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Term 2 is well underway with students heavily involved in NAPLAN testing and exams starting on May 22 for year 10 students. All the assessments and exam results will be collated for the end of semester reports.

Formal reports will be issued in digital format this year via CONNECT. Parents will log in using their login as supplied by Atwell College and the formal report will be available from 4pm on the last school day of this semester, 30 June. Families not having access to CONNECT will be able to receive a printed copy of the report posted from the administration office on Friday 30 June. Please register postal details with the administration if you will require a hard copy of the report. I encourage families to ensure the college has accurate contact information including correct email addresses.

Student health and in particular mental health is at the forefront of the work and actions of the student services team at Atwell College. Structurally the area of the college’s operations is led by Ms Tonia Brown, Deputy Principal and Student Services Coordinators Ms Glendah Migro and Ms Brooke Hughes. Recent media commentary around adolescent mental health has focussed on a popular television series called ’13 Reasons Why’. Themes in the series focus on suicide ideation, bullying and sexual assault. The themes are relevant to the youth of today and families can be assured that the college has fully qualified psychologists, nurses and a chaplain supporting student mental health. I encourage parents and carers to contact the college on any issue concerning mental health of their child to seek support and further advice.

The college has a school uniform code as endorsed by the college. Students are required to meet the requirements of the code at all times. All schools have dress requirements and Atwell College seeks parental and family support in meeting the requirements. Parents are notified regarding their child’s non-compliance regarding uniform and in some cases sanctions are imposed on students when student compliance issues warrant such a response. Families are encouraged to contact the college on uniform issues where necessary.

The college constantly updates social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to keep the community informed of happenings in the college. Please access the Atwell College social media accounts as you please1, feedback from the community indicates a liking for the updates.

Finally I thank the community for the overwhelming support given to the college in the wake of the fire in the resource centre. Builders estimates regarding timelines for reconstruction are yet to be received but I will inform the community as soon as the college is aware of any dates and time schedules for re-construction.

Noel Woodley, Principal

Anzac Ceremony

On the last day of term, Atwell College paused to commemorate ANZAC Day. The ANZAC assembly occurs every year and gives students, staff and community members the opportunity to gather, reflect and remember the sacrifices our defence force personal have made. The assembly is hosted by the year 12 student Senate and includes all of the traditional elements of an ANZAC service plus an address from our Principal Noel Woodley and special guests. This year’s guest was West Australian Senator Glenn Sterle. Senator Sterle spoke of the importance of the ANZAC legend and the role it plays in our national identity. Special thanks to: Senator Sterle, Principal Noel Woodley, teachers Mr Hilton & Miss Jeffries, and members of the student Senate; Andie, Prestina, Teinelle, Crystal & Shania for all their hard work in preparation for the assembly.

ANZAC Day Ceremony

Tom Cazaly, Year 9 Co ordinator

Important Dates
  • Year 10 Exams: Monday 22nd May – Thursday 25th May.
  • Careers Expo Excursion: Friday 25th May.
  • Career Information Evening: Tuesday 13th June 5.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Chooseday (Course selection evenings): Tuesday 20th & 27th June.
  • Watch your emails and CONNECT for further information on these evenings.


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Senior School Examination Semester 1 2017 for ATAR

Normal timetable is suspended for all Year 11 ATAR and 12 ATAR students from Monday 29th May to Thursday 8th June. Normal timetable resumes on June 9th (note this is a correction) for more information visit Atwell College website.

Year 10 Semester 1 Examinations

Monday 22nd May to Friday 26th May. Normal timetable for all year 10 students is suspended for period 1 and 2 each test day. For more information visit Atwell College website.

Consent2Go Important Information for Parents/Guardians

Atwell College is excited to advise that we have partnered with MCB Schools to bring the Consent2Go system to our school. The system will replace our current paper process for obtaining parent permission and consent for school incursions and excursions. The current paper based system is expensive, inefficient, and a huge cost to the environment. Parents/Guardians will be advised when the new system will commence. In using Consent2Go the school will no longer be sending excursion paperwork home with students. If you do not have an email address or internet access, please advise the school so we can add you to the consent2Go paper process.


In term one Year 9 students were visited by the Theatrical Response Group (TRG) as part of the Constable Care program. The TRG delivered a theatrical presentation looking at healthy relationships and issues concerning domestic violence. During the presentation students were actively encouraged to participate and offer ideas for problems raised. This term students will again participate in a program, this time looking at positive behaviours.

Constable Care Child Safety Foundation Incursion

Tom Cazaly, Year 9 Co ordinator


On the second last day of term year 9 students let their hair down and attended a reward excursion to BOUNCE Inc. Cannington. The reward excursion happens every term and recognises those students who have maintained good standing throughout the term. Good standing relates to attendance, uniform and behaviour.

