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Leeming SHS Newsletter Volume 3, May 2019

PRINCIPAL'S ADDRESS

Welcome to the start of Term 2.

It is great to be back and I am gradually getting around to meeting all of our new Year 7 students and catching up on the recent events at the school after being away in Term One on Long Service leave.

I would like to congratulate Claire Purcell who was elected by the School Board to the position of Board Chair for 2019. The role of the School Board includes governance over school processes, approving school policies and reviewing the general progress of the school.

I am proud to advise that the school has received national recognition for our outstanding NAPLAN results for 2018. The Australian Curriculum Assesment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) recognises our well above average improvement in student results in Numeracy and Reading from Year 7 to Year 9. Less than 5% of schools in Australia receive this recognition that relies on data meeting strict criteria.

Congratulations to Year 10 students and all staff on an outstanding effort at OLNA (Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment). Our most recent OLNA also indicates this great work in Literacy and Numeracy is bringing excellent results in Year 10 to 12.

Term two is a very busy term for all students
  • Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN exams on Weeks 3 and 4.
  • Year 11 and Year 12 exams on Weeks 6 and 7.
  • Year 10 exams at the beginning of Week 8.
  • And the lucky Year 8's still working hard but without any exams to sit this term.

Exams can be a stressful time for students. It is important they still get regular sleep, exercise and eat well. If you have concerns about the stress your child is under, please contact the school so we can assist wherever possible.

Year 7 and Year 9 students have been completing NAPLAN online last week and this week. The school was a NAPLAN online pilot school in 2018 and the experience was less stressful for students than the previous paper version. With last years' experience we were well prepared for online NAPLAN, but as you might be aware an Australia-wide glitch caused connectivity problems for some of our students. The connection issues disrupted some students experience during the test. Understandably, these students may have been impacted to an extent that may have affected their performance.

We reported the connectivity issues to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) who administers NAPLAN and they have advised that the affected students will have the opportunity to re-sit the tests if they wish to. Parents of Year 7 and Year 9 students who might have been impacted will have received an e-mail.

The school is about to start a reticulation upgrade. This is a big project that will cause some disruption around the school. The aim is to bring all our reticulation stations together and will include a new bore. The end result will be smaller stations that can be better managed and we will conserve water.

Congratulations to all of the students and staff involved in the recent school production "American Montage". I am sure those of you who attended the performance will agree it was an entertaining, worthwhile show. A particular mention to Isobel Lacy our Drama Teacher, who put in a great deal of effort and gave up a lot of personal time to ensure its success. Many thanks to all other staff members who also gave their personal time and additional effort for the students and their production.

Finally, I would like to remind everyone that Semester One reports will be out at the end of term. On Tuesday 4 June we have a pupil free day (this is the day after the long weekend). Even though this is a pupil free day, Year 11 and 12 exams will begin on Tuesday 4 June. The students received their timetables at the beginning of week 3.

Mr B. Wallwork, Principal

term 2 dates to remember
  1. 13 May - EST's Commence
  2. 14 May - NAPLAN Commences
  3. 15 May - P & C Meeting, 7:30pm Staffroom
  4. 16 May - Year 8 Carnival
  5. 17 May - Inter Cross Country
  6. 24 May - Specialist Program Applications Close
  7. 24 May - Year 12 External Set Tasks End
  8. 24 May - NAPLAN Ends
  9. 30 May - Year 7 Vaccinations
  10. 3 June - WA Day Public Holiday
  11. 4 June - Pupil Free Day
  12. 4 June - Year 11 and 12 Exams Begin
  13. 5 June - Year 9 Excursion to Hydro Cultural Centre
  14. 6 June - Year 9 Outdoor Education Excursion
  15. 7 June - Specialist Program Testing
  16. 10 June - Year 10 West Coast Eagles Speaker
  17. 11 June - Year 7 Student Council Elections
  18. 12 June - Year 10 Meningococcal Vaccinations
  19. 12 June - Canberra Tour Parent Info Evening, Staffroom 5-6pm
  20. 14 June - Year 11 and 12 Exams and WPL End
  21. 17 June - Year 10 Exams Begin
  22. 19 June - Year 10 Exams End
  23. 20 June - Whole School Assembly, Period 3
  24. 24 June - Year 10 into Year 11 Parent Info Evening, PAC 6-7pm
  25. 26 June - South of the Swan Dance Festival
  26. 28 June - Free Dress Day Fund Raiser
  27. 2 July - Year 9 and 10 Parent/Teacher Interviews, 2-5.30pm
  28. 2 July - Early Close, 1.15pm
  29. 5 July - Last Day of Term Two

In a bid to streamline communication, be more cost efficient and environmentally friendly, we will soon be launching a School App called Schoolstream.

