principal's address

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


Vote to get some funding to the P&C! Have you heard about Project Robin Hood? The Robin Hood Project is a participatory budgeting program organised by the City of Melville to provide grants for community ideas, projects or events. Mrs. Flynn, one of our HASS teachers has prepared a proposal and together with the support of the P&C it has been pitched to the City of Melville Project Robin Hood. The vision is to build a nature based play space that complements our beautiful natural bushland located on the LSHS oval. This space would support the educational opportunities of students at LSHS during the day, and promote an inclusive shared community space for the Leeming community outside of school hours. Currently, there are 13 projects valued at $194,714. With only $100,000 funding available to be distributed to the projects the P&C is asking the Leeming Senior High School community to support our project and vote to receive the $8500 needed for the project. When you vote you have up to $85,000 to allocate to different projects.

By clicking on the box Fund This you are allocating your vote. For full voting instructions please read the steps under the FAQs at the bottom of the page. It is quick and simple and even young people can vote, so get your whole family involved! Let's get this project running!


Term 2 Calendar

Dates to remember

Term 2




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.


Congratulations to Aiden E. for building a fantastic Star Wars creation of Mandelorian and baby Yoda on the Lego Wall.

Well done to all those who competed.


Students are taking full advantage of the fiction eBook collection, which they can access from home on their devices. The website is - https://leemingshslibrary.wheelers.co


It has been great to see that the majority of students are bringing their devices to school on a daily basis. Just a reminder that if students have a device that has previously not worked on the school network, please bring it in to the Library to see if we can get it connected. Often, there is a simple fix.


Students are also becoming very good at charging their device overnight ready for the school day. Some devices do start to lose their charge quite quickly, so we have the Charging Stations in the library for students to use during the day.

Using their SmartRider or a 4 digit code that students create, they plug in and lock their device safely in a compartment for a short period of time.


A large group of students come along to the Library after school for 30 minutes and get some valuable tips to help them Study Smarter. At present, the focus is learning strategies to help when sitting for a test or exam.

There is also a Study Smarter Connect group with lots of strategies and tips to help students succeed at school. Log in to Connect and under Classes select Study Smarter-Strategies and Tips. Printouts are also available in the Library.

Ms C. Steel, Teacher Librarian

The Arts


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 Poster

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.

Pearl Mallet Station

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.

Year 12 Band

On Monday 17 May our Year 11 and Year 12 Music students delighted the audience with high quality performances.

We look forward to further music-making as the term progresses!

Mr G. Ryder, Music Teacher




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.

Incursion by author, Mark Greenwood

They gained much valuable advice for writing their own historical fiction based on an artefact of interest located in the museum.

Incursion by author, Mark Greenwood

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.”

Keeping a large group of teenagers completely captivated for two hours is no easy task. Mark Greenwood enchanted us all with the power of his words and imagination.

Ms S. Burgess and Ms S. Dyson, English Teacher

Student Leaders 2021

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.

To promote the values of the Heart Foundation of daily health and exercise, a giant tug-o-war competition was held at lunch time. The Year 12’s narrowly defeated the Year 11’s in the end, in a hotly contested battle.

The student leaders would like to thank everyone for their generous support of the event. A record $550 was raised for this worthy cause.

This event was the first of many planned by the student leadership team as part of their overall vision of promoting mental and physical health in the school community throughout the year.

Ms S. Dyson, English Teacher

The Science and Technology Academy
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.

Mind Mash

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.

Mind Mash
Excursion to the WISE Women Showcase
WISE Women Showcase 2020

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.

WISE Women Showcase 2020

Dr E. Janes, Science and Technology Academy Coordinator

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.

Sweet Enterprise
Year 7 Amazing Race

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!

Year 7 Amazing Race

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.

The Great Escape

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.

The Team Firefighter

Lemon is the colour of disappointment for those foisted with products that are truly worthless, damaging or downright dangerous. Outraged Year 8 students have investigated a Hall of Shame and have harnessed Australian Consumer Law to help them advise others on how to spot, and stop, a “shonky” product.

