principal's address

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


Term dates

Dates To Remember
  • 02 March: Labour Day Public Holiday
  • 03 March: OLNA Begins
  • 05 March: Year 10-12 Photo Day
  • 09 March: Year 7-9 Photo Day
  • 11 March: Photo Catch Up Day
  • 18 March: Year 7 1st Gardasil Vaccination
  • 19 March: STA – Astro Camp
  • 19 March: Inter School Swimming
  • 19 March : WASP Incursion Science
  • 24 March: Year 7 Gardasil Catch Up Day
  • 25 March: School Open Day
  • 25 March: P & C Meeting 7.30pm, Staffroom
  • 25 March: String Ensemble and Choir
  • 26 March: Year 11 Snorkelling to Rottnest Island
  • 27 March: OLNA Ends
  • 27 March: Regional Chess Tournament
  • 06 April: House Cross Country P4-5
  • 07 April: Early Close 1.15pm
  • 07 April: Year 8, 10, 12 Parent/Teacher Interviews 2-7pm
  • 08 April: Year 10 AFL Carnival
  • 09 April: End of Term 1

Contributions and Charges for 2020

We would like to remind all parents and carers that Charges and Voluntary Contributions are an essential support to the student’s education.

Our aim is to support a high standard of teaching. To be able to do this, we need families to support our Payments and Contributions requests which benefit the students directly.

Following the Department of Education guidelines, we break down the costs between Contributions, Charges and Approved Requests.

If you hold a Centrelink or Veteran’s Affairs card, you are entitled to claim the Voluntary Contributions costs.

Charges and Contributions can be paid in one lump-sum payment or in instalments.

Year 11 And Year 12 Students In 2020

Please be aware of the new $18.50 charge to participate in the compulsory Study Skills program.

Certificate II fees need to be at least 50% paid by Monday 3 February 2020.

For more information on our 2020 Contributions and Charges please download our Frequently Asked Questions booklet:


Year 7 Coordinator

Squeals of excitement, cries of laughter and sobs of joy rang out across the Sunken Garden on the first day of term; but once I was able to contain myself it was all guns blazing as Ms Jolly, me and anyone else we could find, worked tirelessly to help the Year 7s settle in to Leeming SHS. One major challenge for the students was finding their way to all the different classrooms on time. After a few hiccups and many, many… many reprinted timetables, I can safely say that the Year 7s have adjusted to change quite well and enjoy having a range of teachers. Week 1 was a big week for everyone, finishing with the AEP Testing and Activity Day. The detailed planning and hard work of Leeming SHS Staff meant a smooth transition from the testing into the first House Group Competition, which saw Findlay win the day with most points overall and the Aulberry 2 House Group win the 2nd Annual Tug-of-War Competition. Aulberry 2 now have bragging rights until the next House Group Activity. Well done to organisers and everyone who participated.

My focus for the Year 7s, as their Coordinator, is to make sure they are happy at school. As the term progresses there will be chances for them to join in and be a part of something such as the many after school clubs, Inter-House competitions and well-being programs. Communication for these will be sent out by the respective teachers through Connect and give parents an insight into everything on offer. There have already been several opportunities for parents to get involved at Leeming SHS through the Year 7 Parent Meet and Greet, and the Information Session during Week 2. Both events provided the chance to ask questions, get key information, meet student services staff and classroom teachers while networking with other parents. Keep an eye out for information and future events by checking the school website, our Facebook page and the School App.

Mr D. Mercer, Year 7 Coordinator and English Teacher


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.

Doing Good

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.

Human Landform Challenge

Contorting themselves in a deft mimacry of geomorphic processes, Mr Doohan’s Year 8 Geography class used their geography knowledge to compete in a unique challenge: represent different landforms using nothing but their own bodies. The hilarious charade had students rolling on the floor, either miming or laughing. Either way, students are never going to look at a river in quite the same way, ever again.

Mr C. Doohan, HASS HOLA and Ms R. Murray, HASS Teacher


Welcome Emi-san!

This year we welcome Emi Kondo, from Ryukoku University in Kyoto, who has taken a year off from her studies to volunteer at Leeming Senior High School as a Japanese language assistant.

We would like to thank Emi for her commitment to promote Japanese language and culture to our students, and look forward to learning many new things from her this year.

