Atwell College August 2019 Newsletter 5 201 BRENCHLEY DRIVE ATWELL 6164. EMAIL: ATWELL.COLLEGE@EDUCATION.WA.EDU.AU. PHONE 08 6174 2200

From the Principal

Welcome to our first newsletter of term 3.

We have a few new staff joining us this term. Welcome to Michael Bone who joins us as a full-time Chaplain working as part of the Student Services Support team. We also welcome Katherine McKenzie and Katie Fogerty who join the Science faculty and Suzanne Irving who joins the Maths team. Welcome back to Sharon Dawson and Jessica Cole who return from leave.

Atwell College offers a rich and varied range of extracurricular opportunities to cater for a diverse range of student sporting, cultural, technological and creative interests. These include several opportunities for travel both interstate and internationally. Since our last newsletter, we have had 2 groups complete very successful cultural, language and sporting experiences. As always, these activities involve hundreds of hours of planning and commitment from staff over and above the time they spend in their routine work schedules. Thank you to Kurt Regan, Mike Ciccotosto and Cathy Kim for running a safe and successful Japanese Cultural Language Experience at the end of last term. Thank you also to Sharon Dawson, Rebecca Barret and Claire Gilmore for managing a successful Netball competition tour in Queensland during the recent holiday period. Planning is also finalised and students and staff are preparing for an educational trip of Canberra as well as a humanitarian project in Nepal. I wish them well in their upcoming travels.

Year 7 Enrolments

The official deadline to submit Year 7 Enrolment documentation for 2020 has passed. However, I am aware that many families are yet to complete their forms and submit them to the school. Enrolment in your local secondary school is not automatic. We are currently planning our class allocations for 2020 and need accurate numbers for our incoming year 7 group. If you or someone you know is intending to enrol, please submit or encourage your friends to submit their paperwork to the school urgently. Every local Primary School has been provided with copies of our enrolment packs for year 6 students. If you did not receive one, please email our school enrolment team on Atwell.col.enrolments@education.wa.edu.au or contact Jade Pregelj, School Officer for more details.

Wrong Answers, Great Learning

Inventor Thomas Edison said that he did not fail at making the light bulb one thousand times, but rather that "the light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." Basketball great Michael Jordan said "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game's winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed."

Making mistakes is a natural part of all learning. Those who we consider to be "great" are clear that mistakes lead to learning.

The latest research shows that mistakes are an essential part of learning. Far too often, students are turned off from learning because they fear mistakes. This usually happens because mistakes are seen as bad or a failure. When a person makes an error in anything and they have the opportunity to learn from it, they develop a much stronger understanding. Research states that students learn more from making mistakes than from getting all the right answers. So when you check on your child's schoolwork and identify that they have made errors, it offers insight into what understanding your child has about that topic. It provides an opportunity for you to talk to the child about what they know, and ask questions to stretch their thinking around where they are currently developing their understanding. Parents can ask, "How do you know that? What was your thinking here? Is there another way you could solve that? How did you think about X (an element they may be missing or have misunderstood)?" This conversation helps to develop the crucial skills of reasoning and communication. When you support an attitude that values learning from mistakes, you are telling your child that mistakes are a valuable and natural ingredient in learning and lead to deeper understanding. Research shows that this attitude supports stronger achievement!

Peter Rudrum, Principal

Important Upcoming Dates
Subject Selection

Subject Selection Online (SSO) for Year 8 students to make 2020 Year 9 subject selections is open now and closes at 4pm on Monday 26th August.

SSO login and password details has been emailed to Parent/Guardian 1 on Monday 19th August.

Sausage Sizzle

There will be a sausage sizzle outside Student Services during lunch time on this Friday 23rd August. Each sausage sizzle will be $2.50 and money raised will be used to fund PBS activities to encourage student engagement and positive behaviour. Please support us!

Student Services

Send an Absentee Note from CONNECT

Please be advised that parents and carers can now submit absentee notes to the college via Connect (instead of School Stream previously). Watch this for more details.

Parents can download the CONNECT NOW app on their mobile phones and login in easily to submit the absentee notes, read notices from the college and the teachers or post comments for discussion.

Atwell College Communication Survey

Atwell College is currently reviewing the communication tools used by the college to ensure that information is reaching parents, carers and the broader community.

