Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

15 February 2018

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the 2018 school year. This is a very exciting year for Newton Moore SHS on a number of fronts. We will be starting the year working on our school’s Business Plan, 20/20 Vision and our Workforce Management plan.

Our focus for 2018 is improved student performance and setting high expectations of our students. I discussed this with the staff in my opening address for the year and with students at our first assembly. To do this, we are ensuring that staff and students are working to their best each and every day. We will maintain high expectations on student performance and we will look for creative and innovative ways to achieve further improvements. Importantly, parents and guardians play an essential role in checking in with their child to ensure that they are doing their best and completing their work.

Attendance at school is always a priority for us. I am asking parents to ensure that your child is present every day and on time particularly for the start of the year. This is so vital in supporting your child to be their best. Even students who have an attendance rate of 90% are actually missing one day per fortnight of school. This has major implications in being able to be as successful as they can be. Also, if your child doesn’t attend in the first few weeks the school doesn’t get funding for your child. This has huge implications of the extent of programs we can run in the school. So please help us and ensure your child attends school promptly.

The most successful students are those students who genuinely engage and get immersed in their classwork. We are very fortunate to have such a large number of delightful and positive students who are keen to learn. I look forward to seeing each of our students further develop their skills and knowledge over the year and to continue to develop into fine young men and women that we can all be proud of.

Finally, I would like to welcome the new staff to the school and wish them all the best. Further in his newsletter there will be details about these staff. I also want to take the opportunity to welcome the Year 7 students to the school. They have had a wonderful start to the year. We wish them all the best in their high school subjects.

I would strongly encourage any new parents that if you have any concerns we are always here to listen and respond. It is important when you ring or come to the school that you explain specifically what your issues are so you can be directed to the staff member who can best address your concerns.

I look forward to all of us working positively together to ensure that all of our students are the best that they can possibly be and establish a wonderful platform for them to launch the rest of their lives from.

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

From the Finance Team

2018 Secondary Assistance Program

Applications are now open for the 2018 Secondary Assistance Scheme which supports eligible Y7-12 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

Connect – now available for Year 7-12 parents

What is Connect?

Connect is a Department of Education online portal for parents to access up-to-date information about their child’s learning and achievements at school. Connect sends notifications to your email and/or the Connect Now app according to your individual preferences (see the attached document below ‘Guide to Setting Your Notifications’).

All parents have access to:

  • Period by period attendance information

  • Downloadable version of previously issued student reports

  • Current assessment task results

How do you get access?

All parents (with a valid email address) are able to obtain access to Connect.

Parents of current Year 11 and 12 students who were enrolled in our school as at July 2017 were issued with a login and password for Connect via email last year (look for an email from If you would like this reissued please let us know by emailing or phoning 97222400 to speak to Tania. Unfortunately, we cannot see who is using their issued password and don’t want to reset everyone.

All Year 7-10 parents and new parents will be invited to Connect via email on Friday 16th February 2018 (look for an email from Please let us know if you do not receive this by emailing or phoning 97222400 to speak to Tania. Parents who were registered previously by another school will not receive an invite. Please contact Tania if you need your password reset.

When you receive the invite and activate your account it may be take one or two business days until you can see your children enrolled at Newton Moore Senior High School.

Parents who have already been issued a login (Pxxxxxxx) and password from another WA government school can continue to use those login details to access the system. These parents will not receive an invite on Friday 16th February 2018. Please contact the school by emailing or phoning 97222400 if you need your password reset.

What can you access?

Once registered with Connect, all parents will have access to:

• Period by period attendance information

• Downloadable version of previously issued student reports

• Current assessment task results

Teachers have also set up Connect Classes for all Year 11/12 courses. By accessing these classes parents can follow communications issued by the teacher to the class, access copies of assessment tasks, learning material issued to students and much more. Some teachers may also set up classes for Year 7-10 classes but this is not a school requirement.

Connect NOW

Connect NOW is an app that streams notices issued by the school and teachers. This can be downloaded from the app store or Google play. When you see something of interest you can then log into Connect on any web-enabled device to get further information.

School Space

School Space enables schools to communicate directly with parents via Connect. Depending on your notification preferences you will be alerted via email or the Connect Now app of new notices. You can also see these when you log into Connect.

Access Connect here:

Who do I contact if I have problem?

