Dear Parents and Guardians,
It has been a short but productive term for both staff and students.
The term started a week late and put some pressure on staff and students to “catch up” and keep the curriculum moving at a pace faster than would normally be the case. Highlights of the term include an amazing school ball, house swimming carnival, school photos, parent / teacher interviews and many excursions and incursions. Congratulations to the Year 7 students whom have settled in very well. Within the first week, masks and all, they had found their classrooms and were completely organised for high school.
This term the school has been undergoing a large amount of internal review and planning for the next four years. With an external review, a new School Board and a new business plan, it was the ideal time to change some things and reinforce the good things we do. Many of the new programs and processes will be rolled out over the coming year. This will include an expansion of our parent communication tools.
Our growth in student numbers has now stabilised and we are continuing our classroom refurbishment. Over the coming Easter holidays the Science classrooms will continue with the next stage of refurbishment. Leading up to, and during, the July school holidays will see the finishing of Science and refurbishment of English and Visual Arts. This will leave only one teaching block to be refurbished at a later time.
Enjoy your Easter and Term 1 break. A reminder students return on Monday 19 April.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
The Library is now open to all students before school, lunch time and after school.
LEEMING AT FRINGEWORLD, PERTH
On Wednesday 24 February, a group of Year 11 students performed their play called The adults didn’t like our title to a sold-out crowd at The Girls’ School venue as part of the Fringeworld Festival. They raised $500 in ticket sales to donate to the charity Lifeline and received rave reviews for the play.
The students began writing the play in Drama class in Term 3 last year for an assignment. We began the playwriting process by considering issues the students felt strongly about, such as bullying, mental health and discrimination. What surfaced the most for these students, however, was that while they had ideas and expressed their opinions, they felt powerless and frustrated by the lack of voice that children are allowed and taken seriously for by the adults with power in their lives. Thus, a theme developed- the struggle of young people to be taken seriously, be listened to and be respected by adults.
The students began crafting a story around the struggle of a student, Adrian played by Benjamin v B., who runs for student councillor at “Generic Senior High School”, misunderstanding the role and believing he is a student “counsellor”. Challenges emerge for Adrian as students at Generic Senior High School come to him for help with the problems they are facing as the adults in their lives won’t listen to them or give them effective help. Story lines dealing with bullying, homophobia, academic pressure and cults (yes, cults) were weaved into the play, with the students creating a hilarious, touching and thought-provoking work.
After they performed this play at the end of Term 3 in 2020, we entered it to be considered for the Fringeworld Festival- filling out the application, deciding on ticket prices and creating promotional materials as a class. Jasmine S. and Louise v D. designed and dyed the costumes, and Louise v D. designed and operated the lights at the Fringeworld venue alongside the professional Fringeworld technical crew. Piper M. and Grace B. wrote the synopsis for the Fringeworld website, and Alice J. created the poster for the play. The performance was originally set for an earlier date, but due to the lockdown in February, it was postponed. The parents, students and myself checked in daily to hear the updates that would decide the fate of the show. We got news that we would sadly have to cancel the original show due to the lockdown, but two days later Fringeworld offered us a place in its encore season and we were back on at a later date, and in a bigger venue!
The show was quickly sold out to 98 audience members. The responsibility that we were performing in a professional festival and were expected to perform to a professional standard was not lost on the students. While many others were resting on the summer school holidays, these Year 11s were hard at work rehearsing. They certainly did not disappoint! Performing with energy and skill to a crowd of cheering and laughing audience members who commented afterwards how impressed they were. One of the performers, Ben v B., said that “the production became a big part of everyone's lives for those 6 months and all of us became pretty close. It was very stressful, but now that it's over I miss it”.
The students decided to donate the profits to Lifeline, whose resources have been under increased stress due to the pandemic. We received a touching personal letter from Lifeline to thank students for their donation of $500 and to congratulate them on their hard work.
Personally, I would like to thank these performers and students for their creativity, passion and enthusiasm all throughout the process. It has been an honour to work with these wonderfully dedicated performers and I am so proud of what they have achieved.
Sabrina Hafid, Drama Teacher
YEAR 12 DRAMA CAMP 2021
On the weekend of Week 5, Year 12 students from Leeming Senior High School were invited to attend a camp at Point Walter for further enrichment in the Drama curriculum. The students participated in workshops by practitioners in the theatre industry. There were 80 Year 12 Drama students in total, coming from seven different schools. The weekend was full of entertaining performances, fun and educational workshops.
