principal's address

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

Class of '89- 30 Years Reunion

For those who would like to attend, there will be a reserved designated area in the Alfresco Area. Guests will be able to purchase their own food and drinks. Students from the Class of '89 and partners are welcome.

Also, students that were part of this year group at any stage but left prior to 1989 are also very welcome. Current teachers are welcome too!

Please RSVP to Nicky McManus (nee White) by 10 November so we can confirm numbers with the venue. nicky.mcmanus@icloud.com

Graduation Ball 1989


Thank you to all the parents who have already downloaded the School App. We hope you are finding it easier to access school information. At the moment 30% of our families have connected to the App. We hope to see many more requests in Term 4!

Term dates

Dates To Remember
  1. 9 November to 19 November Year 11 Exams
  2. 7 November - Inter Triathlon
  3. 19 November to 22 November - Year 10 Exams
  4. 20 November - Year 6 Parent Information Evening
  5. 25 November - Year 11 Students Return
  6. 27 November - Seven Deadly Sins Arts Night
  7. 27 November - P&C Meeting in Staffroom 7.30pm
  8. 29 November - Guitar Ensemble Community Performance
  9. 29 November - Lower School Choreography Night
  10. 30 November to 3 December - National Interschool Chess Tournament
  11. 3 December - Vaccinations Year 7 (2nd Round)
  12. 3 December - Valedictory at UWA
  13. 3 December - Year 9 River Cruise
  14. 7 December - Japan Tour Departs
  15. 7 December to 11 December - Leadership Camp
  16. 9 December to 10 December - Year 6 Transition Days
  17. 12 December - Year 10 Rewards Christmas Party
  18. 13 December - Lower School Arts Night
  19. 19 December - Year 7 and 8 Specialist Program Rewards Day at Adventure World

YEAR 12 final assembly

Year 12 and Year 13 Ed Support

Final Assembly

We wish you the very best in your journey. In years to come you will remember these days with great nostalgia.

The Arts

Year 8 Dance Students

The Year 7 and 8 Dance classes are hard at work creating their own choreography performances for the showcase in Week 7. “A Night on Broadway” will be held in the theatre on Friday 29 November.

Details to be released in Week 4 on Connect and Schoolstream- watch this space!

Mrs S. Henderson, Dance Teacher


During the holidays a group of students along with myself and Mrs Damos attended A Night at the Symphony at Perth Concert Hall. This was a highly engaging performance, which I’m sure Mrs Damos will comment on further.

Cole Clark is Australia’s biggest and most significant musical instrument manufacturer! We were lucky enough to have their CEO Miles Jackson drop in to Leeming SHS and speak with our Certificate II Music Industry students. Miles is a leader in Australian business and his company exports product to 26 countries and is endorsed/played by leading artists such as Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Angus & Julia Stone and others. Miles outlined a couple of the secrets to the success of his company, along with his journey from musician to CEO. See accompanying photo.

Currently most of our classes are involved in completing individual performances. Students: this is your chance to demonstrate your skills as a musician on your instrument. I’m looking forward to hearing some great music over the next couple of weeks!

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

Ms M. Damos, Music Teacher


Well, it has been another busy term in English. At the end of Term 2, self-selected students from the Lower School AEP classes completed their online ICAS English testing. This testing, hosted through the University of New South Wales, provides students with academic feedback which is comparable state-wide, nationally and internationally. As teachers now have access to results, students are most welcome to request a results letter from their English teacher and we are excited to announce that there will be some high level awards distributed in assemblies at the end of this term.

We bade farewell to our Year 12 ATAR and Literature students in Week 2, and as part of their final preparations, Mr Nelson and Ms Armstrong delivered a WACE examination revision seminar to ensure that our students are fully prepared for the upcoming English examination. The English staff would like to wish our Year 12 English students the very best for everything they aspire to achieve in the future!

Education Perfect is already in popular use by the Maths, Science and Languages Learning Areas at Leeming SHS. During Week 3, the entire English staff enjoyed some Professional Learning and will now be embracing this learning platform. All Lower School classes can look forward to using a variety of Education Perfect learning tools, in English, for the remainder of this term and into next year.

Mrs J. Armstrong, English HOLA


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.

Ms R. Murray, HASS Teacher

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.

New Records for 2019

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.

Interschool Athletics

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:

  1. Ryan M. runner up champion Year 11 and over boy
  2. Tia M. runner up champion Year 9 girl
  3. 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.

Most Valued Players for 2019

Achievement Awards 2019

Gold, Silver and Bronze achievement awards were also presented by Trent Mitton to our top three male and female interschool performers in 2019 and also an award to recognize the student who has made a significant contribution to interschool sport in an off field capacity. Congratulations to all of our worthy winners.

All students have been presented with certificates to acknowledge their representation in interschool sport this year.

Mr S. Ellis, HOLA Health and Physical Education


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).

Ms S. Burrows, Japanese Teacher



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

Ms Chris Steel, Teacher Librarian


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 esther.janes@education.wa.edu.au.

