From the Principal
Term 2 is a busy term with many major assessments occurring across multiple year groups. Our Year 7 & 9 students have just completed the mandated NAPLAN assessments during weeks 3-4. As you know, there were technical issues on the first day of testing which affected the ‘Writing’ test. The problem originated in the software program which held all the testing and affected students Australia wide. I want to acknowledge the Atwell College staff who worked many extra hours to resolve the issues and enable our students to complete their testing after the initial problems arose.
Our Year 11 and 12 Semester 1 Exams will take place during weeks 5 & 6 this term and our Year 10 students will complete their Semester 1 major tests during weeks 6 & 7. The specific dates and requirements are made available to students and parents as needed prior to these occurring. Deputy Principal Curriculum Mike Ciccotosto is overseeing these processes. I would like to wish students all the best in their upcoming exams, remembering that it is still important to have a balance between studies, recreation and rest.
I would like to welcome two part time school psychologists, namely Vanessa Birkinshaw (Wednesdays, Fridays and Tuesday odd weeks) and Wendy Voysey (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays mornings) to our College. They will provide much needed support to our Student Services team and the many students and families who need specialised services. Our request for a school chaplian is still pending with a possible candidate being considered in the next couple of weeks. It is important to note that this service is non religious and is adding value to our work to build resilience and positive decision-making especially in many of our younger students.
I am pleased to inform you all that our College has been given approval for a full fencing upgrade to reduce the risks of damage to our College property and upgrade security of the site. The fencing upgrade works will also increase recreational spaces within the College for students during breaks.
Additional seating for students has been ordered and will provide more of the four sided aluminium tables which have been popular with students since the first batch were placed around the school mid of term 1.
Negotiations with the Department, Cockburn Council and service providers have progressed and a contract is being developed which will result in the much needed improvement of the surface of our College oval.
Quotes have also been received to increase the amount of shade and shelter around the College in areas identified earlier this year. This work will be built into our forward budgetary planning.
I have been continuing to meet with a number of external agencies and local organisations with the view to adding value to our ability to support students . Recently the local member for Jandakot, Mr Yaz Mubarakai visited the school and I was able to discuss our funding needs and facilities upgrade wish lists. The Deputy Premier Mr Roger Cook also visited us last Friday for a discussion with our Executive staff and students from our senate. I also attended a local Atwell Community safety meeting late last term and was able to speak to about 50 local people about how we manage behaviour at our school and how we are working closely with local police and Co Safe where we can to support community safety. Members from each of these agencies also addressed the group and it was a very positive session.
Preparations are being made for the annual Year 10 to 11 Subject Counselling & Subject Selection Process which occurs later this term. Students and parents will be provided with advice and information including information evenings, counselling opportunities, detailed handbook and links to other important information closer to the start of this important process. Our wider Leadership team have been discussing improvements to last year’s process in readiness for this year.
It is important to note that there has been a change to the requirements for students to gain their WA Certificate of Education (WACE). This change affects current year 10 students and those that will follow them into Year 11 and 12 in future years. The simple explanation is that students will be able to select one of 3 Upper School pathways rather than the 2 pathways that existed until now. There will now be 3 separate pathways, namely ATAR, General and VET. Deputy Principal (Timetabling) Jodi Lambert is overseeing this process.
We are still waiting for the formal announcement of the changed local intake boundary for Atwell College to accommodate for the opening of the new South Hammond Park College. I recently attended a meeting with all those impacted and it was suggested by Department representatives that our southern boundary will most likely be changed to run along Russell/ Gibbs Road. This has not yet been formally gazetted so until that occurs, we cannot be certain of the new boundary. All schools impacted are being kept informed . I have made it clear that we need a confirmation ASAP to enable us to provide correct information to parent enquiries and update our enrolment information. All of our year 7 2020 enrolment information is prepared for final edit and our process of enrolment and transition has been reviewed internally and with our partner primary schools in preparation. I will keep you updated.
Peter Rudrum, Principal
Important Upcoming Dates
Speaking Out Survey
In 2019, the Commissioner is surveying school students from across WA in the first children and young people’s Speaking Out Survey.
The Commissioner is asking students from Year 4 to Year 12 for their views across key areas such as safety, mental health and wellbeing, engagement in education, connection to community and sources of support, which are underpinning factors in poorer outcomes in life.
