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ATWELL COLLEGE NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2017 201 BRENCHLEY DRIVE ATWELL 6164. EMAIL: ATWELL.COLLEGE@EDUCATION.WA.EDU.AU. PHONE 08 6174 2200

Front page photo showing our Netball girls playing against Rockingham Senior High School at Cockburn Arc

Principal's Pen

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.

Noel Woodley

Principal

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.

Year 6 students having fun during the orientation
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.

Arts Showcase 2017
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!

Well done Colleen Dayao and Jacalyn Harris, our finalists in the competition!
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.

Mrs Jeffries

Watching Live Action in the Nine News studio
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

Students participating in a mock trial
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

The sausage sizzle was a great hit with everyone
Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Laptop Program

2018 will see several changes to technology infrastructure. It is now possible for all students to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to the college and use them in digital lessons when required. Bring your laptop along and join the school wireless network to engage in lessons with more focus towards digital delivery. You are also able to download the Office365 suite for free to use at home and whilst at school.

Atwell College would like to encourage all parents to invest in a BYOD solution for digital lessons. Students with their own BYOD receive an enhanced learning experience.

We have online portals with selected machines from vendors such as JB Hi-Fi, Winthrop and CDM that parents can go to and get amazing pricing on devices that have been selected by local vendors to meet the minimum requirements for these digital focussed lessons.

The college also has some lockers available to enable students to store BYOD devices when not in use. The lockers are in a secure area of the college and require a bond fee of $10.00.

Make sure your child gets every advantage by participating in our BYOD program and learning further with our digitally focussed lessons.

See the following vendors for recommended devices, great discounts and any advice you may be seeking:

JB Hi-Fi

https://www.jbeducation.com.au/byod/ use school code: AtwellC2018

Winthrop

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.

CDM

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

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

2018 Charges and Voluntary Contributions

The Charges and Voluntary Contributions booklet is now available for viewing on the Atwell College website.

Individual Charges and Voluntary Contribution sheets will be posted at the end of this week and early next week.

Any changes to subjects will only be available during week one and week two in term 1 2018. A course change request form must be completed and handed to student services. No further changes will be permitted after this time.

**Please note changes can only be made for electives for years 9 & 10. Electives for Years 7 & 8 are predetermined on a rotating schedule and cannot be changed**

Return of library books a.s.a.p.

Dear students, parents and carers,

Please take note that the final date for borrowing from the library is Friday, 1 December 2017.

All students with outstanding library books are to return them immediately to the Library/Resource Centre located in the staff room, 2nd floor, D Block. You can also drop them off to the returns tub located in D block reception. Any outstanding library books not returned by the due date will have to be paid for and an invoice will be sent home.

If you have any questions regarding library loans, please contact the library staff.

Summer 2017/2018 Holiday Reading

If you would like to keep up with the latest novels over the summer break, remember you can loan download ebooks from our Wheeler Ebook One Platform.

To access:

https://atwellcollege.wheelers.co/

Login: your student number located on your smartrider card

Password: Pass

Regards,

Nicole McDonagh and Maree de Haas

Library Officers

Wheeler eBook One platform
WAAPA Summer School 2017/2018

This summer, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) is once again offering an exciting school holiday program for students in years 4 to 12. The Summer School includes classes in dance, drama, acting, screen performance, music theatre and of course, how to perform Shakespeare.

For more information about the fantastic courses on offer, please visit WAAPA Summer School or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at g.metcalf@ecu.edu.au or +(08)9370 6775.

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