Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

30 August 2018

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

This term is filled with lots of activities on a number of fronts.

One of these events was the annual Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Fair. Once again a fabulous array of creative thinking and scientific processes were on display and the wonderful CREST project. Congratulations to all involved and special congratulations to the event winners for the CREST awards. Thank you to all those industry and community groups who joined in to make our STEM fair a very special event. Thank you also to all the judges and sponsors who continue to support us on this special day. Finally, thank you to all the wonderful staff who helped coordinate the event and to those who conducted workshops or coordinated special stalls. A special congratulations to the entertaining scientists who were the speakers and kept us highly engaged.

For our new building program, the three million dollar STEM centre, all the planning is well underway. A team of staff, consultants and architects, Department of Education staff and builders have been working to ensure that our new facilities will best meet the needs of the school. It is an exciting time. This new centre will be a great asset to us here at the school.

One of our school initiatives is the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). It is very important that families start to ensure that computers are purchased for their children at school. Unfortunately, if this doesn’t happen your child may have to share an older computer which really restricts their learning. There are some ‘urban myths’ that exist around computers and schools. I want to reiterate that no public school is provided with individual computers for students, so BYOD is essential. There was a Federal initiative a few years ago which meant that students in Years 9 – 12 were provided access to computers but this funding no longer exists. Thus, I would like to reiterate it is very important that parents start planning to ensure their child has the technologies required to be successful at school.

Our Gold Intercultural Learning Japanese students have now returned to Japan. A special thank you to all those parents/guardians who hosted Japanese students this year. It is a wonderful experience for our students to be interacting with students from other countries. Thank you to Ms King who regularly coordinates this very successful student exchange.

Please take the time to read in this e-newsletter about the many activities that happen in our school and also don’t forget to visit our Facebook page or webpage to get the latest about what is happening at Newton Moore Senior High School.

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

From the Finance Team


Final updates are being made to next year’s booklists. These will be published and available to parents early November 2018.

The online ordering cut-off date for FREE home delivery will be Friday 7th December 2018 with a view to deliveries being made during the first week of January 2019.

Orders can also be dropped off at the school and we will forward them to our preferred supplier Campion Education on your behalf. Campion also have retail stores in Malaga and Willetton, Perth for families who regularly travel to the metro area.

Deputy Principals’ Update

At Newton Moore Senior High School, we are committed to promoting consistent messages about healthy lifestyles in all school activities. The Department of Education Healthy Food and Drink policy sets standards for healthy food and drinks and applies to:

  • canteens and food services
  • classroom rewards
  • excursions and camps
  • classroom cooking activities.

Frequently asked questions and answers on the policy can be found at:

We hope as a parent or carer you will support our school by encouraging your children to enjoy healthy food and drinks every day – especially at school and providing a healthy lunch, drinks and snacks. Some ways you can help:

  • Try to include a food from each of the five food groups in your child’s lunch box every day: breads and cereals; fruit; vegetables and salad; meat/fish/chicken/eggs/legumes; milk/cheese or yoghurt.
  • Keep food safe by adding a small frozen water bottle to keep foods cool.
  • Cut up small portions of fruit and vegetables and wrap them in plastic or put them in a small container (with a lid that is easy to remove).
  • Water is the best drink of all. Pack a water bottle every day.
  • Choose a range of foods for a colourful lunch i.e. carrot and celery sticks, strawberries, a wholegrain sandwich and a cheese stick.
  • Children need at least one hour of active play each day.
  • Limit electronic entertainment (TV and electronic games).
  • Children need plenty of sleep: 9 – 10 hours per night.
  • Give your child the best start to the day by having a healthy breakfast: cereal with fruit on top, eggs or baked beans on wholegrain toast, milk.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

For further tips and information on healthy food and drink choices in schools please see link below.


The law states all children and young people must attend school. Under the law, parents and guardians are responsible for making sure children in their care attend all school days.

Why attending school is important

  • School enables young people to build on their knowledge and skills: each day, each week, and each year;
  • Young people can miss out on basic skills, and may experience difficulties later with their learning;
  • School helps young people build confidence in areas such as communication, teamwork, organisation and social skills;
  • Going to school is a legal requirement; there are fines of up to $1,000 for families.

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.

ICT/Technology Report

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.

Looking after your BYOD while at school

We are pleased to see many more students bringing their own devices (laptop or tablet) to school. The school does not have the facility to provide secure storage for BYOD or other personal items, so students are required to keep their devices secure and protected while at school.

We strongly recommend students use sturdy laptop bags/pouches and that devices are kept with students at all times and taken into classes.  During HPE classes, bags are kept secure in the change rooms with doors locked for the duration of the class.

Again we recommend BYOD devices are covered by your own personal home/contents insurance.

Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report

Newton Moore Stars

Cosmo Pearce

Congratulations to Cosmo Pearce who has been offered a funded position in the digIT 2019, the program that will ignite his passion for Information and Communication Technology (ICT). He was awarded this from the Australian Mathematics Trust through the help of his amazing Maths teacher Mrs. Murphy.

Congratulations again Cosmo!