Science and Engineering Challenge 2020

Current Year 9 STA members are invited to nominate to participate in the Science and Engineering Challenge taking place in Term 1 next year. The Challenge inspires Australian school students to create a future in Science and Engineering. This is accomplished through meaningful, hands-on experiences that inspire more young people to make a difference in the world by choosing a career in these fields. To nominate for the program STA members should go onto the STA Year 9 Flexi Class on Connect Notice and comment on the Notice.

Dr E. Janes, Science HOLA


Message From The School Nurse

Welcome back to school for Term 4. I would like to wish you all a great term and to the Year 12 students sitting their WACE exams, the very best wishes to you.

Important message for Year 12 Students doing their WACE Exams

Skills such as time management, fitness, a healthy diet, a positive study environment and stress management help teenagers to achieve their full potential during their schooling. Healthy bodies make healthy minds.

An important part of study is staying physically active. Students who are fit, healthy and take part in physical activity perform better in the classroom. They are more goal-orientated and disciplined in their studies. A healthy, balanced and varied diet also helps improve concentration, learning and memory. Some snacks for study success include fruit smoothies, wholemeal crackers with peanut butter (for people non-allergic to nuts), pikelets made with mashed banana, rice cakes with tomato and cheese and fruit muffins.

You can visit Smart Eating and You at www.daa.asn.au for more snack ideas.

Medication at School

Spring time is approaching and with this great weather comes allergies. I have seen a few students this week with allergic symptoms: watery, itchy eyes, nose and throat, sneezing, etc. A reminder to students and parents/guardians, that I do not give medication e.g. antihistamines, eye drops, paracetamol etc.

Children who suffer allergies, e.g. hay fever should be seen by their doctor for the correct medication. If a child needs to take antihistamines for allergies I strongly recommend that these be given to your child before school and also that they are provided with a tablet to bring to school in case they need it.

Vision and eyes

Good vision is important for learning and quality of life. Watch for any of the following in your child;

  • Covering/closing one eye when reading
  • Holding books very close
  • Complaining of eyestrain or headache
  • Complaining of double vision or blurred vision with reading or board viewing;
  • Complaining of words moving on a page;
  • Losing place when reading, or skipping words and lines;
  • Inattention or short attention span when reading, or;
  • Rubbing the eyes.

Please note: Medicare covers the cost of an eye examination. If you have a concern about your child’s vision please contact a doctor or optometrist.

How to keep your child safe online

Protecting your children from harm is just as important online as it is in the real world. As a parent or carer, you can play an important role in helping children have safe and positive experiences online.

The Internet offers an exciting world of experiences for children and the whole family. It can be entertaining, educational and rewarding. However, using the Internet also involves risks and challenges. Children might be exposed to content that is sexually explicit, violent, prohibited or even illegal. They may also experience cyber bullying or be at risk from contact by strangers.

Children may - unknowingly or deliberately - share personal information without realising they may be subject to identity theft, or that they are leaving behind content that might not reflect well on them in the future.

Talk with your kids about the risks, and answer their questions or concerns about things they find on the Internet. For more information visit: http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/home_users/protect_your_children

Deb Kitak, School Nurse

Chaplains Chat

I came across this story the other day and it explains about controlling your temper and about our actions and consequences after we get angry, and the hurt we leave behind. Next time you feel angry, think, breath and wait before you respond.

There once was a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father decided to hand him a bag of nails and said that every time the boy lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail into the fence. On the first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into that fence.

The boy gradually began to control his temper over the next few weeks, and the number of nails he was hammering into the fence slowly decreased. He discovered it was easier to control his temper than to hammer those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father the news and the father suggested that the boy should now pull out a nail every day he kept his temper under control. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.

"You have done well my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there"

Moral of the story: Control your anger and don't say things to people in the heat of the moment that you may later regret. Some things in life you are unable to take back.

Mr C. Hough, Chaplain

Mrs B. Carter, Chaplain


A reminder to all families

The Uniform Shop is now taking orders for uniforms to be ready for the 2020 school year. As items can take 10-12 weeks to manufacture, please order now to avoid disappointment. Order forms can be found on the school website.

Any school text books can be donated to the Uniform Shop or left at the front office.

The Uniform Shop is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10.15 am and 1.45 pm.

New Uniform Update

As you are already aware, Leeming Senior High School will be introducing new uniforms throughout 2019 and 2020.

The new Sports Polo (all years) and Junior Polo ( Year 7,8 & 9) are available now for $32 each.

Towards the end of this year, the Senior Polo and Sports Shorts (Female & Unisex) will be available. The new jackets should be arriving in March 2020. Sizing kits are available now. Please place your orders early to ensure availability of stock. No payment required until collection of garment.

All current uniforms can still be worn and handed down to siblings. There is not deadline to change over.

Any questions can be directed to the Uniform Shop on 08-9237 6858.

Our next Newsletter will be published on the 18 December 2019. Until then, remember to contact us should you have any queries.