The first links working on the App will be:

  • Absentees
  • Newsletters
  • Quickcliq – Canteen Menu Order
  • Connect
  • Payments
  • Website
  • Facebook page
  • Calendar of Events

Once we have reached an 80%-100% uptake we will then extend its use to Alerts, Messages, Forms, Interview Bookings, etc. We will be launching in early Term 3. Keep an eye out for the announcement!

design and technology

Year 7 Design and Technology

As part of a compulsory Design Project, the Year 7 students in Design and Technology have all re-designed a game called the Tower of Hanoi.

This traditional age-old game now comes in a variety of challenging shapes and sizes.

Year 10 Woodwork

Sharneece has been busy in her Year 10 Woodworking class, designing and constructing this storage box for the foot of her bed.

Following the construction, Sharneece sent it to the upholsters to have the upholstery completed and not wanting to waste any time, Sharneece has already commenced another Woodworking Design project.

Emma has completed a Jewellery Box she has designed herself as part of her Year 10 Woodworking Course.

Constructed from recycled jarrah with a felt inlay base and mitred corners, Emma constructed an excellent piece of work that will be kept for many years to come.

Mr A. Wegwermer, Design and Technology Teacher

Science and Technology Academy- An Approved Specialist Program

Mind Mash

This Term, 19 Year 8 and 9 STA members are participating in the Mind Mash robotics program. The program is centered around programming EV3 Lego Mind Storms to complete a series of tasks in a set amount of time. Students have already started breaking down each of the tasks and writing code to program the robots. The workshops allow students to develop their problem solving, coding and cooperative learning skills.

Term 2 Challenge: Human Impacts on the Environment

To complete this challenge, students are to carry out research and produce a report about a human impact on the environment.

Step 1: Carry out research to find at least 3 ways humans impact the environment.

Step 2: Chose ONE impact and develop research questions. What information do you want to convey to the audience in your report? You should develop at least 4 research questions that you will use as headings or sections in your report.

Step 3: Carry out your research to answer the research questions you have developed. Make sure you record your sources of information in a bibliography.

Step 4: Create your report. You can produce a video news report, booklet, leaflet, Word document, newspaper article or any other way to convey your research. Support your writing with diagrams, pictures or charts. STA points will be awarded for creativity.

Step 5: Submit your report through submission on Connect or in hard copy by the end of Week 9 Term 2.

Further information and guidance is available on Connect.

STEM Literacy Challenge

Students, particularly those in Year 7 and 8, are encouraged to participate in the STEM Literacy Challenge. This is an opportunity to develop your reading and comprehension skills while learning about STEM topics that are of interest. Students should aim to complete up to 10 article reviews per term and include these in a scrapbook or folder. Scrapbooks can be submitted in Week 10 for review and the award of STA points.

Results of the Term 1 Challenge: CO2 dragsters

During Term 1 STA members worked in teams to build a CO2 dragster using balsa wood. Testing took place during two after school sessions. Mr Mackenzie and Brendan S. (Year 9) were in charge of setting the cars to go, and a number of students timed the cars to determine the fastest.

STA points have been awarded for the following:
  • Participation and attendance at after-school workshops
  • Speed
  • Design
  • Creativity
Speed challenge winners:
  • 1st place (60 pts): Charlotte B., Charlotte CR., Jaidyn W.
  • 2nd place (40 pts): Dilusha M., Kaveeshan M., Arnav S.
  • 3rd place (20 pts): Seth T., Arian Z., Taine N., Judd M.
STA points were also awarded to the winners in the following categories:
  • Best Constructed: Matthew C., James H., Brayden C., Sarvesh SP.
  • Most Aerodynamic: Roquaya A., Jacinta C., Alice J.
  • Prettiest colour: Dylan A., Jorja K., Jade R.
WISE Women in Science

Later this term, female STA members in Years 8-10 will be invited to participate in a full-day Showcase at Murdoch University on 2 July. We have been invited to join the WISE Women Collective to explore women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Entrepreneurship. The aim of the Showcase is to demystify career opportunities in these fields. The event will include a Keynote lecture from a successful STEM professional, participation in Q & A sessions with a panel of inspiring and high achieving women with STEM qualifications and engage in practical hands-on STEM workshops.

