Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

7 April 2016

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Principal's Address

Principal's Message

This term has proved to be very fruitful with lots of events happening across the school. We presently have all students in Years 10, 11 and 12 trialling for the Country Week Teams, we have just had a highly successful school ball, lots of great activities to support our Year 7 students into high school and a number of camps and excursions. All of these extra curricula activities are very important and provide breadth and balance in your child's education.

Reporting to parents is a very important way of keeping parents informed about their child's progress. We have just finished having two very successful parent nights. I am sure all those parents who attended appreciated the opportunity to talk to their child's teachers. I would like to urge parents to continually converse with your child about their school work, check their diaries and review your child's course and assessment outlines. All of these strategies go some way to supporting your child with their school work.

Our photo days, Tuesday and Wednesday 22nd and 23rd March 2016, were once again highly successful. Thanks go to all the students and staff for their cooperation. An event like this doesn't just happen, so thank you to Ms Martyn and Mrs Baxter who did the majority of the coordination for this activity.

As you may be aware our ANZAC service was held on Tuesday 5th April 2016. This is always a very special and solemn occasion for us. Our guest speaker this year was Mr Ross Stewart from the RSL and one of our own students Michael Trowles who gave a moving monologue called "A Manual of Trench Warfare" by Clem Gorman. We also had the band playing, "Abide with Me" and the National Anthem and students singing the "Marching Tune" with the Newton Moore Senior High School band. A representative group from our Student Executive will also represent Newton Moore SHS at the South West ANZAC service in town on April 25th.

Finally just a reminder again that I will be on leave in Term 2 and Mrs Kylie Cattaway will be the Principal for the term. Enjoy the holiday break and stay safe.

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

Up and Coming Dates

8th April

Last day of Term 1

25th April


26-27th April

School Development Days

28th April

First day of Term 2

28th April

Yallingup Maze Japanese Excursion

3rd May

Assembly Science Scholarships

3rd May

Yr 10-11 Information Evening

Deputies' Report

Today's students are considerably more complex than ever before. Never before have the stakes been higher for ensuring a high quality education for every student, not only academically, but also socially and emotionally. At Newton Moore Senior High School it is the Student Services team that is an integral part of the school community and provides a wide variety of support staff to cater for the differing wellbeing needs of our students. Student Services has a vital role in improving student attendance, addressing behavioural expectations within the school and to improve all students' academic performance.

The Student Services team endeavour to implement positive pastoral care programs and reward initiatives to recognise student achievement, attendance and behaviour.

The team consists of professional, dedicated and compassionate staff who are committed to making positive changes within the school. The team consists of:

  • Student Services Manager
  • Student Support Officers
  • Attendance Officer
  • School Psychologist
  • School Nurse
  • Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers (AIEO)
  • School Chaplain
  • Learning Support Co-ordinator (LSC)
  • School Officer

Parent evenings

Thank you to all the parents who attended their child's interviews over the past two weeks. We received wonderful feedback from the parents and teachers were very impressed with the amount of interest shown in their child's learning.

A reminder that our school holds these nights at the start of every year and the aims of our parent nights are for you to:

  • learn more about your child's academic, social and emotional progress
  • meet your child's teacher and discuss any possible issues
  • get to visit and learn more about your child's school environment

Research shows that positive communication between teachers and parents helps improve academic performance.

If you missed the parent evening and would like to speak to one of your child's teachers, please make contact with the school to arrange a suitable time to phone.

Year Group Information

Year 7 Mentoring Program

In 2016 the Year 11 Leadership students meet weekly with all Year 7 Form classes. Under the guidance of Mrs McInerney and Ms Cartledge, the Year 11 student leaders conduct a variety of activities with the younger students focussing on improving their social skills, coping skills, communicating skills, life skills, resilience and teamwork.

The student leaders were chosen by the teachers and Students Services staff. They are positive role models who display the ability to lead, or make a positive impression upon other students.

The characteristics of these Year 11 leaders are:

  • Caring students who are responsible and have the desire to make a commitment.
  • Good communication skills, including listening skills.
  • Patience to work with students who may not grasp ideas quickly.
  • Positive attitude, enthusiasm, and a willingness to share part of themselves with younger students.
  • Students who exhibit good citizenship and moral character, in and out of school.

