Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

9 December 2021

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Kaya and Welcome.

As this extraordinary year comes to a close, I would like to thank the staff of the School for their amazing support of our wonderful students and their families. Our students have navigated this academic year exceptionally well and I thank them for their efforts and patience.

I would also like to congratulate all of the staff, and, in fact, the whole school community, for the wonderful work they do. This work was made evident in our outstanding Public School Review report which we received. Copies of this report are available on the Newton Moore SHS web page.

The Year 12 Presentation Evening was a wonderful night enjoyed by all who attended. Every emotion was shared that night, and it was a celebration of the amazing and beautiful community that is Newton Moore Senior High School.

Our Year 12 students leave their School with the confidence to meet society’s ever-changing challenges and to be able to make a positive contribution to the wider community.

Recently, the School welcomed Year 5 students from some of the local Primary Schools to participate in a variety of STEM and science activities. Students worked together to problem solve various challenges. Thank you to the staff who coordinated and participated in these events.

I would like to publicly thank the members of our School Board and P & C. Without their support our School would not function as well as it does.

Many thanks to all of our parents and caregivers, and other members of their respective families, who assist in preparing their children for learning every day in our School. I extend that thanks to the teachers, education assistants and support staff who drive their learning throughout the day.

I look forward to 2022 where will we continue to work together to achieve our many successes.

Merry Christmas, enjoy the holiday break, and stay safe.

Susan Kerr
Newton Moore SHS

Lower School Deputy Principal’s Update

Term 4 has been a whirlwind and is already drawing to a close. Don’t forget all of the fantastic reward activities for students in the last weeks of the year. I encourage all lower school students to attend and participate, as this is what drives the enthusiasm to make it bigger and better next year.

Flying Start 2021

Every year we offer additional transition to a small group of Year 6s across Weeks 6-8 from the local primary schools. This year we ran two groups who met key staff, orientated themselves to the school grounds, and participated in a range of high school classes and fun activities to appreciate the difference of a secondary school timetable and school.

Transition Day 2021

All Year 6s enrolled in NMSHS for 2022 attended the Year 6 Transition Day on Tuesday 7th December. A morning assembly took place and parents were encouraged to drop their students off in the grassed area near Student Services on Hotchin Street. Parents were more than welcome to stay for a coffee and to ask any questions.

Students did a tour of the school and commenced a fun secondary school timetable for the day.

Semester 2 Reports

Semester 2 Reports for Years 7-10 will be available to parents/guardians and students on Wednesday 15th December 2021 through CONNECT. Reports are always a time of celebration, reflection and goal setting for the following year. Well done to all the NMSHS students who have worked hard throughout the semester to achieve great results.

Senior School Deputy Principal’s Update

Congratulations to all of the Year 12 2021 Award Winners.

Course Award


English ATAR

Bronte Geyer

English General

Janae Cole

English Foundations

Bathseba Kundi

Phil Smith Literacy Award

Ella Penny

Mathematics Methods ATAR

Molly McInnes

Mathematics Essential General

Tauv Casselton

Engineering Studies ATAR

Shaofeng Huang

Steve Isopenko Science Award

Shaofeng Huang

Psychology ATAR

Molly McInnes

Food Science & Technology General

Samantha Wright

Materials Design & Technology General

Molly Hogan

Physical Education Studies General

Brayden Jones

Certificate II Aquaculture

Sharnee Pearse

Certificate II Business

Katelyn Howes

Certificate II Active Volunteering

Caylee Bielawski

Certificate II Sport & Recreation

Brayden Jones

VET School Based Traineeship

Molly Hogan

Ampol Best All - Rounder

Brayden Jones

Forrest Medal Award

Abby Curti

Sir Newton Moore Family Award

Shanti Riches

Aboriginal Education Achievement Award

Rebehl Coomer

Sportswoman of the Year

Shanti Riches

Sportsman of the Year

Brayden Jones

P&C Citizenship Award

John Carcallas

Edith Cowan University Personal Excellence Award

Samantha Wright

Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award

Shanti Riches

Student of the Year - Female

Kate Estrella

Student of the Year - Male

Byran Billett


Molly Hogan


Molly McInnes

Upper School – A time to plan and reflect

As the end of the year approaches, it is important that all Upper School students take some time to reflect on their achievements this year and focus on how this can lead to further improvement. Any changes to courses should now be finalised and all feedback from tests and exams should be received. A fantastic way to begin some self-reflection is to share your child's school report with them. The information below gives some ideas about how to do this with your child.

Study Skills

Making the Most of the End of Year School Report

  • Read your child’s report with your child
    This immediately indicates openness and provides direct encouragement and support to your child. Wherever there are positives, in comments, grades, effort and so on, point them out to your child first. Most students will have areas to commend and should be acknowledged by the parent.

  • The report should be viewed as a vehicle to move forward
    and not be perceived as a final judgment of a child’s ability - because it is not. It’s a “screenshot” and not the whole story. It is important that students know they can modify and change their work ethic or study strategies, and they can improve.
  • Compare the yearly report to the Semester 1 report and last year’s report.
    This can be useful to identify specific subject areas where there has been an improvement or a decline. If students have improved, celebrate this achievement. If not, discuss why this may be the case.

