Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

15 November 2018

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

As we come to the end of the year it is a good time to reflect upon the many positive initiatives that help make our school so successful. These include the wonderful excursions organised by teachers, the many extra curricula after-school programs such as cadets and homework classes and the Follow the Dream program. There are also the in school support programs including the Girls academies, the Boys academies and the special interagency supported programs that student’s services coordinates.

Term Four is filled with plenty of learning, on a number of fronts. Students and teachers are completing the remainder of the work in curriculum areas and providing students and their parents with feedback on student performance through Connect. This doesn’t mean that the work stops as all year groups are involved in special learning programs such as STEM, Cyberbullying, Career and Entrepreneurial studies and transition programs into Year 11. These programs provide opportunities for students to be involved in some great hands-on activities and projects.

Our building program is progressing in a timely manner. The final architectural plans are completed. It is a very exciting time and we are now looking at different types of equipment that we can purchase for the new building, so we can enhance student learning. As well as the new building, we will have a wonderful landscaped surrounding area that students will be able to use at breaks.

You may be aware that the Year 12 students are sitting their final set of ATAR exams. The Year 11 students also start their second semester exams on the 9th November. Exams finish on the 16th November and all Year 11s are expected to return until the 23rd November – the end of Week 7 and for longer, if work is not submitted. Students know they are required to finish all assessments.

There are also the Year 10 exams scheduled for Week 6. We conduct Year 10 exams in order to more adequately prepare our students for the rigours of senior schooling. It is anticipated that our Year 10 students will greatly benefit from this experience of applying what they have learnt, in a pressure situation.

A reminder that our annual Graduation evening is being held on November 15th 2018, commencing at 6pm, at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre. Invitations have been sent out to families. This is an evening of celebration and acknowledgement of the Year 12 students’ endeavours across the breadth of their schooling. I encourage all parents and guardians to mark this on your calendar, as it is always a very enjoyable evening.

There are still many highlights left on the school calendar in Term Four. Year 7 orientation, our Flying Start program, and our end of year rewards days and programs. Please refer to the school calendar in the latest schoolzine, or watch Connect notices, for further information about these events.

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

From the Finance Team

2019 Contributions and Charges

The 2019 Contributions and Charges Booklet is now published and available in the attachment. This information will also be published on Connect in the School Space library. Paper copies will be available from Administration if you wish to collect one in person, as paper copies will no longer be posted to all parents.

Concession and Financial Assistance Information

If you hold a current Centrelink concession card, you may be eligible for some financial assistance for your 2019 contributions and charges costs.

Please see the attached flyers for further information and application forms that can be completed and submitted to the school Accounts office.

Deputy Principals’ Update

Tips for Year 10 and 11 Exam Preparation

How can I help my child prepare?

  • Ensure they are well rested in the lead up to the testing.
  • Help them maintain a steady routine, health eating and sleep patterns.
  • Provide positive encouragement and support.
  • Help them work through any issues that are worrying them to avoid unnecessary stress.
  • Provide opportunities for your children to read different types of texts (newspapers, magazines, articles, fiction, non-fiction, pamphlets).
  • Talk to your children about what they read:
     - Asking them about their opinions of the material.
     - Encourage them to substantiate their opinions.
     - Ask them inferential questions (questions implied by the text but not written in the text).
     - Encourage them to use their Mathletics, and any learning apps.

Maximising results

  • When answering multiple choice questions:
     - Never leave a question out (you will definitely get no marks)
     - Never put two answers (you will definitely get no marks)
     - If you are unsure – eliminate those answers which you are sure are wrong and then make an educated guess at the ones left (you are likely to have a reasonable chance of guessing correctly)
  • Write as clearly as possible.
  • Put an answer down for every question.
  • Use the prompts given to help you answer the questions (titles, pictures, diagrams, headings, key words).
  • Use the guides when writing a persuasive argument.

Essay terms explained

Good luck to all exam students.

Below is an explanation of some common instruction words you may come across in essay questions.

Instruction words



Find the main ideas, how they are related and why they are important.


Weigh up to what extent something is true. Point out any flaws and counter-arguments. Conclude by stating whether you are in agreement with the original position.


Identify similarities and differences between two objects, concepts or ideas. Include what similarities and differences are more important than others.


Identify dissimilarities, differences, unique or distinguishing characteristics.

Critically evaluate or evaluate

Provide an opinion about whether a statement in a piece of research is true and whether you agree with it. Include evidence that agrees and disagrees with the statement. Conclude by listing the most important factors and justify why you agree/disagree


Clearly state the meaning, and list the qualities, traits and characteristics.


Provide a detailed explanation about how and why something happens.


Make a case for or against an argument and reach a conclusion. Point out the advantages and disadvantages.


Give more detail and provide more information on a topic.


Adopt a questioning approach and consider a variety of different viewpoints.


Demonstrate your understanding of an issue or topic.


Provide a statement of why you think something is so. Give reasons and provide a balanced argument by considering options that are contrary to your own before stating your conclusion.


Summarise important points and criticise if necessary.


Give a condensed version that includes the main facts and omits irrelevant information. Brief and general examples normally suffice for this kind of answer.


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 take part 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 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 Officer Greg Trunfull, 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.

Student Services Update

Remembrance Day

Members of the 2019 Student Executive represented the school at the City of Bunbury Remembrance Day ceremony. The event was well attended and the Light Horse Brigade, in its entirety, attended for the first time.

