Atwell College November 2018 Newsletter 201 BRENCHLEY DRIVE ATWELL 6164. EMAIL: ATWELL.COLLEGE@EDUCATION.WA.EDU.AU. PHONE 08 6174 2200

Principal's Pen

Dear Parents and Carers

I would like to congratulate the Year 12 Class of 2018 in the manner of their participation in the Farewell Events of the past fortnight. The students represented themselves and the College in a manner befitting students that are mature and ready for life after high school. The new venue for the evening event at the CROWN Austral Theatre was comfortable and modern and feedback from parents has been very positive. Special mention needs to made on the quality of the speeches given by the students representing the Student Senate, both outgoing Year 12 students and the new incoming Senate president and Vice President. Atwell College also experienced the largest number of Year 12 students engaging in the Honours program in the College’s history. Information regarding ‘Honours’ is available on the College website. As with all Year 12 students leaving the College, the entire community wishes all students the best of luck for their ATAR exams that have started on 29th October. Year 11 students will be starting their exams 5th November and the College will continue with formal exams for Years 9 and 10 students throughout the term.

This will be my final newsletter as I am retiring on the 8th November as indicated in a previous newsletter. I would like to thank the Atwell community for their support, feedback and guidance during my appointment as Principal at Atwell College over the last 6 years. The Atwell Community is a generous and modern thinking community and have inspiring children and young adults to be very proud of as they grow and develop their own lives. Atwell College has grown to be a large comprehensive Senior High School achieving very good results and providing excellent opportunities for all students. The staff at the College work very hard to ensure the best possible opportunities are available for all students. I leave the College knowing that there is a very strong and highly capable leadership team in place ensuring the College will continue to grow and mature. The community can be proud of the College knowing that the community was consulted extensively in the early days and that input has had a large influence on the College to this point of time. I thank all whom I have worked with and consulted with and wish the College and the community all the very best for the future.

Important Upcoming Dates
Charges and Voluntary Contributions 2019

Please be informed that the Charges and Voluntary Contributions 2019 for individual student(s) is scheduled to be sent out by post to all parents or carers (PG1) on or around Friday 16th November 2018. Charges and Voluntary Contributions (General) Information 2019 for Years 7 - 12 will be made available online on our College website at the same time. Further information will be provided once confirmed.

Booklist 2019

Please be informed that the Booklist 2019 will be made available online on our College website together with the Charges and Volunatry Contributions Information 2019 on Friday 16th November 2018. Further information will be provided once confirmed.

Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Program

Atwell College supports a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program and it would be advantageous for your child to bring their laptop to school daily for an enhanced digital learning experience.

Almost any modern laptop can be brought to school and connected to the school Wi-Fi using the student credentials for Connect or use of school computers.

Atwell College uses an enterprise network like all other senior schools. In order to join the Wi-Fi network, either an OSX, iOS, Windows Standard or Windows Pro have to be installed (not Windows Home edition) on the laptops. Apple products are able to connect irregardless of the version of OSX or iOS. Linux and other operating systems are not supported although they may connect.

Whilst most laptop and iPad models should be able to connect, there are known issues with certain tablets (e.g. some Samsung models) and low end mini-tablets and notebooks. Windows Home Edition and EVERY computer are not guaranteed to connect to government enterprise Wi-Fi. Smart phones are not permitted to join the College network at any time. iPads are allowed for lessons and educational purposes.

Need software for your device? Students can grab the full Microsoft Office 365 suite for free on all their devices by logging into the student DoE Portal and clicking the link. To do this they will need their school email and password and simply follow the prompts.

Need to source a compatible machine? Why not see one of the vendors familiar with education requirements below and ask what is best for your student’s needs?

JB Hi-Fi

Use school code AtwellC2018

CDM Australia

Windows laptops (including the HP Probook 430 used at Atwell College)

Contact Dai Du at CDM, P: 08 9202 4444, daid@cdmaust.com.au


- Apple laptops - https://sales.winaust.com.au/shop/atwell2018

- Apple iPads - https://sales.winaust.com.au/shop/atwellipad2018

Contact Winthrop; sales.wa@winaust.com.au P: 08 6488 2777.

Need more information? Please check out the college website here.