The tools currently used by the college are the website, Connect, Facebook, School Stream, MessageYou, Twitter and emails. The primary communication methods used by the college are the Website, Connect, MessageYou and Facebook. We are looking to reduce our additional tools and enhance our communication methods.

Please click here to start the online survey. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Your feedback is valued by the college as this information will enhance the communication being sent out by the college.

Your feedback by next Friday 30th Aug would be most appreciated. Thank you very much.

Atwell College Arts Showcase 2019
Quiz Night

The Atwell College Student Senate is organising a quiz night on Friday 20th September and all are welcomed. Money raised during this evening will be presented to the college as a farewell gift from the departing Class of 2019 to fund improvement projects around the college. Get your tickets today here!

The Student Senate is appealing to the generosity of our local community for donations to give away as prizes and possibly run a silent auction during the Quiz Night. Please contact the Year 12 Coordinator Mr. Steve Francis at steve.francis@education.wa.edu.au or Ms. Brooke Hughes at brooke.hughes@education.wa.edu.au if you can help. Any donation, big or small, can also be dropped off at the Main Administration front office.

Thank you in advance from the Student Senate.

Year 12 Student Senate

College Chaplain

Atwell College welcomes Michael Bone to our college. Michael will be working full-time as the college chaplain and is available to meet up with parents/ carers and students for a chat during the day between 8.45am-2.40pm. Please contact Michael directly on his email michael.bone@education.wa.edu.au if you would like to make an appointment to see him.

Netball Specialist Program

Elimination Day Carnival

It has been a busy start to the second semester for our college's Netball Specialist students. We started term 2 with the High School Cup Elimination Day carnival having 4 teams representing the college, namely Open 1, 10.1, 8.1 and 8.2. Our lower and middle division teams played in the second crossover finals, making them one of the top 16 teams in the state. Our Open team had a fantastic day progressing through to Finals Day, making them one of the top 4 teams in the state. The Finals will be held on Wednesday 21st August at the State Netball Centre and parents and spectators are most welcomed to attend and cheer our players on. Congratulations to all the NSP students who have made it through to this carnival; your outstanding effort, sportsmanship and comradery is highly commendable! All the best to our Open team in the finals.

Year 8 hosting of Japanese students

Our Year 8 Netball Specialist Program girls and staff hosted our visiting Japanese exchange students with a special netball shooting session on Tue 6th Aug.

It was great fun to teach the visiting students about a popular Australian and Commonwealth Sport. It was also an excellent opportunity for our Yr 8 NSP players to be able to experience coaching while using our brand new netball facility which has 8 shooting circles to access for some specialised training.

Well done to all involved!

Year 7 Zone Carnival

The Atwell College Year 7 Netball Specialist Program students participated in their zone carnival on Fri 9th August. Team 1 finished 2nd in division A1, Team 2 finished 2nd in division A2 and Team 3 finished 4th in division B2. The students all played exceptionally well, demonstrating great sportsmanship and positivity out on the court.

We are very proud of them and would also like to congratulate the girls on their hard work throughout semester 1. Their skills, knowledge and understanding of the game have developed and improved significantly. A BIG THANK YOU goes out to all year 9 and 10 NSP students who assisted with the coaching and umpiring too; we couldn’t have done it without them!

Sharon Dawson, NSP Coordinator and Coach

Rugby Specialist Program

The Year 10 Rugby League team played against Thornlie Senior High School on Thursday 8th Aug. It was a fantastic game played in great spirit and both teams should be highly commended for their efforts. The end result was a draw with both teams scoring 4 tries. This is the second game for our Year 10s with their first result being another draw against Rockingham Senior High School.

Our boys in their game against Thornlie Senior High School

Michael Guthrie, RLSP Coordinator

Our Students Make Us Proud

Madison Copeland - 2019 U9 World Championship All-World Team

Our Australia Lacrosse team managed to get a Bronze medal at the World Championship Cup coming in after USA and Canada.

Our year 12 student Madison Copeland had an impressive tournament, first getting an MVP (Most Valued Player) award in our semi-final game against Japan and after that being selected as the only Australian in the 10 players to make it into the 2019 U9 World Championship All-World Team. Well done Madi!

