I would like to welcome Lee Barclay to an acting Deputy Principal position. Judy Semple is on extended leave until the end of Term 3. Melinda Hansen will move into the Teaching and Learning Coordinator position and Esther Janes will again be the acting Head of Science. Lee will oversee Years 7, 8 and 9.
Years 10 to 12 exams are now over and those year groups have begun Second Semester programs. If you have any concerns regarding the results your child received in the exams, please contact the class teacher to discuss. Students should be reviewing the exam questions and using this as part of a revision process.
It is also the time of the year for Semester 1 reports. These reports are sent electronically so please make sure your contact details are correct. If you have not received a report for your child, please contact reception to check your contact information. While the Parent/Teacher Interviews at the end of this term were only for Year 9 and 10 students, if you have concerns about anything in the report please contact the teacher concerned.
Work continues within the school to provide an up to date campus. We are in the process of replacing two old transportable classrooms and updating data projection equipment in Science. Wherever possible the work is completed over the holidays to keep disruptions to a minimum.
A big thank you to the P&C for their ongoing support of the school. At a recent meeting the P&C funded many items aimed at improving the educational opportunities for your children. In particular, we thank the P&C for their large contribution to the salary of our two school chaplains. The P&C is always looking for new members. If you are able to give up two evenings a term to attend meetings it would be greatly appreciated.
I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a safe and restful school holiday. A reminder, students recommence classes after the holidays on Monday 22 July. The pupil free day for Term 3 is Monday 26 August.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
rising stars - 2019 WA state softball teams
Willow and Jasmine S. success with the 2019 wa state softball tournament
Willow and Jasmine S. attended the 2019 WA State Softball Tournament on 30 June 2019. Both Willow and Jasmine played in the 17 years and under tournament; Jasmine being one of three girls that only turns 14 this year!
The team travelled to Canberra between 10 – 18 May. Playing against other States (ACT, VIC, NSW, QLD and SA) they finished Third behind QLD and NSW. What an outstanding effort!
Willow S. was also selected in the All Australian Team which is a fantastic achievement. Well done to Willow and Jasmine and to their team!
Technology and Enterprise
Year 7 Breakfast Semester 1
Below is a snapshot of Semester 1 for students in Home Economics. The lower school students have been busy with their individual design briefs and have produced some excellent results.
Year 7 Kids In The Kitchen Semester 1
Year 8 Food Textiles semester 1
The Year 8 students in Food and Textiles have been working on an up-cycling denim project and have produced stunning items. These are displayed in the Library as you walk in on the left. Well done to Mrs Morgan's Textiles class and Mrs Sutherland and Mrs Hayrebet's Food classes.
Science and Technology Academy- An Approved Specialist Program
Science and Technology Academy – Science Talent Search
This term Year 7, 8 and 9 STA students have been conducting activities to enter the Science Talent Search, run by the Science Teachers Association of Western Australia. The students are entering in three categories: Science Investigation, Engineering and Science Communication. Some of the areas the students have been working on are the germination of seeds in different soil types, using fruit as an electrical battery, making paper from pencil shavings, testing the tooth cleaning ability of different brands of toothpaste and creative writing on the theme Across the Universe. The entries will be completed and sent off for judging in the final week of this Term.
Mr D. Mackenzie, Science Teacher
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY- AN APPROVED SPECIALIST PROGRAM Term 2 Challenge
This term, students have been working on a research task and producing a report about a human impact on the environment. Students have researched at least 3 ways humans impact the environment, chosen one impact and developed research questions, finally they have carried out research to answer their questions and have created a report in the form of a video news report, booklet, leaflet, Word document, newspaper article, or any other format to convey the information. They supported their writing with diagrams, pictures or charts. STA points will be awarded for creativity. This activity was designed to develop students’ ability to be self-regulated learners.
This term 20 Year 8 and 9 students have been participating in a Coding and Robotics program run by Peter Atkinson of Mind Mash. Over the six-week program students have been building and coding to complete a series of tasks within a two-minute time frame. In the final session students competed in our own STA First Lego League competition.
Science iQ state-wide competition
This term Year 7 STA members have participated in the Science Teachers Association of Western Australia Science iQ competition. This is an on-line competition where students work cooperatively in teams of 4 to complete the quiz. The quiz questions are quite challenging and requires the students to work together to research or calculate the correct answers. The students met in the Library after school to complete the two rounds of the competition.
