Dear Parents and Guardians,
In Week 1 this term we held Blue Day in conjunction with Education Support Centre, raising over $1,100.00 which was donated to the Autism Association of WA. Well done Lou Phil-Franceschini from ESC who organised the event and thank you to all staff and students who assisted and supported Blue Day.
Week 2 saw us celebrating Book Week. Thank you to Chris Steel and the Library staff for organising the week and the wonderful displays in the Library (yet again). We saw some great costumes around the school, with some staff members going all out. I hope you all appreciated my costume as the grumpy headmaster.
Also in Week 2 this term we farewelled our Year 12 students at the Final Assembly, followed by a Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency. Due to current restrictions, numbers were reduced at the Assembly which consisted of Parents and Guardians, staff, the school councillors, Year 7s, Year 11s and of course, our guests of honour, the Year 12s. This was the first cohort at Leeming SHS who have spent six years at high school, starting in 2015 as Year 7s.
To the Year 12s: During these years, you have encountered a wide range of emotions and have completed a mountain of work. You have had an unusual, disrupted, uncertain final year, but at the end of it all, you made it to the finish line with great achievements. I hope you are leaving us with fond memories and a strong foundation on which to walk into your future with. I am honoured to say that our staff, your teachers, are proud of your many achievements over the years, of this cohort’s kind spirit and your ability to support your peers in such a strong manner. So stand tall and be proud as we say “Goodbye and Good Luck Class of 2020.”
On Wednesday 28 October, we welcomed a visit from the Education Minister, Hon Sue Ellery. We were honoured to have the Minister join us and take a tour of the school and at areas needing upgrades. As previously advised, the government announced that Leeming SHS would be receiving $2.1 million for refurbishments at our school. These funds will be used to give our science labs a much needed facelift, upgrade visual art rooms and to expand the size of English Central. We are working towards having science labs 1 and 2 refurbished over the Christmas school holidays. I will keep you informed as we progress.
A big thank you to the P&C committee who met on Wednesday 28 October and voted to sponsor towards the Chaplaincy Service. Our Chaplaincy Service is a valuable commodity at Leeming SHS with Bettina Carter and Carl Hough on hand to listen to our students and assist with their emotional wellness. They are constantly working hard to find the best ways to assist our students and their families in times of need.
The P&C also agreed to donate towards the Leadership Camp in December, where our Leadership Group can get to know each other and start planning for the year ahead.
And finally, in the upcoming weeks we have several year groups sitting exams. I would encourage you all to study hard, but not at every waking moment. Take some time out and recharge. Good luck to you all.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
BOOK WEEK COSTUME PARTY IN THE LIBRARY
Library staff and teachers dressed as different characters each day, helping to stimulate discussions about characters and books.
Staff and students dressed up as their favourite book character and were invited to the Library at recess on Friday to join in the fun with some yummy treats, snacks and prizes for the best costumes. There were a lot of amazing outfits worn by both students and staff. Mr Mancini was a particularly scary Christmas Grinch. Our resident mannequin was dressed in the Leeming SHS uniform watching all the activities and we had some fun and adding Mr Welsh’s face to it.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
We ran a Book Fair on the Tuesday and Wednesday of Book Week. Students enjoyed browsing and buying books and gifts to take home. We also had a few parents come after school to grab some bargains.
CURIOUS CREATURES LEGO CHALLENGE
Students were given the Book Week theme to create a Lego masterpiece. The creations were fantastic with Cooper C. (Year 7) winning first prize.
EMOJI BOOK TITLE QUIZ
Students entered the quiz with the winner being Justice M. and second place was Lizzie H. (Year 7)
THE MOVIE OF THE WEEK
The students thoroughly enjoyed watching Jumanji while munching on popcorn.
WHERE’S WALLY DAY
On Thursday, the staff had some fun and came dressed as Wally or in red and white. They then enjoyed a Where’s Wally – Red & White themed morning tea.
Overall, a successful week with lots of interest from the students and staff.
A huge congratulations to the Leeming Chess Club for winning second place in the State Interschool Chess Finals.
Once again, the games were played online and the boys showed their incredible adaptability to the game.
Year 12 Sea Trek 2020
The Year 12 Sea Trek is the culmination of two years of the Certificate II Course in Outdoor Recreation. The boating focus enables students to gain their Recreational Skippers Ticket and learn to sail in GP 14 training vessels through our relationship with the Marine Education Boatshed in East Fremantle.