Steve Francis, Year 12 Coordinator

Abby Rowe and Jorja Machado - Netball Umpiring

Atwell College NSP would like to congratulate our players Abby Rowe and Jorja Machado for receiving their Badge C Umpiring Certificate. The Netball Australia Umpire Accreditation System is an educational pathway based on Netball Australia Umpiring Courses (Foundation and Elite), ongoing professional development and practical umpiring instruction through an experienced umpire coach system.

Congratulations and Well Done girls!

Sharon Dawson, NSP Coordinator and Coach

Canberra Trip 2019

Our entourage of Year 9 students and accompanying teachers left Perth for their tour to Canberra on Sunday 18th August. The students and teachers spent two days exploring Sydney, visiting Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Mrs Macquarie’s Chai, Bondi Beach and Taronga Zoo before they travelled to Canberra. In Canberra, they have visited Mount Ainslie Lookout, Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, Australian Institute of Sport, National Film and Sound Archives, National Arboretum, Government House and even enjoyed some bowling in their down time. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more updates.

Edward Proudler, Canberra Tour Coordinator and RLSP Coach

Japan Language Immersion Trip 2019

At the end of term 2, our students embarked on a Once In A Lifetime experience for an educational trip to Japan. Our students were able to practise their Japanese language skills in a variety of situations, gain a much deeper understanding of the culture and interacted with local high school students of similar age and interests. The students also gained valuable insight into overseas backpacking travel!

It was all go the minute we arrived in Tokyo on Friday 21st June! We negotiated the trains during the busy peak hours and navigated our way around the popular local sights including Asakusa, the Pokemon Centre, Harajuku, Meiji Shrine and Akihabara.

After three nights in Tokyo, we caught the bullet train to Japan's former capital Kyoto, where we saw the beautiful Golden Pavillion Kinkakuji and Kiyomizu Temple and watched traditional cultural performances at Gion Corner. We even spotted a few real geishas on the streets! Visiting the peaceful Arashiyama Bamboo Forest was a serene experience and the steep hike to Iwatayama Monkey Park at the top of the mountain was well worth the exercise!

We stayed for three nights in Kyoto before moving on to Osaka where we explored the city's famous sights and enjoyed the fun and thrills of Universal Studios Japan. We even got our shot at fame at Osaka Castle when we were interviewed by reporters of Egyptian TV who was doing coverage of the G8 Summit happening in Osaka then too.

Hiroshima was our next stop where the students and staff visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and toured the area of the WWII Atomic Bomb. It was an eye-opener and touching experience for all.

Our students started their homestay experience with their local Japanese host families the next day and visited the beautiful island of Miyajima, off Hiroshima City. There were many historical wonders and deers roaming freely on the island. Our students had the opportunity to dress up in samurai costumes at Hiroshima Castle which housed real armour and swords from the samurai era.

We visited two high schools where our students got to experience school life as a student in Japan and enjoyed mixing with the local students. Our students also loved their homestay and of course had bashed out some tunes at karaoke by this time!

Students at Gakuin High School

Our final destination was Mr. Regan's old home in Okinawa, where everyone got to see a different side of Japanese culture and its people for two nights. We explored a 450m tunnel complex at the former Japanese Navy Headquarters, an underground headquarters established during the Battle of Okinawa in 1944. We also visited Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, the second largest aquarium in the northern hemisphere and came up close to the magnificent whale sharks. Our students had a fun and splashing encounter with the dolphins too. Check out the video here.

The students were very happy when they met up with some Japanese students whom they have hosted when they visited Perth previously. Everyone was pleasantly surprised by how clean it is everywhere in Japan, even though it is a highly populated country. It is also heartwarming to know how the people are so friendly, honest and trusting - bicycles are left unlocked at train stations and no one steals them! The delicious range of Japanese cuisine and fantastic shopping top it off and make the trip truly enjoyable and memorable for everyone!

Special thanks to our deputy principal Mr. Ciccotosto for his support and leadership rendered and teacher Ms. Kim, who as a second Japanese speaking teacher on the trip was a great help. Their assistance and support provided during the trip is highly appreciated. Most importantly, our students Jasmine Austin, Madeleine Capone, Mitchell Carrall, Andrew Craggs, Peter Davies, Kai Muggeridge, Rhys O'neil and Rebekah Pearsall, Sienna Reeves, Selma Wibowo and Jiayi Xia are highly applauded for their outstanding behaviour maintained throughout the entire trip.

