16 August 2018
- Principal’s Address
- From the Finance Team
- Deputy Principals’ Update
- Admin Report
- ICT/Technology Report
- Student Services Update
- Learning Areas
- Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
- Aboriginal Education
- Girls Academy
- News from Parent Bodies
- School Board
- Community Notices
Welcome to another edition of the Newton Moore Senior High School Schoolzine. I am confident you will find this edition very informative and interesting. You will see, when reading this newsletter, the many exciting activities and events that students are involved in our school.
At our school, there are loads of wonderful initiatives and lots of excellent teaching and learning occurring. As a school and through the work we do in our professional learning communities we continue to ensure that we have learning programs that provide lots of opportunities that allow each individual to reach their potential. A special mention of our two newest initiatives, ‘The Inventers Club’ and the ‘Revels Drama Club’. These two very exciting programs are run after school with some of our very enthusiastic teachers.
Recently at an assembly, I took the opportunity to remind students of the importance of keeping on learning throughout life. In my presentation, I referenced the value of travelling and learning about new cultures and countries. This is very important as one of our school values is about ‘global awareness’ and it is important that our students are kept abreast of what is happening across the world.
By now, all parents should have received their child’s Semester 1 report. If you haven’t received this report, I encourage you to contact the school and request a copy. I hope that when receiving these school reports you take the opportunity to discuss the results with your child. This would include congratulating your child about any successes and exploring where further support is required to gain improved grades. Don’t forget that our school does run after school homework classes and we encourage parents to make contact with our child’s class teachers if you have any questions about your child’s grades and marks.
We are always looking at ways of getting the best from our students. One way of achieving success is to ensure that our students are well prepared for tests and exams. Part of the secret is for students to have a very good revision plan, sound revision techniques and to be regularly doing their homework. Techniques which help improve the memory and look at ways of improving how students can retrieve knowledge are also ways of which can make our students results even better. Newton Moore SHS regularly run or advertise study skill and revision programs to assist students. I encourage you to talk to your child about the importance of attending these sessions.
We trust you will enjoy reading this edition of Schoolzine.
Susan Kerr M.Ed.Admin, B.Ed,Dip.Teach
Newton Moore SHS
Newton Moore Senior High School Scoops the Pool in the WA Secondary Awards
Congratulations to the WA Education Awards 2018 finalists.
WA Secondary Teacher of the Year
Ashley Stewart, Newton Moore Senior High School
I feel privileged to have been nominated as Secondary Teacher of the year. I feel grateful to my staff for nominating me for this amazing award. I have been working collaboratively with my team to create and run a variety of STEM projects across Years 7 – 10. During the Aeronautics projects, in collaboration with NMESC, student researched, designed and created a variety of gliders. The bacteria project saw students researching, growing and modelling bacteria growth. These students created a video of the work and submitted to this year’s CHOOSEMATHS awards.
This collaborative work has been featured in the South Western Times newspaper, GWN7 news, ABC National News. I, along with a few of my staff, were selected to feature in the Department of Education STEM videos on their YouTube channel. It is exciting to be part of this amazing department without them this wouldn’t be possible. It is an honour to have been nominated for this award.
WA Secondary Principal of the Year
Susan Kerr, Newton Moore Senior High School
I feel deeply privileged to lead this unique, challenging yet distinctive school. This couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the amazing staff, amazing students and community members who make this school what it is. This is why ‘I love this school’. As the leader of this school I have the opportunity to work with and recruit some amazing staff. We have a very diverse, multicultural group of exceptional students and wonderful community and industry groups and so many partners who work and support us.
I have had the opportunity over my time at this school, to watch the school grow and develop. Newton Moore is a school where students want to come and parents want their children to come. I have seen the school environment improve with our 15 million dollar building project and now with our 3 million dollar STEM project. I am very proud of how our school and especially how the community works with us to help create a caring, warm and supportive environment.
I feel confident that each and every child’s individual needs are net through careful considerate planning and the many wonderful, unique and diverse programs. All of the school staff set high expectations of our students – we value cusses and expect all our students to do their best. Our Vision: ‘Achieving Today for Tomorrow’ guides our direction.
WA Secondary School of the Year
Newton Moore Education Support Centre
I am proud to be the first Education Support Centre nominated in this category since the inception of these prestige’s awards. This shows that excellence occurs in all sectors of education.
I have the privilege to work with passionate and committed staff who have been courageous enough to work as a strong team to make the school we have today.
I would like to thank the Bunbury community for their continuing support of our students. Your support of our Workplace Learning, Community Work Centres and many other programs is one of the foundations of our success.
Congratulations to all the other finalists from the South West Region. We can see education in this region is in excellent hands.
This year Newton Moore Senior High School and Newton Moore Education Support has 3 positions in the finals. This is testament to the quality of education that students receive in this school. Last year Newton Moore Senior High School won the category of Secondary Teacher of the Year with Jade Warrington winning and the Education Support School was recognised as an exemplary school. The South West this year has 8 finalists; we wish all the schools and individuals all the best in the finals.
