Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

24 May 2018

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Schools are very dynamic places with an abundance of worthwhile activities and learning opportunities. The range of activities of late at our school, have included excursions expeditions/camps and of course the up and coming country week event. The Newton Moore SHS staff always put a lot of effort into organising extra curricula activities. This includes all our educational excursions and our overseas trips to Japan and Indonesia. We believe these experiences are of great value to our students and can greatly enhance their learning.

Parents play a vital role in a student’s education and many parents that are taking their students to events, holidays and camping also ensure that their children get some great learning experiences. When teachers and parents act as a team, it can reinforce positive behaviours. When students see teachers and parental figures working together, they learn to value education and get academic and behavioural support both inside and outside the classroom. Parent-teacher teams that communicate well can share information about the student and help devise ways to individualise learning approaches to best meet the student’s needs. To this end, thank you to all the parents / guardians who took the opportunity to attend the parent evenings at the end of last term. This is certainly one way which we can build on relationships.

Last term I had the opportunity to attend the “Future’s Conference” in Melbourne. The purpose of my visit was to come back to school with some new ideas and learnings that would help with the development of our new 3 million dollar STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) building. I have to say I came back from my visit very excited with lots of new ideas and information that we could use when designing and developing our new STEM building. Exciting times ahead about our upcoming building project and I look forward to sharing with you the progress about our new facilities as the designs are being drawn up.

I trust you enjoy reading this edition of the May Schoolzine.

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

Workforce Management Plan

Effective workforce planning aims to provide the school with the people best able to inform its strategic direction, develop innovative approaches to complex issues and deliver appropriate services effectively and efficiently.

Our 2020 Workforce Management Plan focuses on building staff competencies, encouraging long term retention, shows how we value our staff and ensure we have workforce diversity. Please click on the following link to see the 2020 Newton Moore SHS Workforce Management Plan.

From the Finance Team

Early C&C payment prize winners

Congratulations to Paula Kennedy, mother of Austin Kennedy in Year 12 and Karen Turner, mother of Jay Maslin in Year 9, who are the winners of the 2018 early C&C payment prizes.

Thanks to all our parents who have made payment in full or are working towards paying off their students’ school fees, it really does make a difference to the school.

Thank you to the Newton Moore P&C who donated the two $500 vouchers.

Deputy Principals’ Update

National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2018

During Week 3, students in Years 7 and 9 participated in NAPLAN testing for Language Conventions, Writing, Reading and Numeracy. The test results provide a snapshot of a student's achievement in comparison to all students in Australia of the same year level. They will assist teachers to better identify students who require extra support, or extension and challenge.

The NAPLAN tests allow the progress of each student to be monitored over time. You and your child can use individual results to discuss achievement with teachers.

Your child's NAPLAN report will be issued in mid-August with an accompanying information brochure. Please contact the school if you do not receive your child's report at this time.


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 – What to Buy

Some of the criteria to consider when purchasing include:

  • Easy portability-what weight/size can fit into my child’s bag.
  • Sturdiness-is the device going to withstand daily use, in and out of a bag, to and from school.
  • Battery life-at least 5 hours of battery life is recommended as opportunities for charging won’t always be available during the school day.
  • Screen size-at least 9.7 diagonal inches is the minimum size recommended
  • Operating System-Windows 10 recommended
  • Keyboard-inbuilt or external keyboard is recommended
  • USB ports recommended, DVD/CD drives not required
  • Antivirus software-mandatory
  • Wi-Fi-mandatory
  • Processor capacity and memory-consider what software/applications your child is likely to want to use. Data hungry software such as AutoCAD, Adobe products will require more grunt than just simple word processing, internet searches and general computing use.
  • Price-affordability is important to the family budget. Don’t get talked into buying a device that has features that won’t be used. A BYOD for school is a learning tool, and many of the models available on the market in the $400-700 range are adequate for most student’s needs

Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report

Leadership Students

On the last Saturday of the April holidays a number of our Lower School leadership students volunteered their time and energy to assist staff at our annual Bunnings Sausage Sizzle.

