Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

12 December 2019

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

The silly season has begun and families are likely to have a lot of activities to keep them busy in the lead up to Christmas. This time of the year is also a busy time for schools and I would like to take the time to thank our staff who have and continue to do an amazing job. They nurture, support, and work with students to get the best possible outcomes. Additionally, we have an outstanding support staff including hygiene staff, grounds staff and education support staff who are the backbone to our operations. I would like to extend a special thank you to all our staff and acknowledge the contributions they make in our students’ lives.

I extend a warm welcome to our visiting students who will be joining us as Year 7s in 2020. We have received some amazing feedback through our early transition programs and we expect that similarly students will enjoy the Orientation Day in Week 9.

I would like to remind families that students are required to have a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) at school every day to aid their learning. Students can bring a portable computer or tablet to school.

Our school community is aware that Susan Kerr was appointed as Principal at Harvey Agriculture College for Semester 2, 2019. We have been advised that she will continue in this role for Semester 1, 2020.

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.

ZIGGIES Educational Supplies – Supporters of Newton Moore SHS and WA Schools

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. Ziggies also provide ongoing support to Newton Moore in the form of prize booklist vouchers, donations for graduation prizes and a financial incentive to schools in the form of rebates.

Many of you will have heard the adverts by Officeworks stating they will beat any official booklist price by 20%. Officeworks is owned by Wesfarmers, a multibillion-dollar corporation that gives nothing back to WA schools.

In contrast, last year Ziggies paid close to $400,000 dollars back to WA schools in rebates and commissions, sponsored close to $40,000 in conferences, as well as provided hundreds of free lists to assist families in need to the value of over $100,000. We encourage our parents to use the locally owned and operated Ziggies for your child’s booklist needs, and support the WA economy and Newton Moore SHS.

Booklists for all year groups for 2020 are now available to parents via our newsletter (attached), 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

Newton Moore Senior High School provides a comprehensive Information Technology infrastructure to support learning in the digital age. The school provides internet access and extensive wireless coverage across the whole school. Students are expected to bring their own device to school to support their learning.

We acknowledge, however, that a number of our disadvantaged families, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, may find this a significant financial burden, and are unable to provide their child with a computer. In order to support these families, we are approaching local businesses and community groups who may be able to assist by providing any computer laptops surplus to needs, for example older models but still in good condition.

Providing consistent access to a computer will assist our students to develop 21st century skills and enhance their future employment prospects. If you are in a position to assist these students, your contribution would be warmly received and acknowledged within the school community.

These are the required / recommended technical specifications we have outlined to parents and students:

  • Wi-Fi, 802.11ac wireless protocol – Required.
  • Battery life-at least 5 hours of battery life – Recommended.
  • USB ports – Recommended.
  • Minimum screen size-at least 9.7 diagonal inches – Recommended.
  • Windows 10 – Recommended.
  • Minimum 8GB RAM – Recommended.
  • Minimum 256GB hard drive size – Recommended.

Please contact Damian Croxford, Deputy Principal on 9722 2400 or for further information, or to discuss a possible donation.

Reports in ‘Connect Now’ app:

Reports can be accessed by parents and students on the ‘Connect Now’ app from 18th December. Please ensure you have updated to the most current version to access this feature. To access reports, access the home button, tap on ‘My Children’, select the name of the child whose report you would like to see, and select Reports. To move between years, use the arrows on either side of the year.

A link to access student reports will continue to be emailed and available by accessing ‘Connect’ using any browser software (Safari, Explorer, Chrome etc). Semester 2 student reports will be available from the 18th December.

Key Dates

Student reports published on Connect and emailed to parents Wednesday 18 December.


Impact of Missing School





Average of 5 days per term

90 %

1 Year

Regular Attendance

1 day per week

80 %

2 Years

Indicated Risk

1.5 days per week

70 %

3 Years

Moderate Risk

2 days per week

60 %

4 Years

Moderate Risk

3 days per week

40 %

6 Years

Severe Risk

5 weeks a term

50 %

5 Years

Severe Risk

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.

This planning is often useful to help the school understand any problems or barriers preventing your child from attending school regularly. It may be necessary to review and modify any plans until regular attendance at school is restored. It is important for schools and families to work together when planning for improved attendance to ensure the best possible outcomes for your child.

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

School Value - Success

One of the School Values at Newton Moore is Success.

On Wednesday in Week 7 we had our Year 11 Awards Assembly which acknowledged and celebrated the successes of our Year 11 students.

It was a great pleasure and honour to announce and congratulate the following award winners.


