Dianella Secondary College officially opens new Mila Kaadadjiny Stem centre

Dianella Secondary College students Maryana Al Hilaly, Rhiannon Brown and Hamzairfan Khan. Picture: Kristie Lim.
Dianella Secondary College students Maryana Al Hilaly, Rhiannon Brown and Hamzairfan Khan. Picture: Kristie Lim.

DIANELLA Secondary College principal Wayne Austin says the college’s new Mila Kaadadjiny Stem centre will provide “future thinking and learning” for all students.

Mr Austin and Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson officially opened the centre on June 26, where students took guests on a tour of Stem project displays.Elders Herbert Bropho and Neil Coyne delivered a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.

The centre, which was funded by the State Government, the college and Dianella Primary College, featured 3D printers, an interactive television and other equipment.

Mr Austin said the centre, located in the library, catered for a university pathway scholarship with Edith Cowan University and other students from the primary college and education support centre.

“I guess we wanted to create something that was unique and not replicate what other schools had,” he said.

“It is called Mila Kaadadjiny, it is an Aboriginal word and it means future thinking and learning.

“We talk about technology and we talk about one of our oldest cultures in the world.”

Maryana Al Hilaly, Ahadu Alemayehn and Hamzairfan Khan. Picture: Kristie Lim.

Mr Austin said there would be further improvements to the centre in the future.

“We are looking at skills and knowledge that are going to be required for jobs in not tomorrow but 10 years and 20 years,” he said.

“A lot of the jobs exist today won’t exist in 10 years time let alone five years time.”

Jamal Khan and Dylan Brown. Picture: Kristie Lim.