Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

21 March 2019

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

There have been a number of activities and events that have already taken place, with more to come before the close of this term.

At Newton Moore SHS we are very keen to build a strong and positive partnership between the school and parents. It is through these partnerships that we can create the most positive and productive learning opportunities for the students.

Thank you to the parents and caregivers that were able to attend our recent parent evening, in particular, the Year 7 and 11 parents who stayed to attend our special information forums following the parent nights. We do appreciate your support, and the more information we can share with you about our school and school processes, the stronger our partnership will be.

We also had a successful sausage sizzle for Year 7 parents and students, followed by a school social for Year 7 students, coordinated by the Student Exec. It was terrific on the night to hear our parents mingled with staff, taking the opportunity to discuss what our expectations are in high school, and was a great opportunity for parents to find out how their child was progressing. Parents also had the opportunity to find out and to view their child’s course and assessment outlines and an information brochure about key staff to contact in the school, should parents or carers have any concerns. Unfortunately because of laryngitis I wasn’t able to get out there to chat on this occasion.

The first OLNA (Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment) testing for Term One has now been completed. The successful completion of this assessment fulfils the Literacy and Numeracy requirement for WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education). Students are required to have passed OLNA in order to achieve graduation from high school.

Students who reach Band 8 in Reading, Writing and Numeracy components of NAPLAN (National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy) in Year 9 are considered pre-qualified and are not required to sit the OLNA. This illustrates the importance of students doing as well as they can in their NAPLAN tests. This test will be held early next term, so preparing in advance will help your child. NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are already learning through the school curriculum. Teachers will ensure that students are familiar with the test formats and will provide appropriate support activities in the classes.

Parents can support their children by encouraging them to do the online practice tests and by supporting them with their homework. It is also important to ensure students are doing as much reading as possible, and that they read each night, not just watch television or play computer games.

Our school continues to focus on our Business Plan priorities of Effective Teaching, Successful Students, Positive Relationships and Strong Structures. We are nearly half-way through our planning cycle and are very proud of our achievements so far, including our PBS (Positive Schools Behaviour program), our Barry Bennet teaching strategies, the work we are doing with Elevate to support our Upper School students in preparation for exams, and the work we are doing to improve the infrastructure of the school.

I trust you will enjoy reading this edition of the school-zine.

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 payment of 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 on 97 222419 to discuss an arrangement that suits your situation.

Deputy Principals’ Update


Parent and carers of Year 9 students should have received a NAPLAN Online Information sheet in the mail recently. It contains important information about the 2019 National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).

NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students are learning through their regular school curriculum. In 2019, most students across Australia, including our Year 7 and 9 students, will sit NAPLAN online. One of the main benefits of NAPLAN online is tailored (or adaptive) testing. This means the test automatically adapts to a student's test performance, presenting questions of higher or lower complexity, depending on a student's performance.

For further information about NAPLAN or to get an idea what the online assessment looks like, visit the link below:

Welcome to the website for the National Assessment Program (NAP). NAP provides the measure through which governments, education authorities and schools can determine whether or not young Australians are meeting important educational outcomes.

Important Dates:

  • NAPLAN (Years 7 and 9) Tues 14 May to Friday 24 May


It is important to be at school every day

To get the most out of a good education, children need to go to school every day.
School attendance has a major influence on educational outcomes.

Students who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve better results at school and are more likely to complete their schooling.

Parents can make it easier for their child to attend school by having a positive attitude to learning and education.

It is important that from the first day of school parents set an expectation that their children will be at school every day. Missing an average of five days of school a term adds up to missing a full year of schooling by the end of Year 10.

It is important to remember that all Australian states and territories have legislation in place that requires parents to ensure their children attend school.

Tips - things you can do to support school attendance

  • Talk positively about attending school and learning
  • Help your child get into a routine for getting ready to go to school stress-free
  • Help your child to get ready for school in the morning
  • Talk about the positive social aspects of the school environment:
      -  Friends
      -  Favourite classes
      -  Favourite teachers

Admin Report

Outstanding Library Books

We have initiated a new process to recover outstanding library loan items. When an item is one day overdue, parents are advised by SMS that their child has an unreturned library loan. They are advised that the student can renew or return the overdue item, or an invoice will be issued. Those items are then given five days to be renewed or returned to the IRC, and, if not renewed or returned, an invoice is generated for the replacement cost of that item.

