Leeming SHS Newsletter Volume 1 February 2019

Welcome to the 2019 School Year

A very special welcome to all of our new students and parents across all year levels. Our Newsletter comes out twice a term and showcases past events and also reminders of upcoming events. Reminders will also be sent out via Connect and Facebook, please check these regularly to stay well informed.

Year 12 Results

Yet again our Year 12 results were outstanding. Congratulations to the Class of 2018 and thank you to all of the staff for their ongoing commitment to our students, not just during Year 12 but also from their start in Year 7. 2018 produced our best results in 10 years and that comes from a coordinated approach from the students' first year to their last. Some of the highlights included:

  • Median ATAR - 80.98
  • Attainment – 99%
  • WACE Achievement – 96%
  • 8 Certificate of Distinction recipients
  • 15 Certificate of Merit recipients
  • 1 Subject Certificate of Excellence recipient
  • 10 New Members of the 95+ Club
  • 26% of ATAR students scored above 90
  • 27% of ATAR students score between 80 and 89.95

Renovations and New Classrooms

Strategic Planning went full steam ahead over the December/January break. The Mathematics Department was given a long awaited face lift, providing more rooms and giving both our teachers and students a brighter, more positive working environment. The rooms were also given up-to-date audio visual equipment, new classroom furniture as required along with air conditioning and heating to keep all at an enjoyable “room temperature”.

After the completion of the Mathematics Department, the Administration building was next in line for renovations. The new Administration looks fantastic, providing more working areas and more space to accommodate our ever-increasing numbers. The new Administration has been well received by both staff and visitors to the school, with the changes providing a more efficiently-run office.

In the middle of these renovations, the Student Services Attendance Desk was also brought into the 21st Century, giving the students a more user-friendly space for their day to day needs. We are also expecting two transportable classrooms to be in place between the HASS block and the Grady Close carpark. These two rooms are expected to be available for use in time for the start of Term 2.


As both Leeming SHS and the Education Support Centre have grown again in 2019, parking in all of our carparks continues to be a problem. Parents please do not use the front car park as a drop off or pick up area. If you are visiting the school, please park either on the front verge or on Ramsdale Loop. I apologise for the inconvenience but with two growing schools on one site we are very short of parking spaces.


Staff at Leeming Senior High School are available to discuss your queries and concerns. Please keep in mind that our teachers spend most of the day in front of classes and their evenings working. Our expectations are that staff will respond to your queries during the week within 48 hours. Staff are not expected to respond on weekends or school holidays. To provide your children with the best possible education, our staff need their rest and recovery time.


Please encourage your children to bring their computer to school each day it is just like any other piece of equipment required for their learning to take place. As with most equipment such as calculators or protractors, the computers will not be used every lesson in every class, although it can be used as a diary or a reference source regularly throughout the week.

We all look forward to a very enjoyable and successful year in 2019 as our school and the community go from strength to strength. I hope that you all enjoy reading about our school and the achievements reached by the students, staff and the school community.

Mr D. Atthowe, Principal

School Captains 2019- Kara Turley and Joel Noble

Our School Councillors and House Captains have hit the ground running this term, spending a day brainstorming and planning events for 2019.

Our Student Councillors and House Captains hard at work

Science and Technology Academy- An Approved Specialist Program

Welcome to the 2019 academic year! Welcome in particular to our new Year 7 students and Associate Members of STA.

The aim of the STA program is to provide enrichment opportunities to stimulate a greater interest and participation in Science and STEM. Students are encouraged to accept invitations to participate in the various extra-curricular programs that are run throughout the year. These include after-school workshops, independent challenges, State, National and International competitions, excursions and camps. The greater a child’s participation the greater the benefit to their education.

Science After School

Year 7 STA members are participating in Science After School. This is a two-week series of workshops exploring the properties of materials and light.

Science and Technology Academy

Mind Mash

In Term 2 Year 8 students will have the opportunity to participate in a Mind Mash robotics program using EV3Lego Mindstorms. This will be a series of five workshops taking place after school in the library. Mind Mash is designed to bring STEM alive in the classroom with modern, fun and energetic programs.