This event is held every year to raise funds to provide vouchers and rewards for our Positive Behaviour System at school.

These rewards recognise students who follow and demonstrate the school expectations It was a perfect day and we also would like to thanks Mr Engelbrecht, Mrs Davies and Ms Gelmi for their support.

New Students – Year 7

Our Year 7s are fitting in beautifully at Newton Moore getting involved in so many of the great activities and events that are available at the school.

They are a friendly, hard working very caring bunch of students.

If any students would like to be a part of our leadership group for second semester please see either Ms Gelmi or Mrs McInerney to register your interest.

Newton Moore Star

Photo courtesy of Matt Devlin

Jaxon Sawyer

Jaxon recently competed in the WA State Enduro Moutain Bike Championships, where he achieved 3rd place. He has been invited by Mountain Bike Australia to attend a 5-day camp in Adelaide during the July school holidays. The camp is to choose Australia’s Downhill Team for World Championships being held in Switzerland in September. Only 7 riders are chosen and we wish Jaxon luck in being one of the 7.

South West Careers Expo 2018

South West Careers Expo 2018 will be held on Wednesday 6th June at Bunbury Catholic College Sports Centre, Rodsted Street Bunbury, from 10:30am to 5:00pm.

Open to all students and parents.

Meet the Team

Meet the new staff

Heather Campbell - Chaplain

Another Scot in your midst, and another Glaswegian into the bargain. I came to Bunbury in 2004 and married a banjo playing Irishman, David, in 2009. We have a gorgeous family of one cat and one dog. I seem to have done a million different and hugely varied jobs, but have been teaching these last 20 years, so definitely time for a change and a new challenge, and chaplaincy is certainly both a change and a challenge. I’m also a qualified Bowen therapist, so feel free to bring any sore bits to me.

Jessica Turner – Manager Girls Academy

I am originally from a small town in North East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. I have been in Bunbury for 5 years. In 2013 I completed a Government Traineeship and worked here at Newton Moore in the front office and student services. Since then I have worked in the Education sector. My spare time is currently consumed by planning my wedding in QLD at the end of this year.

Slade Hayward - AIEO

I am a Noongar boy who was born in Perth and raised in Kambalda. I eventually moved to Bunbury in 2013 where I became the first indigenous graduate of Dalyellup College in 2014. I got my inspiration to work in education by volunteering at junior youth group activities, which I really enjoyed and hope to one day become a teacher myself.

Stephen Dennis

Hi, I’m Stephen Dennis and I’m here to join your wonderful staff as a new member of the Mathematics Department. I’ve been teaching since 2005, starting in Primary as a generalist and HPE Specialist. I have since moved into the classroom, embracing my inner nerd and a love of numbers everywhere. I look forward to a life by the beach and getting involved in lots of different activities once I finally get my stuff unpacked and the house sorted.

Student Services Update

Give a Damn Give a Can

The Year 7 and 8s have been collecting non-perishable food items for those in need during the month of May. Mr Schuttloffels class has been doing an amazing job collecting items and we look forward to presenting everything to the Bunbury/Leschenault Rotary Club very soon.

Student Services Update

Give a Damn Give a Can

The Year 7 and 8s have been collecting non-perishable food items for those in need during the month of May. Mr Schuttloffels class has been doing an amazing job collecting items and we look forward to presenting everything to the Bunbury/Leschenault Rotary Club very soon.

Learning Areas


Bridging the Gap

Mrs. Stewart was a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney on the 17th of May, sharing the work she has done at Newton Moore with Australia.

Introducing spatial skills to Year 7-9 students, running STEM projects with Maths classes. Running STEM projects specifically for Aboriginal girls, to introduce them to the variety of career opportunities that are available to them, or could be available to them.