  • Do not just look at grades, focus on effort also
    A child’s performance is not measured solely by grades. Not every child will receive an A or B, in fact, the average child would mostly like achieve a C grade (which typically represents the middle 60%).

  • Establish goals for next year and consider a holiday review program
    (even if only 1 hour a week). The report can, and should, be read as an instrument to create goals for next year, and possibly plan a holiday review program.
  • And lastly, if you have any concerns about your child’s report, contact the school.

Learn more about how to achieve your academic best by working through the units at the link below. Our school’s access details are:






Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Throughout the term, students earn PBS points for following and engaging in the four PBS expectations of RESPRCT, WELLBEING, RESPONSIBILTY and LEARNING.

It is great to see our students following the NMSHS PBS expectations every day. At the most recent assembly, we acknowledged a student from each year group (7- 10) who is the PBS champion as a result of consistently demonstrating the expected behaviours focused on this term. Those behaviours included arriving to class on time and persisting with challenging tasks.

Congratulations to, Sam Rodgers (Year 7), Bailey Khan (Year 8), Ruby Paige-Bhana (Year 9) and Isaac Brooks (Year 10) for being our PBS champions!

Admin Report

2022 Resource List for Years 7-12 Now Available

Next year’s booklists have been published and are available to parents in the attachments. The online ordering cut-off date for FREE home delivery will be Thursday 16th December 2021, with a view to deliveries being made during the week of 14th January 2022. Orders can also be dropped off at the school and we will forward them to our preferred supplier, Campion Education, on your behalf. These must be prepaid. Campion also have retail stores in Malaga and Willetton for families who regularly travel to the metro area.

ICT/Technology Report

Student Services Update

School Nurse

Sun Protection

Protect your skin

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

  • Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • 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.
  • Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
  • Seek shade.
  • Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.

Learning Areas


Congratulations to Rhys Rangihaeata for successfully winning a School based traineeship in Resource Processing at Doral Mineral Sands in partnership with South Regional TAFE. What an incredible opportunity to be a part of this pathways program! Good luck, Rhys.

Visual Art

SmArts Incursion

Over three days, selected students from Years 8-9 explored Australian Indigenous art techniques, history and purpose thanks to The Smith Family children's charity.

Facilitated by indigenous artist, Rhys Paddick, students had a chance to explore traditional processes and techniques such as using place and environment as a source of inspiration to create creative pieces.


Girls Only Cricket Clinic

Students in Year 7 and 8 were lucky enough to receive a Girls Only Cricket clinic at recess in the Gym today! Thanks to Tyler from the WACA for teaching some new skills, and getting our students excited about cricket opportunities in the community.


Year 10 students have been busy making a Bush Tucker garden in the Environmental Center. Some herbs were planted in the aquaponics garden.

Thank you to the P&C for providing funding for this project.

Aboriginal Education

Stars Foundation

Term 4 has ended with a couple of weeks of doing activities, as well as an overnight camp for the girls. We started by attending the Graduation of our Year 12 girls. This was a beautiful night of celebration and sharing the journey our girls have had from Year 7 through to Year 12 at Newton Moore SHS.

That was followed by our Year 8/9 girls attending an overnight engagement camp at Camp Dare, Dwellingup. The purpose of this camp was to help our junior girls to be able to cope with stressful situations and to learn how to positively support each other through challenges. Although it was a very hot day with a lot of annoying flies around, the girls came through very tired, but happy for the opportunity and the experience.

On Wednesday 1st December, we held the Stars Foundation Awards Night celebration. We had a good turnout of families coming along to join in the celebration of our beautiful Stars girls with a light supper.

It was a pleasure to have our school Principal, Mrs Susan Kerr, as well as Mrs Karen Jetta from Edith Cowan University, be a part of the celebration. They both delivered a beautiful speech for our girls and the Stars Foundation.

The night was a special night of giving out awards to the girls, which included a small gift for each girl who attended on the night.

As the year is approaching an end, we look forward to what 2022 brings us at the Stars Foundation and to our young Indigenous girls attending Newton Moore SHS.

2021 Activities


During Academy time, the Year 7s have been visiting PCYC to participate in the Rock n' Water program. The program aims to develop a person’s self-awareness and self-regulation. Our Year 7s have enjoyed quiet meditation, structured games and role plays, as well as a smoothie afterwards. Thanks to Kris from PCYC for hosting us, and we hope the lessons learnt stick with the boys.

Awards Presentation

On Tuesday 30th November, the Newton Moore Clontarf Academy celebrated the year that was 2021 with family, the school and partners.

The afternoon kicked off with Kaed and Sheldon doing the Acknowledgment to Country, followed by our Education Awards. These awards were given by school staff to recognise boys who have achieved, improved, or shown great effort or attitude throughout the year. It was great to see so many boys acknowledged for their educational efforts.