Randomised sampling has been used to select approximately 150 primary and secondary schools to ensure a wide range of students from different areas are consulted. Schools involved in the survey will inform parents of their child’s participation.
The information gathered in the survey will provide valuable data for anyone working with children and young people, across government and non-government organisations. Organisations will be able to use the data in shaping policy and programs to ensure the needs of children and young people are met.
The survey will be conducted by the Commissioner’s staff through schools and is jointly funded by the Departments of Communities, Education, Health and Justice.
Survey data analysis will be conducted by the Telethon Kids Institute.
The survey, which will be conducted on Monday 17th June, will take approximately one hour to complete and is done on-line. If your student has been randomly selected to participate in the Survey, then you would have received a letter within the first few weeks of Term Two. If you do not wish to have your student participate in the survey, it is important that you complete the back page of the letter and return this to the Front Office by Friday 30th May. Students themselves are also able to select to opt-out of the survey.
More information regarding the Survey can be found at the Commissioner for Children and Young People Western Australia website. https://www.ccyp.wa.gov.au/our-work/projects/speaking-out-survey/
Mrs Lynette Poole-McNab
Year 5 & 6 Parent Information Evening
We would like to invite parents and carers of Year 5 & 6 students to attend our Parent Information Evening on Tuesday 28th May from 6.00pm-7.00pm at our Performing Arts Centre. We will be sharing our College Ethos and Values and providing information about our Year 7 to 12 learning programs.
We look forward to see you there!
Netball Specialist Programs Trial Selection
Trials for the Atwell College Netball Specialist Program 2020 for all Year 6 students interested in joining the program will be held on Thursday 27th June at Cockburn Arc from 9:00am to 2:30pm. Please refer to our college website for more details and to download the application form.
Rugby League Specialist Programs Trial Selection
Trials for the Atwell College Rugby League Specialist Program 2020 for all Year 6 students interested in joining the program will be held on Thursday 27th June 2019 at Atwell Reserve from 8:45am to 11:00am. Please refer to our college website for more details and to download the application form.
Visit by the Hon Roger Cook, MLA
Atwell College was fortunate to have the Hon. Roger Cook MLA, Deputy Premier of WA and his Executive Officer Sanja Spasojevic, make time to meet with members of our college Student Senate and Executive team last Friday 17th May.
Students and staff had the opportunity to discuss matters such as student voice, mental health in young people and the changing landscape of education and its impact.
Visit by Yaz Mubarakai, MLA for Jandakot ALP
Yaz Mubarakai, MLA Member for Jandakot visited the College on Monday 8th April and participated in a Life Skill Cooking class with our Education Support students. He toured the College and spoke with the Principal about a number of local education matters.
Atwell College ANZAC Service
The college held an ANZAC Day Service on Tuesday 9th April and it was attended by all students and staff. We were very honoured to have dignitaries Mr Josh Wilson MP for Fremantle, His Worship City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Corporal Matthew Creek of Irwin Barracks grace us with their presence at this very special and meaningful event.
Lest We Forget
City of Cockburn Youth ANZAC Parade
The City of Cockburn Youth ANZAC Parade took place on Thursday 11th April and Atwell College was represented by Student Senate members Matt Reynolds, Leticia Martens, and Amy Bennett.
Taking part in the parade, the service at the Cockburn Field of Poppies and the laying of the wreath, the Senate members joined some 1300 students and staff representing more than a dozen schools from the wider Cockburn area, in remembering all the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for Australia. It was a sobering event and one that served to remind all in attendance of the price paid for the country we enjoy today.
Steve Francis, Year 12 Coordinator
Our Students Make Us Proud
Atwell College Students State & National Representation
Atwell College is pleased to applaud the following students who have been selected into either State or National teams for different sports competitions or championships. Your dedication, perserverance and hard work put in is highly commendable and we are very proud of all your achievements!
Duke of Edinburgh's International Award
It is our pleasure to offer our congratulations to our Year 9 student Monique Robinson on her successful completion of all the requirements fot the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. We commend Monique for her dedication, perserverance and hard work.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a high regarded mechanism for creating ‘future ready citizens’ by developing in students the confidence, teamwork, communication and perseverance that will afford them the best possible start in their life.