Contact Tania Martyn on 9722 2400 or via email if you are having any problems with Connect.

If you have not provided the school with a valid or current email address please do so by contacting Tania Martyn on 9722 2400.

Below you will find a ‘Guide for Parents’ and a ‘Guide to Setting your Notifications’.

New Era in Excursion Approvals

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 notifications of excursions. 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 on the left 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.

You will be asked to review and update your contact details and your child’s medical and allergy information. This information will be stored for subsequent excursions but will enable you to provide updates to the information. Updates 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 any questions or require more information.

Want to know about the OLNA?

Some students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are about to sit the OLNA. You may have heard about it, but are not sure what it means for your child.

OLNA stands for the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment. In order to demonstrate the required literacy and numeracy standards for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), some students are expected to sit this assessment. The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (Authority) awards the WACE at the end of Year 12 to students who have met all the requirements. You can find more about the requirements on the Authority website at:

Some students prequalify for the literacy and numeracy requirement through their performance in the Year 9 NAPLAN test. We will inform you whether your child needs to the sit the OLNA, which is held in March and September each year, starting in Year 10. This means students will have up to six opportunities before the end of Year 12 to meet the requirement.

The OLNA has three components—reading, writing and numeracy. The reading and numeracy components comprise 45 multiple‐choice questions; the writing component is an extended response of up to 600 words. Students are allowed 50 minutes for the reading and numeracy components and 60 minutes for the writing. The table below provides an overview of the components.




Number of Questions


1 (600 word limit)

Question type




Online point and click

Typed online


50 minutes

60 minutes


Randomised forms

Randomised forms


Extra time, pause, coloured background and higher quality images

To prepare our students for the types of questions they can expect and to familiarise them with the online assessment platform, we provide access to practice and example tests on a secure website. The link to the secure website for the practice and example tests is available on the Authority website below under Years 11 and 12 > Assessment > OLNA > Practice and Example Tests.

For students with disability, we have guidelines to help determine the appropriate adjustments for equal access. Information about disability adjustments is available on the Authority website under Years 11 and 12 > Assessment > Disability Adjustment Guidelines

Students who do not demonstrate the literacy and numeracy standard by the time they exit senior secondary schooling can apply to the Authority to re-sit the OLNA at any age.

If you want to know more, go to the Authority’s website and look under Years 11 and 12 > Assessment > OLNA. There you will find more information, answers to frequently asked questions and a brief video. You can also send questions to

The dates for OLNA round 1:


6–9 March

Reading and numeracy

6–29 March

All students sitting OLNA will be given individual timetables next week.


We want to make sure all children get the best education possible which is why attending school every day is so important. Western Australian law stipulates that schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 -17 years.

School participation will help your child develop important skills, knowledge and values to further their learning and participation in the community. Attending school every day also helps your child develop crucial social and emotional skills such as good communication, resilience and the ability to work in teams.

Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives.

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, it is harder for them to catch up.

You can help by arriving and collecting your children on time; making sure they get nutritious meals and enough sleep; and making appointments with doctors, dentists and specialists, and making holiday plans during school holidays and not during the school term.

If your child is not going to attend school, please let the school know by calling 9722 2429 or sending an SMS to 0400 207 827.

If they miss a day it is important you talk with their teachers to find out how you can help them catch up.

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 5 hours of battery life, can easily connect to school WiFi, provide access to MS applications, have antivirus software, a screen size of at least 9.7 diagonal inches, and 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 and the attachment includes some examples.

Y10 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 Y10 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 the 3 years of schooling, and 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 and more information is provided to parents in the attached.

The cut-off date for registering and payment of the deposit is end of Term 1 2018, 13 April 2018

Wellbeing & Program Coordinators’ Report

Year 7s welcome

A big welcome to high school for all the Year 7s who have come to us from 14 different primary schools.

The first 3 days were spent learning the ins and outs of adapting to life as a high school student and finding their way through the school. We look forward to seeing the growth and contributions from a happy, vibrant, and enthusiastic bunch of students.

Mrs McInerney
Wellbeing & Program Coordinator (Yr 7, 9,11)

Breakfast Club

Newton Moore is involved with the Foodbank Breakfast Club program which means each week, starting next Wednesday, breakfast snacks are available free to all students before school.

Fruit, spaghetti cups and muffins are a few of the healthy treats that will be available around the canteen area.

