Atwell College June 2019 Newsletter 4 201 BRENCHLEY DRIVE ATWELL 6164. EMAIL: ATWELL.COLLEGE@EDUCATION.WA.EDU.AU. PHONE 08 6174 2200

From the Principal

I invite you to read through our latest college newsletter which includes many examples of the great work many of our staff do every day to enrich the education of the young people in our care. It also includes great stories of student achievement across a wide variety of endeavours.

You will soon receive your child’s report on their progress and achievement levels in each of their courses for Semester 1. It is worth noting that the grade notations that we are required to use are broad categories with a grade of ‘C’ being considered satisfactory. An ‘A’ grade is exemplary and not easily achieved. As always, grades are just an indicator of progress against the year level curriculum. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, please contact your child’s teacher and they will respond to you as soon as is practical. Email is the preferred option and all staff emails are accessible via CONNECT.

The Government has released the changes to our school boundary to accommodate the new high school in Hammond Park. Hammond Park High School (planning name) can only enrol Year 7 students in 2020. Hence, the new local intake areas will take effect from the beginning of 2020 for Year 7 students only. Our existing local intake area will still apply for students entering years 8-12 in 2020. Our College boundary map/ intake area is available on our College website or via Schools Online.

It is important to note that both schools can only consider ‘cross-boundary’ applications according to the Education Department’s enrolment policy. Cross-boundary applications can only be considered after it is clear that the school has sufficient capacity to cater for all of the students who live within their local intake area. As such, confirmation of any ‘cross-boundary’ applications cannot occur until later in the year after all local intake area enrolments have been completed. If a school has capacity then there is a priority process that must be considered with 'siblings ' being given first priority.

As we approach the mid-year school vacation, I wish all our students a safe and enjoyable holiday and look forward to returning in term 3 to continue our endeavours to prepare our young people as best we can for their future beyond our gates.

Peter Rudrum, Principal

Important Upcoming Dates
College Tours

Atwell College invites parents of prospective students to visit our College for a tour and the opportunity to ask question and gain information about the College and high school life. The tours are led by our College Principal or another member of our Executive leadership Team and are usually conducted in weeks 2 and 7 of each term.

2019 Term 3 College Tour Dates

  • Thursday 1 August 10-11am
  • Thursday 1 August 4-5pm
  • Thursday 5 September 10-11am
  • Thursday 5 September 4-5pm

Register here your interest to attend the tour.

Subject Selection Online (SSO)

Subject Selection Online (SSO) for Year 10 students to make 2020 Year 11 subject selections will open at 4pm on Monday 24th June.

SSO will close at 4pm on Monday 1st July.

SSO login and password details will be emailed to Parent/Guardian 1 on Monday 24th June.

Netball Specialist Program

Year 6 Trial Selection for 2020

Trials for our highly successful 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.

Claire Gilmour, NSP Coordinator and Coach

Rugby League Specialist Program

Year 6 Trial Selection for 2020

Trials for the highly successful 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 NRL players

On Tuesday 18 June, we had former NRL players Andrew Ryan and Luke Williamson visit our College and speak to our Year 9 and 10 RLSP students career pathways.

Our students were enthusiastically enquiring about their NRL careers but also learned about the importance of developing personal qualities that would later attract employers. The talk had a VET pathway focus but also encouraged players to focus on educating themselves for a life away from sports.

Our students with ex-NRLWA players Andrew and Luke

Michael Guthrie, RLSP Coordinator and Coach

Our Students Make Us Proud

Atwell College Debating Club wins their final debate

On Wednesday 5th June, our junior debaters won their final debate for the season against Willetton 5! They have certainly come a long way since their first debate and parents should be on the lookout for enhanced skills of verbal jousting as a result of developing their ability to create logical arguments.

The topics have been of varying difficulty, but every debate has seen the team develop the confidence and ability to speak publically and respond intellectually to the opposing team’s case. The team stayed to watch senior debates to prepare themselves for next year’s debating season.

