Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

1 November 2018

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

As I write this, the weather is beautiful one day and then freezing the next. It would appear that Spring is trying to get here, but coming slowly.

This term there are a number of things that, are beginning to take shape at Newton Moore. We have been very busy processing enrolments for next year and developing a timetable that meets the needs of our students. It is very important that Year Six students have enrolments completed so that they can be placed in classes, ready to begin in 2019. If you have not completed an enrolment for your child to enter Newton Moore or have friends who haven’t please remind them how important it is that they do this prior to orientation day. Often parents make an assumption that their Year Six child will automatically be enrolled into high school. This is not the case.

I ask that parents support their children in continuing to do their best, as we close in on the end of the school year. There is still much to do in completing their coursework and at this time of year extra focus is required to ensure that each student is giving their best so that they can be their best. It would be helpful, from our perspective, if parents could remind their child to ensure they are behaving appropriately in class and engaging positively in the classroom activities. Ensure that they are handing in their work, and doing so before the deadlines. Make sure that they are doing their homework and handing it in. Now, more than ever, they need to stay focused as we get to the end of the school year.

This term our students will be asked to complete a survey about our school. This survey will assist in providing important feedback to Newton Moore. This information is important to us as we use this to help us make future changes and introduce new initiatives.

If you haven’t already finalised your payments for charges and contributions, I would ask that you look to do so over the next few weeks. This is extremely important so that we are able to meet our financial responsibilities in a timely manner.

In the next few weeks our Partner Primary Schools bring their Year Six students for our orientation days, to help familiarise them with a high school setting and the standards and expectations. The students’ day is filled with a variety of activities and lessons which enable them to get a taste of high school and to assist in alleviating some of the anxiety that typically comes from entering Year Seven. We look forward to their arrival in 2019.

Please enjoy this edition of the e-newsletter. I trust you will enjoy the many diverse activities and projects that help to make our school unique and distinctive and provide wonderful learning experiences for our students, both in and out of the classroom.

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

From the Finance Team

Secondary Assistance Scheme to Assist Low Income Families with the costs of Secondary Schooling

The 2019 information on Secondary Assistance and Abstudy Supplement has been published by the Department of Education. These payments assist eligible low income families with the costs of schooling in Years 7-12 and more information is attached. Applications can be completed now and up until the close off date of Friday 12th April 2019.

Deputy Principals’ Update

At Newton Moore Senior High School, we believe that feedback for students and parents should be meaningful and given in a timely manner. The expectation of all our teachers is that feedback is given for assessment work, explaining what your child has demonstrated and what is required to improve.

Earlier this year we conducted a review of the feedback we provide parents, reflecting on recent changes in technology and the introduction of Connect.

As a result, we have made some changes to our semester reports. We have removed personalised comments, provided a Learning Area grade, a description of the work covered during the semester, as well as attitude, behaviour and effort information. These end of semester reports provide a summary of achievement for your child over the semester.

We encourage teachers and parents to communicate directly throughout the year, to discuss any concerns and give feedback. Connect makes it easy for parents to contact teachers by email and keep in regular communication, should they wish. If, after communicating to your child’s teacher, you still require further information, or want to discuss issues further, please contact the relevant Head of Learning Area.

Semester Two reports will be published on Connect and e-mailed to parents in the last week of term. Please notify the school with of your e-mail address, if you haven't done so already, or advise the school of any changes to your e-mail address.

School Photos

Traditionally, we have held photo days at the school enabling families to purchase individual and family photos of their children. The school uses these photos in the distribution of Smartrider cards and in school documents and publications. In 2018, the school trialled an alternative option which meant that families were unable to purchase individual photos of their children.

For 2019, we have chosen to use both methods where we will have access to individual photos and groups photos. This will mean that families will once again be able to purchase individual and family photos of their children. The photo days for 2019 will be Tuesday 19th Feb and Wednesday 20th Feb. A range of packages will be available for purchase.

Please click the link below to access the current photo packs that are offered by our supplier.

StepUp to Curtin University

Important information for all students considering university pathway

Newton Moore Senior High School has been chosen as an eligible school for our students to receive Curtin University’s additional bonus points for university entrance.

Not everyone has the same opportunities to achieve their true academic potential. You may have the ability to succeed at university but not had the educational, financial or social opportunities to focus on your studies and achieve a high enough Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for entry. That’s where StepUp can help.

1) StepUp Entry

If your ATAR is 60-69.95 and you think you won’t meet Curtin’s minimum ATAR of 70.00, you could still study at Curtin.

An adjustment factor of a minimum of five additional ATAR points will make applicants eligible to be considered for admission into Curtin courses.

For example, a student who applies for a Bachelor of Arts with an ATAR score of 65 will be given an additional five ATAR points to receive a revised ATAR score of 70 and gain automatic entry into Curtin university.

2) StepUp Equity (StepUp Bonus)

Students who achieve a minimum ATAR score over 70 are eligible for the Curtin StepUp up Equity program. An adjustment factor of five additional ATAR points (capped at 99.00), to your ATAR score could gain you entry into courses you would have otherwise just missed out on.

