The Year 12 Assembly was once again an amazing success. Congratulations to the class of 2019. This assembly shows the strong relationships built between students and staff. Thank you to the hundreds of parents that attended. I look forward to seeing all of our Year 12 students and their families at the Valedictory Ceremony.
At the end of last term, the whole school NAPLAN results were released. Our Year 7 and 9 students performed very well. Our Year 9 students outperformed like schools in all measurable areas. Staff is currently analyzing the results to identify both whole school and individual improvement areas.
Congratulations to Grady who won the House Athletics Carnival on Friday 13 September for the second year in a row. A big thanks to Shane Ellis and the Health and Physical Education Department for their fantastic organisation of a successful day. I would also like to thank all staff and students for their efforts and participation on the day. Grady, don't hold out for a hat trick as Findlay is on your tail!
Leeming Senior High School has recently received just over $93,000.00 from the State Government which will be used to fund high priority maintenance works around the school. Local member Yaz Mubarakai (MLA Jandakot) (pictured left centre) took time out to visit the school and see how the funds will benefit LSHS.
Last week, the State Government announced a new Student Mobile Phones in Public Schools policy to take effect from the start of Term 1, 2020. The policy requires all public schools to implement a ban on the use of mobile phones for all students from the time they arrive at school to the end of the school day. This extends to the use of smart watches which need to be on aeroplane mode during this period. The policy aims to reduce distractions in class and improve student engagement.
The policy specifies that Secondary School students are allowed to have their phones in their possession, but must turn them off and keep them out of sight until the end of school. Exceptions are allowed for students who have approval from myself to use a phone to monitor health conditions, or where teachers give students permission to use mobile phones for a specific purpose. As is the case now, if your child needs to contact you, they can do so through the school’s Administration. Likewise, if you need to get a message to your child, you can call the school.
The front car park to the school is currently undergoing a large expansion. The aim is to enhance the parking but retain the bush setting. When the car park is complete we will have sixty-two new bays, including ten designated visitor bays. New signage all around the school will follow.
Finally, to our students sitting exams, I wish you all the best of luck.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
Mr G. Ryder, Music Teacher
During the Term 3 school holidays, a group of students gave up their own time to have a night out at the symphony! The students attended a live concert at the Perth Concert Hall to see the West Australian Symphony Orchestra perform a world premier of James Ledger’s Viola Concerto and Hector Berlioz’s brilliant Symphony Fantastique. It was an amazing night. See what the students had to say:
A brilliant cultural experience, a must see! - Hannah
The night at the symphony was a really rewarding experience, especially to me, as I really like classical music. I listened to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra playing the master piece of Hector Berlioz- Symphonie Fantastique, how this group of professional musicians interpreted the music. It was also a learning experience, especially when I discussed my interpretations to the music with some of my friends and teachers, and I learnt many things from their feedback – Leo
I thought that the concert was the most exciting thing I had ever experienced as it was my first time going to a concert. I was amazed by all the different noises and tones coming from each instrument onstage and off. I really hope we can experience more of these excursions for music students in the future. Thank you - Varda
People and Power
All roads led to Rome in HASS recently with Ancient History and AEP students taking the National History Challenge. This years theme of People and Power inspired students to great heights with elaborate costumes, ancient artefacts, magnificent models, virtual museums and Minecraft worlds. Such sensational exhibits are sure to impress the judges, so stay tuned for the results...
Happiness-tinged with regret-was the predominant feeling as the HASS teachers bid a fond farewell to our amazing Year 12 students of Ancient History, Economics, Geography, Psychology and Politics and Law. We are immensely proud of our hard working students and are confident that their HASS experiences will help them as they move on into the wide world.
Health and Physical Education
Grady Are Back to Back Winners!
The House Athletics Carnival was held on Friday 13 September 2019. The day was a freaky hot and humid one for this time of year, but the competitors were not deterred and they battled on regardless. In the lead up to the carnival all Triple Jump, High Jump, Javelin and 1500 meter events had been conducted during lunch times as well as the annual Straight Six. This year we decided to follow a similar format to the interschool competition, putting students into divisions and only taking the 4 fastest times, throws & jumps in each of the events.
The Athletics program had been run for the previous 7 weeks during Physical Education classes preparing students for the big day. The day itself ran smoothly and on schedule, with presentations for the champion athletes and the Straight Six slotting in perfectly before the end of the school day.
There were some outstanding performances on the day by students. And also one of our biggest turn outs of Senior School students ever, which added to the fun and excitement of one of the best sporting school days of the year.
A huge amount of effort goes into this day, and a huge thank you goes out to the entire Physical Education staff for their tireless work in the lead up to the carnival with events and also on the day. In addition, many thanks to the staff from other departments who turned up early to help set up all the events with the PE staff and also those who helped the day run smoothly.
2019 saw Leeming Senior High School compete in the B division carnival. We had 86 students representing the school, allowing us to field a competitor in each event on the day. The students demonstrated their personal best all day showing exceptional team ethos where reserves happily competed in the place of athletes that had multiple events scheduled at the same time.
Throughout the day there were some stellar performances that need to be mentioned: Shannon N. smashing the Year 11 boys 800m and 400m, Year 12 Lachlan B. scorching them in the 800m and 1500m. Robert H. recording a personal best to win the Year 9 boys 800m. Isabel T., Jayden O. and Natalia M. competing in a mammoth 8, 6 and 5 individual events respectively, scoring 45, 56 and 67 points for our team. The Year 11 and over girls 4 x 100m relay team (Amanda M., Kara T., Natalia M. and Harriette A.) crushed the opposition to take victory for a second year consecutive year.
