Dear Parents and Carers
The highlight for the remainder of this term centres around ArtNet starting today, Monday 10th September and the Sports Carnivals on Tuesday 11 September and Friday 14 September. ArtNet is an example of what can be achieved between partner primary schools and the local secondary school when working on a collaborative project. The community has seen ArtNet grow from a small collection of art pieces in the then Atwell College library to a major Community Visual Art Festival. Many hundreds of people will visit during the week and will witness an extraordinary visual art display as well as performance based arts events during the evenings.
Year 12 students have entered their final phase of schooling for 2018. Final exams and assessments will start very soon and then farewell events will be upon the students very quickly. I congratulate all the students on their successes and I look forward to seeing the students during the final events. This class of Year 12 students were in Year 7 when I was first appointed as Principal to Atwell College in 2012. The students have seen many changes take place and have seen the College grow into the maturing school that the community can be proud of today.
It is also timely at this point that I announce to the community my intended retirement from the Department of Education. I have decided to retire to spend time with my family and pursue other interests. My last day on the school site will be Thursday 8th November. A new Principal will be appointed for the start of the 2019 academic year. I have seen Atwell College progress to this point with incredible support from the community and with dedication from the entire Atwell College staff. After starting as one of the few schools in the state with Year 7 students on a secondary site, an integrated education support model and with a middle school design in place, Atwell College has matured into a large secondary school offering fantastic opportunities for all students in the Atwell area. I retire knowing that the College has an excellent leadership team in place and with dedicated staff that want the best for all students. I also thank members of the Atwell College Board, both current and previous, for their support and for the support of the Atwell College P&C. Atwell College is an excellent school and will continue to provide all students with fantastic opportunities in education.
Important Upcoming Dates
Notice of Withdrawal from College
For the purpose of planning for our staff resourcing and class timetabling, it would be most appreciated if all parents and carers can advise the College as soon as possible if you are withdrawing your child and that your child will not be returning to Atwell College at the start of Term 1 next year.
In addition, kindly inform the College if there is a change in your forwarding address so that all mails can be redirected to the new address. Thank you for your cooperation.
Mobile Phone Policy
We wish to remind all students that it is a policy of the College that all students are required to have their mobile phones turned off and put away in the bags during class. As such, we seek the understanding and support of all parents and carers not to contact their children during class time. Please call the Student Services if you urgently need to contact your child. Thank you for your cooperation.
Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Points
In order to keep students safe and traffic flowing, please be reminded that parking and student drop off and/ or pick up in the staff carpark near the Main Administration building of the College is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students safe.
We have received a number of queries from parents relating to not receiving or not being able to find emails sent through Consent2Go.
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Feel free to contact consent2go.com for further assistance if required. Thank you.
ArtNet 2018 is coming soon! The annual event, in partnership with Atwell Primary School, Aubin Grove PS, Beeliar PS, Hammond Park PS, Harmony PS, Jandakot PS, Success PS and Fremantle Language Centre will be huge as in previous years.
This year's ArtNet will feature students' work across a variety of themes and media, ranging from painting and drawing to sculpture, digital images, photography and textiles. There will also be performances each evening.
ArtNet 2018 starts Monday 10th September and runs till Thursday 13th September every evening from 5.30pm to 8pm.
10th Year Anniversary Celebration Evening
We are also looking forward to the 10-year reunion of our College foundation staff, students and community members during the ArtNet 2018 on Thursday 13th September. Foundation staff, students and community members are encouraged to register your interest on our College website for catering purposes.
The Resource Centre, a brand new addition to the College after the retrofit from last year’s fire incident, will be open for viewing and tours conducted on the same Thursday evening as well.
We look forward to see everyone at ArtNet 2018. Come celebrate with us our 10th Anniversary and Resource Centre reopening too.
Photography for State or National Sports Players
Atwell College has employed a professional photographer for Wednesday 12th September to take photos of any of our College students who have represented a sport at a state or national level in 2018.
The photos taken will be displayed in the Health and Physical Education section of the College as part of the 'Trophy and Awards' area where all students can see the achievements, winners, pennants and flags, etc.
Any student who would like to be part of this promotion and recognition is to see Mr Harwood directly or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is important to let Mr Harwood know as soon as possible so that bookings with the photographer can be scheduled. Thank you.
