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As the best cyclists of the world compete in the Tour de France this September, Dalyellup College  Year 7 and 8 students were learning about the event and were engaging in their own Tour de France quiz challenge. The students were competing against each other answering questions about history and rules of the event. The winning team was rewarded with the most sought after prize, the Yellow Jersey.

Maria Rooney - Language Teacher

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HASS Travels

Outdoor Learning in Year 7

The year 7 cohort have kicked off their unit on mapping skills with some outdoor learning!  To help them understand the features of a quality map, students were tasked with drawing a map of the school.  Thanks to some of the recent beautiful weather, they were able to get outside for some outdoor learning. They participated in a tour of the school yard to sketch out some ideas, followed by an in-class task of drawing their best map!  The students loved being outside and sharing their ideas about how best to draw the buildings, trees and yard.  We may have phones and GPS these days but students were quick to realise the value of knowing how to read a map! 

Michele Walker - HASS Teacher

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2020 Semester 1 Awards

Congratulations to those students who received their Semester 1 Awards

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R U OK Day

Friday the 11 September marked DC's 2020, R U OK? Day. The Year 12 Health Studies students planned some activities to help with our physical and mental wellbeing and highlighted the importance of asking "R U OK?".

Tiffany Drage - Health & Physical Education Teacher

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Article from The Arts - Just Add Zombies


Hayley-Marie represents the entire Year 12 Drama class in her role of “Cora”. She has participated in every school production since she’s been at Dalyellup. Her favourite thing about acting is the ability to embody different characters and she is most looking forward to being able to perform a lead role in front of her parents. Hayley-Marie’s favourite thing about Zombies is the comedy – which is a nice break from her usual serious roles. She is nervous about doing her Shakespeare lines justice but her advice about acting is “don’t take yourself too seriously – learn the play well enough to be able to forget it.”

Xavier is performing the role of “Mitchy”. He is in Year 10 and this is his first performance at Dalyellup College. His favourite thing about Zombies is a particular scene involving a few cast mates (both living and undead) and he is looking forward to performance nights where everything comes together. Xavier is most concerned about delivering his Shakespearean monologues but his advice is to not be shy and to be confident!


A successful production needs a lot of help behind the scenes in order to run smoothly. Our lovely students have been practicing their Zombie make up for our upcoming production, ‘Just Add Zombies!’ How fantastic does it look?

Book your tickets to this amazing school production now to avoid disappointment!

Running for a season of three shows only, Just Add Zombies will be performed in the Dalyellup College Performing Arts Centre on October 29, 30 and 31. The show will begin at 7pm with doors opening at 6:30pm.

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Article from The Arts - Iluka Visions 2020

Congratulations to Jess for having three artworks selected for the Iluka Visions Exhibition 2020.

Iluka Visions is an annual, professionally run exhibition which celebrates creativity and provides the highest standard arts industry experience to South West Schools.

Now in its 29th year, Iluka Visions introduces students to the experience of competitive selection by a panel. Selected works will be professionally framed (where appropriate) and hung in the premier space of the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery. Works will be considered for several awards, while senior students can apply for a prestigious internship position at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.

The exhibition runs from the 26 September to 15 November.

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Year 9 Media

Our talented year 9 Media students have been learning about camera angles and composition rules before they begin their major project: A Stop Motion.

Here are some of the impressive photos they have taken!

Top - left to right: Campbell, Tahlia, Johnathon, Drake

Bottom - left to right: Kieran, Kelsey

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Student Services News

Give a Damn? Give a Can! is an annual community food appeal run by the Rotary Club of Bunbury-Leschenault to benefit families in need in the Bunbury Geographe region. The donations box is located in the foyer at student services if you would like to donate any non-perishable food items.

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VET and Workplacement News

We would like to introduce our new Jobs Board situated in Student Services. This will be updated weekly, come along and have a look and the jobs / traineeships/ apprenticeships that are available in Bunbury and surrounds.

If I can help with anything please pop your head into my office.

