Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

16 March 2017

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

The first five weeks of the 2017 school year have been, without a doubt, the best start that we have had for a long time. Looking at the 786 students in our gym for the first assembly I was overcome with pride at how fabulous they looked all in their blue and white shirts.

Of course the new Student Exec did an amazing job coordinating our first assembly and produced a very informative yet funny movie on how to get to class on time called “Where’s Henry?”

At the beginning of this term there were the typical Year 7 nerves, from parents and students, however now half way through first term our students seems much more confident and already demonstrating their commitment to their learning. Thank-you especially to all those Year 7 parents who attended our Greet and Meet Information evening and BBQ.

It would be amiss of me to not mention our returning students. It is always a pleasure to see the friendly faces, to talk about the goals for the coming year. In particular we are focused on ensuring each and every one of our Upper School students are on a pathway to employment, work, TAFE or university.

Each staff member and student at our school has a significant role to play to ensure that each student can reach their potential. It is this commitment that ensures each year that we are getting great results for our students. One such recent result was that 86% of our VET students last year received a Cert 2 or higher.

What I like most about the Newton Moore SHS staff is that they are always focused on how they can improve and ensuring what works is sustained. You see this in the raft of courses, activities and programs that we have planned for the students in 2017.

To keep up to date with what we have planned and our achievements this year I would encourage you to download our school bag app, view our Facebook and make sure, if you have an Upper School child, that you have logged onto Connect and watch as we update and review and update our webpage.

Our students deserve the best. To every parent, I promise to be relentless when it comes to setting high expectations for the students at our school.

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

From the Finance Team

Don’t Miss the deadline for C&C Early Payment Prizes!

If you pay your 2017 contributions and charges in full by 31st March you will go into the draw to win one of two $500 vouchers from Retravision. Ring Michele in Accounts office for more information 97 22419

Secondary Assistance

Applications for SAS (Education Program Allowance and Clothing Allowance) close Friday 7th April.

Payment Plans

We offer parents the opportunity of paying off your student’s contributions and charges over the school year. Payment plans can be negotiated to suit your individual situation, for more information please contact Michele in accounts office 97222419

Up and Coming Dates

21st March


21st March

Interschool Swimming

22nd March

MOORT Day Celebration

22nd March

Year 7, 9, 11 Parent Night

22nd March

Year 8 Immunisation

23rd March

Year 7-10 Literature Festival

28th March

Year 8, 10 and 12 Parent Night

29th March

Whole School Athletics

30th/31st March

Year 8 Resilience Incursion

3rd April

Whole School Athletics

3rd /4th April

Year 8 MASH Camp

5th April

  • Assembly - ANZAC
  • Year 11-12 Shining Knights BBQ

7th April

Year 7 Shining Knights BBQ

Deputy Principals’ Update

Behaviour Expectations

Newton Moore Senior High School adopts a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach to student engagement and behaviour. This places an emphasis on explicit teaching and acknowledging of our school-wide expectations (Wellbeing, Respect, Responsibility, Learning.) Our school expectations were developed collaboratively with input from all staff and students. Parents and guardians can help by discussing and reinforcing these expectations with your child.

One of our most important expectations is Responsibility. For our students this means:

  • Take responsibility for your actions
  • Wear correct uniform to school
  • Take care of the school environment
  • Throw all your rubbish in the bin
  • Arrive to class on time
  • Bring required equipment to class
  • Approach teachers to follow up on missed work
  • Eat only during break times
  • Use toilets appropriately and for their purpose only
  • Work to the best of your ability
  • Engage online with people you know and trust

Parent Teacher Meetings

The parent/teacher meetings for the year will be held at the following times:

  • Years 7, 9 and 11 Wednesday March 22, 2017 3.30pm – 6pm
  • Years 8, 10 and 12 Monday March 27, 2017 3.30pm – 6pm

We run two Parent-Teacher Interview Evenings to maximise opportunities for parents to access all of their children’s teachers.

We would encourage all parents and guardians to attend this evening so that you can obtain valuable information about how your children is progressing at school. Interviews will be approximately 7 minutes duration.

Parents are required to pre-book their interviews using the internet-based booking system Parent Teacher On-Line (PTO). A letter was sent to parents last week explaining this process. Using this system you will be able to book the interview times that suit you best from any internet-connected computer.

