Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

22 June 2017

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

We are fast approaching the end of Term 2 and I would like to take the opportunity to thank the staff, students for their efforts. This newsletter has enabled us to showcase many of the activities and events undertaken throughout this term. Congratulations to all those students who are featured within this newsletter. I would also like to recognise the staff for their efforts in providing additional experiences in the form of incursions and excursions for many of our students.

We now have feedback from our IPS review and it was an exceptional report. The reviewers highlighted that a feature of the school was the quantity and quality of additional programs. The reviewers were also impressed with many other aspects of our school including our planning, student achievement and high quality pastoral care programs. The final copy of the school review report will be available online soon.

Amidst the enormously busy end of Term, the school is enjoying a great number of occasions where we are celebrating and acknowledging the achievements of individuals and groups within the school. On Wednesday, we welcomed parents and students to an assembly, this assembly is special as it allows us to congratulate and thank our 2017 Country Week Team and wish them all the best. Country Week is a great event and allows students to showcase their sporting talents. We also hosted a highly successful indigenous employment forum on Tuesday.

Puss in Thongs our light hearted school production was a fantastic evening. Congratulations to all. I really enjoyed the evening as the production was very cleverly put together with music, dance and performing. Well done to all those involved and a special thanks to Ms Fielder, Ms Moore and Ms Mason (a star performer).

I would like to take this opportunity in this newsletter to thank some staff who will be leaving us:

  • Ms Vesnaver – Home Economics Assistant (after 51 years of service)
  • Ms Fielder – Drama Teacher (after 29.5 years of service);

And thank you and goodbye also to Ms Mathieson, Mr Dimanlig, Ms Stirling and Tantra (language assistant).

Finally I would like to let the school community know that I will be in long service leave Term 3 and our Associate Principal Kylie Cattaway will be Principal. I look forward to being back at the helm in Term 4.

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

From the Finance Team

Thank you to all our parents and carers who have paid for their students contributions and charges in full this year, or who have signed up for a regular payment plan. The school uses these funds to support the delivery of curriculum programs and this money really does make a difference to the school. If you would like to enquire about a payment plan please contact the accounts office 97222419

Up and Coming Dates

30th June

Term 2 last day

17th July

School Development Day

18th July

Term 3 Students first day

26th July


Deputy Principals’ Update

Connect – soon available for Year 10 parents

Currently all Year 11 and 12 parents who have provided the school with a current email address have been invited to access Connect. Connect is an online tool where parents can access up to date information - assessment results, teacher feedback, due dates for assessments, attendance data, current and past school reports - about their child’s education.

We are currently meeting with all Year 10 parents and students to assist with course selections for Year 11, 2018. During these discussions parents will receive further information about Connect. Late this term or early next term Year 10 parents (along with Year 11/12 parents who have not yet registered) will be invited to access Connect. You will find samples of what you parents can see in Connect.

If you have not provided the school with a valid or current email address please do so by contacting Tania Martyn on 9722 2400 or . Similarly, if you have any questions about Connect please contact Tania Martyn.

Assessment Results


Current and past Student Reports


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.

Admin Report

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.

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 10 students Achieving their Goals

Isaih Winder has been selected to represent Australia in the AFL Flying Boomerangs team, Jaxon Sawyer wore the black and gold of WA in the recent National Mountain Bike Championships, Rex Kennedy will represent WA at an International Track and Field Event in Malaysia in July and Jordan Neill was one of only 30 students selected state wide to attend the Sir Charles Court Leadership Camp held during the April school holidays. Congratulations to all of the boys, they are great role models.

Meet the Team

Meet the new Teacher

Demi Williams

Hi everyone. My name is Miss Demi Williams. I was born in Donnybrook. I enjoy sports and camping. This year is my first year of teaching after completing my degrees in environmental science, surf science, and teaching. I will be part of the Science Department for this term and hopefully continuing relief throughout the school year.


Farewell to two of our long-standing members of staff….

Cherie Fielder

Farewell, Good bye and Good luck to Cherie Fielder after 29.5 years here at Newton Moore Senior High School. Thank you so much for your service and dedication to our school.

