Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

2 November 2017

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

The year is going so quickly as we move through the fourth term. So much has been achieved and so much has been learnt. It has been a year full of activities, lots of excursions and programs aimed at engaging our students.

Over time Newton Moore Senior High School has developed and is further developing some very strong approaches that work to build an achieving and caring community of learners.

This includes our:

  • Rewards programs such as our PBS points which are awarded during each school day for a variety of reasons such as responsible behaviour, helping a friend and for working particularly hard that day in the classroom. We also regularly distribute certificates and Letters of Commendations to our students and each term we have Golden Knight and Shining Knight reward events.
  • The Student Leadership program enabled all of our year groups to have a representative voice who can contribute to the development of programs in our school. We had a particularly proactive Year 12 Student Executive this year and I look forward to working with our new Year 11 Executive in 2018. We will be building on our present student leadership structure and will be expanding this by introducing the appointment of house captains.
  • Whole school events such as assemblies, where we work together to develop a strong collegial feeling in our school. We also have Country Week, Winter Carnival, Athletics and swimming carnivals – all events that encourage team spirit.
  • Excursions / Overnight Camps
    We have an array of camps and excursions, each with a clear specific goals, including leadership, subject specific, mentoring and team building just to name a few.
  • Special Events & Activities
    Newton Moore Senior High School has numerous special programs and courses that we run to support the needs of our students. We have many transition programs, activities based on improving the health and wellbeing of our students, career programs and learning area programs such as STEM.

What I really like about our school is that there is something for everyone at Newton Moore Senior High School. I am very proud of how your child’s education is enhanced at Newton Moore Senior High School by the diversity of our curriculum.

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

From the Finance Team

Time to finalise 2017 C&C Payments

With the end of the school year fast approaching, a reminder to parents who have outstanding C&C balances to finalise these payments. Next year’s costing sheets are being prepared and will be sent to you prior to the end of the year, so please take the opportunity to start 2018 with a zero balance.

Payment plans are available and these are a great way to pay the costs of your child’s education program over the school year with a minimal impact on the weekly household budget.

Call the Accounts office to discuss 97222419.

Deputy Principals’ Update

Year 7 Transition Dates

Tuesday 14th November

Year 6 Indigenous Program Information Day

Tuesday 21st and 28th November

Year 6 Flying Start Program (selected students only).

Tuesday 5th December

Year 6 Transition Day

To be part of our Transition Day students must have completed an enrolment package for Newton Moore SHS.

Exam taking tips

Does the word “test” or “exam” send a slight tremor through you? Do you get anxious when test/exam dates get closer? Well, you are not alone. Most children your age suffer from exam fear.

So, how do you get rid of exam fear? It’s very simple if you follow the ten basic but very important test taking tips that help you demonstrate your ability to understand your course material or perform certain tasks.

  • Review your past exam and test papers. Each test helps you prepare for the next one.
  • Pre-prepare yourself for the exams by getting things you need ready well in advance.
  • Feel at ease but be aware. Choose a place suitable to you. Sit straight and maintain a good posture.
  • Be confident and tell yourself that you are going to do your best in the exam.

Read the test paper carefully and avoid careless mistakes.

  • Just glance through the entire test paper to get a general idea of the types of questions asked.
  • Plan how you want to answer the questions. Example: You can start with easy questions first, move on to the slightly tough ones, and then continue with the difficult ones.
  • Review your paper at least once to check for any errors you might have made by mistake before handing it in.
  • Correct the errors and review again.
  • Follow study strategies that will help you remember your course material well. Constantly review your success and challenges. Seek help from your academic support centre or a trusted teacher to help you develop some good study strategies.


Regular attendance at school is fundamental to your child’s learning. Consistent attendance and participation are essential for your child’s social and academic learning.

As parents or legal guardians of an enrolled child, you are responsible under the School Education Act 1999 to ensure the attendance of your child at school every day. It is important to assist your child’s achievement and learning by making regular school attendance a priority in your child’s life.

The Department of Education’s Student Attendance policy requires parents/guardians to provide an acceptable explanation to the school principal for any absence of their children.

Principals must authorise all absences. The Act defines health, religious and cultural observances as reasonable cause for a school absence and the absence would be recorded as ‘authorised’ by the principal.

As the parent/guardian you must obtain the principal’s approval for any planned absence.

Admin Report

Battle of the Knights

As you are aware, we were unable to run the Battle of the Knights and Fun Run last term due to extreme weather.  We investigated the possibility of rescheduling the events, however, there is no one day which is suitable for the Battle of the Knights and Fun Run to be scheduled before the end of this year. Therefore, it was decided to cancel the event for 2017.   We look forward to the Battle of the Knights and Fun Run returning in 2018.

Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report

Cordell Anderson wins gold

Cordell has just competed in the IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) WA State Titles, where he won gold in Open Junior and Open C Grade divisions, over a two day competition comprising of 12 stages. Cordell has been involved in firearms since the age of six, and joined IPSC at aged 10. He has competed in many away interclub and state competitions and also represented WA in the Nationals earlier this year. Cordell hopes to be picked again for the state team to compete in Victoria at the Nationals in 2018. If he continues to do well, he hopes to be selected for the Australian team to compete at the World Shoot in the Philippines in 2019.

Student Services Update


Family Communication

The high school years see teenagers getting busier as they focus on school work, get jobs, do more socialising outside of the home, put more time into chosen sports and find new interests. This can mean that it’s not as easy for everyone in the family to keep in touch about what is going on in each other’s lives and talking about what might be bothering someone. Sometimes this can lead to a change in the home where it starts to feel like no-one is talking to each other, or maybe it seems like everything turns into an argument.

One of the ideas that can be used to help increase meaningful communication is to set up regular family meetings. This can look different for each family but the important things to remember are:

  • Make sure everyone can be there
  • Give everyone a chance to talk
    - What’s going well?
    - What could be better?
  • Listen to each other
  • Take a moment to check your reaction – sometimes the way we respond to someone can make them think we don’t believe them or care about what they are saying

Introducing family meetings might be a bit of a change for some people but they can be really effective at opening up conversations in the home. Like with anything new, once people start seeing improvements they can understand the value of the change they have made and it becomes easier to stick with it. That means that you have to try it first though!

Learning Support Coordinator

This semester as part of my role, I have working with some Year 8s to support and further develop their writing skills. The term began with Ned, Louis and I playing a game of ‘Upwords’. The game was used to help develop our vocabulary further and to test out our spelling skills. Both boys were very excited to learn that you’re able to build up on letters, which changes them, and of course, gives you more points in the process. The highest score received for one word was 22. In the end it was a tight finish, with Ned winning the game by one point. Surprisingly the last word he made was ‘ten’, which was exactly the amount of points he needed to win the game.

Across the semester, for two lessons a week Mrs Sheehan and Harper have been working on an Individualised Program. You will see them here reading a Social Story about ‘Being a good Sport”. Harper was able to demonstrate being a good sport later in the lesson when the two of them played ‘Connect Four’.

School Nurse

Sun Protection

Protect your skin

  • For best protection, we recommend a combination of sun protection measures:
  • Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
  • Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
  • Seek shade.
  • Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.

UV Index

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the invisible killer that you can't see or feel. UV radiation can be high even on cool and overcast days. This means you can't rely on clear skies or high temperatures to determine when you need to protect yourself from the sun.

The UV Index is reported daily by the Bureau of Meteorology. The alert identifies times during the day when the UV level is 3 or above and sun protection is needed.

As well as appearing on the Bureau of Meteorology website, the alert is published in the weather section of daily newspapers, on Cancer Council Australia's home page and as an app for smartphones.

Download the SunSmart app for iOS or Android keep track of the UV levels throughout the day

Applying sunscreen

Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before exposure to UV in order to create the intended protective barrier. It should be applied liberally and evenly to clean and dry skin.

For a young adult, the recommended application is 5ml (approximately one teaspoon) for each arm, leg, body front, body back and face (including neck and ears). That equates to a total of 35ml (approximately seven teaspoons) for a full body application.

Sunscreen should always be reapplied at least every two hours, irrespective of the water resistance of the sunscreen. Swimming, sport, sweating and towel drying can reduce the effectiveness of the product, so sunscreen should always be reapplied after these activities

Learning Areas


Western Australia Junior Olympiad

The Western Australia Junior Olympiad is a selective Mathematics competition. Students individually sit a rigorous mathematics test and then complete team questions. This year we had 3 teams compete in the competition. These students gave up time on a Saturday showing their dedication to mathematics and Newton Moore. The following students should be commended for their efforts.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Joshua Francis

Preston Woods

Lachlan Harrington

Elaine Rayco

Tauv Casselton

Gabriel Francisco 

Anthony Ladhams

Molly McInnes

William Hughes

Qing Chen

Jacob Tickenoff

Amber Mell

T & E

Year 10 Mechatronics

Students in the Year 10 Mechatronics class have been learning about electronic components and circuitry. Students have put the theory into practice by creating a Steady Hand Game.

Does anyone remember the game Operation? You had to remove body parts with a steady hand. This game is very similar. A wire shape is enclosed in a loop and players attempt to get from one side to the other without coming in contact with the wire. If they do, the circuit is closed, a light flashes and a buzzer is activated.

Students have used a design process to create some interesting final products. Throughout this process they have developed their skills in woodwork, electronics and soldering.

