Newton Moore Senior High School
PDF Details

Newsletter QR Code

Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

16 November 2017

Newsletter Articles

Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

High performing schools come in all shapes and sizes and our school review indicated we are such a school. We know it takes many factors to be a high performing school. But there is one thing that is very important to our school: we have high expectations of our students.

For our students, we have clear behaviour expectations. Our Student Services Team work particularly hard to ensure every student meets these expectations. They also offer lots of rewards and provide many positives to those students who do the right thing. We have clear expectations in our behaviour matrix and we have clear guidelines, school values and policies that we expect all students to abide by.

Our Upper School students will soon sit their exams and then finish for the year. We wish them all the best. We trust they will spend time studying effectively to ensure they get the results towards their grades that will support them in achieving graduation.

Even though there are only a couple of months in the school year left for Lower School students, it is very important that all students stay focussed on their classwork. Students should attend until the last day of the school year. Support of parents with students remaining in attendance and engaged is extremely important. It is also important that all Lower School students complete all of their homework and assignments so they can get the best marks possible in their school reports, so they too can be high performers.

Parents, please ask your child about what they have been doing at school and encourage them to do homework. Often parents tell me that their child tells them they have no homework. However, homework is not just assignments or studying for a test. It can be about reviewing all the day’s work. Parents can help with homework by providing a place to study, setting a time aside so study becomes a routine and even encouraging students to do extra reading. This is extremely important as it is about expectations.

As a school, our staff are always looking for ways of helping your child do better, achieve their best and get better results. We want each one of our students to reach their potential and more. We set high expectations for all our students whatever their background.

We always continue to look at ways of better preparing the students from Newton Moore Senior High School in readiness to meet the challenges they may face throughout life.

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

From the Finance Team

C&C Payment Plans

A reminder to parents that Newton Moore SHS is happy to accept the payment of your child’s C&C’s in instalments over the school year. If you would like to sign up to a payment plan please contact the Accounts office and discuss an arrangement that suits your situation. Please ring 97222419. Your contributions greatly help assist your child’s educational opportunities.

2018 Secondary Assistance Program

Applications are now open for the 2018 Secondary Assistance Scheme which supports eligible Year7-12 students with financial assistance towards school expenses. To make an application please bring your Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession card OR Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession card into the Accounts office and complete your application.

Applications close 13 April 2018.

Deputy Principals’ Update

Tips for Year 10 and 11 Exam Preparation

How can I help my child prepare?

  • Ensure they are well rested in the lead up to the testing.
  • Help them maintain a steady routine, health eating and sleep patterns.
  • Provide positive encouragement and support.
  • Help them work through any issues that are worrying them to avoid unnecessary stress.
  • Provide opportunities for your children to read different types of texts (newspapers, magazines, articles, fiction, non-fiction, pamphlets).
  • Talk to your children about what they read:
    - Asking them about their opinions of the material.
    - Encourage them to substantiate their opinions.
    - Ask them inferential questions (questions implied by the text but not written in the text).
    - Encourage them to use their Mathletics, and any learning apps.

Maximising results

  • When answering multiple choice questions:
    - Never leave a question out (you will definitely get no marks)
    - Never put two answers (you will definitely get no marks)
    - If you are unsure – eliminate those answers which you are sure are wrong and then make an educated guess at the ones left (you are likely to have a reasonable chance of guessing correctly)
  • Write as clearly as possible.
  • Put an answer down for every question.
  • Use the prompts given to help you answer the questions (titles, pictures, diagrams, headings, key words).
  • Use the guides when writing a persuasive argument.

Essay terms explained

Good luck to all exam students.

Below is an explanation of some common instruction words you may come across in essay questions.

Instruction words



Find the main ideas, how they are related and why they are important.


Weigh up to what extent something is true. Point out any flaws and counter-arguments. Conclude by stating whether you are in agreement with the original position.


Identify similarities and differences between two objects, concepts or ideas. Include what similarities and differences are more important than others.


