On Monday, the Dianella Education Precinct acknowledged NAIDOC Day. The celebrations began with a Precinct Assembly, that incorporated a Welcome to Country from Aboriginal Elder, Mr Neville Collard and an array of guest speakers including former West Coast Eagles players, Phil Narkle and James Grabski and 2019 WA NAIDOC Young Person of the Year, Effie Garlett Watson. Middn Marr Dreaming performed the Spirit Dance and Year 12 Follow the Dream student, Lakoya Abdulla gave a rousing rendition of We Are Australian in both English and Noongar language. A smoking ceremony concluded the assembly and gave students, staff and special guests the opportunity to walk through the smoke to heal, cleanse and ward off bad spirits.
The Precinct students eagerly participated in the day's many activities. The students from Dianella Primary College and Dianella Secondary College Education Support loved meeting the lizards and snakes in the reptile park and hearing Noongar stories in the library. The Dianella Secondary College students enjoyed motivational talks from Muay Thai champion, Jungle George, Noongar Dandjoo host, Neil Coyne, and Reconciliation WA chairperson, Carol Innes. Aboriginal Elder, Mr Neville Collard demonstrated traditional tool making and rock art, while Precinct AIEO, Jayden partnered with the team from Middn Marr Dreaming to teach traditional dance. AFL clinics and boomerang throwing rounded out a very full day!
A delicious morning tea and lunch was arranged for special guests, select students and staff, giving many their first opportunity to taste traditional ingredients such as kangaroo, emu, crocodile, pepperberry, sea parsley, salt bush, Kakadu plum, bush tomato and lemon myrtle. Thank you to Ms Lee for preparing such a sumptuous feast.
Thank you to Miss Karalee Blake for organising such a wonderful day and to all our special guests for your amazing contributions.
We are Australian performed by Lakoya
Traditional dancing with Middn Marr Dreaming
Arts Week finished in spectacular style on Friday with a Dance spectacular! Students piled into the gym during Lunch 2 to watch the dancers put on a plethora of amazing performances. Well done to all our dancers, you really have the moves!!!
As part of our Arts Week celebrations, music students took the stage in the quad and captivated the Lunch 1 audience with performances from the school choir, Dianella A Cappella. Solo vocal pieces from Year 9 student, Maria accompanied on the piano by Wendy and Year 12 student, Hannah delighted the crowd. Outstanding!!
Dianella A Cappella perform Wild Things by Alessia Cara
Year 9 student, Maria performs Killing me Softly by The Fugees.
Year 9 student, Maria sings All I ask by Adele accompanied by Wendy on the piano
Year 12 student, Hannah performs She will be loved by Maroon 5
Following on from previous performances, Lunch 2 featured performances from students completing the Certificate II in Music Industry. Year 11 band, "Dianella Sea Breeze" performed, along with the Year 12 bands, "The Cull' Dawgz" and "The Left Overs". Charismatic lead singers, accompanied by three guitarists (including bass), drums and keyboards, connected with the audience, who were singing along and cheering.
Year 12 band, The Cull' Dawgz perform idontwannabeyouanymore by Billie Eilish
Year 12 band, The Cull' Dawgz perform If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys
The challenge was on today, as Year 5/6 students from local primary schools competed in a round-robin style soccer and basketball competition. Matches were officiated by our Year 11/12 students as part of their Cert II in Sports Coaching assessment. The beautiful weather and great sportsmanship added to a fantastic day and everyone headed home with big smiles!
Congratulations to Dianella Primary College who were winners of the soccer competition in a penalty shootout, and to Dryandra Primary School for winning the basketball competition. Thank you to Miss Rudrum and Mr Wright for their hard work in organising such a great day, and to the primary teachers from, Dianella Primary College, Dryandra Primary School and Westminster JPS for bringing their students to spend the day here.
he weather turned on a perfect day for Wednesday’s Inter-House Athletics Carnival, which was a fiesta of House colours with students dressed in their colourful and creative costumes. Some outfits may have made it difficult to compete in but that didn’t stop anyone from participating and cheering for their peers. A McDonald’s box, Egyptian pharaohs, Care Bears, and assorted other characters took to the various track and field events, including 100m, 200m 800m, relays, high jump, long jump, discus and shot put. It was a blockbuster day where six school records were broken!
Congratulations to Pacifique, who ran the Year 9 Boys 100m in 11.37 seconds, not only smashing the Year 9 record of 12.03 seconds from 1983, but also beating the records for Year 10, 11 and 12, making him the fastest student to ever attend Dianella Secondary College! Incredible run, Pacifique!
Other record breakers were as follows:
Year 7 Boys
100m - Moegamad Davids, 12.62
400m - Moegamad Davids, 1:09.60
Year 7 Girls
100m - Flora Mohamed, 13.98
Long Jump - Rujina Yakoub, 4.47m
Year 8 Boys
Long Jump - Sarsan Ahmed, 5.68m
The Buddi Team from Dianella Secondary College travelled to the National iAwards last week to compete against Senior High School Student Teams Year 10-12 from across Australia for a National Innovation Award.
The National iAwards pitch event is hosted by KPMG in their Melbourne Head Office. On Wednesday, 28 August, the Buddi team pitched their business concept in front of a truly accomplished judging panel, addressing the following iAwards criteria;
The following evening, more than 600 people filed into the Melbourne Convention Centre for a Gala Celebration Dinner hosted by the AIIA. During a night of glitz and glamour similar to the Oscars, our girls networked with Australia's best innovators like true professionals.
There were three Student Categories announced at the beginning of the evening with each category giving a merit award and a winner. There is a 5% gap between the merit award and the winner's score or no merit will be announced.
At a National event where The Wiggles were awarded a prize for new innovation that teaches children to read, Buddi went on to win the Merit Award in the Senior Student Category and have qualified to pitch their concept at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards in Vietnam early October!
Congratulations to our girls on such a fantastic achievement!!