Dear Parents and Carers
At this time of the year, Year 10 students are choosing courses for 2019. As a parent going through this process, the information can be confusing given that there is a large amount of information and the language used is education and training based. I encourage parents and students to maintain close contact with the College during this time to ensure the best choices are made.
For the information of the greater Atwell College community, the process of Year 10 course selections really is one of those moments in a student’s life where things change quite quickly. Past grades, attendance patterns and behaviour are considered as part of the selection process and for the first time in a student’s life, the students may not be considered for certain options.
The great aspect of Atwell College is that the courses students have to select from in Year 11 and 12 are wide ranging, catering for students wishing to access direct entry into university, students wishing to pursue VET (Vocation/Certificate) training and students wishing to complete general education following interests and skill development. With these pathways including a pathway for students with disability, the Atwell Community is well served for educational opportunity for young people.
For parents and carers, the important message is that it is essential to keep an eye on the options for Year 11 and 12 even when the student is in the early years (Year 7 and 8) and middle years (Year 9 and 10). The early academic achievement patterns and engagement in option courses helps in establishing the student to be best placed for making future choices.
In finishing second term and in getting ready for the end of semester break, I wish all students to have a safe and enjoyable break. Parents and carers will be invited to the College in week 2 of next term for the parent interview side of the reporting process for the first part of the year. I look forward to seeing parents on the evening and I am happy to discuss any aspect of education concerning your child.
Important Upcoming Dates
Update of Details
Student Services will be sending out the Student Update Form to all parents and carers in Term 3 Week 1. Please include any change in details on the form and return to the College so that student records can be updated. Accurate email addresses in our records will ensure that all information sent from the College are received by parents and carers in a timely basis.
Please be informed that all update of details thereafter e.g. medical information, contact number, email, address, etc. should be provided to the College in writing by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or completing the Alteration of Details Form and hand in to the College Main Administration. Update of details over the phone are not preferred.
Update of details can only be done when provided by the Parent and/ Carer 1 or 2.
We regret that student records are not automatically updated when details are added in Consent2Go for excursions approval.
Caring for the Community
Atwell College Year 12 'Children, Family and the Community' students have formed groups to gather donations and create Care Packages to give to the less fortunate in our community. Some of these packages are:
1. Share the Dignity
2. Support packages for the homeless
3. Care packages for children going through cancer treatment at the new PCH
4. Foster care comfort packs
If you are able to help with donations of the following items, no matter how big or small, it would be most appreciated:
- stationery items e.g. colouring in books, pencils, notebooks
- board games, toys and children's books
- gift vouchers
- beanies, clean rugs, sleeping bags, warm clothing
- sanitary products (pads, tampons)
- toiletries e.g shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste
- sealed food items (before use by date)
Items can be left in the Home Economics office downstairs in our College E Block. This project will run until the end of Term 2, Friday 29 June 2018.
Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity.
Narelle Millar, Technologies and VET teacher
Atwell College Wide Reading Challenge 2018
At the start of 2018, Year 7 and 8 students were given the 'Atwell College Wide Reading Challenge' by their English teachers. Started by English teacher Mrs Barbara Newman, the challenge involves students reading a range of texts inside and outside of class and responding to them in eight pieces of journal-style writing. Besides going towards the students' end of year grades, students will stand to win prizes for the best responses in Years 7 and 8. With our new library being so attractively furnished and brimming with hundreds of new books, it has never been a better time to enjoy reading. And now there's the added incentive of improved English results coupled with the possibility of winning one of several prizes on offer. Prizes include free passes to Cockburn Arc and Cockburn Ice Arena.
So, grab a book, a newspaper or sing along to your favourite song and you are already on your way. Talk to your English teacher about your chances today!
Barbara Newman, English Teacher
Our Students Make Us Proud
Year 9 Mackenzie Jones
Earlier this year, our College Year 9 student Mackenzie Jones was selected into the WA State Trampoline Team. The team flew to Melbourne to compete at the National Gymnastics Championships at Hisense Arena from 30th May to 3rd June.
This is the fourth time that Mackenzie has had the opportunity to compete for the WA State Team.
Mackenzie competed in the Youth Female International Stream going up against 27 other athletes. Mackenzie had a great competition and did WA very proud. She not only had the highest time of flight in all of her routines but she won herself and WA a bronze medal. This is the second year Mackenzie has earned a medal at this competition.
She is now back home and back at training at High Flyers, preparing for the next season of competitions coming up.
Well done Mackenzie!!!
Year 12 Kayla Smit
During Term 1, a number of competitions were held where students represented their schools in the various horse riding disciplines. Top performing students are selected from these events to represent Western Australia at a national level. Our Year 12 student Kayla Smit rode in the Horse Trials or Eventing discipline this year and won her class riding with great skill and accuracy. As a result, Kayla has been invited to represent Western Australia at the National Inter-Schools Competition in Sydney and will ride over the famous course constructed in 2000. Whilst Kayla is not quite yet riding at that level, she is currently training one level below that of the Olympics. Wish her luck if you see her out and about!
Year 9 Tayla-Rose
Our Year 9 student Tayla-Rose Whincup has been selected to represent WA in the 2018 AFL 15's Girls Team We wish Tayla all the best as she competes together with the team at the School Sport Australia Nartional Championships in Adelaide, SA in July.
