Newton Moore Senior High School
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Hotchin Street
South Bunbury WA 6230

Phone: 08 9722 2400

4 August 2022

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Principal’s Address

Principal’s Message

Kaya /Welcome

Welcome to Term 3. As we move into the second half of the academic year, I have some key updates and news to share with you.

Course selection and subject counselling have been finalised for students entering Year 11 and 12 in 2023. This process is noe occurring for students entering Year 9 and 10. The School has been working with the company, Edval, and together we have been very creative in updating our course structures to ensure students have access to new courses and programs aligned to career pathways of the future.

During Week 2, we held our whole school assembly in which we recognised a large number of students for both their academic achievement and attendance. Although I wasn’t there on the day, it was great to hear that so many students were recognised in this public forum. A particular stand out was our Year 7 attendance and number of students who achieved between 95-100 percent attendance. Further certificates for effort will be handed out at year assemblies over the coming weeks.

Year 12s are now on the home straight, with their learning journey close to the end. With the current COVID and flu situation, I would like to encourage parents to keep in touch with the school if your child is not well so they are not disadvantaged at this vital stage of their learning. The graduation and final week arrangements will be sent out via Connect in the coming weeks. I would like to encourage parents to pay the school fees and ensure all school items are returned prior to graduation.

Enrolments for 2023 for Year 7s are coming in thick and fast, and we have limited places in our specialist programs. If you have not already enrolled your child for 2023, or know someone who hasn’t, then please remind them to submit their applications.

We have a number of extracurricular events occurring this term that we are looking forward to, including the annual district STEM fair which the school coordinates and a number of camps and day excursions.

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 – 3.30pm. Alternatively payments can be made via direct deposit.

Bank account name

Newton Moore Senior High School



Bank account #


Details of payment

Student name & excursion (i.e. johnsmith CW)

Final Payment $40 Friday (Term 3, Week 4) 12th August

Lower School Deputy Principals’ Update

Parent Teacher Night

A big thank you to all the parents who braved the cold in attending our parent-teacher night on Tuesday 28th June. It was a fantastic turn out by NMSHS parents and students, providing a wonderful opportunity for teachers to discuss your child’s academic progress. I would also like to make mention of the terrific job our NMSHS student leaders did on the night in supporting both parents and teachers to ensure the night was a success.

If, for any reason, you could not attend the evening, please do not hesitate to communicate directly with teachers through CONNECT or by calling the school.

National Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) 2022

Every year, all schools across Australia are required to recognise the supports they provide for students with a diagnosed or imputed disability; that is, students that require individual adjustments across their schooling for equitable access to learning. For further information, please refer to the attached letter for parents and guardians. If you have any further questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.

ACARA NAPLAN Trials Week 3-4

Newton Moore Senior High School has been randomly selected to participate in a student trial of future NAPLAN questions and as such, 50 students in both Year 7 and 9 will be requested to participate in the NAPLAN tests of Numeracy and Languages of Convention in Week 3 and 4 of this term to provide valuable feedback to ACARA. Provided is a further information sheet from ACARA.

Year 7 Enrolments

If you have a child in Year 6, the enrolment form was due in at the end of Week 1, Term 3. Confirmation of your child’s enrolment will take place within four weeks of the enrolment form submission.

If you are yet to enrol your child into Year 7 for 2023, please complete the enrolment as soon as possible. There is a link on our website, or you are more than welcome to collect a hard copy from our front office.

Senior School Deputy Principals’ Update

Year 12

The final term is here for Year 12 students. It is important for all students to remain focussed on their goals and continue to work hard until the end of term.

Important dates to remember:

Country Week

Week 7 (29th Aug- 2nd Sep)

Last day for students

Classes finish for General/VET students at the end of Week 10 – 23rd September. ATAR students are to return for Week 1 of Term 4 -10th October for exam feedback. Any VET students who have outstanding tasks will also be expected to return.

Presentation night

Thursday 17th November is our presentation night. All students need to be available to come to a rehearsal in the morning. Further information will be shared with students later this term.

Applying for university through TISC

Students who are eligible to apply for university will have received a letter and handbook. If your child would like any support with their application, please encourage them to see Miss Nightingale

Year 10, 11 and 12

Changes to OLNA Writing dates:

Due to the movement of Country Week to Week 7 this term, our school has been given an alternative date to sit the OLNA writing test.

