Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

25 February 2021

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the 2021 school year! I sense that this year is going to be a little unusual, especially after the very unexpected start to the school year in the Perth, Peel and South West regions that resulted in the school vacation being extended by a week because of COVID concerns.

I would like to begin by extending a warm welcome to the new Year 7 students, as well as to our new staff. In the weeks ahead I am hoping to greet as many parents and carers as possible as you are significant members of our school community. I would also like to encourage our parents and guardians to think about how they can support our school groups, including the School Board, the P and C and the School Canteen.

Newton Moore SHS Open Day

On Tuesday 23rd February we are having an open day from 3.30-6.30pm This forum is for all parents and guardians. This is an opportunity to find out details about the secondary curriculum and to meet our wonderful staff. We would like to encourage everyone to attend. The evening is a little different than normal as we are running a series of information sessions for parents to gain a greater understanding about their child’s learning. We will also be providing information on how best to communicate with the school, and how you can involve yourself more closely in your child’s education.

Growth of the School

Our school population continues to grow. It is great that the school is so highly regarded in the community. We have 154 Year 7 students this year which is a record number, and we also have a significant number of Year 7 students in our specialist programs. We look forward to all of our Year 7s partaking in some exciting curriculum activities which are a little different to what they have done previously in primary school. In speaking to the Year 7 students they have indicated they are really enjoying the diversity and variety of options that they experience in high school.

Induction for Year 11 Students

Our Year 11 students began the year with an Orientation Day in which they had the opportunity to find out about our expectations for Upper School. The day included learning sessions on study skills, VET programs within the school, the use of Connect, and health and wellbeing. Some of our VET students have since also completed a workplace learning induction and are completing some online training including basic first aid in preparation for going out into the workplace.

Year 12 Results 2021

Congratulations to the 2020 Year 12 students. We had a very high percentage of students who achieved a certificate II, and twenty-two of our students achieved more than one qualification. Once again we performed above like schools, and, in fact, our median ATAR was 14% above similar schools. It is pleasing to see that our WACE achievement continues to improve with 92% of students achieving a WACE. We wish all of our past students the very best in their future endeavours.

Teacher’s Professional Learning

The staff started the year with some very invigorating professional learning on team building. We also had a variety of other sessions including Exploring Aboriginality in WA Education, and sessions on school visioning and our business plan. What was obvious on the school development days was the entire staff commitment to ensuring success for all of our students and the shared beliefs that we maintain high expectations of success for every individual; we commit to providing high quality teaching; and we strongly acknowledge that success will be enhanced by the active involvement of parents in their child’s learning journey.

On behalf of all the staff, we welcome your contact over any matters concerning your child’s education and general wellbeing.

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

From the Finance Team

Allowances to help with the cost of schooling: secondary assistance for your eligible students

The Western Australian Department of Education provides an allowance to assist eligible families with secondary schooling costs. The allowance consists of two components:

Clothing Allowance

$115 paid directly to the parent OR the school

Educational Program Allowance

$235 paid directly to the school

Eligibility Criteria

Parent or Guardian must hold one of the following cards:

  • Centrelink Family Healthcare Card
  • Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card
  • Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner Concession Card (blue card issued annually)

Parent/guardian must be the holder of a card that is valid some time during first term. The only exception to this is when a student holds their own Health Care Card and has been declared independent by Centrelink (e.g. living away from home). In this instance, a letter of confirmation from Centrelink needs to accompany the application.

Education Program Allowance
/Secondary Assistance Scheme

Successful applicants will have the Program Allowance of $235 paid directly to the school to reduce the contributions payable by the parent/guardian in Years 7 –10 and the course charges in Years 11 and 12.

Clothing Allowance

The Clothing Allowance of $115 is paid to the parent/guardian or the school, based on the applicant’s request. If payment to the parent/guardian is requested, the payment will be deposited into the parent/guardian’s bank account. Payments made to the school will offset any charges on the students C&C account.

