15 September 2022
- Principal’s Address
- From the Finance Team
- Lower School Deputy Principals’ Update
- Senior School Deputy Principals’ Update
- Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
- Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report
- Student Services Update
- Career Practitioner
- School Nurse
- Learning Areas
- Aboriginal Education
- News from Parent Bodies
- School Board
- Community Notices
As we approach the end of Term 3, the heat is increasing in more ways than one. With a mammoth amount of activity happening and the Year 12s on the home straight, I trust they are all getting those final assessments submitted. I think we are all ready for a well-deserved break.
Term 3 is always an eventful time, and the number of events and celebrations this term has been massive. We started the term with a lot of camps and excursions, particularly in the careers area. We then had Country Week, and we will end the term with our NAIDOC celebrations, Battle of the Knights, the Fun Run, and the final assembly for our Year 12 students.
Enrolments for 2023 are coming in thick and fast. Please be aware that we have limited places in our specialist programs. If you have not already enrolled your child for 2023, please submit your application forms to the Administration Office ASAP to avoid disappointment. Can I encourage you to pass on the word about enrolments, because until we get these, there is no guarantee for places at Newton Moore Senior High School.
Belonging and inclusivity is a key aspect of the school plan and this is one of our school priorities. In Week 8, we celebrate R U OK day. This fits in so nicely with our school values, inclusivity and happiness, and is about creating a sense of belonging. We also have an academic priority, and our Instructional Leadership team are continuing to work on strategies to support teachers, which in turn improve the educational and academic outcomes for students.
It is my pleasure to provide you with some staffing updates. We have appointed Jodi Dyson as one of our Deputy Principals, and we also have two new office staff, Adonia Devavigne and Christie Borg. On behalf of the school community, I would like to welcome these staff to Newton Moore SHS.
There will be many opportunities for us to wish our leaving class all the best for the future. For now, I take this opportunity to congratulate them on making it this far, and I wish the ATAR students all the very best in their upcoming exams. I hope to see them all return for our Battle of the Knights Carnival on the last day of term, and look forward to the formal presentation evening on 17th November 2022.
Finally, I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy term break.
Susan Kerr M. Ed. Admin, B.Ed. Dip Teach
Newton Moore SHS
From the Finance Team
Charges are the compulsory component of your child’s education program at Newton Moore, and must be paid in full to ensure the resources that are required to meet the outcomes for that subject are available to your child.
The Department of Education does not provide funding for this purpose and so the school needs to reallocate funds from other priorities to cover any charges that remain unpaid by parents/caregivers.
Contributions, although voluntary, do make a huge difference to the school’s ability to deliver the programs at Newton Moore, and the school greatly appreciates those parents who provide their ongoing support in this way.
Statements are being emailed out over the coming week for outstanding values on student accounts. Payment of these costs would be appreciated. As outlined below, payment plans are available and very flexible to suit family household budgets.
Payments can be made via bank transfer, BPay, EFTPOS at the school accounts office, or credit card by phone or email. The Newton Moore SHS bank details are below:
Bank account name
Newton Moore Senior High School
Bank account #
Details of payment
Student name C&C
Centrepay is also available. You can arrange this through your Centrelink online access using our schools CRN: 555 062 848L, or by contacting Centrelink.
Lower School Deputy Principals’ Update
CLICKVIEW AT NMSHS
ClickView is Australia’s leading video content resource for primary and secondary schools and Newton Moore Senior High School has provided access to this terrific resource for all students. Both teachers and students can access thousands of curriculum-aligned video content and teacher resources, plus contextual on-demand TV, as well as teachers being able to create interactive learning resources so students can watch and complete work as they go. In our first year, we are now at the point of commencing the creation of our own NMSHS Connect library and embedding it further into the classroom learning across all subjects.
All students at Newton Moore Senior High School should have access to Clickview that they can access at home to further their learning. Their username is their school email address and an activation link was sent to this school email at the beginning of the year and again in the last fortnight.
Please let the school know if your child is having issues with logging in to Clickview.
After a longer wait in 2022, Individual Student Reports have arrived at our school and we are in the process of distributing these to students to take home.
Please contact the school if you do not receive the hard copy by the end of Term 3 and we can reprint a further copy.
OLNA Year 9s
Due to NAPLAN being disrupted across WA schools due to Covid, SCSA is providing all Year 9’s across the state with an opportunity to sit OLNA in term 4, allowing students to “pre-qualify” before reaching Year 10 as a Band 8 in NAPLAN otherwise would. There are currently 34 Year 9’s who have achieved a Band 8 or above in one or more of their NAPLAN strands and will therefore not be required to sit their OLNA for these strands.