If you receive one of these SMS’s and, subsequently, an invoice, please make every attempt to find the item and return it to the IRC. If the item is returned, 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 or Credit Card.

ICT/Technology Report

Looking after your BYOD while at school

We are pleased to see many more students bringing their own device (laptop or tablet) to school. The school does not have the facility to provide secure storage for BYOD or other personal items, so students are required to keep their devices secure and protected while at school.

We strongly recommend students use strong laptop bags/pouches and that devices are kept with students at all times and taken into classes. During HPE classes, bags are kept secure in the change rooms, with doors locked for the duration of the class.

Again, we recommend BYOD devices are covered by your own personal home/contents insurance.

Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report

Student Executive Team 2019

The Student Executive team for 2019 are a very enthusiastic group, full of fun, flair and fantastic ideas.

The group started off their leadership adventure late in Term 4, 2018, with a three-day camp in Perth. Miss Sabourne, Miss Loader and Mr Hayward accompanied the students while they completed an amazing race around Perth, finding an array of statues and landmarks. The camp gave the students great insight into the skills required for a leadership team to work well.

This year the Student Executive team are very passionate about raising money for local support services, including The South West Refuge and Bunbury Soup Kitchen.

The 2019 Student Executive Team is made up of 11 students from NMSHS and one student from NMSHS-ESC.

Head Boy

Rex Kennedy

Head Girl

Shenaye Witnish

Deputy Head Boy

Liam Oakey

Deputy Head Girl

Rachelle Brown


Amber Savory

Student Executive Members

Mitchel Gadzani, Hitomi De La Vega,
Seth Kirwan, Harry Smith, Kage Geyer,
Jordan Neill and Jacob Rogers

Meet the Team

Meet the new staff

Hilary James

Area of Teaching/Area of work:

Languages (Japanese) and Humanities and Social Sciences.

History (past work history):

I have worked for nearly 25 years in the Bunbury area, as a Japanese teacher at Australind SHS for 14 years, before moving to Ocean Forest Lutheran College in Dalyellup, where I taught Japanese and Humanities. After the closure of Ocean Forest, I worked for a year at Eaton Community College.

Philosophy about education:

My focus in teaching is to build relationships with all students in order to identify the unique talents and interests of each individual and to find the best means of assisting each child to reach his or her potential. I encourage all students to set high standards and to see learning as a life-long process.

Personal Interests:

In my spare time I enjoy scrapbooking and mixed media art. I also love music and theatre, and spend a lot of time accompanying my daughter to rehearsals and performances all over the south west. I also enjoy TV, reading, travelling, AFL football and Plants vs Zombies.

Patrick Longbottom

Area of Teaching/Area of work:


History (past work history):

John Cabot Academy and Oasis Academy Brislington (both located in Bristol, UK). Prior to that, I spent some time working on the gas plants and iron ore ports at Dampier and Point Sampson.

Philosophy about education:

I aim to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom each day. I believe that I owe it to my students, as well as the community, to bring consistency, diligence and warmth to my job, in the hope that I can ultimately inspire and encourage such traits in the children as well.

Personal Interests:

Sport and travelling.

James Richardson

Area of Teaching/Area of work:

Network Support Officer.

History (past work history):

My career started in Physics and Electronics, followed by a move into an Electron Microscopy research lab, where I discovered my interest in computers. I’ve worked in IT at various Universities and Research establishments in the UK, before I made a complete change, and became an ESL teacher. I taught English in the UK, Spain and WA, before returning to work in ICT at Atwell College and then East Manjimup Primary.

Philosophy about education:

It’s never too late to learn something new.

Personal Interests:

Natural history, permaculture and alternative technologies.

