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Atwell College October 2019 Newsletter 6 201 BRENCHLEY DRIVE ATWELL 6164. EMAIL: ATWELL.COLLEGE@EDUCATION.WA.EDU.AU. PHONE 08 6174 2200

Welcome to term 4. Term 4 is a busy term with many significant events occuring throughout the term.

In week 2 we farewell our Year 12 Class of 2019. I look forward to sharing in the events planned for these students which culminate with the formal farewell ceremony at UWA. Details have been circulated to those involved. Our Year 12 ATAR students are completing their school based assessments and preparing for their external WACE exams. These examinations can be very demanding on students and their families. I wish all our students and their families well during this stressful time. I would like to thank all of our Year 12 families for their support thoughout the time their child has been with us and wish all every success in the future.

Important Upcoming Dates
Student Senate 2020

Congratulations to the following students who have been elected by their peers to be on the Student Senate for 2020.

  • Jake White (President)
  • Emily Simons (Vice President)
  • Andreea Ivancu
  • Olivia Patton
  • Nicholas Sheed
  • Sabrina Hawkins
  • Tadiwa Knight
  • Tristan Pitter

Nicole Roberts, Year 11 Coordinator (2019) and Teacher (HPE)

2019 Yearbook

Please be informed that payment for orders of the 2019 Yearbook has to be made by Thursday 31 October. The Yearbooks will be available for distribution to students from Monday 16 December.

Payment of $25 for the 2019 Yearbook was included in the Charges and Voluntary Contributions 2019 statement which was sent out to all parents and carers at the start of 2019. Please check if you have already made the payment. Parents and carers can email Nicole Fleming at nicole.fleming@education.wa.edu.au to confirm if unsure.

Example of a Charges and Voluntary Contributions 2019 statement reflecting the optional cost of the Yearbook
Atwell College STEM Enrichment Program 2020

Applications are now open for the Atwell College STEM Enrichment Program for students who will be commencing Year 7 with the college in 2020.

Students who are successfully accepted into the program will be placed in STEM subjects as a cohort, working on an advanced curriculum. Students will participate in local, national and international STEM-based competitions and have access to state of the art equipment and courses which incorporate team-based problem-solving.

Applications will close on Wednesday 30 October. Apply online here. Please email our STEM Coordinator Erin Nicol at erin.nicol@education.wa.edu.au for more details.

Erin Nicol, STEM Coordinator and Teacher (Maths)

Netball Specialist Program

We are nearing the end of the year and our competition season is now over. With only one term left to go this year, our NSP students are extremely busy, concentrating on their coaching and umpiring.

The year 7s have begun an Introduction to the rule of Netball and Umpiring, focusing on and participating in practical and theory components.

Netball WA ran an Umpiring theory and practical session with the year 8s to prepare them for the Foundation Umpiring Course which will take place this term. The year 8s were also involved in running the events for the ESSN athletics carnival held on Tuesday 17 September. The college was highly commended with positive praise and thankful emails received from staff and community members. This class has an exciting future in coaching and we look forward to see the girls further develop their skills.

The year 9s have begun their Foundation Umpiring Course and will complete their Section 1 Umpiring Theory exam this term. They have also been focusing on developing and delivering a skill-specific coaching session to the Year 9 Rugby League Specialist students. They have done a fantastic job. Our year 9 players have also had the opportunity to play and win several scratch matches last term, namely against Emmanuel Catholic College and Ashdale Secondary College.

The year 10s have been focusing heavily on coaching last term with the main emphasis on inclusive coaching. They have been developing and delivering NetSetGo! lessons to our SEN students from both the Kim Beasley Centre and mainstream schooling. The year 10s will run the NetSetGo! carnival and complete their Foundation Coaching Course this term.

We are so proud of our students and how they have represented the Netball Specialist Program and Atwell College with such maturity and dignity. Well done girls!

Claire Gilmour, NSP Coordinator and Coach

Rugby Specialist Program

Year 7 Rugby League

The year 7 team participated in the Gala Day on Wednesday 18 September. The team competed well all day and played some great Rugby League. They made it to the Grand Final where they unfortunately lost.

Our Year 7 RLSP players

Upper School Touch Rugby

Our RLSP students played at the Upper School Touch Football Carnival on Thursday 5 September, where our A boys came in as runner-up while our girls were semi-finalist. Well done everyone! Your efforts and great teamwork are highly commended!

Our Runners Up Boys A
Our Semi-Finalists Girls

Edward Proudler, RLSP Teacher

Our students Make Us Proud

Abbey Hicks - 2019 U17 Fever in Time Squad (Netball)

Atwell College would like to celebrate and congratulate the recent success of our Year 11 NSP (Netball Specialist Program) student Abbey Hicks who has been selected for the Under 17’s Fever in Time Squad. We wish her all the best and future success on her player pathway.

