Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

3 August 2017

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

During Term Three, whilst Susan Kerr is on long service leave, I have the pleasure of fulfilling the role of Principal at Newton Moore Senior High School.

The beginning of the term has been full of excitement. Last week, our Japanese sister school, Kawanishi Hokoorior Senior High School, made the 7000km journey to visit us here in the South West of WA. Students and staff from the school previously visited Newton Moore Senior High School in 2015. In 2016 a number of our students along with Mrs Kerr and Mrs King visited our sister school in Japan and we are currently planning our return visit in 2018. The relationship we have with our sister school is an important one. Australia, as a country, is quite isolated therefore it is important that we seek to influence and be influenced by the world around us.

Japan has had significant influence on Australia and the world. Many products originated in Japan, mostly: cars, electronics, televisions, audio and computers. Commonly known Japanese brands include: Sony, Panasonic, Toyota and Subaru. Probably the most high profiled Japanese products that influence our youth today is Pokemon and Anime.

Eighteen of our students and their families warmly opened their homes so that our visitors had a genuine home stay experience. Mrs King brought them all together at an Aussie BBQ welcome. It was wonderful to see our students and their families break through their nervousness and unfamiliarity to make their visiting student feel welcome and part of the family. One of our Year 12 students, Erin Cifelli, spoke beautifully as she welcomed our visitors in Japanese. I know she was extremely nervous but, wow, what an amazing job she did. Our students continue to exceed my expectations and are the reason our school continues to experience success.

I would like to warmly thank our host families for opening their homes and supporting our sister school partnership. I am confident that the experience for both our visitors and our families as a whole was a positive one.

There were many opportunities to share both Japanese and Australian culture throughout the week. At our whole school assembly Mr Isomoora, Principal of Kawanishi Hokoorior Senior High School presented Newton Moore Senior High School with an intricate hand held fan symbolising prosperity and strength for our school and a large painted Japanese character meaning Australia.

Lastly, I would like to thank Mrs King who has worked tirelessly and over a long period of time to ensure this visit was well planned and successful. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would like to sincerely thank Mrs King for bringing this opportunity to our school.

Kylie Cattaway
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

Payment Plans

Newton Moore is happy to accept payment of C&C in instalments over the school year. Parents can register a payment plan with the Accounts office and pay off the costs of schooling. See the attached form for more details, complete and bring into the Accounts office or just phone 97222419.

Deputy Principals’ Update

Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) – Round 2

Some students in Years 10, 11 and 12 will sit the OLNA later this term. 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 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 at

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 second round of OLNA, which is held in September.

The OLNA has three components—reading, writing and numeracy. The reading and numeracy components comprise multiple‐choice questions; the writing component is an extended response.

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.

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

OLNA Round 2 test windows

Writing component

4–7 September

Numeracy and reading

28 August–22 September



It is important to be at school every day

To get the most out of education and increase the likelihood of success, children need to go to school every day. School attendance has a major influence on educational outcomes - social and behavioural, as well as academic success. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve better results at school and are more likely to complete their schooling.

Parents can make it easier for their child to attend school by having a positive attitude to learning and education. It is important that, from the first day of school, parents set an expectation that their children will be at school every day. Missing an average of one day of school a fortnight adds up to missing a full year of schooling by the end of Year 10.

Please remember that all Australian states and territories have legislation in place that requires parents to ensure their children attend school.

Thank you for support and cooperation.

Admin Report

Parents of Year 11 and 12 students

Connect provides easy access to information relevant to your child’s classes, assessment results, teacher feedback and attendance data.

Parents can access Connect on any internet enabled device. Notifications can also be received via email or the Connect Now app, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play . Parents will be able to adjust their notification preferences to suit their individual needs.

If you have not provided the school with a current email address, need your password reset or have any difficulties please feel free to contact the school administration (Tania Martyn) on 9722 2400 for assistance.

Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report

Semester 1, Year 11 and 12 Subject Award Winners

Year 11

Year 12


Student Name



Student Name



Aaron Copeland



Tamzin Turrell



Aaron Copeland



Shania Albacite



Bonnie Cook



Tamzin Turrell



Lachlan Mason



Cassie Stirling



Dale Luke



Paige Urquhart



Robert van den Dolder



Kasey-Rae Hunt



Brooke Finnie



Jhamasyn Hetaraka



Zachary Rankin



Aaron Copeland



Chantelle Rowden



Chantelle Rowden



Hailey Burrows



Joel Buswell



Aaron Copeland



Ella Smith


Student Services Update


Getting good quality sleep is important for giving your body and brain a chance to repair and develop, and helps you to function at your best during the day. Getting good sleep isn’t something that is easy for everyone though; some people have trouble falling asleep, some have trouble staying asleep, and some have trouble waking up in the morning. There are some things you can do that can help to increase good sleep, these habits are called ‘sleep hygiene’ and include:

  1. Get a regular rhythm – train your body to go to bed and get up at the same time every day (even on weekends!).
  2. Avoid caffeine –stimulants can make it hard to fall asleep, so try to avoid coffee, tea, cola and chocolate in the hours leading up to bedtime.
  3. Save your bed for sleeping – help your body learn to associate your bed with sleeping by avoiding using your bed for other activities like watching tv, doing work, or using social media.
  4. Avoid naps – this will help you feel tired when it is bedtime.
  5. Have a hot bath – a hot bath or shower an hour before bedtime will raise your temperature and then it will drop again. A drop in body temperature has been linked to sleepiness.
  6. Don’t watch the clock – having thoughts like “If I fall asleep right now, I can still get 7 (6,5,4…) hours of sleep” do not help you fall asleep.
  7. Take care of yourself – getting regular exercise and having a healthy diet can help with sleep.
  8. Set up your bedroom – making your bedroom a comfortable space is important. Think about things like temperature, noise and light levels.


Sleep and Teens - Why Nine Hours Matters, And How to Move Them Towards It

Our teens are busy. They’re exploring their place in the world, they’re experimenting with their independence and influence, and they’re starting to discover the types of adults they want to become. And school. There’s that too.

Even if they’re fully charged from a full nine hours of sleep, this is a taxing load. Most of our teens though, are doing adolescence tired – and it’s not their fault. Between their changing biology and the social expectations of adolescence, our teens are in a high-powered conflict between needing to fall asleep later when their bodies tell them, and needing to wake earlier to do, well, life.

Why are our teens tired?

Teens need about nine hours of sleep each night, but two-thirds of high school students are getting less than seven hours. Falling short of nine hours sleep has significant consequences for our teens, affecting them physically, emotionally, socially and academically.

  • During adolescence, the biological need to sleep becomes disrupted.
  • The teen’s biology is dictating a later sleep time, but early start times which means they are falling short of the nine hours.
  • Melatonin, the sleep hormone that brings on feelings of sleepiness, is produced later in teens than in younger children. The delayed production of melatonin makes it more difficult for them to fall asleep before 11pm.
  • Teens stay up later and sleep less, but when they are allowed to sleep for longer, they do.

When students are woken up after seven hours of sleep for a 7:20 start time at school, if they were allowed to go back to sleep at 8:30, they would. At the time when they would ordinarily have been learning or doing exams, their bodies wanted to sleep.

Learning Support Coordinator

Do you find that you’re great when it comes to writing, but you struggle with the reading and spelling component in your homework or study sessions?

You may find the following list of computer software and assisted technology (recommended by DSF (Dyslexia SPELD Foundation) useful:

  • Hand-held spellcheckers such as the Collins Spellchecker (available at DSF) have phonetic spell correction. For example, if you type in ‘nolij’ the unit will return ‘knowledge’. They can be of great assistance when writing essays, reports, and stories.
  • Reading ‘pens’ allow you to scan text and convert it into voice. They are convenient because of their small size and can read many words in books, newspapers, and other print medium.
  • Text Readers can be useful, as they will read out any text that is stored in electronic format. Free text-to speech programs include Word Talk, DSpeech and Read Please. (Read Please can be downloaded from their website: ).
  • Ginger Software is a text correction tool that corrects grammatical errors, misused words, and spelling mistakes in word processing documents and includes Text-To-Speech software.
  • Collins COBUILD online dictionary is a useful resource to assist with identifying the meaning of unfamiliar words. The definitions provided are easy to understand and include an example of how the word may be used in a sentence.
  • The Collins Comprehensive English Reference Suite combines the Collins Desktop Dictionary and Spellchecker in one electronic dictionary, and is particularly suited to those who struggle with spelling or want to improve their vocabulary.

