Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

3 November 2016

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Principal's Address

Principal's Message

This term has started off a very busy one. We had our Year 12s finish Week Two. We also had the 50th Anniversary celebrations. This was a very important day at Newton Moore Senior High School. We began with a whole school assembly which highlighted how schools are different today, compared to 50 years ago. We opened the time capsule and we had a variety of class activities happening across the school. All in all, a great day and a wonderful way to celebrate our birthday. A special thank you needs to go to the coordinating committee and the work they did in producing the school's anniversary booklets, making 50 years of Knight magazines available on a thumb drive and working tirelessly to make the day such a success.

I would like to take this opportunity to say goodbye and good luck to our Year 12s. What a wonderful group of students. You have always been great ambassadors for our school. The end of your school life marks the culmination of several years of hard work and in many cases, sacrifice. It is time to look to the future. While I congratulate you for your achievements, I would like to thank especially your parents, relatives and friends for their roles in supporting you throughout your school life. In particular, I would like on your behalf, to give a special thank you to Ms Gelmi, your Year 12 Coordinator, Mr Marinoni the Student Exec Coordinator and Mrs Keall, Deputy in charge of Year 12s. I know these staff have spent many hours nurturing and ensuring that every Year 12 in this school has had the best possible chance of achieving to their potential.

I would also like to thank our outgoing Student Executive, in particular, Cameron Kendall and Luella Knuckey in their roles as Head Boy and Head Girl. Cameron and Luella have represented the school admirably and on many occasions including at the district Anzac Service, by being representatives on special occasions and in their role of ensuring a number of projects happened in the school. Thank you also to the other Executive members for their work coordinating school assemblies and their involvement in fund raising events.

Finally, thank you to all the teachers who have over the years taught this wonderful group of students. Friday, 28th October was 'World Teachers Day'. This special day is acknowledged world-wide by around 100 countries. This celebration aims to highlight the endeavours and achievements of teachers on a global scale.

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

From the Finance Team

Finalise your 2016 C&C Payments

With the end of the school year fast approaching, a reminder to any parents who have outstanding C&C balances, to finalise these payments. Next year's costing sheets are being prepared and will be sent to you prior to the end of the year, so please take the opportunity to start 2017 with a zero balance.

Up and Coming Dates

9th November


14-18th November

Year 10/11 Exams

17th November

Aboriginal Awards Night

18th November

Year 7-10 T20 Blast Cricket Carnival

Deputy Principals' Update

Tips for Year 11 Exam Preparation

How can I help my child prepare?

  • Ensure they are well rested in the lead up to the testing.
  • Help them maintain a steady routine, health eating and sleep patterns.
  • Provide positive encouragement and support.
  • Help them work through any issues that are worrying them – to avoid unnecessary stress.
  • Provide opportunities for your children to read different types of texts (newspapers, magazines, articles, fiction, non-fiction, pamphlets).
  • Talk to your children about what they read:
    - Asking them about their opinions of the material.
    - Encourage them to substantiate their opinions.
    - Ask them inferential questions (questions implied by the text but not written in the text).
    - Encourage them to use their Mathletics, and any learning apps.

Maximising results

  • When answering multiple choice questions:
    - Never leave a question out (you will definitely get no marks)
    - Never put two answers (you will definitely get no marks)
    - If you are unsure – eliminate those answers which you are sure are wrong and then make an educated guess at the ones left (you are likely to have a reasonable chance of guessing correctly)
  • Write as clearly as possible.
  • Put an answer down for every question.
  • Use the prompts given to help you answer the questions (titles, pictures, diagrams, headings, key words).
  • Use the guides when writing a persuasive argument.

Admin Report

Minister for Education visits Newton Moore

On 26th October 2016 we had a visit from the Honourable Peter Collier MLC, Minister for Education.

The Minister spoke with some of our senior students, visited some of specialist science classes where he witnessed students in action doing robotics and electronics activities. Following this he did a short tour of the school with Regional Executive Director Neil Milligan and met some key staff. I am sure he would agree the highlights of his visit was speaking to students, getting their views on education and being able to give a short address to staff at Recess. The Minister indicated he was very impressed with our school before he had to head off because of his busy schedule. Whilst at our school, the Minister recognised the school's need for additional facilities. Staff and students hosted a very successful visit.

Student Services Update

Adolescence is a period of time in which students' capacities to stay focused on the job at hand and ignore distractions are often tested. For younger students we focus on assisting them to build resilient habits to ignore distractions both at school and at home. For Senior students the focus is on assisting them to prioritise what they do to prepare for their assessment and exam periods.

Distractions can arise from many things in the classroom and in students lives:

  • Not being in the 'learning zone' and having other things competing for their attention.
  • Natural curiosity often displays itself in class and activities as being easily distracted by what's happening around them in the group; unfortunately this is more times than not treated as a discipline issue.
  • A lack of prioritising and not placing preparation for assessment and exams high on their list.
  • Their image and how they believe they should act in class to win peer acceptance.
  • Having fixed mindsets and lacking grit to push themselves to accept and overcome challenges.

Students need to be explicitly taught how to reflect on when and why they are distracted so that they connect to the moment to be mindful of their main distractors. This will enable them to focus on the right things using their signature strengths

A proactive approach is to engage their curiosity by providing them with opportunities to relate what the class is learning to their interests and their worlds. This may mean that there are quite a number of different directions being pursued in class, but this is where rich learning occurs and distractions are minimised.

