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Atwell College December 2018 Newsletter 201 BRENCHLEY DRIVE ATWELL 6164. EMAIL: ATWELL.COLLEGE@EDUCATION.WA.EDU.AU. PHONE 08 6174 2200

Acting Principal's Pen

I would like to take this final opportunity to acknowledge our former principal Mr Noel Woodley and the excellent work he did as our principal to advance our college. On behalf of Atwell College, I wish Noel and his wife Jo health and happiness in their retirement.

I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Education Support farewell assembly. It was a special event that showcased the achievements of our Year 12 education support students. The ceremony was well attended by parents, friends and sponsors who provide our students with excellent work placements. A parent of a former student continues to support us each year by making the leavers' cake for our students. Congratulations to the teachers and Education Assistants these students have had over the years as I have no doubt they have impacted the lives of these students in a most positive way through their dedication and perseverance.

The Year 6 parent information night held on Monday 26th November was extremely well attended and provided parents an overview of what to expect and explained some of the processes we run in the college. Many thanks to our Student Services staff for the significant amount of work they put into organising and presenting at this event. Our most recent Year 7 numbers sit at 284 and at present our school population for 2019 is around 1530 students.

We have had a significant and productive year at the College. The countless excursions, achievements and initiatives the staff have undertaken to make the curriculum more engaging and relevant is due to a caring and hardworking staff. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all staff for their dedication. I would also like to thank the parents as your support in helping your children is invaluable and on behalf of all staff at the College, we look forward to further developing and continuing the excellent working relationships with you for the betterment of your children in 2019 and beyond.

I wish all in our Atwell College community a safe and happy festive season and we’ll be back ready to go in 2019.

Micheal Ciccotosto, Acting Principal

Important Upcoming Dates

Note: We are expecting low number of students at the College with the Rewards Excursion at Adventure World for Years 7-9 students on Wednesday 12th December. As such, the College canteen will be closed on this day.

Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Program

Atwell College supports a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program and it would be advantageous for your child to bring their laptop to school daily for an enhanced digital learning experience.

Almost any modern laptop can be brought to school and connected to the school Wi-Fi using the student credentials for Connect or use of school computers.

Atwell College uses an enterprise network like all other senior schools. In order to join the Wi-Fi network, either an OSX, iOS, Windows Standard or Windows Pro have to be installed (not Windows Home edition) on the laptops. Apple products are able to connect irregardless of the version of OSX or iOS. Linux and other operating systems are not supported although they may connect.

Whilst most laptop and iPad models should be able to connect, there are known issues with certain tablets (e.g. some Samsung models) and low end mini-tablets and notebooks. Windows Home Edition and EVERY computer are not guaranteed to connect to government enterprise Wi-Fi. Smart phones are not permitted to join the College network at any time. iPads are allowed for lessons and educational purposes.

Need software for your device? Students can grab the full Microsoft Office 365 suite for free on all their devices by logging into the student DoE Portal and clicking the link. To do this they will need their school email and password and simply follow the prompts.

Need to source a compatible machine? Why not see one of the vendors familiar with education requirements below and ask what is best for your student’s needs?

JB Hi-Fi

Use school code AtwellC2018

CDM Australia

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

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

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.

Need more information? Please check out the college website here.

Michael Power, IT Manager

Our Students Make Us Proud

Jordan Robshaw

Atwell College’s very own Jordan Robshaw participated in the Lifesaving World Championships held in Adelaide. Congratulations Jordan on making the final of the beach sprints and we wish Jordan all the best for her remaining events.

Our Sporting Achievements

Year 8 Rugby Central Boys Carnival

On Monday 26th November, our Year 8 boys' rugby team competed against the quality sides of Thornlie SHS and Lakeland SHS at the Year 8 Central Boys Carnival at Gloucester Park. At the mid point of the carnival, the three schools involved were all tied on points, but the afternoon saw the strength and depth of the Atwell squad take the lead and become winners of the Central Championship for 2018. This victory means it is likely our Year 8 boys will be the recipients of the Struddey’s Cup, the name given to the Year 8 competition.

Our Year 8 boys playing at the carnival

The Year 8 girls' rugby team fielded students from Years 8, 9 and 10. Our young team was up against other Year 10 teams so our girls were a little disadvantaged size wise. They played against Warwick SHS and showed great resilience by scoring 4 tries, however they were beaten by a more experienced team. Well done to our girls for showing determination and tenacity!

