Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

30 March 2017

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Newton Moore Senior High School has a proud tradition of looking for ways to provide innovative curricular and co-curricular programs of excellence. I have every confidence we will continue to do so for many years to come.

Newton Moore Senior High School has a wonderful sense of community. Staff, students, parents and our industry partners work effectively together to ensure all students are successful. With the world changing around us, as Principal my challenge is to ensure that we have students who can develop the skills required to be successful in the future.

With this in mind, computer technology continues to play an ever-increasing role in the lives of today’s students. Students will be using computers in one form or another for the rest of their lives. Newton Moore SHS has a number of new technologies including document readers, laser cutters, numerous 3D printers, data loggers and scanners to just name a few. We believe it is an important aspect of education. Thus every one of our Year 11 and 12 students is able to loan a laptop over two years which they can use for their studies. All students are also encouraged to bring their own devices which can connect to the network. We provide laptop trolleys for every learning area. We have trolleys of devices in the IRC; as well we have numerous computer labs operating across the school.

The use of technology is essential for today’s students as employers now expect young people to be ‘techno savvy’. Another important reason is that most future student testing will be done on computers. At our school, to ensure we have the best educated students, we have a compulsory course called Computer Literacy in which we are preparing students for the future by teaching essential skills when using the computer.

Finally, I would like to thank all those parents who take the time to complete our school surveys. These survey results help us to plan for the future and allow us to self-reflect and improve on our practices. We thank you for your support.

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

From the Finance Team

Unpaid Upper School Charges

Upper school charges are not an optional payment. The school works very hard to encourage our parents to support the delivery of great programs and learning outcomes to our students. Collection of these amounts continues to be challenging despite us offering many payment options, and the opportunity to sign up to payment plans and make small regular payments over the school year.

Unpaid 2016 Upper School charges will be referred to a collection agency at the end of Term 1. If you have any unpaid 2016 charges you still have time to pay these costs before the information is referred to debt collectors.

Up and Coming Dates

3rd April

Athletics Carnival

7th April

Term 1 last day

25th April

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

27th April

Term 2 students first day

27th April

  • Year 10 Girls Academy Engagement camp
  • Year 10 Clontarf Game
  • Year 10-11 Work Experience begins
  • “Try a Trade”

2nd May

Assembly - Scholarships

Year 10-11 Information Evening

4th May

Interschool Athletics

9th May

P & C Meeting

9th – 11th May


10th May

Year 11/12 Indonesian Cultural Incursion

16th May

Year 10 Dental Review (Adam Road)

Deputy Principals’ Update

At Newton Moore Senior High School the Student Services team is an integral part of the school community. We provide a wide variety of staff to support the varied needs of our students. Student Services has a vital role in improving student attendance, supporting positive behaviour and helping to improve students’ academic performance.

The Student Services team implement a range of positive pastoral care programs and acknowledgement systems to recognise student achievement, attendance and behaviour.

The team consists of professional, dedicated and caring staff who are committed to making a positive difference. The team consists of:

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

Externally Set Tasks (EST)

All students enrolled in a General Year 12 course and/or a Foundation Year 12 course are required to complete the externally set task (EST) developed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) for that course. The EST is compulsory and forms part of the school-based assessment and is included as a separate assessment type with a weighting of 15% for the pair of units.

The ESTs are administered in schools during Weeks 3, 4 and 5 in Term 2 under standard test conditions. The EST will take 50 minutes. The ESTs are marked by teachers in each school using a marking key provided by the Authority.

The EST:

  • assists to ensure the fair assessment of student achievement in Year 12 General and Foundation courses
  • supports common understandings among teachers of the course standards and related content
  • provides access to feedback which will encourage teachers to review and, where appropriate, adjust their marking
  • models best assessment practice which teachers can apply to other school-based assessment tasks
  • assists to inform the Authority’s other moderation activities.

