Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

6 August 2020

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

It is a pleasure to write my first newsletter report after having 12 months as Principal at Harvey Agriculture College. I am highly excited about being back at Newton Moore and I am looking forward to working again in this fantastic school. We have a lot to do over the next 6 months including the development of the next business and workforce management plan. I would sincerely like to thank all the community, students and staff members for the warm welcome back that I have received. Many thanks especially to Kylie Cattaway whose committed and able leadership enhanced Newton Moore Senior High School’s flourishing learning environment while I was absent from the school.

I am particularly impressed with the state of the art STEM centre that was finished in my absence. A special thanks needs to go the School Board and in particular our previous board chair Michael Douglas (ex-student) who was instrumental in helping us gain this beautiful new facility. If you haven't seen this new area in our school yet, we intend to open this up for viewing on the parent night. As well as the building, there is a spacious new outside grassed area for students to use. The new technologies and the opportunities for students at the school that the new resourced area brings will definitely enhance the school learning opportunities.

Digital technology is a hugely growing field. Progress in areas such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and automation will undoubtedly continue to change the nature of work. To support us with this growing field, our school is going to have further money spent on it in the design and technologies areas. We are excited by the new facilities and equipment that we will obtain, and in particular, how this will enhance student’s future job prospects and learning opportunities.

Our students should now have all received Semester 1 results. Well done to all who performed at their personal best; this is what makes us proud of our students. Thank you to those parents/guardians who took the opportunity to attend the parent evening to find out through discussions ways that we can together support your child to receive better results. Together, parents and staff can achieve a lot.

I look forward to working with all of you again to ensure that Newton Moore is a great place for students to learn and for teachers to teach. Our aim is always to ensure that the community is confident that their children are getting a great education.

Susan Kerr M.EdAdmin, B.Ed, Dip.Tech
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

Uniform shop - operating hours

The Uniform Concepts on site at Newton Moore is open Mondays and Thursdays, 11am – 2pm. If you need to contact the Manager, Lisa, call her on 9270 4664. Cash and EFTPOS welcome, no cheques.

Preferred booklist and personal items supplier for 2021

For 2021 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, and cheap home delivery or collection at the school prior to start of Term 1. They supply good quality products that will support your students through their educational journey at Newton Moore SHS.

When they are finalised later this term, booklists for all year groups for 2021 will be available to parents via our newsletter, from the Connect website, or for those wanting a paper copy, by collection from the school Admin office. Ziggies will be operating a book collection day at school in late January 2021 if you don’t want home delivery. Date and times will be confirmed closer to the end of Term 4.

Alternatively, if you are in the metro area you can shop at either of their retail stores at the following addresses. Tell them you are from Newton Moore and they will be happy to assist with your needs

Canning Vale

25B Baile Road,

Canning Vale  WA  6155

Tel: (08) 94553717


Shop 31, 57 Joondalup Gate,

Joondalup    WA   6027

Tel: (08) 93014587

Deputy Principals’ Update

Year 9 OLNA

Students in Year 9 are about to sit the OLNA. You may have heard about it, but may be unsure as to what it means for your child. In 2020, as students in Year 9 were not able to prequalify for OLNA through NAPLAN, schools will provide an additional sitting of OLNA for Year 9 students only as an opportunity for them to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy standard.

To prepare our students for the types of questions they can expect and to familiarise them with the online assessment platform, we provide access to practice and example tests on a secure website. The link to the secure website for the practice and example tests is available on the Authority website at the link below under Years 11 and 12 > Assessment > OLNA > Practice and Example Tests.

Key OLNA dates:


10-11 August

Reading and Numeracy

10-28 August

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.


There are many benefits of regular school attendance; these include:


Students attending regularly are more likely to pass reading and mathematics assessments than students not attending school regularly.


For older students, being in school every day gives them a chance to learn more about post school destinations and scholarship opportunities, and to take the important exams they need to build a successful academic record.

School Community

Just by being present at school, your child is learning how to be a good citizen by participating in the school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader world view.

Importance of Education

Your commitment to school attendance will also send a message to your child that education is a priority for your family, that going to school every day is a critical part of educational success, and that it’s important to take responsibilities seriously by going school.

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)

The process for setting up a PBS Tier 2 team began during the School Development day. The purpose of the Tier 2 team is to:

  • Establish a process for early identification of students who require additional behaviour interventions.
  • Develop a range of research-based interventions matched to identified need or function of behaviour.
  • Use data to monitor progress.
  • Develop a long term plan to build the capability of teachers.

The Tier 2 Team comprises:

Principal or a member of the Senior Executive

Kate Nightingale (Deputy Principal)

Tier 2 Team Leader (selected from the Tier 1 team)

Ross Ligtermoet (Student Services Coordinator)

Classroom teacher with expertise (or a desire to develop expertise) in behaviour support, assessment and interventions

Stephen Ahern (HASS Teacher Leader)

School Counsellor (e.g. Wellbeing Coordinator, Chaplain, School Psychologist, Student Support Officer)

Iona Hughes (School Psychologist)

ICT/Technology Report

The WA Department of Education’s tips for parents 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.

For tips on how to 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

Wellbeing Coordinator’s Report

Elevate comes to Newton Moore

Elevate Education came to Newton Moore to talk to the Year 12 ATAR students to develop their understanding of the study skills and techniques that will help them achieve the best marks possible. The students got some great tips to use in their exam preparation.

Meet the Team

Meet the new staff

Colleen Morrison

Area of Teaching:

Humanities and Social Sciences

History( past work history):

Comet Bay College

Philosophy about education:

Never stop learning.  Always be open to different perspectives and points of view. Every day is a brand new day.  Learning can be fun but sometimes it can be hard too. And that is ok

Personal Interests:

I love spending time with my family.  They are my world.  I also love shopping, going on road adventures and travelling in general.  I have an avid interest in social history.

