Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

15 March 2018

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Our Year 10, 11 and 12 students have been undergoing the OLNA testing regime over the past week. OLNA is the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment which contributes to meeting the requirements for the Western Australian Certificate of Education. Most of our current Year 12 students have now met that challenge with only a small number of students required to sit another test before the conclusion of this school year.

Irrespective of the WACE requirement, literacy is vitally important for all our students. Literacy is the ability to read, view, write, design, speak and listen in a way that allows us to communicate effectively and to make sense of the world. Why is literacy important? Literacy is vital to ensuring your child has the best chance to succeed in their schooling and everyday life. Literacy allows us to make sense of a range of written, visual and spoken texts including books, newspapers, magazines, timetables, DVDs, television and radio programs, signs, maps, conversations and instructions.

Research has shown that children’s motivation and achievement improve when their parents or carers are involved in their education. There are many everyday things you can do to encourage literacy learning.

These include:

  • Valuing and encouraging your child’s efforts with literacy.
  • Sharing your knowledge and explaining how you use literacy in your everyday life.
  • Encouraging your child to read and view a variety of texts such as newspapers, novels, comics, magazines, websites, email, timetables, instructions and recipes.
  • Encouraging your child to write and design for a variety of purposes using print and electronic resources — invitations, thank you notes, shopping lists, messages, journals and electronic slide shows.
  • Encouraging your child to speak and listen for a variety of purposes — sharing a joke, giving instructions or asking for information.
  • Playing games that develop knowledge and enjoyment of words
  • Making use of community resources for information, local and school libraries, clubs, community groups and websites.

The partnership between parents, students and teachers is essential to students being able to be and do their best. I encourage you to follow your child’s progress and be in contact with their teachers, have discussions with your child about what they are doing in class, check in through Connect to see where things are at and what activities they have been engaged in and also ensure you attend our parent nights. We have two parent nights this term on the 13th March and the 20th March. Parents are asked to book appointments online or ring the school and we will book appointments for you.

Together we can be a very positive in influence in our young people’s educational journey.

Please enjoy this edition of the Newton Moore SHS School-zine.

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 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

WACE Requirements

Achievement of a WACE signifies that a student has successfully met the requirements for Breadth-and-depth, the achievement standard and the literacy and numeracy standard in their senior secondary schooling.

In 2018, these requirements are:


  • Completion of a minimum of 20 units, which may include unit equivalents attained through VET and/or endorsed programs. This requirement must include at least:
     - A minimum of 10 Year 12 units, or the equivalent
     - Four units from an English learning area course, post-Year 10, including at least one pair of Year 12 units from an English learning area course
     - One pair of Year 12 units from each of List A (Arts/Languages/Social Sciences) and List B (Mathematics/Science/Technology).

Achievement standard

  • Achievement of at least 14 C grades or higher (or the equivalent) in Year 11 and 12 units, including at least six C grades (or equivalents) in Year 12 units.
  • Completion of at least four Year 12 ATAR courses or a Certificate II (or higher) VET qualification.

Literacy and numeracy standard

  • Demonstration of the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy.

Parent-Teacher Evenings

Due to the high demand for parent teacher interviews yesterday, we have opened up bookings for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 on Tuesday 20th March 2018 from 3.30pm until 6pm . You will be able to start making bookings now.

To access the system:

  • Go to the school’s home page:
  • Select “Our School” heading. Select “Downloads & Links”. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
  • Click the PTO icon as shown here

If you have provided the school an email address:

When you login to PTO on the school’s home page click Obtain PIN/Password and enter your email address. Your PIN will be emailed to you.


You can contact the school and our school officers will help you make the bookings.

Bookings can be made up to 4pm on 19th March 2018

Admin Report

National School Parent Survey 2018

As part of Newton Moore Senior High School’s improvement and monitoring procedures parents are given the opportunity to provide feedback on the performance of the school via an online survey. This survey is part of the National Schools Opinion Surveys Program which all schools throughout Australia are required to conduct every two years.

The survey will take 5 – 10 minutes and is anonymous.

All parents who have a registered email address with the school will receive an email with the address of the survey and a unique access code (The use of the code is to restrict multiple submissions from the same respondent and can only be used once).

To complete the survey online start an internet browser and enter the supplied address, then enter your code to start the survey.

Go to the link below then enter your code.

Thank you for participating.


What the Law Says

Under Western Australian law (School Education Act 1999), parents must send their children to school unless:

  • They are too unwell
  • They have an infectious disease
  • The principal is provided with a genuine and acceptable reason

You must let the school know within three days why your child is not attending.

