Dear Parents and Carers
I wrote to the community about a fortnight ago through CONNECT about students and their use of social media on computers and devices. I have reprinted below the information I published previously but will add more to the discussion in terms of student online safety and student wellbeing. The College engages with many students and families concerning issues that have arisen from the misuse of social media or using the apps and programs to engage with people, friends and acquaintances. With certainty as a society, we know that all social media digital information is not secure and therefore anything being published by students in these forums should be treated as insecure. At Atwell College, a non-phone use in class policy exists but as a school, we are finding this increasingly difficult to enforce. We will continue to work with the community to achieve an appropriate usage of these media technologies. The College will continue to publish links and information regarding these topics to keep the community informed.
Some useful websites
The purpose of this communication is to encourage parents to support their children in the responsible use of social media. Programs are running in Atwell College to educate students on the responsible and safe use of social media but I am concerned that many students are using social media irresponsibly without any level of supervision. Significant research findings are now available and are being discussed regularly in print media and digital media concerning the link between high use of unsupervised social media and student anxiety levels and general mental wellbeing. Some students are using social media to engage in reckless and dangerous social activities such as cyberbullying and fights. At times, some students feel a passive or less connected engagement in social media is excusable in terms of being connected to what friends and acquaintances are doing. Sometimes students are directly or indirectly engaged in cyberbullying without being aware of all the consequences and actions associated with these behaviours. All of the actions as described are not supportive of developing a well-adjusted child with resilience and a positive outlook on life. As a member of the wider community, I am concerned about the levels of student wellbeing and resilience to normal life matters.
I seek your support in supervising your child's interaction with social media in a responsible and positive manner.
To finish on a positive note, I thank all parents who attended the recent parent teacher interview afternoon/evening and the Year 12 Awards Assembly. The College has a great record in supporting young people to achieve their goals and wishes.
2018 Secondary Assistance Scheme
Please be reminded that 2018 applications for the Secondary Assistance Scheme close on Friday 13 April 2018.
Secondary Assistance in the form of financial subsidies is available to holders of Health Care and Pensioner Benefit cards who meet the eligibility criteria. Application forms can be downloaded and hard copy is available from the College. Applications must be made in person at the College by the cardholder as it is mandatory the cardholder’s signature is witnessed.
2018 Charges and Voluntary Contributions
School Charges and Voluntary Contributions apply to all students from Years 7 to 12. These charges and contributions go towards the cost of materials, services and facilities that students will utilise throughout the year.
A big thank you to the families who have already made payments for the 2018 Charges and Voluntary Contributions.
Families are encouraged to pay their student’s Charges and Voluntary Contributions as soon as possible, with full payment finalised by the end of Term 1, Friday 13 April 2018.
Installment payment plans are available and can be commenced immediately. Please complete the form and email to Atwell.Col.Accounts@education.wa.edu.au.
The following easy payment options are available:
Cheque/ Cash - Can be handed in person at the front office in Main Administration Building. Please make cheques payable to Atwell College
Credit card - Telephone the College Accounts Office on (08) 6174 2209 with your credit card details
Direct Bank Deposit
BPoint via College website
For further enquiries, please contact the Accounts Office via email Atwell.Col.Accounts@education.wa.edu.au or by telephoning (08) 6174 2209 or in person at the College from 8:00am to 4.00pm.
Attendance and Student Services
To inform the College about a student's absence from school, please contact the College on (08) 6174 2233 to leave a voicemail message or email Atwell.Col.Absentees@education.wa.edu.au
Please provide the student's name, date of absence and reason for absence.
For all other related Student Services matters, please contact the College on (08) 6174 2276.
Student Drop Off and Pick Up Points
In order to keep students safe and traffic flowing, please be aware that parking and student drop off and pick up in the front carpark near the Main Administration building of the College is strictly restricted.
Netball Specialist Program (NSP)
Year 6 trials for entry into 2019 Year 7 NSP is on Wednesday 27 June 2018.
We are now accepting applications and all applications must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or handed in by Monday 25 June 2018.
For more details about the program and obtain an 'Expression of Interest' Form for the trials, please refer to the College website.
Rugby League Specialist Programs (RLSP)
Year 6 trials for entry into 2019 Year 7 RLSP is on Wednesday 20 June 2018, 8:45 -11:00 am.
We are now accepting applications and all applications must be emailed or handed in by Tuesday 19 June 2018.
For more details about the program and obtain an application form for the trials, please refer to the College website
Next P&C Meeting
The next P&C meeting will be on Wednesday 28 March 2018, 6:00-7:30pm at the College Conference Room in the Main Adminstration Building.
The P&C welcomes and encourages your participation in our College community. If you'd like to get more involved in the College, then coming along to a P&C meeting is a great place to start. Everyone is welcome to attend..
Harmony Day 2018
Harmony Day is held annually on 21 March across Australia. It is a day where we acknowledge our multicultural community and promote the message “Everyone Belongs”.
At Atwell College, we celebrate Harmony Day with our Crazy Hair Day. During homeroom, students went all out with craft materials to make their hair look crazy. They had a great time developing some very unusual and creative hairstyles.
More information about Harmony Day can be found on the website https://www.harmony.gov.au/
Bullying No Way
Friday 16 March 2018 was the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence across Australia.
In homeroom, students had the opportunity to explore bullying and develop strategies to help others. This poster made up of post-it notes is what students came up with in one class.