2018 Newton Moore Senior High School Ball

The 2018 Newton Moore Senior High School Ball will be held on Friday night the 2nd March 2018 at the Quality Hotel Lighthouse, Ocean Drive, Bunbury.

The theme is A Night Amongst the Stars – White Lace, Starry Nights.

Students are to arrive at 6.30 pm and will need to be collected from the Quality Hotel Lighthouse at 11.00pm.

Any issues or concerns, please feel free to contact Tonia Gelmi at Newton Moor Senior High School.

Samantha Russell (2017 Graduate) 2018 Young Person of the Year

On the 26th of January, Newton Moore Senior High School’s Samantha Russell (Class of 2017) was awarded the City of Bunbury’s Young Citizen of the Year Award for 2018. Sam has a long and established record of serving her school and the wider Bunbury Community. Her involvement in a wide variety of different programs has always seen her give back to the community by mentoring younger people, making quick decisions that save lives and supporting the elderly or unwell with an extremely positive, enthusiastic, mature and helpful attitude. At all times, she carries out her duties in an exemplary manner and demonstrates humility, respect and total commitment.

Sam is always willing to lend a helping hand, and has never hesitated to involve herself in activities or to go that extra, undemanded mile, that makes all the difference. She has a strong social conscience and sense of civic responsibility. Samantha is a quiet achiever who demonstrates great initiative and willingly takes on additional tasks when asked.

Sam’s outstanding contribution to our community is very impressive. She is a member of three bands, the Parkinsong and Comtempo Choirs and the Youth Consultation Committee for the Capel Shire. She has been a guest speaker at the International Women’s Day function in Bunbury and umpires and coaches hockey all over the south west. She has represented the youth of Bunbury on the District Health Advisory Council, raised funds for Amnesty International and the Cancer Council by helping organise a Great Shave activity at NMSHS.

Newton Moore Senior High School students have won this very prestigious award two years in a row. Luella Knuckey (Class of 2016) was the 2017 Young Citizen of the Year.

Both Samantha and Luella are in the process of moving to Perth to go to Curtin University to study commerce and nursing respectively. We wish them both all the very best in the future and hope that they keep in touch with the NMSHS family.

Luella Knuckey, Mayor Gary Brennan and Samantha Russell at awards ceremony

Meet the Team

Meet the new Admin Staff

Gwen Stirling – School Officer

Gwen has lived in Australia for 27 years. She lived and worked in Dampier, in mining as a Maintenance Planner for twenty years, and moved to Gelorup 5 years ago. Gwen has worked as relief for the past 4 ½ years at local schools. She now holds a permanent position in our school as a school officer. Gwen is married with two teenagers and likes running, reading and volunteering

Leisa Robertson – Attendance Officer

Leisa is married with two small children. She moved from Perth to Bunbury 2 years ago. She finished her BA Social Work last year. Previously she worked in HR in the mining industry. She loves working with children and young people and is excited to establish relationships with the young people at this school and hopefully have a positive impact on education outcomes.

Student Services Update

Caitlin Willets (2015 Graduate)

One of our teachers, Mrs Park, was delighted to meet a former student Caitlin Willetts recently. Since graduating from NMSHS in 2015 Caitlin has completed the bridging course at Edith Cowan University and is looking forward to starting her Nursing degree there this semester.

She told Mrs Park, who is also a nurse and midwife that she must have “rubbed off” on her. Caitlin was a part of the Science Horizons Specialist Programme, the Girls Academy and regularly attended the Follow the Dream after school tutoring program.

It is wonderful to hear such positive stories about our students as they embark on their post school careers.

Caitlin attending a Human Biology excursion to the Harry Perkins Medical Research Institute in Perth.


School Nurse

Year 8 Immunisations

All Year 8 students are due for immunisations on 21 March 2018. These two needles are part of the WA school immunisation program.

These will aid in preventing your child from getting Whooping Cough, Tetanus- a severe, often fatal disease that affects the nervous system, Diphtheria-a contagious and potentially life-threatening bacterial infection and Human Papillomavirus(HPV)- a common virus that affects males and females, which can over many years cause cancers of the cervix, genital areas, anus, mouth and throat.

The service is free and all Year 8 students will be having the needles during school time. I will be handing out forms to all the students on Monday 5 February. Can you please fill in, sign and drop them in Student Services as soon as possible.