HASS to the rescue!

PANDEMIC ALERT

A zombie plague sweeping the world is stuff of nightmares but in our globalised world pandemic illness of a less dramatic kind remains a frightening possibility. Luckily, the Year 11 Geography students are on the case, studying biological hazards with a focus on contagious diseases.

To appreciate just how rapidly diseases can spread between populated areas, students played “Pandemic” the board game where cooperation rather than competition wins the day.

In a race against time, Geography expertise and international cooperation is vital in predicting and controlling infectious outbreaks from Ebola to Zika virus. With the annual risk of an influenza pandemic and defrosting permafrost reviving ancient bacterial foes, it’s good to know we will have these dedicated students on hand to help us in the future.

United Nations of Leeming

The potential and challenge of international cooperation was explored in the United Nations simulation recently run by Year 9 AEP students to tackle important human and environmental problems affecting our planet. Confronting the problem of Human Trafficking, the diverse countries of 9.1 came together to make a resolution. Based on a joint proposal from France and the UK, it included an international Due Diligence Law with mandatory reporting of supply chains for companies earning over $20 Million.

The 9.4 nations initially stated their commitment to addressing the water crisis, agreeing in principle to each country donating 0.0001% of GDP to water crisis fund and then distributing the resultant $8 Million to countries based on their water needs and development status. Sadly, once individual country’s financial contribution and fund eligibility became clear, some forgot all about the big picture. As 9.4 moves into their final day of negotiation, will a lunch time meeting help them to put aside their short term self interest to solve the water crisis together?

A Liveable Place

What would be your dream place to live? Year 7 Geography students have some suggestions. From imaginative eco village to bustling metropolis, the students used their new Town Planning skills to create some cleverly thought-out designs. These have now been realised in beautifully drafted maps and carefully crafted models. A sea change, anyone?

Meet the Premier, current and future?

Sweating in the unseasonable humidity, Leeming Politics and Law Students toiled up the hill towards the Parliament of Western Australia. The throng of reporters on the steps had some secretly wondering if they were in for more hot air. However, they were pleased to find a very different experience awaiting them. As special guests of Leeming’s own Member of the Legislative Assembly: Yaz Mubarakai, they received a VIP tour filled with fascinating stories of Australian Politics from shocking dismissals to experiencing how much fun preferential voting can be, courtesy of the Constitutional Centre and Australian Electoral Education Centre. The Parliament tour included another highlight of an exciting day: a chance meeting with WA Premier Mark McGowan in a quiet corridor. He surprised students by stopping to answer their questions and encouraged them to keep studying P&L, which has given him the great experience of working as a lawyer as well as a politician. So, look carefully at the students posing with Yaz outside the parliament. You might be looking at a future WA Premier.

Mrs R. Murray, HASS Teacher

english

Ottley enough………

Last week we saw prize-winning writer Matt Ottley present a very intimate workshop regarding his multi-modal text, Requiem for a Beast. We are one of very few schools across WA who were given the opportunity to talk with one of Australia’s most famous children’s authors.

With the Year 11 ATAR cohort in attendance, Mr. Ottley explained what inspired him to write such a controversial text; based on his own experiences during his time as a stockman and coming to terms with what it meant to be a real man in the Queensland outback, ringing cattle day in and day out. He also discussed his motivations for having it published, which came down to wanting to show the world how harsh station life can be.

Mr. Ottley delivered an emotional anecdote about the poor treatment of livestock, and how the overbearing need to be tough often outweighed the need to show compassion, resulting in him having no other choice but to leave. He also added in the regret he felt for not saying anything when he had the chance. This struck a chord with most students as we understand what it’s like to have society’s expectations being placed on us whether we like it or not.

Overall, the presentation was a great insight into how and why this text came to be and why is it so important to speak up and have a voice: don’t remain silent, or you may regret it.

Joshua C. and Emily R., Year 11 English (Mr D. Mercer’s class)

JAPANESE

japanese geography 日本のちり

Last week our Year 7 students learned about Japanese geography with a twist; the students went “sightseeing” around Japan (i.e. the classroom). The students enjoyed the kinesthetic approach to learning about famous attractions and destinations in Japan. After they had “visited” each destination, students chose a place of personal interest for further research.

