Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

31 August 2017

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Leaders are not born, they are made. At Newton Moore Senior High School we provide widespread opportunities for students to develop and practice essential leadership skills that provide so much more than academic benefits. Our many student groups provide opportunities for students to positively lead and represent others shifting their focus towards the wider school community and often beyond. Below are just some of the major leadership opportunities provided by our school.

Student Executive
Year 11 Leadership Group
Year 10 Leadership Group
Year 7-9 Leadership Form
Bush Ranger Cadets
Clontarf Academy
Role Model Girls Academy
Bunbury Health Advisory Council
Captaincy of sporting teams

At our most recent assembly our Year 11 nominees for the 2018 Student Executive presented their one minute pitch to the whole student population. We had 18 nominees (including two nominees from our co-located Education Support Centre) break through their nervousness to present their case for why they are strong advocates for others and will responsibly represent the school. The 2017 Student Executive lightened the mood with their humorous introduction of each nominee. The entire assembly was organised, set up and conducted by our student leaders highlighting the individual and collective skills they have developed over time.

Following the assembly, our staff and students carefully completed their ballot paper to elect the 2018 Student Executive members. Next term our elected members will participate in a leadership camp where they will elect the school captains for 2018.

Kylie Cattaway
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

Yearbook payment deadline

The last day to pay for Yearbooks is Friday 22 September 2017. Please ensure your $25 is paid to the Accounts office to ensure a copy is ordered for you.

Graduation Ceremony

A reminder about the Graduation Ceremony. The $25 fee is payable if your child is attending this event on Friday 17th November. This was billed to the Year 12 student accounts at the beginning of the year. Please ring the Accounts office if you have any queries. 97222419

Unpaid Charges – Upper School

A reminder to parents that unpaid Upper School charges for 2017, and previous years, are about to be referred to our debt collection agency. Please contact the Accounts office to make payment or to arrange to pay these off with a payment plan.

Deputy Principals’ Update

2018 Subject Selections

Students in Years 7 – 9 received their 2018 subject selection forms last week. Students are asked to discuss their selections with their parents, complete the forms and then place them in the labelled box outside the Deputies offices by Friday 1st September. Spare copies can be picked up at Student Services or from Mrs Myles at the front office. Students who submit their forms by the due date will have an equal opportunity to access their preferred subjects.

The subject selection handbooks can be found on the Newton Moore Senior High School Website. They provide detailed information about each elective course on offer.

Year 12 ATAR MOCK Exams

All students have now received their personalised MOCK and WACE Exam schedules.

The MOCK exams are being held in the Newton Moore Senior High School PAC from Monday 2nd October to Monday 10th October. This is the second week of the school holidays.

Please do not hesitate to call Mrs Keall on 97222400 if you have require further information.


Every Minute Counts





10 minutes a day

50 minutes of learning each week

Nearly 1 1/2 weeks per year

Nearly 1/2 year of school

20 minutes a day

1 hour and 40 minutes of learning a week

Nearly 2 1/2 weeks per year

Nearly a year of school

1/2 hour a day

1/2 a day of learning a week

4 Weeks a year

Nearly 1 1/2 year of learning

1 hour each day

1 whole day of learning each week

8 weeks per year or nearly a term a year

Over 2 1/2 years of learning

Admin Report


Winter is always a challenging time of year with uniform compliance. The school community is proud of our school uniform and we believe we provide affordable uniform options. We ask that parent support us with uniform compliance.

Our school dress code:

  • Fosters and enhances the public image of the school.
  • Assists in building school and team spirit.
  • Ensures you are dressed for specific school activities.
  • Encourages equity among all students.
  • Simulates expectations in the workplace.

Permitted Jumpers

  • School jumper (new or rugby)
  • School track top (new or old)
  • Plain light blue or white jumper
  • No black or grey jumpers
  • No logos or hoods

Students that wear a hooded jumper will be asked to remove it. Jumpers not complying with the above information will be asked to remove it or wear it underneath their school approved polo shirt and collect a uniform pass for the day, however this is not a long term option. Please contact Student Services if you have difficulties meeting the uniform requirements or have further enquiries.

Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report

Student Leadership Forum

Representative from each year met to discuss the structure of roles and responsibilities of our leadership groups. The Student Executive led the open forum to collate ideas to formulate strategic plans for future years. Many great ideas and initiatives were put forward and we look forward to new directions.

