Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

5 September 2019

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Leaders are not born, they are made. At Newton Moore Senior High School, we provide widespread opportunities for students to develop and practice essential leadership skills that provide so much more than academic benefits. Our many student groups provide an opportunity for students to positively lead and represent others shifting their focus towards the wider school community and often beyond. Below are just some of the major leadership opportunities provided by our school.

Student Executive

Year 11 Leadership Group
Year 10 Leadership Group
Year 7-9 Leadership Form
Calm Cadets
Clontarf Academy
Role Model Girls Academy
Youth Health Council
House Leaders

At our most recent assembly our nominees for the 2020 Student Executive shared key information about themselves to the whole student population. We had 7 nominees (including two nominees from our co-located Education Support Centre) break through their nervousness to present their case for why they are a strong advocate for others and will responsibly represent the school. The 2019 Student Executive lightened the mood with their humorous introduction of each nominee. The entire assembly was organised, set up and conducted by our student leaders highlighting the individual and collective skills they have developed over time.

Next term our elected members will embark on a leadership camp where they will elect the school captains for 2020.

Kylie Cattaway
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

Win a $100 ZIGGIES voucher to use for 2020 booklist

To be in the draw to win a $100 voucher to use at Ziggies for your child’s 2020 booklist, simply pay your contributions and charges in full by the end of Week 1 Term 4. We have 8 vouchers available and these will be drawn after the closing date of 18 October 2019.

Preferred booklist and personal items supplier for 2020

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 start of Term 1. They also supply good quality products that will support your 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 Administration 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

One of our school-wide expectations is Responsibility, which includes, 'Arrive to class on time.'

A reminder that there is no warning bell at the start of the day and end of recess and lunch.

Students need to move to class at the following times and not wait for the bell:

8.35 am

at start of the day

11.13 am

at end of recess

1.51 pm

at end of lunch

The bell that sounds five minutes after these times is the bell to start lessons. That means if students are not in class when the bell goes, they are late.

You can help by reminding and reinforcing this expectation with your child, and ensuring they are at school with enough time to be in class, ready to learn at 8.40 am. Setting an alarm on their phone at the times they need to move to class may also assist.

Thank you for your support and co-operation.

Year 12 TISC Applications

It is important that all Year 12 students who are wishing to apply for a University course in 2020 or beyond are aware that TISC Applications are now open.

Some universities give, “Conditional Early Offers.” Please read the information below if you are interested in this process.

Murdoch University Early Offer portal is now live

Students will still need to apply on TISC and list the desired Murdoch course as their 1st preference by 30th September, to be eligible for a conditional Early Offer. (Veterinary Science is excluded from the Early Offer program).

Students will be asked to enter their predicted selection rank, and upload their Yr12 Semester 1 school report.

To qualify for an unconditional offer in the December round, applicants will need to meet the minimum selection rank for their chosen course, meet English Language Competency, and attain their WACE.

Students attending RISE schools or who reside in the RISE postcodes are able to add 10 points to their ATAR to calculate their Selection Rank (capped at 90). The links to the RISE school list and postcodes can be found at the following site:

Notre Dame Early Offer Options and Events

2 September, 7pm

Admissions online info session - on Facebook and IGTV

10 September, 5:30pm 

Admissions Info Evening 

16-25 September

1-on-1 Advice Sessions

Extended hours

Prospective Students Office will be open until 7pm, Monday-Thursday from 16-26th September and from 9:30am-1:30pm on Saturday 21st September.

Uni enabling programs

From Semester 1, 2020, applicants who have completed any of the following university enabling programs will be considered as meeting minimum academic entry requirements for Notre Dame degrees that have a minimum ATAR requirement of 70. This includes students who have completed enabling programs in the course of their Year 12 study program.

Accepted enabling programs:

ECU University Preparation Course, Murdoch University OnTrack and FlexiTrack, Curtin University UniReady, UWA Mature-age Access Program, CQU STEPS, University of Newcastle Open Foundation, and Southern Cross University PSP.

Other preparation courses will be considered on a case by case basis.

Certificate IV pathway for school leavers

From Semester 1, 2020, Year 12 students who have successfully completed a Certificate IV and achieved a minimum scaled score of 50% or above in ATAR English (or equivalent), will be considered as meeting minimum academic entry requirements for degrees in the School of Arts & Sciences and School of Business.

Please note that students with Certificate IV + ATAR English, wishing to enter degrees in other Schools will be considered for the Tertiary Pathway Program.

Early Offer Program

If applicants have any queries about the status of their application, they can contact the Admissions Office on 08 9433 0537 or



Truancy is when children leave home for school, but then do not attend. Children who are truant may be trying to impress their friends, trying to gain attention, or they may be angry because of school or home problems. Truancy may occur when there are learning problems or bullying at school. Children who truant usually try to hide it from their parents.

