Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

6 June 2018

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

We have already past the mid-way point of Term Two with plenty of activity taking place and more yet to come. Over the past month our students have been very busy not only with their classwork but also with our testing regime. Our Year 10 – 12 students have been sitting the OLNA test and of course NAPLAN testing has recently taken place for our Year 7 and 9 students. Our Year 12s have just completed the Externally Set Tasks (ESTs). The importance of these tests has greatly increased over the years with the recent change to WACE requirements. During our school testing, I have to say I was extremely impressed with most student attitude and conduct. It really reaffirms our school’s belief that our students are great young people who simply need to know what is expected. Given clear instructions, they rise to the occasion.

We have continued to relay the message this year to our students particularly at assemblies and year meetings about how we want students always “doing their best”. High expectations remain high on our school’s agenda. I am committed to seeing our staff working positively with our students ensuring every student is engaged and that our students are continually working hard to achieve their ‘personal best’.

I would like to acknowledge and thank in this newsletter the 78 families who recently completed our Parent Survey about our school. It was wonderful to read about the things that you believe our school does really well. What rated highest was that: ‘Teachers at this school expect my child to do his or her best’ and ‘Teachers at this school provide my child with useful feedback’. This is great feedback that we have shared with the staff and School Board. As part of our commitment to improve, we are working to deal with those things that parents believe we can do better including improving communication between parents and students and providing more information about our school’s student behaviour programs. Part of the work we will do over the next year will be to establish processes to give more of our parents a voice, to build on our communities and parent engagement and to send a clear message that our families are very important to us here at Newton Moore Senior High School.

To all our families who completed the survey, thank you. To every family who wants to work with us more in the future, we look forward to working with you to make a stronger and even better school.

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

From the Finance Team

C&C Payment Plans

A reminder to parents that Newton Moore SHS is happy to accept the payment of 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

OLNA –March round

The OLNA results from the March testing round have arrived. Students have been informed of their results in classes and families have been advised in writing.

In this round, we had an additional 39 students pass the Numeracy assessment, 29 pass the Reading component and 46 pass the Writing component. An additional 39 students have now met the standard in all 3 components and are not required to sit OLNA in the next round.

Eighty-four percent (84%) of our Year 12 students have met the standard (all 3 components) which is 6% better than we had at the end of 2017 with one more round to go. The completion rate broken down by component is shown below.







Congratulations to all the students who have meet the OLNA standard and therefore one component of WACE achievement.


Homework is an important aspect of formative assessment. It provides information to the student, parents and teacher about current learning that is not easily achieved in a classroom environment. As a school, we value the importance of students being involved in ‘out of school’ activities and aim to find a balance between these activities and homework commitments.

The purpose of homework at NMSHS is to:

  • Consolidate and practice learning
  • Reflect on and reinforce learning of the day to prepare for new learning
  • Check for understanding
  • Generate questions arising from current learning
  • Develop organisational, time-management and goal setting skills
  • Improve work ethic
  • Completing unfinished work (this would apply to Year 11/12)

When providing homework to students NMSHS staff will:

  • Provide feedback upon return to class (as a class or individual)
  • Provide a clear time frame
  • Make the purpose of the homework clear to the students
  • Link the homework to current learning
  • Provide work that can be completed independently

The recommended time students will need to allocate to homework/study is listed below.

Year 7

2 hours per week (30 mins per MESH subject)

Year 8

3 hours per week (45 mins per MESH subject)

Year 9

4 hours per week (1 hour per MESH subject)

Year 10

5 hours per week (1h 15min per MESH subject)

Year 11/12

10 hours per week (see below)

(MESH = Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities)

Homework for students in Year 11/12 will vary depending on the pathway chosen. The time indicated is expected to be used in the following ways.

ATAR pathway

Homework and independent study.

VET pathway

Homework and additional work placement hours.

General pathway

Homework and career/employment exploration.

