Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

23 June 2022

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Kaya/ Welcome

As Semester One draws to a close, we can reflect on all the wonderful learning opportunities our students have been able to participate in during the term. Whilst I am sure we have all felt the impact of the COVID 19 restrictions, we have also been very fortunate that the timing of our events has meant that students have been able to be involved in nearly all of the extra curricula activities on offer that provide such a rich educational experience.

In Active Volunteering, the students have been focusing on building their knowledge of community and world issues, and how they can personally contribute to improvements. They recently completed some volunteering at the Bunbury Wildlife Park. While participating in this, students helped feed the animals, planted trees in the wetland and refurbished the cockatoo enclosure. Students have also volunteered with the 65 Roses Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser, and have started a school garden in which they are growing some vegetables to be used in Home Economics and other areas in the school.

We are also incredibly proud of the achievements of our Science Specialist Year 10 Engineering students who were the National Champions in the class ROV. Congratulations also goes to students in the Year 11 team who won the Recognition of Achievement Award. Year 9 and 10 Science Horizons students were able to investigate different STEM opportunities with a WiTWA incursion.

Our MASH students have shown their hard work, passion and determination in many forms, with lightning carnival wins for the Year 9 students participating in soccer, basketball, netball and AFL.

A strong emphasis in our sporting programs is that while it is wonderful to win, it is the leadership, teamwork and participation that counts.

The school has had two parent presentation evenings: one for Year 11 and one for potential Year 7 students. At these evenings, comprehensive information is provided about secondary courses at our school. Please note that parents can access the school’s handbooks online and via Connect. It is important that parents sit with students to discuss subject choices and future pathways. If you do have any questions, the school has a fulltime Careers Officer who can assist you.

Careers is a growing area in our school and in Weeks 6 – 10 this term, JSW Training & Community Services will deliver Careers for the Future workshops. In Week 10 of this term, Year 9 students will be touring the Bunbury campuses of South Regional TAFE and Edith Cowan University. This tour will help students become more familiar with local tertiary providers and learn about courses they offer.

Semester One reports will be distributed to parents via email and will also be available on Connect for future reference. The reports can be discussed at our second Parent Night which is scheduled for Tuesday Week 10, 28th June. Your child’s report can be a great conversation starter celebrating the successes and looking at areas where you can support them to achieve their best. Our teachers are always happy to communicate with parents via email or phone regarding student progress and achievement, and to discuss how we can help our students to be their best.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a safe and relaxing term break. We have a School Development Day at the beginning of Term 3 on Monday 18th July, and look forward to welcoming your students back onsite on Tuesday 19th July.

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

From the Finance Team

Country Week Payment Schedule

Students must adhere to a strict payment schedule as shown below. Payments are to be made at the Accounts Office by students outside of class time only. Parents are welcome to pay (cash or credit/debit card) any time during school office hours (in person or by phone) 8:15am – 4pm. Alternatively payments can be made via direct deposit.

Bank account name:

Newton Moore Senior High School



Bank account #:


Details of payment:

Student name & excursion (ie johnsmithCW)

Friday (Term2, Week 10) 1st July

$80 payment due

Friday (Term 3 Holidays, Week 2) 15th July

$80 payment due

Final payments will be notified as confirmed

At each payment date, non-financial accounts will receive a payment reminder via text message. A second missed payment will result in the student being removed from team lists with the non-refundable portion forfeited. The late addition rules apply here (see below).

Lower School Deputy Principals’ Update


A big well done to the Year 7s and 9s on the completion of NAPLAN 2022. An extension of the test window due to the reality of Covid and student absences allowed us to perform over 180 catch up sessions to get most students across the line. Results will be disseminated in late Term 3.

Semester 1 Reports

Semester One reports will be issued on Friday 24th June in preparation for our Parent Evening (see below for further details). The Semester One reports are a perfect time for students to reflect on their academic success thus far in 2022 and to set goals for the remainder of the year to achieve further improvements. What we do know is that attendance is often the greatest determinant of students keeping up successfully with their courses in secondary schooling. Hopefully Semester Two will bring less absences due to Covid and an opportunity for students to participate in all the great school activities that Term 3 and 4 bring.

Parent-Teacher Interview Evening 2022

A Parent Evening has been scheduled for Tuesday 28th June 2022 from 3.30pm – 6.00pm (Week 10, Term 2) following the distribution of school reports on Friday 24th June. This evening is an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and discuss their progress at school.

Parents are required to pre-book interviews with individual teachers using the internet-based booking system, Parent Teacher On-Line (PTO).

Bookings can be made up until Sunday 26th June and then the system closes overnight.

To access the system:

  • Go to the school’s home page from the link below.

