Front page photo showing Atwell College students in Japan.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.