Year 11 Operation Christmas Child

The Year 11 Children, Family and Community classes have been investigating the impact of poverty on young children both in Australia and around the world. As part of this research they have decided to participate in the Shoebox Appeal. Students pack a box filled with gifts that are delivered to children in need around the world. Betsie Kruger came to talk to students in Year 10 and 11 about the importance of the appeal and to arrange collection of over 15 shoeboxes.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

PBS – Positive Behaviour Support

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

Expectation: Wellbeing
Desired Behaviour: “Engage and cooperate positively with your peers”

Whilst viewing a video showing different types of students in a class, students were asked to consider which student reminded them of themselves. Students then answered a number of quiz questions in small groups related to the desired behaviour.

School is a social environment and learning is dependent on relationships.

It is important to learn to 'get along' with each other, including those who have different opinions, or have different backgrounds and life experiences.

This means working well with others, taking turns, solving problems without fighting or saying mean things, and accepting others’ differences

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

2016 Girls Academy Graduates update

Where are they now?

Shontai Farrant

Aboriginal Trainee of the year 2016, Cert 2 in Hospitality, full time employment at St John of God Hospital

Tahlia Bennell

Dental Nurse Traineeship, Eaton Dental Centre

Caitlin Willetts

Employed at Officeworks

Tabatha Tregoning



2016 Clontarf Graduates update

"Where are they now?"

Akers, Harley

Completing a Cert 111 Art and Design course at the South West Institute of Technology

Buswell, Jacob

Working at Coles Park Centre Bunbury

Hansen, Lachlan

Some casual work at QUBE but recently working with a shearing team in the Great Southern

Harte, Jarrad

Apprentice mechanic at QUBE Picton depot

Jetta, Colin

Family moved to Perth for him to try with Swan Districts. Now looking for work

Little, Shayden

Started a Uni course in Aboriginal Theatre at Edith Cowan in early part of the year. Now residing in Kalgoorlie and completing a Cert 111 course in surface operations . Meeting with Anglo Gold in a few weeks to pursue opportunity in 2018.

Ugle, Tristan 

Been with K Mart Park Centre since November last year and recently signed a permanent contract. Will be pursuing carpentry apprenticeship with Perkins when he gets drivers licence

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

Osprey Project

Four years of involvement in a community Osprey Project has culminated in the erection and grand reveal of two Osprey nests near the Mangrove boardwalk of the Leschenault Inlet. Science Horizons Specialist students have researched, designed and chosen locations for these Osprey Nests.

Last week they participated in a grand reveal at which the Mayor of Bunbury and Mikisia Knuckey spoke about the importance of providing a safe environment for these magnificent birds and how valuable it was for students to contribute to caring for the environment. This has been a truly collaborative project involving the city of Bunbury, Western Power, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, and local community members such as Mr John Cross and Mr Stephen Woodhouse who volunteered their time and expertise.

The Osprey nests will be a part of Bunbury for many years to come and as Miki said in her speech:

“Our sincere hope is that the community of Bunbury and all who visit our wonderful city can enjoy our natural environment and perhaps see an Osprey.”


F1 in Schools-Carbon 5 off to the Nationals!

Newton Moore Professional class team Carbon 5 came second overall in F1 in Schools and will represent WA in Tasmania in March 2018.

Team Gladiator came 2nd in Development class Knock Out races.

F1 in Schools
F1 in Schools
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2017 Subs in Schools WA State Final

Subs in Schools is a School Pathways Program that supports STEM pathways to careers in Defence Industries. It is funded through a National Partnership between the Department of Defence and WA Education Department. The program involves 10 schools with 18 teams entered and involving 100 students from Grade 3 to Year 11. The teams were mentored and judged by a range of champion teachers, Defence and Allied Industry, University, Training and Secondary education representatives.

Four students from the Year 8 Engineering Specialist class competed in the Subs in Schools WA State Final on the 19th of October at North Lakes Senior Campus. The students built submersible Mini ROVS (remote operated vehicles) in class during Term 3. Team Aqua Ducks was selected to represent Newton Moore competing against other schools where they had to navigate their ROV through a set course in a tank of water. The students won awards for Best Sea Trial Mini ROV-Junior and Best Team Marketing and Trade Display. They were also highly commended on the use of an engineering portfolio to display their work.

2017 Subs in Schools WA State Final
2017 Subs in Schools WA State Final
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News from Parent Bodies

School Board

What is the relationship between the P&C and the school board?

The P&C is a valuable but separate entity to the board, and should continue to function that way. Members of the School Board and the P&C, however, are able to work together on different projects. The P&C may be an incorporated body through WACSSO, and if so, the school can apply for grants or funding through the P&C.

Can a P&C member be on a school board?

The P&C is entitled to nominate a parent or community representative to join the School Board. It is not an entitlement to be appointed to the Board. Nomination and election processes are outlined in the School Education Act, 1999 and the School Education Regulations 2000. Newton Moore Senior High School advertises vacancies to be on the Board in the first term of each year through the newsletter.


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