Student Travel Information

Bus Timetables Effective from 31st October

The following changes will take place on Monday the 31st of October:

  • School Special 787am departs ten minutes earlier.
  • School Special 787pm will be removed and replaced with 790pm and 791pm.
  • School Special 788 diverts to Newton Moore SHS.

South West Coach Lines Temporary Travel Permit

Protocol for temporary travel on South West Coach Lines orange school bus service.

If a student wishes to travel on a school bus in which they are not authorised to travel on, a written request from their parent or guardian will be required. In order for this request to be processed, South West Coach Lines ask that the below listed information be provided via email: no less than 24 hours prior to planned travel.

  • Name of child requesting travel
  • School bus number/service in which child will be travelling on
  • Pickup and drop-off location
  • Guardian/parent contact details
  • Contact number for receiving adult

Please note travel on these services are not guaranteed and are subject to availability.

School Nurse

Newton Moore encourages students to eat a healthy breakfast and the free breakfast provided on Wednesday morning was quickly devoured by the eager students. The breakfast included water, fruit and a variety of sweet and savoury muffins.

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Literacy Corner

Grammar Matters!

Welcome to the fourteenth 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 compound sentences and independent clauses.

Now we need to discuss complex sentences and dependent clauses.

A complex sentence is made up of one or more independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.

Consider this example:

When he felt in his pockets he found the note his mother had given him and he passed on the message.

Remember, an independent clause makes sense on its own. So the independent clauses in this sentence are:

  • he found the note
  • he passed on the message

Dependent clauses don't make sense on their own. The examples in the sentence above are:

  • when he felt in his pockets
  • which his mother gave him

Dependent clauses add information to a sentence.

Good writing contains a balance of the sentence types. Students need to ensure that their understanding of sentence structure is strong if they are going to be effective and more confident writers.

In the next instalment we'll be discussing common problems in students' sentences.

Learning Areas


2016 Teaching Excellence Award

Jade Warrington, Newton Moore SHS science teacher extraordinaire has won the Regional Achievement and Community Education awards. It is an amazing achievement that has an educator from a government school beat all the university and TAFE lecturers. We are so excited but acknowledge she is an amazing practitioner.


The 26th Iluka Visions exhibition is currently running at the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery. A judging panel of professional artists awarded prizes to the best works from each year and the Year 10 winner was Ella Smith.


Jobs South West helping our Year 10 and 11 students

Staff from Jobs South West - Community Services will visit Newton Moore SHS on Friday 4th and Monday 7th November to conduct Mock Interviews with Year 10 and 11 students who recently applied for TAFE courses that will commence 1-2 days a week in February next year.

The aim of this is to improve student interview techniques. This opportunity will be extremely valuable as students will gain an insight into how a professional interview is conducted. Students will also be provided with feedback about strengths and areas that require improvement. In this way students may feel more comfortable attending their possible TAFE interview.

Students involved will be notified about their interview date, time and location.

White Card Training- a great opportunity

White Card training is a requirement for any young person to work on a building site.

The Apprenticeship and traineeship Company have offered their services to support Newton Moore Senior High School.

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

4 hours 3.15pm – 7pm, Tuesday 6th November

Students interested in getting a white card need to see Mr Mungioli (lunchtimes or before school) for more information and an enrolment form.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

The Science of Behaviour.

The science of behaviour has taught us that students

  • Are NOT born with 'bad behaviours'.
  • Do NOT learn better ways of behaving when given undesirable consequences.
  • Do learn better ways of behaving when behaviours are directly taught and regularly practised followed by frequent positive reinforcement.

Reaching today's students requires a teaching focus – teaching students how to be successful and behave responsibly in school. Students can be taught socially acceptable ways of behaving just as one would teach any academic subject.

Student and Staff feedback on the Behaviour Matrix was collated this week and then thoroughly analysed by the PBS Team where a draft copy will be put forward at the next PBS meeting.


Year 8 and 11 students enjoying a relaxing 'obento' lunch before heading to the Japan Film Festival

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Our Tuesday Strong Teen Muay Thai classes at Omac are continuing to be very popular. We are filling the 12 seater Retravision bus weekly. This term these sessions will include a suicide awareness component. This will lead into the Yr8 and 9 engagement camp we are attending with the Benang Suicide Prevention Team. The 3 day camp will be held at Nanga Bush CampClontarf


NMSHS 50th Celebrations

Newton Moore SHS celebrated its 50th anniversary on the 21st October. It was a fabulous day, with over 300 guests attending the assembly, exploring the grounds and enjoying the spectacle of the students forming "NMSHS 50" on the oval.

The guest speakers, who included Mrs Susan Turnbull (nee Butcher), the first Head Girl, Steve Sutherland, the longest serving Newton Moore teacher and the current Head Boy, Cameron Kendall and Head Girl Luella Knuckey, presented inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable speeches.

Recognition was also given to Home Ec Assistant Sue Vesnaver who has been with Newton Moore since the beginning. A poem written by Gwen Stapleton to recognise this outstanding service was read.

An anniversary cake was cut by Mrs Susan Turnbull and Cameron Kendall and the guests then moved around the school, ending their travels at the library, to enjoy the displays and the opening of the 1966 time capsule. The contents were in an amazing condition and Principal Sue Kerr showed each item off to its best advantage thoroughly entertaining the audience of past and present students and staff. Items in the capsule included money, exam papers, canteen price list and a book with each students signature in. There were also a number of local papers, items about Bunbury and its attractions and of course a top 40 list.

Students and staff are busy collecting items to include in the 2016 time capsule which will be buried when the contents and capsule are prepared.

NMSHS 50th Celebrations
NMSHS 50th Celebrations
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