Dear Parents and Guardians,
Leeming Senior High School has been very busy this term. RUOK day was spilt over into RUOK week. Students were urged to have conversations with the members of our Student Services team if they felt they needed help. Sometimes life can become quite challenging and we encourage all of our students and staff to talk about any issues.
The Sports Carnival held on 11 September saw Grady win (closely followed by Findlay) for the third year in a row. Congratulations Findlay for coming so close. Of course I jest, well done to Grady on their win and to all other houses for their efforts. The day itself was very entertaining with student participation at its highest level yet! Mr Boughton and his staff did a great job organising the day, and that along with the spirit of our students, made the day a great success.
September 4 saw our annual racing of the Straight Six. Students from each year raced down the Rodd Hancock Straight in an effort to have their names positioned on the boards lining the Straight Six Hall of Fame for decades to come. Well done to all competitors and to all students cheering them on!
On August 27, Leeming’s Got Talent was held in the circle. Some of our very capable students impressed us all with their talent and I am sure we will be seeing a few names in lights in years to come. Leeming SHS Teachers from their band “The Mr Rooney’s” also gave a surprise appearance. Thank you and well done to all for your contribution.
Our Term 3 Whole School Assembly held on September 2 was a bit different this year. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we were unable to have all students in the gym at once. Instead we needed to hold three assemblies, one for Year 7 and 8s, one for 9 and 10s and one for 11 and 12s. Normally our focus at the Term 3 Assembly is Excellence. This year, we requested that learning areas focus on Harmony, nominating students who, in the face of an ever-changing educational environment, have managed to stay positive, focused and remain a harmonious member of the school community. The award winners were nominated by multiple learning areas and have been contributing to our culture of harmony across the whole school. In this current climate of COVID and social distancing, these awards bare special relevance and should be acknowledged and celebrated by us all.
As announced in our last newsletter, Leeming will be receiving $2.19 million for the refurbishment of the school. We are excited to announce that along with the refurbishing of the Science Labs we are now looking into a STEM lab. STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As current jobs disappear and new jobs are born due to advances in technology, STEM will provide students with the basics needed to move forward into these new work places.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe two weeks’ holiday. To our Year 12s attending the Mock exams, best of luck. Remember to take time out from studying and pace yourselves.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
year Twelve house group challenge
On Wednesday 2 September, the Year 12 cohort were involved in a House Group Challenge. This involved the cohort participating in a modified version of the "Leeming 25 Fitness Challenge". This challenge was originally developed by the Leeming SHS Physical Education Department as a response to keep our students physically active during the COVID-19 isolation period earlier in the year.
The House Group Challenge concept was then modified by the Year 12 Certificate II Sport and Recreation class.
The House Group Challenge required each House Group (Aulberry, Findlay, Grady and Ramsdale) to complete six exercises - Mountain Climbers, Squats, Planks, Burpees, Bicycle Crunches and Jumping Jacks.
Year 8 Academic Extension Program Excursion
On Friday 4 September the Year 8 AEP students, accompanied by Ms Dyson, Ms Lovatt and our wonderful Education Assistant, Basil Reeves, headed off to Murdoch University to participate in their 'Be a University Student for a Day" program. Students had a taste of what it means to sit in a huge lecture theatre and to be taught by academics from the Murdoch University staff. They participated in workshops on Criminology, Science and Engineering and Creative Writing, learning about the structure of university courses and possible pathways that can be taken. University staff who worked with the students commented on their high level of engagement in all activities and were especially impressed that they could engage in conversations about the nature of utopia and dystopia in their creative writing session. The highlight of the day for the students was the Amazing Race activity where the students’ map reading, team work and interpersonal skills were all put to the test. Needless to say, The JB Hi-Fi gift vouchers offered as prizes, sparked the competitive spirit among the group. A fun day was had by all.
HASS Week Special!
Escape Rooms, Competitions, Game Shows, Lego Challenges and one more Amazing Race. Finally something good has come out of 2020, with this year’s HASS Week universally acclaimed as the best ever!