Devashi Nemdharry

Area of Teaching:


History( past work history):

Junior Agricultural Scientist Saturn Biotech Pty ltd, Aussizz Group Migration firm, Halls Creek District High School, Carnarvon Community College

Philosophy about education:

As a teacher I believe in strong positive relationships. This is a powerful tool to ensure the success of every student in my class. 

Personal Interests:

Craft, sightseeing/ travel, discovering new cuisine, Scientific research

Iona Hughes

Area of Teaching:

School Psychologist

History (past work history):

School Psychologist for Manea Senior College, Donnybrook District High School, Dardanup Primary School, and Boyanup Primary School.

Philosophy about education:

I am passionate about supporting the school community in maintaining a positive, safe and supportive learning environment to maximise the social, emotional, behavioural and academic outcomes of our young people.

Personal Interests:

yoga, true crime documentaries, reading, dogs

Student Services Update

June Student of the Month

Year 7

Charlie Piper Scott

Year 8

Abbey Rogers

Year 9

Harvey Estrella

Year 10

Bailey Conte

Year 11

Aniwa Pitman Poa

Year 12

Charlene Guipo


Not feeling so wonderful? Feeling sad or anxious or a bit down in the dumps? Feeling great, and would like to feel even better?

Then check out some of these websites for really useful and helpful information, or, if you’d prefer a face to face chat, then come and see me.

Have a fab day

Head to Health is the Australian Government’s searchable portal that brings together information, apps, online programs, online forums, and phone services from Australia’s most trusted mental health organisations. Whether you’re searching for mental health information for yourself or someone else, or just wanting tips on how to maintain your self-care and wellbeing, Head to Health is the place to start.

MindSpot is the Australian Government’s free online mental health clinic for Australian adults who are experiencing difficulties with anxiety, stress, depression and low mood.

MindSpot provides assessment and treatment courses, or they can help you find local services that can help.

Ph: 1800 61 44 34



A free app designed to help individuals overcome low moods and anxiety by discovering new coping strategies.


A website and app which supports individuals to cut back or take a break from using alcohol.

Smiling Mind

A free website and app teaching mindfulness meditation to young people and adults.


A free app that allows users to easily and quickly track their mental health, mood, and lifestyle.


A free app and online tool that helps users create a safety plan for when experiencing suicidal thoughts.

ReachOut Breathe App

A free app (IOS only) to help reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety by slowing down breathing and heart rate.

School Nurse

Learning Areas


Year 7s

The year 7 Science classes this term are starting their first experiments with Bunsen burners, learning all of the safety requirements and procedures to begin their journey into discovering the excitement of the Science world.

Crest Awards

Year 7 to 11 Science students are working diligently on their own scientific investigations. These will be presented as a poster, booklet or power point in time to celebrate national Science week later in the term.

Certificate II Aquaculture

Certificate 11 Aquaculture students are enjoying learning to inoculate and grow the algae Tetraselmis suecica, which is used to feed fish larvae in hatcheries. It requires very precise skills and a sterile environment. After 7-10 days the algae are ready to be harvested and fed to the fish.


Are you interested in studying at TAFE in 2021?

The Vocational Education and Training delivered to Secondary Students (VETdSS) program provides senior secondary students with the opportunity to integrate their traditional academic studies with a vocational education study pathway.

Successful completion of a vocational qualification provides students with credits towards a nationally recognised VET qualification that will give a competitive advantage to gain employment in their chosen career or undertake further training.

Students who are enrolled in a VET delivered to secondary tudents course attend a South Regional TAFE campus one or two days per week.


Project Complete

Design Technologies students have been working on their different projects and have produced some fabulous work in their respective contexts. Both students and teachers were proud of the quality of the final product and displayed the mirrors and quilts in the library at the end of last term. During the production process, students gained valuable skills and knowledge that they can build on and use in the future.

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Term 2 Shining Bright Reward Excursion

At the end of Term 2, nine Girls Academy members attended the Shining Bright end of term reward excursion. Girls who have reached 90-100% attendance and have their good standing for the term qualify for this reward.

The girls were treated to a Chinese lunch followed by laser tag. Academy staff use the shining bright reward trip to continue to develop relationships with academy members and reward those who have remained on track with attendance.


On Thursday the 30th of July, Clontarf partnered with SWAMS and the Department of Health to provide comprehensive Medicare health checks for our boys. Each one of our boys gets one on one time with a GP (Dr Arman) where they have the opportunity to discuss a wide range of physical and mental health topics.

Jemima also assists by measuring height, weight and blood pressure, as well as conducting eye and hearing tests. The boys get to see what a healthy amount of sugar, salt and fat is in their diets, and also broach the topics of cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.

This is Newton Moore Clontarf's third year partnering with SWAMS and bringing them onsite. Over this time, we have seen the boys become more comfortable and familiar with visiting a doctor, and discussing health issues with him.

This year we've had the added challenge of Covid-19 to deal with, so I especially want to thank SWAMS for their efforts in making the day a reality. We look forward to having them back later in the term to continue this service.

Specialist Programs


Year 8 Engineering using new STEM Centre

Students have been excited to use the wonderful facilities in the new STEM Centre buildings.

Classes have been utilizing the three new learning spaces.

The centre boasts new equipment including soldering stations, laser cutters, and 3D printers.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

Welcome back to Term 3. We hope to see you in the canteen, enjoying something from our menu like the new Crunchy Chicken Wraps.

Don’t forget you can order online using Quickcliq

Community Notices


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