Lower School

Leadership Students 2017

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Ashtyn Deverell

Seth Bursill

Fern Clarke

Jordan Neill

Ashlyn Gray

Luke Ivey

Wyatt Goff

Rex Kennedy

Libby Pense

Preston Woods

Kynen Neill

Jecinta Jaarola

Lara Riley

Dylan Coventry

Mikisa Knuckey

Matilda Allen

Cameron Stathy

Kade Turner

Macy Harris

Chanana Rowe

Myshka Spalding

Christian Walker

Emily Ovens

Mitchel Gadzani

Amber Standring

Aimee Adams

Seth Kirwan

Kennedy Tumohe

Lachlan Harrington

Harmony McRobert

Peter Woods

Claire Togno

Rachelle Brown

Cory Colmer

Joel McCracken

Jayde Billett

Taya Smythe

Crystal Pearce

Student Services Update



Stress is something that we all experience as a normal part of life. Sometimes a little bit of stress can be useful in keeping people focused and motivated, but sometimes people experience stress so frequently or so severely that it impacts their quality of life. Stress can come from any part of your life – work, study, friends, family, money, illness, or even holidays. When people are stressed some of the ways it can be felt is having trouble sleeping, being irritable, having headaches or an upset stomach, and changes in appetite. There are some small things that people can try that may help to manage their levels of stress:

  1. Be aware of what causes you stress and what you have control over.
  2. Manage your time - balance your work and social life.
  3. Get some exercise – even if it’s a walk around the block!
  4. Make time to see the people you like and do the activities you enjoy.
  5. Try some relaxation techniques (check out the Smiling Mind or headspace apps).
  6. Avoid procrastination (check out Newsletter #10).
  7. Check your sleep hygiene (there are some tips on this in Newsletter #9).
  8. Make healthy eating choices.


We all can use extra tools to help us to raise our kids into being the best adults they can be. Below are some amazing resources that are available.

Mental Health

We have numerous Mental Health agencies that assist our students here at Newton Moore SHS. Some agencies we refer students out to and others come into the school to support students and families.

On Thursday we hosted a meeting for these agencies, to talk about their referral processes and the criteria of their clientele. We also invited other school Student Services staff members to come along. This event was very informative and will help us to access servces in the community to best meet the needs of all our students.

A huge thank you to the following agencies for their awesome work within our school community and for working collaborativy with us;

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Learning Support Coordinator

As well as the reading, writing and spelling computer software and assisted technology I have mentioned in the previous newsletters, the following are also recommended by DSF (Dyslexia SPELD Foundation) literacy support software that you may find useful:

  • Useful tools to help with reading and writing on the computer are WordQ, TextHELP Read and Write, ClaroRead, WYNN Wizard and Reader, SOLO 6, Draft Builder and Co:Writer. These programs perform a variety of functions including reading scanned text aloud, checking spelling and providing alternatives, providing frameworks for structuring written expression and using text prediction to assist with sentence writing.
  • EduApps is a range of open source and freeware applications that can be run directly from a USB stick. One feature is the MyStudyBar, which is designed to support learners with literacy-related difficulties

  • There are a range of ipad/iphone apps available to assist with reading, spelling, and writing skills, as well as those focused more specifically on assistive technology. Below are just a sample of some that have been reviewed on-line: – Ibooks and Freebooks (electronic books), ihomework (homework scheduler and tracker), Dragon Dictation (voice to text software), Say Text and Read It (text readers), Typ-O HD (text prediction software).

School Nurse

10 Surprising Ways to Beat Exam Stress

1. Listen to Classical Music

Listening to music can create a positive and productive environment by elevating your mood and encouraging you to study more effectively and for longer. Classical music is recommended as the best type of music to boost your brain power but ambient music can work too. Check out the playlists on Spotify to easily find what works for you.

2. Take a Quick Walk

Many students feel as if they should spend their entire time before exams with their books open and their pen poised for action. However, research has proven that exercising, such as taking a walk, can boost your memory and brain power.

3. Plan your Study Routine

This may not be a big surprise but what is shocking is the amount of students who discount the benefits of creating a personal study plan. With some initial effort, you can become more productive and motivated each day you approach your study by understanding your learning progress. If you’re using our learning platform, the GoConqr calendar tool will help you align your goals with your day-to-day study, get started here.

4. Play with Bubble Wrap & Puppies

Where do puppies come into exam stress? Lots of universities have installed ‘puppy rooms’ where students can come to relieve stress and anxiety. Pets have also been found to help you focus while studying but we wouldn’t recommend dropping into the library with your pet hamster! Popping bubble wrap is another stress reliever you can save for home study.