From the Finance Team
Unpaid Specialist Program Charges
If your child is participating in one of the specialist programs at Newton Moore SHS-Horizons, MASH or Engineering, please ensure that you have paid the programs compulsory charges. If this is not paid by the time your child chooses their selections for next year, they may be excluded from that program in 2019. Please contact the Accounts office on 9722 2419 regarding payment of these charges.
C&C Payment Plans
A reminder to parents that Newton Moore SHS is happy to accept the payment 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. 97 222419
The Year 12 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday 15th November.
The cost for students to attend this event is $25, and is compulsory if your graduating student wants to attend.
Please make payment for this event to the Accounts office using any one of our usual payment options.
Deputy Principals’ Update
OLNA (ONLINE LITERACY AND NUMERACY ASSESSMENT) YEARS 10,11 & 12
Some students in Years 10,11, and 12 are about to sit the OLNA from 27 August – 14 September. Assessment times and locations will be sent to parents and students in the next couple of weeks. Please read the attached OLNA information.
Should you have further questions please call Administration on 9722 2400.
Number of Questions
1 (600 word limit)
Online point and click
Extra time, pause, coloured background and higher quality images.
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 the link below.
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 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.
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 at 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
NAPLAN ONLINE – School Readiness Test
You may have heard that NAPLAN Online was introduced in 2018, with 274 schools Western Australian schools participating. Our school will be transitioning to NAPLAN Online in 2019.
NAPLAN Online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information. Your child’s results will be returned to the school faster, within a few weeks rather than a few months.
This trial, called the School Readiness Test (SRT), will enable us to assess our technical readiness to implement the new online assessments. In addition, it will give us a chance to try out the new national online assessment platform in a real-life classroom environment
From 20th August to 7th September, some students in Lower School will participate in a trial of the assessment platform, by undertaking two online readiness tests that include examples of the new NAPLAN online questions. Each test will take about 45 minutes to complete.
Participating in this trial is important as it will help us ensure we have adequate internet connectivity, and whether students have access to sufficient number of devices for NAPLAN Online testing. During the trial, our teachers will have the opportunity to practice managing the classroom logistics for an online assessment and the new test administration processes.
The readiness test has not been constructed to assess curriculum knowledge, but rather to provide students with an opportunity to experience the types of questions that will be included in the new online assessments. As such, reports will not be provided.
Participation in the SRT is a key step to ensuring a successful NAPLAN online experience in 2019.
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 your child is reluctant or refuses to go to school, or is missing school without you knowing, there is support and help available. Contact NMSHS’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.
Consent2Go – excursion software
Consent2Go emails invitations to parents/guardians for their children to attend incursions and excursions organised by the school. It provides parents an easy way to indicate if their child is attending or not and to make payments online (should they wish to use this method). At the same time parents are able to update their child’s contact details and medical information.
Some parents may find that Consent2Go invites are going directly to their junk mailbox. We are finding this most common with free web based emails such as Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, Live etc. We are also finding that free web based emails server are not permitting Consent2Go invites to get through to Inboxes as they are treating them as spam. Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts to ensure emails are accepted into your email inbox and not the junk or promotional folders.
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Please remember to maintain up to date email contact information to ensure that invites are received by parents/guardians.
Email contact information
Please ensure that at least one adult member of your family maintains a valid email address on your child’s school record. Having an email address on our records enables families to access:
- Newsletter (issued 4 times per term)
- Consent2Go invites (excursion invitations)
- Connect (access to live assessment results, student reports, attendance information and easy access to email/communicate with teachers)
- Email communication
- Emailed school reports
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) - A Guide for Parents
Newton Moore Senior High School provides a comprehensive Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure to support learning in the digital age. The school provides internet access and extensive wireless coverage across the whole school.
It is our expectation that students from all year groups bring their own device to support learning in our school. BYOD means you can bring an appropriate laptop or tablet to school and use it in classes and for study purposes.
For further information or if you have any queries please contact our Network Support Officers, Peter Adams-Shawn or Greg Trunfull at the school on 9722 2400.
Student Services Update
Newton Moore Stars
Jordan has been selected as a WA State Representative for Orienteering. He will be competing in Adelaide in September. We wish Jordan luck and look forward to hearing about his experience when he returns.
Every year, the WA Mining Club, in conjunction with industry co-sponsors, offer a number of scholarships to encourage and foster the development of the next generation of leaders within West Australia’s mining sector.
There are 9 scholarships on offer and valued at $10 000 each. Jade Riley has applied for the IGO, Indigenous Scholarship and was successful 1 of 5 students to be shortlisted from the 25 applicants. Jade undertook the interview on Tuesday the 7th August, we are now waiting to be contacted.
Congratulations and good luck Jade!!!!
Congratulations to the following students who were selected to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition.
Newton Moore students celebrate HASS Week!
From Monday July 28th to August 3rd students celebrated the wonderful subject that is Humanities!
Students were given the opportunity to enter 3 competitions to showcase their skills.
They had a week to complete their entries with a display of their work being held on Friday 3rd August.