Abstudy Supplement Allowance

This funding of $79 supplements the Centrelink Abstudy Fees Allowance and is available to parents holding a Centrelink Pensioner concession, or Family Health Care card or Department of Veterans Affairs Pensioner concession card. Payments are made directly to the school and are applied to the student’s contributions in Years 7-10 and charges for Years 11&12.

How to Apply

Secondary Assistance and Abstudy Supplement forms are to be completed at the school in Term 1 of each year. Bring your bank details and eligibility cards in to the Accounts Office and make your application before the end of Term 1.

Deputy Principals’ Update

School Photo Day

School photo days are fast approaching.

They are to be held on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th February

  • Each student will receive a Photo Order Envelope. These must be brought with you on Photo Day whether you order or not.
  • Ordering online is simple. Please follow the instructions on the envelope.
  • If paying in cash, the correct money must be placed in the envelope.

Homework Schedule

The purpose of homework at Newton Moore Senior High School is to:

  • Consolidate and practice learning
  • Reflect on and reinforce learning of the day to prepare for new learning
  • Check for understanding
  • Generate questions arising from current learning
  • Develop organisational, time-management and goal setting skills
  • Improve work ethic

The recommended time students will need to allocate to homework/study is listed below.

Year 7

2 hours per week (30 mins per MESH subject)

Year 8

3 hours per week (45 mins per MESH subject)

Year 9

4 hours per week (1 hour per MESH subject)

Year 10

5 hours per week (1h 15min per MESH subject)

(MESH = Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities)

Year 11/12

10 hours per week (see below)

Homework will be issued and due for submission on the days indicated below.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10






















Homework classes also operate:

  • Recess times in the STEM Centre
  • After school, on Mondays to Thursdays, in the IRC from 3.00-4.00pm

Parent Communication

Below are the ways that you can find out information about the school and your child:


Email link sent to parents 3 times a term.

School calendar

Link in Connect (NMSHS School Space – Links) or by accessing our website

Connect (web browser version)

Live student results, student reports, attendance, classwork and homework

Connect Now (app version)

Notices, student reports


Newton Moore Senior High School

E-mail teachers directly

Links to all your children’s teachers are available in Connect or by contacting the school.

School Space


Information about excursions

Please ensure the school has your current email address/es by emailing:


Connect is very important to our school and is the Department of Education’s online learning portal connecting teachers, students and parents. Parents that have been previously issued a P number (PXXXXXXX) will already have access to Connect. Please contact us if you no longer have this number and/or password.

Families that have not previously registered for a P number (PXXXXXXX) have recently been sent an email with a link to register. The email will arrive from Please note the link is only valid for two (2) weeks. If you cannot locate the email please let us know via email or by phone 9722 2400 (Tania Martyn).


The National Assessment Program: Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

NAPLAN Online assessments will be held from Tuesday 11 May until Friday 21May 2021.

More information about NAPLAN can be found in the links below:

NAPLAN Online – information for parents and carers

NAP - Parent/carer support

Public demonstration site (


Round One of OLNA commences in Week 5 of this term. In order to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) students must pass all three components if they have not already pre-qualified in Year 9 NAPLAN (Band 8).

Students who have not passed some, or all of the tests, will need to sit the appropriate test during this time.

OLNA testing will be held at the following times:


Tuesday 2nd March to Thursday 4th March

Numeracy and Reading

Tuesday 2nd March to Friday 26th March

In preparation for these tests, teachers will be supporting students to familiarise themselves with the testing format and improve specific literacy and numeracy skills. We recommend that students and parents access the SCSA website below for further information, practice and example tests.

OLNA information links are below:

Encourage your child to talk to their teachers if they are unsure about any of the work that has been set, and make sure that they have a study timetable organised.


School Attendance

Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives.