Rebehel Coomer joined me as the M.C. for the afternoon and he introduced Kylie from Rio Tinto to award our 90% attendance champions and our top of each year group. Well done to Cordae Bell, Sheldon Pickett, Caleb Holzapfel, Te'Sean Hart, Jacob Ozies and Rebehl Coomer.

After this, we recognised our top trainers. Sheldon Pickett and Travis Frazer, as well as two special ladies who have volunteered all year with our breakfast preparation, were given awards. Thank you Hayley and Iona.

Rebehl Coomer was awarded our Employment Award for his two years at Kmart and completion of his Stevedoring Traineeshio with Oube. Lisa and Steve from Kmart presented this award. Glenne Blurton won our Clontarf Values Award, presented by Tanya from BIG W, and Zach McGowan won our Determination Award presented by Nat and Joanne from Officeworks. Basil and Malachai won our Sporting Awards, presented by Rachael from the W.A.C.A.

We capped the afternoon off with a O&A with 2021 graduate, Rebehl Coomer, and former student, Tristian Ugle, from Perkins Builders.

Sheldon Collard and Jacob Oxies were presented with our Clontarf Spirit Awards to wrap up proceedings. We all enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea sponsored by Woolworths.

A huge thank you to everyone who came out and witnessed the achievements of our boys. To the families that partner with us, thank you for your support and encouragement.

Specialist Programs

Australian Science Fair

Three of our students, Anand Purnanand, Elaine Rayco, and Charles Porter, along with Mrs Ellis, represented WA at the Australian Science Fair on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th November. Activities included presenting their research and posters, competing in a STEM challenge, and preparing a herbarium of local plants and presenting this to breakout groups.

Thank you to the Federal Government Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement which made attendance and participation possible.


Mini Subs in Schools WA Finals

Newton Moore SHS hosted this event in November. Two teams competed in the Year 8 category. Ten teams from across the State attended. Newton Moore SHS team, Sub One, received the Chair of Judges Award. Congratulations to Lucas Worlley, Jonathan Davis and Harry Nankivell. Heidi Slater, Charlie -Piper Scott and Eloisa Dornagonfrom the girls team, Titanic, received the Industry Collaboration Award.

Thank you to WA Marine Industries School Pathway Program and Gail Manton for supporting our school in this event.

Subs in Schools State ROV competition

Year 9 Engineering students represented NMSHS at the Subs in Schools ROV competition in November. They were extremely successful and were awarded Champions. Congratulations to Brynn Shepherd, Kyan Young, Ethan de Swardt, James Ison and Declan Garrett from Team Neptune. A big thank you to their sponsors, Skill Hire, Geographe and RCR.

Neptune will represent WA at the Nationals in Melbourne in 2022.

Subs in Schools state competition - BIG SUB

Five of our Year 10 students, Britney Locke, Zoe Gordon, Franco Santella, Phoenix Albury and Kane Harding, represented NMSHS in the State in November competition. Their team, Krypton, finished first place and were champions in the Big Sub division. They will represent WA at the Nationals in Melbourne in 2022.

Thank you to the team’s sponsors, Doral, Talison Lithium and Tronox.


Primary STEM experience

Local primary schools have been immersed in STEM activities this term whilst visiting our school and learning about the STEM process. Year 5 students have been able to conduct design challenges and carry out scientific practical activities as an introduction to science and STEM in high school. A positive and eager attitude from the students enabled them to be completely engaged in the activities and learn about design and enhance their science skills.

Choice Programs


Year 9 MASH students visited the Western Australian Institute of Sport yesterday. They had a tour of the facilities from WAIS wheelchair basketball athlete, Tom, and listened to Hayley, an Athlete Wellbeing Coordinator, talk about Careers in Sport. The students finished the day with an exercise physiology lab run by WAIS PhD student, Myles, in the Enviro Chamber.

Students got to see what it would be like to be a Professional Athlete at the WAIS, and all felt inspired to set and achieve goals in their sport.

Year 10 MASH students have been working with Certificate IV students from South West TAFE to develop their fitness. Students utilised industry equipment at TAFE on Tuesday, building their skills and knowledge on gym use and equipment.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

Well! How time flies when you’re having fun. This year has certainly flown by.

A big congratulations from us at the Canteen to all 2021 graduates. You will all be truly missed. Good luck with your future plans

As the term comes to an end, the Canteen will be on limited supplies, thus leading to less waste at the end of the term, so please be understanding in this matter.

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Safe and happy travels, and we’re looking forward to your return in the year 2022.

School Board

As the Board Chairman, I would like to acknowledge the support and work of the School’s Board and thank them for their enormous commitment.

The Board members give generously of their time and expertise to support and enhance the essential work of the school.

Without such committed people, the development and completion of many school projects would not be possible.

On behalf of the Newton Moore SHS community, I would like to express my gratitude.

I wish you and all the families of Newton Moore SHS a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

Merry Christmas,
Andrew Templeton
Board Chair

Community Notices

Thank you to all of our sponsors.


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