Aaron Harwood, Head of H&PE Learning Area and Teacher
Year 7 2019 Enrolments
Please be informed that the closing date for enrolments for Year 7 admissions into the college in 2019 is Friday 21st September. This will assist us in our organisation and planning of the Orientation Day on Friday 30th November and the timetabling of classes for 2019.
Friendly Schools Survey
Over 800 students from our College recently completed the Friendly Schools Survey and the results were very interesting and positive. The results indicated well and truly that most students have a positive experience at Atwell College. The survey will be used to plan more student support programs.
Please visit the College website for the survey results or contact the school if you would like more information or help in understanding the outcomes to the survey.
First Lego League
Atwell College has the largest number of teams competing in the 1st Lego League competition. The College in partnership with our partner primary schools namely Atwell PS, Aubin Grove PS, Hammond Park PS, Harmony PS, Honeywood PS, Jandakot PS and Success PS has entered 8 teams using 6 challenge kits.. This represents the largest entry by any government or private school in the state.
Good luck to all teams!
We have enjoyed celebrating Science Week and Children’s Book Week with some displays. The students were particularly fond of the snake specimens on loan from the Science Department!
Year 12 students - Please return library books ASAP!
Can all Year 12 students please return any outstanding library books, including English class set novels, as soon as possible? Library staff will not be able to sign off the clearance form for graduation if there are any outstanding books loaned out under your name. If you have lost your book, you will be required to pay the replacement cost. Please check with our friendly library staff should you be unsure if you have any outstanding loan items to avoid any last minute inconvenience. Thank you.
Thank you to our library volunteers
Did you know that the library has three volunteers who donate countless hours of their time every week? Many of the amazing activities and collections we have would not be possible if not for the efforts of Carolyn Henderson, Barbara Bougard and Sunethra Weeranarayana. Thank you all so much for the work you do. It is greatly appreciated by the library staff and everyone at Atwell College!
Nicole McDonagh and Maree de Hass, Library Officers
Our Students Make Us Proud
Our budding guitarists creating beautiful music to the ears
Our College guitar players were rated Outstanding at the 30th Western Australia Classical Guitar Enselble Festival held on Saturday and Sunday 25th-26th August 2018. This event is run in partnership with the WA Classical Guitar Society. Well done everyone!
Our young aspiring footy stars - Lochlan Bloomer, Jordahn Scott, Tayla Whincup and Neve Pursey.
On Tuesday 4th September, the District Junior Footy count was held and our College Year 9 student Lochlan Bloomer won the Fairest and Best awards for the district! In the girls competition, our Year 9 girls Jordahn Scott came 4th, Tayla Rose Whincup came 6th and Neve Pursey came 8th. A great achievement as there are hundreds of kids who play in this division.
Neve Pursey, together with Year 9 Jacalyn Harris, has also been selected to attend a Future Female Engineers program during the upcoming October school holidays. Only 30 girls between Years 9 to 12 statewide have been selected to attend this program which will consist of lectures, workshops and site visitss. The girls are looking forward to networking with other STEM likeminded girls too!
(Note: Photos will be provided in next issue of newsletter after girls have attended the program.)
Brad Hitlon, Mathematics Teacher
Leader in the Marking - Samantha Gray
Congratulations to our Year 10 student Samantha Gray for securing a spot at the 'Women in Navy Leadership Camp' at HMAS Stirling, Garden Island WA, commencing 26 September 2018.
The camp, part of the Defence Work Experience Program, aims to develop leadership skills in young women through adventure and other exciting learning activities on board the HMAS Stirling and help them gain insight into life at sea as a Navy Officer. There will also be opportunities for attendees to meet some of the female leaders that have made a successful career in the Navy.
Samantha, who aspires to have a career with the Australian Defence Force is really excited and looking forward to attend the 3 day residential camp together with 20-25 other young women aged 15-18. Congratulations once again!
Janine Daniels, Head of Science Learning Area
Oh, what an Honour - Tallulah Pederson
Congratulations to our Yr 8 NSP player Tallulah Pederson who was chosen to read the ‘Players Oath’ at the Opening Ceremony of the Netball WA Multicultural Carnival on Friday 31st August.
Sharon Dawson, NSP Coordinator and Coach
Outstanding Sporting Achievements
Netball Specialist Program
Well done to all our NSP teams that participated for fun and reward at the Netball WA Multicultural Carnival at the State Netball Centre on Friday 31st August.
Our Year 7 Atwell NSP Blue team won the Yr 7/8 division for pool C at the carnival. Well done to all players!
