Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

30 November 2017

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

As the year draws to a close, it only seems like yesterday that we started the 2017 school year. It has been a significant year of successes with teachers being nominated and recognised for their outstanding abilities. We had Lorraine Ellis nominated and selected as the state finalist for the Prime Minister’s award. We had Ashley Stewart win the CHOOOSEMATHS award. Jade Warrington won WA Secondary Teacher of the Year. Jess Moore was successful in achieving Level 3 teaching status. This is, once again, testament to the high quality teachers we have at our school and adds to the number of teachers who have already won high profile teaching awards. Thank you to all our teachers and staff at our school. It is what makes our school such a special place.

It was the year when we had our IPS school review which was extremely positive. Reviewers commented on:

  • The school has high quality specialist programs in Science Horizons, Engineering and STEM.
  • The school has a successful sport MASH program used to engage and improve student achievement.
  • The school has a wide range of VET courses which enhance student post school pathways.
  • The school has a detailed, triennial self-review structure.
  • There is a high priority on pastoral care and student wellbeing practices across all areas of the school.
  • The school provides a wide range of opportunities so that students can take responsibility for their own learning successes and achievements.
  • The school has developed and maintained strong partnerships in an effort to improve outcomes for students.
  • The membership of the Board is structured to reflect the nature of its community and programs.

We have also spent considerable amount of time on developing our latest business plan with the priorities going in the future being:

  • Effective Teaching – Quality teachers are skilled in connecting curriculum and curriculum knowledge to ensure we have highly effective classrooms.
  • Successful Students – All students are capable of growth and learning and will achieve success.
  • Positive Relationships – Through strong connections and communication we foster positive relationships between staff, students and our families.
  • Strong Structure – Collectively we create the best possible environment for our teachers to teach in.

It would be remiss of me to not make special thanks to the members of the Newton Moore SHS School Board: Mrs Lyn Farrell ECU Dean – (Chair of Board - Community/Industry rep), Mr Chris Mayfield (Director Business Development at SW Institute of Technology WA – Community rep), Mrs Cis Narkle (Senior Project Officer – SW Region/Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre - Community rep), Mrs Jodie Schroder – (Regional Network Coordinator – SW Region/Aboriginal Workforce Development Centre – Community rep), Andrew Templeman (General Manager – Doral Mineral Sands Pty Ltd - Community rep), Ms Fiona Hinds (South Western Times - parent), Mr James Oliver (ESC Teacher - parent), Mr Mike Wainwright (parent), Mr Damian Croxford (Deputy Principal - staff), Mrs Jacquie Barber (Science Teacher - staff), Mrs Athena Hawkins (Science Teacher - staff) and Mrs Jessica Moore (Music Teacher - staff).

The School Board has an important role to play in the vision, governance and accountability requirements of schools.

The year would not have been the success that it has been without the enthusiasm of students and their families. I wish all of you a very safe and happy holiday season and look forward to working together with you in 2018 and beyond.

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

From the Finance Team

2018 Contributions and Charges and 2018 Booklists

The 2018 booklists, C&C booklets and other information will be mailed out to parents during Week 8. Remember that the deadline for ordering books and stationery is December 8th to ensure delivery occurs before the beginning of Term 1 2018.

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 13th April 2018.

Early C&C Payment Prize

Newton Moore SHS P&C has kindly donated two $500 gift vouchers for the 2018 Early Payment prize draw. To go into the draw, pay your child’s 2018 C&C in full by 13th April 2018.

Deputy Principals’ Update

One of the key values of Newton Moore Senior High School is Success. It was wonderful to see our Year 12 students who have successfully completed all the requirements of secondary school at our Graduation Ceremony on Friday night. It was my great honour and pleasure to host the event, and to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our students this year. Congratulations to the award winners and to all of the graduating class of 2017. A big thank you to Mrs Donelle McInerney, our Year 12 Wellbeing Coordinator, and to all the staff, special guests, parents and sponsors who helped make the event such a special occasion. To all the Year 12 students, I wish you success and happiness in your future endeavours.

