Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

18 October 2018

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Welcome to Term 4. Our Year 12 students are putting the finishing touches to their 13 years of formal schooling and ensuring they have completed all the necessary work to achieve their WACE and Certificates. Final preparations are happening with ATAR students before sitting the external exams. We wish all our Year 12s all the best for the future. We would like to send a special thank you to our Year 12 Student Executive for the fabulous job they did in leading our school throughout the year.

I would also like to take the opportunity to formally thank Ms Gelmi and Ms Keall for the work they have done to ensure that our Year 12s have stayed on track and completed the work necessary towards achieving graduation. It has been such a busy year. Where does the time go?

Over the years our school has developed excellent connections with our school community, the parents, the business and other groups partners and sponsors. With the community and industry, we have developed partnerships which have meant our students have formed excellent work placements and this has given our students training opportunities which cater to our student’s individual needs and assist in their transition to independence and life after school. This has included a wide range of work placements and school based traineeships. As well, we have many visitors and organisations who work in the school to mentor and support our students.

Our sponsors continue to support us in kind; they participate in special school events, they attend as judges, coordinators and/or volunteers, and they run information booths to support our school initiatives. These sponsors also donate and support us with our special events and programs such as graduation, our science and MASH scholarships. We feel privileged to have such a supportive group of industry and businesses who continually give.

Then there are our parents, a partnership which we greatly value. We very much appreciate when our parents are connecting with our teachers finding out how their child is progressing. We love it when parents join in the functions and activities at the school such as carnivals, special events and assemblies.

Evidence shows that parental engagement can contribute towards social development as well as academic achievement as children progress through the high school years and into higher education.

Once again we are looking forward to a fun packed term of learning and activities. I trust you will again enjoy reading this edition of the Schoolzine.

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

From the Finance Team

Outstanding Library Books

We have initiated a new process to recover outstanding library loan items. When an item is 1 day overdue, parents are advised by SMS if their child has an unreturned library loan. Those items are then given 5 days to be returned to the IRC, and if not an invoice is then generated for the replacement cost of that item.

If you receive one of these text messages and subsequently an invoice, please make every attempt to find the item and return it to the IRC. If so the invoice will be cancelled. If the item cannot be located, please make payment to the school using any one of the usual payment methods i.e. cash, BPAY, EFT, credit card. Thank You

Time to finalise 2018 C&C Payments

With the end of the school year fast approaching, a reminder to parents who have outstanding C&C balances to finalise these payments. Next year’s costing sheets are being prepared and will be sent to you prior to the end of the year, so please take the opportunity to start 2019 with a zero balance.

Payment plans are available and these a great way to pay the costs of your child’s education program over the school year with a minimal impact on the weekly household budget. Call the Accounts office to discuss 97222419.

Deputy Principals’ Update

National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) Reports

Recently, parents of students in Years 7 and 9 would have received individual student NAPLAN reports. The individual student reports show student performance in relation to:

  • National proficiency bands
  • The national minimum standard
  • The national mean
  • The range of performance of the middle 60% of Australian students
  • The skills assessed at each year level and in each performance band.

There are ten proficiency bands for each area of assessment, with six bands used for each year group. Year 3 performance is reported against bands 1 to 6, Year 5 - bands 3 to 8; Year 7 – bands 4 to 9; Year 9 – bands 5 to 10.

The national minimum standard is represented by the second lowest band for each year group. This standard describes the minimum skills and understandings that students are expected to demonstrate at their particular year level. Students who do not achieve the national minimum standard at their year level may need intervention and support to help them progress satisfactorily through school.

Congratulations to those students who have achieved at least Band 8 in the NAPLAN tests. They 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.

Individual NAPLAN reports are prepared for all students, including students who were absent. NAPLAN reports are forwarded directly to parents by our school. If you do not receive a report, please contact the school immediately.

Parents should keep their child’s report in a safe place as duplicate copies are not available.

Key Dates:

16th October

Year 12 Statement of Results published on Connect

21st November

Year 11 Statement of Results published on Connect

12th December

Year 7-10 reports published on Connect

14th December

All reports emailed to parents

OLNA –September round

The OLNA results from the September testing round have arrived. Students are receiving these results from their classroom teachers and families will be advised in writing by Week 3 of this term. In this round we had an additional 42 students pass the Numeracy assessment, 29 pass the Reading component and 24 pass the Writing component. An additional 27 students have now passed the standard (all 3 components) and do not need to sit OLNA in the next round.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of our Year 12 students have met the standard (all 3 components) which is a 10% improvement from 2017. The completion rate broken down by component is shown below.







