principal's address

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


Dates to remember


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.

At The Cube we were given a series of rock walls and obstacle courses to climb and complete at our own pace and were also able to have a go on the flying fox. This experience was a personal achievement for most of us as we pushed ourselves outside of our comfort zones in order to do things we normally wouldn’t do. Doing the tasks also required us to put trust in our classmates, that they would keep us safe and wouldn’t drop us.

Overall, it was a great day to take part in and we are very grateful for Mr Boughton, the school and the staff at The Cube for the experience.

Kate L. and Paige T., Year 9 Outdoor Education Students



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!

Ms S. Dyson, English Teacher



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.

Deflationary Times

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.

Our HASS teachers embracing HASS Week

Ms R Murray, HASS Teacher



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!

Congratulations to Marcus B-Z., Ashlee Y., Yi-Lin T., and Kim Y.S., for your excellent Math-magician skills. "Good work, you’ve done us all proud"
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!

Clockwise from the left Brendan H., Leyton L., Harrison M., Liam S., Hans S., and Jamie R.

The keen concentration shown by each student was astounding, and in this case I feel it’s appropriate to say pure art was produced in this lesson!

Hands of an artist at work

Mr C. Nowers, Mathematics Teacher



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.

Video conference with our sister school in Japan
Multicultural Festival

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.

Traditional Japanese “ゆかた” (yukata)
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).

Cute Japanese character Bento Boxes

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.

We wish Kai Wei (Year 7), Owen (Year 8) and Elise (Year 10) the best of luck in this 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.

Year 8 French food tasting experience!

Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 had the opportunity to watch and cook madeleines with a French cook, Fabrice Ulbrich. Fabrice explained the origin of the madeleines and all the intricacies of how to make madeleines, using many French words along the way, which allowed the students to expand their vocabulary and immerse themselves in the French food culture. The students enjoyed the madeleines after their cooking class and even got to share them with their friends and family.

Le cuisiner français Fabrice Ulbrich a partagé son secret pour la cuisson des madeleines françaises.

Ms F. Spears & Ms M. Robert, French Teachers



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!

eBooks are being borrowed more and more and the number of students reading fiction is growing. The Library Fiction collection is organised into genres, with Steampunk, Dystopian and Fantasy proving to be very popular.

Graphic Novels and Manga are also building a strong following - particularly with the Lower School students.

Reading is a very enjoyable pastime for the cold, wintry days upon us. It is great to see an increase in the number of students reading.

Ms C. Steel, Teacher Librarian



Multicultural and Arts Week

Here are some highlights from our Music Students contributing to Multicultural and Arts Week.

Congratulations to our very talented Year 10 Rock Band, Senior Rock Band and our Year 12 Music Band who did an excellent job in organising themselves and playing music during recess and lunch.

Mr G Ryder, Music Teacher



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.

Dr E. Janes, Science and Technology Academy Coordinator


The Uniform Shop has stock of the new style trackpants as well as boys and girls shorts. All profits from the Uniform Shop directly go to the P&C which in turn supports projects around the school.

All sizes of trackpants and shorts are $35 each.

Mrs P Maroni and Mrs J Purdy, Uniform Shop


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!

Well done students, keep it up! (Mr. P. Litherland)

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.

Completed by Alishia DS., Anna L., and Tamaryn M.

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!

This semester students are working for real clients, determining their needs, likes and dislikes and manufacturing their project based on the clients' requirements. Their enthusiasm for this abounds, so watch this space for their completed projects.

Mr. A. Wegwermer, Design and Technology Teacher


Here is a story about jumping to conclusions

The Cookie Thief

A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be...grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between, which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies and watched the clock, as the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock. She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, thinking, " If I wasn't so nice, I would blacken his eye."

With each cookie she took, he took one too, when only one was left, she wondered what he would do. With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh, he took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other, she snatched it from him and thought… ooh, brother. This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude, why he didn’t even show any gratitude!

She had never known when she had been so galled, and sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate, refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat, then she sought her book, which was almost complete. As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise, there was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.

If mine are here, she moaned in despair, the others were his, and he tried to share. Too late to apologize, she realized with grief, that she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.

How often have you been absolutely convinced of something, only to find out later that you were mistaken?

Perhaps you were certain you put your keys on the dining table, but found them in your pants pocket. Or you were convinced you failed an exam, but ended up getting a B.

Key to Success

One of the most consistent findings in the sport psychology literature is the connection between self-confidence and success. I would imagine that this is because self-confident individuals tend to be awfully persistent. How persistent, how self-confident are you likely to be if you are pessimistic about the possibilities available to you?

Moral of the story — don’t jump to conclusions about what you believe is impossible for you…don’t be a cookie thief.

Mr C. Hough, Chaplain


Leeming Senior High School will be offering Year 11 and Year 12 students free access to ATAR exam revision materials. Log in details will be issued and given to students in the next few weeks.


Hi all and welcome back to School Term 3. I hopw you all had a well deserving, relaxing holiday with your family and friends after the challenging Term 3. We are almost half way through the term and it has been a busy one! I wish you all a great, healthy and productive Term 3. Below, find some information I would like to share with you all.