Michael Power, IT Manager

Remembrance Day 2018

Remembrance Day has a special significance in 2018. Sunday 11th November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18).

One hundred years ago at 11am on 11th November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing an end to the First World War. In the four years of the war, more than 330,000 Australians served overseas and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the post-war decades.

In memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts, Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am on this day each year.

In Term 3, the Yr 9 and Yr 10 students completed a research project on one aspect of Australia’s involvement in WW1 or WW2. They also constructed 3 dimensional presentations based on their research.

A selection of these presentations will be exhibited in a special HASS Remembrance Day exhibition on Thursday afternoon. The exhibition will be open to students for viewing at lunch time on Thursday 8th November where students will be able to vote for their favourite Yr 9 and Yr 10 presentation in the People’s Choice Award. There will be a prize for each category.

The exhibition will also be open to parents and staff between 3pm and 5pm the same day.

The HASS department will be collecting donations and giving away poppies for the Poppy Appeal. All donations will be handed over to the Returned Services League (RSL) to help them provide services for current and former service men and women. Donations can be given at the HASS office as of Wednesday 7th November and at the exhibition on Thursday 8th November.

Hester Ovenden, PGP Coordinator & HASS Teacher


The USA STEM Tour is open to all current Years 6-9 students who will be in Years 8-11 in 2020. We will be visiting facilities that offer unique educational experiences and insights into the developing STEM industries, as well as mixing in some general tourist attractions.

An information evening for the USA STEM Tour April 2020 will be held at Atwell College on Thursday 8th November 2018. For more enquiries or to register your interest, please contact teacher Erin Nicol at erin.nicol@education.wa.edu.au.

Erin Nicol, STEM Coordinator & Teacher - Mathematics

Year 6 Parent Information Evening

Students DO NOT need to attend this event as they will be having their Orientation Day on Friday, 30 November 2018.

* Only students who have completed and returned an enrolment package by Friday 23rd November will be able to participate in the Orientation Day at the College.

Glendah Migro, Student Services (Years 7-9)

Year 12 2019 - What's coming up next?

Preparations are almost completed for both the 2019 Atwell College Year 12 Ball and the ordering of the 2019 Leavers Jackets, with only the final pricing and ordering process to be confirmed! Information on tickets and external guests for the Ball and the ordering of the jackets will be released soon.

The 2019 Atwell College Year 12 Ball will be taking place on Friday evening 22nd February 2019 at the Esplanade Fremantle. If our past Balls are anything to go by, the night will be one to remember and is shaping up to be a huge success. So to our current Year 11 students, keep this date free!

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Francis by email at steven.francis@education.wa.edu.au or phone (08) 6174 2200.

Steve Francis, 2019 Year 12 Coordinator & Teacher

WAESPAA Awards night 2018 Finalist

Atwell College is pleased to announce that our Education Suppprt teacher Brent Passchier is a finalist for the WA Education Support (WAESPAA) Awards in the category of Teacher -Secondary. Brent was nominated by his peers with the winners to be announced at an Awards ceremony on 16th November. Good luck Brent!

Teacher Brent Passchier hearing a student read in our College library

Brendon Bleakley, Associate Principal - Education Support

Congratulations to our NSP coach Taryn

Atwell College is pleased to announce that our Netball Specialist Program (NSP) teacher and coach Taryn Smith has been appointed as the Assistant Coach for the 2019 17U National Netball Championships in Brisbane next year. Congratulations Taryn!

Taryn Smith (middle) with fellow Atwell College NSP player Abbey Hicks and teacher Katie Swetman

Check out here for more details.

Sharon Dawson, NSP coordinator and coach

Our Students Make Us Proud

Congratulations to the 64 athletes and staff who competed at the SSWA B Division Track and Field Athletics Carnival at the WA Athletics Stadium on Tuesday 16th October!

The College would like to acknowledge the tremendous athleticism and efforts put in by all of our students. The College is very proud of the fact that we were able to maintain our position in the B-Division and cement our spot again for next year to compete at such a high standard.

In particular, we would like to congratulate:

- Madison Copeland (Year 11 and over) Champion Girl with highest overall score of 118 points.

- Lochlan Bloomer (Year 9) Champion Boy with highest overall score of 111 points.

