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Newton Moore Education Support Centre has adopted a whole school approach with the provision of technology across the curriculum. Access to the latest technologies is provided to all students.

All students have internet/intranet access. This internet and email access supports their learning to enhance instruction. As with other resources, the school monitors its use and it is recognised that the students must abide by the given guidelines outlined in our Internet Policy.

Parents are requested to allow or deny permission for their children to use the internet at enrolment.


Positive Behaviour Management Policy 2020

Positive Behaviour Support
Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) is a whole school framework that uses proactive, positive approaches in supporting students to learn and develop positive behaviors around social interactions and academic engagement. PBS is a research based, tailored approach that looks to meet the needs of the whole school as well as supporting individuals in more personalised programs.

PBS is more than just this approach though, it is an ethos and feeling that runs through the school and creates a positive environment where staff and students feel supported and acknowledged for the part they play in developing our school community. 

Newton Moore Education Support Centre was the first Education Support facility in Western Australia to implement PBS.  We are now in our 9th year of being a PBS school and as the first High School to be part of the Bunbury District trial, we have consistently provided a voice for students with disabilities in PBS leadership forums and on the Regional PBS Leadership Group. The success of the Bunbury model has led to 37 schools implementing PBS in the Southwest Region.

In 2018 NMESC was selected to partake in an Excellence in Public Education review, 1 of only 18 schools over 10 years in the state to be selected, and the only Education Support  facility. The review found that;

“The Positive Behaviour Support framework serves as a fundamental tenet underpinning the school’s ethos, operations and staff interactions. The shared values of the parents and support agencies have created an inspiring culture of positive relationships, both within the school and between the school and the local community”

As part of our community wide PBS process we have established three clear and positive values that guide the behaviour of staff, students, parents and community members;


Respect      Responsibility     Safety

To support students in developing and showing these behaviours in all aspects of their daily life we; 
  • •Are explicitly taught
  • •Are frequently acknowledged and encouraged
  • •Provide a basis for common language across the school

Students are actively taught new positive behaviours, provided the opportunity to practice these behaviours and then are acknowledged when they display these behaviours. Behaviours are reinforced in all areas of the school and when out in the community. They are repeated to provide all students with the maximum opportunity to learn and embed the new behaviour/s.

Our PBS Matrix, which has been developed by our school community, can be found here and gives an outline of how all can show our PBS values. We reinforce students and staff in a number of verbal, non-verbal and tangible ways when they are displaying our values and expectations.
Our Knight Points allow students and staff to be recognised for their efforts and our weekly Knight Points Draw allows for public recognition of a job well done. 
Our Tier 1 and Tier 2 PBS Committees work with members of our school community to support all and  deliver interventions that support students and families. Individualised programs, student Mentoring, ‘Check and Connect’ with families, ‘Social Skills’ groups and alternative learning environments all go towards creating the best environment for each individual to flourish.


Lower School

Our lower school starts in year 7 and finishes at the end of year 9. During this time our teachers focus is on increasing student’s student academic and social skills. This will provide students with the firm foundation they need to be successful in all aspects of their lives. This foundation is then used when student entre our upper school program.

We have structured the lower school classes in a similar way as a Primary school. All classes have one consistent teacher for all their core subjects. This provided the students and parents with one key teacher to

We believe that building positive relationships is key to our student’s success at school and later in life. For this reason our students stay with the same teacher and preferably the same students for two years.


ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) is a not-for-profit, curriculum development organisation and internationally recognised awarding body based in the United Kingdom. ASDAN offers a wide range of curriculum programs and qualifications for all abilities and age groups. These flexible and engaging programmes and qualifications help young people develop skills for learning, work and life.

In 2009-2010, the WA Department of Education introduced the ASDAN Preparatory Award Programs which have been designed for students with special educational needs and disability (SEND). Each award program provides a real-life context to promote the development of personal, social, independent, ICT and work-related skills.
Since their introduction the ASDAN award programs have become an integral part of the curriculum offerings for students with special educational needs in Western Australian secondary schools.

