Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

19 November 2020

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message


It is so nice to see a degree of normality return to characterise Newton Moore Senior High School. Although the concerns relating to COVID-19 remain at the forefront of our minds, our school has gradually recommenced most activities. in saying this, we are still being very health conscious and are following all Department of Education COVID updates.

Primary Partnerships

Our relationship with our partner primary schools continues to grow from strength to strength. Our feeder schools have always been, and continue to be, great supporters of our school. Our Transition program planning is underway and is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 7th December.

Flying Start is a program to support students who may be a little apprehensive about high school will take place in Weeks 6 and 7.

Aboriginal Academies Orientation Sessions have already been held during Week 4 of this term. These sessions provide an opportunity for students to visit the academies.

Primary School Science Visits have been ongoing throughout the year and allow primary students to experience the STEM Centre and our exciting Science programs.


Recently our students in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 participated in the OLNA tests. These are compulsory for students who are yet to meet Literacy and Numeracy standards towards their WACE. Students participated in the tests appropriately and are to be congratulated on their efforts in preparing for the assessment. We were very pleased with our last round of results which saw a number of Year 9 students prequalify and a number of our Year 12s achieving the standard. Well done to all of those students.


Attendance at school is an important issue and I would like to take a moment to emphasise that research indicates that every day at school matters for student learning. At Newton Moore Senior High School, we want your child to achieve their very best. To get the best education, they need to attend every day. Developing a habit of going to school every day is vitally important so your child does not miss out on important ideas and skills they need for future learning. If there are any factors that are affecting your child’s attendance at school, do not hesitate to contact us so we can assist is providing any additional support that may be required.


Thank you to the families whose students consistently attend school in correct school uniform. At Newton Moore Senior High School, we are proud of our school’s identity and public image, and we have the expectation that all students are in full school uniform every day. Wearing correct uniform is also part of our Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) program. At Newton Moore Senior High School, we want our students wearing our uniform with pride.

Year 12

Recently we said goodbye and good luck to the Class of 2020 at the final Year 12 Assembly. These assemblies are always filled with laughter, tears and hugs and this is evidence of the strong bond and supportive relationship developed between the staff and students over the years. In only a few weeks' time I will have the honour of presenting the Class of 2020 with their certificates. Each of these students has achieved success. This success looks different for each of them. For some it is university entry and acceptance into the course of their dreams. For others it is further training and apprenticeships and/or going out into the workforce. The most important success is that each student has the confidence, the skills and the experiences to be active members of the community.


This time of year is also a time where, as a school, we engage in self- assessment and planning for the next school year. The focus is firmly on improvement, the decision making is driven by data, and the purpose is to continue our focus on student success. Being an Independent Public School brings flexibility, along with increased accountability, to our families and community. Newton Moore Senior High School embraces this accountability and strives for success for all students.

It is not long until the end of the year and it is important that we all stay focussed.

Thank you

Susan Kerr
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

2021 Booklists

Ziggies Educational supplies are supporters of Newton Moore SHS and WA schools.

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

The benefits of using Ziggies for your child’s resources includes:

  • Ziggies Educational Supplies is a WA family owned business.
  • By ordering your child’s Personal Items List products through Ziggies, the school receives a commission. In 2020 Ziggies gave back approximately $400k to WA schools.
  • Ziggies proudly support the Make a Wish Foundation by donating $1.50 of every click and collect order.
  • Only quality branded products are supplied (not home brands).

We encourage you to support a WA owned and operated business who continues to support WA schools and in the process, help raise valuable funds for our school.

Booklists for all year groups for 2021 are now available to parents via our newsletter (attached), from the Connect website, and for those wanting a paper copy, by collection from the school Admin office. Booklists will not be posted out to parents unless by arrangement.

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

Canning Vale Store

25B Baile Road,

Canning Vale WA 6155

Tel: (08) 94553717

Joondalup Store

Shop 31, 57 Joondalup Gate,

Joondalup WA 6027

Tel: (08) 93014587

Deputy Principals’ Update

One of the key values at Newton Moore Senior High School is inclusivity. We want to see all of our students reach their full potential and to have access to quality learning opportunities at school. This means that all students can access and fully participate in learning, supported by adjustments and teaching strategies tailored to their individual needs. Inclusivity is embedded in all aspects of school life, and is supported by culture, policies and practices. We welcome and respond to the diverse needs of all young people and their families.

We have high expectations for all students, recognising that, with the right support, all students can succeed. This commitment means that children and young people at Newton Moore from all social, cultural, community and family backgrounds, and of all identities and abilities, are welcomed and can fully engage in a high-quality education. It also means a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination or harassment.


