Atwell College is celebrating 10 years. So much has happened in the 10 years that it is impossible in a few paragraphs to describe the journey the College has been on with the community in the planning and development of Atwell College. From embryonic beginnings as an inclusive school for Year 7 and Year 8 students in a middle school arrangement, the college is now firmly established with an enrolment of 1430 students, offering a comprehensive and inclusive curriculum to all students.
To celebrate 10 years of quality education, the College is welcoming foundation students, staff and community members the opportunity to interact with current staff and students at the annual ArtNet exhibition in September (Week 9 of Term 3). Details are available in the newsletter, social media and the Atwell College website. Registration of contact details can be found on the College website. The information will assist with catering purposes and further information connected to the function. I encourage all persons connected to the establishment of Atwell College to make contact and assist in making the 10 year celebration a time to renew acquaintances and friendships.
During the 10 years history of Atwell College, many things have changed in the world of education. Exams and standardized testing have come to the forefront of education with NAPLAN testing for Year 7 and Year 9 students, OLNA for all students who don’t qualify their literacy and numeracy skills through NAPLAN and EST and ATAR exams for Year 11 and Year 12 students. When Atwell College first started, it was one of the few schools in the state that had Year 7 students on a secondary senior high school campus. This has changed dramatically with Year 7 students part of the general enrolment in all secondary schools today.
The challenge for Atwell College and many schools going forward will be the health and wellbeing of students within a changing world dominated by social media and technology including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based curriculum. The College is well prepared to meet the challenge and has extremely capable teaching and school support staff.
Important Upcoming Dates
PUPIL FREE DAY
Please be informed that it will be Pupil Free Day on Friday 1st June and WA Day on Monday 4th June. All students return to school on Tuesday 5th June.
Did you know that Atwell College turned 10 this year?
As part of celebrating the provision of 10 years of secondary education to the community, Atwell College has events and activities planned to mark the occasion. A major event will be the integration of a return to Atwell College evening tied in with the Annual ArtNet exhibition. This evening will be for foundation staff, students and community members and will be held on Thursday 13th September 2018.
To ensure you don't miss out and stay in the loop on our 10th Annivesary Celebrations, register your interest onhttp://www.atwellcollege.wa.edu.au/view/10th-anniversary
Help us to spread the information around too!
Next P&C Meeting
The next P&C meeting will be on Wednesday 30th May 2018, 6:00-7:30pm at the College Conference Room in the Main Administration Building.
The P&C welcomes and encourages your participation in our College community. If you'd like to get more involved in the College, then coming along to a P&C meeting is a great place to start. Everyone is welcome to attend..
Atwell College Academic Extension Program
Current Year 6 students who wish to gain entry into the Atwell College Academic Extension Program (AEP) for Year 7 in 2019 can now apply by downloading and completing our online application form.
Check out our College website http://www.atwellcollege.wa.edu.au/view/education-programs/academic-extension-program today for more details on the AEP progam and application process. Applications close on Tuesday 5th June.
Rugby League Specialist Program
Year 6 trials for entry into Atwell College 2019 Year 7 RLSP is on Wednesday 20th June 2018.
We are now accepting applications and all applications must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or handed in by Tuesday 19th June 2018.
For more details about the program and obtain an Application Form for the trials, check outhttp://www.atwellcollege.wa.edu.au/view/sport/rugby-program
Netball Specialist Program
Year 6 trials for entry into 2019 Year 7 NSP is on Wednesday 27th June 2018.
We are now accepting applications and all applications must be emailed to email@example.com or handed in by Monday 25th June 2018.
For more details about the program and obtain an 'Expression of Interest' Form for the trials, please refer tohttp://www.atwellcollege.wa.edu.au/view/sport/netball-program
New Canteen Menu
D Block Entry
We would like to remind all students, parents and careres that the D block entry is no longer functional and the doors have been decommissioned. Students will need to use all other entry points to enter/exit the College. All visitors will need to report to the main administration building.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Reopening of Library and Resource Learning Centre
Experience the WOW factor in our newly refurbished Library and Resource Centre. Students and staff have been enjoying the amazing library space, new book collections and lunchtime activities since we reopened at the beginning of Term 2. Every morning before the lessons start, many students are often seen reading books, chatting with friends or just relaxing on the comfortable seating around in the library. At lunchtime, some of the fantastic activities students can enjoy include:
Mondays - Chess Club & Yoga
Tuesdays - Relaxation & Mindfulness
Thursdays - Movie & popcorn
Board games, puzzles, card games, gaming with PS4 and craft activities can also be enjoyed throughout the week.