What parents can do about truancy

Parents or guardians have an obligation to see that their child attends school, and can use the following as a guide:

  • If it has just started, try to find a cause. Think about what else was happening in the child's life when it started.
  • Parents can talk to student services if their child is truanting.
  • Let the child know that you believe that going to school is really important.
  • If truancy continues, there needs to be a meeting at school to address the issue.
  • If your child is skipping lessons, certain days or certain teachers, student services can help to see what pattern is emerging, and can put strategies into place to minimise the risk of truancy occurring.

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

Acknowledgement of Custodians of the Land

This sign acknowledges the custodians of the land, the culture and the Aboriginal people of this area. The design was a joint venture between Lois Little (AIEO) and Noongar-Boodjar Language Centre.

ICT/Technology Report

BYOD and School Passwords – a quick guide to stress-free password changes

Every few months, the Department of Education requires you to change your school password. This is the one that you use to sign in to school computers, connect to the school WiFi (2.4 or 5) and access network drives and printers (from your BYO Device). If you don’t change it, your existing password will expire, and you won’t be able to connect to anything!

The first you will know about your password expiring is when you can’t connect to the school Wifi. Go to a school owned PC or laptop (has a blue-cable connection to the school network), there are some of these in the IRC. You can sign-in with your school username and existing password, and you will be guided through the steps to change your password. Remember, you can’t use old passwords and your new password must meet the Department of Education password rules.

Once you have done this, your WiFi password and school network drives password will be updated to match the one you just created.

Remember that your BYO Device doesn’t know that you’ve changed your school password, so it will try to keep using your old password to connect to WiFi, network drives and printers. If you don’t deal with this, then you will be faced with the horror of, “Your account is LOCKED OUT.” You need to get your BYOD to forget the old password.

There are three places where the old password needs to be replaced:

  1. WiFi connections, select each one (2.4 and 5) and choose, “Forget Network.” Once forgotten, find the WiFi service again and click, “Connect.” Enter your school sign-in and new password. Hey Presto!!!!
  2. Network drives, on your BYOD, choose disconnect or delete each drive and then run the “map network drives” utility again. It will prompt you for your username and new password for each drive. (Tip: make a note of each drives’ details before you remove it).
    Ta Daaa!!!!
  3. For network printers, you should delete the printers (e.g. from control panel) and then reinstall them again from the NB4TPrinters shortcut.

So, now you should be good to go, and ready to get on with some proper work. Until the next time….

Student Services Update

Year 11 & 12 Semester One A/B Average Students

Year 11 and 12 students who received an A/B average for their Semester 1, 2019 results received a gourmet luncheon to celebrate their successes. Merit certificates were handed out by the Principal, Mrs Cattaway, and the students were waited on by Mr Dennis.


Sidney Mason

Harmony McRobert Howe

Kage Geyer

Callum Cassettai

Melody McRobert Howe

Shayli Spry

Lilli Hood

Gabriel Francisco

Madelyn McDonagh

Sarah Norris

Ella Williams

School Nurse

Be Prepared – Hay Fever is coming!

PPP- Raising Responsible Teens

Learning Areas


School Based Traineeships

School-based traineeships provide the opportunity for students who are in year 11 or year 12 to be employed and go to school at the same time. This means, not only will you get paid, you will also be working towards completing your Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

Some of the advantages of school-based apprenticeships and traineeships include:

  • More flexibility and variety.
  • Head start in a career.
  • Nationally recognised qualifications.
  • An opportunity to learn and earn.
  • Contributing to the community.
  • Employer satisfaction.

How does it all work?

  • A host Employer will be located
  • You could go to school three days a week and go to work on the other two days
  • You could go to school four days a week and go to work one day
  • You will complete the assessment activities at work and in your own time.

NMSHS has many students who have completed traineeships in various industries, including:

  • Kitchen Operations
  • Hospitality
  • Government
  • Retail
  • Business
  • Stevedoring
  • Light vehicle
  • Individual support
  • Community Services
  • Warehousing Operations
  • Building and Construction
  • Sport and recreation

If you are a current Year 10 or Year 11 student and if this is a pathway you may be interested in, please see Mrs Read-Smith and Mrs Potter in the VET office.


As part of the STEM fair, the students of Cyber Security for Schools at ECU delivered classes to our IT students on Network Security and on-line safety.


