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LEEMING SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL vOLume 2, MARCH 2021

principal's address

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

TERM PARENT PLANNER

Dates to remember

LIBRARY

LIBRARY NEWS

The Library is now open to all students before school, lunch time and after school.

Chess Tournament

The Chess Tournament has been running at lunchtime over the last 2 weeks but there has also been Lego, board games, Wii U and of course reading, being promoted with lots of different displays. We also celebrated Ride 2 School Week with a couple of our students who rode to school, parking their bikes in the Library.

Ride 2 School Week

The after school clubs are also very popular.

Study Smart - Strategies and Tips
Students at Study Smarter
  • On Monday afternoons, we have around 30 students coming to the sessions. We have been focusing on organisation and weekly planners. The students have been determining what type of study habits they have.
  • We will be looking at note-taking using the Cornell method. This is a very effective strategy that also assists with keeping comprehensive and organised notes which are great for revision.
  • All the strategies covered in the Study Smarter sessions are in the Connect>Study Smarter Library. The 2021 school year began with a difference, but things seem to be settling into place. Clubs for all students commenced Week 3 and Year 7s have started coming to the Library on Wednesdays at lunchtime to be introduced to all the activities and resources available to them.
Inter-house Chess Tournament Winners
Chess Tournament

Congratulations to the 32 students who competed in the tournament. The winners were as follows –

  • 1st – Joshua S. Year 11G2
  • 2nd – Robert H. Year 11 F1
  • 3rd – Mitchell H. Year 11F2
  • Top Year 7 student - Linkin D. 7G2

Well done everyone.

Leeming Lego Legends

Students participated in the Leeming Lego Legends championships, building some amazing creations. As we had Fantasy books as well as the popular Wings of Fire series on display we chose the theme WINGS.

The winners were as follows -

  • Stanley, Aiden, Cooper, Jos, Danny, Hamish, Mason and Lincoln
Reading Circle
Wings of Fire

A group of students meet regularly to discuss books they are reading. They will also be selecting new resources for the Library in their last session for the term. A reminder to students that we also have eBooks if they would rather read an ebook.

Have a relaxing break.

Ms C. Steel, Teacher Librarian

The Arts
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.

FringeWorld

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!

FringeWorld

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”.

FringeWorld

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
Year 12 Drama Camp at Point Walter

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
UWA ATAR Music Workshop

On Sunday 28 February, UWA Conservatorium of Music held its annual ATAR workshop. Professor Alan Lourens, head of the Music school conducted the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra together with ATAR students who were welcome to play alongside them. Our Year 12 Music ATAR student Daniel O., attended the workshop and performed with the ensemble on violin. Professor Lourens kept us all entertained with his knowledge of music history, interpretations and analysis of the music and many music jokes! It was an amazing and enjoyable experience to observe and participate in live music making. Congratulations to Daniel for his dedication to his music studies and giving up his Sunday morning!

Daniel O.

Mrs. Damos, Music Teacher

MUSIC

Congratulations to Alysha C., Max P., Bethany R., Hannah v d V., and Zhihao L, Year 12 2020 students (Music as elective at UWA) who were successful in gaining entry to study Music at WAAPA. We are proud of these students, and look forward to hearing about their achievements.

2020 Senior School Music students

Music and Arts are viable pathways and the Australian Arts Industry has traditionally been very strong. A common misconception is that a music career is purely performance based. While musicians will perform throughout their lifetime, a career in music can involve such varied fields as composition, music-therapy, production, events, business-management, education, gaming/media, and more.

Soundcloud

Two years ago we began the Leeming Soundcloud to highlight great work in the area of composition. This page will continue to be updated as new compositions come in: https://soundcloud.com/user-561396283

There is some brilliant work being completed by our students, and I would like to highlight one of these: William M. William is a prolific composer who never stops composing. He works across multiple genres, his tool of choice being Ableton Live. William is currently completing his Certificate II in Music, Year 12. Listen to his “NAPLAN 3579 Remix” which uses a sample from the NAPLAN audio-test sound.

Apps & Software

What tech have we been using in Music? Here are some of the tools we have been making use of recently:

  1. Shared Piano – created by Google, allows the whole class to play piano simultaneously, often resulting in chaos!
  2. Blob Opera – would you like to compose your own opera? Give this a shot.
  3. Ableton Live Standard – the school is fully licenced with this powerful software, used by professionals worldwide.
  4. Garageband – award winning software with some of the best sound-libraries available. Accessible at all times in our Mac Lab.
  5. Musescore – create beautiful notated scores, open source and free to download.

End of Term 1 Performances

Jazz Band performing for parents at Open Day

Gordon Ryder, Music Teacher

English

Year 8 AEP Excursion to WA Museum Boola Bardip

As part of an exciting new writing project in the AEP English Program, students in Year 8 visited the new WA Museum on Friday March 12. Students explored the Connections exhibition, discovering the ways that WA’s expansive landscape has significant historical, geological, natural and cultural connections to other parts of Australia and to the rest of the world.

