principal's address

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to Term 2. It has started as no other term has ever started. As parents, you made the decision to do what was in the best interest of your family and we did everything we could to support you in that decision. For those students who attended school, it was business as close to normal as we could get. There have been a few changes and we are doing things differently. A big congratulations to your children, they have adapted amazingly well. Their resilience to adapt to new circumstances has been fantastic.

As of Monday 18 May 2020 all students were expected to attend school, except for those students medically referred to learn from home. Please see the process outlined below.

This means students are either:

  • at school;
  • have a medical referral to learn from home; or
  • recorded as absent if they do not attend.

Current health advice states that schools remain safe for staff and students and should remain open. We want to make sure all children get the best education possible, which is why attending school is so important. We are here to make sure all children are learning and there’s no doubt schools are the best place for them to learn.

For parents with medical advice that their child should not attend school, we will work with you in partnership with the School of Special Educational Needs: Medical and Mental Health to support your child’s learning from home. If you feel your child is in this category, you must contact me and we will work together on the next steps. My email is brendon.wallwork@education.wa.edu.au.

If your child does not attend school without a medical reason, they will be marked as absent and will not be provided a learning program.

For those students who were involved in distance learning, it seems the learning packages were effective in most circumstances. If you have questions or concerns, as always, please contact the teacher. Our aim for those students learning at a distance was to cover the same curriculum in the same amount of time as those students in class so that when they returned to school, all students were at a comparable place.

A big thank you to all families as we adapt and change and learn as we go. Your patience and understanding is appreciated. Thank you to all staff who have had to completely change what they do and how they do it with very little notice. This has really only been possible as they are all working together. Our average attendance for the first two weeks of term was about 83% increasing to 92% in Week 3.

In relation to the remainder of the term I would like to make just some reminders. There will be no Year 10 to 12 exams. We will have shorter in-class assessments, the details of which will be communicated by the class teacher. The aim is to simulate an exam-like style, remove some pressure and give back up to six periods to the classroom. Student reports will still come out at the end of term. The reports in Year 7 to 10 will not have grades. They will still have a full comment and an indication of progress. Year 10 reports will also have an indication of teacher recommendations for Upper School subjects.

As the term progresses there may be further changes which will be communicated to parents through Connect notices.

Mr B. Wallwork, Principal

COVID-19 Education Assistance Package

NBN helping to connect low-income families with home-schooling needs

To help Australians respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, nbn is providing up to $50 million to assist phone and internet providers to support low-income family households with school-aged children who do not currently have an active nbn™ connection at home.

This funding will help phone and internet providers create more affordable offers to connect eligible families during Term 2 of school.

More than 20 phone and internet providers have agreed to participate in this program. For further information go to the following address.



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Term 2 Dates to Rememeber
  • 1 June - WA Day - Public Holiday
  • 2 June - Pupil Free Day
  • 3 June - Y10 Meningococcal Vaccinations
  • 4 June - Y10 Meningococcal Vaccinations (Catch Up)
  • 5 June - Specialist Program Applications Close
  • 8 June - Y11 and Y12 Alternative Exams Commence
  • 15 June - Y10 Alternative Exams Commence
  • 19 June - Alternative Exams Finish
  • 3 July - Last Day of Term 2
  • 20 July - Students Commence Term 3


The Canteen has introduced PayPass. Students can still pay cash or order via QuickCliq. When using PayPass students must use a card. Students can't use their device to avoid breaching the Mobile Phone Policy. Although tapping their card is preferred due to Covid-19 concerns, students who wish to enter their pin can still do so.


Year 8 English Task

Using Alma as your mentor text, re-write the visual narrative that incorporates a strong sense of setting, tension and atmosphere

Tell the story of the film from the opening scenes of the snow covered city, to the moment Alma touches ‘her’ doll.

We think you will agree that the following piece of writing is an outstanding response to the given stimulus.

Ms S. Dyson and Mr M. Nelson, English

Alma – The Untold Story Of A Little Girl

By Cayley A.

The small town stretched out like an empty snow laden kingdom. Everything was quiet. Everything was still. Vacant chimneys poked through rooves, devoid of life. The wind howled hungrily. Down in the narrow alleys, a faint sound of footsteps crunching in the snow could be heard. A newspaper fluttered down the backstreet. The patter of feet grew closer. The cold paving stones bounced the small, muffled footsteps around, echoing them loudly.

