Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

20 February 2020

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the 2020 school year.

Susan Kerr is continuing to lead Harvey Agricultural College throughout Semester 1, 2020 with the expectation of returning at the beginning of Semester 2. During this time I will be continuing in the role of Principal at Newton Moore SHS.

I am pleased to welcome staff, students and their families to the 2020 school year and give a special welcome to anyone who is new to the school. The year is now well under way and I am pleased to report that we have had a smooth start and the new Year 7 group has settled in well. We are extremely proud of the 2019 Year 12 group with 35% of our students achieving an ATAR score above 90 with 2 students scoring 99.05 and 99.95. These results are a reflection of committed students, excellent teachers, outstanding parent support and a great school. In addition, the Year 12 students achieved 100% attainment (ATAR above 55 and/or completion of a Certificate II). I also commend those young people who achieved VET Certificates, School Based Traineeships and/or had tremendous successes in their respective workplaces.

Two significant changes in 2020 have impacted positively in the school. Firstly, our new STEM building is open offering students new learning opportunities. Secondly, families, staff and students have embraced the new policy on student use of mobile phones at school. The bring your own device (BYOD) model has seen up to 93% of students in some year groups participate in the program and undoubtedly an increase in the use of technology in the classroom.

Finally, a reminder that we are a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school and that students need to bring a portable device (laptop or tablet) to school every day.

Again, I welcome all new families and encourage you to be a part of your child's school throughout the year. You can do this in a number of ways including attending P&C meetings, applying to be on the School Board, helping out in the canteen and keeping in touch with your child's educational program by accessing Connect and maintaining a line of communication with teachers.

Kylie Cattaway

From the Finance Team

Secondary Assistance – Help with the cost of schooling

The deadline for applying for SAS is fast approaching.

The Secondary Assistance Scheme provides help to eligible families with the costs of schooling. $235 is paid to the school to cover your child’s school fees, and $115 is paid to your bank account to cover the cost of uniforms. To make an application please bring your Centrelink Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card OR Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession Card into the Accounts office and complete your application. Applications close Thursday 9th April.

C&C Payment Plans

A reminder to parents that Newton Moore SHS is happy to accept payment of your child’s school fees in instalments over the school year. If you would like to sign up to a payment plan, please contact the Accounts office to discuss an arrangement that suits your situation. Ph: 97 222419

Deputy Principals’ Update

Homework Schedule

Homework is an important aspect of formative assessment. It provides information to the student, parents and teacher about current learning that is not easily achieved in a classroom environment. As a school, we value the importance of students being involved in ‘out of school’ activities and aim to find a balance between these activities and homework commitments.

The purpose of homework at NMSHS is to:

  • Consolidate and practice learning
  • Reflect on and reinforce learning of the day to prepare for new learning
  • Check for understanding
  • Generate questions arising from current learning
  • Develop organisational, time-management and goal setting skills
  • Improve work ethic
  • Completing unfinished work (this would apply to Year 11/12)

When providing homework to students NMSHS staff will:

  • Provide feedback upon return to class (as a class or individual)
  • Provide a clear time frame - Make the purpose of the homework clear to the students
  • Link the homework to current learning
  • Provide work that can be completed independently

Ashley Stewart
Deputy Principal

Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm

Parent Communication

Welcome to the 2020 school year. We have had a great start to the year and are now busy organising our Term 1 activities. Keeping up to date with what is happening at school is essential, and this year we are moving away from paper based communication. To keep our families up to date with key information about the school we will now only use electronic communication. Please keep the school informed with your current email address to ensure you are kept informed.

Below are the ways that you can find out information about the school and your child:

  • Newsletter – emailed to parents 4 times a term.
  • School calendar – link in Connect (NMSHS School Space – Links) or by accessing our website
  • Connect (web browser version) – live student results, student reports, attendance, classwork and homework
  • Connect Now (app version) – notices, student reports
  • Facebook page (Newton Moore Senior High School)
  • E-mail teachers directly – links to all your children’s teachers are available in Connect or by contacting the school.