Year 7 Rugby League Finals

Our Year 7 boys competed in the Finals Carnival on Wednesday 21st November after winning against Thornlie SHS in the Semi Final and proceeding to the Grand Final. Unfortunately our boys lost the Grand Final against Butler College but played a great game and showed outstanding sportsmandship nonetheless!

The Year 7 Rugby League Finals Carnival
Library Update

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all students and staff who have enjoyed the services of the Library and Resource Centre this year. Check out the display in our library to celebrate the festive season.

Christmas decorations on display in the library

Loans have finished for the year and all library books out on loan have to be returned to the College library by Thursday 13 December in order to avoid an invoice for the replacement cost of the books.

Holiday Reading

Summer holidays is the perfect time to catch up with all the latest series and students can keep reading all through the holidays via our Wheeler Ebook Platform One. There is also an app called Eplatform which can be downloaded from the App Store.

Students click on the sign in button (top right hand corner) - User name is the student number located on the student smartrider card and the password is Pass.

Up to three books can be downloaded at a time and they will be automatically checked back in after two weeks. With over 1600 titles available, there is sure to be one that will whet one's reading appetite.

We also look forward to meeting all of our new Year 7 students during library orientation which will take place during the first week of Term 1 next year.

Have a safe & enjoyable holiday and happy reading!

Nicole McDonagh and Maree de Haas, Library Officers

English Learning Area Update

We are thrilled at the number of students winning canteen vouchers every week and movie passes at the end of every term for their positive behaviour in English classrooms.

The following students have won $5 canteen vouchers in Term 3 and 4:

Year 7 - Connor Watts, Hayley Namora, Hunter Caton, Jess Hendrich, Jessica Williams, Jordan Pieri, Mya Smith, Riki Eraio, Shonnay Robbins, Tom Harel, Xingwen Zhang

Year 8 - Ben Baric, Dennis Smith, Jahla Thomson, Jasmine Sinning, Tate Evans,

Year 9 - Brooklyn Ricetti, Caitlyn Edgar, Larah Quisao, Leo Jiang, Luke Holt, Matt Mckenney, Matt Volkofsky, Mitch Carrall, Shanelle Reddi, Simon Henriksson

Year 10 - Kyle Nalus, Tom Dutch

The following students have won movie passes in Term 3: Hannah Yarrah, Mikayla James (Years 7), James Greeuw, Josie Silinger (Years 8), Lei Gong (Year 9)

Year 8 student James Greeuw with his movie passes

Keep up the excellent work, students! The next major prize draw is at the end of Term 4 so keep displaying those positive behaviours.

Lara Duffy, HOLA English

ACZE Update

We have had a fantastic group of students from our partner primary schools involved in our Atwell College Zone Extension Program in Term 4. Both students and teachers have had a great time working on these courses.

The Atwell College Zone Extension program is open to all students in years 5 and 6 from our partner primary schools, namely Atwell Primary, Aubin Grove Primary, Hammond Park Primary, Harmony Primary, Honeywood Primary, Jandakot Primary and Success Primary.

New courses are offered every term with course information made available and application towards the end of the previous term(s). If you are interested in finding more information about the courses, please see our website or send an enquiry email to Ingrid.vidot@education.wa.edu.au.

Ingrid-Vidot, ACZE Coordinator and Mathematics Teacher

First Lego League Competiton

Atwell College and our partner primary schools had a great success at the First Lego League (FLL) State Finals Competition held at Curtin University on Saturday 24th November. Our 3 participating teams Mars Bars, STEMinists and Rebel Scum won an award each, namely the Judges Award, Teamwork Award and Gracious Professionalism Award. Teams Rebel Scum and STEMinists were even selected to represent WA in the FLL National competition to be held in Sydney on 8-9th December. Well done everyone!!!

Our students will be up against 70 other teams from private and public schools from all over Australia. This has been a meteoric rise and we wish the very best to our teams and the staff involved.

FIRST Lego League requires students to build, program and compete with a robot while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it. This year's theme 'Into Orbit' has seen teams research and explore living in and travelling through space.

Our 3 teams and their winning trophies

Erin Nicol, STEM Coordinator and Mathematics Teacher

Remembrance Day Exhibition

Yr 9 and Yr 10 finalists in the HASS Remembrance Day Project exhibited their works on the afternoon of 8th November. Parents, students and staff had an opportunity to view all the exhibits and vote for their favourite. We also had the pleasure of hosting our local Cockburn RSL representative Digger Cleak at the exhibition.