The task:

  • is a written assessment task (not practical, performance or oral)
  • is constructed to be completed in 50 minutes
  • is based upon syllabus content selected from Unit 3
  • can comprise several items or components/parts
  • is developed to provide discrimination between students of differing abilities
  • can require students to refer to stimulus material
  • can require students to refer to work/activities they have completed during Semester 1 (particularly in courses with a significant practical component)
  • is provided in a question/answer booklet
  • is developed in conjunction with the marking key which will be used by teachers


At Newton Moore, we want your teenager to do their very best. To get the best education they need to go to school every day.

The teenage years are a time for young people to develop independence and find their place in the world, including how they take part in their school life. We know that some children may need extra encouragement to attend school regularly. By working together our school community can address some of the reasons why teenagers may not want to go to school.

Some common problems you may have getting your teenager to school:

  • They won’t get out of bed in the morning
  • They go to bed late at night
  • They take a long time to get ready in the morning
  • They haven’t done their homework or are avoiding a test or assignment
  • They are watching television or playing video games before school.

You may also be worried that your teenager:

  • is being bullied
  • may not have friends or is not fitting in
  • may be feeling lost at school
  • fears being a failure
  • is not feeling academically challenged
  • may have learning difficulties
  • may not get along with a teacher

What can you do to help?

  • Act early. It is important to understand and work on the underlying reasons why your teenager is not going to school.
  • On average, teenagers need eight to nine hours sleep a night to be healthy and alert. Maintaining a daily routine helps. This may include monitoring internet, mobile phone and television use at night to ensure sleep is not disturbed.
  • Try not to make appointments or take holidays during school time. This can make it difficult to catch up on missed school-work, and cause anxiety about attending school.
  • Don’t let your teenager stay home unless they are genuinely sick.
  • Don’t let your teenager stay home to finish an assignment that is due. Make attendance the number one priority.
  • Set a good example – how you meet your commitments impacts on how they will meet theirs. Teach them that “showing up” to commitments is normal and expected behaviour.

Admin Report

Skoolbag App

The Skoolbag App provides an easy way for us 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.

Please download the free “Newton Moore School” app from the link below and you will be able to keep up to date with school information.

Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report


Former Head Girl and current City of Bunbury Active Citizen Luella Knuckey was the first of the four role models to talk to the Lower School Leadership group leaders. The talk included goal setting, studying, making choices and what makes a great leader. After the inspiring talk the students were awarded certificates for leadership and enjoyed a sausage sizzle. This was a great experience for the leaders as Luella is an amazing role model. We hope to see her again.

By Myshka Spalding

Luella Visit
Luella Visit
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Year Seven Social

Wednesday the first of March was the welcome to school Year Seven social. This event was held in the PAC after the BBQ. During the BBQ students had the chance to show their parents the grounds and introduce teachers. Once the students were fed the social started. There were games like Limbo, Corners and a Dance off. Even the teachers got a chance to show off their moves. Everyone there had a great time.

By Myshka Spalding

Upper School Ball

The 2017 Casino Ball was held on 3rd March at the Lighthouse Beach Resort. Year 11 and 12 students arrived in a spectacular fashion with Best Arrival belonging to the 3 students on a jet ski. King and Queen of the ball were Thomas Worrigal and Tameika Forrest, with Prince and Princess being awarded to Tanner Allen and Hailey Burrows. Best dressed for the evening went to Chadley Edwards and Casey Hanson with Damon Iley winning Life of the Party and Mr Ahern once again having a stranglehold on the Best Dressed Teacher title.

Upper School Ball
Upper School Ball
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Student Services Update


The Adolescent Brain – What Teenagers Need to Know.

A teenager’s brain is changing and they have enormous capacity to influence those changes.

You’ve probably heard a lot of people blaming hormones for the things adolescents do that aren’t so lovable. (It’s okay, nobody is meant to be lovable all the time – if we were, we would all have been born as cake.) It’s not so much your hormones that cause trouble but the way their brain reacts to them.

To find out what is happening in their teenage brain and how they can make those changes work for them read the article below.

