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LEEMING SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL vOLume 2, APRIL 2020

principal's address

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

Dates To Remember
  • 27 April - ANZAC Day Public Holiday
  • 28 April - Student's Commence Term 2
  • 13 May - P&C Meeting, 7.30pm Staff room (Pending)
  • 5 June - Specialist Program Applications Close

Due to current circumstances, many events have been cancelled/postponed until further notice.

Year 12 School Ball

Hass

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.

As we treasure the photos showing how we seized the days when we could be close together geographically, HASS teachers are moving swiftly to embrace the online learning that will connect us all in spirit while we are working from our own homes. Best wishes to you all as we continue to use HASS to better understand our world and help each other overcome challenging times.

Mr C. Doohan, HASS HOLA and Ms R. Murray, HASS Teacher

science

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.

STEM Literacy Challenge

Students are encouraged to participate in the STEM literacy Challenge to gain STA points. In this challenge students should find a news article that is of interest to them, read the article and write a summary of the key points conveyed. The article and summary can be placed in a scrapbook or display folder. Templates and further guidance is available in the Flexi Class on Connect. This is a perfect activity to complete if isolated at home!

Year 9 Astronomy Camp

Unfortunately, the Year 9 Astronomy Camp could not go ahead this term. We have been able to re-schedule the camp for November 12-13.

STA Activities: COVID-19 Preparations

A bank of interesting on-line resources and activities will be available for STA members through the STA Flexi Class, should the school be closed beyond the Easter break. These include coding apps, tours of the Universe, webcams of volcanic eruptions, on-line museum tours and tours of zoos.

All STA members are expected to choose at least two of these activities to complete. Evidence of the activities completed should be kept together to create a portfolio. A display folder is ideal for this purpose. Portfolios can be submitted once school resumes. STA points will be awarded for each activity completed. The number of STA points awarded will also reflect the effort and quality of the work put into the portfolio.

Term Two Challenge: Science As A Human Endeavor

The Term Two challenge has been designed so that students can work independently at home to complete this challenge. Students are to complete a research project about a famous scientist which links to the Science as a Human Endeavor strand of the West Australian Curriculum.

The research project should include:

  1. A short biography about the Scientist to include brief information about their early life.
  2. Describe and explain a maximum of two discoveries and how they made their discovery.
  3. Give at least two examples of how their ideas and discoveries are applied in modern science today.
  4. Bibliography

NOTE: Many scientists, for example Sir Isaac Newton, have been prolific in their contributions to our understanding of Science. Students should therefore only cover a maximum of two discoveries in their report.

The research can be presented in any one of the following ways:

  • A3 poster
  • Video or animation
  • A4 booklet

Students should plan to submit their work at the end of Term 2. STA points will awarded for the depth of research and their ability to demonstrate understanding of the concepts discussed.

Big Science Competition

All STA members will be participating in the Big Science Competition in Term 2. The dates of the competition are yet to be confirmed, and will take place during normal Science lessons and will take one hour. STA points are awarded for achievement.

Dr E. Janes, Science Teacher and STA Coordinator

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.

2020 Student Councillors and House Captains

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.

Mr S. Ellis, Health and Physical Education HOLA

Work Place Learning 2020

A big thank you to the parents and Year 10 -12 students who have been in contact with respect to the format for Work Placement in 2020. As indicated at the initial Parent Information evenings earlier in the term, there is opportunities for students to gain WACE points for SCSA Endorsed programs.

With the interruptions to placements created by COVID 19, many students who are still working in part-time or casual employment could utilise the “work hours” for the unit ADWPL (Authority Developed Work Place Learning). Students who register with the WPL Coordinator need to supply details of the employer, employment location, contact personnel and hours completed. These hours are then credited at 55hrs (1 unit credit), 110 hrs (2 unit credit), 165 hrs (3 unit credit) to 220 hrs or more (4 unit credit). Students can earn these over the 3 years of senior schooling. The bonus is that these hours go on the student’s academic record and are taken into account when applying for TAFE entry and assist with achieving secondary graduation should a student not achieve a “C” grade or better during the Year 11 and 12 reporting periods.

