Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the end of Semester 1. In what has been a very difficult time for all, students have been incredibly resilient with all the changes and expectations on them. Please remember to have regular check-ins with your child to make sure they are OK. If you require support or advice, please contact our Student Services Team. We are available to help and support you and your family.
In line with the lifting of restrictions in other areas of our lives, school is also changing. Year Assemblies will again be held outdoors with the whole cohort together. The staggering of the start to recess and lunch is also going back to all year groups coming out at the same time. The biggest difference this term has been the absence of House Group time. This connection is something we have been keen to have back. House Groups started in the last two weeks of term and run for 15 minutes after recess.
School excursions and incursions are starting to operate again where it is safe to do so. Where possible, such as chess, these are moving online for the foreseeable future. Very few excursions have been cancelled, most have been postponed until Term 3 or 4. We are hopeful that by the start of Term 3 everything will be up and running.
Next term we will be moving to a new attendance and behaviour tracking system. Feedback from other schools indicates that initially we may have some issues as the new system has to send all data back to our school-based system. From this school-based system, all our attendance and messaging goes to parents. The longer term plan is for the new system to become a one-stop shop for parents; all attendance, behaviour, parent/teacher meetings and curriculum to be in one place.
In regards to School Reports, Year 11 and Year 12 were published on Monday 29 June. Year 7 to Year 10 will have the full comment with no grades and will be published on Thursday 2 July.
Finally, a reminder that Term 3 commences on Monday 20 July. Our pupil free day for Term Three is on Monday 24 August (Week 6).
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
Leeming and the Chocolate Factory
Is there any better way to learn about Economics than with chocolate? In fact, a whole factory of chocolate was the focus for Year 7 HASS students developing their understanding of fundamental economic concepts. Four factors of chocolate production included Oompa Loompa labour, cocoa beans, amazing machines and the eccentric entrepreneur managing them all- Willy Wonka himself. From the flow of income between the Bucket household and Wonka Chocolate business to the hilariously scary pitfalls of product development, Year 7 students came up with delightfully visible posters to display their new learning. Like the opportunity cost of a golden ticket, the hardest part for students was narrowing down their economics choices to eight.
An illustrated History of Year 12
A Year 12 Modern History student collaboration utilising visible learning techniques has allowed them to condense a Semester’s worth of historical horror into one epic illustrated scroll. Red Revolution and diabolical dictatorships, inspirational idealists leading to clashing ideologies and changing world orders. And of course, The War to end all Wars: Part II. How to illustrate all this idealism and horror, hope and despair? History students rose to the challenge admirably. But how will they fare next term with Cold War Superpowers’ arms race and space race? Only time will tell....
Education Perfect World Languages Competition
In May, Leeming SHS students competed in the Language Perfect World Championships. Leeming placed 5th in the state out of the schools competing in the Japanese stream of the competition, and 18th for French, which is an excellent achievement. Our students spent a combined 341 hours online and answered 282,704 questions. In addition, 45 of our students received an award for their participation.
A special mention goes to two of our students, Elise H. and Aelan T., who placed in the top 0.2% of 181,000 competitors from around the world.
The following students are also to be congratulated for achieving Emerald Certificates, which means they earned more than 5,000 points in the competition.
- Zoe T. - Emerald Certificate
- Yi-Lin T. - Emerald Certificate
- Kai Ling T. - Emerald Certificate
- Xiang C. - Emerald Certificate
Well done to all of our competitors.
みなさん、よくがんばりましたね。Félicitations à tous les participants
Multicultural Festival Languages’ Competitions
As part of the Multicultural Festival celebrations, which will be held in Week 2 of Term 3, the Languages Department is inviting students to participate in the below competitions. For more information, please refer to the competition guidelines or speak to your Languages teacher. We look forward to your entries.
Hello from Japan
Sadly, our language assistant, Emi, had to return to Japan abruptly at the end of last term. But a couple of weeks ago she made a surprise “visit” to our Year 10 Japanese class via Webex.
