Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

3 September 2020

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Welcome! We are just past the halfway mark of Term 3, and I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting classes throughout the term. It is great to see classrooms buzzing with activity and students engaged in a range of activities in each of their curriculum areas. Already we are seeing a wonderful effort from large numbers of students eager to do their best and to challenge themselves to be the best that they can be. Parents can support their children in these endeavours by following their progress and assisting with homework where possible.

There are many events and experiences that have been missed over the last six months due to our precautions with COVID. However, at school we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and I am starting to approve whole school events and excursions. I know it was a little disappointing and disheartening during COVID, but despite this, some good things have emerged such as:

  • Our ability to use technology and upload material for students improved
  • Our empathy for others seems to have grown
  • Our connection with family has been enhanced
  • Native animals have reclaimed our forests and parklands
  • Pollution throughout the world has decreased

We still have a long way to go to be COVID free and we don’t want to become complacent, but together we can meet any challenges that come our way.

One of the big up-and-coming events this term is our NAIDOC celebrations. Planning is underway to make this a really interesting and worthwhile day. There will be guest performers at a whole school assembly, stalls and activities, and lots of tasty traditional foods. We have also just had our participation carnival in Bunbury and Busselton for our Year 11 and 12 students. This was an event that allowed students who didn’t get the opportunity to go on Country Week to have the opportunity to show off their sporting prowess. Our students did us proud at this district event.

A reminder that mobile phones are not permitted to be visible or turned on while at school. We are reminding all students of this important policy to ensure that they do not disturb or interrupt any lesson. Through our positive behaviour lessons, we have been educating our young people in the appropriate use of phones. We would appreciate you providing support with this by reminding your child of the need to follow this policy. Please also refrain from making contact with your child during school hours through their mobile phone as this can cause your child to contravene this policy, or, at the very least, to be tempted to do so. If the matter is urgent, please contact the main office and we will immediately get a message to your child.

Please remember that together we can be a very positive influence in our young child’s educational journey. I trust you will enjoy this edition of the school zine.

Susan Kerr M.Ed. Admin, B. Ed, Dip.Teach

From the Finance Team

C&C Payment Plans

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

Win a $100 ZIGGIES Voucher to use for 2021 booklist

To be in the draw to win a $100 voucher to use at Ziggies for your child’s 2021 booklist, simply pay your Contributions and Charges in full by the end of Week 1, Term 4. We have eight vouchers available and these will be drawn after the closing date of 16th October, 2020.

Deputy Principals’ Update

Semester 1 Reports

The Semester 1 reports have been republished to include additional information such as OLNA results for Year 10, 11 and 12. Updated reports can be located and downloaded from Connect.

Arrival at the Beginning of the School Day

At the beginning of the day, students should not be arriving at school before 8:15am unless there is a prior arrangement with a staff member. In particular, when students do arrive, they need to:

  • enter and remain within the school grounds
  • secure push bikes and skateboards in the bike compound immediately upon entering school site
  • secure scooters in the bike compound

Students are not to ride bikes or skateboards on school site at any time. Scooters are permitted ONLY under the supervision of staff in the designated area. If a designated staff member is not present, students must also store scooters in the bike compound.

Students are encouraged to secure their items with a bike lock (or similar). If this is not possible then it is advised that an alternative mode of transport to school be used. The responsibility for personal items remains with the students. The school will not take responsibility for damaged or missing items.

Course Selection Update

Students in Year 10 have completed their subject selections for 2021. In addition to this, those students wishing to apply to study certificate courses at South Regional TAFE in Bunbury have been individually supported to complete their online applications.

Students in Year 11 have received a print out of their current subject choices and need to indicate if they are making any changes for Year 12. Please ensure that this document is returned to the Administration office before the deadline.

There is still time to discuss future pathways and aspirations, so if you or your child have any questions, please get in touch with Miss Nightingale or Miss Read-Smith by contacting the Front Office.

Year 12 – Application for University

Year 12 ATAR students recently received their information about how to apply for university through TISC (Tertiary Institutions Service Centre). They also had the opportunity to listen to a presentation from a representative from TISC to support them with the application process. Key information included:

  • Applications will be via TISC’s website
  • The closing date for applications without incurring a late fee is normally the last working day in September

Please contact Miss Nightingale if you require any further information or visit the TISC website below.

Year 12 Examinations

It is important that students and parents are aware of the following dates:

Mock exams

Monday 5th to 12th October (second week of school holidays)

Written WACE exams

Monday 2nd November to Friday 20th November

Practical Music exams

Saturday 26th September to Sunday 18th October

The location of the Mock examinations will be confirmed as soon as possible. The final written WACE exams will be held in various locations in the Bunbury region.

Students need to make sure that they are well prepared by creating a study plan, attending homework classes after school and keeping up with all required assessment work.