Learning Areas


The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian education calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks on the same day in over 30 countries around the globe. In the AMC students are asked to solve 30 problems in 75 minutes.

The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking rather than focus on calculations themselves, thus such questions are designed so that they can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. The problems get more difficult through the competition, so that at the end they are challenging to the most gifted students. Students will make progress through the problems, and also be challenged along the way.

Congratulations to the following students for their efforts in the competition:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Elaine Rayco

Preston Woods

Holly Dybala

 Kage Geyer

Bonnie Cook

Samia Suraiya

Qing Chen

Han qi Wang

Harry Smith

Aaron Copeland

I Putu Gde Purnanand

Tauv Casselton 

Lachlan Harrington

Jecinta Jaarola

Lachlan Mason

William Hughes

Molly McInnes

Gabriel Francisco

Shachar Eyal

Dylan Morris

Sheem Albacite

Amber Mell

Claire Togno

Callum Williams

Robert van den Dolder

William Hammond

Jacob Tickenoff

Alex Hendry

William Butler

Isabella Francis

Tiare Crowder

Shani Eyal

Zahara Castles

Jack Boyle

Cosmo Pearce

Aimee Adams

Haylee Atkinson

Wyatt Goff

Aiyana Morris


Attention Parents of Year 10 and 11 students

South Regional TAFE online applications for Year 10s and 11s are open and will be done at school in the first few weeks of Term 3. This is for Year 10 students or current Year 11 students wanting to do VET in 2018 and access free course opportunities on the Thu / Fri at TAFE.

Please ensure your child is are aware of this opportunity – it is a fantastic one that is free!.

Students will be informed during Form and year meetings of the day and time they need to attend the library to complete the on-line application.

It is important students bring with them the following things:

a) Curriculum Council number already written down (located on their school report and on some school timetables),

b) 5-6 lines (proof read and checked) stating why they want to do the course and how it will benefit them.(e.g. This is a great opportunity to obtain a qualification in an area that interests me. I love doing……...)

c) Their resume on a USB or paper copy

TAFE will advise us late in the term if students have been considered for an interview.

Year 10 and 11 – Options for 2018

Year 10s and Year 11s will soon have the opportunity to apply to Thursday/Friday TAFE courses for 2018. In these coming weeks information about the possible courses will be advertised in Daily Notices as well as year meetings. It is important that students ensure they are aware of messages and info that gets provided.

Some important things to remember for this opportunity are:

  • The courses available are listed below and they are for students wanting to be at school 3 days per week and attend TAFE 1-2 days next year. To be eligible they must complete the on-line application at school.
  • Students must make sure that when they come to complete the online application they have their Curriculum Council number already written down (located on their school report and on some school timetables).,
  • South Regional TAFE online applications for Year 10's and 11's are open and will be done during class times to be advised to students. It is important they listen to Daily Notices and messages in year meetings.
  • It will be helpful if they write 5-6 lines (proof read and checked) stating why they want to do the course and how it will benefit them.
  • (e.g. This is a great opportunity to obtain a qualification in an area that interests me. I love doing……...)
  • All communication on outcomes will be via email to students, parents and schools. Letters will not be sent out. Please ensure students understand the importance of correctly entering email contact details and checking for follow up emails.
  • Although a USI is only optional for this application, should a student proceed to enrolment they MUST provide a USI.

Courses Available


Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management

Terms 1-3


Certificate II in Sport & Recreation

Terms 1-3

Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics

Semester 1

Certificate II in Salon Assistant

Semester 1


Certificate II in Financial Services

Semester 1

Certificate III in Accounts Administration

Terms 1-3


Certificate II in Information, Digital Media & Technology

Semester 1


Certificate II in Hospitality

Semester 1

Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (PAIS)

Semester 1

Certificate II in Retail Services

Semester 1


Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pathway – Trades)

Semester 1

Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career start)

Terms 1-3


Certificate II in Engineering Pathways

Terms 1-3


Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (Light Vehicle Pre-apprenticeship)

Terms 1-3

Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (Heavy Vehicle Pre-apprenticeship)

Terms 1-3

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

PBS: Lesson 1 Use appropriate manners and language

Week 2 of this term has been an exciting time for NMSHS. All staff teaching period 1 on Tuesday 25th July delivered Newton Moore SHS very first PBS lesson to all students.