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, Jo Brookes, on 9722 2428.

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 at Year Meetings the importance of being respectful, and using appropriate language and manners in a school setting and workplace.

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

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

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Admin Report

Wellbeing Coordinators Report

Students of the month – September

Year 7

Ava Depiazzi

Year 8

Jeanette Kundi

Year 9

Anton Scibilia

Year 10

Putu Gde Purnanan

Year 11

Sharnee Pearce

Student Services Update

Study Skills Tips

When a student says that they have a bad memory, it usually means that actually they do not encode the information they are trying to remember into their memory in an effective way.

Memory is really a ‘process’ as opposed to a ‘thing’ in your head that you are born with.

Rather than ‘improving your memory’, you want to improve the process of memory creation to ensure memory retrieval goes smoothly! The reason why many students do not retain what they are learning is that the way they study only gets the information as far as their short term memory, and then before long it is forgotten instead of being encoded into long term memory.

The first stage for students in improving their retention of information is to try and find ways to make what they are learning

  • INTERESTING to themselves,

and if they can't do this then they need to at least create the firm

  • INTENTION to remember the information.

It is all about their approach to what they are learning.

The next step in memory creation is the encoding process. To improve in this area, students need to improve:

  • Concentration and focus: Making notes about what they are learning; studying using techniques that suit their learning style; studying when they are most alert.
  • Organisation of material: Making brain friendly notes, including lists, highlighting, categories, grouping and/or graphics.
  • Making associations and links between the new material and previously learned material.

The next stage in the memory process is facilitating the storage of memories. Students can improve the way memories are stored by ensuring they:

  • BREAK THEIR STUDY BLOCKS UP with at least a few minutes break every half hour (giving the brain a chance to encode and file that chunk of content).
  • CHUNK DOWN the information to be learnt so it is broken down into manageable chunks.
  • Get enough SLEEP. This is essential because fundamental memory processes take place during sleep.
  • Practise REPETITION AND REGULAR REVIEW. Each time a review takes place, the brain fires all the neurons connected to that memory. The more often this happens, the stronger the connections between the neurons, and the more intense and powerful the memory that is created.

So, in summary, the top three things to improve the process of creating powerful memories are:

  • focus, positive attitude and intention to remember are essential (reading something half-heartedly while bored pretty much guarantees it won’t be retained)
  • an active approach to learning where students are ‘doing’ (making notes, testing themselves using a wide range of study techniques) rather than just ‘reading’
  • repetition and constant review of the material over a period of time.

To learn more about the brain and memory and advanced memory techniques visit the Brain and Memory unit on the link below.

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Learning Areas


Year 10

Mrs Parks’ Year 10 Students have made models of ions formed when an element gains or loses electrons. This is a fun way to demonstrate understanding.


Australian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiad

The following students participated in the Australian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiad. The Olympiad aims to introduce students to important mathematical concepts; teach major strategies and develop flexibility for problem solving; foster creativity and ingenuity and strengthen intuition; stimulate enthusiasm and enjoyment of mathematics; and provide for the satisfaction, joy and thrill of meeting challenges. The following students were the top 4 in their class:

  • Tyson Veale
  • James Ison
  • Amy Barron
  • Ranielle Eltagonde

Well done to all students and congratulations on your success.


Year 10 VET Induction Meetings

Year 10 students and their parents have been meeting with Mrs Read-Smith and Mrs Potter to discuss the VET program for 2021. Any Year 10 students interested in the program please contact the school to make an appointment as soon as possible.

Year 10 Work Experience Term 4

Week 10 of Term 4 offers an exciting opportunity for all Year 10 students to engage in Work Experience.

Work Experience allows students an opportunity to try out a number of employment industries to get a taste of some of the work they might like to pursue in their future careers. Under the supervision of experienced staff, students are able to observe and participate in real life work situations, learn new skills, and build their confidence in a work setting.

This exposure to workplaces can also lead to further opportunities in employment, with some students securing traineeships, apprenticeships and paid work as a result of successful placements.

Some of the industries students have performed work experience in include Automotive, Building and Construction, Hospitality, Retail, Education, Child Care, and Administration.

Year 10 students are required to locate their own work placement. All placements for Year 10s must be identified and information given to the VET Office by the 20th November so we can organise the required paperwork.

Work Experience Details Forms are available in the VET Office. The form needs to be completed and returned to Ms Read-Smith or Mrs Potter.