Impact of Missing School





Average of 5 days per term

90 %

1 Year

Regular Attendance

1 day per week

80 %

2 Years

Indicated Risk

1.5 days per week

70 %

3 Years

Moderate Risk

2 days per week

60 %

4 Years

Moderate Risk

3 days per week

40 %

6 Years

Severe Risk

5 weeks a term

50 %

5 Years

Severe Risk

Absences affect learning outcomes whatever the reasons for missed days. This includes sickness, school refusal and family holidays. Even where many of the absences are explained and unavoidable, planning between the family and school may be necessary so your child gets the most out of their schooling.

This planning is often useful to help the school understand any problems or barriers preventing your child from attending school regularly. It may be necessary to review and modify any plans until regular attendance at school is restored. It is important for schools and families to work together when planning for improved attendance to ensure the best possible outcomes for your child.

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)

School-wide Expectations

Newton Moore Senior High School has four school-wide expectations; Wellbeing, Respect, Responsibility and Learning. Our PBS Behaviour Matrix outlines our school-wide expected behaviours, which was developed in collaboration with staff, students, parents and the wider school community.

During Semester 1, the PBS team has been reviewing our Matrix in consultation with students and staff. Using the feedback, we have developed a new draft Matrix which is simpler and more concise, but still outlines the important behaviours we expect.

We are keen to receive feedback from parents, carers and community members, and we invite them to share suggestions to further improve our Matrix.

ICT/Technology Report

The WA Department of Education’s tips for parents to help your children be safe and responsible online users:

Proactively guide

  • Help your child understand that what they say and do online is important.
  • Encourage your child to learn about online safety with fun resources from the eSafety website, like Hector’s World, Zippep’s Astro Circus, and #GameOn.
  • Talk to your child about personal information and why it is special, and remind them how it can be used to identify or locate them.
  • Bookmark a list of favourite sites you are comfortable with your child visiting and teach them how to access this list.
  • Consider using filters to help manage your child's online access.
  • Support positively.
  • Advise your child not to respond to any negative messages and to report any hurtful messages they receive to you or another trusted adult.
  • Teach your child that there are ways they can deal with material that worries or frightens them – this includes immediately telling a trusted adult of any concerns or uncomfortable material, and teaching them to close a web page or turn off a screen.
  • If your child shows any concerning changes in behaviour or mood then talk to them or seek professional support. Kids Helpline provides free, confidential online counselling for young people, and your school may also be able to help.

For tips on how to 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 below.

Student Services Update


Student Services are joining in the R U Ok Day on Thursday 10th September with lots of great events. These will include a visit from the Black Dog Cow, a conversation corner, FREE yellow cupcakes, and some knockout basketball competitions running at recess and lunch.

Students are invited to join in by wearing a splash of yellow to school. They can wear yellow shorts, hat, socks or ribbon, BUT they must wear their school shirt.

R U Ok Day is our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” if someone in your world is struggling with life’s ups and downs.

School Nurse

Spring is on its way…


  • An allergic response causing itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; runny and red nose.
  • Very common in spring and summer.
  • Usually self-diagnosable.
  • One antihistamine tablet a day can help reduce symptoms. Buy from chemist or supermarket.
  • Chronic: can last for years or be life long.
  • Students and staff be prepared.

Consult a doctor if symptoms do not get better.

Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.

Learning Areas


Year 8 Digital Literacy

The Year 8 Digital Literacy students are improving their programming skills by creating games using Microsoft Arcade software. Students use programming blocks to control characters and progress to using Java Script to build their games. By the end of the course, students will be able to program their own games and then download them onto a console similar to a Game Boy.

Jessica Cicchillitti and Jasmyn Crowd play a retro game on the Gamego console

Aboriginal Education


Construction work is currently changing the landscape of our school due to funding provided through the Local School Community Fund by the Hon Nola Marino MP.

In preparation for our NAIDOC celebrations in Week 10, a range of natural materials are being strategically arranged to create our very own Yarning Circle (Kaalak).

A Yarning Circle is a ‘Place of Learning’ used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to respond and be heard in trusting relationships. This will promote cultural connection and provide a valuable outdoor learning space for our students.

A two-metre diameter mosaic is being created by our Year 8 Boys Academy class and will be the centre piece for the project.

Girls Academy

Western Australian Police Academy Cadet Program

SW Post School Transition team were fortunate to be able to take seven Year 10 girls from Coodanup College and Newton Moore SHS to the Western Australian Police Academy in Joondalup.

We were joined by Newton Moore SHS Year 13 Graduate, Casara Hill. Casara currently has an application in waiting to join the WA Police Force Cadet program as a positive outcome of being included in the visit. It was great to have her join us and sharing her achievements after leaving school with the girls.