Please enter the school via the Administration area so that you can be provided with a map identifying where staff are located and any additional information required on the night

If you do not have access to a computer or have trouble making the required bookings please contact the school’s reception staff on 9722 2400 or visit the administration area of the school. Ms Janice Tyler will help you to make interview bookings.


When is it okay to miss school?

It is important for children to attend school all day, every day.

When is it okay to not go to school?

An okay reason is one that prevents your child from getting to school. This could include:

  • when your child is sick or unwell
  • attending cultural or religious observances such as sorry time and funerals
  • an unavoidable natural event such as flood waters or a cyclone
  • an unavoidable medical appointment

The principal decides if the reason given for your child’s absence is acceptable.

It’s NOT OKAY to miss school if your child:

  • is celebrating a birthday
  • is going on a family holiday
  • is visiting family and friends
  • has slept in or had a big weekend
  • is looking after other children
  • has sport or other recreational activities that have not been approved by the school
  • has appointments such as haircuts and minor check ups
  • is tired

If possible, routine medical and other health appointments should be made either before or after school, or during the school holidays.

Admin Report

Community Youth Police Officer in school

Newton Moore SHS is fortunate to have Senior Constable Jeff Cooke, a Youth Police Officer based on our school for around five hours per week. Senior Constable Cooke is looking forward to working in the school to build rapport with our students.

Skoolbag Mobile App

Skoolbag is a school to parent communication tool for mobile phones. This School Mobile App provides schools with an easy way to tell parents and carers everything they need to know about school news, newsletters, events calendar, cancellations, school notices, school information, school timetables, parent sick note forms, school documents and much more.

Skoolbag is available for iPhones – Go to the App Store, Android phones – Go to Google Play and Windows based phones – Go to Windows Store.

Search for Newton Moore and the app should show up. Click install.

If you have Skoolbag installed on your phone and you find it not working, it may be because a new version has been released.

Go to the app store for your device and search for the app. When found it should say update. This will download the latest version to your phone.

Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report

Year 7 Social

The Year 7 Social was held on a balmy night in the PAC. Nearly 100 students turned up to be entertained by the Student Executive being involved in numerous fun games like apple bobbing and limbo to win some great prizes. It was an awesome way to start the new school year, allowing many students and staff to get to know each other.

Mindfulness Sessions

The Student Services team will be commencing mindfulness sessions in Week 4.

Mindfulness is about training yourself to pay attention in a specific way. When a person is mindful, they:

  • focus on the present moment
  • try not to think about anything that went on in the past or that might be coming up in future
  • purposefully concentrate on what’s happening around them
  • try not to be judgemental about anything they notice, or label things as ‘good’ or ‘bad’

Mindfulness helps students deal with stress and the pressures of life outside the school grounds. Studies have shown than teenagers who practice mindfulness are more focused and resilient. All students are welcome to attend. Just register your interest at Student Services.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Where: Recess in T6 (Dance Studio)

Year 10. 11 and 12 WACE Information via Facebook and Twitter

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority uses Facebook and Twitter accounts to provide information to parents of students in Years 10, 11 and 12, teachers and community stakeholders. The focus of the page is on providing information for students working towards WACE.

Student Services Update

6 tips to help kids avoid anxiety, develop positive self-esteem and not be scared of making mistakes.

By Michael Grose

When parents solve all children’s problems we not only increase their dependency on adults but we teach kids to be afraid of making mistakes and to blame themselves for not being good enough. That’s fertile ground for anxiety and depressive illness.

So, how can we raise kids to be courageous problem-solvers rather than self-critical scaredy cats? Here are six practical ideas to get you started.

1. Turn requests into problems for kids to solve

Kids get used to bringing their problems to parents to solve. If you keeping solving them, they’ll keep bringing them. ‘Mum, my sister is annoying me!’ ‘Dad, can you ask my teacher to pick me for the team?’ ‘Hey, I can’t find my socks!’ It’s tempting if you are in a time-poor family to simply jump in and help kids out. Alternatively, you can take a problem-solving approach, cuing them to resolve their own problems and take responsibility for their concerns. ‘What can you do to make her stop annoying you?’ ‘What’s the best approach to take with your teacher?’ ‘Socks, smocks! Where might they be?’

2. Ask good questions to prompt problem-solving

A problem-solving approach relies on asking good questions, which can be challenging if you are used to solving your child’s problems. The first question when a child brings you a problem should be: ‘Can you handle this on your own?’ Next should be, ‘What do you want me to do to help you solve the problem?’ These questions are not meant to deter children from coming to you; rather, to encourage and teach them to start working through their own concerns themselves.

