As we come to the end of the 2019 school year, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and your children for making this such an amazing year for Leeming Senior High School. Furthermore, a big thank you to all members of staff for going above and beyond to create many educational opportunities. The results we are achieving clearly show we are on the right track.
Among the numerous sports events, carnivals, incursions and excursions, we proudly celebrated Harmony Week, NAIDOC Week and Book Week. We had various performances including a School Production, a Choreography Night and a Night of Musical Excellence. School families generously hosted Japanese students and the talented Chess Club competed in the National Championships. We had an overwhelming number of participants in our own “Leeming’s Got Talent”. Amid the study and exams of their final year, the Year 12s attended the Year 12 Ball, the Year 12 Luncheon and lastly, their Valedictory. The Science Department entertained local Primary School students with their Science Fair. We had an Astronomy Camp, a Drama Camp, a Japanese Tour, a Canberra Camp, a Music Camp and a Leadership Camp. The Student Council and House Captains organised various fund-raisers for charity, firing up the BBQs to feed the hordes throughout the year.
Just recently we have had students return from the National Chess Championships in Melbourne where they finished a very credible ninth place. Our Student Leadership Groups have recently returned from a leadership and planning camp at Rottnest. Furthermore, we currently have a group of students that study Japanese on a tour and exchange program in Japan. Thank you to all the students that have participated in these events and to all the staff that have given up so much of their own time to both plan and attend these experiences.
On Tuesday 3 December we formally farewelled our Class of 2019 at the Valedictory held at UWA. Thank you to all the families that attended. The Class of 2019 are to be congratulated on not only a great night, but a night that reflected the strong and tight knit group they are. On behalf of the Leeming Community, I wish you all the very best for your future endeavours.
My thanks to the P&C President Mr Michael Blakemore and the P&C group for their support of the school. The P&C have funded over $30,000 worth of projects in 2019 and are already planning an even bigger 2020. I would also like to thank the School Board Chair, Mrs Claire Purcell and the School Board for their hard work in 2019. The P&C and the School Board continuously support the needs of the school community and have both contributed to many projects.
The School Office will close on Friday 20 December and reopen on Tuesday 28 January. Students will commence on Monday 3 February 2020.
I wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday season and look forward to a promising 2020.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
30 Year reunion
It was fantastic to hear that the Leeming SHS Graduating Class of 1989 had a great time catching up with one another at Raffles.
Students have continued to celebrate their successes in English. In the annual ICAS English testing, seven of our students received Distinction certificates: Danylo S. and Laura H. (Year 7), Olivia B. and Clifton R. (Year 8) and Ashlee B., Sophie A. and Piper M. (Year 9), a tremendous effort which puts them in the top 10% of all international students who participated this year. One of our Year 7 students, Jack T., achieved an outstanding High Distinction which places him in the top 1%. Well done, Jack, for this amazing achievement! Mr Wallwork will be awarding these top certificate winners during the last assembly of the term.
In Mr Mercer’s Writing Club, four Year 9 students completed a month-long ‘word sprint’ for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). By achieving their word goals, they are classed as winners and will receive perks in next year’s competition. Mr Wallwork presented certificates to the four winners: Alice J., Aelan T N., Jacinta C. and Elisha A.
Our Year 7 AEP students enjoyed their time on the joint excursion, with HASS, to Walyalup (Fremantle), learning about the traditions and history of the Whadjuk people, vital to Nyoongar culture today. Walyalup is a significant place as Country on both sides of the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River). The story of how Country once stretched past Wadjemup (Rottnest) is part of one of the oldest traditions in human history. Under the guidance of Justin Martin from Djurandi Dreaming, our students learned about traditional Nyoongar landmarks and Dreamtime stories. They also created their own dot and line paintings to show their understanding of place, traditional symbols and their significance. Mrs Mellor, Ms Ingoe, Mrs Glasson and Ms Murray (HASS) thoroughly enjoyed the day and the Year 7 students’ behaviour was a credit to the school.
What does it mean to be Australian? For many the iconic image would include a singlet clad larrikin singing “Waltzing Matilda” and ignoring the snags charcoaling gently on the barbie. Year 8 students, however, were treated to another iconic image of an Australian this month, one singing “Wanjoo” while awaiting a damper and kangaroo feast cooking in the coals of a campfire. Coming to Leeming Senior High School from Curtin University, our entertaining and informative guest speaker, Sandra Harben, is an expert on Nyungar culture, history and language. As a Whadjuk woman she began by welcoming the Year 8's to Country, before engaging them with informative stories about Aboriginal Australian Culture.
Students enjoyed hearing many explanations of names for objects including the new bridge to Optus stadium. This iconic new landmark was named for the time when water levels were much lower and people could walk to Harrison Island. As they waded across the river, people’s legs sank deep into the muddy sand beneath the water, so much so that pulling them out left deep “leg holes” and the name Marta Garup (place where the river is only leg deep).
