Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you to our students and visitors for their great efforts in keeping their masks on when on school grounds for Weeks 2 and 3 and doing your part to keep us all safe. Hopefully, the days of wearing masks are over!
At the end of Term 1 the school took part in a Public School Review. This process was carried out by external reviewers who spoke with staff and students and interrogated our progress. Commendations from the reviewers included:
- Mutually constructive and sustainable relationships have been established to benefit students.
- Parent and student feedback are acted on.
- A positive community reputation and consistent promotion of health and wellbeing.
- Strategic and operational planning guides and classroom practice are underpinned by a collective commitment amongst leaders and staff to the long-term improvement of the school.
- Strategic resource deployment and transparent governance.
In terms of students’ outcomes, the review team validated:
- Substantially above average gain in Year 7 to Year 9, as measured by NAPLAN.
- Performance trends are positive in NAPLAN over the last 6 years.
- WACE achievement rate is higher than like schools and state means.
- Year 12 attainment rates exceeds public schools and like schools.
Well done Leeming Senior High School!
I would like to take a minute to thank Mrs Claire Purcell who has worked diligently as Chair on our School Board for over three years. A new Chair will be elected at the next meeting.
In the April holidays, Stage 3 of the WA Recovery Program Initiative in the Science Labs refurbishment was completed. These refurbishments included new LED lighting, adjustable benches with flexi water and waste connection, pin-boards, new walls, blinds plus more. Stage 4, the final stage, is due for completion on July 16 and will include new air conditioning, new cabinetry and whiteboards to mention a few. The labs are looking great and have been updated with student friendly workspaces. Towards the end of this term and over the holidays the refurbishments will continue in English and Arts.
This term students are sitting a number of exams:
- Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN (finishing end of Week 5).
- Year 11 and 12 exams Weeks 7 and 8
- Year 10 exams Week 9
Exams can be a stressful time for students. It is important they still get regular sleep, exercise and eat well. I recommend students take regular breaks to re-group and freshen their minds. Enjoy some sunshine too as Vitamin D is important for a healthy brain.
In Week 3 our Year 10, 11 and 12 Drama students successfully revealed their talent in the school production Antigone. Amazingly, Antigone is a 2000 year-old script with themes relevant to the present day. We have had many positive comments from those who attended and enjoyed the show. Thank you to our Drama teachers, Mrs Isabel Lacy and Ms Sabrina Hafid for their hard work and prolonged hours. My thanks are also extended to our other staff members who gave up their time to assist with the production. My compliments to all involved.
Before I go, a reminder to you that Monday June 7 is WA Day Public Holiday and although Tuesday June 8 is marked as a student free day, certain Year 11 and 12 students will still need to attend if their exams fall on that day. Exam timetables are available for the students on Connect.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
STAR WARS WEEK - MAY THE 4th BE WITH YOU
May has been a very busy month in the Library. The Library has been transformed into a Star Wars Extravaganza with the lead up to May 4th.
Science Fiction and Star Wars books, activities, movies, displays were promoted to students. Students also used Fuse beads to create some amazing Star Wars creations.
The Reading Circle met and discussed their favourite Star Wars and Science Fiction novels while some students sat close by completing the Yoda and Star Wars jigsaw puzzles.
The Reading and Viewing Area was packed at lunchtime when students munched on popcorn while they watched The Empire Strikes Back.
STAR WARS LEGO CHALLENGE WINNER
Congratulations to Aiden E. for building a fantastic Star Wars creation of Mandelorian and baby Yoda on the Lego Wall.
SEMESTER 1 DANCE NIGHT
The dance students at Leeming Senior High School have been working very hard this semester working towards Dance Night. Dance Night is a display of whole class performances as well as a select student choreography group work. The show will take you on a journey of groovy hip-hop routines, moving contemporary numbers and exciting jazz pieces. Students have used stimuli in class such as imagery and poetry to motivate their creativity and we are so excited to give this opportunity to them to perform! We invite you to come and watch the show to support the students involved as well as support the Performing Arts at Leeming Senior High School.
Dance Night will take place in the Performing Arts Theatre in Week 8 on Friday 11 June 11, 2021 and tickets can be purchased for $10 via TryBooking via the link: https://www.trybooking.com/BQYGS . The 6.30 session has sold out. Tickets still available for the 7.30 session. Get in quick before they are all sold out!
Ms. S. Karolia, Dance Teacher
We’ve had a great start to the term in Music, with plenty of music making. By this stage each student must be attending their weekly lessons, along with a weekly ensemble. The exception to Ensemble is for Year 7 beginners who are still developing their playing skills – your instrumental teacher will let you know when you have reached a standard where you can start attending.