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

Year 10 examinations

Year 10 examinations will be held in Week 6 of this term. Teachers will provide information to students in the weeks approaching the examinations about the topics to be covered, study techniques and the structure of the examination. In preparation, we recommend students prepare notes for each topic in their own words. This is best done in small chunks and over a period of time rather than ‘cramming’ in one evening or during the week before.

Week 6

Learning area

Monday 12th November


Tuesday 13th November


Thursday 15th November


Friday 16th November


Year 11 examinations

Year 11 examinations for ATAR courses begin at the end of Week 5 (Friday 9th November) and will go through to the end of Week 6 (Friday 16th November). An examination timetable will be issued with a Consent2Go invite in the next few days. Following parent permission students will be able to collect their personalised examination timetable from Administration. This timetable must be presented to supervisors at every examination. The examinations will be held at the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) NMSHS. Students are not required to attend school during the examination period.

General and VET students

  • Attend the normal school timetable during the examination period.

Students studying 4 or more ATAR courses are:

  • Not required to attend school during the examination period
  • To wear school uniform to examinations.
  • To bring their personalised examination timetable to all examinations.

Students studying 3 or less ATAR courses, General and VET students

  • Attend the normal school timetable during the examination period.
  • For morning examinations are not expected to attend school the day prior to and the day of their scheduled examination(s). For afternoon examinations are not expected to attend the day of their scheduled examination(s).
  • Are to attend the Media room in the IRC for study during all timetabled ATAR lessons or Study lessons.
  • Are to wear school uniform to examinations.
  • Are to bring their personalised examination timetable to all examinations.

If you have any questions about the 2018 Semester Two Examinations please contact Mrs Kylie Cattaway, Associate Principal, by phone, 9722 2400 or email


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.

Absences affect learning outcomes, whatever the reason 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.

Family vacations should always be booked outside of school term during the school holidays. If for some reason this is not possible, please write to the school to notify them as soon as possible. Please be aware it is school policy that teachers are not expected to provide work for students who are going on holidays.

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

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 (BYOD) 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.

It is especially important for students in Year 10 this year to have a device ready for the start of Senior School in 2019, as we are unable to continue our School Take Home Laptop program after this year.

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

Year 12 Certificate Achievements

Abbey Baker


CII Sport Coaching

Noah Birchenall


CIII Individual Support

Kody Burges


CII Automotive Servicing

Niamh Byrne

CII Hairdressing

CII Community Service

CIII Individual Support

Keelie Chapman

CII Hospitality

CIII Individual Support

Jordan Curtis

CII Tourism

CII Community Service

Teanne Dunwell

CII Retail Services


Nikko Ecobisag


CIII Information Digital Media

Mason Filsell

CII Financial Services

CII Hospitality

Brianna Gintowt

CIII Retail

Laura Harris

CIV Preparation for Nursing

CII Community Service

Daniel McLachlan

CIII Hospitality

Matthew Obal

CII Kitchen Operations


Keely Porter

CII Retail Make-Up

CII Community Service

CIII Individual Support

Chantelle Rowden

CII Retail Make-Up

CII Community Service

CIII Individual Support

Banchima Sinwech


CIII Accounts Administration

Holly Slater

CII Community Service

CIII Individual Support

Matthew Smith

CII Retail Make-Up

CII Business

Helena Truong

CII Tourism

CII Community Service

Joshua Ward

CII Engineering


Learning Areas


Year 10 Science: Physics

Year 10 Science students are currently studying Physics. One of the topics is Newton’s three Laws. Students were using pulleys, carts, string and slotted masses (used as weights) to observe Newton’s 2nd Law which states:

“An object will accelerate in the direction of an unbalanced force acting upon it. The size of this acceleration depends upon the mass of the object and the size of the force acting (Fnet = m x a)”


Australian Problem Solving Mathematics Olympiad (APSMO)

Two of our Year 8 classes participated in the Australian Problem Solving Mathematics Olympiad and have done an amazing job! Our Year 8-4, Mr. Engelbrecht’s class, has come out on top and have won this year’s prize.

Our top student in the event was Elaine Rayco with a score of 16. An amazing result!

Congratulations to all involved.


Indonesia Study Tour 2019

In an effort to support the Indonesian language program at Newton Moore SHS a study tour to Indonesia is planned for 2019. The trip will run during the September/October school holidays. Students will visit Bali and Java with a focus on practical language skills.

If your student would be interested in participating in this trip please complete and return an Expression of Interest form to Mr Steve Pursell at the school. Information is limited at this stage and unfortunately an exact price cannot be given until participant numbers are confirmed. We will need a minimum of 10 participants for the tour to proceed.