Our next Japan Language Immersion Trip is proposed in 2021 for the year 10 and 11 students and we will be seeking Expression of Interest soon. In the meantime, planning for the 2020 China Cultural Trip is underway. Stay tuned for more details.

Kurt Regan, Teacher-In-Charge (Languages)

Aboriginal Education Update

Djilba - One of the six Noongar Seasons

Djilba is often the coldest part of the year with clear, cold nights and days or warmer windier periods. It occurs around August to September. Djilba is the season of conception and the second rains. Rain fills lakes and waterholes during this season. Djakat (roots) were collected and meat such as weitch (emu), quenda (bandicoot), coomal (possum) and yonga (kangaroo) were traditionally hunted during this season.

Follow The Dream Outreach Program

You may have heard the sad news that the legendary Noongar footballer Polly Farmer has passed away. He was also a great advocate for the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation (GPFF).

People who met Polly Farmer will describe that he was an imposing man, with hands as big as dinner plates and a vice-like handshake. But it was also very clear that he had a passion to help the younger generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children lead successful lives.

The GPFF has partnered with the Department of Education since 2003 to broker industry sponsorship and co-manage the Follow the Dream program. This year, Atwell College in conjunction with Fremantle College, is proud to start our own Follow the Dream Outreach program, starting with 16 of our students in the program.

Noongar Word of the Week

To further promote local Aboriginal Education and culture at the college, we have started sharing regular Noongar language information with the students with a Noongar Word of the Week.

The Noongar word of the Week is Beeliar. Beeliar is one of the clans of the Whadjuk Noongar people. Beeliar Noongar literally means ‘river people’. The area that we know today as the City of Cockburn is Beeliar Boodjar.

A short brochure about Beliar Boodjar is available here.

Note: One may encounter numerous spellings of the word Noongar, given the origins of Noongar as an oral language but this is the spelling convention used by the Department of Education.


As part of HASS Week, we were very fortunate to hear Ms. Gibbs speak about her previous experiences working as a lawyer with Aboriginal people in the Eastern States. She also provided a summary of the history of Aboriginal people since colonisation. Our Year 11 student Shanaya Roach also spoke about her involvement in the Indigenous Cricket team and the importance of Aboriginal culture in her life.

Niki Key also proudly delivered an acknowledgement of the country to her peers in the Year 9 Assembly on Wednesday.

NAIDOC Week at Atwell College

We are currently planning for the NAIDOC Week celebrations at the college in term 4. We are looking forward to acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with our students, staff and community as a way of promoting the message of the National NAIDOC theme for 2019 'Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future'. Keep a lookout for more details.

Toni Singleton, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Coordinator

Library Update

The library staff hopes you had a relaxing break. We have an outstanding program lined up for students in term 3 with a lot of special events coming soon.

Author Special Event - Morris Gleitzman

Australian Children’s Laureate and Australia’s funniest and most loved author, Morris Gleitzman, is being co-hosted by the Library and English Department for Year 7 students on Thursday 12th September between 11.15am-12.15pm. Morris will discuss his stories with the students and there is also the opportunity to purchase Morris’ books and have them signed personally by him. The English Department has distributed order forms for Year 7 students to take home. All order forms are to be returned by Monday 19th August.

Our Reading Champions

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books Champions Term 2, namely Anisha Robinson (Year 7 category) and Bailey Higgs (Years 8-12 category), who have read the most books for term 2. Bpth Anisha and Bailey have won book and movie vouchers.

Congratulations also to Leena Abdulrazzak who was our Reader of the Month for June 2019.

Reading has its rewards in the library!

Our reading champions Anisha, Bailey and Lena

Giant Games Day

The library has recently purchased some giant-sized games – Connect 4, Dominoes, Jenga, Scrabble, Noughts and Crosses, and 10 Pin Bowls. Every second Wednesday lunchtime is Giant Games Day in the library. Come in for some giant fun!

Science Week

We are promoting Science Week 10th-18th August, with an awesome display in the librray. The theme is Destination Moon and the library has a collection of science specimens that are extra creepy and freaky for the students to enjoy.

Overdue reminders

A reminder to all students and parents to please return your library books back on time. Unfortunately, we will have to charge a replacement cost if the library book is not returned, lost or damaged.

