Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

22 August 2019

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

During the July school holidays, work began on our new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) building. The Workshop at the back of B block, that once hosted mechanical classes, has been underutilised for some time and was in great need of being brought into the 21st century. The contractors have removed the windows and interior fixings to expose the building’s shell, from which our new STEM building will be constructed. At present, work is focussed underground; connecting essential services to the building. We expect to see exciting changes take place over the next four months as the building takes shape.

During Term 4, classes will be moved from A block (Design and Technology workshop classrooms) for work to begin there. The corridor between the classrooms will be enclosed, providing some valuable indoor learning space; with other minor improvements expect in this area.

The STEM building is on track to be completed before the beginning of the 2020 school year, with staff already planning curriculum activities to best use the facilities that will be available to our students.

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 addresses:

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

Tell them you are from Newton Moore and they will be happy to assist with your needs.

Deputy Principals’ Update

This will be a busy term for Upper School students, with another round of OLNA testing coming up and Mock examinations commencing in the second week of the school holidays.

Year 12 examinations

It is important that students and parents are aware of the following dates:

Mock exams

Monday 7th to 14th October (second week of school holidays)

Written WACE exams

Wednesday 30th October to Tuesday 19th November

Practical Music exams

Saturday 28th September to Sunday 6th October

The Mock examinations will be held at NMSHS in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC). The final written WACE exams will be held in various locations in the Bunbury region.

Students need to make sure that they are well prepared by creating a study plan, attending homework classes after school and keeping up with all required assessment work.

OLNA (Years 10-12)

Round Two of OLNA commences in Week 7 of this term. All students who have not passed OLNA will need to sit the test. There is a limited time available to complete all components, so it is especially important that students attend school throughout the testing period.

OLNA testing will be held at the following times:


Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th September

Numeracy and Reading

Monday 2nd to Friday 27th September

We recommend that students and parents access the SCSA website at the link below for further information, practice and example tests.

Kate Nightingale | Deputy Principal


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

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

Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes and higher incomes throughout their lives.

Did you know:

  • missing half a day of school each week equates to one month of missed learning each year
  • the attendance habits set by children when they first start school continue throughout their school life
  • if children miss half a day of school each week between Pre-primary and Year 10, they would miss almost one full year of learning
  • learning is cumulative – if children miss a day, it is harder for them to catch up.

You can help by arriving and collecting your children on time; making sure they get nutritious meals and enough sleep; making appointments with doctors, dentists and specialists, and making holiday plans during school holidays - not during the school term.

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.

Admin Report

Uniform Shop – Operating Hours

The Uniform Concepts on site at Newton Moore is open Mondays and Thursdays, 11am – 2pm. If you need to contact the manager, Lisa, call her on 9270 4664. Cash and EFTPOS are welcome; no cheques accepted.

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 sturdy 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.

Meet the Team

Meet the new staff

Ross Ligtermoet

Area of Teaching / Area of work :

Prior to working in Student Services, I was a PE teacher. I have also taught Science, Media, IT and Photography.

History (past work history):

After spending four years teaching in Kalgoorlie, I moved to Busselton SHS where I taught PE, as well as being a year coordinator. I also occasionally worked as acting Deputy Principal.

Philosophy about education :

I want to make sure all students have the opportunity to succeed at school. No matter what limitations a student has, there is a pathway at school that will help them achieve their goals.

Personal Interests:

Playing cricket, Mountain Biking, Camping, 4WDriving and spending time outdoors.

Student Services Update

Newton Moore Stars

Aiyana Morris – Year 9

Congratulations to Aiyana for her recent golfing wins. She now holds 1st position in the Cobra Puma Junior Classic at Royal Perth Golf Club and is also the inaugural winner of the Capel Golf Club Annual 2019 Ladies Saturday stroke/nett competition. Aiyana has a single figure handicap and was one of the top 11 single figure players in a field of over 110 participants in the recent South West District Ladies Golf Association stroke championships held at Dunsborough Country Club.

Basil Hart – Year 7 MASH

Basil was selected to play in the State WA under 12s AFL competition in early August. Western Australia placed 3rd overall. Congratulations Basil, we are all so proud of your achievements, and can’t wait to watch your AFL journey continue!