Digger Cleak with HASS teacher Mr Nomura

Presentation award winners were:

Yr 10 Historians Award – Kyle Nalus

Yr10 Historian Award by Kyle Nalus

Yr 10 Creativity Award – Amber Stuart

Yr10 Creativity Award by Amber Stuart

Yr 10 People’s Choice Award – Sam Gray

Yr10 People's Choice Award by Samatha Gray

Yr 9 Historians Award – Emma Flindell

Yr9 Historians Award by Emma Findell

Yr 9 Creativity Award – Abigail Healing

Yr 9 Creativity Award by Abigail Healing

Yr 9 People’s Choice Award – Kathlynn Saguid

Yr 9 People's Choice Award by Kathlynn Saguid

Well done to the HASS team and students who worked very hard to construct the presentations and organise the exhibition.

Payman Hasani, HOLA HASS and Teacher

Remembrance Day Service

Sunday 11th November 2018 marked the centenary of the signing of the Armistice that brought the Frist World War to an end. The City of Cockburn RSL, for the first time, organised a march and service to commemorate the occasion and Atwell College was invited to be a part of the service. Beginning at the RSL, members of the Atwell College senate participated in the march to the Cockburn War Memorial. We laid a wreath to pay respects to the men and women that sacrificed so much during all military conflicts, past and present. A big thank you to Desiré Miller, Denzel Major, Braeden Henderson and Leticia Martens for taking time out of their Sundays to participate in the event and for representing our College with such pride and zeal. A big thank you also goes to the City of Cockburn RSL for inviting us to this landmark event. Hopefully it becomes a yearly tradition for Atwell College in years to come.

Members of our student senate with teacher Steve Franics at the Remembrance Day Service

Steve Francis, Year 11 Coordinator

News from the School Nurse

Year 8 students Danielle and Maddie are doing their part in keeping our community safe from vaccine preventable diseases such as HPV, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis. While waiting for their turns, they were happily reading brochures on healthy friendships. Other Year 10 students were vaccinated against meningococcal ACWY strain and enjoyed reading information about the terrible effects of drug use.

Year 8 students Danielle and Maddie reading while waiting to have their vaccinations

With the Christmas break and summer holidays quickly approaching, we thought it timely to provide some information on how to keep our children safe online.

Online Safety - how to keep your child safe online

Protecting your children from harm is just as important online as it is in the real world. As a parent or carer, you can play an important role in helping children have safe and positive experiences online.

The internet offers an exciting world of experiences for children and the whole family. It can be entertaining, educational and rewarding. However, using the internet also involves risks and challenges.

Children might be exposed to content that is sexually explicit, violent, prohibited or even illegal. They may also experience cyber bullying or be at risk from contact by strangers.

Children may - unknowingly or deliberately - share personal information without realising they may be subject to identity theft or that they are leaving behind content that might not reflect well on them in the future.

By taking an active role in talking with your kids about the risks and answering their questions or concerns about something that they find on the Internet, you can help them stay safer online.

For more information on keeping your children safe online try the following website:

iParent is an online resource developed by the Office of the Children’s E-Safety Commission where parents can learn about the digital environment and keep updated on their children’s technology use. Guidance for using safety settings on your family’s web-connected devices, tips for choosing movies and games and strategies for keeping young people safe online is available. www.esafety.gov.au

Stay Smart Online is the Australian Government's online safety and security website designed to help everyone understand the risks and simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online. www.staysmartonline.gov.au/

Raising Children Network http://raisingchildren.net.au.

Cyberbullying can happen to anyone, not just children and young people. It can be more damaging than offline bullying as it can occur 24/7, have a very large audience and be difficult to escape. It can invade a young person’s social world both online and offline. As with offline bullying, cyberbullying can have long lasting consequences and children need support to manage this.

For more information or support on cyberbullying visit:

www.raisingchildren.net.au or

https://kidshelpline.com.au or

http://au.reachout.com

We wish all students, parents and carers a lovely Christmas and New Year break. Stay safe!

Pauline Arnold and Karen Penny, School Nurses

Community News

Cockburn Youth Services

The team at Cockburn Youth Centre have put together some interesting Outrage programs for 12-16 years old during the upcoming summer school holidays. Places are limited and filling up fast so get in quick to avoid missing out! Check out today.

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