Our Year 7 ECU Pathway Scholarship recipients were honoured at the inaugural ECU Pathway Scholarship Event on Wednesday.
Students were presented with their certificates to congratulate them on their acceptance and parents were informed of the ECU Pathway Scholarship program and our new STEM program.
This scholarship offers support to students from Year 7, to assist them to obtain university entrance after Year 12. It allows Dianella Secondary College to ensure students are achieving excellent results throughout their schooling.
Year 7 scholarship recipients will receive an initial, once off payment of $500 for school expenses.
They will also receive ongoing mentoring from ECU mentors from Year 7 – 12 and will participate in activities at ECU campuses such as tours, guest lectures and hands on workshops.
Scholarship recipients will be enrolled into the specialist STEM extension program. This program is an integrated approach to learning and students will use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) elements to find solutions to real life problems, both locally and globally. Students will be immersed in a creative environment where they will build the necessary skills for twenty first century employment opportunities.
Dianella Secondary College Principal, Mr Wayne Austin, believes this program will play an important role in shaping students futures. “At Dianella Secondary College we are committed to providing an educational experience that is relevant in the world today.” Our new STEM program will up skill students to become creative and innovative thinkers, which will assist them in their future endeavours.” Mr Austin says, “Thanks to our strong partnership with Edith Cowan University, this unique program will support students to achieve their potential and provide every opportunity for them to realise their post school dreams”.
Applications for 2018 are now open!
Mr Virgona took the Year 12 Integrated Science class on a tour of the aquatic ecosystems of Perth. Students checked pH, temperature and turbidity in the field and also collected water samples for testing oxygen and nutrients later in the lab. The tour started with the Swan River at Bell’s Rapids which was in flood and was visually spectacular as hundreds of tonnes of water flowed, bubbled and churned past every second.
The next site was the quiet Bennet Brook at Beechboro, tucked behind housing estates and then on to lunch at Sandy Beach Reserve Bassendean. Here the river has widened but was still in flood and moving quickly. The final stop was at Lake Gwelup, Gwelup where the water height changes as the groundwater rises and falls. A tiring but great day was had by all and a big thanks to Mr Wright for helping out on the day.
Year 11 biology students are studying the classification of animals and plants.
To assist them with their assessment task, Ms Chamberlain took them on an excursion to the zoo. During the day, they were able to apply the classification principles they had learnt in class to the real life animals they saw.
They were lucky enough to pat some reptiles, such as the Rottnest Shingleback Lizard. They also studied numerous skulls with the help of zookeeper Claire.