Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230
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Email: newtonmoore.shs@education.wa.edu.au
Phone: 08 9722 2400

11 June 2020

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

As a school, we continually look for ways to improve. We are currently reviewing our school’s performance and setting directions for 2021-2023. Our families are an important element of our school and your views are essential in helping set our course moving forward.

Your family will receive an email from ‘School Survey’ this week, containing a link to access our school’s biannual family survey. 

All data is anonymous and I encourage all families to express their view. Our last survey, two years ago, attracted approximately 80 responses and I would like to double this figure in 2020.

With the lifting of government restrictions, beginning Monday 8th June, our school will be able to:

  • Hold gatherings of up to 100 persons indoors and 300 people outdoors
  • Resume contact sports
  • Conduct excursions/camps where necessary
  • Recommence student work placements
  • Engage in interschool activities

Visitors (including parents):

  • May attend the school site to attend prearranged meetings
  • Must sign in at the Administration or Student Services recording the area of the school being accessed
  • Will be asked to sign a COVID declaration before entering

Finally, please note the upcoming School Development days on the last day before the July school holidays and the first day after the July school holidays. The school will not be open for students on these days:

Term 2 Week 10

Friday 3rd July 2020

Term 3 Week 1

Monday 20th July 2020

Kylie Cattaway
PRINCIPAL
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

You may be able to claim up to $350 towards your child’s school costs?

The Secondary Assistance Scheme (SAS) and Abstudy Supplement Allowance (ASA) deadline has been extended to the end of this term, Friday 3rd July 2020.

If you missed out in Term One or have recently been issued with a concession card from Centrelink, please contact Michele in the accounts office to discuss if you are eligible to apply.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to claim, the parent/guardian must hold one of the following concession cards

  • Family Health Care Card
  • Family Pension Card
  • Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession Card (blue card)

The concession card must

  • Be valid during terms 1 or 2 (valid sometime between 3rd Feb 2020 and 3rd July 2020)
  • Be in parent/guardian name with students listed as dependants

If you cannot get into the school to present your concession card, please contact Michele in the accounts office for alternative options.

Accounts Office contact details:

Hours: Between 8am and 3.30pm any week day
Phone: 9722 2419
Email:  newtonmoore.shs@education.wa.edu.au

Contributions and Charges

The contributions and charges for 2020 are being finalised in the next couple of weeks. The school is currently not posting accounts to parents, however payments may still be made via the usual payment methods.

Flexible payment plans are available to suit parents’ and families’ individual needs, please contact the accounts office to make arrangements.

Contact Michelle in the accounts office between 8am and 3.30pm any week day to:

  • Request a copy of your account – use the email address below and we will email it to you
  • Discuss a payment plan
  • Ask questions or queries re accounts/invoices

Accounts Office contact details:

Hours: Between 8am and 3.30pm any week day
Phone: 9722 2419
Email:  newtonmoore.shs@education.wa.edu.au

Deputy Principals’ Update

Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) for Year 9 students

It is a requirement for all students in Western Australia to demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy (through OLNA) to be eligible to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) in Year 12.

Students in Year 9 2020, were not able to prequalify for OLNA through the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) as in previous years due to COVID-19 restrictions in Term 1. For 2020 only, schools can provide an additional sitting of OLNA, for Year 9 students only, as an opportunity to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy standard prior to Year 10.

Year 9 OLNA will occur from 10th-28th August with OLNA-writing only available on 10-11th August. Students will be provided their OLNA timetable early in Term 3.

Students who achieved Band 8 or higher in Year 7 NAPLAN-writing will prequalify for OLNA-writing and will not be required to sit this component. There is no prequalification for students achieving Band 8 or higher in Year 7 NAPLAN-reading/numeracy.

A letter with further information has been sent to all parents of Year 9 students. Additional information for parents/carers is also available online by clicking on the link below:

https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/olna/students-parents-carers

Attendance

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

Families must let the school know within three days why a child is not attending school.

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.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

One of the school-wide expectations from our PBS Matrix is Responsibility, which includes 'Arrive to class on time'. This is the focus for the PBS lesson in Week 6.

