I cannot express enough on behalf of my staff our continued appreciation of your support during these challenging and changing times. We remain committed to ensuring that Curriculum continues but are very mindful that this is not always easy in your home settings for many reasons. We are here to help as best we can. Your student’s teacher will be in contact at some stage soon to identify a suitable time for them to make contact with you. Please be understanding of the following:
I hope this has been helpful for you. We are here to support your children. Please contact us if you need more work or unclear as to our current role.
Dianella SC ESC
Developmental Disability WA:
As you are aware, families are now encouraged to keep their children at home if they have the capacity to do so.
Education support settings are unique environments, that present a more complex environment for our students and staff in regard to the current pandemic threat.
Students who require close proximity with staff and those who have a cognitive or communication impairment that makes it more difficult for students to regulate their behavior are at greater risk of acquiring and/or transmitting the virus. This includes students who require toileting, feeding, dressing and manual handling and those who are unable to regulate social distancing and behavior.
The Department of Education has been in close consultation with the Chief Health Officer throughout. Given the spread of COVID-19, and the vulnerability of our education support students, the decision has been made that our education support students should remain at home.
We recognise that every student has a unique situation and we will be working with families on the individual case management of your child with a view to safely supporting our students at home. Please contact us if you require our help in supporting your student at home.
We know our school is different to most schools, and our students have different educational needs. This undoubtedly will be one of the biggest challenges we face. Your child's education will continue, but it will look different. No matter what the situation, we will be staying connected with all our students.
I understand this is unsettling news but I want to assure you that the safety of all students and staff is our number one priority.
One of the best aspects of our school is our ability to look after one another. I am here for every one of you and your children, as are all the staff. These are unprecedented times and I know we will pull together and get through this.
Dianella SC ESC
Information packs to help facilitate discussions surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (Covid19) are below.
Welcome to Term 1 2020.
I am very excited and humbled as the new Principal, to be leading the Staff of Dianella Secondary College Education Support Centre. The majority of my 30 plus years experience in educational leadership has predominantly occurred south of the river but I am well aware of the outstanding reputation of this school and staff who set high expectations for all students and themselves. I look forward to meeting you all throughout the year and encourage you to attend meetings and special events so that we can continue to build on the exceptional partnerships developed here over the years.
As discussed with the staff on Thursday last week it is not my intention to make any significant changes to the programs, staffing or operations of the school unless directed by the Education Department of Western Australia. Please be assured that I have every intention of honouring the great practices currently in place. This means that I will not be changing the school mobile policy where senior students (Year 11 and 12) are permitted to use their mobile phones at break-times unless they breach the policy expectations – this policy is available on the school website. The teaching staff will discuss this policy with their classes this week.
You will have received some communication via the school website/communication methods concerning the Coronavirus. I value your support and understanding as the school continues to follow Health and Education Department directives in managing this. Last week school staff made direct contact with families who were likely to/had visited the affected regions - I am very grateful for the openness and support of these families who are adhering to the guidelines to reduce the possibility of the virus affecting others. Further updates from the Health and Education Departments will be shared with you when they reach us. Thank you for your support and patience.
If you have any concerns or need to update staff on your child’s/family’s circumstances, I urge you to contact your child’s teacher who can support you. Concerns regarding therapy should be directed to Noelene Bott. For financial matters/enquiries please contact Avril Clark on 93459272 or pop in to see her in the Office.
I believe that regardless of disability all students can learn and have the potential to make a positive contribution to their community and society. I am very confident that through excellence in teaching, the Dianella Secondary College Education Support Centre can provide the essential curriculum and supports for each student’s aspirations. I anticipate that 2020 will be another year of outstanding individualised outcome for all students.
Parents of children are asked NOT to send their children to school if the child has returned from mainland China or Hong Kong within 14 days. Even if they don’t have symptoms, it is advised that they do not attend school or childcare. Although the risk to children is very low, this is a precautionary approach to ensure the safest possible environment for children. Children do not require a medical certificate or clearance, but are asked to remain at home until 14 days after leaving mainland China or Hong Kong. More Information can be found in the download below.
At Dianella SC ESC we are fortunate to receive funding from Department of Local Government and Communities and Cadets WA to deliver a Bush Ranger cadets program which supports students to take an active role in the conservation of the natural environment. As part of the whole school Bush Ranger program we have introduced a Bush Ranger Day that allows students the opportunity to partake in a range of exciting activities. This year Bush Ranger day was held on 2 September and activities included a Yarning Circle, Birds of Prey presentation, West OZ Wildlife encounter, Water Corporation Incursion and Reusing materials workshop. Our inaugural Bush Ranger Day was a great success with all students and staff eagerly participating in the activities and enjoying a sausage sizzle lunch.
The Water Corporation incursion on Edible Aquifers allowed cadets to learn about the water table by completing an experiment using ice cream, lemonade and sprinkles.
Indigenous Tours held a story time session in our Yarning Circle and cadets were offered a taste of local bush tucker cooked on a fire pit.
During the Reusable Materials workshop students worked in small groups and were challenged to create an outfit for one group member using only newspapers, staples and masking tape.
West Oz Wildlife brought a koala, joey, bobtailed lizards and a carpet python for students to interact with. There were plenty of close encounters with photo opportunities for all.
The day ended with a static display of Birds of Prey with the wedge tail eagle proving to be a crowd favourite.