The School Curriculum Standards Authority (SCSA) does offer a number of avenues for students to gain credit for out-of-school activities undertaken. This list is comprehensive and I have encouraged students and families to look at these and should you wish to investigate the three categories on offer go to - https://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/syllabus-and-support-materials/endorsed-programs

During Term 2, I will be attempting to finalise the list of students, so if you wish to be considered with credit for any of the programs listed and/or reaffirm your registration for the ADWPL endorsed program please contact the coordinator at Trevor.Welsh@education.wa.edu.au.

A number of Year 11 and 12 students have completed their requirements for Industry placed time. In our current education climate and the unknown timeline, for those who have not undertaken any placement in Year 11 or 12 we may get a small window around Mock Exams time at the end of September / start of October. Doing a work placement after October and during November will only be considered if it is valuable in completing your course.

Optimistically, I am hoping Year 11 students can do placements during the July holidays, Sept/Oct holidays and right up to the end of the school year. Once a direction is clarified I will be having discussions on these issues and concerns with the Administration staff , our VET Coordinator and each Subject Department to map out an appropriate and positive progression towards Certificate accreditations.

Stay safe, stay healthy and care for all in our community.

Trevor Welsh, Work Place Learning Coordinator

Health

Wishing students and parents a safe, happy and healthy Easter Break and school holiday.

COVID -19

During this uncertain time, I want to remind you all that we are all in this together and the importance of remaining connected, kind and compassionate during the Coronavirus outbreak. I urge you to be proactive in caring for your mental health and personal wellbeing and to utilise the resources available. Beyond Blue has great resources on mental health and looking after your mental health during the Corona Virus outbreak. 3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression.

Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Just a Reminder: EVERYTHING IS NOT LOCKED DOWN. Sunrise is not locked down... Love is not locked down... Family time is not locked down… Kindness is not locked down… Creativity is not locked down… Learning is not locked down… Conversations are not locked down… Imagining is not locked down… Reading is not locked down… Relationship is not locked down… Praying is not locked down… Meditation is not locked down… Sleeping is not locked down… Work from home is not lock down… Hope is not lock down…

Cherish what you have. Lock down is an opportunity to do what you always wanted to do… UNLOCK YOUR OWN SELF and make the most of this time.

National Ride2School Day

Leeming SHS celebrated active travel day on Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 March. Many students supported this event by either walking or riding to school. A healthy free breakfast and freebies were given to students on Wednesday at the Chaplain's Free breakfast day. Parents, please continue to encourage your children to walk or ride to school every day while the weather is still good when we return to school.

We support our students to walk or ride to school because:

  • Students feel fresh and alert at the beginning of a school day.
  • There are fewer cars around the school which eases ‘drop off congestion’.
  • Students are more likely to reach the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity they need each day.
  • Students feel happier, healthier and perform better in the classroom.
Medication

Parents and students are reminded that the nurse is NOT allowed to give panadol or other medication to students. Parents/Students are reminded that they can bring a dose of panadol to school to take if you have pain. E.g. Headache, period pain, toothache etc.

Ms D. Kitak, School Nurse

Chaplains Chat - Carl Hough

This story is about how we can support each other and achieve the same goals by working together creating Teamwork:

We can learn from geese, and put this into our daily lives and what we can achieve together.

When you see geese flying along in "V" formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone — and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those people who are headed the same way we are.

When the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs, whether with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

When geese honk from behind it’s like us cheering for someone, giving them encouragement, support.

Finally — and this is important — when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshot, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

The current COVID-19 situation has resulted in some interesting conversations with my mate’s father, who, at 78, still works the family farm by himself. His Dad has always had an optimistic outlook on life and ‘good always comes out of bad’ is one of his mottos. He recently purchased his first iPad and now his quest for knowledge has moved beyond ABC Radio and books.

I have learnt how ‘the old headmaster taught the kids at school to wash their hands’, and that ‘when he was a kid, you had to put your name down on a list to buy a car.’ Courtesy of Google, my Dad has also been able to tell us about how the Ancient Romans managed without toilet paper.