Cherie Fielder

Sue Vesnaver

Sue Vesnaver

Farewell, Good bye and Good luck to Sue Vesnaver after an amazing 51 years of service at Newton Moore Senior High School.
May your retirement give you all the time to do exactly what your heart desires, to visit magic places or just to spend quality time with your family.
Enjoy every minute.

Student Services Update

Assembly Awards

Congratulations to Students of the Month

Year 7

Grace Keusch

Year 8

James Truong

Year 9

Alex Hendry

Year 10

Jake Hine

Year 11

Charlie Perkins

Year 12

Chantel Cracknell

Gravity Award

Gravity Etc along with their partners Choose Respect and ERG Electrics, have introduced an award that supports the Positive Behaviour Program being run at Newton Moore. The reward includes a voucher for Gravity sessions, which gives local youth an opportunity to utilise the centre as a reward for good behaviour.

Staff nominated students for the award based on the following criteria:

  • Uncharacteristic acts of kindness or compassion amongst their peers or teachers
  • Uncharacteristic increased or improved effort with school work
  • Voluntarily undertaking a community or school responsibility
  • Or any other act or effort from a student that makes the teachers proud to be teachers

The winners of the first Gravity Awards were Kaitlyn Ramsay and Matthew Roe

Juliette Davis (Gravity) with winners Kaitlyn Ramsay and Matthew Roe, and Rodney Dann (ERG Electrics)


Teens and Depression – Why Teens Are More Vulnerable, and the Risk Factors Parents Need to Know About continued

The pressures increase more than their brain power to deal with those pressures.

The demands of friends, family, school, future (Who am I going to be?), sex, alcohol, drugs can be a confusing time. During adolescence, teens will experiment with their independence from us, as they look more to their peers for guidance and acceptance. This is normal and healthy and how it’s meant to be – but it’s hard. They’re travelling down a new and unfamiliar path, at a time when the drive towards independence will be pushing them to let go of the guard rails. This means they will be capable of wonderfully brave things, and they will see the world in new and interesting ways, but it will also set them up to take risks and feel persuaded to experiment with things that won’t always be good for them. Taking risks and experimenting can be a wonderfully brave, life-giving thing to do, or it can create fallout that can cause breakage.

Friendships – the good, the bad, the everything.

Friendships are vital for teens, but they can be fraught with heartache. As teens move into adolescence, they can become more vulnerable to exclusion, bullying and rejection – all at a time when feeling connected to peers becomes more important than ever. One of the main developmental goals of adolescence is independence from parents. As teens experiment with this, their need for connection with friends will increase. When teens are disconnected from their peers, intense and ongoing sadness, anger or self-doubt can carve open a vulnerability to depression.

Teens and Depression continued in the next issue.

Learning Support Coordinator

Make Homework and Study More Engaging and Purposeful

Do you find you can write notes and study for what feels like ever, but then not remember anything you’d typed??

Here are some great tips to use when studying to give the work more meaning and help you retain information for longer:

  1. Bold or underline important information to allow key points to stand out.
  2. Use the highlight function for key words and phrases.
  3. Change the background colour of whole pages to keep topic notes together.
  4. Insert pictures as visual reminders.
  5. Create hyperlinks to connect to websites with valid content related information.
  6. Develop electronic Sticky Notes (insert a text box to the side of text) for vocab lists, reminders etc.

School Nurse

My poster display was to inform all students and staff about how much sugar is in various food and drinks, also the effects of sugar on general health and wellbeing.

I filled various snaplock bags with the amount of teaspoons of sugar in each item. For example there are 28 spoons in a large McDonalds thick shake. Being able to feel the weight and see the sugar was quite horrific.

Gaynor Tuck’s Year 10 class cooked up plenty of yummy treats, which the students could help themselves too, very much appreciated and only a bit of sugar.

All went well and hopefully gave us all something to think about.

