Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

17 November 2016

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Preparation for Newton Moore’s Transition to Year 7 program is well under way thanks to the coordination and management skills of our transition coordinator Ms Gelmi and Student Services Coordinator Pippa Herbert. We have already started by conducting a “Flying Start” program, which is about providing extra assistance to some students for their transition into high school. A group of students have been attending Newton Moore one morning under the watchful eye of our school psychologist Miranda Gerson and school support staff. The students will be involved over the weeks in a number of classes; they have also met a number of the school’s staff. By the time these students come to high school next year they will be very familiar with the way our school operates.

As well the transition team has visited all our feeder primary schools over the past term. These visits include initial talks to students by members of the school administration team. December 7th is when the incoming Year 7 students will visit our school and experience Orientation Day. This day is designed to familiarise students with daily routine as well the physical layout of the school. A full day’s timetable has been organised between 8:40am – 3:00pm during which time students will visit various sections of the school, become aware of services available to them and be involved in some classroom lessons.

The WACE exams have now almost concluded and so many of the Year 12 students I am sure will be relieved. Our Year 11s commenced their final exams this week. We wish them all the best in the exams. We would also like to encourage all Year 11 students to use the last week at school wisely finishing any uncompleted work and assignments. On behalf of the staff and specially Mrs McInerney, Year 11 Coordinator, I would like to wish all our Year 11s a safe and enjoyable holiday. I hope you all come back well rested and ready for an extremely important final year of study.

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

From the Finance Team

The school relies on the charges and contributions to conduct the diverse and engaging curriculum on offer. Having the widest choice of courses ensures all students are being catered for. Your contribution and charges contribute to what happens in the classroom such as providing food, stationery, equipment, printing, software, transport, textbook hire, etc. They do not pay for salaries, additional excursions, large equipment such as lathes or buses, photocopiers, furniture, computers, maintenance. The school thanks all the families who promptly pay their accounts. The school will send unpaid charges to the debt collectors soon to ensure we can maintain the high standard of classroom activities for all of our students. Please contact the accounts office should you have problems paying or to set up an individual payment plan.

Up and Coming Dates

22nd November

Girls Academy Sports Clinic

22nd November

Clontarf Juniors Albany Cricket Carnival

24th November

Year 8 Immunisation

25th November

Year 11 Last Day

27th November

Student Exec Camp

Deputy Principals’ Update

As we pass the half way mark of Term 4 of the 2016 school year we are not only preparing student reports, but also planning for the 2017 school year. This planning is not only focused on timetables, class structures and classroom programs, it is also focused on fostering change and opportunity at the classroom level for our students.

The 2017 school year will see Newton Moore Senior High School come to the end of the three year Business Plan.

School Environment

Over the holiday break some our classrooms were transformed with new furniture and blinds. This is an important project for us. Students are the number one asset at Newton Moore Senior High School and we look forward with great anticipation to see these classroom transformations changing the way our students engage in their education, and the learning opportunities provided on a daily basis. We are also in the process of placing more new interactive projectors in the school. Improving the school environment continues to be a focus for us and I am sure parents would have noticed the recent improvements to the parent car park and drop off points.

Admin Report

Please be advised that due to a server upgrade all electronic communication from and to the school will be inaccessible from Wednesday 7th December through to Friday 9th December.

All communication (including absences) will need to be conducted face to face or by phone. If you have changed any of your contact details recently, please contact the school to update our records.

NMSHS contact details


9722 2400

Students Services

9722 2429

Year Group Information

Year 12 Graduation Evening

The Year 12 Graduation Ceremony was held on Wednesday 26th October at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. It was a fantastic celebration of the achievements and outstanding contributions this fantastic group of students has made to Newton Moore Senior High School over the last five years.

Guests were entertained by our school’s Stage Band, including a number of Year 12 students, performing “Hit the Road Jack”.

The Graduating class were given some wise life lessons from our guest speaker, Newton Moore Senior High School’s 2000 Head Boy, Mr Tim Cooper, who has a very rewarding career in the real estate industry with Summit Realty in Bunbury. Tim encouraged the class of 2016 to set big audacious goals and go after them. He acknowledged that life has its ups and downs and trial and tribulations but ultimately if the graduating students are doing it for what they believe in and what they want to achieve, they can have a lot of fun along the way. He let them know that there are no dress rehearsals in life so whatever they choose to do in life, they need to do it, with passion and vigour.

Tim’s message was very clear, “Decide what you want, make a plan and give it absolutely everything you’ve got.”

Cameron Kendall and Luella Knuckey, our 2016 Head Boy and Girl, delivered a compelling speech that reminisced about their time at school, thanked parents, extended family members and all staff for their support and wished all Year Twelve students well in the future.

To the class of 2016 – we wish you every happiness in your future. Thank you sincerely for all your input and involvement in our school throughout your time here. We look forward to hearing of all your successes in the future.

