ATWELL COLLEGE NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2016 201 BRENCHLEY DRIVE, ATWELL WA 6164 Phone:08 9414 4300 Fax: 08 9414 4355


Dear Parents and Carers

In this spring edition of the Atwell College newsletter I acknowledge the parents whom have spoken to me about my last article regarding part time work and successful students. The issue has caused some families reflect on priorities in students’ lives and a reconsideration on the amount of part time work being accessed by students.

I congratulate Ms Debra Bright on her promotion to Deputy Principal at Warnbro Community High School. Debra has worked enthusiastically and energetically at Atwell College for the past 4 years. The college including all staff and students wish her well in this career move.

  • Year 12 Students. I congratulate Year 12 students on arriving to this stage of their education. It is a significant achievement to finish school at the end of 12 years of formal education. I very much look forward to the ‘Farewell’ events coming up in term 4 signifying the end of Atwell College enrolment.
  • Independent Public School (IPS)Review. Atwell College completed the IPS review last week. The reviews occur every 3 years. The college is reviewed as are all IPS schools by the Department of Education Services,(DES) an organisation not connected with the Education Department of WA therefore being impartial in the review process. During the review the Atwell College Business Plan is reviewed for effectiveness against the stated goals and targets. Besides college performance information being presented to the reviewers the reviewers also interviewed members of the college teaching staff, college support staff, students, Atwell College Board members and parents. The outcomes of the review will be published towards the end of the year and will be available to the public via the college website.
  • Atwell College, an Inclusive School. From time to time I will remind the community that Atwell College is an inclusive school. This means in addition to mainstream students Atwell College caters for students with a full spectrum of disabilities from severe intellectually disabled individuals in a specialist building, to students with mild disabilities in small classes in general learning areas. Inclusion also extends to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). All students having a special educational need have plans in place to support learning and behaviour. On occasion it is not unusual for a student to experience an episode where behaviour that is outside what is normally expected occurs. In these situations the college’s staff use their training and knowledge to support all concerned. I invite the community to discuss any queries or concerns they may have concerning inclusive education with me so all aspects of this part of the college’s functions are understood.

Noel Woodley Principal


ArtNet 2016 was yet another fine display of the artistic talents of not only Atwell College students, but of the talent which is evident and emerging from our partner primary schools. A huge amount of work goes into the preparation of this event each year which results in a bigger and better exhibition each time. This year ArtNet ‘It’s Easy Being Green’ exhibition ran from the 23rd until the 25th of August.The success and popularity of this event is reflected in the volume of community members who come along to view and participate in the “People’s Choice Award”, selecting their favourite piece of work from the exhibition. Atwell College is very proud and pleased to announce that Dylan Wiseman was the winner of this award from Atwell College.ArtNet 2017 is sure to be amazing and a must on the social calendar for next year.

Kate Linton TiCLA Arts, Music Teacher

ArtNet Exhibition pieces

Recently, students from Atwell College undertook an education tour of the national capital. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government contributed funding per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs.The trip was a marvellous experience for all involved, both teachers and students. We visited a variety of landmarks and educational institutions including Bondi, Sydney (Harbour Bridge and Opera House), Parliament House (Old and New),Questacton, Deep Space Communication Complex, War Memorial, Government House, Geoscience Australia, Australian Institute of Sport, Perisher for Skiing and Snowboarding, Team bonding exercise in Ten Pin Bowling (Dressed in PJ's), Australian Film and Sound Archive, National Museum. It was an extremely busy schedule with plenty of learning at the variety of places we visited, and it was great to witness how well the students interacted with one another as well as the tour guides and Scotty (the bus driver). The students had a great time and represented the college at an exceptional level, looking great in the school uniform at Parliament House, as well as the War Memorial and were well behaved and attentive at each location we visited. The War Memorial stood out for the majority of students, and the Wreath Laying Ceremony was by far the standout activity. It was great to see the students paying the upmost respect during the Ceremony, which was located in the Hall of Memory, with a Vietnam Veteran who was also present. It was an extremely moving experience. The trip was an excellent experience, and if I were a Year 8 student heading into Year 9 for 2017 at Atwell College, I would encourage them to seek a place on the tour, as it is a once in a lifetime trip, with many marvellous memories being made, and friendships formed.

