Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you to all the parents that have offered condolences on the recent sudden passing of a valued member of staff. We are continuing to support students and staff following this tragic event.
As the COVID-19 restrictions have been eased we have taken the opportunity to plan and run our whole school activities. Week 2 was a great example of the whole school coming together for two days of multicultural celebrations. This year was bigger than ever with all learning areas contributing. One of the highlights was the welcome to multicultural activities being read out by students in twenty-five different languages. In the second half of the term we will be having our Athletics Carnival, Leeming’s Got Talent, Whole School Assembly and several outdoor education activities.
During Term 3 the increased cleaning will continue. At Leeming this equates to 180 extra cleaning hours per week. High touch surfaces, such as rails and door handles are being thoroughly cleaned throughout the day.
Last week the state government announced $2.19 million for refurbishment at our school. These funds will be used to improve classrooms around the school. The initial focus will be on our science classrooms. Other refurbishments, as outlined in our Capital Works Plan, will continue to occur. We recently installed new carpet in our Library, paid for by the P&C Building Fund.
Thank you to all the parents and students that completed our School Survey last term. With over 300 parent responses it was more than double the number of responses we received from our last survey. In collating the results, we look closely at the averages and compare them with previous years. Most questions had the same average or plus or minus .1 from the last survey. The highest responses were:
- Teachers expect my child to do their best 4.1
- The school is well maintained 4.1
- My child feels safe at school 4.2
- My child likes being at school 4.2
- I am satisfied with the overall standard of education 4.1
- I would recommend this school 4.1
The lowest response, by .4, was "the school has a strong relationship with the local community” at 3.3. This is something we will be working to improve. Most of the comments were either very positive or very constructive. The biggest issue for parents was "feedback to students was not done in a timely manner."
The largest number of student responses came from Year 7 and 8 students. All responses were .2 plus or minus the last two student surveys. The top response in the student survey was 4.5 for “teachers want me to do our best”. Thank you to all the students who took the time to complete the survey.
To all of our students, parents and extended Leeming Community, I thank you for your continued support given to our school.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
year nine Outdoor Education
In the second term of Semester 1, we spent our class time learning how to use different types of ropes, how to tie different types of knots and how to be safe in activities involving what we had learnt. On the last Thursday of Term 2 we were lucky enough to spend our day at a facility in Woodman Point called The Cube.
The Young Inkling Society
The Young Inklings have burst out of the gates, starting this semester with a bang. Most members have set new writing goals with the aim of achieving them before the end of term. For some this is simply finishing off their Camp NaNoWriMo Holiday Project, for others it’s entering their creative writing in a competition for the first time. Mr Mercer’s goal is to write a Lord of the Rings parody musical named The Real Hobbits of the Shire: An Unexpected Musical.
This year the Inklings have entered their work in Story-A-Thon Micro-fiction, Jacaranda and The City of Canning Young Minds competitions gaining valuable experience and feedback from the respective judges, including Geraldton based author Holden Sheppard. While we are still awaiting results, students are already moving towards the next competition being run by the City of Subiaco called the Tim Winton Award. The Young Inkling Society meets every Tuesday at Lunch in Mr Mercer’s Room (TR3). We would love to see you there!
Mr D. Mercer, English Teacher
Our Term 2 Migrant Experience Journey
What a journey the Year 8 General cohort and their teachers had in Term 2! What started out as a ‘Learning from Home’ novel study in the early part of the term ended in some incredible work by our General English students.
After studying the iconic Australian story of Red Dog, students embarked on a research project, investigating the migrant experience of those who might have found themselves working alongside Red Dog in Dampier in the 1970s.
Students combined research with their imagination to create characters who may have chosen to leave their homes in Europe to begin new lives in Australia. Using the voice of this character, students then wrote letters home describing their life in the Pilbara and their encounters with Red Dog.
The Year 8 teachers were delighted by the enthusiasm students showed for this project, which even resulted in some students learning more about their own migrant heritage.
What a wonderful way for our students to make an authentic connection to multi-cultural week!
Whistlestop Medieval Tour
Although world travel has grounded to a halt at present, the power of HASS had Year 8 students following Ms Bunch’s hat-on-a-stick on a journey to seek out all the medieval must-see sights. Travelling North through the fearsome forests of Germania they were guided only by the light of luminescent feathers, before turning East over the cold mountains of Scythia. Seeking a glimpse of the legendary Paniotti whose ears are larger than its body and finally heading South, seeking selfies with the flexible horned Ethiopian Yale. Although these dangerous creatures eluded them, the now seasoned travelers were left with an enduring insight into the Medieval mind.