Entries were viewed by visiting staff and students but final judging was done by Mrs Kerr and Mr Croxford.
Winners will be officially announced and prizes given out during the next school assembly. A big thank you to all the humanities staff for their support in helping the students with their ideas and of course to all students who took part!
HASS Competition – The Results
Congratulations to all students who took part in the HASS Week competitions. Below is a final list of all the winners.
- HASS - Hayley Abbs and Paris Marshall
- HASS – Grace Keusch, Ashtyn Deverell and Ashlyn Gray
- Food is a Weapon -Bart Rankin and Erin Fraser –
- 3D Model – Rayaan Atif
- Pyramid – Rani Casseltton, Kaitlyn Chatfield and Zeanna Bond, Tarni Pumphrey –
- Castle – Hayley Bridge , Elaine Rayco
- King Arthur – Tiare Crowder
- Genevieve – Eve Pich
- Captain Cook – Ryan Baylis
Australian Cricketer at Newton Moore
On Monday 6th August, Australian Cricketer Cameron Bancroft visited Newton Moore Senior High School. Students in our Year 8, 9 and 10 MASH programs, Year 7 and 9 Living and Leading classes, Rec Sport and Sport Coaching were lucky enough to learn some skills and play some cricket games with Cameron and South West Cricket Development Officers.
At the end of the session, students had a question and answer session with Cameron as he explained some of his experiences, background and most memorable cricket moments. It was an engaging session, with students learning a lot about what it takes to make it at the highest level. Newton Moore thanks Cricket South West for the opportunity to meet Cameron.
Year 7 Design and Technology class working on their wood projects.
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
The Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) lesson in Week 3 was about our school-wide expected behaviour 'Seek appropriate resolution when experiencing conflict' which comes under one of our expectations from the PBS Matrix; WELLBEING.
Students can help by being a positive bystander.
Bystanders can be either part of the bullying problem or an important part of the solution to stop bullying and violence.
Some ways you can help are:
- Make it clear to your child that bullying behaviour, fighting or violence is never okay.
- Reinforce that they should never watch, film or encourage bullying behaviour or fighting. Remind them to tell a teacher and follow instructions of teachers if asked to move away.
- Talk to your child about cyber safety and appropriate behaviour online (this includes not harassing, teasing, threatening or spreading rumours on social media sites like Facebook), and remind them to never forward on or respond to messages or photos that may be offensive or upsetting.
- Monitor what your child is doing online.
- Remind your child to report bullying or threats to someone in authority or someone they trust e.g. at school to a teacher, Student Services or Deputy Principal.
Thank you for your support and cooperation.
PBS – Positive Behaviour Support
This PBS Lesson focused on students seeking appropriate resolution when experiencing conflict.
Seek appropriate resolution when experiencing conflict
PBS lessons include a specific format: “Tell”, “Show” and “Practice”.
Students discussed why this expectation was important and how to be respectful of each other and their opinions. They were told to remain calm and listen without judgement when seeking appropriate resolution when experiencing conflict. If this does not work, students were asked to seek teacher/staff assistance or to complete a ‘Green Peer conflict report’ they would find in Student Services.
Year 12 Girls Academy members Jade Riley and Mariah Yarran were among over 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls from around the country who attended the 2018 NAIDOC Summit in Canberra.
It was an action packed summit with the girls attending a Gala Dinner at Old Parliament House where Jade was awarded the State NAIDOC award, a tour of Parliament House, a Q and A with international model Samantha Harris, a Careers and Pathways workshop and a trip to the ski fields.
They have returned motivated and are happily sharing their inspirational stories with the younger Academy members.
On Friday the 3rd of August, Clontarf ran their second annual South West Basketball carnival. Teams arrived from Kwinana, Mandurah, Albany, Katanning and Busselton to participate at the Leschenault Leisure Centre.
A round robin format of 6 games saw Newton Moore and Gilmore College from Kwinana end up on top. In the final, Gilmore were 5 points up 2 minutes into the second half, but Newton Moore put the pedal to the metal, and won by 15 points in a hard fought contest.
Best player for the Newton Moore team was a very talented young man, Malachai Bell, and the Clontarf Spirit award for team work, energy, kindness, courage and determination went to Jacob Ozies. Three of our boys also made up a combined side called the All Stars. Franklin Gellatly was awarded the Clontarf Spirit award for his team.
A huge thank you and congratulations goes to Shayne Taylor for his flawless organisation of the event. Also to the Australind Senior High School students who refereed at a very high level throughout the day and Franklin, Jayden and Elijah for their hard work and determination with the All Stars.
News from Parent Bodies
Because of outstanding teachers, principals and school support staff, students in Western Australia are provided with high quality education. Through the WA Education Awards, exemplary staff are making a difference to the lives of students in WA. Congratulations came from the Newton Moore School Board to the 2018 staff who were nominated for the Excellence in Education Awards.
Secondary Teacher of the Year
Graduate Teacher of the Year
Principal of the Year
It is a privilege to be nominated and the Board on behalf of the school community would like to congratulate each of these nominees and wish them all the best when the judging happens.
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