16 February 2017
- Principal’s Address
- From the Finance Team
- Up and Coming Dates
- Deputy Principals’ Update
- Admin Report
- Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report
- Meet the Team
- Meet the new staff
- Student Services Update
- Learning Support Coordinator
- School Nurse
- Learning Areas
- Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
- Aboriginal Education
- Girls Academy
- Follow the Dream
- Choice Programs
- News from Parent Bodies
- Canteen News
- P & C
- School Board
- Community Notices
Welcome back. Newton Moore Senior High School has had an exceptional start to the new school year and there is already much to celebrate, as you will see in this first edition of our newsletter.
First and foremost I would like to welcome not just our new students, but their families, to our school. The partnership between home and school is vital to student success and we value the input, information and your feedback. What we know is that our students do their best when there is strong family support. We all want the same thing and that is for our students and children to do well and “Achieve Today for Tomorrow”. I would also like to welcome new staff to our school. Over the next few newsletter editions there will be profiles about these staff. To start the year the new staff have participated in some induction sessions and have taken part in School Development Day activities.
In January we received the results of the Class of 2016. The success of these students was the result of a solid partnership between students and staff. I thank and acknowledge the classroom teachers that go above and beyond to make this happen. I would particularly like to congratulate our school Dux Reuben Pemberton-Ovens who received 99.35, an outstanding result. Reuben was not alone and congratulations particularly to those students who received outstanding results. Luella Knuckey received a state English award.
At the first short assembly we welcomed the Year 7 students to our school. It seems the Year 7’s have settled in really well and, in conversations I have had with them, they really seem to be enjoying secondary school.
Finally, a reminder to parents and guardians, if you do have any concerns, that we encourage you to please contact the school. The classroom teachers will be able to answer any concerns you may have about your child’s academic progress. Year coordinators or other members of Student Services may be able to help with you with any social and emotional issues. Any major issues, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or the Deputies. We look forward to working with you this year.
Susan Kerr M.Ed.Admin, B.Ed,Dip.Teach
Newton Moore SHS
From the Finance Team
C&C Early payment prize draw reminder
Pay all your 2017 C&C in full by Friday 31st March 2017 to go into the draw to win a $500 gift voucher. We have 2 vouchers to award, kindly donated by our P&C Committee. Please come into the accounts office to make your payment, or call Michele on 97222419 to pay over the phone or pay online. Good luck
Secondary Assistance and Abstudy Supplement
If you have a valid family health care card, pensioner concession card or veterans affairs (blue) card you may be eligible for financial assistance to help pay for the costs of schooling. Bring your card into the accounts office and apply. The deadline for applications is Friday 7th April. If you wish to be in the draw to win $500 and intend to pay any C&C balance, your application must be in by Friday 31st March 2017.
Newton Moore SHS welcomes C&C payments in instalments over the school year. If you would like to make arrangements for a payment plan please call or drop in and talk to Michele in the accounts office 97222419.
As little as $10 per week will, in most cases, pay for a full years C&C and some, if not all of the normal excursions your child will undertake.
Up and Coming Dates
Year 11 Workplace Learning VET Starts
Year 11 GRIP Leadership
28th February/1st March
School Photography Days
Year 7 Meet and Greet and Social
Deputy Principals’ Update
Year 12 2016 ATAR results
A number of our students sat their ATAR examinations in Term 4.
We would like to congratulate the following students for receiving an ATAR score over 90. These students worked hard throughout the year supported by our caring teachers.
- Damon Barron
- Luella Knuckey
- Shani Priesler
- Reuben Pemberton-Ovens
Of particular mention is Reuben Pemberton-Ovens’ ATAR score of 99.35 which is a tremendous achievement.
Further to this many Newton Moore Senior High School students received the following award issued by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority
Special Subject Award
- English – Luella Knuckey
- Modern History – Reuben Pemberton-Ovens
Certificate of Distinction
- Damon Barron
- Reuben Pemberton-Ovens
Certificate of Merit
- Luella Knuckey
- Emily Erceg
- Angus Fyfe
- Isabel Hislop
- Kasey Hunt
- Sharni Priesler
Congratulations to all our ATAR students and best wishes with your further studies.