As an interesting term draws to a close, the Library has gradually resumed many of its activities
Displays for this term have promoted wide range of resources to students. National Reconciliation Week was at the end of May and we have also had displays promoting new resources and genres in the Library.
The Manga collection is becoming more and more popular with students, as are the Graphic Novels. New genres are proving to be quite popular as well – particularly Dystopian and Steam Punk Fiction.
SENIOR MUSIC RECITAL
In Week 4 of Term 2 we held our Senior Recital. This showcased the best of what our school has to offer in music, and students completed performances to compliment studies in ATAR Music and Certificate II Music programs.
I would also like to make mention of the achievements of one of our Year 12 performers, Beth R. Beth has just released an EP which you can find online. If you have Spotify, this is the link to her EP. https://open.spotify.com/artist/6rJWUI0Q4hzwuKbT35eqvx?si=ZfvxFkLATUKc4T4SnLxfQQ
This is a great feat for a student still completing her schooling, and I encourage you to have a listen. We are very proud to have Beth as a student at our school, and particularly within our Certificate II Music Industry Program. If you haven't seen Beth performing at one of our recitals, make sure you do as time is running out!
Term 2 Challenge
This term STA members have been working on a research project on a famous scientist. This challenge links to the Science as a Human Endeavour strand of the West Australian Curriculum. The research project included, a short biography about the scientist to include brief information about their early life, information about their discovery and how they made their discovery and examples of how their ideas and discoveries are applied in modern science today. Students who have participated in this challenge should submit their work to their Science teacher.
The STEM Literacy Challenge
As part of a plan to develop students’ literacy skills and personal interest in a few of the many branches of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), all STA members are expected to participate in the STEM Literacy Challenge. In this challenge students read a STEM news article of interest to them, and use of the scaffolding templates available on Connect to summarise the key themes and ideas presented in the article. Students then collate the articles and summarise it in a scrapbook or folder.
Participation in the STEM Literacy Challenge will broaden student engagement in current issues in STEM, and develop their ability to analyse text for deeper understanding. STA points are awarded for each of the articles recorded and summarised in the scrapbook. Students can complete up to one article analysis per week, 10 articles per term. Completion of this task will attract up to 50 points per term. Scrap books are submitted in the last week of term for review and the award of STA points
Term 3 Challenge: Leeming Science Week
Next term STA members are invited to participate in the Term 3 Challenge which is to design and undertake a science investigation. Students can attend after-school workshops to design their experiments in small groups, collect their data and analyse their results to draw conclusions. The work will be presented in poster form and displayed in the library during Leeming Science Week towards the end of Term 3. This is an opportunity to develop Science Inquiry Skills; to plan a fair and valid experiment, evaluate and analyse data. Workshops will take place on Tuesdays from Week 2, Term 3.
Mind Mash coding and robotics program
Due to COVID-19 the Mind Mash Coding Program had to be postponed until Term 3. Year 8 students will be invited to participate in this program on Thursday afternoons commencing in Week 4 of Term 3 in the library from 3-4.30 pm. The program will be facilitated by Mr Peter Atkinson from Mind Mash who specialises in the delivering, coding and robotics programs, across all year levels, using the EV3 Lego MindStorm robots. Mind Mash brings STEM alive for school-aged children, with modern, fun and energetic programs.
design and Technology
This term our students have been involved in providing a solution to a variety of design problems, such as Desk Storage Units, Lolly Dispensers, iPhone Amplifier Systems and high quality Jewelry Boxes. This involved following specific design criteria which included research, sketches of ideas to culminating with a solution to the design problem.
Created with images by tommy boudreau - "Basketball court" • Library of Congress - "Japanese lantern on the Potomac River Tidal Basin during spring cherry blossom season, Washington, D.C. Color transparency by Carol M. Highsmith, [between 1980 and 2006]. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. https://www.loc.gov/resource/highsm.16055/" • Rebecca - "Yellow Wattle | Australian Native Flowers" • Gradienta - "Fearless Hue" • Joanna Kosinska - "Minimal pencils on yellow" • fancycrave1 - "creativity idea inspiration"