Under school law, schools must:

  • Monitor attendance of students
  • Follow up with parents and caregivers on student absences

What Happens when your child misses school without a valid reasons?

The following steps will be taken until the issue is resolved:

  • Your school will ask you for an explanation
  • Your school will meet with you to discuss ongoing issues and a plan with a response
  • Your case will be referred to the local district education office or the Department of Education and Training
  • A school attendance Panel will be set up to review the steps taken and provide advice
  • In some cases, you will be fined

Support and Help for Families

If you child is reluctant or refuses to go to school, or is missing school without you knowing, there is support and help available. Contact NMSH’s School Attendance Officer Leisa Robertson on 9722 2428, or your district education office on 9791 0300.

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
  • is able to provide access to MS applications
  • is installed with antivirus software
  • has a screen size of at least 9.7 diagonal inches
  • has 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 Year10 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. 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

A Night Amongst The Stars

The school ball was held on Friday 2nd March at the Lighthouse Beach Resort.

Whilst everyone looked beautiful, the prize winners for the night were:

Belle of The Ball

Chantelle Rowden

Beau of the Ball

Micheal McConnell

Best Dressed Female

Breanna Gintowt

Best Dressed Male

Dylan Morris

Best Dancer

Justin Gemmill

Many thanks to Ms Sabourne, Ms Gelmi and the Ball Committee for organising a great event.

Meet the Team

Meet the new staff

Alysia Hickling – Student Services Officer

I was born in Canada and have been living in Australia for eighteen years. I spent 7 years living in the Kimberly region (Derby) and moved to Bunbury 1 year ago with my family (3 kids, my hubby and a crazy puppy). I have worked with people with disabilities for 18 years in many roles, most recently as a Special Needs EA at Glen Huon Primary School. My experience prior to working in education includes Rocky Bay Inc., In-home respite, aged care, playgroup and CWA. I am crafty and love to get projects happening.

Robert Fairbairn – Technology & Enterprise Teacher

Robert Fairbairn worked in the information technology sector for ten years before retraining to become a teacher when he learned programming would be introduced to the Australian curriculum. Robert finished his IT career as a senior research & development software engineer working on automating luxury homes and super yachts. He once spent a week working on a clients $150 million dollar 90 metre yacht moored in Monaco. In total he contributed over 40 thousand lines of code to the "MeSh" project (home automation software) which can be viewed on YouTube.

Robert moved from England to Australia four years ago with his wife and has a two year old son. He enjoys kayaking, mountain biking and archery. Robert can also solve a Rubik's cube in less than 2 minutes.

Student Services Update

Year 7 Social

Over 80 students attended the Year 7 social on a balmy Tuesday evening after the parent night and welcome BBQ. The student executive made sure that everyone was kept moving with some classic dance tracks such as The Birdie Dance and Hot Potato by The Wiggles.

It was a fantastic night with loads of fun games, prizes and an awesome way to get everyone to mingle with each other.

Learning Areas


Parent/Caregiver Math Sessions

I am happy to announce the start of our parent/caregiver math sessions.

These sessions will run after school on Wednesday from 3pm – 5pm in the IRC at Newton Moore.

You can come in each Wednesday if you like or just once if that is all you need.

There is no need to book in, just rock up. You can come through the front office and sign in at the IRC with myself (Mrs. Stewart – Head of Mathematics).

These sessions will be run by myself and are for you to:

  • Find out about the maths your student is doing in any year level
  • Find out about how you can help them at home with their Mathematics and study
  • Find out more about NAPLAN (Years 7 and 9)
  • Find out more about OLNA (Years 10 – 12)
  • Ask any questions you may have about Mathematics
  • Anything else that you may need to support your child in the Maths classroom

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by email at or by phone at 08 9722 2457.

T & E

Teachers Can Code

Tania Richman has been appointed the lead teacher for the Teachers can Code Professional Learning Program which runs 2018-2019.

This is a state-wide initiative to develop the capacity of teachers to teach challenging aspects of the Digital Technologies Curriculum, for example coding.

Teachers who are part of the program will use the skills developed to provide online support to other teachers through the Teachers Can Code Connect Community and deliver professional learning modules to other schools and networks.


Year 10

One of the Year 10 classes has been very busy with the school garden beds, learning some basic skills about how to grow and look after a small herb and vegetable garden. They have spent time clearing the beds of weeds, working the soil to make it suitable for planting and then sowing some seeds. We look forward to seeing what the garden produces over the next few weeks. The class would like to say a special thanks to Mr Quaife and his dad for going the extra mile in helping them with their outdoor learning experience.