Thank you to all of our volunteer parents, coaches and umpires from our Years 9-10 NSP program for assisting as officials on the day also.
Sharon Dawson, NSP Coordinator and Coach
Rugby League Specialist Program
On Thursday 30th August, our rugby players participated as 3 teams in the School Sport WA Touch Tournament. Our girls made it into the Quarter Finals but lost 4-3 in a close drop off against Lakeland A. Our boys made it into the Semi Finals played on Monday afternoon but lost 9-8 in a great game against Lakeland A. With over 25 schools involved, we are very pleased with the results and sportsmanship shown by our players. Well done everyone!
Year 9 RLSP Competitions
We kicked-off our year 9 rugby competitions 16th August with a great game against Thornlie Senior High School. After focusing on particular areas throughout our training sessions, we played some outstanding Rugby League and came away with a 12 all draw.
Our boys continued their good form and played against Rockingham yesterday , Thursday 6th September and we won 26-18! What a thrill! Let's hope we continue our winning streak in the other games for the rest of the season.
Michael Guthrie, RLSP Coordinator and Coach
We have had a fantastic group of students from our partner primary schools involved in our Atwell College Zone Extension Program in term 3. Both the students and teachers have had a great time working on these courses and I would like to give a huge thanks to all staff working hard to make these courses exciting and engaging for all students involved.
The new courses for Term 4 will be released in week 9 and available for students to apply to take part.
Jessica Millar, ACZE Coordinator and Mathematics Teacher
Students from the technologies department enjoyed the use of an Augmented Reality Weld Simulator, thanks to Weld Australia and the School Pathways Program.
Augmented Reality Weld Simulator Demonstration
Weld Australia with the support of School Pathways Program provided the use of an Augmented Reality Weld Simulator to students in the Technologies Learning Area of Atwell College. This was an exciting opportunity for students (and staff) to test their welding skills and receive a score based on their accuracy. Students from different year groups completed a number of different welds including, stick, mig and tig and were able to use their results as evidence for their courses.
Augmented Reality Training is already being used in Europe to train skills from dentistry to electricians. While virtual reality weld training has been around for a number of years, the implementation of augmented reality has improved the training significantly.
Students and staff enjoyed the experience and are able to use the results to improve their welding practice.
STEM USA Tour 2020
A parent information evening was held on Tuesday, 28th August for parents of current Years 6-8 students who are, or will be studying Coding, Robotics, Electronics, Computer Aided Drawing (CAD), Metal Technologies, Introduction to Mechatronics or are in the Academic Extension Program at Atwell College. The evening was well received by parents and we are now looking at forming a tour group.
Any parents who missed the opportunity to attend the first information night, but would like further information please contact Erin Nicol at email@example.com by Friday, 21st September.
Erin Nicol, STEM Coordinator and Mathematics Teacher
PEAC Term 3 Update
Primary school students attending the PEAC Vertical Garden course at Atwell College brought their designs home last week. The gardens looked amazing!
YEAR 12 CERTIFICATE II IN COMMUNITY SERVICES
The Year 12 Certificate II in Community Services class hosted a Play Group session in the Home Economics classrooms on Wednesday 5th September. Three home daycare groups visited our College and the very interactive and busy experience was enjoyed by all present.
Narelle Millar, Technologies & VET teacher
YOH Festival 2018
The Atwell College Dance Club students performed at the Youth on Health (YOH) Festival at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on the night of Tuesday 4th September. They did an amazing job and won the Artistic Performance Award. Well done to all of the students involved.
David Mueller, Dance Teacher
Year 12 Past, Present and Future Primate Excursion
Wednesday 29th August dawned with students from the Yr 12 Human Biology classes waking with a feeling of child-like enthusiasm. They did not quite know why and then comprehension smashed upon them. Today was ZOO day! The weather forecast was miserable, but the students were ready. After being herded by the expert shepherd Ms Yu and driven in the school bus by the she-can-do-anything Miss Daniel, students were excited to arrive at the gates. A small pruning issue delayed the entry but we were in and away on our task. Despite some changes to the exhibits and inconvenience caused by renovations, our students learnt about ischial callosities, the signs of spring in primates, the differences between the various groups and the trends across the primate order. We also caught up with students from our partner schools, but as Miss Daniel forbade any enlargement of the gene pool, polite distances were maintained. The favourite primate exhibit was without doubt the Emperor Tamarin, while everyone had to see the elephant. And the excretion habits of the rhino certainly caused some confusion! Overall, the weather was kind to us and it was a great day in solidifying our students' understanding of the primate order. Huge thanks to Perth Zoo!