3. Coach them through problems and concerns

So, your child feels she was unfairly left out of a school sports team by a teacher and asks you get involved. The easiest solution may be to meet with the teacher and find out what’s going on. You may or not resolve the problem but in doing so you are teaching a child to become dependent on you. Alternatively, you could coach your child to speak to the teacher herself and find out why she was left out. Obviously, there are times when children need their parents to be advocates for them such as when they are being bullied, but we need to make the most of the opportunities for children to speak for themselves. Better to help your child find the right words to use and discuss the best way to approach another person when they have problems. These are great skills to take into adulthood.

4. Prepare kids for problems and contingencies

You may coach your child to be independent – walk to school, spend some time alone at home (when old enough), catch a train with friends – but does he know what to do in an emergency? What happens if he comes home after school and the house is locked? Who should he go to? Discuss different scenarios with children whenever they enter new or potentially risky situations so that they won’t fall apart when things don’t go their way. Remember the Boy Scouts motto – be prepared!

5. Show a little faith

Sometimes you’ve got to show faith in children. We can easily trip them up with our negative expectations, such as by saying ‘Don’t spill it!’ to a child who is carrying a glass filled with water. Of course, your child doesn’t want to spill it but you’ve just conveyed your expectations with that statement. We need to be careful that we don’t sabotage children’s efforts to be independent problem-solvers with comments such as, ‘Now don’t stuff it up!’ ‘You’ll be okay … won’t you?’ ‘You’re not very good at looking after yourself!’

6. Applaud mistakes and stuff-ups

Would a child who accidentally breaks a plate in your family while emptying the dishwasher be met with a ‘That’s really annoying, you can be clumsy sometimes’ response or an ‘It doesn’t matter, thanks for your help’ type of response? Hopefully it won’t be the first response, because nothing shuts a child’s natural tendencies to extend themselves down quicker than an adult who can’t abide mistakes. If you have a low-risk-taking, perfectionist, consider throwing a little party rather than making a fuss when they make errors so they can learn that mistakes don’t reflect on them personally, and that the sun will still shine even if they break a plate, tell a joke that falls flat or don’t get a perfect examination score.

This is an extract from Michael Grose’s new book Spoonfed Generation: How to raise independent kids that’s been released nationally by Penguin Random House. You can get your copy now at


Anxiety in Teens

Anxiety can be tough for anyone to deal with, but add in the whirlwind of changes that come with adolescence, and anxiety can feel like an intrusive mind hog that spends way too much time squeezing, surprising and overwhelming anyone it lands on.

If anxiety is making a menace of itself, the good news is that there are ways to take it back to small enough. First though, it’s important to understand the telltale signs of anxiety and where they come from. When you understand this, anxiety will start to lose the power that comes from its mystery and its unpredictability.

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

Your body is composed of roughly 60% water. That means when we are dehydrated we are affecting the performance of the majority of our body. By the time you experience the sensation of the thirst, you are already dehydrated.

Nearly all of our systems do not function as well without the proper water intake.

Keeping yourself well hydrated will have the following benefits:

  • You will be less cranky. Research says dehydration can affect your mood and make you grumpy and confused. Think clearer and be happier by drinking more water.
  • You will perform better. Proper hydration contributes to increased athletic performance. Water composes 75% of our muscle tissue! Dehydration can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, and electrolyte imbalance.
  • Water flushes out waste and bacteria. Our digestive system needs water to function properly. Waste is flushed out in the form of urine and sweat. If we don't drink water, we don't flush out waste and it collects in our body causing a myriad of problems. Combined with fibre, water can also cure constipation.
  • Being hydrated will help prevent headaches. Sometimes headaches can be caused by dehydration, so drinking water can prevent or alleviate that nasty head pain. Next time your head hurts, try drinking water.
  • Being hydrated will make your skin glow. Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the colour and texture of skin by keeping it building new cells properly. Drinking water also helps the skin do its job of regulating the body's temperature through sweating.
  • Water helps to feed your body. Water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body. Water serves at the body’s transportation system and when we are dehydrated things just can’t get around as well.

Literacy Corner

Everyone seems to be worried about kids’ writing skills these days. And often with good reason. So what can be done?

The English Department, since the beginning of the year, have, once again, been focusing heavily on the basis building block of writing – the sentence!!