Lego EV3 Robotics

Astronomy Camp

Year 9 students will be invited to attend the Astronomy Camp to Yanchep National Park and the Gin Gin Observatory on 14-15 March. On 14 March we will visit Yanchep National Park for a caves tour. In the evening we will go to the Gin Gin Observatory to look at the night sky and view constellations of stars. On Friday 15 March we will return to the Gravity Discovery Centre for an Earth Science and Physics experience under the guidance of a UWA lecturer. Further information and permission forms will be available on Connect.

2018 Astronomy Camp
Gin Gin Observatory

Canberra Tour 2019

Planning is underway for the 2019 STA Canberra Tour. Nominations for this tour were received in 2018 from students in Years 8, 9 and 10 this year. A wait-list is in operation for the tour. If any students in the tour party have decided not to participate, please contact Dr Janes as soon as possible so that your place can be offered to a student on the wait-list. We will be visiting a number of venues including the War Memorial, Capital Exhibition Centre and Questacon. The Tour concludes with three days skiing at Perisher Blue-Cow.

Canberra Tour

STEM Literacy Challenge

As part of a plan to develop students' literacy skills and personal interest in a few of the many branches of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), all STA members are expected to participate in the STEM Literacy Challenge. In this challenge students need to produce a scrap book of STEM news articles published in magazines, the newspapers or journals that interest them. Students then need to use one of the ‘Article Review Sheets’ available in the Connect library to analyse the article to gain a deeper understanding of the topic of interest. This activity should be used as further reading to broaden student engagement in current issues in STEM, and to develop their ability to analyse text for deeper understanding. STA points will be awarded for each of the article recorded and analysed in the scrap book. Students can complete up to one article analysis per week, 10 articles per term. Completion of this task will attract up to 100 points per term, 10 points per article. Scrap books can be submitted in the last week of each term for review and the award of STA points.

Term 1 Challenge- Building and racing carbon dioxide dragsters

STA members are encouraged to participate in the independent term-challenges. The STA challenge for Term One is to design, build and test a CO2 dragster. The task is to be completed in the students’ own time, however, there will be a number of after school workshops when students can work in teams and obtain help designing and building their dragsters. Further details about the challenge will be available through Connect and the class teacher soon. The competition will take place in weeks 9 and 10.

STA Points and Participation

Student participation in each STA event is collated in a data base which is updated regularly. The number of points awarded is based on the level of participation, attainment and the number of hours the student needed to complete the activity. For example, participation in a four hours of after school workshops would attract 40 STA points. The points totals will be published at the end of each semester. At the end of the school year students are presented with a STA awards certificate which recognises their efforts and achievements at the levels of Participation, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

All members of STA are expected to participate in a minimum of one co-curricular activity each term. This may be a challenge, competition or excursion. If students do not meet this minimum requirement their position in the Specialist Program will be reviewed.

Welcome to HASS !

With the new year Humanities and Social Sciences has gained two dynamic new teachers. Naomi Bunch brings with her a passion for History and international experience from 11 years of teaching in the UK. Her specialised knowledge of Latin American and Medical History provides an interesting new area of expertise in our teaching team. When not teaching, Ms Bunch enjoys competing in triathalons, rugby and spending time with her husband and 18 month old daughter. She thanks everyone for being “so welcoming” and says that she “already feels at home” with her new colleagues and students.

Ed Lee has brought a distinguished style to the HASS learning area with his colourful range of “cool” bow ties. His background in both Japanese and Humanities serves him well in his goal to develop students’ cultural understanding and engagement with different perspectives, which is already helping his students become more compassionate and empathetic. His cheerful and patient demeanour has been much appreciated by his students who have described him enthusiastically as both “happy” and “kind”. After school he enjoys video games and playing board games with his two young children. He praises the “collegiate school staff” of Leeming and their “super” support for each other.

Mr Lee and Ms Bunch

Amazing Achievement

The remarkable results of Year 12 HASS students in 2018 has been a great source of pride to our teachers, with Economics and History students achieving both above the state and “like-school” averages, which includes schools of the calibre of Rossmoyne and Willeton! Psychology performance was likewise above the state average and the great group of Geography students achieved the best results ever seen at Leeming!