STEM literacy Challenge
Year 7 and 8 Students are encouraged to participate in the STEM literacy challenge. This challenge is designed to instil an interest in the endless branches of STEM areas and also develop literacy skills. Students can use the Literature Review Templates available on Connect to help them summarise the key points in Science news articles and collate these article review in a folder or scrap book. Students could submit their STEM literacy Challenge scrap books during Week 9 and 10, Term 2 for the award of STA points.
All Year 10 STA members paticipated in an excursion to Murdoch University on the 26 June 2019. This excursion provides students provided students with an opportunity to explore careers in the Metallurgy and Mining industries; and gain practical experience applying knowledge of separation techniques.
Oddette G. & Bryony W. (Psychology)
Julia M. and Alicia S. (Politics and Law)
Joel N. (Geography)
Alicia S. (Economics)
Zephora R. (Psychology)
Zephora R. (Modern History)
Jacqueline C. (Geography)
Brandon F. (Economics)
Ella J. (Economics & History)
Ante C. (Economics & History)
Well done to all of these students.
Mr C. Doohan - HASS HOLA
Ancient History students' investigations recently turned practical. Reconstructed artefacts abounded as students displayed their work in true Roman style, after giving offerings to the household gods. A brief lecture on Ancient Roman etiquette ensued and all Ancient History students were startled when their teacher adamantly refused to burp or vomit, proving herself to be less than the traditionally polite Roman. Mrs. Murray did agree, however, to recline on the Roman couch and use her hands to sample tasty traditional panem. From here she could view the spectacle of students instructing slaves to help them dress in an authentically sewn toga, made with the expert tuition of Mrs. Sutherland, in the latest dignified style-cumbersome and precarious. Other students were more interested in freeing slaves with the help of a Roman gladius, spear and armour. A laurel wreath and chariot were ready for any triumphal displays as long as a slave was available to whisper of mortality. The XII Tables of Ancient Roman law also served to remind of unfortunate ends and punishments. A game of Latrunculi was also on offer for play or gambling. Any student's disappointment at the lack of wine, was quickly assuaged by refreshing water brought right into the villa by a cleverly designed aqueduct. Stay tuned, as students create a virtual Museum of Ancient History with their next time travelling project.
Languages for My Future Forum
Recently, the Year 10 Japanese and French students visited UWA for a forum and panel discussion. They heard from a variety of speakers about the benefits of continuing their language studies in Year 11 and 12 and beyond. Students enjoyed experiencing a day in the life of a University student, which included attending a lecture and eating lunch with the University’s peacocks, and found the panel very informative.
After the forum, students were asked to reflect on the advantages of studying a foreign language. Below are some of their comments:
“Learning a language can provide many job opportunities as well as create new friendships.” – Ria, Year 10 French student
“Learning a language doesn’t just help you communicate, but helps you understand people’s cultures and their backgrounds.” - A-Lek, Year 10 Japanese student
“Learning about peoples’ personal experiences with languages; it opened my eyes to the diverse opportunities.” – Jordann, Year 10 Japanese student
Our Year 10 students were treated to a cooking lesson by our Language Assistant, Marina, who taught them how to make onigiri (おにぎり), or “rice balls”. おにぎりis the Japanese equivalent of a vegemite sandwich; a staple food in a student’s lunchbox. The students enjoyed the process of making the おにぎりjust as much as eating it.
Did you know that Japanese people don’t have signatures? Instead, when they need to “sign” a document, they use a hanko (はんこ) or “name stamp”. The Japanese Club members created their own はんこ using erasers. As you can see, the results are pretty impressive.
All students are welcome to join the Japanese Club. The club runs from 3-4 pm each Tuesday in LE7.
Year 9 Hyogo Excursion
In Week 6, the Year 9 Japanese students visited the Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre. Located in City Beach, the centre is owned by the Japanese Government and was established to promote language and cultural exchange.
Term 2 has continued with plenty of activity including concerts, assessments, and a variety of visitors to the Music Department.
In Week 4 we had a visit from COSAMP (College of Sound and Music Production) representative David Santamaria. David assessed our facilities as suitable for being a provider of the Certificate II in Music Industry course which is now being offered at Leeming SHS. He was impressed by our technology (Mac computers & MIDI equipment), quality instruments, and sound equipment. The Cert II Music is a very practical course available for senior students who wish to focus on performing, composing/production, and using sound equipment.
Also during Week 4 we held ATAR performance exams with our moderating schools Kelmscott SHS and John Calvin Christian College. Leeming SHS was the school of choice to hold these exams due to the combination of our theatre and Yamaha grand piano. Our Year 12 ATAR Music student Wendy T. completed her performance exam successfully, receiving positive comments from moderating teachers in the process.