Inventors Club

Inventors club starts on the 31st of May in C6 at 3pm.

Students need to get their notes in or pick one up from a maths teacher or from the maths office.


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.

T & E

The Year 11 and 12 VET Certificate II Community Services Course includes students participating in a school based playgroup. This year we have had an amazing group of children aged 1 – 5 years from our local community who come along for 2 hours each week and engage in fun activities created by the students.

The course aims to give our students a realistic introduction to working with children, as well as connecting and communicating with parents and other childcare providers. Year 11s Tahliah , Shayli and Nural have planned some fantastic ideas so far this semester, including lots of paint and craft projects. Year 12 students Laura and Sharni made awesome Mother’s Day flower pots complete with a picture of the kids in the middle! All the students in this course are finding playgroup a worthwhile, although tiring, learning experience.

If parents or caregivers want to know more about this programme, or have little ones that may be interested in attending, please contact Ms. Gaynor Tuck on 97 222 475 during school hours for more information.


Whole school athletics

School Champions and Runner Ups

Year 7

Champion Boy- l

Runner Up

Jayden Mel

Kent Placente

Champion Girl

Runner Up

Hannah McNaughton

Amalee Martin

Year 8

Champion Boy

Runner Up

Liam Vardy

Aaron Roche Kavanagh

Champion Girl

Runner Up

Haylee Abbs

Toree Gilmore

Year 9

Champion Boy

Runner Up

Brayden Jones

Brock Kenny

Champion Girl

Runner Up

Amelia Adams

Rylei Stalteri

Year 10

Champion Boy

Runner Up

Taine Lottering

Leighton Iley

Champion Girl

Runner Up

Alexandra Anderson

Peppa Trowles

Upper School

Champion Boy

Runner Up

Roy George

Zachary Rankin

Champion Girl

Runner Up

Casara Hill

Emily Jones

2018 Interschool Athletics Team

Year 7

Daniel Bartlett, James Dhu, Saxy Gunnell, Lauchlan Harley, Jonah Kenny, Melina La Rosa, Amalee Martin, Hannah McNaughton, Jayden Mell, Kent Placente, Kate Selmo, Katherine Tickenoff, Nicole Williams

Year 8

Haylee Abbs, Keira Dronow, Kieran Kotulla, Libby Pense, Kaiden Snellgrove, Liam Vardy, Bailey Conte, Seth MacDonald, Malachai Bell, Aaron Roche Kavanagh, Toree Gilmore

Year 9

Amelia Adams, Cailin Frazer, Brayden Jones, Dustin Kendall, Brock Kenny, Hailee Kinkella

Kayne Pringle, Annakey Pumphrey, Shanti Riches, Rylei Stalteri

Year 10

Aimee Adams, Alex Anderson, Fern Clark, Xander Crombie, Lachlan Harrington, Taine Lottering, Niko Patterson, Peppaa Trowles, Jessica Kundi, Leighton Iley, Gloria Humphries

Year 11/12

Tanner Allen, Rachelle Brown, Casara Hill, Emily Jones, Rex Kennedy, Austin Kennedy, Blake La Rosa, Zach Rankin, Pula Ryder, Ella Smith, Roy George, Jake Thorne

Interschool Athletics Results

Overall Newton Moore came 4th behind BCC, BSHS and Margaret River. The Lower School team came 4th and the Upper School came 3rd.

Toree Gilmore

Year 8

Second Runner Up

Brock Kenny

Year 9

Champion Boy

Taine Lottering

Year 10

Runner Up Champion

Casara Hill

Year 11/12

Runner Up Champion

Rugby WA Visit

Rugby WA visited Newton Moore SHS on Wednesday 16th May to deliver introductory Rugby sessions to the students during PE lessons. Two current Western Force players, Cameron and Harrison Orr, along with Development Officer Grant Lazurus, put students through fast paced, fun drills which emphasised key skill sets of the game, along with correct techniques and understanding of the rules of the game.