For example, a student who applies for Physiotherapy (required ATAR score of 90) but achieves an ATAR score of 87 will have their ATAR score adjusted to 92, making them eligible to study physiotherapy.

Please note: NMSHS students are also eligible for ‘StepUp’ bonus points at other WA universities.

There are very few schools in the South West eligible for the Curtin StepUp program.
If you would like further information, please speak with Mrs Keall, Deputy Principal, on 97222400.


At Newton Moore Senior High School, we want your teenager to do their very best. To get the best education, they need to go to school every day. The teenage years are a time for young people to develop independence and find their place in the world, including how they engage in their school life. We know that some children may need extra encouragement to attend school regularly.

By working together, our school community can address some of the reasons why teenagers may not want to go to school.

Some common problems you may have getting your teenager to school:

  • They won’t get out of bed in the morning.
  • They go to bed late at night.
  • They take a long time to get ready in the morning.
  • They haven’t done their homework or are avoiding a test or assignment.
  • They are watching television or playing video games before school.

What can you do to help?

  • Act early. It is important to understand and work on the underlying reasons why your teenager is not going to school.
  • On average, teenagers need eight to nine hours sleep a night to be healthy and alert. Maintaining a daily routine helps. This may include monitoring internet, mobile phone and television use at night, to ensure sleep is not disturbed.
  • Try not to make appointments or take holidays during school time. This can make it difficult to catch up on missed school-work, and cause anxiety about attending school.
  • Don’t let your teenager stay home, unless they are genuinely sick.
  • Don’t let your teenager stay home to finish an assignment that is due. Make attendance the number one priority.
  • Have clear expectations about after school jobs. Make sure work does not impact on their ability to get to school each day or interfere with study.
  • Encourage extracurricular activities such as sport and creative activities. They can help your teenager develop positive relationships and experience success, helping them feel more motivated.
  • Monitor your teenager’s attendance and learning at school. Periodically check with their teachers and year coordinator to find out how things are going.

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

2019 Resource List for Years 7-12 now available

Next year’s booklists have been published and are available to parents in the attachments. This information will also be published on Connect in the School Space library. 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, but they must be prepaid.

Campion also have retail stores in Malaga and Willeton, Perth, for families who regularly travel to the metro area.

ICT/Technology Report

A number of students and parents have been making inquiries regarding recommended computer devices to purchase for their child (maybe an idea for a Christmas gift, if students don't have one already).

Please click on the link for further information about Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), including recommendations on what to buy and other considerations. If you require further information or have specific queries, please contact our Network Support Officers Greg Trunfull or Peter Adams-Shawn on 9722 2400.

A reminder that it is our expectation that students from all year groups bring their own device to support learning in our school. BYOD means students are required to bring in an appropriate laptop or tablet to school each day, fully charged, and use it in classes and for study purposes.

Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report

Newton Moore Stars

Congratulations Lara Riley who is a finalist in The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Maths Achievement Award!

Student Services Update


Study tips before exams!

With exams coming up, here are a few short and sweet tips to ease that study stress:

Firstly, pay attention to how you best study and learn – play to those strengths.

Ask for help; you don’t know what you don’t know. On the other hand, if a mate is asking for some help in something you understand, give them a hand. Explaining a concept to them will actually help in cementing your understanding.

Start getting organised – life is getting busy and school will be over before you know it. If you start planning from now you’ll have the skills to help you study for other exams, assessments, and be organised for work when you finish school.

Start with organising your time – be realistic. Look at creating:

  • a weekly timetable, so you can structure your time while allowing flexibility (don’t forget to schedule in free time! Exercise is also important to keep your mind fresh and alert. Try to do some exercise at least a couple of times a week.)
  • a diary with daily 'things to do' lists, to keep you on track.

Study efficiently – this doesn’t mean cramming.

  • Try to study three different subjects per day, or at least engage in three distinct tasks. Changing tasks will help keep your energy and motivation up. People tend to wind down if they work on the same thing for too long.
  • Study in chunks – 30 minute blocks followed by a 10-minute break. Reward yourself at the end of the blocks to keep that motivation up!
  • Think about when your brain works best. This could be in the morning, at night or in the middle of the afternoon. Plan your 'things to do' list accordingly.
  • Do something that is less demanding during your ‘low’ times – i.e. organising notes, writing your next ‘to do’ list.
  • Try studying somewhere with minimal distractions; maybe put your phone on “do not disturb. All those notifications can be an easy distraction, and before you know it, you’ve spent two hours scrolling through Facebook.
  • Revisit your past notes – this helps commit the ideas to memory.

Here’s a useful resource to help you understand your current time management skills:

Getting ready for the exam:

  1. What do you know about the exam? What type of exam is it—multiple choice; will there be a choice of questions?
  2. Use old exam papers to familiarise yourself with the structure and format. Your teacher might be able to let you know where you can get some. Practise answering the questions within the specified time limits and check your answers against your notes. By practicing under exam conditions, you can help lower the usual test anxiety.
  3. Don't cram! Don't try to learn new things the night before the exam—you won't remember them and will only get confused and make yourself nervous.