Library staff are so pleased with our new library and collections, a result of a lot of hard work from many people. Much research and thought has gone into the planning of this dynamic, 21st century learning space. We sincerely thank everyone who was involved and supported us through a challenging year and thank all students for being so patient during the renovations. We now have a world class library space that the school community can enjoy. We love it and we know you will too!
Nicole McDonagh and Maree de Haas, Library Officers
Our Students Make Us Proud
Abigail Vi & Abi Hicks
Atwell College NSP would like to celebrate and congratulate the recent success of 2 of our athletes. Our Year 10 students, Abigail Vi and Abi Hicks, have been selected for their respective regions - South-East Demons and the Coastal Netball Region in the 18 & under squads for the Western Australian Netball League (WANL) 2018.
We are very proud of their commitment to their training and development at all levels; school, club, association and region. We wish them future success on their player pathway and a fantastic netball season!
Sharon Dawson, NSP Teacher and Coordinator
Christopher and Mitch Payne
We are very happy to announce that two of our students, brothers Christopher (Year 12) and Mitch (Year 9) Payne, together with 28 other participants represented Australia at the WATA Open Intercontinental Taekwondo Championship and International Clubs Open Taewkondo Championship 2018, held in Osaka, Japan from 21st-22nd April. There were 861 competitors from over 15 countries participating at this competition.
This was Chris’ second Open International Competition. He dominated his first two rounds to qualify for the gold medal round. Matching up against a taller opponent from the Hong Kong National team, his third round was closely fought ending 6 all after three rounds to go into a Golden Point final round decider. After a tough battle, Chris was successful in landing the first point score to bring home the Gold medal for his division.
Mitch also participated for the first time in in an Open International Competition. He put up a brilliant effort with patches of clear domination and some spectacular execution of Taekwondo kicks, coming equal third and bringing home a Bronze medal.
Congratulations and Well Done, Chris and Mitch!
Pippa Ralston, VET Coordinator
Aliyah Tanonef & Liana Tuhakaraina
We are very happy to announce that two of our students, Aliyah Tanonef & Liana Tuhakaraina, are part of an Under 14s All Girls Rugby team who recently travelled to Hong Kong to compete in the ALL GIRLS RUGBY 7S TOURNAMENT, the world’s largest female youth rugby tournament. The team went through undefeated and took out the Cup Final.
Congratulations and Well Done, Aliya and Liana!!!
South of the Swan Dance Festival
Atwell College has once again been invited to perform at the South of the Swan Dance Festival at Octagon Theatre, UWA on Wednesday 20th June 7:30pm. We’ve been involved in the festival for the past ten years and the students have always had a great time, gaining experience and building their confidence whilst having fun and making new friends. Our Dance Students from years 7-11 are involved in this exciting performance opportunity and have been learning their dances in class since the beginning of this year. It’s already looking great and we would love to have everyone come and watch the performance. Your presence and support will definitely be most appreciated! Information about tickets purchase will be released shortly.
David Mueller, Dance Teacher
Outstanding Sporting Achievements
Netball Specialist Program Results Update
5 teams from our Year 9 and 10 Netball Specialist Program competed at the North Carnival for the SSWA Champion School Cup on Thursday 24th May. Our teams 10.1 and 9.1 were placed 1st and undefeated all day! Our team 9.2 was placed a close 2nd in their respective zones propelling them into the next stage of the competition – SSWA Interzone Finals. Our team 10.2 is still waiting for pending results but they have made a huge effort to race for second pending confirmation of results. Our team 9.3 fought gallantly and finished a commendable 3rd.
To add on to the outstanding results, we would like to share an email that we have received from one of the umpires Vanessa M.
"I had the privilege of umpiring your Atwell 1 (year 10) girls, coached by Taryn, today at Kingsway. You should be very proud of the way they conducted themselves. I’ve never in my 6 years of umpiring, umpired a nicer bunch of girls. They were respectful and played really nice clean games. Thank you!"
Well done girls. We are so proud of each and everyone of you!