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award

Mrs Stewart has made a valuable contribution to progress the achievement of all students through variety of problem based learning projects and interactive activities for students across a variety of year groups. She has shared her work across Australia lecturing at the University of Sydney and speaking at conferences in Melbourne.

Mrs Stewart has made the Semi-Finals in the Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award which forms part of the 2018 Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards. The awards aim to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions that individuals, groups and businesses are making throughout rural and regional Western Australia.

Having been selected as a semi finalist, her nomination will now be reviewed by a judging panel during the final stages of judging to see who the finalists will be. Final judging will take place on Wednesday 31st August 2018.

Congratulations and good luck.

Student Services Update

Uniform discussions

We have had overwhelming support from staff and students in regards to adapting our uniform policy to include plain long sleeve black undershirts that students can wear under their school shirts.

Due to this we would like to put this idea out to parents to gain their feedback. The current uniform policy only allows white and light blue long sleeve shirts to be worn under school shirts.

If you would like to discuss this change to the uniform policy please email your comments to

School Nurse

Summer is on its way…

Hay Fever

  • An allergic response causing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, runny and red nose.
  • Very common in spring and summer
  • Usually self-diagnosable
  • One antihistamine tablet a day can help reduce symptoms. Buy from chemist or supermarket.
  • Chronic: can last for years or be life long
  • Students and staff be prepared.

Consult a doctor if symptoms do not get better.

Learning Areas


Element Superheros

Mrs Brown’s Year 8 Science class were given the task of researching the properties of their chosen element and use these qualities to illustrate their superhero’s super strengths and super qualities. Element Superheros were created using “HeroMachine Character Portrait Creator.”


Konser Michael Jakarimilena

Year 10 Indonesian students travelled to Mandurah with students from Bunbury Catholic College to watch a performance by a famous Indonesian singer, Micheal Jakarimilena who is better known as Mike J.

The concert was packed with more than 1000 students at The Lakes Theatre and streamed to another 1000 Indonesian Students in Surabaya, East Java. The Indonesian Ambassador to Australia also spoke to students via a video call from Canberra. Mike really got the crowd moving with his upbeat performance.

After the concert, students got back on the bus and went to Warung Ade, a nearby Indonesian restaurant. Here they dined on traditional Indonesian cuisine before heading home.

Hari Kemerdekaan Indonesia - Indonesian Independence Day

August 17 marks the anniversary of Indonesia’s Declaration of Independence. Pak Anwar has been busy showing Lower School students some of the traditional games and activities used to celebrate this special day in Indonesia.

Some of the activities experienced by students included lari kelereng (marble and spoon race), lomba makan kerupuk (cracker eating competition) and pensil ke dalam botol (pencil in the bottle).

Gold Intercultural Tour

Dear Amy,

Thank you very much for all your hard work during our latest exchange program at Newton Moore Senior High School. We couldn’t have done it without you!

We would like to pass on our thanks to the staff, students, host families and wider school community. We would appreciate you passing on our regards.

A big thank you from Gold Intercultural Learning to the staff and students at Newton Moore Senior High School for making the Japanese students feel welcome during our recent student exchange program. A special thank you to all the host families from the school community who showed our students a fantastic time in Perth! We really appreciate your support and look forward to having you host again in the future. Please check our Facebook Page as you may be eligible to enter our competition to win a place for your child on our 2019 Japan Tour!

On behalf of the Gold Intercultural Learning team thank you again for your ongoing support and we look forward to working with you again in the future.

Kind regards,


Competition Success for the Humanities!

Last term, some of the Humanities classes were tasked with designing an advert as part of The Design an Ad competition run by the West Australian. This competition was open to all primary and secondary students in WA. Students could draw their entries by hand or generate them using the computer. There were seven companies sponsoring this year's competition. Students could pick which company they wanted to create their design for.

Winners (four per company) would be awarded a $100 cash prize and may see their advertisement published in a special edition of ED! Magazine.

Huge congratulations to Dave Serino, who was selected as one of the winners! He will be receiving his $100 cheque in the post very soon!

Year 9 Fremantle Prison Excursion

Year 8 - History

Students in Miss Nightingale's class have been learning about the Medieval period in their HASS class. They have learnt about the building of the forts "Motte and Bailey Castles" and displayed their understanding of the different parts by making a model and labelling it.

All the students in the class did a great job!

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

The Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) lesson in Week 6 was about our school-wide expected behaviour 'Take care of your personal hygiene ' which comes under one of our expectations from the PBS Matrix; WELLBEING.

Mixing with lots of other children will expose him or her to many more germs than there are at home. While you can’t help prevent contact with germs (and remember that exposure to some germs is a good thing), you can help reduce the risk of your child picking up through healthy hygiene habits

How do germs spread at school?

School children often pick up germs. These germs can spread very quickly from child to child by touching a contaminated surface. Germs also spread very quickly in the air via coughs and sneezes, as well as by eating contaminated food.

Why is good hygiene important?

Once your child has picked up germs, germs can quickly spread to the rest of your family at home. Bouts of the Common Cold and upset tummies are common – both in schools and families. So, helping your child understand about good hygiene will go a long way to helping them and the rest of your family stay healthy.