- Brandon Hodges (Year 11 and Over) Runner-Up Champion Boy.

Special mention also for our Year 9 student Amber Lawless who equalled a 24 year record in the Year 9 Shot Put throwing distance of 12.61m. In fact, Amber actually broke the Shot Put record at Little Athletics on 13 October too and threw 12.94m! Congratulations once again and well done to all athletes!

Our winning athletes

Sharon Dawson, NSP Coordinator & Teacher - H&PE

Shanaya Roach makes it into our State Cricket Team

Congratulations to our Year 10 student Shanaya Roach for being selected into the WA Premier Cricket Team which will be competing in the T20 Women's Cricket Tournament playing across the summer.

Stem Innovator in the making - Colleen Dayo

Atwell College wishes to congratulate our Year 9 student Colleen Dayao for being a offered a place in the 2018/2019 Curious Minds Program, jointly development by the Australian Mathematics Trust and Australian Science Innovations.

Colleen will be one of 64 female high school students in Australia coming together for an exciting program of learning in biology, chemistry, Earth and environmental science, engineering, informatics, mathematics and physics.

This is a six-month program that combines two residential camps and a coaching program. The camps held at the Australia National University (ANU) in Canberra will enable the girls to explore all aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths through guest lectures, interactive sessions, practicals and field trips. The coaching program will see each student matched with a female coach recruited from a variety of STEM backgrounds and together they will construct personal goals for the student. This might include discussing study options and career pathways, undertaking further extension work with support from their coach, developing ideas based on learnings from the camp or working on a project.

Colleen is really looking forward to forging friendships with like-minded students from around Australia and hopefully get a great head-start to further her studies in science and maths in future. Congratulations once again, Colleen!

Janine Daniel, HOLA & Teacher - Science

Kayla Smit's Equestrian Achievements

Atwell College Year 12 student Kayla Smit represented WA at the 2018 Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships held in Melbourne 2nd-5th October.

Kayla was the state captain of the WA team, which although small due to the distance riders and their horses were required to travel, punched above their weight, ranking 4th overall placing above SA which had a team roughly 3 times the size. Well done Kayla and GO WA!!!

Janine Daniel, HOLA & Teacher - Science

GIL Scholarship recipient- Chloe Arellano

Congratulations to our Year 11 ATAR Japanese student Chloe Arellano who is the 2019 Gold Intercultural Learning (GIL) Scholarship recipient.

Chloe will spend 2 months in Japan during our summer holiday (winter in Japan ☃️) studying Japanese and attending a local High School.Chloe will head off at the end of term four to Osaka where she will have her flights and accommodation provided, along with attending the high school of her host student. We are confident that Chloe will no doubt enjoy this experience of a lifetime and we can’t wait to hear all about it and how much her Japanese communication skills have improved when she is back in school in term one next year.

Well done Chloe and have a safe & enjoyable trip! Thank you too to all the other applicants and the GIL Scholarship Committee for the many hours they spent reviewing applications.

Kurt Regan, Teacher-In-Charge - Languages

Year 12 Farewell Events

Morning Breakfast & Final Assembly

The Year 12 Farewell events kicked off on Wednesday 17th October at the College with a morning brekfast for the students.The breakfast went extremely well with some of the students getting into the spirit of the theme being 2000’s TV shows or Movie character. It was great to see the majority of the students present for a marvellous breakfast and BBQ prepared by the Hospitality and Home Economics team.

The kids enjoyed the PowerPoint presentation as they looked at the photos and laughed at how much they have changed over their schooling years at Atwell College. Students also had the opportunity to award some of their teachers with a mixture of humorous and serious certificates awarded! The breakfast is a great tradition, and it was great to see staff and students enjoying their last moments at Atwell College together in a very friendly atmosphere.

The Final Assembly followed soon after the breakfast and subject awards were presented to the 2018 Year 12 Award winners.

Some of the Award Winners from each Learning Area

Farewell Ceremony

The Farewell Ceremony for the Class of 2018 was held for the first time at the Austral Theatre, Crown Perth on Tuesday 23rd October and boy, was it a great way to wrap up the year and their high school education for the Class of 2018. The Crown facilities were exceptional and provided a wonderful evening for all involved. It was great to see so many staff turn out to support the students and farewell them. In total, there were about 800 people present - staff, parents, friends and of course the Class of 2018.

