Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

29 October 2020

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Principal’s Address

Welcome back to Term 4. It was great to see all of our students returning with so much enthusiasm on day one.

Student Executive

The school recently held its end of Year 12 Executive handover assembly. The selection process for 2020 has slightly changed with prospective students sitting an interview explaining why they want to be on the Student Exec and what they believe they can bring to the leadership role. The successful Exec students’ names can be found in this edition of the Schoolzine. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Exec who have worked tirelessly to support the school with a number of projects and initiatives.

Year 12 Farewell Dinner

On Monday 19th of October we had a fabulous farewell dinner at the Lighthouse restaurant for our Year 12 students. All of our students received a funny or memorable certificate describing some special personal characteristics. It was also an opportunity for students to give certificates to their teachers. All in all, it was a great night but it is sad to think another group of Year 12 students are finished and are heading off to the workplace and/or further study.

NAIDOC Celebrations

A wonderful day was had in the last week of Term 3 when we had our annual NAIDOC celebration. We started with a wonderful whole school assembly which was coordinated by our student body. We had a series of activities at recess and lunchtime including face painting and an opportunity for students to experience our new yarning circle.

School Development Day for Teachers

The focus of our first school development day for Term 4 was on Cultural Awareness. The school invited some Aboriginal Elders to the school to work with staff to talk about some important aspects of Aboriginal history. The staff then rotated through a number of workshops. It was a very appealing day and we all learnt a lot and were very much engaged with the many stories shared.

Priority Maintenance Program

The school has received $93,600 from the Government for phase one maintenance funding. This money has been used for classroom refurbishments, the rebuild of the amphitheatre, a new roof on the cottage and other general maintenance projects. This is the first instalment of a total of $1.4 million that will be spent on various projects in the school including resurfacing the tennis courts, a major D&T upgrade of machinery and infrastructure, and replacement of old demountable classrooms. All of these building projects will make our school a more comfortable and inviting place.

I want to finish by thanking our Year 12 students and their parents and guardians for their many years of support for our school. We look forward to saying our final farewell at the Presentation Evening at the Bunbury Entertainment Centre on 27th November 2020.

Susan Kerr
Newton Moore SHS

Deputy Principals’ Update

Student Reports Years 7-10

At Newton Moore Senior High School, we believe that feedback for students and parents should be meaningful and given in a timely manner. The expectation for all our teachers is that feedback is given for assessment work, explaining what your child has demonstrated and what is required to improve.

Student reports provide a Learning Area grade, description of the work covered during the semester as well as attitude, behaviour and effort information. These end of semester reports provide a summary of achievement for your child over the semester.

We encourage teachers and parents to communicate directly, to discuss any concerns and give feedback. CONNECT makes it easy for parents to contact teachers by email and keep in regular communication should they wish. If, after communicating to your child’s teacher, you still require further information, or want to discuss issues further, please contact the relevant Head of Learning Area.

Semester Two reports will be published on CONNECT and e-mailed to parents in the last week of term (Wednesday 16th December).

Please notify the school with details of your e-mail address if you haven't done so already, and advise the school of any changes to your e-mail.

Yarning Circle (Kaalak) Opening

Last year, Newton Moore Senior High School received funding from the Commonwealth Government to build a yarning circle. This outdoor space acknowledges Aboriginal histories and culture and promotes learning through conversation and reflection.

Families are welcome to attend NMSHS’ Yarning Circle (Kaalak) opening on Monday 16th November, 2020. Further details are shown below. If attending, please RSVP for catering purposes.

Subject Selections Online (SSO)

Student Course selections for 2021 is now open online using Subject Selection Online (SSO).

SSO will be available from 3pm Thursday 22 October until midnight 5 November 2020.

Your child can access SSO at the following website:

Students will need to select ‘Forgotten Password’ and enter their school email address to obtain a password for the system. After marking their selections a parent/guardian will need to enter their Parent PIN and then click validate. The Parent PIN has been emailed to parents and guardians.

If you need help with logging in or making selections, please contact Alison Myles, School Administration, on 9722 2400.

Year 10 Examinations

The Year 10 exams will be held in Week 6, from Monday 16nd to Friday 20th November. In preparation for these important exams, it is essential that your child spends time revising the Semester 1 & 2 content as advised by their teacher. Personalised exam timetables will be provided to all students during Week 4. Please take time to read the information contained on the timetable with your child, to ensure that they have the knowledge and understanding of the conditions and equipment required for the week.

Year 11 Examinations

The Year 11 ATAR exams will begin in Week 9, commencing on Monday 9th November through to Monday 16th November.

Students can collect their personalised examination timetable from Tania Martyn in Administration from Friday 23rd October. This timetable must be presented to supervisors at every examination. Students are not required to attend school during the examination period – see below for more details.

VET students

  • Attend the normal school timetable during the examination period.