Claire Gilmour, NSP Coordinator and Coach

Aboriginal Education Update

In Term 3, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have been fortunate enough to participate in a range of programs, including incursions and excursions.

  • Sharna Walley from Murdoch University’s Kulbardi program presented four workshops to our students to promote vocational and educational pathways.
  • Our students also attended an AIME Excursion at Notre Dame University to explore personal values and set goals.
  • Our Year 9 and 10 students had the opportunity to attend the Walyalup Day “Try University for a Day” experience at Notre Dame University.
  • Twenty Atwell College students, along with 200 students across the Perth metro area, attended the Deadly Dreaming event as part of the Murdoch University Kulbardi program. Students were exposed to a range of cultural events and careers information. They also heard from Shem Garlett, Heidi Mippi, Bep Unik and Denzel Moncreif who shared their personal stories and encouraged our students to dream big, value education and work towards achieving their own career goals.

Preparations are now underway for our NAIDOC Week celebrations in Term 4.

Toni Singleton, Aboriginal Education Coordinator and Teacher (Visual Arts)

Building Bridges, Building Communities

Atwell College has established an Atwell Polynesian Community Group where students are encouraged to connect with and learn their cultural heritage. Our second school-wide session, run by our Polynesian Community Group leaders, was held on Wednesday 18 September. Students enjoyed an afternoon of yummy treats and an impromptu session of singing and learning the Maori language.

We are now proposing to extend this group to include cultural and language links to other Polynesian languages and cultures. Community groups are encouraged to contact the college to register their interest in participating in this initiative.

Mr Whittle, Mr Schiefler and Ms Daniel, Teachers (Science)

Library Update

Visit by author Morris Gleitzman

On Thursday 12 September, our Year 7 students enjoyed a real literary treat, discussing and writing stories with visiting author Morris Gleitzman at the college library. The library hosted a morning tea for Morris, Australia’s Children’s Laureate and funniest author, and he kindly posed for photographs and autographs with staff and students. Entertaining and engaging, Morris was a real treat and we loved how he inspired the next generation of budding authors at Atwell College.

Look forward to 2020 to see what other exciting authors we may have in for presentations!

Audiobooks now available on Wheelers Eplatform

We are delighted to announce that we have a collection of 600 audiobooks now available to our students to loan through our ebook platform. Students can log in using your student number (listed on your smartrider card) and the password is 'Pass'.

Year 12 Students - Please return all books on loan

All Year 12 students are reminded to return all outstanding library and English class set novels before your final day at the college (Tuesday 22 October). Notices have been sent out via the homeroom teachers. Please take note that library staff cannot sign off the Year 12 clearance form for graduation if any books are outstanding on loan under a student's name. Any book not returned will have to be paid for.

If unsure, please check with the library staff if anything is outstanding in your name. Get in early and avoid the last-minute rush.

Overdue Books

Automatic email notification will be sent out to parents and carers if your child has an overdue library book. Notices have also been sent out via homeroom teachers. Book loans can be renewed if you contact any of our library staff. Any lost, damaged or very overdue books will have to be invoiced by the college to you. Please contact our library staff at nicole.mcdonagh@education.wa.edu.au for more details.

"Reading is dreaming with your eyes open”.

Nicole McDonagh and Maree de Haas, Library Officers

ACZE Update - Term 3 courses

Entwining History and Literatire

Students have been working hard in Entwining History and Literature while still having lots of fun! We spent our first week looking at Ancient Egypt before moving on to Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages and The Salem Witch Trials. Students have been able to gain some interesting knowledge in history while also improving on their literacy skills.

Up and About (Outdoor Education)

Over a few weeks last term, year 5 & 6 students have been enjoying doing a variety of Outdoor Education activities. Weeks 1 and 2 were Team Building games, challenging students' thought processes and team working skills to achieve a common goal. Weeks 3 and 4 were navigation where students learnt how to draw a compass with all directions, use a compass to read bearings and create their own. The last two weeks of the course will involve rope skills and knot tying.

A little taste of Asia

During the past few weeks, students have been experiencing a little taste of Asia by learning about the basic greetings and making Oni masks used for the Bean Throwing Ritual ceremony. Students also learnt about the Hiroshima bombing in Japan and made paper cranes to commemorate this event.

Well done to all the students who participated in the courses in Term 3. They were all engaged, enthusiastic and very motivated and it was a pleasure working with all of them.

ACZE programs are open to year 5 and 6 students of our local partner primary schools. Information regarding the different courses are available on the Atwell College website and leaflets sent out to our local primary schools towards the end of each term. For more information about the ACZE program, please contact Ingrid Vidot-Emery at Ingrid.vidot@education.wa.edu.au

Ingrid Vidot-Emery, ACZE Coordinator and Teacher (Maths)

Education Support Update

Education Support South Network (ESSN) Athletics Carnival

Atwell College hosted the ESSN Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 17 September. Over 375 students with disabilities participated in the biggest carnival of its kind in the state. It was a huge effort by Atwell College staff and students to organise and coordinate an extremely successful event. Atwell College came away with the overall shield – an added bonus to a brilliant day. Thank you to everyone involved.