Our Year 8s have also had great success with all 3 teams finishing in top 2 for their respective zones at the South Carnival #1 for the School Sport WA High School Cup. Our teams will now compete at the next round of Interzone Finals in June so stay tuned!
Our Year 7s also made pleasing progress at the Year 7 Zone Carnival with Teams 1 and 3 coming in 2nd overall and Team 2 4th overall for their respective divisions. Together with the assistance of our Year 10 NSP coaches, all teams enjoyed the experience, worked hard and learnt lots!
Atwell College Zone Extension (ACZE) Term 2 Programs
Students from our partner primary schools have joined us in term 3 to work on Sustainability in a variety of subject areas. The sustainable textiles course looks at environmental factors involved in the textiles industry and students are designing and creating their own pencil case. The Edison robotics courses looks at the use of robots in society to deal with environmental issues alongside other problem solving activities. The Horrible Histories and Gritty Geography course explores our incredible planet and students design their own sustainable towns.
The ACZE program is open to all students in years 5 and 6 from our 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 visit our website or send an enquiry email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Millar, Mathematics Teacher and ACZE Coordinator
Atwell College Zone (ACZ) Robotics Club
Students from Atwell College and local primary schools participate in the ACZ Robotics Club held on Wednesday after school. Students participate in 90-minute sessions undertaking collaborative problem-solving activities based on the design, construction, coding/programming, testing and modification of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robots.
Progress through collaborative problem-solving activities are guided by Mr Hilton and Mr Burrows from the Atwell College Mathematics Departments, who act as coaches, alongside Atwell College students who support and encourage the students to formulate, develop and test their own solutions.
These open-ended, enquiry-based learning tasks are designed not only to complement the students’ learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, but to further support their ongoing development in the General Capabilities under the Australian Curriculum.
Students are looking forward to forming teams next term to participate in the First Lego League competition. Atwell College participated in this competition for the first time in 2017, taking first place in the Robot Challenge category. We look forward to seeing how well this year's entrants perform!
Erin Nicol, ACZ Robotics Club Coordinator
Year 10 Try-A-Trade Program
Week 3 of this term saw 12 of our Year 10 students complete a 3 day ‘Try-A-Trade’ program with MPA Skills in Jandakot. The students were exposed to skills relevant to the plumbing and painting industry areas. They gained knowledge in Occupational Health and Safety, made cricket wickets to practice joining pipes, learnt how to prepare surfaces and execute various painting techniques amongst other valuable skills. The boys enjoyed the experience and some are excited to explore these career options further.
Any year 10 student who has an interest in working in a trade can see Miss Nicole Roberts or Miss Brooke Hughes to put your name down for any future programs.
Nicole Roberts, Year 10 Coordinator & Brooke Highes, Student Services Years 10-12
CTF Scholarship Program
2018 saw the launch of the Construction Training Fund (CTF) Scholarship Program with over 150 Year 11 students across WA beginning their two-year journey towards a Certificate II in Building & Construction or Plumbing.
The program delivers the Certificate II Programs - 52848WA-Trades, 52825WA-Business and 52700WA Plumbing, and includes an extra 20 hours of specialised training designed to ensure these groups are the most sought after by employers when looking for an apprentice or trainee.
The program is 100% funded by the Construction Training Fund and delivered by partner Registered Training Organisations (RTO) that successfully tendered for the program in 2017.
Two of our Year 11 students Braeden Henderson and Cody Pottier, secured a place in the program this year after an intensive application and interview process. They were also required to attend out-of-hours information sessions along with their parents and guardians.
Congratulations and well done Braeden and Cody!
Pippa Ralston, VET Coordinator
Atwell College group of students enjoyed an excursion organised by AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) and hosted by Notre Dame University on Tuesday 22nd May. The agenda was jam packed with personal development activities, team building games and amazing food.
Brendon Bleakley, Associate Principal
STEM Scitech Challenge Day
A team of four Year 7 and 8 students represented Atwell College at the annual Scitech Challenge Day on Thursday 10th May 2018. This is a great opportunity for students to compete with gifted and talented students from other schools. The theme for this year was water purification. Students participated in a series of activities experimenting with water filtration before they designed their own water filter. Congratulations to Tate Evans (Year 8), Caitlyn Henderson (Year 8), Cayd Evans (Year 7) and Stephanie King (Year 7) for doing an excellent job representing our College.