  • Select ‘Our School’ then ‘Downloads and Links’.
  • Scroll to bottom of page and click below the PTO icon.

  • If you have provided the school an email address click ‘Obtain PIN’ and enter your email address.
  • Otherwise, you can contact the school and our school officers will help you to make bookings.

When you have made all the bookings you require, you can download or email a report of your bookings.

If you do not have access to a computer, have trouble making the required bookings, or have any questions please contact Tania Martyn on 9722 2400 or via email at

Year 7 Enrolments 2023

A reminder to all parents and carers that have an incoming Year 7 student in 2023 that enrolment packages are due to the school on Friday 22nd July (Week 1, Term 3). This allows us to finalise specialist program and class numbers for 2023, as well as commencing transition processes.

Senior School Deputy Principals’ Update


OLNA testing occurs again in Term 3, and the key dates are shown below. This is the last school-based opportunity for Year 12 students to take the test, so it is essential that they attend the tests and work hard to prepare for them. Extra support is available in OLNA classes, at after-school homework sessions, at Follow The Dream classes, and through the Maths and English departments.


28 August – 30 August

Numeracy and Reading

29 August – 23 September

Any student who is attending Country Week but has not passed the writing component will be given an alternative date to complete the test. When this date is finalised it will be shared with all relevant students.

Please ensure that students are present at school for these tests and no holidays or non-urgent appointments are booked during this time. Practice tests can be found using the address below:

Year 10 Work Experience

The Year 10 students will be undertaking work experience during Week 10 of this term. We look forward to visiting the students in the workplace and getting feedback from employers. We encourage students to use this opportunity to think about what career pathway they might be considering in the future and to consider whether they are “Work Ready”.

Any student who has not managed to secure a place needs to attend school where a Career based week of lessons has been planned for students.

Year 11 and 12 ATAR Exams

Well done to all the students who recently sat their Year 11 and Year 12 ATAR exams. Encourage your child to discuss their results with you and how they think they could improve. It is a good time to review study plans and to review the syllabus to identify areas of strength and areas where more understanding needs to be developed. Teachers will be reviewing exam papers and giving valuable feedback in the last two weeks of the term.

Year 12 – Term 3 is your final Term!

Term 3 is the last term of formal schooling for our Year 12 students. It is important that students keep themselves motivated so that they achieve the best possible results at the end of the year. Support and encourage your child to attend school every day, to follow their study timetable, to meet all deadlines, and to uphold the school values. It can be a confronting time for students who may not be sure what they want to do when they leave school. Encourage them to discuss their plans with the staff listed below who can be contacted by e-mail or phone the school on 97222400.

Leah Holmes

Career Practitioner

Jaqui Read-Smith

VET Coordinator

Brooke Edwards

Year 12 Wellbeing Coordinator

Kate Nightingale

Deputy Principal

Study Skills

Attitude is Everything

The attitude you bring influences your thoughts and actions and the approach you then take to your learning. Your attitude will affect how much time you put into your schoolwork, how you manage challenges, and ultimately, your path to achieving your personal academic best.

Take the time to determine reasons to put effort into your schoolwork.

Think about which of the following reasons might be motivating for you:

  • To achieve the best marks you are capable of at school.
  • To give you lots of options for what subjects you can choose in the senior years.
  • To give you lots of options of what you can choose to do when you leave school.
  • To have a personal sense of satisfaction about doing your best.
  • To show your gratitude to your parents for giving you an education.
  • To avoid getting in trouble from your teachers.
  • To avoid getting in trouble from your parents.
  • To avoid getting a detention or other negative consequences for not working.
  • To avoid disappointing your parents.
  • So you don’t feel bad about wasting your parents’ time and money giving you an education.

Some students are motivated by working towards rewards, which are positive consequences of doing the right thing, while others are motivated to avoid negative consequences. Which do you think you are?

Understanding what motivates you and what affects your attitude can make it easier for you to make positive changes.

Learn more this year about study skills techniques by working through the units from the link below

Our school’s access details are:






ICT/Technology Report

Laptop Sales

Newton Moore SHS is making available used decommissioned school laptops for students to purchase for $50. These devices are over 4 years old and have been reset to factory settings and include a charger.

We have limited laptops available for inspection at the moment, but will have access to more in Term 2. Please contact NMSHS Admin on 9722 2400 for further information.

Student Services Update

Career Practitioner

Industry presentations

To wrap up Term 2, Year 7 and 8 Careers classes are having a virtual industry presentation each week from the following industry organisations:

  • Brick and Block Careers
  • National Disability Services
  • the Construction Training Fund

The presentations provide students with insights into the industries such as the range of occupations, pay levels and how to get into the industry. It also gives students a chance to ask questions of industry experts.