Year.7/8 Lightning Carnival

On the 22nd of August, a large Newton Moore team competed in the annual South West Schools Lightning Carnival. The South West turned on the weather for an amazing day of participation in a wide range of sports including soccer, basketball, netball and AFL. Newton Moore competed well throughout the day and represented the school with pride. Congratulations to all, on your outstanding representation.

Mr. Hayward

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Improving student engagement, social, academic and behaviour outcomes is about ensuring all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented instructional and behavioural practices and interventions possible. PBS provides an operational framework for achieving these outcomes.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) builds a continuum of supports for staff and students. It is a proactive and educative approach that is focused on explicitly teaching and acknowledging our school-wide expectations and expected behaviours. At each level there is an emphasis on outcomes, in the form of agreed expectations for student and staff behaviour and data to guide decision-making about what practices should be put in place to support student learning and social behaviour. There is equal emphasis on the system supports that will be needed to build consistency with revised practice, among all teachers and staff within the school.

Our school-wide expectations, which were developed in consultation with students and staff, are:

  • Wellbeing
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Learning

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

The Girls Academy represented Newton Moore in the Waalitj Kaaditijin Basketball carnival, held at Busselton Senior High School. Both the senior and junior team won their divisions. Special mention to Mikayla Farrant and Kaylee Gellatly, who walked away with Spirit Awards for the day.


On Wednesday, 14th August, the Newton Moore Clontarf Academy hosted its annual employment forum. This year we convened at the Bunbury Bowling Club and were superbly hosted by Laurie and the team.

Our focus this year was on profiling partners who have played a large part in supporting the Foundation and our academy.

As the weather turned on us, we enacted Plan B, and conducted an ice breaker, where boys introduced themselves to business people. This was followed by Kmart, Civilcon and Qube profiling casual employment, trainees and Alumni respectively. It was fantastic to hear from Jackson Hill, a current Year 12 student who spoke about his casual work at Kmart and how this has enabled him to gain some independence and start saving for a car. Next came Khy Powel, who recently finished a Certificate II in Building and Construction with Civilcon through SMYL. Finally, Daniel and Ritchie from Qube gave us the run down on the business, as well as an insight into the progression from trainee to employee. Ritchie's valuable comments were the highlight for many.

After that, we broke into three groups. One group comprised Officeworks, Kmart, Bunnings, and Winc, who spoke about current and upcoming casual employment opportunities for after school and weekends. We designed this workshop to best enable partners to link with keen boys looking for work. From this we are scheduling site visits for our boys, to get a hands-on taste of the working world.

The second workshop was hosted by Iluka and Protech and employability was the focus. Topics such as, how to dress, what you should have on your resume, what should your social media look like, body language when you meet people, etc, were covered. It was a fantastic session that was enjoyed by all.

Finally, we had mock interview workshop, where each boy sat with an industry representative, practicing their interview skills. SW TAFE, the Water Corporation, Qube, Perkins and SMYL were represented, and we thank them all, for their time and input.

All in all, it was a great morning with lifelong benefits for our boys.

Specialist Programs


Year 10 and 11 Engineering students Chloe Hounsham, Abby Curti, Shaofeng Huang, Gideon Venter and Cordell Anderson will compete in the WA State Finals of the Subs in Schools competition, in October. They have been busy designing and constructing a model submarine which will perform sea trials at the competition, as well as designing team uniforms, a trade booth and preparing enterprise and engineering portfolios, for judging by industry and engineering experts.

The team received support from several Bunbury businesses including; Liquid Protection Coating, JMD Engineering, Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry, South West Business Connect, Clark Rubber, Bunnings and Blackwoods. Their support made it possible for the team to purchase materials for the sub, and complete the work to a high standard for judging.

Gail Manton, Nick Berryman and Mike Van Halteren, from the Marine Industries School Pathways Program, also visited the team in Week 4, to provide advice and guidance to the team in preparation for competition. The team learnt how to complete electrical testing and utilise the Carvey machine to create parts for their display.

Thank you to all staff and students who have followed the team on socials. If you would like to follow the team’s progress on Instagram: @nmshs.orcas

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

Congratulations! Your nomination of Dawn Robertson for the Nan Marlow Award 2019: Volunteer of the Year, has resulted in her being awarded outright winner!

Dawn has been a loyal volunteer to our canteen from 1985-2019, completing an astonishing 5587 hours

Congratulations, thank you, and well done, Dawn


Student Executive Fundraiser – Term 3

Gentle Flow Yoga Class

Come and join the Silveryogies for a rejuvenating and gentle yoga class, suitable for everybody.

The class will be held on the grass at Newton Moore SHS, on Monday 16th Sept, from 5pm till 6pm.

Entry is a gold coin donation, with all funds being raised for the South West Refuge. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel. Everybody welcome, entry is via the IRC gates.


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