From around the corner a young girl appeared. Hopping, skipping, singing. Alone. She came to a stop in front of a large chalkboard, oblivious to the strange missing posters beside it. They displayed pictures of young children. Lost children.

With the taste of fresh, sweet snow still on her lips, the girl plucked a piece of chalk from the ledge on which the board sat. Wondering what to draw, her cold fingers played with the chalk. Her name. Why? She didn’t know. She just had to write her name. The chalk scratched against the chalkboard. Loopy letters were formed.


It stood out among the others. The curving, flowing letters. She stood back and gazed up at the board. Strange. There were so many names. Some seemed even familiar. Alma stepped back from the board and gazed at it. Her name fit perfectly, as if it were meant to be there.

Alma turned, intent on continuing her journey. She stopped. There was a huge, rounded window behind her. It was dark inside, a thick darkness, a darkness so intense it was almost tangible. Funny she’d never noticed it before. Walking closer, she pressed her nose to it, distorting her face as it was squashed up against the window.

Alma gasped.

In the window, stood a doll. A doll that looked exactly like her. Every detail from her jacket down to her little shoes was the same. Alma smiled with glee. She stepped back from the window looking for someone to tell this exciting news to. But there was no one, no one but the mean, cold wind that whistled down the empty alleyway. Alma sighed and stepped towards the window to gaze some more at this magnificent doll.

It was gone.

It was almost as if the doll had disappeared into thin air. Alma ran to the door and tried desperately to see through the musty gloom. She thought she could just make out the faint outline of the doll and pounded wildly on the door. It was locked.

In a huff, she gathered up the slush and formed a snowball, flinging it at the door. Thud. She stormed away, disappointed. Creak. The door opened, just a little bit, and Alma dashed back, heart pounding in her chest. She poked her head in the door and smiled.

Somewhere in the distance a dog barked.

Alma pressed her hand to the door and carefully swung it open. A dreadful creak rang through the shop disturbing its sinister silence like a ripple in a pond. She set one foot in the shop and gazed about. The store was full to the brim with dolls. Fancy dolls, old dolls and even some strangely familiar dolls.

Alma’s eyes searched the shop for her doll. For that’s what she had decided it was. It was hers and no one but her could touch it. Scanning the dark room, her eyes found her doll almost immediately, and it wasn’t hard, as it was the centre of the room placed delicately on a rounded table made of old wood. She quickly ran into the room, careful to keep the door open. She reached out a small hand to place her fingers softly on the dolls face.


She drew her hand back suddenly as a loud thudding noise echoed through the shop. It was a doll. A small doll, a boy, sitting atop a bike lay at her feet wheels turning and squeaking. She smiled and set him upright. The way he moved wasn’t at all mechanical and almost as if it were alive. They must have been really good doll makers, she thought. As if it had a mind of its own, the doll cycled desperately to the open door, to the fresh air and blue sky. But it slammed closed.

Alma turned her eyes back to the mysterious doll. Gone. It was gone again. Alma was now frantic. She wanted her doll and she wanted it now. Once again her eyes swept the room. There it was. It was on an oak shelf, high and far out of her reach. She ran to the old couch a scrambled onto it. Stumbling to her feet, careful to keep her balance on the couch, she tried to reach the doll on tiptoes. Her hand stretched up. Closer. She was almost there.

Her small hand brushed the doll’s pale face.


Welcome back to Term 2

It is with great pleasure that we welcome back old faces into our HASS classrooms- both at Leeming and online. While staying connected over the past six weeks has involved a certain amount of trouble-shooting by HASS teachers and students alike, it has also helped us all develop new skills in technology and self-paced learning. From Webex class meetings “zoombombed” by siblings, to the friendly competition of home based Quizziz and Kahoot challenges, through the back and forth of “iso” connect discussions and the submission of student work and teacher feedback online, we have kept our education and senses of humour intact, and are well on our way in a Term 2 of renewed optimism and shared purpose.

Our HASS teachers sending a message to students at the end of Term 1
Liveable Places

Year 7 students finishing the term safely isolated at home were happy to use their imaginations to imagine a perfect place to be, complete with climate, natural wonders and built features - and then realise it fully through their mapping skills. Together again, Ms. Murray’s students showed each other their fantastic maps of their ideal place, testimony to the power of dreams, hope and Geography.