Student Services Update

City of Bunbury‘s Young Citizen of the Year – Louise Bradford Makes it three in a row for Newton Moore Senior High School

On the 26th of January, Newton Moore Senior High School’s Louise Bradford (class of 2017) was awarded the City of Bunbury’s Young Citizen of the Year Award for 2019. Louise is a young lady who is very generous with her time. She has volunteered in many different areas of the community including Sports, Disability and the Arts. She has a long and established record of serving her school, the local community and the wider Bunbury community. She is a quiet and natural leader who immerses herself in many community events and activities. Her involvement in a wide variety of different programs has always seen her give back to the community by mentoring or coaching younger people. She has an extremely positive, enthusiastic, mature and helpful attitude. At all times, she carries out her duties in an exemplary manner and demonstrates humility, respect and commitment.

Louise has always been willing to volunteer within the Community. For the past few years she travelled to Perth to help the National Parabadminton Coach, Mr Ian Bridge. In 2017, she was an assistant coach and umpire for the National Parabadminton Tournament in Perth. This cemented her desire to assist in opening a branch of parabadminton in the South West. This culminated in a Have a Go Day at the Bunbury Badminton Centre.

Louise has also assisted with ParkinSong, a Bunbury singing and social group for people who live with Parkinson’s disease, and their carers. She assisted with setting up, as well as accompanying and singing with members, at their sessions and public performances, including the South West Senior’s Expo and Parkinson’s day.

Newton Moore Senior High School students have won this very prestigious award three years in a row. Luella Knuckey (class of 2016) was the 2017 Young Citizen of the Year, while Samantha Russell (class of 2017) was the 2018 Young Citizen of the Year. NMSHS wishes these three young ladies all the very best, and hope that they keep in touch with their NMSHS family.

Louise Bradford with City on Bunbury Mayor, Gary Brennan on Australia Day.
Photo provided by Mark Kotula

Online Safety

There have been a lot of reports of concern about two online sites recently, the Momo Challenge and Doki Doki.

The Momo Challenge, whether real or fake, is part of the conversation we are hearing from our students, and is linked to challenges that involve self-harm and suicide.

Doki Doki literature club is a game that starts off innocently as a dating simulation game but, as the player progresses, it becomes very serious, including characters choosing to take their own life.

Now is a good time to remind parents about how to ensure their child is safe online. There are three kinds of risk online:

  • content
  • contact
  • conduct

Like teaching children how to cross the road safely, it is essential that we teach young people how to navigate the online world safely. By building digital resilience in our students, they can respond positively to any risks they encounter online.

You can do this by:

  • going online with your child
  • talking with your child about online content
  • being a good role model
  • teaching your child to be careful with personal information
  • teaching your child to avoid online purchases
  • talking about appropriate online behaviour

School Nurse


The national definition of bullying for Australian schools is:

Bullying is an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.

Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.

Signs a parent or carer might notice include if their child:

  • doesn't want to go to school or participate in school activities
  • changes their method or route to school or is frightened of walking to school
  • drops in academic performance
  • changes in sleep patterns
  • changes in eating patterns
  • has frequent tears, anger, mood swings
  • takes money from home
  • has unexplained bruises, cuts, scratches
  • loses or brings home damaged belongings or clothes

The signs of possible bullying online can be the same as signs of other bullying, but include other behaviours with phones and computers, for example:

  • being hesitant about going online
  • seeming nervous when an instant message, text message or email appears
  • being visibly upset after using the computer or mobile phone, or suddenly avoiding it
  • closes the screen, or hides the mobile phone when others enter the room
  • spending unusually long hours online in a more tense, pensive tone
  • receiving suspicious phone calls, emails or packages.

March 15th, 2019 was National Bullying No Way Day.

Visit their webpage for lots of great information.

Learning Areas


World Science Festival

Congratulations to Lara Riley, Stephanie Riley, Amber Mell and Jeslyn Schaeche-Odine on being selected to travel to Brisbane for the World Science Festival.

The World Science Festival “explores and celebrates the entanglement of science and art through a curated program of thought-provoking conversations, inspiring theatrical and cinematic experiences, interactive workshops and engaging demonstrations.”

This event is accessed through the Mathematics department and is fully funded by CSIRO, Queensland Museum, BHP and CHOOSEMATHS.


