Atwell College


Maths Summer School 2017/2018

During the summer holidays of 2016 and 2017, Atwell College has conducted a Mathematics summer school as an activity designed and completed through the Atwell College Mathematics Academy. On a volunteer basis, most of the College's Mathematics staff gave up 5 days of their annual leave to support self-nominated students in their completion of the summer school.

This past summer, the Mathematics Academy arranged for the summer school to be conducted at Murdoch University where the students completed activities based around Mathematics problem solving and the use of graphics calculators. The results of students attempting ATAR level mathematics has improved considerably because the students have improved confidence in their ability to be successful with difficult Mathematics. 104 students from Atwell College completed the Mathematics Academy summer school this year in the week preceding the start of school.

Here are some comments supporting the great work done by the staff and students from Atwell College.

Just wanted to give some positive recognition to Atwell College. Many will not know the Maths Department teachers in their own time have run a 'summer school' programme for students doing ATAR maths next year and beyond. My son has got so much out of this programme, it was of no cost to us, and I really am still blown away that these teachers would give of their precious holidays to help these students. So appreciative.
- Melinda Fowler

This is the second year they've done it. How great for our students to get a taste of Uni life at Murdoch campus too. Such a great free program.
- Mel Pursey

Kudos to the teachers as well as the students who are participating. Is Mr Lai still at AC? He was lovely and spent a lot of his own time assisting students and communicating with parents, and you could tell he really cared about his students.
- Danielle King

Yes my daughter is thoroughly enjoying it, she said that she has learnt so much more in 4 days than 11years at school!!
- Amanda Munro

My daughter has been there all week and has gained so much already, she is feeling positive about ATAR and that has made her more determined to go to Uni.. well done Atwell!!
- Lindsay Wilcock

My son has always loved and attended holiday programmes. As you say, ran by great quality teachers.
- Samantha Holt

90 year 11 & 12 students attending from what I read? Kudos to the teachers and college, my daughter is really enjoying the week.
- Wendy Gauci

Thank you for sharing! I agree that there are so many positives that dont get posted about Atwell College. I have also taken advantage of the homework club on Thursdays ... also run by the Math trachers in their own time!  
- Janean Huntley

My son admired the maths teachers at AC so much he is studying to be one.
- Jodi Ward

Great post... my son attended for the first time and enjoyed it, on the way home boys were saying the teachers did it voluntarily which is awesome.
- Donna Pascoe

Both of my kids are attending also and are getting a lot out of it.  
They are also providing free snacks and drinks and lunch for all.  
A big thank you to Atwell college and the staff.  
- Millsy Roylance

Photos of the summer school will be posted soon.

Easter School Holiday

As Easter occurs during Term 1 this year, please be informed that Atwell College will be closed on Friday 30 March 2018, Monday 2 April 2018 and Tuesday 3 April 2018. Please see the education department website for more details. Thank you.

Years 9 & 10 Elective Change - Last Day  

Please be informed that the last day for change of Elective subjects for Year 9 & Year 10 students will be on Wednesday, 14 February 2018.

College Photo Day Years 7 to 12 

Our College Photo Day is Monday, 12 Feb. The Catch-up day is on Mon, 19 Feb. Please ensure that students look their best in the correct school uniform & bring their completed personalised Fotoworks Photo Order Envelope, which will be sent home with students Wed 7 Feb.

D Block Entry

Please be aware that there have been some changes to the entry points at the College this year. 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 front office.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

China Expedition 2018

Calling all Year 9s and 10s studying Chinese Mandarin in 2018........Join us in our Atwell College China Expedition 2018!!!

We are planning that to be during the last two weeks of term two after Semester One exams (tentatively 15th to 29th June 2018)

Some of the amazing sights and places that we will visit include:

Beijing – Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tianmen Square;

Mount Songshan – Shaolin Temple;

Xi'an – Terracotta Warriors

Yangtze River – Three Gorges Dam & River Cruise

Yueyang – Sister city of Cockburn, school visit;

Shanghai – Disneyland, School visit, The Bund, Suzhou Gardens, Zhouzhuang Water Town.

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Numbers are limited to 12 students so you must respond ASAP and not later than 2 February 2018.

Finalization of tour participants will take place at the beginning of week two of term one, 2018.

*This notice will also be posted on the appropriate Connect class pages.

Email for more details and/or to register your interest today!

Years 7-10 Semester 2 Reports are now available on CONNECT

Semester 2 2017 student formal reports for Years 7-10 are now available to parents/guardians electronically through parent CONNECT account. Thank you.

Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Laptop Program

2018 will see several changes to the technology infrastructure at Atwell College.

It is now possible for all students to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to the college and use them in digital lessons when required.

Bring your laptop along and join the school wireless network to engage in lessons with more focus towards digital delivery.

You are also able to download the Office365 suite for free to use at home and whilst at school.

Atwell College would like to encourage all parents to invest in a BYOD solution for digital lessons. Students with their own BYOD receive an enhanced learning experience.

