Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

24 June 2021

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Kaya and Welcome,

Well we have just about survived the eleven-week length of Term 2.  As well as being a long Term 2 it is always the term where there is so much testing. Our Year 7 and 9 students completed four online NAPLAN tests; Year 12 students have completed Externally Set Tasks (ESTs) and their first ATAR examinations; Year 8, 10 and 11 students have completed a variety of internal examinations and assessments.  NAPLAN results will be available early in Term 3 and this information will be provided to parents.  I am pleased to say that our NAPLAN data always indicates that we are value adding and that considerable progress is being made.

School reports go out Week 11 this term and parent interviews information will be communicated to parent’s Week 8 this term. We strongly encourage all our parents and guardians to read and discuss reports with their child and attend the parent night early Term 3 so you can talk to teachers about how your child is progressing.

Subject Selections are also underway the decisions made by parents and students are a very important process as it is expected that, once choices are made that changes cannot be made except for extenuating circumstances.

At our assemblies I have had the opportunity to provide awards and certificates of merit to students in recognition of their hard work.  My message to students was that it is clear to see that attendance, attitude, behaviour and effort are the key – and they are all things that each individual student can control. They don’t depend on the teacher or the parents – they depend on the student. These habits also don’t miraculously appear in Year 11 or 12 – they require practice. I encourage all students to adopt these attitudes and behaviours; and equally encourage parents and carers to support their children in doing so.

I trust you enjoy reading the last edition of the Schoolzine for Term 2.

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

From the Finance Team

Unpaid Specialist Program Charges

If your child is participating in one of the specialist programs at NMSHS-Horizons, MASH or Engineering, please ensure that you have paid the program’s compulsory charges.

If this is not paid by the time your child chooses their selections for next year, they may be excluded from that program in 2022.

Please contact the Accounts office on 9722 2419 regarding payment of these charges.

Lower School Deputy Principal’s Update

Parent Teacher Night

Time: 3.30-6.00pm
Where: Newton Moore Senior High School

Entrance through staffroom door (front of the school - students will direct you)

Please make your bookings through:

PTO - Login (

These evenings are an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and discuss their progress at school.

An email has been sent to all parents with further information, as well as instructions on how to book interviews with individual teachers using the internet- based booking system, Parent Teacher On-Line (PTO).

Student Reports

Student reports will be emailed home on Thursday 29th June.


If you have a child in Year 6, please remember that Newton Moore Senior High School enrolment packs need to be returned before the end of Week 1 in Term 3.

Enrolment forms are available on the school website:

Senior School Deputy Principal’s Update

ATAR Students – Week 11

Week 11 is Study Week

Please ensure that your child uses this week effectively. Work has been provided by all teachers and can be found on Connect in the Content page of your child’s chosen ATAR subjects.

VET and General Students – Week 11

Week 11 is set to be a great week with students studying an alternative curriculum on Monday and Tuesday. They will listen to guest speakers from local industry, seek advice about employment and work in teams to research and create posters about a range of a careers.

If you have any questions about Week 11, please contact Kate Nightingale, Deputy Principal at the school.

Study Skills Tip for June: Multi-tasking - myth or reality?

Ask any student and they will tell you they can multi-task with ease. Do homework, watch TV, listen to music and check their phone all at the same time, no problem. Ask the academic researchers, though, and a different story emerges.

Taking away technology can create anxiety and a fear of missing out, so try the technique below to support your child to reduce their phone use while they study.

  • Set an alarm on their phone for short regular ‘tech breaks’. They may start with 15 minutes and gradually increase this amount over time to around 30 minutes.
  • Place the phone face down on their desk on silent mode or off, and when the alarm rings they let themselves check messages and status updates for a minute or two, then set the alarm again.

Visit the Dealing with Distractions unit at the link below to learn more about managing your distractions and tools and Apps that can help.

Our school’s access details are:





University Open Days.

If you are interested in attending university, head to their website to find out more information. Below are two upcoming events that your child may be interested in:

Edith Cowan University Events

ECU Future Students Events Schedule

Murdoch University Event

Year 11 and 12 Engineering Showcase

Friday, 25 June, 4.30pm - 6.30pm - Joondalup Campus

We are pleased to invite you to attend our upcoming School of Engineering courses and careers information session so you can discover why engineering is such a great profession and how ECU can provide you with an excellent start to a highly rewarding career.

The 2021 Murdoch University Open Day will be held on Sunday 18 July from 10.00am-4.00pm

Due to Covid19 restrictions, registration is essential to reserve a ticket to attend Open Day. Attendance is free.


Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Our students continue to meet the behaviour expectations of the school. On a daily basis our students are acknowledged for their commitment to showing respect and responsibility to all staff and students, while maintaining the wellbeing of themselves and their peers and positively engaging in learning.

Staff continuously reward this through the use of PBS points.

The PBS team and school staff thank all students for their continued commitment to following the behavioural expectations at Newton Moore Senior High School.

