principal's address

Welcome to the start of Term 3. All parents and caregivers should have received a Semester 1 Report via an email link at the end of last term. If you have any concerns or questions about the report, please contact the school.

The launch of the new school uniform is imminent. It will be officially launched at the school assembly in Week 5. Thank you to all the community members and P&C who have worked on this for the past nine months. There is no deadline to change to the new uniform. All students will be able to wear their current uniform until they need a replacement. The school polo shirts will be the first available items. The rest of the uniform items will follow as they become available.

Course Counselling has just been completed for all Year 10 students. Thank you to all the parents and caregivers for their participation in the process. The students have met with senior school staff to discuss Year 11 and 12 course selections. It is a big commitment from the school staff, but it means all students are clear about what they want from upper school and where they are headed beyond Year 12.

The school has recently had the pleasure of 22 students visiting from Japan for two weeks. Leeming families opened their homes and became host families for the students making the Japanese Exchange program possible. Leeming students showed our visitors what it is like in a typical Australian school and our Japanese visitors shared some insights into the Japanese schools and lifestyles. Thank you to all our host families in your generosity and kindness.

The Multicultural Festival was held on Friday 9 August. Staff and students enjoyed the wonderful sound of bagpipes signalling the opening of the event. The Festival provided a multitude of enjoyable events and sights, some are listed below:

  • Henna tattoos.
  • A “Kahoot” quiz run by the Maths department, which focussed on the vast variety of cultures in Australia.
  • A photo booth complete with cultural costumes from around the world.
  • Spanish flamenco dancing.
  • The school choir performed 4 songs.
  • A display of Japanese dance performed by our exchange students.
  • 2 musical items from the music department.
  • Spices sold which were made by Ed Support students.
  • Calligraphy and Origami made for the Leeming SHS students by the Japanese exchange students.
  • Year 10 students performed a dance item (Korean pop).
  • Multicultural displays in the library.
  • A sausage sizzle.
  • A mural was painted between the English and Science departments where individual students joined their work together to create a final picture.

Overall this was a very successful and enjoyable event thanks to all staff and students involved. I’d like to give special thanks to Bettina Carter and Indji Hayrebet for their hard work and organisation of the day.

Mr B. Wallwork, Principal



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Term dates

  • 16 August - Regional Chess Tournament
  • 17 and 18 August - Choral Festival, Choir
  • 19 August - Senior Music Evening
  • 21 August - Whole School Assembly, Period 3
  • 23 August - Book Week Dress Up Day
  • 26 August - Pupil Free Day
  • 2 September - OLNA Begins
  • 6 September - Upper School Choreography Night
  • 6 September - Straight 6, at Recess
  • 7 September - Year 12 ATAR Japanese Kaiwa Day, Willetton SHS
  • 16 to 18 September - Year 7 to 10 AEP ICAS English Testing
  • 10 September - Year 7 and 8 Guest author Morris Gleitzman
  • 11 September - P & C Meeting, Staffroom 7.30pm
  • 11 September - Night of Musical Excellence, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • 13 September - House Athletics Carnival

Year 7 and 8 School Social

What a night of glitz and glamour with over 170 student attending this fabulous event.

Students were met by glowing fairy lights and then experienced a sophisticated nightclub atmosphere. The mood was complimented by chill–out spaces with leather couches, an amazing Candy Bar and a fully costumed Photo Booth.

The entertainment was provided by our Junior and Senior Rock Bands who played some awesome sets of “old school” and contemporary hits. Our DJ kept us dancing all night and everyone seemed to really have a great time.

Many thanks to Mr Ryder, Mr Hunter, Ms O’Sullivan, Mr Nelson the Student Council as well as the marvellous supporting cast of school staff who gave up their Friday night to make this a very special school event.

The Student Council

The Arts


Our upcoming performances include:

Upper School Dance Choreography Night “Save the Date” will be held later this term on Friday 6 September. It will involve the Year 10, 11 and 12 dance students performing dances that are their own choreographic work. The theme for the evening revolves around important dates and events on the calendar – hence the title “Save the Date”.

Details about the performance night will be posted on Connect and in the notices closer to the date. But until then please do “Save the Date”.

Did you miss our sold out Arts Week evening event? Here's a short video and photographs of the great evening.


Term 3 is indeed significant for Music as we have a large number of performances showcasing the talent of all Music students. These include:

  • Music played at Multicultural Week
  • Senior Music Recital Night - 19 August
  • Music played at school assembly
  • The Night of Musical Excellence - 11 September
  • Junior Concert Band at Aboda Band Festival - TBC
  • Junior and Senior Guitar Ensembles at the WA Schools Guitar Festival - 24/25 August

Our students in Music are given several opportunities to perform, and I know that they will be working hard to prepare for these events. Credit must also go to our valued ensemble directors who put in great effort in preparation, and running rehearsals.