The OLNA window for Year 9’s in Term 4 will run from the 24th of October (Week 3) to the 4th November (end of Week 4). As per the usual requirements, the Writing test will need to be completed within the first 3 days, however students can complete Reading and Numeracy across the two-week window.
Whilst I am sure it may just feel like “more testing” for the Year 9 students themselves, the provision of an additional OLNA window is a terrific opportunity for the many students who just missed out on Band 8 in their NAPLAN. Pre-qualifying prior to year 10 relieves a huge workload moving forward, so I encourage all students to attempt the tests to the bets of their ability.
Incoming Year 7s for 2023
NMSHS is still awaiting over 30 enrolments for the 2023 Year 7 cohort and I am aware a number of these are for younger siblings of students already in attendance. Without enrolment, students cannot attend the transition activities commencing in Term 4, so I encourage parents and guardians to complete enrolment forms as soon as possible. If any assistance is required in completing these forms, or if you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the front administration office for further support.
Enrolment acceptance letters should have arrived via emails and further information will come as the year progresses. Please note the Year 6 NMSHS Transition Day is Tuesday 6th December, 2022.
Senior School Deputy Principals’ Update
Year 12 Exams
The Year 12 Mock ATAR exams occur during the second week of the school holidays. Students can pick up their timetable from the Front Office and need to ensure that they carefully check the date and start time for each exam. They need to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the exam and bring all required equipment.
A reminder that all Year 12 ATAR students need to return for Week 1 of Term 4 for exam feedback.
Top 10 Tips for Dealing with Test and Examination Pressure
1 KNOW YOUR MATERIAL
The more confident you are about the topic(s) in your test, the less stress you will feel come exam time. Make sure you stay on top of your school work and homework throughout the term. Follow up with your teacher, or another subject matter expert, if there are things you don’t understand, well before the exams. Trying to understand new concepts the night before a test is very stressful.
Make sure you do practise papers if they are available, or practise questions. This might include multiple choice, short answer or essay style questions. Always study in the way you will be tested. Work out a plan of action so you know how long you are going to allocate to each question type, what question types you will start with and what you will do if you come across things you aren’t sure about.
Learn more about this in the Active Studying unit.
3 FUEL YOUR BODY AND YOUR MIND
In the days leading up to an exam make sure you get enough sleep. Being tired makes it harder to concentrate and remember. Fuel your body and mind by eating well and drinking plenty of water.
Learn more about this in the Lifestyle and Balance unit.
4 MANAGE THE PHYSICAL SIGNS OF STRESS
Familiarise yourself with how your body feels when you are stressed. Do you get headaches? Tension in your neck or shoulders? Does your heart race faster? What happens to your breathing? Whenever you feel these effects, quickly start some relaxation exercises. A good one to try during an exam is to breathe in deeply for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds and breathe out for 8 seconds. Do this a few times to calm yourself down and allow yourself to refocus. Learn more about this in the Managing Stress unit.
5 BE PREPARED ON THE DAY
Make sure you have packed or prepared everything you need for the test the night before. Have a plan for how you are going to get to school on time - including a back-up plan if necessary. Eat a nutritious breakfast and make sure you are hydrated.
Learn more about this in the Test-Taking Techniques unit.
Use visualisation techniques to help reduce your stress on the day. Every day in the weeks prior to the exam, last thing at night and first thing in the morning, visualise yourself calmly walking into the exam room, preparing your equipment, reviewing and completing your exam paper and feeling good about how you did.
Learn more about this in the Managing Stress unit.
7 INVOLVE YOUR PARENTS IN YOUR SCHOOLWORK
Throughout the term talk to your parents about what you are studying. Show them your bookwork and homework. The more your parents understand about what you are doing and how you are going along the way, the better they are able to manage their expectations. They may also be able to help you study by testing you on what you are learning.
8 TALK TO YOUR PARENTS ABOUT REALISTIC GOALS
Keep talking to your parents about what you want to achieve, in individual subjects, at school overall and in other aspects of your life. Focus more on the learning and developing skills instead of just marks. Involve them in helping you to identify where to concentrate the most effort to achieve your goals.
Learn more about this in the Goal Setting unit.
9 UNDERSTAND EXPECTATIONS
Many students feel like they are not meeting their parents’ expectations. Often this is a result of poor communication about expectations by both parties. Assessment and reporting systems also change over time and are different in different schools and systems. Making sure your parents really understand what your report means may help them to understand what you are actually achieving. Your school can assist you to explain these to your parents if need be and most schools provide booklets of explanation. Often students are achieving, but reporting structures may not clearly represent this to parents
10 ASK FOR HELP
The most important way to deal with stress is by talking to people and asking for help. Don’t try and go it alone. Your school, teachers, parents and friends are your support structure so keep lines of communication open (that means talk to them!) and let everyone know how you are feeling and what help you need.