Check out this link from Deakin University to help with planning you exam study:

Remember, it is okay to be stressed and feeling anxious about exams; it’s how our bodies naturally respond. If the stress is becoming overwhelming remember; you can always drop into Student Services and speak to any of us for some extra support.

Rebecca Giangiulio
Provisional Psychologist.

School Nurse

Teens and Sleep

Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful — even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly. Sleepiness can make it hard to get along with your family and friends and hurt your scores on school exams, on the court or on the field.

Remember: A brain that is hungry for sleep will get it, even when you don’t expect it. When you do not get enough sleep, you are more likely to have an accident, injury and/or illness.


  • Sleep is vital to your well-being, as important as the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat. It can even help you to eat better and manage the stress of being a teen.
  • Biological sleep patterns shift toward later times for both sleeping and waking during adolescence -- meaning it is natural to not be able to fall asleep before 11:00 pm.
  • Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. Most teens do not get enough sleep — one study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 ½ hours on school nights.
  • Teens tend to have irregular sleep patterns across the week — they typically stay up late and sleep in late on the weekends, which can affect their biological clocks and hurt the quality of their sleep.
  • Many teens suffer from treatable sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, insomnia, restless legs syndrome or sleep apnoea.


Not getting enough sleep or having sleep difficulties can:

  • Limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. You may even forget important information like names, numbers, your homework or a date with a special person in your life
  • Make you more prone to pimples. Lack of sleep can contribute to acne and other skin conditions.


Learning Areas


Literacy and Numeracy Week Activity - Spatial Races


Literacy and Numeracy Week

Literacy and Numeracy Week has provided a range of fun activities for all students to be a part of and has given them a chance participate in their school community.

Ms Leeder (Mad Hatter), Mr Mercer (Where’s Wally), and Ms McInerney (Star Wars crew member), dressed up for Literacy and Numeracy Week


HASS – Year 7 Ancient Egypt

During Term 3 and 4 in Humanities, Year Seven students have been studying the Ancient World, with a focus on Egypt. They have been investigating the significant beliefs, values and practices of this ancient society, with a particular emphasis on customs surrounding death and the afterlife.

In Mr Ahern’s class, students have made a fantastic effort in creating a museum display, by spending extra time at home creating these amazing exhibits. Well done!

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

The PBS lesson from Week 3 was about our school-wide expected behaviour 'Persist with challenging tasks' which comes under one of our expectations from the PBS Matrix; LEARNING.

Persistence is the ability to stick to a task, especially when the going gets tough. It is being able to hang in there and keep going when a task becomes challenging, and never giving up. It is one of the keys for success at school and in life.

Here are some ideas you might model or adapt to help develop persistence in your child:

Give your child a repertoire of problem-solving strategies.

Ask them to make a plan before solving a problem and if plan A does not work, use plan B, C, D or E.

Teach your child to find at least three ways to solve a problem so they have a backup if one strategy doesn’t work. The more ways they have to solve a problem, the more likely they are to keep going.

Acknowledge your child when they show persistence

After completing a difficult task or activity or having a difficult day, encourage your child to have some reflection time and ask the question: 'How did I show I’m persistent today'.

Read and learn about successful people; e.g. famous explorers, leaders, sporting champions, successful artists or entrepreneurs - what challenges did they face and how did they overcome them?

Aboriginal Education


In week two, some Year Nine Clontarf boys travelled to Katanning for their annual basketball challenge. This year we enjoyed the springtime drive and experienced the coldest weather any of us had felt.

We competed in the Year 9/10 division. The boys competed bravely for one win and were ably supported by other Academy boys, when need be. What shone through at the carnival was the Clontarf spirit, embodying sportsmanship.

Thank you to the boys who participated and who experienced a Clontarf trip away in another part of our state. We look forward to doing it all again next year.

Specialist Programs


F1 State Championships

Another successful championship, all 3 teams won a section.

Year 9 La Vitesse

2nd overall

Development class, (to represent WA at Gold Coast, March 2019)

Year 9 Vectors



Best Portfolio Outstanding Industry Collaboration

Best manufacturing (but broke regulations)

Year 10

Chair of judges Recognition of Achievement

Choice Programs


MASH Officiating

On the 23rd of October, 19 Year 9 and 10 students from our MASH program helped out at the Adam Road Jumps Day. Our MASH program supports a range of primary school sporting events throughout the year with coaching, officiating and umpiring. It provides our MASH students with valuable skills that they can give back to our local sporting clubs.

News from Parent Bodies


Canteen Online Ordering Competition

School Board

Principal’s role and the School Board

The Principal is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school. The Principal is a member of the School Board for the duration of the term of appointment. The position of Principal on the School Board does not require an election or appointment by the Returning Officer. In the absence of the Principal, the Acting Principal fills the position of Principal on the School Board.

The Principal is the conduit between the school and the school board. The Principal is responsible for ensuring that decisions made by the school board are acted upon.

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