I will now highlight some music-related events since our last newsletter. Junior Concert Band held an afternoon tea for parents and family. This allowed them to showcase what they’ve been working on in an open rehearsal format. There is plenty of talent among these budding musicians, and we thank their ensemble directory Ms Cristy Savage for running the afternoon tea.

Senior Rock Band performed for Arts Week during recess in The Circle. It was fantastic to see how many students were drawn in to watch them perform and to support them (see video and pictures below). Their performance was vibrant and we have since received plenty of positive feedback from staff and students alike.

The Arts Week Showcase in Week 10 was a fantastic event featuring every department in the Arts. Jazz Band were our first musical contingent on the evening and I was very pleased with their performance along with the energy that they put in. Our second performance of the evening came from one of our Certificate II Music students, Bethany R. Bethany writes and performs original music (guitar & voice) and is an exceptional musician with a unique and captivating style. Also performing were Senior Guitar Ensemble under the direction of Mr Nick Kostourkov with another superb performance.

I look forward to hearing more great music across Term 3, and I will now hand over to Mrs Damos to give some highlights from Class Music.

Mr G. Ryder, Music Teacher

With the start of Term 3, Music students have been very busy in the classroom. The Year 7 music class have begun an introduction to guitar, learning to play guitar tab, simple riffs, chords and music using traditional notation. The Year 8 students have been looking at pop music and how a pop song is put together whilst the Year 9 music class are discovering the Classical period’s gift to the world - Sonata form. Year 10 class music is analysing thematic and motivic development and how this relates to movie music. Upper school courses in ATAR are continuing with their studies of set works and the Year 12 General course is beginning the final group composition which we hope will be a Number 1 hit! Instrumental lessons have kicked off again for Term 3 and are well underway with all students now back into routine of rotating instrumental music lessons.

Multicultural day has been a treat for the school community with the Choir and Percussion ensembles performing on the day. Senior Music students will have their final solo recital night in Week 5 on Monday 19 August. Ensemble rehearsals are working hard with some ensembles getting ready for festival performances. All ensembles will be performing at our main performance night towards the end of term, Night of Musical Excellence, on Wednesday 11 September. Did we say the music students are busy this term?

Mrs M. Damos, Music Teacher



This term Leeming Senior High School celebrated NAIDOC Week. Students participated in a range of activities that informed them of the meaning of NAIDOC as well as become more aware of the local Indigenous culture. These activities included a Colour-In-Competition sponsored by Ubby’s Underdogs – an Indigenous Graphic Novel Series – which gave participants the chance to win their own set of graphic novels, a hand print mural of the Indigenous Flag and a cooking class for Kangaroo Damper Dogs, which were delicious.

We also had a display of student work which focused on the Stolen Generation. Infographics and listicles were created by our Year 10 students to help make the school more aware of the struggles faced by the Indigenous communities in a tasteful and informative way. We were able to put these activities on for students at Leeming SHS thanks to the Healing Foundation who funded the majority of these activities through a micro-grant. As you can see by the pictures of the event, everyone who came and gave it a go, had a great time.

Next year will be bigger and better! We hope to see you there.

Mr D. Mercer, English Teacher

Year 12 Curtin University Excursion - Written by Alecia S.

On 27 June 2019, the Year 12 ATAR English, Literature, and EALD students attended the English and Literature Conference at Curtin University alongside the students of many other schools in WA. Everyone was enrolled to attend five different lectures throughout the day, including lectures about genre, voice, interpretive texts, and film analysis. As well as learning new things that is beneficial towards future assessments and exams, we also got to have a small experience on what university is like. Every person was able to finish the day with new knowledge that will stick with them for a long time due to the interactive presentations from current Curtin University lecturers and other professional lecturers and teachers.

"It was very comprehensive and entertaining at the same time." - Wendy

"The in-depth discussion of film and the parts of the exam really gave us an insight on what we need to prepare for."- Lachlan

"It was a good experience to explore the university and what it has to offer." - Lachlan

"It was a fun and interesting day and we gained useful information."- Matt


Smooth Sailing at Leeming

Students and teachers alike have been delighted to welcome Enfys Jerwood to Leeming SHS. With two of our teachers taking on additional work in Students Services, her energy and positive contribution has admirably filled the breach.

Ms Jerwood comes to us from Melville Senior High School but she is already favourably impressed with Leeming SHSas a truly “awesome” school. She recounted how she was initially struck by the lovely atmosphere of the classrooms set amongst trees and quiet streets, the nice students and helpful staff.

HASS has long been a favourite subject of Ms Jerwood, partially because of her enjoyment in discussing complex issues with students and partly the sheer fascination of imagining how people thought and reacted to situations in the distant past.

