Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

2 April 2020

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

I would like to thank all parents and families for your patience and understanding in the difficult circumstances we face together with COVID-19. Throughout the past few weeks there have been many changes and I suspect there may be many more.

I have found that even the simplest of decisions can have unexpected impact and therefore these decisions are ultimately quite complex. I certainly don’t envy the job our government leaders have at this time and can appreciate that behind each and every decision there are many things to consider. As individuals we may not agree with all decisions being made but I encourage you to respect and support those acting on our behalf for the benefit of us all. Decisions such as social distancing may not be convenient to us all although does impact many more people than just ourselves.

I would like to thank our students who have shown great resilience throughout the term and who have maintained strong engagement with their learning. It is quite possible learning will look and feel different as we move into Term 2. I will maintain communication through email (and SMS where necessary) to keep families up to date with changes.

I sincerely wish all our families the best of health and hope that your financial circumstances stand strong through our current situation. As a school we will do what we can to support your children not only academically but also in the area of wellbeing and pastoral care whether this be on our school site or afar.

During the school holidays I encourage you to look out the people around you and extend a helping hand to those who need it.

I look forward to making contact with you all again in Term 2.

Kylie Cattaway
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

Refunds for Cancelled Excursions

We are working to process parent requests for refunds for cancelled excursions, camps and trips. We appreciate your patience as we work through this in the coming weeks. If you have a query in regard to a refund please email us on and our Accounts Office will be in touch.

Secondary Assistance-Don’t Miss Out

A final reminder to parents eligible for secondary assistance - submit your applications to the school by 9th April to claim your allowances. Applications cannot be accepted after Term 1.

Don’t miss out on $235 for school fees and $115 for clothing allowance. For more information, ring (9722 2419) or drop into the Accounts Office between 8am and 4pm.

Deputy Principals’ Update

Parent Evenings - cancelled

Parent evenings that were scheduled for Week 8 (Tues 24th March) and Week 9 (Tuesday 31st March) are postponed until further notice. The decision to not proceed with parent evenings was taken to support teachers’ wellbeing and their provision of learning in a time of uncertainty.

Parents with specific questions about their child’s current academic progress are encouraged to email teachers directly (this can be done through Connect) or by emailing with their child’s name and subjects/teachers you want to make contact with.


We encourage all parents to register for Connect. Connect is an online learning platform where families can access student attendance, reports, assessment results and learning material. Please find attached a quick guide that will familiarise you with the features of Connect. Further information can be found in the bottom right corner – Connect Help or in the Library of the school’s My Space.

Please note that once you register for Connect you will receive email notifications of all activity related to your child on the platform. We strongly encourage parents to review their notification settings once registered. You can manage notifications by clicking the MY CONNECT tab and selecting NOTIFICATIONS from the left hand menu. More detailed information can be found at the link below.

We routinely send invites to families to register for an account (these will arrive from Please email or phone 9722 2400 should you have any issues registering with the platform or have not received an invite.

NAPLAN Online 2020

Education Ministers met last week and decided that NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020.

The decision to not proceed with NAPLAN has been taken to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, including potential online and remote learning.


Special Consideration for Non-attendance

If you feel you are unable to have your child at school due to the COVID-19 situation, we are respecting your decision and recognise families will need to make this decision based on individual circumstances. Your child’s absence will be recorded as ‘Reasonable’.

If you choose to keep your student/s at home, please notify the school via email, phone call  9722 2499 or SMS 0400 207 827. To assist continuity of your child’s learning, students are encouraged to access Connect. Where practical, teachers will be uploading information relevant to the teaching program on Connect as part of their normal classroom delivery.

Please contact Leisa Robertson, NMSHS’s School Attendance Officer if you have any queries regarding your student(s) attendance on 9722 2428 or via email

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

The Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) focus for this week is our school-wide expected behaviour 'Acknowledge and encourage the success of yourself and others', which comes under one of our expectations from the PBS Matrix; WELLBEING.

Well-being means feeling healthy, happy or successful. When we are mentally healthy we can cope better with the normal stresses of life or unexpected challenges, work more productively and effectively and make a positive impact on others.

Here are 5 simple things your child can do to improve your well-being and happiness.