Parent Evenings

As a result of feedback from parents and staff, we are looking to modify our Parent Evenings this year to further improve communication and connection between families and school.

There will still be two parent nights in Term 1, however the first Parent Evening (Tuesday 24th March - Week 8 for all years) will be an open event where parents can receive information from Learning Areas and meet with teachers. For this first Parent Evening, parents will not be required to make a scheduled meeting time, however will still be able to talk to individual teachers if desired.

The second Parent Evening (Tuesday 31st March - Week 9 for all years) will be similar to previous years where parents can schedule meetings with individual teachers.

More information about Parent Evenings will be available in the near future.


Connect is the Department of Education’s online learning portal connecting teachers, students and parents. Parents that have been previously issued a P number (PXXXXXXX) will already have access to Connect. Please contact us to if you no longer have this number and/or password.

Families that have not previously registered for a P number (PXXXXXXX) have recently been sent an email with a link to register. The email will arrive from Please note the link is only valid for two (2) weeks. If you cannot locate the email please let us know via email or by phone 9722 2400 (Tania Martyn).

Once your registration is complete the school will manually allocate your children to your account. Please note it could take up to two days for students to be added to your account.

Each adult in your family and extended family (if you wish) are eligible to obtain a P number (PXXXXXXX).

One P number will provide access to all children you have enrolled in Department of Education schools (primary or secondary). If you cannot view all your children under the one P number please contact us for assistance.

If you would like to reduce the number of notifications, you receive from Connect via email, you may wish to change your preferences. Parents are able to choose to receive notifications via email, the Connect Now app or not at all. The attached instructions will help you to set your notifications. Click your name or icon on the top right, select notifications, and make your adjustments.

If you need assistance with Connect or would like to change any details held by the school please contact Tania Martyn, School Officer, via email ( or during work hours (8am-4pm) on 9722 2400.

Alternatively, if a current email address is on our school records, families can update student details by accessing the link below. This link is also available in NMSHS’ School Space (under links) in Connect.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

The first two weeks have been an exciting and busy time, especially for our new Year 7 students starting secondary school for the first time. I have been very pleased with the positive behaviour of our students and the way they have, on the whole, settled into high school.

To further support students, we will be running a Year 7 Transition Program throughout Term 1. This program includes important information about our school processes, diary use and homework, conflict resolution, team building activities, cyber-safety and PBS school-wide behaviour expectations. At break times, there is a dedicated area of the school for Year 7 students only. There is space to talk with friends and be active.

Damian Croxford
Deputy Principal


The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

NAPLAN Online assessments will be held from Tuesday 12 May until Friday 22 May 2020.

More information about NAPLAN can be found in the links below:

Damian Croxford
Deputy Principal


School Attendance

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 and young people aged from 6 -17 years.

School participation will help your child develop important skills, knowledge and values to further their learning and participation in the community. Attending school every day also helps your child develop crucial social and emotional skills such as good 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 across their lives.

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

Newton Moore Senior High School have two regular methods of communicating with parents about attendance;

  1. SMS messages are sent daily to parents if their child/children have been marked absent period 1 or 2;
  2. Weekly emails are automatically generated which notify parents of any unexplained absences for the term to date.

We appreciate your prompt response to this communication providing reasons for any absences.

Whilst we strongly discourage in-term family vacations, we would appreciate notification prior to your departure so we can assess suitability for absences to be marked as an Authorised Vacation. If we do not receive notification prior, the absence will be automatically marked as an Unauthorised Vacation.

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

OLNA (Years 10-12)

Round One of OLNA commences in Week 5 of this term. In order to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) students must pass all three components, if they have not already pre-qualified in Year 9 NAPLAN (Band 8).

Students who have not passed some, or all of the tests will need to sit the appropriate test during this time.