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Learning Areas


Chess Tournament

The Year 10 Leadership form organised a Chess Tournament during Week 8 of Term 2. Students from all grades nominated and were randomly placed in a knockout competition. After a week of matches Michael Trowles (Yr12) and Brodie Cook (Yr 10) ended up in the grand final on Friday. After a close match Michael Trowles was the eventual winner, taking home a $30 Brain Spice voucher. Second place received a voucher from Gravity and Chicken Treat.

Well done to everyone who participated. It was a great tournament that gave some of our younger students an opportunity to get to know our Senior School students. All students showed great sportsmanship and it was great to see other students supporting their friends in the tournament.

Miss Mason

Chess Tournament
Chess Tournament
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Meeting bunyips, dancing camels, cats, royalty and working with a set constructed from a lot of expanding foam - this is how 30 students from Years 7 -12 spent last weekend. These students were performing the pantomime PUSS IN THONGS in the NMSHS Performing Arts Centre. The plot sends up the traditional "Puss In Boots" story and shows what might happen if Puss was an Aussie.

The first three performances have attracted a wide audience, but there are still a few tickets left for the remaining shows on Friday 23rd June at 7 pm and Saturday 24th June at 7pm. The performance concludes at approximately 8.45pm. Tickets are available at the NMSHS Accounts Office for $5 - but be quick to grab one.

Puss in Thongs
Puss in Thongs
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Emily Jones Year 11

Congratulations to Emily Jones who has been selected to represent Western Australia in the 2017 18s Basketball Team. The team will be competing at the School Sport Australia National Championships in Canberra in August.

Cora Pickett Year 9

Congratulations to Cora Pickett who has been selected to play for East Perth in the WAFL.

Jaxon Sawyer Year 10

Congratulations to Jaxon Sawyer who competed at the National Mountain biking championships and is now ranked 5th in Australia for his age group.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Members of the PBS Team are meeting with a graphic designer to discuss possible ideas and options for the NMSHS Expectation designs.

These ideas will come from the posters that were the winners of the poster competition held last term and the ideas gained from the graphic artist whilst walking around the school. The aim is to make the final designs reflect the uniqueness of NMSHS.

These designs are intended to be displayed as posters and banners, in various locations around the school to further complement the implementation of PBS (Positive Behaviour Support) at NMSHS. They will be visual reminders to the school community representing the FOUR ‘Expectations’

  • Well Being
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Learning.

Aboriginal Education


Tyreece Ugle and Brodie with Dan Perkins, General Manager of Perkins, on a recent employment visit. Clontarf boys have the opportunity to visit local businesses to scope future employment prospects. Thanks to Perkins for their professionalism and partnership.

Iluka recently hosted the South West Clontarf Academy where our boys had the opportunity to tour the North Capel operations and ask questions relating to work experience, school based traineeships and apprenticeships. Thanks to Pippa and Josh for their hospitality.

We recently visited the Gilmore Academy for a friendly inter academy basketball game and BBQ. Great to see the sportsmanship and rivalry developing amongst our academies.

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News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

You can use the canteen app to access Quick Cliq to view your transactions for the school canteen. Simply log in and press the ‘transaction History’ tab. A table will appear with a summary of all transactions you have made.

It shows all orders placed, cancelled, changed, refunds and purchases of credit. You can use the ‘Advanced search’ section to filter and retrieve transactions for a specified range of dates.

This is for you to use to assist with monitoring your canteen orders. Another good reason to sign up today and download the app. See the school website for more information.

School Board

School Board Purpose and Values

Purpose: All School Board decisions will be made to benefit the academic, social and emotional education and development of our students.



  • Making credible and justifiable decisions
  • Acting in the best interest of the school community
  • Acting with honesty and transparency


  • Realising shared goals
  • Working in partnership
  • Sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus


  • Seeking new ideas and opportunities
  • Striving for continuous development


  • Making decisions consistent with the values and purpose of the Board
  • Following through with our commitments
  • Doing what is right


  • Being open to other points of view
  • Valuing diversity of opinion and cultural background


Country Week

The 2017 Newton Moore Country Week Team was announced at the Assembly on Wednesday. We wish the team all the best.

Play hard, play fair and remember who you are representing.

Community Notices