Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

10 December 2020

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Principal’s Address

Welcome / Kaya

2020 is almost at an end, and we can certainly look back and celebrate an excellent year’s work from all of our students.

Presentation Evening

On Friday 27th November, Year 12 students, their families and the staff of Newton Moore SHS came together at the BREC for the 2020 Presentation Evening. Here we celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2020. Thank you to Ms Gelmi, Ms Nightingale and all staff involved for ensuring the evening was successful and enjoyed by all. Thanks also to the newly elected 2021 School Leaders for generously giving their time to assist on the night. We wish the NMSHS Class of 2020 all the best in their future endeavours. A list of award winners is available in the school prospectus which is on our website.

Goodbye Year 12s

Congratulations must be given to all Year 12 students for completing your secondary education. Newton Moore SHS is proud of your efforts and wishes you all the best for a bright and wonderful future. And for our Year 11s – we look forward to seeing these students back in 2021 with renewed vigour and the energy to make it through the three short terms that comprise Year 12. To the other students still at school, it is important you stay focussed and continue to attend right up until the last day of the school year.

Year 6 Orientation

On Tuesday 8th December, the school hosted 145 Year 6 students for Orientation Day. The day allowed students to have a taste of what the next 6 years of high school have in store for them. An enjoyable time was had by all students. The students were involved in a variety of educational activities including cooking, art and other engaging ventures.

Containers for Change

I would like to thank all those parents, students and staff who are supporting us with our Containers for Change project. We want to thank you for making a difference to the environment and, at the same time, supporting our school with this fundraising project. The money received is going to support student projects that will bring us improved educational outcomes. Thank you to Ms McInerney for initiating this whole school wide initiative.

STEM centre visitors

We have recently had a lot of activities and events going on in STEM centre:

  • Teachers from around the state attended the Lead Language Forum. It was an opportunity for them to get a SCSA update, as well as share best practice in the languages.
  • Primary schools from Perth visited the centre to partake in some activities including a STEM based design and test activity.
  • Movies and films are being created for the 2020 National Science Forum. These movies are about particular science crest awards that our students have been working on.
  • PEAC students have been utilising the STEM Centre and its sophisticated equipment to build mini ROV submarines.
  • Teachers involved in STEM and the Subs in Schools program from across the state visited our centre to look at our programs and our STEM facility and equipment. Jade Warrington and Kevin Lloyd gave an engaging presentation on the STEM projects they have been developing for our students.
  • Students have been involved in the preparation for the National Science Awards coordinated by Monash University.

Student Leadership

Congratulations to all those students who have been selected to be part of the school leadership team. These students are valuable members of our school and contribute greatly in assiting us to hear student voices. The ideas that our students generate and share make our already great school even better. It is wonderful to have such amazing students supporting us with new ideas and ways to make our school environment the best it can be.

This year has been full of unexpected events; let’s hope 2021 is a much smoother year.

I wish you all a relaxing holiday and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2021 will bring.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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

Principal – Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

Contributions and Charges

A big thank you goes out to all of our parents and 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 or 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.

The 2021 Contributions and Charges booklet is now available (attached).

Win A $100 ZIGGIES Voucher

To be in the draw to win a $100 voucher to use at Ziggies for your child’s booklist and stationery needs, simply pay your contributions and charges in full by the end of Week 10 in Term 1, 2021. We have 8 vouchers available and these will be drawn after the closing date.

Secondary Assistance – Don’t Miss Out

A reminder to parents eligible for secondary assistance to get your applications into the school by the 2nd of April and claim your allowances before the end of Term 1, 2021. Don’t miss out on $235 for school fees and $115 for clothing allowance. For more information, ring or drop into the Accounts office between 8am and 4pm. 97222419

Deputy Principals’ Update

Study Skills Tip for December – SWOT Analysis

Reflection on Triumphs and Tribulations

With the end of the year fast approaching, it is a good time to reflect on your approach to school this year and what you have learnt from the challenges you faced. So as the holidays approach, take a moment to do a short SWOT analysis on your personal approach to school and learning. You may also like to discuss these questions with a teacher, parent or friend.


