From The Principal

2017 has been a very positive year for Leeming Primary School. It was our first full year as an Independent Public School and has made a real difference. Some of the impact is hard to qualify, but there has been a change in the school’s culture. The School Board are providing input and guidance to our direction and future. The staff are engaged in the directions of the school and staffing processes have been slightly different which had a positive impact.

2018 will be an interesting year with government restructuring and financial tightening starting to have an impact. There is also the possibility that it might be an industrial year with several EBA’s being negotiated.

 Staffing

Mr Paul Harvey Mrs Sue Fuller Mrs Esther Douglas
At the end of this week Mr Harvey will be retiring from teaching. After 21 years in the job he is deserving of a long holiday with Mrs Harvey. Mr Harvey joined the Education Department as a second career and has worked in schools in the country and in the metropolitan area. His work at Leeming Primary school has been over a 7 year period. I am pleased to announce that Mrs Fuller will be joining the school next year to teach one of our Year 2 classes. She will be replacing Esther Douglas who has accepted a 12 month position in the country.  It will be hard to replace Mrs Douglas next year as she is a strong leader in the school sitting on the Administration and Finance Committee. Mrs Douglas has also been the coordinator of MAPPEN supporting teachers in the HASS learning areas.  

School Development Days

Next year the staff return officially on Monday 29 January. On this day and Tuesday 30 Jan there will be training offered either at school or at another school in the Network.  Staff will be looking forward to seeing students on Wednesday 31 January.

Class allocation letters

Class allocation letters will be sent home on Thursday. This allows students to know which class they will be in for next year. This process is completed before the holidays rather than when families are picking up their booklists and is done deliberately so that students can relax over the holiday and enjoy Christmas.

Reports

Reports will be sent home with students on Wednesday. They reflect the work and attitude the students have demonstrated this Semester. It was pleasing to read so many positive reports. It is a good idea to read through the report with your child.

If you have any questions regarding your report please contact with your classroom teacher.

School Watch

School Watch is a partnership between the WA Police and the Department of Education aimed at protecting our schools from vandalism, theft and damage.

Every year, criminal damage to schools not only costs Western Australian taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, but also inconveniences students, their families, teachers and local residents.

While the Police and Department work closely together to minimise crime at school premises, you too can help. With more than 650 schools involved in the School Watch program the community’s role is vital, particularly after school hours and during school holidays.

Most importantly, if you live near a school and see or hear suspicious behaviour immediately contact School Watch Security or the Police.

School Watch Security T: 1800 177 777 | Police T: 131 444

When you contact School Watch Security, Department security officers can quickly attend schools in the metropolitan area. The Police will attend if called.

How your call helps

Your call could prevent break-ins, vandalism, graffiti or even arson. Ensuring your school is well cared for reflects on your community and contributes to the value of surrounding residential properties, so it’s worth it!

At the local level school principals are encouraged to promote School Watch and, where possible, provide feedback through newsletters and the local media in instances where residents’ calls have been valuable.

Each month, School Watch receives an average of 200 calls from the public. During holiday periods the number increases significantly. So your involvement really makes a difference.

What to look for
  • The most important times for you to be vigilant are during school holidays as schools are unattended and therefore more vulnerable than usual to crime.
  • Keep in mind that schools are generally large physical areas with multiple “blind spots”. If you hear unusual noises from within a school, such as glass breaking or banging noises, this might mean people are up to no good.
  • Look for unusual vehicles parked at a school on weekends or during holidays.
  • Watch for groups “hanging around” on school grounds. This should not occur and can be one of the starting points for crime to occur.

Please contact the Neighbourhood Watch State Office T: 9222 1513 for more information or promotional materials.

Thank you to everyone for a fantastic 2017. It has been a great year and I think that everyone deserves a relaxing break. Take care and we will see you back in 2018.

Thanking You

Clive