ATWELL COLLEGE NEWSLETTER February 2017 201 BRENCHLEY DRIVE, ATWELL, 6164 EMAIL: atwell.college@education.wa.edu.au PHONE 08 9414 4300 FAX: 08 9414 4355

PRINCIPAL'S PEN

I welcome all staff and students back to school. The college has opened with increased enrolments, in all groups, and in particular Year 7 (275). All students can be accommodated and all students have access to the complete curriculum. It is exciting for the college to be in a growth phase, a phase that is likely to continue for several more years until the opening of the new secondary school in Hammond Park (2020).

New Student lockers
  • Student Lockers: The college installed student lockers during the summer holiday break. The lockers are available to any student and come at the cost of a yearly based lease. Details are available for the college and the college website. Over 150 lockers have been leased by the students to date and the college will provide lockers based on student demand.
  • Scooters At Atwell College: There has been an explosion in the popularity of students using scooters as a means to getting to and from school. The scooters have an area where they can be locked up and should be used by the students. I understand that scooters are subject to damage and the like and due to the construction of the scooters extremely expensive parts and similar can ‘disappear’. The college does not have the resources to supply a 100% guaranteed facility where every scooter will be safe. My first thought is to say that if the scooter is expensive then do not bring it to the school. It is not acceptable with occupational and health safety concerns for the students to carry the scooters around during the day. It is not acceptable for the scooters to be stored casually in semi vacant rooms and similar in the college. The racks are available and are being moved to a location where more supervision of the racks is available through proximity to more staff but the college cannot accept responsible for these personal items.
  • Student Uniform: As an Independent Public School Atwell College has a uniform code that is endorsed by the Atwell College Board. Students not wearing the correct uniform are asked to dress appropriately and are given opportunity to comply. Some students continue to push limits and families then become part of the conversation. The college appreciates parental and family support in such matters. Female students wearing immodest clothing in some circumstances after consultation with parents will be sent home to dress appropriately.
  • Attendance: By far the greatest indicator of likely success at school is regular attendance by students. Regular in this instance is above 90% across the year. Families taking students away for holidays during school time is not supported by the Department of Education or Atwell College. Secondary school curriculum is tightly packed with content and the content is constantly assessed to measure achievement. Sometimes families make the assumption that secondary school is similar to primary school and that students are not missing out on significant amounts of content. Primary curriculum is more conceptual based and with the nature of home rooms some allowances can be adjusted to suit students. This is not the case for secondary education. Please monitor your child’s attendance through CONNECT and inform the college on any planned absences well in advance.

Regards, Noel Woodley, Principal.

NEW COLLEGE EMAIL ADDRESSES
  • For efficient management of Accounts and Absentee enquiries and in a bid to provide better customer service the college has set up two new email addresses. Please utilise the emails below in future:
  • Accounts Queries - Atwellcollege.accounts@education.wa.edu.au
  • Absentee Queries - Atwell.absentee@education.wa.edu.au

New social groups are operating at the Hilton PCYC. Funding is available for these groups. for funding information contact Gabriella on 9383 6123. For more information on Autism West please click the link: http://autismwest.org.au/

OLNA SEMESTER 1 2017 PARENT INFORMATION

Students must demonstrate minimum standards of literacy and numeracy to be eligible for a WACE. Students can demonstrate the minimum standards of literacy and numeracy through performance in either the

  • National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) Year 9, or
  • Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA).

The OLNA is an online assessment that is accessed through a web-based delivery platform. Year 10, 11 and 12 students will be advised of their requirement to sit the test by their Year Coordinator, and a personal timetable provided to them

PRACTICE: Students can have an opportunity at home to become familiar with the test-delivery website functionality and the types of questions they can expect prior to test week. Year 10’s particularly will benefit from this. The Authority has provided practice and example tests for each component for this purpose. The practice tests enable students to become familiar with the test environment and for schools to check their IT set-up. They provide students with practice in using the test-delivery website functionality and experience in the types of questions they can expect in the reading, writing and numeracy components. The practice tests include: • a set of 20 multiple-choice questions for reading • a set of 20 multiple-choice questions for numeracy • one writing prompt.

Students have 20 minutes to complete each component.. Example tests The example tests provide students, teachers and parents with an example of the range of difficulty of the items in each component while providing an indicative sample of the diversity of skills assessed. In addition, students have the opportunity to experience a complete timed assessment in the reading, writing and numeracy components. The example tests include: • a set of 45 multiple-choice questions for reading • a set of 45 multiple-choice questions for numeracy • one writing prompt.

  • ACCESSING THE PRACTICE AND EXAMPLE TESTS: The practice and example tests can be accessed by students at home at: URL: https://assess.scsa.wa.edu.au/ Username: 4184 Password: prac14.
  • Date: Tuesday 7th March - Tuesday 14th March. See Atwell College website for details after 23rd February 2017.
SCHOOL UNIFORM SHOP NEW LOCATION - UNIFORM CONCEPTS NELL GREY - SUPER STORE: Unit 3/9 Yampi Way, Willetton WA 6155. Phone: 9270 4669

Uniform Concepts are managing the Atwell College Uniform Program from their Willetton Super Store. See Atwell College website for more information: http://www.atwellcollege.wa.edu.au/view/enrolments/uniforms

AFTER SCHOOL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN

Lessons are currently being held in the Mater Christi Community Hall at 3.30pm in Yangebup. Contact: Karen Watkin: catechistcoordinator@gmail.com.

ACT-BELONG-COMMIT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 15-24 YEARS WHO LIVE, WORK OR STUDY IN THE CITY OF COCKBURN.

Click on the link below for more information. http://www.cockburn.wa.gov.au/Community_Services/Youth_Services/Act-Belong-Commit_This_Is_Me_Photography__Workshops/

AUTISM WEST TERM 1, 2017 SOCIAL GROUP PROGRAM

New social groups are operating at the Hilton PCYC. Funding is available for these groups. for funding information contact Gabriella on 9383 6123. For more information on Autism West please click the link: http://autismwest.org.au/

CURTIN SOCCER REGISTRATION AND TRY OUTS.

Click the link for more information: http://curtinfootball.teamapp.com/

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