Students studying 4 or more ATAR courses are:

  • Not required to attend school during the examination period
  • To wear school uniform to examinations.
  • To bring their personalised examination timetable to all examinations.

Students studying 3 or less ATAR courses and VET students:

  • Attend the normal school timetable during the examination period.
  • For morning examinations are not expected to attend school the day prior to and the day of their scheduled examination(s). For afternoon examinations are not expected to attend the day of their scheduled examination(s).
  • Are to attend the Media room in the IRC for study during all timetabled ATAR lessons or Study lessons.
  • Are to wear school uniform to examinations.
  • Are to bring their personalised examination timetable to all examinations.

If you have any questions about the 2020 Semester Two Examinations please contact Kate Nightingale, Deputy Principal, by phone, 9722 2400 or email

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

One of our expected behaviours from the PBS Matrix is 'Follow instructions and participate fully in all school activities' which falls under the school-wide expectation, LEARNING, which will be the focus of the PBS lessons during the first half of Term 4.

Our school-wide expectations (Wellbeing, Respect, Responsibility and Learning), and expected behaviours in the PBS Matrix, apply to all classes right up until the end of term.

This includes:

  • complete all tasks in class
  • complete all homework (either at home, or in homework classes in the IRC after school)
  • answer questions (if you don't know, have a go)
  • try your best in all assessments
  • contribute fairly to group tasks and discussions

Students are encouraged to talk to their teachers about what work they are required to complete if they are unsure.

You can help by reinforcing these expectations with your child.

Also, homework classes run in the IRC (Library) on Mondays and Wednesdays until 4 pm, with teachers scheduled to provide help if required. The Library is open until 4 pm Monday to Thursday for students to complete their homework.

Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Admin Report

UniformConcepts Super Store

Uniform Concepts Bunbury Super Store will be opening on Monday 2nd November 2020. The store is located at 4/118 Spencer St, South Bunbury 6230, at the rear of the Telstra Store and across from Woolworths, Bunbury Plaza.

The Super Store will be managed by Lisa, a very experienced team member who will be able to advise customers on all uniform requirements. There are samples of uniform in all sizes with plenty of fitting rooms to enable students to try on garments. Online ordering will soon also be available, with Layby facilities, to assist with spreading the cost of uniform purchases.

During Term 4, families are encouraged to make an appointment for a uniform fitting to avoid the long queues in January. (Please note that the most popular times for appointments are weekdays after 3pm and Saturday mornings so book early to avoid disappointment).

Appointments can be made by calling our temporary mobile number 0429 454 064 (active from 25.9.20).


4/118 Spencer St, South Bunbury WA 6230
Temporary Tel No: 0429 454 064

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

9am – 5pm


9am – 1pm

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, plus good quality products that will support your students 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

Wellbeing Coordinators Report

Exploring Educational Pathways Excursion

A group of selected Year 9 students were recently given the opportunity to explore the educational pathways at Edith Cowen University and South West TAFE.

Students learnt about various qualifications, were given tours of the campuses and were able to engage in interactive activities throughout the two days. This course was sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation and we sincerely appreciate their support of our school and students.

Student Services Update

2021 Student Executive

L-R Molly McInnes, Bronte Geyer, Keaton Reeve, Abby Curti, Josh Harkins (NMESC), Nahla Stavely, Brayden Jones, Kate Estrella, Rebehl Coomer, Latarah Little, Christian Walker, Shanti Riches, Mrs McInerney, Tijana Dath (NMESC)

SmARTS course

A group of talented Arts students had the opportunity to work with 2 leading artists to increase their creative skills, self-confidence and knowledge of post-school options. This course was supported by the Smith Family Foundation and was thoroughly enjoyed by all students. Their final artwork will be displayed in the school grounds.

School Nurse

Sun Protection

Protect your skin

For best protection, we recommend a combination of sun protection measures:

  1. Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  2. Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
  3. Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
  4. Seek shade.
  5. Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.

Learning Areas


AFL Team Colours Experiment

Mrs Parks Year 10 students studying Chemistry in Science conducted an AFL team colour change experiment. They learnt that reactants are combined to make a product during a chemical reaction and that a colour change indicates a chemical reaction has occurred.

Electron Cells

Mrs Parks Year 10 Science students had a fierce electron configuration “pizza tray” competition. Students worked in pairs to see who could best demonstrate their knowledge of how electrons fill the electron shells around an atom.


Year 10s Taking up the Challenge!!

Year 10 students who got involved in Work Experience at the end of Term 3 had some fantastic and varied experiences in their chosen workplaces.

Students performed placements in hairdressing, animal care, engineering, mining, automotive, building and construction, administration and education.

Work Experience offers students the opportunity to try out a job before committing to a study path or career in that industry. 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.

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

If you are in Year 10 and would like to do work experience during the last week of Term 4, head to the VET Office and talk to Mrs Read-Smith or Mrs Potter.