Down to Work

Thus inspired, our current HASS Year 12 students are already off to a record-smashing start and 2019 looks set to be another impressive year. The Year 7 students are settling in nicely with some crafty geography activities and Antarctic adventures, while lavish landscapes were the focus of the Ms De Beer’s Year 8 Geography students. Meanwhile, Year 9 Civics and Citizenship students have been discovering their democratic rights and responsibilities by engaging in intense but humourous media campaigns to the interest of the younger students.

Year 7 HASS work

Inflationary Antics

Inflation “as you have never seen it before” was evident in Ms Murray’s Year 10 Economics class last week with a large cast of characters sharing their economic woes in their bid to be “Inflation Queen-for-a-Day”. Based on the 1950's game show “Queen for a Day” the premise was given a new lease of life from Game Host Will Marshall’s distinctive drawl and hilarious character sound bites. However, it was retired widow “Helga” eking out a spartan existence on her dearly departed’s diminishing savings who won the crown from our Economist audience. Ms Murray hopes the day (and the Economic Theory) lingers long in the minds of her students.

Mrs R. Murray, Teacher HASS

Year 10 Economics


'The test of Literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it.' Elizabeth Drew

Welcome to an exciting 2019 with a new look English Learning Area! We have four brand new faces in our English classrooms this year: Mr Evan Lazarus, Mr Dean Mercer, Ms Peki Kulasekera and myself, Ms Joan Armstrong. The established English teachers, and the wider school community, have made us all feel very welcome.

This term, we are offering a range of activities which will increase the value of the English learning experiences. There is the Write4Fun competition and the Golden Pen Award. Both these competitions close 31 March and posters have been displayed throughout the English classrooms and on Connect, so let's get the entries rolling in. We are also excited to launch our inaugural 2019 Australian Computational and Linguistic Olympiad, online round, with 24 of our Year 9 AEP students. In a joint venture hosted by the HASS Learning Area, we are launching a Debating Group for Year 10 students, with a view to entering some of the local debating competitions.

Preparation is also well under way for OLNA, with Mrs McGill's fantastic information sessions and workshops already preparing students for the testing which begins in Week 5. We look forward to working with you this year.

Ms J. Armstrong, English HOLA


welcome to marina-san!

This year we welcome Marina Motomura, from Kagoshima Immaculate Heart College, who has taken a year off from her studies to volunteer at Leeming Senior High School as a Japanese language assistant.

We thank Marina for her commitment to promote the Japanese language and culture to our students and look forward to learning many new things from her this year. Here is a message from Marina:

こんにちは。わたしは もとむら まりなです。かごしまから きました。いっしょに 日本語を べんきょう しましょう!


And the translation:

Hello. I am Marina Motomura. I come from Kagoshima. Let's study Japanese together! From Marina.

Ms S. Burrows and Mr E. Lee, Japanese Teachers

Student Services

Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) - its purpose and what it means for your child.

In 13 years of compulsory schooling we expect young people to have developed the literacy and numeracy skills required for the next phase of their life. We believe this is very important, which is why it is a requirement for students to demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to be eligible to achieve the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

This standard reflects the skills that are described in Level 3 of the nationally accredited Australian Core Skills Framework. This standard can be demonstrated in two ways:

  • performance in the Year 9 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), or
  • performance in the OLNA.

If students achieve Band 8 or higher in their Year 9 NAPLAN reading, writing or numeracy tests they are not required to sit the corresponding components of the OLNA. While NAPLAN and WACE achievement are independent, research has shown that students who achieve Band 8 in Year 9 NAPLAN are working at or above the minimum standard required for the WACE. They are, therefore, not required to again demonstrate their skills in the corresponding component through the OLNA.

Students who need to demonstrate the minimum standard in reading, writing and/or numeracy are scheduled to sit the required components of the OLNA for the first time in 2019 between Tuesday 5 March and Friday 29 March. Students beginning Year 10 have up to six opportunities before the end of Year 12 to demonstrate the required skills in each component. Once a student has demonstrated the required skills in a component they are not required to sit that component again.

As its name indicates, the OLNA is an online test. The reading and numeracy components each comprise 45 multiple‐choice questions and students have 50 minutes to complete each component. The writing component is a typed response of up to 600 words. Students have 60 minutes to complete this component.