Spring 春

Spring in Japan is synonymous with cherry blossoms or sakura (さくら). Our Year 7 students created their own さくら using the art of “kirigami”; a variation of origami that includes cutting paper, rather than solely folding. Together their kirigami contributed to a class さくら tree.

The Japanese Club members created their own さくら art using recycled coke bottles, calligraphy brushes and paint.

Children’s Day こどもの日

The 5th of May is Children’s Day in Japan. This is an event to celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of children. Carp-shaped kites known as koinobori (こいのぼり) are flown; the carp symbolises courage and perseverance. The Japanese Club members created their own miniature こいのぼり using origami paper and straws.

All students are welcome to join the Japanese Club. The club runs from 3-4pm each Tuesday in LE7.

Ms S. Burrows and Mr E. Lee, Japanese Teachers

Drama

American montage

On the evenings of the 8th to the 11th of May, thirty-two Drama students performed to parents and the community in the High School Theatre. The students are to be commended for their preparation, and professional conduct in their performances of American Montage. This was a show made up of excerpts from the best of American theatre, including ‘The Crucible’ and ‘Kennedy's Children.’ The young people performing in ‘American Montage’ are close in age to the American college students who led the resistance to the Vietnam War and we built on this relevance for monologues about the war and its effect on the American community. The students performed extracts about American history, itinerant workers, civil rights activists, aspiring Broadway performers and even the threat of witches to community.

This production involved the cooperation of many artists during the rehearsal process and their expertise increased our students’ knowledge and experience of theatre.

The students performed with commitment, skill and passion and I have been delighted with the reception and thanks that the production has received from many of those who attended. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate those students who performed and also worked behind the scenes to make this show a reality. I also want to express my appreciation for those staff who helped backstage and those who chose to come to the show. Thank you!

Ms I. Lacy, Drama Teacher

Music Camp - May 8 to 10

Music Camp 2019, held in the picturesque location of Serpentine, was a fun-filled adventure for all students who attended. Students had several focused rehearsals with their ensemble teachers and this enabled them to get a head start on new repertoire in preparation for concerts and festivals. We are very grateful to our IMSS staff for attending the camp and running these rehearsals. Outside of rehearsals students participated in team-building games, a movie-night, and a bush walk to see the local kangaroos. Feedback from camp has been overwhelmingly positive and our music students had many laughs, formed new friendships, and improved their musicianship. Additional thanks goes out to Marietta Damos, Carl Lanzel, Bettina Carter and Brody Koelewyn for being there in support of this event.

Senior Concert May 13th

On return from Music Camp we went straight into the Senior Concert which showcased the majority of our senior music students. Currently we have students enrolled in ATAR Music, General Music (Year 12), Certificate II in Music Industry, and PIMS programs. The diversity of our students' musical interests provided a great variation of repertoire presented. For most of the students this performance was an assessment as part of their area of study. The concert also gave us our first opportunity to showcase our new Yamaha grand piano, a wonderful instrument made possible with the support and approval of our Head of Arts Mark Williams and the school leadership team. At Leeming SHS we have several highly talented pianists – such as Leo W., Hannah VDV., Christine L. – and having this instrument puts us on par with our neighboring schools. This instrument will also be used by accompanists in recitals and also in Class Music.

In other news...

We thank Huba Novak for performing at the Anzac Day ceremony. Having a bugle or trumpet player is an essential part of this ceremony, and it certainly takes some effort to prepare and perform for this serious occasion. Huba rose to the challenge and we were very proud to have one of our music students playing this part!

The Concert Band held a performance and afternoon tea at the end of last term. This allowed parents to come to an open rehearsal led by Mr Phil Hatton and enjoy some food and a chat afterwards. Phil is a highly experienced musician who has worked and studied in both Australia and the US. Leeming SHS is lucky to have a band director of Phil's calibre and he has brought this band to a very high standard.

At the end of last term Jazz Band had a special guest attend rehearsals - Gemma Farrell. Gemma is an outstanding saxophonist who works for WAYJO and Young Women in Jazz. She also holds a Masters in Music having studied in Europe. Gemma was very complimentary and encouraging towards our Jazz Band overall and to individual musicians within the band.

