Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

31 March 2022

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Kaya and welcome

As I have said on previous occasions, it is an honour and a privilege to be the Principal of Newton Moore SHS. This first term has gone so quickly and it seems like only a week ago that I was welcoming new Year 7 students on their first day of secondary school, while also catching the gazes of protective parents as they placed their children into our care for the first time.

I am delighted to report that the Year 7 students are doing remarkably well, and I must also congratulate the staff on their hard work in encouraging, supporting and building relationships with their Year 7 classes. We want all of our students to enjoy school, value their learning and become good people who care about and contribute to the community. I am really encouraged by what I’ve seen and I hope our parents are impressed by our efforts.

Some of the highlights for me this term have been:

  • Seeing how quickly the Year 7 students have grown and settled into school life.
  • The increased number of students who have enrolled into the “Follow the Dream” after school home study club.
  • The online parent sessions and meetings.
  • The interim reports being issued instead of our usual open day. We received some very positive feedback from this event.
  • The fantastic school ball and the exemplary behaviours of our students during this event.
  • The way all of the students have so positively adapted to the adjustments we have had to introduce because of COVID.
  • The commitment and hard work of staff who have had to manage in trying times with the added pressure of COVID restrictions.
  • The way our staff have redesigned the school camps and made them into highly valuable day excursions.

I am looking forward to the remainder of the year, and in particular, the leadership that emerges from our student leadership groups. I say to students that this is their education, their school and their community, so they are the ones that need to ensure it is what they want and need it to be.

I trust everyone will stay healthy and safe, and will enjoy the holidays. Please remember how important it is that you ensure your children are wearing their masks if they are out and about in the community.

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

From the Finance Team

Abstudy Allowance - Have you applied yet?

Closing soon!! APPLY NOW at the Accounts Office.

If you receive Abstudy from Centrelink or intend applying for Abstudy:

Bring your valid concession card (Health Care / Pensioner Concession / Veterans Affairs) and we will enter it direct into the system for you.
Send the completed Abstudy Allowance form and concession card with your child to the Accounts Office.

If you are unable to get to the office in school hours or have any further queries, contact Michele on 9722 2419 or drop into the office (8am to 4pm).

Have you applied for your $115 Clothing Allowance yet?

Closing soon!! APPLY NOW at the Accounts Office.

Bring your

  • valid concession card (Health Care / Pensioner Concession / Veterans Affairs)
  • bank account details

We’ll enter it direct into the system for you.
Send the completed Secondary Assistance Allowance form and concession card with your child to the Accounts Office.

If you are unable to get to the office in school hours or have any further queries, contact Michele on 9722 2419 or drop into the office (8am to 3.30pm).

Lower School Deputy Principal’s Update

Term 1 has flown by. We are almost at the halfway mark to Semester 1 and I encourage all students to reflect on how they can improve in Term 2 to make the most of their Semester 1 grades. Parents are also encouraged to make contact with teachers if further information about your child is required. I am hoping the mid-term progress reports that allowed you to see how your child has commenced 2022 were of benefit.


For Years 7 and 9, NAPLAN is around the corner in early Term 2 with the tests scheduled to commence Tuesday Week 3 (10th May 2022). As I mentioned in the last newsletter, students can log in to the link below to view and practise samples of the different tests. The school is running their own round of practice tests in Week 8 and 9 of this term to give the students an opportunity to practise the structure and scheduling of NAPLAN.

Please don’t hesitate to make contact with any further questions you may have regarding 2022 NAPLAN.

Senior School Deputy Principal’s Update

Year 11 and 12

Curriculum and Assessment Advice – COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to have an impact on teaching and learning at school, it is important to keep up to date with the latest information that is being shared by teachers at school and from the curriculum authority, SCSA.

Ensuring that your child is regularly using Connect to access their work will ensure that any disruption to learning can be minimised.

The latest communication and resources from SCSA can be found by following the link below.

School Curriculum and Standards Authority | Curriculum and Assessment Advice – COVID-19 (

These pages provide advice and support that enable students and parents/guardians/carers to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 situation.