Tonia Gelmi

Year 12 Graduation Assembly
Year 12 Graduation Assembly
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Student Services Update

Year 12 Graduation

2016 Subject Awards




Mathematics Essentials

Bunbury City Glass

Taylor Jane Mason

Mathematics Applications

Bunbury City Glass

Kasey Hunt

Mathematics Methods

Bunbury City Glass

Damon Barron

Ron Newberry Mathematics Medallion

Damon Barron

Engineering Studies

Edith Cowan University

Khaiden Dow


GHD Pty Ltd

Damon Barron

Human Biological Sciences


Luella Knuckey

Biological Science

Dr Foster and Associates

Reuben Pemberton-Ovens

Certificate of Excellence in Engineering Studies

Engineers Australia WA Division

Khaiden Dow

Certificate II Aquaculture

Barry Allen Electrical

Kirsten Jarvis

Steve Isopenko Science Medallion

Edith Cowan University

Reuben Pemberton-Ovens

English General

Campion Education

Natalie Kinkella

English ATAR

Mr Phil Smith

Reuben Pemberton-Ovens

Psychology Award

Access Housing Australia

Khaiden Dow

Politics and Law

Stephen Ventor

Reuben Pemberton-Ovens

Workplace Learning Endorsed Program

CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia

Molly Butler

Vocational Education and Training School Based Traineeship/Apprenticeship Award

Apprentice and Traineeship Company

Cassady Anderson

Australian Super Award for Excellence VET

Australian Super

Year 12 ATAR Indonesian Award

Burke Air

Eloisa Rayco

Music Award

Vic Puzey

Damon Barron

Materials Design and Technology


Joshua Farr

Computer Science

Cathy Rice Travel

Reuben Pemberton-Ovens

Community Services Certificate II

WA Country Builders

Ayla Boshoff

Children, Family and Community Award

Barry House

Natalie Kinkella

Certificate II Business Award

Piacentini and Son

Cassady Anderson

Annette Tilbrook Scholarship

Print Sync

Austin Nieuwenhuyze

General Physical Education Studies

Bus West

Cassady Anderson

Special Awards

Sir Newton Moore Family Award

Kasey Hunt

Aboriginal Education Achievement Award

South West Aboriginal Medical Services

Caitlin Willets

Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award

Australian Defence Force

Luella Knuckey

Phil Smith Literary Award

NMSHS Parents & Citizens Association

Teia Cortis

Edith Cowan University Personal Excellence Award

Edith Cowan University

Eloisa Rayco

Caltex Best All-Rounder Award

Caltex and Mr John Castrilli

Angus Fyfe

Forrest Medal Award

Ms Nola Marino MP

Reuben Pemberton-Ovens

Sportsman of the Year Award

Slater-Gartrell and School Sport WA

Cody Evans

Sportswoman of the Year Award

Slater-Gartrell and School Sport WA

Cassady Anderson

Female Student of the Year

Mainline Plumbing

Emily Erceg

Male Student of the Year

Hon Adele Farina MLC and Cam Contracting

Cameron Kendall

Vocational Education and Training DUX

Mrs Susan Kerr

Natalie Kinkella

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank DUX

City of Bunbury

Reuben Pemberton-Ovens

Year 12 Graduation
Year 12 Graduation
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Literacy Corner

Grammar Matters!

Welcome to the fifteenth 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.

In recent instalments we have discussed sentence structure.

It’s time to discuss very common mistakes in students’ writing – in particular their sentence structure. As parents you could easily help students to edit their assignment work.

Problem # 1 – The Run on sentence.

Back to basics. Students love to write run-on sentences – by this we mean sentences that keep going on and on and on.

It’s as annoying as drivers who don’t indicate when changing lanes. It’s almost as if they think cars are fitted with a limited number of clicks of the indicator light and they want to save them “for a rainy day”!

Use of full stops and capital letters is free, unlimited in number and not difficult to do. But kids will be kids (sigh). They prefer using “and” or “and then” with relish!

For example:

I was walking down the street and then I saw a ghost and then I ran to the nearest house and I yelled out to the people inside and they came out and helped me.

Let’s make this incredibly long run on sentences into several simple sentences:

I was walking down the street. I saw a ghost! I ran to the nearest house. I yelled out to the people inside. They came out and helped me.

NB: Alternatively you can write some sentences with the subject (the person or thing the sentence is about - “the part that names”) doing two connected things. In this case you don’t need to mention the subject in the second part.

e.g. I ran to the nearest house and yelled out to the people inside. NOT “I ran to nearest house and I yelled out to the people inside.”

Problem # 2 – No capital letter at the beginning of a sentence and no appropriate punctuation mark at the end.*

Umm. Tough problem?? Not really. But students are complacent. They are also exposed to lots of poor examples on TV etc.

e.g. she went to school he wanted to walk into school with her she didn’t want to why not

For lack of FOUR capital letters and FOUR punctuation marks these perfectly reasonable sentences are just a line of words.

e.g. She went to school. He wanted to walk into school with her. She didn’t want to. Why not?

* An appropriate punctuation mark? A full stop, exclamation mark or question mark. Not a comma!