Lachlan Harrington


Holly Dybala

English ATAR

Angelo Simms

Engineering Studies

Gabriel Francisco

Human Biology ATAR

Lachlan Harrington

Mathematics Methods

Gabriel Francisco

Physical Education Studies ATAR

Lachlan Harrington

Physics ATAR

Gabriel Francisco

Food Science and Technology General

Ella Williams

English General

Ella Williams

Mathematics Essentials

Madelyn McDonagh

Materials, Design and Technology

Jack Slater

Physical Education Studies

Niko Patterson

Outdoor Education General

Darren Jones

English Foundations

Juniper Kearney

Well done to all Year 11 students who have successfully completed Year 11 and are on track to receive their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and graduate from high school next year.

Mobile phone use in Public Schools

The Department of Education does not permit student use of mobile phones in public schools from the time they arrive at school to the conclusion of the school day, unless under a teacher directed educational purpose or documented at the school for medical reasons. Please note that the policy governs communication (voice, written or otherwise) using mobile devices and includes all associated accessories including smart watches which must be in ‘aeroplane/flight mode’.

At Newton Moore Senior High School there is no requirement for students to have a mobile phone at school. We do recognise that some parents/carers who for safety, security and/or emergency purposes wish to provide their children with mobile phones. For those families that prefer their child to have a mobile device in their possession whilst at school are advised that these devices and associated accessories must be “off and away all day”.

What can you do to support your child and the 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 Department of Education and school requirements.

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 Physical Education lessons, 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

Gravity and Salvation Army Food Drive

We need your help!

At the moment Gravity are doing a Food Drive in conjunction with the Salvation Army. Together they aim to assist over 4000 local families in need this Christmas.

It would be appreciated if NMSHS students, staff and parents could all drop off a non-perishable food item or a kids toy into Gravity or the Centrepoint Salvation Army display.

If you do donate you can fill out your details to go into the draw to win a Gravity Golden Ticket (a year of free Gravity!). The prize will be drawn on 15th December during the Dalyellup Christmas Festival.

Gravity is a huge supporter of NMSHS and we would love to assist Gravity and the Salvation Army achieve their goal.

Opening of Ed Support Student Services Area

Two students from Senior Leadership Group Sheem Albacite & Maria Erine Dornagon (Year 9s) utilised their art skills by face and “tattoo” painting on the guests that attended the opening.

School Nurse

Protect your skin

For best protection, we recommend a combination of sun protection measures:

  • Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.

  • Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
  • Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
  • Seek shade.
  • Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.

Learning Areas



NMSHS proudly acknowledges medallists at the state WorldSkills competition.

Storm Hornby (Bronze, Hospitality), Jack Slater (Bronze, Building and Construction), Tristian Harding (Silver, Brick and Block laying) and Kyeesha Forrest (Gold, Kitchen Operations) competed and won medals earlier in the year during the regional World skills competition held at South Regional TAFE.

The students travelled to Perth last week to receive their medals at the World Skills award ceremony at the Crown Casino.

Kyeesha Forrest and Tristian Harding were selected to be on the national skills team and will be competing at a National level in August 2020.

Such an amazing result! A huge Congratulations to you all.


The Year 7s conducted research into the design of the Australian Bank Notes, and designed their own new note, featuring noteworthy Australians, a wattle, a native bird and a significant building.


This semester the Year 10 Mechatronics class devised and produced an electronic game. They made a “Steady Hand” game where the challenge is to follow the wire profile without actually touching it. Touching the wire sounds a buzzer and lights up an LED.

Electronics and Programming

The team from ECU Joondalup came to Newton Moore to share some new and innovative programming experiences with our Year 9 students.

Students created circuits using sensors and actuators and programmed them in Python to respond to instructions. The team also left us with some equipment to experiment with and practise our skills.

ECU Team working with Josh Francis and Keiran Kotulla


Years 7 – 10 are finishing off the year with fun and engaging activities in Term 4!

Year 7 have just finished their visual presentation of an Australian invention and entrepreneur.

Here are some specimens:

They are now continuing their studies of business and economics by looking at the impact an effective shopfront can make. They are doing this by putting together one of their own:

The HASS team wishes you are great rest of the school year and holidays!

We’ll see you all again next year for more exciting HASS!


West Coast Eagles visit Newton Moore!

This morning, Year 7 students were lucky enough to meet Shannon Hurn, Jackson Nelson and Chance Bateman. They spoke to students about leadership, goal setting and decision making.

Thanks to the West Coast Eagles and good luck for 2020!