The Impact of Holidays during School Time
Developing the habit of going to school every day is vitally important so your child does not miss out on important ideas and skills they need for future learning. That is why it is very important that students start school on the first day and why we strongly encourage you not to go on family holidays during school time. The School Education Act 1999 does not allow Principals to give permission for families to take holidays during the school term. As students are required to attend school every day, time off for holidays is recorded as an absence.
Why is going to school regularly so important?
At school, many concepts, (such as literacy and numeracy) are taught in a sequence. Missing school means missing out on learning – which can often make it difficult to catch up later. This is particularly important otherwise essential foundation skills are not being taught to your child.
Going to school every day also helps children learn the important life skill of ‘showing up’ – at school, at work, to sport and other commitments. Research from the Western Australian Telethon Kids Institute shows that every day at school counts towards a student’s learning. Students who attend more, generally do better at school and in life.
What can you do?
While it can be tempting to take advantage of discount offers for accommodation and flights, we strongly encourage you to organise holidays during school holiday periods to make sure your child doesn’t miss you on school. Please contact the attendance officer on 9722 2428 in Student Services if your child is going to be away from school.
YR 11 & 12 Connect Reminder to parents
If you have provided the school with a valid email address you should have received your e-mail containing instructions to gain your secure login details for Connect.
Over 100 parents have already registered for Connect. If you have not yet registered for Connect, please refer to attached information or contact the school on 9722 2400 and ask for Tania Martyn.
Remember that Connect provides easy access to information relevant to your child’s classes, assessment results, teacher feedback and attendance data. You can access Connect on any internet enabled device, at any time. Notifications can also be received via email or the Connect Now app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Connect Tip: Parents can individualise the notifications they receive from Connect. Click on your name to bring up a menu. Select Preferences
Want to know about the OLNA?
Some students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are about to sit the OLNA. You may have heard about it, but are not sure what it means for your child.
OLNA stands for the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment. In order to demonstrate the required literacy and numeracy standards for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), some students are expected to sit this assessment. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (Authority) awards the WACE at the end of Year 12 to students who have met all the requirements. You can find more about the requirements on the Authority website below.
Some students prequalify for the literacy and numeracy requirement through their performance in the Year 9 NAPLAN test. We will inform you whether your child needs to the sit the OLNA, which is held in March and September each year, starting in Year 10. This means students will have up to six opportunities before the end of Year 12 to meet the requirement.
The OLNA has three components—reading, writing and numeracy. The reading and numeracy components comprise 45 multiple‐choice questions; the writing component is an extended response of up to 600 words. Students are allowed 50 minutes for the reading and numeracy components and 60 minutes for the writing. The table below provides an overview of the components.
Number of Questions
1 (600 word limit)
Online point and click
Extra time, pause, coloured background and higher quality images
To prepare our students for the types of questions they can expect and to familiarise them with the online assessment platform, we provide access to practice and example tests on a secure website. The link to the secure website for the practice and example tests is available on the Authority website under Years 11 and 12 > Assessment > OLNA > Practice and Example Tests.
For students with disability, we have guidelines to help determine the appropriate adjustments for equal access. Information about disability adjustments is available on the Authority website under Years 11 and 12 > Assessment > Disability Adjustment Guidelines
Students who do not demonstrate the literacy and numeracy standard by the time they exit senior secondary schooling can apply to the Authority to re-sit the OLNA at any age.
If you want to know more, go to the Authority’s website and look under Years 11 and 12 > Assessment > OLNA. There you will find more information, answers to frequently asked questions and a brief video. You can also send questions to
School Bus Service Temporary Travel Permit
All students wishing to travel on an orange school bus in which they are not authorised to travel or require an alternative stop, require a written request form completed by their parent or guardian.
South West Coach Lines request that an online form is submitted via the following link:
Travel on all services are not guaranteed and are subject to availability. Upon approval, the parent/guardian will be emailed confirmation of their request and the driver will then be notified.
Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report
Wellness and Program Leaders
Hello we are Ms Tonia Gelmi and Mrs Donelle McInerney the schools wellness and program leaders for 2017. Together we will be supporting teachers and students in providing an environment that teaches defined knowledge and skills so that we all can mobilize internal strengths and external resources for sustainable change. We look forward to an exciting year.
