Principal's Pen

Dear Parents and Carers

  • Exams. Formal exams have reached a conclusion for 2016. Year 9 students were the last year group to have completed the formal exams in set exam room format. Students in Year 7 and Year 8 have formal tests and exams with these events being conducted in a formal classroom setting rather than the traditional exam room style that the older students experience. All the results are being collated to add to the existing results from classroom based assessments providing students and families with comprehensive results for the subjects and courses. Overall the students have responded well to the challenges presented during formal exams and tests with the processes supporting students for future assessments in OLNA (Online Literacy and Numeracy Year 10), NAPLAN (Year 7 and 9), ATAR(university entrance based courses) and general courses in Year 11 and 12.
  • Reports are available for all students from the end of this year with students bringing the reports home on stated dates.
  • Atwell College Growth and Staff Movement. During 2016 the college maintained a student population of approximately 1400 students. This population is likely to grow slightly in 2017 to about 1430 students depending on family movement during the summer break. All students can be accommodated at the college albeit a tight fit in some specialist learning area rooms. The college will be receiving some demountable classrooms ( 1 or 2 depending on availability) during 2017 to support student accommodation and flexibility of subject and course delivery. The growth can be attributed to natural community growth and also to an expansion in student numbers continuing into Y11 and 12 to access the broadest set of courses available from any secondary school in the area. Some growth is also due to students (living in the local area) leaving the private school system to access the variety and breadth of Year 11 and 12 courses including ATAR, VET {3 days at school, 1 day at TAFE or equivalent and 1 day WPL (workplace learning)} and General. Please make inquiries regarding access to these Y11 and 12 courses as soon as possible. The college has been recruiting new staff during term 4 to allow for staff movement due to promotion, family commitments and retirements. This is exciting for the college and the community as demand for the appointments has been very strong. The college is committed to appointing staff that have the best blend of experience and qualifications, commitment to further learning and ability to form relationships with students.
  • Summer Holiday Break. Finally on behalf of the Atwell College Board and the entire college staff I wish the community all the best for the upcoming festive season and summer break. The entire college is looking forward to a time of reflection, rest and recreation. I wish all students a safe and enjoyable holiday and wish the college staff a happy and enjoyable well earned break.
Atwell College Board

The Atwell College Board (referred to as ACB) met Tuesday 15 November, 2016

  • Present: Natalie Machin (chair), Noel Woodley (Principal), Bill Osborn (P&C Representative), Phil Payne (Parent) Cheryl Brownley (Corporate Services Manager) , David Humphry (Staff Member), Angela Goh (Student Rep), Mathew Burt (Guest), Tonia Brown (Guest), Brendon Bleakley (Guest)
  • Apologies: Steve Portelli , Aaron Harwood, Professor Zora Singh
  • Agenda Items:
  • Professional Growth Program. A report was presented to the ACB on the implementation of the program at the college supporting teacher and education assistant development. Discussion occurred around the effectiveness of the program to date and plans leading into 2017.
  • Atwell College Business Plan 2017 – 2019. Discussion occurred regarding the measuring of the success of the business plan going forward into 2017. The building of the business plan has been occurring all year with input from all staff in the college. Community input occurred via the ACB.
  • Fees and Charges for 2017. Discussion occurred regarding the planned fees and charges for courses and subjects going into 2017. The fees and charges as recommended was passed by the ACB.
  • Booklists for 2017. Booklists for all students in all year groups were presented to the board for approval.