The Award is a leading structured youth development program, empowering all young Australians between age 14 to 25 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance. It is a fully inclusive program and has no social, political, or religious affiliations. Students are able to use both extracurricular activities and club or personal pursuits in the community towards their Award.
Students who take part in the Award choose and complete a skill, improve their physical wellbeing, volunteer in their community and go on an adventure. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award includes three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold, each progressively more challenging. There are four sections to each Award: Physical Recreation, Skill, Service, Adventurous Journey plus a fifth section; Residential Project at Gold Level.
For more information, please refer to https://www.awardswa.org.au/
Tyson Forrest - Baseball
Tyson is a member of the Western Comets Intermediate League team who won the State Baseball Championships held between 18th-22nd April. Tyson and his team have now qualified to represent WA at the National Intermediate League Baseball Championships beweetb 15th-22nd June in Victoria. Well done Tyson and we wish you all the best!
Perth Science & Engineering Challenge 2019
Our team of budding scientists from Atwell College came in third overall (with a score of 870) in our first time competing at the Perth Science & Engineering Challenge.
The Science and Engineering Challenge (SEC) is a nationwide STEM* outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, universities and sponsors. Through the SEC, students experience aspects of science and engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment.
Students are involved in an exhilarating State Challenge day competing against other schools in fun and engaging hands-on activities. Typically 8 schools of 32 students (total 256 students) compete in a Challenge Day and points are awarded based on their performance.
Well done to all students who participated!
Atwell College Debating Team
Our debating team Atwell 1 won the round 2 debate against Wesley College! Well done girls!
Our Sporting Achievements
Netball Specialist Program
It has been a busy start to the year for our students from the Netball Specialist Program. They have participated in the Lower, Middle and Open High School Cup tournament and the Year 10 and 8 Zone Lightning Carnivals respectively. The girls have trained hard, displaying skills learnt throughout training during competition. They have demonstrated great sportsmanship and comradery and should be very proud of themselves. Thank you to all the coaches and umpires that have assisted with these carnivals, as well as our parent support at each competition.
Year 10 Lightning Carnival
Our Year 10 Netball Specialist students participated in their Lightning Carnival on Wednesday 10th April. Both the A1 and B1 teams finished fourth in their division.
Year 7 Initiation
It’s been a busy, fun and exciting Term 1 for our year 7 Netball Specialist Program students.
At the beginning of the term, the students attended a 3-day camp ran by Ern Halliday Recreation Camp where they participated in several different team building activities.
The girls also participated in a Netball Specialist training session conducted by experienced Netball WA coaches at the State Netball Centre and watched the West Coast Fever squad train and met some of the players including captain Courtney Bruce and Jessica Anstiss.
To finish off the term on a high note, the year 7s played against Melville SHS at Cockburn ARC where they were able to practise the skills learnt in training and apply them on court in a round-robin tournament.
Well done girls for all your hard work this term!
Claire Gilmour, NSP Coordinator
Rugby League Specialist Program
Year 8 Results
- Butler College defeated Atwell College. 36 – 16
- Atwell College defeated Rockingham SHS. 20 - 12
Year 9 Results
- Atwell College defeated Butler College. 48 – 0
- Atwell College defeated Rockingham SHS. 28 – 12
- 8/9 Vs Thornlie
- Lower School Touch Football Championships
- Year 7 RLSP 2020 – Rugby League Trials – Thursday 27th June
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education at Atwell College
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
Atwell College is continuing to implement the Aboriginal Cultural Standards Framework. One significant project is the commencement of the Atwell College Follow The Dream program which provides opportunities for selected students to improve their academic outcomes. We also recently hosted a morning tea for the families and key stakeholders of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community. The relationships we developed at this event has kick started the development of our Reconciliation Action Plan. We look forward to sharing the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) once that is ready and available.
Importantly, we are providing opportunities for our staff to incorporate culturally sensitive attitudes, values and behaviours into their everyday work.
Follow the Dream
Congratulations to the following sixteen students who have successfully earned a place in the highly prestigious Follow the Dream program which has now commenced at Atwell College.