Each student has selected one artefact from the exhibition to use a stimulus for a piece of Memoir Writing.

The second part of the project is for students to learn how historical artefacts have inspired many of the picture books written by award winning WA author, Mark Greenwood.

Sally Burgess and Sarah Dyson, English Teacher

Student Leaders 2021
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.

Sarah Dyson, English Teacher

Table Tennis Competition

In Week 5 and 6 of this term, the Year 7 students participated in a table tennis competition organised by the school’s House Captains. They made a lot of new friends while enjoying the games that were run during lunch break. Three students made it into the finals on Monday of Week 6. Congratulations to Athish S. K. (Grady) for winning the competition and Aryan D. (Aulberry) for placing second.

Leo W, Student Councillor/Publicity Officer

The Science and Technology Academy
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

Design placings:

  • 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.

Dr E. Janes, Science and Technology Academy Coordinator

HASS
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.

Year 11 ATAR Psychology Brain Display
Top 10 Ethical Fails
Year 10 Intro to Psychology

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.

Year 10 Intro to Psychology
Trading Together

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.

Let’s get Political

As a prelude to the courtroom, Politics and Law students have been searching for signs of government accountability in a fun new recognition activity, with Australia’s federal cabinet firmly in the picture.

HASS Week is on

Hold on to your HASS, our week of weeks is here. Watch this space for Economics antics, Amazing Races, Celebratory Careers and Engaging Enterprise. Without giving too much away, the HASS teachers have been hard at work to ensure Term 1 ends on a HASS High.

Ms R. Murray, HASS Teacher

LANGUAGES

French studies

French Excursion

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.

Japanese Specialist Term 1 Challenge

Japanese Specialist members are invited to participate in the Term 1 Challenge, which is to design an original mnemonic for a Japanese character. Points towards the Japanese Badge will be awarded for all entries, and the most creative designs in each year level will receive a prize. Challenge details and submission requirements can be found on the Japanese Specialist Program Connect page.

Kana Belts

One of the biggest hurdles for learners of Japanese is mastering the written script. The Kana Belts program is a self-paced program where students are assessed on their ability to read words of increasing difficulty in Japanese. So far, one of our Year 7 students has achieved all of his Hiragana belts. This means that he can read words comprised of the 46 basic Hiragana characters, sound changes and combination sounds (see below). I am sure you all agree that this is an excellent achievement. おめでとう (Congratulations) Ethan!

Ms S. Burrows, Japanese Specialist Coordinator

Physical Education and Health Education

House Swimming 2021

The House Swimming event for 2021 was held on Thursday 25 February at the Riverton Leisureplex. Thanks to the 67 competitors who swam on the day and to the Year 12 Sports Coaching group for their effort as timekeepers and helpers. The behavior and participation of all made for a great day. Congratulations to the Year 7 students who competed on the day as they were by far the largest contingent of any year group.

Grady were the winners of the carnival, having a see-saw battle with Aulberry throughout the day, eventually winning by only 5 points.

New Records:

Many students put in some great performances on the day and 16 new school records were set.

Champion Swimmers

Congratulations also go to the leading swimmers in each year group for their tireless effort in such a packed program of events, in particular Adrian Frederick, Jacob Ray and Jordan Berryman-Chila who won all 7 age group events.

We also acknowledge the joint winners in both the Year 11 competitions. Well done to you all.

Champion Swimmers

The team selected for the Interschool will be published soon and a meeting to discuss the event will take place in the near future.

YEAR 12 SCHOOL BALL

Year 12 School Ball

The stars came out to shine at this year’s ball!

Our Year 12s shone like stars at their school ball earlier this term. On a beautiful summer’s night, they arrived to the ball venue, the fabulous Rydges Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle for a night to remember.

The students walked the red carpet into the ballroom to find it beautifully decorated to the theme of ‘A Starry Night’, with magical fairy lights and stunning flower displays.

After a welcome from their Year Coordinator Mrs Flynn, the students eagerly greeted friends and compared outfits before tucking in to the delicious food. The hotel outdid itself with different food stations set up for the students to choose from, with a taco station, paella station, pasta, and roast carvery station they were spoilt for choice. There was more to come for dessert though with a chocolate fountain and a stunning cake to celebrate the occasion.

Then it was time to hit the dancefloor, chat to friends, and to get some professional photos, taken by our own Mr Keith Hedgeland, to capture the memories of the night.

Before long it was awards time, first up being the Education Support Centre Beau and Belle of the Ball awards. And the winners were…….Max E. and Ellie C.! Congratulations to them both, they looked fantastic. On to the next awards, for fun we had best hair awards, funky socks awards. A special mention has to go to Campbell K. for his fabulous outfit award for his look of top hat and tails suit complete with gloves and cane! Another notable mention was the winner of the ‘Best Mullet Award’, no surprises there…congratulations to Mitchell D! Then it was time for the Teacher Belle and Beau of the Ball awards! Decided by the School Captains, the winners were Mr Stewart Jarvis and Mrs Sharron Flynn. Both were so excited and honoured to win that they were observed showing off their prize sashes at school in later days! But, on to the award everyone was waiting for, the Leeming SHS 2021 Beau and Belle of the Ball. Our winners, decided by the teachers, were Antonio S and Sarah A. O. Congratulations to them both, they looked amazing.