Year 10 Mechatronics

Year 10 Mechatronics students have been constructing their own Steady Hand Game. The Steady Hand Game involves trying to get a metal wand from one side of a wavy wire to the other, without the two touching. The game works because it is made from an incomplete electrical circuit. When the metal wand touches the metal wire, the circuit is completed and this triggers an alarm. Before construction on the game, students learnt about electronic components and circuitry.

Liam Fogarty attempts to master the Steady Hand Game while Caleb Chicchillitti and Javan Spry look on.


All School State Athletics Championships

The All School State Athletics Championships were held at the WA Athletics Stadium on the 30-31st October and 1st November. Brock Kenny (Year 11) and Gabriel Doolan (Year 10) represented Newton Moore Senior High School and were successful in a number of events.

Brock won gold in the Javelin, Shot Put and Discus. Competing for the first time as a para-athlete after an incident 18 months ago, Brock has overcome challenges and achieved success. He also has 3 pending National records in Javelin, Shot Put and Discus.

Gabe won gold in the Under 16s 100m and Under 16s 200m.

Both Brock and Gabe are great representatives of our Moore Academy of Sport and Health (MASH) specialist program which runs in Years 7-10.

Brock and Gabe have been inducted into the South West Academy of Sport program this year, and as a result of their amazing performances, they have also been selected to represent Western Australia at the National All Schools Championships in Hobart during December.

Slammers visit Newton Moore

Newton Moore SHS students have been lucky enough to receive expert coaching from South West Slammers and coaches. This coaching will generate interest and skills for our students to become actively involved in school sporting carnivals such as the Lightning and Winter Carnivals, and Country Week.

Aboriginal Education

Living and Leading

Healthy Eating in Living and Leading

Our Year 8 students in Living and Leading recently learnt about healthy eating, and whether takeaway food is better for you than homemade food. Michelle Spargo from the Department of Health ran the sessions and had students engaged in discussion around the healthy food plate, as well as sugar, fat and salt intake in different foods and healthy alternatives.

Girls Academy

This last week has been full of sporting activities for the Girls Academy. We travelled to Busselton Senior High School to attend their NAIDOC Celebration Basketball Carnival. We took a Senior Team and all the girls competed extremely well and won the day.

Next on our agenda was an Indoor Cricket Carnival. Girls from Year 7, 8 and 9 were in attendance for this carnival. We also had another Girls Academy from Coodanup College join us for the day. We had a round robin competition which saw our Year 9 girls win the day.


On Tuesday 20th of October, Iluka visited our early morning training and joined the boys in a series of games in the gym. They also cooked breakfast for us all. Iluka is a long-time partner of the Foundation and have always supported our local Newton Moore Academy.

They boys enjoyed indoor footy followed by bacon and egg rolls with juice. Fun was had by all. We hope this relationship continues with Iluka and many more boys benefit from their involvement.

Indoor Cricket and Soccer Carnival

On Friday 30th of October our Year Seven, Eight and Nine Newton Moore Clontarf Academy boys participated in the Bunbury Indoor Cricket and Soccer Carnival. This carnival was attended by only Newton Moore Clontarf boys which gave the boys the chance to verse each other in a round robin style competition. We were lucky enough to be joined by our partners from the WACA, Rachel and Kristy, and Levon from Caltex.

The morning started with Indoor Cricket which had the boys spread across three different teams. The cricket captains for the day were Elijah Brown, Te’Sean Hart and Anthony Hansen, who all did a great job of leading their team. The format of the day had two teams playing in one of the nets, while the other team who was not playing participated in an array of team based skill games. The boys had a great time being involved in the cricket games and also competing in the skills challenges. It was a morning full of fun and competition which was enjoyed by all the boys.

After the cricke,t the boys were treated to a burger and juice box for lunch which was cooked by our guest Levon from Caltex. Thanks Levon!

The afternoon consisted of a round robin soccer tournament, which saw the boys split across four teams. We were very proud of how the boys engaged in the soccer after a big morning of cricket and dealing with temperatures that hit 30 degrees. The soccer was wrapped up with the boys having some Icey poles as a treat for their participation in the day.

The day was concluded with the presentation of three Clontarf Spirit Awards which were voted on by both the boys, staff and our partners. The Clontarf Spirit Award is given to boys who demonstrate the key values of what Clontarf stands for and for being a good bloke, rather than the best player of the day. We were lucky enough to be donated prizes from our partners which included Rachel and Kristy from the WACA donating a Perth Scorchers Jersey and hat, and Levon and Caltex donating a bag which was full of goodies. Our Clontarf Spirit Awards for the day went to Perry Ugle, Samuel Hill and Caleb Holzapfel, who all represented themselves and Clontarf extremely well on the day.