G. Farrell

Mr G. Ryder, Music Teacher

Physical Education and Health Education

House Cross Country 2019 - Back to Back Wins by Grady

The House Cross Country Event was held on Wednesday the 1 May 2019 with 56 students competitors nominating across Years 7 to 12. Senior School students completed two laps of the 2km course around Peter Ellis Reserve and the school boundary. Year 7-9 students completed 1 lap. Grady once again triumphed with a clear victory on the day with all other house groups closely matched for the other placings.

Final Points
  1. Grady 88
  2. Ramsdale 54
  3. Findlay 49
  4. Aulberry 48
Year Group Champions 2019
  • Year 7 Winners: Sasha HR. Grady, Jack S. Ramsdale
  • Year 8 Winners: Caitlyn A. Aulberry, Angus M. Grady
  • Year 9 Winners: Tia M. Grady, Robert H. Findlay
  • Year 10 Winner: Blair J. Ramsdale
  • Year 12 Winners: Lachlan B. Ramsdale, Jade G. Grady
year 10 afl carnival

The Year 10 AFL carnival was held on the 10 April at Santich Park in Spearwood. Leeming competed in the A Division against Willetton, Rossmoyne, Applecross, and Gilmore. The boys have been training in the AFL elective in Term One and were keen to test their skills.

Despite having just the 18 players with no interchange the team played some great footy to record excellent victories against Gilmore, Applecross and Rossmoyne. With no bench the day was beginning to deplete the fitness reserves of our team and this was a telling factor in the final game between the two unbeaten sides. Willetton defeated Leeming but to our boys credit they gave it their all and should be proud of finishing in second place. Solid players for all four matches were Kane F., Jayden O., Cody C. and Jai G.

Final Placing
  1. Willetton
  2. Leeming
  3. Gilmore
  4. Applecross
  5. Rossmoyne
netball high school cup

Leeming entered four teams from Year 9-12 into the competition this year. Congratulations to the Year 10’s who were undefeated in their zone and progress through to the finals. The standard of competition this year was particularly high and all teams enjoyed the challenge of close games. Once again the girls were a credit to Leeming SHS, displaying great sportsmanship and cooperation in supporting all our teams. Thank you to the Year 12 students of 2018, Anahera H., Kasey R. and Tyler B. who were our umpires on the day.

Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12

Mrs K. Chester and Miss L. Lange, Health and Physical Education Teachers

Student Services

YEAR 10, 11 AND 12 EXAMS FAST APPROACHING

Dear Parents and Guardians of Year 10, 11 and 12 students,

Please be aware that the Semester One Year 10, 11 and 12 Exams are fast approaching. These exams run:

  • Year 11 and 12 – Tuesday 4 June to Friday 8 June (Term 2 Weeks 6 and 7)
  • Year 10 – Monday 17 June to Wednesday 19 June (Term 2 Week 8)

Year 11 and 12 exam dates, times and locations have already been provided to students and distributed via Connect. Students should be present at the exam venue approximately 15-20 minutes prior to the examination and starting to allow adequate time for entry, seating and preparation prior to the exam commencing.

Year 11 and 12 information only:

Students that do not have examinations MUST pay careful attention to the following information:

  1. The exam break is primarily for those students studying ATAR courses as exams are timetabled over this two week period.
  2. Non-ATAR students (General Course and Cert II qualification students) do not have exams.
  3. Non-ATAR students MUST be fully up to date with their class and assessment work to then be able to access the exam break as time off school.
  4. Non-ATAR students that ARE NOT fully up to date with their class and assessment work must attend their timetabled classes during the exam fortnight until the required tasks are fully completed (these students will be notified of this requirement by their teacher/s in Week 5).
  5. Non-ATAR students that do not attend these required classes during the exam break WILL NOT be provided with an opportunity to complete the required tasks following the exam break which in most cases will result in a fail grade for that subject/s.
  6. All students are well aware of the requirements listed above and have ample time to complete required tasks prior to the exam break. A Connect notification has also clarified these requirements to parents/guardians.

ATAR students need only attend school on those dates when they have examinations. All students should use the exam break time to effectively continue to revise and finalise subject work in those subjects that do not have exams. The two week exam block should not be used as a “holiday” as once these exams have concluded, all Year 11 and 12 students will commence Semester Two coursework (in Week 9 of Term 2) and staff will finalise Semester One results and grades.