In the end, a great night was had by all! The students comported themselves to distinction and were wonderful ambassadors of our school. Thank you to the staff who came along to supervise, to the Rydges Esplanade Hotel who made us so welcome, and to ‘Flowers of Leeming’ who did stunning flower displays for us. Most of all, thank you to the students, to the class of 2021.It was truly a night to remember

Mrs Sharron F, Year 12 Coordinator

CHAPLAINS CHAT

Chaplain's chat - CARL HOUGH

Stop wasting your time complaining.

The other day I was at the shops and I could hear a customer continuously complaining about things in his life, it made me think of a story I had heard once before.

“People visit a wise man complaining about the same problems over and over again. One day, he decided to tell them a joke and they all roared with laughter.

After a few minutes, he told them the same joke and only a few of them smiled.

Then he told the same joke for a third time, but no one laughed or smiled anymore.

The wise man smiled and said: ‘You can’t laugh at the same joke over and over. So why are you always crying about the same problem?'”

Light tomorrow, with today. Have a great break.

Mr C. Hough, School Chaplain

Physical Education and Health Education
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.

Many thanks to the Year 7 teachers and Carl the chaplain who assisted with the event. A special mention and thank you to Miss Lange’s Year 11 ATAR Physical Education Studies Class who showed outstanding leadership skills running each of the activities, encouraging students and for being positive role models to the Year 7s. The successful event is one of many to come this year.

Miss L Lange, Physical and Health Education

STUDENT SERVICES

See below a Fact Sheet with information for students prevented from attending school due to medical or mental health reasons.

Health Centre

news from the school nurse

Wishing students and parents a safe, happy and healthy Easter Break and school holiday.

National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, held on the third Friday of March each year, is an opportunity for Australian schools to highlight their everyday work to counter bullying and violence. Friday 19 March Leeming SHS supported this event with the Library having displays of posters and pamphlets. Thanks to staff that supported this event on this day and got on the Bullying No Way website – Teaching about bullying. Teachers used the many opportunities that presented throughout the school day to discuss how people behave in various social situations, dealing with conflict, and how people get on with each other. Learning about bullying — what it is, why it happens and what to do about it — within everyday classroom activities reinforces school values related to respect and inclusion. It also communicates to everyone that bullying is never okay.

National Ride2School Day

Leeming SHS celebrated active travel day on Wednesday 17 March. Many students supported this event by either walking or riding to school. A healthy free breakfast and stickers were given to students.

Parents please continue to encourage your children to walk or ride to school every day while the weather is still good.

We support our students to walk or ride to school because:

  • Students feel fresh and alert at the beginning of a school day.
  • There are fewer cars around the school which eases ‘drop off congestion’.
  • Students are more likely to reach the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity they need each day.
  • Students feel happier, healthier and perform better in the classroom.
Head Lice

Parents are reminded to please check your child’s hair frequently for head lice as these little critters appear every so often and even in high school!

Tips for Preventing Head Lice

  • Check your child’s hair regularly for head lice and eggs (‘nits’). Use a metal fine tooth ‘nit’ comb and plenty of hair conditioner applied to the dry hair, to make the task easier and more effective. To help children sit still for this, offer distracting activities, e.g. play a favourite video, provide games, encourage reading, offer a head massage.
  • Tie long hair back. Braid long hair and/or put it up if possible.
  • Consider applying hair gel or mousse. These do not prevent or repel lice but may help to keep stray hair strands from contact with other heads.
  • Avoid sharing combs or brushes.
  • Remind your child to avoid head-to-head contact with other children, e.g. when working at the computer with others, or when playing, or hugging.

If your child has head lice please notify the school.

For more information: The Head lice Fact Sheet available from the school Visit www.public.health.wa.gov.au/2/261/2/head_lice_fact_sheet.pm

Medication

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 they have pain. E.g. Headache, period pain, toothache etc.

Mrs D. Kitak, Community Health Nurse

Community Advertising

LEEMING DENTAL - HOLIDAY EMERGENCIES

Please be informed that Caralee Dental Therapy Centre will no longer be available for emergency cover for the 9 April so Palmyra Dental Therapy Centre will now cover from the 9 April till 15 April.

Sorry for any inconvenience. Thanks,

Leonie and Michelle, Leeming Dental Therapy Centre

MASTER MIND AUSTRALIA

Master Mind Australia will be delivering Revision and Exam Preparation Programs in the April school holidays. The program will be held at Christ Church Grammar School in the first week of the holidays, and at Hale School in the second week.

We would like to offer your cohort a 20% discount per subject. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me on: (08) 9342 2000, mobile: 0488 102 90. 

Dr Robert Hallam, Master Mind Australia

Our next Newsletter will be published in Term 2, Week 5, 2021

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