  • What did you do well at school this year?
  • What subjects or topics were you good at?
  • What worked for you in your approach to learning?
  • What are you proud of achieving?
  • What new skills did you develop?


  • What were your greatest challenges in achieving your personal best at school?
  • What did you find difficult this year?
  • What skills do you feel need more work?
  • What areas of your approach did you struggle with?
  • When did you feel not confident about your ability to succeed?


  • What could you do to build your strengths and deal with your weaknesses?
  • Who did you encounter this year that might be able to help you on this journey?
  • What will be different about next year that will create opportunities to change?
  • What could you personally do differently in your approach to school next year?
  • What one thing could you change that would make the biggest difference to you being a more effective learner?


  • What are the biggest obstacles to you making changes in your approach?
  • Are there other students you sit with who make learning difficult?
  • What is stopping you from achieving the top marks you are capable of achieving?
  • What challenges do you face in staying motivated to do your work for school?
  • What challenges do you face in managing distractions and procrastination?

A note to parents: In these school holidays it is important for students to have a decent break, recharge and spend time with friends and family doing things they enjoy. Certainly, if students are weak in areas such as literacy or numeracy, some practice on a regular basis over the holidays would not go astray. It is essential, however, that Year 11 students allocate some time these school holidays consolidating the work from Year 11, ensuring study notes are up to date, and that they are organised and prepared for the challenges ahead in Year 12. All students may find it useful to complete some of the study skills units over the holidays, particularly on their areas of weakness.

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High Expectations for Year 11 and 12 in 2021

All students are required to return to school on the 1st February 2021. The first day back for Year 11 students will be run as an Induction Day. Students will receive specific information in relation to their courses and how this relates to the achievement of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). As well as this, they will get advice, strategies and support on how they can help themselves, and access help, to become effective and organised Upper School students.

Year 11 and 12 are important and challenging years, but NMSHS has lots of support in place to ensure that all students achieve success. Please talk to your child about using the after school homework classes that run from Monday to Thursday in the IRC. This is a great opportunity to get support from teachers and complete assessment tasks.

If you have any questions about our Upper School programs and expectations please contact Kate Nightingale, Deputy Principa,l on 97222400 or at

Student Courses for 2021

We are in the process of finalising the timetable and student course selections for 2021 and will be issuing confirmation sheets to students before the end of year. Students in Year 7, 2021 will receive this information during their orientation day on 8th December.

The confirmation sheets will also provide the cost for each course. The booklists provide additional information to assist families in purchasing the required stationary and books required by students before classes start in February. Booklists can be found on our website here. Booklist orders can be home delivered, delivered to the school (orders made by 18th Dec) or collected from their Perth store.

Year 6 Transition Day

On Tuesday 8 December, Year 6 students form Adam Road, Carey Park, Maidens Park, Ongerup, Greenbushes, Cooinda, Tuart Forrest, Kingston, Picton, Hillcrest, St Mary's and Djidi Djidi primary schools visited Newton Moore Senior High School for Transition Day.

Activities included:

  • Creating a phone/pen stand that students mark out for drilling then sand ready for a finish in Woodwork.
  • Receiving a letter from Student Services and replying using a letter format in English.
  • Using small blocks and computers to understand coded plans and spatial races in Mathematics.
  • Testing water quality, collecting samples, and conducting a macro invertebrate count in Science.
  • Making pikelets in Cooking.
  • Playing dodgeball, handball, or indoor soccer in Sport.
  • Exploring landmarks from around the world and why they are significant, investigating features of the Bayeux tapestry and learning about how it relates to the Battle of Hastings in HASS.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

One of our PBS expected behaviours is 'Use Appropriate Manners and Language' which is part of our school-wide expectation of 'RESPECT'.

