Atwell College

Principal's Pen

Dear Parents / Guardians

As reported in the February newsletter I would like to further inform the community of the college intent to communicate more frequently and regularly with parents and carers.
Parents were mailed during the past week an interim report for their child. The interim reports were issued to all students indicative of the first six weeks of schooling 2014. This is the first time Atwell College has initiated an interim report for all students in the early part of the academic year.
Coupled with this early performance information and behaviour information regarding students parents should have received email information from the college regarding the teachers responsible for teaching their child. Feedback from parents is indicating to me that this is a successful process in establishing closer community contact between the college, in particular individual teachers, and parents. The college is also using a variety of interactive software packages including and EdMoDo, Schoology, Mathsonline and Connect to keep parents more closely informed with academic progress and other organizational matters concerning learning at Atwell College. The software packages can all be accessed at the college and at home. Not all students are using all packages but if in doubt please ask your child about the methods the teaching staff are using these interactive packages to support student learning.

College Calendar
I direct the community's attention towards the calendar on the college website. The calendar has significant information concerning school events, excursions camps and incursions. In particular I draw to the community's attention to the information regarding teachers in charge of these events, start time, finish time, location of the event and further information.

Parents and Carers of Year 10 students will be aware of the recent OLNA testing (Online, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment) that occurred in the college during March. This is the first time this testing has occurred and as informed through the information on the college website and through direct information to parents and carers the testing is now an important part of student graduation requirements. Year 10 students will be given a further opportunity to pass OLNA tests in the last part of this year and will have further opportunities in Year 11 and 12. All students from now on will be participating in this testing as part of student graduation unless students have an exemption through achievement in NAPLAN to Band 8 level.
NAPLAN tests are due to be completed in May this year for all Year 7 and Year 9 students. The college has been working towards preparing the students for the NAPLAN testing and further information concerning dates and times will be forwarded to the community very soon.

Industrial Action Planned for Tuesday 1 April
Please see the college website for the latest information regarding this planned action from unions representing education assistants and teachers. The college will be open with students being supervised all day. Some alteration of learning programs may take place depending on the number of student absences and staff participation in the action. Please contact the college if you would like more information.

At this stage I would like to wish all students staff members and people connected with the college a well earned break during the upcoming holidays in April. I urge parents to look at the term dates in this newsletter and the college online calendar concerning the resumption of school. Staff start on Monday 28 April with students starting Wednesday 30 April.

Kind regards

Noel Woodley