Identify dissimilarities, differences, unique or distinguishing characteristics.

Critically evaluate or evaluate

Provide an opinion about whether a statement in a piece of research is true and whether you agree with it. Include evidence that agrees and disagrees with the statement. Conclude by listing the most important factors and justify why you agree/disagree


Clearly state the meaning, and list the qualities, traits and characteristics.


Provide a detailed explanation about how and why something happens.


Make a case for or against an argument and reach a conclusion. Point out the advantages and disadvantages.


Give more detail and provide more information on a topic.


Adopt a questioning approach and consider a variety of different viewpoints.


Demonstrate your understanding of an issue or topic.


Provide a statement of why you think something is so. Give reasons and provide a balanced argument by considering options that are contrary to your own before stating your conclusion.


Summarise important points and criticise if necessary.


Give a condensed version that includes the main facts and omits irrelevant information. Brief and general examples normally suffice for this kind of answer.


Developing the habit of going to school every day is vital so children do not miss out on important ideas and skills they need for future learning.

Did you know:

  • Missing half a day of school each week equates to one month of missed learning each year.
  • The attendance habits set by children when they first start school continue throughout their school life.
  • If children miss half a day of school each week between Pre-primary and Year 10, they would miss almost one full year of learning.
  • Learning is cumulative. If children miss a day regularly, it is harder for them to catch up and keep up.

Parents can help by ensuring their children arrive to school on time; making sure they get nutritious meals and enough sleep; and by making appointments with doctors, dentists and specialists, and making holiday plans during school holidays and not during the school term.

Meet the Team

Meet the new Admin and Student Services team members


My name is Lee-Ann Ferguson and I am new to working in a school environment. I have joined the Newton Moore Admin team as School Officer. I previously worked at Access Housing in administration and prior to that, I lived and worked in Kununurra.

Karen Davies

My name is Karen Davies and I am working in Student Services Reception. I came to NMSHS from the Department of Human Services. I have worked all over WA from Busselton to Kununurra mainly in Finance and Human Resources. Born and bred in East Fremantle and growing up in Bicton, my favourite footy teams are the Dockers and South Fremantle (weird I know but my grandparents used to take me to see South Fremantle).

Student Services Update

2017 PBS Points Awards

Congratulations to the PBS Points award winners for Term 3

  • Year 7 - Ashtyn Deverall
  • Year 8 - Sharnee Pearse
  • Year 9 - Aimee Adams
  • Year 10 - Jordan Neill
  • Year 11 - Shavani Ralm

Student of the Month Awards

Over 150 students were nominated for the Student of the Month award for Term 3. Congratulations to all the nominees and to the Students of the Month:.

  • Year 7 - Jayde Billett
  • Year 8 - James Truong
  • Year 9 - Storm Hornby
  • Year 10 - Riley Cousins
  • Year 11 - Hailey Burrows

Gravity Award Winners

Congratulation to Gravity Award Winners for Term 3, Leonard Martin and Biarda Smith

Remembrance Day Ceremony

The 2018 Newton Moore Senior High School Student Executive performed their first official duty at the City of Bunbury’s Remembrance Day Ceremony on Saturday 11th November. The service was held at the War Memorial and was very special as this year marked the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day. The students wore poppies to honour all those who gave their lives in war.

Photo courtesy of the Bunbury Mail



There’s an app available for most things these days, and mental health is no different. The increasing number of mental health related apps that are available means that there is support for people who might not seek out face-to-face support and who might find an App to be more appealing as it is anonymous, immediate, and available any time. Like anything though, it’s important to consider what your needs are and what evidence there is for the usefulness of the App.

A (very) small selection of some of the well-known mental health Apps can be seen below and cover topics such as mindfulness, relaxation strategies, mood tracking, cognitive and behavioural strategies, and support for people who want to help their friends. Most of these are available on Android and iOS. Some are free, some have a cost to buy, and some have an on-going subscription fee.