Damian Croxford

Changes to the 2018 school timetable

During 2018/19 we will be trialling the removal of Form Class from students' timetables. Form Class operated for 10 mins at the beginning of the school day to assist with communication and monitoring attendance. With the implementation of electronic attendance this year, Form Class is no longer needed for this purpose. With the removal of Form, the school day will consist of 5 lessons each with an additional 2 mins of instructional time. The start and end of the school day will remain unchanged.

Arriving on time for school is now more important than ever. With the school day starting with an instructional period it is essential that students arrive on time to maximise their learning time. If your child is challenged by the morning routine please take the time to negotiate mutually agreeable strategies with them over the school holidays to maximise the change that they will consistently arrive on time for school in the new year.

Janine Keall

Changes to School Yearbook

In 2018 we will no longer be providing an annual hard copy yearbook “Knight Magazine”. Instead the school intends to have an online year book edition of the Knight Magazine similar to our newsletter, which will be a Year 12 special edition.

This new online version will be at no cost to parents and will highlight all the events and happenings over the year with a focus on our Year 12 students.

All Year 12 students will be presented with a thumb drive containing the e-version of the new look Knight Magazine when they graduate.


People have been talking about the importance of parent involvement for decades, yet research shows that there is one thing that parents can do that will have far more impact than anything else.

Students whose parents value education, and more specifically attendance, are far less likely to have high levels of avoidable absence. Therefore, parents should spend time explaining the value of education to their children. There is a clear link between education and students’ subsequent health, wealth and happiness. The link between school attendance and how well students subsequently do at school is very important.

Admin Report

A break from school and lots of extra hours together as a family can be a great experience, but for some families it is a challenging time when concerns emerge.

Holiday activities to encourage include:

  • Volunteering: For ideas on how young people can make a difference visit:, or
  • Learning something new: Whether its photography, music, sport or dance. Contact local councils and leisure centres to find out what’s on for children and young people.
  • Organising and exploring: Make a list of places to visit and things to do, and get out there!
  • Creative projects: Get those creative juices flowing. Revamp a bedroom or create an art piece.
  • Getting active: Encourage young people to spend time outside, visit a park with friends or family, or walk the dog around the block.

ICT/Technology Report

BYOD-Bring Your Own Device

Newton Moore SHS encourages students from all year groups to ‘Bring your own device’ to support learning in our school. BYOD means you can bring an appropriate laptop or tablet to school that:

  • Is easily portable
  • has at least five hours of battery life
  • can easily connect to school WiFi
  • provides access to MS applications
  • has antivirus software
  • has a screen size of at least 9.7 diagonal inches
  • has a inbuilt or external keyboard

Smartphones are unsuitable for learning activities because of their small screen size. There are many affordable models available on the market. More information will be provided to parents in the coming weeks.

Year 10 Subsidised Laptop Program 2018

Newton Moore SHS is offering a one off opportunity to parents of our students going into Year 10 in 2018, to participate in the Year 10 Subsidised Laptop Program. Participants will receive a Microsoft Surface Pro i5 tablet for use at school and as a take home device for the duration of their final three years of schooling. At the end of Year 12 ownership will be transferred to the student and the device kept for future use. A deposit will be required. More information will be provided to parents in the coming weeks.

New Era in Excursion Paperwork

New excursion software beginning in 2018

Newton Moore Senior High School is excited to be using the Consent2Go system. The system will replace our current paper process for obtaining parent permission and payments for school incursions and excursions. Payments can be made securely online or in person if you prefer.

Communication by email

We will commence using the system in 2018. Parents and students will receive invites to attend excursions via email. If parents/guardians have not provided the school with an email address a paper copy will be provided to the student. Initially both parent/guardian 1 and parent/guardian 2 (as recorded on our system) will receive notification of excursion. Once one parent has provided a response the other parent’s link will be inactive. If you would like only one parent to receive notifications please contact Tania Martyn on or 97222400.

What to expect

The picture above shows a sample of the email you will receive. By simply clicking on the blue box you will be automatically connected to the system (no login required). All information is stored in accordance with the Australian privacy requirements.

Easy to keep your child’s medical details up to date.

For the first excursion in 2018 you will be asked to update your contact details and your child’s medical and allergy information. This information will be used for subsequent excursions but will enable you to provide updates to the information. Updates to stored information can be made at any time by clicking on the link below and entering your contact email address.