Tamlin Taylor - Workplace Learning Coordinator

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Community News

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Uniform Shop

Due to the long weekend at the start of school holidays our Busselton store will be closed from 5pm on Friday 25 September, re-opening during week 2 of the school holidays at 8.30am on Thursday 8 October.   

In addition, over the Christmas holiday break we will be closed from 1 pm Saturday 19 December 2020 and reopen on Tuesday 5 January 2021 at 8.30am.


Tuesday       8:30am – 5:00pm

Wednesday   8:30am – 5:00pm

Thursday      8:30am – 5:00pm

Friday           8:30am – 5:00pm

Saturday       9.00am – 1.00pm

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Article from The Arts - Young Originals

Congratulations to year 12 student Erin, whose artwork “The 7 Deadly Teens” has been chosen to be exhibited as part of the Young OriginalsThe Young Originals is a yearly exhibition of art and design by public school students from Years 7 to 12. 

This year, due to the constraints of Covid-19, the exhibition is delivered in the form of an online gallery rather than a physical display. The exhibition is hosted by WASSEA in partnership with the Sangora Education Foundation, Edith Cowan University and the Department of Education.

Young Originals 2020 opens at 6pm on Tuesday September 8.

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Physical Education - Cross Country

This year's Interschool Cross Country was held again at Bell Seeds Pastures Farm at the start of Term 3, involving 15 schools from around the south west region. Dalyellup finished 9th overall, with special mention to Delta in Year 7 for finishing 2nd in her 2.5km race.

Blake Kampen - HOLA Health & Physical Education

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English Exposé

The Importance of Reading

Reading is an essential skill and like all skills will only improve with regular practice. With this in mind, in the English Department this semester all lower school students are encouraged to read and then complete a set of activities in their journal.

Sharing the stories read in class will help encourage others, and the more we read the better we become! We encourage all parents and caregivers to be role-models and take up the reading for pleasure challenge. If your child ever needs a book, our library is well-stocked with a variety of books for all readings ages and interests!

A quick reminder that library books are loaned out on a fortnightly basis, so your child will need to renew the loan. They can easily do this at the library.

Mrs Tadewaldt - English Teacher

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Senior School Information


I was studying a few ATAR subjects, but decided to drop the program, as I lacked the appropriate discipline and dedication to follow through. Although, despite not following the ATAR pathway, I do intend to study at university. I have spent a greater portion of this year completing Murdoch University’s FlexiTrack High course. This course has enabled me to develop an understanding of university culture; how to write academically, reference and cite texts according to specific formats, create university-level essays and scientific reports, etc. In time, I am hoping to develop my skills to aid me in the discipline I wish to pursue. I will be taking a gap year after school, focusing on work to save money and purchase a car and ensure I am equipped to be living independently. I thought being a prefect was only going to impede on my mood, hold weighted candle of drabness and tedium on my experience in upper school. Instead, this year has been filled with incredible goals that have uncovered hidden passions within us; all dedicated to making a worthwhile effort and difference. Furthermore, the people surrounding you are insane, in the best ways possible.

Guill – Year 12 Student

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Principal's Report

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

We are rapidly approaching the end of a very busy term three.  Much has transpired.  A highlight was certainly the annual R U OK? event held last week.  The ‘vibe’ within our College was exceptional and a good day was had by all.  The mass participation in the activities and in sharing the ‘spirit’ of the message behind the day was a clear demonstration of the calibre of our staff and students, and the rich and nurturing environment we have actively built. 

COVID-19 continues as a consideration in our planning, and measures we take to ensure high levels of hygiene to prevent any risk of spreading the virus.   I have received advice that the supplementary funding schools have been receiving for the additional cleaning requirements will continue in Term 4, ensuring that we are able to continue to provide high levels of sanitisation within the college.