A Knight's Tale
Arming up for a foray into Medieval History inspired the creativity of Mr Nardi’s Year 8 class as they researched their own family heraldry and designed impressive crests and motto's to match. Their resultant shields are currently being constructed as a mixture of learned authenticity and imaginative fun.
It's A Villain's Life
The importance of military might was evident to Ms Bunch’s class as King Tom surveyed his realm (aka the Canteen circle) and held on to power through the fealty (and strength of arms) of his Barons and fearsome Knights such as Sir Rian. Meanwhile, their long suffering villains worked their way through a variety of restrictive yet educational scenarios including an inheritance tax paid in animals, no-choice medieval milling and even seeking the Lord’s permission to marry.
Gently upon the Earth
Global footprints of Ms O’Sullivan’s Year 10 AEP students were calculated in a compelling incursion with Jason Dohle of Murdoch University. The investigation of their own habits revealed the startling conclusion that three to eight Earths would be needed to support different students’ lifestyles if everyone on the planet adopted similar consumption patterns. Students were left inspired by the power of their own choices in the footprint fight of their lives.
There has never been a more interesting and important time to study Economics, as Ms Murray’s Year 10 class found whilst playing the Inflation Island game of economic scenarios from the hyperinflation of yesteryear to the current history making deflation of today. Back in the classroom students played various game show characters through a variety of economic ills in the Wheel of Misfortune game, finally crowning the celery loving retiree Helga (ably played by Oliver) as Inflation Queen.
Ms R. Murray, HASS Teacher
Up and Coming Entrepreneurs
Enterprising Year 7 students wowed potential investors with the product prototypes they had designed and marketed. From eco wise soaps that are sure to hit the shelves soon, to marine saving trash gates (patent pending), a new stationary range and water-skiing slime suds, investors were lining up to get in on the action and bring the products to market.
HAVE SUM FUN
News update from the Maths Department!
Last term several of our students participated in an online state Maths competition called Have Sum Fun. Have Sum Fun is an online competition run by the illustrious MAWA (Mathematics Association of Western Australia) in which several groups from Year 7 to 9 battled for supremacy and mathematical wizardry in this online competition. Well, we have some good news, a group of our Year 9s won second place! This is a great achievement as these students were pit against the best and brightest across the state!
Dr Tsvigu's artful experience
But it’s not all competitions and numbers. Sometimes in maths we embrace the beauty of art… specifically isometric drawings of perfect cubes. During a free dress day, Dr. Tsvigu’s Year 8s practiced their isometric drawing skills, crafting their own structures and drawing them in beautiful detail. Look at the precision of those lines! The symmetry of each drawing! The translation of real life experience onto a piece of paper, etched into existence with a lead pencil!
Japanese Studies 日本語がくぶ
Online Japanese Exchange Program
COVID-19 has made us rethink the way we do things. As our annual inbound exchange program had to be cancelled this year, we have sought an alternative way for our students to interact with our sister school in Japan. This term, 22 of our Japanese Specialist students in Years 8 to 10 will participate in an after-school Online Japanese Exchange Program. Once a week they will link-up with our sister school in Japan and, via a video conference, will participate in a variety of language and cultural exchange activities. In Week 3, our students had the chance to virtually meet the buddy student that they have been assigned from Japan. They were able to put a face to a name, and enthusiastically introduced themselves in Japanese. We are all looking forward to getting to know the buddy students better over the coming weeks.
As part of Leeming’s Multicultural and Arts Festival, seven lucky students had the opportunity to dress in a traditional Japanese “ゆかた” (yukata). A yukata is a cotton kimono which is worn in the summer months. The word literally means "bathing cloth", and it was originally intended to be just that; a garment that is worn after taking a bath or hot spring. However, these days it is popular attire worn to summer festivals.
Year 8 Japanese Specialist Incursion
In Week 3, the Year 8 Japanese Specialist students participated in a “キャラベン” (kyara-ben) or “Character Obento” incursion. The first session was conducted entirely in Japanese by the guest presenter, Hiroko Dale. In this session students learned the Japanese words for a variety of ingredients, and had to guess what ingredients were used to make the ピカチュウのキャラベン (Pikachu Kyara-Ben).