Newton Moore Stars

Seth Kirwan & Liam Oakey

Two Newton Moore students attending South Regional TAFE – Certificate III Accounts Administration, have been acknowledged with Letters of Commendation. The following comments were made by their Lecturer, Mandy Read:

This group of students is absolutely delightful to teach. They are so keen to learn and I have not had a group of students with such excellent manners ever in my teaching career. The two young men from Newton Moore Senior High School have a natural aptitude for accounting and I really do hope that they continue with accounting studies in the future.

Congratulations Seth and Liam.

Tylar Gallaghan & Kyle Oliver

Congratulations to Tylar and Kyle, who have secured traineeships in Certificate II Stevedoring at QUBE.

T & E

Thanks to Ms Read-Smith, our Home Economics department was lucky enough to secure a grant for two coffee machines. Year 10 and 11 students are starting Barista training and are going to make available the purchase of coffee to staff and upper school students during Term Two.

Mrs Tuck and Mrs Gaden have both updated their skills to deliver training to our students.

Students are just beginning to learn these skills, but, by the end of training, they will have the necessary skills to make coffee like the professionals.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

The Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) lesson in Week 6 was about our school-wide expected behaviour 'Engage online with people you know and trust' which comes under one of our expectations from the PBS Matrix; RESPONSIBILITY.

Here are some tips to help your children be safe and responsible online users:

Set the ground rules;

  • Establish rules about the types of content or information your child should report to an adult – for example, telling you about any swearing or bad words they find online.
  • Set rules to make sure your child knows what information they can share or post online and the websites they can visit. This includes telling a trusted adult before posting any personal information online, including for competition entries.
  • Encourage your child to use the same manners and communication they would use offline, and remind them it’s okay to report others who aren't being nice.

Stay involved;

  • Closely monitor younger children’s Internet use.
  • Try to keep the computer in a shared or visible place in the home.
  • Be aware of how your child uses the Internet and explore it with them.

Proactively guide;

  • Help your child understand that what they say and do online is important.
  • Encourage your child to learn about online safety with fun resources from the eSafety website, Hector’s World, Zippep’s Astro Circus and #GameOn.
  • Talk to your child about personal information and why it is special, and remind them how it can be used to identify or locate them.
  • Bookmark a list of favourite sites you are comfortable with your child visiting, and teach them how to access this list.
  • Consider using filters to help manage your child's online access.

Support positively;

  • Advise your child not to respond to any negative messages and to report any hurtful messages they receive to you or another trusted adult.
  • Teach your child that there are ways they can deal with material that worries or frightens them – this includes immediately telling a trusted adult of any concerns or uncomfortable material and how to close a web page or turn off a screen.
  • If your child shows any concerning changes in behaviour or mood, talk to them or seek professional support – Kids Helpline provides free and confidential online counselling for young people, and your school may also be able to help.

For tips to help you support your teenagers to become safe and responsible online users or to report offensive or illegal content, visit the Office of the eSafety Commissioner website.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Further information about cybersafety for students can be found here:

Cybersafety for students - Bullying No Way!

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

On Friday the 8th of March the Girls Academy Leadership Group were invited to attend the Inpex Women’s Day Award ceremony and luncheon in the Perth CBD. The girls spent the day with Neil Marshall, the Aboriginal Affairs Advisor, and Irene Stainton, local Noongar elder, the company’s Senior Aboriginal Affairs Advisor, and 2019 WA Women’s Hall of Fame inductee.

It was an extremely empowering day, with the girls also broadening their knowledge of careers in the Oil and Gas industry.


Year 12 Leadership Camp

The 2019 Clontarf Year 12 Leadership Camp took place in Busselton, WA, and was a great success. The camp was attended by 27 Year 12’s from the region (North Albany, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Mandurah, and Perth) and they were accompanied by Clontarf partners from Iluka Resources, Perkins Builders, City of Bunbury, TAFE, the Federal Government – Nola Marino, MP, and the State Government – Don Punch, MLA. The aim of the camp was to continue building the student’s capacity to make the transition from school to work, to set goals for the year, and to reinforce the value of employment.