A Message From Emi

こんにちは。わたしは こんどう えみです。きょうとから きました。いっしょに 日本語を べんきょう しましょう!



Hello. I am Emi Kondo. I come from Kyoto. Let’s study Japanese together! From Emi.

Ms S. Burrows, Japanese Teacher


It has been a very busy start to 2020 in the School Library. The Year 7 students are enjoying coming to the Library and are keen to participate in the different after school clubs. Students are welcome to come and join in. The Homework & Study Skills Group is specifically thought to help Year 7s get organised for high school. They can get their diaries set up; learn helpful tips on their time management, what their learning style is and how to stay focussed at school. Come along when you feel you need to work on some specific skills or come along each week and use it as a revision and weekly organisation session while learning a few new study tips. The Minecraft Edu & Robotics Club is very popular with over 30 students attending. The Chess Club has quite a few new members, which is fantastic. Fresh competition keeps everyone on their toes.

What's happening in the Library?
Leeming SHS - BYOD

All Year 8-12 students should be bringing their device to school daily.

Year 7s will start using their devices at the beginning of Term 2. Towards the end of term, we will be starting to set up BYODs through Digital Literacy class. Students will be notified when to bring their devices to school.

Surface Pro or Surface Go Education bundle (Tablet, keyboard & pen)

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 : leemingshs2020

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

Use of devices in the Library

Students are encouraged to use their devices in the Library at all times. There are designated areas in front of Student Services and Home Economics for students to use their devices outside at recess and lunchtime, however the Library is out of bounds for gaming.

Movies at Lunch Time

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.

Ms C. Steel, Teacher Librarian


A very warm welcome to everyone from Mathematics department! This year we have gained two fabulous teachers, Mr. Benjamin Golighly and Mr. Christopher Nowers.

Mr Golightly (left) and Mr Nowers (right)

Christopher was born and raised in the town of Port Hedland up north in Pilbara. Having completed his high schooling there, he decided to pursue mathematics teaching in Perth. He has had the pleasure to teach at Ellenbrook Secondary College, and in his hometown at Hedland SHS. Christopher is appreciative of the welcoming staff and is looking forward to his time at Leeming SHS. When not in class, Christopher can be seen running or riding around the streets of Perth.

Benjamin joins us from Comet Bay SHS with a wealth of experience, having taught gifted and talented students for past seven years. He is keen to engage students at Leeming SHS with his unique teaching style. After school he likes to read books and play video games to fuel his intelligent brain!

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, you are are welcome in Mathematics Central on Mondays, from 3 to 4 pm.

Preparation for OLNA is well under way with classroom teachers imparting the right 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 an Enrichment program organised by Australian Maths Trust. The Maths Enrichment takes place over 12 – 16 weeks in Term 2 and 3. This program is open to Year 9 and 10 STA students. Interested students are advised to contact their maths teachers.

Mrs S. Kalra, Mathematics HOLA


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’.

Astronomy Camp

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!

STEM Literacy Challenge

STA members are encouraged to participate in the STEM Literacy Challenge to develop their own personal interest in the many facets of STEM. To complete this challenge, students can choose a STEM-related news article that is of interest to them, and write a summary of the main themes and ideas presented in the article. Text analysis tools and further information to help with this challenge are available on the Connect STA Flexi class. Folder/scrapbooks can be submitted in Week 9 for the award of STA points.

Term 1 Challenge: Build and Test a Mouse Trap Car

STA members are invited to participate in the Term 1 Challenge which is to build and test a mouse trap car. Your mouse trap car can be built at home or during the workshop sessions which will take place after school on Mondays from Week 4. The mousetrap will be supplied by the Academy, and can be the only source of energy for the ‘car’. We have had a broad range of construction materials that will be available during the workshops.

The following list is a useful guide of the materials you can use to build your mouse trap car.

  • One mouse trap (must be supplied by the Academy)
  • Balsa wood or plywood
  • Wooden skewers, wooden dowel, pencils or pens
  • Duck tape, glue
  • String, cotton thread and/or craft tape
  • Cardboard
  • Metal washers
  • Old CDs
  • Wheels from old toys

Part 1: Build your mouse trap car using any of the above materials. Have a look at the links below for some inspiration.




Part 2: Produce a story board to describe how you made your mouse trap car and explain the science behind how it works.

