Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

7 August 2019

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

During Semester Two, whilst Susan Kerr is on long service leave, I have the pleasure of once again fulfilling the role of Principal at Newton Moore Senior High School.

The beginning of the term has been full of excitement. Last week, our Japanese sister school, Kawanishi Hokuryo High School, made the 7000km journey to visit us here in the South West of WA. This is their third visit to NMSHS and, at the same time, we are busy planning our third visit to Japan in 2020.

The relationship we have with our sister school is very important. It helps us to address our school value of Global Awareness.

To be more globally aware a person must have the knowledge, skills and values to act in an informed manner, demonstrate empathy, engage in effective intergroup communication and build community across social, cultural, political, geographic and economic boundaries.

As our students embrace the opportunities that come from hosting our sister school, they develop the knowledge and skills that make them more globally aware.

Fourteen of our students and their families warmly opened their homes, so that our visitors had a genuine home-stay experience. I would like to sincerely thank our host families for supporting our sister school partnership. I am confident that the experience for both our visitors and our families on the whole was a positive one.

Throughout the week, there were many opportunities to share both Japanese and Australian culture. At our whole school assembly, Mr Kinugasa, of Kawanishi Hokuryo High School, presented Newton Moore Senior High School with four cotton Noren (fabric dividers) representing the seasons. You can see the Noren representing Winter on display in the Administration foyer.

Most importantly, I would like to thank Mrs King who worked tirelessly and over a long period of time to ensure this visit was well planned and successful. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences and thank Mrs King for maintaining our sister school partnership, for bringing this opportunity to NMSHS and helping us all become more globally aware.

Kylie Cattaway
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

Preferred Booklist and Personal Items Supplier for

For the 2020 and 2021 school years, we will be partnering with Ziggies, a Western Australian owned and run company, for our booklists and personal items. As our preferred supplier, Ziggies are offering our parents access to online ordering, cheap home delivery or collection at the school prior to the start of Term One, plus good quality products that will support our students through their educational journey at Newton Moore SHS.

When they are finalised later this term, booklists for all year groups for 2020 will be available to parents via our newsletter, from the Connect website and, for those wanting a paper copy, by collection from the school Admin office.

Alternatively, if you are in the metro area you can shop at either of their retail stores at the following address: (Tell them you are from Newton Moore and they will be happy to assist with your needs).

Canning Vale Store

25B Baile Road
Canning Vale WA 6155
Tel: (08) 94553717

Joondalup Store

Shop 31, 57 Joondalup Gate
Joondalup WA 6027
Tel: (08) 93014587

Deputy Principals’ Update

One of our expected behaviours from our Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Matrix is 'Participate fully in all school activities - that is, 'no opt out.' This comes under our school-wide expectation of 'LEARNING,' and is a key to success.

We have high expectations that all our students fully participate in all subjects each day.

This means:

  • completing all set tasks in class.
  • completing all homework.
  • answering questions (if students don’t know, they 'have a go').
  • trying their best in all assessments.
  • contributing fairly to group tasks and discussions.

You can help by reinforcing these high expectations with your child at home, ensuring homework is completed and having regular contact with your child's teachers.

Homework classes run in the IRC until 4 pm each day Monday to Thursday, where your child can get assistance from teachers.

Thank you for your support and co-operation.


We want to make sure all students get the best education possible, which is why attending school every day is so important. Western Australian law stipulates that schooling is compulsory for young people aged from 6 -17 years.

School participation will help your child develop important skills, knowledge and values to further their learning and participation in the community. Attending school every day also helps your child develop crucial social and emotional skills, including good communication, resilience and the ability to work in teams.

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 so your child gets the most out of their schooling.

Family vacations should always be booked outside of school term - during the school holidays. If, for some reason, this is not possible, please write to the school to notify them as soon as possible. Please be aware it is school policy that teachers are not expected to provide work for students who are going on holidays.

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.

Student Services Update

Newton Moore Stars

Basil Hart

Congratulations to Basil Hart, who was selected to represent WA in the 2019 AFL 12s Boys Team. The team will compete in the School Sport Australia National Championships in Mandurah in early August.

Good Luck Basil

Altitude Award

Erik Laves, on behalf of Gravity Etc, presented the Altitude Award that supports the Positive Behaviour Program being run at Newton Moore. Erik was assisted by one of Gravity Etc students, Newton Moore’s Year 10 student, Dustin Kendall, who recently placed 4th in a National Championship. The Altitude Award includes a voucher for Gravity sessions, which gives local youth an opportunity to utilise the centre - as a reward for good behaviour.

Staff nominated students for the award based on the following criteria:

  • Uncharacteristic acts of kindness or compassion towards their peers or teachers
  • Uncharacteristic increased or improved effort with school work
  • Voluntarily undertaking a community or school responsibility
  • Or any other act or effort from a student that makes the teachers proud to be teachers

Congratulations to winners Charity Rose Ryder, Year 10 and Mikisa Knuckey, Year 11.

