17 May 2018
- Principal’s Address
- From the Finance Team
- Deputy Principals’ Update
- Admin Report
- ICT/Technology Report
- Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report
- Student Services Update
- School Nurse
- Learning Areas
- T & E
- Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
- Aboriginal Education
- Girls Academy
- Choice Programs
- News from Parent Bodies
- Canteen News
- School Board
- Community Notices
I trust your children had a well-rested holiday and returned to us safely. We once again have a very busy term with lots of events including Country Week. This term is a short term, only 9 weeks, so the time will fly by.
Late last term we held our annual ANZAC Commemorative Service. Once again I was extremely impressed with our students. Our cadet students, with the support of staff, facilitated the ANZAC service. The way in which they delivered the service was exceptional. What was immensely impressive was the manner in which 740 young adolescents behaved. Another special aspect of the assembly was our guest speaker, Terry Barker Vietnam Veteran representing the Bunbury RSL. The community of Newton Moore should be very proud of our young people and how they responded at this formal event.
We begin to enter the time of the school year when students are tested to gain perspective of their understandings and learning, and to provide further feedback for improvement. Exams and tests can often create anxiety for students even when they are well prepared. Most of testing skills, such as time management, reading through questions and knowing what to expect, is taught by their teachers. Parents can also help their children face the pressure of tests and exams. Many children will cope well with the challenge of tests, exams and assessments, but parents and carers should be aware of how their responses can add to, or relieve, the pressure felt by children.
During times of stress, children usually need extra nurturing, comfort and understanding from their parents and carers to help them feel secure and confident. Be open and receptive as well as provide comfort and attention when needed. Encourage your children to talk about how they feel. Listen with empathy and help your children to understand that talking about feelings can help to manage them.
Teach children to be brave by showing them you believe they can do it, and encourage them to ‘have a go’ even if they are feeling nervous. Providing positive feedback for effort, celebrating successes and encouraging them to keep trying will help your children.
I wish all of our students the very best for their respective NAPLAN tests and Upper School exams.
Susan Kerr M.Ed.Admin, B.Ed,Dip.Teach
Newton Moore SHS
Newton Moore Annual Report 2017
The Annual Report is a summation of the ongoing review of student performance data and planning for improvement that occurred in the past year. We consider reviewing data as very important for improvement and all our staff are involved in analysing data, as student achievement is the responsibility of all staff at our school.
From the Finance Team
C&C Payment Plans
A reminder to parents that Newton Moore SHS is happy to accept the payment for 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. Ph: 97 222419
Deputy Principals’ Update
At Newton Moore Senior High School, the Student Services team is an integral part of the school community. We provide a wide variety of staff to support the varied needs of our students.
Student Services has a vital role in improving student attendance, pastoral care, emotional and well-being support, positive behaviour and helping to improve students’ academic performance.
The Student Services team implement a range of positive pastoral care programs and acknowledgement systems to recognise student achievement, attendance and behaviour.
The team consists of professional, dedicated and caring staff who are committed to making a positive difference.
The team consists of:
- Deputy Principal
- Student Services Manager
- Student Wellbeing Coordinators
- Student Support Officer
- Attendance Officer
- School Psychologist
- School Nurse
- Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers (AIEOs)
- School Chaplain
- School Officer
NMSHS Senior School Pathways
1. VET Pathway
- A program that supports the achievement of a Certificate II (or higher) alongside work placement in the community.
- In 2019, it will most likely continue to be a four day program at school including one day dedicated to a Certificate course. Work Placement will be on a Thursday or Friday.
- We currently deliver Business, Community Services (Childcare), Building and Construction, and Skills for Work. Some students may have an opportunity to attend an outside provider for a certificate course not offered at NMSHS.
2. General Pathway
- Students attend school for 5 days.
- Study 6 courses (or equivalents).
- At least one Certificate II (or higher)
- Courses that lead to the achievement of a minimum of 16 ‘C’ grades for WACE
3. ATAR Pathway (direct University entry)
- Typically study 6 courses (or equivalents) but in some circumstances can reduce to 5 in Year 12
- Courses that lead to the achievement of an ATAR that is 55+. Minimum entry to university is advertised as 70.
- Recommended to select a Certificate II (or higher)
- Where appropriate, we offer online learning options.
- Selection into these courses may have an eligibility requirement.