5. Try to Get Enough Sleep

The benefits of a proper night’s sleep can never be underestimated. Most importantly, sleep helps your brain to assimilate new knowledge into your long-term memory so that you can recall it when it comes to test day. Anyone who has tried to concentrate with half a night’s sleep can also testify to improved focus with better sleep.

6. Use Mobile Apps

There are tons of mobile apps designed to improve your quality of life. Whether you want to get better organised, improve your mental arithmetic or work on your English language skills, there’s an app..

7. Give Your Mind Space

Meditation is one of the most effective ways to take a break and see your stress from a different perspective. Practicing meditation is another way to maintain focus while improving both mental and physical health to reduce pre-exam stress.

8. Eating Dark Chocolate

Believe it or not this is 100% true. Eating dark chocolate which is over 70% cocoa fights the stress hormone cortisol and has an overall relaxing effect on the body. Plus chocolate releases endorphins which act as a natural stress fighter.

9. Let it All Out

Sometimes you just need to talk to someone, other times you need to shout it from the rooftop or scream from the top of your lungs. Figure out what you’re feeling and then let it out. Speaking to a family member or friend can highlight the bigger picture for you and empower you to rise above the exam stress.

10. Break Free from Distractions

I bet you don’t even realise the number of times you check Facebook, Instagram or whatever your vice is? When you add it all up together, it amounts to a significant waste of time. It can be hard to detach from your life outside of studying but keeping the end goal and timeframe in mind will ease the process.

Learning Areas


The Newton Moore SHS Jazz band has had a very busy couple of weeks! It all started on Sunday the 13th of August, when the band travelled to Hale School to participate in the WA State School Jazz Band Festival. With an entertaining and excellent bus driver in Mr Mungioli, the students were very excited throughout the trip about performing in front of a very appreciative audience. With an exceptional venue, the students played to the best of their abilities, receiving some great feedback for this year’s adjudicator. Our very own Bonnie Cook received an award of excellence for her outstanding solo playing during two of the pieces the band performed. Well done Bonnie.

The good news followed over the weekend. At the Queen’s Cup competition, Newton Moore’s Jazz band took out first place in the B grade Jazz Big Band section, the first time in over 15 years!! The students played brilliantly to bring home first place. This was a pleasant surprise to all, as we were up against the two music specialist schools, and still managed to win! Our drummer, Erin Cifelli, also won the Bricknell Electronics most outstanding percussionist award for the whole weekend, due to her amazing contribution to the Newton Moore SHS bands.

Well done to our Jazz band members for their awesome and amazing work over the past few weeks. A big thank you to Mrs Moore for all her organisation and support over the last few weeks, and to all the parents of the students for their support!

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

PBS – Positive Behaviour Support

PBS lessons include a specific format that MUST be followed: “Tell”, “Show” and “Practice”.

NMSHS has now delivered their third PBS lesson:

Expectation: Responsibility
Desired Behaviour: “Take responsibility for your actions”

Students were given the opportunity to discuss why it is important to take responsibility for your own actions. When we accept responsibility we are accepting the responsibility for making improvements in our lives.

The lesson involved a magazine style activity called ‘Dear MOORE MOANER’ where scenarios were listed with appropriate responses.

Students were then asked to write appropriate responses to a few other scenarios to get practice in understanding how to ‘take responsibility for your actions’.

For the next two weeks staff will continue to remind students of this ‘desired behaviour’ and give opportunities for students to practice, reminding them to ‘Take responsibility for your actions’

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy


The start of Week 5 saw ten students attend the Showcase event in Perth. The event was held from Sunday through to Wednesday. Sunday night involved cultural activities. The girls could choose between rock painting, digging stick activity and a dance workshop. Our girls split into 2 groups and chose rock painting and the dance workshop. First up Monday morning we were apart of the “Walk Together” to Kings Park. Ten Girls Academies joined together as one and walked to Kings Park where two TV Channels were waiting to film the walk. The rest of Monday the girls were involved in Leadership/Team building activities. Tuesday was the Basketball Carnival and all performed well showing great sportsmanship. Tanisha Anderson was named in the Allstar Team. On Wednesday the girls spent the morning at Curtin University doing various activities.



On Tuesday the 22nd of August the South West Academy boys participated in our annual health checks and health promotion day. SWAMS visited and facilitated the health checks. On Tuesday the 5th of September, SWAMS will visit again for the final time this year. A big thank you to SWAMS, the Newton Moore grounds staff, Shayne and Brodie for all their assistance and the boys for their keen involvement and positive attitude.