Bottom Row: Kamron Y. and Bailey O. Top Row: Issy O. and Belle G.
Simulation offers students two for the price of one

This term, governments and Leeming Year 7 students alike have been wrestling with the effect of a dramatic 2020 on our Economy. Again, HASS rises to the fore to explain the pre- and post- Covid-19 situation with the Circular Flow of Income model.

Of course, social distancing restrictions have presented challenges to HASS teachers attempting to simulate the interrelation between the household and business sectors without pre-Covid-19 physical exchanges of paper money. Teachers have been trialling different computer and individual paper based techniques. Ms Bunch’s innovation in substituting newly disinfected chips arranged personally on socially isolated tables by individual students was deemed a great success by her enthused Year 7s.

With their blue products, red labour and black government chips (and absolutely no intended colour-related symbolism) students were delighted to see how the green money really did move around and around in a circle. Not only did it enable students to understand why reduced income in one sector of the economy affects us all, it showed why the Australian Government has introduced fiscal policy and Job Seeker / Keeper payments. They were proud to independently identify the health risk that physical money could pose if it carried coronavirus, and the benefits of contactless payment. Another HASS lesson, another piece in the puzzle of understanding our world.

Ms R. Murray, HASS teacher


Japanese Studies 日本語がくぶ

International Children's Sculpture Idea Art Competition

Last year one of our Year 7 students, Simone H., won the Gold Prize in the International Children's Sculpture Idea Art Competition. The theme of the competition was “dreams”. Simone submitted an entry titled 'Counting Sheep'. Recently, a sculptor by the name of Susumu Shingu brought Simone's artwork to life. This sculpture will be exhibited at the Hyogo Children’s Centre in Japan. Simone hopes that children who go to see the sculpture will find pleasure in it. We would like to congratulate Simone in her international fame - well done!

Children’s Day こどもの日

May 5 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. One of our Year 7 students, while learning from home, created these fabulous koinobori as part of one of the optional learning activities in the Week 2 Distance Learning Package. I am sure you all agree the final product isすごい! (Impressive!)

Hiragana Belts

One of the biggest hurdles for learners of Japanese is mastering the written script. The Hiragana Belts program is a self-paced program where students are assessed on their ability to read words of increasing difficulty in Japanese. So far, two of our Year 7 students achieved all of their Hiragana belts. This is an excellent achievement. おめでとう Lachlan and Kai Wey!(Congratulations)

Kai Wei and Lachland with their Hiragana Belt Certificate

Ms S. Burrows, Japanese Specialist Coordinator


There have been several changes in the Library this term to use safe practice with our resources and to reinforce social distancing where possible. The number of students in the Library at lunch time has been reduced by giving different year groups access on certain days of the week. Upper School students who wish to study, are welcome at all times.

  • Monday & Wednesday – Year 7 & 9s
  • Tuesday & Thursday – Year 8 & 10s
  • Friday – Year 11 & 12s

The Library is open after school every day until 4 pm with a lot of students making use of this study time.

Students are still encouraged to borrow books but when they are returned, we store them in the workroom for a week before placing them back on the shelves.

We have also set up an Equipment Cleaning station where students wipe down resources such as laptops, headphones etc when they are returned to the Library.

Wheelers E-books

Students are taking full advantage of the fiction eBook collection, which they can access from home on their devices. The website is - https://leemingshslibrary.wheelers.co/


It has been fantastic to see that the majority of students are bringing their devices to school on a daily basis. Just a reminder that if students have a device that has previously not worked on the school network, please bring it in to the Library to see if we can get it connected. Often, there is a simple fix.

Also it is now advisable for students to bring their own headphones or ear plugs.

Charging devices at school

Students are also becoming very good at charging their device overnight ready for the school day. Some devices do start to lose their charge quite quickly, so we have the Charging Stations in the library for students to use during the day. Using their SmartRider, they plug in and lock their device safely in a compartment for a short period of time.

Ms C. Steel, Teacher Librarian

the arts


Term 2 has got off to a great start with all ensembles commencing, and students keen to participate in music-making and creating.

Online learning has also gone very smoothly, and we have seen great engagement from students. To give an example we had 100% completion of an online Aural Test from our Year 10 Class. To do this we used award winning Auralia software which tests students aural/listening skills and provides instant feedback. Our best listeners in this particular assessment turned out to be Jenaya H. and Meysam S. - well done!

