Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

27 June 2019

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

As this is the end of Semester One, you will be receiving a comprehensive report on your child’s progress and achievement for the semester. While marks and grades are important in terms of understanding student achievement relative to their entire year group, I would urge all parents to look beyond this to get a fuller understanding of the effort and focus that students have applied to their studies.

Information contained in the Attitude, Behaviour and Effort ratings give some great information to use in discussions with your child about their progress. There is also information on Connect about your child’s progress throughout the year.

When reading student reports, I notice that all students who are doing really well had some common things in their reports:

  • Firstly, they had attendance rates above 95% - that means that they did not miss more than two days of school in a term.
  • Secondly, In the Attitude, Behaviour and Effort attributes, they had the highest rating in the categories of
    - Participates fully
    - Is well organised
    - Meets deadlines

My message to students is that attendance, attitude, behaviour and effort are the keys to success. These are things that each individual student can control - they don’t depend on the teacher or the parents’ efforts – they depend on the student. These habits don’t appear overnight; they require practice and perseverance. I encourage all students to adopt these attitudes and behaviours; and equally encourage parents and carers to support their children in doing so.

As I said in my last Principal’s newsletter address, next semester I will be the Principal at Harvey Agriculture College. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the wonderful staff at Newton Moore, the amazing students, and the dedicated and supportive parents, grandparents and carers for doing an exceptional job. I look forward to seeing you all again at the commencement of 2020 (wow, can you believe it, 2020!).

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

From the Finance Team

Unpaid Specialist Program Charges

If your child is participating in one of the specialist programs at NMSHS - Horizons, MASH or Engineering - please ensure that you have paid the programs compulsory charges. If this is not paid by the time your child chooses their selections for next year, they may be excluded from that program in 2020. Please contact the Accounts office on 9722 2419 regarding payment of these charges.

Payment of 2019 C&C Payments

With half of the school year already behind us, a reminder to parents who have outstanding C&C balances to finalise these payments. Next year’s costing sheets are being prepared and will be sent to you prior to the end of the year. Please take the opportunity to start 2020 with a zero balance.

Payment plans are available and are a great way to pay the costs of your child’s education program over the school year, with minimal impact on the weekly household budget. Call the Accounts office on, 97222419, to discuss payment options.

Graduation Ceremony

The Year 12 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, 26th November. The compulsory cost for graduating students to attend this event is $25.

Please make payment for this event to the Accounts office, using any one of our usual payment options.

Deputy Principals’ Update

New Options for submitting Student Absences

If families have the magnet below, please cross out the email address as it is currently not in use. The correct email is:

Absences can also be submitted in Connect, where you are able to upload medical notes and other evidence for absences.

Please note you will need to log into Connect via a browser to access this feature, and much more. Accessing Connect via the Connect Now app will only give you access to streamed notices.

The SMS is still operational and is another option for submitting students’ absence notifications.


Impact of Missing School





Average of 5 days per term

90 %

1 Year

Regular Attendance

1 day per week

80 %

2 Years

Indicated Risk

1.5 days per week

70 %

3 Years

Moderate Risk

2 days per week

60 %

4 Years

Moderate Risk

3 days per week

40 %

6 Years

Severe Risk

5 weeks a term

50 %

5 Years

Severe Risk

Absences affect learning outcomes, whatever the reasons for missed days. This includes sickness, school refusal and family holidays. Even where many of the absences are explained and unavoidable, planning between the family and school may be necessary for your child to get the most out of their schooling.

This planning is useful in helping the school understand any problems or barriers preventing your child from attending school regularly. It may be necessary to continually review and modify any plans, until regular attendance at school is restored. It is important for schools and families to work together when planning for improved attendance, to ensure the best possible outcomes for your child.

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 your child misses a day, it is important you talk with their teachers to find out how you can help them catch up on missed work and assignments.

If you have any concerns about your child’s attendance, please contact NMSHS’s School Attendance Officer, Leisa Robertson, on 9722 2428.

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 including being 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.

Student Services Update

Give A Dam, Give A Can

This term the Year 7 classes took on the challenge of donating as many cans of food as they could to the yearly Rotary charity appeal Give a Dam, Give a Can. While they were spurred on by the incentive of a pizza lunch, what they really wanted was to outdo the Year 8’s collection of cans. This prompted a positive competitive spirit about which year group could do the best for those in need in the local community. It was pretty close in the end, but the Year 7 group won, by donating nearly 50 cans. Both year groups did an excellent job in helping out those less fortunate.

2019 University Open Days





  • Joondalup
  • Mt Lawley & WAAPA
  • South West


Sunday 28th July

Sunday 11th August

Sunday 25th August


10am – 3pm

10am – 3pm

11am – 2pm

Notre Dame

Sunday 11th August

10am – 3pm


Sunday 4th August

9am – 3pm


Sunday 28th July

10am – 4pm


Sunday 21st July

School Nurse

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

Learning Areas


School Based Trainee Crystal Buswell Achieves her Goal!

Congratulations to Year 12 VET student, Crystal Buswell, for recently completing an Aboriginal School Based Traineeship, achieving a Certificate II in Business. Crystal commenced the traineeship 18 months ago, supported by ATC Work Smart, and is pictured receiving a Certificate of Achievement from Field Officer, Paul Hickey.