Newton Moore Stars

Brock Kenny

Brock competed in the State All School Championships recently. He was successful in Javelin, winning a Silver Medal and in Shot Put, receiving a Bronze Medal.

He also competed in Hammer Throw, unfortunately no medal, but achieving a 6m Personal Best was not a bad effort for something he has only started doing this year.

Congratulations, Brock!

Samantha Billington & Cassidy Hodgson

Bunbury Volunteer Bushfire Brigade cadets Samantha Billington and Cassidy Hodgson (Year 7s) were recognised for their outstanding cadet work. Samantha was named Cadet of the Year and Cassidy was named Rising Star of the Year.

Congratulation,s Samantha and Cassidy!

Kynen & Jordan Neill

Kynen (Year 10) and Jordan (Year 11) recently represented Newton Moore at the WA Rogaining Association Schools Championship. The brothers completed the event within the six hour time limit, and with a score of 840 points, well above the second place team, who scored 470.

Congratulations, Kynen & Jordan!

School Nurse

Important information for parents about Meningococcal ACWY disease

In WA Meningococcal ACWY vaccine is currently provided free for all children aged 1-4 years and for adolescents 15-19 years. This is in response to ongoing meningococcal infections, including the new emerging W strain, which is particularly serious.

In WA, from January to October 2018, there have been 34 cases of meningococcal disease, 25 of these the W strain. Even though free meningococcal vaccination is available for all adolescents aged 15-19 years, coverage in the South West is only 60%. South West coverage for the 1-4 years’ age group is even lower, at 50%.

We urge you to have your children vaccinated against this life-threatening disease. Vaccination is available from your GP and Community Health Centre.

For further information, please contact the SW Population Health Unit on 97812355.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

This PBS Lesson focussed on students leaving the classroom clean and graffiti free.



Expected Behaviour


Class time

Leave the classroom clean and graffiti free

PBS lessons include a specific format: “Tell”, “Show” and “Practice”.

Students were asked: “Why is it important to leave the classroom clean and graffiti free?”

Some answers included:

  • Safety, Cleanliness, Hygiene,
  • Respect for the space and other students who will be using the room after them.

Students were given a picture of a school classroom and were asked to “Spot the difference” circling the differences between a clean workspace and an unclean workspace.

Students were then reminded at the end of lessons about “Specific clean up / Pack away” tasks.



  • Clean tools (instead of dirty ones).
  • A tub of water (instead of the puddle on the table).
  • A work mat (instead of just on the table).

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy


City Beach ‘Big Bash’ Cricket Carnival

On Friday 26th October, eight of our finest Year Seven and Eight academy members travelled to Perth to compete in the Perth Metro ‘Big Bash’ Cricket Carnival. This is the first year that the Newton Moore Academy has been involved in this carnival. The boys tested their cricket abilities against students from Northam, Coodanup, Gilmore and Girrawheen Academies. Although the results did not go our way, a great time was had by all.

All academies competed with an exciting brand of cricket and typical Clontarf spirit. Franklin Gellately (Year Eight) was awarded the Clontarf Spirit award, for using his previous experience in cricket to help his less experienced teammates have their own positive experience.

Although our Clontarf carnival is over, we continue to focus on fine tuning our Cricket skills at morning training, in anticipation of the T20 Blast Carnival at Hay Park in Week Seven.

If you have some spare time on a Tuesday or Thursday morning, why not come down and check out one of our training sessions from 7.30am in the gym.

Brodie Kenworthy

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

Year 10 Science Horizons Motion Study

Whilst studying the ‘Motion’ topic in Physics, the Year 10 Science Horizons class used real life examples of motion to practice calculating speed, which also included converting units.

They were required to hop, walk backwards, walk regularly and to speed walk 10 metres, recording the time it took at the 5 metre and 10 metre marks.

Holly Dybala

Photo by Macy Harris


Subs in Schools

The following teams from the Engineering and Science Horizons Specialist classes participated in the SUBS in Schools WA State Final 2018 in Perth. This is an REA Foundation STEM initiative. Participants were awarded medallions and teams achieved outstanding results.

Sun Skrters: Encouragement Award;

The Great White Shark: Awards for Submarine Class: Best Manufactured; Best Graphic Design; Best Team Marketing and Trade Display; WA State Champions

Best Managed Enterprise

Snazzy Subs: Best Sea Trial

News from Parent Bodies

School Board

Working in partnership with the community can improve learning outcomes for students, as they are exposed to a wider range of experiences and opportunities.

Some benefits of working with your community include:

  • Encouraging parents and carers as partners in education;
  • Enhancing the visibility and reputation of your school;
  • Contributing to feelings of school pride;
  • Offering the opportunity to run specialist programs, such as languages, music and the arts across schools;
  • Encouraging continuity of learning between the early, middle and later years;
  • Creating pathways for students to enter further education, training or employment;
  • Enhancing the provision of resources and facilities (e.g. sharing of the school hall, sports centres, information technology);
  • Fostering a collaborative working environment;
  • Encouraging community involvement in school events and activities;
  • Building networks within and beyond the school community which strive to develop a culture of enterprise;
  • Initiating and maintaining partnerships with businesses and community agencies; and
  • Developing students’ knowledge of their community and a sense of belonging to it.

Community Notices


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