Knowing how to study does not necessarily come naturally. Students will need to establish a study timetable and stick to it. Once the habit is formed, study becomes easier, takes less time and maximises success. The organisation of study is up to the individual student although a good starting point is to review EVERY lesson at the end of the day making note of any aspects not fully understood and following up with the teacher the following lesson. Each lesson builds on the one previous therefore dealing with misconceptions early will avoid larger issues later on.

Below is the Year 7-10 homework schedule. Homework is issued and to be submitted on the day of the week (1 week apart). This provided families with the flexibility to schedule the completion of the homework when it best suits their family.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10























Impact of Missing School





Average of 5 days per term

90 %

1 Year

Regular Attendance

1 day per week

80 %

2 Years

Indicated Risk

1.5 days per week

70 %

3 Years

Moderate Risk

2 days per week

60 %

4 Years

Moderate Risk

3 days per week

40 %

6 Years

Severe Risk

5 weeks a term

50 %

5 Years

Severe Risk

Absences affect learning outcomes whatever the reasons for missed days. This includes sickness, school refusal and family holidays. Even where many of the absences are explained and unavoidable, planning between the family and school may be necessary so your child gets the most out of their schooling.

This planning is often useful to help the school understand any problems or barriers preventing your child from attending school regularly. It may be necessary to review and modify any plans until regular attendance at school is restored. It is important for schools and families to work together when planning for improved attendance to ensure the best possible outcomes for your child.

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 NMSHS’s School Attendance Officer, Leisa Robertson on 9722 2428.

Admin Report

Connect – temporary disruption to access

In the last 2-3 weeks of this term there will be some disruption to the student and parent view of assessment results in Connect. As staff finalise Semester One grades the facility to view assessment results will be turned off. Although you will not be able to see results under the My Children tab you can still view them in Connect Classes (if created by the teacher).

We will be sending an invite to all parents (with a valid email address recorded at the school) who have not yet registered for Connect. Look out for an email from Please note that 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 our school or another WA government school can continue to use those login details to access the system. These parents will not receive an invite on Friday 8th June. Please contact the school by emailing or phoning 97222400 if you need your password reset or have any further questions.

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

ICT/Technology Report

Year 11 and 12 Agreement to borrow a School Take Home Computer

Many students in Year 11 and 12 have taken up the offer of a loan of a school computer.

Part of this agreement is that students bring their device fully charged to school each day.

Students must also renew the borrowing period of the laptop by the end of the term at the Information Resource Centre (IRC).

Students who are leaving school or have poor attendance (less than eighty per cent) are required to return their Take Home Computer to the IRC.

We strongly encourage other students in all years to bring their own device (tablet or laptop) to school each day.

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

Parenting at the speed of light #6 Social Media Top Tips for Parents

Talk to children about online privacy issues. Make sure they know to never to identify personal information such as their full name, address, age, school and don't ever post photos in school uniform.

Teach your children to respect people’s privacy and don’t share anyone else’s personal information online without permission.

Don’t tag photos of your children at their school if your accounts are not set to completely private. This is a child safety issue as anyone driving past can search the school on Instagram and see all of the photos that have been tagged at the school, often by parents who have not set their account to private on Instagram.

If your account is not completely private, anyone can see your photos of your child, their name, the name of the cat, where you go on holiday, what your family does on weekends, when birthdays were and other information about your family and your life. Therefore, a complete stranger could make up a story that could be very convincing to your child by using the information you have shared in a public forum of more than 500 million users.

If you are going to post anything with a significant fact, check it first.