Australia’s good sailing weather lured Ms Jerwood's family from Wales when she was five, and she continues to take full advantage of our summer, sailing on to a recent Nationals win.

Ms D. O'Brien and Ms E. Jerwood
Happy HASS Week!

Celebrations for HASS week started in earnest in August with students of all sizes enjoying amazing activities and quirky quizzes covering all things HASS.

Senior students found themselves stuck in a ship floating upon the submarine infested waters of the Atlantic Ocean during the First World War. Code breaking, puzzle solving and examining problems from a very different angle were required for students to have any chance of solving the “Escape Room” scenarios before the arrival of the U Boats...

Mobile Maps was the name of the game in the next challenge, with students utilising their grid referencing skills and a few pieces of string to turn a simple class ground into a living map, complete with unusual physical and cultural features.

Catapulting into the celebrations in true Medieval style, Year 8 students proved they could go the distance in a ballistics challenge. After constructing their popstick catapults, students vied to cast projectiles the furtherest and win the day.

Meanwhile, younger students were engaged in more culinary constructions. Making edible compasses and intricate icing maps of the globe, seemed an appropriate way to celebrate the wonderful world of Geography. And after all their fabulous efforts, students could enjoy the sweet taste of HASS success.

Ms R. Murray, HASS Teacher


Japanese Studies 日本語がくぶ

A Big Welcome to our Japanese Exchange Students


In Weeks 2 and 3 of this term Leeming SHS hosted a group of 22 students from all over Japan as part of the annual Ryuugaku Journal Japanese Exchange Program. The visiting students attended classes alongside their host brothers and sisters, and also participated in a range of activities at the school including cooking Aussie food and learning how to play Australian Rules Football.

A big ありがとう (thank you) to our host families, who gave the visiting students such a life changing experience; without the generosity of our host families, such exchange programs could not exist.

This exchange is also a wonderful opportunity for our students to practice their Japanese and learn more about Japanese culture. Our Japanese Specialist students have been involved in a number of language immersion activities with the exchange students, and have benefited greatly from the experience.

Year 10 Amazing Race around the school
Year 8 Hungry Caterpillar Lesson

Hiragana Belts

One of the biggest hurdles for learners of Japanese is mastering the written script. The Hiragana Belts program is a self-paced program where students are assessed on their ability to read words of increasing difficulty in Japanese. In Semester 1, eleven of our Year 7 students achieved all of their Hiragana belts. This is an excellent achievement. おめでとう!

Ms S. Burrows, Japanese Specialist Coordinator


Term 2 was a very busy term with lots of displays in the Library. Two popular displays were Facebooks – which consisted of novels with faces on the cover and Bookflix, which displayed popular fiction.

The Art Exhibition in the final week of term also attracted a lot of attention – Leeming has some very talented students and everyone thoroughly enjoyed viewing the collection on display.

Guest Author Visit To The Library

Phillip Gwynne presented writing sessions to the two Year 8 AEP English classes. He talked about his family and life and how he gets inspired to write his books. He introduced one of his most famous books, 'Deadly Unna' and gave students an insight as to how the book was written.

There was also a display in the Library showing a range of Phillip Gwynne’s books available to be borrowed. Students were also directed to several of his ebooks on the ePlatform.

Chess Tournament Results

Congratulations to Leeming SHS Chess Team for coming in second place in the Interschool Regional Chess Tournament.

There were lots of students who competed for the first time, who did a fantastic job.

Well done to all the students who competed.

Team Standings - Leeming's Top 5 Players
  1. Jay S.
  2. Dylan K.
  3. Thomas U.
  4. Jiung H.
  5. Joshua S.
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Movies At Lunchtime

Students from all year groups 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


Well done to our top flight mathematicians who have recently completed the Australian Mathematics Competition, we look forward to celebrating the results in due course. Also welcome back to our STA students who recently enjoyed the Canberra trip, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

The next round of the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) will begin in Week 7. During the last round of OLNA testing, we had over 95% of those entered achieving a pass, a truly impressive result. For those who didn’t quite make it, now is a good time to start practicing. The school has made a number of resources available to all of our students including the OLNAWA and Education Perfect websites. We will also be running a revision session within the department. If any students in Years 10 to 12 are unsure then please see your maths teacher as soon as possible.

Mr J. Giddings, Mathematics Teacher


The Science And Technology Academy- An Approved Specialist Program

STA Canberra Tour 2019

On the 29 July, the last Friday of the school holidays, 30 Year 8 and 9 students, Dr Janes, Ms Turner and Mr Nelson travelled to Canberra, our national capital. Students had the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contribute funding of $310 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.

A Canberra Tour Diary Written by our STA Students

Day 1:

After an early start at the airport, the tour group of 30 students and our teachers, Mr Nelson, Dr Janes and Ms Turner boarded the flight to Melbourne. We arrived in time for our connecting flight to Canberra.

