Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

13 September 2018

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

It is a very busy time ahead, especially for our Year 12 students. During the up and coming October holidays ATAR students will undertake their formal WACE practical exams and following this the school Semester Two examinations.

We also have just formally celebrated students 13 years of schooling with our Year 12 Dinner. At the dinner staff had the opportunity to formally farewell our Year 12s. The evening was very enjoyable and it was wonderful to hear the funny stories about students. Early Term 4 we will have our final Year 12 assembly where we give our students their final farewell. A special thank you needs to go to Ms Tonia Gelmi, our Wellbeing Coordinator, for all the planning she does to make these events so memorable.

I would also like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the effort of the Student Services team who regularly organise our special day of Mental Health activities, RUOKAY for our whole school community. Days like this help us focus on looking after ourselves and provide advice on how we can support those around us. The day was a great great success. There were a large range of activities and lots of community and interagency support.

The end of Term 3 is always a busy one for us here at Newton Moore Senior High School. We have our Shining Knights and Golden Knights recognition celebrations. We have our Battle of the Knights where students have the opportunity to play lots of fun games and compete to win the faction shield. Following this we have our annual Fun Run. Donations from this go towards supporting the Chaplaincy.

We also have our NAIDOC celebrations in Week 10. This is one of the highlights of the year. This year the event will be a little different. We firstly have the NAIDOC assembly with staff and students performing. The Aboriginal Leadership students have coordinated and designed the program for the assembly. Following the assembly, the parents of Aboriginal students are invited to a morning tea and a discussion forum. This will provide parents an opportunity to say how we can better accommodate educational needs of their children. At Recess there are some stalls highlighting some different agencies and activities. Parents and students are invited to join in some of the activities.

As this is the last Newsletter for Term 3, I wish all staff and students a safe holiday. Best wishes to our Year 12s in their study and upcoming exams. Also best wishes to all our other Senior School students who are in the process of submitting final pieces of work so they can achieve WACE graduation.

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 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

Graduation Ceremony

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

National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2018

NAPLAN 2018 results will be provided to schools shortly.

All students who participated in the NAPLAN tests will get an individual report of their results. Individual student reports are not provided for the NAP sample assessments.

NAPLAN individual student reports provide information about what students know and have achieved in the areas of reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy. They also provide information on how students have performed in relation to other students in the same year group, and against the national average (over one million students participate in NAPLAN tests each year) and the national minimum standards.

What’s in the NAPLAN student report

The front page of the student report provides some general information about the tests, and an explanation of how to read the report.

The second and third pages have diagrams that show the relevant part of the assessment scale in bands for that year level. For each year level, only six of the ten bands are shown on the student report.

  • Year 3 student reports show bands 1 to 6, and the national minimum standard is band 2
  • Year 5 student reports show bands 3 to 8, and the national minimum standard is band 4
  • Year 7 student reports show bands 4 to 9, and the national minimum standard is band 5
  • Year 9 student reports show bands 5 to 10, and the national minimum standard is band 6

Students who have achieved at least Band 8 in the NAPLAN tests have already met the Literacy and Numeracy requirement for the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), and will not be required to sit the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessments (OLNA) in Year 10 next year.

The student’s result in each area (reading, writing, spelling, grammar & punctuation, and numeracy) is marked on the common assessment scales. The diagrams in the student report also show the range for the middle 60 percent of students, the national average result, and the national minimum standard for each year level. Reports in some states and territories also show the school average.

The final page of the report has a table that provides a brief description of what students have typically demonstrated in the tests at each band.


There are many benefits of excellent attendance, these include:


Students who attend regularly are more likely to pass reading and mathematics assessments than students who don’t attend school regularly.


For older students, being in school every day gives them a chance to learn more about post school destinations and scholarship opportunities, and to take the important exams they need to build a successful academic record.

School Community

Just by being present at school, your child is learning how to be a good citizen by participating in the school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader world view.

Importance of education

Your commitment to school attendance will also send a message to your child that education is a priority for your family, going to school every day is a critical part of educational success, and that it’s important to take your responsibilities seriously by going school.

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.

ICT/Technology Report

YEAR 10 - Bring your own device in 2019

In previous years, students in Year 11 and 12 have been able to borrow a Take Home Laptop computer from the Library. From 2019, Year 11 students will be unable to borrow a school laptop. It is therefore important that all students currently in Year 10 have their own laptop computer, before the start of school next year (May be an idea for a Christmas gift if students don't have one already). Students will be required to bring their device to school, fully charged, each day.

Whether students are doing an ATAR, VET or General pathway, a laptop computer is an essential tool required for Senior School.

Learning Areas


Australian Geography Competition 2018.

Congratulations to Luke Ivey on achieving a result in the top 16%, a distinction in the competition!

Congratulations to Seth Bursill and Christian Walker on achieving a result in the top 31%, a Credit in the competition!

Well done to Abby Curti and Jeslyn Schaeche for taking part and achieving a result in the top 43%!