Learning Support Coordinator

Oppositional Defiance Disorder (O.D.D.) is described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as an ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behaviour towards authority figures which goes beyond the bounds of normal childhood behaviour. O.D.D. children may present as negative, defiant, unable to take “no” for an answer, deliberately annoying others, easily annoyed themselves or blaming others for all that goes wrong. The person’s behaviour often disrupts their normal daily activities, including activities within the family and at school.

Key Strategies for Supporting Students with O.D.D.:

  1. Choose your battles. As soon as you find yourself in conflict ask, “Is conflict going to resolve or escalate the situation?”
  2. Try distracting the young person to something else in a calm manner.
  3. Try to catch the child doing lots of “great” things and praise them when this occurs.
  4. Never take what they say personally.
  5. Remember that strategies may wear out quickly and when they do try something new.
  6. Young people with O.D.D. have a strong resistance to change. Any changes can cause a lot of anxiety so look at strategies to help them manage their anxiety.

School Nurse

Teen Fitness

Finding it hard to fit in fitness? Just getting through a day of school and after-school commitments can leave most of us wondering where to find time — and if all the running around we do counts as exercise. (It does but if it's the only exercise we get, it's usually not enough.)

What more should we do? First, teens should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day. Most of the activity should be moderate to vigorous aerobic activity. Aerobic activity is anything that gets your heart going — like biking, dancing, or running. Then take a few minutes for some strength training. There are exercises that help build muscle to boost metabolism and keep joints working well. Flexibility is the third component of well-rounded exercise. Check out yoga as one way to stay flexible.

There are strength-building exercises you can do at home. There's no need for special equipment, expensive gym fees, or lots of time. Just check with your doctor, PE teacher, or coach first to be sure the exercises are OK for you.

Literacy Corner

Continuing our discussion of the importance of ensuring your children can write strong sentences as the basis of their writing…

A very, very common problem is the run on sentence. Run on sentences just run on and on without stopping without ever considering that it would be better to stop take a breath and maybe even break up your ideas into several smaller sentences, to avoid writing run on sentences there are some simple tips but it’s also about understanding the different sentence structure, sorry I’m racing ahead.

Sometimes students just “shove” in another comma and keep going!

Sometimes students add words or phrases like “and”, “and so”, “then”, “and then” and keep on going!

So what do we do?

Answer # 1: In English we teach (or revise) the parts of speech and how these parts of speech work within sentences. We also teach sentence structure – simple, compound and complex sentences. (In later editions of Literacy Corner these ideas will be explained).
Answer # 2: In English we work on students’ ability to correct their run on sentences.

E.g. Correct the following passage:

Yesterday Lucy went to the shops and she took her sister with her and then she went into Woolies and bought three bags of potatoes. And then she went home to make mashed potato and so Lucy and her sister enjoyed mashed potato with their dinner.

Yesterday Lucy went to the shops and she took her sister with her and then she went into Woolies and bought three bags of potatoes. And then she went home to make mashed potato and so Lucy and her sister enjoyed mashed potatoes with their dinner.

Yesterday Lucy went to the shops. She took her sister with her. She went into Woolies and bought three bags of potatoes. She went home to make mashed potato. Lucy and her sister enjoyed mashed potato with their dinner.

The passage isn’t very exciting writing because most of the sentences are simple sentences BUT we need to make sure that students have a clear understanding of the simple sentence as the foundation of correct writing.

See you next term. Next we’ll talk about clauses!

Literacy Tip for the holidays: We’ll encourage students to borrow books from our school library to read during the holidays. Encourage them to read. Maybe take them to your local library? Maybe to your local bookshop? They can also read on phones or tablets!

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

PBS Poster Competition

A big thank you goes out to everyone who participated in the PBS Poster Competition. There were some fantastic ideas presented which included a variety of concepts that are relevant to Newton Moore. Well done! These great ideas will be incorporated into the final designs that will be produced and placed around the school displaying our four expectations:

  • Wellbeing
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Learning.

The following winners will receive a prize for them and a friend to attend a ‘Pizza Lunch’.