A special Thank You goes out to Mr. Bruce and Year 10 students Monique and Abbey for providing support to the team during preparation sessions. A big Thank You also to the parents for transporting students to and from the debating venues and joining the audience to provide moral support.

From left: Emma, Neve, Francisca, Amelie, Rebekah and Zoe

Lara Duffy, HOLA (English)

Elise Micale awarded Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate

Our Year 11 student Elise Micale was presented with the nationally accredited Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate together with other students as part of TAFE course SIT30516 Certificate III in Events.

To achieve this certificate, Elise completed a 10 week RSA course with trainer Mr John Moore, completing theoretical and practical assessments where she demonstrated her knowledge and skills to handle difficult situations and implement regulatory compliance in the workplace.

Well done Elise on your achievement!

Elise and her course mates

Our AFLW Star Tayla-Rose Whincup

Hear from our Year 10 student Tayla-Rose Whincup and some of the other 16-year-old girls taking part in their final week of the AFLW Next Generation Academy and their aspirations for the future.

AFLW: The Next Generation

Our Sporting Achievements

Rugby League Specialist Program

Mixed League Tag Carnival

Week 4 saw the year 10 RLSP boys and selected female students participate in the NRLWA Mixed League Tag Carnival. Two teams represented Atwell College throughout the day, with one of our teams going through undefeated and finishing as League Tag Champions. All students represented the College with pride and displayed great sportsmanship throughout the day.

Our players at the Mixed League Tag Carnival

Lower School Touch Football Tournament

On Thursday 13th June, the SSWA Touch Football Tournament was held at George Burnett Park. We had four teams, mixed with Year 7, 8 and 9 students, competing in both the male and female divisions. All teams played well, with one of our boys making it to the Grand Final. They finished runners-up to Lakeland Senior High School.

The different teams and players in action

State Representative Teams

The following students have been selected to represent WA in the 2019 Rugby League 12s Championships and will compete at the School Sport Australia National Chanpionships in Brisband, QLD from 3rd August to 10th August.

  • Gabriel Salela'a (Year 7)
  • Kayne Jager (Year 7)

Our Year 11 student Jarred Therkelsen was also selected into the 2019 NRP WA State Schoolboys under 18 Rugby League team and represented WA in Darwin at the U18’s Schoolboys Australian Rugby League Championships from 6th to 9th June. Jaiden Wilkinson, a former student of Atwell College and sibling of Year 10 student Brodie Wilkinson also participated in the same carnival representing the Combined Presidents XIII.

The following students represented WA Maori Rugby League in the 2019 tour of New Zealand.

  • Brodie Wilkinson (Year 10)
  • Charles Taniwha (Year 11)
  • Larenz Koro (Year 10)
  • Rutene Davis (Year 9)
  • Seth Lavulo (Year 8)
  • Tristan Ali-King (Year 10)

Michael Guthrie, RLSP Coordinator and Coach

ACZE Update Term 2

Photoshop Essentials

Our friendly group is thoroughly enjoying learning about Photoshop and using the program to turn their portraits into zombies.

AZCE primary school students at work using Photoshop

Edison Robotics

The students are learning the basics of automation and programming. Currently, they are using EdWare software to control the Edison Robots. They are using this block-based coding to get their EdBots to play beeps and music, and to get their EdBots to move in a desired path or pattern. The students are exploring the use of event controllers and loops to create solutions to some simple and complex tasks. Every student is enjoying the course.

Students having a go at programming to control their EdBots

ACZE programs are open to Years 5 & 6 students of our College Partner Primary Schools. Information with details on courses will usually be sent out at the end of week 8 of the previous term; however any parent wanting to know more about the ACZE program can contact Ingrid Vidot-Emery on Ingrid.vidot@education.wa.edu.au.

Ingrid Vidot-Emery, ACZE Coordinator

Education Support Update

Support for Parents

Through our various networks, we have gathered numerous publications that are aimed at supporting people with disabilities and their families. The College is working on setting up a display in the Main Administration Front Office where if you do come to the school, you will be able to flick through the publications. If you want a copy to take home, we are happy to chat with you about how you can access them. Get in touch with us if you want more information.

