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
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To kick-start Term Three, which is dedicated to the study of Shakespeare, the Year Ten class attended an incursion on Monday morning.
The renowned Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company performed, decoded and demystified the Bard’s work in a show called Shakespeare is Dead.
An excellent introduction to the topic!
A Year 10 Parent Information presentation in preparation for the 2018 Year 11 subject selection process has been organised for Tuesday 25th July 2017. The purpose of the event is to assist students and parents to make the best decisions for the Year 11/12 study pathway.
Students have already attended an introductory information session and have been provided with Course Selection Information, including the 2018 Course Handbook.
Parents and students are strongly encouraged to read the information before attending the Parent Information Presentation on Tuesday 25th July 2017.
You and your child must attend an interview with a school counsellor to finalise the course selection process: Interviews will take place between July 26th 2017 and August 4th 2017.
Year 11 Course Parent/Student Information Evening
Date: July 25th 2017
Venue: Trade Training Centre, Dianella Secondary College
6.15 – 6.30pm Tea and Coffee
6.30 – 7.30pm Presentation to students and parents
July 26th – Aug 4th 2017
Student/Parent Counselling Interviews (by appointment)
In June, 25 Performing Arts students at Dianella Secondary College attended a Drama Workshop run by the WA Youth Theatre Company.
Students participated in a series of activities throughout the workshop that taught them the skills of creating a character, core acting skills, physical theatre and stage combat.
They were taught by Perth based actor, Luke Binetti, who has starred in productions such as Punk Rock, The Dreaming Hill and Crave. He also performed in the 2017 Fringe Festival Show, Rather Than Later.
One skill students learnt at the workshop was stage combat, in particular how to act fight scene in a safe but theatrical way. They did this by following Luke’s steps of how to kick, slap and punch in pairs.
Another activity students participated in was creating a piece representing, drama theorist, Jacque Lecoq’s seven levels of tension. This activity was highly beneficial to DSC Senior School students as drama theorists, such as Anne Bogart and Jacque Lecoq, are included in the content of the upcoming ATAR exams in October.
“This was the best activity for me because it helped me understand the different was the seven levels of tension can be used in Drama and it helped me understand them for my exams” Chelsea Ioannidis, Year 12 Drama student.
In Term Three, the WA Youth Theatre Company will be running Drama Club in preparation for the upcoming Arts Night in August.