Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

11 March 2021

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Kaya and Welcome to our second edition of the Schoolzine Newsletter.

Many Newton Moore SHS parents have shared their comments with me and let me know how fantastic our teachers are and just how daunting it must be to create a learning program that takes into account all the things that schools are expected to teach today. I hope those of you who attended our parent night first-hand got to see the wide range of curriculum offerings and had a chance to meet with the wonderful teachers and discuss our expectations.

Just a reminder how important it is that you stay connected to the school and know what is happening. Please keep your eye on Facebook, read your emails and text messages, and look for important dates on our calendar so you can put these into your dairy; and most importantly, join our connect communities. One of the things you will see when you go into connect communities is an outline of what the students are doing this year, an assessment outline and copies of your child’s homework.

As parents, you are very important to us and have a huge impact on how successful your child will be at school.

I hope you enjoy reading the rest of this newsletter. We are endeavouring to make it shorter and sharper, with more specific information and lots of photos. Your feedback about our school newsletter is most welcome, so please send it through to the school email address:

Susan Kerr M.Ed.Admin, B.Ed,Dip.Teach
Newton Moore SHS

From the Finance Team

Winners of Ziggies Voucher

Once again, Ziggies, our school booklist supplier, has kindly donated $100 vouchers to the school for the Contributions and Charges draw.

These parents, along with many others, paid their contributions and charges in full by our 2020 deadline, which gave them a place in our draw.

We would like to thank all of our parents who pay their contributions and charges. These funds assist the school to provide many of the enriching programs that are run to provide opportunities for your children and benefit all of our students’ outcomes.

The 2020 draw winners are:

Christine Hunt

Jessica Everett

Nadene O'Hara

Kodie Scibilia

Arlene Wilkes

Alex Iuculano

Nathaniel Travers

Kristy Pearse

Congratulations to all of our winners

Deputy Principal Lower School Update

NAPLAN Online for Year 7 and 9 students

11-21 May

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Conventions of language
  • Numeracy

You can access the Public demonstration site (

Deputy Principal Upper School Update

Year 10 subject selection for 2021

It is now time for students to start thinking about their Year 11 Pathway.

To support the decision making process, Miss Nightingale and Miss Read-Smith will be running two Information Events at the beginning of Term 2.

The dates are:

Thursday 22nd April


Wednesday 28th April


These sessions will include information about the WACE and WASSA, ATAR and VET pathways and the course selection process. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.

Please come along and find out what is on offer and how we can support your child to get the best results possible.

Study Skills Tip for March – 4 Reasons Not To Put Off Starting Assignments

Here are four reasons why you should start working on your assignment immediately.

Get your brain thinking about the topic:
Even if your assignment is not due for weeks, start thinking about it immediately. At the very least, ensure you review and understand the requirements the day you get your assignment. Even if you are not thinking about it directly, your subconscious will be hard at work.

Find library and online resources:
Although the school or local library may not be your main source of reference, you should drop in soon after receiving the assignment. Your teacher will probably have alerted the school librarian to the assignment, and reference books etc, may well be displayed. These will disappear quickly if the whole class has the same assignment. Reference books can sometimes be a useful general overview for an assignment and they help clarify a direction as you begin to immerse yourself into the assignment topic. Your librarian can also guide you to online journals or databases that may be useful.

Starting early means more time to explore & ask for help if needed: 
If you do some initial research on the assignment, you could find yourself needing more direction in your next research. For example: perhaps there isn’t enough information, or perhaps you find you don’t understand important concepts, or perhaps you need to speak to your teacher to get further clarity. If you find this out early, you will still have plenty of time to plan, research, write and present your assignment. Imagine if you didn’t start your assignment for a week or so, and then discovered you needed more guidance. You could easily run out of time. Starting early also gives you a longer time to think through and develop your ideas.

Create a safety net:
Starting your assignment immediately will give you a safety net in case you get sick or something unexpected happens. Assignments are usually given over a period of time because they require more time; students must plan a strategy or schedule to ensure they are completed. You should always have a schedule that allows for the unexpected.

So get started today!

Learn more this year about how to improve your results and be more efficient and effective with your schoolwork by working through the units on the link below - our school’s access details are:






Attendance Matters

We would like to CONGRATULATE the parents of the many children who have 100% attendance for the year so far. THANK YOU for your support.


Showing up for school has a huge impact on your child’s academic success. Even as your child grows older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school every day and understand why attendance is so important for your child’s lifetime success.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the World”

Nelson Mandela


  • Make attendance a priority. Make that the EXPECTATION.
  • TALK about the importance of showing up every day!
  • HELP your child maintain a healthy, daily routine, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep. Logging off!
  • Try not to schedule appointments during the school day.
  • DON’T let your child stay home unless truly sick.

Thank you for support in making sure your children get the most out of their education by attending every day and arriving on time. If you need support or advice relating to your child’s attendance, please contact me, Jo Brookes, Attendance Officer.


Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

We have had a great start to the year so far. Students have double the amount of PBS points achieved for the same time last year.