Punctuality, or being on time to class, plays an important role in increasing children's success. When students are late to class they miss out on important instructions and knowledge, as well as continuity of learning. It also disrupts the learning of others.

Having children practise punctuality at school is great preparation for their future careers and life in general, where showing up on time will not only make them dependable, but will also help them be successful.

Here are some ways you can help:

Prioritise your child's punctuality

Remind and reinforce the importance of being on time to school and to each class throughout the day.

Model punctuality

Our best teaching is done by example, so leaving for work late tells your child that being punctual is not important. This will affect children's success and future prospects.

Teach strategies that lead to punctuality

A late bus, misplaced shoes, a crowded bathroom can hold people up, but appropriate strategies can be explicitly taught to your children. For example, preparing clothes the night before can save time when a bathroom is shared. Setting an alarm and waking up half an hour early allows for extra time to be prepared for school. Teach children the appropriate tools to use in order to increase their chances for being on time.

Allow natural consequences for lateness

Take a no-excuses approach with your children when it comes to absences and punctuality. Give your children natural consequences that show them the results of lateness. Consequences prepare your children for the real world, where they really do miss out on learning, opportunities and even wages because they did not show up on time.

Join us in teaching your child that punctuality is not something that just happens. It takes planning, preparation and persistence, but it pays off. Ensure that your child will reap the rewards by instilling punctuality.

Admin Report

We would like to acknowledge our friendly and efficient hygiene staff for their everyday efforts towards the presentation and cleanliness of our school. Our hygiene staff have adapted well to changes, supported each other as a team and maintained great pride in their work, through a time that has challenged us all.

COVID-19 has only emphasised how essential your work is in our school and the positive impact it has on everyone that works at and visits our site. Thank you and keep up the great work.

Wellbeing Coordinators Report

Year 7 Creations

In cooking this term Ms Tucks Year 7s have enjoyed making their wonderful scone creations. Some of the more impressive combinations were:

  • mango and raspberry
  • bacon, cheese and herbs
  • pineapple and strawberry
  • apple and cinnamon

Student Services Update

School Nurse

All this emphasis on the health of boys and men - what's that about? They're OK, aren't they?

In many cases, the answer is no.

A boy born in Australia in 2010 has a life expectancy of 78.0 years while a baby girl born at the same time could expect to live to 82.3 years old. Right from the start, boys suffer more illness, more accidents and die earlier than their female counterparts.

Men take their own lives at four times the rate of women (that's five men a day, on average). Accidents, cancer and heart disease all account for the majority of male deaths.

What can boys and men do for themselves?

  • Be active in getting medical help if you don't feel well, have a problem that won't go away or notice unusual symptoms.
  • It's OK to seek help - don't try to do everything on your own or bury problems. Talk to your wife, friends and workmates.
  • Push hard to get the help you need to manage your life, work, family and financial needs.
  • Ladies, be proactive in helping your men and boys get the help they and you need. Use available hotlines, speak with professionals to get the best course of action and be persistent.
  • Don't leave it too late to seek help. Fear is not a killer.

Learning Areas

HASS

Upper School Exam Preparation

We wish our upper school students well as they prepare for their ATAR exams.

Year 11 Psychology students are reviewing the work they have done on relational influences and communication, while Year 11 Modern History students are consolidating their knowledge of capitalism in the US.

Meanwhile our Year 12s are now seasoned experts and getting ready for their first big test of the year. Year 12 Psychology students will be brushing up on theories of learning and memory while Year 12 Modern History students will be memorising the history of the Soviet Union.

Good luck with your ATAR exams everyone!

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

Avoid the queues, save time and don’t miss out on recess or lunch. Order it the night before on

How?? Follow these instructions and get ordering today!

https://newtonmooreshs.schoolzineplus.com/_file/media/60/2015ooc-flyers.pdf

Purchasing just one weekly lunch/recess order can help us stay in operation. We provide yummy yet healthy food and drink options. Try us out!

We welcome volunteers and families who can offer their time to support our canteen Even a small amount of time is greatly appreciated. Please contact Tracey by phone 9795 8620 or email nmshs-canteen@bigpond.com.

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