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

Year 12 Science Horizon students represent the youth of the region on the SW Health Advisory Council. One of their responsibilities is to assist in seeking feedback from the community. They would appreciate as many people in the community as possible to complete the survey mentioned in Patient Opinion advert below.


The 2017 NMSHS Community STEM Fair was held on Thursday 17th August. The event was open to the general public and visited by 5 local primary schools. Year 9 Science Horizons, Engineering Specialist and senior school students helped host the event which included a variety of STEM and science displays, hands-on activities for all ages, as well interactive displays from the South West Science Council, Doral Mineral Sands and Edith Cowan University. Students from Adam Road primary schools participated in exciting Makey Makey workshops run by the NMSHS Mathematics department, and a variety of Newton Moore classes participated in an Hour of Code throughout the day.

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STEM FAIR Student Research Prize Winners

Congratulations to the high standard of work by all students with their CREST entries. Your work was widely praised by the many visitors. Thank you to Doral, SW Science Council and Edith Cowan University for assisting with the judging and presentations of awards.

Year 7 Engineering

Kieran Kotulla

Year 7 Science Horizons

Caleb Cicchillitti

Year 8 Engineering

Darcy Beacham

Year 8 Science Horizons

Jye Travers

Year 9 Engineering

Taine Lottering

Year 9 Science Horizons

Lachlan Harrington

Year 10 Engineering

Brodie Cook

Year 10 Science Horizons

Harmony McRobert

Year 11 Physics

Lachlan Mason

Congratulations to Year 11s, Kody Burges and Brock Hawkins for their popular and innovative gaming activities operated by their own server.

Choice Programs


Year 7 MASH High Ropes Trip

At the end of Term Two our Year 7 MASH group went to attend Forest Adventures High Ropes Course. We were accompanied by Mr Rodsjo and Brodie Kenworthy from Clontarf. Although the weather wasn’t the greatest, we all still had a fantastic time. Our trip started with a 45 minute bus ride to the Tuart forest. When we arrived out on site, we had to complete a 30 minute safety course where we were taught how to safety clip and unclip ourselves onto the safety lines. After this we completed the high ropes course. There were three different courses for us to work through! We had to walk over bridges, ladders and zip lines. Our instructor then allowed us to attempt some higher and more advanced courses.

The advanced courses were a lot more challenging, but became more fun as our confidence grew. These harder courses included using skate boards, bikes and a unicycle to get across the course. I think the hardest course to complete was so high, and had so many wobbly ladders, higher and longer zip lines, that tested our ability and teamwork with each other.

After a couple of hours climbing, it was time to leave. We were all exhausted and very hungry! We had our lunch while others finished the final course. We thanked Dylan and Justine from Forest Adventures, and hopped back on the bus to head back to school. We all had a great day, and were all a bit sore!

Liam Vardy and Kennedy
Tumohe ready to go!

Listening to the safety briefing

Caleb Bray hooking up to
the safety cord

Bailey Conte and Caleb Bray

Jacob Ozies working his
way across the course

Bahle Gadzani balancing across

Brady Buswell clipping
the safety clips on

Hang on Denise!

The Course!

Leikahn Anderson balancing on the beams

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News


Canteen Volunteers are essential to the school and to having a fantastic canteen open all of the time. Even if you can only volunteer 1 day in a term we would love to have your help. Please contact Jenny Hall on 9795 8620.

School Board

Role of Newton Moore School Independent Public School Board

The School Board comprises members from the staff, parent body and community members and is led by the Chair. Board members are elected by the staff and parent bodies. Nominations will be called to fill Board vacancies. The process for nomination will be publicised at the time nominations are called for.

The Board is broadly representative of the school community and acts in the best interests of students and the enhancement of education delivered by NMSHS.

In fulfilling its role the Board will undertake the following principal functions:

Promotion Function

Promote the school in the community.

Reporting Function

Endorse the annual report.

Communication Function

Inform the school community about the Board's functions and activities.

Liaise with other school committees regarding the Board's functions.

Review Function


  • school performance; and
  • parent, staff and student satisfaction.

Strategic Function

Endorse the Delivery and Performance Agreement.

Participate in developing the Business Plan and reviewing its implementation.

Reviewing performance against Business Plan objectives.

Financial Function

Review and endorse the annual school budget.


  • student costs, charges and contributions; and
  • advertising and sponsorship arrangements.

Participate in financial planning for funding school objectives, priorities and policy directions

Policy Function

Assist in making and reviewing:

  • school objectives, priorities and policy directions;
  • all school policies;
  • codes of conduct for students; and
  • dress codes for students

Community Notices


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