At the end of Term 1 we purchased a Pearl Mallet Station (see picture below). This is a revolutionary instrument which does the job of a marimba/vibraphone/xylophone but is electronic. We are the first school in WA to have one of these instruments. Percussionists will use this instrument in their Ensembles, and we can’t wait to hear the results.
Unfortunately, our Music Camp was cancelled in Week 2 due to restrictions that were put in place with COVID-19. Despite this being a set-back, there are many opportunities for all of us to perform and contribute here at school, and in Week 3, Year 12 Certificate II Music students gave an open performance in The Circle. This performance attracted the attention of students and teachers. Thank you, Year 12 Certificate students, for your enthusiasm and contribution to a positive atmosphere.
ENGLISH DEPARTMENT INCURSION
INSPIRATION FROM AN AUTHOR
A week after visiting the WA Museum Boola Bardip to discover the many fascinating stories associated with our state’s history, Year 8 AEP English students were treated to a creative writing workshop by award-winning author, Mark Greenwood.
They gained much valuable advice for writing their own historical fiction based on an artefact of interest located in the museum.
Here are some of their reactions:
- “Mark Greenwood was indeed inspiring. He walked into our school with a lit-up smile, clearly excited to tell us about the art of writing…I felt grateful that he was able to speak to us.”
- “He left us on the edge of our seats with thrilling, interactive stories and helped us understand the writing process.”
- “I learnt the steps of writing: the main idea, the research, draft and re-vision.”
- “I learnt that theme is the heart of every story.”
- “The advice I gained is to ask, ‘What does my character want more than anything?’”
- “I learned how important it is to ‘colour’ the picture with words.”
- “He inspired me to ask more questions about my chosen artefact, really dig deep into its history.”
- “Connect. Connect with your audience and the heart of what you are writing about. Feel the emotions. Submerge yourself in the world of your object.”
- “I took away some great ideas about how to create mystery from history.”
Heart Foundation Fundraiser
On the last day of Term 1, The Findlay house captains and student councilors ran a highly successful event to raise money for the Heart Foundation.
The school community was invited to support the Foundation by dressing up in red for the day and making a gold coin donation to support its work in world-class cardiovascular research.
Race for Tall Towers
STA members are invited to participate in a 5-week program looking at how architecture and engineering can influence people’s lives and how high rise developments in an urban development such as a city, have a positive or negative influence on our lives. Students will be working in small groups, creating a series of scaled towers that will be tested, using a series of construction materials and looking at the technology, architecture and engineering necessary to understand these feats of engineering from around the world. The program will be facilitated by Mr G. Allin and Mr D. Mackenzie.
Term 1 Challenge Winners
In Term 1 over 80 STA members across Years 7-10 participated in the crystal growing challenge. Students worked in groups to grow the largest, well-formed crystals using Alum. They submitted a storyboard to describe and explain the conditions needed to grow large crystals. The best story boards included detail on how crystals grow using the Particle Theory.
- Anna C.
- Ethan G.
- Juheon H.
- Jaycie H.
- Lachlan H.
- Wikan P.
- Riyo P.
- Roylisa P.
- Sarvesh S.
- Annalisa Y.
Term 2 Challenge: WebQuest
This term, students have the opportunity to participate in WebQuest activities in the Term 2 Challenge. There is a full range of online activities to complete including web cams with research projects about zoo animals, coding, STEM projects, virtual tours of museums across the world, sustainability projects and much more. These activities can be completed in the students’ own time and evidence submitted at the end of Term 2. Information about the challenge is available on the Connect flexi-classes.
Year 8 and 9 STA members are participating in the Mind Mash Robotics Program. This is a 6-week program where students will develop their problem solving skills to program an EV3 Lego Mindstorm robot to complete a range of tasks in the First Lego League arena within a set time frame.
Excursion to the WISE Women Showcase
Year 9 and 10 STA members will be participating in the WISE Women Showcase taking place at Murdoch University on 27 May to promote women in STEM. This is a free excursion where students will listen to key-note lectures from women in STEM, participate in hands-on activities in the laboratories of Murdoch University and Q & A session with the panel of experts.
HAPPY HASS WEEK - SWEET ENTERPRISE
In celebration of HASS week, Year 11 Career Enterprise Students surprised their Year 10 counterparts with an impressively authentic shark tank experience complete with media attention, studio audience and panel of discerning sharks to evaluate the Year 10s’ fledgling cupcake businesses and of course their delicious products. Cooking care and market research amongst Leeming students paid off as fantastic flavours and delightful designs of the customised cupcakes vied for shark supremacy. Although all were worthy, it was “The Cupcake Company” who won the day, with “Delicious Creations” and “Spice Girls” also securing lucrative deals with a shark. And, in the end, it was the all male “Spice Girls” who had the last laugh with a spicy surprise of their own for the startled sharks.