OLNA testing will be held at the following times:


Tuesday 3rd March to Thursday 5th March

Numeracy and Reading

Tuesday 3rd March to Friday 27th March

In preparation for these tests, teachers will be supporting students to familiarise themselves with the testing format and improve specific literacy and numeracy skills. We recommend that students and parents access the SCSA website below for further information, practice and example tests.

Year 11 & 12 ATAR Students – The importance of study

The time for commitment to a regular Home Study program is right now, from today. A minimum of 10 hours per week has proven to be necessary for most students. When examinations loom, you will need to step this up a bit further.

Home Study includes:

  • All set homework and assignments.
  • Completion of summary and study notes on the work covered during the day, or week, or a longer period of time.
  • Completing drafts and plans for discussion.
  • Practising of past examination paper questions.
  • Working on major projects.
  • Wide reading and viewing.
  • Skills practice.
  • Use of the revision and study guides recommended by your teaching staff.
  • Preparation for tests and examinations.
  • Set reading and extension reading.
  • Organising files and coursework.

In Senior School Time students will be working through study techniques. Encourage your child to talk to their teachers if they are unsure about any of the work that they have been set

Year 11 & 12 VET and General Studies

If your child has already secured a work placement this year, well done, and good luck. If they are still searching for a place, please see Mrs Read-Smith in the VET office at either recess or lunch for further support. As this is only 1-2 days of their school program it is important that your child maintains focus on deadlines that are set in their general, foundation and certificate courses. Please encourage your child to talk to their teachers if they are unsure about any of the work that has been set, and make sure that they have a study timetable organised.

Year 11 & 12 – Useful websites

The websites below can be really useful in Upper School. Please encourage your child to look at these and make use of them.


A network to help you get through High school and into Uni.


A resource you can turn to when you're confuzzled. They help you to understand books, write papers, and study for tests. They're clear and concise, but don’t leave out important info.


Is personal, timely, online help.

Kahn Academy

Produces short lessons in the form of YouTube videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for use.

ICT/Technology Report

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

A Guide for Parents

Newton Moore Senior High School provides a comprehensive Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure to support learning in the digital age. The school provides internet access and extensive wireless coverage across the whole school.

It is our expectation that students from all year groups bring their own device to support learning in our school. BYOD means you can bring an appropriate laptop or tablet to school and use it in classes and for study purposes.

What to buy?

Required / Recommended Technical Specifications:

  • Antivirus software – Required.
  • 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.
  • Keyboard-inbuilt or external keyboard – Recommended.

Other Considerations

  • Easy portability-what weight/size can fit into your child’s bag.
  • A bag which is suitable for carrying and protecting your child’s device.
  • Sturdiness-is the device going to withstand daily use, in and out of a bag, to and from school.
  • Warranty period.
  • Processor capacity and memory-consider what software/applications are needed.
  • A backup hard drive so your child has a backup copy of the work they store on their device.
  • Price-affordability is important to the family budget. Don’t get talked into buying a device that has features that won’t be used. Devices in the $400-$1000 range are adequate for most student’s needs.

NOTE: Smartphones are unsuitable for learning activities because of their small screen size.


As personal property is not covered under the school’s insurance, we STRONGLY recommend that any BYOD device is covered fully under your own personal house/contents insurance arrangements. When purchasing you may also wish to consider buying an extended warranty.

Connecting to the School Network

The use of BYOD devices on the school network carries with it certain obligations and responsibilities of the student to operate the device in line with the school ICT Resources, BYOD, Mobile Phone and Online Services Acceptable Use Agreement for Students.

Wellbeing Coordinators Report

City of Bunbury Young Citizen of the Year Award

On Australia Day in January 2020 Mikisa Knuckey (Year 1,2 2020) was awarded the City of Bunbury Young Citizen of the Year Award. We congratulate Mikisa on this very prestigious award and thank her for her very strong sense of commitment to her school and the wider Bunbury community. Jordan Neill (Year 12, 2019) was also awarded the runner up City of Bunbury Young Citizen of the Year Award. We could not be prouder.