Week 8: Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th September

It is important that your child attends their scheduled test, so please do not schedule any non-urgent appointments at this time. This is particularly important for Year 12 students as this is their final opportunity to take the test before the end of their formal schooling.

Year 10 & 11 Subject Selections

A final reminder that choices need to be finalised. If you have any questions about your child’s options for 2023, please contact the school.

Study Skills

Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Procrastination

Procrastination is the act of putting off a task which you know you have to do, even though you know that putting it off will probably be worse for you in the long run. To manage this, try the following:

  1. Become aware of the excuses you use - make a mental note when you procrastinate. What excuses do you give yourself? Too tired? Too difficult? Too boring? Being aware is the first step in changing your behaviour. Keep yourself honest by asking questions like “is this the best use of my time at the moment?” and “Am I doing this as a way of avoiding what I really should be doing?”.
  2. Reduce or eliminate distractions - creating a clear, uncluttered work environment which is free from distractions will help you avoid procrastinating. Turn off your social media or WiFi, turn off your music or TV, close the door.
  3. Make a prioritised list - before you start work (or procrastinating) take a few minutes to work out what your priorities for the session are, based on your deadlines.
  4. Break down projects into chunks - if you have a big task that you have to do, or something that you really don’t want to start, have a think about how it can be broken up into smaller parts.
  5. Just start - stop focusing on getting it done perfectly, or even well, just make a start, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  6. Reward yourself - set yourself a small goal (to do with the task you are procrastinating about) and then reward yourself appropriately when you complete it. For example, write an outline for your essay and then have afternoon tea.
  7. “Twofer Concept” - when you are working on a difficult or boring task, break it up by having a more interesting or easy task that you work on in the same study block
  8. Create routines - establishing a routine can help you avoid procrastination as you get into the rhythm of working for a set time each day at a set time of the day. Making this routine known to your family and friends also helps keep you accountable and stops them interrupting you during your work time.
  9. Find a study buddy - perhaps starting that difficult work will be easier if you have someone to work with. This could be a school friend or a sibling. You could share resources and help each other to get started with similar work.
  10. Schedule in breaks - breaks give you time to think and process information that you have been working on and give you an opportunity to do the things you really enjoy. Plan them as much as you plan your work.

You can learn more about how to optimise your performance as a student in the Overcoming Procrastination unit from the link below by logging in with these details:






Student Services Update

Last Day of Term Two

To celebrate a great term all students were given the opportunity to wind down before the holidays and engage in some fun activities of their choice. This was also a great way to build some positive relationships among their peers. Students who were identified as Silver Knights based on being a Shining Knight in both Term 1 and 2 had the opportunity to go into the cooking rooms and make pizza, brownies and smoothies for themselves. An awesome way to finish the term and celebrate the positive relationships and achievements of all the students.

Career Practitioner

Careers Term 2 week 10

During the final weeks of Term 2 the careers classes were lucky enough to have the wonderful ladies from JSW visit the school to do their workshop on Careers for the future. Philomena, Ayesha, Kiara and Caroline introduced the students to some knowledge about themselves, their interests and a variety of career opportunities that are around. In Week 10 they brought guest speakers with them, including Snr Constable Martin Mitchel, Cadet Presley Dhue and from the army Chris, Chris, Joe and Ewen. It was a wonderful opportunity for these students to learn about different careers that they might like to work towards.

South Regional TAFE and Edith Cowan University Excursions

To finish off Term 2 Year 9 students were invited to our first Year 9 Career Taster activity: an excursion to South Regional TAFE and Edith Cowan Univeristy’s Bunbury campuses.

Students enjoyed a tour of both institutions, received presentations and participated in activities to increase their awareness of career pathway opportunities.

Feedback from students was that is was a worthwhile and fun day.

Learning Areas


Virtual South West Career Expo Spot Prize Winner Announced

We are pleased to let you know that Year 7 Newton Moore Senior High School student, Paige Brady, was recently presented with her new Weber BBQ pack as the lucky winner of the 2022 Virtual South West Career Expo spot prize.

The prize pack, valued at over $600, was kindly donated by Retravision Bunbury who is a long-time supporter of the community event. The prize included a brand vitrnew Weber BBQ, accessory pack and cookbook.

Hundreds of students from 14 high schools around the South West region have already had the opportunity to access information regarding careers and training opportunities online and we hope they will continue to do so over the next few months.

We would like to thank you all very much for your support of the 2022 Virtual South West Career Expo and we look forward to sharing our plans for the 2023 event with you all soon.

