Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

14 November 2019

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

The Minister of Education recently announced that public schools will not permit mobile phone use by students beginning the 2020 school year. There may be varied views on this topic in the community, within our families and particularly with our students. Australian and overseas research has presented different perspectives on the impact of non-educational use of mobile phones in schools. A common element that is emerging across all audiences – educators, parents and students – is the view that mobile devices are often a distraction to learning and a contributing factor in cyberbullying.

In response to the Minister’s announcement, The Department of Education issued a policy statement that does not permit students’ use of mobile phones in public schools unless for medical or teacher directed educational purpose. These exemptions would be by prior arrangement or under direct teacher permission. Some key points from the policy are below.

  • ‘Mobile phones’ refers to a range of electronic devices including associated listening devices (including headphones).
  • Mobile phones must be turned off and neither seen or heard whilst on school site and throughout the school day.
  • Smart watches are required to be in ‘aeroplane mode’.
  • Communication between parents and students, during school hours, should occur via the school administration or alternate school defined process.
  • We are currently consulting with key stakeholders to devise our school policy in response to the Department’s directive. Our school community will be advised of the outcome as soon as it has been finalised.

What can you do to support?

  • Present a balanced view of the challenges and positive impacts this policy will potentially have on your children’s social lives and learning at school.
  • Negotiate appropriate use of mobile phone and associated devices based on the varied contexts your child will be in throughout the course of their days. For example: when in conversation with others, at the workplace, in the car, at the dinner table, being attended to by a shop assistant, at school etc.
  • Determine, in conjunction with your child, if they require to bring a mobile device to school and if they do, how they will manage this to ensure compliance with government, educational and school requirements.

Mobile phones present challenges that as parents we did not have to encounter when we were at school. For many parents they will be finding their way as they support and guide their children through these challenges. There will be mistakes made; although mistakes can always be improved. As a school we are here to support; please feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance.

Kylie Cattaway
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

2020 Contributions and Charges

The 2020 Contributions and Charges Booklet is available in the attachment. This information is also available on Connect in the School Space library. Paper copies will be available from Administration if you wish to collect one in person, however paper copies will no longer be posted to all parents.

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 the start of Term 1, plus good quality products that will support your students through their educational journey at Newton Moore SHS.

Booklists for 2020 are now available to parents via our newsletter (attached), from My Space on Connect and by collection from the school’s Administration 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,
anning Vale WA 6155
Tel: (08) 94553717

Joondalup Store

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

Deputy Principals’ Update

A key principle of inclusivity is that students, parents, caregivers and families are supported to have a voice and be heard. Parents, families and caregivers are valued partners in inclusive education, and developing further strong connections with our families and wider community is a school priority.

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 to your child’s teacher you still require further information, or want to discuss issues further, please contact the relevant Head of Learning Area or Wellbeing Coordinator.


At Newton Moore Senior High School, we believe that feedback for students and parents should be meaningful and given in a timely manner. The expectation for all our teachers is that feedback is given for assessment work, explaining what your child has demonstrated and what requires improvement.

In 2018 we conducted a review of the feedback we provide parents, reflecting on recent changes in technology and the introduction of Connect.

As a result, we made some changes to our semester reports. We have removed personalised comments, provided a Learning Area grade, description of the work covered during the semester as well as attitude, behaviour and effort information. These end of semester reports provide a summary of achievement for your child over the semester.

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 to your child’s teacher you still require further information, or want to discuss issues further, please contact the relevant Head of Learning Area.

Semester Two reports will be published on Connect and e-mailed to parents in the last week of term. Please notify the school with details of your e-mail address if you haven't done so already, and advise the school of any changes to your e-mail.

Year 11 examinations

The Year 11 exams begin on Monday 11th November running throughout Week 5 and concluding on Tuesday 19th November (Week 6).

The examinations will be held at NMSHS in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC). More details is provided in the Content2Go (MSB schools) parent permission request that will be sent via email.

Year 10 examinations

The Year 10 exams begin on Monday 18th November running throughout Week 6.

Double period exams run for 1 hour 40 minutes with 10 minutes reading time, and single period examinations will run for 50 minutes.

Students will be receiving their exam timetables in Week 5. Please support your child to ensure that they have the correct equipment for each of their exams, and that they have read and understood all the instructions.

If you have any questions about the 2019 Semester Two Examinations please contact Kate Nightingale, Deputy Principal, by phone, 9722 2400 or email


There are many benefits of excellent attendance, these include:


Students who attend regularly are more likely to pass reading and mathematics assessments than students who don’t attend school regularly.


For older students, being in school every day gives them a chance to learn more about post school destinations and scholarship opportunities, and to take the important exams they need to build a successful academic record.

School Community

Just by being present at school, your child is learning how to be a good citizen by participating in the school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader world view.

Importance of Education

Your commitment to school attendance will also send a message to your child that education is a priority for your family, going to school every day is a critical part of educational success, and that it’s important to take your responsibilities seriously by going school.

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

SBS School Bus Service

To ensure that your child/ren’s school bus transport requirements are passed along to SBS, it will be appreciated if you consider the following questions and take action where appropriate.

Change to Circumstances

  • Is your child changing schools in 2020, including changing from primary school to high school and will need to catch the bus?
  • Are you moving address before the 2020 school year commences?Do you have an additional child that will require orange school bust transport for the first time in 2020?
  • Does your child have a Medical Condition, or has their Medical Condition changed?