The HASS teaching team greeted HASS Week garbed in their finest historical costumes. Be it the armour of a medieval knight or the overalls of a World War 2 land army worker, the cape of an ancient amazon to the fringes of 1920s flapper, from terrific togas and royal threads right down to monkly habit and prisoner stripes, HASS teachers were dressed and ready for action.
And the students were ready to act. The Amazing Race saw Year 7s literally racing around the school seeking clues for their historical challenges. Whether it was piecing together Aboriginal Puzzles, sequencing timelines, composing poetry or scrutinising artefacts, in conquering the competition, the students, as much as the race, were resoundingly amazing.
A Nightmare to Escape
Pandemic disease failed to quell the high spirits of our Year 8 students, even one so virulent as the infamous Black Death. A pig pen cypher concealed the unfortunate port of entry for the deadly disease, while a beak masked plague doctor held a hidden clue that enabled the students to take on the maze and discover a surprisingly accurate medieval “text message.” Success was celebrated with castle themed cakes made by HASS student chefs and our own Ms Flynn.
Not to be outdone, the Year 9s took pandemic problems into this Millennium, using their Geographical and Political nowse to discover hidden clues and decipher identity codes to help defeat our contemporary disease nemesis- COVID19. The brainchild of Ms O’Brien, this new Escape Room is now much sought-after by other admiring schools.
Civics Lego Masters
The Lego Master Civics Challenge was another highlight for Ms O’Sullivan’s AEP Year 9s, who took it as their civic duty to produce reconstructions of Australia’s most important civic buildings inside and out. The wonderful models proved a problem for the Year 12 Politics and Law judges but in the end, there could only be one winner- the incredibly detailed and accurate House of Representatives model, made by Ajna M, Ellie B and Charlotte R.
Year 7 Dodgeball Competition
The Year 7 dodgeball tournament, held on Tuesday 18 August, was an exciting team building competition organised by the Year 9 and 10 House Captains for the Year 7 students. The energy inside the gym was ecstatic as each house team competed for the title of first place. Each team did their absolute best and at the end of the day, Aulberry came in at 4th Grady in 3rd Findlay secured 2nd and Ramsdale finished victorious. Lily T. was the last person standing for the Ramsdale team, bringing her team to victory. A big thank you to everyone who was involved and helped to make the event such an enjoyable one.
Multicultural Festival Competition Winners
As part of the Multicultural Festival celebrations, students were invited to enter their original artworks in a competition run by the Languages Department. Students had the option to create an artwork featuring the Eiffel Tower or a manga-inspired poster based on the theme “Unity and Celebration”. The finalists’ artworks are below.
Japanese Studies 日本語がくぶ
Online Japanese Exchange Program
This term, 22 of our Japanese Specialist students in Years 8 to 10 are participating in an after-school Online Japanese Exchange Program. Once a week they link-up with our sister school in Japan and, via a video conference, participate in a variety of language and cultural exchange activities. In our second video link-up for the term, our students spoke about student life here at Leeming Senior High School. The students introduced their buddies to everything from rules and special events to lunch time activities. It was an excellent opportunity for our students to practice their Japanese in an authentic situation.
Virtual Tour of Kyoto
Our Year 10 students haven’t let the COVID-19 travel ban prevent them from visiting Japan! Instead, they have used the power of Google Maps to take a virtual tour of Kyoto. Equipped with a very complicated bus map, and the help of Google street view, the students were transported to some famous destinations in Kyoto, Japan. They are all keen to one day visit these destinations in person.
Year 9 Japanese Excursion to Hyogo Cultural Centre
In Week 6, the Year 9 Japanese Specialist students visited the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre. Located in Tuart Hill, the centre is owned by the Japanese Government and was established to promote language and cultural exchange.
Students learned about Perth’s sister state, Hyogo, and were tasked with the challenge of designing a bilingual poster that promoted the main attractions of Hyogo Prefecture. Students rose to the challenge and created visually-attractive and informative posters.