We have online portals with selected machines from vendors such as JB Hi-Fi, Winthrop and CDM that parents can go to and get amazing pricing on devices that have been selected by local vendors to meet the minimum requirements for these digital focussed lessons.

The college also has some lockers available to enable students to store BYOD devices when not in use. The lockers are in a secure area of the college and require a bond fee of $10.00.

Make sure your child gets every advantage by participating in our BYOD program and learning further with our digitally focussed lessons.

See the following vendors for recommended devices, great discounts and any advice you may be seeking:

JB Hi-Fi use school code: AtwellC2018


Apple laptops -

Apple iPads -

Contact Winthrop; P: 08 6488 2777.


Windows laptops (including the HP Probook 430 used at Atwell College)

Contact Dai Du at CDM, P: 08 9202 4444,

Cyber Safety - Parent and Student Resources

The following websites and link can provide important and useful information about staying safe on the internet.

Year 11 Semester 2 Reports are now available on CONNECT

The reports for the other year levels will be available on Monday 11 December 2017.

Atwell College Visual Art Program

Fantastic Visual Art program at Atwell College. Year 6 students need to enrol now to access the fantastic programs in 2018.


Year 10 Child Care at Atwell College


Atwell College Sports & Special Photos are online now

Atwell College Sports & Special Photos are now available to order at

Remember to enter the event Access Code 'AC2004' after you have selected our school to get access to all the Sports & Specials photos taken at our school.

Refer to below for more details.


Issues with Atwell College New Phone System

We would like to inform everyone that we are currently experiencing intermittent issues since the implementation of our new phone system.

We ask for your kind patience and understanding during this period.

Outstanding Performance at First Lego League Competition 

On Saturday 11th November, following intense preparation and after-school practise sessions several times a week for one and a half terms, twelve Year 7 and 8 students from Atwell College competed, as two teams of six, in the FIRST LEGO League Secret Harbour Regional Competition held at Comet Bay College.

Both teams represented the College admirably, each undertaking a surprise teamwork challenge to assess their ability to display the Core Values of the competition and an intense grilling about the design of their robots (and the code they had written to operate them).

Finally, both teams entered their robots in the Robot Game challenge, in which their robots each had three opportunities to complete as many individual missions as they could in two and a half minutes, and accumulate the highest possible score. Achieving a Round 2 score of 90 points, one of our teams managed to end the day with the highest Robot Game score and came away with the prestigious 'Robot Performance Award'.

The behaviour, attitude and sportsmanship of all twelve of our students was exemplary, attracting the praise and recognition of many of the event staff and even from coaches of the other teams. We are extremely proud of our Robotics students and look forward to competing again (with perhaps as many as 3 teams) in 2018!

Some photos from the day.



Art Showcase date has changed

The Art Showcase is now on 5th & 6th December 2017. The change in date is to support the Year 10 students wishing to perform to the community as well as attend their Dinner Dance on the Thursday night.


Atwell College phone numbers have changed

NOTE: There is a redirection on the Front desk Administration phone number for a short period of time.

Please update your records with the following new phone numbers;

Front desk administration: 08 6174 2200

Attendance and Student Services enquiries: 08 6174 2233

Accounts: 08 6174 2209

Year 7 (Incoming 2018) Orientation Day 

Orientation Day for current year 6 students attending Atwell College in 2018 will be held on Thursday 30th November 2017. Atwell College must receive student applications before the Orientation Day.

Students who have not completed and returned the enrolment package by Friday 24th November 2017 will not be able to participate in the Orientation Day at the college.

Students are to meet in the Atwell College gymnasium located on the north end of the college at 8.45am. Students will be able to order their lunch from the cafeteria on the day and instructions will be provided during the orientation.

Year 12 Statement of Results

All Year 12 students will receive a Statement of Results via CONNECT by Friday 20 October 2017. A printed copy will also be placed in their leaver's folder.

Uniform Supplier

Uniform Concepts Willetton will be closed for the first week of the school holidays, from Monday 25th September 2017 and will re-open on Monday 2nd October 2017.

Parent information session on mental health

Dear Parents/guardians,
A parent information session on student mental health will be held Wednesday 6th September 2017 at 5:30PM. All parents/guardians of students welcome. RSVP due by 4PM 5th September 2017. All enquiries to be sent to

Year 9 Parent information session on mental health

The Year 9 Parent information session on mental health will be held on Wednesday 6th September at 5:30pm. RSVP's essential Tom Cazaly

Lower School Athletics Carnival

The Lower School Athletics Carnival will be held on Friday 8th September 2017.

Year 7, 8 and 9 students PAT Maths and PAT-R

All students in Year 7, 8 and 9 will be sitting two online assessments in Week 1 of Term 4 called PAT-R and PAT Maths.

The tests provide valuable data on the reading comprehension and mathematical skills of students at Atwell College. Students will have 40 minutes for each assessment and answer between 34 and 40 multiple choice questions.