Steve Dimech Workplace Learning Teacher

Canberra Tour 2016

The PBS team has been very active in spreading the message of PBS across the college. Team members have been involved in creating a video featuring students across the college and then showing this to each year group. Staff were also involved on creating decorations with students for a PBS assembly and nominated students for awards to be presented at the inaugural PBS assembly. The assembly was a huge success and the awards served to reinforce the four key behaviours we believe will benefit all members of our college community, these are: Being Respectful, Being Self-motivated, Being Considerate and Being Responsible. Coupled to this is our VIVO points initiative and recent changes made to the VIVO shop where students can access items at a cheaper price. PBS and the VIVO initiative will also feature in the upcoming RUok? day we are having at the college on the 8th of September.

We would like to thank Jess McKinnon for her leadership of the PBS team and all team members for the positive contributions they are continually making to assist in enhancing our college environment.

Mike Ciccotosto, Deputy Principal


Those who think the old traditional waste disposal dumps were smelly, inhospitable places full of rotting garbage and seagulls are right. However, students that recently visited the Cockburn site in Henderson were pleasantly surprised to find an immaculately well-kept waste disposable site that was run according to best practice and also there was no smell! AVET Senior and KB1 students visited as part of a Workplace Learning Program to explore the types of employment found at the facility. The focus was not recycling but the trip did offer many interesting facts into what happens to rubbish once it leaves your house or business. Some of the jobs being undertaken on the day were ; weighbridge operator, site clerk, truck driver, plant operator, general hands, environmental officers, shop assistants, education officers and many more. As an interesting side note, the facility is home to over 12 types of bird life, with ducks, egrets and of course the many hundreds of seagulls which call the site a home away from home. There is also a pair of breeding sea eagles and both students and staff were extremely fortunate to witness them soaring above the man- made lakes on the day. Overall it was a very informative and rewarding experience for both students and staff and highly recommended for an excursion.

Michael Hildebrandt AVET Coordinator, Kim Beazley Learning Centre

Students visiting Henderson Waste Recovery Centre

Perth Watertown store recognised Rachel LeGeyt Year 11 in their National Newsletter this week for her efforts in her traineeship so far and for completing the internal City Beach Training workbook. Well done Rachel!

Pippa Ralston VET Coordinator

Rachel LeGeyt Year 11

AVETSS Class attended the Regional Resource Recovery Centre (RRRC) in Canning Vale last Tuesday with the AVET Coordinator, Mr Hildebrandt. Students participated in a tour and learned about what happens to household rubbish once it is collected from the verge by rubbish trucks. They were able to see the recycling process from various observation points and watched information videos about the Waste Composting Facility, The Green Waste Facility and the Materials Recovery Facility. Lots of good tips were shared about placing rubbish into the correct bin and recycling correctly. Students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.

Mary-Ann Goodlich, Special Education Teacher, AVET Senior School

Students viewing from observation points and and attending a video
  • Book Fair 2016 Results: Thank you to everyone who supported the Book Fair this year. We passed last year’s total, with over $2000 worth of purchases, which results in $700 worth of new books for our library collection.
  • Gummy Bear Competition Winners: Our Guess the Gummy Bear Jar competition at the Book Fair was extremely popular. We had two winners, Isabel N. of Year 8 and Isabel G. of Year 11 who got to share the spoils.
  • Children’s Book Week: We had a very big week celebrating Children’s Book Week with libraries across Australia. Photos of our great display are included.
  • Secrets of the Public Library – Thursday 15 September 2016: Jessica Donald of the Success Public Library will present a talk in the library at lunchtime, Thursday 15 September, on all the wonderful academic resources available for free through the public library. All are welcome.

Nicole McDonagh and Maree de Haas , Library Officers

Book Fair

It is important to the college that all students comply with the uniform requirements. Items of clothing that differ from the college colours should not be worn. We also experience a number of students arriving to school in “hoodies” of all colours and with a variety of logos. If you are unsure of the uniform requirements they can be found on our website or you could telephone the uniform shop or make an enquiry to the college reception. We rely on help from parents to monitor this and we do look forward to your continued support.

Mike Ciccotosto, Deputy Principal

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