There are heaps of options, so check some of them out and see if there are any that work for you.

Headspace: Guided meditation

Smiling Mind

Youthbeyondblue The Check In




My Mood Tracker

Thought Diary Pro

Appreciate A Mate


ReachOut Breathe

Black Dog Snapshot

ReachOut WorryTime

Music eScape

Headspace: Guided meditation

Smiling Mind

Youthbeyondblue The Check In




My Mood Tracker

Thought Diary Pro

Appreciate A Mate


ReachOut Breathe

Black Dog Snapshot

ReachOut WorryTime

Music eScape

Learning Support Coordinator

Preparation for the next round of OLNA (Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment) in March next year is well under way. These Year 11 students have come along to their Friday Study class to receive support from Mr Mercer and myself in line with the skills they need to adequately prepare for sitting the OLNA Numeracy test next year.

This lesson was a perfect example of how most of the students are able to do the 'Mathematics' part of questions but sometimes the challenge for them is in understanding the 'Maths' language. We discussed what 'consecutive' and 'difference' meant, and in doing so, they were able to make a decision on 'which two consecutive days on a bar graph had a difference of 5?'


Encouraging Healthy Technology Use in Young People

What is the impact of technology on young people's brains, and what can parents do to encourage healthy technology use? Greg Gebhart, Senior Education Trainer at the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner discusses current trends in young people's tech use, what research tells us of its impact, and strategies to promote a healthier, more balanced engagement with technology in their daily lives.

Greg Gebhart discussing healthy technology use in young people

Types of Cyber Bullying

School Nurse

Seasonal Allergies – Hayfever

  • An allergic response causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, runny and red nose.
  • Very common in spring and summer
  • Usually self-diagnosable
  • One antihistamine tablet a day can help reduce symptoms. Buy from chemist or supermarket.
  • Chronic: can last for years or be life long
  • Lots of students have come to see me this term with hay fever.

Consult a doctor if symptoms do not get better.

Learning Areas


2017 Subs in Schools in WA State Final

Four students from the 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.

Science Talent Search 2017 Award Winners

Year 9

Aimee Adams

Alex Hendry

Year 11

Bonnie Cook

Sachar Eyal

Shavani Ralm


A variety of students competed in a number of different Mathematics competitions throughout 2017.

Australian Problem Solving Olympiad

Firstly, a group of Year 7 and 8 students participated in the Australian Problem Solving Olympiad. The annual Olympiad consists of a series of 5 separate contests. This program provides opportunities for students to engage in creative problem solving activities.

All the students that competed should be commended for their efforts. There are five students that did an exceptional job in this year’s Problem Solving Olympiad.

Year 7

Top 25%

Elaine Rayco

Top 50%

Jack Boyle

Year 8

Top 10%

Preston Woods

Top 40%

Tauv Casselton

Luke Ivey

Australian Mathematics Competition

Students also competed in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC). In the AMC students are asked to solve 30 problems in 75 minutes. The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking. This year we had a variety of students compete and a number scored some excellent results.

The following students achieved Distinctions in their working in the AMC.

Year 7

Elaine Rayco

Year 8

Preston Woods

Tauv Casselton

Year 10

Kage Geyer

Year 11

Lachlan Mason

Western Australian Junior Olympiad

Year 7-9 students competed in the Western Australian Junior Olympiad. This competition was held on a Saturday so these students were especially dedicated to mathematics and competing for their school and our maths department. Students sat an individual paper and then competed in a team maths competition. We even had two Year 8 students compete in the Year 9 team and do an amazing job.

Year 7

Elaine Rayco (Highest score in Year 7)

Joshua Francis

Anthony Ladhams

William Hughes

Year 8

Preston Woods (Highest score in Year 8)

Tauv Casselton

Molly McInnes

Qing Chen

Jacob Tickenoff

Amber Mell

Year 9

Gabriel Francisco (Highest score in Year 9)

Lachlan Harrington

Special recognition for the Maths teachers Mr Englebrecht, Mrs Murphy and Ms Hantzis who also gave up their time on the weekend to attend the Olympiad and encouraged our students. They are amazing teachers!