We have reinforced in our PBS lesson the importance of being respectful and using appropriate language and manners in a school setting and workplace. It also included teaching students about sexual harassment and reinforcing the message that this is never OK.

You can help by talking to your child and reinforcing the following important messages:

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual behaviour which makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated, and where this reaction could reasonably have been expected in the circumstances.

It has nothing to do with mutual attraction or friendship.

Unwanted or unwelcome sexual behaviour can include:

  • unwelcome touching
  • staring or leering
  • sexually explicit comments, gestures, or jokes
  • sexually explicit photos, pictures, posters, screensavers etc.
  • unwanted invitations to go out on a date or requests for sex
  • intrusive questions about a person’s private life or body
  • insults, name-calling or taunts based on sex, sexuality, or gender
  • disrespectful, sexually explicit, or abusive graffiti
  • sexually explicit e-mails, text messages, etc.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

ICT/Technology Report

BYOD – Bring Your Own Device

Newton Moore Senior High School provides a comprehensive Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure to support learning in the digital age. The school provides internet access and extensive wireless coverage across the whole school.

It is our expectation that students from all year groups bring their own device to support learning in our school. BYOD means you can bring an appropriate laptop or tablet to school and use it in classes and for study purposes.

Wellbeing Coordinators Report

Altitude Awards Winners 2020

Congratulations to this year’s Altitude Award Winners, Taylor Brooks and Lilly Bridges. Both young ladies exemplify the essence of students who have made significant improvements and changes in their schooling life. Gravity are the sponsors of this award and we would like to sincerely thank them for their support of the school and our students.

Transition Day

On Tuesday 8th December, Year 6 students form Adam Road, Carey Park, Maidens Park, Ongerup, Greenbushes, Cooinda, Tuart Forrest, Kingston, Picton, Hillcrest, St Mary's and Djidi Djidi Primary Schools visited Newton Moore Senior High School for Transition Day.

Activities included:

  • Creating a phone/pen stand that students marked out for drilling then sanded ready for a finish in Woodwork.
  • Receiving a letter from Student Services and replying using a letter format in English.
  • Using small blocks and computers to understand coded plans and spacial races in Mathematics.
  • Testing water quality, collecting samples, and conducting a macro invertebrate count in Science.
  • Exploring landmarks from around the world and why they are significant, investigating features of the Bayeux tapestry, and learning about how it relates to the Battle of Hastings in HASS.

Student Services Update

Newton Moore Star - James Ison

James Ison, Year 8, took part in the South West Region Swimming Carnival on Sunday 22nd November. James has been swimming competitively for three years, and at the carnival he achieved Gold for 200m Breaststroke, and Bronze for 200m Individual Medley and 200m Freestyle. He was also awarded the Top Achiever for Males at the meet and shaved 77 seconds off his personal bests.

James trains six times a week and his goal is to go to Junior States in March 2021 and hopefully train enough to complete a 1500m race at a meet. He would also like to represent his school at the next Inter School swimming carnival.

Congratulations James and Good Luck.

Newton Moore Star – Mya Stepanicev

Newton Moore student has success at WA BJJ State Championships.

NMSHS Year 8 student Mya Stepanicev won the State Championship for Girls Grey Belt Teen 13 Years, State Champion Gi and State Champion No Gi.

Congratulations Mya.

Remembrance Day

On Wednesday the 11th November, Josie Curtis, Keira Dronow, Isabella Francis, Joshua Francis and Libby Pense represented Newton Moore Senior High School at the Remembrance Day Ceremony.

School Nurse

How to stay safe over the holidays

For some young people, this time of year can be challenging. It can feel as though you've been taken away from your usual routine of school or work and you may not get to see your friends, teachers or workmates as often as you would like to. This can leave you feeling bored, unsupported, upset and sometimes anxious. It’s important to stay healthy and look after yourself. There are a number of ways to help you do this, and we've suggested a few tips below.