Teachers in all other subjects are asked to emphasise the importance of writing in full sentences unless students have to take down information quickly – then teachers will tell students to use dot points.

Parents? Expect your child to write in full sentences when you see them doing school work.

Three simple tips:

  1. Help by providing a sentence starter – the first 2-3 words of a sentence.
  2. Remind students that they can (and should) use words from the question in their answer. This makes them focus on answering the question and helps them write a full sentence.
    E.g. Where is the city of London?
    The city of London is located in England.
    Note: Whilst “England” is the right answer – writing the answer in a full sentence is much better!
  3. Remind them (constantly) about the capital letter at the beginning and full stop at the end!

We’ll chat about run on sentences next edition.

Learning Areas


One Hundred Percenters

At Newton Moore SHS we are very proud of our programs which provide effective and explicit help for students who come to us with significant difficulties in their reading and writing. Our programs need their needs and work to develop their often fragile self esteem. Mrs Judy Weston is teaching 7ENG6 this year and was delighted to be able to award six students with certificates for 100% achievement in their first Mastery Test. Mrs Kerr was proud to visit their classroom to award these students with their certificates. Congratulations to Leslie Riley, Biarda Smith, Grace Keusch, Matthew Bower, Chloe James and Ben Fletcher!

100 Percenters
100 Percenters
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International Mathematical Modelling Challenge

This year we have four teams competing in the International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C). The International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C) is a new team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students.

Operating in teams, comprising up to four students from the same school, participants must work collaboratively to solve a problem (set globally) by devising and applying an original mathematical model.

Constrained to a period of five consecutive days, teams unpack the given problem, hypothesise, test, and develop a working solution, before preparing and submitting a report on their solution to the Australian judging panel. The best two solutions then progress to compete against the other participating countries on an international level.

Completely free to enter, the IM2C exists to support the real-world application of learning, build proficiency, encourage collaboration, and challenge students to use mathematics to make a real difference to the world around them.

Good luck to the following students:

Henry McInnes

Connie O’Reilly

Kelley Roberts

Tamzin Turrell

Robert van den Dolder

Dylan Morris

Aaron Copeland

Sheiskha Albaicite

Bonnie Cook

Rhealou Caseres

Dayna Walton

Dale Luke

Alec Barber

Mitchell Potts

Lachlan Mason

Shavani Ralm

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

PBS – Teach Social Behaviour like Academic Skills.

Now that the school-wide expectations have been developed, it is not enough to just post the words on the school wall……… AS A SCHOOL WE MUST TEACH THEM!

NMSHS Staff are currently designing lesson plans to teach the desired behaviours listed on our Matrix. These lessons will be presented to the students in a number of ways e.g. Short film clips created at NMSHS, classroom activities etc.

Traditionally, teaching social behaviour has consisted of stating the rule, expecting students to always follow the rule and then providing negative consequences when the rule is not followed. Using this approach to teach academics would be considered ludicrous.

Teaching expected behaviour is a cornerstone because it integrates the notion of what students should know and be able to do with how you will be sure they can do it.

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Governors' Morning Tea

On Thursday 23rd February, Girls Academy was delighted to co-host an afternoon tea with our Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia, at Government House WA.

Girls Academy Founder and CEO, Mr Ricky Grace spoke about the program, and Courtney Ugle shared her experience from Girls Academy graduate to Girls Academy employee (Development Officer at Clontarf Girls Academy).

Michelle Woosnam (Girls Academy Program Manager), Courtney Ugle (Girls Academy Graduate and Development Officer), Dr Robert Isaacs (Nyoongar elder and Girls Academy board member) and Taliah Payne (Briery)

South West Multicultural Festival

Semester One leadership girls attended the South West Multicultural Festival. They represented the Academy and the greater Noongar community by leading the flag parade. There were over 40 nations represented during the parade. The girls then stayed back and tried out the food trucks and watched the performances. It was a great night.

International Women’s Day Breakfast at Newton Moore Girls Academy

For the very first time Newton Moore Girls Academy hosted a breakfast to acknowledge International Women’s Day.

Guests were welcomed and offered refreshments on arrival by our Academy members.

Guest speaker Charmaine Councillor from Narla Boodja sang the wonderful Kaya song, Acknowledgement to Country and then spoke about her determination to succeed with her educational journey.

With this year’s theme being Be Bold For Change our Program Manager Michelle talked about how it resonated strongly with the Girls Academy’s program focus for 2017 being on individual members academic progress.