Luella Knuckey (2016 Graduate) named Young Citizen of the Year
On the 26th of January Luella Knuckey was named the Young Citizen of the Year. This very prestigious Australia Day Active Citizenship Award acknowledges a person under 25 years of age in recognition of fostering Australian spirit through active citizenship and outstanding contribution to community.
Luella has a long and established record of serving her school and the wider Bunbury Community locally, nationally and internationally. She is a natural leader who immerses herself in many community and school events/activities. Her involvement in a wide variety of different programs has always seen her give back to the community by mentoring younger people and supporting the elderly or unwell with an extremely positive, enthusiastic, mature and helpful attitude. At all times she carries out her duties in an exemplary manner and demonstrates humility, respect and total commitment. Luella’s contributions to our local community are many and varied.
Congratulations to Samantha Russell who was also a finalist for this very prestigious award.
2017 Upper School Ball
The "Casino" ball will be held at the Lighthouse Beach resort on Friday 10th March from 6.30pm - 11pm.
All Year 11 and 12 students are able to attend. Please see Student Services or Mrs McInerney for further information and tickets.
WA Universities Information Session
To help parents and students get prepared for university, representatives from four of the WA universities will be running a parent information session at ECU Bunbury Campus. The session will provide information about courses, alternative entry pathways, application processes, how much it will cost, and what to expect.
Meet the Team
Meet the new staff
Jarrod Dimanlig- Student Services Coordinator
Hi everyone my name is Jarrod Dimanlig, Student Services Coordinator at Newton Moore SHS. Before coming to Newton Moore I have had a wide range of experience in education with my most recent role up north in Karratha as the Program Coordinator of their Follow the Dream Program. I have a passion for teaching and loved working with the Indigenous students up there. I am a trained Health and Physical Education teacher so I am sports crazy and I am really looking forward to working with all students in 2017.
Hello! My name is Athena Hawkins. I have been a teacher in the Science Department at Newton Moore since 2006 but some of you may not know me because I have just returned from a year of Maternity Leave. My background in Science is Marine Biology and a majority of my interests are based around the ocean and the beach. What better place to teach than a coastal school with so many programs that include these two things?! I have two human children and a fur baby called Ruby who is a very much loved Golden Retriever who thinks she is human. I look forward to teaching again this year and meeting many new faces in our school community.
My name is Ashley Stewart and I was born and raised in Colorado, USA. I studied a variety of courses at University but my favourites were Engineering and, of course, Mathematics. I finished my Bachelors and Masters Degrees at the University of Wollongong before I moved to WA. I have played volleyball for over 21 years and many of those years I played for state teams as well as University teams. My family loves going to the beach and I am glad to be out of the Colorado cold. I look forward to this exciting time ahead for Newton Moore SHS Mathematics as I start my role as the Head of Learning Area.
Felicity Watt- Psychologist
Hi everyone, my name is Felicity and I’m the school psychologist. I’ve just moved to Bunbury after spending the last five years in the Pilbara working in different high schools and primary schools. I’m originally from Perth so I’m enjoying being closer to my family and the cooler weather, and now I’m excited about getting to know Bunbury better and exploring a bit more of the Southwest region. I’ll be part of the Student Services team and I’m looking forward to working with the staff and students at the school.
Gayle Narkle - Sports Development Officer, Girls Academy
I was born in Gnowangerup and moved to Australind when I was 10 years old. I attended Australind Primary School and then Australind Senior High School. After graduating from high school I have lived in Perth and Broome before settling down in Bunbury where I met my husband and now have 2 children.
Apart from my family my passion is netball. I played many years for the Souwest Jets and currently I am involved with coaching the elite netballers of the South West Region. I also enjoy playing tennis.
I am new to the Girls Academy and I’m passionate about watching the girls strive to be the best they can be in their chosen sport and also academically. I’m looking forward to seeing the girls evolve and to help them achieve their dreams in every aspect of life.