We had 3 athletes who finished on the podium:
- Ryan M. runner up champion Year 11 and over boy
- Tia M. runner up champion Year 9 girl
- Amanda M. champion Year 11 and over girl
The final result saw Leeming place in 3rd position out of 9 schools, which was two places higher than last year. This means Leeming Senior High School will be competing in the B division next year. This was a complete team effort to attain this excellent achievement. Well done everyone.
Mr R. Boughton, Health and Phys Ed Teacher
Sports Awards Luncheon 2019
After another successful year Leeming SHS was able to field a variety interschool teams to compete in carnivals and competitions during 2019. Thanks to the Health and Physical Education staff for the time they donate to coach and field teams in all of these competitions. The Most Valued Player presentations took place in the theatre on Monday 28 October. We were fortunate to have a former student Trent Mitton (Class of 2007) speak to the group on managing and playing in elite sport. Since leaving Leeming Trent has been an integral of the Australian Kookaburras Hockey team. He has won 3 Commonwealth Games gold medals and is on track to make it to next years Olympics. Trent is also the current captain of the Perth Thundersticks.
Japanese Studies 日本語がくぶ
Japanese Film Festival
On Thursday 31 October, members of the Japanese Specialist Program attended a special school screening of “Bento Harassment” as part of this year’s Japanese Film Festival.
Single mother Kaori lives with her daughter Futaba on the remote island of Hachijojima, known for its natural beauty. The once sweet Futaba is now a high school student in the middle of a rebellious phase, and barely acknowledges her mother. Kaori seeks revenge by creating intricate bento lunches that spell out remarks like; “Do your chores!”, but eventually the boxed lunches become a means of communication between mother and daughter. Based on the real-life story of a Japanese blogger who reached number one in the Daily Overall Ranking in 2015 for her “harassment bento” blog.
Following the screening, students enjoyed a bento “lunch box” at Sasuke Japanese restaurant.
This Tuesday 5 November, students attended a follow-up workshop to explore some of the themes in the film. Their favorite activity was creating their own "message in a bento" using cheese and nori (seaweed).
The latest display of student work has been the amazing work of Year 7 and 8 Art students. The ceramic food sculptures look fantastic all set up for 'The Mad Hatters Tea Party'.
Home Economics has also had some very creative recycled denim projects on display.
New lounges in Reading & Viewing area
The Reading & Viewing area has had a revamp to replace the 30 year old lounges that have been recovered twice!!! The new seating is on wheels, so we will be able to change the arrangements to suit the different lessons.
Lunch time movies for Term 4
- Week 1 - Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG)
- Week 2 - Race to Witch Mountain (PG)
- Week 3 - Hocus Pocus
- Week 4 - Grown Ups 2 (PG)
- Week 5 - Hairspray (PG)
- Week 6 - Deadly 60: Alaska, India, Mexico, South America
- Week 7 - Inside Out (G)
- Week 8 - Elf (PG)
- Week 9 - A Song for Christmas
- Week 10 - Christmas with the Kranks
The Science and Technology Academy- An Approved Specialist Program
STEM learning Project
Year 7 STA members have nominated to participate in a STEM Learning Project called Keeping Cool. The STEM Learning Project is a Department of Education funded initiative implemented by the Educational Computing Association of WA, the Mathematical Association of WA and the Science Teachers Association of WA. The aim of the project is to generate students’ interest, enjoyment and engagement with STEM, and encourage their ongoing participation in STEM learning. The approach is to develop STEM capabilities challenging students to solve open-ended real world problems, using problem-based learning approaches.
The program is running afterschool in Sc1 3-4 pm, the schedule is below. Students are expected to attend all of the lessons unless they are absent from school on that day due to illness.
Year 8 & 9 STA students are invited to participate in a STEM Learning Project titled Amp Up The Volume, where the students investigate making a device that passively amplifies sound. The program will run after school in Sc 2 from 3-4 pm on Mondays from 28 October - 25 November.
Scitech Lab on Legs
Year 8 STA members participated in a Scitech incursion on Monday 4 November. The workshop was a crime scene investigation called 'The blackmail'. The workshop provided students with an opportunity to apply Science Inquiry Skills in the real-life context of forensic Science.
STEM Literacy Challenge
As part of a whole school plan to develop students' literacy skills and personal interest in a few of the many branches of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), all STA members are encouraged to participate in the STEM Literacy Challenge. In this challenge students need to produce a scrapbook of STEM news articles published in magazines, newspapers or journals that interest them. Students then need to use one of the ‘Article Review Sheets’ available in the Connect library to analyse the article to gain a deeper understanding of the topic of interest. This activity should be used as further reading to broaden student engagement in current issues in STEM, and to develop their ability to analyse text for deeper understanding. To enable us to collate all of the STA points and determine the STA award winners this year, the final week for submissions of your STEM literacy Challenge scrapbooks is the end of Week 6.
USA & Space Camp Tour 2020
Planning is underway for the USA & Space Camp Tour taking place next year. Year 8, 9 and 10 STA members and their parents were invited to a presentation on Monday 4 November in the staff room at 5.30 pm. If you missed the presentation and this tour might be of interest, please email Dr Janes on firstname.lastname@example.org.