Upper School Ball Photos

Upper School Ball photos are available at the link below:

Meet the Team

Meet the Admin Team

Sarah Bible – Manager Corporate Services

My name is Sarah Bible and I am the Manager Corporate Services. I have been at Newton Moore SHS for 14 months now. My role at NMSHS is taking care of the finance requirements in running the school. It's a great place to work and I am fortunate every day to work with such awesome people. I live in Bunbury with my husband and I have 2 kids and 2 grandchildren who are my world.

Denise Aitken – HR Officer

I am Denise Aitken and I work as the HR Officer. My role focuses on the employees of Newton Moore SHS. I provide advice and support the coordination of our human resource. This includes things like engaging relief staff to cover absences, managing the payroll and tasks associated with recruitment.

Janice Tyler – School Officer

Hi my name is Janice Tyler. I'm new to Bunbury and to working at Newton Moore SHS. I enjoy helping parents and students in my role as School Officer. I share my life with my partner, 3 children and two grandchildren.

Gwen Stirling – School Officer

Hi I am Gwen Stirling and work as a School Officer in Administration. I thoroughly enjoy helping the public, staff and students and feel lucky to be part of a wonderful team at NMSHS. I live in Gelorup with my husband, two teenagers, our dog and chickens. In between a busy life my hobbies are running, reading, volunteering, and the occasional cheesecake. I never stop learning.........

Kerry Cawcutt – School Officer

My name is Kerry Cawcutt and my job title is School Officer and my role is the Principal's Personal Assistant. I have been at Newton Moore SHS for 14 months and I love my job. Every day is different and I consider myself very lucky to work with an awesome group of people. My qualifications vary from Cert II in Early Years Childcare and Education to School Business Manager which I studied in England. I originally come from South Africa, spent 10 years in England, 15 months in South Australia and have now settled in lovely Bunbury with my husband and 7 year old daughter.

Michele Scanlan – Accounts Officer

My name is Michele Scanlan. I am a School Officer and work in the Accounts Office managing the accounts for students, customers and creditors. I have been at Newton Moore SHS since 2004 working in a variety of roles. I work with a lovely bunch of people and I enjoy my job. I am married, have 2 children, a cat and two fish. I enjoy walking, catching up with friends with coffee and cake and spending time with family.

Alison Myles –School Officer

My name is Alison Myles and I am a School Officer. I have been at Newton Moore Senior High School for 8 ½ years. My main duties include providing support to the VET Coordinator and enrolling students in their qualifications and updating results. I also provide administration support to the Deputy Principals and complete School Curriculum and Standards Authority uploads. I enjoy working at Newton Moore and interacting with the students. I have three sons and they have now completed their education and are working in Perth and Bunbury so it is nice to still be involved in the school community.

Tania Martyn – School Officer

I'm Tania Martyn and I've been in the admin at NMSHS for 8 years now. My role is dealing with enrolments, reporting, graduation, supporting deputies and many other admin duties. The admin team are a joy to work with and we have a lot of laughs. My spare time is spent with my 2 gorgeous boys, husband and 2 Papillons. I also do dragon boating, love to shop, and love eating out.

Student Services Update

Act Belong Commit

Act Belong Commit is Newton Moore Senior High School's annual mental health expo and this year is was the biggest ever, with about 10 agencies running stalls. Students had the opportunity to find out what services are available to them and their families, and have some fun and food along the way. Students were also able to enjoy food prepared by Clontarf and the Girls Academy, and performances by the Education Support Centre band.

Act Belong Commit
Act Belong Commit
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Year 7 Diary Tips

Self-esteem and self confidence

For young people to successfully negotiate the challenges of adolescence and schooling they require a healthy positive sense of self-esteem and self-confidence.

Cultivating resilient habits and growth mindsets in our students is something that we need to focus on in our every action and every word every day to ensure they develop a belief in their self-worth and value as a person.

We need to encourage conversations and activities at home, at school and in the community about understanding the importance of feeling good about themselves and then more importantly doing good things as a consequence. This will enable them to develop as young citizens with spirit and confidence. Role modelling and using positive psychology in all our teaching and interactions with students is a sound platform for them to consistently approach everything they do positively.

While it is perfectly natural for them to experience self-doubt, we need to assist them in managing these thoughts. Being vigilant and always on the lookout for warning signals that their self-esteem is declining and then acting to remedy it, will keep their wellbeing in an upward direction.

Some alarm bells include:

  • a reluctance to try new things
  • adopting a "victim" mentality of blaming others for their performance
  • losing their assertiveness, presence and 'shine'
  • feeling that their best isn't good enough
  • being obsessed with unimportant and irrelevant things
  • becoming temperamental and thinking inconsistently
  • not enjoying the challenge of striving to continually make their best better
  • preferring to be alone more than usual and on social networking excessively.