Shonky Town
You've Been Scammed

Not even teachers have been spared of the spate of scams afflicting our state. Only the quick thinking of her Year 9 students saved Ms Murray from losing her hard earned savings to a pernicious inheritance scam. Thus energised, they went on to investigate a series of scams encompassing investment and welfare to lotteries and romance. They even uncovered a gift card scam targeting the very emails of Leeming Teachers. In true pro-social form, they went on to craft warning brochures for Leeming students. Although regretting the loss of her million dollar windfall, Ms Murray now knows what to watch out for, and teaching such savvy students is a consolation for the ex—heiress.

You've Been Scammed

What better way to study goods and services, consumers and producers than through the lens of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Year 7 HASS students’ wonderful work was then showcased in a delicious display masterminded by the terrifically talented Leeming Librarians.

Ms R. Murray, HASS Teacher



Year 7 Dialogue Cartoon

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 7 Dialogue Cartoon
Year 7 Dialogue Cartoon
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.

Year 8 French Cuisine

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.

Emerald and Gold Award Winners

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.

Term 1 Challenge 1
Term 1 Challenge 2
Term 1 Challenge 3
Online Exchange Program

This term we commenced the 2021 Online Exchange Program with our sister school in Hiroshima, Japan. The Online Exchange Program was first established in 2020, in response to the closing of international borders. In search of a way to stay connected, and to provide students with an authentic way to use their Japanese language skills, Leeming SHS reached out to Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin High School to establish an “Online Exchange”.

This year, 22 of our Japanese Specialist students in Years 9-11 will take part in the program. Over the course of the term, our students will engage in a variety of activities with our sister school, including pen pal letters, video-conferencing and presentations in both Japanese and English. In Week 2 our students got to “virtually” meet their buddies in our first video conference. They are looking forward to getting to know one another better over the next couple of months.

Kana Belts

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. We are pleased to add another of our Year 7 students to the Hiragana Belt Hall of Fame. This means that he can read words comprised of the 46 basic Hiragana characters, sound changes and combination sounds (see below). I am sure you all agree that this is an excellent achievement. おめでとう (Congratulations) Jos!

Kana Belt Chart
Hiragana Voiced and Combinations

Ms S. Burrows, Japanese Specialist Coordinator

Physical Education and Health Education

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


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).

Year 10 AFL One Day Carnival

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


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.

RST Session

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.

Outdoor Education

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.

High Ropes

A great experience for all and I am sure we are looking forward to the Sea Trek later in the year.

Mr S. Ellis, Physical and Health Education HOLA


Here at Leeming we have an exciting, successful and growing program of work experience through Workplace Learning, endorsed programs, school based traineeships and ADWPL. This year we have already had 4 students go out on workplace learning including one student who worked at Georgiou in their Plant Department, fixing and preparing large machinery to be put onto site. He has now gained a significant number of hours with them. Opportunities such as this provide a great development of portfolios, work readiness and potential for gaining an apprenticeship and thus immediate and successful entry into the workforce.

Kieren H. doing his Workplace Learning at Georgiou

Over the rest of this term and holidays, we have Year 10 – 12 students completing work experience or school based traineeships in hairdressing, electrical work, warehousing, ship building, hospitality, nursing and boiler making.

With unlimited opportunities throughout the rest of the year, relevant work experience, paid or unpaid, will hugely further our students’ successful transition into the workplace, and should thus be encouraged. More information can be found on workplace learning on the school website https://www.leeming.wa.edu.au/vet-and-workplace/, relevant connect pages or by contacting Ms N. Bunch, the Workforce Development Coordinator via email on: naomi.bunch@education.wa.edu.au.

We would also love to hear from anyone in the community who has a business or workplace that might be able to contribute to this wonderful program and the success of our students.

Ms N. Bunch, Workforce Development Coordinator




We all know that it’s important for children to have healthy diets and get plenty of exercise. There isn’t really much said about the importance of sleep for school age children.


