Newman Senior High School

Newsletter: Term 1 Issue 2

Term 1 2024 Review

Today marks the end of Term 1. In this edition of our Newsletter you will see some amazing events and activities we have had throughout the term, as well as the academic endeavours of our students.

It has been fantastic to see the huge improvement in uniform this term, with most students looking fantastic everyday in their school shirts and black shorts. With Term 2 getting cooler please remember that students are expected to be in school jackets – personal hoodies and jumpers should be saved for wearing out of school.

Our Year 7 students have settled in well and our Year 12s have started the countdown to the end of their high school journey’s.

As the term ends I would again like to thank our staff for their ongoing hard work and support of our students. I would also like to thank the wider community for all of their support throughout the term. Please make sure that you don’t miss any of our communication by making sure you have the Audiri App and are following our Newman SHS Facebook page.

With a quarter of the year over it is time to rest, relax and recharge ready for the excitement of Term 2. Some of highlights of Term 2 we are looking forward to are outlined towards the end of this newsletter.

Have a safe and happy holiday break.

Kind regards

Charmaine Ford


End of Term BBQ

Thank you to all of those who joined us for our End of Term BBQ.


Interschool Swimming Carnival - Karratha

On the 21st March we took 13 students to Karratha to compete in the 2024 Interschool Swimming Carnival. Thursday was our travel day, we set off in the GoWest bus at 8:00am and arrived in Karratha around 3:30pm. We had a relaxed afternoon before we headed to the Leisureplex to shower and eat our pizza for dinner.

Friday was the big day. The carnival kicked off at 9:00am. Our team had a quick warm-up in the pool before the first event, freestyle. Breastroke was after freestyle followed by backstroke, butterfly and the relays. The 4x100m relays were the highlight of the trip. We had Alex, Flo and Charlee all compete in the Year 8 relay with Sepp, they absolutely smashed it and came 3rd. Zia and Noah raced up in the Year 9 relay with Madi and Kayne, they came in 4th place. For our Year 10 relay, we had power house Alex race up, along with Cody who joined our two Year 10s, Cleo and Sav. They ended with a 3rd place also.

All students should be proud of their efforts and how they conducted themselves over the two days. Huge congratulations to Savannah Nicholson who took home Champion Girl for Year 10. Two other students who need a special mention is Charlee Heaslip who was given our ‘Team Spirit’ award for her positive attitude and encouragement of everyone and Kayne Smith who was our ‘Highlight’ student of the trip, he showed the Newman Way values and had a go in most events including the bombie competition.

Another thank you we need to give is to Izabela and Mark Whittle. They picked up our lunch on Friday and were great supporters of our NSHS team. Thank you also to Blake Messom and Jen Clifford who supervised the trip.

Jamie Higgott

Teacher in Charge of Health and Physical Education

Interschool Swimming Squad - Karratha

Briefing Awards

Year 7/8/9 Briefing, we gave out the two awards to Charlee and Kayne.

Team Spirit Award: Charlee Heaslip (7)

Highlight Award: Kayne Smith (9)

Country Week Basketball Training

Students in the photo from left to right are: Colt Madson, Takunda Tarupuwa, Tige Ugle, Jobe Bakes, Brodie Parr, Mr Messom (coach), Jayden Revie, Taij Cox, Axel McDonnell, Oliver Green, Dylan Kaniski, Kallum Narrier and Dinho Pereira.

Outdoor Education Camp

Year 11 Outdoor Ed Daytrip

A daytrip in the great outdoors! Our Year 11 Outdoor Ed Students completed some team challenges out at Sandy Creek on Tuesday. Well done to the students for showing some great leadership and teamwork. 

Year 11 Outdoor Education Camp

McClements Foundation

This term, 8 Year 11 students had the privilege of taking part in the 2024 McClements Foundation Challenge. Students took part in a 2 day leadership program in Margaret River, spent a day with a mentor in their chosen field, visited UWA and Murdoch University, challenged themselves at Dwellingup Treetop Adventures and took part in a lesson at Rossmoyne Senior High School.

It was a busy few days, leaving everyone absolutely exhausted, but excited for the future!

McClements Foundation

Science Happenings!

