As term 1 draws to a close the college can draw some information together regarding student attendance and student compliance to expected uniform and behaviour standards. Student attendance should be regular and monitored. By this I mean students should attend school at least 90% of the time to achieve what is deemed regular attendance. Secondary education is content heavy and requires students to attend regularly in order to engage fully with the curriculum. By monitoring attendance the college seeks every opportunity to work with parents and carers to ensure all absences are explained through appropriate contact. Recent media reports about student behaviour in secondary schools based on PISA surveys (Program for International Assessment) indicate students when surveyed wanted better general behaviour and engagement by students to support learning. Australia’s ranking in this category has fallen significantly. Atwell College is completely in agreement with the sentiment of the students surveyed and supports behavioural pastoral care policies to develop the behaviour of all students in line with Department of Education expectations and social norms. I encourage parents to engage with the college on any issues concerning student behaviour.
I would like to thank all members of the community for their encouragement with the college’s Parent/Teacher interview evening. Many parents took the opportunity to make an online booking and access teaching staff. Parents also took the opportunity to make follow up appointments with teaching staff. I received several emails following the event from parents on how much they enjoyed the opportunity to meet face to face with teaching staff and how much they enjoyed being in the college. The next evening of this type will be in July after the first formal school report.
Regards, Noel Woodley, Principal
RESOURCE CENTRE FIRE
The staff and students are devastated by the fire in the Resource Centre. The photos graphically show the extent of the damage and the mess created. Initial estimates have the repair and replacement amount well in excess of one million dollars. The Education Department responded swiftly and have provided the support and expertise to enable the college to action solutions and alternatives immediately. As the clean-up progresses the assessors learn more particularly in respect to damaged cabling and data communications equipment. The college is developing an alternative resource centre in the staff room where the students will be able to partially access the services provided by the resource centre team. Current estimates are that the damaged building will take about 6 months to repair.
A substantial amount of goodwill and gestures have come through to the college from within and outside the Atwell Community. This is much appreciated by the staff and students. Booksellers have donated $1000 and offers of shelving and library equipment have come from other schools and local government. I will continue to keep the community informed as the college learns more about the situation. All effort is being made to ensure the minimum disruption to the students’ learning.
Noel Woodley, Principal
LIBRARY UPDATE TERM 1 2017
Library Officers, Mrs Nicole McDonagh and Mrs Maree de Haas would like to let all the students who visited the Resource Centre and used our extensive collection how much we appreciate their support, and while we are sad about what has occurred to our beautiful library, we are very excited about the new Resource Centre and it will be even better and more wonderful than the old version. Please be patient while we slowly rebuild. We also would like to thank out volunteers, parents, organisations, community members and other libraries who have offered services, donations and time to help us on our journey.
Nicole McDonagh and Maree de Haas, Library Officers.
NEW COLLEGE EMAIL ADDRESSES
For efficient management of Accounts and Absentee enquiries and in a bid to provide better customer service the college has set up two new email addresses. Please utilise the emails below in future:
Accounts Queries: Atwellcollege.firstname.lastname@example.org
Absentee Queries: Atwell.email@example.com
USE OF ATWELL COLLEGE'S INTERNET AND COMPUTER FACILITIES
When students enrol at Atwell College they sign a ‘Code of Conduct’. In doing so students accept the responsibility of the conditions of use, thereby ensuring that Atwell College will not be liable for damages that could result from the misuse of Atwell College’s internet and computer facilities.
The college has recently experienced an increase in breaches of the code of conduct, specifically relating to the following: Passwords and log-ins. Students all have school log-ins for computer usage. This allows them to log in from home to Connect and on any device (including BYOD) on the school network. It is important this log-in and password is never shared with anyone else. Not even with best friends. Students should change their password from any sort of generic words or settings to a password they can easily remember but not make too obvious to other students. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their details are safe and cannot be used by any other student. The password can be changed at any given time from school or home and it is strongly suggested to do so regularly.
