Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome everyone to the delayed start to the 2021 school year. The students were fantastic with all wearing masks in Week 2. I extend a special welcome to our Year 7s and all other new students and families to the Leeming community. This year we also welcome 13 new staff members who have joined us at Leeming Senior High School.
Once again, our 2020 Year 12 results were of a high standard, despite all the disruptions. We had six students achieve an ATAR over 95 and ten over 90. Three Subject Certificates of Excellence, two Certificates of Distinction and nine Certificates of Merit were also achieved. As was expected, our median ATAR was lower than previous years but over 120% of eligible students received early university offers. (All 66 eligible ATAR students and 14 of our non-ATAR students received university offers.) Nearly 90% of our students that applied for university received a first round offer. Anecdotally, approximately 97% of our Year 12 cohort was accepted into university, TAFE or further training.
To try and reach as many parents/guardians as possible, we use many different formats to post notices and updates. These include Connect, Facebook, Schoolstream and our school website. All initial notices are always posted on Connect. Please be sure that you are able to access Connect properly. If you have any problems, please contact Barbara Holley by email on Barbara.firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any concerns regarding your child and you are unsure who to direct it to, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Year Coordinator as listed below.
- Year 7: Lauren Lange – Lauren.email@example.com
- Year 8: Verity Ausma – Verity.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Year 9: Jenny Beddoes – Jenny.email@example.com
- Year 10: Sarah Buckland – Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Year 11: Darren Myer – Darren.email@example.com
- Year 12: Sharron Flynn – Sharron.firstname.lastname@example.org
This year, following the WA Recovery Program Initiatives, we have started to refurbish our Science labs. This will be achieved over 4 stages. Stages 1 and 2 were completed over the Christmas holidays. Stage 3 will be completed between 27 March and 25 April. Stage 4 will be completed between 26 June and 23 July. Stage 4 also includes the refurbishment of Art Room 2 and enlarging English Central. These much needed refurbishments mean more pleasing, updated work areas and equipment for our students.
If your child is riding to school, I would ask that you encourage them to be safe and to wear safety helmets. Please ask them to keep a vigilant eye out on the roads and use the school crossing guards where possible.
At Leeming Senior High School, we encourage our students to support and assist their peers and to accept all walks of life; we help our students to be the best that they can be; in short we follow our motto of Harmony and Excellence and we will continue to follow this with your child through 2021. I hope you enjoy the 2021 school year.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
At the end of 2020, the elected 2021 Student Councillor and House Captains headed off to Rottnest for the Leadership Camp. Over 30 students and 5 staff members enjoyed the spectacular surroundings and stunning weather and used these three very special days to bond, build teams, and develop a vision for their work in 2021.
Stay tuned for updates from your Student Leaders.
Ms S. Dyson, English Teacher
2020 Rottnest Leadership Camp
Coming in on the first day of camp, I didn’t know anyone there, except a few familiar faces. However, I soon felt welcomed when we all started to talk and had to work together as a united team. In meetings, ideas were let loose and we looked into the year ahead brainstorming ideas for how to make Leeming SHS a safe and happy place for everyone.
As one of the younger councillors there, I got to know so many more students with the amazing team building activities such as the beach games with Mr Boughton and the Amazing Rotto Challenge where we worked in groups of three to locate various items across the island. The incredible food really topped it all off with all the teachers’ amazing cooking and their catering for everyone’s needs.
This camp brought new challenges and new solutions as everyone worked together to represent Leeming Senior High School. I am looking forward to working with my fellow leaders throughout 2021.
Kathryn J, Year 9 Councillor
The Science staff would like to welcome students to our newly refurbished Science labs. There has been a lot of work taking place over the summer to complete the refit which will be fully complete by Semester 2.
We have a number of new staff join us this year. We would like to welcome Ms Deborah Clarke who is split between the Mathematics Department and the Science Department, Mr Jackson Stubberfield who has joined us to teach Chemistry and Physics, Ms Suzanne Wager who will be supporting Teaching and Learning in the department and Ms Zara Joseph who is teaching Lower School Science and Mathematics.
The Science and Technology Academy - An Approved Specialist Program
Welcome to the 2021 academic year! Welcome in particular to our new Year 7 members of STA.
The aim of the STA program is to provide enrichment opportunities to stimulate a greater interest and participation in Science and STEM. Students are encouraged to accept invitations to participate in the various extra-curricular programs that are run throughout the year. These include after-school workshops, independent challenges, state, national and international competitions, excursions and camps. The greater your child’s participation in the activities on offer, the greater the benefit to their education and development of inquiry and problem solving skills. There are a number of STA activities on offer this term.