STEM Update

Congratulations to eight of our Year 9 Students who have been chosen to participate in the STEM @ Murdoch program. Following a rigorous selection process, our students Joseph Lawson, Josie Silinger, Charlotte Chia, Hannah Mulligan, Caitlyn Henderson, Jasmine Gregory, Leena Abdulrazzack and Brooke Walker have been selected to participate in this program.

STEM @ Murdoch

STEM @ Murdoch is a 3-year program developed in conjunction with Atwell College to allow students to learn more about university life and STEM careers. Students get to hear from the knowledgeable and inspiring academic staff and student ambassadors at Murdoch University. Students will also get to explore Murdoch University’s beautiful South Street campus, gain first-hand experience in industry-standard facilities, and meet like-minded individuals from other participating schools.

We are confident these students will do an excellent job representing the college and gain invaluable experiences.

Girls in STEM

Girls in STEM is an annual event showcasing the diversity of occupations that a STEM pathway can lead to. It is a chance for students to explore the fascinating world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through a series of interactive, hands-on activities. This year's event was held on Friday 6 September. Our students from Atwell College won gift vouchers for winning the quiz on Engineering information and were great representatives of our college.

Thanks to the Marine Industry School Pathways program and the North Metropolitan College of TAFE for a very worthwhile event.

Erin Nicol, STEM Coordinator and Teacher (Maths)

Learning Area Update - Technologies

Year 11 Community Service

Our Yr 11 Certificate II in Community Services students hosted a playgroup last term. They based their theme around Spring and in particular 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. The kids had a great time and it was also an enjoyable experience for the students.

Narelle Millar, Teacher (Home Economics)

Year 12 Food Science

Our Year 12 Food Science class planned, prepared and served a morning tea for their parents and grandparents as an assessment task. They considered a variety of special diets, including vegetarian options and allergies to suit all guests.

It was lovely to see family members at school to see the work of the students.

Helena Galas, Teacher (Home Economics)

Year 11 Formal

Our Year 11 students celebrated three terms of hard work with their annual social event held at the Swan Yacht Club on Thursday 26 September. Students (and staff) enjoyed a night of dancing and socialising with their peers with a professional DJ jamming up the music and a photographer on-site capturing all the fun moments.

Nicole Roberts, Year 11 Coordinator (2019) and Teacher (HPE)

Atwell College Arts Showcase 2019

We held our Annual Arts Showcase event from 17-19 September.

Visual Arts Exhibition

As part of the Arts Showcase, there were thousands of artworks exhibited, including drawings, paintings, prints, graphic design, photography and ceramic pieces.

These sugar skulls were designed and created by Year 9 students to demonstrate their understanding of the Mexican Day of the Dead Festival. Students used clay to make the skulls, applied acrylic paint and embellishments including sequins, flowers and other objects to produce these final Sugar Skulls.

Krysia Jeffries, Teacher (Media)

Congratulations go to the winners of our Visual Arts exhibition, each of whom received a fantastic Visual Arts prize pack kindly donated by Oxlade’s Art Supplies.

Our principal Mr Rudrum with some of the Visual Arts award winners

Toni Singleton, Teacher (Visual Arts)

Dance Showcase

Over 150 dance students peformed twice to sold-out crowds of supportive family and friends at the Dance Showcase. The students did an exceptional job and we are so proud of their commitment, enthusiasm, creativity and professionalism while representing the college.

David Mueller & Leigh Reddall, Teachers (Dance)

Ruby Moon Drama Production

Our Drama students from years 10, 11 and 12 performed the play Ruby Moon by Matt Cameron. Ruby Moon is an Australian play that takes a look into the dark heart of the Australian suburbs. Ruby Moon is a 6-year-old girl who goes missing and the play follows her parents' frantic search for answers amongst their neighbours on Flaming Tree Grove. The play is usually performed by only two actors but for our production, we divided the characters between students in the upper school Drama program.

Students from year 11 and 12 are studying the play as part of their course material but we've had two very talented students from year 10 join the cast as well. We also have four students from the year 10 Stage and Events course who assisted with Front of House duties and ran the sound production very smoothly during the performance.

After 9 weeks of after-school and lunch-time rehearsals, the performance was a brilliant showcase of the outstanding talent we have at Atwell College. The teachers are very proud to have worked with such a talented and exceptional group of students!

Lynette Watters, Teacher (Drama)

R U OK Day?

Atwell College celebrated R U OK Day 2019 on Thursday 12 September with activities organised by the Year 11 Health students throughout the day. Students were able to connect with others and have fun through participation in activities which recognised R U OK Day.

Student Services Team

Uniform Concepts
News from the Local Community

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