Phones off the grid

We have been running some interesting STEM projects this year. The Year 7 and 8 girls Living and classes created hand cranked phone charges or solar power phone charges. They were featured on local news and will be featured on national news as well. These girls worked very hard and did an amazing job.

Choose Maths Award – Girls in Mathematics Scholarship

Ashley Stewart was the recipient of the National Choose Maths award. She received the award for promoting girls in mathematics. From this she wanted to give back to the girls and offer a Mathematics scholarship for girls willing to promote maths at Newton Moore. Ashley was inundated with the number of applications and found it difficult to decide on just two, so instead decided that three was a better option.

The girls who have been chosen have not only dedicated themselves to mathematics but also to helping other girls in mathematics. They are amazing ambassadors for the mathematics department at Newton Moore through participation in competition, contributing in STEM projects and Mathematics Challenges.

Congratulations to the following recipients of the first Girls in Mathematics scholarships.

Year 7 Aiyana Morris

Aiyana has solved the most maths problems that Mrs Stewart has written on the maths window to date! She is very dedicated to solving maths problems big or small.

Year 8 Jesslyn Schaeche-Odine

Jesslyn did an amazing job creating a hand cranked phone charger during a STEM project and did a wonderful job promoting Newton Moore Maths department on the news.

Year 11 Bonnie Cook

Bonnie is extremely dedicated to her study! She has an amazing work ethic and helps other girls with maths on a regular basis. She happens to be the only girl studying Methods Mathematics and she is doing a wonderful job.


Nursing Work Experience

Work Experience in Nursing is difficult to find but here is an opportunity for current Year 9 students who will be able to do Work Experience in Year 10 in 2018.

WA Country Health Service recognises the value of work experience for high school students to assist them to decide what type of career pathway they would like to pursue. IMPORTANT- Year 10 students who would like to do NURSING will only be accepted through the GREaT program.

Applications for this program run throughout Term 1. More information is available via this link. All enquiries for the GREaT program should be directed to or phone 6444 5919.

All placements for Bunbury and Busselton will be through this process only. All enquiries related to this process should be directed to or 9781 2372.

Year 9s should see Mr Mungioli or Mrs Potter in the next few weeks to indicate their interest in this.

ECU New Health Science Course

Students are invited to attend the launch of Edith Cowan University’s Bachelor of Health Science course at ECU South West Campus. The course, majoring in Nutrition, Health Promotion and Occupational Safety and Health, will be delivered through ECU’s South West Campus from 2018.

North Metropolitan TAFE – Gardener/Handyperson/Cleaner Course

Starting in July 2018, North Metropolitan TAFE are running a semester long course on the skills required to be a successful gardener/handyperson or cleaner. The course is a preparation for entry into gardening, handy work or cleaning work.

If students are interested in this course then please email:


Japanese Film Festival 2018

On the 27th October, Year 8 Japanese students attended the Japanese Film Festival. Students travelled by bus to the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre and joined other Bunbury and regional schools in watching the anime movie, “Your Name”.

With the theatre in darkness and the slow crunch of popcorn, students were thoroughly engrossed in the storyline watching two star-crossed teenagers switch bodies and learn to live in someone’s shoes for a period. Seeing the love develop and with the persistent feeling of looking for something or someone, students were enamoured until the very end and the very last tear had fallen.

Dazed and excited, we ventured out of the theatre to find our lunch plans thwarted by the weather. Sadly we returned to school to eat our obento lunches in the dry surrounds of the school’s cafeteria. With chicken katsu, teriyaki beef and teriyaki tofu filled mouths, students remembered their Japanese manners and chopstick skills and eagerly reflected on the anime.

Thank you to the City of Bunbury’s International Relations sector for providing this opportunity for students of Japanese.