Each year the Year 10 Japanese students participate in a treasure hunt prepared by our native Language Assistants. Students are studying directions and use this language to locate each clue. This year Daichi-sensei had students ‘running’ to 6 locations to solve a puzzle, translation or question to answer in Japanese.

Aboriginal Education

Girls Academy

Shining Bright Reward

At the end of Term 3 the Girls Academy hosted their Term 3 Shining Bright Reward lunch and presented the girls who achieved Shining Bright status of 90-100% attendance for the term with a certificate. Those with their good standing went on an excursion to the cinemas. We also handed out five Values Certificates. These values represent the Girls Academy. They are: Connection, Leadership, Empowerment, Respect, Resilience

The girls who received the Values Certificate this term were:

Connection – For actively building positive relationships and connecting with others to share ideas, information and make decisions: Ashleigh Woods

Leadership – For being positive role models and inspiring action in the Academy space with confidence and diplomacy: Latarah Little

Empowerment – For proactively creating opportunities to grow and develop themselves and others: Georgia Pepper

Respect – For authentic leadership through action and showing a deep respect and appreciation of others’ diversity: Mikayla Farrant

Resilience- For approaching challenges strategically and adapting to change with a positive attitude: Nickala Rodd


Binjareb Wirrin Cup

In Week 9 of Term 3, the Newton Moore Clontarf Academy travelled to Mandurah to compete in the annual Binjareb Wirrin Cup. Hosted by the Coodanup academy, eight teams comprised of Year 8, 9 and 10 students from around the region participated.

The Newton Moore Academy was represented very well on and off the field, going undefeated throughout the day and finishing off with a Grand Final win. Special mention to Basil Hart and Malachai Bell who took part in the half time sprint and long bomb kicking competitions, and to Jacob Ozies who was awarded the Clontarf Spirit Award.

The Newton Moore academy would like to thank Coodanup for hosting the event and are looking forward to participating again next year.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

Welcome back all Staff and Students for the last term of the year

Firstly, I would like to thank all the Year 12 Students for their support through the year. It certainly has been a challenging time the last few months, but we’ve stuck together and made it.

We are looking forward to supplying you all with a fresh new Summer Menu. Don’t forget we aim to please so if you do have any particular dietary needs, we are only too happy to help. We are also available for any catering needs, just pop on down to the Canteen and have a chat with me (Tracey)

Don’t forget our easy online ordering system @

Phone and email orders are welcome.

School Board

The Newton Moore SHS School Board is a very effective group of people who work with our school to help set policies that affect your child and the school.

At the most recent School Board meeting there were some preliminary discussions about our new Business Plan 2021-2025. At this stage we will have two focuses:

BELONGING - this is about the importance of us all being part of this great school.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT - the purpose is for all students to choose a successful pathway.

The Board also spent time at our last meeting examining some important attendance data.

This Board is very dedicated, and our school is fortunate to have their support.



NAIDOC 2020 was held on the 22nd of September to the theme of "Always Was, Always Will be"

Our special guests were Phyllis Bennell, who undertook Welcome to Country, and Charmaine Councillor, who performed the" Kiya" song in harmony with Phyllis. It was a spectacle to behold, and you could have heard a pin drop in the gymnasium as the audience were in awe of the performance.

Congratulations to our 2020 NAIDOC winners, Denise Pickett and Malachai Bell, and also to the other students who were nominated.

Students embraced the day by getting their faces painted at recess and lunch, and many a belly was filled with tasty kangaroo stew and damper, and of course, the delectable barbecued Kangaroo Kebabs.

Many thanks to all who were involved in organising the day, and to the students and staff in celebrating the occasion.

Yours sincerely

Aboriginal Education Team

Battle of the Knights 25th Sept 2020

The last day of Term 3 saw our school having a break from the classroom and participating in the annual Battle of the Knights Day.

The events started with the “drowning” of the teachers for a fundraiser. Students took so much glee in pouring water over their selected staff member whilst raising funds for Wildlife Australia. Even Mrs Kerr put her hand up to get saturated for $75.

The Battle activities saw students and staff having a ball while being involved in the events like: Tug of War, Sponge Pong, Sack Race and Three legged races. It was great to see the comradery between all teams. Lionheart won the day beating Lancelot by 1 point.

We concluded the day with the obstacle course and the Year 12s had the pleasure of once again “drowning” as many students and staff as possible.

It was a fabulous way to end the day!

Year 12 Dinner

On Monday 19th October, Year 12 students, their teachers and the entire administration team at Newton Moore Senior High School celebrated the end of 12 years of schooling at the Quality Hotel Lighthouse. It was the perfect setting for an evening of socialising and fun awards.

The dinner was followed by the Year 12 Final Assembly on Tuesday morning. Mr Stuart Hayward provided students with some timely advice for safety at Leavers before the NMSHS P and C, the School Canteen and Student Services provided an awesome morning tea so students had the fuel and energy they needed to participate in their Activity Day.

We wish all of our Year 12 students all the very best for the future.


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