I’m Renae Guthridge, teacher of HASS and VET at Newton Moore SHS. I live in Busselton and for the last five years I have owned and operated a registered training organisation (RTO). I originally trained as a primary teacher in the 90s but moved into adult education in the 2000s. I am excited about working fulltime in a secondary school and applying the skills and knowledge I have learned over the years. I have three children (girls) aged 10, 8 and 5, a FIFO husband, a dog and two cats. I am involved in netball throughout the SW and keeping fit is important to me – I am about to do the Jetty and Rotto swims.
Student Services Update
Student Dress Policy
Our school dress code:
- Fosters and enhances the public image of the school
- Assists in building school and team spirit
- Ensures you are dressed for specific school activities
- Encourages equity among all students, and
- Simulates expectations in the workplace.
- School shirt (blue) or light blue polo shirt
- No singlets, black shirts or grey shirts
- If the student is wearing a shirt under their polo shirt it can be white or light blue
- School Shirt (white) or white polo shirt
- No singlets, black shirts or grey shirts
- If the student is wearing a shirt under their polo shirt it can be white
- School jumper (new or rugby)
- School track top
- Light blue or white jumper
- No black or grey jumpers
- No logos or hoods
- Black pants, shorts or skirts
- School pants, shorts or skirts
- Shorts and skirts must be ¾ length
No leggings or denim
- Students must have a change of clothes (shorts/track pants and plain top) for Physical Education. NMSHS Physical Education t-shirt is available from the Uniform Shop and is to be worn only for Physical Education.
Luan Cryne here, I am your school Chaplain. I am here at school 5 days a week. I coordinate many of our social and emotional wellbeing programs within the school as well as being available to support students and families with other issues that may arise. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns. Appointments can be made by contacting Student Services or you can ring my direct line 9722 2407.
Learning Support Coordinator
Students have recently returned to school, which can sometimes be a stressful time, where students become anxious about the changes and new experiences they’re going to face. Parents and other adults can support young people to develop skills for understanding and managing their feelings. They need to learn about helpful thinking that they can use to encourage themselves to have a go, and they need to gradually build up their confidence by taking on small challenges.
Kids Matter – an Australian Mental Health Initiative have made the following suggestions about supporting students with anxiety difficulties, which may be useful for your child(ren) at home and school:
Help to recognise and understand anxiety.
A first step in helping children gain some control over anxiety is recognising when it occurs and how it affects them.
Model helpful coping
Being a good model involves showing children how to cope with emotions (not just telling them). Show children with anxiety how you use helpful self-talk in a difficult situation (eg “This might be a bit challenging, but I’ll give it a go”).
Sometimes when children say they feel sick, they are describing feeling anxious. It is important that children do not avoid things like school or homework unnecessarily.
Praise having a go
Encourage children with anxiety to attempt new things and praise them for trying. It is very important to emphasise trying rather than success when anxiety is an area of difficulty.
Introduce challenges gradually
Children build strength and resilience by learning to face challenges. It is important to begin with small challenges that children can meet. For example, a child who is frightened of dogs might start by walking past the house when the dog is barking without having to cross the road. This improves confidence for taking on more challenging steps.
Help the child to choose goals for becoming more confident and to take small steps towards achieving them. Celebrate his or her success at each step. Experiencing even small successes helps to reduce anxiety.
Practise coping skills
Practise using coping strategies for challenging situations. Help children talk about problems and support them to come up with possible solutions.
Try not to get angry
If a child simply refuses to do something even after you have encouraged him/her and broken the task into steps, it may simply be overwhelming at that time. Sometimes, you need to back off and praise the child for doing as much as he or she could. Later, try again with smaller steps and encourage your child to have a go, one small step at a time.
Sam Curtis (School Nurse) and Luan Cryne (Chaplain)
Hi my name is Sam and I am the school nurse here at NMSHS Monday to Thursday.
My main role is to listen, believe and care. I also can provide first aid when needed. I love educating on all forms of health promotion and mental health issues.
I worked as a nurse at PMH for 6 years, then in Broome at BRAMS for 5 years and down here for 7 with Bunbury Community Health.
You will all guess from my lovely accent that I am originally from England but I have been here for nearly 20 years.
I hope to help you all as best as I can if you need me.
Brock Kenny- Year 8 MASH
Brock got selected for the WESTSTAR Academy of Football for pre season training. He won a silver medal at the recent State Combined Event.