How sweet was the sound of Year 7 HASS students singing out in triumph as they raced around the school seeking clues to unlock the secrets of economics. Solving puzzles of fun and finance, students utilised all the tools at their disposal; their learning, logic....and...Lego!
A GREAT ESCAPE
At the other extreme, Year 9s had to use all their economics ingenuity to escape the claustrophobic confines of their classroom. Pitting themselves against the invisible hand, students rose to the demand of the occasion, with an abundant supply of expertise allowing them to overcome the economics conundrums and escape the room in triumph.
Wildfires are a Geographical Hazard that requires our best minds to come together to thwart. And that’s just what Year 11 Leeming Geography and Biology students did, joining forces in an interdisciplinary excursion to Hills Forest Discovery Centre. Here they received an expert briefing about the Triangle of Fire and hands on experience in how it can be either a useful bushland management tool or a terrifying nightmare for bush and humans alike. Come summer, we may need our students’ knowledge on how to minimise this environmental hazard or we could face a fiery future.
YEAR 7 DIALOGUE CARTOONS
For their first ever written assignment the Year 7 students in French had the task to create a dialogue between characters of their choice and introduce themselves to each other. In doing so, the students had the opportunity to apply everything they had learnt during Term 1. The students demonstrated great creativity with some examples displayed here.
YEAR 8 FRENCH CUISINE
After learning about French meals, French dishes and all the vocabulary to do with food; the Year 8 French students had as a task over the holidays to cook, bake, make a recipe of their choosing and record themselves presenting it all in French. The majority of the students undertook this task with great enthusiasm and demonstrated their speaking skills successfully. Below are some examples of the wonderful creations that the students had for us.
BRAND NEW FRENCH CLUB !!
This term the French team is very excited to introduce their brand new French Club. The aim of the French Club will be to explore and discover the great culture that France has. From holiday celebrations, to fashion, music, cinema, through the history and the very different and diverse regions of France and Overseas France. Students will discover what makes the France of today by watching videos, listening to songs, craft activities, and tasting foods.
The club will be run by Madame Spears and Madame Robert on alternative weeks, starting from Week 4 (except Week 8) on Wednesday afternoon from 3-4pm.
We are looking forward to welcoming any Year 7 to 10 students studying French to LE6 starting Week 4.
Ms M Robert, French Teacher
Japanese Studies 日本語がくぶ
Education Perfect Language World Championships Results
In March, Leeming SHS students competed in the Language Perfect World Championships. Leeming placed 1st in the state for Japanese, out of the schools with 101-250 competitors, which is an excellent achievement. Our students spent a combined 137 hours online and answered 103,914 questions. In addition, 32 of our students received an award for their participation.
A special mention goes to two of our Year 10 Specialist students, Jaidyn W. and Lauren N., who achieved an Emerald Certificate, which represents approximately 15 hours online or 5,000 points.
Well done to all of our competitors.
Japanese Specialist Term 1 Challenge
In Term 1, the Year 7-10 Japanese Specialist students were tasked with the challenge to create their own original mnemonic for a Japanese Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji character. A mnemonic is a story or picture which helps in remembering something. Second language learners of Japanese are often introduced to mnemonics to help them learn vocabulary and the writing system. Entries were judged on their originality, creativity, and presentation. Below are some of the stand out entries.
SENIOR BOYS SOCCER
The Leeming SHS senior boys’ soccer team have kicked off their season with a commanding 3-1 victory over Melville SHS on the first wet day of this term.
In a tumultuous and physical first half, we had a very commanding defence in play but struggled to find the back of the net, until Hunter M. casually slotted one to level the score. Tyrell C. copped a close in blow from the ball, splitting his eyebrow and had to take a spell on the bench. The rest of the team rallied together creating two more goals from Matteo N. and Archie B. in the second half.
It was a great start to the season and the boys should be congratulated on their efforts.
On Thursday, Leeming competed in the B Division Interschool Swimming Carnival run by WA School Sport at HBF Stadium. It was amazing to see the school spirit shown by our school representatives. Although we placed 8th, all our swimmers strived for their personal best and represented our school proudly. We had some outstanding individual performances with Adrian F. (Year 9 Champion Boy), Jacob R. (Year 8 Champion Boy), Annabelle F. (Year 8 Runner Up Champion Girl) and Ben M. (Year 10 Boys 3rd Place).