Year 9 Reward Excursion

Tom Cazaly, Year 9 Co Ordinator

Your Sports & Specials Photos are online Now
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Netball specialist Program

Term 2 has started well for the Netball Specialist Program. All year groups are training hard for their upcoming High School Cup competition and respective Zone Carnivals. Saturday netball has also recently started and so the girls are quickly improving their skills and learning new strategies and tactics. We are also excited to announce that Atwell College has now been endorsed by Netball WA. This is very exciting for us as it has been a 5-year goal to achieve. This means that we have developed a very close relationship to the Netball state body and can create further connections within the netball community. A reminder to those girls interested, the state 12U and 15U state trials will be held in August. Please remember to register online via the School Sport WA website.

Jessica Blackmore, Phys Ed Teacher. (Netball)


Year 7 Rugby League Carnival

The Year 7 Rugby League team competed in the NRL WA Specialist Carnival on Tuesday 4th April. It was the first time the team had played together and the first time many of them have played a proper game of Rugby League. They gained points throughout the day which go towards the yearlong competition. The next carnival is on Tuesday 27th June.

Year 9 Rugby League Carnival

The Year 9 Rugby League team competed in the NRL WA Central Carnival on Monday 8th May. Lakeland SHS, Thornlie SHS and Gilmore College were also involved. The boys enjoyed playing six games of Rugby League and ended up coming 3rd overall with a close game against the eventual champions of the day, Thornlie, in the second round. They will now be training for the Touch Football (rugby) carnival in week 7.

Photos left to right: Ash James hit up, Jarred Therkelsen clearance kick, Josh Sloan hit up, Trent Therkelsen running in for a try, Year 7 Team photo, Year 9 team photo

Year 10 Rugby League

The year 10 Rugby League team played their first game of the year against Rockingham Senior High School. Being another Specialist school this was always going to be a tough game but the boys showed a high level of discipline by sticking to the game plan and putting into practise everything they had learnt throughout training in term 1. It was a high quality game of Rugby League and in the end the team was unlucky to go down by 2 points with the final score being 20-18. With 4 games scheduled for term 2 we look forward to continually improving and having another successful term of year 10 Rugby League

Michael Guthrie, Phys Ed Teacher

Year 10 Zone Carnival

In week 10 of term 1 many year 10 students participated in zone carnivals for basketball, soccer, netball or AFL. All teams represented Atwell College with pride showing excellent sportsmanship throughout the day. The boys AFL team managed to come away from the day as undefeated champions of the B grade carnival. The Netball girls also performed exceptionally finishing in second place in A1 division and Champions of B1 division.

Alec Petkovic collects championship banner, Team photo.

Eddie Proudler, Phys Ed Teacher

Curtin University Science Inquiry Workshop Atwell College held on 28 April 2017

The ASELL workshop is designed to assist school teachers in enhancing their existing experiments, and boost student inquiry skills. Inquiry teaching allows students questions and curiosities to drive their learning experience. During the workshop teachers and students worked collaboratively road testing various experiments. Students and staff were highly engaged throughout the day. The enthusiasm demonstrated by all participants highlighted the benefits of such a workshop. Throughout the day students were encouraged to problem solve including designing their own investigations. They were actively involved in making observations, collecting data, analysing that information and drawing conclusions. The skills acquired from the Science Inquiry Workshop can be applied to situations that students will encounter both at school and in the workforce. Surveys taken on the day from teachers and students provided valuable feedback regarding the strengths and weaknesses of each experiment undertaken.

Students taking part in the Science workshop

Our sincerest thanks to the Curtin Science Outreach team, to all CCEN participants and Year 7 AEP students for your support to make this a successful event.

Russell Dymock and Dorothy Yu, Science Teachers

HASS Excursion: CY O’Connor Beach and Climate Change

As part of our studies on climate change Year 10 students have been investigating ways of mitigating and adapting to new climate situations. We were treated to a on-location seminar on the ways in which climate change has directly impacted the beaches in the City of Cockburn. Environmental Officer Linda Metz and Education Officer Claire Dunn took us on a tour along the beach to investigate erosion, carparks, recreational areas, access paths and pedestrian/cycle paths. It was a glorious day with lots of warm sunshine, fresh sea air and a marginally longer bus trip than we had anticipated.

HASS Excursion
Yr 12 Outdoor Education Camp Term 2 2017

Year 12 students from Atwell College recently ventured up to Lancelin for their first expedition of 2017. The camp ran for three days, and involved both the General Outdoor Education class, and the Certificate II Outdoor Recreation class. Students spent their time Body-Boarding and Surfing in the mornings, and Fishing in the evenings, practising and displaying the learnt skills of this semester. The camp is used as an assessment item for the year 12 students, and all who participated achieved excellent results.

Photos: left to right, sunset, dinner, fishing at sunset, surfing

David Winter, Outdoor Education Coordinator

Atwell College reaping benefits of Teach for Australia program

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Cybersafety Forum 2017 eSafety Commissioner

Free workshop on eSafety. Wednesday 31 May. 5.30pm-7.30pm. Cockburn Health & Community Facility. Level 1, 11 Wentworth Parade Success. RSVP by Monday 24 May 9411 3444

New Courses and programs in Home Economics

Exciting new courses, programs and projects this year in Textiles Production. Year 9 and 10 Fashion and, Year 9 and 10 Textiles have been revamped or introduced this year projects include: Emoji key ring, mother’s day heat packs, hoodies, duffle bag, denim skirts, crop tops, travel accessories, scarves and heaps more… We look forward to teaching you all about sewing down in the Home Economics Department. Textiles classrooms will be open during lunch times on Wednesday and Thursday for students wanting to complete their projects and even start extra projects.