Ways could include...

Eating Well

It’s important to have a good balanced diet with less of the bad things (like junk food and lots of sugar) and more of the good things (such as veggies, fruit, whole grains and water). This can help with sleep, energy levels and general health and wellbeing.

Sleep Well

Getting a good night’s sleep helps you feel energised, focused and motivated. Developing a sleeping routine can help you sleep much better. To do this, try to wake up around the same time each day, get out of bed when you wake up, and go to bed around the same time each night.

Be socially active and get involved

Social relationships are really important to your general wellbeing. Spending time with friends is also really important for keeping and building on existing friendships. Getting involved with volunteer work, hobbies, clubs or committees, or sports can help you feel connected to your wider community while also meeting new people.


Play is important for staying mentally healthy. Devoting time to just having fun can recharge your battery, revitalise your social networks and reduce stress and anxiety.

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Learning Areas

Year 11 Subject Award Winners Semester 2 2020



Maths Essentials

Tauv Casselton

Maths Foundations

Jo-Anne Arnold

Maths Specialist

Moly McInnes

Maths Methods

Molly McInnes


Jye Travers


Shoufeng Huang


Bronte Geyer


Molly McInnes

Human Biology

Amber Mell

Physical Education General

Brayden Jones

English General

Lara Curtis and Katelyn Howes

Cert 2 In Sport and Recreation

Amelia Adams

Skills for Work

Sharnee Pearce

Cert 2 Materials, Design and Technology (Wood)

Darcy Beacham

Cert 2 In Business

Darcy Beacham

Cert 2 in Community Services

Annakey Pumphrey

Cert 2 Food Science and Technology 

Janae Cole


School Based Traineeships

School-based traineeships provide the opportunity for students who are in Year 11 or Year 12 to be employed and go to school at the same time. This means that not only will you get paid, BUT you can also work towards completing your Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

Some of the advantages of school-based apprenticeships and traineeships include:

  • More flexibility and variety. ...
  • Head start in a career. ...
  • Nationally recognised qualifications. ...
  • An opportunity to learn and earn. ...
  • Contributing to the community. ...
  • Employer satisfaction.

How does it all work?

  • A host Employer will be located
  • You could go to school 3 days a week and go to work on the other 2 days
  • You could go to school 4 days a week and go to work 1 day
  • You will complete the assessment activities at work and in your own time.

NMSHS has many students who have completed traineeships in various industries. Some of these include:

  • Kitchen Operations
  • Hospitality
  • Government
  • Retail
  • Business
  • Stevedoring
  • Light vehicle
  • Individual Support
  • Community Services
  • Warehousing Operations
  • Building and Construction
  • Sport and Recreation

Current Year 10 or 11 students, if this is a pathway you may be interested in, please see Mrs Read-Smith and Mrs Potter in the VET office.

Year 11 2021 VET Students – Work Experience Placements

Year 11 2021 VET student work experience placement forms for Term 1 next year are now overdue.

Current Year 10 students who are undertaking the VET program next year are required to locate their own work experience placements. Please return the pink Workplace Learning Details form to the VET Office as soon as possible.

If you have any queries or are having difficulty locating a placement, please see Mrs Potter or Mrs Read-Smith in the VET Office.


Sending warm wishes…

Japanese students this week have been creating holiday cards and other small gifts to send to our Japanese sister-school, Kawanishi Hokuryou Senior High School. Covid-19 has greatly affected our ability to interact with our Japanese friends. With Japan experiencing another wave of infection, we wish to send our thoughts and ‘keep safe’ messages with a little cheer.

Stay tuned for some ‘distance’ interactions in 2021.

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Perth Inter Academy Basketball comp

On Friday of Week 6, the Girls Academy competed in an inter-Academy NAIDOC Basketball Carnival held at Curtin University. We took a team of 9 girls from Year 8 and 9. We had an early start to the day, and at 6.45am jumped on the bus and headed to Perth. There was a fantastic Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony which the girls participated in before hitting the courts.

