Front page photo showing our Netball girls playing against Rockingham Senior High School at Cockburn Arc
Dear Parents and Carers
On behalf of the Atwell College Board, I thank the students, staff and parents and carers for their support of the College during the year. In what can only be described as an extraordinary year given the fire that severely damaged the College’s Resource Centre, the achievement, growth and development of the students has been a positive outcome to the testing times. Luckily the College’s main staff room was able to be used as an alternative area whilst repairs were undertaken to the Resource Centre. The latest update on the repair schedule is the Resource Centre will be handed over back to the College on 1 March 2018. The totally revamped Resource Centre will be a welcome addition to the College’s resources for next year.
Speaking of additional resources, the College has acquired additional demountable classrooms during the year and will continue to access additional resources going into 2018. An additional science laboratory is being located in the school to accommodate the increasing size of Atwell College.
In finalising the year, it is worthwhile reminding the community that the College is an inclusive school, catering for students with a wide variety of learning needs including students who are academically advanced and students with a learning disability. The advantage of the size of Atwell College is that when students reach Year 11, the depth and breadth of courses runs very deep. The College presents a direct entry university course program (ATAR), vocational education and training program (VET) available in several formats and a general studies program. The VET program is available in both a 3 day and 5 day format. The 3 day format is available to students that are independent learners and attend the College on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and attend TAFE or similar on Thursday and a work placement on Friday.
It is also interesting to note that the College has invested in and developed several programs with STEM focus. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). All in all, please enquire at the College at any time regarding the availability of courses to suit your child.
I look forward to seeing parents at the ARTS showcase on 5th and 6th December 2017. The students are working very hard to present a wonderful showcase and given the event is the culmination of thought, ideas and practice. Good luck to the students.
With that, I extend a very Merry Christmas to the entire community and look forward to seeing everyone again in 2018.
Year 7 2018 Orientation
On Thursday 30th November, Atwell College hosted our Orientation event for all Year 6 students joining our school as Year 7s in 2018. We started off with a welcome address by our college principal Noel Woodley and introduced the college Administration and CARE team during an assembly for the students. Thereafter, a Parent Information Session allowed parents to connect with our administration team while the students went through an Orientation experience touring the school and participating in some taster lessons such as STEM, Art, Dance, Japanese and Sports. All in, it was an enjoyable day for everyone with new friendships made. We look forward to welcome our new students into the Atwell College family in 2018.
Arts Showcase 2017 date change
The Arts Showcase 2017 date has been changed and is now on 5th & 6th December 2017. The change in date is to support the Year 10 students wishing to perform to the community as well as attend their Dinner Dance on the Thursday night.
Chinese State Writing Competition
In Term Three, a number of students participated in a Chinese State Writing Competition called 我的世界 My World. Students across different year levels were required to create a poster and describe what their world consists of using only Chinese characters (symbols). They were judged by their creativity and neatness in their presentation and writing and how well they adhered to the strict rules put in place such as the number of Chinese characters.
Six contestants were chosen from each school and although the standard of writing was very high overall, Atwell College students Colleen Dayao and Jacalyn Harris, who are both in Miss Chen’s Year 8 class, were finalists in this competition. Congratulations girls!
Year 7 and 8 Media Club Nine News Excursion
As part of their participation within the Media Club, students from Year 7 and 8 enjoyed a tour to the Nine News studio in the Perth CBD. This involved a walkthrough of the studio and engaging with the technologies and personalities that make all of the broadcasts for Nine News possible. Students gained valuable information about the various departments involved (Studio, Graphics, Research, Social Media, and Production) and what pathways were needed to work in a similar role.
Year 9 Civics and Citizenship Excursion
As part of their Civics and Citizenship studies, selected students from Year 9 participated in the Francis Burt Law Education Programme. This involved a visit to Perth City where students visited the Supreme Court, participated in a mock trial and were able to watch the District Court in session. Students gained valuable information about the court process and rules. An enjoyable day was had by all.
Ms Grogan, Mr Bruce and Mrs Garbutt
Year 10 Careers Education Fundraising Sausage Sizzle
Year 10 Careers Education students held a sausage sizzle fundraiser on 19th October to raise funds for non-profit charity Manna. As part of this process, students had to take into account business considerations and use teamwork skills to plan and host the event. Students made a total profit of $350.33 which has been donated to Manna to help provide meals for the homeless. This fundraiser reinforced prior experiences students have had this semester volunteering in the Manna kitchen and meeting with the Founders of Manna, Beverley and John Lowe.
Tanya Yakovlev & Gemma Garbutt