Welcome to the 2020 school year. A special welcome to our new Year 7 families and to all the other families who have joined Leeming SHS in 2020.
The year has started very quickly and smoothly for all year groups. Year 7 parents have had a welcome BBQ afternoon and an Information Evening. Year 10, 11 and 12 Parent Information Evenings have also occurred. These events provide an opportunity to clarify issues, outline support and pathways available and give key information in relation to that cohort of students.
Once again our Year 12 results were outstanding. Congratulations to the class of 2019. Highlights include:
- Median ATAR: 81.94
- ATAR above 95: 10 students
- ATAR of above 90: 27%
- WACE achievement: 94%
- ATAR or Cert II requirements met: 99%
- ATAR above 55 and / or Cert II: 97%
- Certificate of Excellence: 2 (Economics and Psychology)
- Certificates of Distinction: 5
- Certificates of Merit: 15
- ATAR subject averages above both state and like schools: 11
- 93% of our students received a first round offer from Universities (equal to the State results). 63% received their first choice in the first round offers.
We are thrilled to inform our parents and the Leeming community that we recently received a letter from the Director General, Ms Lisa Rodgers informing us that the Department of Education analysis of the 2019 senior secondary student performance data has identified Leeming Senior High School as a school which has had a significant positive impact on Year 12 student progress and success through secondary education.
The Director General stated in her letter that "It is evident that it is the motivation, commitment and capability of your staff that has provided the foundation for this success. Together you have provided an education that ensures your students are best placed for post-school opportunities and a meaningful future."
It is fabulous to see that the hard work has had an impact on our students' results and we will continue to work together to guide all of our students to success.
With the new school year starting, it is important to remind your children about road safety. If they ride to school, they must wear a helmet. I ask that all students walking or riding to school be alert and attentive when crossing roads. Leeming is close to some busy roads, most notably South Street and Karel Avenue.
Leeming SHS has been identified as being in a bushfire zone by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). This puts special responsibility on the school community to be vigilant during the summer months. It also means the school will likely be pre-emptively closed if the forecast is for a Catastrophic Fire Danger in the Perth Metropolitan Area. This is a very rare event. When given advance warning by the DFES that a Catastrophic rating has been forecast for a given day, the Deputy Director General, Schools will probably direct the pre-emptive closure of the school. If the school receives such a directive, you will be informed of the possible planned closure.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you wish to discuss any issues or challenges regarding your child. I encourage you to visit our school’s website www.leeming.wa.edu.au to stay updated with all the events which occur at Leeming SHS, follow us on Facebook and download our School App.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
HASS High Flyers
2019 was a fantastic year for HASS Year 12 students. Economics, Geography, Politics & Law and Psychology classes all finished on a high, scoring above the 'like schools' of Rossmoyne, Willetton and Applecross. Special congratulations to Alicia S. (Economics) and Odette G. (Psychology) for their Certificates of Excellence. Certificates of Excellence are only awarded to students who are in the top 0.5 per cent of their ATAR course so this is truly a magnificent achievement.
Good times followed exams for the Year 10 Academic Extension, with students engaged in a project to 'do good' in their community. Research and reflection allowed the students to choose a variety of worthy charitable organisations and plan ways to raise awareness or even provide financial assistance. Over the final three weeks of term the Year 10 students inspired their fellow students to raise an amazing $2,500 for organisations such as 'Share the Dignity', 'Breast Cancer Research' and the 'World Wildlife Fund'. Of equal importance, students realised that we all have the ability to enact change in our community. Who knows what ambitious projects await in the future?!
Gallery of Evil
While their predecessors efforts are still doing good, Ms de Beer’s Year 10 class have been investigating evil in modern history. Their compelling Gallery Walk displaying history’s dark page: the Rise of Hitler, has helped Year 10s understand and evaluate the causes of world war, so that hopefully, Wold War Two will be the last.
The Science and Technology Academy- An Approved Specialist Program
Welcome to STA 2020! Particularly welcome to our new Year 7 students who have entered the program. There are lots of exciting opportunities for students to get involved in to earn those sought-after STA points!
Science After School
Year 7 STA members are participating in a two-week series of workshops as an introduction to STA. In the first after-school session students will be exploring the properties of materials in ‘Slime Time’, and in the second session in Week 4 they will be exploring the properties of light and optical illusion in ‘It’s Magic’.
Year 9 STA members will have the opportunity to go on the annual Astronomy Camp to Yanchep, Gin Gin Observatory and the Gravity Discovery Centre. This is an overnight camp staying in Guilderton which kicks off at Yanchep National Park to learn about cave formations and Aboriginal culture. In the evening we will be going to the Gin Gin Observatory to learn about constellations of stars and view the night sky through the resident telescopes. The following day we will have a guided educational tour of the Gravity Discovery Centre. Information will be available on Connect soon.
Murdoch Outreach Periodic Table Project
Murdoch Outreach visited Leeming Senior High School on the 20 February to meet with a group of Year 9 STA members who nominated to participate in a competition to design a tile for two of the elements, to contribute to a large Periodic Table that will be displayed during National Science Week. This is an opportunity for our STA members to turn STEM into STEAM!