They then designed and labelled their own lunch box in Japanese, tried out some techniques using bread, ham, cheese and carrots, then finally created a model of their proposed obento using plasticine. Students also enjoyed an obento lunch, which was ordered from a local Japanese restaurant.
Japanese Calligraphy Competition
Recently our Japanese Specialist students competed in a Japanese Calligraphy Competition. They learned how to write the Kanji for “house” (家) in Japanese. This Kanji was chosen as it best represents the events of 2020; in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, people across the world are being encouraged to stay at home. The three best calligraphy pieces have been submitted as entries in the 2020 JLTAWA Calligraphy Competition.
Hiragana Belt Recipients
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. This term, two more students have achieved all of their Hiragana belts.
Ms S Burrows, Japanese Specialist Coordinator
To conclude Semester 1, the French classes had some fun cooking and tasting French foods.
The Year 7 French classes had a cooking lesson where they got to enjoy their crêpe with a choice of spreads. During the hour they also created some ‘wanted person’ or ‘lost pet’ posters based on the topics covered during Term 2.
The Year 8 French classes had the opportunity to participate in a French food tasting experience. The students got to taste various French foods, such as pâté, cornichons, madeleines, goat brie, and much more. While they were tasting they had a set task to guess and then research the main ingredient in each specific food item using their French food vocabulary studied during Term 2.
Over the holidays, the Library had lovely new charcoal grey carpet laid. This replaced the old, well worn blue carpet and has given the Library an amazing lift. A big thank you to the P & C for financing this mammoth task.
Along with the rest of the school, the Library recently celebrated Multicultural and Arts Week. Several staff brought in their traditional costumes from Scotland, Turkey, Japan and New Caledonia - which we displayed in the Library.
HASS Week also created a bit of attention with our visiting knight, Tutankhamun, Egyptian mummy and Roman soldier. During the week, students enjoyed a Horrible Histories marathon at lunchtime and also checking out exactly how Egyptians wrapped their mummies!
The Science and Technology Academy- An Approved Specialist program
MindMash is here!
We have been fortunate to be able to reschedule the MindMash Robotics Program that was due to take place in Term 2. Mr Peter Atkinson from MindMash will be facilitating the program taking place on Thursdays after school in the library from Week 4-10.
Students in Year 8 and 9 are invited to participate. Information and the permission form is available on Connect. The cost of the program is $110 which includes 9 hours of tuition and hire of the EV3 Lego MindStorm robots. Students will be developing their coding skills to complete the First Lego League Mindstorm Competition board.
Term 3 Challenge: Leeming Science Week
Week 9 this term will be Leeming Science Week. STA members are invited to attend workshops on Monday afternoons in SC 1 to work on STEM projects that will be presented during Leeming Science week.
An exciting program of events is planned for Week 9 including flight simulators with Mr Sabapathy, virtual reality, robotics and Ted Talks.
Murdoch University Outreach: Year 9 Soils Program
Year 9 STA classes are participating in a 6 hour STEM enrichment program two periods a week. As part of this program they are using applied science techniques to investigate the properties of soils and compare soils for different locations. The students will be presenting their work during Leeming Science Week in Week 9.
Year 10 Cyber Safety Talks
Leeming Senior High School would like to say a big thank you to Paul Litherland from Surf Online Safe for coming to school in Week 1 this term and presenting information on implementing strategies to remain safe online to all of our Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 students.
I would also like to congratulate the current Year 10s for being the least 'discoverable' group of students online that Paul has come across in all his years of working. Last year he set the task for the students to make their profiles private on social media so that strangers could not find and look through their accounts - the goal being to get as low as 50%. This year he could only find 35% of students online! This is a fantastic result and Paul has rewarded them all with some treats!
If you or your children would like more information regarding Paul's presentations, please access his website online: https://www.surfonlinesafe.com.au/
Mr D. Myer, Year 10 Coordinator
design and Technology
The Year 9 Metal Technology students have been busy creating sculptures.
Below is an example of a metal sculpture project.
Mr S. Morgan, Design and Technology Teacher
In Semester 2 Year 12 students were assigned the task of designing and constructing a storage container of high quality or a frame construction for personal use. After many years in teaching, our student’s talents don't cease to amaze me!
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