Guests started arriving early to have photos taken. Seating commenced at 6:30pm and formalities began at 7pm. Our students did an exceptional job in getting themselves organised and looked very professional as they made their grand entrance into the function hall as a cohort. A lot of time and effort has been put into the set up of this event and it was great to see the final result.

Year 12 student Dorian Hayden delivered an exceptional Acknowledgement of Country speech which was well received. Top student awards were presented and the award recipients are as follows:

The performance put on by Maria and Ellena Ugapo thereafter was outstanding. They did their own version of “We are Young” by Fun and nailed it. Goosebumps were plentiful in the crowd surely. These girls are extremely talented, not forgetting that it takes a great deal of courage to get up on stage and perform the way they did.

Each student from the Class of 2018 then took turns coming up on stage to receive their Farewell folders. Great support was shown for each and every student from the audience and it would have been a very memorable and emotional experience for all.

It was then time for the speeches. Both Desiree Miller - President and Matt Reynolds - Vice President from the 2019 Student Senate delivered a touching and inspiring speech to the outgoing students. Following on from that, outgoing President Oprah Chikandwa and Vice President Jack Holt delivered their final speech to the class of 2018. They spoke with great confidence and it has indeed been a pleasure witnessing them grow in confidence over the year. Their speeches were very well delivered and well received by everyone in attendance, coveying some inspirational messages to the outgoing Class of 2018.

At the end of the event, the Class of 2018 were given their final farewell and invited to leave the hall with a standing ovation. Outside, many students farewelled their teachers and had their photos taken, sharing memories and wiping away many tears together. It was great to see the students “relieved” that it was now over, although many were still having mixed emotions.

Photos taken at the farewell ceremony at Crown Astral Theatre

Atwell College wishes our Class of 2018 all the best in their future endeavours.

Steve Dimech, 2018 Year 12 Coordinator & Teacher - VET

Library Update

The Library and Resource Centre (LRC) got into the spooky mood for Halloween with our Halloween display of skeletons, body parts, eye balls, bats and spiders, as well as a great selection of scary tales For readers that like to be kept up at night, check out the fiction in the Horror or Paranormal genres of our collection.

It's all spoooooooky at the library with the Halloween set-up

Our next display themes will be Remembrance Day and Christmas.

How to get boys reading

A very interesting article recently published on The Conversation website by Margaret Kristin Merga, suggests that boys read less frequently while girls read more with their parents and receive more encouragement to read from their parents. We recommend parents to read the full article here.

To encourage boys to read regularly, here are some suggested tips:

• Visit libraries often – including the school library and the public library. Success Public Library is a wonderful facility with a large young adult collection, not to mention the fabulous refurbished Atwell College Library that is completely new in facilities and collections.

• Easy and regular access to books is essential to promote reading

• Keep hard copy books available in the home environment.

• Provide a diverse range of reading materials and keep up with your child's reading interests.

• Be a role model and let your child see you reading for pleasure.

Some of the genres available in our fiction collection that might appeal to boys include Adventure, Comedic, Fantasy, Thriller, Sci Fi and Sports. There is also a very large graphic novel and manga collection, and a very strong non-fiction collection available as well.

Students - Please return all outstanding library loans

As we get close to the end of the year, please start returning all your outstanding library loans. Unfortunately, we will have to invoice for the cost of any books not returned to our library collection or English department.

Happy reading!

Nicole McDonagh and Maree de Haas - Library Officers

ACZE Update

Students from our partner primary schools have joined us in term 4 to work on Creative Writing. Throughout this eight-week course, students will build their ideas and imagination through various creative writing projects.

The 'What's the Matter' Science courses allow students to explore the properties of matter and the interactions they have. Students will conduct several experiments exploring concepts that define how our universe is composed and how materials within in act and behave.

The Computational Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) is an ideal challenge to encourage interest in programming. During this course, students will work on problem solving skills associated with the CAT competition.