NMESC has been delivering ASDAN since 2010, and by 2018 our students received recognition of successfully participating in over 150 modules of the Preparing for Adulthood Programmes: New Horizons, Transition Challenge and Towards Independence.

In 2018 NMESC included the delivery of awards that are not specifically designed for SEND, with Key Steps in Lower School and Short Courses in Senior School.

ASDAN Key Steps is a comprehensive programme of activities in a range of topic areas covering Citizenship, PSHE, Environment Education, Personal Finance Education, Enterprise and Internationalism. The flexibility and range of Key Steps means that it can be followed for up to three years or for less than one year.

ASDAN Short Courses are flexible, portfolio-based programmes designed to accredit up to 60 hours of activity and skills development across a range of topics and curriculum areas.

Further information on ASDAN courses can be found at



One of the exciting aspects of being in high school is the ability to engage in a wide range of subjects. The high school environment and structure provides opportunities to expand the subjects our students can do. These subjects are taught by specialist teachers in specialised environments. For example music students have access to a specialist music teacher and class complete with drum kits, guitars, keyboards and other musical instruments. These students also have access to the technology to expand their music talent with iPads, Apple computers, recording equipment and technology based tools such as Garage Band. Students are then able to compose, play and record their music to take home. Students then perform their original work at assemblies and public concerts.

Option Classes include Art, Physical Education, Music, and Drama


Upper School

Community Work Centres
The Community Work Centre’s program was developed in response to research into the post school employment statistics of students with special needs. The findings indicated a need to improve the transition process from school to work, and that students attending Education Support facilities would benefit greatly from extended exposure to work environments in their senior years of school, as opposed to spending time in classrooms learning about the world from behind a desk. The program has been designed to aid in the development of work readiness skills for each of our students. The entire day encompasses “training” on differing levels. Even though the students are enrolled in a certificate, this course is aimed at being complimentary in the development of the student’s work skills. Each student is unique, and strategies and processes to help aid in developing these skills must suit the individual.



The Manufacturing workshop produces furniture and home wares out of predominately recycled materials. Students are enrolled in Certificate 1 in Manufacturing all items produced are available for purchase at our retail outlet iTem.

Students are enrolled in MSM10216 Certificate 1 Manufacturing. The training and assessment for this qualification is delivered under a third party arrangement with Activ Pathways RTO 51960


Work Crew

The Mobile Maintenance Work Crew provides gardening services to various community, non‐funded or not‐for‐profit groups and agencies. Students are enrolled in Certificate 1 in Agrifood Operations. Students develop essential work skills whilst contributing to the community.

Students are enrolled in AHC10216 Certificate I in Agrifood Operations. The training and assessment for this qualification is delivered under a third party arrangement with Activ Pathways RTO 51960.



The Business office is co‐located with Mission Australia and various other youth agencies Students are enrolled in Certificate 1 in Business Students develop essential work skills whilst contributing to the community, and assisting with the administration required for the running's of the entire CWC program

Students are enrolled in BSB10115 Certificate 1 Business. The training and assessment for this qualification is delivered under a third party arrangement with Skills Strategies  RTO 2401



The Retail outlet is located in the Bunbury CBD at 4 Spencer St. Students are enrolled in Certificate 1 in Retail and use current retail technology to process sales and manage stock

Textile items are manufactured and sold by the students, along with the timber Items produced in the CWC Manufacturing Workshop.

Our retail store ITEM is unique in Western Australia as it showcases the high quality textile and wood products produced by students at our school. The store provides a vital link to the general public and provides our students with authentic work experience while achieving outcomes in Certificate I Retail.