Year 10: Liam Fogarty, Mitchel Gadzani, Jecinta Jaarola, Harmony McRobert
Year 7: Maria Dornagon

The next step is the PBS Team requires assistance to draw these ideas together. We are hoping someone in our school community has the graphic artist skills necessary to assist us with this. If you have the expertise we are seeking can you please contact one of the following PBS Team members? It would be greatly appreciated.

PBS Team Leader:
PBS Internal Coach:

Learning Areas


Teachers in the English Department were delighted to finally see Luella Knuckey’s Subject Certificate of Excellence for English achieved in the 2016 ATAR exams. Luella visited her former English teachers, Lesley Stace (HOLA), who taught her in Years 11 and 12, and Colin Monks who was her Year 10 teacher. Luella received her special award from SCSA – School Curriculum and Standards Authority – who administer the WACE exams. A Subject Certificate of Excellence is awarded to the students who score in the top 0.5% of the final exam in any subject. ATAR English is the largest subject so over ten thousand students sat last year’s exam. This means Luella’s exam performance placed her in the top 50 students in the state. Luella’s talent, hard work and dedication brought her the results she deserves and shows that Newton Moorons can do anything. Congratulations Luella!


Biology and Aquaculture camp

On the 15th of March 2017 the Year 11 Aquaculture and Biology students departed Newton Moore Senior High School bound for Wharnecliffe Mill, Margaret River. Upon arriving we the students were reacquainted with the exchange students from Singapore Chinese Girl School who were joining us on the camp. After settling in and cooking dinner the students broke off into two groups and participated in two activities facilitated by Nearer to Nature. A recount of the activities from Yr 11 Biology student Shinae Starr

"The first group went on to complete the sensations walk which involved putting on a blind fold and using tiles inscribed with instructions and a rope as our guide. It helped us to tune into our surroundings and our other senses. The second group went on a night walk/stalk. On the night walk our goal was to look for nocturnal animals by shining the torch and looking for a reflection. We saw 3 possums and 3 spiders. Half way through the walk we turned off our torches, sat down and stayed silent while taking in the sky and our surroundings. This was an amazing experience and I found it very relaxing gazing up at the stars. It was then time for bed".

The students woke to a brisk morning and were greeted by laughing kookaburras and evidence that the local kangaroos had been out and about. The second part of the camp involved the students participating a Biology field program again facilitated by Nearer to Nature. The morning was spent on a nature walk learning how to identify native flora and fauna. They learnt about the importance of bushland conservation and the impact invasive feral species can have on our local environment. The second part of the day had students learning how scientists monitor the land through different surveying techniques and then gave them the opportunity to use these methods for themselves.

Overall the camp was a huge success and gave students the opportunity to experience the application of biology in the real world.

Bunbury Harbour Benthic Research Project

On the morning of Wednesday the 15th of March, a group of yr 11 biology and aquaculture students were invited to join GHD Surveys to assess the local Bunbury harbour for invasive marine species. Students were taught the techniques used by marine scientists to identify invasive marine pests and the potential impact they could have on our marine ecosystem. The students had a great time combing the beach and we are pleased to report no marine pest were found. A huge thankyou to Jeremy and his team at GHD surveys for inviting the students along and we look forward to working with you in the future.


Athletics Carnival
Term 1, Week 10
Monday 3rd of April, 2017

Our Whole School Athletics Carnival is Monday April 3rd (Monday of Week 10). It is compulsory for all students in Years 7-12 to participate.

Students are encouraged to dress in their faction colours. Students may bring a packed lunch or purchase their lunch from the school canteen. Please ensure your child brings a water bottle, hat and applies sunscreen in the morning before school. Students should bring their own sunscreen to reapply during the day. Additional sunscreen will be available in faction bays throughout the day.

Parents/guardians and families are welcome to attend the carnival. Parents/guardians and families are asked to remain in the designated shaded area throughout the carnival. Students will have scheduled breaks at 11:30am and 1:30pm where they can join their family on the oval for lunch. We encourage you to pack a healthy lunch – please do not bring unhealthy take away food to the carnival.

