Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

7 March 2019

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

This Schoolzine edition has plenty of news about activities which have taken place over the first few weeks of term. From these activities and excursions, we received lots of positive feedback from the wider community about our students conduct, and lots of great feedback from teachers about the way students engaged so positively in all of these events.

Exciting times! We already have our teams training and getting ready for one of the momentous events of the year, Country Week, which is in the last week of Term Two. Thank you to all staff who give up time to coach teams and work so hard to make Country Week such a success. A special thank you to our Country Week Coordinator, Amber Boyd, who does an outstanding job coordinating this event.

Only a few weeks into the term and it is great to see our students so settled in their classes. In particular, it is wonderful to see so many of our students taking every opportunity to get the most from their learning. Please support us with your child’s learning, by ensuring they are completing their homework each night. This homework is set every week by teachers and all students are expected to complete it. Our goal is to ensure every student works to their potential, right up to the end of the year. Please don’t forget the school conducts homework classes on Mondays and Thursdays after school in the library and staff are there to assist students.

This year the school is continuing with its Positive Behaviour program. The focus is on rewarding students every time we see them doing the right thing. At the end of the term the reward points that students receive will be added up. The house that receives the highest number of PBS points will have a fun activity, which all house members will attend.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the students for the manner in which they have conducted themselves at school in the first few weeks of the term. In particular, it is wonderful to see all of our students in full uniform.

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

From the Finance Team

Secondary Assistance – Help with the cost of schooling

The deadline for applying for SAS is fast approaching.

The Secondary Assistance Scheme provides help to eligible families with the costs of schooling. $235 is paid to the school to cover your child’s school fees, and $115 is paid to your bank account to cover the cost of uniforms. To make an application, please bring your Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card OR Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession Card into the Accounts office and complete your application.

Applications close Friday 12th April.

Deputy Principals’ Update

How can I help my child prepare for NAPLAN online?

Help your child prepare by reassuring them that NAPLAN is just one part of their school program, and by reminding them on the day to simply try their best. Teachers will ensure that students are familiar with the types of questions, and provide support and guidance. Ensuring students are familiar with using devices and navigating through programs, are a part of student learning.

For more information about NAPLAN please visit the link below:

Student absence at the time of an assessment

At the beginning of the year all students are provided with a Course Outline and Assessment Outline for each course they are studying. This provides a guide as to when assessment tasks will be conducted during the school terms. Students will be given notice of upcoming assessments, to adequately prepare.

It is important to note that the school has a penalty system in place for late assessments. Please see below.

  • One school day late ‐ 10% deduction
  • Two school days late ‐ 20% deduction
  • Three or more school days late ‐ 30% deduction

When an absence is deemed acceptable by the school, penalties will not apply. Acceptable absences occur when:

  • an absence is due to unplanned sickness, injury or significant personal circumstances, AND
  • a parent/guardian contacts the school on or before the day of the in‐class assessment task or due date for submission of an out‐of‐class assessment (SMS is acceptable), OR
  • either a medical certificate or a written explanation (email and SMS are acceptable) is provided to the school on the day the student returns to school (if it hasn’t been provided earlier).
  • an absence is approved by the school prior to the absence.

Supplying school work for absent students

On occasions, we receive requests for school work to be provided to students who are absent from school. In these circumstances we aim to minimise the workload of staff whilst providing enough support to assist students with their learning. We apply the following principles:

  • Upon request, staff will provide school work designed to avoid the student falling behind in their studies for absences of three or more days.
  • Requests are to be made through our Student Services department providing a minimum of two days notice.
  • Staff will provide work:
      - in line with the classwork the student will miss OR
      - provide guidance as to other study the student could be doing (i.e. revise the parts of the digestive system, read two articles in the newspaper and write key points).
      - ‘Busy work' will not be provided.
  • Staff are not expected to provide work during avoidable absences such as family holidays.
  • It is always preferable that the student collects the work from the teacher directly. When this is not possible, work will be delivered to Student Services for collection or emailed to the person requesting the work.

Furthermore, students are provided with a Course Outline and Assessment Outlines for all their subjects. These contain content being studied with many of these including text book references. This provides further support for students to keep up with their school work, when absent from school.


School Attendance – Truancy

Truancy is when children leave home for school, but then do not attend. Children who are truanting may be trying to impress their friends or trying to gain attention, or they may be angry because of school or home problems. Truancy may occur when there are learning problems or bullying at school. Children who truant usually try to hide it from their parents.