We encourage all families to discuss bullying with their children. There are many ideas and resources available on the website https://bullyingnoway.gov.au
Budding Sculpturists of Atwell College
The Year 9 Sculpture Class has been working on carving soapstone this term. They explored traditional Maori greenstone carvings before designing their own organic form and then developing these designs into mini-sculptures. The students worked really hard, sawing, filing, sanding and polishing the raw stone, to produce these wonderful results. Well done!
International π Day 2018
On Wednesday 14 March, we celebrated Pi, not the kind you eat but π the number (3.14). Students joined in the activities during recess and lunch by completing π Dingbat quizzes, games and enjoying playing “Pie Face” and creating lots of messy fun.
With a full day of Maths puns, the staff and students from all years were in their element and it was a pleasure to see so many getting involved. Thanks to the canteen for their delicious Pie offers which many enjoyed!
We look forward to celebrating π Day again next year!
Scuplture by the Sea
The day started out rainy and overcast for the Education Support excursion to ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ but everyone was wearing smiles as we got off the buses to see the amazing artwork on show. There are over 70 sculptures on exhibition at Cottesloe Beach this year.
All of the students enjoyed walking along the beach and being able to get up close to the sculptures and interacting with some sculptures. The inflatable face got plenty of laughs from staff and students while the colourful fish sculpture had everyone appreciating the time and effort that have been put into its creation. We all wondered how they managed to get the silver rock art pieces out into the middle of the ocean.
By the end of the morning, the sun was out, our cameras were loaded with many photographs and the students and staff all agreed it had been a great day out!
Year 11 & 12 Geography Excursion
Year 11 ATAR Geography students and Year 12 General Geography students attended an excursion run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife in Mundaring on 13 March 2018. The excursion gave students the opportunity to collect valuable data to complement their study of the natural hazards of bushfires. Students had a great day working outside, consolidating their practical skills, completing risk assessments of buildings and engaging in a presentation about the Parkerville bushfire that occurred in the area during 2014.
Artworks of Encouragement
In the wake of the recent tragic events at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the Art teacher at the school plans to decorate the school halls with positive messages of hope, peace and friendship produced by other schools to show support to their students when they return to school.
Our students at Atwell College have been invited to draw and colour messages of hope and support during Home Room periods over the last two weeks. These drawings have been sent to the school and the school should receive them within the next two weeks.
We are very proud of our students who have taken the time and effort to produce these artwork, some of which are shown below.
International Women's Day 2018
To commemorate International Women's Day on 8 March 2018, the students from the Year 12 CFC and Year 11 Certificate II Community had a breakfast celebration. The students cooked and enjoyed their feast whilst learning about the organisation and what they do both in Australia and internationally.
The Year 10 Childcare students weighed out raw rice to their exact birth weights and constructed babies using stockings, then swaddled them in baby blankets,. The exercise was a tactile and visual exercise to show how heavy they would have been at full term (just prior to their birthdays) and also showed the class just how varied new born baby weights can be (i.e.; premature to very large).
We had a guest speaker and her daughter come in to talk to the students about the impact of teen pregnancy and students were also able to observe the developmental stage of a 14 month old child in the process.
It was indeed an interesting and enriching experience for all the students!
Year 11 Cert II Outdoor Recreation Camp
The Year 11 Cert II Outdoor Recreation students headed over to Rottnest Island for their first 2 days 1 night snorkelling camp of the year on 27 Feb. This was to practice their snorkelling skills in preparation for their practical assessment later this year.
The students rode around the island and their first stop was Little Salmon Bay which has a fantastic snorkelling trail. The students were able to duck dive down to read information plaques on the sea floor. Next at Salmon Bay, the students enjoyed looking under rock shelves to try and find different forms of sealife. After a relaxing lunch by the beach, they rode back to their accommodation site and set up camp. Many friendly visiting Quokkas came by to say hello as they tried to scavenge some food.
The next morning, the students packed up camp before heading to the Basin for their last snorkelling stop. It was quite a cold morning swim but the students enjoyed themselves nonetheless.
Check out video of their snorkelling fun here
Netball Specialist Program Hub Day
15 of our Years 9 and 10 NSP students represented the College at our first Netball WA Tier 1 Hub Day on Wednesday 7 March 2018. Our students had specialist coaching and worked with West Coast Fever players Jhaniele Fowler, Courtney Bruce, Shannon Eagland, Jess Anstiss and Stacey Francis. We were also treated with a tour of the State Netball Centre and its elite facilities. It was indeed a great experience for our students!
Year 7 Netball and Rugby League Specialist Camp
The Year 7 students from the Netball and Rugby League Specialist Programs had their inaugural camp at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp in Hillarys from 14 February to 16 February 2018. This was the first time the RLSP students joined the NSP students for this special event. Over the 3 days of the camp, the students completed team-building activities, learnt more about each other, built friendships and gained trust within their respective squads.
The students also had opportunities for abseiling, flying fox / zip lining, crate climbing, beach games and other team challenges plus Specialist Netball and Rugby League training from Netball WA and NRL WA staff. There were lots of fun and laughters among everyone with competitive spirits at its best during the 2 night time activity sessions, as students and staff competed in both ‘Guthrie’s Games Night’ and ‘Dawson’s Family Feud’. Overall, it was a great success as the students showed some exemplary behaviour and more plans and ideas were planted for future Year 7 Specialist Program Camps!