The Atwell College Zone Extension program is open to all students in years 5 and 6 from our partner primary schools, namely Atwell Primary, Aubin Grove Primary, Hammond Park Primary, Harmony Primary, Honeywood Primary, Jandakot Primary and Success Primary. If you are interested in finding more information about these courses, please see our website or send an enquiry email to Ingrid.vidot@education.wa.edu.au.

Ingrid Vidot, Teacher (Mathematics) & ACZE Coordinator

Term 3 English PBS winners

Congratulations to our Term 3 English department's Positive Behaviour Raffle winners! Each week five lucky students win a $5 canteen voucher for exhibiting positive behaviour in the classroom. At the end of term 3, these winners go into the major prize draw to win two movie tickets. The following students are to be commended for their consistently excellent behaviour and for winning the Term 3 raffle: Hannah Yarran (Year 7), Mikayla James (Year 7), Josie Silinger (Year 8), James Greeuw (Year 8) Lei Gong (Year 9)

Our Term 3 winners Josie Silinger, Lei Gong and Hannah Yarran

Lara Duffy, HOLA & Teacher - English

Celebrating Indigenous Culture

During Term 3, our Year 7 Visual Arts students worked alongside two artists-in-residency to develop some artworks that celebrate Wajuk Nyoongar culture. This project was sponsored by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries through the provision of a PALS (Partnership, Acceptance, Learning and Sharing) Program Grant.

To kickstart the project, local Nyoongar man Olman Walley provided a cultural presentation to Year 7 and 8 students at the College. He shared stories, played music and entertained the students with his extensive cultural knowledge. Students then explored local plants and animals and developed drawings and designs depicting important animals like Djitty Djitty, the Willy Wagtail, Kulbardi, the Magpie, Gooya the Frog and Quenda, the bandicoot, along with the leaves of important plants such as the Marri Tree, the Zamia Palm and the Bull Banksia. Students learned about the Nyoongar names for these animals as well.

Local Nyoongar man Olman Walley sharing stories, playing music and entertaining our students; drawings and designs of local animals and fauna by our students

Our two artists Darren Hutchens, a contemporary urban artist and Stephanie Price, a Fine Arts Student from Curtin University worked with the students to develop a range of textured surfaces which represented the forest floor, feathers, fur and water. Students were able to use stencils, print, paint and spray paint to add textures to the paintings. Darren then completed the artworks by selecting student drawings which were enlarged over the textured surfaces. They will soon be installed in the E Block Foyer as a way of celebrating Wajuk Nyoongar Culture at the College.

Some of the artwork that students have produced under the guidance of artists Darren Hutchens and Stephanie Price

Other Outstanding Artwork created by our Arts students

Our Year 10 students completed large A1 sized portrait drawings of a person whom who they find personable and inspiring.

Our Year 9 students have developed their own graffiti tags!

Our Year 7s created colour wheel mandalas and designed their own hands to celebrate NAIDOC week!

Toni Singleton, Teacher - Visual Arts

Skills for Life and Interpersonal Relationships

This year our students in AVET2 have been following a Life Skills / Social Skills program with particular reference to living in the “Real World”. It is a very important area for these students because they are slowly transitioning into the “World of Work” and Further Education. A major component of the program is linked to the programs designed by The People 1st Program. The programs focus on relationships, puberty and feeling safe. One, of the major outcomes has resulted in the students talking about their feelings, which adds to healthy group discussion and meaningful outcomes, a concept that our students find extremely difficult.

The students have explored the meaning of ‘relationship’, identified the types of relationships they have and the appropriate boundaries within each relationship. They have identified healthy and unhealthy relationships and related them to their own lives. The students have also explored the word “trust” and discussed their understanding of it. Many students with challenges have major problems forming lasting friendships. We have discussed their friendships and how to form healthy friendships.

Feeling safe within society has been another very important aspect of the program. The students have through discussion, media, film and role-play, explored this topic at length. Everyone has the Right to feel Safe so we hope this program has enabled the students to better adapt to the ever - changing world we live in.

A group discussion with our Ed Support students
Exploring Science with our friends from Atwell Primary

Atwell College has been partnering Atwell Primary School to provide a Science Induction experience over the last few years. All Year 6s from Atwell Primary School are invited to spend an entire day immersed in Science with some of the outstanding Science teachers at the College. This year, approximately 110 students were welcomed to the College.