Unfortunately, students can also become careless because of their frequent use of computers which auto correct use of capital letters. Being effective users of computers is important for their future. In their future workplaces they may write entirely using computers. However, NAPLAN assesses these basic skills and when it goes online in 2017-18 it may be the same as the OLNA (Online Literacy and Numeracy) tests which students have to pass in order to graduate from Year Twelve. OLNA is done online but students do not have access to Spell and Grammar Check. Students who have struggled to pass OLNA have admitted to us that they have allowed themselves to become too used to relying on Autocorrect for capital letters!

More common mistakes in the next instalment…

Learning Areas


Year Nine students start considering their future:

On Tuesday November 8th Year Nine students attended a 30 minute presentation by CAVE (Career and Vocational Education) Coordinator Alf Mungioli. The event, organised by English HOLA Lesley Stace, is a part of the school’s Career Education program and aimed to encourage students to start thinking about their future career ambitions. “By Year Nine students are often struggling to recognise the relevance of schooling but are ready to start connecting up their education to their career goals and future prospects.” commented Alf Mungioli. “Once they make that connection, they are often more motivated to work hard to achieve to their potential.” The presentation outlined the options available to students in Year Eleven and Twelve and encouraged students to start having conversations with their parents, families and peers, to start considering what their interests are and what their possible future occupations involve. What do I need to become an electrician versus what do I need to become a physiotherapist?

In her introduction, Lesley Stace reminded students that the majority of students do not know what they want to do for a career at their age (so they shouldn’t panic!) but that they should start getting informed so that they ensure they have a range of options. Having potential and achieving to that potential are two very different things!!

A guide to help parents have informed discussions with their children will be sent out to all Year Nine parents in the upcoming mailout. Prompt responses to the letter also enclosed in the mailout will be appreciated as they will guide our planning for 2017 and beyond so we can best meet your children’s needs.

Newton Moore SHS helping students Building Interview Skills

Late last term a number of students applied for TAFE courses that will run as part of school program for Year 11s and 12s in 2017. Kathy and Jane from Jobs South West recently visited our school and conducted practise interviews with our Year Ten and Eleven students who were applying.

At their interview, students were given a range of questions as if they were experiencing a real interview. Students were under some pressure to perform in an unfamiliar situation. Students valued the experience and were provided with important feedback on what to keep in mind to improve answers and create a better impression.

We thank Jane and Kathy from Jobs South West for giving up their time and supporting our students.

Our students will be better prepared should they get an interview to get into TAFE.


Books, books and more books!!!

On Friday November 18th we will be hosting a mobile book shop at our school courtesy of Dymocks Busselton and the generosity of the NMSHS P&C.

Thanks to the P&C’s kind donation, the English Department will be awarding two prizes in every Year Seven and Eight English class. In each class, students will be presented with certificates for “Best Reader” and “Highly Commended Reader”. These award winners will also be invited to a private session, during class time, in the mobile book shop where they will have the opportunity to choose a book from the extensive range. These prizes are funded by the P&C.

All students will have the opportunity to visit the mobile book shop during Recess and Lunch to browse and purchase books. Cash will be accepted. Eftpos facilities will also be available.

Thanks once again to the P&C in promoting the importance and absolute joy of reading! Photos in next Schoolzine.


Nathan Wheels (Alberts Car Stereo), Jayden Williamson (Music teacher), and Samantha Russell (on cymbals) performing at the Relay for Life.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Reasons for unproductive behaviour

There are three reasons for unproductive behaviour in the classroom.

  1. A lack of skill level for the required behaviour
  2. A lack of motivation to perform the preferred behaviour
  3. Getting a need met inappropriately (for example getting attention or to avoid a task)

There has been a lot of team work and consultation amongst staff and students to create the final draft of the Behaviour Matrix. Instead of the matrix telling us how we shouldn’t be behaving, the desired behaviours are written to tell us how we should be behaving. For example, the matrix says “Arrive to class on time instead of “Do not be late to class”.

This week both staff and students will have time to reflect on the final draft to ensure we get these desired behaviours right because this matrix will replace the current one we have. It will be the expectations (guidelines) for all students, staff and parents who are part of our school community.

Aboriginal Education


South West Academy Gold Coast Trip 2016

The Year 11&12 Kaardas headed to the Gold Coast for their end of year trip.

Highlights included a tour of Metricon Stadium and tour of the Gold Coast Suns Rooms, an Aboriginal Cultural tour at Jellurgal, an educational tour and volunteer work at Australia Zoo and a surfing lesson at Tallebudgera Beach.

The lads were great travellers and represented their school and Academy brilliantly in everything they did.

Gold Coast Trip 2016
Gold Coast Trip 2016
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News from Parent Bodies

School Board

The School Board is in the process of preparing for the Independent Public School review. The Department of Education services will undertake the scheduled review on March 28th and 29th 2017. The purpose of the review is to verify that the commitments of the school’s Delivery and Performance Agreement have been met and that there are effective processes in place bringing about improved student learning.

Reviewers will meet with school staff and School Board members to discuss our quality of practice and how effective we have been in addressing school priorities.

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