Year 7

The Year 7 students have begun the year by looking at liveability. They have been investigating what makes a place liveable and thinking about what makes some places more liveable than others. They have had the opportunity to use the iPads to take photos of different areas around the school and are now busy writing up their results from a variety of school surveys.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

This week’s PBS lesson, delivered to all Year 7-10 students, was about the expected behaviour “Allow others to learn without disruption”.

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

NMSHS PBS Behaviour Matrix: PBS Lesson - Expected behaviour



Expected Behaviour


Class time

Allow others to learn without disruption


Students began the PBS lesson brainstorming the importance of the expected behaviour ‘Allow others to learn without disruption”, coming up with reasons such as:-

  • It interferes with the flow of the lesson.
  • It increases the chance of missing instructions and key information.
  • It distracts other students’ ability to focus.


Students watched a video of teacher’s role playing a scenario in a classroom. Students were asked to list the disruptive behaviours they saw.

The video then showed the same scenario being repeated, this time with the expected behaviours. Students were asked to compare their list to the expected behaviours displayed.


Several students had a chance to role play disruptive behaviours in front of the class. They were then asked to stop and re focus on their work using positively stated requests, such as:-

  • Student taps pen on desk – teacher says “X use your pen to write with not to tap. Thanks.”
  • Student calls out – teacher says “X please raise your hand if you have a question. Thanks.”
  • Student is out of their chair – “X please return to your chair and complete the task for this lesson. Thanks.”

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Newton Moore Girls Academy represented the Noongar Wardandi People at the Bunbury Multicultural Festival. With over 40 other flag bearers from countries around the world our Girls Academy Girls led the march with Aunty Charmaine. The celebration included dancers, music and cultural food. A great time was had by all.

Multicultural Festival
Multicultural Festival
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Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

Year 7 Science Horizon Specialist students having fun experimenting with our new electronics kits


F1 in Schools National Competition

Congratulations to Bonnie Cook who was awarded a Highly Commended in the Women in STEM award at the National F1 in schools competition recently held in Tasmania.

F1 in Schools National Competition
F1 in Schools National Competition
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Choice Programs


Over the past two weeks, Year 8, 9 and 10 students in the Moore Academy of Sport and Health program have provided officials for the Adam Road Swimming Carnival and Maidens Park Athletics Carnival.

A part of the MASH program is to support our feeder schools in their school and interschool sporting pursuits by providing them with officials, coaches and umpires in a range of events.

Feedback from both Adam Road and Maidens Park Primary schools was extremely positive. They were very pleased with the level of enthusiasm, organisation and helpfulness of our MASH students.

Adam Road Swimming Carnival helpers: Toby McNaughton, Brock Kenny, Dustin Kendall (Year 9) Jacinta Eckersley, Alexandra Anderson, Bart Rankin (see picture below)

Maidens Park Athletics Carnival helpers: Kye Axell, Bahle Gadzani (Year 8) Cooper Allen, Dylan Coventry, Cailin Fraser, Latarah Little, Cosmo Pearce, Keaton Reeve, Rylei Stalteri, Jacob Tickenoff, Caitlyn Van Dijk

Well done!

News from Parent Bodies

School Board

The School Board approves an annual report on the school operations during the year. The end of this month, the Annual Report will be available to all community and family members.

The purpose of the Annual School Board Report is to:

  • provide information about school performance;
  • celebrate school achievements;
  • record progress against the objectives in the School Business Plan

The Annual Report is important as it provides evidence that school goals and commitments are being met. The report also demonstrates school accountability to the community. The role of the School Board is to ratify the report. The School Board Chair also writes a segment in the Schools’ Annual Report.


Newton Moore Girls Academy Celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 "Press for Progress"

With a turnout of over 100 teachers, students, family and friends Newton Moore Girls Academy IWD2018 Morning Tea was an outstanding success. The Girls Academy would like to give a special thanks to Susan Moore, Youth Care Chaplain at Carey Park Primary school for the loan of the beautiful cups and saucers that were on display for the event.

Serving a delicious morning tea in High Tea style our guests got the opportunity to discuss the importance of Gender Equality. This year's theme "Press for Progress” was on show with many photo's being taken with the Selfie Signs. The morning finished off with a massive group photo.

The Girls Academy would like to thank all of those who celebrated this years International Women's Day.

International Women's Day
International Women's Day
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