As we flew over the mountains we had our first glimpses of snow which was spectacular.

After collecting our baggage, we were met by our coach driver Graeme, who drove us up to Mount Ainsley lookout to take in the view of Canberra for the first time.

We then headed down the hill to meet our guide who took us on a tour of Anzac Parade. We learnt lots about the symbolism used in each of the memorials.

We then went to our hotel to check-in and refuel.

Day 2:

Today started with a foggy cold morning. We first headed to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), we got a tour around the facility from a volleyball student training at the AIS. We were shown their highly commended swimming pool, their giant gym, their national volleyball team and some gymnastics students. Afterwards we were unleashed on their Sportex gaming area, where there were tonnes of sporting games and activities. After the AIS we went to the National Capital Exhibition where we were shown the history of Canberra and the different design competition entries for the design of the city.

We then went to the War Memorial where we were told fascinating war stories and given a tour of the museum. We stayed for the Last Post Service where we commemorated a fallen soldier from WWI. Brendan and Zara laid a wreath in honour of the soldier. After a nice dinner back at the hotel we were taken to the Telstra Tower where we had an amazing out look of the city at night, and also given an insight into history of the tower. On the trip back the bus driver played some music and we all sang at the top of our lungs and had a great time.

Day 3:

The day started off with the group venturing off to The Reconciliation Place. The sculpture that seemed to interest most students was based around yams. It stated, “Come together, sit down, share, yam.” After we finished we set off for Questecon which was extremely interesting and made us all think, ‘Scitech needs to step up their game.’ One of the favourites amongst the students in regards to attractions was a slide with a free fall attempting to simulate what it’s like to fall through space. The gift shop was also very cool, as it had a lot of interesting merchandise.

After lunch the High Court was up next. We did a small tour and watched a small video outlying how the Constitution was made and the formation of Federation in Australia. We were guided into a court room and introduced to all the different aspects of a High Court trial, for example where everyone sits and what they do.

One of the highlights of the day came next, being at the National Museum. It was filled with culture and history, and was incredibly fascinating. Everyone was set with the task of analysing a display and learning more about it. For example, Phar Lap, a famous Australian race horse, had his heart featured on display because it is 14 pounds which is twice the size of an average horse. Many people played a robotics game in small groups and enjoyed it a lot.

After heading back to the hotel for a quick dinner, we set off for bowling. Everyone had a blast, no matter how terribly some of us did. We did have quite a few high scores up there though. Bowling finished early so we went for a quick Maccas run around the corner before getting back to the hotel for some rest.

Raine and Bea

Day 4:

Our 4th day in Canberra was filled with a number of exciting activities and enjoyable experiences.

After a quick breakfast, we made our way to the National Botanic Gardens where we saw a wide range of endemic Australian flora. The walk around the gardens was incredible and there were endless opportunities for great photos!

Next was the Australian Royal Mint. We arrived at the building and began our tour. It showcased the history and evolution of Australian coins and we even got to see the process of the coins being made. It was highly interesting to see how our money is made as we use it essentially every day.

Our third and fourth destinations were the Old and New Parliament House. First was the Old Parliament House, or The Museum of Australian Democracy as it is presently called. Our tour consisted mainly of an activity involving scanning a card to answer questions based on the history of Parliament. We then recreated how a debate in the Senate would function if it were real which gave us an idea of how our country’s laws are made. We then went to the new Parliament House and had the opportunity to watch a real debate in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. We saw many politicians including our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

Our second last destination was the National Dinosaur Museum. We participated in a guided tour through the museum and learnt many new facts about the prehistoric creatures that we did not know previously.

Finally, we finished our day by having dinner at the Australian Institute of Sport where we saw many athletes. We finished our dinner with cake for dessert and continued the fun on the bus ride back to the hotel with some throw-back songs and disco lights.

Tatum and Mason

Day 5:

Today we did many exciting ‘science-y’ stuff.

First, we had a quick breakfast and after a few minutes to get ready, we headed on the bus to CSIRO Discovery Centre.

At CSIRO we learnt about the CSIRO inventions such as WiFi, Aeroguard and the polyester bank notes we use all the time. We also played a game in groups and had to answer a various number of questions. The answers were scattered all around the building. The group with the most amount of points at the end won a prize.

After morning tea, we headed to Deep Space Communication Complex. It was a long drive through the rolling hills which were beautiful! When we reached the complex, we met with our guide, Glen. He talked to us and educated us about space and what they do at the Deep Space Communications Complex. He taught us many things and we also learnt by walking around the complex, reading facts about what food the astronauts eat in space, what the space suit was made of and many more interesting facts.

