Congratulations to Grady and all the students and staff that participated in the House Athletics Carnival on Friday 13 September. The aim of the day is participation and to create a sense of belonging for students. The participation rate from students was the highest we have seen. A thank you to our Health and Physical Education staff for their great organisation and the P&C volunteers who had a long hot day in the canteen area.
At the recent whole school assembly, we gave out many academic certificates to students across all year groups. It was also an important event as the School Captains launched the Community Awards. This award has been developed by the Student Council. Once again the aim is for students to further a sense of belonging and participation in something bigger than just themselves. Any student can nominate another student for any act that enriches a sense of school community. The nominated student will receive a certificate and both the nominee and nominator will get house points.
By now all Year 7 and 9 students should have received their NAPLAN results. If you have not received results, please contact reception. We are able to print off further copies.
The new school uniform is being progressively rolled out. The first item is the new lower school polo shirt. If you are unsure of the new uniform, please read the New Uniform Update in this newsletter. There is no requirement to purchase the new uniform until your child needs the old one replaced.
At the last School Board meeting we spoke about communication, particularly between parents and staff. It is a very complex situation initiated by either the parent or the teacher. For example, a parent may request information about academic or behavioral progress. In consultation with the school, the Board would like to create a policy around positive communication. The aim being to support the concerned parent but also not create an overwhelming workload for teachers. Hopefully this can be in place for the start of the 2020 school year.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
Dance - South Of The Swan At UWA
On 26 June our Year 7 to 12 Dance students participated in the 'South Of The Swan Dance Festival' at UWA. This show, organised every year, gives our Dance students the opportunity to perform a dance show in a semi-professional environment. All of our students put on a fantastic show!
The Music Learning Area has had an extremely busy and productive Term 3. At the Whole School Assembly in Week 5, the School Choir performed the National Anthem and the Percussion Ensemble helped to entertain the school with their piece, 'Evening News' by Chris Brooks. They were very well received and enjoyed by all as they played with confidence and power. Congratulations to all the music students involved for a fantastic contribution to the school.
Also in Week 5, our Senior Music students performed in the Senior Music Recital. For our Year 12 Music students, this was their final opportunity to perform both solo and in small ensembles for family and friends. Congratulations to all the students who performed and delighted the audience with their wonderful musical performances.
Our Junior and Senior Guitar ensembles recently performed in the WA Guitar Festival on the weekend of Week 5, 24-25 August. The Junior Ensemble received an award of Excellence and our Senior Guitar Ensemble received an Outstanding award. Congratulations to all students involved and our thanks to their director, Mr Nick Kostourkov for all his work and effort with the students in their guitar studies.
On Wednesday 11 September we held the Night of Musical Excellence, our main music concert for the year. It was a great night where the Junior and Senior ensembles performed with flair and passion. It truly was a night not to be missed. Congratulations to all students and well done in delivering the musical stories to a great audience. Special thanks to student helpers on the night, ensemble directors for their work and effort with students and to all the parents and families for their continued support.
On Saturday 14 September, the Junior Concert Band performed at the WA Junior Concert Band ABODA Festival at Churchlands Senior High School. Thirty-three excited Year 7 and Year 8 students played with heart and gave it their all for a wonderful performance. Afterwards, the ensemble took part in a workshop on stage with Peter Moore OAM, who has done much for music and music education in this state working with small children, students at university level and professional musicians. It was great to hear him talk about music in terms of making sounds like bouncing small balls rather than bouncing bricks and getting a "thud" sound. He reinforced the idea of how important all the other markings on the page were; ie, phrase, dynamics and articulation markings as these help to colour in music and give the magic effect to music. Peter also encouraged the students to play their music as if they were singing it! All great ideas for our students to think about. Special thanks to the ensemble director Ms Cristy Savage for her constant work and effort in teaching the students the art of concert band ensemble playing. Thanks again to all the parents and families who came along to support the students, it was a wonderful feeling to have a big support crew for the students. Well done to all involved.
Lastly, we wish all our Year 12 General Music and PSIM students all the very best with their final preparations for their upcoming exam weeks.
Our Music ATAR student, Wendy T., will have her final guitar performance exam in the first week of the October school holidays. We wish her well!
Ms M. Damos, Music Teacher
Term 3 has been an incredibly busy time for music students as Mrs Damos has pointed out. Our students have had at least 8 opportunities across the term to perform; that averages to almost one per week! Here is the list I have:
- Multicultural Week (Choir, Rock Band, Percussion Ensemble)
- WA Guitar Festival – congratulations for your awards!