NMSHS Senior School Programs
Chemistry, Human Biology, Engineering Physics, Biology
Mathematics: Specialist, Mathematics: Methods, Mathematics: Applications
Mathematics: Foundations (Eligibility requirements)
Geography, Psychology, History
Skills for Work
ATAR and General
English (Eligibility requirements)
Health and Physical Education Courses
ATAR & General
Physical Education Studies
Music: Western, Visual Art
Indonesian: Second Language
Japanese: Second Language
Technology and Enterprise Courses
Food Science, Media Production & Analysis, Materials & Design -Woodwork,
Children Family and Services,
Design – Photography
Business, Building & Construction,
Community services (Childcare)
There are another 17 courses our students are currently enrolled in with external providers i.e. Bunbury Regional Trade Training Centre, South Regional TAFE.
SIDE (School of Distance Education) options are available for students who wish to study courses not on our list.
National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
NAPLAN tests are scheduled for students in years 7 and 9 in Week 3 for the mornings of Tuesday 15th May (Language Conventions and Writing), Wednesday 16th May (Reading) and Thursday 17th May (Numeracy).
These are an annual national tests and all schools across Australia must complete the tests on the same days. Students are not permitted to sit tests after 18th May.
If your child is absent at the time of the testing, we will, wherever possible, organise another time between May 15-18. The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to reassure your child that NAPLAN tests are only one part of their school program and to simply do their best.
Reporting to Parents
School reports for all students will be e-mailed and published on Connect in Week 9 of this term. Please inform the school if you have changed your e-mail address.
A reminder that reports will include a general comment stating what your child has been studying this semester, but not individualised comments. They will also include Learning Area grades and attributes for your child.
At Newton Moore Senior High School, we want your teenager to do their very best. To get the best education, they need to go to school every day. The teenage years are a time for young people to develop independence and find their place in the world, including how they take part in their school life. We know that some children may need extra encouragement to attend school regularly.
By working together, our school community can address some of the reasons why teenagers may not want to go to school.
Some common problems you may have getting your teenager to school:
- They won’t get out of bed in the morning.
- They go to bed late at night.
- They take a long time to get ready in the morning.
- They haven’t done their homework or are avoiding a test or assignment.
- They are watching television or playing video games before school.
What can you do to help?
- Act early. It is important to understand and work on the underlying reasons why your teenager is not going to school.
- On average, teenagers need eight to nine hours sleep a night to be healthy and alert. Maintaining a daily routine helps. This may include monitoring internet, mobile phone and television use at night to ensure sleep is not disturbed.
- Try not to make appointments or take holidays during school time. This can make it difficult to catch up on missed school-work, and cause anxiety about attending school.
- Don’t let your teenager stay home unless they are genuinely sick.
- Don’t let your teenager stay home to finish an assignment that is due. Make attendance the number one priority.
- Have clear expectations about after school jobs. Make sure work does not impact on their ability to get to school each day or interfere with study.
- Encourage extracurricular activities such as sport and creative activities. They can help your teenager develop positive relationships and experience success, helping them feel more motivated.
- Monitor your teenager’s attendance and learning at school. Periodically check with their teachers and Wellbeing Coordinator to find out how things are going.
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.
If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance, please contact NMSH’s School Attendance Officer, Leisa Robertson on 9722 2428.
Online Excursion approvals
We have starting using Consent2Go to collect online permission and payments for school excursions. Thank you to those parents who have engaged with the system so far. Please note that when you provide online permission you will be asked to confirm your child’s medical details. Most of the information we were able to upload from our existing records but there were some items that we could not transfer. You will only be asked once to provide this information. For subsequent excursions you are confirming that the information we hold is correct.
When we send out excursion invites both parents and students will receive an 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 but will receive notification that it has been completed. If you would like only one parent to receive notifications or you have any questions please contact Tania Martyn on or 97222400.
Schools are large consumers of paper and through this method we will be doing our bit to reduce this consumption and make things a little easier for everyone involved along the way. As always your feedback is welcomed. Please contact Tania Martyn using the details above.
SKOOLBAG App no longer in use
Newton Moore has discontinued its use of the Skoolbag App for communicating with parents and the community.
We now recommend you register for Connect and install the Connect Now App to your iOS or Android device.
Connect Now gives you the convenience of Connect to your mobile device.
- As a teacher, stay in constant touch with the latest discussions in your communities.
- As a student, be notified about an upcoming test or assignment.
- As a parent, respond to the new class notice sent out by your child’s teacher.
Access to Connect information is now just a screen tap away.
Year 10 Parent and Student Senior School Career Counselling
Newton Moore Senior High School will be running Career Counselling Interviews for all 2018 Year 10 students and their parents from 11th June to 22nd June 2018. Parents/guardians will be invited to make interviews with a course counsellor.
For these interviews we are utilising the internet-based booking system Parent Teacher On-Line (PTO), as we have used previously for Parent Nights. Using this system you will be able to book the interview time that suits you best from any internet-connected computer.