Welcome Year 7s

A lively bunch of new students have arrived at the school coming from numerous primary schools. We even have 2 students from overseas joining us. After the first week with some nerves and a few students getting lost around the school, everyone has settled in and started the year really well. We look forward to an exciting year.

Student Services Update

Gravity Etc – “Our Community CAN”

Gravity run “Our Community CAN” annually, collecting food and toy donations, that are then given to Salvation Army, to help the growing number of local families in our region, doing it super tough.

In 2019, Newton Moore kindly assisted with collection and students donated a HEAP of cans and food items, and all went in the draw to win. All contributors went in the draw to win a “Gravity Golden Ticket”; a free year of everything Gravity: Gravity Rock, Dodgeball League, Skillz Academy, Fitness classes, and general jumping. The ticket was drawn and winner announced at Dalyellups’ Christmas Festival on 15th December. Newton Moore student Jaxen Norrington’s ticket was drawn out of over 1000 entries, and the team at Gravity look forward to getting to know Jaxen during 2020.

Key Dates

Tuesday 24th March (Week 8)

  • Afterschool football and BBQ (Clontarf Academy)
  • Parent Evening Years 7-12 3.30-6.00pm
  • Welcome BBQ for Year 7 students and parents
  • Year 7 Parent Information Session
  • Year 10 Parent Information Session
  • Year 7 Disco

Tuesday 31st March

  • Parent Evening Year 7-12 3.30-6.00pm
  • Appointments to be made via PTO. Further information will be issued via email closer to the date.

School Nurse

Year 7 school-based immunisation program 2020

  • Immunisation forms were provided to students on Monday 10 February.
  • Parents/guardians need to read, sign and return the immunisation consent form provided by their school by Friday March 6th
  • The program is delivered in two visits across the school year.
  • If your child misses any vaccines offered at school, your GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or community immunisation clinic can assist (consultation fees may apply).
  • Vaccines offered through this program:

Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa)

Learning Areas


HASS has started 2020 in our usual busy fashion with our lower school classes all learning fascinating things about our world and its people in our geography units.

The Year 7s are starting with Water in the World.

Year 8s are focused on landscapes and landforms.

Year 9s are learning what a biome is and how they undergo change.

And the Year 10s are observing the effects of environmental change at both a local and global level.

Senior school classes are straight back into it as well!

Our Year 11 and 12 ATAR psychology classes have been taking apart brains and having a look inside.

While Year 11 and 12 ATAR modern history classes are investigating the developments that have defined the world we’re living in.


The HPE Learning Area

Interschool Athletics

T20 Blast


Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Newton Moore Senior High School has adopted a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) framework, which is an evidence-based approach to student behaviour. An important focus of PBS is clearly defining, teaching and encouraging our school-wide behaviour expectations; Wellbeing, Respect, Responsibity and Learning. Our expected behaviours are shown in our PBS Behaviour Matrix which was developed in consultation with all staff, students and our School Board (please see link below). A key component of PBS is a sustainable, effective and efficient PBS team who use data and consultative, collaborative processes to guide PBS implementation.

The team consists of the Principal, Deputy Principal, representatives of each Learning Area, Student Services, Aboriginal Education and an external coach from the School of Special Education Needs (Behaviour and Engagement). We also have a student representative. The team meets three times each term for 50 minutes, usually on a Monday or Tuesday afternoon from 3.15pm.

Our meetings this term will be in the main conference room at Newton Moore Senior High School and fall on the following dates:

  • Week 3 Monday 17th Feb
  • Week 5 Tuesday 3rd March
  • Week 9 Tuesday 30th March

We are keen for parents/guardians to join the PBS team as a parent representative.

Please contact Damian Croxford, Deputy Principal at the school on 9722 2400 if interested.