If your child did not achieve at least Band 8 in all three tests in Year 9 NAPLAN, I would encourage you to read the OLNA Information for parents/carers brochure, which is available online at http://senior-secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/assessment/olna. While you are on the website, I would also encourage you to look at other available information.

The school provides students with access to the OLNA Practice tests and/or the OLNA Example tests. Students can use the Practice tests to familiarise themselves with the assessment format and website functionality. The Example tests provide students, teachers and parents/carers with a complete test that is indicative of the difficulty and the diversity of skills assessed. There is an Example test for each of the reading, writing and numeracy components. It includes a set of 45 multiple-choice questions for reading; a set of 45 multiple-choice questions for numeracy and one writing prompt. Users have 50 minutes to complete the reading and numeracy components and 60 minutes to complete the writing component.

After each OLNA round, the Authority provides us with individual feedback on each student’s performance. Schools can use these reports to structure student learning to assist them in developing the skills they need to demonstrate the required standard. Significantly, those students at risk of not achieving the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy are identified through their performance in the OLNA. For these students, the school can deliver Foundation courses, which have been specifically developed to improve literacy and numeracy standards. There is also an interim report schools can use to keep parents/carers informed of their child’s progress.

The Authority reports on student performance at the end of Year 12 through the Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA). If a student has demonstrated all of the WACE requirements, the student will also receive a WACE. More information about the WACE requirements is available on the Authority website at http://senior- secondary.scsa.wa.edu.au/the-wace/wace-requirements. Students who do not manage to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy standard by the end of Year 12 will be able to ‘bank’ their other achievements whilst they continue to work towards achieving their WACE. The WACE can be achieved over a lifetime.

Answers to specific questions about the OLNA can be found on the SCSA website http://scsa.wa.edu.au.

Health Centre

Hello to all students and families attending Leeming Senior High School and a big welcome to all the Year 7s and any new students and families new to the school. My name is Deb Kitak, Community Nurse. I am new to Leeming Senior High school and looking forward to meeting students, staff and parents.

Medical Conditions

If your child has a medical condition, for example Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Diabetes or Epilepsy please contact me for an Action Plan if you have not already done this. This is so that I can manage your child’s medical condition appropriately whilst they are at school.

Anaphylaxis - checklist for parents of students at risk:

  • Tell the school administration if your child has been prescribed an adrenaline autoinjector (i.e. EpiPen), has experienced Anaphylaxis, has any changes in allergies, and/or any other health care needs that may affect Anaphylaxis management.
  • Make sure your child carries an adrenaline autoinjector in their bag and replace the device before it expires.
  • Make sure your child knows how to use the adrenaline autoinjector. Show his or her friends, brothers and sisters if they are old enough to understand.
  • Provide an ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis completed and signed by your child’s doctor. Update the plan (including a photo of your child) when the adrenaline autoinjectors are renewed (usually every 12-18 months). Action Plans are available from www.allergy.org.au. Help the school to develop an Individual Health Care and Risk Minimisation Plan for your child.
  • Educate your child about how to avoid known allergens (triggers). Remind your child to immediately tell someone if she/he feels sick whilst at school

The Nurse's Office is located in the Student Services building adjacent to Student Services Managers, Chaplains and School Psychologist. The Community Nurse is based here 4 days per week, Monday to Thursday 8.15 am to 4.15 pm.

Student Services Building

I am happy to meet parents and discuss medical issues that may be a problem for your child. I am also happy to meet the students, especially if they are new to Leeming SHS. Please come to the Nurse's Office and say hello. I do encourage students to come and see me in their own time, before school, break times and after school, if the matter is not urgent. If your child needs to see the nurse in class time they need to bring a note from the teacher or their diary signed by their teacher. Only emergencies will be seen in class time. Confidentiality is respected and students can make an appointment to see me if they would like to discuss an issue or problem.

Important Health Messages

Nutrition and Fluids

Students are encouraged to eat a healthy breakfast prior to school. Students are also encouraged to drink plenty of water, 6-8 glasses per day and to bring their own water bottles into school and not share their bottles.


Growing children need 8-10 hours of sleep a night with no interruptions E.g. No TV, Electronic gadgets – mobile phones, computer, games etc. in your bedroom at sleep time.