Regards, Noel Woodley, Principal

Atwell College Zone Extension update
  • Drama Production. The 5/6 Drama students have been working well and thoroughly enjoying the first few weeks of the ACZE course. So far, we have covered verbal and non-verbal communication, using props and music in performance and how to develop conflict in performance. Over the coming weeks, we will be focussing on characterisation and the play building process in the lead up to our performance week in week 9.
  • History Mysteries and Geography Galore. Over the last four weeks students from History Mysteries and Geography Galore have been exploring a range of topics and trying out several exciting activities. Students have built their own earthquake resistant buildings and tested them, with different degrees of success, on their very own earthquake shake table! Students have put on their detective hats for our first History Mystery where we do our best to channel Sherlock Homes and investigate the conspiracy stories surrounding the Moon Landing, taking the first steps to piece together this controversial mystery. We still have many more exciting topics to tackle, stepping into ancient Egypt for a start, and are looking forward to taking up this challenge with everyone!
  • Steampunk. Eleven year 5 and 6 students have been diving deep into the genre of Steampunk. They have learnt about the history of this aesthetically pleasing genre and learnt all that puts the steam into punk. We have made our own Steampunk gadgets and watched the Japanese anime Steamboy. Next up we will be embarking on creating our own 3D Steampunk characters and then writing up a journey for these characters to go on. Full steam ahead!

Adam Zen, Health and Physical Education Teacher. ACZE Coordinator

Elevate Program

As part of our educational program at Atwell College we run a study skills program with all students. The program is run through Elevate Education. Over the last 12 years Elevate has developed a different approach to study skills. This approach actually make study skills work, and thats why so many schools use Elevates study skills programmes to get the best out of their students. The programs we will be running with each of the cohorts in 2017. Click link for more information:

Summer Reading over the Holidays
Library Christmas booktree

Library staff would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas. With those long, lazy summer holidays ahead, now is the perfect opportunity to catch up with your summer reading. Using our ebook collection, eplatform One, available 24/7 there are over 1200 exciting titles to download over the holidays. Students go to, and sign in, your username is the student number on your smartrider card, and the password isPass. You can borrow up to two books at a time, for 14 days. There is also an app called eplatform you can download from App Store or Google Play.

Some of the latest titles available include: Empire of storms / Sarah J. Maas, Harry Potter and the cursed child / J.K. Rowling, Lair of dreams / Libba Bray, The heir / Kaira Cass, Snow like Ashes / Sarah Raasch. Great series available include The 5th Wave series, Bloodlines series, Vampire Academy series, Geronimo Stilton, Divergent series, Mortal Instrument series, Hunger Games, The Fault in our Stars, Conspiracy 365 series and The Last Thirteen series. If you have a particular title you would like to see added, please let library staff know. Some of the latest additions to the library book collection: Weirdo 7 : Mega weird! / Anh Do, Empire of storms / Sarah J. Maas, Simpsons Comics: Chaos,The Simpsons treehouse of horror : from beyond the grave, The 78 storey treehouse / Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton, Guinness World Records 2017

  • A gentle reminder to return all your outstanding library books to avoid charges. Enjoy reading over the summer break.

Nicole McDonagh and Maree de Haas, Library Officers

2017 Contributions,Charges and Booklists
  • 2017 Contributions and Charges and Booklists
  • The 2017 Atwell College Contributions and Charges information and Booklists have been posted on the college website under the enrolments tab. Your child’s confirmed subject selection information will be provided within the 2017 Charges and Voluntary Contributions letters which will be posted on the 7 December 2016. This will enable booklist selections to be made prior to the Campion close off date of 23 December 2016.
  • Centrelink, Family Health Care, Pensioner Concession or Veteran’s Affairs Card Holders
  • If you are a holder of one of the above cards, you are eligible to claim $235 in order to pay for your child’s school voluntary contributions and charges as well as $115 for uniform allowance. In order to apply, simply complete the Education Program Allowance form and present your card to our reception staff between the 1 of February and 7 April 2017. For further information please see our contributions and charges information on the Atwell College website.
The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is taking place at ECU Joondalup from 17 - 20 January 2017.
Notre Dame School Holidays ATAR Express Workshops for future Year 11's and 12's
WAAPA Holiday Summer School 2017 drama classes for children in years 4 to 12

Click link for information:


OLNA - Study Skills – Essay Writing – Subject Revision & Preparation For all students entering Year 7 – 12 in 2017. The January Preparation Program aims to prepare students for Term 1 (2017) before the academic year begins. The classes will revise those important components from the 2016 syllabus that are vital for success in the new-year. The program will also preview what students can expect in their courses in 2017. Courses will be conducted at: Leeming Senior High School. Click link for more information:

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