Some of the publications available

ES9 Student Enterprise "Shine Bright Designs"

The Student Enterprise Program in ES9 provides the students with an opportunity to practice functional literacy, numeracy, social and work skills in a real working environment. It also allows for creativity as the students designed both our enterprise logo and mascot and they contribute ideas for future products. The students have hosted several pop-up stalls around the school selling twinkle light bottles to both staff and students. We have worked in partnership with Home Economics, other student enterprises and Year 12 students working towards their honours.

The students have worked extremely hard with the goal of being able to fund a social outing of their choosing and we are excited to be heading to Perth Zoo at the end of this semester. Well done Shine Bright Designs!

Our enterpreneurs of ES9

Recycling Plant Centre

Students and staff from 10ES and AVET2 recently went for a tour of the Regional Resource Recovery Centre in Canning Vale. This is part of the school program where students get to see first- hand what happens to rubbish collected from over 260,000 homes in the joint council operated plant.

The facility manages to divert over 80,000 tonnes per year from landfill which is good for the planet. The centre opened in 1991 and has the view that just about everything can be recycled with a little bit of effort from households and local government.

The tour reinforced to our students the fact that plastic waste was a massive problem in today’s world and that rich good smelling compost can be made from food waste and garden refuse.

Students on tour at the Regional Resource Recovery Centre, Canning Vale

Eco-Bricks-Building with plastic waste

Students from KB1 and AVET2 are making Eco-Bricks this semester. This is part of a Workskills Program, turning plastic drink bottles and plastic waste into a reusable environmentally friendly building product.

The bottles are being recycled to make raised garden beds at one of AYLA’s (Assisting Your Life to Achieve Inc) residential facilities. The bottles are first stacked and secured into place, then rendered with concrete to make a very attractive functional feature. A very innovative idea! To date, students have produced over 125 Eco-Bricks to a total of 35 kilos of plastic waste which otherwise would normally end up in the landfill.

The raised garden bed made from the Eco 'recycled bottle' bricks

Augmentative & Alternative Communication Device (AAC) use at school

In 2019 Atwell College has made ‘Communication’ a focus area of development. This has been highlighted as a priority after results of staff surveys and classroom observations. Results indicated a need to review processes and policies around ‘Student Communication.’ To meet these needs, we are engaging with the Ability Centre to assist us in standardising processes and procedures in relation to all AAC communication used at Atwell College. Atwell College is committed to ensuring the best educational outcomes for your child. To ensure a communication device is successfully supported at school, a commitment from home and external therapy agencies is required.

Use of AAC in class

Brendon Bleakley, Associate Principal

STEM Update

Year 9 Robotics Incursion

Students from Year 9 Robotics classes enjoyed an incursion run by Firetech. The activity was conducted on-site and was an engaging and informative session which allowed students to showcase their knowledge and ability in building and programming mBots.

The collaborative and technical skills demonstrated by students were of a very high standard and the College received positive feedback from the incursion provider on the skills and knowledge of the students.

Well done to all those who participated.

Incursion by Firetech

Computational Algorithmic Thinking Competition

Congratulations to all those who participated in the Computational Algorithmic Thinking Competition. This one-hour problem-solving competition designed to encourage student curiosity and promote multiple modes of thinking run by the Australian Mathematics Trust.

The competition helps to identify students’ computer programming potential—something that they might not usually have the opportunity to demonstrate.

Special mention to Tyson Sargent who received a Certificate of Distinction, with Certificates of Credit being achieved by Colin McRae, Divine Cruz, Jake Green, Kai Muggeridge, Zoe Andrews and Neve Pursey. An excellent effort by all involved!

Keep a look out for invitations to the Australian Mathematics Competitions shortly.

Australian Marine Complex, Common User Facility Tour

Thanks to the support of the School Pathways Program students from Year 11 and 12 were allowed to participate in a tour of the Australian Marine Complex (AMC).