PTO will be open from Wednesday 2nd May 2018 to make appointments.
Year 12 Student Declaration and Permission
All Year 12 students are required to complete an online declaration and permissions for SCSA. SCSA is the governing body that sets ATAR examinations and issues WACE achievement certificates at the conclusion of Year 12.
To complete the student declaration and permission Year 12 students will need to log into the SCSA student portal by:
- Accessing the student information site
- Logging in using their 8 digit SCSA student number (available from your SST teacher Wed P3 or Fri P2) and password. Students' initial password has been set to default as the first 2 characters of your family name (in lower case) followed by your 8-digit date of birth (ddmmyyyy). A 'zero' must be entered before single digit days and months. For example Stephen O’Day 14 June 1992 – Password: o’14061992.
Students will be required to:
- declare that they are aware of the requirements to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and for sitting the ATAR course examination. (This information is in the Year 12 Handbook available on Connect or on the Authority website at
- provide permission to release their name should they win an award.
- provide permission for the use of their school work for creating support materials.
- provide permission for the use of ATAR course examination responses.
The online procedure has been developed so that students cannot complete the student permission unless they click on ‘Yes’ to ‘I have discussed my responses to the above questions with my parents/guardians’.
Declarations must be completed by the end of Term 2, 2018.
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 an 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.
Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report
Year 7 Basketball Competition
Throughout Term 1, a Basketball Competition was run in the Year 7 area. Numerous students were involved and the winning team was the Floater Gang. Team members were: Saxon Elward, Sam Hill, Kent Placente and Matthew Raniel. The runners up were The Shooters. Team members were: Seth Davies, Rhys Rangihaeta and Saxy Gunnell.
Big thanks to all the students who participated and the Year 9 Leadership students for assisting with official duties.
Student Services Update
Year 10 Meningococcal ACWY Program 2018
Due to an increase in meningococcal infection caused by a particular type of bacteria, “serogroup W”, WA Health are implementing a vaccination program for Year 10 students. Vaccination consent forms sent home need to be completed, signed by parent/guardian and returned to the school. Immunisation will be done by the Vaccination nurses on the 15th May.
We respect your decision if you do not wish to vaccinate your child but please tick “no” on the consent form and return to the school.
An important feature of immunisation is that it brings benefits not only for the individual who receives the vaccine, but also for the entire population through a phenomenon called herd immunity. Herd immunity occurs when a significant proportion of individuals within a population are protected against a disease through immunisation. This situation offers indirect protection for people who are still susceptible to the disease, by making it less likely that they will come into contact with someone who is carrying the disease.
Are vaccines safe? Vaccines, like other medicines can have side effects, but the vaccines in current use in Australia provide benefits that greatly outweigh their risks.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Program Coordinator Shelley Paterson 97952845.
10 Surprising Ways to Beat Exam Stress
1. Listen to Classical Music
Listening to music can create a positive and productive environment by elevating your mood and encouraging you to study more effectively and for longer. Classical music is recommended as the best type of music to boost your brain power but ambient music can work too. Check out the playlists on Spotify to easily find what works for you.
2. Take a Quick Walk
Many students feel as if they should spend their entire time before exams with their books open and their pen poised for action. However, research has proven that exercising such as taking a walk can boost your memory and brain power.
3. Plan your Study Routine
This may not be a big surprise but what is shocking is the amount of students who discount the benefits of creating a personal study plan. With some initial effort, you can become more productive and motivated each day you approach your study by understanding your learning progress. If you’re using our learning platform, the GoConqr calendar tool will help you align your goals with your day-to-day study.
4. Play with Bubble Wrap & Puppies
Where do puppies come into exam stress? Lots of universities have installed ‘puppy rooms’ where students can go to relieve stress and anxiety. Pets have also been found to help you focus while studying but we wouldn’t recommend dropping into the library with your pet hamster! Popping bubble wrap is another stress reliever you can save for home study.
5. Try to Get Enough Sleep
For some people, this is something that’s always put on the long finger especially if you are trying to get the most out of school life. The benefits of a proper night’s sleep can never be underestimated. Most importantly, sleep helps your brain to assimilate new knowledge into your long-term memory so that you can recall it when it comes to test day. Anyone who has tried to concentrate with half a night’s sleep can also testify to improved focus with better sleep.
6. Use Mobile Apps
There are tons of mobile apps designed to improve your quality of life. Whether you want to get better organised, improve your mental arithmetic or work on your English language skills, there’s even an app for that.
7. Give Your Mind Space
Meditation is one of the most effective ways to take a break and see your stress from a different perspective. Practicing meditation is another way to maintain focus while improving both mental and physical health to reduce pre-exam stress.