Students are enrolled in SIR10116 Certificate 1 Retail. The training and assessment for this qualification is delivered under a third party arrangement with Skills Strategies  RTO 2401


Expressive Arts

ASDAN’s Expressive Arts Short Course offers exciting and rewarding activities to develop skills and knowledge through all forms of expressive arts. This programme helps learners develop practical arts skills, as well as personal, social and work-related skills. 
The Expressive Arts Short Course will enable learners to:
• learn and demonstrate techniques in different forms of expressive arts (eg visual arts, performing arts, music, crafts, writing)
• develop an awareness of how creative expression and enjoyment of the arts can have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing
• develop their own creative voice and produce their own original work
• gain an understanding of the importance of arts and creativity in society and industry
Short Courses can be completed using the student book or are available for learners to complete online through the ASDAN e-portfolio system. Learners log in to complete challenges, record skills development and upload evidence. Tutors can view learner progress and sign off work, leaving feedback as needed.
The Expressive Arts Short Course can be undertaken by young people of all abilities, mainly aged between 13 and 19 (as well as adults and younger learners, where appropriate).
It is ideal for students who are interested in arts and enjoy learning in a creative environment. The course can be used to support learning in all types of expressive arts, including visual arts, performing arts, music, crafts and writing. This could be anything from painting to poetry, crochet to circus skills, DJ-ing to dance.

Course content

The Expressive Arts Short Course contains five modules:
• Explore
• Experiment
• Develop
• Reflect
• Careers in the arts
The Expressive Arts Short Course accredits between 10–60 hours of activities. It is available in student book and e-portfolio format. Tutors should choose the most appropriate option for their situation. Each learner will need their own copy of the Short Course student book or an e-portfolio login – this contains the challenge content.



VET in Schools programs provide the opportunity for your son or daughter to gain a nationally recognised qualification along with workplace experience and skills, while at school.  Programs are usually offered in Years 10, 11 and 12 and qualifications are available from a range of industries.

The VET system and the education system are distinct but complimentary.  The VET sector is industry driven allowing industry to indicate the skills and knowledge needed and the qualifications are linked to job roles.  VET is lined up to identify industry skill requirements and skill shortage areas.



CALM Bush Rangers is a component of the Western Australian Government Program known as ‘Cadets WA’, which provides 13 to 17 year olds with opportunities to develop life skills such as leadership and teamwork.  Each ‘Unit’ chooses its conservation projects from a list compiled by the local community and Unit members.

CALM Bush Rangers is a positive conservation and youth development program that provides a meaningful way for young people to offer their services to the community and for the community to reciprocate by recognising, valuing, supporting and encouraging them.  Our Cadets work to develop their leadership skills and have an appreciation for local environmental issues.

Cadets receive training in first aid, bush craft and survival, navigation, teamwork, leadership, initiative and problem solving through various activities and camps that are held.

Bush Rangers also have special training in:

  • Practical Nature Conservation Projects
  • Working Safely in Natural Environments
  • The Meaning of Conservation
  • Environmental Management
  • The Practice of Nature Conservation
  • Interpretation of the Natural Environment
  • Leadership in Nature Conservation


The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal men and by doing so, equip them to participate more meaningfully in society.  The Clontarf Foundation conducts full-time mentoring programs in selected high schools and colleges that cater for the specific educational needs of participants.  The Clontarf Foundation utilises a specialised Australian Rules football coaching programme to engage students.

Any Aboriginal boy enrolled at Newton Moore ESC can apply to be part of the programme.  To maintain their position in the Academy, participants need to show commitment towards the education program, school activities and football training. More information can be found on the following website:

Clontaf Website


Girls Academy

Newton Moore ESC began a girl’s indigenous sporting program in 2009. The Academy is an exciting new initiative and is used to enhance the educational opportunities for our indigenous girls. This program will provide both sporting and academic challenges.


  • To increase attendance of Indigenous girls
  • To increase achievement and opportunity for graduation
  • To re-engage indigenous girls into schooling
  • To help set career pathways or directions for indigenous girls