The tests will be completed during Mathematics and English classes. Year 8 and Year 9 students will be required to bring their calculators for PAT Maths.

If you have any further questions, please contact Kate O'Toole, Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator, on 94144377 or at kate.o'

Lower School Athletics Carnival postponed

The Lower School Athletics Carnival has been postponed due to bad weather. It will be rescheduled to a later date.

Atwell College Day Structure

To view student times for class, recess and lunch, please click here.

Friday 25th August 2017 - Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN reports given to students today.

Parent night for year 8 and 9 students Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Parents and Carers of current Year 8 and 9 students are invited to an information evening on Wednesday the 23rd of August. The focus will be the Year 9 – 10, 2018 subject selection book. It will be held in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) from 6.00 to 7.00pm. Speakers will present curriculum offerings and general information. Please click here to view the Curriculum Handbook 2018 for year 9 and 10.

Wednesday 26th July College closes at 1:25pm

On Wednesday the 26th of July the college will close at 1:25pm due to the parent/teacher night. School buses have been organised to arrive at 1:25pm so students are able go home as usual.

Parent Teacher Interviews on Wed 26/07/2017

Reminder to book for Parent Teacher Interviews on 26/7/17 follow the Parent Teacher Online portal link on Atwell College website, click obtain pin and enter your email.

School resumes for students on Tuesday 18th July.

Electronic Delivery of Semester One Reporting

All reports will be available on CONNECT from Friday the 30th June at 4.00pm. Reports will remain available on CONNECT for four(4) weeks. Please print off a copy for your records. If you have any queries, please telephone the College and ask for Jade in the main administration building.

Atwell College Board

The Atwell College Board is responsible for the governance of the College. The Board has several crucial functions under governance including ensuring the College's resources, financial and workforce are used to support the aims and goals of the College. Board members are asked to contribute to the analysis of Atwell College performance information and support the college in ensuring the best possible educational outcomes for the students. The Board is also asked to contribute to policy matters through discussion and expressing the views of the community. Nominations from community members are being called to replace retiring board members. If you are interested in being a board member please nominate. The Atwell College Board meets twice per term from 5:15 to about 7pm depending on the agenda. Information pertaining to the upcoming meeting is distributed to Board members beforehand to assist in discussion and decision making. Please direct inquiries to Noel Woodley, Principal.

If you are considering a nomination please email: providing contact details. If there are more nominations than available places and election will be called. Nominations are due by 4pm Friday 14 July.

Electronic Delivery of Year 10 Student Mainstream Reports

Semester 1 2017 Year 10 mainstream reports to inform SSO (without SEN attachments), available on CONNECT after 4.00pm Friday 16th June.

Electronic Delivery of Student Formal Reports

Semester 1 2017 student formal reports will be made available to parents/guardians through CONNECT account on 30 June 2017 at 4:00PM and will remain available online for four (4) weeks.

Rugby League Specialist Program


Friday 16th June 2017  -  8:45am - 11:00am

Applications close Wednesday 14th June 2017

Please click here for 2018 Application. Completed form to be emailed to

Senior School Examination Semester 1 2017 - 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 9th June (Note this is a change to previously published)

Students will receive an individual timetable and should use it to enter the examination room. All students must provide their own calculators.

ATAR Maths is 2 papers: 5 minute reading and 50 minutes, with a 15 minute break, then 10 minute reading and 100 minutes.

ATAR  Japanese have a separate room and are in 2 parts: 60 minutes, then 10 minutes reading and 90 minutes.

ATAR  EALD have a separate room and are in 2 parts: 120 minutes written, then 60 minutes listening and an individual speaking time.

ATAR  Dance also has an additional practical exam at a time determined by their teacher.


Article: Atwell College reaping benefits of Teach for Australia program

Please click here to read the article published on Cockburn Gazette on 15 May 2017.


Year 12 class of 2016 Year Books are now available for collection at Atwell College Administration for those who have paid.


Temporary Library/Resource Centre now open

Basic library operations have now resumed. Temporary library/resource centre is located in D Block staff room (upstairs). Could all students please return their library books here a.s.a.p.  to allow us to have books available.  Smartrider facilities back online, students can access at the following times:

Before school                                                                                                                                                         Lunchtime                                                                                                                                                                             After school to 3.30 p.m.



Noel Woodley



Student pick up or meeting during the school day

If parents/guardians have to drop off something to their childre,n please leave it for pick up at the "D" Block (formerly SLB) reception. Please do not arrange to meet your child on the perimeter of the college as you are also able to meet your children during a break time at the same place. If your child has an appointment that occurs during class time, "D" block reception is also the pick up point as students can sign out from there.



ELEVATE Information for 2017

Please see link or more information

ELEVATE Timetable for 2017

Please see link for more information

Orientation Day for Year 7s 2017 1st December

China Expedition

Atwell  College is excited to launch a China Expedition with @antipodeansabroad in December 2017 for the current Year 8, 9, 10 students. Please come along to the Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 30th November at 6.30pm in the Staff Room to find out more.