- Year 7 - Khianee Krakouer, Laicey Millar, Rose Black, Samatha Sullivan, Tanaeya Green, Zac MacKenzie
- Year 8 - Hannah Yarran, Kiana Yasso, Maddi Sheridan
- Year 10 - Phoebe Andrew-Pennington
- Year 11 - Shanaya Roach, Shannelle Williams, Shyanne Southall, Tahlia Dhu
- Year 12 - James Ward, Shontae Krakouer
Kulbardi Murdoch University
Our first workshop with Kulbardi at Murdoch University was held in Week 2. Sharna Walley provided some great advice to our students about breaking down stereotypes associated with Aboriginality and attending university, and to provide students with opportunities to challenge these stereotypes.
AIME Notre Dame
Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are looking forward to their first visit to Notre Dame University for this year as part of the AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) program.
Atwell College has just received news that we will receive $1000 funding from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries for our 2019 PALS project.
PALS is an initiative of the Department which encourages WA schools to develop projects that promote reconciliation in their local community. PALS is based on the core attributes of:
- Partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people based on trust, mutual respect and understanding
- Acceptance of and respect for diversity and valuing Aboriginal perspectives;
- Learning more about each other, Aboriginal histories, languages and cultures; and how we can build strong partnerships with Aboriginal people;
- Sharing a common journey towards healing and reconciliation.
This year, we are planning a sensory garden, with bush tucker plants and an artwork to promote Wadjuk Noongar culture across the college. This will be the third major PALS project for the college.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Parent and Community Morning Tea
Atwell College held our first morning tea for parents and community members at the end of last term. We had a great turnout of families and friends, along with special guests from AIME, Notre Dame University, Murdoch University, the City of Cockburn and Follow the Dream to talk to students and parents about the opportunities that are being provided to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to help support these students in developing successful pathways through high school.
Toni Singleton, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Coordinator
Library Update - Term 2
Welcome back to the Library and Resource Centre for term 2. We have lots of activities happening in the library this term…
Winners of the Battle of the Books - Round 1
Congratulations to our Library Reading Champions for Term 1 who received a $30 movie voucher each.
- Year 7 Category: Xander Wilson – read 54 books in term 1
- Year 8-12 Category: Joel Legerstee – read 59 books in term 1
We will be continuing the competition throughout the year so get reading in the library for your chance to be our Round 2 winner!
Reader of the Month – May 2019
Congratulations to Imogen Lee, who as a consistently great reader, has won a $30 movie voucher. Reading has its rewards in the library.
WAYRBA – West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards
We currently have a display for WAYRBA, which is a Readers’ Choice Award, organised on a statewide basis for young readers. The Award operates on three levels, namely Younger Readers, Picture Books and Older Readers. We have many Older Reader novels available for loan. Young people are asked to read titles on the lists and evaluate them as ‘terrific’, ‘good’, ‘okay’ or ‘awful.’
Students are welcome to put their names down in the library to participate in the Super Smash Bros Tournament. It will be run by Mr Francis and the Student Senate on Mondays and Wednesdays during lunchtime in Research 1.
What is Manga?
Manga refers to Japanese comic books which are often made into anime (Japanese cartoons). Mangas are read from the right side to the left, including the text and panels. The artwork in manga is also very distinctive. There are different and distinctive types of manga:
- Shônen: boys' manga, pronounced show-nen
- Shôjo: girls' manga, pronounced show-joe
- Seinen: men’s manga, pronounced say-nen
- Josei (or redikomi): women’s manga, pronounced joe-say
- Kodomo: children’s manga, pronounced kow-dow-mow
Manga is one of our most popular genres in the library and we have a wide range of titles available in our collection. If you have any particular manga title(s) you would like to see in our lbrary collection, please see our friendly library staff about it.
Mrs Nicole McDonagh and Mrs Maree de Haas, Library Officers
Students from our Atwell College Zone partner primary schools have joined us in term 2 to work on a few courses:
- Photoshop - Teaches students how to use Photoshop to manipulate digital imagery, creating print media such as feature articles and turning themselves into a Zombie and making their own magazine covers.
- Edison Robotics - Looks at the use of robots in society to deal with environmental issues alongside other problem-solving activities.
These courses are available by application for year 5 and 6 students at our Atwell College Zone partner primary pchools (Atwell Primary, Aubin Grove Primary, Hammond Park Primary, Harmony Primary, Honeywood Primary, Jandakot Primary and Success Primary). For more information about the courses available each term and how to apply, please see our college website or send an enquiry email to Ingrid.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ingrid Vidot-Emery, ACZE Coordinator
Over 90 Atwell College students from Year 9 and 10 Coding, Robotics, Electronics and CAD classes attended the Big Day In at Murdoch University. Students listened to presentations from industry experts in the ICT and Technology industries.