Erin Nicol, Mathematics Teacher
Parliament House Excursion
Ms Potter, Miss Gibb and Mrs Babb took the two year 7 HASS Academic Extension classes to Parliament House on Wednesday 9th May. The students thoroughly enjoyed their time there. They were able to meet the Hon Roger Cook, MLA and the visit reaffirmed what the students have been learning in their Civics and Citizenship classes. Each student received a Parliament House pin as a souvenir at the end of the visit.
Linda Potter, HASS teacher
As an extension of our trip to the RAC bstreetsmart exhibition on Thursday 5th April, a visit from car crash survivor Konnah Ruru was organised on Wed 9th May to speak to our Year 11 cohort about his experiences and the car accident that left him in a coma and now a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. Presenting an extended version of his story from the exhibition, he left a lasting impression on the entire group with his impactful discussion. The level of engagement was impressive, demonstrating the devastating consequences of road trauma and driving home clearly positive road safety messages. A big thank you must go to Konnah and Paraplegic Benefit Fund (PBF) Australia for such a compelling story that will no doubt be remembered by each student in the audience.
“Don’t fall for peer pressure and get into a car with someone if they have been drinking. Be a good friend and stop someone from drinking and driving, or getting into a car with a drunk driver.”
Steve Francis, Year 11 Coordinator
Atwell College ANZAC Ceremony
We commemorated ANZAC Day this year in a whole school service on Wednesday 11th April. The service was hosted by Senate President Oprah Chikandwa and Vice President Jack Holt. We were honoured by the presence of Deputy Premier Roger Cook (represented by Katharine Longley) and the address to the student body by Federal Member for Fremantle Josh Wilson.
We were especially proud to have three of our students in their capacity as Australian Air Force Cadets perform ceremonial duties as part of the service. The Flag Party consisted of Cadet Corporal Brayden Soulsby (Year 12), Leading Cadet Lachlan Smart (Year 12) and Cadet Jacalyn Harris (Year 9), all from No. 703 (City of Fremantle) Squadron AAFC. CCPL Soulsby and LCDT Smart also laid a wreath on behalf of all students and staff at the College.
Hester Ovenden, HASS Teacher and PGP Coordinator
City of Cockburn ANZAC Youth Parade
Atwell College was invited by the City of Cockburn to attend the ANZAC Youth Parade on Wednesday 11th April. 2 of our student representatives, Belone Kabamba and Cullen Mackie, were selected to represent the school. The parade started at the City of Cockburn carpark where everyone marched to Spearwood Avenue to the sound of bagpipes and to the RSL Memorial Park, Field of Poppies, for the service. Both students represented the college to a high standard and were extremely respectful throughout the duration of the event.
Steve Dimech, Year 12 Coordinator
Atwell College Arts Program
Years 11 & 12 Certificate II Visual Arts
In Term 1, our Year 11 students started working on ceramic coil pots and their finished work is now on display in the library. This is part of the course curriculum of the Certificate II in Visual Arts - CUA20715 which the students are working towards attaining. This course is a two year program auspiced by our Registered Training Organisation, VETIS Consulting Services, RTO Code 52499.
In addition, we are fortunate to receive some fabulous display boards to exhibit our student work on this term. Here are some drawings produced by our Year 11 & 12 students which are currently on display in the E Block foyer on our new display boards.
These drawings will be displayed with many other students’ artworks at our ARTNET exhibition in Week 9 of Term 3. ARTNET is our annual Arts showcase where we display the artwork from students in Atwell College and our partner primary schools.
Year 10 Portrait Drawings
Our Year 10 Drawing students each selected a person who inspires artistically, culturally, historically or personally. The year 10’s then scaled up a photo to produce these large A1 charcoal portraits.
Year 7 Colour Wheel Mandalas
Our Year 7 students explored the colour wheel, tints, tones and shades in Visual Art and developed these fantastic colour wheel mandalas.
Toni Singleton, Visual Arts Teacher
Year 9 PBS Laser Corps Excursion
65 of our Year 9 students who displayed Postive Behaviour both socially and academically this term were rewarded with an excursion to Laser Tag on Tuesday 10th April. There were lots of challenges, excitement and great bonding fun shared among students and teachers.
Well done and keep up the good work!