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
UNIFORM POLO CONCEPT
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- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.