Students from Leeming Senior High School, Applecross Senior High School, Mandurah Baptist College, Willetton Senior High School, Duncraig Senior High School, Carine Senior High School and Perth Modern School were invited to attended this camp from Friday evening until Sunday evening. It was a fantastic opportunity for students to prepare for the practical and written demands of the Year 12 Drama course, and to learn from industry professionals and leaders in the field.
On arrival at Point Walter Recreation and Conference Centre on the Friday evening, students were excited and animated (as you can imagine with 80 Drama enthusiasts). After dinner, students were treated to a performance from Circus performer Ross Vegas to welcome them to the camp. On Saturday, students participated in workshops run by industry professionals on circus, physical theatre skills, monologue preparation and a directing workshop with Adam Mitchell- a local Perth director who has directed shows for Black Swan Theatre Company and the Perth Festival. On Saturday evening, Perth comedy improvisation legends The Big Hoo Haa performed for students. Finally a talent show was held where all the Leeming students got up and performed a song-dance-rap combination that was lots of fun!
On Sunday students enjoyed workshops developing their vocal and physical acting skills as well as exploring verbatim theatre with Mark Storen who directed a show for the Perth Festival this year. Students from Leeming represented our school well, and got a fantastic opportunity to interact with other Year 12 Drama students from schools all over Perth. “It was a great opportunity”, A-lek R G., a Leeming student who went on the camp said, “we learnt things that we couldn’t have learnt in the classroom”. It was a fun and creative weekend for all involved, and we can already see how the learning from camp has enhanced these students performances.
Sabrina Hafid and Isobel Lacy, Drama Teachers
ATAR MUSIC WORKSHOP
Year 8 AEP Excursion to WA Museum Boola Bardip
Peer Mentoring Initiative
At last years’ Rottnest Leadership Camp, the School Captains and Councillors developed a peer mentoring initiative, which aimed to make the 2021 Year 7 students feel more confident starting high school.
The initiative was carried out in the first week of term during break times and House Group.
A group of Year 10, 11 and 12 Councillors and Captains met with the Year 7s at break times to talk and mingle with students as well as answer any questions they had about starting high school. The group also joined House Group teachers during Form time to participate in planned orientation activities. These activities, organised by Ms Lange - the Year 7 Year Co-ordinator - were a relaxing and fun way to provide a break from the daunting first week of classes.
These House Group times also allowed individual captains and councillors to connect with a smaller groups of Year 7 students so that they could ask questions and form bonds with some older students.
It was a successful week and the Year 7 students enjoyed their time meeting with older peers.
The 2021 leadership team is particularly focused on the wellbeing of students and their mental health and it is hoped that this initiative is the start of many more that will be undertaken over the year.
Keeley T., Year 12 Student Councillor
Three on three basketball
Over Week 6 and 7, the school House Captains ran a hotly-contested three on three basketball competition for Year 9 students. Starting out with 14 teams, the competition was fierce and there were some very close games. Everyone competing had massive smiles on their faces and they were supported by loud and enthusiastic spectators. The winning team was Ryan M, Oliver B. and Brendan H. Well done to Adrian F, Dilusha M. and Brendan H. for organising the competition and Kathyrn J. for the publicity.
Year 7 Marble run challenge
Year 7 STA members participated in the marble run challenge during Science after school in Week 3. In this challenge students worked in teams to design and build a marble run using a tray, cardboard tubes and masking tape. The challenge was to build a marble run that took the longest time for a marble to complete the run. Students came up with a range of strategies to slow down the marble from using incline planes, speed bumps and drops. This STA activity was an opportunity for all year STA members to get to know each other in an informal setting, while developing their cooperative learning skills. Winners were decided in two categories; time trials and creative design.
Winners of the time trials:
- 1st place Team Goat
- 2nd Absolute Stonks
- 3rd AKA Grapes
- 1st Team Goat for their use of gradients
- 2nd The Golden Chickens and J Rat for their use of speed bumps.
Term 1 Challenge: Crystal Growing
Students across Year 7-10 have been attending Science After School to grow crystals. In the first session students made a saturated solution and started to grow seed crystals. In the second session the seed crystals were mounted on cotton and suspended in the saturated Alum solution. Over several weeks the students are maintaining their crystal growth and creating a story board to describe and explain the process of crystal formation and growth. The story boards were handed in on Monday of Week 9 for the award of STA points.
STEM Literacy Challenge
The STEM literacy challenge is designed to foster students’ interest in a number of the many facets of STEM, while developing comprehension skills. In this challenge students can choose STEM news articles that interests them, write a summary of the key points presented in the article and present these in a display book or scrap book which can be handed in the last week of each term. STA points are awarded for each article reviewed. Further information and summary tools are available on the STA Flexi Class on Connect.