Year 12 students

Year 12 students who are leaving the college this year have to ensure all library books and English class set novels out on loan are returned to the library. Library staff will be unable to sign off student clearance forms until all outstanding items are returned or replacement cost if any paid for.

Mrs Nicole McDonagh and Mrs Maree de Haas, Library Officers

ACZE Update

Students from our partner primary schools have joined us in term 3 to work on several courses.

'Entwining History and Literature' is aimed at engaging students in both history and their corresponding literature. Students will learn about defining moments in history and look at the different types of literature that relate to that period.

'Up and About' is for students who have a keen interest in physical activity and being outdoors. This includes not only the practical side but also theoretical concepts of the course. The course endeavours to develop excellent team-building skills through a list of different activities including navigation, roping and problem-solving.

'Little taste of Asia' is designed to give students the opportunity to further develop their understanding of the Japanese and Mandarin languages, cultures and people through a variety of activities, including origami making, manga drawings, songs, arts, history and food.

These courses are available by application for year 5 and 6 students of our Atwell College Zone partner primary schools, namely Atwell Primary, Aubin Grove Primary, Hammond Park Primary, Harmony Primary, Honeywood Primary, Jandakot Primary and Success Primary. If you are interested in finding more information about these courses, please see our website or send an enquiry email to Ingrid.vidot@education.wa.edu.au.

Ingrid Vidot-Emery, ACZE Coordinator

Education Support Update

WAESPAA Showcase

As part of the WA Education Support Principals (WAESPAA) Conference, Atwell College took up the opportunity to showcase our learning programs. The showcase is a special feature of the WAESPAA Conference and highlights the outstanding contribution of Special Education in Western Australia. This event provides an opportunity for educators to share high-level expertise and innovation across our sector. Educators from across the state spent time at our display asking questions and we were happy to share our knowledge.

Online Safety and Cyber Bullying

On FrI 2nd August, Sergeant Kylie Thomas of the WA Police came to the college to speak with our Years 7 – 12 Ed Support students about online bullying and cyber safety. It was a frank and open talk, with many students asking questions and learning about the dangers of being online, the risks and how to keep yourself safe.

These are some of the points that were covered:

  1. It’s easy to feel safe in your room, on your computer talking to friends online. However, you might not have met some of these friends and they can be someone who is pretending to be your friend. They may even be an older person acting your age or as your friend. They may actually be a bad, nasty person who would want to hurt you.
  2. Social media (Facebook, Instagram, snapchat, etc.) can be an excellent way to keep in contact with friends and family but it can be a bad thing as well.nd your friend. They could also be a bad nasty person who could want to hurt you.
  3. If they ask you for your phone number, last name, address or where you go to school, you must NEVER tell them.
  4. NEVER arrange to meet people you have never met before.
  5. Be very careful with what you share. DON’T share pictures of yourself in your school uniform, outside your parent’s car or outside your house. People you can’t trust could find you, even if you don’t want them to.
  6. Everything you post online when you are on social media, gaming or Youtube goes into a public space or the internet and you can’t control who sees it or what they do with it.
  7. It is very important to tell someone such as your parent or teacher if someone you have never met before is asking where you live, your phone number or to meet up with you.
  8. You should also tell someone if you are being bullied online or by text.
  9. If anyone is sending you messages or pictures that make you feel mad, bad or sad – you must tell someone.
  10. Whenever you feel unsafe, unsure or are confused by people online, you must remember to:

Brendon Bleakley, Associate Principal

STEM Update

Society for Underwater Technology

On Thursday 1st Aug, our Year 10 students Dallano MacDonald, Neve Pursey, Jamie Tinline and Joshua Longden from the Year 10 Robotics course represented Atwell College and the School Pathways Program at the Society for Underwater Technologies Video Night at the State Library. The students presented to a group of industry experts, showing the remotely operated vehicle that they have been building in class in preparation for competing in the Subs in Schools Competition. Feedback from the evening was very positive and participants were very impressed with the students' knowledge and skills.

