Front page photo showing Atwell College students in Japan.

Principal's Pen

Dear Parents and Carers

Second semester is well underway now with several milestones approaching rapidly. For Year 12 students time and time management is the focus with about 10 weeks of official schooling left before Farewell Events begin. This time of year can be emotional for the students with upcoming final exams, completion of assessments and planning for post school. I wish all the Year 12 students success for their remaining time at Atwell College. Year 11 students have completed their first round of SCSA mandated courses and have received feedback and counselling to ensure all students make the most of their opportunity to finish secondary education in receipt of their WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education). The WACE is awarded after the students finish Year 12 based on the final 2 years of study. Year 10 students have completed a round of course counselling with the view of selecting courses for 2018. The courses may be ATAR university bound, VET education and training courses or General Courses. Student attendance and academic performance up to this point has a significant influence on the type of courses suitable for each student. Year 9 students are encouraged now to make the most of the feedback from results from the last round of reports to ensure the students maximise their choices of courses and pathways when approaching course counselling in Year 10 (please see above). Year 8 students will be soon selecting option courses (for Year 9) as part of students selecting more specialised curriculum areas. This is an important process and can either have an impact on future employment and training possibilities for the student or can assist the student in developing creativity and design and recreational skills and qualities. I encourage all Year 7 students to engage with all curriculum areas as the students consolidate their place in the college. The students have an opportunity to engage with many excellent teaching programs and can fully develop themselves and their interests and capabilities.

Enrolments for Year 7 students 2018 are currently underway with information available in partner primary schools next week. I encourage parents and carers to complete the documentation in a timely manner and return items to your current primary school. Atwell College is expecting a further increase in numbers for Year 7 next year. The College has planned for this increase to ensure all students can access the rooms and facilities to support their education. A new feature next year is the development of Robotics and Coding classes into the curriculum and a continuation of Robotics Clubs after school for Year 7 and Year 8 students.

Technologies – Home Economics

It’s been an eventful start to the term for the Technologies department in Home Economics. Year 11 and 12 Hospitality students have been extremely busy preparing and catering for various school functions. They were exceptional with their service and presentation of the food on Parent/Teacher night where they catered dinner for 105 teaching staff. They also arrived bright and early to school to prepare breakfast and develop their barista skills for a staff Professional Development morning, which was very much appreciated by all. We have also had a very cultural week celebrating NAIDOC week, where all Food classes contributed to preparing food incorporating traditional bush spices, which was then shared with all students throughout the school at recess. The Year 12 Children, Family and Community class hosted the Japanese Exchange students in a cooking session where they together made traditional Anzac biscuits.

Congratulations to all students involved in the last few weeks, as their time and effort was appreciated!!

Students proudly present dinner for Parent/Teacher night
NAIDOC week - dishes prepared using traditional bush spices
Japan excursion 2017

At the end of term two our students embarked on a once in a lifetime experience for an educational excursion of Japan. Students were able to practice their Japanese language skills in a variety of situations, gain a much deeper understanding of the culture and interacted with local high school students their own age and with similar interests. They also gained a valuable insight into overseas back-packing travel.

On our seventeen day trip we covered a large area of Japan, including Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Okinawa. Visiting Kyoto Senior High School with a two night homestay was a major highlight as we interacted with local students and experienced what high school and home life is like in Japan. Students experienced a wide range of Japanese cuisine, sights, culture and using language skills learnt at Atwell College which topped off a very memorable trip for all involved. Special thanks to Mr Bleakley and Ms Yeong for their help and support on the excursion and to the students who were simply fantastic on how they represented Atwell College. Mr Kurt Regan, Teacher in Charge of Languages.

Students enjoying Japan
Year 11 - ATAR Geography Excursions

Year 11 ATAR Geography students have attended 2 recent excursions as part of fieldwork activities.

On Monday 26th June, students attended Curtin University for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) workshop. Students discovered the vast uses of GIS, including reporting on crime, tracking sharks in the ocean and creating interactive maps. The practical component of the workshop allowed students to engage with a variety of GIS to better understand how they operate in our everyday lives. All students thoroughly enjoyed their day being exposed to university life.

Year 11 Geography GIS workshop

On Tuesday 25th July, students attended Alcoa's Huntly bauxite mine near Pinjarra. Students learnt about the bauxite mining process and how bauxite is refined into alumina to produce aluminium. They also discussed the global networks Alcoa has around the world and the changes in the spatial distribution and consumption of bauxite. Although the mine-site roads were wet and muddy during our visit, we managed to gain access to watch the mining operations and visit the areas currently under rehabilitation. Mrs Gemma Garbutt, HASS/Geography Teacher.

Year 11 Geography Alcoa excursion
End of Term Excursions Years 7, 8 and 9

At the end of Term 2, the Year 7’s enjoyed an excursion to Inflatable World and the Year 8 and 9 students enjoyed ice-skating at Cockburn. These excursions are held as part of the PBS reward system and are offered to students who have consistently showed the behaviours of being Respectful, Considerate, Responsible and Self Motivated. The students enjoyed their time building friendships and represented the College in a positive manner.

Students enjoying Inflatable World and Ice Skating
Person Centred Planning - PCP

Atwell College held three Person Centred Planning sessions for Year 10, 11 and 12 students and their families in June and July this year. PCP is a holistic planning process that supports individuals and their families to explore post school pathways. It can identify the goals and strategies to assist with post school options. This holistic planning process supports young people not only in supporting workforce pathways but identifying key areas of interest as well as assisting in the development of both short and long term goals for future planning.