If you have answered YES to any of these questions you will need to submit new applications for Transport Assistance. This can be completed online through the SBS website at the link below.

You are not able to use the Change of Details form on the website in place of submitting a new application.

New applications need to be submitted to SBS as soon as possible. Applications lodged after 19 December 2019 may not be processed in time for the 2020 year and in this case you may need to provide your own transport.

Any questions please email Amanda Watson at

Student Services Update

School Nurse

Learning Areas


Senor School Materials Design and Technology

This semester, the Year 11 Senior School Design and Technology classes spent Term 3 manufacturing a range of small tables to meet the required design brief. The quality and variety of the resulting projects has emphasised how creative and confident students have become this year with the medium of wood.

Students are currently finishing small projects that only involve fine hand skills and hand tools. All students have shown a high degree of patience when working on these projects as some processes can be quite unforgiving.

We are now looking forward to seeing the upgrades to the metal and wood workshops next year and seeing how we can utilise the new STEM centre.

Bring on 2020!


HASS classes are buzzing at Newton Moore as our students embark on their final few assessments of the year. Our Year 11 Psychology and Modern history students are busy revising before their end of year exam. Year 10s are also about to undertake their first big exam. We wish everyone well!

Our Year 8s are exploring the topic of Australia’s rights and freedoms and engaging in heated debate at times – this is culminating in an essay they are writing in their classes.

When our Year 7s have spare time from researching Australia’s most notable inventions and entrepreneurs, they are constructing model businesses based on their knowledge and understanding of the factors of production.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

The PBS lesson for Week 3 was 'Actively listen to the teacher' - one of our expected behaviours from the PBS matrix – it demonstrates RESPECT which is one of our school-wide expectations. It also helps to improve relationships, supports learning and maximises likelihood of success at school.

Active listening is most often used to improve personal relationships, reduce misunderstanding and conflicts, strengthen cooperation, and improve understanding.

You can help by reinforcing the following with your child:

  • In class, focus on what your teacher is saying. Face the teacher and give them your undivided attention. Clear your mind of anything else.
  • Confirm with your teacher that what you heard is what he or she said.
  • Avoid distractions - don't talk to other students or use your device when your teacher is talking.
  • If you are unsure whether you understand or not, ask questions or for the teacher to clarify.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Aboriginal Education

Year 10 student, Jeslyn Schaeche-Odine, has been selected to attend the Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) for her outstanding achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Jeslyn is one of only 70 students from across Australia to be selected to attend one of the two summer schools which will take place during January 2020.

ASSETS is part of the Indigenous STEM Education Project funded by BHP Foundation and delivered by CSIRO.

Specialist Programs


State F1 and Subs in Schools Competition Results

Crazy, awesome, never been seen before success for Engineering Specialist Students at State F1 and Subs in Schools!!

Congratulations to all students and teachers involved!



Team Members


Team Spark

Anand Purnanand

Kieran Kotulla

Joshua Francis

Haylee Atkinson

Aiyana Morris

Development Class: 2nd Place

Best Team Verbal Presentation.

Power Curve

Ashtyn Deverell

James Pearson

Joshua Clayton

Cameron Stathy

Carl Mitchell

State Champions

Best Team Marketing

Development Class

Best Team Trade Display

Best Graphic Design

Innovation Award

Best Managed Enterprise

All the best to Spark and Power Curve for the National titles at Melbourne in March 2020!


The following students from the Science Engineering Specialist Program competed in the State Championships for SUBS in Schools in Perth from the 23-25 October. This is a Re-Engineering and School Pathways Program STEM initiative. Newton Moore Placed 1st in all classes and also attained a 2nd place in the Mini ROV section.



Team Members



Chloe Hounsham,

Abby Curti,

Shaofeng (Simon) Huang

Cordell Anderson

State Champions,

Best Manufactured Submarine

Best Engineering CAD

Best Team Verbal Presentation

Best Engineered

Outstanding Industry Collaboration

Best Team Trade Display

Innovation Award

Best Managed Enterprise

Best Graphic Design

Best Team Portfolio

Best Team Marketing



Team Members


Sub Zero

Aaron Roche Kavanagh,

Carl Mitchell

Peter Woods

Brady Buswell

Lara Riley

State Champions

Best Team Marketing

Best Manufactured ROV

Best Engineering CAD

Best Graphic Design

Best Team Display

Best Sea Trial

Best Team Portfolio

Best Engineered

Best Managed Enterprise

All the best to Orca and Sub Zero for the National titles at Adelaide in December 2019!



Team Members


SSV Swordfish

Ashton English

Annas Atif

Phoenix Albrey

Rayaan Atif

State Champions

Best Team Trade Display

Moore Power

Jasmine Batrick

Amalee Martin

Saxon Elward

Rayaan Atif

2nd Place

Choice Programs


Newton Moore Stars

Brock Kenny (Year 10) and Gabriel Doolan (Year 9) have made the State Team for the National All Schools Championships which will be held in December.

Brock won a silver medal in the Shot Put, and Gabriel won silver for his 200m.

Both of these students work hard in school within our MASH program, and outside of school to achieve these great results! Well done Brock and Gabriel, we are all so proud of you.

Basil Hart (Year 7) competed in the School Sports Australia National Championships in the AFL 12s Boys and Kennedy Tumohe (Year 9) competed in the School Sports Australia National Championships in the AFL 15s Girls recently. Being selected onto these teams is a big achievement and we congratulate both students on their National representation.


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