All students return to school on Monday (8th Feb) with both staff and students to wear masks. This is mandatory until 14th February.
For those students who do not have a mask, one will be provided.
As you may be aware of the WA Government's recent lockdown announcement, all public schools in Perth, Peel and South-West of WA will be closed from Monday 1 February as part of the 5-day lockdown restrictions for these areas.
This will be an extension of the school holidays and no lessons or supervision will be provided. Term 1 will commence Monday 8th February.
We are monitoring the situation and will do our best to provide further updates to our school community as information becomes available to us.
In the meantime, we hope you all take care of one another, stay safe and enjoy the extra holidays.
Welcome to the 2021 school year with an extra special welcome to those families who are new to our school. I am delighted that you have chosen Dianella Secondary College for your child’s educational journey and that you have put your faith in us in looking after their needs. We are all looking forward to another year where we can build on our previous success. Dianella Secondary College prides itself on the opportunities we provide our students. With over 60 different cultures attending each day, we are extremely fortunate that this rich and vibrant community gives students a range of experiences seldom found in other schools. We often use the saying “because we are all different, we are all the same”. It is an incredibly important message and one that we actively promote.
I would like to encourage parents and caregivers to be active partners in your child’s educational journey. By working together, we can make a difference for students. You can do this by providing quiet places for them to study, minimise their time on social media, ensure that they are eating well and they are coming to school regularly and on time. The research is very clear that parents who actively engage with a school will enhance a student’s ability to be successful.
I am looking forward to a successful year ahead and playing my part in helping our school be the very best we can. Again we are very fortunate to be at a school that values diversity, student success and helping to shape our students to be successful lifelong learners.
Superstars! A big thank you to our students Yen Pham, Sara Al Hilaly, Sonaa Aneja and Claude Ishimwe for taking a central part in the
Department of Communities #16DaysInWA campaign. Our newly graduated year 12s returned to meet with Amber-Jade Sanderson,
Simon Millman MLA and Basil Zempilas - Lord Mayor of Perth to commemorate the launch of the campaign at the newly opened WA Museum Boola Bardip.
Also featured in the video is our Head of Science, Mr Saso Cvetkoski, advocating and encouraging change to stop violence against women.
The annual 16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women campaign takes place from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, which is Human Rights Day.
Hon Sue Ellery, the Minister for Education and Training recognised Dianella Secondary College's improved NAPLAN results in a letter addressed to our Principal, Mr Wayne Austin.
Ellery, who had visited our school earlier this year with WA Premiere Mark McGowan, remarked that results had improved considerably well for our school, and that student progress from 2017 to 2019 had shown "above or well above the national average of students from similar backgrounds."
Dianella Secondary College would like to congratulate all staff on receiving the recognition they all deserve and would like to thank them for their continued efforts in improving our school.
See below to read the full correspondence
Dear Wayne Austin
The past few months have been a complex and challenging time for schools and the community, and I very much appreciate the extraordinary efforts of our public schools to ensure continuity of education for Western Australian students. Having reached what seems to be a more settled point in managing the pandemic, I wanted you to know your school's 2019 NAPLAN results did not pass unnoticed.
As you would be aware, the 2019 NAPLAN results have been released on the My School website and Dianella Secondary College has been identified as demonstrating levels of achievement in 2019 NAPLAN and student progress from 2017 to 2019 above or well above the national average of students from similar backgrounds.
Successful schools do many things in order to achieve the best outcomes for their students, and NAPLAN results provide just one important measure of achievement. There is nothing more fundamental to education than supporting students to acquire the literacy and numeracy skills that will set them up for future success.
I take this opportunity to acknowledge and commend you, your staff and your students on achieving such pleasing results.
Sue Ellery MLC
Minister for Education and Training
Director-General Lisa Rodgers visited Dianella Secondary College to tour its facilities and meet with students.
Met by Principal Wayne Austin and student leaders; Claude Ishimwe and Yen Pham, Rodgers was then led to our Mila Kaadadjiny STEM centre. Here she spoke with program coordinator, Mr Daniel Fortini, about our state-of-the-art facility. Whilst at the centre, Rodgers also engaged with some of Dianella's STEM students, asking students about the centre and the fantastic program.
The visit was bookended with a visit to the Lily Cafe, part of Dianella Secondary College's hospitality training centre. Miss Jennifer Hassen and her excellent team of hospitality students prepared a spread for invitees, while Rodgers sought feedback on how the Australian Education System could better support our students.
We would like to thank Director-General Lisa Rodgers for taking the time to come and meet with our students.
We have fantastic news for our future performing artists.
Last week our school leaders Claude Ishimwe and Yen Pham, as well as Principal Wayne Austin were visited by WA Premier Mark McGowan.
Accompanied by Sue Ellery (Minister for Education), Amber-Jade Sanderson (MLA Morley) and Simon Millman (MLA Mt Lawley), the visit coincides with the McGowan Government's announcement to modernise local schools as part of the WA Recovery Plan.
The Major School Upgrade package – totals $492.2 million – includes $319.2 million of new funding for upgrades and refurbishments at 63 public schools around the State, stimulating economic growth and supporting around 1,850 jobs.
As part of the package, Dianella Secondary College will be getting $5.3m to put towards the construction of a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre.
To find out more about the WA Government's Major School Upgrade Package, visit https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/upgrades-wa-schools.
Dear Parents and Care-givers,
At Dianella Secondary College we want your child to do their very best. To get the best education they need to attend school every day.
The teenage years are a time for young people to develop independence and find their place in the world, including how they take part in school life. We do know that some students may need that additional encouragement to attend school regularly.
By working together, our school community can address some of the reasons why teenagers may not want to attend.
Some common problems you may have getting your child to school:
You may also be worried that your teenager:
What can you do to help?
Do you need to let the school know if your teenager will be away from school?
What will staff at Dianella Secondary College do to help?
Why is going to school so important for my child?
Remember everyday matters and every moment counts. Please call the school for any support you may require.
The survey has returned a 4.3 average score for the 20 questions being asked, no question received less than a 4 rating which is a pleasing result for our school. However, this is not to say we won’t keep finding ways to improve to ensure we keep moving forward in a positive direction.
This year we offered our parents and care-givers the opportunity to win a $100 uniform shop voucher for simply completing the survey. I am pleased to announce Sangay Tenzin as our official winner. Sangay, pictured with myself, was overjoyed with his prize.
Can I say thank you to all of our parents and care-givers who took the time in answering the survey, it is very much appreciated.
The State Government recently announced that our school will take part in the DETECT research project to determine the incidence and impact of COVID-19 in WA schools. The study, which involves approximately 80 public schools, education support settings and residential colleges, is being undertaken by the Departments of Health and Education in partnership with Telethon Kids Institute.
Our school has been invited to take part in the online survey component of this study that will build a greater understanding of how students, parents and staff are coping in this challenging time, and what can be done to support our community.
The research team have developed survey questions that are suitable for different age groups and to help understand some of the experience for children, families and teachers during the COVID-19 restrictions.
You will be asked to read and consider the information carefully before you decide whether you or your child are willing to participate. The research team and our school’s principal will be available to answer your questions.
By participating in this research, our school community will help the Government understand what measures are needed to support our community.
If you would like to know more about DETECT, click here.