Sci Tech Incursion - Lab on Legs
On March 17 Stephanie from SciTech came with the CSIRO Lab on Legs to demonstrate a program called The Blackmail. In this program students carried out forensic tests, collected data and used that data to solve a crime. This was an opportunity for students to experience the application of Science and Science Inquiry Skills in real-life situations.
Mind Mash Robotics Program
In Term 2 Year 8 and 9 students will be invited to participate in a 6-week series of robotics and coding workshops present by Mind Mash. The series will be facilitated by Mr Peter Atkinson from Mind Mash who specialises in the delivering of coding and robotics programs, across all year levels, using the EV3 Lego MindStorm robots. Mind Mash brings STEM alive for school-aged children, with modern, fun and energetic programs. The cost of the 6-week program is to be finalised, but includes tuition and rental of the EV3 MindStorm robots. Costing and permission forms will be sent out through Connect early in Term 2.
Food for thought
Brains were the name of the game in Year 11 ATAR Psychology last week. The students used their own grey matter to understand the all-important lobes of their amazing brains right down to the firing of individual neurons. And what better way to learn about the structure of sugar powered brain cells, than with sugary brain food itself.
Top 10 Ethical Fails
In a new move for HASS, optional classes have been embraced by Year 10 students keen to gain an introduction in Psychology and Career and Enterprise. Psychology students have been delving into the murky world of unethical research, revealed in all its depravity in their Top 10 Ethical Fails Gallery Walk. In the inverted class activity, students simulated a two way mirror to peer past the mistakes of yesteryear and ensure an ethical future for psychology.
An unapologetically unfair line up saw some groups of Year 9 HASS students gifted with capital and cash while others struggled to create saleable products with their raw materials and human resourcefulness alone. However, a few rounds of depleting natural resources were enough to convince rich and poor alike that trade would help them both to craft the fiendishly difficult shapes so desired by the global buyers.
Money helps the world go ‘round
Exports and imports were just part of the picture, as the Year 9s acted out the Circular Flow of Income Model. Households, Businesses, Land, Labour, Capital and Enterprise, all came together in a student simulation to see how governments can help the economy and how money really can help the world go ‘round.
Supply and Demand for Adventure
Seeking Equilibrium Prices for Supply and Demand occupied the Year 8 HASS students in a simulation, where the stakes were survival itself. Overcoming unscrupulous sellers and hoarders, buyers battled starvation, mosquito borne disease, a skeleton army and a terrible beast to triumph through the power of economics.
Golden Ticket to Economics
A chocolate factory was the perfect place to start for Year 7s learning about economics and business in theory and practice. Through the magic of Roald Dahl, Economic Terms such as Scarcity, Needs and Wants, Consumers and Producers and even the four factors of production are made as explicable and captivating as the taste of perfect chocolate.
Court Case Coaching
Alumni Students Matt and Pippa have returned to the scene of their court room triumphs to help and train up a new cohort of Leeming students to take on rival schools in the Mock Trials. Our team was fantastic in the first round of Mock Trials 2021 and placed first. The judge and the competition were very impressed with your thorough arguments in court.
On Thursday 4 March 2021, the Upper School students of Leeming SHS and Corpus Christi College went to the Alliance Française French Film Festival in Perth. It was a fabulous experience to network with other French ATAR learners, share culture and knowledge of France in French, discovering a Francophone movie, and enjoying a baguette with a madeleine for lunch. C'etait formidable!
Ms F. Spears, French Teacher
Japanese Studies 日本語がくぶ
Japanese Specialist Term 1 Enrichment Workshops
This term, a number of our Year 7 and 8 Japanese Specialist students have been participating in after-school workshops, where they have learned about seasonal events in Japan. Festivals explored include the Doll’s Festival, Children’s Day and the Star Festival. In addition to participating in language-based activities, students created a memento to take home for each of the festivals.
Year 7 Team-Building House Activities
During Period 5 on Friday 19 February, the Year 7 cohort participated in their first House system activities session for the year. As part of the House system, all students belong to a House: Aulberry, Findlay, Grady or Ramsdale. Within these Houses, students were broken up into groups with their team mates being students from their House group classes. The team-building based activities session saw students thrive in not only their ability to work effectively together in groups, but also provoked some friendly rivalry and competition between Houses. It was great to see so many Year 7 students actively participating in each of the activities with encouraging and motivating spirit.
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