NASHS Newsletter

Week 10, Term 3, 2023

Sophie Moore and the Octopus

Year 12 students are set a task to create a project of their own design. They investigate the design process, safe working procedures and are required to address a minimum of 2 of the following processes.

Welding skills, benchwork skills or machining skills.

Sophie has created an outdoor table, completely made from scrap materials. She started the project in term 2. She investigated how to achieve freeform shapes with materials that could and could not be welded.

Sophie is now ordering safety glass to place on top and have the project used in her garden.

Mr McMillan
Design & Technology Teacher.

Principal's Message

As we approach the end of another Term and the conclusion of my time as Acting Principal, it is with immense pride and admiration that I reflect on the journey of our Year 12 students. As educators, we are privileged with guiding, teaching and assisting a cohort of young people from when they enter our school as children in Year 7 to when they leave as almost adults in Year 12. It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child and such a journey is not possible without everyone working together for the child's best interest.

Our Year 12 cohort embodies the values of our school community, demonstrating Kindness, Respect, Responsibility, Safety and Being their Best. I have every confidence that they will carry these values with them as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. To every one of our graduating students, I extend my heartfelt congratulations and wish you success in all your future endeavours. We thank you the parents, for allowing us to share the journey with you and your child and sincerely wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions of two of our teachers; Shae Stoltze and Barbara McNeill. Shae's passion for science and unwavering dedication to our students have left an indelible mark on our school community. She leaves our school to embark on a new educational journey as an Engagement teacher at East Kimberley College. We wish her continued success and fulfilment in all her future endeavours.

We also extend our warmest regards to Barbara McNeill, who will be taking leave for Term 4. Barbara has been a cornerstone of the library and school, and her contributions have touched the lives of many over the years, from the inception of video conference classes in the district to the advancements of library services in the digital age. We too wish her all the best as she enters the next chapter of her life. 

I would also like to thank Nick Jacobs, Jillian Brown, Claire McEwan, and Simon Grannery who have filled short-term contracts this term and we wish them all the best in the future.

This term once again has been a busy term with a lot of events organised by staff for our students to participate in, from; the Rock and Water program, Year 9- AFL Carnival, Band Camps, the Australian Mathematics Carnival, Basketball carnivals, the Ken Wyatt cup, Orienteering competition, Chess Tournaments, ANZAC centre excursions, Career Expos, Lego League Competitions and many more in class excursions.

To our dedicated parents, our tireless staff, and our students, I extend my deepest gratitude for your unwavering support and dedication throughout this Term. As we enter the Term 3 holidays, I wish every one of you a safe and well-earned restful break and look forward to seeing you next term.

Mr Cullen
Deputy Principal

Year 10 Physical Recreation

This term, our Year 10 Physical Recreation classes embarked on new adventures by learning the art of Table Tennis and Archery. We were amazed by the exceptional service provided by the Albany Table Tennis Club and Albany PCYC. For each session, we had dedicated volunteer coaches present to guide and inspire our students, ensuring they received top-notch instruction. The students had a truly fantastic experience at both activities, revelling in the opportunity to explore a fresh and captivating sport.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to both the Albany Table Tennis Club and Albany PCYC for their unwavering support. Their commitment to our students' growth and the provision of new and exciting learning opportunities is invaluable.

Mr Dan Smith
Physical Education Teacher

Book Week 2023


Book Week 2023

Photo Gallery

What a wonderful Book Week we have had this year.  The theme READ GROW INSPIRE was most appropriate and prompted some truly inspirational costumes for our parade.  Once again, our staff entered into the spirit and it was very difficult to decide on the best costumes.  As well as $20 book vouchers for individual winners, there were spot prizes and canteen vouchers for great costumes.

Our individual student winners are listed below. Please enjoy the photos of students and staff from the parade

Year 7                    Lilly Robinson

Year 8                   Monet Bennell-Aylmore, Alexis Pocock, Loreine Maratas

Year 9                   Mitchell Brooks

Year 10                 Corbin Spencer

Year 11                 Mark Hicks

Year 12                 Mitchell Thompson

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Another year of the Premier’s Reading Challenge is over.  This year 32 students met or exceeded reading the 12 books set as the challenge.  These students went into a special draw for a $20 book voucher from Paperbark and two $5 canteen vouchers.  The winners were Catie Cameron, Dexter Jaeckel and Grace Van Wely. All together 89 students participated and read a total of 849 books – a very respectable average of more than 9 books per student over the period from May to September.

NAV points have been also allocated to everyone who participated.  It was wonderful to see the students all having a go, and whether they read 1 book or 100, they are all winners.  Congratulations, and sign up again in 2024.

Displays of Student Work
Please visit the library to see our two latest displays of student work.  It is wonderful to see our students’ creative talents being nurtured across the curriculum.

Ms Reid’s Year 9 Fabric and Craft class has created some colourful upcycled knotted fabric bowls.  These artworks are both decorative and functional and would make lovely gifts.

Ms Kneebone’s Year 8 HASS students have created some extraordinary Medieval book art showcasing aspects of medieval life and architecture.  Some books include pop-ups of castles while other show medieval people going about everyday tasks.  Very colourful and creative.

Holiday Reads

We have some exciting new books available for loan over the holidays and of course the latest additions to our ebook and audiobook collection is also available.  Drop in before the end of term and make sure you are prepared for the holidays.

Happy holidays!

The Library Team

Great Southern Secondary Schools Chess Championship

NASHS participated in the inaugural Great Southern Secondary Schools Chess Championship on Friday, September 8.

This event was held in the NASHS Performing Arts Theater with 6 schools and 48 students participating. Schools that participated included Australian Christian College, Bethel, Great Southern Grammar, Albany Senior High, Mt Barker Community College and North Albany Senior High. 

Competition was fierce and all students conducted themselves above report following the school values. A great afternoon of chess was had by all. 

Thornton Hambley from NASHS (year 11) took out the #1 position for individuals with ACC taking out the top spot for the teams' events. NASHS finished in a close second for the teams' events with only ½ a point difference. The event was a huge success and we look forward to making this an annual occurrence. 

Well done! to Thornton and the entire NASHS team. 

Mr Bishop
Maths Teacher

VacSwim Enrolments Now Open

VacSwim provides children aged five to 17 years with the opportunity to develop and progress their swimming and water safety skills during the school holidays at many locations across the State.  There are programs for beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers.

Students who complete the advanced Stages 13 to 16 through VacSwim enjoy the benefit of having their rescue award fees waived by Royal Life Saving Society WA.  It is a great opportunity for them and a huge benefit to the community.

Enrolments are now open, and families can enrol online.  

Further information and details of fees, locations and how to enrol are on our website.


Dental Therapy Centre: September holidays

The Spencer Park Dental Therapy Centre will be CLOSED from Monday 2nd October to Friday 6th October. We will reopen on Monday 9th October. If you have a dental emergency when we are closed please contact Yakamia Dental Therapy Centre on 9841 3498.
All appointments are now sent to your home address. If you have moved recently we may not have your correct address and your child could miss out on their appointment. If you no longer intend to use our service please let us know as soon as possible as your valuable appointment could be given to someone in need. Your child is eligible to attend a Dental Therapy Centre from ages 5 to 17. Please contact us to update your details either by phone: 9841 3967 or e-mail:

The staff at Spencer Park Dental Therapy Centre would like to wish all children and parents a happy and safe break.