School Nurse

Basics of Good Sleep Hygiene

1 - Have a regular sleep pattern

Establish a regular bedtime and rising time routine. Through repetition you will train your body and your brain into this pattern.

2 - Keep your bedroom dark

Ensure your bedroom is sufficiently darkened as this will promote uninterrupted sleep.

3 - Neutralise noise

Sleep in a quiet environment. Our brain focuses on the noise around us just in case it proves to be dangerous.

4 - Wind down

Create a routine before going to bed that promotes relaxation. This could include a warm bath, reading a book or drinking warm milk. The amino acid tryptophan in milk helps produce serotonin (happy hormone) and melatonin (sleep hormone).

5 - Switch off

Turn computers and phones off at least an hour before bed. The screens promote wakefulness, so don’t get into the habit of using these devices in bed.

Learning Areas


Year 8 Science students have been exploring rocks and the rock cycle. One interesting feature of the rock cycle is that living things can be preserved and become fossils in sedimentary rock. This helps us to understand life on Earth since before humans were around. We made our own fossils in class using plaster as a model for sediments to form a trace fossil.

Year 8 CREST Projects

Year 8 Science students have been planning their CREST project over a number of classes to come up with a method to make the biggest crystals. CREST is a highlight of the Science curriculum each year, and we look forward to the STEM fair where we will see the final results.


South Regional TAFE 2023 Applications - A message to all current Year 10 students.

It is time to start thinking about your future subject selections and Career Pathways.

TAFE applications for 2023 will open on July 25 2022 . There are some exciting and innovative courses and Pre-apprenticeships available for you to apply for. You will attend School Monday-Wednesday then go to TAFE Thursday and Friday to complete your Certificate course.

If you would like more information, please come and see Ms Read-Smith or Mrs Potter in the VET Office.


Coffee Club

Throughout the year, students in Years 10 and 11 take time out of their recess to come and participate in the coffee club. The students learn barista skills, improving their cafe style hot beverage production with every coffee and hot chocolate made. They also discover that there is a lot more to making a good coffee than just pressing a button.

Aboriginal Education

Hi everyone, this last two weeks has been busy. We’ve had Ernie Hill from Maaladjiny coming in to talk to our girls about Noongar Culture and some significant areas around the Bunbury region, and talking about family connections with the girls.

We also have our Senior girls getting up early for their Country Week Netball training and then having a big breakfast in the Stars centre when they’re finished ready for the day at school.

Every day we do a big lunch for the girls, but occasionally we’ll cook up a big feed of Kangaroo Stew, which the girls absolutely love.

We also had the opportunity to take some of our Senior girls to visit one of our Partners NEC Australia in Perth, which is an IT business servicing many Australian business’ supporting them with Technology, the girls enjoyed the opportunity to be able to visit this business they got to meet with employees and be apart of their business meetings, after wards they got to speak to another young Indigenous lady who started off doing work experience with NEC and is now a Team leader who supervises a team of 11 staff.

Specialist Programs

Newton Moore SHS has a new laser cutter thanks to a grant from Gail Manton, Marine Industries School Pathways Program.

News from Parent Bodies

Canteen News

We apologise for the irregular opening times at the canteen in the mornings before school. While we try to open by 8am each morning, this has not always been possible this term.

We have two lovely volunteers, Dawn and John, who have been with the canteen for quite a number of years. We also have Jan, who did retire last year but just can’t stay away. They are invaluable to our canteen. and I would like to thank them for the time they have invested into our canteen so far this year.

Hopefully we get some extra volunteers in the canteen each day for a few hours to help. If you are wanting to volunteer please send an email to attn: Katelin. Also, if there is anyone looking for some paid hours I would like to hear from you to.

I strongly encourage all students and teachers to use QuickCliq online, so that the volunteers and staff can smoothly roll out recess and lunchtime orders. It does make a huge difference. Thanks to everyone already using this system.

Take care over the holidays and we shall see you next term.

Canteen Manageress

PS- if any students have some ideas for meals they would like, please come into the canteen and let us know.

School Board

The School Board met on June 15th 2022. This meeting was advertised as an open meeting and all members of the school community were invited to attend.

The focus of the meeting was to:

  • Ratify the school’s final Annual Report 2021
  • Review the school’s attendance plan and data
  • Develop an understanding of the school’s Student at Risk Plan.
  • Investigate the school’s Cultural Awareness plan and strategies

The school Board play a significant role in helping drive future directions in the school and we thank them for their support, commitment and enthusiasm. The school Board members support the Principal to provide the best possible educational outcomes for all students.

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