Mrs Amy King


Cooking satay the traditional way

Claudia and Tamzin

Last Indonesian lesson for 2017s Head Boy Jan Fromm and Head Girl Tamzin Turrell

Emily and Eliza making Nasi tumpeng

Silas and Javan ride the becak

T & E

Awards for Excellence

Year 7

Design and Technology

Hayley Bridge

Home Economics

Alisa Cavuoto

Digital Technology

Jan-Michael Valeza

Year 8

Design and Technology

Brock Kenny

Home Economics

Ella Penny


Jazman Beggs

Year 9

Design and Technology

Tylar Gallaghan

International Food

Storm Hornby


Seth Hall

Year 10

Design and Technology

Tyrelle Spry


Tahliah Rice


Jacinta Jaarola


Ryan O’Dine


Jade Ferguson

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: “Communicate positively with and about others”

Students discussed that relationships are built and can be maintained by positive encounters with others. Communication is the key to this process. Without effective skills, it can be difficult to properly construct and foster productive relationships.

Students were asked to sit facing a partner. The teacher read out some questions and they were then given time to discuss their answer with their partner.

Students were then arranged into two circles facing each other, one within the other. Both were asked to give each other a compliment. Then one student was asked to say a negative comment so their partner could practice how to tell their partner that negative talk is NOT okay. Students then rotated in the circle, three spots, giving each other compliments using eye contact. Students can use this positive way of communicating on social media.

Aboriginal Education

Follow the Dream


Edith Cowan University attended Newton Moore SHS on the 9th and 10th of November to deliver the HoT ’n’ Deadly First Aid Training to 11 Indigenous students. The course was delivered by a qualified paramedic and 3 trainee paramedics.

Students were taught how to provide First Aid, and at the completion of the training students will receive their first aid qualification/certificate as well as a first aid kit.

Click images to enlarge


Wadjemup Cup 2017 (Rottnest Island)

On the 3rd of November 2017 sixteen Clontarf Academies from as far north as Carnarvon and as far south as Esperance travelled to Rottnest Island to compete in a round robin Aussie rule competition called Wadjemup Cup.

Wadjemup Cup is an important event on the Clontarf Foundations Calendar. The yearly football carnival on the stunning Rottnest Island is enjoyed by students, staff, partners and local community members.

The representatives from Newton Moore SHS and the South West Clontarf Academy were Troy Bennell, Cody Bell, Kyle Oliver, Tylar Gallaghan, Seth Gasperi and Tyreece Ugle. Senior Constables Jeff Cook and Clare Kelly also attended the camp to help support the boys on and off the field.

The lads played 3 games throughout Wadjemup Cup. They lost the first 2 games by under a goal and won their last game by 15 points.

During the stay on Rottnest the students also attended other activities such as a Welcome and Departure Smoking Ceremony, an Amazing Race around Rottenest Island and a Cultural Tour.

Wadjemup Cup
Wadjemup Cup
Click images to enlarge

News from Parent Bodies

School Board

School Board Election Process

What is the process for electing a person into the school board?

Elections are operated in the same way as any public election:

  • A transparent process is required;
  • There is a call for nominations;
  • Time is allowed for candidates’ statements to be circulated;
  • The election is run by the principal. A Returning Officer can be appointed;
  • Ballot papers must be available for all persons eligible to vote;
  • The person with the majority of votes wins; and
  • Results are announced.

Who sits on an unincorporated school board?

  • An unincorporated school board can have five to 15 members (10 to 15 if incorporated).
  • Board members are elected for a maximum of three years.
  • Parents, staff and students (if applicable) are elected.
  • Business, industry and community members are appointed.
  • Other persons with particular expertise can be co-opted to the board for a pre-determined period of time. Co-opted members do not have voting rights.

How long can a member remain on the school board?

The maximum length of a board term is three years, but a person can be nominated for a further three-year period, or for as many three-year periods, as he/she wishes to be involved.

Community Notices


Sync Calendar

Upcoming Events

No Upcoming Events