Welcome back to Term Three! I hope that you have had a lovely holiday. Everyone that I have spoken to seems to have had a quiet and wet holiday. It is an old fashioned winter this year with more to come. We have lots of lost property, so if you are missing a jumper or jacket, please make a time to visit the box in the undercover area.
Lessons are well underway with the students being well organised with the clothing changes, bus travel, swimming lessons and sometimes altered timetables. It is a disruption to normal processes but it is a very valuable skill. The students have been extremely well behaved and enjoying it. Each year Ms. Thomson does an outstanding job of coordinating this adventure.
LEAC (Leeming Extension and Academic Challenge)
At the end of last term, we had a special session for the LEAC students. Dr Andy Kirker came and undertook some challenging activities with the students. Dr Kirker’s games force the students to think at a high level and make difficult choices. It is a rewarding activity and we thank Mr Lees for organising.
This term we have several new staff commencing. Working in the front office we welcome Mrs. McFadden and Mrs Semyrko. We welcome Mrs. Pirie to the Kindy class and Mrs. Murray back from maternity leave.
At this point we are very lucky not to be in lock down like the rest of Australia. We continue on with good hygiene, extra cleaning and fingers crossed!
We are very pleased with our new mural. It has been painted by Jade Dolman Penangke a Whadjuk Nyoongar, Eastern Arrente woman over the holidays. It has strong meaning to the school and the Leeming community. Jade spent time at the school and talking to Elders about key features of importance for this area on the female emu (weitj) is an important feature, as is interconnected underground water. We will have an unveiling this term and provide information regarding the main components of the work. A big thank you to Mrs Chris Hill for driving this fantastic initiative.
Point Peron Camp Week 5 / Monday Aug 16 to Friday Aug 20
This year we are we are planning for camp for both year five and six students. We value camp a lot and it provides the students with many positive outcomes. They are moved outside their normal comfort zones and are challenged in a safe manner. At past graduation ceremonies, many students list camp as one of their school highlights. Camp provides many opportunities for the students to develop their cooperation and problem solving abilities.
We would like to have as many students attend as possible and have designed a camp plan that we think will suit the students. We will have the year sixes on camp for the first half of the week and the year fives on camp for the second half. There will be a cross over collaborative activity in the middle. This model will provide each group with a smaller, more focussed camp. Please keep an eye out for information and contact the office if you have any questions.
Leeming Senior High School
A quick reminder that the High School’s enrolment processes for incoming year sevens ends soon. Please contact them if you are planning on enrolling there for 2022.
Penros Maths program
Penros is running a free after school series of Maths events for year four girls, who have an interest in Maths. It is held at Penros College in Como. If you are interested, please let me know and I will pass on more information.
Week 3: I am on time, organised and ready to learn.
Week 4: I follow the instructions of staff.
LPS’s NAIDOC Week
As part of the NAIDOC Week celebrations, our School commissioned Jade Dolman Penangke, an amazing Indigenous artist to paint a mural on the wall of the early childhood centre block (facing the senior playground). Jade has done artworks for the Boola Bardip WA Museum. Before starting on the painting, Jade met with her family members to find out about the cultural significance of the local Leeming area from a Whadjuk Noongar perspective. Apparently, Leeming used to be a very important gathering place for the Whadjuk Noongar people. It had interconnected underground water systems for our flora and fauna and was a home for the female emu (weitj).
Last week, our School honoured NAIDOC Week. This year’s theme is Heal Country! Our students played traditional indigenous games, they had fun to learning about the story behind our new mural. Besides participating in colouring and poem writing competitions, we made healing hands to symbolise our actions in healing the Country. We are very lucky to be able to have Jade as our judge for the two competitions. Thank you to Mrs Chris Hill for coordinating the painting of the new mural and teaching us about the story of the ‘Emu in the Sky’.
Here is a photo from the Australian Athletes’ headquarters at the Tokyo Olympic village. The children in Room 9/10 all created and submitted artwork to be displayed at the Olympic Village. Some of their art work is displayed in this photo.