During the first evening the young men were able to discover the origins and purpose of the camp, learn the story of Newton Moore Alumni - Brandon Bennell-Yarran (2011), listen to a leadership talk from Federal Member Nola Marino, MP, and learn tips about what Iluka Resources look for when recruiting an employee

The Newton Moore Academy assisted the Geographe Landcare Nursey to repair their fence. This was an afternoon activity so it was hot, but that didn’t stop the group from getting their hands dirty and helping out. The nursery staff appreciated the Academy support and shared afternoon tea with the group.

By the end of the camp each student had established two personal goals, helped develop a regional goal, were challenged with learning new skills, developed their ability to work in a team, gave back to the local community, practiced their public speaking and built camaraderie with their peers that will, hopefully, motivate them to complete the year and graduate.

Coodanup – Clontarf Afterschool Scratch Match

On Thursday, the 7th of March, the Newton Moore Clontarf Academy hosted the Coodanup Clontarf Academy for an afterschool scratch match. These games are designed to give the boys a solid but fun hit out, before a major carnival.

Despite the wet greasy conditions, the boys had a fantastic day. There was a buzzing expectation felt around the Academy all week, in the lead up to their first hit out for the year.

A lot of fun was had and some amazing skills were on display. Most importantly, comradery and the Clontarf spirit were evident.

We would like to thank Tyreece Ugle who volunteered to umpire, Samuel Hill for volunteering to play for Coodanup, to fill their team and the Coodanup boys, for travelling down after school for the hit out.

Congratulations goes to Leon Kickett as he was awarded the Clontarf Spirit award for displaying blistering skills, determination and effort, not to mention his solid start in high school.

Cecil Andrews Junior Football Carnival

On Wednesday, the 13th of March, we took a team of Years 7, 8 and 9 Clontarf Academy boys up north, to compete in the Cecil Andrews Junior Football Carnival. Our Newton Moore boys were joined by nine other academies for the Carnival, Girrawheen/Gilmore, Coodanup and Champion Bay in the A Grade, and Swan View, Yule Brook, Fremantle and Cecil Andrews, in the B Grade.

Throughout the day, all academies represented themselves well, both on and off the field. The Mighty Newton Moore Kaardas went through undefeated and took out the A Grade title for the second year running. Aaron Sands, a new Year 7, was awarded the Clontarf Spirit Award for his great play and even better attitude, during the day. Our boys were lucky enough to have their awards presented by former Fremantle Dockers 300 gamer and Clontarf Alumni, Michael Johnson. Special thanks to Tyde O'Dine, who came along to help out and run water.

All the boys who earned their spot on this trip did their academy and school proud and had a great day playing footy and making new friends.

Week 9 will see the Senior boys get their turn at the Clontarf Cup in Perth. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the results of that one.

Specialist Programs


Synergy Schools Solar Car Challenge

24 teams competed in the 2019 Synergy Schools Solar Car Challenge. The two teams from NMSHS consisted of:

Newton Moore Team A

Annas and Rayaan Muhammad, Kai Thornley and Quinn Schultz

Newton Moore Team B

Jasmine Batrick, Bodey Bishop, Saxon Elward and Amalee Martin

Newton Moore Team B placed third with the winning team for Year 8s was Bunbury Catholic College and Cowarump won the Year 6 competition.

F1 in Schools

NMSHS team La Vitesse have been competing in the National Championships of F1 in Schools against public and private schools from across Australia.

The team have been involved in racing their F1 cars, booth judging, and networking with other students, engineers and industry representatives. The team got to go behind the scenes at the Bosch factory and see the development of driverless cars, keyless cars and the robotics department. They also had the opportunity to visit the room where the live feeds of the racing are done, and learnt how it is done.

News from Parent Bodies

School Board

School Behaviour Data Review

At the April meeting, the School Board will review the school behaviour data. This is something the Board does on a regular basis - reviewing different types of school data.

The behaviour data will provide the board with an opportunity to look at:

  • How we are going (review of our progress)
  • What plans we have in place to address school behaviour
  • Provides an opportunity to self-reflect and see whether programs we have implemented are making an impact.

The main focus of the discussion will be on 2018 / 2019 data and how we are using this to guide our decision making about practices that should be put in place to support student learning and acceptable social behaviour.

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