The carnival had 9 teams competing from the Girls Academies around Perth and Mandurah and, of course, Newton Moore. We played against 6 teams during which we won 1 game, lost a game by only 1 point, and were unsuccessful in the 4 other games. The girls played extremely well and were quite exhausted on the way home. Each team had the opportunity to name an Allstar player, and Newton Moore’s Allstar was Meletia Bell.

During the day, the girls were given the opportunity to participate in activities held by St John Ambulance and Curtin University students. We had Mexican for lunch and then spoilt ourselves with ice cream from the Mr Whippy van.


During week 5, the Year 12 Clontarf boys enjoyed their major tip as a reward for completing or graduating school. It's fantastic to see young Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders complete 12 years of formal schooling. We exist to improve the life outcomes of these young men and finishing school puts them in a good position to do that. That is why we make such a big deal when they complete.

This year we kept it local and enjoyed Rottenest Island and Perth. At Rottenest we hired bikes to get around and see the sights. We enjoyed some mini golf, lawn bowls and real golf in carts. The boys also soaked up some of the history and learnt about the island and the reconciliation plan that's in place.

After Rottnest, we spent a night in Perth where the boys completed their White Cards to enable them access to worksites in the future.

Well done Cody, Tyreece, Tylar and Kyle for completing Year 12, and all the best with your future.

Busselton NAIDOC Basketball and Employment Expo

On Thursday 5th of November, members of the Newton Moore Clontarf Academy attended the Busselton NAIDOC Basketball and Employment Expo. The day was split into two halves where our Junior and Senior teams rotated after lunch. The first half of the day saw our Senior boys attending the Employment Expo, while the Junior boys played in round robin basketball matches against students from Busselton Senior High School.

The Employment Expo had numerous workplaces come in to chat to students from both Newton Moore Senior High School and Busselton Senior High School. The employers provided information about numerous workplaces in the South West which included departments such as the West Australian Police, South West Aboriginal Medical Service, numerous mining companies, Accord West and the South Regional Tafe just to name a few. Basketball was a less formal affair with students playing in multiple 20 minute games which they seemed to thoroughly enjoy.

The day was a great success and we would like to thank and congratulate Gwen Gray and the team from Busselton Senior High School for putting it all together.

News from Parent Bodies

P & C

The Canteen has been part of the school since 1966 serving the school community for some 54 years! This is only due to the commitment of a dedicated core of staff and volunteers who continue to deliver many wholesome food options of the day to the hungry students and staff willing to line the noisy and jostling queues that we all recall from our school days. Unfortunately, many schools in the Bunbury region have not been as fortunate to have had this support from the whole school community and have been unable to run a canteen!!

Our canteen is managed by the NMSHS Parents & Citizens Committee (P&C) which also contributes in many other important ways.

Profits from the canteen are directed via the committee towards many areas of the school community. These include the School Band, Youthcare Chaplain support, education scholarships (science, engineering, literacy), resource provisions (eg. media studies or sports equipment, mascot repairs and special celebratory or reward events (eg. Year 12 celebration, Girls Academy). Five years ago we were able to contribute approximately $13,000 but this has declined recently to approximately $3,000.

Your support of the canteen is vital for its operations but also to providing more funds back to the school. Supporting your child to make purchases through the canteen is one clear way to help although volunteering to help in the canteen or becoming a member of the P&C Committee are other ways. Without a functioning committee the canteen cannot operate. Canteen volunteers help reduce the need for paid staff and increasing profits for the school. We need YOUR help to keep the Canteen and the sense of community it creates in the heart of the school ALIVE!