Year 12 - Externally set tasks (EST)

All students enrolled in a General Year 12 course and/or a Foundation Year 12 course are required to complete the Externally Set Task (EST). The EST is compulsory and forms part of the school-based assessment. It is included as a separate assessment type with a weighting of 15% for the pair of units. These tests will take place in Term 2 between the 2nd and 20th May 2022.

Year 10 – Making it count

A reminder that applications for courses at school and at TAFE are based on Semester One grades. Please encourage your child to work hard to complete all tasks and assessments on time and to the highest standard. The Year 10 exams form part of the final grade so it is important that students take the required time to prepare for them.

Subject selection

Students in Year 10 have been surveyed to find out what pathway they are considering for Year 11 in 2023. Over the coming weeks meetings will held with all students to share some further detail about the courses they have displayed an interest in. Once these have occurred we will be inviting parents to discuss and finalise the choices before the completion of the formal subject selection process.

To support this further, we will be holding an online information afternoon, Term 2, Week 1 on Wednesday 4th May from 4-5pm. This will be accessible via Webex and will also be recorded for anyone who can’t make the session. It will cover WACE requirements, Pathway and course selection, and there will also be the opportunity to ask questions.


Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

Our current PBS behaviour expectaion focus is Stay in Class and Stay on Task. This fits under the broader expectation of Learning.

For students to get the most of their education, it is vital that they persist with tasks and complete all work set by the teacher. Having regular discussion with your child about how they are going at school, or what they are covering in certain subjects can help reinforce the importance of staying on task.

Admin Report

NMSHS Relief Cleaner Positions

We are currently calling for applicants for relief cleaner positions. Hours will fluctuate every week, and could be between 6am-10am and 2pm -6pm, Monday to Friday with a potential possibility for extension.

Applicants to forward their resume and contact details to:

Justine Parish
Manager Corporate Services
Newton Moore Senior High School
19-35 Hotchin Street, South Bunbury WA 6230

ICT/Technology Report

National Day of Action (NDA) resource for Parents - Parenting in Cyberspace

Parentline have released a series of 10 podcasts for parents.

Parenting in... Cyberspace is hosted by Aaliyah Talukdar, Parentline's Cyberbullying Consultant. She's joined in each episode by a new guest or expert to share experiences, tips, tricks and links to resources to help support parents and their young ones.

They tackle everything from cyberbullying and eSafety, to legislation and reporting.

How to Protect Devices

  • Never access sensitive information or perform sensitive activities over free public wi-fi.
  • Always be alert and cautious with emails.
  • Use safe behaviour online, such as only downloading apps and software from legitimate sources.
  • Store your devices in a safe place and never leave your computer or devices unlocked while you step away.
  • Use strong, unique passwords or a password manager and don’t share passwords.
  • When it is available, use multi-factor authentication.
  • Log out of sites as soon as you have finished using them.
  • Back up important documents and data regularly.

Student Services Update

Career Practitioner

Year 11 and 12 Workplace Learning Program classes have recently had virtual presentations from two industry areas.

This week a representative from the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation Ltd provided students with information on the bricklaying trade including current worker demand, pathways into and within the industry, and apprenticeship and work experience opportunities.

Dion Stewart from the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation Ltd presenting virtually to a Year 12 class.

Earlier this month, students received a virtual presentation from a Tourism, Hospitality and Events Career Advisor who discussed opportunities and educational pathways within these sectors. For further information on careers in Tourism, Hospitality or Events visit:

School Nurse

Learning Areas


The students in the Year 8 Foods class have been investigating healthy breakfasts and will be producing snacks suitable for lunch boxes over the next few weeks. In the Food Technology classes, students also look at the nutritional value and cost comparisons of homemade vs. takeaway meals, and are encouraged to cook a meal for the family at home. These students produced homemade pasties, including the pastry!


Work Experience leads to Apprenticeships

Newton Moore students have proven that work experience can lead to fantastic opportunities for Apprenticeships in Bunbury workplaces.

