Front page photo showing Year 9 students visiting the War Memorial in Camberra

Principal's Pen

Dear Parents and Carers

I congratulate the entire Atwell Community for the recent ArtNet exhibition held at Atwell College. The response from the community was overwhelming with the event now a significant community event on the ARTS calendar. Atwell College and partner primary schools: Atwell PS, Harmony PS, Aubin Grove PS, Hammond Park PS, Success PS, Jandakot PS and Honeywood PS all contribute to the event based around curriculum development for Visual Arts.

Students at Atwell College are completing OLNA ( Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment ) testing as I write. This test is mandated by authorities and is a requirement for all students to pass before students can achieve their WACE (WA Certificate of Education) upon finishing and leaving Year 12. Some students gain exemption from OLNA if they achieve band 8 or higher in the Year 9 NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, and numeracy. I cannot stress enough the importance of students attending school regularly and attending all their classes to ensure they meet their responsibilities in terms of literacy and numeracy requirements. Whilst students get the opportunity to complete OLNA in Year 10, 11 and 12 I find too many students are leaving it too late to improve their literacy and numeracy skills before leaving school at the end of Year 12. Atwell College schedules additional literacy and numeracy classes in Year 7, Y8, Y9 and Year 10 to support student learning in literacy and numeracy. Often however the students results in these classes are compromised by a lack of consistent attendance. Some students and families have a lackadaisical approach to school and feel that partial attendance will suffice in students completing enough education to complete secondary education successfully. Nothing could be further from the truth with student attendance at around 90% deemed to be the number for successful completion of schooling. There are always exceptions to the norm particularly in cases of long term illness but I encourage all students to set personal attendance goals of around 90% regular attendance.

Atwell College offers fantastic courses for students entering Year 11 and Year 12. These courses included university direct entrance (ATAR)in a variety of Science, Humanities, English, Mathematics, Health and Physical Education, Languages (LOT), ARTS and Technology contexts. VET courses (Vocational Education and Training) in many areas – please see our website. The college receives high demand for these courses particularly from students leaving the private education system at the end of Year 10. Please contact the college as soon as possible to ensure courses selections for 2018 can be achieved

Year 9 Canberra Tour 2017

Once again Atwell College had a successful tour through Sydney, Canberra and Perisher. Atwell College would like to acknowledge the PACER grant which allows us to visit such places as Parliament House, Governor General’s Residence, War Memorial and the Old Parliament House. The students found these places to be quite educational and fascinating. Other activities included snowboarding and skiing in Perisher, sight-seeing in Sydney and team bonding experiences throughout the entire trip. The staff were very pleased with the maturity of the Year 9 students, and found they all gained insight and appreciation for these places and venues visited. Rachael Stokes, Design & Visual Arts Teacher

Year 9 students visiting Parliament House in Canberra
Donation to Atwell College fire restoration

On 27th March 2017, the Resource Centre at Atwell College was destroyed by a suspicious fire, causing in excess of $1 million damage including equipment, library books and building structures. The college received many offers of support and help and on Friday 25th August 2017 the Principal of Atwell College, Mr Noel Woodley and selected staff and students attended a presentation at the Stargate Atwell Shopping Centre. The Atwell Fresh IGA and the management of Stargate Atwell Shopping Centre gave Atwell College a generous cash donation of $5,000 from the IGA and $5,000 from the Stargate Shopping Centre management, totalling $10,000. The money will help considerably in replacing equipment and library books for our students.

$5,000 donation from the Atwell Fresh IGA. Pictured – Mr Noel Woodley (Principal), Pristina and Andie (Atwell College students), IGA staff Sukh, Sodhi Shraddha and Pravin.
$5,000 donation from the Stargate Shopping Centre management. Pictured – Mr Noel Woodley (Principal), Pristina and Andie (Atwell College students), IGA staff Sukh, Sodhi Shraddha and Pravin.
Westbooks donate $1000 worth of picture books to Atwell College Library

Julie Bumford from Westbooks has presented Atwell College Library with a $1000 donation of picture books for our new library collection which was significantly damaged in a fire earlier this year. From all staff and students of Atwell College, thank you Westbooks. Nicole McDonagh, Library Officer

Year 11 General Geography exploring Perth CBD and surrounding areas

Year 11 General Geography students had a busy day on Friday 25th of August 2017 around Perth City. The students explored the change in planning strategies in the CBD, West Perth, Kings Park and Northbridge. The students are using the information from their fieldtrip to evaluate the sustainability of planning strategies in Perth.

Year 11 General Geography students
Year 10 Students – Providing Dignity, Hope and Compassion to the Underprivileged

Thank you to our Year 10 Careers Education students who participated in volunteering work at the Manna Kitchen on the 30th and 31st August 2017. Manna is a charitable organisation who amongst other services, prepare hot, fresh and healthy meals for the homeless. Students found that volunteering was a personally rewarding and unique experience and they felt good to be giving back to those less fortunate. Students felt like they got more out of the experience than what they actually put in. The volunteering work can now be added to their resumes and should be positively regarded by any future employer.

The students will also be organising an in-school sausage sizzle fundraising activity on the 19th October (Term 4, Week 2). All money raised will be donated back to Manna – stay tuned!! Miss Yakovlev, Mrs Garbutt Year 10 Careers Teachers

Year 10 students volunteering at the Manna Kitchen
Science News

It’s all about the last few weeks now for our Year 12’s … and we have been busy keeping it real for them in their final count down before their last exams at high school.