Aboriginal Education


Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

On Saturday the 8th of February the Senior School boys in the Newton Moore Senior High School Clontarf Academy held a sausage sizzle at Bunnings to raise funds for Country Week. The boys sold 750 sausage sizzles and sold 206 cans of cool drink which raised over $1100.

During the day the boys helped set up, cook onions, cook sausages and sell cool drinks.

The boys displayed great attitudes during the day and delivered great customer service, representing both Newton Moore and Clontarf extremely well, and should be very proud of their efforts.

A huge thanks to Bunnings and the staff that made an appearance to support the boys.

Jayden Crowe | Operations Officer

Follow the Dream

Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS)

Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) is a nine-day residential program for high-achieving Indigenous Year 10 students with an ongoing leadership and support program to nurture students through Years 11 and 12. Initiative by CSIRO.

Jeslyn Schaeche-Odine (Year 11) accepted the opportunity to attend the program during the school holidays. Jeslyn had an amazing time and returned to start Year 11 much more motivated to complete the rest of her schooling.

‘I find it so hard to put what ASSETS was like in words, but I can definitely say it was life changing and I’d highly recommend it to future Year 11s. The people you meet and the bonds you make are so amazing, the things you learn and memories you make are things you won’t forget, and most importantly it shapes you into a better person.’
Jeslyn Schaeche-Odine

Congratulations Jeslyn.

Specialist Programs


National SUBS Champions Plan to defend their title in 2020

Subs in Schools 2019 National Champions teams, Sub-Zero and Orca, are preparing to defend their titles at the 2020 State competition. Recent interstate participation for our students was made possible by the Australian Federal Government ‘Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Grant’. Thank you for this support! The students will use the Large ROV in March to assist Science Horizons students monitoring of the dolphins in Koombana Bay.


Australian Science Fair

In Term 4, 2019, Newton Moore Senior High School represented WA at the Australian Science Fair hosted by John Monash Science School (JMSS), based at Monash University in Melbourne. This event was part of JMSS tenth year celebrations and, as a truly national event, had representation of schools from every state and territory.

Three Year 11 students were selected to attend, based on their Crest Awards and a written application, and were supported by our Head of Science, Lorraine Ellis and Principal, Kylie Cattaway. Gabriel Francisco, Lachlan Harrington and Mikisa Knuckey presented their STEM-based research projects to the many students and staff in attendance.

The students also participated in a group challenge activity set to create an innovative device with numerous set functions, using a limited number of set materials/resources. Students worked effectively together to design, problem-solve and collaborate in this challenging activity across two days. A major outcome was the establishment of the Australian Science School network and commitment for all states to participate. This will strengthen science and STEM in schools across Australia. Well done, Gabriel, Lachlan and Mikisa, on your fantastic representation of our School!

Gabriel’s presentation was on Playdough Resistance. Mikisa reported on our ongoing Osprey project at Mangrove Cove. This community based project created widespread interest. Lachlan researched heat absorption by different house paints, a worthy study relating to our harsh climate. Thank you to Ms Lathwell who helped prepare the posters.

Participation at this National Science event was made possible by a grant from the Australian Government, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

The grant provided transport and project costs. Newton Moore Senior High School acknowledges and thanks the Australian Government for this funding.

Choice Programs


Each year two students are chosen as MASH Sports Stars of the Year. Below are the 2019 winners.

2019 MASH Sports Stars of the Year

Year 7

Jordan Brady

Kurtis Martin

Year 8

Greyson Matthews

Hannah McNaughton

Year 9

Haylee Abbs

Lara Riley

Year 10

Brayden Jones

Shanti Riches

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

The Canteen staff and valuable volunteers would like to welcome back all staff and students, hoping you all had a joyful Christmas, and a super New Year. Now it’s time to get back into routine.

We are currently running with the summer menu until the new winter menu starts next term. We are open for:

  • Breakfast 8-8.30am
  • orders in before 7.30am

or pop on down to see what’s available.

Lunch orders are available by phone, email and online. Catering is also available for staff and students. Whatever your need we are here to help.

Community Notices


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