As always, Newton Moore students impressed with their positive attitude and high skill levels in a game which is unfamiliar to most. Feedback from students was extremely positive, with a number showing interest in developing skills further and joining the local rugby club, Bunbury Bulls.

Planning for the next Rugby WA visit is already in place and we hope to see then back in the near future.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

At Newton Moore SHS we are committed to helping your child to learn, including teaching the behaviours needed to succeed at school and life in general. This is a key component of our Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) approach. Parents and schools play a shared role in a young person’s education and work together to provide the best environment for learning positive behaviours.

One of our school-wide expectations is Well Being.

This includes expected behaviours such as:

  • Seek appropriate resolution when experiencing conflict
  • Engage and cooperate positively with your peers
  • Be a positive bystander
  • Take care of your personal hygiene
  • Engage in safe behaviours
  • Make healthy food and drink choices
  • Be accountable for what you post and send
  • Communicate positively with and about others

You can help by reinforcing these expected behaviours with your child, and talking with a member of the Student Services team about any issues or concerns.

Aboriginal Education

Aboriginal Indigenous Education Office (AIEO’s) at Newton Moore Senior High School

Aboriginal and Islander Education Officers, commonly known as our AIEOs play a huge role in our school supporting our students. We are so lucky to have such high calibre workers in Lois Little, Max Jetta and more recently Glen Garlett and Slade Hayward all working to support our Aboriginal students.

As a school, we want Aboriginal students and in fact all students to gain the knowledge, skills and understandings they need to achieve and enjoy success at school.

AIEOs also do home visits as we want more parents and community members to become more involved in their child's education.

AIEOs also are a great support to our teaching staff. They work alongside teachers in their classes. They are used to help us implement culturally inclusive education programs. AIEOs are amazing and a great asset to us and they conduct many initiatives that connect Aboriginal students, families and communities with our school.

Girls Academy

Michelle has taken a position of acting Regional Manager for a four-month contract, during this time Jess Turner will fill her position. The girls are all making her feel very welcome.

Please extend out an invitation to staff and families to pop by and meet her. She is in the Academy Monday-Friday 8am-3:30pm.

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons & Engineering Scholarships





Year 9

Science Horizons

Qing Chen


Year 9


Shaine Albacite


Year 9


Preston Woods


Year 10

Science Horizons

Aimee Adams

Ecoedge Environmental Pty Ltd

Year 10

Science Horizons

Claire Togno

Ecoedge Environmental Pty Ltd

Year 10


Shani Eyal



Seth Hall


Year 10

Science Horizons Indigenous Scholarship

Gloria Humphries


Year 10

Engineering Indigenous Scholarship

Cora Pickett


Year 11


Kage Geyer


Year 11

Science Horizons

Tyrelle Spry

Bunbury Leschenault Rotary Club

Year 12

Science Horizons

Jack Harrington


Year 12


Aaron Copeland


Choice Programs


Hannah McNaughton from Year 7 MASH received a Scorchers WBBL playing guernsey for her great skills, teamwork and development during Term 1s cricket program.

Year 10 MASH Surfing Program

News from Parent Bodies

School Board

2018 School Board Members

Lyn Farrell
Dean – ECU

Susan Kerr

Staff member
Michelle Waywood
Corporate Services

Staff Member
Damian Croxford
Deputy Principal

Staff Member
Athena Hawkins
Science Teacher

Staff Member
Jessica Moore
Music Teacher

Staff Member
Ashley Stewart
Maths HOLA

Staff Member
Amy King
Languages Teacher

Staff Member
Jacky Brown
Science Teacher

Community Member
Andrew Templeman
General Manager
Doral Mineral Sands
Pty Ltd

Community Member
Jodie Schroder
Dept Training &

Community Member
Fiona Hinds
Editorial Online
WA Regional

Vicki Bridge

Christy Ashworth

Community Notices


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