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