The P&C Committee is not as frightening as you may think. We meet 5-6 times per year for around 1.5 hours and as we have not been a large group we don’t get too involved in fundraising. This is up to members to decide. We are governed by a constitution which allows us to operate the canteen and direct funds to the school community. Constitution changes in 2020 now require a larger committee to be in place so new members are urgently required for meetings to be valid and to bring new ideas and energy.

If you can spare a few hours to help in canteen, join the committee, or both that’ll be awesome! Attending the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and odd General meeting even as a non-member will also be greatly appreciated.

The AGM is scheduled for 7.00pm in early March 2021 at the School staff room. Wine and cheese will be on offer to tempt your taste buds and we hope to see you there.

In the meantime, your continued support of the canteen will be very much appreciated.

Many thanks,
NMSHS P&C Committee

School Board

Your Opinions Matter

Over the last few board meetings we have been reviewing our school survey information. Firstly, can I take this opportunity to thank all those parents who completed the school survey. It is very important to our school that we receive feedback from parents so we can gain your opinions on what we are doing well and areas we need to show improvement.

Our survey feedback indicated that:

Areas we are doing well:

  • We expect student to do their best
  • Parents at this school can talk to teachers about their concerns

Areas we need to focus on:

  • Students at this school can talk to their teachers about their concerns
  • Teachers at this school treat students fairly

As a result of your feedback we will be implementing a variety of strategies.

The School Board talked about how we could involve more parents into the school and to complete school surveys. We will be investigating using SMS and other mediums to capture more parent voice.

I also want to take this opportunity to ask you to consider to be a member of the school board.

To nominate for a parent position on the 2021-22 School Board, parents are invited to complete the nomination for election form attached below and return it to the school. Positions are for 2 years. Please forward your nomination to


Year 12 Presentation Evening

We celebrated the achievements of our Year 12 students at the BREC on Friday 27th November.

It was a highly enjoyable evening, awarding prizes to the top performing students and recognising all students who completed Year 12 successfully.

A big thankyou to all the staff and students that helped to make the night a success.

Graduating with Honours

Lili Hood
Madelyn McDonagh
Ella Williams




Mathematics Foundations

Adroit Maintenance

Sarah Goode

Mathematics Essentials General

BTS Technology

Madelyn McDonagh

Mathematics Specialist ATAR

Barry Allen Electrical

Gabriel Francisco

Mathematics Methods ATAR

Bunbury Army Surplus

Gabriel Francisco

Human Biology ATAR

Cam Contracting

Lachlan Harrington

Chemistry ATAR

Edith Cowan University

Holly Dybala

Biology ATAR

Dr Foster and Associates

Lachlan Harrington

Steve Isopenko Science Award

Bus West

Lachlan Harrington

Engineering Studies ATAR


Gabriel Francisco

Certificate of Excellence in
Engineering Studies

Engineers Australia WA Division

Gabriel Francisco

Certificate II Aquaculture

Ziggies Educational Supplies

Lili Hood

Certificate II Aquaculture


Madelyn McDonagh

English General

Mr Phil Smith

Madelyn McDonagh

Phil Smith Literacy Award

NMSHS Parents & Citizens

Sarah Goode

Materials Design & Technology General

Bunnings Warehouse

Charlene Marie Guipo

Physical Education Studies General

Slater-Gartrell Sports

Jayde Gadecki

Certificate II Business

The Apprentice & Traineeship

Michael Field

Food, Science & Technology

Honourable Adele Farina

Michael Field

Certificate II Community Services

SOS Office Equipment

Stephanie Riley

Certificate II Sport & Recreation

Slater Gartrell Sports

Alexandra Anderson

VET School Based Traineeship

Aprenticeship Support Australia

Storm Hornby

Visual Arts General

SOS Office Equipment

Charlene Marie Guipo

Special Awards




Sir Newton Moore Family Award

This award is an award reflecting the core values and leadership qualities of our founder, Sir Newton Moore. The recipient of this award is a student who has demonstrated marked determination, vision, courage, responsibility, leadership and initiative.