Top tips for good school hygiene

1. Keep hands clean

Thorough hand washing is one of the most effective ways to help prevent the spread of germs in schools. Teach your children how and when to wash their hands (rubbing hands together for at least 20 seconds using soap and clean running water). Always wash hands:

  • After using the toilet
  • Before eating
  • After playing outside
  • After touching something dirty
  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose
  • After touching a dirty tissue
  • After petting animals
  • Whenever hands look dirty

2. Coughs and sneezes spread diseases

Teach your children to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing to stop germs from becoming airborne. Throw used tissues in a bin and always wash hands with soap and water afterwards.

If there isn’t a tissue available, encourage your child to sneeze or cough into the crook of their elbow instead of their hands, to reduce the spread of bacteria.

3. Healthy diet

Whether your child has a packed lunch or something from the canteen, a varied and balanced diet will help protect their health and promote proper growth and development. Eating properly also aids concentration during lessons.

When preparing a packed lunch, make sure you wash and dry your hands before you start. Your kitchen surfaces should also be clean and disinfected. Then:

  • Check all foods are within their best-before dates
  • Use an airtight, rigid lunch box that is washed and dried before and after use
  • Wash fruit, salad and vegetables thoroughly in fresh clean water
  • Try to prepare food fresh each day, as there will be less opportunity for germs to grow

4. Drink plenty of water

Water is much healthier than soft drinks, juices and energy drinks that may be high in sugar, sweeteners, additives or caffeine. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water throughout the day, as even slight dehydration can lead to poor concentration, lethargy, irritability and headaches.

How you can help

As well as encouraging good hygiene in children, you can also help prevent the spread of germs in school by following these basic steps:

  • Keep school bags clean and free from food remnants, especially if your child carries a packed lunch to school
  • Make sure your children change their socks and underwear daily
  • Wash school uniforms on a high temperature to kill bacteria.

Thank you for your support and cooperation

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Girls Academy are participating in a Jamie Oliver 5-week cooking course delivered by the Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food Australia. This is a hands on cooking course based on Jamie’s philosophy of cooking and eating fresh and healthy food. The girls have started with the basics of cooking eggs and have worked up to a full roast chicken dinner. They have learnt many useful skills and are thoroughly enjoying the program.


On Wednesday the 8th of August, Clontarf hosted their annual Employment Forum at the Koombana Bay Sailing Club. 15 students from Year 10-12 met with local businesses including Qube, Perkins, SWAMS, Iluka, AWDC, Protech, Kmart, Forrest Personnel as well as our Mayor, Mr Gary Brennan and the Honourable Mr Don Punch MLA. The boys were treated to breakfast by Iluka and messages from Basil Little, an Alumni of the Academy currently in his third year of an apprenticeship with Bunbury Toyota. Also, some of our senior boys were given the opportunity to share where they wish to be after school and the impact Clontarf has had in their lives.

This was followed by some employment related workshops on topics such as social media profiles and the impact on your employment prospects, employment in the police and health sectors as well as a one on one interview with HR people currently working for the companies listed earlier. The day was a huge success.

Thanks to Dan Delaney, our Employment Officer, Iluka and in particular Pippa, who coordinated the breakfast and the Koombana Bay Sailing Club for their venue. The boys have come out of the employment forum with some industry contacts, casual employment prospects and improved skills in interviewing.


Specialist Programs

Science Horizons


Over 600 excited visiting primary and secondary students as well parents and members of Newton Moore SHS students celebrated National Science Week with our 10th STEM Fair in the gym. It is also the 10th year of the Science Horizons Specialist Program.

The highlight was the Year 7 to 11 Science Horizons and Engineering Specialist research work on display. Congratulations to all the students for their innovative and creative projects.

Than you to our partners Doral, GHD, ECU and South West Science Council who were valuable contributors on the day, making the connection between the classroom and real life experiences.

Congratulations to our 2018 Science Fair Prize winners



Year 11 Physics

Brenton Ellem

Lenz’s Law

Year 10 Science Horizons

Mikisa Knuckey

50 Shades of Green

Year 10 Engineering

Angelo Simms

Light Scattering

Year 9 Science Horizons

Kate Estrella

Melting Effects of Colours

Year 9 Engineering

Kayne Pringle

How the Claws of a Crane Impact on performance

Year 8 Science Horizons

Toree Gilmore

Does Density of Water affect Magnetic Force?

Year 8 Engineering

Kieran Kotulla

Battery Comparison Tests

Year 7 Science Horizons

Katherine Tickenoff

Removing Stains from Fabric

Year 7 Engineering

Muhammad Annas Atif

Programmable Logic Controller

News from Parent Bodies

School Board

The Newton Moore Senior High School board are very supportive of the school priorities. One of our priorities is STRONG STRUCTURES and this incorporates our new 3-million-dollar STEM centre.

Two members of our School Board, Lyn Farrell and Andrew Templeman, visited some schools in Perth with some staff and the school Principal so we could view some recently built STEM centres.

The purpose of the visit was to get some ideas and to decide which parts of these school’s STEM centres that we would like to include in our new building project.

Thanks to the Board and staff input, we now have our initial architect plans ready to go to tender.


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