Year 10 Excursion to Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
Monday 27th August and Tuesday 28th August saw the majority of class 10-6 and 10-5 travel to Nedlands to experience the brave new world of medical genetics as part of their Biology course.
Students learnt about the tools used by scientists, extracted their own DNA, experienced the frontier of medical and research ethics, and used actual professional grade commercial cells in a real research laboratory setting. They learnt and experienced first-hand the reasons for the extreme safety precautions, and began to develop the fine motor skills associated with laboratory research.
This was the very first time students at Atwell College have had the opportunity to experience authentic genetic research techniques. Overall, students most enjoyed using the research grade equipment, but most enjoyed extracting their own DNA.
Our sincere thanks to the staff at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research for the experience.
Janine Daniel, Head of Science Learning Area and Teacher
Our Year 9 students have recently returned from an educational trip to Canberra, Australia’s National Capital from 19th to 25th August. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs and activities with a focus on Australia’s history, culture and heritage.
Our students first arrived in Sydney on Sunday 19th August and everyone was very excited to see Australia’s iconic landmarks of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge close up. A trip to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Taronga Zoo as well where students got to see animals from koalas to giraffes and meerkats.
After a fun filled day in Sydney, our students travelled to Canberra by coach bus on Monday afternoon all in time to experience first-hand the changing of a Prime Minister and the Australian Government in upheaval. Students eagerly witnessed question time at the Parliament House and were most fascinated by the behaviour of our politicians and seeing how it all worked. Students built on this knowledge and experience further with visits to the Old Parliament House and Government House in addition to meeting our Labor Member for Fremantle Josh Wilson. Not only did our students managed to delve into the hype of politics but they also had the opportunity to venture into other elements of Australian culture. A visit to the Australian Institute of Sport gave our budding athletes some inspiration and insight into what it takes to be amongst Australia’s leading competitors and with a trip to The Australian Mint, our students were able to see the medals made for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Our time in Canberra was incredibly exciting and rewarding and certainly framed what the students now know about Australian politics.
We finished our trip up on Mount Kosciuszko, on the slopes of Perisher. Students were given the chance to ski in the snow and had lots of fun making snowman and throwing snowballs, mostly aimed at Mrs. Migro and Mr. Proudler. This magnificent scenery was the first glimpse of snow for some and getting to spend a few days learning to ski and/ or perfecting the art was great fun and the highlight of the trip for many of the students.
Being part of this group, along with the endless support of staff Edward Proudler, Glendah Migro and Nicole Fleming, was an incredibly rewarding experience. The teachers were very impressed with the maturity, patience and motivation displayed by our students throughout the trip and the students are highly commended for how well they represented Atwell College. I hope that this will be an experience which they will always remember fondly.
Sincere Acknowledgement and Thank you
With our 2018 Canberra Trip over recently, Atwell College would like to acknowledge once again the support of the Commonwealth Government through the PACER (Parliament and Civics Education Rebate) program. The PACER, an inititative of the Australian Government, provides some financial subsidy for students in Year 4-12 across Australia to travel to Canberra, the nation's capital. The subsidy is based on the distance travelled and the greater the distance, the greater the subsidy amount.
Through the support of PACER, our College students have each received $240 this year, a significant discount for parents and carers, whilst giving our students a wonderful opportunity to experience and see first hand the amazing sites in Canberra. Planning is already underway for Canberra 2019 as we speak!
Josie Robinson, English Teacher
Education Support Principals' Lunch
Atwell College hosted a school tour for a group of country based and interstate Principals on Wednesday 22nd August. The tour wound up with a lunch catered for by Atwell College Hospitality and Education Support students. The general consensus from the Principals was that food quality and service was exceptional.
Brendon Bleakley, Associate Principal - Education Support
Visit by Japanese mayor and students
Atwell College hosted a visit to Atwell College by the Japanese mayor and 20 students from Nishiwaki High School, Japan on Tuesday 21st August. Atwell College supports a student exchange tour to Japan once every 2 years and planning is now underway for a return visit by our students next year.