If the tour goes ahead the expected cost is $2000-$3000 which will include airfares, accommodation, meals and activities. If you have any questions, please email


Certificate II Water Operations

Congratulations to:

  • Jayen Farrant
  • Connor Gadecki
  • Isaac Pesce
  • Mariah Yarran

For completing a Certificate II in Water operations. All four students have been working for the Water Corporation for nearly 18months to complete their school based traineeships.

A huge congratulations to them all. Well done!


State and National Representations

If your child/ren have been selected or represented Western Australia or Australia in sporting events during 2018 please contact Teagan Smith (HPE Teacher)


Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

During the school holidays coloured posters displaying our school-wide expectations; Wellbeing, Respect, Responsibility and Learning were put in all classrooms around the school.

An important component of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is teaching expected behaviours and these posters, along with our PBS Behaviour Matrix, are an important tool to support this educative approach.

You can help by talking to your child about our school-wide expectations and reinforcing our expected behaviours at home (please click on links below).

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

During Week 10 we had four Year 10 Academy members out on Work Experience. Work Experience is an incredible opportunity for the girls to develop employability skills, explore possible career options, gain an understanding of employer expectations, and increase their maturity, independence and self-confidence.

Staff have visited each girl out on their placement and the feedback from both the girls and the providers has been positive. Some have even begun discussions about a possible Aboriginal School Based Traineeship starting 2019.

Academy staff could not be prouder of the representation these girls are giving us within the community. Hopefully these experiences will lead them confidently into Year 11.


NAIDOC Day Football Game

On Thursday the 20th of September, students from Newton Moore Senior High School ended their NAIDOC celebrations by taking on a combined adult team consisting of family, NMSHS staff, Bunbury police and DFES representatives. The game was a modified mixed AFL which was hotly contested throughout the afternoon. Early on, the adults team capitalised on their size and power but as the game wore on, some adults went missing, spending plenty of time around the pockets and near the drink fountain, as the speed and agility of the student team came out. In the end an even battle ensued, where the score took second stage to individual contests and the celebration of NAIDOC Day.

Samuel Hill and Lara Riley were rewarded for their effort and great attitude during the game with hand painted footballs. Thanks must go to the families who attended and supported their boys and girls. Also to the DFES, Bunbury police and NMSHS staff for their support. Well done everyone on a great afternoon.

Specialist Programs

Science Specialist Programs

Singapore Excursion 2019 - (May 26th – June 1st 2019)

Expressions of interest are being sort from students currently enrolled in either of the Science Specialist Programs: Science Horizons and Engineering (Year 8-10 in 2018), who would like to participate in the Science and Engineering excursion to Singapore in 2019. This is a wonderful opportunity to enrich our students and extend their global awareness. Students are asked to see their Science Specialist teachers for an ‘Expression of Interest’ form. This form is not a binding commitment.

As part of our Singapore Chinese Girls School Partnership we will spend a few days experiencing school life with them and this will coincide with the school’s annual science activities and events week. Other possible science activities will include:

  • Visiting the unique architectural buildings - Gardens by the Bay (including the Flower Dome and the Marine Bay Sands light show)
  • Zoological Gardens, Singapore Night Safari,
  • SEA Marine Life Park and Universal studios.
  • Guided Heritage tours: Chinatown, Little India, Kampong Glam, Bugis Street, Boat tour
  • Singapore Botanical Gardens

News from Parent Bodies

School Board

People often ask what does the school board do?

The school board is responsible for setting and monitoring the school’s strategic direction, reporting on the achievements of the school to the school and wider community.

School boards are based on the principles that:

  • School communities should have decision-making responsibilities and should be able to determine their own educational policies, and
  • Decision-making at the school level should involve business/industry, the general school community, including parents, carers and students.



Battle of the Knights 2018

What an awesome day! The sun was shining, the birds were singing and the students were buzzing. The electricity was intense as the events got underway, house versus house.

The tug of war saw brute strength come to the fore, the video stack highlighted the ingenuity of the students, and the sponge pong relay encapsulated the fun of the entire day.

Winners didn’t matter as everyone won on the day.

Year 12 Activity Day

Tuesday the 16th of October marked the final day of secondary schooling for our Year 12 students. The day started with an assembly that was well attended by parents. Stuart Hayward shared his words of wisdom with the Year 12s for life after school.

The NMSHS P & C and Student Services joined forces with the NMSHS Canteen and the Home Economics Department to provide an amazing morning tea that was enjoyed by all.

Students were then briefed for Activity Day, before being transported by Buswest to Turkey Point, where the fun really started.

It was a wonderful finish for our Year 12 students and we would like to thank Paul Tucker and his team at Buswest and the NMSHS P & C for making it all possible. Their ongoing support and professionalism was sincerely appreciated.

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