Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

6 May 2021

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Principal’s Address

The term has started with a buzz of excitement with Country Week students training and a range of up and coming excursions and incursions in the works. This is so different from the same time last year when these types of events were not permitted.

While our anticipation for these events is running high, our focus here at Newton Moore continues to be the learning that is happening in classrooms. When walking through the school and visiting classrooms, I see students actively engaged in a range of activities in each of their curriculum areas. Already we are seeing a wonderful effort from large numbers of students eager to do their best and to challenge themselves to be the best that they can be.

Parents and carers can assist their child by following their progress and assisting with homework where possible. Please remember that Connect provides details on how your child is going in each of their classes. If you are having any difficulty in accessing information on Connect please contact the school on 97222400 so that we can assist. I would also like to remind you that the end of term report comes out via Connect.

Finally, I would like to congratulate all those involved in organising our 2021 ANZAC service. It was a very dignified event and we had a number of special guests including our guest speaker, Trevor Kenny from Bunbury RSL. Once again, our students did us proud while commemorating this really important event. I certainly feel we all walked away with a collective pride of the country and a better understanding of the sacrifices made for freedom.

I’m looking forward to a very busy and positive term.

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

From the Finance Team

Contributions and Charges

A big thankyou 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 a student’s 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 ongoing support in this way.

Newton Moore SHS is happy to accept the payment of your child’s C&C’s in instalments over the school year. If you would like to sign up to a payment plan, please contact the Accounts Office and discuss an arrangement that suits your situation by calling 9722 2419.

Lower School Deputy Principal’s Update

Year 7 Testing Dates


11 May



12 May



13 May

Conventions of Language


18 May


Year 9 Testing Dates


11 May



12 May



13 May

Conventions of Language


17 May


Catch-up sessions will operate between Tuesday 11th May and Friday 21st May and will occur on the day a student returns to school.

NAPLAN Public Demonstration Site

Public demonstration site (

NAPLAN website

NAP - Home


A reminder for parents and students to access Connect and obtain important school information.

Student progress is available through Connect and reports will be available through Connect at the end of the Semester.

If you have not accessed Connect, please contact the school for information.

Senior School Deputy Principal’s Update

Semester 1 Exams

Exams will occur between the following dates:

Year 10

Weeks 6 - 7

Friday 21st May 2021 to Friday 28th May 2021

Year 11 & 12

Weeks 6 - 8

Monday 24th May 2021 to Tuesday 8th June 2021

Externally Set Tasks

Year 12 students taking General courses

Weeks 4 - 5

Monday 10th May to Friday 21st May 2021

Year 10 Subject Selection for Year 11 in 2022

Please find below a link to the PowerPoint presentation containing important information relating to Year 11 and 12. Teachers will be discussing subject options in class and explaining the various pathways available at school. Please encourage your child to ask questions and to start thinking about their options for the future.

Recommended websites for parents

myfuture provides resources for parents and carers to help you explore career pathways with your child. There are a range of tools available on the website to develop self-knowledge and help with career decision-making.

Year 10 Work Experience – Week 11: 28th June - 2nd July

As part of the 2021 Year 10 Careers Curriculum Program, the school is expecting all Year 10 students to take the opportunity to attend work experience in Week 11 of this term. Please support your child to find a placement for this time.

If you have any questions about subject selection, examinations or work experience, please contact Kate Nightingale, Deputy Principal, by phone on 9722 2400 or email


Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Our first PBS reward day for the winning faction was held at the end of Term 1. Students earn PBS points throughout the term for following and engaging in the four PBS expectations of RESPRCT, WELLBEING, RESPONSIBILTY and LEARNING.

The winning house for Term 1 was Arthur and they were treated to an hour out on the oval engaging in various activities that promoted the four expectations. It was a fantastic event enjoyed by all who participated.

The competition resets in Term 2 so any faction is in the running to win the Term 2 reward. Weekly standings are published in the student notices, so keep eye on how your house is doing.

The PBS team.

Student Services Update

Newton Moore Stars

Gold for Melina

Melina La Rosa competed in the 2021 SunSmart WA Surf Life Saving Country Championships at Mullaloo and won 5 gold medals. She has qualified to compete against the state’s best U17 and Open Age athletes in the WA Surf Life Saving State Championships to be held at Scarborough on the 27th and 28th March.

U17 Female Sprint
Open Female Sprint

U17 Beach Flags
Open Beach Flags
Open Mixed Sprint Relay (competed with her brother and former NMSHS student Blake)

Congratulations, Melina! Well done.

Melina and Blake La Rosa

Little Athletics WA Country Championship wins for Melina

Melina La Rosa won both the U16 100m and 200m sprint finals at the WA Country Championships held in Bunbury in January and qualified to compete in the WA Little Athletics State Track & Field Championships in Perth from the 19th to 21st February, 2021.

This was Melina’s first athletics season and she was competing against seasoned athletes. She came 2nd in the U16 100m sprint final and 7th in the U16 200m final.

Well done, Melina! A fantastic effort.

Containers for Change

We have hit $6000...

A big thank you to everybody who has contributed so far! We are officially the highest fundraising school in Australia. Just remember that all of the money goes towards supporting our school and students, AND we keep those containers out of landfill so they can be recycled into other products instead.

School Nurse

Learning Areas


Between the Lines Literature Festival: English Excursion

Some of our Year 9 students were fortunate to attend the 2021 Between the Lines Literature Festival which was held in multiple locations around Bunbury. Students met an exciting line-up of award-winning Australian authors who write fiction for young adults and engaged in workshop sessions with them. The authors included Sukhjit Khalsa, Will Kostakis, Bren MacDibble, Brenton McKenna and Susan Midalia. Our students represented NMSHS with exemplary maturity while engaging with the authors and students from other schools.