  • Teach your children to understand the importance of passwords, keeping them private and changing regularly.
  • Learn how to recognise a scam. If it is too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Make sure the apps you allow your kids to use are age appropriate.
  • Don’t be patronising or insulting to anyone. This kind of behaviour may validate bad behaviour in children as they often see it if you are connected to young people on social media.
  • Ban devices from the bedroom from as young as possible. Set boundaries around use. Share pictures and videos only with consent. And respect the privacy of others.
  • Keep your love-life and arguments off social media.
  • Stay positive. If you see something you disagree with – don’t engage.
  • Consider the fact that children in the background of photos or videos you take at your child’s school may be on“no publish” lists. Some children are in protective custody or witness protection and an innocent photo posted on social media could be disastrous.
  • Teach young people not to say, or repeat anything that they wouldn’t say if the person were standing right in front of them.
  • Recognise that other people’s opinions may be different to their own and that does not give them permission to attack those opinions online.
  • Remember that even an emoji can be taken out of context by someone reading it.
  • Use your head and your heart. Don’t let emotion be the only thing driving you to post.
  • Make sure you respect classification on games. They are there for a reason.
  • Make sure the young people in your care know that under no circumstances they should go and meet up with anyone they meet online. Stranger Danger rules apply because they are now literally on digital steroids 24x7.

If you have any questions please get in touch:

Meet the Team

Meet the new teaching staff

Bree Wilkins

I am a graduate teacher, and am very excited to begin my teaching career at Newton Moore Senior High School. I have a great love for history and travel, and especially love combining the two. I also enjoy playing netball and reading. This year, I look forward to inspiring and instilling in my students my own passion for HASS.

Ben Roberts

Ben grew up in Bunbury and studied chemical engineering in Perth. He returned to Bunbury in 2015 after a rock climbing accident left him with a broken leg. He completed a Grad Dip in primary education at ECU Bunbury in 2017 and is now a graduate secondary science teacher. His claim to fame is winning the national para-badminton championships of Australia during his recovery.

Student Services Update

School Nurse

School- Aged Health Services Parent Survey

Help the Department of Health to improve school-aged health services.

Do you have a child between three and 18?

Child and Adolescent Community Health and WA Country Health Service are reviewing the community health services provided to school-aged children across Western Australia. You are invited to complete a short survey to help them better understand what is important to you, what is working well and what could be made better.

For more information and to complete the survey, visit the link below. The survey closes on Friday 8th June.

Do I need painkillers?

Have you drunk enough water?

  • Have you been exercising?
  • Is it a hot day?

Are you getting enough sleep?

  • Are you making time to relax before going to bed?
  • Are you drinking too much caffeine?

Are you stressed to the max?

  • Are you making time to relax, and get away from it all, or time out?
  • Have you tried a herbal tea?
  • Have you tried some mindfulness?

Do you have menstrual pain?

  • Have you tried a heat pack?
  • Have you asked someone to massage your lower back?
  • Have you done some light exercise like walking or yoga?

Things we can do other than taking a tablet…

Sometimes you might be able to beat the headache by doing something simple, rather than taking a tablet:

Tension/stress head ache:

  • Lie down and rest
  • Worried? Talk to a friend about what’s stressing you out.
  • Wear glasses? Check they’re on properly and that the lenses suit your eyes.


  • Drink lots of water, especially if it’s hot or you’ve been out in the sun, or playing sports.
  • Have a rest in a cool, dark room.

Migraine headache:

  • Rest in a dark room.
  • Avoid bright or flashing lights.
  • Try gently massaging your face, neck, head and shoulders.
  • Place an ice pack on your temples.

Other causes:

  • Eat regularly. Skipping meals can cause headaches.

Menstrual pain:

  • Have a warm drink.
  • Place a heat pack on the painful area.
  • Get a friend to massage your lower back.
  • Try some gentle exercise like walking or yoga.

Learning Areas


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.

Japanese Language Camp 2018

Year 9 and 10 Japanese students are experiencing an imitation of life in Japan through a Japanese Languages Camp to Perth. Here are just some of their experiences so far.

Students at the Bonsai
Restaurant, eating a
Japanese meal.

Waiting for our train.

Hyogo Friendship Gardens at Dumas House

Participating in Japanese Language Workshop at Hyogo Cultural Centre.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

The past two PBS Lessons have focussed on students using appropriate manners and language.



Expected Behaviour



Use Appropriate Manners and Language

PBS lessons include a specific format: “Tell”, “Show” and “Practice”.


Students discussed that some behaviours and language should only be used in some situations. They were introduced to the idea of ‘Code Switching’.