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

One of our school-wide expected behaviours is 'Engage online with people you know and trust' which comes under one of our expectations from the PBS Matrix; RESPONSIBILITY.

Here are some tips to help your children be safe and responsible online users:

Set the ground rules

  • Establish rules about the types of content or information your child should report to an adult – for example, telling you about any swearing or bad words they find online.
  • Set rules to make sure your child knows what information they can share or post online and the websites they can visit. This includes telling a trusted adult before posting any personal information online, including for competition entries.
  • Encourage your child to use the same manners and communication they would use offline, and remind them it’s okay to report others who aren't being nice.

Stay involved

  • Closely monitor younger children’s internet use.
  • Try to keep the computer in a shared or visible place in the home.
  • Be aware of how your child uses the internet and explore it with them.

Proactively guide

  • Help your child understand that what they say and do online is important.
  • Encourage your child to learn about online safety with fun resources from the eSafety website, like Hector’s World, and #GameOn.
  • Talk to your child about personal information and why it is special and remind them how it can be used to identify or locate them.
  • Bookmark a list of favourite sites you are comfortable with your child visiting and teach them how to access this list.
  • Consider using filters to help manage your child's online access.

Support positively

  • Advise your child not to respond to any negative messages and to report any hurtful messages they receive to you or another trusted adult.
  • Teach your child that there are ways they can deal with material that worries or frightens them – this includes immediately telling a trusted adult of any concerns or uncomfortable material and how to close a web page or turn off a screen.
  • If your child shows any concerning changes in behaviour or mood then talk to them or seek professional support – Kids Helpline provides free, confidential online counselling for young people, and your school may also be able to help.

For tips on help you support your teenagers to become safe and responsible online users or to report offensive or illegal content visit the Office of the eSafety Commissioner website.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Aboriginal Education


On Thursday the 14th of November, the Newton Moore Clontarf Academy held its annual awards night. It was a fabulous night to recognise the achievements of the boys this year and celebrate our four graduates.

Winners of awards are listed below:


90%+ Attendance

Ayden Noakes

Blayde Coomer

Blaze Saw

Franklin Gellatly

Jason Coyne

Jayden Mell

Josiah Queama

Kyle Oliver

Malachai Bell

Marcus McConkey

Marcus Narrier

Samuel Hill

Sheldon Collard

Tyreece Ugle

Top Year Group Attendance

Year 7

Caleb Holzapfel

Year 8

Johnathon Gellatly

Year 9

Jacob Ozies

Year 10

Rebehl Coomer

Year 11

Tylar Gallaghan

Year 12

Jackson Hill

Year 9 Academic award -
Sponsored by Printsync Southwest

Peter Woods

Clontarf points Champion

Caleb Holzapfel

Sportsman of the Year

Basil Hart

Training Awards

Blayde Coomer

Cody Bell

Jaymen Dann

Kaed Collard

Leroy Pickett

Malachai Bell

Clontarf Spirit Awards

Cody Bell

Tyreece Ugle

Malachai Bell

Thank you to all who attended and support the program.

Well done to the award winners and their families.

Year 12 End of Year trip

Each year the Newton Moore Clontarf Academy celebrates the achievements of our Year 12 boys who complete Secondary school. It is a fine achievement for one of our boys to graduate and worthy of celebration. It is a crucial part of our Foundation's philosophy of seeing young Aboriginal men finish school. Finishing school means pushing through trials, doing hard things, persisting and having fun along the way. For our young men finishing school means greater employment opportunities and a well-rounded character.

This year, Jackson Hill, Khy Powell, Ryan O'Dine and Tyrelle Spry Graduated Year 12. Their reward was a trip to Melbourne to see the sights. On the trip, our boys got to select some local attractions they would like to visit. This year they included the MCG, Melbourne Aquarium, Queen Victoria Markets and Chadstone shopping Centre, Melbourne Jail and the Crown complex where we bowled and played arcade games.

As well as the fun, the boys completed some community service by volunteering in a local Op shop and presented to some staff and executives of Deutsche Bank. For this presentation we had prepared a slide show about Clontarf, Bunbury and our Academy. To our surprise, the bank had just closed a 46 Billion-dollar deal only a few weeks prior to our meeting. Yet they still had the time to meet with us to hear our story.

I would encourage every boy and their family to push through school and get to the end. It’s worth it in the long run and you might even learn something along the way.

Choice Programs


MASH Sports Star of the Year 2019 Award Winners

Sponsored by Cricket South West and School Sport

Well done to our award winners for 2019.