The lesson (approximately 15 minutes) included a couple of video clips with Ms Herbert displaying inappropriate manners. Students were then asked ‘What did she do wrong?’ and ‘How should she have behaved and spoken?’ Students then had some time to practise using appropriate manners and language finishing with a game of bingo using respectful and polite words and phrases.

The next two weeks will focus on this desired behaviour from the Behaviour Matrix, with staff referring to it frequently in the students’ various lessons, around the school, at year group assemblies and the school assembly.

Aboriginal Education

Follow the Dream

Uni Choice Program

During Term 2 five students were selected to participate in the Edith Cowan Uni Choice Program at the Bunbury Campus. The purpose of the program is to raise the awareness of higher education opportunities in the South West for young Indigenous students.

The students who participated in the program gained awareness of:

  • how accessible university education is;
  • different pathways that can lead to university;
  • access to scholarship opportunities;
  • a better understanding about what you should achieve at school to higher education;

Students attended one day a week at Edith Cowan University Bunbury where they undertook lectures and tutorials in areas of study such as Engineering, Health, Literature, Social Work, Education and Business.

Students also undertook a Perth Excursion to the Edith Cowan Campus in Mt Lawley and attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the Joondalup Campus.

Students who participated attended a graduation ceremony and below are the students who were involved with their certificate of participation; Ryan O’Dine, Cora Pickett, Brooke Hansen and Stephanie Riley.

Thank you to Tim Morris and his team of lecturers from Edith Cowan University, Bunbury for providing this opportunity not only to the students of Newton Moore but to students from the schools within the region.

Academic Success Workshop

During the Semester 1 break Newton Moore Senior High School held the Academic Success Workshop over 3 days in partnership with Natalie Kidd, a lecturer from Edith Cowan University Bunbury

The workshop was delivered in 3 sessions.

Session 1/Day 1: focused on developing a range of strategies to prepare students for exams.

Session 2/ Day 2: focused on pathways into university, mapping your career and drawing awareness of the scholarship opportunities available at universities.

Session 3/ Day 3: focused on developing a range of strategies to assist the students on how to improve their study techniques and also the importance of getting the balance between study, free time and reducing stress.

The students in attendance greatly appreciated the information presented and came away with a number of strategies to assist them in preparing for their academic pursuits. At the conclusion of each session students were provided with slices of warm pizza to beat those cold wintery days.

Thank you to Natalie Kidd for presenting and to Edith Cowan University Bunbury for the provision of their lecturer to deliver these sessions.

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

Bunbury District Health Advisory Council

Year 12 students Kelley Roberts, Jacob Ashdown and Tamzin Turrell have had the distinguished opportunity to represent the youth of Bunbury on the Bunbury District Health Advisory Council at the Bunbury Hospital. This is a wonderful insight for students looking towards the medical profession. Kelley and Jacob recently attended the launch of an acute renal dialysis service at Bunbury Hospital. Thanks to the hospital’s Comfort Fund $55,000 donation to buy the machine, fewer seriously ill patients will need to be flown to Perth and can be treated in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Kelley and Jacob at launch of acute renal dialysis machine

Choice Programs


Melbourne Sporting Tour

Year 10 MASH students in Melbourne for their sporting tour. The students visited the Rod Laver Tennis Centre, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, had a tour of the Collingwood changerooms and watched the Dockers vs. North Melbourne. They also visited Luna Park before heading back to WA.

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News from Parent Bodies


School Board

Relationship with the Principal

As the Principal is the responsible officer for the educational leadership, operations and management of the school, the Board cannot:

  • intervene in the control and management of the school;
  • intervene in the educational instruction of students;
  • intervene in the management of operation of a school fund;
  • discuss individual issues relating to teachers, staff or parents;
  • borrow money or obtain funds;
  • purchase property;
  • exercise authority over teaching staff or other persons employed at the school; or
  • performance-manage the Principal or any other Department of Education employee.

Control or management concerns held by members of the school community are to be conveyed directly to the Principal and not through the Board. However, the Principal may seek the Board’s advice on or the Board may address and raise with the Principal any concerns that affect the satisfaction levels generally of parents, staff and students.


Newton Moore SHS Community STEM Fair

Come celebrate National Science week, Thursday 17th August 10:00am – 2:00pm in the Newton Moore SHS Gymnasium.

There will be Interactive displays from students, community and industry groups and a showcase of students’ investigations and projects.

The event is free and open to the general public.

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