Newton Moore Senior High School have two regular methods of communicating with parents about attendance:

  • SMS messages are sent daily to parents if their child/children have been marked absent period 1 or 2
  • Weekly emails are automatically generated which notify parents of any unexplained absences for the term to date.

We appreciate your prompt response to this communication providing reasons for any absences.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

PBS continues to thrive and 2021 sees the launch of the new matrix.

The focus expected behaviour for Weeks 3 & 4 is shown below.



Expected Behaviour

Engage & cooperate positively with your peers

Admin Report

Asbestos Awareness

Dear Parents and Carers

You may have noticed a yellow asbestos sticker near the front entrance to the office.

All Western Australian public schools are required to display this sticker at eye height near the front office or reception. This alerts contractors, tradespersons and any other people that may undertake work at the school that asbestos containing materials may exist at the school. They must check with the school’s Asbestos Containing Materials Register before commencing any work.

If you have any concerns regarding asbestos containing materials at the school, please do not hesitate to bring it to the School Administrations attention.

Yours Sincerely

Susan Kerr
Newton Moore SHS

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.

All students are required to bring a laptop to school every day to access and complete their work. It is expected that students log on to Connect every day, using their own device to complete tasks, contact their teachers and submit work.

Laptops can be purchased from the school. Please apply on the form below.

Newton Moore SHS is offering used laptop computers for sale for $50 to all Year 7 to 12 students to support students and families in financial need. It is our expectation that students from all year groups bring their own device (BYOD) to support learning in our school.

These laptops are over 4 years old and have been reset to factory settings with the original operating system of Windows 7. Purchasers would need to upgrade the laptop to the Windows 10 operating system to be fully compatible with the school system.

At this stage we have limited laptops available but will continue to have extra laptops throughout the year. All items are offered in a ‘As Is Condition’ with no warranty applicable.

Meet the Team

Meet the new staff

Jamie Castleden

Area of Teaching:

Health, Physical Education and Dance

History (past work history):

I am a graduate teacher, completing my practicums at West Balcatta Primary School, Ashdale Senior High School and Newton Moore.

Philosophy about education:

Education is a lifelong process that is different for everyone.

Personal Interests:

Exercise, catching up with my family and friends.

Mark Woodland

Area of Teaching:

 Deputy Principal

History (past work history):

Bunbury Senior High School, Collie Senior High School, Western Australian College of Agriculture Harvey, Broomfield School - London, UK. Headlands School, Swindon, UK. Western Australian College of Agriculture Morawa, Exmouth District High School

Philosophy about education:

I believe our schools and classrooms need to foster the strengths students have so they demonstrate success on a regular basis whilst being prepared for their unique future pathways.

Every student has something special about them and something they are great at.

Personal Interests:

I love going to the theatre, concerts and the beach.

Bee keeping is a recent hobby along with learning to ride a skateboard (to help with my attempts at surfing).

Michael Howe

Area of Teaching:


History (past work history):

Teaching at Bribie Island State High School (Queensland) for 7 years

Philosophy about education:

 Every student has the right to, and can achieve, a good education.

Personal Interests:

 Rock climbing, surfing, beaching.

Fiona Kerrell-Vaughan

Area of Teaching:

Science: Chemistry trained but I love to teach anything Sciency! J

History (past work history):

Began my teaching career in 2010 at Manea Senior College and Busselton Senior High School. Worked at Cape Naturaliste College in Vasse for several years before moving to Newton Moore.

Philosophy about education:

Everyone in the classroom contributes as a student, teacher, and thinker. I believe we never stop learning, and I want to help my students to be positive, confident learners at school and throughout their lives.

Personal Interests:

I love horse-riding, cooking, enjoying time with my family and friends. My family sponsors several students at a rural school in Bali and we are looking forward to visiting  again when we can travel safely.

Melissa Jones

Area of Teaching:


History (past work history):

 HASS teacher at Dalyellup College

Philosophy about education:

"Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world." Nelson Madela.