As soon as we begin to notice any of the above, we need to act immediately to assist and coach them to address the causes to their loss of self-esteem and self-confidence. It's all about helping them to not only "do the right thing" but also "do the thing right".

Learning Support Coordinator

Anger - How can you help?

Kids Matter suggest that parents, carers and staff play an important role in helping young people learn about regulating their feelings and behaviour. There are many opportunities to do this in the normal experiences of day to day life. Some of the ways adults can support children's developing self-regulation skills include:

Observing closely

Observation is a good way of identifying children's strengths and needs. Through observation parents, carers and staff can see what children can cope with and where they might need more support.

By observing closely, adults will learn the times that children need support and comfort and when they are coping well on their own. Providing the support children need in times of difficulty such as when they are upset, tired or angry helps them to develop self-regulation skills.

Simplifying tasks

Parents, carers and staff can help children break down the complex skills and knowledge needed to practise self-regulation into simple, more manageable parts. For example, when two children have a disagreement over a game, finding out what happened and suggesting ways to work out their disagreement breaks down the event into smaller parts. These experiences help young people practise the skills of self-regulation in manageable ways with the support and guidance of a trusted adult.


Children can learn self-regulation skills by watching the behaviour of the people around them. When parents, carers and staff effectively regulate their own feelings and behaviour they model self-regulation skills to children. Adults model behaviour every day, such as the way that they talk to people, wait for the traffic lights to change or decide what TV program to watch. These all require self-regulation of feelings and behaviour.

Using hints and cues

Verbal directions, gestures and touch are cues for children that help them regulate their feelings and behaviour.

Calmly naming feelings for young people like: "You sound angry" or "l wonder if you are frustrated?" helps them to recognise their emotions, something that is essential for the development of self-regulation.

Saying things like: "Let's relax" or "I am here to help you", can act as a cue for the child to start calming down.

Gradually withdrawing adult support

As children become more confident in their ability to work out their own difficulties (like sticking with challenging tasks or using words to sort out differences) parents, carers and staff can start to pull back a little.

Other suggestions that can be useful when helping young people keep a balance and manage their feelings and behaviours are:

  • being calm
  • responding and acknowledging what children are trying to communicate
  • using supportive boundaries, routines and limits to provide structure and predictability
  • making sure experiences are suited to the age of the child
  • showing empathy and care towards young people.

School Nurse

Why Don't Teens Get Enough Sleep?

Most teens need about 8½ to more than 9 hours of sleep each night. Getting the right amount of sleep is essential for anyone who wants to do well on a test or play sports without stumbling.

Experts say that during the teen years, the body's circadian rhythm is temporarily reset, telling a person to fall asleep later and wake up later. This change might be due to the fact that the brain hormone melatonin is produced later at night for teens than it is for kids and adults. This can make it harder for teens to fall asleep early.

Why is sleep important?

A sleep deficit affects everything from someone's ability to pay attention in class to his or her mood and experts have tied lost sleep to poorer grades. Lack of sleep also damages teens' ability to do their best in athletics. Lack of sleep is also linked to emotional troubles, such as feelings of sadness and depression. Sleep helps keep us physically healthy, too, by slowing the body's systems to re-energize us for everyday activities.

What are the signs of not enough sleep?

  • difficulty waking up in the morning
  • inability to concentrate
  • falling asleep during classes
  • feelings of moodiness and even depression

Tips to improve sleep:

  • Set a regular bedtime. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day helps establish sleep patterns.
  • Exercise regularly. Exercising in late afternoon may actually help a person sleep but finish exercising at least 3 hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid stimulants. Don't drink beverages with caffeine, such as soft drink and coffee, after 4 p.m.
  • Relax your mind. Avoid violent, scary, or action movies or television shows right before bed.
  • Unwind by keeping the lights low. Light signals the brain that it's time to wake up. Staying away from bright lights (including computer screens!), as well as meditating or listening to soothing music, can help the body relax. Try to avoid TV, computers and other electronics and phones (including texting) at least 1 hour before bed.
  • Don't nap too much. Naps of more than 30 minutes during the day and too close to bedtime may keep you from falling asleep later.
  • Avoid all-nighters. Don't wait until the night before a big test to study. Less sleep the night before a test may mean a worse performance than less study and more sleep.
  • Create the right sleeping environment. The best sleep environment is in a dark room that is slightly on the cool side.
  • Wake up with bright light. Bright light in the morning signals the body that it's time to get going. If the room is dark then turn on a light as soon as the alarm goes off.