Their experiences ranged from fungi and microscopes in Biology with Ms Yu, Citrus Electricity with Dr Kavanagh in Physics, salted rainbows with Mr Schiefler in Chemistry, and rising to the challenge of designing the best earthquake-proof building in Earth and Space Science with Miss Daniel.

The students had a great day and found Science to be both engaging and thought provoking.

Having fun exploring Science with our friends from Atwell Primary

Janine Daniel, HOLA & Teacher - Science

YOH Finals

Youth on Health (YOH) Festival has been running for over 30 years. The aim of the festival is to equip local young people with the skills to make positive lifestyle choices through the important health messages that the performances promote.

A huge congratulations to the Atwell College Dance Club for being crowned the Dance Winners for YOH Festival 2018 on Friday 26th October. This is a huge achievement and we are very proud of their hard work, dedication, maturity and professionalism displayed throughout the heats and finals.

Our winners of the YOH Festival 2018

David Mueller, Teacher - Dance

ESSN Market Day

The Annual Education Support South Network (ESSN) Market day was held at Kensington School on Friday 26th October. Schools from across the South Metropolitan district set up stalls filled with a variety of products made by the students. The Atwell College stall was a roaring success with the profits being re-invested into our school based Enterprise programs. The stalls are an excellent opportunity for students to practice their business skills such as managing finances, marketing and production.

Look at the wide range of handicraft made by our College students on sale at the ESSN Market Day

Brendon Bleakley, Associate Principal - Education Support

ESSN Soccer

Atwell College is proud to be celebrating our first win at an Education Support Carnival. The Atwell College team won the Division 2 Trophy at the recent ESSN Soccer Carnival on Thursday 25th October. The players were jubilant as they paraded the Trophy around the Atwell College campus. A big thanks to coach Lyn Farr who masterminded the teams pursuit of victory.

Our jubilant champions and their winning trophy

Brendon Bleakley, Associate Principal - Education Support

Subs in Schools Competition

On Thursday 25th October, the annual 'Subs in Schools' Competition was held at North Lake Senior Campus. Subs in Schools Technology Challenge was conceived in response to the Australian Government’s announcement of the $50 billion Future Submarine Program. It is the world’s first in-class submarine design competition.

Students develop a wide range of skills from design, engineering and manufacturing to the ‘soft skills’ sought after by industry (project management, teamwork, collaboration, problem solving, communication). We then added the complexities of underwater design, coding and electronics. Students design either a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) or a submarine which they must operate.

The fundamentals of Subs in Schools are equipping young people to take part in the new set of industries being developed as part of the Future Submarine Program.

Atwell College was represented by three staff Stuart Wood, David Humphry and Erin Nicol who took part as judges. In preparation for their Year 10 course, 42 Year 9 students attended under the supervision of teachers Brad Hilton and Wayne Spencer. The day was a great success with students gaining a clear insight into the requirements of the competition and it sparked some creative ideas for designs and projects that students can build on next year. A big Thank You goes to Gail Manton, the School Pathways Program and REA Australia for inviting us and organising the day.

Erin Nicol, STEM Coordinator & Teacher - Mathematics


Every year Atwell College looks forward to the annual Net, Set, Go. The day is also great fun and a great example of how our integrated school model produces unique and highly effective outcomes. The day is organised and coordinated by the Netball Specialists students and is a great opportunity for them to practice modifying activities for varying levels of abilities. The carnival provides opportunities for students to hone important social skills amongst their peers with direction from education staff. The NetSetGo carnival was held on Wednesday 24th October this year.

Our NSP and Ed Support students participating in the carnival together

Brendon Bleakley, Associate Principal - Education Support

Year 11 Outdoor Ed Rottnest Camp

Our Year 11 General Outdoor Education students participated in an overnight camp at Rottnest Island on Monday 22nd October. The group performed in a variety of activities such as fishing, snorkelling and bike riding.

After a fun day of snorkelling

Katie Swetman, Teacher - Outdoor Education

Roy Hill ROCEd Excursion

Students from our Academic Extension Program (AEP) Science classes travelled to Roy Hill Mine Remote Operation Centre Education facility at Perth Airport on Friday 19th October and Wednesday 19th September respectively. Students learnt about the Scientific, Geological, Environmental and potential careers aspects of the mine.