For their efforts, students were rewarded with an obento (おべんとう) lunch
Ms S Burrows, Japanese Specialist Coordinator
French Studies - Connaissances françaises
The Year 12 ATAR French students recently participated in a video conference delivered by Mr William Goussanou, a Sophrologue Specialist who lives in Paris.
Spring Has Sprung - Holiday reading
Need some holiday reading? Come to the Library and check out the new resources as we have bought lots of new fiction – including Graphic Novels and Manga, as well as topped up a lot of the series.
We have also introduced Dystopian and Steam Punk genres to the Fiction Collection, which are proving very popular with the Upper School.
Study Skills website
Don’t forget about the Study Skills Handbook website. It gives lots of tips to help you improve your study techniques as well as preparing for tests and exams.
Username: leemingshs Password: 77success
Virtual Chess Winners
Leeming SHS Chess Club won the Regional Interschool Tournament, which gives them a place in the State Finals. This was a fantastic effort to beat teams from Melbourne, Perth and Tasmania.
Well done to all 24 players.
Leeming’s Lego Legend in the Library
Congratulations to the following students who won the Leeming Lego Legends Competition for their year group. Year 7 – Nathan & Yang, Year 8 - Abby & Grace , Adam - Leeming ESC
Students created their own masterpiece based on the themes Flight and Minecraft.
2020 Women in STEM Research Symposium
On Friday 21 August, Year 10 STA female members participated in the Women in STEM symposium hosted by Murdoch University. This online event included an opening address from Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Lucy Johnston. Following the opening address, Dr Martina Calais, Senior Lecturer of Engineering shared outcomes and experiences from a collaborative research project with Horizon Power. Dr Paola Magni, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science, expanded on science, crimes, and fashion, and Associate Director of Digital Innovations, Julie Whitlock, reflected on her career in IT.
Year 8 and 9 students have been working with Peter Atkinson from Mind Mash developing their coding and problem solving skills. The program has run over six weeks and equates to 9 hours of practical engagement with programming EV3 Lego MindStorm robots.
The students have been working in teams to complete set tasks on the First Lego League robotics competition arena to score points. The students have enjoyed collaborating to solve the programming tasks and modify their robot to score points. The program will conclude in Week 9 with the in-house competition. It is hoped that in the future we may be able to muster a Leeming SHS Science and Technology Academy team to compete in the state competition. Students who are interested in participating should express their interest to Dr Janes.
Leeming Science Week
STA members have been in groups during Science After School on Monday afternoons to carry out science investigations and have put together a showcase of their work. Their work has been on display in the Library throughout Leeming Science Week. Mr Mackenzie and Dr Janes reviewed all presentations and awarded prizes to the most innovative and detailed presentations. Well done to everyone who has participated.
The Science Investigation Competition winners are:
- Danylo S. (Year 8)
- Vasikaran S. (Year 8)
- Jack T. (Year 8)
- Meysam S. (Year 10)
- Quan-Sheng Y. (Year 10)
- Tidan P. (Year 7)
- Brodie W. (Year 7)
Murdoch Soils Program
The Year 9s have also been working with the Outreach Team from Murdoch University on a project looking at soils. All of their hard was displayed in the Library during Week 9. The Murdoch Outreach Coordinators and special guests Dr Leonie Hughes and Associate Professor David Henry visited to judge the work presented by the Year 9 STA students.
The winners of the Presenter competition were:
- Lauren N.
- Seth T.
The first and second place Poster Competition winning teams were:
- Ashlee L., Yi-Lin T., Marcus B.
- Kate B., Charlotte C., Cailey W., & Anna L.
There were also a number of STEM activities on offer through the week, including an Aviation taster session with Mr Sabapathy and our Year 11 Aviation students. Students had the opportunity to have a go on the flight simulators and try taking off and landing.
Students across the school had the opportunity to experience virtual reality and engage with various robotics hardware during the after-school workshop.
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