Bunbury City Glass

Aiden Doak

Caltex Best All Rounder Award

The Caltex Best All Rounder Award is given to a student who consistently excels in all areas of school life including in the classroom and on the sporting field and encourages school and community spirit.


Lachlan Harrington

Student of the Year - Female

A student that has maintained excellent attendance and attitude and has a strong sense of commitment to her school community.

Hon Colin Holt MLC

Charlene Marie Guipo

Student of the Year - Male

A student that has maintained excellent attendance and attitude and has a strong sense of commitment to his school community.

Hon Diane Evers MLC

Michael Field

Aboriginal Education Achievement Award

An Aboriginal student who consistently excels in all areas of school life and embraces the school and community spirit.

South West Aboriginal Medical Services

Juliann Harvey

Forrest Medal Leadership Award

Demonstrates leadership, commitment to the school ethos, excellence in attitude and achievement, strong participant in school and community activities, and exhibits awareness of others

Hon Nola Marino MP

Cordell Anderson

Australian Defence Force Future Innovators Award

Edith Cowan University South West Deans Award is given to students who can demonstrate academic excellence and endeavour, leadership, and a commitment to Edith Cowan University’s core values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry and Personal Excellence.

Australian Defence Force

Taine Lottering

Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award

The ADF Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards recognise students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader community and who display strong values, such as doing one's best, respect for others and “mateship”, that are integral to Australian society.

Australian Defence Force

Mikisa Knuckey

Sportswoman of the Year

Female athlete whose performance for the year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement and who has represented the school with commitment, dedication and pride.

Slater Gartrell Sports

Jayde Gadecki

Sportsman of the Year

Male athlete whose performance for the year most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement and who has represented the school with commitment, dedication and pride.

Slater Gartrell Sports

Lachlan Harrington

DUX – Vocational Education and Training

Outstanding achievement made by a student in the field of Vocational Education and Training across school subjects, qualifications obtained and efforts as an ambassador of the school in a workplace scenario.

Susan Kerr

Sarah Goode

DUX – Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

An award given to the student with the highest academic achievement in the whole year.

City of Bunbury

Gabriel Francisco

Girls Academy Awards Night

On Thursday 26th November, we hosted our annual Academy Awards Night at Koombana Bay Sailing Club. We were lucky enough to have dignitaries join us such as Don Punch MLA; Nola Marino MP; Narelle Henry General Manager Girls Academy; the School Principal, Deputies and staff; and sponsors and families. The night consisted of a beautiful and warm welcome from Elder Nana Phyllis Bennell and Aunty Charmaine Councillor; speeches talking about the year we’ve had; reminiscing with 2 slide shows; awards; and saying farewell to our Year 12’s, Stephanie Riley and Juliann Harvey, who graduated from Newton Moore on Friday 27th November.

The award winners from the evening were:

Be the Change Award

Georgia Pepper

Academy Ambassador Award

Denise Pickett

Most Improved Award

Mikayla Farrant

Shining Bright Attendance Award

Faith Ryder-Hill

Junior Academic Award

Jasmine Batrick

Senior Academic Award

Amber Mell

Junior Sportswoman Award

Meletia Bell

Senior Sportswoman

Denise Pickett

Clontarf Awards Night

On Tuesday 1st of December, the Newton Moore Clontarf Academy enjoyed some time together celebrating the achievements of our Academy boys for the year 2020. We were joined by family, school staff, government representatives and partners on the day. This year we focused more on a family friendly event holing the awards in the gymnasium.

Peter Woods kicked off the afternoon with the Acknowledgement to Country, joined by all the Academy boys up front. We then heard about some of the overall achievements of the boys this year in the areas of attendance, employment, and traineeship success. Mrs Kerr followed this with some encouraging words, and we awarded attendance certificates to all the 90% boys. For a young Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander man, coming to school is critical for their future, unlocking educational and employment opportunities. That is why we have such a big focus on it. The following boys achieved 90% or higher this year, bearing in mind Covid-19 had a huge impact. The boys with an * were recognised as the highest in their year group.

