principal's address

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.holley@education.wa.edu.au.

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.lange@education.wa.edu.au
  • Year 8: Verity Ausma – Verity.ausma@education.wa.edu.au
  • Year 9: Jenny Beddoes – Jenny.beddoes@education.wa.edu.au
  • Year 10: Sarah Buckland – Sarah.buckland@education.wa.edu.au
  • Year 11: Darren Myer – Darren.myer@education.wa.edu.au
  • Year 12: Sharron Flynn – Sharron.flynn@education.wa.edu.au

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


Dates to remember



The 2021 school year begun with a difference but things seem to be settling into place. Clubs for all students commenced Week 3 and Year 7s have started coming to the Library on Wednesdays at lunchtime to be introduced to all the activities and resources available to them.

Which Club ?

There are lots of different clubs and activities in the Library. Students are welcome to come at any stage to join in, with all year groups welcome.

The Study Smarter -Strategies & Tips & Homework Group is specifically to help Year 7s get organised for high school.

  • They will also learn valuable strategies to develop solid study skills.
  • They will set up their diaries; learn helpful tips on their time management.
  • They will learn what their learning style is and how to stay focussed at school.

Students are welcome to come along when they feel they need to work on some specific skills or come along on a weekly basis and use it as a revision and weekly organisation session while learning a few study tips.

The Robotics & Minecraft Club is very popular with students enjoying Blockly Coding before moving on to Scratch, Spheros etc.

Several students from previous years have continued to attend and are very good mentors for the new members. Minecraft will alternate every other week with the Robotics sessions.

The Chess Club has lots of new members who are keen to test their skills against the older students, which is fantastic.

Fresh competition keeps everyone on their toes.

What's On In The Library ?
Activities in the Library
Leeming SHS - BYOD

All students are reminded to bring their device to school every day, fully charged.

The Year 7s will start using their own device by Week 5, Term 1. I will be instructing students in Week 4 when to bring their devices and we will do the setting up through Digital Literacy. Students will also be able to bring their devices into the Library at lunchtime Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at the after school Study Smarter session.

Leeming SHS - Preferred Device

Parents can purchase any device providing it meets the minimum specifications (this includes Macbooks).

Leeming SHS’s Preferred Supplier is JB Education

Website : https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod. Password : leemingshs2021

## Parents can also go into a JB HiFi store, show their child’s Education Department email address and negotiate a price.

Movies At Lunchtime

Students from all year groups can come in at lunchtime - sit down, relax and enjoy a movie.

Below is a list of the movies being shown this term. In order to show movies that the students enjoy, we have included some that have a rating of PG. If any parents disagree with these movies being shown in the Library, please contact the Principal.

Term 1, 2021 In The Library

Ms C. Steel, Teacher Librarian

The Arts

Welcome New Staff

The Arts would like to welcome two new members of staff this year, both experienced and exciting young teachers. They are Ms Karolia in Dance and Mr Angus in Media. Both of these teachers are skilled in their own fields and very approachable, so I encourage you to contact them whenever needed, or if you are just curious!

Welcome Back Staff

We also welcome back Ms Lacy to teach Drama from Years 7 to 12 and to be the strong creative force in this area. Ms Lacy has seen many fine students progress from her classes to work in the Performing Arts’ Industries and we look forward to the work that she will be doing with students.

Visual Arts

In Visual Arts, the fantastic Ms Archibald is joining us again after two years in the north of the state – and a baby! Ms Archibald’s skills, her rapport with students and the inventiveness of her work perfectly complements the great work that Ms Healey and Ms Buckland already do with students.

On another note, Ms Hafid wrote and performed a show as part of the Fringe Festival. I loved the show, and I’m pleased to say I wasn’t the only one; ‘Car Rides with Ahmed’ was awarded five stars in a review, and described as one of gems that sometimes appear at the Fringe. Congratulations to Ms Hafid on her brilliant work!

Mr M. Williams, Head of The Arts


Inspiration for Creative Writing in 2021

At the end of 2020, the English Department invited award-winning West Australian author, A.J (Amanda) Betts, to work with the Year 10 AEP classes in readiness for the challenge of ATAR English in 2021.

AJ Betts sharing her writing tips.

Amanda Betts is the author of five critically acclaimed novels for young adults, including Zac and Mia, which has been adapted for the screen and won two awards in the 2018 U.S. Daytime Emmy awards. She was also the 2019 recipient of the WA Premiers Book Award Fellowship and has a PhD on the topic of ‘Wonder’.

2020 Young Inklings

Amanda shared her hints for how to bring authenticity to the students’ original writing gave practical tips for how they might develop a sense of voice for their characters - one of the key concepts of the ATAR English course.

A. Hill showcases her acting skills in this activity designed to develop a character's voice.
Beatriz dLB sharing her writing with the group.