Y8 & Y9 make sure you are ready with your Subject Selections, the online selection system goes live at Tuesday 18 Oct 6:00pm!

Have a well earned break, we look forward to seeing you when school resumes on the 10th October for staff and students.

Subject Selections for 2017 

The process of Subject Selections for 2017, for current  year 9 students moving into year 10, is fast approaching.

The details below explain the timescale and include an invitation to a Parent Information Evening about the process.

This Term:

Week 10: Wednesday 21st Sept - student assembly to discuss the process of Subject Selection for next year.

Week 10: Thursday 22nd Sept 6.00pm - 6.30pm Main Staff Room - Parent information Night  - to advise you of the process and timescales and to help you assist your son/daughter in completing the process - All welcome.

Next Term:

Week 1: HOLA presentations and Q&A with students regarding actual subjects available, during school time.

Week 2: Tuesday 18th October 6:00pm  - Online selection system goes live.

Atwell College Book Fair

23- 26 August in conjunction with Art Exhibition

Located in Library

EFTPOS available

Follow me on Twitter @nicoleamcdonagh

ARTNET Presents

Its Easy Being Green 

An exciting showcase of student artwork focusing on sustainability and the environment.

Please click here for all the details.

Enrolments for Year 7 2017

Enrolments for year 7 students in 2017 will be handed out on the following dates:

Jandakot Primary school                Thursday      11th  August  9:30am    

Success Primary School                   Friday         12th  August  9:30am

Aubin Grove Primary School           Friday          12th August   2:20pm  

Atwell Primary School                      Tuesday       16th  August 9:30am

Hammond Park Primary School      TBA        

Harmony Primary School                 TBA       

Fully completed enrolment packs with all the required documents are due to be returned to Atwell College one week after they have been  received.                                                                                                                                                             

Dr Ian Lillico Supporting our sons parent presentation.

Please click here to view the  flyer for further information.

ARTICLE: Nationally consistent Collection of Data for School Students with Disability

Our school is part of a national project about students with disability and/or learning difficulties.

We have been asked to provide data about the number of learning needs of children at our school. The name of the school and the name of the students will not be reported. Information about the different types of needs and the programs and resources the school uses to overcome barriers and support children with special educational needs will be collected.

We believe it is important to contribute to this because it will help Governments and the Department develop better policies that acknowledge the level of resources needed in schools to meet the needs of all students in Western Australia.

Brendon Bleakley
Associate Principal

REGISTER NOW for School Board Open Meeting - Tuesday 14 June 2016 - 5.00pm to 7.30pm

Parents, staff and community members are invited to attend and participate in the next open meeting of the College Board on the above date and time to be held in the Administration Conference room.

The Board welcomes any ideas and thoughts on the school's future in order to enhance the educational experience of every student who attends Atwell College.

Please be aware that the Board's mandate is for the whole of school plans and projections for the future and does not involve itself in the day to day operations of the school.

The meeting is not for anyone to discuss individual cases. There are many avenues open to parents within the school to resolve an individual issue; for instance speaking directly with the teacher concerned, Year Coordinators, Student Services, Associate Principal, Deputy Principals or indeed the Principal.

If you wish to attend please contact Sharon Lamb no later than the morning of Friday 10 June to advise of your attendance and submit your questions or suggestions, as follows:-

The College Board very much values the input of our school community and we hope to see you there.

Mathew Burt

Atwell College

Year 10 Parent expo evening 2016

Don't forget to book your places at the Career Expo on the Tuesday 7th June.

Please Click here for the information

Staff Development Day 3rd June.

It is a pupil free day on Friday 3rd June due to a staff development day. School resumes on Tuesday 7th June 2016.

Year 10 Parent information evening.

A parent information evening for Year 10 parents/guardians and students will be held in D Block function room Tuesday 17/5 5:30 - 6:30.

Public education budget 2016-17

Please click the link below to the Government of Western Australia Education Budget 2016- 2017.


Senior School Examination Semester 1 2016 for ATAR and Year 12 General EST's

Normal Timetable is suspended for all year 11 ATAR and 12 ATAR students from Monday 30th May to Friday 10th June.

Normal Timetable is suspended for all year 12 students from Monday 30th May to Friday 3rd June. VET students should attend their ADWPL and TAFE. Normal timetable resumes on Tuesday 7th June for General and VET Year 12 students.

Students will receive an individual timetable and should use it to enter the examination room.

Sue Martinovich

Senior School Coordinator

Year 7 to Year 12 Elevate program for 2016

Please click here for the information.

Camp Gallipoli 24th & 25th April 2016

Please click here for the information.

Cockburn Youth Centre - April Holiday Program 2016

Please click here for the information.