Code switching is the ability to alter behaviour and language in socially acceptable ways to match the context, circumstances, and people you encounter in social situations.


Students completed a worksheet about ‘Different types of Language’ where they had to match up ‘Old school/slang’ with ‘School’ and ‘Text’ versions of the language.

Students were then given a number of behaviours to sort into groups for an activity called ‘Different situations, Different behaviours’. Categorising them, to see when they were appropriate to use (see below).


Teachers will continue to remind student of the importance to use appropriate manners and language.

They will also remind students how inappropriate language can impact on others and that in school this is NOT the right way to speak/act.

Different Situations, Different Behaviours


Knocking on the door to enter


Saying please and thank you




Saying excuse me when you need to get past someone or interrupt someone


Put you hand up when you want to ask a question


Speak loudly or shout


Answer questions when asked


Go to the toilet and get a drink whenever you like


Have you head phones in when talking to people


Put the feet on furniture


Play fight, much around in a physical way


Use your phone whenever you like


Sit up tall in your chair


Make eye contact when someone is speaking to you


Hug someone when you see them


Get angry and throw something


Help with making dinner


Say hello

Responsibility – Arrive to class on time

One of the school-wide expectations from our Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Matrix is Responsibility, which includes 'Arrive to class on time'.

In previous years, we have had a warning siren 5 minutes before the start of class time after recess and lunch. We installed a new siren system this year and there is no warning siren 5 minutes before the end of recess and lunch. Senior Staff agreed that we would continue to have only one siren to signal start of class.

As part of PBS we are teaching students to manage their time and be proactive, by moving to class at the following times, and not wait for the bell:

11.13 at end of recess
1.51 at end of lunch

The bell which sounds 5 minutes after these times is the bell to start lessons (that is, if students are not in class when the bell goes they are late).

You can help by talking to your child about the importance of being on time to class, and reinforcing this school-wide expected behaviour at home.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

National Sorry Day

May 26th marked National Sorry Day. Saturday morning Girls Academy members, along with our Elders and Community membersm came together and participated in the Reconciliation walk over the Bridge.

We then listened to stories about the Stolen Generation and our past as we continue to learn about our history and culture.


On Wednesday the 23rd of May, MJB Industries visited our academy represented by Ian Prosser, Graham Wallam and Dylan Garlett. About 40 of our boys enjoyed morning tea and the opportunity to hear from Ian, Dylan and Graham about working at MJB, some of the benefits of working full time, some of their savings goals and why they get out of bed in the morning. It was a great time for the boys and they learnt a lot about what it takes to get and keep a job. MJB also shared about how they support young Aboriginal men in the workforce.

The Year 9 boys have also been learning about being grateful and what that means. The challenge was put to them to think about staff in the school they feel grateful for. We made scones with jam and cream and delivered them to the PE, Maths and HASS departments for their enjoyment. Well done boys and thank you to the NMSHS staff for their hard work and support of our boys.

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

NXT Lego Robots

The students are working on programming NXT lego based robots. Their tasks include guiding the robots around a path, parking their robots and approaching other lego men and "greeting them". This class is highly enthusiastic and absolutely love working with robotics and programming.

Katherine Tickenoff,
Millie Roche Kavanagh,
Abbey Nankivell

Sophie Ashworth,
Saxy Gunnell,
Kaitlyn Chatfield

Joshua Akesson,
Angelo Luna,
Teri Pashley

Choice Programs


Inventors Club

Inventors Club

The Inventors Club has just started and we had a great first day! If you are interested in joining please bring your permission forms back. Look forward to some great inventions coming out of our amazing group!

News from Parent Bodies


New Winter menu

School Board

School council/board functions and decision making takes place within a framework of legislation, industrial agreements and policies including, but not limited to:

  • The School Education Act 1999;
  • The School Education Regulations 2000;
  • Associations Incorporation Act 2015;
  • Associations Incorporation Regulations 2016;
  • The council/board’s Constitution;
  • Industrial agreements (e.g. where the council/board is employing staff);
  • Whole of government policies
  • Mandated Department policies.

Community Notices


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