Thank you.
Sam Curtis
School Health Nurse
NMSHS 9722 2425

Learning Areas


Girls Invent

Attention all Inventors

The Mathematics Department is looking for 70 students to take part in the Girls Invent program this year (boys can also join but there are a limited number of spots). Girls Invent has one simple purpose to inspire students to become innovators and create inventions or products. They do this by providing specifically designed workshops that help guide students from idea generation through to commercialisation and market entry.

The program will be run after school starting in Term 2 in C5/6 on Thursdays. The core program is comprehensive series of 6 x two-hour workshop modules. These modules are run by industry professionals to help support students to ideate and then work through feasibility, market research, IP, resourcing and explore routes to market and pitching their idea to attract investment and support.

Check out the website for more information:

The course will be fully funded for each selected student (about $50 per student). Ask any Math teacher for an application form before you miss out!

Don’t miss this opportunity, sign up early to be a part of this highly INVENTIVE TEAM!

Attention all Mathletes

International Mathematical Modeling Challenge

The International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM²C) 2018 is quickly approaching. Don't forget to mark your calendars with these important dates below.

The Mathematics Department is looking for some dedicated Mathematicians to compete in some extracurricular mathematics!

We are taking names for the IM2C for 2018 and we need 20 participants, 4 from each of the year 7, year 8, year, 9, year 10 and year 11 groups. The tentative dates are:

IM²C problem becomes available: Tuesday 13th March 2018

Period for team work (up to five days in this period):

Tuesday 13th March - Thursday 29th March

Final day for submission of team reports: Thursday 29 March

Don’t miss this opportunity, sign up early to be a part of the


Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

‘The Science of Behaviour’

The science of behaviour has taught us that students’

  • Are NOT born with ‘bad behaviours’.
  • Do NOT learn better ways of behaving when given undesirable consequences.
  • Do learn better ways of behaving when behaviours are directly taught and regularly practised followed by frequent positive reinforcement.

Reaching today’s students requires a teaching focus – teaching students how to be successful and behave responsibly in school. Students can be taught socially acceptable ways of behaving just as one would teach any academic subject.

Staff will be continuing to teach the ‘desired behaviours’, as listed on the NMSHS Behaviour Matrix and giving students opportunities to practice. Students will be regularly reminded of the importance of the four school Expectations (Wellbeing, Respect, Responsibility, Learning), throughout the year.

Aboriginal Education


On Wednesday the 7th of February, Clontarf welcomed the Year 7 students to Newton Moore Senior High School by hosting a free sausage sizzle in the Year 7 area. It's always great to see the fresh faced energetic young students at the beginning of each year. For those that don't know, the Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.

This term we look forward to our leadership and engagement days as well as a Year 12 camp to Albany, Junior Carnival at Cecil Andrews and Clontarf Cup Senior Carnival in Perth.

Specialist Programs


F1 National Competition

Newton Moore Professional Class team Carbon 5 are making final preparations for their trip to Tasmania in March. The team will represent WA in the F1 in Schools National Competition.

Choice Programs


Past2017 Bush Ranger Cadets – Application Forms

All Cadets from 2017 wishing to continue Cadets in 2018 are required to collect a 2018 Bush Ranger Prospectus, that includes the 2018 application form, to complete and return as soon as possible.

You can collect these from either:

  • Ms Eaton in the Science Office
  • Mr Mercer in the English Office
  • Student Services.

Cadets will commence this year on Monday of Week 3.

An advertisement for new Cadets will occur in the next week or two.

News from Parent Bodies

School Board

It is that time of year again when we invite interested parents to nominate for a school board position.

At present we have one continuing parent on the board:

  • Vicki Bridges

and we are seeking a further 3 parent nominations.

If you are interested in being on this very important committee, I would encourage you to please nominate (please see link below) or pick up a nomination form from the school Administration office.

If there are more nominees that vacant positions then we will have a vote via email. Please, I strongly encourage you to be part of this very vibrant group.

We meet on Wednesdays, 6 times in the year from 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

Application due: 28th February 3:00pm


The P & C is currently recruiting volunteers for our school canteen. The canteen is open 5 days per week for Breakfast, Recess and Lunch service.

If you are available any day between 9am and 11.30am please ring Jenny or Karin on 97958620, email or call in and see us.

Hope to hear from you soon.
The Canteen Team

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