Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

17 September 2020

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Well, we have reached the end of Term 3. Our Year 12 students should be putting the finishing touches to their 13 years of formal schooling and should be ensuring they have completed all the necessary work to achieve their WACE and Certificates, and for our ATAR students, they should be working hard to finish the final assessments before sitting the mock and then external exams.

In the rest of the school, classrooms are buzzing with activity and students are engaged in a range of tasks. As well as this, many students are having the opportunity to work with a number of new Prac teachers who are with us in the school for the next three weeks. These Prac teachers work alongside our experienced staff and will be delivering a range of engaging activities to the classes.

I want to take the opportunity to remind parents how important it is that students bring their BYOD devices to school. We are in the process of reviewing which students are or aren’t bringing devices. We will then be following up with individual letters to parents. In today’s schooling, it is essential that students bring their devices everyday otherwise teachers can’t organise lessons using the technologies. It is the equivalent of bringing your pencil case and file, as we did when we went to school.

The School Board and our HOLAs are active throughout the year ensuring that the school stays focused on what is important. One way we do this is by analysing student performance data. We use this data to develop lines of inquiry to guide the discussions about our student performance and develop strategies to seek further improvements. This information also helps us set our future targets. We are looking forward to sharing with you the school’s new targets for our new Business Plan later in the year, once we have collaborated with all staff.

The end of the term is nearing and as usual we have some exciting events organised, including the Battle of the Knights and the Fun Run obstacle course. For our Year 7s, this will be a new experience but it is lots of fun and a real opportunity for the whole school to wind down, dress up and enjoy some games before the holidays.

I am sure we all agree that 2020 has been an extraordinary year so far. Stay safe, enjoy the holidays and we look forward to seeing all the students’ smiling faces in Term 4.

Susan Kerr
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

Contributions and Charges

A big thank you goes out to all of our parents/caregivers who have paid contributions and charges in full. We really appreciate your commitment to our school.

There is some misunderstanding in the community as to the requirement to pay the ‘charges’ components of your students C&C’s. Charges are the compulsory component of your child’s education program at Newton Moore, and must be paid in full to ensure the resources that are required to meet the outcomes for that subject are available to your student. The Department of education does not provide funding for this purpose and so the school needs to reallocate funds from other priorities to cover any charges that remain unpaid by parents/carers.

Contributions, although voluntary, do make a huge difference to the school’s ability to deliver the programs at Newton Moore, and the school greatly appreciates those parents who provide their ongoing support in this way.

Deputy Principals’ Update

Centrelink's New School Leavers Resource Kit

Every year students and their families look for information about financial help after high school.

Centrelink has created a suite of materials to help you access information about student payments. This resource will assist students and families to gain knowledge of how to claim the available payments.

Please find the first part of the School Leaver Resource Kit attached. All school leaver resources can be found at:

Services Australia hopes that the information provided through these online resources will help to steer your students to future success and peace of mind.

Online Study Skills Handbook.

Our school has recently subscribed to the ELES Study Skills Handbook. This is a great online resource for parents and students to address all study skills issues and concerns, as well as to learn new ways to improve students' results at school.

The handbook has a huge amount of information for both students and parents, as well as lots of interactive activities, multimedia experiences and useful resources. To access the handbook, go to at the link below and login as a subscriber with these details:

  • User name: newtonmooreshs
  • Password: 62success

Please note, the above user name and password is for the use of the parents and students AT OUR SCHOOL ONLY – please do not pass our school’s details onto students or parents from other schools or other individuals or organisations as this is a prosecutable breach of copyright and will also result in frequent password changes for our school.

Please also ensure you read through the ‘Terms of Use’ the first time you access the handbook. We encourage all parents and students to take advantage of this opportunity to further develop students’ study skills abilities through this great online resource.

Year 11 and 12 students to have their say on the future of Western Australia.

Infrastructure WA is inviting up to 50 students from across the State to participate in a free two-hour online workshop on Thursday 17 September from 6.30pm – 8.30pm, to support the work it is doing to prepare the first State Infrastructure Strategy, a 20-year plan identifying Western Australia’s infrastructure needs and priorities.

Participation in this interactive event is open to all Year 11 and 12 students. It is likely to be of particular interest to students who hope to undertake further study in fields such as planning, architecture, construction, engineering, business, culture, society, indigenous issues and information technology.

