Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

13 June 2019

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

A quality education sets young people up for lifelong growth development and success in the wider world. Parents have every right to expect the school to equip their child with the skills and knowledge to pursue further studies that help them transition into the workplace and lead fulfilling lives. At Newton Moore SHS we believe we do this.

To achieve this, our school fosters positive behaviours, values and attitudes in our students. What we know is that effective pastoral care is inextricably linked to academic achievement. This is why we are investing so much time and energy in the implementation of our positive schools behaviour program. We spend time teaching life skills which we believe will help and support students in their future endeavours.

At this time of the year, it is important to check in with your child and enquire about their progress, what activities they are doing, and what assignments or homework/study they need to be doing. It is also important to assist with their understanding when and where you can, and to check in on how they are feeling. If there are any concerns, please contact your child’s teacher/s or Wellbeing Coordinator, so they can work together to ensure your child is being the best that they can be. Remember, teachers will soon be entering final grades for the Semester One reports.

Throughout the first half of the year, our students have been engaged in a variety of classroom activities and events - and activities that extend beyond the classroom. A number of our students were involved in some exciting events such as Careers Expo, a visit to Inpex, and a visit to the Australian Submarine Corporation. There have also been excursions ranging from the Outdoor Education Champion school’s competition to employment visits to local industries. This edition of the School-zine will provide lots of stories and photos about what has been happening across the school.

Finally, I would like to let parents and the community know that for Semester Two, 2019, I will be taking up the Principal’s position at Harvey Agricultural College. In my absence, Kylie Cattaway, our Associate Principal, will be stepping into the Principal’s position. I am sure she will have your full support.

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

From the Finance Team

REMINDER-Final Payments for Country Week

Please ensure all your payments for Country Week are finalised and paid in full by Friday 14th June.

Deputy Principals’ Update

Reporting to Parents

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 timely and meaningful feedback is regularly provided for assessment work, explaining what your child has demonstrated, and what is required to improve.

Last 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 made some changes to our semester reports from previous years. 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 with your child’s teacher, you still require further information, or want to discuss issues further, please contact the relevant Head of Learning Area.

School reports for all students will be e-mailed and published on Connect in Week 10 of this term.

Please inform the school if you have changed your e-mail address.

Year 11 Subject Selection Process for 2020

Year 10 students spent last week participating in Career Education, in the lead up to their Year 11 subject selection process.

Aims of Career Education:

  • Give students the opportunity to clarify their interests, skills and values.
  • Allow students the opportunity to examine a range of career pathways.
  • Provide students with realistic experiences, in relation to pathways and the world of work.
  • Develop job seeking and employment skills of students.
  • Give students an opportunity to learn from Industry Guest speakers.
  • Allow students the opportunity to analyse, plan and implement career decisions.
  • Develop an understanding of WACE requirements for senior school.
  • Provide information on senior school pathways and subjects on offer.

All students have now received copies of the Senior School Handbook, which you can access at the following link:

All students have received a letter outlining the process for Subject Selections Online (SSO). Parents should also have received a letter in the mail outlining this process.

Please note, all students will select their Year 11 courses for next year, using Subject Selection Online (SSO). You will be able to access this from 9am Thursday, 13th June, until 11.30pm, Friday 21st June, by going to the following website:

Also note, the site is only available between the times and dates above. Counselling appointments may also be booked through SSO from Monday, 17th June.


School Attendance

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. This includes taking 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 include:

  • They go to bed late at night.
  • They won’t get out of bed in the morning.
  • 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 endeavours. 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

Uniform Shop – Change of Operating Hours

The opening hours of the uniform shop are changing from the commencement of Term Three. From 22nd July, the Uniform Concepts store will be open Mondays and Thursdays, 11am – 2pm. Also, we wish to welcome Lisa as the new store manager and thank Caroline for her many years of service to Newton Moore SHS.

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 highly 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 as there is no school or government provided insurance cover for personal items.

Teaching Stars

Robert Fairbairn and Byron Engelbrecht

Both Robert and Byron have joined the IT management group, to help advocate for the needs of staff, in terms of technology in the classroom. They are presently investigating ways they can run some technology upskilling sessions, to support teachers with the delivery of technologies. In this role, they provide advice to the technicians and other staff about how best we can support technologies in the classroom for teaching staff.

We would like to congratulate our two Teaching Stars.

Meet the Team

Meet the new staff member

William Roberts


William Roberts

Area of Teaching/ 

Area of work


History (past work history)

I taught for 18 years at St Philip’s College in Alice Springs.

I taught 7-12 Geography, 7-10 History and 7-10 Science, 9 and 10 Horticulture and Agriculture, and Religion 7-9.

I founded the town’s Army Cadets Unit for the school, and later founded and ran the School’s rifle shooting extra curricula activity.

Philosophy about education

I believe that education is a portal to a better life for families.

However, they need to work at it and never give up.

I am still learning and still improving my life and my family’s trajectory.

Personal Interests

I am interested in Theology, Science, Biblical Archaeology, Ancient History and Geography and really enjoy listening to Christian Philosophers such as Ravi Zacharias.

I am keenly interested in Martial Arts and am a big Cobra Kai fan.

I am into restoring cars and mushing my pet Huskies.

I also enjoy spending time with my family in Perth.