Ydear 9 and 10 projects completed by students
Year 11 Sewing Projects

Jessica Cole, Home Economics Teacher

Library Update Term 2

The Library/Resource Centre is now located in the staff room on the second floor of D Block. We are fully functional for classes, private study students and Smart Rider queries and orders. Considering it has been only six weeks since the fire, this is a remarkable achievement, so thanks to everyone who has assisted the library staff. Please return your library books ASAP As we have lost a large part of our book collection please return any library books you have out on loan to us ASAP. There is a plastic tub located at D block reception or a returns tub at the main door of the library on the second floor of D block. We will be following up on outstanding loans this term, so please return to avoid an invoice. Cook the Book Competition We will be running our annual Cook the Book competition in conjunction with Home Economics department. Students and staff can create a cake based on their favourite book or book character. There will be ITunes vouchers for first, second and third prize. The competition closes 9 June. Cakes will go on display in the Home Economics cabinet in the foyer of E Block.

New Library Resource Centre located in D Block Staff room.

Nicole McDonagh and Maree de Haas Library Officers

Year 10 Media Channel 9 Excursion 27th April 2017

Thursday (27th April) the Year 10 Media class had the opportunity to visit the new facilities at Channel 9 News in the heart of the CBD. Students were able to see several departments and their inner workings such as Graphics, Makeup and Wardrobe, Master Control, Editing and Audio, and Production. Some brave students even had a go at delivering an introductory spiel in front of the camera on the spot!

Photos Left to right Jake at main news desk. Mrs Jeffries and Kobe posing by the news desk. Kobe having makeup done. The control room. The interview room.

Krysia Jeffries, Media and Photography Teacher

Music Rocks

This term Education Support have been getting back into “Music Rocks”.

Every Tuesday we have been going over to the music room in the PAC to engage in our many musical talents. We have been learning how to use different musical instruments like the drums, keyboards and guitars. We have made a lot of loud sounds and some awesome beats along with the vocals of from our lovely singing voices. We are all learning how to work together as a group to make a song sound fantastic! “Australia’s Got Talent” here we come!!!!!!

Education Support Students learning various instruments
City of Cockburn

Various programs and activities for school staff and parents: Financial counselling – free workshops on how to manage family finances and tips on consumer rights. Travelsmart – helping schools reduce parking congestion and families to improve health. Coderdojo – free coding fun sessions at the library for 8+ years. Cybersafety Forum – free parent forum for parents/carers of children 7-18 years. School Native Plant Subsidy Scheme – schools in Cockburn can receive free native plants in May. Click link for more information:


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Southside STORM Volleyball

Commencing: Wecdnesday 3rd May 2017. Where: Harrisdale High School, Keane Road, Harrisdale. When: Wednesday evenings 6.30pm-7.30pm. For more information contact Carly Walters 0409 100 281 or via email:

Head lice

A few students this year have been found to have head lice and, these can be spread very quickly around the school via close contact with another student. How to check for head lice. Head lice can be difficult to find. Start by checking the hair close to the scalp, especially behind the ears and at the back of the neck. Look for lice and eggs. If you think head lice may be present, follow these four steps: Step 1: Apply plenty of hair conditioner (generic ‘home’ brands are fine) to dry hair until all hair is covered. The conditioner slows the head lice down so they can be trapped in the comb. Comb the conditioner through the hair with an ordinary comb or brush. Step 2: Separate the hair into sections. Gently comb each section one at a time with a metal fine-tooth ‘nit comb’ (available from most chemists) in four directions – forwards, backwards, left and right. Step 3: After brushing through each section, wipe the conditioner from the comb onto a white paper towel and check towel for dark adult lice and paler hatchlings. You may need to use a magnifying glass and a strong light, such as sunlight, to see the lice, hatchlings and eggs. Continue combing and checking each section until all the hair has been checked. Step 4: When you have finished, rinse the conditioner out and dry the hair.

How do I treat head lice? To treat head lice you must get rid of all the lice. There are two ways to do this: 1. Try the 10-day hair conditioner and comb method every day for 10 days. This breaks the egg laying cycle. Eggs hatch 7 to 10 days after being laid. If you only do this method once and one or two adult head lice are missed, and the cycle of outbreaks will continue. 2 Buy and use head lice lotion or shampoo, and follow the instructions on the packet. There is no need to treat the whole family unless they also have head lice. If your child has head lice please notify the teacher as it is considered a communicable condition and needs to be reported. Under the School Education Act 1999, if your child has head lice a principal may keep him or her away from school until treatment has started. For more information: Request the Head Lice Fact Sheet available from the school or visit:

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