Casara told the girls, ‘I want to join the Police Force as there are not many Aboriginal women represented in this field. I want to be a good role model for you and the other girls in the Academy. I want you to see that if you work hard, you can achieve the same. Set your mind to it and make it happen!’

Casara has made it through the initial application screening and is awaiting the date to begin her Police Entrance Evaluation testing, hopefully this October. If she is successful, this could place her in the January 2021 Cadet program.


2020 Southwest Basketball Carnival

On Friday 7th of August, the Newton Moore Clontarf Academy hosted the annual Southwest Basketball Carnival at the Leschenault Leisure centre. The carnival featured 11 other Academies from around the region, comprised of Year 7 and 8 students.

In a fast, action-packed day, the Newton Moore Academy won the Grand Final and remained undefeated across their twelve games. Basil Hart was awarded the Clontarf Spirit Award for his side, and all the boys that participated carried themselves extremely well both on and off the court throughout the whole day.

Another highlight of the day was the involvement of three local partners in Qube, Perkins and Premiere Coal. The partners hosted a series of games and activities for all of the boys, and even featured in the half time shooting competition. The carnival was a busy but fun day for all, and the Newton Moore academy is looking forward to the event again next year.

Employment Forum

On Wednesday 12th of August, the Newton Moore Clontarf Academy hosted its annual Employment Forum. This year the event was held at the school in the PAC.

Boys from Years 9-12 benefited from joining with local industry to learn about various work and career based opportunities. The boys showcased their Academy and challenged partners to a putting comp while getting to know them a little bit. We had the chance to hear from Jake Watts, a 2015 Alumni currently working at the Water Corp, and some of our senior boys about their journey through school and beyond. We then broke off into year groups to discuss casual employment, traineeship, and ADF options as well as benefit from a one on one mock interview.

The following boys represented their Academy, school and community very well on the day: Tylar Gallaghan, Troy Bennell, Leroy Pickett, Rebehl Coomer, Kaed Collard, Malachai Bell, Robbie Heir, Jacob Ozies, Peter Woods, Elijah Brown, Jake O'Dine and Eli Barlow. I must thank NMSHS and all of our industry partners who were there on the day. They include:

  • City of Bunbury
  • Coates Hire
  • Iluka
  • Kmart Eaton
  • Officeworks
  • Perkins
  • Qube
  • Water Corporation
  • Premier Coal
  • Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce
  • SW Regional TAFE

Overall it was a great morning, and one the boys will make use of in the years ahead.

On Friday 21st of August, the Clontarf students in Years 9-12 competed in a basketball carnival held in Perth. To be eligible, students had to have 80% or higher attendance and good standing.

The boys versed other Clontarf Academies around the South West region, and even had a staff versus students game during their lunch break. The boys played hard and showed great sportsmanship over the entire day, representing the school and Academy well. Malachi Bell was awarded the Clontarf Spirit Award for his leadership and commitment to school and training.

Follow the Dream

Monadelphous Partnership with Polly Farmer Foundation

The Polly Farmer Foundation celebrates a new partnership with leading engineering company, Monadelphous, who have become the inaugural corporate sponsor of the South West Follow the Dream Program, supporting over 100 Aboriginal students in Years 7 to 12 across 12 schools. The partnership will provide great support and opportunities for the students involved in the Follow the Dream Program with their transition from school to further education and employment.

Aurora Program

Tamara and Shayna from the Aurora Education Foundation met with the students involved in the Aurora Program. The High School Program provides intensive academic support over a six-year period to Indigenous high school students. The Program seeks out young people with an interest in learning and the potential to undertake higher education. It helps students to realise their full academic potential.

Specialist Programs


Minister Officially Opens STEM Centre at Newton Moore Senior High School

Education and Training Minister, Sue Ellery, visited Newton Moore Senior High School to officially open its impressive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre.

The dedicated centre includes an engineering workshop, staff collaboration room, IT lab, storage areas, offices and kitchen facilities.

Students have been busy in the new facilities with activities including coding, and designing and building prototypes such as solar cars, model submarines and drones.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

Avoid the queues, save time and don’t miss out on recess or lunch by ordering online the night before. How to order? Follow these instructions to get ordering today:

How do I order online?

Canteen Breakfast Specials 8.00 - 8.30am

**Availability varies daily

Breakfast orders must be placed either the day before or by 7.30am on the day.

Place orders by phoning 9795 8620 or email


The Lot:

Toasted tortilla with
bacon, egg, cheese, spinach, hash brown
& BBQ sauce


Brekky Wrap

Toasted tortilla with
bacon, egg, cheese, spinach & BBQ sauce


Toasted sandwiches

*Chicken cheese & mayo,
**Bacon & egg BBQ sauce*Ham & cheese


Bacon & egg pie


Ham & cheese


Bacon, egg &
cheese muffin


Fruit Salad


Granola Cups



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