Personal Interests:

 Camping, reading, listening to music (Meatloaf and Bruce Springsteen)

Jesse Kirwen

Area of Teaching:

 Health and Physical Education, Science

History (past work history):

 East Butler Primary School and Kojonup District High School

Philosophy about education:

My teaching philosophy is built upon building respectful relationships with all students and creating an engaging learning environment. 

Personal Interests:

I enjoy playing footy, going camping and occasionally like going for a fish. 

Vanessa Bennett

Area of Teaching:


History (past work history):

Bunbury Senior High, Australind Senior High, and Kununurra District High.

Philosophy about education:

My philosophy of teaching is based around Progressivism, through group and project-based learning activities students engage and learn how to think critically and creatively. I believe in encouraging lifelong learning.

Personal Interests:

Visual arts, history, yoga, travel and beach walking. 

Student Services Update

Newton Moore Stars

City of Bunbury Young Person of the Year

Congratulations to Libby Pense and Isabella Francis for their nominations for City of Bunbury Young Person of the Year.

School Nurse

Year 7 school-based immunisation program 2021

  • Immunisation forms were given out on Wednesday 10th February.
  • Parents/guardians must read, sign and return the immunisation consent form provided by their school.
  • The program is delivered in two visits across the school year.
  • If your child misses any vaccines offered at school, visit your GP, Aboriginal Medical Service or community immunisation clinic (consultation fees may apply).
  • Vaccines offered:
    o Human papillomavirus (HPV)
    o Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (dTpa)

Learning Areas


Science students in Year 7 to 10 have started off an exciting year learning about Physics. Year 7's are very excited to be getting their Bunsen burner licences!


Congratulations to our newest School based trainees Rebehl Coomer and Jaymen Dann. The boys have now signed their traineeship contracts at QUBE to complete a Certificate II in Stevedoring throughout Year 12.

We are very lucky to have such supportive employers in our community who are willing to host and guide our students.

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

Science Horizons and Engineering Specialist students were able to spend two days learning about the creating and designing process that is required during the creation of enterprising ideas and products. Teams were given the opportunity to 'pitch' their products which have now gone 'live' and are able to be picked up by sponsors for creation in reality.

Three groups have been selected by Young Change Agents and the Academy for Enterprising Girls to attend the Mini-Youth Incubator January 2021 where they will be allocated a mentor and given the opportunity to further develop their products by turning their ideas into a Business Model. Funding of $1000 per group has been provided by Young Change Agents for this opportunity to become reality.


F1 in Schools WA finals

PowerCurve represented Newton Moore in the Professional class in November. The cars were posted to Sydney and the verbal judging was completed virtually. Congratulations to the PowerCurve team who won this prestigious competition! They also won the following category awards: Visual Connections; Best Team Trade Award; Best Team Verbal Presentation Award; Innovation Award.

Team members Joshua Clayton, Cameron Stathy, James Pearson, Anand Purnanand, and Joshua Francis will represent WA at the F1 in Schools National finals in April 2021.

Thank you to the teachers and the many sponsors including Qube and Piacentini and Son.

Subs in Schools Nationals

Congratulations to our Engineering teams who competed against thirty schools across Australia to achieve the following outstanding results.

Level 4 Big Sub: Team Orca

Team members Abby Curti, Shoafeng Huang, Rayaan Atif and Annas Atif placed third, and were overall category award winners for Visual Connections and Best Graphic Design award.

Large ROV professional: Prosonic

Team members Carl Mitchell, Sheem Albacite, Kaiden Snellgrove and Kieran Kotulla were placed third, and winner of Best Engineered award, Best Engineering CAD award and Best Manufactured ROV award.

ROV development: Dolphins

Team members Phoneix Albery, Jasmine Batrick, Saxon Elward, Amalee Martin and Franco Santella came second and winner of Best Engineering CAD award, Best Managed Enterprise award, Visual Connections, Best Graphic Design award and Best Team Marketing award.