As part of the traineeship, Crystal worked one day a week in Administration with the WA Country Heath Service at Bunbury Hospital, while completing the Cert II Business units that were delivered by Registered Training Organisation, Vocational Training Services. WA Country Heath Service has been a fantastic supporter of our indigenous students, in providing opportunities for Aboriginal School- Based Traineeships in Bunbury.

Not only did Crystal obtain a qualification to use towards her WACE, she also obtained valuable work experience. She also has great references to put on her resume, for when she starts looking for work after completing Year 12 this year.

Well done, Crystal!


Japan Study Tour Meeting

Thank you to the parents, guardians and students that attended the 18th of June parent information evening regarding the Japan Study Tour for 2020. Information was provided on the proposed itinerary, participant expectations and potential costs. There are still places available on the tour for any student interested in attending. If you would like any information, please contact Mrs King via email or complete the attached form.


The Year 8 students at NMSHS have recently adopted the guise of investigative journalists, looking into a variety of issues and topics that are important to them, as part of their English course. In their new reporter roles, they have been researching, note-taking, sharing anecdotes and seeking out the stories of others. Their aim is to create an article that will persuade their peers to concur with the point of view presented. They have been challenged to use the tools of the journalist trade, including persuasive techniques such as statistics and quotes from authorities, and writing with a compelling personal voice, to engage and position their readers. The students have quickly developed their investigative skills, becoming expert sleuths in the process. The English teachers are very much looking forward to reading their students’ creations.

T & E

On Friday 21st June, the Certificate II Business students were inspired by Ali Sander, from Gator Made4U, a highly successful home business that Ali began in 2017, after the birth of her first child. She has been nominated for two awards in the 2019 South West Business Awards.

Students heard about the process Ali went through to begin her business, and what they could do to begin their own. They learned about managing work/life balance, promotion and advertising, customer service and environment sustainability.

Students found Ali’s presentation to be very interesting, and loved hearing about the real life aspects of running your own business.


Champion Schools Orienteering Competition

The Upper School Outdoor Education classes today competed in the Champion Schools Orienteering competition, at Manning Park.

Newton Moore SHS placed in the top 10 overall, with Jordan Neill qualifying for the National Competition and Cameron Brown coming second in the Outdoor Ed Boy’s division.

Congratulations to all that participated and represented the school.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

As we approach the end of Term Two, the PBS Team would like to acknowledge the staff and students for their efforts so far this year. Over 16,000 points have been awarded to students for doing the right thing at Newton Moore.

Congratulations to Arthur who received the most PBS points in Term Two. Year 7-10 students in Arthur will be treated to a movie afternoon reward on Friday of Week 9. We’ve picked the flicks and will pop the corn as a way to say thank you for their outstanding efforts.

Within PBS, we are currently reviewing how we Respond to Unproductive Behaviour. Having already sought feedback from staff; we are now collating data and linking behaviours to our PBS Matrix. A recent survey acknowledged the engagement of our staff in this process, as we all seek to work together for a better tomorrow.

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Get Real Experience and Try - Nursing and Midwifery Work Experience Program

This year we have some incredibly motivated Year 10’s, who are interested in a career in the Medical Field.

During their CSC classes the girls were introduced to the GREaT program. This program allows students to undertake real life nursing work experience in a clinical setting at Bunbury Regional Hospital. We are incredibly proud to say that Amber Mell, Amanda Riley and Latarah Little have been successful in their applications for the 2019 GREaT Program. The placements are limited to only 50 spots state wide.

Amber was the first student to complete the 5-day program and found the placement to be very enjoyable and loved being in the Surgical Ward. She is on track to study ATAR next year, and hopes to study Medicine at University after graduating High School.

Latarah and Amanda have both applied for the Certificate IV in Nursing Preparations next year. They are aiming for a career in Midwifery. The girls will complete their GREaT placements in the Maternity ward in Terms Three and Four.

Girls Academy would like to thank the GREaT program, WACHS, Mrs Tuck, Ms Read-Smith and Ms Potter for this fantastic opportunity.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

As we all look forward to the end of Semester One, please don’t forget to support your Canteen for the rest of the year. More support means the more our P&C are able to give back to your school, for example, our P&C contributions to the Science and Engineering Scholarships this year.

Don’t forget our Daily Specials, and the homemade soup that you can purchase every day.

We also have a quick and easy way to order your lunches, with our online QuickCliq .

If you’re running late for work/school and didn’t have time for breakfast, we have that covered too. We provide delicious breakfasts from 8am, consisting of the famous:

  • Breaky wrap with the lot, (bacon, egg, cheese, spinach, hash brown & BBQ sauce)
  • Breaky Wrap same as above but with no hash brown
  • Yummy Toasted B&E sandwiches
  • Toasted chicken cheese & Mayo
  • fresh fruit salads
  • Breaky cups, (muesli, yoghurt & fruit - variety may change daily)

and all with such great prices!

Wishing everybody a safe and happy holiday. Looking forward to seeing you all back ready to go and hungry, for Term Three

School Board

How can you be sure that the education in your local public schools meets your expectations?

A good place to start is by becoming a school board member.

Board members at Newton Moore SHS have continued to look at data, in particular data that focuses on student achievement. The Board has also been actively involved in helping with the concepts and ideas for our new STEM centre. The most recent focus of the Board has been approaching the government about the possibility of getting solar panels – as utilities, particularly electricity, use a huge proportion of our school revenue.


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