Year 10 Abbey Hicks
Atwell College and all students from the Netball Specialist Program would like to congratulate our team player Abbey Hicks for her recent selection in to the 15 under State School Girls team. Abbey and her team mates will travel to Melbourne for a competition in July and we wish them all the best.
Outstanding Sporting Achievements
Netball Specialist Program Update
26 of our Year 9 to 11 Netball Specialist Program students have volunteered their time as umpires and officals at the Combined Cockburn Primary Schools Carnival on Thursday 21st June! Well done and thank you everyone for your help!
Congratulations to our esteemed Year 11 OPEN team!!!! They finished at the SSWA South Carnival on Thursday 31st May, propelling themselves into the next round of interzone finals. A BIG THANK YOU to our volunteer Yr 9 coaches and umpires who assisted as well.
Congratulations goes to our 10.1 team that won convincingly in their division against another Emmanuel Catholic College team. It was also another thrilling win for our 9.1 side who won against Mercedes College by one goal on the same day!
Congratulations to our Yr 8.1 Netball Specialist Program (NSP) team who played their interzone final on Wednesday 13th June and won in over-time against Mandurah Catholic College 53-49! The team is now qualified to play at the SSWA elimination day carnival in July.
Our Year 8.2 team went into overtime after a draw against Emmanuel Catholic College. Unfortunately we lost at the final stage but it was great to watch our girls playing with passion, perserverance and great skill!
All our Year 7 teams fought gallantly on court too, matching up against a variety of schools including Yr 8 teams and placing 3rd in all their respective zones.
Thank you to all our NSP girls for your outstanding playing, great commitment and excellent sportsmanship. We are proud of each and everyone of you!
Sharon Dawson, NSP Coordinator & Coach
Rugby League Specialist Program Update
On Thursday 24th May, our Year 10 RLSP players went down to Rockingham Senior High School and won 38 – 16. It was a great team effort and confidence building for our players going into Round 3 of the competition. Well done boys!
Michael Guthrie, RLSP Coordinator
Atwell College Zone Extension Program
The new courses for term 3 are now open and students are able to apply for a place through the link available on the ACZE page of our website. Term 3 offers the following courses:
• The A Factor - Looking for talented musicians to work on a piece to perform at our annual ArtNet Exhibition on 12th September.
• Edison Robotics - Back by popular demand, the Edison Robotics course is an entry level robotics course for students who are interested in programming and problem solving.
• News Broadcasting - Students create their own news broadcast, looking at what goes on in front and behind the camera.
As this term’s courses draw to a close, we look forward to celebrate all the students’ hard work. Well done to all the students involved and a special thank you to all the staff involved.
Jessica Millar, ACZE Coordinator
Atwell College Fire Evacuation Drill
On Tuesday 19th June, our College conducted a fire evacuation drill without any prior warning given to students beforehand. At 10.15am, the siren went off and the students and staff all left their classrooms and work stations promptly and gathered in an orderly manner at the College oval in front of the Main Administration building. The students should be highly commended for their overall good behaviour while waiting for the fire wardens to check and ensure that all buildings are vacated and all attendance to be marked.
Our Hospitality students Josh Cossington (Year 12), Lyndon McCallum (Year 12) and Emily Bailey (Year 11) represented Atwell College at the King & Amy O’Malley Trust Scholarship Presentation evening on Thursday 21st June at Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley. Students in both Hospitality classes prepared the food which was served at the award night and these students were involved in setting up the function, presenting and serving the food to the guests. They did an AMAZING job and their confidence and professionalism made Helen Galas and myself very proud. At the conclusion of the formal proceedings, Lyn Dymond the President of The Home Economics Association of WA acknowledged how fantastic the students were and presented them each with a certificate of appreciation for their outstanding effort. Well done Josh, Lyndon and Emily!
Lana Tonkin, Home Economics Teacher
South of the Swan Dance Festival 2018
Over 120 Atwell College students performed at the South of the Swan Dance Festival on Wednesday 20th June. They did an amazing job representing the college and should be proud of their efforts! A note of thanks to our Year 12 students who volunteered their time to help out as well! Well done everyone!
David Mueller, Dance Teacher
Education Support Vocation Stations
Students of 10ES participate weekly in a vocational tasks program. The purpose of these activities are to target the students’ functional literacy and numeracy skills through simulating the skills required across various working environments. They provide an opportunity for the students to work towards their personal and social goals as they work both independently and in small groups with their peers.
Girls in STEM
Our Year 10 Girls had a great time on Friday 8th June at the North Metropolitan TAFE. The girls had the opportunity to meet with people from a variety of careers and experience in STEM courses. Careers in 3D printing, CAD Mechanical Modelling, Animation, Chemistry, Civil & Structural Engineering, Environmental, Horticulture, IT & Networking, Science, Surveying, Carpentry and Cabinet making. They participated in group activities and had conversations with people in these trades and asked questions about their future. It was a pleasure watching these girls participate and interact with professionals and they represented Atwell College well.
Erin Nicol, Mathematics Teacher
Year 8 Paintstorm Incursion
On Wednesday 30th May, our Year 8s watched a dynamic performance by Phil Donjon’s Paint Storm, combining Visual Arts, Dance and Music to communicate life lessons and the skill of resilience. Students had a chance to add their mark to the paintings too!