Janine Daniel, HOLA & Teacher - Science

Special Guest Presentation

On Wednesday 10th October, our Year 11 Children, Family and Community class were privileged to have a presentation by special guest Christine Amour-Levar, an international speaker and founder of Women on a Mission (WOAM), and Her Planet Earth. Christine shared her experiences and passion for organising challenging expeditions and events in order to raise awareness and funds for women survivors of war, and to support and empower women who have been subjected to violence and abuse as well as being an advocate for Gender Equality & Environmental Conservation. The students were given the positive message that women can do anything and inspired by Christine's achievements and encouraged to challenge themselves in life to reach their full potential.

Thank you Christine for sharing with us!

We were priviledged to have special guest Christine Amour-Levar speaking to our students

Lana Tonkin, Teacher - Home Economics

Year 7 Excursion to Simulation Centre

Our Year 7 students went to the The Simulation Centre on Wednesday 19th September. Activities include fun wall rock climbing, Parkour/ Ninja Warrior, Slot cars, Racing Car Simulators, Multi-Sports Simulators, Golf Simulators, 9D Cinema and Gamers Den. Students were really well behaved and everyone including the teachers had a great time.

Our students having great fun
R U OK Day 2018

Thursday 13th September is R U OK Day and students from our Health & Physical Ed Learning Area organised activities around the College for students to participate in throughout the day.

Atwell College 10th Anniversary Celebrations

It was a lovely relaxing evening for the Atwell College 10th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday 13 September when foundation staff, students and community members got together and reminisced about their experiences at the College. A great and memorable night had by all.

New and old friends and colleagues gathered together
ArtNet 2018

ArtNet 2018 was a HUGE success. Thank you to our partner primary schools who were involved in creating such an amazing array of Visual Art pieces to display. Every year the quality of work and the array of techniques and materials used to generate artwork is ASTOUNDING and getting better than before!

Thank you to the students, families and community for supporting this event. We hope you were impressed by the artistic talent we have in our local area and enjoyed the performances on offer by the students at Atwell College. We hope to see you at our next ArtNet!

Check out our College Facebook page here to see photos of the artwork exhibits.

News from the School Nurse

Adolescent Support Services - Where to go for help?

Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 years. You can phone the helpline 1800 55 1800 anytime or visit the website.

ReachOut.com is an online mental health organization for young people, providing practical support with a range of youth issues not just limited to mental health but also sexual health, relationships, abuse, cyber-bullying, body image, drug use and more. This website is suitable for students, parents and health professionals and provides links to emergency counselling, resources and useful tips.

Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services. Go to www.headspace.org.au

YouthBeyondBlue aims to equip young people with the knowledge and skills to maintain their own good mental health and wellbeing and to help recognise symptoms in people close to them. An online chat service and 24 hour telephone support line 1300 22 4636. is available to assist young people to find the help they need. Check out here for more information.

YouthLink is a Perth based service that assists young people, aged 13-24 years of age, who experience difficulties with their emotional or social well-being. It is a free and confidential counselling service, with experienced support workers who are friendly, non-judgemental and understanding. Free interpreting can be arranged to assist with communication if required. YouthLink is located at 223 James St, Northbridge or you can phone 1300 362 569 or visit here.

You can also talk through any problems you may be having with your local Community Health Nurse, (Pauline Arnold: Tuesday – Friday or Karen Penny on Monday) on (08) 6174 2200 or 0439 461 906 (Pauline) or 0409 802 597 (Karen).

Remember, no matter how big or small your problem is, there is help available and it is important to seek help as soon as possible.

For more useful information and resources, refer to our College website here.


The Department is committed to helping children succeed in school. As part of this commitment, a number of financial scholarships, grants and prizes are awarded for young people in secondary school so they can focus on achieving their education goals.

Secondary schooling scholarships are now open for applications through the Department's website.

Scholarship eligibility criteria, application forms and information on how to apply can be found on the Department's scholarships webpage here.

Applications for the scholarships close at 5.30pm on Thursday 6 December 2018.

VacSwim swimming lessons

Enrolments for the December/January programs are open. Details on how to enrol, venues and closing dates for the summer holiday programs are online.

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