We encourage all students to continue to practice and demonstrate the four Newton Moore expectations of


Student Services Update

Containers for Change

A huge thankyou to all staff, students, families and local businesses for donating containers to our school. We have raised over $4500 to date and rising. Also, we are the NUMBER 1 performing school for money raised in the State. Our achievements are so wonderful that the school will be featured on the National Containers for Change social media sites.

All the money raised has been put straight back into supporting student programs, and purchasing resources and equipment for our students.

Let’s see how much more we can raise for the rest of the year.

School Nurse

Learning Areas


Year 11 Physics

The Year 11 Physics students were straight into the process of the Investigating Scientifically strand during the first week back to school, using digital data loggers to record their investigation results. The graphs that were generated from their accurate scientific practical skills were able to be placed straight into their experiment write ups with ease and precision.

Year 12 Biology

Year 12 Biology Students using CONNECT to observe their electrophoresis results during an assessment. 


Automotive School Based Traineeship

Congratulations to Frank Scibilia on securing a School Based Traineeship with P & D Autos, Bunbury.

Frank commenced the School Based Traineeship – Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology this year, working two days a week while also attending school.

It sounds like a win-win situation for Frank and P & D Autos, and we wish him all the best with his SBT.


At the conclusion of 2020, Japanese classes created Christmas cards to send to our sister-school in Japan. As we have not been able to maintain our normal lines of communication and visitation with Kawanishi Hokuryo Senior High School due to Covid-19, I thought it would be great to forward on our warm wishes and regards for the holiday season in this troubling time.

Students thoroughly enjoyed the gift-giving experience – both our Newton Moore students and the students from Kawanishi Hokuryo.

Thank you to the parents who donated Christmas craft supplies that made this activity successful.


Perth Festival Partner Schools Program

On Friday the 26th of March, the Year 10, and some Year 11, Dance and Visual Arts students attended two shows at the Perth Festival. The Dance students saw the Co3 Dance Company performance 'Archives of Humanity', and the Visual Arts students went on a guided tour by the curator of 'The Gathering', Glen Iseger-Pilkington. We then had lunch in Kings Park and enjoyed the fresh air before a very long journey home through traffic.

We'd like to thank Ellie Murrary-Yong and the Perth Festival Partner Schools Program for this amazing opportunity. In the coming weeks, Newton Moore students and teachers are taking part in a few other activities as a part of this program, including a Dance incursion with the dancers from 'Archives of Humanity'; a teacher workshop on embedding Indigenous culture into curriculum; and a screening of 'Fists of Fury' dubbed over in Noongar.


Every fortnight, students from the Certificate II Active Volunteering and Certificate II Workplace Skills and Business classes take part in wellbeing activities with Mrs McInerney. These sessions are designed to help the students learn stress management techniques that they can then apply to their own real life situations at school, home or work. We are currently doing Tai Chi, and will also explore things such as mindfulness, meditation and other support strategies and resources.

Visual Art

Year 7s drawing dragon eyes

Year 9 Sculpture Class

The Year 9s have been looking at plastic waste and how it impacts the environment/ocean, and using that information to design and make sea creature sculptures. They have been using plastic donations as well as plastic they found discarded around the school.


Sporting Schools funding has again allowed our Year 7 students to receive expert coaching from coaches from Athletics Australia. Students are getting prepared for our Whole School Athletics Carnival which is a compulsory event for all students on Wednesday 31st March (Week 9).

Year 10 Water Safety

Georgia from Royal Life Saving attended Newton Moore SHS to deliver water safety sessions to our Year 10 students. Activities included spotting dangers in different water ways; using beer goggles to try and throw a life ring over a mannequin; deciding what they would say or do to get their friends away from danger or a dangerous situation; and practicing CPR and rope throws. Students engaged well in discussions and activities, and learnt some new skills and knowledge that they could use to save a life in the future.

Aboriginal Education


During Week 3 some of our Year 10 and 11 Clontarf boys ventured to Busselton to participate in a leadership camp. The aim of the camp was to understand that having a go at hard things means you might fail but if you try again and get over the shame, you will eventually get it. This was drawn out by taking on the Forrest Adventures high rope course. Here, the boys were nervous, and even scared for a bit, but each of them put their harness on and suited up. After working out the equipment and the training course they challenged themselves to the harder courses. Some eventually even conquering courses 5 and 6, the highest and hardest courses. Each boy agreed by the end that they felt great because they had conquered their fears and apprehension, and succeeded at the task. This is much like schoolwork. It can be challenging and hard, but by giving it a go, persisting, and resisting shame they can pass and graduate high school.

Overall, it was a fantastic camp set on the beautiful Geographe Bay. Well done, boys, and let's get to work at school to pass our courses and graduate down the track.

Choice Programs


MASH Students Umpiring

Congratulations to Charlotte Mills who attained her level 01 Ref accreditation from Basketball WA last week - she was invited to referee at this weekend's WABL Grading competition and wore her stripes for the first time.

It is great to see our Moore Academy of Sport and Health (MASH) athletes developing their umpiring skills, and giving back to their local sporting clubs and community. This is a vital part of our MASH program, as we develop athletes who have the ability to contribute to all facets of their sport.

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