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)
Arthur is currently in the lead for the faction competion
Each term we follow how our factions are doing in terms of their total PBS points. The winning faction then gets a reward at the end of the term. This term the winning faction will receive a pizza lunch on the last day of term.
Our standing at the moment are:
At this stage, Aurthur have the lead, however the competition is not yet over and students still have two weeks to earn points.
Our focus behaviour expectation is Use appropriate noise level for the situation. This behaviour is under the broad expectation of Respect.
From the Knights of the PBS
Wellbeing & Program Coordinators Report
Newton Moore Star
It is with anticipated excitement that we share the news that Kiya Bedford Gray has been selected as a member of the Western Australian Student Council in 2022–23.
Kiya was selected following the rigorous evaluation and selection process of 100 students in Years 10 and 11, from 63 secondary schools across all education regions of Western Australia.
Kiya received her letter from Ms Lisa Rodgers, Director General, today to inform her of her selection and acceptance as a member of our inaugural WA Student Council.
Congratulations Kiya, you are an amazing ambassador of Newton Moore Senior High School!
Student Services Update
Year 9 Career Taster: 2022 Perth SkillsWest Career & Employment Expo
Forty-six Year 9 students travelled to Perth for the SkillsWest Career & Employment Expo. The Expo hosted over 140 organisations and employers!
Students were able to:
- Talk with training organisations & employers
- Experience the ‘Try a Skill’ interactive displays
- Gain free career advice
- Enjoy an Australian Defence Force career seminar and find their ideal role at their display
- Talk with key organisations at the CTF Construction Hub
- See the WA WorldSkills regional competition
- Learn how to write a winning resume
Students and staff had a fantastic time!
Year 9 Career Taster: Let’s Talk Construction!
Seventeen Year 9 students participated in a half-day construction taster experience at South Regional TAFE, Bunbury. Students learnt about the range of construction jobs and four key industry sectors they work in. Students enjoyed hands-on activities, and received important information from industry representatives such as occupational earnings, pathways, what employers are looking for and links to school learning.
We definitely want to bring students back for this taster next year.
RU OK Day Lucky Draw Winners
Year 9 students learning about the human body systems.
And some more of our school garden project that the Active Volunteering students are running. We have grown plants from seed (as pictured), and are currently growing herbs, fruit and vegetables. It’s a great success and the Active Volunteering students love it.
Year 11 and 12 Workplace Learning students have continued to attend a variety of fantastic work experience placements throughout the term, from marron farming to glass fabrication, and electrical work to retail.
Students have had an opportunity to try out a number of employment industries to get a taste of some of the work they might like to pursue in their future careers with the added bonus that all hours that they perform go towards their school grades. 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.
Well done to all of you for representing yourselves and NMSHS with professionalism and pride.
This semester, Year 7s in Technology, Food and Fabrics have been learning some valuable life skills. For the first 8 weeks, students used sewing and embroidery machines to produce cushions and pencil cases. Now our students are enjoying creating snacks and healthy meals each week while learning about the importance of good nutrition. Students are also encouraged to practice learnt skills at home by producing a family meal! A reminder also that containers and closed in shoes are required every practical lesson.
As part of our four Pillars for STARS FOUNDATION, as part of our Wellbeing Pillar, our girls have been participating in a variety of activities involving some football sessions. We had the opportunity to share some of these sessions with the boys from Clontarf to form a stronger, more positive relationship between them.
We have also had Jetts fitness coming into the school and teaching the girls how to do simple exercises to keep healthy and fit. These sessions were run with our Year 7 and 10 girls.
During recess and lunch, we are still preparing nice meals for the girls to enjoy.
Headspace has also been doing group sessions with our Year 8 girls about looking after their mental health and wellbeing, in which they were provided with information on how they can get support while at school or at home.
As part of NAIDOC this year, our girls have joined up with the boys from Clontarf and decided to make a dance group to perform at our upcoming NAIDOC Assembly.
For “R U OK Day”, some of our girls participated in Zumba with our Mentor, Tara Couzens, which they thoroughly enjoyed.
We are super proud of our Year 10 STARS girl, Kiya Gray, who was selected out of 100 other students in WA to be a member of the Western Australian Student Council in 2022–23.
News from Parent Bodies
At the most recent meeting, the school Board members at Newton Moore SHS viewed the 2021-2022 behaviour data and had the opportunity to ask questions about, and discuss, the processes the school used to deal with inappropriate behaviours. The Board were updated on some of the exciting initiatives that have been introduced by the Aboriginal Education team, including having the Aboriginal Elders at our school for one of their community meetings. One of our Board members gave a presentation about the business they worked in and how they promoted the firm. We were also lucky to have Student Exec members provide us with updates so we have a student perspective on issues, as well as access to their ideas for any initiatives they would like us to consider introducing.
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