Further great work was completed in the realm of composition while students were working remotely, and high achievement was seen by Year 8 students including Jaycie H. and Laura H. In Year 9 high achievement in composition was seen by Jasmine M., Danni L., and Kay T.

In Upper School classes we are seeing continued progress from all, and have seen excellent class performances given by our ATAR Music students Hannah V., Max P., and Daniel O. Our Certificate II Music students are also busy preparing for performances, although the nature of these performances will be somewhat different to what we’re used to.

Pictured below are our Year 11 Cert II Music students building Synthesizers from modular electronic components. This is an example of how we get to the heart of the components that make an electronic instrument.

Left to Right - William M., Aedan W., Campbell K.

Pictured below is a Zoom meeting we held with leading Australian musician Matt Bradshaw. Matt has performed in several different countries, on Australian TV, and with many high-profile musicians (including INXS). He was excited to meet our Year 12 Cert II class and talked about working in the Arts Industry. He answered questions from students and shared many stories. Students enjoyed this opportunity, and this shows that despite restrictions we can still engage with professionals to learn about the Music Industry.

Mr G. Ryder, Music Teacher


Our Year 11 and 12 Drama Class were due to have their Drama Performance on May 8 and 9, however due to the current circumstances they were not able to have a live audience. The live performance was canceled and the students adapted to the circumstances and decided to film the production. Once they have finished filming they will edit it and will send a link to view the performance to those who have requested access.

Ms Hafid giving feedback to the students during rehearsals
Drama Production Rehearsals

Things I know To Be True by Andrew Bovell shows audiences a year in the life of the Price family. Bob and Fran have been married for thirty years, and have four kids: 10-year-old Rosie, who hasn't quite got everything figured out, career focused and mum of two Pip, 32-year-old Mark, who never truly felt a part of the picture, and 28-year-old accountant Ben- mum's favourite.

Our introduction to the Price family begins as Rosie makes an early return from her trip backpacking around Europe, but this is only the start to their tumultuous and conflict-filled year.

Explore love, family, heartbreak and the changing of the seasons with the Price family in this beautifully written play.

Tickets to have access to the video link are free, we just ask you to register your interest by clicking on the box below:


The Science and Technology Academy- An Approved Specialist Program

Term 1 Challenge

Due to the early close at the end of Term 1 and the restrictions due to Covid-19, we were unable to run the Mouse Trap Car Challenge competition. The plan is to run the competition in Week 4 and 5 this term. Students should make sure that they have completed their build and are ready for the competition. Further information will be published through Connect.

Term 2 STA activities

Unfortunately, a number of incursions and after school workshops planned for Term 2, including the Mind Mash coding program and the Murdoch University Science of Soils program, have had to be postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions. Instead, STA members have bee encouraged to engage in a number of the on-line activities listed in the table below. The activities include webcam observations, virtual tours of museums, coding and science fair projects. Students should organise their evidence in a scrapbook or folder, creating a portfolio of the activities they have completed. The number of points available for each activity is given in the table, along with details of what to do. Portfolios are due by the end of Week 9 this term for review and the award of STA points.

Murdoch University Fun Fridays

Murdoch University Outreach team have put together a number of on-line programs this term. STA members are encouraged to participate in Fun Fridays activities which commence at 4 pm each Friday. Please the see the flyer for the program of activities and further information. (Please note, the times shown on the flyer have changed to 4 pm).

STA Term 2 Challenge

The STA challenge for Term 2 is to complete a research project about a famous scientist which links to the Science as a Human Endeavour strand of the West Australian Curriculum.

The research project should include:

  1. A short biography about the scientist to include brief information about their early life.
  2. Describe and explain their discovery and how they made their discovery.
  3. Give at least two examples of how their ideas and discoveries are applied in modern science today.

NOTE: Many scientists, for example Sir Isaac Newton, have been prolific in their contributions to our understanding of Science. Students should therefore only cover a maximum of two discoveries in their report.

The research can be presented in any one of the following ways:

  • A3 poster
  • Video or animations
  • A4 booklet

The school library is open every day after school until 4pm for computer access. Projects should be submitted by Friday 19 June for judging and the award of STA points.

Dr E.Janes, Science Teacher and STA Coordinator


Hello all! Why don’t you take a minute to sit down, grab a nice warm soy latte and read about what the maths department has been doing so far! So the big thing on our mind at the maths department is keeping students at home in touch with what we are doing in class. Well, rest assured, not only are we mathematicians, we are math-magicians! We’ve worked hard to provide material for both online and in class situations. It has been great to see students in classes again.