8. Eating Dark Chocolate
Believe it or not this is 100% true. Eating dark chocolate which is over 70% cocoa fights the stress hormone cortisol and has an overall relaxing effect on the body. Plus chocolate releases endorphins which act as a natural stress fighter.
9. Let it All Out
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone, other times you need to shout it from the rooftop or scream from the top of your lungs. Figure out what you’re feeling and then let it out. Speaking to a family member or friend can highlight the bigger picture for you and empower you to rise above the exam stress.
10. Break Free from Distractions
I bet you don’t even realise the number of times you check Facebook, Instagram or whatever your vice is? When you add it all up together, it amounts to a significant waste of time. It can be hard to detach from your life outside of studying but keeping the end goal and timeframe in mind will ease the process.
International Mathematical Modelling Challenge (IM²C)
This year we had six teams compete in the International Mathematical Modelling Challenge (IM2C).
The International Mathematical Modelling Challenge (IM2C) is a team-based mathematical competition.
The amazing maths students worked collaboratively to solve a problem using a mathematical model. The problem this year was:
Develop a model that uses mortality to measure the quality of a hospital.
The teams spent the day discussing maths in a practical problem which was a great achievement (and good preparation for WAJO in October so we can beat Bunbury and Grammar!)
Congratulations to the following students on their participation:
CHOOSEMATHS: We need to finalise CHOOSEMATHS teams for making maths videos. Permission notes have gone out and movies should be being made. They are due in June and attract a $2000 prize and a trip to Melbourne for winners.
Girls Invent: We are still looking for girls and boys willing to be a part of this amazing opportunity. We start on the 24th of May. This is a great opportunity for budding entrepreneurs!
Host Families Needed
Newton Moore SHS is hosting Japanese high school students (Term 3) and we need your help to give them a taste of our Aussie culture.
Hosting is as simple as involving the student in your daily routines such as walking the dog, kicking a ball in the park, enjoying a BBQ, and even helping out with chores! These simple things we enjoy are often the highlights of their trip.
The students will stay for 17 days.
Literature Festival by Seth Bursill
The Literature Festival was an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. The authors were engaging, making it even more worthwhile.
A particularly enjoyable part of the event was the wide variety of activities to participate in, keeping us on our toes as we had no idea what might be coming next. I also found the majority of topics covered very interesting.
We went from drawing comic strips, to learning about the grizzly backgrounds of well-known fairy tales and finished in the future where we had to survive the end of the world, taking only a backpack worth of precious items to keep us busy during the apocalypse.
Overall, it was a bit rushed as we had so much to do and very little time so it felt like we were running from author to author. I hope next year is even better.
T & E
Home Economics is a great way to combine life skills with literacy and numeracy, while learning skills that can be transferred into the workplace.
To give students experience that can be used in the Hospitality sector, they have been taking part in small scale catering within the school.
In First Term students catered for The Girls Academy's International Women's Day, which was a great success. Food was made by students and some of the Year 10 and 12 students also took part in serving food.
Interschool Athletics Carnival
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
Positive Behaviour Support for Parents in the Southwest
Dr Tim Lewis, international leader of the Positive Behaviour Support framework will facilitate a session for parents on how they can use positive strategies to help their children be more successful at school and at home.
The last week of Term One we had six of our Year 9 girls (Latarah Little, Amber Mell, Georgia Pepper, Maya Hume, Jeslyn Schaeche-Odine and Mikayla Farrant) undertake a 5 day Work Aspirations Program at South 32.
They thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Term 1 2018 saw the introduction of Academy time for Clontarf. We get to spend one period a week each with the Year 7, 8 and 9 boys.
Our focus revolves around our pillars which are Education, Leadership, Employment, Well-being, Sport and Partners. Brodie led the Year 8 boys with a well-being focus last term. Activities have included education on nutrition, tobacco, sexually transmitted diseases and mental health. Also, practical cooking sessions with the objective being simple, healthy, cheap, tasty and filling meals.
We would like to thank Shenae from the Cancer Council for all her time and effort.
The Year 9s have been involved in yard clean ups and preparing the various sand pits around the school for PE use.
The Year 7s have been introduced to the school and Clontarf and received an induction regarding the Clontarf Foundation and why we exist. The focus has been on building relationships and developing expectations towards attendance, behaviour and culture. We look forward to continuing this term.
Year 7 High Ropes Program
News from Parent Bodies
Call for Canteen Volunteers
The canteen needs volunteers for short periods of time to ensure our canteen continues to operate.
If you are a parent or grandparent and can spare some time, we would love to hear from you.
Please ring our Canteen Manager, Jenny Hall on 9795 8620.
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