Please contact Tania Martyn on 9722 2400 if you have a question or require more information.

Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report

Newton Moore Stars

Jaxon Sawyer

Congratulations to Jaxon Sawyer (Year 10) who has just won three state titles in six weeks. Jaxon won the WA Downhill Mountain Bike Riding State Championship, the South Australian Downhill Mounting Bike Riding State Championship and his latest win was in Balingup at the WA State Enduro Championship.

Photograph by Steve Wise/27 Creative Gallery

Cordell Anderson

Congratulations to Cordell Anderson (Year 9) who recently won gold in the Open Junior Event and Open C Grade division at the IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) WA State titles.

Student Services Update


Self Care

With the end of the school year approaching there will be plenty of excitement about the summer break. For some people, the long break between school years can feel a bit isolating when you’re not seeing friends every day. So, during the school holiday, don’t forget to practice self-care and maintain connections with your friends!

Self-care comes in many forms, but is about you choosing to spend your time doing things that improve your physical, mental and emotional health. What you choose to do can be really simple: having a cuddle with your pet, getting good sleep, and spending time with friends are all self-care activities.

Self-care is for you and by you.

Most importantly, if you find yourself going through a tough time, always remember that talking to someone could make a difference. If you don’t feel comfortable talking with those close to you, there are other people you could talk to, such as calling the Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800). Also, if you go back to Newsletter #12, you will find out more information about other places you could go when you need to talk to someone.

Best wishes for the New Year!

Learning Support Coordinator

2017 Good Samaritan Industries Student Scholarship

Congratulations to two Year 12 students, Damon Iley and Chloe Ginder on their recent success in securing 2017 Good Samaritan Industries Student scholarships. Both students, their family and myself, as the nominee, will travel to Perth on December 1st to attend the awards ceremony.

School Nurse

It is so important to drink lots of water every day.

Young people aged 9 – 18 need to drink at least 2 – 2.5 litres a day.

This is what happens if you do not drink enough water:

Learning Areas


Leonardo Day

Primary students participated in Leonardo Science Day at the Brunswick Showground on the 17th of November. Participating students had an opportunity to work on a range of ‘hands-on’ science activities with students from other schools.

Tania Richman and Jasmin Buckley-Smith ran one of the sessions along with other schools from the South West region. Students at the NMSHS station made a pH rainbow using an acid and base and universal indicator to create the colours off the pH scale. They had the opportunity to develop an understanding of Nano-technology through making shapes using magic sand which is hydrophobic (frightened of water).

Another highlight was the Van de Graaff generator demonstration where confetti was flying off the top along with metal cupcake containers.


Certificate II in Electrotechnology Electrician (Career Start)

The aim of this pre-apprenticeship course is to achieve an apprenticeship.

Energy Safety requires that the pre-apprentice obtains an' Electrician's Training Licence' The Certificate II in Electrotechnology gives excellent skills development and the basic underpinning knowledge required for a career in any electrical field.



Throughout November, Newton Moore students have been participating in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWiMo encourages students and aspiring writers to pick up a pen and write the story only they can tell, silencing their inner editor and setting a word count for their novels to reach by November 30th.

We started with nearly thirty eager writers, but the mountain of writing proved too much for some, and now only a dozen writers remain. As of November 27, the Newton Moore Knights have written 176,000 words! As the month of November comes to a close, we celebrate the hard work and massive achievement of our novelists.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

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

Expectation: Respect

Desired Behaviour: “Seek permission before using your devices in class”

Students were asked to brainstorm their ideas why it was important to seek permission before using their devices in class. Various answers included: “so we stay on task”, “so we don’t get our phone confiscated”, “so we don’t disrupt the learning of others”.

They then completed a “using my device in class” questionnaire. The multiple choice questions outlined various situations that may occur and they had to choose what they should do. Reinforcing that they need to seek permission before using their devices in class.

Expectation: Learning

Desired Behaviour: “Ask questions if you are unsure”

Students watched a video and were asked to note the different questions that were asked. They then discussed different situations where asking questions is important. Students were then given the opportunity to practice raising their hand when asking questions.