Lastly, we headed off to Geoscience Australia. We learnt many things about rocks and plate tectonics, and we had to answer a various amount of questions with the answers scattered all around the place like at CSIRO but sadly, this time there were no prizes. Besides having to do a worksheet, we also had the opportunity to touch many rocks that you would probably rarely touch including a real Moon rock, the only touchable Moon rock in the Southern Hemisphere.

We then ended our day with dinner at the hotel and with Mr. Nelson teaching us how to play the card game Euka.

James and Russel

Day 6:

Today the day started at 7:00 am for breakfast, we then went back to our rooms to prepare our bags and clean up so we were ready to leave as quickly as possible. When we were ready, we put our bags on the bus and headed to the National Electoral Education Centre. On the way to the Education Centre, we had a tour of the national embassies in Canberra which was really cool because we got to see the different building styles in different countries. At the National Electoral Education Centre, we learnt about all the different ways that people can vote and even got the chance to vote ourselves. We then went through the counting process and learnt how to count votes properly.

We then departed for the National Gallery of Australia. When we arrived at the gallery, we were greeted by two guides who split our big group into two smaller ones and gave us a tour of the galleries. We had the chance to look at a few different pieces of art which was very interesting, as they all had a unique story, such as the piece of art called blue poles. We were then able to have lunch outside the gallery. After the gallery, we went to the National Library of Australia, where we were able to see many different items and learn about Australian history which was really interesting. We soon left the library and started our journey to Jindabyne.

The drive to Jindabyne was about two and a half hours and everybody was very tired. We did have the chance to buy anything we needed, as we had a quick stop in Coles, so it was good to get out and stretch out our legs after sitting down for so long. When we arrived, we waited for our room keys and allocations and went up to our rooms. We were soon called down for dinner, which was really good because we were all very hungry. After dinner, we played cards in the games room together which was lots of fun. We then went back to our rooms and got showered and ready for bed.

Day 7:

Our sevent day was, for a lot of students, their first time ever seeing snow, let alone experiencing it. Today was a rather special day; we were allowed to sleep in until seven. After a hearty breakfast, we all headed to our rooms to collect our ski gear. After a small delay caused by frozen bus fuel, we were driven by an alternate bus though the mountains and to the ski tubes.

As we made it over the hills, many students pointed out the snow which dusted the top of some nearby mountains. After a short train ride, which traveled through the inside of mountains, we arrived at the Blue Cow stop. Once we hopped off the train, we gathered our gear and swapped our shoes for our snow boots. After putting on our gloves, helmets and goggles, we headed out into the snow. It was a lot warmer than we had expected and many people became uncomfortable in the heat.

We were split into three groups and handed off to our lovely ski guides. We were then shown how to put our skis on, how to stop and and how to shuffle along the snow. We each had a go at sliding down the smallest slope and then caught the conveyor belt back up to the top. After a few thrill and spills, we headed inside to have lunch. After lunch, everyone headed back outside to either continue skiing or have some fun in the snow. A few clever students built their own snowmen. At random points throughout the day, snowball fights broke out among the students, with head shots being off limits.

After a crowded and tiring train ride back through the mountains and a short ride back, we finally arrived at our motel. Many students were ready for the sleep awaiting them when we returned. Overall, it was an amazing day and we can’t wait to get back out there tomorrow!

Alexis and Zara

Day 8:

Today, we got to sleep in again before breakfast at eight. After breakfast, we went to catch our trains up to Blue Cow for our second ski day. We got there early and had a bit of time to practise before our lessons. The weather wasn’t as nice as yesterday —it was cooler and quite cloudy. A few of us were sore, but nonetheless, we soldiered on. Group One was taken to try the green zone for the first time. Most of the kids found it fun to go really fast down the steeper slope. They also learned how to use the ski lifts and to ski without the help of their ski poles. Group Two and Three continued on the same slope as yesterday, practicing their turns. Dr Janes and Ms Turner had their first lesson today and they had lots of fun skiing with us. After our two-hour lesson, we headed indoors to eat lunch which was kindly provided for us.

For the remainder of the afternoon, we decided to take a break from skiing to play around and have a snowball fight. Most of us eventually went back skiing while the others ventured out into the snow. We built giant snowballs which we carried around for the rest of the day, as well as sliding down hills and falling knee deep into snow.

After all the excitement of today many of us were tired heading back to our accommodation. We had another lovely dinner and spent the rest of the night having some down time in the games room.

Felicity and Tegan

Day 9:

Today, breakfast was half an hour earlier... but it meant we had more ski time :) Breakfast was DELICIOUS. THE CHEFS DESERVE SO MUCH PRAISE FOR THEIR EFFORTS!!!! After brekkie we took the trains up to Blue Cow, for our third and unfortunately final ski day. It was significantly colder and cloudier today, and it actually snowed! Today, Group Two got to go on the green run, and Group One went further down the green run (to steeper slopes). Dr Janes and Ms Turner didn’t go on the green runs, however, Mr Nelson did. After our lesson we headed inside for lunch which was provided for us again.

