Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you to all the staff, parents and students for the support and understanding during these ever changing times.
In 2020 our school community is made up of 1116 students and 83 full-time teachers, as well as all the administration, part-time and relief staff.
The second half of Term 1 was going to be a very busy one with many excursions and incursions organised, the parent-teacher interviews, sports and arts events, the regional chess tournament as well as many activities organised by our school council, but it all had to come to a stop with the events unfolding around us.
Our School Board met for the first time in 2020 shortly before all the closures occurred. The Board reviewed the 2020 budget and discussed recommendations for the year, although many discussions had to be deferred until the school goes back to normal operations.
The P&C also had a meeting, two weeks ago. It was a difficult meeting for many reasons, keeping the 2 meters’ distance with one another made it for a very strange setting, but most importantly the P&C had to make the decision to close the Canteen and Uniform Shop until the circumstances improve. The P&C agreed by majority that it was the best for all involved.
In the school we have been working to implement online learning materials for what remains of the term while organising what looks like a likely distant education scenario for Term 2. I sent you a notice via connect last week with some information for parents and carers which I hope shed some light on the path we will be following.
Do not forget that in spite of the distance you are still part of the Leeming Senior High School community and you are not doing this transition to online learning alone. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
This disruption to our school has had an impact on everyone, but we hope that together we can develop a successful learning environment online in Term 2. A special mention to our Year 7 students who were just beginning to feel confident navigating through their new timetables and the school and were starting to forge new friendships, stay connected with your friends and teachers. To our Year 11 and Year 12 students, stay calm and focus on your learning. Everything else will be sorted in due course.
I hope everyone has been able to adapt at home. Stay safe, stay well and we will re-connect in Term 2.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
Keep Calm And Study HASS
As we all embark on pro-social distancing at home, we can take some comfort in how well the HASS curriculum has prepared Leeming students to understand and cope with the strange times around and ahead of us.
Leeming HASS team teachers are well placed to help having been recently recognised as star contributors to the inaugural “Humanities for Better Humans” Professional Learning Session of the newly formed HASS Council of WA organised by our very own Ms de Beer. Leeming teachers joined with our very best colleagues in an efficient “speed dating” format which allowed Ms Flynn to show off the Leeming HASS team’s “escape room” activities with which students celebrated last years' HASS week, while Ms de Beer talked teachers through Year 7 globe making and Mr Doohan elaborated on the amazing “Doing Good” projects with which the Year 10 students helped many worthy causes last year.
Before social distancing hit our shores, Mr Lee’s Year 9 History class was able to draw strength and inspiration from the stories of courage and selflessness embodied by the real WWI artifacts from the fascinating War Chest arranged by their dedicated teacher.
A final trip to the movies allowed AEP Year 10 History students to enjoy time together whilst heeding “JoJo Rabbit’s” warning about the horror (and absurdity) that can ensue when a society allows a group of its people to be vilified and used as scapegoats, and the need to stand up for the rights of all humans.
“If you’ve seen one pandemic, you’ve seen one pandemic” is a saying geographers are familiar with, as it refers to the huge variety of factors characterising individual outbreaks over time and how they evolve. Despite this, senior students can still draw on the depth study of the Year 11 syllabus to help them understand how pandemics can be tackled. 2020 students had no need to play the 2019 pandemic game as they studied the real COVID-19 crisis as it unfolded. With their teacher, Mr Doohan, going above and beyond to aid their in-depth understanding of the outbreak, students have evaluated the efficacy of responses from governments, businesses, NGOs, healthcare workers and extraordinary people based on historical analysis, current modelling and real time data. It is comforting to know, we have our young geographers educated on effective responses, ready to help direct actions or gently nudge our neighbours (and governments) in useful directions.
Economic theory has also been startlingly realised for HASS students as cyclical unemployment queues abruptly form down Perth streets and they wryly observe governments rediscovering the need for fiscal policy and deficit spending. Economics and Politics and Law students have been particularly engaged in the political debate between federal “gradual-steppers” and state “lock-downers” as they grapple with balancing health and wealth under tough Bio-security Laws applied for the first time.
Some of the stranger sights of recent times include toilet paper fights in shop aisles juxtaposed by throngs swelling crowded beaches. It came as less of a surprise to our wise Psychology students who know the apparent irrationality and complexity of human responses for different personalities and changing contexts. From the fear of empty shelves eliciting a fight response to the flight from reality by so many on Bondi Beach; understanding personal responses gives students the tools to understand irrational behaviour. This pre-social distancing photo shows Ms Murray’s Psychology students showing their wonderfully complex brains which will help them cope with any threats of illness, isolation and scarcity in positive and socially helpful ways.
The Science and Technology Academy- An Approved Specialist Program
Term 1 Challenge: Mouse Trap Cars
This term, students have been attending after-school workshops to design and build mouse trap cars. Although these workshops are currently suspended, students can collect their materials and continue building their cars at home. The competition will take place when students return to school.
Student Councillors and house captains 2020
Leeming Senior High School formally welcomed elected leaders for 2020 at our recent assembly. House Captains and Student Councillors attended the orientation camp at Rottnest in the second last week of school last year. It was a fabulous experience and a great way to bond as a group. We are really grateful to our Parents and Citizens Association who helped make this adventure possible. Your continued support enables wonderful things to happen at Leeming.
Though we had abundant plans for this year, everything is obviously on hold at the moment. But we will be back and we look forward to playing an important role in reinvigorating the social fabric of our school when the time is right. Wishing you all a safe journey until we are back together again.
Health and Physical education
Aulberry is our Swimming House Champion for 2020. Led by a fantastic effort from the younger students in Years 7 and 8 they were clear winners on the day. Thank you to all swimmers that competed at the school event at the Riverton Leisureplex on February 18. From this event the Interschool team was selected to compete on March 19 at Challenge Stadium. (This event has been cancelled.) Well done to all the Champion swimmers and Runners-Up in each year group. Some fantastic results have been posted and the list of records broken in 2020 is included. In all, 24 new times were set by some outstanding swimmers. Well done to you all.