Home to the largest marine industry in Australia, theAMC was developed to facilitate and enhance the opportunities created by the clustering of sectors servicing the marine, defence, oil & gas and resources industries.

The AMC is the southern hemisphere’s premier integrated marine industrial facility that enables the industry to deliver projects of an international scale.

The visit raised awareness of the Common User Facility and marine industries, and gave students an insight into associated career opportunities available to them.

Tour of the Australian Marine Complex

Erin Nicol, STEM Coordinator

Learning Area Update - The Arts

Year 7 Visual Arts Drawings

As part of their program exploring the elements of art, students studied the concept of value, which refers to the relative lightness or darkness of a colour to produce these wonderful eggs in nest drawings. Working in pairs, the students used iPads to photograph some fresh eggs in a straw nest. Students used these photos as a reference for their drawings, which are completed in lead pencil. Some of the Year 7’s drawings are now on display in the Main Administration building.

Check out these drawings at the Main Adminstration Front Office

Year 10 Visual Arts Portraits

Year 10 students developed these very large A1 drawings of a person they found personally inspiring. They examined the photorealistic style of American artist Chuck Close and followed his technique of enlarging images using the grid method. Students explored value to complete these portraits which took almost a term to complete. These drawings are currently on display in the Main Administration building.

Some of the Visual Art Potraits done by our Year 10 students

Year 10 Surreal Self Portraits

Year 10 Fine Arts students focused on the work of surrealist artists including Salvador Dali and Henri Magritte as a springboard to develop these surreal self-portraits. Surrealism is often perceived of as a dreamlike art style. These drawings are now on display in the E Block foyer.

Surreal Self-Potraits by the Year 10s

Year 11 Certificate II in Visual Arts (Fine Arts)

Our Year 11 Certificate II in Visual Arts students recently started a drawing unit and produced these pen drawings of pot plants. Students focused on the perspective of the pots and experimented with a range of drawing techniques, including scumbling, hatching and stippling, before selecting a method that they felt worked best for their drawing. These drawings are now on display in the E Block foyer.

Pot Drawings using pen by the Year 11 students

Year 11 Certificate II in Visual Arts (Ceramic Pots)

The Year 11 students hand built these ceramic coil constructed pots as part of the unit Make Simple Creative Work. The project involved designing, making, under-glazing and then finally glazing their finished pieces. All of these pots have been fired twice in the kiln and are currently on display in the Performing Arts Theatre (PAC) foyer.

Some of the Ceramic Pots made by our Year 11 students

Toni Singleton, Teacher (Visual Arts)

Japan Language Immersion Excursion

Our team of 11 Years 10 & 11 students together with teachers Kurt Reagan and Cathy Kim and Deputy Principal Michael Ciccotosto set off for their Japan exchange trip last night. The team will return from Japan on 8th July and we look forward to hear from them more about the many interesting places they visit and their experience attending a Japanese school and living with a host family during their stay there.

Happy and excited faces on our students and teachers emarking on their experience of a lifetime
Learning Area Update - Science

21st Century Genetics 2019

On the 12th and 13th of June, our students from classes 10.1 and 10.5 prepared themselves for an unusual assessment – extracting their DNA. We went seriously green and caught the train and bus to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, where we spent the day in the BioDiscovery Centre funded by LotteryWest. Students voted the day a ‘direction changer,’ helping them understand what a career in Science can be like. Most came away having both scored very highly and decided that Science is an area they wished to pursue in their future studies and possible careers. Atwell College sincerely thanks the WA public for their support of the BioDiscovery endeavour. We also extend our thanks to our student teachers Kadir Bhagat and Chris Walczak for accompanying teachers Mr Schiefler and Miss Daniel on the excursions.