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

It was a lovely late afternoon presentation with our guests and dignitaries being greeted by the girls and escorted them to their seats. With Deputy Mayor Jayson Miguel attending his second public event, we were honoured for him to present the Aspiring Role Model Award to Keeana Bennell which was sponsored by the City of Bunbury. Bernadette Durrell from Soroptimist International presented Outstanding Attendance Awards to every girl over 90% attendance for the year. The award was also generously sponsored by the Bunbury Soroptimist Group.

Our Advisory Committee assisted us in presenting many awards to deserving winners with Dr Phillip Paioff, Regional Director, presenting the most prestigious award "The Ricky Grace Outstanding Achiever Award" to Year 11 Jade Riley.

Aaliyah Thomas and HOLA of English Mrs Lesley Stace read a poem written by Aaliyah entitled “The Woman of the Future”. Michelle and Aaliyah were presented with framed copies of the poem.

A special presentation was made to outgoing Advisory Committee Member Cis Narkle.

Our Year 12s were gifted graduation gifts and presented Program Manager "Mumma" Michelle with their Thank You gifts.

We ended of the evening with a dance by Tia Holt and Aaliyah Thomas. The evening was a success with smiles all round.



Ricky Grace Outstanding Achiever

Jade Riley

Aspiring Role Model

Keeana Bennell

Academic Aspirations

Jade Riley

Jeslyn Schaece O’Dine

Academy Ambassador

Courtney Smith

Amber Mell

Attendance Award

Tia Holt

Academy Sportswoman of the Year

Tanisha Anderson

Academy Friendship

Brooke Hansen

Amanda Riley


Courtney Smith

Lauryn Loo

Brinley Tregonning

Keeana Bennell

Jasmine Winmar

Killara Bennell

Brittney Linforth

Girls Academy
Girls Academy
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On Saturday the 18th of November the South West Academy celebrated with our completing Year 12s by attending the International Rules game at Subiaco Oval. We enjoyed lunch at Tony Roma's followed by the game. We caught up with Alumni Neville Jetta before and after the game in the change rooms.

It was a fantastic game full of pace and specky moments. Thanks to Max and Glen for accompanying us. Well done to our completing class of 2017. We look forward to our Awards night on Thursday the 30th of November.

Specialist Programs


Congratulations to Jade Warrington, winner of the 2017 WA Premier’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. Jade was recognised for the real-life and hands on experiences she creates for her students including building robots, engineering remote controlled submarines and researching wildlife in the wetlands.

Jade was also responsible for coordinating the Year 7 STEM programs being held in Week 8 and 9 which included activities like Saving Nemo, CSI Bunvegas, Leaning Tower of Pancakes and Bush Tucker ‘n Teach.

STEM Specialist Programs
STEM Specialist Programs
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News from Parent Bodies

School Board

The Independent Public School initiative is founded on empowering school communities by giving them greater capacity to shape the ethos, priorities and directions of their schools. As an Independent Public School we assume greater responsibility for our own affairs and have greater flexibility to respond to our community and the needs of our students. In general terms the School Board participates fully in:

  • endorsing the Delivery and Performance Agreement
  • endorsing and regularly reviewing the one-line school budget and business plan;
  • processes to review the school ‘s performance through receiving regular reports and data on student achievement;
  • processes to determine satisfaction levels of parents, staff and students
  • endorsing the annual school report; and
  • to promote the school and form relationships that may assist in improving the performance of the students and quality of the learning.

Accordingly, the Newton Moore Senior High School’s Board is now actively working alongside the School’s administration to develop whole-of-school policies and strategies for the benefit of all students and the wider school community.


Donelle McInerney – 2017 Speech to Graduates

Good evening and welcome

What have I learnt from the Year 12s over the last few years:

  • I am getting forgetful with names, dementia runs in my family and may be infiltrating my persona already? Maybe I need to retire?
  • That the Exec thinks I’m a scatterbrain. Maybe I’ve been juggling too many things, and need to retire?
  • When I met some of the parents I realised I taught them. When I met some of the grandparents I realised I went to school with them. I definitely need to retire soon.

No, this group haven’t driven me to despair. In fact many of them have given me a great sense of satisfaction and pride in the way in which so many of them have clawed their way to this evening through a lot of adversity and obstacles that have been put in their way.