Parent Teacher Interviews - Wednesday 9 March, 3pm - 7pm

The first of our parent teacher interview nights will take place on Wednesday 9 March. This is a great opportunity to meet with your child's teacher and discuss requirements and expectation of the subjects they are studying in 2016. As students will have completed assessments already, staff will be able to provide feedback to parents on their progress so far. An email will be sent to parents inviting them to login to PTO (Parent Teacher Online). Teachers will be available for interviews from 3pm through to 7pm.

Early close

The school will close at the conclusion of Period 4 (1.25pm) on Wednesday 9 March in preparation for the parent interviews. Buses have been organised to collect students from the college at 1:25pm on the day.

P&C Association AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Atwell College Parents & Citizens' Association Inc will be held on Wednesday, 23 March 2016 at 6pm in the Administration building.

Parent information session - CONNECT

A parent information session will be held at 2.30pm in the D Block Auditorium to provide information on the online learning platform CONNECT. CONNECT is a tool that provides parents with an insight into the classroom through an online platform. Parents who login to CONNECT can access Assessment Outlines, Attendance Information, classroom communication and more. This session will be targeted at parents and those in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions. The session will run for approximately 20 minutes.

Mr Mathew Burt

Deputy Principal

Letter from the Principal

Dear Parents/Carers

The college has made a positive start to the year. Enrolment numbers are a little higher than originally planned and as a result new teaching staff will be employed to support the education programs being offered by the college. At this stage all students are being accommodated within the buildings of the college and preliminary planning is underway to look at increasing the number of specialist rooms available for 2017. I look forward to working with parents and the community this year and look forward to the many activities the college has to offer students in 2016.

Kind regards

Noel Woodley

Visitors to Atwell College

The college encourages and welcomes visits by parents and carers to the college to discuss student progress and student well being. All meetings are arranged through appointment at times convenient to all parties. Visitors to the college must present to the administration counter to register their presence on the college site. Further enquiries regarding visits and appointments can be made at Atwell College through email, telephone and personal enquiry.

Atwell College Bushranger Cadets 2016

During the summer holiday break Mrs Leach the Bushranger Cadet Leader accepted a teaching position in another school. Mrs Leach will not be able to continue in her capacity as the leader of the bushranger cadet group at Atwell College. This was an unforseen action and the college is now searching for a replacement Bushranger Cadet Leader. Until a new leader can be found the Bushranger Cadet program is currently inactive. More information will be forwarded on regarding Bushranger Cadets as soon as possible.

School Photos Catchup Day - Tuesday, 16 February 2016

A reminder all students to wear full school uniform and have a neat and tidy appearance.

Please contact Academy Photography on 9248 1263 for enquiries or orders.

Atwell College now has a FREE app

Click here for instructions on how to download your FREE app.

Clik here for further details.


What is Connect you might ask?

Connect allows you to securely access your child's Department of Education and Training collaborative online learning environment via the internet; in short, a secure internet service that allows your child's teacher to provide information about the teaching and learning activities occurring inside their virtual classrooms.

When you log into Connect, you can see specific information about your student including; the classes in which they are engaged, class calendars, week by week attendance information, assessment outlines, assessments and evidence from your own child and notices from the class.

To access CONNECT you will require internet access and a computer. No additional software is required. The Department of Education will issue you with a unique user name and password that will be linked to the email address you have provided the college.

You can view a brief video providing an overview of Connect by typing this URL into the address bar of your internet browser.

Looking forward to working with you in our virtual classrooms.

Important College Telephone Numbers

Please click here for Absentee Hotline, Attendance Office, Student Services & Administration.

College Day Structure

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri

8.45 - 9.45 Period 1

9.45 - 10.45 Period 2

10.45 - 11.05 Recess (20 Mins)

11.05 - 11.15 Form (10 Mins)

11.15 - 12.15 Period 3

12.15 - 13.15 Period 4

13.15 - 13.45 Lunch (30 Mins)

13.45 - 14.45 Period 5


8.45 - 9.45 Period 1

9.45 - 10.45 Period 2

10.45 - 11.05 Recess (20 Mins)

11.05 - 11.25 Form (20 Mins)

11.25 - 12.25 Period 3

12.25 - 13.25 Period 4

13.25 - 13.55 Lunch (30 Mins)

13.55 - 14.55 Period 5

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

The college would like to announce a break-through for student laptops. The Department of Education has come up with a working solution to network issues with bringing your own laptop to school.

Previously most laptops and devices have not worked on DoE school networks. This has lead us to narrow the choice of possible devices for students to use on our school network. With the recent changes we can now allow students to bring other devices onto our network and have internet access via a new EduPOD wireless connection.

We have performed testing and it appears the majority of laptops and devices do work on the new system. This means we can now permit a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) set-up for students to use in classrooms when permitted by their teacher. Through this program, your child will have internet access only and is still governed by the Atwell College school usage policy. Students can only access sites that are deemed educational in use, as per the previous policy and will still have their connection monitored.