Year 8 Academy members Aaliayh Thomas and Amber Mell read out a poem written in English by Aaliyah titled “I am the future woman”

With perfect weather, delicious food and many people attending from community as well as school staff it was an outstanding success.

International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day
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Year 12 Leadership Camp

Clontarf Year 12s clearing dirt for the installation of a rainwater tank at the Dolphin Discovery Centre during our Year 12 Leadership camp

Year 7 Busselton Camp

Here are some photos from our recent Year 7 camp in Busselton.

The boys after a game of water tag at the Yallingup Maze. We had a fantastic time there enjoying the facilities on offer, sharing a healthy chicken and salad lunch and learning about the maze that can be High School.

The boys enjoying breakfast
after early morning training

Kade and Keshawn diving
for the winning pipe in
the Year 7 Beach Relay


Shayne Taylor leading one of our twice weekly Clontarf training sessions which start at 7am on Wednesday and Friday. Training is open to any staff member to attend/participate and is followed by a free cooked breakfast.

Tuesday after school golf, Brodie leads our boys in a competitive, fun and instructional session using modified golf equipment.

Specialist Programs


While in Adelaide the girls attended the Clipsal 500. They were lucky enough to visit the pits and meet the amazing Lucas Dumbrell and his 16 year old driver from Perth, Alex Rullo.

Year 10 Team representing WA at the F1 in Schools National Championships performed extremely well and were the top competing team from WA in the Development Class. Congratulations to Shachar Eyal, Stephanee O'Neill and Bronwyn McBeath. A big thank you to their sponsors Ford, Bunbury Automotive, Bunbury Bearings, Clink n Print3D, 3D Printing Studios and 3D Print AU.

Team Cosmos consisting of Shavani Ralm, Dayna Walton, Kristina Ellen and Bonnie Cook received the Encouragement Award for Professional Class at the National Championships in Adelaide. Congratulations! Thank you to Cosmos sponsors Cloud 9 Wellness and Harrison Packaging.

Thank you to the Australian Federal Government who sponsored our air travel, accommodation and meals.

Choice Programs

Chess Club

Chess club has started up again for 2017 with a new location and a lot of interest.

WHEN: Thursday and Friday Lunchtimes
WHERE: In the IRC (Library)
WHO: All students are welcome

Just recently there were 10 games being played, that is 20 students participating and a number of other students watching.

Apart from having fun, chess has many benefits such as developing independence, decision making, forward thinking and learning skills. One of the skills valuable to learning is the ability to think logically, which chess develops, forcing players to strategically predict and foresee the consequences of actions.

chess Club
chess Club
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News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

The online canteen phone APP

Our online canteen is a 100% Australian owned and operated company. It is a safe, secure, easy to use website. Sign Ups are FREE!

Most of us have access to our mobile phone more regularly than access to a computer. So why not download the ‘Online canteen’ Phone app once you have signed up.

There is an IPhone and Android App available. Search your APP store for it and download it for free.

So sign up now and you can join the many people Australia wide by using this simple online ordering system for your child’s canteen orders. Save time and money.

I find the app very mobile friendly. Once you tap the ‘LOGIN’ you will see a number of tabs on the home page. The options that follow are very clear; it is really just a matter of tapping the boxes for your choice.

NMSHS QuickCliq user

Board News

School Board Governance Training

On March 20th and 21st three School Board members Board Chair Lyn Farrell, School Principal Susan Kerr and a Board staff member Jackie Barber will attend the IPS Board Governance Training. The training is aimed at ensuring we have better understanding where improvements can be made to the functioning, influence and effectiveness of a school board and in meeting the demands of the role within the scope of the existing statuary and policy settings.

The School Board Development Program is designed to deliver value to Independent Public School boards, which are at different points on their governance journey. The training will provide a deeper understanding of the role of the Board and what good governance looks like in the context of an Independent Public School.

Those attending look forward to sharing their experiences and the training information with the wider School Board.


World’s Greatest Shave

Newton Moore Senior High School’s World’s Greatest Shave is happening on Friday 17th March at lunchtime in the grassed courtyard.

Marlene Tyrie will be shaving Jasmin Buckley-Smith’s head (she currently has a 70cm long pony tail) and the boys on the Student Executive will be selling wax strips to wax their legs and raise money as well. Jasmine will be donating her hair to the Australian Alopecia Foundation.

No matter how much you give, it’s an extraordinary way to make a difference.

Community Notices