Year 7

Jordan Brady and Kurtis Martin

Year 8

Hannah McNaughton and Greyson Matthews

Year 9

Lara Riley and Haylee Abbs

Year 10

Shanti Riches and Brayden Jones

These students have consistently demonstrated high levels of skill, knowledge and understanding in a range of sporting contexts on and off the sporting field. Their leadership and organisational skills have been exceptional and they are positive role models within their class.

Thank you to Rachel Norman from Cricket South West for presenting these awards at our Assembly.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

The Canteen staff and all our valuable volunteer’s would like to wish the Staff and student’s a very Merry Christmas. Thank you all again for your support throughout the year. Remember that with no valuable support, there’s no Canteen.

The Summer menu will continue for Term 1.

With the weather warming up, pop on into the Canteen for a nice fresh fruit salad, or a cold melon cup.

We are open until the 19th December and with everyone so busy with Christmas prep, marking exam and tests, we are here to help with your Brekky, Recess & Lunch orders (email or online).

Merry Christmas everyone. Looking forward to starting 2020 with you all. Be safe wherever you’re travelling to. Have Fun!!!

Kind Regard’s
Tracey Usher
Canteen Manager
Newton Moore Senior High School
Ph 9795 8620


Year 12 Graduation

Keynote Speaker Trudy Snow. Trudy was a member of the Girls Academy, graduated from Newton Moore SHS in 2012 and entered university to study Aboriginal Theatre at the WA Academy of Performing Arts in 2013. She has since completed a personal training course and established her well-being business, Creating Your Future, where she holds classes for women at Success Hill and Jubilee reserves in Bassendean.




Mathematics Essentials General

BTS Technology

Liam Oakey

Mathematics Applications ATAR

Adroit Maintenance

Brenton Ellem

Mathematics Specialist ATAR

Barry Allen Electrical

Kage Geyer

Mathematics Methods ATAR

Bus West

Kage Geyer

Mathematics Medallion

Ashley Stewart

Kage Geyer

Human Biology ATAR

Cam Contracting

Hitomi De La Vega

Physics ATAR


Kage Geyer

Biology ATAR

Dr Foster and Associates

Hitomi De La Vega

Psychology ATAR

Hon Colin Holt MLC

Shenaye Witnish

Steve Isopenko Science Award

Steve Isopenko and
Campion Australia

Jordan Neill

Engineering Studies ATAR


Kage Geyer

Certificate of Excellence in
Engineering Studies

Engineers Australia

Kage Geyer

English ATAR

Mr Phil Smith

Shenaye Witnish

English General

Bunbury City Glass

Sidney Mason

English Foundation

Ziggies Educational Supplies

Laura Birech

Phil Smith Literacy Award

NMSHS Parents & Citizens Association

Laura BIrech

Music ATAR

Cathie Rice Travel

Brodie Cook

Children, Family & Community General

Hon Diane Evers MLC

Shayli Spry

Materials Design & Technology General

Bunnings Warehouse

Brenton Ellem

Physical Education Studies General

Bunbury Army Surplus

Harmony McRobert Howe

Certificate II Business

The Apprentice & Traineeship Company

Sidney Mason

Certificate II Community Services

SOS Office Equipment

Kaysha Roe

Certificate II Skills for Work


Skyla Bourne

Certificate II Sport & Recreation

Slater Gartrell Sports

Rachelle Brown

VET School Based Traineeship

Apprenticeship Support Australia

Crystal Buswell

Brodie Cook (Year 12 Music ATAR Award winner) performing ‘Evolution’ by Van Halen

Sir Newton Moore Family Award

CDM Australia and presented by Diana Forman

Zahara Castles

Caltex Best All Rounder Award

Hon Don Punch MLA

Rex Kennedy

Student of the Year - Female

SOS Office Equipment

Shenaye Witnish

Student of the Year - Male

Hon Adele Farina MLC/Mick Murray MLA

Jordan Neill

Aboriginal Education Achievement Award


Crystal Buswell

Forrest Medal Leadership Award

Nola Marino MP

Liam Oakey

South West Deans Award 2019

Edith Cowan University

Vonn Eltagonde

Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award

Australian Defence Force

Jordan Neill

Sportswoman of the Year

Slater Gartrell Sports

Rachelle Brown

Sportsman of the Year

Slater Gartrell Sports

Jaxon Sawyer

DUX – Vocational Education and Training

Susan Kerr

Sidney Mason

DUX – Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

City of Bunbury

Kage Geyer

Jordan Neill, recipient of SIDE Applied Information and Technology Award for achieving the highest score in SIDE Information and Technology

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