The students were highly engaged by Amanda’s dynamic approach and many willingly shared the writing she inspired during the workshop.

Elected Student Leaders 2021

Meet LSHS Student Leaders for 2021

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

2021 Student Leaders List

Congratulations also to all of the students who have been elected as Student Leaders for 2021.

School Councillors for 2021

House Captains for 2021

Congratulations to Grace C. and Erika S. for attaining the roles of School Captains for 2021.

The Science and Technology Academy


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.

Lab on Legs

Dr E. Janes, Science and Technology Academy Coordinator


Simply the Best

With their amazing HASS performances, Leeming’s Year 12s proved once again that it takes more than a global pandemic to halt a HASS student. In the midst of 2020’s challenges they rose to the fore, with Leeming classes achieving better ATAR results in Economics, Geography, History and Psychology than both the state average and that of Leeming-like schools such as Willeton and Rossmoyne! The wonderful way in which all Leeming students have taken this year’s bushfires, snap lockdowns and mask wearing in their stride, bodes well for them, likewise, showing off Leeming excellence in the future.

Geography Certificate

Ups and Downs of Economic Systems

Masking up did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of younger HASS students studying Economics as they participated in a series of Week 2 market simulations. Simulating whole economic systems was embraced by Year 9 students, whose control of the means of production and “rock-paper-scissors” resulted in continued profits for the capital owners and an ordinary citizen who exemplified a rags to riches story. While these beneficiaries were less appreciated by those left “penniless” on the street, from there they could still critique the system, and suggest changes to the next system simulation in the hopes of a better future.

Ms R. Murray's Year 9 Class

Out of This World Choices

Bartering valued goods such as baby yoga diaries and computer game cards highlighted basics of consumer sovereignty for Year 8 market simulation participants, adding to their understanding and revealing some shrewd bargaining skills. Next, introducing currency added another level of complexity for the students to explore and exploit. And finally, what better way to investigate economics terms such as scarcity and opportunity cost than planning an expedition to Mars!

Ms R. Murray's Year 8 Class

Missing Chair Conundrum

Consternation grew amongst Mr Nardi’s Year 9 students as they looked around their new classroom. Under the cheerful colours of the flags of nations, there was one shocking shortfall- not enough chairs! Thankfully, the students were up to the challenge and collaborated on 15 ways to deal with this example of scarcity, starting off with ways to share seats in an equitable way and moving on to longer term solutions to leverage more chairs. With the solution in sight, students are satisfied but curious about what other innovative plans Mr Nardi may have to help them learn from real choices.

Mr D. Nardi's Year 9 Class

Ms R. Murray, HASS Teacher


The Languages Department says “Welcome back!”

Bienvenue! おかえりなさい!
Your teachers (left to right/front to back): Madame Spears, Burrows Sensei, Madame Robert, Lee Sensei
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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. And not to mention, it opens the door to new travel experiences.
Japan Tour 2019
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)

Ms S. Burrows, Japanese Specialist Coordinator


A very warm welcome to everyone from the Mathematics Department! We weren’t expecting masks and summer rain, but everything went smoothly with the first week of school. We look forward to continuing this extraordinary journey in 2021.

This year we have gained wonderful Mrs Deborah Clarke as our Maths and Science teacher. We also have Miss Joseph who is teaching a Year 7 Maths class.

Deborah has just returned to WA (Mandurah) after a year in Humpty Doo, near Darwin in the NT. It was a wonderful countryside up there with lots of crocodiles and she enjoyed teaching in a completely different environment.

Deborah is originally from the UK and spent a few years working as a mathematics and science teacher there before she left to work in the Middle East. She spent 15 years working throughout the Middle East and enjoyed the completely different culture and people and particularly loved Egypt.

Deborah arrived in Australia about 15 years ago with a husband and 4 cats, worked in a small private school for 12 years and enjoyed that too.

She has welcomed meeting the new students and staff of Leeming SHS and is looking forward to seeing everyone’s faces without masks.

Mathematics after school study club is running again!

If any student wishes to acquire further understanding of any maths concept or needs extra help with homework, they are welcome in Mathematics Central on Mondays, from 3 to 4 pm.

Preparation for OLNA is well under way with classroom teachers imparting the important skills. Students sitting the numeracy component in March are advised to use their accounts on “Education Perfect” for more practise at home. Good luck to all!

Mathematics Enrichment

At Leeming SHS we are keen to guide our bright young maths students toward a lifetime of creative problem solving through the Enrichment Program organised by Australian Maths Trust. The Maths Enrichment takes place over 12 – 16 weeks in Terms 2 and 3. This program is open to Years 9 and 10 STA students. Interested students are advised to contact their Maths teachers.