Part 3: Competition Day! (Monday 6 April, Week 10) The speed over 5 m and the distance covered will be recorded.

STA Points will be awarded for the design, construction, the story board and the speed/distance competition. Mousetraps can be collected from Mr Mackenzie or Dr Janes in the Science Department.

Help and tools will be available in Science 2 from 3-4 pm on:

  • Monday 24 February (Week 4)
  • Monday 9 March (Week 6)
  • Monday 16 March (Week 7)
  • Monday 23 March (Week 8)

During these sessions students can bring along their materials to have help building their car and/or producing their storyboard. Students should plan how they will build their car prior to attending the workshops and should bring the materials with them.

Dr E. Janes, Science HOLA


Message From The School Nurse

Welcome to all our existing students and families attending Leeming Senior High School and a big welcome to all the Year 7’s and new students and families. My name is Deb Kitak, Community Nurse based at Leeming SHS. I wish you all the very best for the year.

Medical Conditions

If your child has a medical condition, for example asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes or epilepsy please contact me for an Action Plan if you have not already done this. This is important so that I can manage your child’s medical condition appropriately whilst they are at school. Please update the school with any change to a child's medical condition.

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). Remind your child to immediately tell someone if she/he feels sick whilst at school.

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 ever 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. There is a Community Nurse 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 the nurse in class time they need to bring a note from the teacher or their diary signed by their teacher and log into the Health Centre. Only emergencies will be seen in 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 and to bring their own water bottles into school and not share their bottles.

Sleep: Teenagers need 7-9 hours of sleep a night with no interruptions E.g. No T.V, Electronic gadgets – mobile phones, computer, games etc. in your bedroom at sleep time.

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: Daily shower and maybe twice a day in summer if required and 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 after meals and 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. If you don't have ambulance cover we strongly advice that you search for quotes from Private Health Insurance companies.


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

Can 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.

Ms D. Kitak, School Nurse

Chaplains Chat - Carl Hough

As we have started back at school we need to get ourselves into a routine, here are 22 tips on how to get a better night's sleep .This will help you mentally, physically and spiritually a good night sleep can help you have more energy during the day and help you be able to concentrate more in class this is a key to a good well being.

Chaplains Chat - Bettina Carter

Welcome to all for 2020, we are off to a smooth start for this schooling year. As a school community, we spend a lot of time rubbing shoulders, while your teenagers are at school. There are always new and interesting things happening and we value your involvement in them. Please get involved as this is what makes the school community stronger. I am half way through reading the book 12 Rules for a life - an antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson and I would like to share some of the rules he identifies in his book. (Some are funny, but meaningful nonetheless).

Here they are (Some are funny but meaningful)

RULE 1. Stand up straight with your shoulders back.

RULE 2. Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.

RULE 3. Make friends with people who want the best for you.

RULE 4. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday not to who someone else is today.

RULE 5. Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.

RULE 6. Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world.

RULE 7. Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)

RULE 8. Tell the truth – or, at least, don’t lie.

RULE 9. Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t.

RULE 10. Be precise in your speech.

RULE 11. Do not bother children when they are skateboarding.

RULE 12. Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.

When I look around each Rule for life I could see a lot of deeper wisdom. Have a laugh and please look for the deeper wisdom in these 12 rules for life. Our school has a very strong student services team. Personally I feel very privileged to be a part of this team. I am very happy to chat with your teenagers or yourself as the support people of these amazing young adults. I am here for you in the good times and the tough times. Once again welcome to the 2020 schooling year and I am looking forward to all the memories we are going to make together.



Our parish runs an intensive after school Religious education program for those children in Years 1 to 6 who are not attending Catholic Schools. The program will prepare children for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation (2 year program). There is also a comprehensive program commencing on 06 May 2020 for High School children who may not have received all of their Sacraments. The closing date for Eucharist classes is February 27.

Classes run each Wednesday during the first three school terms starting at 4 pm in the church. Enrolments for all classes are now being accepted, although enrolments for the Sacramental years will be closing very soon. For enquiries please contact Judy on 93101747 (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) or email catechist@batemancatholic.org

Please note that fees for the year can be paid at enrolment.

$40.00 (Year) for Single child. $70.00 (Year) for Family.

Our next Newsletter will be published in Term 1, week 10 2020.