Following lunch the majority of the students went to the Perisher shops with Ms Turner and Dr Janes. We were able to buy souvenirs and food. We also bought Graeme a mascot for his bus. We headed back to Blue Cow for another two hours of skiing or snowball fights. During this time some of the students “accidentally” entered the next zone up (blue run) and somehow came back in one piece.

After a long day of skiing and snow, we eventually had to say farewell to the ski resort & instructors and headed back to return our ski gear. At the accommodation we had a lovely dinner and an awards ceremony, where many students were commemorated for their efforts during the trip. We also received a respectful speech from Graeme. We took a group photo and spent the rest of the time before bed hanging out in the games room. Overall, this trip was absolutely incredible and we cannot thank our teachers, parents and our fellow students enough for such an amazing opportunity.

Sophie and Seth

Day 10:

After an early start, packing and loading the coach, we set off in sub-zero temperatures back to Canberra. Along the way we stopped in Cooma. We visited the Snowy Hydro exhibit to learn about the hydroelectric power station that produces enough electricity to light Canberra, most of Sydney and parts of Melbourne. We learnt about the settlement of migrants in the area and how the project came to fruition. We also learnt about the upgrades to the project that are taking place, as the Australian Government invests in renewable energy resources.

We then drove into Canberra where we stopped for lunch in Kings Park, for one final look at the city before we headed to the airport.

Term Three Challenge

This term STA members are preparing to present a Science Show to students from Leeming and West Leeming Primary schools in Weeks 8 and 9. This is an opportunity for our students to develop their ability to communicate scientifically while presenting, explaining and demonstrating a number of Science experiments. Our students really enjoy carrying out the experiments for their younger peers and the primary school students get their first taste of high school. Workshops are taking place in Sc1 on Monday afternoons.

Wise Women Showcase

On 2 July, 24 students spent the day at Murdoch University to participate in the WISE Women Showcase. The day kicked off with lectures presented by three female STEM professionals. Firstly we heard from a STEM professional whose career path has moved from studying Veterinary Science at Murdoch to App developer. We then heard from a marine researcher whose interest is whales and their voices. Finally we heard from a STEM professional in the area cyber security.

Students then participated in a forensic facial reconstruction lab and a chemistry practical where they carried out tests to identify white powders using chemical tests.

The day concluded with a Q & A session with the STEM professionals which was interesting and thought provoking. They were asked questions about what motivated them and how easy it was to forge a career in their chosen fields.

This excursion was an excellent opportunity for female students who have an interest in Science to hear from positive role models and experience STEM in a university setting.

Out Of The Darkness Art Exhibition

Between Friday 6 September and Monday 9 September there is a special Threatened Species Art Exhibition at Canning River Eco Education Centre, Kent St. Wilson. The exhibition is open between 9 am and 4 pm daily, and includes a fluorescent black light nocturnal display. Students will be awarded STA points if they take a selfie and send it or show it to Dr Janes.

student services


Between Monday 2 September and Friday 20 September, a number of Year 10, 11 and 12 students will be involved in the Round 2 of the Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessments (OLNA) here at Leeming Senior High School.

The OLNA forms the basis for the successful completion of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) – upper secondary achievement across Years 11 and 12. Without the successful achievement of OLNA, a student cannot achieve WACE.

Any student that has not achieved Band 8 or higher in either the Reading, Writing or Numeracy elements of Year 9 NAPLAN must sit the OLNA assessment in whichever element/s they achieved lower than Band 8. Students that have achieved Band 8 or higher in the listed elements are deemed to have “prequalified” and therefore do not have to sit OLNA (they have already achieved the minimum requirements of OLNA). Students that successfully achieved OLNA in Round 1 of this year (March) also do not have to re-sit OLNA.

As a school, we will hopefully receive the students’ results from the September window of OLNA by late October (the assessments are marked centrally and then disseminated back to schools). Families will be informed of results once this has occurred.

Unfortunately, those Year 10 and Year 11 students that have not achieved OLNA at that point, they will need to re-sit the relevant assessment/s during the March window of OLNA in 2020 (there is a March and September window of OLNA each year from Year 10 onwards). The relevant families will be informed of these requirements prior to the assessments.

If you require further information regarding OLNA, please feel free to contact me directly.


The time is fast approaching when Year 12 students that are interested in applying for either direct or indirect (alternative entry pathways and preparation courses) entry into university in 2020 will complete these applications. For these students:

1. Refer to the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) website – www.tisc.edu.au – for all current information regarding university applications.

2. All Year 12 students interested in applying for university in 2020 will need to attend an information session that both TISC and I will be running on Wednesday 14 August during the Period 5 Multi-Purpose Session.