If you're drowsy, it's hard to look and feel your best. Schedule "sleep" as an item on your agenda to help you stay creative and healthy.

Literacy Corner

Grammar Matters!

Welcome to the third 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? In coming issues, Literacy Corner will be a regular feature in which we will 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.


There are only three articles – a, an and the. The article comes before a noun.

The indefinite article is a or an. It is called indefinite because it refers to any one of a thing, not a particular one.

The definite article is the. It refers to a specific thing and so is more accurate and definite.

The difference? Our favourite example is from our beloved Outdoor Education teacher Sutho. If Sutho takes you out camping on an Outdoor Ed. camp and he tells you to "climb a mountain" you spend ages trying to decide which mountain to climb and maybe get lost. He tells you to "climb the mountain" and points to which one. Much easier! Much more definite! (and much more likely you'll come back from the camp safe and with a good mark!).

An easy one this edition. Next time we'll look at adjectives. Happy writing!

Parents of Years 8-12 students may find it interesting to ask their teens about their understanding of these concepts! Often, when we've taught them in recent years, students have claimed "But I learnt this in primary school." Of course they did. But if they were applying these understandings to their writing, we wouldn't be re-teaching grammar and students' sentences (and their marks in English) would be perfect!?

Learning Areas


Dolphin Discovery Centre and Mangroves Excursion 15/03/2016

The Dolphin Discovery Centre and mangroves was a very fun, educational experience for the Year 9 Science Horizons students and the Singaporean Chinese Girls School students. At first, we visited the Dolphin Discovery centre and we boarded the boats, with half of the Science Horizons and half of the Singaporean Chinese Girls School students on each. Soon after we boarded, we ventured around Koombana Bay, taking water samples spotting six groups of dolphins. Then we had lunch back at the centre and explored around the building. We then headed over to the mangroves and conducted more tests as we searched for macro invertebrates. Then about an hour later we were transported, by bus, back to school. Everyone had a joyful learning experience and a great day, so thank you to all the teachers and staff who organised this event!

By Jecinta Jaarola

Discovery Centre
Discovery Centre
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Year 11 Biology and Cert 11 Aquaculture Camp

Great company, great weather, comfy beds, plenty of food! That about sums up the recent successful Year 11 Biology and Cert 11 Aquaculture Camp at Wharncliff Mill just outside of Margaret River. Newton Moore played host to students from Singapore Chinese Girls School. Camping in the bush was certainly an out of comfort zone experience for the visitors, but they embraced the experience and didn't want to leave. Highlights included the visibility of stars in the night sky, the night walk and getting to know the local flora.


Year 9 Humanities

Day trip to Fremantle Maritime Museum and Prison.

By the time we arrived at Fremantle Maritime Museum everyone was wide awake and eager to listen to Mr Elsterman's knowledge on the creation of Fremantle Port. We even found the names of his mum and dad engraved on the welcoming walls outside the museum!

The museum had a variety of artefacts and information ranging from sharks to ferries to immigration in Freo to pearling to fishing to pretty much anything and everything! We were moved by stories of immigrants who had given up all they knew and loved to make a home in Australia. We rejoiced in the glory of winning the America's Cup. We marvelled at the monstrous display of boats and gained much valuable knowledge about Australia's history.

As soon as we stepped into the Fremantle Prison chills engulfed us. To think that people lived, fought and died in the cells and the prison added so much spookiness. The tour was most interesting and informative. As the guides took us around the prison, stories and significant events were shared. We were taken to the gallows, a place that has not yet lost its deathly and morbid spirit, even after decades of it being out of use. We all got a look at the minute cells, the chapel and the flogging post. I think we all left the prison with mixed emotions; relief to be out of there alive but also eager to have another look around, taking in all the aspects of a place so cruel yet intriguing.

Lunch was spent at the Esplanade before the bus collected us to head back to Bunbury. The day at Fremantle was brilliant and I think we all left with a greater sense of Western Australia's history.

Thank you very much to Miss Nightingale and Mr Elstermann for accompanying us and organising the excursion.

Matilda Robinson

Year 10 Humanities and Social Sciences

During Term 1 students in Year 10 have been studying Geography as part of their Humanities and Social Sciences program. A large part of this course consists of students finding out about the causes and consequences of climate change, and how this has a direct impact on the communities that live in and around our coastal environment.

