and habits who they will find difficult and uncomfortable to be around. To be their best in life they need to learn strategies to tolerate such people and build working relationships with them.

Meet the Team

Meet the new Student Services team member

Please make Education Assistant Renee Brown welcome

Literacy Corner

Grammar Matters!

Welcome to the lucky thirteenth 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.

Last instalment we discussed simple sentences, dependent and independent clauses.

Once writers are clear on how to write a simple sentence and how clauses operate then we can look at compound and complex sentences.

A compound word is a word which is actually made up of two words which have been put together and eventually (because language is always changing) become considered one word. An example is class and room becoming classroom.

A compound sentence is two simple sentences added together.

For example:

Ann went to the shops. She bought some milk and bread.

These two sentences are both simple sentences. They are correct expression.

But using simple sentences only makes writing simple (of course!) and limited. A bit dull really. So a good writer writes a combination of sentence types. The sentences above, about Ann, could easily be joined together, using a joining word (known as a conjunction). For example: Ann went to the shops and she bought some milk and bread.

It is possible to join two or three simple sentences together to make a compound sentence. For example:

The two boys were late. The bus should have gone. It was still waiting.

These three simple sentences could become: The two boys were late and the bus should have gone but it was still waiting.

However compound sentences contain independent clauses added together by conjunctions. Next instalment we'll discuss the complex sentence and the use of dependent clauses.

Learning Areas



Congratulations to the following Year 12 students who completed certificates this year

Cassady Anderson

Cert II and III Business

Cert II Sport and Recreation

Jacie Attowe

Cert III Sport and Recreation

Tiffany Butt

Cert II Community Services

Cert II Business

Teia Cortis

Cert III Disability

Cert II Childcare

Georgia Denehey

Cert III Sport and Recreation

Jade Doorley

Cert III Sport and Recreation

Benjamin Evans

Cert II Emergency Services

Cert II Auto

Cert II Sport and Recreation

Cody Evans

Cert II Metals Engineering

Cert II Auto

Joshua Farr

Cert II Building & Construction

Cert II Business

Kirsten Jarvis

Cert II Business

Cert II Aquaculture

Natalie Kinkella

Cert III Disability

Cert II Community Service

Drew Spratling

Cert III & IV Music

Jack Tucker

Cert III Sport and Recreation

Larissa Turner-Burgess

Cert III Disability

Aaron Lowe

Cert III Hospitality

Jeric Placente

Cert II Sport and Recreation

Cert II Skills for Work


Japan Study Tour 2016

'Twas the night before fly out day, when all thro' the house
Everyone was frantic, even the mouse;
The suitcases should have been packed and labelled 'heavy',
In hopes that customs would ignore the levy;
The students should have been nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of kimonos and anime danc'd in their heads,
And Mrs Kerr in her pyjamas, and I in my mine,
Should have been able to settle our brains from nine.
When our phones started making such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Students were texting their excitement so proud,
"I'm happy, you're happy, but it's midnight already. Go to bed!" I said rather loud.

Morning has come, the cars have been packed,
They needed to be fairly well stacked.
Everyone drove to the airport rather quite quick,
I thought with fingers crossed that no one would be sick.
Alas that was not the case and some became
Sick with something that made the beginning journey such a shame.

"Now! Damon, Larissa and Tyron, now! Erin, Hayden and Cynan,
"On! Claire, Sabrina and Kristina, on! Sheiskha, Rhealou and Dayna;"

To Japan! To Japan we shall go!
A journey of learning, culture and friends we may sow,
To our sister-school we first went,
Oh, the reception we received was beyond any thought spent
On how we would be welcomed by our counterpart,
Given the distance that we have spent apart.

And then in a twinkling, I heard plans of the week
What events we were to behold, we were unable to speak.
Students and teachers were soon to be amazed,
At the all things we would surely learn dazed.
We were in awe of everything around,
So with that in mind, we were hotel bound.

Each night a Kaiwa Circle we did hold,
Everyone was able to speak nice and bold.
Dressed for dinner or ready for bed,
Everyone was able to learn about the things ahead.
Challenges were the talk of most nights,
With students trying as hard as they might.

"Now! Damon, Larissa and Tyron, now! Erin, Hayden and Cynan,
"On! Claire, Sabrina and Kristina, on! Sheiskha, Rhealou and Dayna;"

The school was amazing, from beginning to end,
With a little cultural division that took little to mend.
The classes we took to learn about,
Were just as good as Himeji Castle's majestic clout.
A bundle of surprises along the way,
All students went on home stay.

Their eyes—how they twinkled! Their dimples: how merry,
Their cheeks were like roses, their noses like a cherry;
Their mouths with not little or droll,
They had to quickly learn how to roll;
With the movements of people with pace,
They proved they were certainly up to the race.

Once the home stay was over,
We took to the trains and went all over.
To Kyoto we went for some history,
It was shrouded in so much mystery.
Traditions were the aim
As we all dressed in kimonos not the same.

"Now! Damon, Larissa and Tyron, now! Erin, Hayden and Cynan,
"On! Claire, Sabrina and Kristina, on! Sheiskha, Rhealou and Dayna;"

A wink of my eye and a twist of my head
Soon gave them trust and nothing to dread.
Fiona worked hard to keep everyone happy,
As we left early for Tokyo very sappy.
The bullet train was so fast,
Japan, soon would be the past.