With this BYOD, plus EduPOD solution, students will not have network access to shared drives and to printing. They will be required to provide their own software that needs to be fully licensed. Support for the device is the sole responsibility of the student and parent, not the college. Any device related issues will be directed back to the parents.

Students will be able to use this connection to talk to CONNECT the main Atwell College student/parent portal. This is a place for students to hand in work and collaborate for lessons, both at home and at school.

The college highly recommends that parents insure any device that is brought into the college. Accidents do occur and devices will need to be covered. The school is not responsible for any loss or damage whilst on site.

Students will need to have their devices fully charged each day and ready for use throughout the day. Power conservation will be the key to ensuring the laptop has charge for lessons involving eLearning. There will be limited charging point access at the college.

This is a great step forward for the Department of Education. The college has a robust eLearning policy and team dedicated to making a difference to student educational outcomes through learning with ICT. With this new BYOD solution, parents have an opportunity to use existing devices or more cost effective solutions in advancing their child's education. Given these new tools, Atwell College will be more successful in delivering eLearning to your child and furthering their education in an exciting digital age.

2016 Contributions & Charges and Book Lists

Please note - the above information has been placed under the Enrolments tab for your perusal. Individual contributions and charges subject information will be handed out to students on Wednesday 2 December.

Atwell College Parent and Student Surveys

Dear Parents and Students

Atwell College is surveying the local community as part of collecting information about college performance and community perceptions of the college. The information will be collated as a group and the information used by the college board and the college management staff to inform decision making and future planning.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. As always please contact the college should you require further information.

The survey is due to end on 30 November 2015.

Please click here to complete the Parent Survey.

Please click here to complete the Student Survey.

Kind regards

Noel Woodley - Principal

Year 12 Class of 2015

Congratulations to the Year 12 Class of 2015. I look forward to the events of next week including the Farewell Breakfast on Tuesday morning, Farewell Assembly on Tuesday starting after recess, and the Farewell Evening on Wednesday night. Best of luck to all students from the entire Atwell College Community.

Noel Woodley - Principal

Cockburn Youth Centre - Term 1 2016 Program

Please click here for the information.

City of Cockburn: "In Home Child Care Service" and "Family Day Care Service"

Please click here for the information.

Road Safety around Schools

Please click here for the information.


Atwell College students have recently been bringing portable speakers to the college. These speakers are being connected to student owned devices at recess and lunch breaks and are being used at various locations around the college.

College staff are concerned due to the increased noise levels and the inappropriate content of lyrics being played. The language coming from some of these songs does not reflect the values and behaviours we model and is disrupting the good order we have at the college.

For these reasons, the speakers are now banned from the college and will be confiscated. The confiscated speakers may be collected by students at the end of the school day.

Your support to assist us with this will be appreciated.

School Administration

Academic Extension Program (AEP) 2016


INFORMATION EVENING: Monday, 22 June 2015 5.00pm - 6.00pm
APPLICATIONS DUE: Friday, 24 July 2015
TESTING: Monday, 10 August 2015
INTERVIEWS: Monday 17 - Friday 21 August 2015 (if necessary)
OFFERS: By Monday, 7 September 2015

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Government of Western Australia Education Budget 2015 - 2016

Public Education Budget 2015 - 2016

Please click above link to Government of Western Australia Education Budget 2015 - 2016. This information is included on the Atwell College website as instructed by the Department of Education.

College Email to Parents

As the College communicates with parents/guardians via email regularly we are asking you to kindly add the following college email addresses to your contacts / safe senders list to avoid college emails from being suppressed (blocked):

Parent Teacher Online & Subject Selection Online

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Please Do Not Drive on Footpaths

Parents have been driving on the footpath to access the parking bays in front of the Kim Beazley entrance. Driving on footpaths puts Atwell College students using the footpath at risk of serious injury.

We urge you to consider your child's safety and the safety of others when you are dropping off and picking up from the school

Thank you for your cooperation.

Attendance Checking Technology

The college has invested in new software support and technology to make the college's student attendance processes more accurate and easier for everyone to use. The technology includes the use of an 'Attendance Kiosk' where students using their student card can register attendance when arriving late to college or have to leave early to attend an appointment. The kiosk also has a biometric function similar to modern mobile phones and some laptop computers. That is a biometric photo of a student thumbprint is matched against the student's enrolment number. I will emphasize that the image is not a 'fingerprint' and that the information is stored on a secure file server within the college. As always if students or parents do not want to be part of the biometric function your wishes will be actioned.

Noel Woodley - Principal

New Lego Club in Library - Nice Lego wanted!

The Resource and Technology Centre (Library) has started a new Lego Club in the library at lunchtime. It's so popular we need more Lego! If you have any unwanted Lego at home in good, clean condition we would welcome donations for our Lego club and future engineers and builders.

