Feast of knowledge at Dianella Secondary College

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16 May 2024

Public school life

Culinary creativity served up at Dianella Secondary College's Principals' Briefing.

Dianella Secondary College turned into a culinary haven to host the 2024 North Metro Education Region Principals' Briefing, treating more than 200 guests to a flavourful feast.

And it was all prepared by the college’s talented students.

Lisa Rodgers, Director General being presented with special gifts by Dianella Secondary College Year 7 student.

The event showcased the school's vibrant community spirit as Aboriginal Education and Year 12 Certificate II in Cookery students tantalised taste buds with a delectable feast, while Year 7 girls from the Wariny Marrakool (Making with Hands) Art Club adorned guests with handmade gifts, including Director General Lisa Rodgers, leaving an indelible mark of creativity and hospitality.

The event featured a light lunch that featured a Bunurru-inspired menu, crafted with traditional ingredients by the students, under the guidance of the dedicated school team.

Karalee Blake, the Aboriginal Education Coordinator at Dianella Secondary College, said it was a unique program for their students.

“This event was a great opportunity for our students to showcase their skills, knowledge and our facilities,” she said.

“Our innovative Dookerniny Garbala (Late Afternoon) program, which celebrates and preserves Aboriginal culture, which were responsible for the menu at the event.”

Year 7 student Savannah Hughes-d’Aeth said it was great fun to be part of the event.

“It was awesome because I got to share cool stuff about my culture with my friends and teach them about our yummy foods,” she said.

“Plus, I learned about measurements and multiplication while we were at it.

“Seeing everyone so proud and excited was the best part, it really made me happy to be involved." 

Dianella Secondary College students making coffee.

The event not only filled stomachs, but also hearts, as special gifts, including eucalyptus smudge sticks and handmade hair accessories by Year 7 girls from the Wariny Marrakool (Making with Hands) Art Club.

The club was created in 2019 and offers a creative haven for students to explore their artistic talents and encourages the use of traditional and non-traditional techniques in various art forms.

Together with Ms Blake and the school’s Elder In-Residence, Ms Lee, students crafted the smudge sticks using locally sourced plants, including eucalyptus and lemon myrtle, from the school grounds.

“At our school, we pride ourselves on offering unique and enriching programs that set us apart,” Ms Blake said.