Neil Carroll was invited into school by HASS teacher, Miss Thomas to explain some of the important research and management work that he does for the city of Mandurah. Students gained a real understanding of how vital this type of work is in the 21st Century by being asked to propose solutions to real life coastal erosion problems facing Mandurah today. Neil really inspired students to think about future subject and career choices, and highlighted to them the importance of innovation and problem solving skills that are required in their future careers.


Interschool Swimming Carnival

The Interschool Swimming Carnival was held on the 22nd of March at the South West Sports Centre. Eight schools competed for the honours, in a tightly contested competition. Highlights of the day included winning the Year 9 Boys Freestyle Relay, and many 2nd, 3rd and 4th place getters. Jacinta Eckersley won the Year 8 Girls Champion Girl, and Dustin Kendall was the Year 7 Boy Runner Up Champion. Newton Moore was 5th in the Lower School Shield, 6th in the Upper School Shield and we came 6th overall. Well done to all students who participated to the best of their ability and gave it 100%.

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Zonta International Women's Day Breakfast

On Sunday 13th March Michelle, Wills and five Leadership Girls attended the Zonta International Women's Day breakfast at the Sanctuary Golf Resort in Bunbury. As the room began to fill with stunningly dressed women aged from 13 to 89 years of age it hummed with friendship, passion and inspiration.

After being served a delicious cooked buffet breakfast we were lucky enough to listen to Zonta's President and our very own Principal Susan Kerr talk about Zonta's 2016 campaign theme #Pledgeforparity# and the significant work Zonta was doing within the community. Following Mrs Kerr inspiring speech guest speaker Sandra Cook's presentation gave us a reminder that whilst we can celebrate our achievements in social, economic, cultural and political advancement it was likely we would not be able to close the gender gap until 2133 unless we take action for gender parity immediately.

We finished the morning off with volunteering to help make the "Birthing Kits" at Newton Moore Senior High School in September. These kits will be sent across the world for women in Third World countries such as The Congo to ensure the health and wellbeing of mother and baby.

After a couple of quick photos with Mrs Kerr, Deputy Head Girl Kasey Hunt, Mrs Stace and Sandra Cook, we left the breakfast very inspired and mindful we had surpassed our mothers but still had work to do for ourselves and our future daughters.

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

The Greater Bunbury Partnerships in Prosperity

On the 3rd of March Kirsten Jarvis, Year 12 and Jan Fromm, Year 11 attended an information seminar hosted by the City of Bunbury called The Greater Bunbury Partnerships in Prosperity at the new BREC. There were 6 guest speakers from all over Australia who spoke about their lives, how we can bring new and innovative concepts to Bunbury and how they got to where they are now. Kirsten and Jan thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to listen to the guest speakers and then to provide feedback from the perspective of the youth of Bunbury.

The first speaker, Dr. Peter Ellyard spoke of how he has travelled the world and seen many new global trends launch in different countries successfully. Peter has written three books on his knowledge and experiences to build a greater future. Next we heard from the former Lonely Planet Executive Director, Gus Balbontin. Gus spoke about his upbringing and how he moved to Australia at just 17 when he was offered a scholarship in Byron Bay; this is where he met his future wife. Gus travelled South America with just a backpack and didn't spend a single cent; he used his travel experience later in life to make him the successful man he is now with Lonely Planet. Adrian Floate was the next guest speaker. His success came from designing and developing the Bunnings BITS system EDI over IP network. Catherine Caruana-McManus brought us some ideas of how we could improve Bunbury directly; she noted our large port and how we only have a few cruise ships visit every year. We could improve that by making more activities for the tourists to try and visit. She even suggested utilising our long back beach and hosting Long Table events. The last two speakers were local heroes who spoke of their success.

News from Parent Bodies

P & C

Below is list of P & C meeting dates agreed to at the last General Meeting. Meetings are at 7pm at NMSHS Staff Room.

Tuesday 10th May 2016


Tuesday 28th June 2016


Tuesday 23rd August 2016


Tuesday 8th November 2016


Tuesday 29th November 2016

(Executive only)

Tuesday 28th March 2017



NMSHS 50th Celebrations

Digitising of Knight Magazines from 1966 to 2015 is well underway, but we have no copy of the 1996 edition. The students pictured are the graduating class of '96 and hopefully one of them will have their memorabilia from that year packed carefully away and would be happy for us to borrow their copy of the 1996 Knight Magazine to scan to make our records complete. The magazines will be available in digital format at the celebrations, which will be a great memento of the day, and no doubt spark many trips down Memory Lane.

Year of 1996