It’s not easy in this day and age with so much of our lives being controlled by the digital worlds. Today’s teenagers find it really hard to stay afloat and in control with so much going on around them. So, to the class of 2017, I commend you.

To the few students who told me in Year 10 that they were going to TAFE or getting a job, well done for sucking it up and toughing it out. To the students who have had such turmoil in the past few years, fantastic effort. And to those who are only just realising their full potential, you are amazing. All of you are in one way or another such wonderful human beings.

Also remember you should all, in your own way, thank those people who have helped you get onto this stage tonight. Whether you do it verbally, physically or in written word, don’t forget to do it. Everyone who is here tonight has in some way assisted in getting you where you are.

I leave you all with my final words, hopefully not too much scatterbrainy for some of you:

The Code of Life

Be impeccable with your word

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Don’t take anything personally

Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

Don’t make assumptions

Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

Always do your best

Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Student Performances

Don’t get around much anymore (by Duke Ellington, arranged by Mark Taylor)

Samantha Morgan


Henry McInnes

Bass Guitar

Erin Cifelli


Kelley Roberts

Baritone Saxophone

Samantha Russell

Alto Saxophone

Louise Bradford


Henry McInnes performing Oceans by John Butler

Graduation Awards 2017


Vocational Education and Training – DUX

Susan Kerr

Elizabeth Hazledon

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank – DUX

City of Bunbury

Tamzin Turrell

Student of the Year

Male Student of the Year

Jan Fromm

Female Student of the Year

Tamzin Turrell

Sportsperson of the Year

Sportsman of the Year

Slater-Gartrell & School Sport WA

Jan Fromm

Sportswoman of the Year

Slater-Gartrell & School Sport WA

Taylar Barbera

Special Awards

Caltex Best All-Rounder

Mr Don Punch MLA & Caltex Australia

Kelley Roberts

Forrest Medal

Mrs Nola Marino MP

Jacob Ashdown

Sir Newton Moore Family Award

Sir Newton Moore’s Family

Jarrod Radisich

Aboriginal Education Achievement

South West Aboriginal Medical Services

Courtney Smith

Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork

Australian Defence Force

Sam Russell

Phil Smith Literacy Award

Newton Moore SHS P & C

Chloe Ginder

Edith Cowan University Scholarship

Edith Cowan University

Tamzin Turrell

Subject Awards




Mathematics Essentials

BTS Technology Bunbury

Natasha Ostigh

Mathematics Applications ATAR

Adroit Maintenance

Kasey-Rae Hunt

Mathematics Methods

Stewart Family

Tamzin Turrell

Chemistry 3A/B

WINC Bunbury

Tamzin Turrell

Engineering Studies Unit 3 & 4

Edith Cowan University

Shaina Albacite

Physics Unit 3 & 4


Jan Fromm

Biological Science Unit 3 & 4

Dr Foster and Associates

Tamzin Turrell

Steve Isopenko Science Award

Edith Cowan University

Kelley Roberts

Certificate II Aquaculture

Amber Marsh

Human Biological Science Year 12 ATAR

Cam Contracting

Tamzin Turrell

English ATAR

Mr Phil Smith

Ethan Curciarello

English General

Campion Education

Chloe Ferguson

Workplace Learning Endorsed Program

CCI Apprenticeship Support Australia

Elizabeth Hazledon

Vocational Education and School Based Traineeship/Apprenticeship

SMYL Community Services

Chloe Ginder

Australian Super Awards for Excellence in Vocational Education and Training

Australian Super

Wuttichai Tatong


Bunbury City Glass

Chloe Ferguson

Community Services Certificate II

WA Country Builders

Elizabeth Hazledon

Children, Family and Community

Print Sync

Madison Bail

Certificate II Business

Piacentini and Sons

Wuttachai Tatong

Annette Tilbrook Scholarship

Print Sync

Chloe Ferguson

Physical Education Studies ATAR

Slater and Gartrell

Louise Bradford

David Carey Cert II Outdoor Education

Bunbury Army Surplus

Jacob Morel du Boil

General Physical Education Studies

Slater and Gartrell

Jhamasyn Hetaraka

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