ATWELL COLLEGE NEWSLETTER JUNE 2017 201 brenchley drive atwell 6164. email: atwell.college@education.wa.edu.au. Phone 08 9414 4300

Principal's Pen

At this time of the year, students and teaching staff are heavily engaged in assessments, exams and report writing. All these activities are designed to formalise information to parents and students about academic achievement, behavioural and social development and attendance information. Parents and students will have an opportunity to discuss the report information with teaching staff at a Parent Teacher Interview afternoon/evening in Semester 2. I look forward to seeing parents at the evening.Looking at the overall journey of students in the six years of secondary schooling, there are 3 key milestones for students. Firstly Year 7 is the year students transition into a different style of learning, a more content heavy curriculum and a very complex social environment. Year 9 is important in the academic lead up to Year 10 courses. Half way through Year 10 students will be making course choices for Year 11 and Year 12 based on meeting pre-requisite grade requirements and attendance expectations. Therefore Year 9 academically is very important in terms of students achieving to their potential and having strong attendance patterns. Year 11 for students is the third milestone for students. Academically the courses students undertake can be very difficult and a combination of training (VET) and independent work is often featured. Students are required to be very consistent in their approach to school and learning. The manner in which curriculum is delivered and assessed requires students to be regular attendees (90%) for successful outcomes to be achieved.

Parents can find the information concerning secondary education complex and difficult to engage with at some levels. I invite parents to contact Mr Mike Ciccotosto (Deputy Principal - Year 10, Year 11), Mr Mathew Burt (Deputy Principal - Year 8, Year 9), Ms Tonia Brown (Deputy Principal - Year 7, Year 12) and Mr Brendon Bleakley (Associate Principal – Education Support) to discuss aspects of secondary education should more information be required. Noel Woodley, Principal

Atwell College Board

The Atwell College Board is responsible for the governance of the College. The Board has several crucial functions under governance including ensuring the College’s resources, financial and workforce are used to support the aims and goals of the College. Board members are asked to contribute to the analysis of Atwell College performance information and support the college in ensuring the best possible educational outcomes for the students. The Board is also asked to contribute to policy matters through discussion and expressing the views of the community. Nominations from community members are being called to replace retiring board members. If you are interested in being a board member please nominate. The Atwell College Board meets twice per term from 5:15 to about 7pm depending on the agenda. Information pertaining to the upcoming meeting is distributed to Board members beforehand to assist in discussion and decision making. Please direct inquiries to Noel Woodley, Principal.

If you are considering a nomination please email: atwell.college@education.wa.edu.au providing contact details. If there are more nominations than available places and election will be called. Nominations are due by 4pm Friday 14 July.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability

Our school is part of a national project about students with disability and/or learning difficulties. We have been asked to provide data about the number of learning needs of children at our school. The name of the school and the name of the students will not be reported. Information about the different types of needs and the programs and resources the school uses to overcome barriers and support children with special educational needs will be collected. We believe it is important to contribute to this becuase it will help Governments and the Department develop better policies that acknowledge the level of resources needed in schools to meet the needs of all students in Western Australia. If you would like to learn more about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability you can visit this website: http://det.wa.edu.au/supportforschools

Consent2Go Important Information for Parents/Guardians

Atwell College is excited to advise that we have partnered with MCB Schools to bring the Consent2Go system to our school. The system will replace our current paper process for obtaining parent permission and consent for school incursions and excursions. The current paper based system is expensive, inefficient, and a huge cost to the environment. Parents/Guardians will be advised when the new system will commence. In using Consent2Go the school will no longer be sending excursion paperwork home with students. If you do not have an email address or internet access, please advise the school so we can add you to the consent2Go paper process.

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Uniform Shop - Uniform Concepts Nell Gray

This shop will be closed for the first week of the school holidays from Monday 3rd July and will re-open Monday 10th July 2017.

WAAPA Winter School 2017

These July school holidays WAAPA is offering exciting programs for students in years 4 to 12. The Winter School includes classes in acting, drama, dance, screen acting and music theatre. For information about the many courses on offer please visit WAAPA Winter School Holiday Programs or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at g.metcalf@ecu.edu.au or 9370 6775.http://www.waapa.ecu.edu.au/corporate-training-and-short-courses/explore-short-courses. Click link for more information.

School Holiday Art Classes near Atwell College-

•3 July Mixed Media Painting for Beginners 13 yrs to 99 years – 1pm to 4pm; $40 all materials supplied (2 spaces left) •5 July Drawing Seashells for 9-12 Year Olds - 9am–noon $40; all materials supplied •6 July Mask Making 5-8 yr olds - 10am–noon $30; all materials supplied •10 July Mixed Media Painting for Beginners 13 yrs to 99 years – 1pm to 4pm; $40 all materials supplied •12 July Still Life Drawing for 9-12 Year Olds - 9am–noon $40; all materials supplied •13 July 3D Critter Craft 5-8 yr olds - 10am–noon $30; all materials supplied. Contact Rosy via email, rosy@tactsolutions.com.au. or enrol via our website. During Term we offer. Painting for beginners on Tuesday evenings 6-8pm (13 years to adults) $30pp all materials supplied. All classes are capped to a max of 6 students. Our preference is a minimum of 3. Private group bookings welcome. And Private Piano Lessons for Beginners (from 3 to 99 years) $30/30 minutes. Rosy Poyser. Fine Arts Certificate BrisArt 2013; Certificate IV Artistic Therapies 2014 Studied AMEB Violin and Piano, currently upgrading to Suzuki teaching method. http://tactart.tactsolutions.com.au/events/ or Facebook events https://www.facebook.com/TactArt/

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