The virtual expo link will remain live through to the end of Term 3:

Year 10s Taking up the Challenge!!

Year 10 students who got involved in Work Experience at the end of Term 2 had some fantastic and varied experiences in their chosen workplaces.

Students performed placements in hairdressing and beauty, animal care, engineering, automotive, building and construction, administration, retail, hospitality, education and child care.

Work Experience offers students the opportunity to try out a job before committing to a study path or career in that industry. Under the supervision of experienced staff, students are able to observe and participate in real life work situations, learn new skills and build their confidence in a work setting.

It can also lead to further opportunities in employment, with some students securing traineeships, apprenticeships and paid work as a result of successful placements.

Well done to all of those who participated, we hope you enjoyed the experience.


STEM Fair Gaming

Students in the Year 9 Gaming class are creating and preparing games for the upcoming STEM Fair. Students are excited to have their work presented to primary school students and other guests at our STEM Fair on Wednesday August the 17th.

This is also a great opportunity to remind readers of the upcoming Stem Fair. This popular event promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) through a variety of activities and information presentations throughout the day. The event will be held at Newton Moore Senior High School on Wednesday 17th August in the Gym, PAC, STEM Centre and Information Resource Centre.

Aboriginal Education


Hi Families

Welcome back for Term 3. While we haven’t yet had the opportunity to run a range of activities this term, our girls are getting back into the routine of being in class and in the Stars Foundation sessions that we run.

It has been so good seeing our girls back at school, and to welcome some new girls who are ready to be a part of Newton Moore Senior High School and the Stars Foundation.

Last term we had the pleasure of inviting Senior Constable Theresa Stanford from the Youth Policing team to come in and spend some time with our Year 7 girls. The girls enjoyed getting to know her and asked lots of questions regarding online bullying and video recording without permission. The girls loved it, and we hope to have Theresa back for a visit soon.

A few of our Year 7 girls, Ciara Councillor, Judith Bates and Ryanne Pearce, getting straight into their Work Ready program for the beginning of Term 3.

At lunch time we organised a nice big lunch for our girls, and they thoroughly enjoyed having Tacos.

Our Year 9s were ready to start their lessons for the end of the day.

The Year 8 girls had the opportunity to learn some life skills with one of our Program Mentors, Denae Graham, to make basic snacks for themselves. They thoroughly enjoyed doing this, and even made enough to give the rest of the girls at recess.

Some of our Year 7 girls, Shirlkeda Humphries and Isabel Batrick, enjoying their Dance class after lunch on Wednesday.


In Week 8 of Term 2, the Newton Moore Academy hosted the annual Clontarf junior basketball competition. Six other academies from around the Southern region travelled to take part in the event which comprised of Year 7,8 and 9 students.

The competition was tight throughout the day across both divisions, and the “Clontarf spirit” was on display from all academies as the boys enjoyed a great day out. During the bye rounds all academies and staff enjoyed some fun activities and interactions with staff from QUBE, Rio Tinto and the RYDE driving program.

At the completion of the fixtured games, all five A division sides finished on the same number of points. A shootout then took place to determine who would play off in the grand final. Both Newton Moore A and Newton Moore B finished on top in the shootout, and Newton Moore B proved too strong in the grand final, taking it out.

A half time shooting competition also took place during lunch between boys and staff, with the boys from Katanning coming out on top.

The Clontarf Spirit award for the Newton Moore academy went to Glenne Blurton, who demonstrated fantastic leadership and teamwork at the carnival representing both himself and the academy well.

A big shout to our partners Rio Tinto, Programmed, Water Corp, Illuka, Woolworths, Coates Hire and Qube who all enabled staff to attend, support and assist in various roles throughout the day.

News from Parent Bodies

School Board

Our School Board continues to work tirelessly to support the school in achieving its priorities.

The following are some of the most recent items the board has worked on in 2022:

  • Endorsement of the 2022 School Budget and regular review of school spending against the Budget.
  • Review of the school’s mobile phone policy.
  • Assistance in developing and reviewing the changes to the school’s uniform policy.
  • Developing an understanding of the school’s “Students at Educational Risk Policy.”
  • Reviewing the 2022 ATAR, VET and OLNA results.

There are certainly many positives about being on the SchoolBboard and it provides a real insight into how a school operates.

I would like to take the opportunity to welcome the newest member of the school board to the team, Mr Toby Eades.

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