Parents and guardians can obtain more information and register their child via:

Year 12 - Invitational Week – 2nd 6th November

Finishing school can be daunting, so NMSHS is giving all Year 12 students the opportunity to come back to school to gain further support to achieve their future goals. A variety of 1 hour workshops will be run by industry experts, allowing students to pick those that are most suitable for their needs.

Workshops could include:

  • Support to apply for part time or full time local jobs
  • Advice on creating a university portfolio for entry
  • Uni Prep Summer school information
  • How to apply for Centerlink support
  • Opportunity to meet with recruitment companies
  • Job interview advice
  • Setting up a small business using Facebook

For further information, please contact Kate Nightingale or Jacqui Read-Smith on 97222400.

Marine Industry School Pathways Program Team Meeting

Newton Moore hosted the 2020 Marine Industry School Pathways Program Networking Meeting in the newly established STEM centre. Representatives from schools across the metropolitan and South West regions, shared how their school implement STEM programs across their curriculum and provide STEM pathways for students into future employment and training. Attendees were impressed with the programs delivered by NMSHS and the use of the new facilities and equipment at Newton Moore.

Staff also received training for the Makerbot Method X 3D printer. This was provided by Gail Manton (MISPP) to help Newton Moore (and several metropolitan schools) establish a manufacturing hub for School Pathways which includes programs such as Subs in School, Engineering, Solar Car challenge and the Pitsco Wind Generator Kits.


We want to make sure all children get the best education possible which is why attending school every day is so important. Western Australian law stipulates that schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 -17 years.

School participation will help your child develop important skills, knowledge and values to further their learning and participation in the community. Attending school every day also helps your child develop crucial social and emotional skills such as good communication, resilience and the ability to work in teams.

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.

Family vacations should always be booked outside of school term during the school holidays; if for some reason this is not possible, please write to the school to notify them as soon as possible. Please be aware it is school policy that teachers are not expected to provide work for students who are going on holidays.

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)

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.

Wellbeing Coordinators’ Report

Lower School Leadership Excursion Zero2Hero

Year 8 and 9 leadership students went on an excursion to Zero2Hero at the Convention Centre in Perth on the 3rd of September. The event was the Annual Youth Mental Health Forum, which was held to educate about, and promote, positive mental health in young adults.

We listened to keynote speakers including Andrew Fuller, Georgia Wilson, Lockie Cooke and Kendall Whyte. We then participated in break-out sessions including 90’s jam dance, Body Image Breakthrough, Unshakeable, and Social Media and Mental Health. These sessions were inspiring and motivating, and provided us with skills and the confidence to be mental health ambassadors at our school, and to implement strategies within our own lives.

We are already looking forward to attending next year’s event, and we thank Heather (School Chaplain) and Miss Smith (Lower School Leadership Teacher) for giving us the opportunity to attend this great event.

Camp Hero

Over the September / October holidays Seth Macdonald (Year 10) will be representing NMSHS and the wider Bunbury community at the Zero 2 Hero Camp Hero at Nanga Bush Camp. The Camp Hero Program is aimed at students from 15 to 18 years of age and focuses on five key themes:

  • Self-awareness
  • Physical health
  • Mental health
  • Personal challenges
  • Community impact

It is a program that equips students with the skills to become local mental health ambassadors in their communities. Congratulations to Seth on his successful application. Have an awesome time.

A big thank you to Bunbury Bendigo Bank who has made this opportunity available to Seth. The bank’s support is appreciated.

Meet the Team

Meet the new staff…

Boyd Woods

Area of Teaching:

Clontarf Operations Officer

History (past work history):

I have previously worked as an AIEO in three different schools. I started working as an AIEO in 2017 at Katanning Senior High School. I worked at the school for two years and in my second year I was lucky enough to be named runner up AIEO of the year in the State Education Awards. In the last year I have worked as an AIEO in Mandurah, working at both Coodanup College and Dudley Park Primary School. My new role working as an Operations Officer at Newton Moore High School is my first role working with the Clontarf Foundation. Working in the Clontarf Foundation has been a personal goal for myself and I’m looking forward to working with the boys and school moving forward.

Philosophy about education:

Make the most of the opportunities in front of you and never be afraid to ask for help.

Personal Interests:

My personal interests include football, fishing and travel. I have played football since I was young and I am a passionate West Coast supporter.