Student Services Update

Fundraiser – Bunbury Soup Kitchen

The Year 12 Student Executive team have been hard at work raising money for the local business, Bunbury Soup Kitchen. The Exec held a soup shop at recess and lunch on Wednesday 29th May. They had four soups on offer; Pumpkin, Mushroom, Cauliflower and Bacon and Minestrone.

The Executive was lucky to have all the soup donated by teachers. Bakers Delight also donated a heap of bread.

The Student Exec would like to thank all the staff and students that helped out on the day and donated money to local business.

School Nurse

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

Cold and Flu Treatments

Learning Areas


Year 11 and 12 Workplace Learning

The Year 11 and 12 Vet students are continuing to develop valuable employability skills, while out on work experience.

Some of our fantastic host employers are Ocean Star Village, City of Bunbury (South West Sports Centre), Dorsett Group (Retravision) and Diverse Plumbing.

We are very lucky to have such supportive employers in our community, who are willing to host and guide our students.


National History Competition

A selection of students from Years 7, 8 and 10 took part in the National History competition. They had to answer 50 multiple-choice questions based upon a selection of sources that they were given to study. We wish them luck, while we wait for their results.

T & E

Year 8 Design and Technology

Melina, Hannah and Kody with their flashing light vehicles that they designed and built in the Year 8 Design and Technology class. The lights are switched on and off as the vehicle moves, by means of an eccentric.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Recently all teaching and non-teaching staff completed a survey about PBS within our school. From the results of this survey, the PBS Team can be pleased with many accomplishments they have made. The results also show the team what is the next priority and the next step in the PBS journey.

There are seven essential components that the team are working through. The team are starting to focus on component six, Responding to Unproductive Behaviour. The description of this component is;

Unproductive behaviour also requires feedback and should be viewed as a teaching opportunity, a chance to clarify and re-teach expectations. The same calm instructional approach used when students make academic errors should be used to correct behaviour errors. The development of a continuum of responses to misbehaviour provides staff with the tools to effectively respond to and change student misbehaviour.

Creating a continuum or flow chart of ‘responses to misbehaviour’ is the next project for the PBS Team to complete.

Aboriginal Education

Goomburrup Aboriginal Corporation Donation

The Goomburrup Aboriginal Corporation has donated 18 laptops for use by Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal students. The laptops were provided by the Wanneroo Men’s Shed. Students will be advised of the expectation regarding attendance and use. The laptops will be lent to the students on a term by term basis, renewable each term.

Ernie Hill, Manager of the Goomburrup Aboriginal Corporation, said it was important to him that the students had access to computers, in order to prevent unnecessary stresses and he was happy to help, whenever he could.

Girls Academy

Girls Academy Year 10 members were fortunate enough to go on a tour of the Western Australian Police Academy in Joondalup. The girls were shown around the Driver Training facility, student classrooms, Firing Range and Taser practise rooms. They received talks and guidance from several current Indigenous cadets (including Newton Moore’s own Slade).

Newton Moore Clontarf Academy

Busselton Football Scratch Match

On Wednesday, June 5th, a group of Year Seven, Eight and Nine Clontarf Academy students travelled to Busselton Senior High School to take part in a 15-a-side football game. Students with over 80% attendance for the term and good standing were available for selection. After Ayden Noakes kicked the first goal of the game, the boys continued to work hard all day, eventually going down by just a couple of goals, in what was a great contest.

The Clontarf boys played with great spirit, sportsmanship and determination, representing both the Academy and Newton Moore well. The Clontarf Spirit award went to Sheldon Collard, Highest Goal Kicker went to Basil Hart and Best on Ground to Peter Woods. There was also an honourable mention to Jacob Ozies, for his Captaincy efforts. Following the match, the two schools enjoyed lunch together, with Busselton High putting on a sausage sizzle.

Overall, the students and staff involved had a great day. The Newton Moore Clontarf Academy would like to thank Gwen and the Busselton Senior High School team, for having us at their school and participating in the afternoon events. Discussions are already underway around a potential return game that would see the Busselton boys travel to Newton Moore later in the year, and continue the relationship between the schools.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

Our Canteen is still looking for the generosity of anyone with any available free time to come in and volunteer. We provide a friendly, happy working environment and also supply you with morning tea and lunch. Your children would love to see their parent, guardian, or carer helping out in this way. Giving back is a major skill, demonstrated by parental/community involvement in the Canteen.

Without the support of our students and teachers purchasing from the canteen, we would not be able to give back generously to our school, as demonstrated in the recent scholarship awards.

Don’t forget our online ordering system, Quickcliq, which is easy to access and register. When your child orders online, they have the advantage of not having to wait in line to receive their lunches.

We have a new Winter Menu available, and an assortment of Daily Specials.

School Board

What do school boards do?

The School Board’s primary responsibilities are to:

  • Support the vision and goals for the school.
  • Review school and department of education policies and their implementation.
  • Review and oversee the annual budget.

A typical School Board meeting will include many business items, such as approving the school calendar, adopting curriculum, reviewing the building construction project and approving sponsorships.

A successful School Board will balance discussion which focuses on the business of running the school, with paying close attention to the academic achievement of students. Our School Board is very effective and is involved in lots of robust discussion. The Board is presently using industry board member’s expertise to review ways that we can save on our utilities costs.


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