Problem solving during lunch break!
Students across different year groups, particularly Year 8s, are using the tactile geometrical game “Rubik’s Cube” to develop 21st century skills such as focus, following direction, problem solving, sequencing and perseverance.
Japanese Studies 日本語がくぶ
Letters from Japan
As part of the Online Japanese Exchange Program, our students have been exchanging letters with our sister school in Hiroshima. Recently, we received reply letters from them. The letters are written in both English and Japanese, providing students with an excellent opportunity to improve their Japanese reading skills, whilst learning more about their buddy.
Calligraphy Competition Winner
Congratulations to Kai Wey T. for winning the 2020 JLTAWA Calligraphy Competition! Kai Wey's calligraphy was awarded the best entry out of all of the Year 7 competitors. Her calligraphy is currently on display at Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre in Tuart Hill. Congratulations! おめでとう!
Olympic Mascot Challenge
Our Year 10 Japanese students have been learning about the Tokyo Olympics. The Olympics were scheduled to take place in Tokyo in July/August of this year, but has been postponed until 2021. Students learned about the history of the Olympics in Japan and the Tokyo 2020 mascots. Their culminating task was to design a mascot for their chosen country and describe it in Japanese. I think we can all agree that their mascot designs were very unique and creative!
This Semester, the Year 11 Japanese students are learning about the Japanese diet. As part of this topic, students translated a variety of recipes from Japanese into English. To celebrate the end of the topic, students made Okonomiyaki (おこのみやき). An おこのみやき is a Japanese savoury pancake. The name translates to “cooked the way you like”, which refers to the fact that you can add whatever ingredients you wish to the base mixture of cabbage, flour, eggs and water. The dish got the tick of approval from our students. Follow the recipe below if you would like to try making おこのみやき at home!
Kana Belt Recipients
One of the biggest hurdles for learners of Japanese is mastering the written script. The Kana Belts program is a self-paced program where students are assessed on their ability to read words of increasing difficulty in Japanese. This term, we are pleased to add an additional two students to the Hiragana Hall of Fame.
In addition to the students who have mastered Hiragana, we have another Year 7 student who has self-taught themselves the Katakana alphabet, and have earned her Katakana Belts. This is an impressive achievement. おめでとう - Congratulations - to Lily!
Ms S. Burrows, Japanese Specialist Coordinator
French Studies - Connaissances françaises
In Week One of this term, the French Upper School students had the opportunity, with their teachers and native speaker Carole, to experience true French fine dining at the restaurant Chez Pierre. Through this experience the students got to practice their French speaking skills while ordering their food and drink and also to tried some truly French specialities, including escargots and the famous desserts crème brûlée or Paris-Brest. What a great way to start the term and to farewell our Year 12 French ATAR students. And for an added surprise, Mme Carroll, former French teacher, also joined us for this experience.
At the last newsletter we left our Leeming SHS finalists waiting for the announcement of the results for the Alliance Française de Perth Poem Recitation competition. Mme Robert and Mme Spears were on site on the day to support their students and catch some snaps. The students were quite nervous while waiting their turn but were all relieved and happy after they recited their poems in front of the judging panel. They all did great and admitted that they will now remember their poems forever.
As for the results, we are ever so pleased to announce that our Year 8 student Parthena R. placed 3rd for her year level across all participating schools in Western Australia. Parthena must have demonstrated great eloquence in front of the panel to have obtained these results. She attended the award ceremony at Alliance Française de Perth and took away her award.
For the occasion of Science week, students in Years 7 and 8 had a lesson dedicated to Science in the French world. We looked at the place of France in Science based on the level of contribution in the Scientific knowledge from French scientists. We looked at how French Science placed in the world of Science and the contribution of their scientists to scientific knowledge. The students then had the task to research a French scientist and create a one-page article about their chosen scientist. They had to include information such as name, date of birth, where they lived, their family, their field of study and any achievements or prizes awarded to them, such as Nobel Prize. Below are some of the posters that are on display in our main French classroom, created by the students.
Fast Fresh Foods
Year 8 students have been working on producing healthy lunchboxes in the Fast, Fresh Foods class.
Below are photos of the Fun Foods class producing a petite food item that could be sold in a French Patisserie.
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