For those of you who are parents of Year 12 students, the Leavers WA event in the South West will go ahead as planned from Monday 23 November to Thursday 26 November. School Drug Education and Road Awareness (SDERA) and WA Police are co-hosting a Leavers Brunch - parent information session on Sunday 20 September at The Rise at 28 Eighth Avenue, Maylands. If your child is intending to participate, please consider either attending the session from 9.45am or, if you can't make it in person, you can register to watch the live-stream via YouTube.

In the last newsletter, I discussed a Western Australian Police investigation that uncovered a series of online grooming offences against young people in the wider community.  To assist parents in ensuring their children are safe online, the Telethon Kids Institute and Bankwest have developed a new cyber safety smartphone app for parents called “Beacon”. Beacon provides trusted and up-to-date information for families to safely navigate the ever-changing online world with their children.  I encourage you to access further information and / or download the app on the link below.

During our last board meeting, I provided an update regarding our strategic improvement plan.  As you may be aware, Dalyellup College and Tuart Forest Primary School are currently partnered with the Fogarty Edvance School Improvement Program, which has been providing us with access to contemporary information and tools from both the educational and business sectors.  Both schools have implemented a number of significant changes, including partnering with Teach Well, an organisation that has worked intensively with our teachers this year to consider and implement high-impact teaching and learning strategies.  I am aware that since our engagement with Fogarty Edvance and Teach Well, many other schools have viewed our progress with great interest and have now also commenced work with these organisations to facilitate the highest educational outcomes for their communities.  If you are interested in the work that our College has been undertaking with these organisations, you can access further information through these websites:

Another program that our dedicated education assistants have been working hard at delivering to our Year 7 students is the MacqLit Program, which is an explicit and systematic reading intervention program for small groups of older low-progress readers.  The progress being demonstrated by the students involved in this program is simply impressive, which is a testament to both the quality of the program and our staff who are delivering the program.  Next year, we intend to extend the program from year 7 to year 8.

A new initiative that we will be delivering as an opportunity for students in Year 9 and 10 from 2021 will be our Alternate Curriculum Engagement program (or ACE).  This program will integrate student interests and future pathways with the teaching and learning that they engage in at the college, within a project-based learning framework.  More information will be shared next term during a parent meeting (date and time to be advised).

Our P&C has been working hard in the background on a range of matters.  Historically, overseeing the function of the canteen has certainly been (and remains) one of the biggest workloads.  The commitment and diligence of our volunteer P&C members ensures the ongoing provision of a valuable, cost effective service for our students and our broader community.  I would like to publicly and sincerely thank these parents for their dedication to our college.  The P&C are also actively seeking to facilitate opportunities to better the experience of our students, as described in our moral purpose - . . . we ensure they (students) thrive in a rich and nurturing environment.   There will be more reports regarding the developments in this space soon.  Recently though, the P&C have applied for a grant for a defibrillator to be installed at the college.  The grant application was successful and the machine will be installed soon.  Thanks again to the P&C, and particularly our secretary Hazel Ashe, for this support and outcome.  We are always looking for more people to join our P&C, please consider whether this is a way that you are able to support the school your child attends – many hands make light work! 

Finally, as this is the last newsletter this term, I wish you and your family all the very best for the holiday break.  Stay safe.

Kindest regards,

Kolin van der Wal  

Term 4

Students return - Monday 12 October

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Attendance - What you need to know ...

Why is it important for my child to attend school every day? Research shows that to develop the habit of regularly going to school, a routine starts in the first years of school.

By regularly going to school, your child and your family gets to know the teacher, other children and families.

The more you are involved in your child’s learning the more we can work together to support your child and make sure they get the best start to school.

Attending regularly helps your child develop a sense of belonging and connection to the school.

Did you know?

  • The attendance habits set by children when they first start school continue throughout their school life.
  • Learning is cumulative – if your child regularly misses school, it is harder for them to catch up.

 What can you do to help your child?

Developing the habit of going to school regularly from Kindergarten is vital so your child does not miss out on important ideas and skills they need for future learning.