Jaxon Sawyer – Year 12

Jaxon has been selected for the 2019 Australian MTB Team. He is the first West Australian in over 10 years to make the team and will be heading off to the World Championships in Quebec, Canada, in late August.

Awesome effort Jaxon!! Go for Gold!!

School Nurse

Learning Areas


Year 11 students have been showing off their baking skills, with a Baking Challenge. Students were judged on the sensory and physical properties of their baked products.

Vet class winners

Ocean Ekland, Stephanie Riley and Kyeesha Forrest

General class winners

Joshua Schipp and Benjamin Johnston-Mewitt

Thanks to all our Guest Judges for giving up their time.


Fremantle Excursion – Year 9

Our Year 9 students spent the day in Fremantle, expanding their learning about the colonial history of Australia. We visited Fremantle Prison, the Shipwrecks Museum and the Roundhouse.


HASS Week came to Newton Moore recently. Here’s some of the fun, the projects, the costumes, the prizes!

Thank you to Drooleys for their support of this great event


Interschool Cross Country

On the 6th of August, 37 students headed out to Bells Pasture Seeds in Capel for the Interschool Cross Country. Years 7-9 students ran one lap of the 2.5km course, while the Year 10-12 students completing two laps (5km), through paddocks, gravel roads, and uneven surfaces. This included going up and over hay bales!

Congratulations to Year 9 student, Liam Vardy, who was the first runner for the Year 9 Boys category. Well done to Josie Curtis, who placed 5th in the Year 9 Girls category.

Students in Years 7-9 also participated in a 4 x 1km relay, where each student ran 1km as fast as they could, before tagging the next runner. Our Year 9 team, consisting of Josie Curtis, Aaron Roche Kavanagh, Paris Marshall and Liam Vardy had the best run, and were the overall winners for the Year 9 relay.

Thank you to Miss Smith, Mr Hayward, Steve Jas (Clontarf) and Gayle Narkle (Girls Academy) for their pre-excursion planning, support, encouragement, and their time on the day.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

One of our expected behaviours from the PBS Matrix is 'Move around the school considerately.' which falls under the school-wide expectation RESPECT - the focus of our PBS lesson in Week 6.

You can help by reminding and reinforcing the following with your child:

  • Stay to the left when walking on paths and corridors (this is also important on the road, when riding bikes or driving to and from school).
  • Walk, don't run, in corridors.
  • Walk your bike or scooter when on school grounds, including through car parks.
  • Focus on where you are going and not electronic devices or other distractions, to avoid accidents.

Thank you for your support and cooperation, in the interests of respect and safety for all students and staff.

Aboriginal Education


Year 9 Academy Time: Art-Mural Project

As a part of the Term 2 Academy Time program, the Year 9 class participated in a mural painting project. Before commencing the project, the class travelled to the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery to look for some inspiration. During the guided tour, the boys were treated to some amazing artworks in the ‘sports themed display’ as well as an indigenous themed show, starring well known artist, Shane Pickett.

After picking up some friendly tips and ideas, the boys spent the next couple of weeks planning and designing the mural. The final design was a modern graffiti style mural that tied together all the individual ideas of the group, and which reflected the link between modern life, Bunbury, the Clontarf Academy and Indigenous Culture.

The following weeks were spent prepping the wall and painting the mural, while making small adjustments to the design, as they went. Finally, at the end of a term of hard work and creativity, the boys completed their ‘Bunbury Clontarf Mural’. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to express themselves creatively, while also taking ownership of their academy room.

A massive thank you to the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery staff for the opportunity to tour the amazing gallery. The boys took a lot away from the experience and our mural is better for it.

South West Basketball Carnival

The South West Basketball Carnival was held at the Leschenault Leisure Centre on Friday the 9th of August. We had 10 teams competing including Clontarf Perth, Yule Brook, Gilmore, Coodanup, Katanning, North Albany, Busselton and Newton Moore.

The boys from Newton Moore earnt their spot by having good standing and 80% + attendance. It was a fantastic day. The spirit was high and the competition fierce. After nine round-robin games, the two Perth Clontarf teams finished in positions 1 and 2 on a countback, with Clontarf 1 winning the final.

A huge thank you goes to the Leschenault Leisure Centre, Kmart, Parks Centre, and all teaching staff, for their participation in the day, and all the boys for their excellent behaviour and attitude displayed leading up to and on the day.


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