Daichi Kikuzawa

Area of Teaching:

Japanese Language Assistant

History( past work history):

Cosmetic company, education company

Philosophy about education:

・Be honest 

・水滴石を穿つ(suiteki ishi wo ugatsu) - Japanese saying. Constant dropping wears away the stone, meaning even small efforts, if you do it every day, leads to a big change.

Personal Interests:

Poetry, guitar, hiking, table tennis

Sarah Davies

Area of Teaching:

Science Laboratory Technician

History( past work history):

I completed my Bachelor of Environmental Science at Murdoch in 2010. Since then I worked as the Research Officer on the Lake Cave Hydrology and Recovery Project in the Margaret River region. I then moved on to be the Recovery Catchments Technical Officer in Esperance with DPAW. In this role I implemented the wetlands monitoring program and worked with schools and other community groups on several aspects of this program.

Philosophy about education:

I believe in lifelong learning and continual improvement. As the lab tech, I am excited to be able to work with teachers to help develop the next generation of lifelong learners while awakening their sense of wonder.

Personal Interests:

Outside of work you will find me spending time with my family doing all things outdoors including camping, bushwalks, fishing and bike riding.

Student Services Update

Helping Minds Presentations

Many of our students were lucky enough to be part of the Helping Minds presentations as part of our R U Ok week supporting mental health and wellbeing in our school. The presenters covered topics such as Facing Challenges, Lifelong Resilience and Coping with Life Stress.

School Nurse


Learning Areas


WorldSkills National Competition 2021: Competition training has begun.

Tristen Harding won a silver medal in the 2019 WorldSkills regional competition, which was held at South Regional TAFE in Bunbury.

Bunbury TAFE have put together a detailed training program for Tristen to ensure he refines his skills and techniques for the WorldSkills National competition which will be held in Perth in April 2021.

Tristen is joining the VET in Schools team, an experience that will give him the edge when applying for an apprenticeship, and will be an excellent addition to his resume.

Tristen has demonstrated his dedication to bricklaying during work experience with a local bricklayer and is keen to further his career in the Building and Construction industry.

Good Luck with your training Tristen!

Career and Employment Expo

On October 22-24th is WA’s largest Career and Employment Event.

There will be over 80 organisations and employers there with career opportunities for all ages.

If you are looking for a job, career change, a course, or you are a school student looking for a career pathway, make sure you attend the Skills West Career expo at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

TAFE 2021

If you are interested in applying for full time or part time TAFE in 2021, enrolments are now open. They will close in December.

Offers will be made in early January 2021.

Please see Miss Read-Smith if you have any questions, or go to South Regional TAFE for more details:

Any current Year 10s or 11s, who have already applied to TAFE, please check your emails, and come and see Miss Read-Smith regarding your interviews.


Materials Design and Technology

This semester, the Year 11 Upper School Design and Technology classes have been manufacturing small coffee tables of their own design, using solid wood. After the disruptions of the previous semester due to Covid, it has been a welcome relief to students and teachers to have uninterrupted workshop time. All table projects are at the ¾ finished mark at the moment, so we can look forward to some interesting creations by the end of term.

The Year 12 Design and Technology classes of Mr Cullen and Mr Allan have nearly finished their large framed, wooden cabinets. These are the final projects they will manufacture at Newton Moore Senior High School and they have left the best till last. They are all well-made and finished so students should be proud of their efforts.

The Year 9 Design and Technology class have started finishing their wooden stools and have shown some real creativity with their leg designs. They are now getting ready to make a bread box with rolling tambours; this will really test their skills but they are up for it!

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Multicultural Netball Carnival

On Friday of Week 6, Year 7 – 10 girls had the opportunity to play in the Multicultural Netball Carnival at the State Netball Centre in Perth. Gayle Narkle from the Girls Academy coached the Year 7/8 team and Miss Sabourne coached the Year 9/10 team. The girls should be proud of themselves on how they performed during the day and respected each team in regards to the diverse range of cultures they played against.

The Year 7/8 team, consisting of Meletia Bell, Makayla Hart, Kiya Gray, Joanne Gallaghan, Rosemary Winder, Kyiesha Hart, Abbey Rogers, Rebekah Barnes and Jordan Brady finished 3rd overall with 3 wins and 2 losses in their Pool. The Year 9/10 team (pictured) consisting of Denise Pickett, Lara Riley, Jasmine Batrick, Skye-Lea Humphries-Woods, Ashleigh Woods, Kennedy Tumohe, Erina Fenton, Haylee Abbs and Isabella Francis finished 2nd overall with 4 wins and 1 loss in their Pool.

