Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

25 June 2020

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

On Monday 22 June, the WA Premier announced details of the remaining phases of Western Australia’s Roadmap for easing restrictions. The next phase, Phase 4 will start on Saturday 27 June and come into effect in our schools on Monday 29 June, Week 10. We will still be adhering to the 2sqm rule although with all other restrictions lifted. We will still continue with the good practices we have become accustomed to especially in relation to hygiene and managing signs of illness.

Following the early disruption, this year is starting to feel a little more like normal. As a school we are considering excursions and have now rescheduled our parent-teacher evenings for the beginning of Term 3. These have been scheduled at an ideal time to reflect on achievements in Semester One and plan for even greater outcomes in Semester Two. Further information about our parent-teacher evenings are provided later in this newsletter.

Please note that the last day of this term and the first day of next term are School Development Days. 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

Finally, at the beginning of Term 3, we will be welcoming Mrs Susan Kerr back to Newton Moore Senior High School into her role as Principal. Having spent that last twelve months at Harvey Agricultural College I am sure she is keen to see the growth our school has made. I have thoroughly enjoyed leading Newton Moore Senior High School over the past twelve months and look forward to continuing my work, alongside Sue, as we journey through 2020 and beyond.

Wishing you all the best during the school holiday break.

Kylie Cattaway
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 1, or you 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.


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

  • Family Health Card
  • Family Pension Card
  • Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession 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
Monday to Friday between 8.00am and 3.30pm
Phone: 9722 2419

Deputy Principals’ Update

Subject Selection – Year 10

All students will be able to select their Year 11 courses for next year using Subject Selection Online (SSO).

This should be done in conjunction with reading the Senior School Handbook which can be downloaded from the school website.

Access to SSO will be available from 9am Monday 22nd June until 3pm Friday 24 July 2020.

You can access the SSO website by clicking on the link below:

Parents have been emailed instructions on how to use this site which includes an individual pin number.

If you have any questions regarding the selection process, please contact Alison Myles on 9722 2400 or

Parent Evenings

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in Term One, Newton Moore Senior High School was unable to hold its scheduled Parent Evenings.

With restrictions lifted our Parent Evenings have been rescheduled for Term Three. There are two evenings to choose from:

Tuesday July 28, 2020

Year 7-12

3:30pm –6pm

Tuesday August 4, 2020

Year 7-12

3:30pm –6pm

These evenings are an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and discuss their progress at school.

An email has been sent to all parents with further information and instructions on how to book interviews with individual teachers, using the internet- based booking system, Parent Teacher On-Line (PTO).

If you have any questions regarding the selection process, please contact Alison Myles on 9722 2400 or


School Attendance

The Law states all children and young people must attend school. Under the law, parents and guardians are responsible for making sure children in their care attend all school days.

Why attending school is important

  • School enables young people to build on their knowledge and skills: each day, each week, and each year;
  • Young people can miss out on basic skills, and may experience difficulties later with their learning;
  • School helps young people build confidence in areas such as communication, teamwork, organisation and social skills;
  • Going to school is a legal requirement; there are fines of up to $1,000 for families.

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.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

This year, the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) team has been leading a review of our PBS Behaviour Matrix. Our Matrix, which is displayed in all classrooms and other areas around the school, shows our four school-wide expectations; Wellbeing, Respect, Responsibility and Learning. It includes all our expected behaviours in different settings.

We have sought and received feedback from staff and students about the matrix and these expected behaviours. This has informed the development of our new modified PBS Behaviour Matrix, which we intend to complete and have ready before the end of the year.

The focus of the PBS lesson in Week 10 is 'Use Appropriate Manners and Language' which is part of our school-wide expectation of 'RESPECT'

Here are some tips to help teach manners to your child and to reinforce our expectations:

  • Model manners. If we want our children to have good manners, we must make sure we do as well and set a good example for them to follow.
  • Practice at home. It is unrealistic for children to just pick up the habit of good manners. He or she needs to know what the rules are and be explicitly taught.
  • Give him or her the words. "Please," "Thank you," "May I, "Excuse me," and "No, thank you," should be required.
  • Give your child specific positive feedback. Children love praise, especially when it comes from a parent or someone they respect. Encourage them when they use good manners and are polite and respectful.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Admin Report

NMSHS 2020 Family Survey

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.

Families were emailed a link and unique access code to complete the NMSHS Family Survey on 12/6/2020. The survey can also be access by following the link below. I encourage all families to express their views through this survey.

Year 7, 2021 – Application for Enrolment at NMSHS

It is time to submit your child application to enter high school for Year 7, 2021. Applications packages have been delivered to local primary schools and can be found at the link below.

Please submit applications by Week 1, Term 3 (preferably before the end of Term 2, 2020)

Wellbeing Coordinators Report

Year 7’s Supporting PINK Day

Some of our Year 7s joined the Ed Support school in their PINK day raising awareness of Breast Cancer. They ate pink cupcakes, pink pancakes and many staff and students dressed in pink outfits to show support for this wonderful cause.

Senior Students: Hazard Perception Tests (HPT) and Computerised Theory Tests (CPT)

Hazard Perception Tests (HPT) and Computerised Theory Tests (CTT) are not available from Friday the 19th June, until the 10th July 2020 at the Bunbury centre as upgrades continue.

The closet locations available to sit the HPT and CTT tests are as follows:

  • Shire of Harvey Australind – 9729 0300
  • Donnybrook Post Office – 9731 1300

Student Services Update

School Nurse

Learning Areas


Wetland Studies

Year 9 students have been doing a great job improving the wetlands by planting native trees. They have also participated in the monthly frog trapping.


This semester Sufi Akbari has been working in Indonesian classes as a native speaker language assistant. As a long lasting reminder of his time at Newton Moore, Sufi has created a special mural outside the Indonesian room. The mural shows scenes from his home island of Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) including a traditional floating market and native animals such as orangutans, proboscis monkeys and hornbills.

Next semester Sufi will move to Manjimup where he will be working in local primary schools. We would like to thank Sufi for his time at Newton Moore and wish him well in future endeavours.

Next semester we will host a new Japanese language assistant, Daichi Kikuzawa.


The Year 7s are coming to the end of a term studying economics and business in HASS. They are currently designing their own stores based on their understanding of the importance of advertising, location, signage, floor plans and stock.

Aboriginal Education


Each week the boys from Clontarf enjoy a reward lunch cook up. As a reward for attending the full week prior to the lunch, they get to tuck into a home cooked meal. This week was lasagne, but it ranges from mexican to burgers, to chicken and rice and more. Our aim is to build up and encourage those boys who complete a week of school and what better way to do that than to feed them. Encourage your boys to attend school even when the weather is bad. Clontarf is happy to assist with pick-ups if needed.

Specialist Programs


Year 8 Bridge Designs

Year 8 Science Engineering Specialist students have designed and constructed mini "toothpick" truss bridge models in preparation for designing their own bridges. Upon completion, they will compete to see which bridge is the strongest.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

Chicken for Lunch Anyone?

Check out these $6.00 chicken wraps now available

Order them online using Quickcliq

Community Notices


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