Jaxon Sawyer- Year 10 MASH
Jaxon is one of two boys selected to be in the WA State Team for downhill mountain bike riding in the Under 17 Mens Category for Nationals.,
Newton Moore SHS is hosting another group of Japanese high school students in term 1 2017 (from March 27 –April 3) and we are inviting families to register their interest to host a student. The aim of their visit is to experience our Australian school and family life and improve their English speaking ability.
We are looking for families who have a child at the school to host a student and give them a taste of our ‘Aussie culture”. Hosting an international student offers many unique opportunities, including the chance to learn about another culture and build life-long friendships.
The family’s responsibilities are to involve the student into their routine and to provide meals. Japanese students will attend New Moore SHS daily with their host student and will fit-in with their host families daily routine. All students may apply and will be matched with a student of the same gender.
To help you help us support the program each host family will receive a host payment of $200 to assist with any costs.
If you are interested in hosting a student please return the Host Family Expression of Interest Form below to the Japanese teacher Ms King.
Biotechnology Internships – Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
Congratulations to Year 12 Science Horizons students Jan Fromm and Kelley Roberts, who were selected from senior students across the state to participate in biotechnology internships at Harry Perkins Institute at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital.
Jan attended the January 2017 internship and assisted scientists in research involving growing and analysing bacterial DNA, worked on Immunohisochemistry and blood analysis.
Jann described the experience as “one of the most rewarding, interesting and helpful experiences of my short life as an aspiring scientist”.
Kelley Roberts will attend his internship in April.
Siemens Science Experience
In January, Year 10 Engineering Specialist students, Brodie Cook and Kage Geyer attended the 4 day Siemens Science Experience at Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus. Activities included motor sports, sport science and visiting the Gravity Discovery Centre. It was a great experience and the boys especially enjoyed meeting and working with other students. A big thank you to Edith Cowan University who sponsored the boys.
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
PBS in 2017
NMSHS staff began the year with a review of what PBS was and where the school community is at with its implementation. Staff listened to a presentation outlining the rational and purpose of PBS and concluded the session developing lesson plans for the desired behaviours listed for each of the expectations: Well Being, Respect, Responsibility and Learning. These lessons will be used to teach students what is required for the individual desired behaviours.e.g. Arrive to class on time.
During Form on the first day students were each given a PBS Behaviour Matrix; their teacher encouraged them to learn the ‘Expectations’ and ‘Settings’ and discussed the desired behaviours listed under these headings. Students were then asked to come up with examples and non-examples for a number of the desired behaviours to help them understand what behaviour is being expected.
To assist the school community to learn the expectations, NMSHS is running a poster competition open to all students, parents and staff. The ideas from the winning posters will be used to create the final posters to be displayed around the school. Students had the opportunity to brainstorm ideas for posters and have until the end of Week 5 Term 1 to hand in their creative posters to Janine in Student Services.
Girls Academy students transition into workforce
Past Newton Moore student Tabatha Tregoning has always dreamed of being an Air Hostess. With the help of our Role Models and Leaders Program Tabatha secured work experience placement with Virgin Airlines this week.
Tabatha has been training with the newest cabin crew trainees. She has been taught how to help passengers put their seat belts and oxygen masks on and has been to the airport to see where the team meets before every departure.
Tabatha is having the time of her life and can’t wait to put start the application process to fulfil her dream.
Welcome to a new and exciting year for the South West Academy. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and tell you a bit about who I am. My name is Boyd Davey. I am the new Clontarf Manager. I have joined Clontarf from a teaching and educational back ground. I am married with 4 kids plus one more we care for. I am very excited about the opportunity to serve and guide young boys in the local community. Shayne , Brodie and I love what we do and are keen on your support. We will hopefully have around 70 boys in the academy this year. We welcome a new bunch of Year 7 students to the school and wish them all the best for their secondary schooling.
Participation in games and the reward activities will be based upon greater than 80% school attendance and regular training attendance. We will be taking our own team to a junior (7-9) carnival at Cecil Andrews in Perth. We will be looking at our top attenders, they will also need to be up to date with school work and have a good behaviour record.