Mrs S. Kalra, Head of Mathematics


On behalf of myself and Mrs Damos, we would like to welcome all Music students to school for 2021. We are looking forward to hearing some great music and enjoying the process of making and composing. A reminder that all ensemble rehearsals and instrumental lessons have now commenced, so come and see us if you are unsure about your ensemble/lesson times.

Below is a photo of Year 7 Class Music in our first week back, getting into music-technology from our first lesson!

Mr G. Ryder and Mrs M. Damos, Teachers of Music


Chaplain's chat - bettina carter

Welcome everyone to another exciting and I’m sure rewarding year at LSHS. I hope that you had a refreshing holiday and made the most of the extra week without school at the end.

It seems that our world is not always as predictable as it once was, which can cause a variety of reactions such as feeling lonely, stressed, worried and isolated and anxious. The main thing I have found that is helpful is to deal with the fact and only what is in front of me. I have tried to discipline myself to practice self-care more regularly and to check in with myself and others in my world more regularly.

We have been encouraged through the "are you ok" day to ask others how they are going. This is such a powerful thing, to take the time and ask others how they are going.

We as the school staff want the very best for your children, we care for them as total people.

We are ultimately all aiming for the same thing to grow confident capable young people who will one day be able to lead our country well.

I would like to extend an invitation to any of you to call or email, and to have a chat with myself (Bettina) or the other chaplain (Carl). We, along with the other member of the student services team, are here to support you all in our school community.

To finish, I have some wise sayings from staff in Student Services….

This is a new year. A new beginning and things will change.

Mistakes are proof that your trying.

Some things you read you learn, some you enjoy and some learning just swallows you up heart and soul.

Enjoy this term.

Ms B. Carter, School Chaplain


My First Day Of High School

By Faith Liberato, Grade 8, Maroochydore State High School Short Story 2015

It is hard to tell you the way I felt about my first day of high school but if I tell how it all went then maybe you will understand.

I woke up this morning excited but, nervous as today was the day, I would begin my journey of high school. Thousands of thoughts rushed through my mind. Will I fit in? Will I make friends? Will I have nice teachers? Will I be bullied? That’s when I panicked but my mum assured me I would be fine if I followed school rules and did what was asked.

So off I went in my uniform and smiled hoping for best outcome possible. My bag weighed me down, but I stood tall and proud. We met at the school hall with welcoming smiles and sat in our form classes. I could feel the tension in the air, and then I knew I was not the only one feeling this way.

We then had a tour of the school and were shown where everything would be. I just hoped I could remember it all when I needed to. Then we headed off to our first class to meet our fellow class mates. I was happy with my class as not one kid in my class was mean or nasty to one or another.

As the lunch bell rang chaos arose, kids running and screaming every where dashing to the tuck shop hoping not to get caught in the line-up of course. I went and sat down with my friends from last year. We chatted about our holidays and what their first lesson of high school was like. Before we knew it, we were back in class.

We got to know our teachers a bit more. My prayers had been answered we had the best teachers of all. The teachers weren't strict nor grumpy or mean. They were friendly and nice how all teachers should be.

Before I knew it the day was over. I don't know why I panicked or was scared at all. High school may seem scary but it's just like primary or kindergarten.

My first day of high school taught me, I shouldn't be so quick to judge about something I haven't even tried. High school was NOT lame; scary or bad as thought it would be but, the funniest thing I have done in the last 13 years.

I love high school now, it’s the best thing of all. I hope your first day will be one of your best days of your life too.

Remember to always think positive, and enter a room smiling, as its contagious.

Have a great 2021

Mr C. Hough, School Chaplain


Here are a few tips for your family if your student is having anxiety when thinking of attending school.

Health Centre

news from the school nurse

Hi to all students and families attending Leeming Senior High School and a big welcome to all the Year 7s and any students and families new to the school. My name is Deb Kitak, I am the Community Health Nurse from the Child and Adolescent Community Health (Melville Region), based at LSHS. I am looking forward to meeting students and parents. I work Monday to Thursday 8.15 am to 4.15 pm. My contact number is: 9237 6819. I wish you all the very best for the year ahead.

Medical Conditions

If your child has a medical condition or develops a medical condition for example asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes or epilepsy please contact the admin office for an Action Plan if you have not already done yet. This is so that I can manage your child’s medical condition appropriately whilst they are at school.

Anaphylaxis - checklist for parents of students at risk:

  • Tell the school administration if your child has been prescribed an adrenaline autoinjector (i.e. EpiPen), has experienced anaphylaxis, has any changes in allergies, and/or any other health care needs that may affect anaphylaxis management.
  • Make sure your child carries an adrenaline autoinjector in their bag and replace the device before it expires.
  • Make sure your child knows how to use the adrenaline autoinjector. Show his or her friends, brothers and sisters if they are old enough to understand.
  • Provide an ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis completed and signed by your child’s doctor. Update the plan (including a photo of your child) when the adrenaline autoinjectors are renewed (usually every 12-18 months). Action Plans are available from www.allergy.org.au Help the school to develop an Individual Health Care and Risk Minimisation Plan for your child.
  • Educate your child about how to avoid known allergens (triggers).