With two days to go and a hectic pace,
We soon learnt of what was meant by Japan's grace.
With buildings so tall and beyond far,
The Imperial Palace gardens were certainly on par
With any beautifully imagined thing,
Particularly Ginza's famous bling!

They spoke not a word, as beyond they looked,
At Disneyland that had been booked.
With loud squeals of joy,
Which happened to be all but a boy,
Off they went for on rides and a day's exploring delight.
The knowledge, how sad, that home bound would be that night.

"Now! Damon, Larissa and Tyron, now! Erin, Hayden and Cynan,
"On! Claire, Sabrina and Kristina, on! Sheiskha, Rhealou and Dayna;"

Japan Study Tour
Japan Study Tour
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English HOLA Lesley Stace and English teachers Tracey Vincent and Deb Hall thoroughly enjoyed attending the Fremantle Press' Great Big Book Club High Tea held on Sunday 16th October at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle. The event was to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the publishing house Fremantle Press who actively promote the writings and work of Western Australian writers. "As well as the very special treat of a very fancy High Tea, we thoroughly enjoyed listening to a variety of writers reading from their latest novels and memoirs." said Lesley Stace. One of the featured writers, Deb Fitzpatrick, whose novel 90 Packets of Instant Noodles is a favourite amongst our Year Elevens, has promised to visit us sometime in the near future.

Lesley, Beth Herbert from Dymocks Busselton, Tracey and Deb)

As the Year Twelves sadly leave us to go onto to even bigger and better things, we say farewell to our champion debating team members Reuben Pemberton Ovens and Damon Barron. Reuben and Damon are exceptional public speakers who have embraced every opportunity to compete at the local SWETA/WADL Debating competition, Country Week speech and debate and WADL's British Parliamentary Debating competition. Reuben and Damon have also acted as strong mentors to our more junior debaters who have been well prepared to carry on the high standards set by these two fine young men. Reuben and Damon should be particularly commended for their recent achievements in the British Parliamentary debating competition. Having soundly beaten schools such as Hale, Perth Modern and Shenton College in the heats, Reuben and Damon made it to the Finals but unfortunately were narrowly defeated by St Hilda's. But our boys have always done us proud competing at the highest level and we look forward to seeing how their verbal jousting skills serve them well into the future. Cherie Fielder, our inimitable Drama teacher, should also be acknowledged for her expertise and the countless hours she spends supporting our debating teams.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Schools have curricula to guide the teaching of every learning area; in PBS, behaviour also becomes a learning area and as such requires the school to develop a behavioural curriculum.

This curriculum begins with determining behaviour expectations. Before we can teach replacement behaviours, or what we want students to do instead of the misbehaviour, as a school community we must agree on common expectations. These expectations provide a vision of the successful student behaviour. NMSHS's current Behaviour Matrix is being reviewed to bring it in line with the PBS guidelines.

Week 6 of Term 3 was when staff got together to have their input into the school wide behaviour matrix. During week 1 of this term, teachers across the different learning areas used one of their class lessons to seek input and feedback from all students. It was their chance to have a voice in the behaviour expectations for the school by listing behaviours that annoy them and affect their time at the school, then grouping them into areas of the school ('settings') where they occur, e.g. In the classroom, In the school yard etc.

The PBS Team value the input from both staff and students and will use the information received to formulate the DRAFT Behaviour Matrix. This will display the behaviour expectations and identify the specific behaviour skills for each of the settings.

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Approximately 40 girls utilise the Academy at recess and lunch time. The incidental yarning over a meal is helping to strengthen the bonds between the girls and staff. A couple of the older girls are stepping up to a mentoring role with the younger girls. Watching these relationships grow is really a beautiful thing.

Girls Academy
Girls Academy
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News from Parent Bodies

School Board

Open Board Meeting

Parents/guardians are invited to attend an Open Board Meeting being held on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 from 7.00 to 7.30pm in the school conference room. It is an opportunity for parents to meet with the Board Members to raise any issues. Parents/guardians wanting to attend the meeting, please RSVP Kerry Cawcutt no later than 3.00pm Thursday 17 November at


Battle of the Knights and Fun Run

On the last day of school during Term 3 the Battle of the Knights and annual Fun Run was held. The day was highlighted by the fantastic costumes on display and the superb team work and camaraderie in all of the events. Overall victors on the day were Galahad. Mr Barbour won the Fun Run.

Battle of Knights
Battle of Knights
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Fun Run
Fun Run
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Astronomy Night 2016

A Bunbury visit by amateur astronomer Andrew Riley provided Newton Moore Senior High School the opportunity to host an astronomy evening for interested students, family members and staff on Wednesday 12th October.

The evening kicked off at 5.00 p.m with students assisting Andrew to set up the equipment on the school oval.

Clear Skies provided perfect views of the night sky and over the course of 3 hours participants enjoyed clear vision of the Moon and planets Venus and Saturn.

NMSHS 50th Celebrations

On Friday 21st October we will be celebrating Newton Moore SHS's 50th anniversary. The day will be packed with ceremony and activities and many opportunities to catch up with old friends. Ex-students from around the globe are coming for the celebrations, from as close as Bunbury to as far away as Canada. The first event of the day will start promptly at 9am so if you are planning on coming down I would make it nice and early to ensure you get a seat.

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