Nicole McDonagh and Maree de Haas - Library Officers

Attention parents of our students with access the mobile devices apps

This extract taken from every reviews 10 apps that have raised concerns in a social media context:

"You may be thinking your kids are downloading apps because they are just a simple way for them to keep in contact with their friends. This is certainly true for most kids, but unfortunately, even innocent use of most of these apps can land a kid in a situation he/she never intended to be in. Here are some apps that are popular among kids and why they are potentially problematic for them:

1. Tinder:
An app that is used for hooking-up and dating. Users can rate profiles and find potential hook-ups via GPS location tracking. 450 million profiles are rated every day! The good news is, this app pulls information from user's Facebook profiles, so it is more authenticated than other apps.
Problem: It is easy for adults and minors to find one another. Also, due to the rating system, it is often used for cyber-bullying, because a group of kids can target another kid and purposefully make his/her rating go down.

2. Snapchat: This app allows a user to send photos and videos to anyone on his/her friend list. The sender can determine how long the receiver can view the image and then the image "destructs" after the allotted time.
Problem: It is the #1 app used for sexting, mostly because people think it is the safer way to sext. However, the "snaps" can easily be recovered and the receiver can take a screen shot and share it with others. Also, a lot of images from Snapchat get posted to revenge porn sites, called "snap porn."

3. Blendr: A flirting app used to meet new people through GPS location services. You can send messages, photos, videos, rate the hotness of other users, etc.
Problem: There are no authentication requirements, so sexual predators can contact minors, minors can meet up with adults. And again, the sexting.

4. Kik Messenger:
An instant messaging app with over 100 million users that allows users to exchange videos, pics and sketches. Users can also send YouTube videos and create memes and digital gifs.
Problem: Kids using the app for sexting and sending nude selfies through the app is common. The term "sext buddy" is being replaced with "Kik buddy." Kids use Reddit and other forum sites to place classified ads for sex by giving out their Kik usernames. Also, Kik does not offer any parental controls and there is no way of authenticating users, thus making it easy for sexual predators to use the app to interact with minors.

5. Whisper: Whisper is an anonymous confession app. It allows users to superimpose text over a picture in order to share their thoughts and feelings anonymously. However, you post anonymously, but it displays the area you are posting from. You can also search for users posting within a mile from you.
Problem: Due to the anonymity, kids are posting pics of other kids with derogatory text superimposed on the image. Also, users do not have to register to use Whisper and can use the app to communicate with other users nearby through GPS. A quick look at the app and you can see that online relationships are forming through the use of this app, but you never know the person behind the computer or phone. Sexual predators also use the app to locate kids and establish a relationship. One man in Seattle, Wash., was charged with raping a 12-year-old girl he met on this app in 2013.

6. is one of the most popular social networking sites that is almost exclusively used by kids. It is a Q&A site that allows users to ask other users questions while remaining anonymous.
Problem: Kids will often ask repeated derogatory questions that target one person. Due to the anonymity of the badgering, it creates a virtually consequence-free form of cyber-bullying. has been associated with nine documented cases of suicide in the U.S. and the U.K.

7. Yik Yak: An app that allows users to post text-only "Yaks" of up to 200 characters. The messages can be viewed by the 500 Yakkers who are closest to the person who wrote the Yak, as determined by GPS tracking.
Problem: Users are exposed to and are contributing sexually explicit content, derogatory language and personal attacks. Although the posts are anonymous, kids start revealing personal information as they get more comfortable with other users.

8. Poof: This app allows users to make other apps "disappear" on their phone. Kids can hide any app they don't want you to see by opening the app and selecting other apps.
Problem: It's obvious, right? Luckily, you can no longer purchase this app. But, if it was downloaded before it became unavailable, your child may still have it. Keep in mind that these types of apps are created and then terminated quickly, but similar ones are continuously being created. Others to look for: Hidden Apps, App Lock and Hide It Pro.

9. Omegle: This app is primarily used for video chatting. When you use Omegle, you do not identify yourself through the service. Instead, chat participants are only identified as "You" and "Stranger." However, you can connect Omegle to your Facebook account to find chat partners with similar interests. When choosing this feature, an Omegle Facebook App will receive your Facebook "likes" and try to match you with a stranger with similar likes.
Problem: Sexual predators use this app to find kids to collect personal information from in order to track them down more easily in person.

10. Down: This app, which used to be called Bang With Friends, is connected to Facebook. Users can categorize their Facebook friends in one of two ways: They can indicate whether or not a friend is someone they'd like to hang with or someone they are "down" to hook-up with.
Problem: Although identifying someone you are willing to hook-up with doesn't mean you will actually hook-up with them, it creates a hook-up norm within a peer group. Depending on your sexual values, this might be something you don't want for your child. Also, because of the classification system, a lot of kids will feel left out or unwanted, which can lead to anxiety, etc.

