The Year 10 students started the term with a bang when they attended an in-school performance by the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company. Judging by the laughter and screams from the audience, students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The show was a perfect introduction to Term 3 English which is dedicated to the study of Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon, and his work.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women were celebrated in this year’s NAIDOC Week. The theme, Because of Her, We Can, recognises the active and significant roles that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played in Australian society and politics. As a part of this celebration, the English Department invited, community member, Trudy Snow to attend a range of classes from Year 7 to 12.
Trudy Snow was recently crowned Miss Kwobordok (Miss Beautiful in Noongar) as part of this year’s Miss NAIDOC Perth Empowerment and Leadership Program.
Trudy owns her own health and wellness business called Creating Your Future. The aim of this business is to help clients align their mind, body and spirit. She is also the host of Yorgas Yarning, a program on Noongar Radio.
She shared her story; her journey and experiences from weight loss, overcoming bullying, being part of Follow the Dream Program, attending and succeeding at university. She also spoke about her appearances on TV programs like Today Tonight.
She shared the good times and the hard times, placing emphasis on good work ethic, positive thinking and not letting others define who you are.
Students and staff were inspired by Trudy’s determination to succeed and enjoyed asking questions while sharing their stories too. Students were impressed by Trudy’s advice to use a vision board to display their goals.
Trudy will be checking in later in the year with students to see how they are going on their path to success.
On Tuesday 17 July, the Dianella Education Precinct (DEP) held an Assembly to celebrate NAIDOC Week.
NAIDOC Week celebrates and recognises the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
To open the ceremony, Mrs Winsome Kickett, a member of the DEP community, gave an official Welcome to Country.
This year’s NAIDOC Theme was “Because of her, we can!” Dianella Education Precinct students spoke about the influential indigenous women in Australian history.
Mr Anthony Middleton, Principal of Dianella Primary College, and Mrs Tracey Gosling spoke about how the women in their lives have allowed them to achieve success.
Mr Glenn Miller, from the Wadjuk Northside Aboriginal Community Group, gave a history of the Didgeridoo. He also played a spine-tingling piece on his didgeridoo.
Dianella Primary College students played their didgeridoos. They were accompanied by Mr Glen Miller and Mr Julian Silburn. While they were playing, students from the Dianella Education Precinct performed a traditional indigenous dance.
To close the assembly, musicians from AB music performed the song “We are Australian”. They even sang some of it in their native language!
The Year 8 cohort finished Semester 1 with a reward excursion to Bounce. Students enjoyed a couple of hours of trampolining at Bounce; playing dodgeball, dunking Basketball hoops, attempting flips and tricks and taking on the challenge of the x-park (a Ninja Warrior style obstacle course).
This was then followed by playing some soccer at a park and eating way too much pizza. It was tiring but enjoyable end to semester. Well done to all those who came to the excursion!