Human Biology - Year 12’s have now moved into the Evolution section of the course. We have been studying dating techniques (that is, age not relationships!). Students pictured below were exploring the link between geology and biology, in terms of movements of the Earth’s crust. Mr Hoyland and Miss Daniel were privileged enough to lead an excursion to Perth Zoo. All the students piled on the bus, blithely trusting in the expertise of their driver to safely transport them through freeway traffic in the school bus. We all survived! Our purpose was to explore animals in the same order as humans, and study the trends across the families. Students were thrilled with the sublime weather, which as you can see from the photos below was eminently suitable for effective learning.

Year 12 students modelling tectonic forces
Year 12 students at the Perth Zoo

Garden - Our Science garden has enjoyed the recent finer weather, putting on a display of colour that is really quite cheery. It has an important role in the learning that occurs at the College. For example, in the photo below are some violets, which as well as providing olfactory stimulation, also are extraordinarily useful in teaching the pH scale!

Atwell College Science garden
NAIDOC Week at Atwell College

NAIDOC Week was commemorated at Atwell College during Week 3 of this term. Students had the opportunity to be involved in several activities during the week. During Homeroom, students made friendship bands, using red, yellow and black wool. The Home Economics students and staff prepared a feast of contemporary ‘bush tucker’ style foods for students to sample at recess, which was a great hit! The delicious food included: Bush Tomato Scones; Wattle Seed and Peach Muffins; Wattle Seed ANZAC Biscuits; Herb and Cheese Scones; Bush Damper; and Lemon Myrtle Biscuits. Many thanks to the teachers who worked so hard to ensure there was plenty to go around. At lunchtime students added their handprint to an Aboriginal flag design. The final product is now on display in Ms Brown’s office.

Year 8 Visual Art students and selected Year 10 students are also currently involved in creating an artwork which focuses on the 2017 NAIDOC Week theme, “Our Languages Matter”. This artwork will comprise six totem poles each representing the six traditional Nyoongar seasons and will be placed in a newly developed bush tucker garden. We are looking forward to seeing this work completed over the next few weeks.

Year 8 and 10 students participating in 2017 NAIDOC Week
2017 ArtNet Exhibition

The annual ArtNet Exhibition was held during Week 7 of this term. It was an extravaganza of Artwork created by students from Atwell College and our partner primary schools. This year’s theme was “A Tale to Tell”. Thousands of parents and children visited the college over three evenings to view the variety of work on display. The event celebrated the success of Atwell College students by showcasing visual art, photography, graphic design, music and drama. Catering for the three nights was provided by the Home Economics staff and the Hospitality students. We were very grateful for the canapes and sweet treats that they provided for everyone who attended.

2017 ArtNet Exhibition

The Dance students from Years 9, 10 and 11 are proud to present INSPIRE, a night of student choreography. Please come along and support our dancers as they perform their self-devised dance works. Wednesday 20th September 2017, 6:30pm at Atwell College Performing Arts Centre Tickets are $8

Senior School Athletics Carnival

The 2017 Senior School Athletics Carnival was a huge success and a great day was had by all. Poseidon were well represented and won the event followed by Apollo, Zeus and Atlas. A huge thank you to all the Staff and Students that helped throughout the day. Congratulations to the following students on receiving individual awards;

Rugby League Specialist Program Update

Year 7 – The Year 7 students played in their second carnival last term and showed great improvement. They have their next big carnival in week 10 this term. Year 8 – The Year 8 students have begun playing their ‘Struddy’s Cup’ Competition games this term. They started off with an impressive victory over Warnbro Community High School in week 2. The boys then played a strong Thornlie Senior High School team in week 4 and unfortunately were unable to win that game. We are now looking forward to three more games to finish off the term, including a match against the North West Reds in week 9. Year 9 – The Year 9 students have been training hard this term in preparation for the beginning of their competition. Year 10 – The Year 10 team had an impressive win over Baldivis Secondary College this term. They are now preparing for the finals of their competition. Senior School – The Senior School Touch team participated in the Touch Championships this week. All students represented the College with pride and showed great sportsmanship. The boys A team will now play their finals on Monday afternoon.

PAT Maths and PAT-R

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be sitting two online assessments in Week 1 of Term 4 called PAT-R and PAT Maths. The tests provide valuable data on the reading comprehension and mathematical skills of students at Atwell College. Students will have 40 minutes for each assessment and answer between 34 and 40 multiple choice questions. The tests will be completed during Mathematics and English classes. Year 8 and Year 9 students will be required to bring their calculators for PAT Maths. If you have any further questions, please contact Kate O’Toole, Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator, on 08 9414 4377 or email kate.o’

Atwell College Year 12 ATAR and Year 11 Maths exams 2017
Uniform Concepts

Uniform Concepts are located at 3/9 Yampi Way Willetton and supply uniforms for Atwell College students. For more information please see flyer below;

Academic Group - Term 3 school holiday programs

If students are interested in preparing for ATAR exams visit Academic Group for more information.

Glow Community Services present Learn Conversational English
Year 12 students Regional Scholarships
ICM Cultural Management - Host students from France, Italy or Spain

Why not volunteer to host an international student from France, Italy or Spain next year? ICM Management have a small group of delightful students coming to Australia for 11 weeks to immerse in local Australian culture, experience our schools, sports, environment and lifestyle. All the international students are around 15 or 16 years old, speak excellent English, have their own spending money, cover all school expenses, and we arrange all aspects of their program. They are looking forward to joining an Australian family for a short term cultural immersion stay. It’s fun and interesting to help these young people achieve their Australian dream. If you’d like to know more, please email or call Georgie and Anja on 1800 500501, or visit website

RLSSWA Swimming lessons

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