Year 7 Science After School Marble Run Challenge
Year 7 STA members are invited to participate in the Science After-School Problem Solving Challenge. In this challenge students will work in teams to design and build a marble run using craft materials. A competition will be held on the final day to see which marble run keeps the marble off the ground the longest. This STA activity is an opportunity for STA members to get to know each other in an informal setting, while developing their cooperative learning skills.
The workshops took place after school on Monday 22 February and Tuesday 23 February 3 pm to 4.10 pm in Sc 1. The students were given afternoon tea before we started.
Term 2 Challenge: Crystal Growing Competition
STA members are invited to participate in the Term 1 Challenge which is to grow a crystal using 25 g of Alum salt.
Workshops will take place after school (3-4 pm) in Sc 1, commencing in Week 6 on the following dates:
- Session 1: Week 5 Tuesday 2 March (due to the public holiday)
- Session 2: Week 6 Monday 8 March
- Session 3: Week 7 Monday 15 March
- Session 4: Week 8 Monday 22 March – submission date
During the first two workshops students will learn the techniques needed to grow large crystals using seed crystals. Students are encouraged to complete this challenge at home so they can monitor and look after their crystals, but should attend at least the first session to understand the process, the challenge rules and to collect the 25 g sample of Alum salt to complete the challenge.
STA points will be awarded for:
- Submission of a story board describing how you grew your best crystal and the process of crystallisation.
- Submission of the crystal itself which will also be judged on the clarity and form of the crystal.
- Participation in two of the after-school workshops.
STEM Literacy Challenge
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 encouraged to participate in the STEM Literacy Challenge. In this challenge students need to produce a scrap book of STEM news articles published in magazines, the newspapers or journals; choosing topics that interest them or are current in the news. To complete the challenge students should use one of the ‘Article Review Sheets’ available in the Connect library to analyse the article to gain a deeper understanding of the topic of interest. This activity should be used as further reading to broaden student engagement in current issues in STEM, and to develop their ability to analyse text for deeper understanding. STA points will be awarded for each of the articles recorded and analysed in the scrap book. 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, 5 points per article. Scrap books should be submitted in the last week of each term for review and the award of STA points.
Scitech Incursion - Lab on Legs
Year 8 STA members will have the opportunity to participate in a forensics workshop brought to us by CSIRO Lab on Legs. Lab on Legs is a hands-on mobile science and technology laboratory where students can explore practical applications of science, use specialist equipment and engage in industry-relevant scenarios. Students use science inquiry skills to investigate evidence collected from the scene of a crime. They make observations, analyse results and use the evidence to draw conclusions to solve the crime.
The Languages Department says “Welcome back!”
Why study a foreign language?
Learning a second/additional language has many benefits. This article outlines just some of the life-changing opportunities that are available to people who speak a language other than English.
- Boost your university entrance score: Did you know that students who sit their WACE Examination in a second language course can benefit from the 10% LOTE Bonus? This incentive boosts a student’s final ATAR score, giving them a competitive advantage for university entrance.
- Employment: Learning a second language is an investment in your future. Most companies deal with foreign clients and suppliers and, therefore, people who can speak a second language are very attractive to prospective employers.
- Improve your brainpower: Studies have found that speaking a second language can improve your brain function; research shows that it improves memory and concentration, creativity and problem-solving skills.
- Improve your English: Studying a foreign language helps deepen your understanding of English; your first language is often used as a reference to compare and contrast systems of language.
- And not to mention, it opens the door to new travel experiences.
Tips for being successful in your language studies
- Get organised: Purchase a notebook to use solely for language classes. This will make revision easy when the time comes to prepare for an assessment. Make sure that you bring the correct materials to class – this includes stationery, your notebook and diary. Use your diary to record any homework and assessments. Check your school emails daily to view important notices from your teacher.
- Practise makes permanent: Just like learning to play an instrument, you will see gradual improvement with regular practice. Aim to spend 10-15 minutes each night reviewing new vocabulary, grammar and/or script (Japanese).
- Have fun with it: Make learning a language a game. There are many websites and apps available to help you learn a new language. Quizlet, for example, allows you to create personalised flashcards sets which you can use to play games and quizzes. Your teacher will share other fun interactive resources on your class Connect page (go to “Content”).
- Don’t be afraid to take risks: Be sure to actively participate in lesson activities and class discussions. Don’t be afraid to take risks and don’t be afraid to make mistakes – view mistakes as learning opportunities. “No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying.” (Tony Robbins)
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