What parents can do about truancy

Parents or guardians have an obligation to see that their child attends school, and can use the following as a guide:

  • If it has just started, try to find a cause. Think about what else was happening in the child's life when it started.
  • Parents can talk to Student Services if their child is truanting.
  • Let the child know that you believe that going to school is really important.
  • If truancy continues, there needs to be a meeting at school to address the issue.
  • If your child is skipping lessons, certain days or certain teachers, Student Services can help to see what pattern is emerging, and put strategies into place to minimise the risk of truancy occurring.

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

Dropping and Collecting Students from School

A reminder to parents that students can be dropped off in the parent and student car park at the back of the school, on Knight Street. With cars from two schools, the front of the school traffic can become congested.

I would strongly encourage parents to use Knight Street parent/staff car park as students do not need to cross roads or walk through the staff parking area, but rather enter across the oval, into the school.

Also, I would like to remind parents that the staff car park is only for staff and, as we have limited spaces, we would really appreciate parents using the Knight Street parking area.

Another option for parents is to park at the Trusty Street park where there is shade and then students can cross at the designated cross walk on Knight Street.

National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) Online

NAPLAN is an annual national assessment of literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. This year, like most students across Australia, your child will sit NAPLAN online tests. To get an idea of what the online assessment looks like, visit the public demonstration site at the link below.

The NAPLAN Online assessment process starts on Tuesday 14 May and ends on Friday 24 May.

A pamphlet with additional information about NAPLAN Online will be sent to all parents with students in Years 7 and 9.

Parent-Teacher Interview Evenings for Semester 1, 2019

Newton Moore Senior High School will be holding the following Parent-Teacher Interview Evenings for Semester 1, 2019:

Years 7, 8 and 9

Tuesday March 19, 2019

3:30pm – 6pm

Years 10, 11 and 12

Tuesday April 2, 2019

3:30pm – 6pm

We run two Parent-Teacher Interview Evenings, to maximise opportunities for parents to access all of their child’s teachers.

We encourage all parents and guardians to attend this evening to obtain valuable information about how your child is progressing at school. Interviews will be approximately 6 minutes duration.

Parents are required to pre-book interviews, using the Internet-based booking system Parent Teacher On-Line (PTO). Using this system you will be able to book interview times that suit you best from any Internet-connected computer. If you do not have access to a computer, have trouble making the required bookings, or any queries please contact Gwen Stirling on 9722 2400 or visit the administration area of the school.

You will be able to start making bookings for Years 7, 8 and 9 from 4pm on Monday 25th February 2019.

Years 10,11 and 12 bookings will be available from 4pm Monday 11th March 2019.

Community Meeting Focussing on Education

Dear Parents/Caregivers

The beginning of the year offers an opportunity to discuss any challenges you believe your school will face in 2019. I am always looking for opportunities to engage in community discussions regarding education and ways we can improve outcomes for students, teachers and entire school communities. To this end, I will be hosting a community meeting, focussing on education, on Saturday 6 April at the Carey Park Scout Hall on Wisbey Street beginning at 1pm.

The more feedback I receive from people in our community, the better I am able to represent our community. Education is the cornerstone of a successful community and I welcome discussion and new ideas to support our school communities. Anyone seeking more information about the meeting should contact my office on either 9791 3636 or at the link below.

Yours sincerely

Don Punch MLA

ICT/Technology Report

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

NMSHS provides a comprehensive IT infrastructure to support learning in the digital age. The school provides Internet access and extensive wireless coverage across the school. It is our expectation that students from all year groups bring their own device to support their learning. BYOD means you can bring an appropriate laptop or tablet to school and use it in classes and for study purposes.

See attached flyer for more information

Meet the Team

Meet the new teaching staff

Sophie Stockdale

Area of Teaching/ Area of work:

Visual Art teacher

History (past work history):

I worked as the Visual Art teacher for Kindy – Year 12 at Roebourne District High School, for two years.

Philosophy about education:

I believe it’s very important for students to express their creativity and interests. Each child is unique in their own way, and they all deserve a supportive, safe and challenging education environment.

Personal Interests:

I love going to art galleries, reading and hiking. My favourite hikes were at Karijini National Park in the Pilbara.

Tiina Gibbs

Area of Teaching/ Area of work:


History (past work history):

Relief and contract at Dalyellup College; 7 years at Ocean Forest Lutheran College as Christian Studies HOLA, Pastoral Care Coordinator and Learning Support.

Philosophy about education:

Everyone learns in their own unique way, with their own strengths and struggles. In a classroom environment that is safe and encourages effort and taking risks with learning, students can explore what they are capable of, use their strengths, and overcome their struggles.