Dental Health Services for School Children

Parents/Guardians of school aged children reminder about the importance of accessing dental services for your child’s teeth annually or as needed.

The School Dental Service is a free, public, dental health program available to all children of eligible age in Western Australia, whether they are enrolled in a public or private school. The service is funded by the Department of Health.

Treatment is limited to general care and there are a number of exclusions, for example, specialist services such as orthodontics and oral surgery. Treatment outside the scope of the School Dental Service is referred to other providers and any costs are the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

Children are eligible for the School Dental Service from the year they turn five until the end of Year 11 or 17 years of age whichever comes first.

Community Health Nurses can refer children to the School Dental Services by direct phone call to the clinic or via the parent who will be required to attend the first visit with their child.

To find out where the local School Dental Service is located, call 9313 0555 or visit . https://www.dental.wa.gov.au/ Community health staff, parents and teachers can visit the website to access dental health resources.

The closest Dental Service to Leeming Senior High School is:

  1. Leeming Dental Therapy Centre, 15 Meharry Rd, Leeming. Tel No: 9332 3194
  2. South Lakes Dental Therapy Centre 62 Mason Crt, South Lake. Tel No: 9417 3242
  3. Willetton Dental Therapy Centre. 14 Woodpecker Ave, Willetton. Tel No: 9457 4624

Students in Year 12 and 17 year olds with a health care card are eligible for general dental care at a Public Dental Clinic.

To assist children/carers/parents to understand services and dental treatment being provided, Dental Health Services can arrange interpreters at no cost to families. Interpreters are available by appointment and their use must be authorised by Dental Health Services staff.

An after-hours emergency service operates 7 days a week between the hours of 6.30 pm - 8.00 am and can be reached on 9325 3452. This service is only to be used for immediate and urgent dental attention.

The Oral Health Centre at the University of WA is part of the Western Australian public dental system. General dental services are provided to eligible public patients. Public dental services are available from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, by calling 9346 4400.

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule provide financial support for basic dental services for children aged 2–17 years, who receive, (or their family, guardian or carer receives) certain government benefits such as Family Tax Benefit Part A. For further information, visit https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/child-dental-benefits-schedule/how-use

Spine Check

The National Self Detection Program for Scoliosis (NSDP) reminds us that it is recommended for girls in Years 7 and 9 to participate in the NSDP by downloading the Self-Detection Brochure for Scoliosis. Parents can download a scoliosis self-detection brochure from this link.


Vision check

Vision disorder can markedly affect academic performance, especially for those children who are struggling to learn. It is recommended that parents take their child to have their eyes examined regularly during their school years, particularly if they have learning difficulties.

Limit your child's use of TV and computer games. Set family rules around screen time and encourage your child to try a range of active pastimes.


Getting a good night’s sleep will help your child to be more settled, happy and ready for school, and will strengthen his/her immune system.

Sleep – tips for teenagers

Teenagers need about 9 -10 hours of sleep a night. Lack of regular sleep is likely to affect academic and sporting performance, and behaviour. The risk of emotional problems, such as depression, may also increase in teenagers who regularly do not get enough sleep. Even getting an extra 30 minutes of sleep each night will make a difference.

The typical teenage brain wants to go to bed late and sleep late the following morning, which is usually hard to manage. You may be able to adjust your body clock but it takes time. Suggestions include:

  • Choose a relaxing bedtime routine; for example, have a bath and a hot milky drink before bed.
  • Avoid loud music, homework, computer games or any other activity that gets your mind racing for about an hour before bedtime.
  • Keep your room dark at night. The brain’s sleep–wake cycle is largely set by light received through the eyes. Try to avoid watching television right before bed. In the morning, expose your eyes to lots of light to help wake up your brain
  • Do the same bedtime routine every night for at least four weeks to make your brain associate this routine with going to sleep.
  • Start your bedtime routine a little earlier than usual (for example, 10 minutes) after four weeks. Do this for one week. Add an extra 10 minutes every week until you have reached your desired bedtime.
  • Avoid staying up late on the weekends. Late nights will undo your hard work. Remember that even 30 minutes of extra sleep each night on a regular basis makes a big difference. However, it may take about six weeks of getting extra sleep before you feel the benefits.

To get further advice contact your local Community Health Nurse, Deb Kitak on 9237 6819, or for more information visit https://raisingchildren.net.au/

Donate Life Week

DonateLife Week is Australia’s national awareness week dedicated to promoting organ and tissue donation. This year, it ran from 26 July to 2 August. DonateLife Week is a key part of the Australian Government’s national program to increase organ and tissue donation and transplants in Australia. DonateLife wants to inspire all Australians to make a real difference to the lives of others by registering and telling their family they want to be a donor

Remember that you can no longer register via your driver’s license unless you live in South Australia. You need to join the national Australian Organ Donor Register - the online form https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/families?

Mrs D. Kitak, School Nurse

Our next Newsletter will be published in Term 3, Week 9 2020.


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