At the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research

Big Science Competition 2019

In the largest school-wide response so far, 325 Atwell College students put themselves forward and tested their critical and creative thinking skills through the Big Science Competition on Monday, 27th May and Tuesday 28th May. Huge thanks must go to the Library staff who hosted the Science students through the duration of the competition. The results are now in and we scored many more High Distinctions, Distinctions and Credits than we did last year, so well done everyone! Once certificates arrive, they will be presented to students in the Year Assemblies.

We look forward to increasing our scores as the Inquiry teaching process adopted by Science continues to develop the thinking skills of our student body.

The Big Science Competition at the library

The Bush Classroom - Dryandra Overnight Excursion

On Monday 27th May, our students from class 9.5 left the comfort zone of their classroom and headed out to the bush, for many, their first experience of a dry sclerophyll classroom.

The excitement on the bus was palpable. We arrived just in time to enjoy a super country dinner prepared by our caterers and left our gear in our dorms which were beautifully preserved World War II-era Nissan Huts before rushing off to Barna Mia for our Night stalk. Students were amazed to see bilbies, woylies, bandicoots and possums scampering around our feet as we sat and played an exciting game of charades. Thereafter, we got stuck into the task of settling down to try and sleep despite fever pitch excitement.

The next morning, we were up early for a delicious cooked breakfast. After a thorough clean up, we set off on the Wren walk guided by teacher Miss Daniel’s knowledge of the local woodland and the efforts being made to preserve it. Our ranger arrived shortly after and we set off to track native animals using the signs they leave behind and the latest tracking technology. We pride ourselves on being the fastest school to find our animals and the most well-behaved school group to have ever come through the park.

Well done guys!

Students having a great time out in the bush at Dryandra

Janine-Daniel, HOLA (Science)

Year 9 Try A Trade

Try A Trade on Monday 10th June gave our Year 9 students an opportunity to be introduced to the various trades that are currently experiencing job shortages. Our students learnt about the safety measures, procedures and the key aspects in a bricklaying and tiling environment under the guidance of skilled lecturers at South Metro TAFE.

Students learning the key aspects of bricklaying at South Metro TAFE

Krysia Jeffries, Teacher (Media, Graphic Design and Cert. II IDMT)

Principal's Cup Update

The 2019 Principal’s Cup, a yearly competition between Atwell College staff and Year 12 students, has passed the halfway point now. After four sports (Touch Rugby, Dodgeball, Netball and Basketball), the scoreboard now as reads as Staff 4 vs Students 0.

While the scoreboard may appear to demonstrate complete domination by the staff, the recent games have been closely-contested affairs, with staff eking out wins in both Netball and Basketball. The competition is heating up at this middle stage of the tournament and it has been great to see large and enthusiastic crowds cheering everyone on each time! Stay tuned for more updates on this competition and contact our Senate Vice-President Matt Reynolds for more information!

Steve Francis, Year 12 Coordinator and Teacher (English)

News from the School Nurse


Upper respiratory tract infections or colds are everywhere, especially in winter, so it is almost impossible to stop children from catching them. Here are some points which may help:

  • Teach your child to cover his/ her nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, and to wash hands straight afterwards.
  • Hands should be washed after blowing noses and before eating.
  • Use tissues once and then throw them in the bin (avoid using handkerchiefs).
  • Keep your child home from school if he/ she has a cold/ cough/ fever/ pain.
  • If your child is coughing up coloured sputum or has coloured discharge from their nose, please keep them home!
  • Make sure that your children eat a balanced diet of plenty of healthy foods.
  • Keep children away from smoke – it irritates their eyes and nasal passages, making it more likely for them to catch a cold.

No treatment will cure a cold or make it go away more quickly, but you can help your child feel more comfortable by giving your child:

  • Lots of Rest: This need not be in bed.
  • Extra fluid: If your child doesn’t want to drink much, try giving lots of small sips of water, milk or juice or iceblocks for older children.


Many thanks for your assistance in stopping the spread of germs.

Karen Penny (Mon), Lesley McPherson (Tue & Wed), Pauline Arnold (Tue-Fri), School Nurses

Community News

School Holiday Events at the University of Notre Dame

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