A special congratulations to the Year 9 and under boy’s medley relay team, for winning their event in a nail biting performance. Thank you must go to Grier S., Lily B. and Leonie B. for swimming in the higher age categories all day, as it enabled some of our older swimmers to compete in relay events, being a great display of the Leeming SHS spirit. Overall, the day was a success and was hugely enjoyable for all who attended.
Once again, well done to all our competitors, student helpers and staff.
Mr R. Boughton, Physical and Health Education Teacher & Riley C. Student Helper
YEAR 10 AFL ONE DAY CARNIVAL - 30 MARCH , 2021
The Leeming Team comprised of a combination of the International Football Codes students and selected students within the Year 10 cohort. A real mixture of talent for the day. It was a pleasure to have the boys keen and enthusiastic to play, having missed Interschool carnivals in 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic which could have easily been the case again in 2021.
In the first game we played Applecross who had a good mix of players with just a tad more skill and this wasn’t controlled by the Leeming team in the first half. As it was their initial game it took time to adjust and set things up to play. Our second half was much better with good performances from Noah L., Ben M., Tommy S., Jacob C. and Jacob C.
Final result went to Applecross 5 – 6 (36) to Leeming 1 – 6 (12).
The second game had Leeming pitted against Willetton. The physical strength and ball movement was hard to counter and unfortunately the result indicated that with Willetton scoring 13 - 4 (82) to Leeming 3 - 1 (19). Angus M., Nick D., Ben M., Kai D. and Jacob C., making strong contributions to keep the team in the game.
Our final round game had Leeming playing Rossmoyne with both teams winless but capable of a result. Pre-game discussions centred around a team focus and using the ball effectively when going forward. A rousing victory to the Leeming boys 8 – 7 (55) to Rossmoyne 3 – 3 (21). The team had contributors all across the field, and it showed with players willing to let team mates share the success and scoring.
After a decent lunch break and a chance to re-charge the batteries, the final position play-offs were on. Leeming to play Rossmoyne for 3rd or 4th. Willetton and Applecross for the Title of Year 10 Champions.
Very pleased to say the team mantra was to hold Rossmoyne to a lower score than our previous game, whilst building on the teamwork and game style we had worked on in our AFL Unit lessons along with lunchtime trainings. Our result was a rich reward for the efforts of all the team members with the score Leeming 15 – 5 (95) defeating Rossmoyne 2 – 4 (16).
I would like to thank all the students from the Football Codes class, Luke as Goal Umpire due to injury, whilst Charlotte and Kate helped run the Carnival with Mr K (Photographer, Motivator and all-round good guy PE Support staffer) along with Mr Armstrong our AFL Trainee who came out to build skill levels during the AFL Unit. To all the co-opted team mates for being there as part of the team for the day – really impressive effort guys. It took me back to our recent Year 7/8 carnival days but you’ve all grown…a bit! To the parents who came along and watched, had a chat and made themselves known to the Leeming staff it is really appreciated to see you at these events.
Big thanks to St Johns Ambulance Event staff supplying First Aid as well the City of Cockburn Council & Grounds Team and President, volunteer helpers all associated with ensuring the South Coogee Junior Football Club facilities are as immaculate as always for the carnivals conducted in the area.
Mr T. Welsh, Year 10 AFL Carnival Coach
YEAR 12 OUTDOOR EDUCATION
Term 1 was a challenge for all students to complete their Recreational Skippers Ticket for the Sea Trek in August this year but also to get organised for the overnight camp at Manjedal Activity Centre.
With the theory and practical test to complete, the class had 8 sessions at the marine Education Boatshed in East Fremantle and follow up theory classes at school. The result was, that all the hard work paid off, and all students were successful in attaining the RST by the end of term. The first class to ever manage to complete this in one term. With a number of students scoring perfect scores in either the theory or the practical test.
Focus switched to the overnight bushwalking camp in the first week of Term 2. The chosen area was from Jarrahdale to the Manjedal Activity Centre. The challenge was to be self-sufficient, carry all their own food, water, tent and sleeping gear. Weather was ideal for the camp with no wind, a pleasant 24 degrees during the day with a dry and mild at night. I was impressed with the way the group managed all challenges during the walk and worked cooperatively along the way. Some masterchef creations were on show as the group demonstrated their talents cooking on Trangias.
Friday's personal task was to overcome any fear of heights with the High Ropes course. Once again the group excelled in their ability to work in teams of three to get each other through the course. The instructors, both ex Leeming SHS students, had nothing but praise for the focussed approach that the class demonstrated.
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