All Year 11 and 12 students must return to school and normal timetabled classes on Monday June 17 (Week 8).

Year 10 information only:

Students have exams for Maths, English, Science and Humanities and Social Science (HASS) plus any elective subjects that they are currently enrolled in that have a pathway into Year 11 ATAR courses (this means that exams vary for all students). Exam results contribute to Semester One grades and are also used as an indicator toward a student being capable of successfully completing ATAR coursework in Year 11 in 2020.

The Year 10 exam timetable will have been released on Week 5 on Connect.

Any queries regarding these exams should be directed to either Damon Atthowe – damon.atthowe@education.wa.edu.au or Vance Bryan – vance.bryan@education.wa.edu.au

Mr V. Bryan, Student Services and VET Manager Years 10 to 12

Library

Cyber Safety Awareness Presentation in the Library

Mr. Paul Litherland gave his Cyber Safety presentation in the Library to our Year 7 and 8 students in Week Two, this term. The main focus was to increase all students’ awareness of cyber safety and bullying and to develop some basic strategies to be safe and responsible online.

Mr. Litherland covered a wide range of topics and was very comprehensive in getting students to think about how secure their phone/device settings are – he looked specifically at privacy and location settings as well as Social Media use.

Cyber Bullying is a major issue in today’s technological society with 476 students taking their own life due to Cyber bullying. The worrying statistic of 76% of students not reporting the bullying to parents or teachers was discussed and Mr. Litherland kept emphasising for students to BE a voice – help a friend or speak up for them as well as listen to their concerns.

There is now legislation in place to deal with Cyber Bullying and 88% of parents wish charges to be laid. Several different examples of Cyber Bullying were given to students as well as the different consequences for both the victims and the perpetrators.

Impacts of CYBER BULLYING – examples of charges/consequences
  • Supervision order
  • Use of a carriage service to harass or intimidate
  • $2000 fine
  • Suspended jail term
  • Banned from social media for 2 years
  • Laptop checked every 3 months
Issues that are encountered when cyber bullied:
  • Images cannot be deleted, ever!!
  • Images and issues follow to new school
  • Cannot forget what was said
What can parents do?
  1. Report to the school
  2. Report to the police
  3. Keep evidence of the conversation
  4. Delete / block
  5. www.esafety.gov.au – E Safety website

Leeming SHS runs a Digital Literacy & Inquiry Skills program where all Year 7 students complete one lesson per week for the whole year. The main aim is for students to work towards becoming a competent and positive 21st century Digital Citizen. Mr. Paul Litherland does a fantastic job of reinforcing many of the different areas covered in this course and as he is an ex-Police Officer, it gives the students a very different perspective. He modifies the content for Years 8-12 to ensure it remains topical and relevant to their lives. Mr. Litherland’s website has a lot of very good information for both parents and students and is well worth a look.

https://www.surfonlinesafe.com.au/

Ms C. Steel, Teacher Librarian

Health Centre

Welcome back to Term 2! I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and enjoyable time with your children. I wish you and your children a great term.

Medical Conditions

If your child has or develops a medical condition, for example asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes, epilepsy, or any other medical condition that concerns you please contact myself or the school for an Action Plan.

If your child has already been diagnosed with the above conditions, please remember to update your child’s Action Plan yearly or if there is a change in their condition/Action Plan.

Anaphylaxis Action Plan: If your child has been diagnosed with Anaphylaxis a reminder to update your child’s action plan yearly to 18 months when you update their Epipen. Please let me know if your child’s medical condition changes E.g. has had sensitivity testing and is not Anaphylaxis. Thanks for your support in this important issue.

FLU SEASON

It is now the time of year when children are getting lots of coughs and colds. Parents/ Guardians please keep your child at home from school if they are unwell, and follow up with your doctor if you are concerned or they continue to have symptoms.

If you have the flu, head cold or cough please remember to stay home when you first get it as you are most contagious at this stage. Rest, drink plenty of water, treat the symptoms with medication if needed and follow up with doctor if no improvement is observed.

Please maintain a high standard of good hygiene, E.g. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose and discard your tissues in the bin and wash your hands after.

It is a good idea to carry a bottle of hand sanitiser with you at all times. This all helps to prevent the spread of infection.

Flu vaccines are available prior to winter starting. For more information, contact your GP or local Immunisation Clinic.