Kurt Reagan, Head of Language Learning Area and Teacher
Year 8 AEP HASS - Geography Competition
During Week 6, our HASS students from class 8.1 engaged in a competition to build 3D models of the three types of tectonic plate boundaries. Working in teams of three, they had 4 lessons to conceive, plan and build informative, educational models that would be shown in an exhibition for their class. After the exhibition, the students assessed and critiqued all entries across four categories, namely Quality of Construction, Creativity, Design and Informative / Educative value. Minor winners were awarded for winning each separate category but the over winning team comprised of Tallulah Pederson, Naysa Joseph and Lezhang Zhou. Congratulations to our winners pictured below with their models and prizes.
Payman Hasani, Head of HASS Learning Area and Teacher
Visit from Chief Scientist, Bone Marrow Transplant Lab
Thursday 16th August saw another first for Atwell College – the visit of a practicing commercial scientist to the school. Mr Paul Chiappini, Chief Scientist from the Bone Marrow Transplant Laboratory, presented to two Yr 8 AEP classes and the Yr 11 Human Biology class. From the moment he walked through the door, dwarfed by a trolley full of exciting kit like liquid nitrogen, we knew he was going to be a hit! Students were put through their paces and experienced in our classrooms an hour the life of a transplant scientist, gowning up, using the kit and exploring the lifestyle. Truly a marvellous experience. Our thanks to Paul for being so keen to come in and share his love for and wonder in Science with our students.
CCEN Cockburn Central Education Network Science Expo
In a first for Atwell College, our students were involved in creating Science Week projects. The theme was Game Makers and Game Changers, with students selecting a landmark Scientific event, researching it, and then displaying their learning about the event in a manner of their choice. Our partner primary schools gave their students more direction, with only a few themes available for students to choose from. By Wednesday 15th August, student projects began to arrive in a veritable avalanche of wonder. From functioning bee houses to sets of encyclopaedias, from galaxies to double helixes, the staff room at the College was transformed into a Gallery of Science History. The Science commenced promptly at 3pm, and Mr Upton from Atwell College officially welcomed all exhibits at 4pm. Approximately 500 students, parents and community members attended the fair. From Atwell College, Science Promotion teacher Mr Gray and AEP Coordinator Mr Dymock were the makers and changers; and for our primary schools, Mr Upton sought to change the world of the students. Our thanks to the administration team at Atwell College for their support of the event.
Scitech at Atwell College
Tuesday 7th August was a special S day - S for Science and S for Scitech. The entire Year 8 cohort attended a 45 minute presentation on the future of Science 'Beyond Chemistry, Beyond the beaker.' Our two lovely presenters from Scitech worked the students through what STEM careers might look like in the future when they finish school. We thank SCITECH for visiting our school.
Janine Daniel, Head of Science Learning Area and Teacher
Engineering Excursion to the Australian Marine Complex
On Friday 10th August, six of our students with a keen interest in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) were very fortunate to attend an excursion to the Common User Facility at the Australian Marine Complex. The excursion was made possible by the generous support of Gail Manton as part of the Department of Education’s School Pathways Program and the Australian Defence Force funding.
The students first attended a lecture on information about the Common User Facility before touring the complex. The highlight of the tour was viewing the Transporter Modules (remote controlled flatbed trailers with hundreds of wheels and axles) which can carry a payload of 4652 tonnes and culminating in an extensive tour of the Floating Dock. Students were able to visit the control room of the Floating Dock and view the computers and software used to load small ships and submarines onto the dock.
An exciting outcome of the excursion was that students doing Certificate II in Engineering were able to see the actual usage of plumb bobs (one of the projects they had be working on in their course) on the dock. The plumb bobs are hung vertically to determine the centreline of the dock as the ships and submarines are being loaded. They are a great example of technology that is thousands of years old juxtapositioned alongside the latest computing technology at the Australian Marine Complex.
Payman Hasani, Head of HASS Learning Area and Teacher
News from the School Nurse
R U OK?
Got a niggling feeling that someone you know or care about it isn’t behaving as they normally would? Perhaps they seem out of sorts? More agitated or withdrawn? Or they’re just not themselves. Trust that gut instinct and act on it.
By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up. If they say they are not ok, you can follow our conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.
At Atwell College, we are committed to supporting the mental health of everyone within our school community. Our student services team consists of dedicated school staff, two school nurses, two school psychologists, a chaplain and dedicated attendance officers who are only too willing to help out where they can.
The school is hosting a range of activities throughout this term promoting the positive mental and physical health of our students culminating with R U OK? Day on Thursday 13th September (Week 9).