- Senior Music Recita
- ABODA Band Festival
- Leeming’s Got Talent
- Night of Musical Excellence
- Senior Band Workshop with Leeming Area Concert Band
- School Assembly – thanks Percussion Ensemble and Choir!
Communicating Across The Ages With HASS
Year 7 AEP students have communicated Neolithic-style by creating their own menhir munchies. Large stone menhirs were the original signposts and students used this early form of communication, to tell a Stone Age tragedy. In this case they relayed the travails of the students’ favourite mystery mummy: Otzi the Iceman as he fell victim to changing times (and perhaps a wily mountain assassin) at the brink of the Copper Age.
Book Week– Reading Is My Secret Power
Throughout Week 5, the Library had different displays and activities happening each day to celebrate reading.
Leeming SHS was very fortunate to host a presentation to our Year 8 students by famous Australian author – Morris Gleitzman. He had some very interesting tales to share about his books and his life and several students and staff had a chat with Mr Gleitzman and also got autographs.
SECRET DATE WITH A BOOK: Selected books were wrapped in coloured paper with the blurb on the outside. Students then borrowed the book without seeing what it looked like – Don’t judge a book by its cover.
A huge new selection of manga, fiction, biographies and autobiographies were also on display
SECRET LEGO POWER CHALLENGE: Students were given a topic and they had to build something out of Lego. Thank you to our very capable judge - Mr Welsh, who had the very difficult task of choosing the winners. Jess and Grace were the overall winners of the finals with their fantastic phoenix and her chick.
THE MOVIE OF THE WEEK was Goosebumps 2, which the students thoroughly enjoyed watching while munching on popcorn.
BOOK WEEK COSTUME PARTY: Staff and students dressed up as their favourite book character or super hero and were invited to the Library at lunchtime on Friday 23 August to join in the fun with some yummy treats, snacks and prizes for the best costumes. There were a lot of amazing outfits worn by both students and staff.
State Chess Tournament Results
Congratulations to the Leeming Chess team for coming third in the State Chess Tournament. Unfortunately, they were pipped for second spot by half a point but still received an invite to compete in the National Chess Tournament in Melbourne.
Mrs Hayrebet (Home Economics) and I were involved in planning the Multicultural Festival which was held at the school on Friday 9 August in conjunction with Leeming Senior High School Ed Support.
We ran many activities on the day such as food tasting, Henna tattoos, a fun photo booth, performances from the LSHS Music Band, Dance groups and the Choir.
We also had the very talented Amy Jones play the bagpipes, Spanish dancing by Farida from Casa del Compás and the help of the artist Nathan Hoyle to complete the stunning wall mural.
Athletics 2019 - Grady Are Back To Back Winners!
The House Athletics Carnival was held on Friday September 13 2019. The day was a freak hot and humid one for this time of year, but the competitors were not deterred and they battled on regardless. In the lead up to the carnival all Triple Jump, High Jump, Javelin and 1500 meter events had been conducted during lunchtimes as well as the annual Straight Six. This year we decided to follow a similar format to the inter school completion, putting students into divisions and only taking the 4 fastest times, throws & jumps in each of the events.
The Athletics program had been run for the past 7 weeks during Physical Education classes preparing students for the big day.
The day itself ran smoothly and on schedule, with presentations for the champion athletes and the Straight Six slotting in perfectly before the end of the school day.
This term STA members have been attending after-school workshops to prepare a Science Show for visiting primary school students. Leeming Primary School visited on Thursday 19 September, and West Leeming Primary School will visit in Week 10. The students have put a lot of thought into their explanations and demonstrations to present to the students.
In Week 9 Leeming celebrated National Science Week. There were many activities taking place including virtual reality, robotics, Science Shows and the attempt to view the Sun through our Solar Telescope which was unsuccessful due to the clouds. Ms Steel and the Library staff organised Science displays and students across the school had the opportunity to experience virtual reality using the VR goggles. During Science lessons there were special activities including TED Talks for kids, games, quizzes and competitions.
Message from the School Psychologist
On Thursday 12 September 2019, staff and students attended two separate events to build awareness of the RU OK? message and help start a conversation that could change a life.
Staff enjoyed an amazing array of cakes while students visited the Conversation Cafe for hot chocolate and a muffin.