Parents/Guardians if you have a child at the school that has Anaphylaxis can you please make sure that their Anaphylaxis Action Plan is updated 12-18 monthly as this is the Department of Education policy.

The Health Centre is located in the student central building with Student Services Managers, Chaplains and a School Psychologist and I am based here 4 days per week, Monday to Thursday 8.15 am to 4.15 pm.

I am happy to meet parents and discuss medical issues that may be a problem for your child. I am also happy to meet the students, especially if they are new to Leeming SHS. Please come to the Health Centre and say hello. I do encourage students to come and see me in their own time, before school, break times and after school if the matter is not urgent. If your child needs to see me in class time they need to bring a note from the teacher or their diary signed by their teacher.

Only emergencies will be seen during class time.

Confidentiality is respected and students can make an appointment to see me if they would like to discuss an issue or problem.

Important Health Messages

Nutrition: Students are encouraged to eat a healthy breakfast prior to school.

Fluids: Students are encouraged to drink plenty of water 6-8 glasses per day, to bring their own water bottles into school and not share their bottles.

Sleep: Growing children need 10 – 12 hours of sleep at night with no interruptions e.g. no TV, electronic gadgets – mobile phones, computer, games etc. in your bedroom at bedtime.

School Bags: Look after your back! Students your bag should not weigh more that 10-15% of your body weight. If you have a back pack you need to carry it on your back and shoulder straps on both shoulders supporting the load on your back.

Hats and Sun: Wear a hat if you are in the sun and apply sunscreen.

Hygiene: Have a shower daily - maybe twice a day in summer. Don’t forget to use soap on your body and shampoo your hair regularly. Use deodorant and don’t forget to brush your teeth twice a day, once after meals and once at bedtime.

The School Health Service

The school health service aims to promote healthy development and wellbeing to help students to reach their full potential. Students are better prepared for learning when they are healthy, safe and happy. School Health services provide an easy access point to health care for students. The school health nurse may carry out health assessments and provide information, advice, referrals and support for students. The support encourages development of knowledge, skills and behaviour, and encourages the young person to deal with their health issue(s) and make healthy lifestyle choices. Individual students can seek information, guidance and support about a range of issues that may include: coping with illness, culture or racism issues, feeling anxious, stressed or unhappy, healthy eating and nutrition, healthy weight and body image, mental health and wellbeing, loss and grief, problems at home, relationships, sexual health, smoking, alcohol, drug use and other adolescent concerns.

There may be times when the school health nurse needs to share information with parents or guardians or certain others in the school community, to provide support and care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the young person. The school health nurse encourages and supports young people to talk to their parent or guardians about significant health issues.

Ambulance Cover

I strongly advise parents/guardians to have ambulance cover as an ambulance will be called in emergency situations and when deemed necessary. The school DOES NOT pay for this service. The cost of an ambulance in an emergency is approximately $900. For your reference the yearly cost of ambulance cover through one of the main private health insurers (agent for St John’s Ambulance) is approximately $98.25 for families and $49.10 for singles.


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

Updating Contact Details

Families, please ensure the school is notified as soon as possible if any contact details change. This includes home, mobile and emergency contact phone numbers and email addresses.

I look forward to meeting parents and students and wish you all a great year.

Mrs D. Kitak, Community Health Nurse

The School Dental Service

The School Dental Service continues to offer free dental treatment to school students aged 5 to 16 years or until the end of Year 11. Your child can continue to go to the same Dental Therapy Centre attended in primary school, or you can choose to attend another centre if it is more convenient.

Please advise the Dental Therapy Centre if you have changed your address.

Your nearest Dental Therapy Centre is Leeming DTC: Ph: 9332 3194.

If you are not enrolled, you can do so by contacting the clinic directly.

Leonie, Michelle and Ana, Leeming Dental Therapy Centre

Community Advertising


ranford junior soccer club

Above is the flyer requesting players to join the Ranford Junior Soccer Club which is a non profit club run by volunteers and we are in existence for over twenty years. Our aim is to ensure kids play in a safe family friendly environment. The club focuses on creating a semi competitive environment for junior players to enhance their interest in soccer and develop their skills. Thank you.

C. Harriduth, President

Term 1 – Tuition Classes for Years 7 - 12

Term 1 - ATAR Master Classes

Our next Newsletter will be published in Term 1, Week 10, 2021


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