Personal Interests:

Psychology, pottery, sustainable living, philosophy

Alex Discombe

Area of Teaching/ Area of work:


History (past work history):

New teacher, previously worked as a medical researcher at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital/Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Philosophy about education:

I believe it is critical for teachers to have the highest of expectations for each and every one of their students. This means that positive relationships can form between students and teachers, and students will want to achieve and teachers will do everything in their power to see each and every student achieve. Teachers owe this to the parents, communities, and the students themselves, in order to help create a better world and provide students with a quality future.

Personal Interests:

Basketball, reptiles and searching for reptiles (aka “herping”), computer games, reading (particularly about science).

Student Services Update

Assembly Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Students of the Year

Year 11 (2018)

Jordan Neil

Shenaye Witnish

Year 7 (2018)

Annas Atif

Rayaan Atif

Learning Areas


Year Eight Science students have cemented their knowledge of the organelles of animal and plant cells. They constructed and labelled a model of a generalised animal and plant cell using brightly coloured play dough. A hands on fun learning activity with some great finished products.

Animal cells

Plant cells

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

The Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) lesson in Week Three was about our school-wide expected behaviour 'Use all equipment safely' which comes under one of our expectations from the PBS Matrix; WELLBEING.

You can help by talking to your child and reinforcing the following:

  • Use equipment for its intended purpose only (e.g. rulers to measure, not hitting others)
  • Pass equipment to others safely (Don't throw equipment)
  • Be sure to wear protective equipment (e.g. safety glasses) when required
  • Listen to your teachers and follow their instructions regarding use of equipment
  • Report damaged equipment to your teacher

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

On Saturday the 23rd of March the Girls Academy led the Bunbury Multicultural Festival flag parade. With over 40 nations represented, it was a great night.


On Friday the 15th of February, the Year 11 and 12 Clontarf boys enjoyed a leadership day in Busselton at the Forest Adventures High ropes course, followed by lunch and a swim at the Busselton Jetty.

The purpose of the day was to challenge the boys to overcome fears and to persevere physically and mentally, while zip lining up to 150m and completing all sorts of other challenges. The general feel of the day was initially apprehension but as the boys gained in confidence they increasingly took on greater challenges. By the end, about 1/2 of the boys conquered the level six high ropes course (the highest). It was great to hear boys talking about how worn out they were, and how they enjoyed the challenge.

While away, we discussed what Year 11 and 12 will look like, some of the possible challenges ahead and that Clontarf will help guide them through. We discussed how completing high school is a major achievement, and a big help in gaining employment.

The boys made some verbal agreements to try their best and ask for help when needed. I'm proud of their commitments and am looking forward to seeing the fruit of their labour this year.

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

Our school bred Western Pygmy perch have graduated to University!

In partnership with the City of Bunbury and Murdoch University, Year 11 Certificate 11 Aquaculture students are breeding a native fish species, the Western Pygmy Perch. This small fish is useful in our waterways as it feeds on mosquito larvae.

Last Thursday Associate Professor Alan Lymbery from Murdoch University, Center for Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems, visited and inspected our Aquaculture Centre.

We provided Alan with fifty Western Pygmy Perch for his PHD students' research. The University students are investigating the effect of fish diseases with increased fish densities in declining pond sizes which is linked to climate change.

We hope to hear progress of their results next year.

Choice Programs

Python Coding Club

Python coding club is up and running! Such an amazing opportunity, thanks to Mr. Fairbairn.

Students are learning Python programming, using Raspberry Pi and the Minecraft server. The students may then go on to help run the club and teach more students later in the year.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

P & C

Important Dates

General P&C committee meeting

Tuesday 19th March 2019


Tuesday 2nd April 2019

School Board

At the most recent Board meeting February 27th 2019, members discussed the three surveys that were conducted last year (Parent, Teacher, Student). The Board reviewed the results of each survey and collaboratively suggested a number of strategies which the school could consider in their future planning.

One of the ideas was to support parents to have more say about issues or concerns they may have. As a solution focussed school the Board asked that the school approaches parents on the parent evenings to write their concerns and then to list next to this concern/s a possible solution.

If any parents or guardians have any suggestions of how we can better engage parents in the school, please don’t hesitate to contact the board and send through any ideas to

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome new board members for 2019, Jodie Falconbridge (staff), Jacque Read Smith (staff) and Dr Atif Sharif (parent).


Upper School Ball

Community Notices


Sync Calendar

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