Year 7

Sheldon Pickett

Nicholas Queama*

Clay Worrigal

Year 8

Blayde Coomer

Caleb Holzapfel*

Marcus McConkey

Josiah Queama

Destyn Romeo

Blaze Saw

Year 9

Te'Sean Hart*

Year 10

Malachai Bell*

Year 11

Rebehl Coomer*

Year 12

Tylar Gallaghan

From there we moved into our education awards. Teachers were asked to select students who have excelled academically, work hard or improved significantly throughout the year. The following boys were recognised by the school:


Basil Hart

Malachai Bell 


Rebehl Coomer 


Nicholas Queama

Marcus Woods

Destyn Romeo

Rebehl Coomer 


Tyreece Nichols

Sheldon Collard

Marcus McConkey

Eli Barlow

Peter Woods

Rebehl Coomer 


Destyn Romeo

Sheldon Collard 

Living and Leading

Nicholas Queama

Sheldon Collard

Samuel Hill 

Follow the Dream

Ayden Noakes 


Kristian Taylor

Destyn Romeo

Malachai Bell 


Caleb Holzapfel

Basil Hart

Eli Barlow 


Rebehl Coomer

Jaymen Dann 

Well done boys.

Next up Boyd Woods recognised our top trainers for the year. Every week on Tuesday and Thursday we host early morning training at the school followed by breakfast. We know that every young man needs exercise and fuel to power through his day at school, so we reward those that make the effort week in and week out to get themselves up and out of bed and to training. This year, Basil Hart and Cody Bell took out our training awards.

Next up Steven Jas recognised boys who display leadership qualities in and around the Academy and at school. This year we awarded Cody and Malachai Bell and Peter Woods for their outstanding efforts. These boys led by doing the little things, such as volunteering to clean a bus, helping with Academy activities, picking up rubbish, and being an example at school.

Next, we had four boys we acknowledged for employment awards. When a young Indigenous man gets and keeps a job, he sets himself up for life by learning how to act and behave in a different environment, be reliable and complete required tasks on time. We wish to name Kmart South Bunbury, Kmart Eaton, Bunnings Bunbury, and Officeworks as four partners who have worked closely with us to enable our boys to get their first casual job while remaining at school. Also Qube provides two traineeships which Tylar Gallaghan and Kyle Oliver both completed this year. Our employment awards went to:

Tyreece Ugle

Carpet Choice and Kmart 

Kyle Oliver

Qube, Kmart and Bunnings 

Rebehl Coomer

Kmart South Bunbury

Kaed Collard

Kmart Eaton

Two young men have consistently displayed Clontarf values throughout the year. We awarded Destyn Romeo and Jacob Ozies with these awards. Well done, boys!

Throughout the year, we have run a points competition where boys can earn Clontarf/school clothing and other prizes. Once achieving 100 points, Officeworks kindly donates a $50 voucher. This year Nehemiah Brown earnt 142 points to win, followed by Nicholas Queama in second place, and tied for third was Malachai Bell and Sheldon Collard. Points are earnt by attending a homework class, completing a training session, doing a full week at school and by receiving a PBS point from a NMSHS staff member.

Finally, we congratulated our Year 12 boys. Cody Bell (#58), Tylar Gallaghan (#59) and Tyreece Ugle (#60) all graduated and Kyle Oliver completed. These boys received a personalised portfolio and an Academy towel with their Newton Moore Clontarf Academy Alumni number. Each boy is onto bigger and better things. Well done on finishing the race!

We closed the afternoon with a feed and catch up while playing a few games. Thank you to Jess from the Girls Academy and Glen Garlett for cooking our BBQ.

Until next year, have a great break and thanks for all your support.

Boyd, Boyd and Steve.

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