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?
Use school code AtwellC2018
- Windows laptops (including the HP Probook 430 used at Atwell College)
Contact Dai Du at CDM, P: 08 9202 4444, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Apple laptops - https://sales.winaust.com.au/shop/atwell2018
- Apple iPads - https://sales.winaust.com.au/shop/atwellipad2018
Contact Winthrop; email@example.com P: 08 6488 2777.
Need more information? Please check out the college website here.
Michael Power, IT Manager
Our Students Make Us Proud
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.
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!
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.
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.
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)
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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Presentation award winners were:
Yr 10 Historians Award – Kyle Nalus
Yr 10 Creativity Award – Amber Stuart
Yr 10 People’s Choice Award – Sam Gray
Yr 9 Historians Award – Emma Flindell
Yr 9 Creativity Award – Abigail Healing
Yr 9 People’s Choice Award – 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.