The most important thing you can do as a parent to protect your children from dangers that are associated with the use of these apps is to talk with them frequently about their social lives. You can start by establishing yourself as an approachable parent and talking with themearly and often about sexuality and romantic relationships. Without a strong bond and open communication, trying to regulate and monitor Internet use won't be very effective. However, setting technology boundaries (when and where they access the Internet) and monitoring their online behavior can be effective if you have a strong foundation to build on. You can access a list of monitoring software I recommend here. Just remember to keep on top of it, there is no software that can eliminate risk or the need to parent. Ultimately, your goal is to raise an individual who can manage his/her online and offline behavior in a healthy way because he/she wants to. The process starts with you nurturing a strong emotional bond, leading by example and setting the boundaries. You can do it!"

Personal and Family Details

Please ensure all contact details are up to date. The college requires accurate and up to date details to expedite parental contact when required.

Noel Woodley - Principal

Bus Stop - No Parking

Please be aware that there is NO PARKING at the bus stop on the Eastern side of Brenchley Drive between 2:30 - 4pm. Fines will apply if breached.

Video for Parents

The Minister for Education has produced a short video message for parents about changes to school funding. The link is

Noel Woodley - Principal

Wearing of Non School Uniform

School uniform is a very important part of the Atwell College ethos and tradition. The wearing of school uniform is compulsory. Parents and students indicate their support of the school uniform policy on their child's enrolment form. Read more

Debra Bright, Tonia Brown - Student Services Coordinators

Education Funding Announcements

During the past 2 weeks the Department of Education of WA has announced via press release a different funding model for government schools in Western Australia. This is called student centred funding and is due for implementation in 2015. There has also been discussion in the press and media about these changes. The full understanding of this change is still being considered by all schools. Announced consecutively with the change in education funding model was the announcement of funding alterations to the current funding model for 2014. Atwell College will still continue to provide the best possible education program for enrolled students within the resources provided. The proposed changes for 2014 have been considered by the college and operational decisions put in place to ensure all students continue to receive the excellent education and support they are currently receiving. Please contact the college should you require further information.

Noel Woodley - Principal

The importance of regular attendance at school

A recent newspaper article highlighted the importance of regular attendance at school. The Department guidelines state that when a student's attendance drops below 90% they become at educational risk. Often parents are aware when their child is absent from school, but can easily lose track of the cumulative amount of time they are having off. In Middle School we will endeavor to make sure that parents are aware of the attendance rates of their children with letters regularly sent for unexplained absences and awareness raising when attendance drops below 90%. Working together we can work towards the most successful outcomes for your child.

Atwell College Mobile Phone and Electronic Devices Policy

It is a fact of life today that many students own or have access to a mobile telephone. Many parents see their child possessing a mobile telephone in terms of safety/security considerations. However, the schools teaching and learning program must also be free from the disruption that may be caused by free access to a mobile telephone. Mobile phones can disrupt and distract students and staff in a variety of learning environments and hence are regarded as a safety hazard.

Parents who wish to contact their children for emergencies can do so on 9414 4382 (Middle School) and 9414 4333 (Senior School). Students may use the telephone in these offices if parents need to be contacted.

Mobile telephones are attractive items and can be stolen or lost. Atwell College does not recommend that mobile telephones, iPads or other similar electronic devices be brought onto school grounds. Atwell College and its staff are not responsible if a student's mobile telephone is lost or stolen.

Due to these factors, in 2007, the Director General of Education directed that mobile telephones were not to be used by students in classrooms. Pursuant to Regulation 70 of the School Education Regulations 2000, the following order is made with regard to students and mobile telephones:

If any of these items are brought onto the school grounds they must be turned off and not be visible or used for any purpose - including listening to music or using a calculator - in classrooms during lessons. A student who breaches this rule will have his/her phone confiscated.

The first time a phone is confiscated the student will be able to collect it from these offices at the end of the school day. Any subsequent confiscations will require a parent/guardian to come to the Middle School or Senior School office to collect it. Subsequent confiscations may also result in a loss of good standing.

Students must also note that it is a criminal offence to use a mobile telephone to menace, harass or offend another person. The posting of images of people without their permission onto the internet, through YouTube, Facebook, MySpace or similar, or the transfer of images taken without permission of the person whose image has been taken, has the potential of being illegal under the Telecommunications Act and could result in charges being laid by the police.

Any students found to be involved in recording, distributing or uploading inappropriate images or videos or students, parents or staff on school premises will be suspended.

Administration of Medication

Please see attached letter outlining the procedures for administration of medication to students.

Changes to Transperth SmartRider Cards

Over the next few weeks, the college will begin to issue Transperth SmartRider Cards to students. These new cards will provide photo identification to students and will replace any existing Transperth SmartRider Cards students may already have (please see example). Once the new card has been issued the students' previous SmartRider Card will immediately become 'inactive'. The school will use photographs taken on the 2012 whole school photo day for the cards. Students absent or new to the college and who have not already had their photo taken will be contacted to have their photo taken in the college library. The cards will eventually also be used as a library card and will enable use of the college photocopiers. The initial SmartRider card will be issued without cost to students. Any lost or replacement cards will be available to re-order through the college at a cost of $5.00.