Learning Areas


Year 10 Aquaculture

Students have been working all semester building a marine tank. It was finished this week with the exciting addition of three types of marine fish. Students also designed and built Artemia Vessels to grow brine shrimp to feed the fish. Congratulations to all students on a fantastic achievement!

Year 10 Chevron Endorsed Program, Powering Careers in Energy.

Students have been busy learning about the formation of gas and oil, source rocks and making biofuels. They have also produced posters on the mammals and reptiles on Barrow Island, a Class A reserve, and location where Chevron operates from.

Great work to all the students!


In Year 10 Mechatronics students had to investigate and design an electronic game. They then produced their designs in the workshop, making the box to contain the circuitry that they then installed and soldered together. The circuitry contained a switch, battery box, buzzer and an LED. Pictured are Ben Dunning, Jacob Schatz and Thomas Simmonds with their completed Steady Hand game.


National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week was the 27th May to 3rd June and it’s a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and also to explore how each of us can contribute to achieve reconciliation in Australia. My HASS students undertook a learning journey about Aboriginal history in Australia and then made a commitment for themselves to undertake an action to work towards reconciliation in our school. The message was “More than a word, reconciliation takes action”.


Country Week 2021

Congratulations to all students selected in the 2021 Newton Moore SHS countryweek teams.

Preparation is now complete and our teams are ready to compete against the best that regional WA has to offer. We wish our team all the best and remember to play hard but fair and make sure the opposition know they have played against the ‘Mighty Newton Moore’.

You can follow all the fixtures and results on the School sport WA app which you can download onto your phone.


Aboriginal Education

Stars Foundation

In Week 6 and 7 of Term 2, we were busy with some of our students visiting Djidi Djidi Primary School and talking about Newton Moore Senior High and the Stars Foundation Centre. These talks included information about what we do in our sessions, as well as a lot of other cool things that happen in the school.

We made cupcakes in the Stars Foundation Centre during our session times to celebrate our young Indigenous girls who had their birthday in that month. As part of the session, the girls were highly involved by coming up with their own cupcake ideas, and making their beautiful cupcakes using Fondant after bak ing them. The end results were a mazing!


Newton Moore Clontarf visits Woolworths Bunbury

On Monday the 31st of March, most of the Newton Moore Clontarf Academy senior boys visited Mick and his team at the Woolworths store at the Bunbury Forum shopping centre during their contact time period.

We were greeted by Mick and his regional manager, Bec, who then proceeded to discuss what working at Woolworths was like. Mick shared stories of his "love" for school and how working at Woolworths provided him with good paid work as a teenager which led him up the tree to now be managing a store. Both Mick and Bec led us in a store tour through produce, onto bakery, del,i and then finally out the back where many boxes and containers remained unpacked due to a staff shortage. Bec shared employment options with us, from casual employment through to part-time and full-time employment for when the boys are older, to apprenticeships and full blown careers.

In a few weeks, Bec, Mick and other Woolworths’ managers will join us and our Year 9-12 boys for a casual employment day where boys will meet and greet, interview and present their case for casual work. We are very appreciative of the time put aside for our academy visit and look forward to continuing the relationship into the future.

Southern Region Academies Basketball Competition

On Thursday the 3rd of June, a group of Newton Moore Clontarf Academy students from Years 7, 8 and 9 travelled to Katanning for an overnight basketball competition. The trip was a reward trip for students in Term 2, and an opportunity to engage with boys from six other academies around the southern region.

The carnival featured a Year 7/8 Division and a Year 9 Division, with Newton Moore fielding two Year 7/8 sides. All three sides competed extremely well on the court, showing great attitudes and sportsmanship throughout. They represented themselves and the academy really well.

One of the junior Newton Moore sides took out the Division, winning all their games except one in which they drew with Albany. A three-point competition was also held during the carnival with Gordon Fraser and Blayde Coomer both making it to the final. Blayde Coomer finished first to take out the Year 9 division.

The Newton Moore Clontarf Spirit Award went to Tyresse Nicholls who showed great determination and attitude throughout the camp. Overall the camp went really well and the boys enjoyed the opportunity to travel and compete in Katanning.

Specialist Programs

Mini ROV subs in action

Year 8 Science Engineering and Horizons students are enjoying the trial and innovate phase of building their mini ROV subs.

STEM Enterprise

Our students’ STEM projects were on show this week (21-22nd June) to hundreds of visitors at the STEM Enterprise Showcase 2021.

The Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre was the venue for WA’s premier STEM exhibition, linked to the mining industry’s Resource Technology Show. The school’s Science Engineering and Digital Technologies hands-on projects were available to students and school staff across the state to experience and engage with.

The Showcase was an opportunity to network with other STEM Schools; sharing our experience and getting ideas for future STEM projects that we can adapt and use to benefit students at Newton Moore Senior High School.

Visiting students had lots of fun playing and reviewing video games created by Year 9 T&E students, and using mobile apps they built for a range of tasks from recipe demonstrations to choosing the best pet!

Also on show were remote controlled mini-submarines; part of the Subs in Schools competition and built by our students in Years 10-12.

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