Thank you to the Marine Industries School Pathways Program for their support in providing partial funding towards the cost of this excursion.
Erin Nicol, STEM Coordinator and Mathematics Teacher
Learning Area Update - English
English teachers nominate students on a daily basis for their proactive and productive behaviour in class. Five students are drawn out of the barrel each week and receive a $5 canteen voucher. These five students then go into the major prize draw to win a movie ticket at the end of each term. There are lots of intrinsic rewards for good behaviour in class but it is also important to receive extrinsic rewards from time to time.
Five well behaved and fortunate students went into the term 1 draw for our Positive Behaviour awards and won movie tickets.
Keep up the great work, Atwell students!
Lara Duffy, HOLA English
Learning Area Update - The Arts
Year 11s Visual Arts
Year 11 Certificate II in Visual Art students examined the work of Western Australian artist, Andrew Nicholls, as inspiration for these plant drawings which were completed in marker pen and using a variety of drawing techniques including stippling, scumbling, hatching and cross hatching.
Toni Singleton, Visual Arts Teacher
Year 10 Careers Expo 2019
On Friday 17th May, approximately 200 of our Year 10 students attended the Careers Expo at the Perth Convention Centre. This expo provided the students with the opportunity to speak to people from the various universities and tertiary institutions and gain information about the different courses available. The expo also included many exhibitors representing VET courses and apprenticeships and gave them the chance to speak and ask questions about their future and what is out there, that they might not have thought about.
Alex Jones, Year 10 Coordinator
Year 10 Geography Excursion
On Wednesday 15th May, Year 10 students from Miss Taylor's HASS classes visited C.Y O’Connor beach and Bibra Lake Wetlands to investigate the local impacts of climate change. Environmental Officers from the City of Cockburn took the students on an informative walk to show the effects of a drying climate on our land cover and ecosystems.
Emily Taylor, HASS Teacher
Australian Defence Force
On Tuesday 14th May, the upper school students were invited to attend a presentation by two members of the Australian Defence Force Recruiting Team. As well as hearing about personal experiences students were given information about the benefits of a career in the armed forces. The presenters spoke about the Academy and Training, University Scholarships, The Gap Year Program and the different opportunities and pathways available that a career in the ADF provides.
Students were given the chance to ask questions and then speak personally to the presenters.
More information can be obtained by contacting CPTWA@dfr.com.au
Alex Jones, Year 10 Coordinator
The senior students attended a fantastic presentation by Andrew ‘Fishtail’ Fisher, an ex racing car driver on Tuesday 7th May. Andrew, who along with showing off his vehicle, spoke to the students about the different life choices they will be faced with over the coming years. And how the consequences of their decisions and actions effects them and those around them. Andrew covered topics including alcohol, drugs, relationships and future pathways and students were encouraged to think and to ask questions. By providing students the opportunity to listen to various people sharing their life’s experiences they realise that they are on alone and there are options and people around to listen and help out.
Alex Jones, Year 10 Coordinator
Year 7 Visit to Parliament House
On Monday 6th May, the Year 7 students from Ms Gibbs' HASS classes visited Parliament House, the Constitutional Centre and the Electoral Education Centre to know more about the government. They had a go at acting as politicians in the stately Legislative Assembly, discover hidden treasures in the Legislative Council and cast their vote in a ‘fast food’ election. A fantastic and interesting education experience for all.
Angela Gibbs, HASS Teacher
Year 10 Law Incursion
As part of their studies in Civics and Citizenship, students from 10.6 HASS class were fortunate enough to attend two street law sessions run by Murdoch University postgraduate law students. During one session, students were able to participate as mock judges where they were tasked to hand out a sentence for a case. The class was asked to think critically about where rehabilitation, punishment and community service were appropriate in response to the crime.
Emily Taylor, HASS Teacher
Term 1 Year 7 Positive Behaviour Excursion
Our Year 7 students who displayed excellent Positiove Behaviour during last term enjoyed their reward at the Maze on Thursday 11th April. It was great fun and the Year 7s ought to be aplauded on their excellent behaviour!