Other contemporary issues were explored such as different conceptions of Australia Day comparing firework fun to invasion date protests. Improving opportunities were also demonstrated by the Associate Researcher’s University career compared to the primary school education of her mother or the complete inaccessibility of reading or writing for her grandmother. Such a personal perspective has given students another reason to be grateful for their own educational opportunities at Leeming Senior High School.
As a case in point, Enterprising Year 8 AEP students had the opportunity to start up their own companies in an adrenaline fuelled incursion with their teacher Mr Lee and Jason from Murdoch University. With micro grant funding, students chose to set up their companies along ethical or profit driven lines, selling cupcakes, coffee, mechanical services and an online bathers provider.
Following a fast paced auction, students had to account for various costs including utilities, staff, rent and manufacturing. In roles such as Director, CEO, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer, they steered their fledgling businesses through a series of scenarios, from bad weather to extreme actions by impetuous foreign powers. Throughout the day they coaxed their sales figures higher through clever marketing campaigns, investing in equipment, production targets and hiring and firing staff, at each stage taking stock of the ethical as well as financial cost. After fast paced decisions and consequences, in the end the winner was the simple cupcake shop turned cash cow.
The Inaugural Medieval Games
A Medieval Fair was the culmination of weeks of creative planning and preparation by Ms de Beer’s Year 8 students. All manner of medieval themed games beckoned the students, from the historically authentic to the hilariously bogus. Knights swapped lances for pool noodles in a jousting competition, while peasants performed egg and spoon races. Apple bobbing was a draw card for the less athletic. Participants could also pin the macabre-minded fleas on the rat or endure medieval tickle torture. Catering to all manner of medieval tastes, the fair was agreed to be the year’s historical highlight.
Students moved beyond simulation to visit the scene of the crime - Fremantle - in a joint HASS-English excursion. The all encompassing event covered the broad ground of 60,000 years of Aboriginal culture through to our Modern city as influenced by Ancient Roman innovations. The Modern/Ancient connection was revealed in the brand new Maritime Museum Exhibition: Ancient Rome - Epic Innovators and Engineers. Geography, History, Economics, Politics and Law combined in this fantastic Fremantle Fusion. What a way to wrap up an amazing year of HASS!
An action packed end to the year has been experienced by the AEP Year 7 students. Taking the law into their own hands, they took to the court rooms, trying a famous historical figure. Joseph Bolitho John’s seat-of-his-pants escape from Fremantle Prison was revealed in the court room drama with the Year 7 Counsels skilfully questioning key witnesses to the crimes - including the colourful “Moondyne Joe” himself.
Japanese Studies 日本語がくぶ
2019 Japan Tour
On Saturday 7 December, we said “sayonara” as 18 students and two staff departed on a two-week tour of Japan. During the tour, they will visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka.
Students will also have the unique opportunity to experience life as a Japanese teenager when they spend six nights in a homestay with a Japanese family and attend school with their host student.
We wish the touring group an enjoyable trip and safe return. よい旅を～
Leeming Primary School Visit
Our Year 10 Japanese students got a taste of what it’s like to be a “Sensei” when they visited the Year 3 class at Leeming Primary School. In preparation for the visit, students planned a mini lesson and prepared accompanying resources to deliver to the Year 3 students. The Year 3 students enthusiastically participated in the activities, while the Year 10 students learned some valuable lessons in how to keep the younger students engaged and on task.
A huge congratulations to the following students who competed at the National Interschool Chess Championships in Melbourne. They all competed at a very high level and came in ninth out of 27 teams.
- Thomas U.
- Elisha A.
- Oliver J.
- Joshua S.
- Cornelius V.
- Xiang C.
The Year 9 Maths students were investigating what objects in the real world were shaped like parabolas. The students applied their imagination looking for “parabolas” around the school ground. They then worked out the quadratic equation of their parabolas using a software called DESMOS. Here are some pictures of their work.
The Science and Technology Academy- An Approved Specialist Program
STEM learning Project
This term groups of Year 7 students have been working on the STEM learning Project ‘Keeping Cool’. In this project, students began by analysing thermal images of suburbs in the South-Metro area to develop an understanding of the Heat Island Effect. The next phase of the project involved planning and conducting an investigation to determine the effect of one or more factors on air and ground temperature. Students investigated the effect of shade cloths, colours, canopy cover and the type of ground cover. In the final synthesis phase of the project, students designed a solution to the Heat Island Effect, using the evidence from their investigations to suggest ways an environment can be designed to keep cool.
Year 8 and 9 students worked on the STEM Learning Project ‘Amp Up The Volume’. In this project they explored the properties of sound, and, with the help of Mr Wegwermer, they designed and built passive amplifiers for their smartphones.
The projects gave students an opportunity to apply scientific principles to design and engineer solutions to real-life situations.
Scitech Lab on Legs
Year 8 STA members had the opportunity to participate in a forensics workshop brought to us by CSIRO Lab on Legs. Lab on Legs is a hands-on mobile science and technology laboratory where students can explore practical applications of science, use specialist equipment and engage in industry-relevant scenarios. Students use science inquiry skills to investigate evidence collected from the scene of a crime. They made observations, analysed results and used the evidence to draw conclusions to solve the crime.