VPN (Virtual Private Networks). Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), which encrypts all your traffic and routes it through another server to mask your location, are commonly used by people looking to bypass geolocation restrictions on services such as Netflix, Hulu, and iPlayer. VPN services have been tied to deceptive business practices. Often selling its free-tier users’ idle bandwidth. This means millions of free users are unknowingly turned into a botnet that is utilized for criminal activities, including repeated denial-of-service attacks (DDOS) used to take down networks. They are extremely well known for scripting adware and malicious items into your internet browsers. Those controlling a VPN services makes it is easy to manipulate websites to steal login information, banking and credit card accounts, turn users into a distributed denial-of-service attack botnet, and monitor all their Web activities.
Prevention. To help combat the security vulnerabilities users expose themselves to when using free proxies and VPNs, DoE and Atwell College use a tool called Fortigate which performs a cursory evaluation on any proxy service in use to ensure it isn’t manipulating content or forcing users to forgo encryption. Those being used are flagged as ‘Proxy Avoidance’ and are monitored and tracked. They are then manually added to the proxy server as a banned site or script. These sites number in the thousands across the internet. As fast as they can be blocked new ones are created every day. This means combatting the problem is an ongoing task which takes up considerable resources. Ultimately, there is no silver bullet to ensure complete security and privacy online. But when entrusting your student’s online activity via school networks they must comply to the policies of not using proxy sites and VPN’s while using the school network.
Mat Burt, Deputy Principal
KEEP UPDATED WITH ATWELL COLLEGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
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ATWELL COLLEGE AWARDS ASSEMBLY, WEDNESDAY MARCH 15 2017
The following students were the recipients of the Year 11 2016 Subject Awards at a recent assembly.
AWPL - Madison Robinson, AECHEM - Pristina Goh, AEELD - Nicole Teoh, AEENG - Madison Reid, AEHBY - Madison Reid,AEHEA - Tamsyn Criddle, AEHIM - Tamsyn Criddle, AEJSL - Pristina Goh, AEMAA - Wenxuan Weng, AEMAM - Pristina Goh, AEMAS - Pristina Goh, AEPES - Madison Reid, AEPHY - Pristina Goh, AVET - Daniel McCrorie, KBS - Michael Baker, CII BUS - Breanna Barcello White, CII CO - Bethany Pugh, CII DM - Alyssa Sherratt, CII HS - Mia Doubikin, CII OE - Julia Ward, CII SR - Patrick Carrick, CII VA - Dayna Cusack, GEAIT - Kobe Feddema, GECAE - Sabrina Thompson, GECFC - Jamie Neale, GEDESD - Gal Krajnc, GEELD - Tim Li, GEENG - Jacob Spain, GEEST - Andy Liang, GEFST - Jayden Kahotea, GEHEA - Sabrina Thompson, GEISC - Robyn Fearnley, GEMAE - Riley Compton, GEMDTM - Tyrhys Sultana, GEMDTT - Kelsie Hutchison, GEMDTW - Anne Greenwood, GEOED - Adam Bryce, GEPES - Bethany Pugh.
The following students were recipients of Year 10 2016 Outstanding reports 'A' Grade awards.
Lenka Komnenovic, Shaheera Ahmed, Katgrissa Dalida, Jorja Walker, Mia Connolly, Brianna Love, Laura Sewell, Alyce du Bolulay, Kjersti Grov, Shinta Krussche.
CONSENT2GO Important information for Parents
Atwell College is excited to advise that we have partnered with MCB Schools to bring the Consent2Go system to our school. The system will replace our current paper process for obtaining parent permission and consent for school incursions and excursions. The current paper based system is expensive, inefficient, and a huge cost to the environment. Parents/Guardians will be advised when the new system will commence. In using Consent2Go the school will no longer be sending excursion paperwork home with students. If you do not have an email address or internet access, please advise the school so we can add you to the consent2Go paper process.
NEW ABSEILING PLATFORM AND WEIGHTS ROOM
Aaron Harwood, Head of Health and Physical Education
Year 11 ATAR Geography Excursion
Mrs Gemma Garbutt, Geography Teacher
HOME ECONOMICS ACTIVITIES
Narelle Miller, Home Economics Teacher