Year 7

Year 7 students started their high school journey with a brand-new unit for NSHS Science - Working as a Scientist. Students have explored the Scientific Method and have done weekly experiments where they have learnt the skills they need for success in the high school Science classroom. A clear highlight for all of us (teachers included!) has been students earning their Bunsen Burner Licenses! Students are now studying Physics and learning all about forces. 

Year 8

Year 8

Year 8 students have been learning about different forms of Energy in Term 1 through investigations and experiments. We have been practicing important Science Inquiry Skills and have started to use and apply physics formulae. A particular highlight was burning different types of chips to see which had the most energy per gram. The labs smelt... interesting... afterwards! 

Year 9

Year 9 

Year 9 students have been learning about energy transferred by waves, and have investigated the properties of sound, light, heat and electricity. Students have designed and conducted investigations and the clear frontrunner for favourite activity of the term was experimenting with the van der Graaff generator. It was electrifying! 

Year 10

Year 10 

Year 10 students have studied Motion and Energy in Physics, preparation for learning to drive. Students have investigated the relationship between mass, energy and momentum and have dug deeper into the science inquiry process by putting a dog on a skateboard and sending it flying off a ramp. For Science. 

Year 11

Year 11 ATAR Human Biology 

The Year 11 ATAR Human Biology students are journeying into the Functioning Human Body, building their inquiry skills and learning how the human body's systems work together to support life. 

BHP Pilbara Partnership Update - SBT's

Our Year 11 School Based Traineeship students have just completed their first 2-week block of training. Work Health and Safety was one of the major topics covered, given its significance in the workplace. Additionally, they participated in a range of activities, including:

·         Operating all the main machinery

·         Dismantling car engines

·         Introductory auto electrics

These students will be preparing to go out onto the work site next term.

There are numerous opportunities for students to commence training for post-school careers while pursuing their WACE. Feel free to drop by the library and have a chat with Mrs. Philippe at any time.

BHP Pilbara Partnership Update - SBT's

Taliyah Williams and Saarys Franklin (Year 11), have been offered traineeship positions in Childcare. This exciting opportunity allows them to kickstart their careers in Childcare while still in school. They will be working one day per week at the YMCA Early Learning Centre and completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Studies.

BHP Pilbara Partnership Update - SBT's

Liam Limbie was selected to partake in 'A Day in the Life of a Soldier' held in Perth recently. This invaluable experience provided him with an understanding of the diverse array of Army trades and the associated career pathways available. During the event, Liam had the opportunity to ride in a Bushmaster, engage in simulated mine sweeping detection exercises, and converse with numerous Army personnel, gaining invaluable insights into various roles within the military.

Clontarf - Attendance Night

Nine boys (from across the High School & our 2 Primary School), were selected to attend the Clontarf Term 1 Attendance Dinner on Tuesday, March 20.

Boys are selected because they have an outstanding attendance record for the term or have an attendance record that is trending really positively now, in comparison to the start of the academic year.

The boys were rewarded with a heavily subsidised dinner at Mia Mia and thanks to them for their ongoing support of this initiative, which is proving very popular with our boys.

The selected boys (who all get to choose whatever main meal they like, along with garlic bread and soft drinks), were:

Oliver Franklin (Year 4)

Jah’Keille Downs (Year 5)

Ethan Fairbrass & Fernando Zerpeda (Year 6)

Alec Brooks & Javaan McNamara (Year 7)

Jaxsen Whitby-Taylor (Year 8)

Kayne Smith (Year 9)

Rhashan Hodder (Year 11)

The dinner is conducted 4 times per year at the back end of each Term.

Clontarf Attendance Night

Stars Attendance Night

More than half of our Stars reached over 85% attendance this term at Newman SHS, thanks to Mia Mia Newman for catering to our girls.


Massive thank-you to everyone that turned up at our last P&C meeting we have had an influx of new members which has been wonderful.  We are in the process of finalizing our committee.  If you are still interested in joining the P&C we would love to hear from you.

Up-Coming Important Dates and Events

20th April - School Ball

22nd House Cup

22nd and 23rd April – OLNA Writing

24th – 26th April - OLNA Reading

29th April – 30th April - OLNA Numeracy

1st – 2nd May – OLNA: All Catchups

24th April - Anzac Day Commemoration

25th April - Anzac Day Public Holiday

Last Day of Term 1

Last Day of Term

Term 1 finishes on Thursday 28th March 2024.

Students return for Term 2 on Monday 15th April 2024