Miss Nightingale


Sporting Schools Grant

The Health and Physical Education Department at Newton Moore Senior High School received a $2,500 grant from Sporting Schools Australia. Sporting Schools is Australia’s largest school-based sports participation program to help children foster a lifelong interest in sport. Tamara from Netball WA ran 5 sessions with Miss Smith’s Year 7 General Physical Education class where they learnt about the rules of netball, basic skills and lots of fun warm ups and games.

Lightning Carnival – Year 7 & 8

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Visuals

After some great work from students and members of the PBS Team, NMSHS has finalised their PBS Visuals. Posters that are important to display our school-wide expectations:

Wellbeing, Respect, Responsibility and Learning.

The designs were based on the winning posters from the ‘PBS Poster Competition’ we held at NMSHS in 2017. The winners of this competition were

Year 10: Mitchel Gadzani, Jecinta Jaarola, Harmony McRobert
Year 7: Liam Fogarty, Maria Dornagon

A big thank you goes to Casey Pike from ‘designbycasey’ ( who pulled together all the ideas from the students’ posters to create our fantastic final posters.

Also a big thank you to Michelle Lathwell who spent many hours digitising our student’s artwork to create the final four knights used in the individual expectation posters and Stephen Thornton for the hours spent laminating the posters.

The main poster will be placed in all the classrooms and we are currently looking for a suitable location, on the outside of the school building, to place very large images of our individual expectation posters.

Wellbeing - Healthy Food and Drink Choices

The PBS lesson from Week 9 was about our school-wide expected behaviour 'Make healthy food and drink choices’ which comes under one of our expectations from the PBS Matrix; WELLBEING.

Newton Moore SHS supports healthy food and lifestyle choices for students every day, especially at school. Health and Physical Education curriculum delivered in public schools promotes nutrition and physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. Our school canteen provides a valuable contribution to the school community and support a whole of school approach to healthy eating.

In 2007, the Department of Education introduced the Healthy Food and Drink policy. The policy applies to the food and drinks served by public school canteen as well as to environments where the Principal is directly responsible for the supply of food and drinks e.g. classroom rewards, school camps and excursions.

A 'traffic light system' is used to categorise food and drinks as Green, Amber or Red to help public schools plan menus that promote healthy, nutritious and affordable food and drinks. Parents are encouraged to use the traffic light system at home too.

  • GREEN category are encouraged. Schools should aim to fill their menus with these healthy foods.
  • AMBER foods should be selected carefully and eaten in moderation.
  • RED food and drinks are off the menu and will not be available in public schools.

Further information about the 'traffic light system' can be seen here.

All members of the school community, including parents and guardians, have an important role in creating a supportive culture where eating and drinking healthy food and drink is valued and encouraged.

Children’s energy needs for a busy day at school require them to eat a variety of foods. Factors that determine the amount children eat include age, sex and physical activity level. Children will have the best chance of getting all the nutrition they need if they are offered a variety of tasty and healthy foods every day which reflect the Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents.

Parents and carers can support healthy food and drink choices. When making lunches at home:

  • choose a variety of foods
  • include bread, wholegrains, rice, pasta or noodles (try wholegrain for extra goodness)
  • include milk, cheese or yoghurt (mostly low-fat and low-sugar)
  • include some lean meat, fish, chicken, eggs
  • go for 2 (fruit) and 5 (vegetables)
  • choose water as a drink (avoid soft drinks, juices and energy drinks)
  • keep ‘junk food' away from school (no soft drink, lollies or take-away food)

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

For further information:

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Coastal Cup

The Girls Academy Coastal Cup kicked off in Mandurah on the 14th August with 34 students from Newton Moore, Coodanup and St Brigids Girls Academies for an action packed 3 day event. Participants were selected based on high attendance and achievement at school. During the 3 days the girls participated in Cultural activities and a AFL round robin tournament. St Brigids and Newton Moore faced off in the Grand final, but it was Newton Moore who took home the championship trophy.

News from Parent Bodies

School Board

Effective Independent Public School Boards have an important influence on the directions of their schools, with board members bringing ideas and providing expertise.

Given this level of responsibility, it is imperative that School Board members are empowered and trained to engage meaningfully in planning, budgeting, monitoring school performance and reporting.

The Department of Education have developed a training program for Board members which includes workshops delivered by experienced principals and school board chairs, and this is supplemented with online resources.

The School Board Development Program is aligned with the system’s strategic plan, High Performance – High Care, and compliments and strengthens a more grassroots and deeply embedded culture of decision making in our schools.


Arts Spectacular

On the 7th of September, Newton Moore SHS held its first ever Arts Showcase. Students from all age groups performed a variety of acts from dances to drama skits and musical performances.

We also displayed Art works from the Visual Arts classes and we had a massive audience come through our doors to check out what the Arts department have been working on this year.

Thanks to all the teachers that helped and all the students that participated.


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