Kudos again must go to our Senior Concert Band for performing at Term 2 Assembly. This band under the direction of Mr Phil Hatton took care of entrance music, the musical feature, and the national anthem. Students in Senior Concert Band are all of a very high calibre and reflect positively on the Music Program at Leeming SHS.
The Year 7 and 8 Social was held on June 21 and this year we had two bands perform: Year 9 Rock Band and Senior Rock Band. This was the first performance for the Year 9 Rock Band featuring Robbie F., Emily H., Mitchell R., and Johann P. They should be congratulated for doing an outstanding job, and despite some initial nerves they pulled off a great performance that attracted quite a crowd (see photographic evidence). Senior Rock Band performed as the seasoned musicians that they are, and we look forward to further performances from all of these fine students.
Physical Education and Health Education
Senior BOYS Afl 2019
The 2019 AFL season was a successful one for our Senior boys team. We played 4 matches for 3 wins and a loss and won one game won by forfeit during the exam break. We had some great wins particularly against Willetton in the opening game of the season. Our only loss was in the final game to Cecil Andrews a game where the winner went on to finals. We managed to hit the front with two minutes to play but were unable to hold on and finished second in our pool.
Across all games we had 28 Year 10 to 12 players take the field this year. I would like to thank the boys for their efforts this year and in particular to Mr Welsh for organising the team on game days and getting the ground set up for all matches.
Mr S. Ellis, Physical Education and Health Education HOLA
State Orienteering Championships 2019
Year 11 Outdoor Recreation Competition
The Year 11 Outdoor Recreation students took part in the State Orienteering Championships that were held at Manning Park on Wednesday June 19 2019. After learning how to navigate over the 7 previous weeks, students were ready for the challenge.
Roughly 500 students from 10 secondary schools competed on the day. The map terrain was variable and added an extra challenge for our students, it being their first ever competition.
The weather conditions couldn’t have been better, with the sun shining on us for the whole day.
Competitors used special pin cards to tag each marker they went past, which meant students after studying the course and getting ready for the off could truly race around to try and gain the fastest time possible.
Students were sent off in timed increments on each course. With our first students off at 10.35 am, Alicia H. was our first student home completing the course in just under an hour and missing a bronze medal by 1 minute.
As a class we had discussed the fact that the fastest time could possibly be around 40 minutes to complete the course if the students ran all the way, bearing in mind it was a 3.9 km course which depending on the terrain and handrails used could end up being around 6 km's.
Our best hope had set off at 11.25 am in the last wave of competitors and we were blown away when we saw Shannon N. turn the corner at the top of the final straight and sprinting down to the finish line to receive an outstanding time of 31:09 mins. We were pretty confident that he had taken 1st place and we were right, with 2nd place in the Outdoor Ed boys competition coming in 14 mins behind Shannon. An outstanding performance from an amazing young athlete who had never competed in Orienteering before.
The rest of the class did extremely well, with students surprising themselves on their performances, only a few wrong turns for some of them, but they made it home eventually.
Notable performances go to Alicia H. in the girls competition who got a 4th place and Jaimee Y. 7th place. In the boys competition Cameron I. 5th place.
Final results will be posted on School Sports WA.
Under 15 Competition
Leeming SHS also had another competitor, Kate B. from Year 8 who was entered into the under 15 girls competition. Kate is an experienced orienteerer and was ready to take on the field. She was one of the first competitors to head off from Leeming SHS and again we had high hopes for her on this course.
Year 9 Outdoor education - Excursion to the cube
As part of the Year 9 Outdoor Education course the students have been working on roping and team building skills. On Thursday 6 June the students went on an excursion to the Cube at Woodman Point Recreation Centre to apply some roping and team building skills to practical use. They excelled through all challenges, working together to conquer the climbs, with many of the students overcoming the fear of heights to make the climbs all the way to the top of the obstacles. I was very proud of the way the students behaved and approached the excursion. They should all be commended on a fantastic effort.
A message from the chaplain
Mrs B.Carter, Chaplain
Message From The Chaplain
The Trade Training Centre at Leeming SHS runs a Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation this is to prepare the students for a career in the automotive industry with an entry-level course. This qualification will give them the basic skills and knowledge needed to pursue an automotive apprenticeship. Liaising with Mr. Morgan who runs the course and Wayne Smith Dealer principal of City Toyota have organized a Corolla to be donated for the school to use as a vehicle to work on . Thank you Toyota!