School Bags

Look after your back! Students: your bag should not weigh more that 10-15% of your body weight. If you have a back pack you need to carry it on your back and shoulder straps on both shoulders supporting the load on your back.

Hats and Sun

Wear a hat if you are in the sun and apply sunscreen. You can purchase a school cap from the Uniform Shop.


Shower daily and maybe twice a day in summer. Don’t forget to use soap on your body and shampoo your hair regularly. Use deodorant and don’t forget to brush your teeth twice a day after meals and at bedtime.

School Health Service

The school health service aims to promote healthy development and wellbeing to help students to reach their full potential. Students are better prepared for learning when they are healthy, safe and happy. School Health services provide an easy access point to health care for students. The school health nurse may carry out health assessments and provide information, advice, referrals and support for students. The support encourages development of knowledge, skills and behaviour, and encourages the young person to deal with their health issue(s) and make healthy lifestyle choices. Individual students can seek information, guidance and support about a range of issues that may include: coping with illness, culture or racism issues, feeling anxious, stressed or unhappy, healthy eating and nutrition, healthy weight and body image, mental health and wellbeing, loss and grief, problems at home, relationships, sexual health, smoking, alcohol, drug use and other adolescent concerns.

There may be times when the school health nurse needs to share information with parents or guardians or certain others in the school community, to provide support and care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the young person. The school health nurse encourages and supports young people to talk to their parent or guardians about significant health issues.

Ambulance Cover

I strongly advise parents/ guardians to have ambulance cover as an ambulance will be called in emergency situations and when deemed necessary. The school does not pay for this service. The cost of an ambulance in an emergency is approximately $900. The cost of ambulance cover through HBF (agent for St John’s Ambulance) is approx. Family: $98.25 Single: $49.10 per year. Please research other private health insurance for ambulance cover. Parents/Guardians are strongly advised to keep the school posted about changes in their contact details.


Parents and students are reminded that the nurse is NOT allowed to give paracetamol or any other medication to students. However, students can bring a dose of paracetamol to school to take if you have pain. E.g. Headache, period pain, toothache etc.

Updating Contact Details

Can families please ensure the school is notified as soon as possible if any contact details change? This includes home, mobile and emergency contact phone numbers and email addresses.

Mrs Deb Kitak, Community Health Nurse, Child and Adolescent Community Health (Melville Region) Phone: 9237 6819

Chaplains Chat

A warm welcome back to school for 2019.

Carl Hough and Bettina Cartern

We hope you had a refreshing holiday. We care, as do your parents, that this year is one of achieving your best. We encourage you to change gears and go into school mode. This could be with:

  • Better routines
  • Healthy eating
  • Recharging on at least 8 hours sleep a night
  • Drinking 2 litres of water daily
  • Turning off technology 2 hours prior to going to bed.
  • Get some exercise, fresh air and sunlight daily.
  • Find 5 people who will be your main support people (min. of 2 adults)

Believe in yourself, encourage yourself, organise yourself, challenge and correct when you need to. Always aim for personal growth.

Every single one of you have potential and you are always worth the effort. If you are stuck in any area of your life please ask for help as there are so many outstanding staff here and I’m sure there are people elsewhere in your life, who want to help you be the best you can.

We would like to extend a special welcome to all our new students, staff and their families. We look forward to noticing how you contribute, grow and develop while you are in our school community.

A personal note from Mrs.Carter

On a personal note, as many know, I trod on a rusty nail on the 25/9/18. After two operations, lots and lots of antibiotics and medical attention, I am almost through the tunnel. I would like to say a huge thank you to all in this school community who have been so caring toward me during this journey. We do indeed have an amazing school community who genuinely care.

Ongoing Support

You are more than welcome to come and chat with either Mrs Bettina Carter or Mr Carl Hough who work full time, or any of the other fantastic team in Student Services. We have a fantastic school and a wonderful school community which we are glad you are a part of.

You can email either:

  • Carl Hough at Carl.Hough@youthcare.org.au
  • Bettina Carter at Bettina.Carter@youthcare.org.au

Mrs B. Carter, Chaplain

meerilinga Young children's foundation upcoming courses

Our next Newsletter will be published on the 9 April 2019. Until then, remember to contact us should you have any queries.


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