After its phenomenal success over the past few years, the Kaarda Club will again be held on Monday afternoons in Term 1. It will involve some sports activities, some time to complete homework with tutors present to assist and there will be some healthy snacks served. It will run for about thirty to forty minutes. The Club will continue to ensure that we keep reaching for higher academic levels. It will count as a training session when the boys attend which will contribute to helping them receive their Clontarf shirt. 10 sessions will receive a shirt and this term the sessions will be Wednesday and Friday mornings training and Monday afternoon Kaarda club. We will be commencing health checks for our Year 7 and 9 boys this term and you will receive further communications down the track regarding this.
After school on some Tuesdays we will hold various alternative activities such as golf and board games to help build up the boys social skills and understanding. Again please encourage your boy to attend for a fun afternoon activity.
Regards Boyd Davey, Shayne Taylor and Brodie Kenworthy.
Follow the Dream
The Follow the Dream program for 2017 will be commencing once again in Week 3 of Term 1. In 2016, 11 schools were involved in the program and the commitment by the students in attending the after school tutoring program was highly commendable and they were ably supported by teaching staff at each respective school site, working together to achieve academic success.
The program also wishes those Year 12s who graduated 2016 the best for 2017 and beyond in their further education, training and employment.
Continuing on from 2016, is the partnership with Edith Cowan University, Bunbury Campus for Indigenous students, the Uni Choice Program. The program aims to raise awareness of Higher Education opportunities in Australia’s South West for secondary school students and their families, and is designed to show that a tertiary education pathway is well within reach of many students.
For the first time the Hot & Deadly Program was run at ECU Bunbury with a two day hands on activity focusing on Health and Medicine in areas of Paramedics, Nursing, and other related fields.
Again in November of this year, as in previous years, a group of Year 8s attended the UWA Discovery Day excursion. Great hands on activities which are very engaging and the day is also informative, detailing to the students courses on offer, explanation of direct entrance pathways and also the alternative entrance to the UWA courses, along with the support mechanisms to assist students at the University.
Brock Kenny- Year 8 MASH
Brock was selected for the WESTSTAR Academy of Football for pre season training. He won a silver medal at the recent State Combined Event, congratulations Brock.
Jaxon Sawyer- Year 10 MASH
Jaxon is one of two boys selected to be in the WA State Team for downhill mountain bike riding in the Under 17 Mens Category for Nationals, congratulations Jaxon.
Bush Rangers is a youth-based conservation and community development program that supports young Western Australians to take an active role in the conservation of the natural environment and better understand the mechanisms for its management.
Newton Moore Senior High School Bush Rangers focus on marine life along our coastline and works closely with the local environmental stakeholders such as the Leschenault Catchment Council, the City of Bunbury and Keep Australia Beautiful. It offers students in Years 9 to 12 the opportunity to receive training in first aid, bush craft, survival, navigation, camp cooking, teamwork, leadership, initiative and problem solving through various camps and practical nature conservation projects.
The extra-curricular program runs after school on Mondays and students generally embark on one weekend camp per semester. An annual sustainability camp takes place during the last week of school in Term 4. Applications for new Cadets to join the program are now being accepted. They must be submitted by Wednesday 22nd February. Forms can be found in, and must be returned to, Student Services, Mr Testa in T&E, or Ms Eaton in Science.
News from Parent Bodies
Online canteen orders.
Firstly, on-line canteen has changed their name to QuickCliq to provide more meaning for all the services they offer. It is the same website and if you have already created an account with them your details will also be the same, it is just a name change!
I am a first time QuickCliq user. Signing up was easy. Refer to the NMSHS website under the ‘Canteen’ tab to find a pamphlet with the internet address and instructions.
I have ordered my lunch several times now with ease so I thoroughly recommend you give it a go. Just remember to have your daily order in by 9:00am to avoid missing out for the day. A suggestion is to order the night before or even place orders for more than just one day.
NMSHS QuickCliq user
P & C
Meeting Dates for 2017
28 February 2017 (Exec Only)
14 March 2017 AGM 7pm
9 May 2017 General Meeting
20 June 2017 (Exec Only)
15 August 2017 General Meeting
31 October 2017 General Meeting
28 November 2017 (Exec Only)
15th February 2017
15th March 2017
10th May 2017
2nd August 2017
25th October 2017
22nd November 2017