So, rather than focusing on the media overload about the COVID-19 situation, may I suggest you take this ‘slow down’ time as an opportunity to learn more about your family history?

Here are some questions to get you started:

  1. What is something you taught yourself to do without help from anyone else?
  2. Do you know the story of how your grandparents met and fell in love?
  3. Who was your first best friend? Are you still in contact with each other?
  4. What were your favourite hobbies and past-times in your childhood?
  5. What was your childhood home like?
  6. What kind of things did you collect and display in your childhood bedroom?
  7. What are some of the stories you loved hearing from your mother’s youth? From your grandmothers’ younger days?
  8. What did you enjoy doing with your father/grandfather when you were a child?
  9. What are some of the stories you loved hearing from your father’s youth? From your grandfathers’ younger days?
  10. What do you know about the day you were born?
  11. What were your most common childhood holidays like - road trips, visits to grandma’s house, camping trips, weekends at the lake or the beach?
  12. Who was your most beloved teacher? Why?
  13. What are your memories of school lunch?
  14. What subjects did you like most at school?
  15. What did you do after school?
  16. If you had to pinpoint three main values that your parents lived by and tried to instill in you, what would they be?
  17. Is there someone in your life who has inspired you to care more about community and global issues?
  18. What was the best birthday present you received?
  19. What is the most memorable family get-together that you can tell us about?

More can be found at this link: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/52stories-families/

Mr C. Hough, Chaplain

Meet Our Chaplains!
Vangi Evangeli Leeming Education Support Chaplain, Carl Hough and Bettina Carter

Chaplains Chat - Bettina Carter

Create A Family Atmosphere Of Praise, Appreciation And Celebration

Do something worth celebrating – stretch yourself, and keep remembering what that felt like.

Keep celebrating – don’t brush over your achievements, keep them in your mind.

Then look for something else to celebrate – always be searching for how you can help yourself shine. Be your best supporter, be the loudest one to cheer on your team.

Every night find three things to quietly celebrate and turn over in your mind before you go to sleep.

Don’t just celebrate the big achievements and milestones. Celebrate all that is noteworthy. Slow life down (don’t rush over your achievements) and celebrate things big and small. Say to yourself "well done" for doing something or for getting something right. Be very specific, use praising words, use feeling words and express yourself clearly.

Your life is full of successes big and small, so let’s talk about them in our families and encourage each other, also chat with our friends and celebrate and encourage each other with your achievements.

When you wake in the morning, remind yourself of three more things to celebrate. For your life and your achievements are worth celebrating.

Just let negative thinking pass you buy like clouds passing you by in the sky. Don’t take it, or let it settle in you as something to keep fixing your thoughts on. Acknowledge any negative or less successful things or thoughts and then challenge yourself so you can keep working at your weakness and turn this potentially negative thought process into one where you make these small achievements a thing to be celebrated.

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey

“The Purpose of our lives is to be happy.” Dalai Lama

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” Tom Peters

“While we are living in the present, we must celebrate life every day, knowing that we are becoming history with every work, every action, every deed.” Mattie Stepanek.

Mrs B. Carter, Chaplain

Leeming Dental Notice

Leeming Dental will only be closed for part of the school holidays this year, only treating Emergencies.

Please note the following days and times:

Week one: They will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday for painting.

For emergencies contact:

Tuesday 14 April: Mt Henry Dental Clinic – 8:15 am to 4:30 pm on: 93130 522

Wednesday 15 April: Caralee DTC – 8.00 am to 4.00 pm on: 9337 6818

They will be open on Thursday 16 April and Friday 17 April: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm

Week two: They will be closed Tuesday 21 April and Thursday 23 April.

For emergencies contact:

Caralee DTC - 8.00 am to 4.00 pm on 9337 6818

They will be open on Monday 20, Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 April: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm.

They will reopen (at this stage) on Tuesday 28 April at 8:15 am

As usual for afterhours emergencies phone: 1800 098 818 6:30 pm to 8.00 am or your local practitioner.

Our next Newsletter will be published in Term 2, Week 5 2020.