Jacob Ozies attends Indigenous Australian Engineering School

Jacob Ozies attended the Indigenous Australian Engineering School at Curtin University between the 27th September – 3rd October:

I was welcomed to the University and attended the Centre of Aboriginal Studies, where Welcome to Country was undertaken in the Midgegoroo meeting place. Shaun Nannup, a Noonygar man, profiled his life to us and spoke about his struggles in schooling, the teenage years and how it all moulded him to be the man he is today. It was quite a motivational presentation.

The WA Manager of Google attended the camp, and he enaged us in a brainstorming activity to generate ideas to assist people with disabilities, with a focus especially for those living far distances from hosiptals.

Another activity was to design a Covid Test App which involved coding and designing, which was very interesting and challenging.

The sponsors of the AIES program, including BOC Gases, Woodside and Engineering Aid Australia, came along and networked with us to discuss the range of opportunities in the field of engineering.

SMEC, the Professional Engineering and Development Consultants, talked to us about their current engineering projects, which we viewed through a virtual reality headset. This was quite amazing.

At the conclusion of the camp, we had a nice dinner which gave us the opportunity to talk with those engaged in the engineering field and to discuss the pathways available to us.

I am grateful that I was fortunate to be involved in the Curtin university AIES program and it has confirmed my desire to pursue a career in engineering.

Peter Woods –Work Experience at Monadelphous

I am Peter Woods, a Year 10 student at Newton Moore SHS who undertook work experience at Monadelphous between the 21st September – 25th September 2020.

I chose Monadelphous for my work experience as they came to our school on the 5th of August and I had the opportunity to talk to a number of their staff about the company and the range of projects they undertake, and one of which is of interest to me is engineering.

My work experience began on the Monday, where I attended the workshop in Halifax where my induction was held. Then I got into it by doing some tagging and welding.

On Tuesday, I went to Boddington Gold Mine and was introduced to the operational aspects of how a mine works, from digging to crushing. I found this very interesting, especially the size of the operation.

On Wednesday, I attended Worsley Alumina where they mine bauxite, which is sent to smelters around the world. The highlight of the day was being walked through the control room, which had a number of screens and is instrumental to daily operations of the mine.

On Thursday, I attended the Perth Monadelphous office, and I was privileged to sit in a meeting with the General managers of the company, and having the opportunity to hear and see how these decision makers approach meetings was a highlight. After this meeting, I experienced the robotics part of the company. It was interesting to see how they are utilising robots to access confined spaces to extract data because it is faster and more accurate and concise.

On Friday, I went to Kemerton Lithium which is currently construction, and the first train is still being built. The opportunity to hear and see how a mine is planned and then be present as they are constructing it and then to be told what the future plans of where and what is occurring is truly interesting.

The above summary provides an insight of what I experienced at my time at Mondalephous. I am grateful and thankful for the opportunity the company gave me by providing me with this experience. I would personally like to thank Mark Holdman, Matt Macfarlane and Chad in investing their time in me, and for providing advice and sharing their knowledge of the industry. It has affirmed that I will pursue an engineering career in the future.

Kind Regards
Peter Woods

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

Lego Green City

The year 7 Science Horizons Specialist class have successfully completed the construction of a 'Green City' using Lego construction strategies and NXT robots. Students carried out challenges leading up to the build where they learnt how to program and create NXT Robots through NXT Mindstorms. The final product enabled them to use their programming knowledge to attempt tasks throughout their 'City' and build a better world for their Lego minifigures.

Australian Science Fair

Newton Moore Senior High School will once again be WA’s representative at the Australian Science Fair on 23-25th November.

This year’s Science Fair is hosted by John Monash Science School in Melbourne.

Congratulations to the students selected to represent WA. They are: Year 11 students, Bronte Geyer and Amber Mell, with their research on asthma, ‘A Breath-taking Experiment’; and Year 10 student, Kieran Kotulla, with a study on shade cloths, ‘Evaporation Rates’.

They will be attending and presenting virtually.

Their research, along with other science students’ work, is on display in the IRC.


Asia Digital Youth Summit

Six Year 9 Science Horizon students have participated in the inaugural “STEMing from Asia Digital Youth Summit”. The Summit was comprised of 30 teams from around WA. The Newton Moore team was representing South Korea and came up with a fantastic design for a clean energy source that would not only benefit our climate, but stimulate economies around the globe. Well done to Ben Arnold, Zeanna Bond, Jaya Hill, Zoe Gordon, Rhianna Malone and River Teede for your excellent team work and design thinking process.

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