Mini Subs in Schools WA finals

Newton Moore students hosted this event in December. Congratulations to our teams who came first and second in the Year 8 category. The winning team Rocketsub, was represented by Paige Rangihaeata, Kyan Young, Sebastian Matthews, and second place, Substantial, was represented by Declan Garrett, James Ison and Ethan de Swardt.

Our successes in Subs in Schools have been made possible by valuable support from the Marine Industry School Pathways program and sponsors including Jandco and Overflow Industries.

Thank you to all our teachers and supporters!


Subs in Schools: Development Class

Subs in schools is a STEM endorsed program that pushes students to develop a fully functioning underwater ROV, by using new industrial technologies and developing a brand for the team using industry standards in marketing and branding.

The Year 9 Development Class ROV team for 2020 consisted of Jasmine Batrick (Team Manager), Franco Santella (Design Engineer), Saxon Elward (Manufacturing Engineer), Amalee Martin (Graphic Designer) and Phoenix Albrey (Resource Manager).

On the 26th of November three members of our team went up to Perth for pool trials of our ROV. The pool trials involved teams controlling the ROV through certain obstacles and completing certain set tasks such as taking a photograph of an object in a tunnel, and picking up various objects from the bottom of the pool, all the while carefully controlling the ROV. The results of the competition will be revealed at the start of 2021.

We would like to take this time to thank our main sponsors, Jandco Electrics Bunbury and WestSide in Canada, for their generous support. None of this would be possible without your sponsorship.

Choice Programs


Year 7 High Ropes Excursion – 2 December 2020

The year 7 MASH class had the challenge of doing the high ropes course at Forest Adventures as their end of year excursion. On Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 17 students travelled to the Tuart Forest in Ludlow. After being greeted by the crew we went straight into some team building games to settle the nerves and develop our leadership skills.

A goal of the MASH program is to expose our students to a wide variety of opportunities and experiences in a number of different contexts. The high ropes course certainly offers a unique and challenging activity that not many students have had the opportunity to experience before.

After meeting our leaders for the day, Dillen and Izzy, our first challenge at the back of the park were a number of obstacles which we had to work together to complete. Tallon and Jonathon led the way and were confident to give advice and help others. The spider web was the final obstacle which the group completed. The leaders said we worked together well. These activities had us ready and pumped to take on the high ropes.

The high ropes coaching session was conducted by Izzy after we were all fitted up with harnesses and helmets. She explained and demonstrated on a practice course before we all had a practice run. Our skill level and awareness improved with every ladder, rope or tunnel that confronted us. The students had a great time and felt like they developed a number of new skills and a chance to develop resilience and inner strength. Katie said “I had never done it before and was nervous, but we had lots of fun and learnt some great skills”. Jessica didn’t think she would be able to do the course: “I was really surprised how quickly I could do it; I didn’t stop for 2 hours”

Finally, we would all like to thank the crew at Forest Adventures for the opportunity, and especially Dillen and Izzy. We also developed some friendships that we don’t always have the chance to at school. Overall, the day was fun and a great experience, that we hope we have the chance to have another MASH excursion soon.

Aboriginal Education


On Thursday 11th of February, the Newton Moore Clontarf Academy members participated in the first “Morning Training” session of the year. After a delayed start to the year with the extra week off, it was amazing to see the turn out by the boys.

We had a massive 34 boys participate in our morning training which was a record session. The training included an exciting warm up game, four corner sports and a game of indoor football.

The Year 7 students had no problems fitting in, getting involved in the games straight away. This session was followed up by a delicious cooked breakfast by Iona Hughes and Hayley. Thanks, ladies!

We will continue to run morning trainings every Tuesday and Thursday morning this year and look forward to seeing if our numbers grow.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

School Board

Next Board meeting – Wednesday 10th March 2021

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


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