Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

18 September 2019

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

At Newton Moore SHS we are very proud of our staff. They are influential, caring and actively engaged in supporting our young people.

Our staff has been the recipient of some prestigious awards in the past and this year is set to be another year of acknowledgement.

Lois Little, Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer, has served our school for over nine years. She is a wealth of knowledge and plays a key part is supporting our school to respect and value diversity, whilst being culturally responsive. Lois’ work is well respected by the staff and community and she was nominated for the WA Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer of the Year award in this year’s WA Education Awards.

We are proud that Lois has been selected as one of four finalists in this category. In August, a panel from the selection committee spent a day in our school speaking with parents, community members, agencies, school staff and students as part of the selection process. We now eagerly await the outcome of the awards which will be announced on 28th October 2019.

Our staff do amazing things throughout the year to benefit the learning of all students at Newton Moore Senior High School. If you would like to acknowledge a staff member for something small or large please don’t hesitate to share your views via email or phone 97222400 and we will be sure to pass on your appreciation.

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 eight vouchers available and these will be drawn after the closing date of 18th 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, plus 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 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

NAPLAN Online 2019

In May, national literacy and numeracy assessments were administered to students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. You should have received a report in the mail this week showing your child's achievements in these assessments.

NAPLAN provides a snapshot of your child's achievement at a point in time. Results should be considered, together with school-based assessments, feedback and reports.

A brochure providing detailed information on how to understand a child's individual student reports can be downloaded from:

For 2019, the NAPLAN online tests were equated with the pen-and-paper tests. Results for both tests are reporting, using the same assessment scale.

NAPLAN results should be considered with care. This is particularly the case for some students who experienced disruptions due to connectivity issues. Your child's teacher is the best person to talk to regarding your child's overall educational progress. 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.

If you have not received your child's NAPLAN report, or have any queries, please contact the school on 9722 2400.

Damian Croxford
Deputy Principal


What the Law Says

Under Western Australian law (School Education Act 1999), parents must send their children to school unless:

  • They are too unwell
  • They have an infectious disease
  • The Principal is provided with a genuine and acceptable reason

You must let the school know within three days why your child is not attending.

Under school law, schools must:

  • Monitor attendance of students
  • Follow up with parents and caregivers on student absences

What happens when your child misses school without a valid reason?

The following steps will be taken until the issue is resolved:

  • Your school will ask you for an explanation
  • Your school will meet with you to discuss ongoing issues and a plan with a response
  • Your case will be referred to the local district education office or the Department of Education and Training
  • A school attendance Panel will be set up to review the steps taken and provide advice
  • In some cases, you will be fined

Support and Help for Families

If your child is reluctant or refuses to go to school, or is missing school without you knowing, there is support and help available. Contact NMSHS’s School Attendance Officer, Leisa Robertson, on 9722 2428, or your District Education office on 9791 0300.

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.

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 insurance cover for BYOD.

Student Services Update


RUOK? Day was on the 12th September this year. We wanted to promote the day, ensuring students are aware of the importance to ask the question. The Home Economic classes made over 300 cupcakes with yellow icing and these were given out with a question of either: “Who would you talk to if you were having a bad day” or “How do you stay mentally healthy”.

School Nurse

If you’re a parent of a “tween” or teen, some things are easier…and some are harder! Want some new ways to tackle problems, reduce stress and enjoy family life more? But don’t want somebody telling you how to be a parent? We get it. The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, including the Teen Triple P program, is based on decades of ongoing research, and has been shown to work for families around the world. Teen Triple P can help you and your teenager successfully navigate the ups and downs of the teenage years. Are there one or two issues making parenting less enjoyable than you’d like it to be, or do you just want to be more confident that you’re doing the right thing to help your son or daughter make the transition to being a responsible adult? Teen Triple P’s simple strategies and ideas really can help. And the best part is that because you know your own family best, you’re free to choose which strategies you want to try out at home. Give it a go!

Please see attached PDF for details of upcoming Teen Triple P seminars.

Any more information needed, please contact:

Sam Curtis
School Health Nurse
9722 2425.

Learning Areas


The lower school Home Economic classes have been very busy on a variety of projects this semester. In the Year 8 Foods class, students investigated healthy breakfasts and then ordered, time-planned and cooked their own original recipes. Some ideas included a breakfast pizza and fruit smoothies. Students also had the opportunity to complete a ‘Home Task’ which involves planning, preparing and cooking a two-course meal for the family.

Kent and Jarrod are pretty pleased with their breakfast choice.

Chelsea and Jo-Nique working hard on their creation.

In the Year 7 Fabrics class, students quickly picked up how to operate a sewing machine to create cushions, many in their favourite footy team colour. The next project is a strong, functional pencil case, of their own design.

Basil Hart with an almost completed cushion.


Term 3 was another extremely busy one for HASS. Two of the highlights were the Year 9 Fremantle excursion in Week 2 and HASS Week in Week 3.