School Nurse

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

Learning Areas


Language Awards - Indonesian



Year 7

James Ison

Year 8

Casey Wright, Charlotte Mills

Year 9

Mekhi Patterson

Year 10

Darcy Beacham

Language Awards – Japanese



Year 7

Zachery Hughes, Declan Garrett 

Year 8

Zak Venter, Benjamin Arnold 

Year 9

Josie Curtis 

Year 10

Tiare Crowder


HASS Awards



Year 7

Luci Woods, Millah Gray

Year 8

Annas Atif, Ashton English

Year 9

Elloise Hernandez, Justin Hall

Year 10

John Carcallas, Ella Matheson


HASS week showcases innovation in teaching and learning, in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences. HASS Week is happening between 2nd and 9th August. This year’s theme is My Future: My Voice. Students are currently constructing their models, dioramas, posters, diagrams, broadsheets, infographics and 3D models, in the hope of winning some of the prizes on offer.


Interschool Athletics Carnival

2019 Newton Moore Interschool Athletics Team


Team members

Year 7

Jacynta Bartylak, Lauren Bridge, Josiah Butler, Daniella Cavuoto, Ranielle Eltagonde, Basil Hart, Ostin Holdcroft, Caleb Holzapfel, Jada Kirwan, Euan Macdonald, Aaron Sands

Year 8

Phoenix Albrey, Blake Aldridge, Daniel Bartlett, Zarah Calicdan, Hannah McNaughton, Jayden Mell, Abbey Nankivell, Katherine Tickenoff, Perry Ugle

Year 9

Haylee Abbs, Malachai Bell, Gabriel Doolan, Keira Dronow, Toree Gilmore, Melina La Rosa, James Pearson, Denise Pickett, Ashton Pittaway, Aaron Roche Kavanagh, Liam Vardy

Year 10

Amelia Adams, Brayden Jones, Dustin Kendall, Latarah Little, Jordan Melville, Kayne Pringle, Chloe Pumphrey, Charity-Rose Ryder, Rylei Stalteri

Year 12

Holly Barnes, Rachelle Brown, Jayde Gadecki, Casara Hill, Jackson Hill, Gloria Humphries, Jessica Kundi, Blake La Rosa, Niko Patterson

Well done to all students who represented Newton Moore with passion, determination and sportsmanship! Our Newton Moore spirit is highly regarded within sporting events around the region.

Congratulations to Blake La Rosa, Open Male Champion Boy and Casara Hill, 2nd Runner Up Champion.


Year 10s Taking up the Challenge!!

Year 10 students who got involved in Work Experience at the end of Term Two had some fantastic and varied experiences in their chosen workplaces.

Students performed placements in child care, hospitality, automotive, aged care, nursing, beauty and education.

Work Experience offers students the opportunity to try out a job before committing to a study path or career in that industry. Under the supervision of experienced staff, students are able to observe and participate in real life work situations, learn new skills and build their confidence in a work setting.

It can also lead to further opportunities in employment, with some students securing traineeships, apprenticeships and paid work, as a result of successful placements.

If you are in Year 10 and would like to do work experience during the last week of Term Three, head to the VET Office and talk to Mrs Read-Smith or Mrs Potter.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

One of our expected behaviours from the PBS Matrix is 'Bring required equipment to class' which falls under the school-wide expectation RESPONSIBILTY - the focus of the PBS lesson in Week 3.

Being responsible and organised is a key for success at school, at work and in life in general.

It is important for students to pack their bag with everything needed for the school day - including pens, pencils, ruler, books, homework or assignments that are due, and computer device (for all Year 12 students and any student who has one).

Some tips to help:

  • Keep it simple
  • Develop routines
  • Put everything in its place
  • Keep a list
  • Prioritise tasks and focus on what is important
  • Throw rubbish away and tidy up daily

You can help by reinforcing this behaviour with your child. Parents and carers are encouraged to maintain regular contact with class teachers, to ensure students are presenting at school with the required equipment.

Aboriginal Education

Clontarf Academy

On Tuesday, June 25th, South West Aboriginal Medical Service, in conjunction with Clontarf Academy, hosted a health day. Each year our boys are given access to a medical GP and other health specialists, as part of our program. The aim is to break down the stigma of young men visiting the doctor and to establish good health behaviours. Issues discussed included drugs and alcohol, diet and weight, mental health and exercise. So far 22 of our boys have received this health check and have become more knowledgeable about their own bodies and of the positive and negative consequences of decisions they make.

Thank you to Jemima, Murray, Wade and Dr Arman for your time and service. It was much appreciated.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

Welcome back everyone for the start of an amazing Term Three. The Canteen is running full steam ahead, ready and waiting to look after you with all your recess and lunch orders, and with all your catering requirements. Special dietary requirements are also catered for.

Don’t forget we are open for breakfast from 8am every day, serving you delicious Brekky Wraps, a variety of toasted sandwiches, fruit salads and hot drinks.

Come on in to the Canteen and say ‘Hi.’

If you are busy - as life is these days - don’t forget we have our online Canteen ordering service available for Brekky, Recess and Lunch at the link below find QuickCliq

Kind Regards
Tracey Usher
Canteen Manager

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