The National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia's peak body for health advice, recommends annual vaccination for anyone six months of age or older who wants to reduce their chances of becoming ill with the flu. It takes up to two weeks for protection to develop after the vaccination against flu and protection lasts about a year.

Here is a list of metropolitan Immunisation Clinics close to you:

  1. Central Immunisation Clinic 16, Rheola St, West Perth Tel No: 93211312 By appointment or walk in Mon – Fri 8.30-4.30pm and Thurs 4.30pm - 6.00pm 1st and 3rd Thurs every month.
  2. Hilton Child Health Centre, 34 Paget St, Hilton Tel No: 61511308 By appointment Mon - Wed 9 -12 & 1pm - 4pm and Friday 9 - 3pm
  3. South Lake Child Health Centre, 2 South Lake Drive, 61511308, Tues 9.30 – 12.45pm and Thurs 9.30 – 12.45 By appointment
  4. Willetton Child Health Centre, Burrendah Boulevard, Willetton Tel No: 61511308, 3rd Mon every month 9.15 -11.30 By Appointment
ASTHMA NEWS

Asthma is a chronic lung condition that affects up to one in nine students up to 15 years of age and up to one in ten teenagers and adults. It is a common reason for school absenteeism and is a major cause of childhood admissions to hospital. People die from asthma and more than half of these deaths are preventable. With appropriate management the impact of asthma can be minimised. Winter is here and people with asthma, their families and carers are urged to make sure their asthma is adequately managed.

The Asthma Foundation is advising people to contact them if they or their family member does not have a written asthma action plan, have not had their asthma reviewed by their GP in the last six months, or are having asthma symptoms at least weekly.

I urge all parents who have asthma or children or family members with asthma to visit your doctor at least every six months to check your asthma and discuss your written Asthma Action Plan. If your child has Asthma please make sure that they carry their Asthma First Aid treatment – Ventolin/Asmol with them at all times.

Leeming SHS is an Asthma Friendly school and support the Asthma Foundation.

SPRAY DEODORANTS

Reminder to parents that students are not allowed to bring spray deodorants to school as they may trigger an asthma attack!

Mrs D. Kitak, School Nurse

Chaplains Chat

A message from the chaplain

Sometimes in our lives we fail at things we try, but don't let this discourage you, this is a building block to success. I recently came across an article online that talked about some very famous names and their journey from failure to success. Some of the people in the article failed over and over again before they became successful. The article includes famous names such as Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney and Bill Gates. Click on this link for the full article.

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/15-highly-successful-people-who-failed-their-way-success.html

Abraham Lincoln: Failed several runs at political office before his ascendance to President.

Walt Disney: Was told he had a lack of imagination and good ideas.

Bill Gates: His first business was a failure.

Mr C. Hough, Chaplain

believe in yourself - message from the chaplain

I was watching a documentary on out of space this week.

How vast our starry skies.

Compared to our vast, out of space we are so very small.

I think we all need to remember this in our daily lives.

The knowledge of our smallness in the universe should help us all to be humble daily, respect and courteous to others.

I am not the centre of this universe and neither are you or the person or the person sitting next to you.

Hold on… don’t start getting depressed.

So what is your worth…

You are the only one with your finger print.

You were wonderfully made in a mother's womb.

You are the future leaders of our world.

You are the young people who as you grow and mature in your heart and will discover the line between good and evil.

We will pass you the baton to grow our world in a good direction we pass to you.

Deep Caring.

Respect of others, self and property and our country.

We pass to you wisdom, and tolerance.

We pass to you a deep respect of those who have gone before you.

We pass to you self-control.

We pass on to give others a fair go – That is the Aussie Way.

We pass on inclusion.

We pass on standing by your fellow man – Everyone here is your fellow man… Man as in mankind.

We pass on a deep respect for those in Authority. Hay it’s not easy leading well. It’s very tiring. I know because I watch the amazing staff in this fantastic school.

We pass to you a need to listen well with our hearts and heads, in fact we have two of these and one of this. Maybe we should use our ears twice as much as our mouths.

So grab these gifts, hold these batons you are given firmly and do us all proud.

We believe in you – let’s make this school great. Lets make our nation great. Lets make this world a better place – a good place.

Mrs B.Carter, Chaplain

Our next Newsletter will be published on the 3 July 2019. Until then, remember to contact us should you have any queries.

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