Teenagers need about 9-10 hours of sleep a night. Lack of regular sleep is likely to affect academic and sporting performance, and behaviour. The risk of emotional problems, such as depression, may also increase in teenagers who regularly do not get enough sleep. Even getting an extra 30 minutes of sleep each night will make a difference.

  • Sleep promotes physical growth - human growth hormone is released between the hours of midnight and 6 am. This hormone is what is responsible for muscle and tissue development.
  • Sleep helps with attention and learning - Studies show that children aged between 6 and 15 years of age who lacked sleep were more hyper, aggressive and impulsive.
  • Sleep helps the brain stay organised - Whilst we sleep research shows that while we sleep our brain goes through a de-cluttering process and decides what needs to be stored and what needs to be discarded.
  • Sleep deprived children find it hard to pay attention. In order for your child to learn new skills and retain information a good night sleep is critical.
  • Sleep Is Good for Immunity. A Good night’s sleep has been linked to a healthy and stronger immune system.
  • Sleep Is Good for Mental Health.

Help your kids get a better night's sleep by winding down before bed.

Mrs B. Carter, School Chaplain



Regular attendance at school is important for students to achieve their best. If a student misses 1 day per fortnight it equals to 4 weeks per year.


Health Centre

news from the school nurse

Welcome back to Term 2. I hope you had a relaxing holiday with your children and family. I wish you all a great productive term. We are half way through the term and the students are busy with their preparations for exams. I just wanted to share some important information with you to check with your child.


It has come to my attention that students (particularly Year 7s) are carrying heavy backpacks to school. Carrying a backpack can injure your child’s back if care is not taken.


Encourage parents to select a backpack endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association or the Australian Chiropractors Association.

Appropriate backpacks feature:

  • adjustable shoulder straps
  • a moulded frame or adjustable hip strap
  • sections to spread the weight
  • padding

Students have a suitable backpack when the backpack:

  • sits just above the waist
  • weight rests on their hips, not their shoulders or spine
  • fits the shape of their back and does not hang off their shoulders


Provide student and parents with instructions on how to pack bags.

Backpacks should:

  • weigh less than 10 percent of the student's weight
  • heave heavy items closest to the student's spine
  • be worn over both shoulders
  • be lifted and unloaded at waist height when heavy

Students may be wearing a backpack that is too heavy if they:

  • change their posture when wearing the backpack
  • have difficulty putting on or taking off the backpack
  • have pain, tingling, numbness or red marks

Children and adolescents should not spend more than two hours a day on screen based activities. Excessive screen time often leads to poor health, poor fitness and overweight. Activities like surfing the net, social networking, watching TV and playing screen games can be educational and fun, but all involve sitting still for long periods of time. Set family rules around screen time and encourage your child to try a range of active pastimes.


This can happen in high school also. Tips for preventing head lice:

  • Check your child’s hair regularly - for head lice and eggs (‘nits’). Use a metal fine tooth ‘nit’ comb and plenty of hair conditioner applied to the dry hair, to make the task easier and more effective.
  • Tie long hair back - braid long hair and/or put it up if possible.
  • Consider applying hair gel or mousse - these do not prevent or repel lice but may help to keep stray hair strands from contact with other heads.
  • Avoid sharing combs or brushes - remind your child to avoid head-to-head contact with other children, e.g. when working at the computer with others, or when playing, or hugging. If your child has head lice, please notify the school.


World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day 2021 will focus on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide. Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.

Despite the devastating harms of tobacco to heart health, and the availability of solutions to reduce tobacco-related death and disease, knowledge among large sections of the public that tobacco is one of the leading causes of CVD is low.



Cigarettes are made from the dried leaves of the tobacco plant after they have been treated with many different chemicals. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, and many of these cause cancer. Some of the chemicals found in cigarette smoke include:

  • Arsenic (also found in white ant poison);
  • Hydrogen cyanide (the poison used in gas chambers in World War II);
  • Benzene (also found in petrol), and;
  • Acetone (also found in paint stripper and nail polish remover).