We also have some excellent news in regards to achievement of one of our number-mancers. A budding mathematician, Lechen (Leo) W. was invited to sit the 2020 Australian Mathematical Olympiad in February. This event, conducted by Australian Maths Trust, is a selective competition in which less than 200 students across Australia and New Zealand are invited to enter. Leo had to compete in a two-day Olympiad-level contest comprising of four questions each day! Leo managed to beat people from across the state, and even abroad, achieving a Bronze certificate for his entry. Congratulations to Leo and his outstanding effort!

Leo W. with the Upper School Deputy Principal, Mr D. Atthowe

Mr C. Nowers, Maths Department

design and Technology

Year 9 Wood Technology

The students of Year 9 Wood Technology were busy constructing miniature outdoor tables, pre-Covid-19 shutdowns and were certainly glad to return to school to finish off their projects.

The idea was to bore a series of holes into the table top, so that things like a BBQ sauce bottle, mustard bottles etc. could be safely held when having a barbecue.

When the students discovered the inner beauty of timber when it was laminated and decorated in whatever way they wanted, they chose to keep a solid top. This allowed them to use the table for a multitude of other purposes. No doubt, there were a few happy Mums on Mothers Day

Mr A. Wegwermer, Design and Technology Teacher




Welcome back to Term 2!

Medical Conditions

If your child has or develops a medical condition, for example asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes, epilepsy, or any other medical condition of your concern please contact me 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. Thank you 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.

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's 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 vaccination against flu and protection lasts about a year.

The seasonal flu vaccine is available on prescription or via GP and immunisation clinics and is provided free for certain groups. Flu vaccines are available prior to winter starting. More up-to-date information it is now available on the HealthyWA website, or contact your GP or Immunisation Clinic.

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 supports 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!

Parents and students I wish you all a great term.

Mrs D. Kitak, Nurse

Chaplains Chat - Carl Hough

I read a story about a popular speaker who was hosting a seminar, and he held up a $20 bill to a crowd of 200 people that had gathered to hear him speak. He asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?”

200 hands went up.

He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He crumpled the bill up.

He then asked, “Who still wants it?”

All 200 hands were still raised.

“Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” Then he dropped the bill on the ground and stomped on it with his shoes.

He picked it up, and showed it to the crowd. The bill was all crumpled and dirty.

“Now who still wants it?”

All the hands still went up.

“My friends, I have just showed you a very important lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It is still worth $20.

Many times in our lives, life crumples us and grinds us into the dirt. We make bad decisions or deal with poor circumstances. We feel worthless.

But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.

Each and every one of you are special, always remember that you are all loved by someone and valued even through the tough times, things are going to get better.

Carl the Chaplain

Chaplains Chat - Bettina Carter

A big welcome back to all for Term 2

Let’s start off on a positive note…. It was lovely to see so many people out with their family exercising during the school holidays as this was the main sanctioned family outing during the social isolating period.

During the latter half of this past term there was many fast moving changes with the Covid-19 issues. As families, we needed to make many adjustments and try to make the most of being house bound. We all had to remember to try to keep life as balanced and productive as we could, without annoying each other too much.

We are all asking now “What’s best for my child?”

A major factor contributing to a child’s emotional development and wellbeing is positive relationships between parents. Cooperative relationships between caregivers help children feel secure.

As families, to slow down was a real benefit. It would be wonderful if we can retain a lot of those positive lessons learned during this Covid-19.

Also creating routine, and that includes returning to school routines and classroom learning.

As a world, we will be forever changed and more aware of hand washing and social distancing, more conscious of colds, viruses and being respectful of others, and the related health implications.

Holistic Care

Everybody’s experiences are different and everyone reacts differently to change, concern and danger.

Please let us be encouraged as we try to navigate this period of the year. We are all in this together, we are not alone. Even though restrictions are gradually being relaxed there may be delayed affects from this world wide lived experience. One of these is a financial one for many.

I would like to underscore the fact that you and your family do matter, your life matters, and your story matters.

If you would like to chat about these or any other issues, please feel free to contact me. We want to support and help you the best we can.

Keep safe and healthy.

Mrs B. Carter, Chaplain

Our next Newsletter will be published in Term 2, Week 10 2020.


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