Don’t forget to bring a chair or picnic blanket, sunscreen and a hat but please no pets.

Aboriginal Education

Moort Day

We would like to thank all the families that attended the Moort day afternoon tea. It gave us the opportunity to showcase the programs that are offered at Newton Moore.

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

Year 9 Science Horizons Marine Managers Excursion

On March 13th the Year 9 Science Horizons students were joined by 20 students from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School (SCGS) and supervising teachers to conduct macro invertebrate sampling and water testing of the Leschenault Inlet Mangroves. The data collected by students is part of an ongoing partnership with the City of Bunbury and is used to measure the biodiversity and health of the mangroves.

As part of the excursion, students visited the Dolphin Discovery Centre where they enjoyed the facilities and lunch with the SCGS students. Afterwards, students participated in water sampling out in Koombana Bay and cruised around the Inner Harbour to survey the dolphin population and their behaviours. Students were lucky enough to witness mother and calf pairs and dolphins surfing the waves.

The students returned to Newton Moore to further examine the macro invertebrates found in the mangroves and collate their findings. Students will use their photos to identify the dolphins present and are keen to investigate the data further to see how dolphin populations may be affected by proposed changes to the Inner Harbour, and to see whether the construction of the new boardwalk and bio filter along Koombana Drive has an impact on the macro invertebrates living in the mangroves. Some students in the class will be travelling to Singapore in May and will again have the opportunity to work with and reconnect with students from SCGS as part of our ongoing partnership.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

Save Parents time and the school’s canteen time.

No more looking for change or key cards in the mornings. You can place your orders from the comfort of your own home or if you’re on the go, use your mobile online canteen app.

You can even order in advance. Orders can be placed up to two weeks in advance!

Once you have confirmed the order, you will receive a confirmation email from our online canteen. You can also double check your order by clicking either the ‘Active Orders’ tab or the ‘Transaction History’ tabs on the home page. Online canteen ordering makes your life easier!

Orders are prepaid and placed in advance, so all the canteen manager needs to do is print off the orders for the day, leaving more time to devote to preparing healthy meals for the students.

When I ordered a week’s worth of lunches I was pleased to know I didn’t have to think about lunch. All I did was go to the canteen each day and pick up my order. Sometimes it was like a surprise having forgotten what I had ordered! However I knew I could check my order at any time if I wanted to by using the tabs mentioned above.

NMSHS QuickCliq user

School Board

Fiona Hinds

Fiona has been part of the team at the South Western Times for nearly 10 years, specifically in the online and digital news arena. She is also a volunteer with a number of community organisations, including the Rotary Club of Bunbury Leschenault and the organising team for the Bunbury Show.

Her passion is language in all its evolutions, and she is currently brushing up on her mastery of French … it’s a slow process.

Fiona is an active member of the community, and enjoys encouraging community organisations to tell their good news stories.

A past community representative on the board of Cooinda Primary School, she hopes be able to make a positive contribution to the NMSHS community.


World’s Greatest Shave – A hair raising success

I would just like to thank everyone who assisted with the shaving/waxing (hats off to the Year 12 Exec) and everyone who donated any amount of money.

In total we raised $1564!

A huge effort from everyone so thank you so much!

Worlds Greatest Shave
Worlds Greatest Shave
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50th Anniversary Time Capsule

The 2016 Time Capsule was presented to the staff and students at the assembly on Tuesday 21st, March, packed and sealed ready to be buried. The time capsule was buried in the location the 1966 time capsule was lifted from, underneath a brass plaque that recorded the historic event.

Members of the Student Executive wrapped the stainless steel capsule in a double layer of heavy duty plastic which will hopefully prevent any moisture being able to enter the capsule.

IRC staff wrapped all the items in plastic before being placing them in the capsule. The contents included a list of all the items that were contributed, ranging from personal items to school documents and general information about the area.

Time Capsule
Time Capsule
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