WISE Women Collective Event 2019

Students from Years 9 and 10 attended the WISE Women Collective event 2019. Organised by Murdoch University, the WISE Women Collective explores women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and entrepreneurship and demystified career opportunities in these fields. Students learned how STEM provides them with a platform of skills from which they can launch successful careers into research, education, business, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Erin Nicol, STEM Coordinator

Learning Area Update - English

Atwell College English Department Wide Reading Challenge 2019

The Year 7, 8 and 9 English students have been given the Atwell College-Wide Reading Challenge by their English teachers this year. The challenge involves students reading a range of texts in and outside of class and responding to them in writing. These responses not only go toward students' end of year grades but they attract prizes for the best responses in Years 7, 8 and 9 as well. With our welcoming library filled with hundreds of books, there has never been a better time to enjoy reading. There is also the added incentive of improved English results, coupled with the possibility of winning a $25 book voucher!

English teacher Mr. Vassiliou with Year 9 students Hannah and Tallulah

Lara Duffy, HOLA (English)

Learning Area Update - HASS


Humanities and Social Science (HASS) Week (2nd-9th August) was celebrated by staff and students at the College in week 3 this term. Lunchtime activities were organised by the HASS department including games such as Trench Warfare, quizzes and a Poverty Lunch. The highlight of the week was a speech by teacher Ms. Gibbs who discussed the progression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights from colonisation to the present. Staff and students who attended came away with more knowledge about the rights and struggles of Aboriginal peoples, and recent developments such as the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Thanks to all who supported HASS Week at the college.

Payman Hasani, HOLA (HASS)

Learning Area Update - Languages

Hosting Japanese Exchange Students

It has become a tradition where Atwell College hosts visiting Japanese students during terms 1 and 3 every year. Once again, the college is pleased to have hosted a group of seventeen Japanese exchange students during weeks 2 and 3 of this term.

The mixed group of boys and girls had a fantastic experience, gaining an understanding of Australian family and school life for the first time. It was also an excellent opportunity for our students to learn more about the people of Japan and practice some of the skills they have learnt in their Japanese language classes.

In addition to attending the regular school day and Japanese classes with their buddies, our visiting students participated in many fun and engaging activities that supported the Australian culture and English language. Some of these activities included the following:

  • Netball workshop with our Netball Specialist class students
  • Woodwork Class
  • Having a game of Australian AFL
  • Aboriginal Art Class
  • Baking ANZAC cookies with Year 12
  • Self-Defence Class
  • Visit to Atwell Primary School

There was much interaction among the students and many new friendships formed. Our students look forward to keep in touch with their new friends.

Many thanks to the teachers who volunteered their time for our Japanese visitors and a BIG thank you to all families who hosted and took good care of the students during their stay.

We will have more Japanese students visiting for one week in March. If you are interested in hosting a Japanese student, please contact me at Kurt.Regan@det.wa.edu.au or give me a call at the school.

Kurt Regan, Teacher in Charge (Languages)

Learning Area Update - Science

It was Science Week this week (12-16th August) and the theme is 'Destination Moon: More Missions, More Science'. The college ran activities and challenges during lunch time and Science classes that tied in with the theme to celebrate 50 Years since the first moon landing (1969 – 2019) and everything related to space travel and technology.

  • Science Week display
  • Rocket Display in D block
  • Shiel Escape Room
  • Simulation of Apollo 11 using Programming and Coding with the Sphero
  • Learning about forces involved during flight motion
  • Hidden Messages of Light
  • Big Science Quiz
  • Straw Rocket Challenge

Thea Booth, Acting HOLA (Science)

Learning Area Update - Technologies

Cert II Hospitality

Year 11 & 12 Certificate 2 Hospitality students completed an assessment by catering dinner for Atwell College staff during the Parent-Teacher Night on Wed 31st July.

Students are to be highly commended on the professionalism and outstanding service which they provided and all staff appreciated this.

Lana Tonkin, Teacher In Charge (Home Economics)

Learning Area Update - The Arts

Performing Arts - South of the River Dance Festival

Our Years 7-12 dance students performed at the South of the Swan Dance Festival on the evening of Wednesday 26th June. They did an amazing job entertaining their audience and showcasing their skills learned in the Atwell College dance program. Congratulations to all involved!

David Mueller, Teacher (Dance)

Native Australian Art with visiting Japanese students

We were very excited to work with our visitingstudents from Japan. They examined some of our native Australian plants, including banksia and marri leaves and developed these really interesting drawings.

Year 11 Illustration Drawings

The Year 11s studied the work of Shaun Tan, an illustrator who hails from Perth and is famous for his children’s books including “The Lost Thing”. Using oil pastels, our students created these brightly coloured mythical creatures of their own.