Smoking is the largest cause of preventable death in the Western World. For more information go to: www.quit.org.au

  • Approximately 80% of Australian adults don’t smoke.
  • The majority of Australian adults who do smoke say that they wish they had never started smoking and that they would like to stop.
  • Around 80% of Australian smokers have tried to quit at some point.
  • Almost 93% of young people aged 12 to 17 years do not smoke.
  • People who start smoking in their teen years are more likely to become regular smokers, smoke more heavily, have difficulties quitting and are at greater risk of getting smoking related diseases.

Smoking is the largest cause of preventable death in Australia and about 245 Western Australians have body organs partially or completely removed because of problems caused by smoking each year. For more information go to: www.quit.org.au


Set a good example by being a non-smoker. If you have found quitting difficult and are still a smoker, reinforce the non-smoking messages. Make your house and car smoke-free zones. Don’t send your child to buy cigarettes or allow them to light cigarettes for yourself or others. If there are smokers in the house, keep cigarettes where children cannot access them. Discuss the issue of smoking with your child when you see others smoke.

Educate your children about the dangers of smoking. Explain the long-term risks but emphasise the immediate risks to their health and wellbeing (for example, bad breath, stained teeth and fingers and less money in their pocket). Explaining the long-term risks may not have much of an impact, as young people can find it difficult to imagine 20 or 30 years into the future. For more information on smoking, go to: www.quit.org.au.

Mrs D. Kitak, Community Health Nurse


Winter uniforms are now available from the Uniform Shop.

Fleece lined jackets are $69, all sizes.

Matching track pants with elasticated hems are $35, all sizes.

Order forms can be found on the school website.

The Uniform Shop is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.15 am to 1.45 pm.

Please contact the Uniform Shop directly on 9237 6858 if you wish to order over the phone or visit us directly.


Pauline Maroni and Joanne Purdy

Community Advertising

Atarget’s Master Class Program for Term 2 commenced 24 April but enrolment can be made at any stage throughout the term. The classes are held on the Christ Church Grammar School campus for all students from Years 7 to 12.

We would also like to offer Leeming Senior High School students a 20% discount into this quality program.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Dr Robert Hallam, Master Mind Australia on: 08 9342 2000 or mobile: 0488 102 907.


Perth Goju Karate teaches karate classes in your local area.

A special offer for the school’s students - 4 WEEKS FREE beginner’s karate lessons!

Classes are held after school and are a great way for children of all ages to learn self-defense in a fun and safe environment. We also teach classes for teens and adults and they are fantastic for fitness, wellbeing and of course, self-defense.

Classes continue over the school holidays (with a short break over the Christmas period) which makes it perfect for the kids who are looking to try something on the holidays.

Karate has many benefits which include confidence, respect, discipline and fitness.

Call now to take advantage of this 4-week trial on 0402 830 402 or email: info@perthgojukarate.com

Sensei Johnny Moran, Head Instructor


Lifestyle Solutions is a friendly not-for-profit organisation providing Foster Care placements for children in the Perth Metro area. We are looking to recruit Foster Carers who would like to make a difference to the life of a child. Becoming a Foster Carer with Lifestyle Solutions will give you the opportunity to make a real and meaningful difference in a child’s life – and your own. We would love to hear from you if you are interested.

Further information may be obtained from this website: https://www.lifestylesolutions.org.au/foster-care/become-a-foster-carer/western-australia-wa/ or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LifestyleSolutions/. Become a Foster Carer, give us a call on 1800 GO FOSTER (1800 46 367837)! We look forward to talking with you.

Please do not hesitate to contact me, Hannah Penney on: 0428 837 696 or Sue Gray with any queries.

Best wishes,

Hannah Penney, Care Co-ordinator/Assessor


Codekids offer innovative Scratch and Python coding courses for students in Years 1-12 in Perth. Further information may be obtained from the poster below and by contacting me, Meagan Adrain, Administrative Assistant - Codekids (Australia), 5/99-101 Francis Street, Northbridge, WA, mobile: 0451 468 848, email: enrol@codekids.com.au

Inspired by Knowledge & Innovation

Meagan Adrain

Our next Newsletter will be published in Term 2, Week 10, 2021


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