Athletics Day - Pizza and Muffins

Year 12 students, James Truong, Izaiah Evans, Ella Penny, Aniwa Pitman-Poa, Molly Hogan, James Truong, Izaiah Evans, Frank Scibilia, Janae Cole and Chloe Mcleod, worked tirelessly to prepare freshly made muffins, pizzas and coffees at the Athletics Carnival last term.

Their fantastic teamwork and cooking skills came together to provide delicious treats to the staff during recess and lunch.

Thank you to the staff who supported the day, and Mrs Read-Smith and Mrs Potter for organising and working with the students. The biggest thank you goes to the students, who were absolutely exhausted at the end of the day but still had smiles on their faces.

A successful day all round!

Visual Art

Year 8 students, Aaima Atif and Eloisa Dornagon, with their oil pastel animal eyes. Students learnt about blending, scratching, and highlighting techniques, as well as colour theory and mixing.

Sculpture in Visual Art - Luci Woods & Samantha Howes - Year 9 Sculpture clay mythical creatures

Aaima Atif - Year 8 Shaun Tan recycled creature

Year 9 Sculpture students planning and building the armature of their creature

Year 9 sculpture planning and building the armature for their mythical creatures.


In Week 8 the Concert Band students attended Band Camp in Busselton. We were really lucky that COVID-19 didn't interrupt our camp this year and we had a wonderful time playing music for 3 days! Some special mentions go to the section leaders who helped out the younger students during sectionals: Abby Curti, AJ Robinson, Sharnee Pearse and Mr Toft. Also, a big well done to the newest members of our Concert Band who played their instruments well and worked hard.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming performances during the ANZAC ceremony and the Year 6 information evening in Term 2.


It was a busy time in the Food Technology area at the end of last term as several of our lower school classes completed their cooking tasks for their first assessments.

Our Year 8s prepared a cooked breakfast. Each student planned, ordered and completed time plans to create a nutritional breakfast and then evaluated the end product and themselves. It was great to see so many original meals and excellent team work!

Some of the Year 9 classes investigated the importance of Harmony Week and celebrating the diversity of foods and culture within our school. They then prepared a dish that would be suitable as a snack to showcase a particular country. Groups came up with fantastic ideas and prepared for the whole class to share some fabulous snacks such as Churros Banana bites, Empanadas, Potato pancakes, caramel slice, spring rolls and many more.

The Year 7s begin their food unit this term. They will be cooking each week and learning about the importance of good nutrition. It is important that every student comes prepared with a container for each of the practical lessons.

Aboriginal Education


On Thursday the 18th of March, a group of Year 7, 8 and 9 Newton Moore Clontarf academy students travelled to Perth to compete in the Cecil Andrews Junior Football Carnival. 17 academies from around the state took part with Newton Moore participating in A grade.

An early win against Northam set the tone for the day, with the boys going on to defeat Kalgoorlie in the next game. During the lunch break, Sean Woods and Shannon Collard represented the academy in the fast paced ‘Kwik Kick’ competition.

In the third and final game, Newton Moore defeated Clontarf to remain undefeated and take out A-grade division for the carnival. Post-game, the boys were able to meet and chat with a number of Fremantle Dockers who had come down to the carnival.

The boys represented both themselves and the academy well throughout the whole day showing great sportsmanship and selflessness on the field, as well as great leadership off it.

Specialist Programs

Science Horizons

Year 10 Science Horizons are showcasing their museum exhibition entitled ‘Australia’s Involvement in Space Exploration’ in the IRC.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

A big welcome back to our staff, students and parents. I hope everyone had a restful break.

We have now transitioned to the Winter Menu for 2021. A few winter yummies have been added.

If you have not heard already, each week we will be having a Chef John’s special take home meal. This is our way of providing good home style cooked meals for all of the busy parents of Newton Moore SHS. Keep an eye out for the weekly newsletter to find out what the special is each week. Week 2 was a Traditional Meat Lasagne.

School Board

At the Term 1 Board meeting, the focus of the meeting was on discussing the purpose of the School Board, the terms of reference, and ensuring Board members were inducted and aware of the role that the Board plays in the school.

Our Board Chair, Andrew Templeton, as well as one of our newest board members, Trish Kneuker, and NMSHS Principal, Sue Kerr, also had the opportunity early in the term to attend a Board training session in Bunbury. This session was very insightful and the group were provided with lots of information about best practice boards and how they operate.

Andrew Templeton - Board Chair

Tish Kneuker - Parent Board Member

I am a Client Liaison Officer with a range of jobs and skills. I spent ten years in NSW where I completed a Bachelor in Adult Education and worked with both the University of Western Sydney and University of Technology, Sydney, as a Student Officer. I am currently completing a Certificate IV in Career Development. I have a passion to see our youth enjoy meaningful careers after school through ongoing training and education, and providing the encouragement and support to get them there. I love living and working in the South West.

Karen Davies - Executive Officer


At each Board meeting, we explore data that is relevant to the continuous growth of NMSHS. The focus at one of the most recent meetings was to explore our ATAR, Senior School and OLNA data. As part of this examination, we also ensure that we track students’ progress throughout their school life. This exploration of longitudinal data ensures we are reviewing and self-reflecting on our practices.

The diverse range of people we have on the Board means that we get some very interesting and robust discussions, as well as lots of questions. I would like to thank Kylie Cattaway, our Associate Principal, for the tremendous work she does in this area.

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