You can help by:

o Talking positively about school so your child is happy to go each day

o Having set start and finish times for breakfast o Having a set time and routine for going to, and getting out of, bed and getting enough sleep each night

o Encouraging your child to have their school uniform and school bag ready the night before

o Spending some time each day together reading for enjoyment and talking about what happened in their day

Use Clear Messages about attendance          

For Example:                                   

“It’s time to get up and get ready for school”                      

“I cannot allow you to remain at home today”                     

“I know this is hard but it has to happen. You have to go to school”

“Be dressed in five minutes and you can have extra time on the IPAD after school”

“We will be leaving in 5 minutes”

“Today after school, you can choose a movie to watch tonight”

Avoid vague messages about attendance

For Example:

“Are you going to school today?”

“Don’t Worry. There’s nothing to be scared of. It will be okay”

“Why are you doing this”

“You’re upsetting the whole family by doing this”

“I don’t know what to do if you don’t go to school”

“If you can’t get there today, it’s only going to be harder tomorrow”

Process to follow if your child is absent

  • Parents/Guardians/Carers are legally responsible for ensuring their child attends school and are required to ensure the school is informed for the reason for any absence.
  • Dalyellup College uses Compass which is an automated, personalised SMS text communication system which advises parents’ mobile phones if their child does not arrive at school in the morning. When a child is enrolled at the school, the parent/guardians phone number will receive the absence messages.
  • You are required to inform the school for planned absences via phone call, email, or by responding to the text.

Holidays during term

  • We strongly encourage you not to go on family holidays during school time.
  • The School Education Act 1999 does not allow principals to give permission for families to take holidays during the school term. As students are required to attend school every day, time off for holidays is recorded as an absence.
  • The Attendance Officer has made it clear that being absent from school to depart earlier for a holiday (even a day) is not considered a reasonable excuse. It is considered that given there is a two or six-week time allocated to school holidays travel time should not require absence from school.

Attendance Act

The Education Act requires all students of school age to be enrolled in and attend school. Students’ attendances are recorded daily and absences monitored.

As a parent, you are required by the School Education Act 1999 to ensure your child attends school every day that the school is open for instruction (Section 23). Principals are responsible for monitoring and accurately recording the attendance of every student enrolled at their school in accordance with Section 28 of the School Education Act 1999. If a student is absent, a responsible person, usually the parent, must notify the principal of the reason for the student’s absence as soon as practical. If a student is prevented from attending school due to illness, the principal is authorised by the School Education Act 1999 to request a medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner.

Lesson attendance codes are used by all Western Australian public schools to record the reason for every half day absence. The use of these codes is determined by the principal. Accurate record-keeping ensures principals can identify patterns of absence at both a school and individual student level and implement appropriate measures to restore attendance where there is cause for concern. Absences are grouped as either 'authorised' or 'unauthorised' according to whether they meet the requirements of excusing a student from attendance pursuant to Section 25 of the School Education Act 1999. The total half-day absences are displayed on your child's school report each semester.

Dalyellup College and Youth Crime Intervention Officer’s from the South West District have spoken to local businesses in Dalyellup and gained their support not to serve school students during school hours unless they have an official out of school pass. This is part of the networks Attendance Strategy planning.

Partnerships with WA Police, Department of Communities will be engaged in 2020 as per policy for those students falling in the ‘at risk’ category of less than 90% attendance. To stay above this, students cannot afford to miss more than 3-4 days a term. This is an essential point to note for your student’s educational future.

Dalyellup’s Attendance Motto: “No more than 4 days away per term!”

To sustain a regular attendance percentage of 90% or above, students cannot afford to miss more than four days per term of school.

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The Library is open for students during Break 1 and Break 2 everyday,  as well as before school on Monday.

Overdue library books/resource letters, will be sent home this week for Year 7 to Year 9 students and Year 10 to Year 12 students next week. 

It would be appreciated if all books can be returned to the  Library on Mondays, or to our Administration office Tuesday to Friday.

For items that cannot be located, a replacement item of the same title, or payment for the lost item, will be required.

Mrs Horne - Library Officer

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