3. Individualised university application information along with the 2020 TISC Guide will be distributed at this meeting.

For those students that are not applying for university in 2020 but are interested in further study, don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you. For these students, I will begin working with you later this term in regards to TAFE applications for 2020. At the same point in time we will also begin working with anyone that is interested in pursuing either apprenticeship or full-time employment information.

For those that don’t believe that they fit into any of the categories outlined above, feel free to make an appointment with any of the Student Services staff to discuss your individual/unique plans for the future and tap into our expertise.

For each and every one of the Year 12 students, I would recommend that you visit https://jobjumpstart.employment.gov.au/ to learn more about where your future may take you.

I hope that all Year 12 students and their families find the information useful in formulating your plans for 2020.


Mr V. Bryan, Student Services and VET Manager Years 10 - 12

Email: vance.bryan@education.wa.edu.au

Workplace Learning

A Special Thanks to the number of Year 11 and 12 students who took up the opportunity to complete work place hours during the July Break.

Picture of Geeta C.Year 12 at Periwinkles Learning and Childcare Centre – Multi Cultural Day

Remember Year 11 and 12 students, due to the new policy and procedures I need to be informed of your plans and the deadline for Year 12 students is Friday 23 August . Some Year 12 students NOT doing exams will have opportunities in Week 10 and during September/October holiday period to complete vital time to ensure Certificate attainment. This is now 4 weeks before you intend to go out. Any less, the answer is “it’s not going to happen!!”

While the September break is the last opportunity for Year 12, the Year 11 students can use either these two weeks OR plan to go during the November exam break. I look forward to reporting on their progress and results.

Please see Mr Welsh at the start of Term 3 Week 4, to arrange placements. Reminder to all the students who do a placement, YOU MUST return your Logbooks confirming your “achieved placement hours” as Reporting to Parents on the School Data base must be done or you may not achieve this attainment.

Mr T. Welsh, Workplace Learning Coordinator

Health centre

Hi all and welcome back to Term 3. I hope you are all having a very productive Term! It is so important that you look after yourself every day and it is so easy to push yourself until you surpass your limit. The following checks are available for our students:

Spine Check

The National Self Detection Program for scoliosis (NSDP) – 2018 reminds us that it is recommended that girls in Years 7 and 9 participate in the NSDP by downloading the Self-Detection Brochure for Scoliosis. The brochure can be accessed directly via a link on the Scoliosis Australia home page www.scoliosis-australia.org. Parents can download a scoliosis self-detection brochure from this link.

Scoliosis (spinal curvature) is an important health problem for adolescent girls and 25 per thousand are at risk of developing significant spinal curve. Three girls per thousand require active treatment (a spinal brace or surgery). In the early stages the condition is most often asymptomatic so screening in the age range 11-14 years is a sound preventive health measure.

Vision check

Vision disorder can markedly affect academic performance, especially for those children who are struggling to learn. It is recommended that parents take their child to have their eyes examined regularly during their school years, particularly if they have learning difficulties.

Screen time - limit your child’s use of TV and computer games.

Children and adolescents should not spend more than two hours a day on screen based activities. Excessive screen time often leads to poor health, poor fitness and overweight.

Activities like surfing the net, social networking, watching TV and playing screen games can be educational and fun, but all involve sitting still for long periods of time. Set family rules around screen time and encourage your child to try a range of active pastimes.

For more information, go to http://raisingchildren.net.au


Getting a good night’s sleep will help your child to be more settled, happy and ready for school, and will strengthen his/her immune system. Here are some sleep tips:

• Have a bedtime routine – this will help your child wind down from the day.

• Keep the bedroom dark, cool and quiet - this will help your child drift off easily.

• If your child has a restless night or bad dreams, it may be because the day’s events and worries are still rattling around in his/her head. Help your child to settle and relax for sleep by promoting good sleep habits.

• Remember, medication is not the answer to children’s sleep problems.

Contact your local Community Health Nurse, (Deb Kitak) on (93149313), or go to www.raisingchildren.net.au for more information.

Sleeping tips for teenagers

Teenagers need about 9 -10 hours of sleep a night. Lack of regular sleep is likely to affect academic and sporting performance, and behaviour. The risk of emotional problems, such as depression, may also increase in teenagers who regularly do not get enough sleep. Even getting an extra 30 minutes of sleep each night will make a difference.

The typical teenage brain wants to go to bed late and sleep late the following morning, which is usually hard to manage. You may be able to adjust your body clock but it takes time. Suggestions include:

• Choose a relaxing bedtime routine; for example, have a bath and a hot milky drink before bed.

• Avoid loud music, homework, computer games or any other activity that gets your mind racing for about an hour before bedtime.