Well done to everyone for their amazing effort on the day.

West Australian Police Academy Excursion

Girls Academy South West Post School Transition team were fortunate to be able to take 7, Year 10 girls from Coodanup College and Newton Moore to the Western Australian Police Academy in Joondalup.

We were joined by Newton Moore 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, 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.

Maker & Co

Year 9 Contact Time for Term 3 has been delivered by Maker & Co. The girls have been involved in a Creative Entrepreneurship Program. This has seen the girls design and then make their own bag. The girls have also learnt about budgeting and coming up with their own business name.

We would hope to see that one day, these girls have their own business and are successful in their chosen career and that the time in Year 9 Term 3 Contact Time was the beginning of their life long achievements.


On Wednesday 2nd of September, some of our 80%+ attending senior boys headed to Steel Blue Oval in Bassendean for an AFL carnival versing other Clontarf Academies. We combined with Coodanup, Gilmore and Katanning to form the Southern Allies. Our first fixture fronted us up with Clontarf, who we have a strong rivalry with. Unfortunately, this result didn't go our way as we couldn't kick straight in windy conditions. We lost 5 - 3 - 33 to 3 - 9 - 27. This put us in the play off for 3rd and 4th verses Perth Central, where we won by 30 points. We felt like we were the best team on the day, but couldn't get the job done this time.

All five boys represented the Academy and town well (Jaymen Dann, Malachai Bell, Jacob Ozies, Kaed Collard and Rebehl Coomer). Each one of these boys has worked hard to keep their attendance up, obtain good standing with NMSHS this term and earned their position on the trip.

Later in the term it is the Year 8-10 carnival at Coodanup. We are looking forward to seeing how our younger boys go. We came second in this carnival last year and we're hoping to go one better this year.


On Tuesday 8th of September, the Newton Moore Clontarf Academy hosted SWAMS for the second time this year to provide our boys with the opportunity to visit the doctor and get a health check. 17 boys went through today, meaning 85% of the Academy boys have seen the doctor in the last 12 months for a check-up. This is fantastic as it breaks down the stigma of being weak and needing a doctor, and helps the boys establish relationship with the local AMS.

Also today, Jemima ran a health session on the danger of sugar in our diets. Boys had to arrange 10 common breakfast products from the most-sugary to the least. It ended up being a valuable lesson for some as porridge became the lunch of choice for some that afternoon! Good choice boys!

Along with this health session the boys put their names into a draw to win a SWAMS prize pack containing deodorant, body wash, hair gel and a water bottle. Leon Kickett from Year 8 was this year's winner. Well done to all. A big thanks to NMSHS and SWAMS for hosting us today.

Work Place Visits

In week 7 and 8 of this term, our Year 9 Newton Moore Clontarf Academy boys participated in two work place visits. The boys were lucky enough to attend these visits with our Clontarf partners, Office Works and Kmart.

In week 7, the boys had their first workplace visit experience with partner Office Works Bunbury. This visit of the facility included Office Works supervisor Corey, giving the boys a front to back tour of the whole premises. Corey explained to the boys the various roles which Office Works had to offer to them, which ranged from working at the register, constructing flat packs and explaining the role of ‘click and collect’. The boys were extremely engaged with the visit, asking numerous questions as we went. Corey explained to the boys that the ‘back to school’ period was a very busy time for the company and a number of positions would become available. Thanks to Corey and his knowledge, this visit prompted a number of our boys to become interested in a role at the store in the near future. One of our boys was so excited by the visit that he applied for a job as soon as we got back to school. We’d like to thank Corey and Office Works for their time and showing the boys the store.

Our next work place visit, in Week 8, was with our Clontarf partners Kmart. For this visit we were given a tour of Kmart, located at the Parks Centre, South Bunbury. The boys were guided by store supervisor Lisa, who was extremely knowledgeable, with the information that she delivered. The boys were exposed to all the roles and tasks associated with working at Kmart and engaged positively with their visit. Newton Moore Alumni student Brayden Hill, is currently working in the store and stopped by to give the boys some advice and take a photo. Thank you very much to Lisa, Brayden and Kmart for taking the time to show us around.

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