Dianella Secondary College Lower School students studied public speaking in their English classes. To inspire many nervous students, Miss Blake invited the 2012 Super Light Weight Western Australian State Champion, Jungle George, to speak.
As many Dianella Secondary College students had expressed and interest the sport of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), she decided this would be the perfect reward for their hard work throughout 2017. Many students doubted that she could convince the Western Australian icon to attend, but to their surprise she pulled it off!
Jungle George spoke about the importance of working hard at school to achieve goals, whilst encouraging students to be confident and courageous when performing their upcoming public speaking tasks. He also focused on the necessity of being respectful to everyone within the school community to promote the Dianella Secondary College anti-bullying program “Speak Up” and the National White Ribbon Campaign, which the school is participating in.
Throughout the sessions students asked questions, shared honest thoughts, opinions and acknowledged the importance of helping each other. The sessions helped many students feel empowered and confident, especially when they were able to learn some self-defence skills, which was the most frequent question asked to Jungle George of the day.
Year 6 students from Dianella Primary College and Boyare Primary School attend Year 6 T&E Transition event. During the day, students participated in short “taster” classes of Woodwork, Textiles, Cooking , IT and STEM. This event allowed local Year 6 children to learn how high school works and experience firsthand what an innovative T&E program we have at Dianella Secondary College.
This Term, the Dianella Education Precinct celebrated NAIDOC Day, an important event in the school calendar to recognise Indigenous culture within our community. On the day, the DSC Education Support Centre hosted an assembly, where Community Member, Len Yarran, gave the key note address about the importance of Education. Dianella Secondary College students performed a traditional Indigenous Dance and Natasha Eldridge sang in Noongar language. The WA Reptile Park also held an information session about Australian Wildlife in the lecture theatre and students got up close and personal with Australian snakes.
In Week 9, Dianella Secondary College celebrated “R U OK?” Day. The aim of the event was to raise awareness of the importance of talking about mental illness and checking up on your loved ones.
Students we treated to “R U OK? Day” wristbands. They also participated in fun form activities to discuss the importance of talking about mental health. The Senior School band also played at lunchtime.
Our Certificate II in Hospitality students baked delicious cupcakes to fund raise for the cause. They raised approximately $400! Well done!
On Wednesday 30th August, the Arts Department held their annual Arts Night to a packed out gym. The Arts Night allows students participating in Dance, Drama, Media, Music, Visual Art and Photography to showcase their work from throughout the year. This year 250 students participated in the event, an increase from 217 in 2016.
It was the first time students from the Design and Photography course, a new addition to the Arts Department, had displayed their work by producing posters for the night. These students also did the photography for the event.
Drama students performed their piece “Slices of Life” which they have been developing over a 5 week after school workshop run by the Western Australian Youth Theatre Company (WAYTCO). “Dianella Secondary College has been working closely with WAYTCO to form a strong partnership that will continue to provide optimal learning opportunities for performing arts students “says Eva Cicmirko, Head of Arts. Drama students also designed and coordinated the lighting on the night.
The DSC Senior School ensemble performed numerous pieces and also set up their new staging, as an assessment for their course. Mr Sinclair also included a combined band and choir who performed “Man in the Mirror”.
Media students showcased their videos from the year, including some from the Dianella Secondary College Education Support Centre. Visual Arts students had an exhibition set up around the Gym to display their artwork.
Dance students performed many group and solo performance that they have learnt over the last two terms.
Overall, the DSC Arts Night recognised the hard work, including months of after school rehearsal and preparation. Dianella Secondary College Arts staff and students have been putting in during 2017.
“Well done Dianella SC and your Arts Department for a great show tonight. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing former students display their talents and charisma. “ – Paul Johnston, former Music Teacher of Dianella Secondary College
Performing Arts students (Drama, Dance, Music) went to see the musical performance of Beauty and the Beast at the Regal Theatre, starring Year 12 Performing Arts student Chelsea Ioannidis. The show was fantastic and an excellent opportunity for students to experience live theatre at an iconic venue.
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For Book Week, the English Department organised numerous events throughout the week to celebrate literacy. The theme of book week this year was "Escape to Everywhere".
With a focus on Harry Potter, Dianella Secondary College was turned into a magical world. The English teachers decorated the front of their office and hid a "Golden Snitch" each day around the campus for students to find for a prize. The Snitch was made out of decoration balls and emu feathers.
Miss Blake decided to bring to life the famous Harry Potter game, Quidditch. Students in all years were given the opportunity to participate and learn how the game is played. Members of The West Australian Quidditch Association were kind enough to give up their time and spend the morning teaching students the basics of the sport. Students not only got to have some fun playing a new sport but they also saw one of their favourite books become a reality.
To wrap up Book Week, DSC held its annual Book Week Dress Up Day. It was excellent to see so many teacher and students get creative with their costumes! Congratulations to the English Department for organising a fun and successful week!
Recently, we had the privilege of hosting five young Japanese students and two staff from Nishinomiya High School near Kobe in Japan. Kobe is a sister city of Perth. This was the first time that we have hosted Japanese students and it is hoped that we can send a group of students to Nishinomiya in the third term break next year.
The students stayed with the families of students from the school and at the end of their stay had not only experienced a taste of Australian culture, but formed close bonds with their host families. I have no doubt that they will keep in contact with their host brothers and sisters and hopefully meet again in Japan on exchange or perhaps at a time later in their lives.
While the students were at Dianella Secondary College they went with their host brothers and sisters to regular classes as well as having some specially organised sessions. These included learning Aussie phrases and slang with our own English Second Language students, volleyball with Mr Thompson’s Year 12 class, an indigenous art workshop and cooking traditional Anzac biscuits.
The Japanese students also spent one morning with the Year 6 students at Dianella Primary College and students from the Education Support Centre. At these schools one of the male students gave a karate demonstration which was followed by an origami lesson on how to make a crane by folding and refolding a sheet of paper. All students were given a turn to make their own cranes and within a very short time were thoroughly engaged in this activity. I was very impressed just how many of the students managed to make some good looking cranes. At the Education Support Unit the Japanese students participated in a Drumbeat session. There were lots of smiles all around as our visitors got into the swing or should I say ‘beat’ of it, producing some terrific drum rhythms. In addition to spending time at the Dianella campuses, our visitors had a day at Morley Senior High School. Here they attended Japanese language classes and shadowed their host brothers and sisters to their classes.
Some additional fun activities included a visit to Caversham Wildlife Park where the students were able to pat kangaroos and have their picture taken with a cute and cuddly koala. On the Saturday we took off to Fremantle to explore this historic port city and specifically the Fremantle Markets. The host brothers and sisters spent hours wandering through the markets and then we walked down the High Street finishing at the Roundhouse.
Sunday was their last day and had come around all too quickly. The students spent time with their individual host families in the morning followed by lunch at the school and then off to the airport. Tired, but having really enjoyed the visit the students were no doubt also looking forward to going home to their own families and friends, and sharing their experiences of their time in Perth.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the host families from Dianella Secondary College and of course the students, Sonaa Aneja, Shahad Aiez and Claudia Russell who opened their homes and hearts to our Japanese visitors.
Mr Peter Lander