Year 10 Native Australian Painting

Our talented Year 10 Visual Arts students used gouache paint on paper to create these paintings of Australian native animals during Semester One. They worked in the style of Western Australian Aboriginal Artist Sally Morgan, focusing on pattern and borders in their work. These fantastic paintings are now on display in the E Block Arts foyer!

Year 9 Graffiti Art

Our Year 9 Visual Arts class investigated graffiti fonts and both analogous and complementary colours. They then developed their own graffiti tags, using oil pastel. They look pretty cool and are on display in the E Block foyer.

Year 7 Shoe Art

This semester started with our Year 7 Visual Arts students investigating line for these delightful shoe drawings. I was really impressed with the quality of their work. They should be very proud of themselves. These drawings are now on display in the E Block foyer.

Toni Singleton, Teacher (Visual Arts)

News from the School Nurse

Anxiety - How to help your child cope?

All children experience anxiety as part of their normal childhood development. Anxiety is when the level of fear or worry about something is out of proportion to the level of risk or danger. Thinking about the situation makes them more worried and tense.

Some of these anxious feelings include fear, agitation, nervousness, worry and apprehension. Some children find it harder to get these feelings under control and may experience anxiety more intensely and more often than others.

If your child is experiencing anxiety, try to:

  • Acknowledge your child’s fear – don’t dismiss or ignore it.
  • Gently encourage them to do things they’re anxious about but don’t push them to face situations they’re not yet ready to experiece.
  • Wait until they actually get anxious before you step in to help.
  • Praise your child for doing something they’re eager about, rather than criticising them for being afraid.
  • Avoid labeling your child as ‘shy’ or ‘anxious.’

Your child might need some extra support if their anxiety stops them from doing the things they want to do or interferes with their friendships, school work or family life.

If you are worried about your child, feel free to contact us, the School Psychologist or your General Practitioner. For more information about anxiety in children, go to www.raisingchildren.net.au or www.beyondblue.org.au

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

VacSwim enrolments now open!

With swimming pools and beaches a part of our Western Australian lifestyle, it is vital that every child has the opportunity to learn essential swimming and water safety skills.

VacSwim provides children aged five to 17 years with the opportunity to learn to swim during the school holidays at many locations across the State.

Enrolments for VacSwim Oct 2019 and Jan 2020 holiday programs are now open and families can enrol online. Further information and details of fees, locations and how to enrol can be found here.

New Uniform Shop

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Please be reminded that Uniform Concepts, our College uniform supplier, has now opened another new store in Jandakot, much closer to our College and providing easier access for the college community.

The store is conveniently located at 1/35 Biscayne Way, Jandakot, just off the Armadale Road exit of the Freeway and at the rear of many of the large retailers such as Spotlight, The Good Guys and Amart Furniture.

Opening hours are as follows:

  • Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
  • Thursday 9am - 6pm
  • Saturday 9am - 1pm


TISC Application

TISC Application for admission to undergraduate courses in 2020 for local universities* is now open. Please refer to here for a detailed timeline.

* Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia

Curtin University Early Offer Program

Curtin University will be making early offers to students for semester 1, 2020 enrolments.

The Early Offer Program will be open to all Year 12 students who are on track to achieving an ATAR of 70 and above. To be considered for an offer, students must meet the course prerequisites and English competency requirements, and have a predicted ATAR that meets the minimum entry requirement for their chosen course.

Students will still apply through TISC, selecting their chosen Curtin course as their first preference. As part of the process, students will be expected to provide their predicted ATAR via a self-assessed predicted ATAR form.

Successful applicants will receive a Conditional Early Offer that is subject to them meeting Curtin’s entry requirements, course prerequisites and the minimum ATAR required for their chosen course.

The Early Offer Program opened on 5 August and closes on 30 September 2019. A small number of courses, such as competitive courses with quotas and/or high ATAR requirements, will not be included in the program.

Unconditional offers will be sent to students in the December and January offer rounds via TISC once WACE results are released in December.

All information relating to Curtin’s Early Offer Program can be found at study.curtin.edu.au/early-offers.

Apply today to receive your Curtin offer early, ahead of the ATAR exam period. An early offer means you can spend more time preparing for your exams, knowing you’ve got your place at Curtin sorted!

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