• Keep your room dark at night. The brain’s sleep–wake cycle is largely set by light received through the eyes. Try to avoid watching television right before bed. In the morning, expose your eyes to lots of light to help wake up your brain.

• Do the same bedtime routine every night for at least four weeks to make your brain associate this routine with going to sleep.

• Start your bedtime routine a little earlier than usual (for example, 10 minutes) after four weeks. Do this for one week.

• Add an extra 10 minutes every week until you have reached your desired bedtime.

• Avoid staying up late on the weekends. Late nights will undo your hard work.

• Remember that even 30 minutes of extra sleep each night on a regular basis makes a big difference. However, it may take about six weeks of getting extra sleep before you feel the benefits.

To get further advice contact your local Community Health Nurse, Deb Kitak on 9237 6819.

Raising Children Network

Children are as individual and as different as their parents and making decisions about what’s best for raising children is very personal.

The Raising Children website offers up-to-date, research-based material on more than 800 topics spanning children’s development, behaviour, health, nutrition and fitness, play and learning, connecting and communicating, school and education, entertainment and technology, sleep and safety.

It covers grown-ups, newborns (0-3 months), babies (3-12 months), toddlers (1-3 years), pre-schoolers (3-5 years), school age children (5-9 years), Pre-teens (9-11 years) and early teens (12-15 years).

There are tips, videos and other useful resources.

The Raising Children Network provided information that can help parents with the day to day decisions to do with raising children. It also provides information to help parents and carers look after their own needs. The information is based on the best science in parenting, child health and development, presented in language we can all understand.

This is a website for Australian mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone else who has responsibility for the care of children. www.Raisingchildren.com.au

Mrs D. Kitak, School Nurse

Chaplains Chat

Appreciate Those Around You - By Carl The Chaplain

I would like to share a short story about something that popped up in my life. My daughter bought my granddaughter a trampoline for her 6th birthday. Being a single mum, she needed help to put it together. Straight away she called me and asked the following, "Dad I have a quick job for you... it should only take 20 minutes and it needs to be done now! It's a birthday present for tomorrow." It took me 3.5 hours to put it together and with the help of my two sons, it was done.

This reminded me of spending time with family and being there for them. Our lives today are so busy that we forget to make time for each other and appreciate the small things in life. How can we spend more quality time together? Here are some suggestions below.

Watch a movie, have a family outing (walking, hiking, cycling or camping), play a board game (just don't get too competitive!). Catch Pokemon together! Have a pizza night, kick around a football. There are so many things we can do to have fun without spending money. Making time is the important thing.

Chaplains Chat - Rebuilding Relationships Is A Skill We All Need To Learn

Relationships often break down from one of four things.

  1. Criticism
  2. Defensiveness
  3. Contempt
  4. Stonewalling


Can be destructive when used to attack a person rather than deal with a behavior.

A healthy way to deal with criticism - It is much better to address someone about some behavior without blaming. The best way is to talk about your feelings, using I statements this is what I feel, or think, or want or need. Then to ask the other person what they feel or want or need.


Is defined as self-protection in an attempt to ward off a perceived attack. Many people become defensive when they are being criticized, but the problem is that being defensive never solves the problem at hand. Defensiveness is really a way of blaming the other person. You are saying the problem isn’t me, it's you. As a result, the problem is not resolved and the conflict escalates further.

The solution to defensiveness is to accept your part and take responsibility. Then take some time to calm down, think about how you can change your behaviors and be less defensive, and encourage yourself in the change process.


Comes from a positioning of someone as superior. Some examples of contempt include smirking, sarcasm, cynicism, name calling, eye rolling, sneering, mockery, hostile humour. Contempt is the greatest indicator of a serious breakdown in a relationship, and it must urgently be eliminated.

The way to fix contempt is to build a culture of respect.

Stone walling

Occurs when the listener withdraws from the interaction.

The antidote to stone walling is to stop the conversation. The person who is stonewalling has become flooded with too much emotion and needs to take a break. This should be explained with the other person, that you need a break and will talk about this with them again at a suitable time for both of you. Twenty minutes is the best amount of time to calm down, but if you need longer take the time to calm yourself down emotionally. When you are having this calming down time just think about calming down and distracting yourself and dong't go in self-justification mode. Once you have calmed down try to be fair from both sides of the situation and resolve the situation together.

Let's all work on being better communicators, as our relationships with other matter. We as humans are relational beings, and need other people to journey life together with. Let's be builders of healthy relationships.

Mrs Bettina Carter, School Chaplain


The uniform shop is selling all jackets for only $45! All sizes (whilst stock lasts), saving $10! The Uniform Shop is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 10:15 am to 1:45 pm. Phone:9237 6858 for enquiries.

Our next Newsletter will be published on the 25 September 2019. Until, then remember to contact us should you have any queries.

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