Rex Kennedy and Lochlainn Walker both performed work experience in the electrical industry while they were students at Newton Moore Senior High School, and are now undertaking Apprenticeships with those workplaces. Rex is now a third year of his apprenticeship in Electrotechnology with Switchboards WA, and Lochlainn Walker is in his first year with Jandco. Both are currently mentoring our students, Javan Spry and Daniel Bartlet,t as part of their VET Workplace Learning programs.


Thanks to Sporting Schools funding, Year 10 students are learning some basketball skills and game strategy from Wayne Hayres from Basketball WA.

Aboriginal Education


Hi All. During these last couple of weeks, we have been doing some activities in our session time through the Stars Foundation. Our senior girls had their work placements in various businesses around Bunbury, so I went to visit them to see how they were going. The girls are doing very well, and their employers are very impressed with the hard work they are putting in.

We also did some activities with our Year 7s who are working on their family trees. We wanted the girls to have this connection with each other and to keep our culture going by comparing family names to see who they could be related to in the school.

Our Stars girls are also preparing for Mother’s Day by getting their gifts ready to spoil that special mum, aunt or nan on their special day.

We are also doing some more Tie Dye shirts with the girls which they are thoroughly enjoying, and we are now doing Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunches for the girls. Monday was kangaroo stew with rice and damper, and Wednesday was apricot chicken and rice.

We are looking forward to what the next couple of weeks bring us in these trying times with Covid, and will make sure that the girls are fully supported through Stars, whether it be during our session times or with classes.

Ezabella Martella working in Admin
with (WACHS)

Ashleigh Woods working at PB
Perkins in Admin

Ezabella Martella working in Admin with (WACHS)

Ashleigh Woods working at PB Perkins in Admin

Skye-lea Humphries working retail Assistant at Red Dot next to Bunbury Forum

Tamalia Blurton working as a Tour guide at the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Koombana Bay.

Some of the girls enjoying apricot chicken and rice for lunch.

The Year 7 family trees that the girls proudly display in our Stars centre.

Some of the gifts that our girls are
making for Mother’s Day.

We’ve also bought a basketball game
so the girls can have some fun
during their recess and lunch.

Some of the gifts that our girls are making for Mother’s Day.

We’ve also bought a basketball game so the girls can have some fun during their recess and lunch.

Specialist Programs

Applications for Science Specialist Scholarships and Indigenous Scholarships are now open

Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students who are in the Science Horizons or Engineering Specialist Program may now apply for the 2022 scholarships.

Science Indigenous scholarships are also available on application.

Applications can be collected from your Science teachers, the Science office or downloaded from the link.

Closing date is week 10, 6th April.

Thank you to our partners for providing these scholarships.

  • GHD, Simcoa,
  • Doral,
  • Newton Moore P&C,
  • Bunbury Leschenaut Rotary Club
  • Mrs Shelley Cantoni


Subs in Schools National Competition

After our two teams’ success at the State Subs in Schools Competition, our ten students are now preparing to represent WA at the National Subs in Schools Finals to be held early Term Two.

Unfortunately, due to Covid 19, most of the judging will be virtual. However, the teams do get to go to Perth for the sea trials.

The Big Sub team, Krypton, consisting of Year 11s Britney Locke, Zoe Gordon, Franco Santella, Phoenix Albury and Jaxon Tait, are nearing completion of their project.

The Year 10 team, Neptune, consisting of James Ison, Declan Garrett, Kyan Young, Ranielle Eltagonde and Aleece Cruickshank are hoping to become National Champions in the ROV Development class.

Thank you to the Federal Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources for funding a major grant. This has enabled the students to purchase essential materials and cover transport and registration expenses. This has been a major boost to the quality of the students’ projects.

Choice Programs


Year 9 MASH students had their first lesson on the water with Cam and Pina from the Bunbury Rowing Club as part of their 5-week program. The MASH program strives to engage students within local community sporting organisations, providing them with the opportunity to experience different sports, and to find strength in a range of challenging activities.

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