Person Centred Planning sessions
Year 8 – Rugby League Specialist Program

The Year 8 Rugby League team played their first match for the ‘Struddy’s Cup’ Competition on Thursday of week 2. Playing against Warnbro Senior High School the score was 12-all at half time. To the teams credit they showed great improvement in the second half and managed to record an impressive 42-12 win.

Science News

Year 11 Human Biology – The Power of Epigenetics

Over the last few weeks, students have been exploring the mechanisms where by humans produce over 180 000 products (proteins) from just 20-25 000 sets (genes) of instructions. They have just completed an investigation looking at how many proteins could be constructed from a small sequence of DNA. Whilst challenging, the task did demonstrate to students just how much variation was possible. Some went as far as mathematically calculating the total number of possible permutations, but found they did not have enough time to practically demonstrate all the probable combinations.

Students with their DNA sequences

Year 7 Trebuchets

Year 7’s are coming up to the end of their Simple Machine physics unit. As part of their major assessment, students made their own individual Trebuchet Fact Sheet. They then worked in groups to design, construct, and evaluate the functionality of their trebuchet. This combined all of the energy and machine concepts they have been learning about in one practical application of the principles of physics to make a task easier or more efficient.

Sophie, Alicia, Alfie and Lachlan with their Trebuchet
New Library Collection – students have your say!

Due to the fire a large portion of the library book collection was destroyed. Preliminary work on putting the new library collection together is underway. Students, if there are particular titles, authors or genres you would like to see in the new library collection, please come and see me in the library/resource centre (D Block staff room) before school, lunchtime or after school or you can email me your suggestions and ideas to by Friday 18 August 2017. It’s your library so make sure you speak up! Nicole McDonagh, Library Officer.

Audio Book Trial Available to Students

Wheeler Ebooks are offering a trial for students to try out their new audio book collection, with hundreds of titles available. To access the trial: Username: atwellcollege Password: Reading211 Demo site: Please provide your feedback to Nicole McDonagh, Library Officer at

Atwell College Performing Arts Centre

What’s happening in the Arts?

There are a few events coming up this term that you will want to place on the calendar! The A Factor Talent Show will be on Tuesday 12th September 2017, 6:30pm in the PAC. If you are keen to perform in this show, auditions will be held in Week 6 in the PAC during lunch time. If you have a special skill or talent, why not share it? In the past we have had stand up comedians, dancers, yoyo artists, impersonators and singers. There is an abundance of talent in Atwell College, let’s share it!

Our annual ArtNet Exhibition will be on in the PAC from 29th August to 31st of August 2017. Please refer to the flyer for more information. This is a great community event exhibiting quality work from our students as well as our partner primary schools.

Choreography Night is a new event which will be held on 20th September 2017 and will be hosted by our talented dance students. This will be held in the PAC starting from 6:30. More information on this will be coming closer to the event.

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UnitingCareWest Winter Appeal

Winter is here!

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how cold it is as you all know, but imagine if you were living on the streets or didn’t have enough food. Next week is Homelessness Week and in an attempt to get students to think about those less fortunate we are encouraging students to donate to UnitingCareWest’s Winter appeal. We are asking students to bring a tin of food or some non-perishable food. Should you be feeling generous or would like more ideas as to what to donate you can find more information at: . If everyone in the school community donated one item we could change lives! Donations can be made to your son or daughter’s homeroom or to the Student Support building. Vivo points will be given to students making a donation. Lynn Portman (Chaplain).

Music and Art Classes near Atwell College

PIANO LESSONS 3-99 years old $30pp for 30 minutes. PAINTING and DRAWING CLASSES: FRIDAY NIGHTS 6:15-8:15pm Acrylic and Mixed Media 14-99 years old Beginner Painting Classes $30pp includes all materials.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY PAINTING AND DRAWING CLASSES - 9am-noon $40pp/class includes all materials (min 2 - max 6) from age 9 and above • 25 Sept AND 2 October Life Drawing (child suitable), MONDAY • 26 Sept and 3 Oct Painting Acrylic and Mixed Media, TUESDAY • 27 Sept Sumi Painting WEDNESDAY (one only). 2nd child per family in one class OR 2nd class booking/holidays discounted to $30. Contact Rosy Poyser, enrol by Email: or visit Facebook events:

Curtin University Football Club – Let’s play Saturday (Juniors)

Curtin University Football Club have a wonderful opportunity for students who would like to play casual football on Saturday mornings during school terms. For more information Website: Email:

Phoenix Park Little Athletics Club

Phoenix Park Little Athletics Club are running a number of no obligation trials during training sessions in September so prospective new members and families can see what Phoenix Park LAC can offer. For more information contact: Louise (Secretary) Ph: 0415 839 136 Email: Kylie or Tracey (Registrar) Ph: 0422 115 539 or 0417 188 658 Email:

Your Health Link - National Photographic Competition

The Mid North Coast Local Health District is launching the Your Health Link National Photographic Competition on World Photo Day. For further information contact: Carolyn Guichard Email: Website:

Bibra Lake Primary School turns 30

Bibra Lake Primary School’s 30th Anniversary, join us for a day of celebration, for more information refer to flyer below;

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