Year 9 Fremantle excursion

Fremantle put on its best weather for the Year 9 visit in Week 2. We started our visit with a guided tour of Fremantle Prison and heard fascinating tales of both convict days and the modern prison. Next stop was the Shipwrecks Museum, where we explored the long history of shipwrecks along Australia’s west coast and a huge section of the hull from the famous ‘Batavia’ shipwreck. Our final destination was the Roundhouse, another preserved gaol in the heart of Fremantle. The highlight was watching the 1:00pm cannon firing out into the ocean.


Week 3 saw another monumental and successful HASS Week, which culminated in our showcase of projects on Friday. Students presented models, dioramas, timelines, maps, posters, diagrams and much more, that reflected the high levels of engagement in HASS at Newton Moore. Some students even wore HASS-themed costumes to celebrate the day. Huge thanks to Drooley’s Pizza for generously donating $50 pizza vouchers, which were awarded to students in several categories.


Year 7:

    Jorja Bulman, Daniella Cavuoto, Rebekah Barnes – Parliament House

    • Ali Bursil, Sophia Moran – Ancient Egypt display

    Year 8:

      Rayaan Atif and Felix Archer – 3D model of a sustainable city

      • Annas Atif – 3D model of a sustainable house

      Year 9:

        Alisa Cavuoto – battlefield diorama

        • Jade Britza – battlefield diorama

        Year 10:

          Ashe Seeton – WWII propaganda poster

          • Chloe Matthews – WWII propaganda poster


            Bill Hammond – young Stalin

            • Ryan Bayliss – Marie Antoinette
            • Chloe McLeod/Eve Pich – Plague doctor


            Lower School Leadership- Zero2hero Youth Mental Health Forum.

            On the 5th of September, 12 students from our Year 7-9 Lower School Leadership group travelled to Perth for the annual Youth Mental Health Forum organised by Zero2hero.

            Students listened to keynote speakers, including Heath Black (Former AFL player), Alyssa Azar (Youngest Australian to summit Mount Everest) and Nic Emmerson (Self published author and inspirational speaker).

            Students then broke into breakout sessions which included listening to Matthew Pavlich, participating in Yoga and dancing to 90s Jams.

            It was a massive day, but all students came away with some great insights and knowledge.

            Thank you to Miss Smith for organising and our chaplain Heather for coming with us!

            Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

            Congratulations to Arthur for receiving 1313 PBS points for Term 3 - the most for Term 3.

            As the winning House, students in Arthur (Years 7-10) will be invited to a reward activity on Friday Period 2 in Week 10:


            One of the key components of School-wide Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is Acknowledging Expected Behaviours. Well done to all students for receiving PBS points and thank you to staff for continuing to award points to students, for achieving success in meeting our school-wide expectations; Wellbeing, Respect, Responsibility and Learning.

            Aboriginal Education


            Tylar Gallaghan and Kyle Oliver signed on to their school based traineeship at Qube in April and have been doing a fantastic job. Recently they were recognised by their line manager, superintendent and general manager for the excellent work.

            "They did all this whilst having a great attitude and kept morale high." Dylan, Line Manager, Qube

            "They were given the task of cleaning up the cargo around the berth. They worked hard all day, never complained and took pride in their work." Dylan, Line Manager.

            "A tough but necessary part of our job. I will make sure I speak to them tomorrow, and say thank you." Daniel, Superintendent Qube.

            "That’s great feedback, so good to see Tylar and Kyle doing so well." Neil - Area Manager Programmer.

            Great to see, and thanks to everyone at NMSHS who have invested in these two young men's lives.

            Specialist Programs


            2019 STEM FAIR

            Over 600 excited visiting primary and secondary students, as well as parents and Newton Moore SHS students, celebrated National Science Week, with our 11th STEM Fair.

            The day saw students participate in a number of STEM activities facilitated by our own amazing staff, along with external providers including South West Science Council, QANTAS, UWA and ECU.

            The highlight was the Years 7 to 11 Science Horizons and Engineering Specialist research work on display. Congratulations to all the students for their innovative and creative projects.

            Thank you to our partners Doral, Talison Lithium, GHD, ECU and South West Science Council, who were valuable contributors on the day, in making the connection between the classroom and real- life experiences.

            News from Parent Bodies

            Canteen News

            Myself and all the canteen staff and valuable volunteers wish all staff and students a safe relaxing and enjoyable break. We are looking forward to greeting you all on return with a new Summer Menu. The menu is available by email, hard copy, and on the Staff and Student Daily notices. Don’t forget the easy way to order is with our online ordering services. Google Quickcliq to register.

            Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any requests regarding catering for morning teas, Board lunches, staff lunches, or even to prepare your evening meal. We are here and happy to help.

            Please note that some prices will unfortunately increase next term, due to increased supplier costs.

            Kind Regards
            Tracey Usher
            Canteen Manager
            Newton Moore Senior High School

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