  1. Connect and build positive relationships with others - family and friends, classmates and teachers
  2. Be active
  3. Keep learning
  4. Help others
  5. Take notice of how you are feeling and enjoy the moment

Self-acknowledgment and appreciation are what gives us the insights and awareness to move forward toward higher goals and accomplishments. It can also help to improve well-being and happiness. Acknowledging others' success can also help improve our own well-being and that of our friends, classmates, family and teachers.

ICT/Technology Report

Free Access to Microsoft 365 Software

All students enrolled at a Department of Education school have free access to Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Outlook, Excel, Powerpoint etc). Students can download Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus on up to 5 x PCs/Macs and 5 x tablets/phones provided at least 50% of its use is by the student. The software should be downloaded over a personal, home or non-school data network and will consume up to 1.5GB of data allowance in the initial install.

To access the software students will need their Department of Education email address and password that they would normally use to log into the school system. Detailed instructions can be found in the document below or in the Library of the school’s My Space in Connect (Connect > My Spaces > Library).

Wellbeing Coordinators Report

Supporting our Sponsors

Student Services would like to acknowledge our supporters who every year donate gift vouchers and rewards for our PBS prize wheel and others who donate their time or supplies to help our most vulnerable students. Without them we would struggle to support our school community. So please if you can support them in this time of need or when their businesses get back up and running.

  • Subway Parks Centre
  • Gravity Dalyellup
  • School Canteen
  • Ms Gwen Stapleton
  • Mrs Judy McInerney
  • Mrs Margaret Smith and the Strong Angles
  • All those parents who have donated old school uniforms
  • Foodbank

What We Can Do for Our Mental Health

Student Services Update

Mental Health Support Services

We understand COVID-19 has the ability to make us feel anxious and worried, and can impact our mental health. Several organisations are available 24/7 that can provide support; please see details below:

School Nurse

Learning Areas

Visual Art

The Year 9s have been working very hard learning about Cubism, and working on cubist portraits.


Mandurah Excursion

On Friday March 13th 42 Year 7 students from Newton Moore took a trip to Mandurah for the day. Students had a great time and spent the day doing mapping and field sketching activities, focusing on wellbeing and liveability. This topic is being studied by all Year 7s and having the opportunity to actually observe examples of liveability in person proved to be eye opening.

Specialist Programs


F1 in Schools National Competition

Newton Moore SHS Year 10 student teams, PowerCurve and Spark, competed at the highest level in Melbourne in the F1 in Schools National Competition from 8th March to 14th March.

Congratulations to the students who were all wonderful ambassadors for Western Australia.

PowerCurve Team - Carl Mitchell, Joshua Clayton, Cameron Stathy, James Pearson and Ashtyn Deverell

Spark Team- Anand Purnanand, Aiyana Morris, Kieran Kotulla Joshua Francis and Haylee Atkinson

Carl Mitchell received the MotorSport Australia Award for involvement in the industry.

Ashytn Deverell was a finalist in the Engineers Australia Women in Stem.

Mrs Ellis was presented an Honorary Fellow of Re-Engineering Australia Foundation in recognition for building STEM capacity of students.

PowerCurve finished 15th in their category and Spark finished 16th. There were thirty-six teams participating in total. A team from Wesley College, Perth, was the overall winner.

Thank you to the team’s major sponsors, Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovations and Science, Alcoa, Cube, RCR Mining Technologies and Piacentini & Son.

Choice Programs


Year 8 MASH Leadership Camp

Our Year 8 MASH class enjoyed our annual leadership camp in Busselton earlier this term. The 3 day camp included walking part of the Cape to Cape (from Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to Yallingup), running of the Indijup Sandhills, morning fitness, team building and leadership games.

Thanks to Mr Hayward, Ms Jacobs, Mrs Tomerini for attending and Miss Smith for organising.

Mash Camp 2020

Basketball Referees of the Future

Well done to Charlotte Mills (Year 9) and Drew Jacobs (Year 8) for their outstanding work in refereeing Basketball this season for the Bunbury Bears. Charlotte and Drew are both great representatives of our MASH program where they develop their umpiring skills through primary school coaching and umpiring.

Well done Charlotte and Drew!


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