About the Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Centre program assists students from a wide variety of educational, language and cultural backgrounds, to learn or further develop knowledge of the English language. Here at Dianella Primary College, we currently cater for children in Years 1 to 6.

Due to the specific needs of our students, the program implements teaching with a focus on:

  • Developing students’ ability to function effectively in English in a wide range of social and learning contexts.
  • Developing students’ skills in Speaking, Listening Viewing, Reading and Writing in English.
  • Using learning areas in the WA and Australian Curriculum to develop literacy skills across the curriculum

The Intensive English Centre caters for students who:

  • Are newly arrived in Australia and come from a language background other than English.
  • Were born in Australia from a non-English speaking background and who begin school with limited    English literacy skills.

The Intensive English Centre is an integrated program with students playing and participating in whole school activities, such as sport and assemblies.

Students are taught by qualified and experienced English as a Second Language Teachers in small classes, allowing the teacher to work intensively with students.

School Times

Start of Day                     8.40am

Morning Recess              10.40am - 11.00am

Lunch                                12.35pm - 1.15pm

End of Day                       3.00pm

*Please note: Every Thursday is late start at 8.55am and early close at 2.30pm


We send home a fortnightly newsletter informing families of events and news from around the school, which is then posted on the school website also - www.dianellapc.wa.edu.au

The school website is a great way of keeping up to date with what is happening at the school, with a term calendar of events posted at the start of each term.

Community Health Nurse

The school nurse services the school once a week, checking students’ health including speech, hearing, eyesight, growth and general development.

Dianella Dental Therapy Centre

The Dental Therapy Centre is located at the school providing students with dental care onsite.

Professional Support

A school Psychologist visits the school on Tuesday and Wednesday. The school Psychologist looks at students learning progress.

Ethnic Education Assistants

Our Ethnic Education Assistants are able to assist families in the following languages: 

Arabic, Karen, Burmese, Swahili, Farsi and Dari.

They are timetabled to work with and support the students and teachers in class.

OnCall interpreters provide assistance with other languages once an appointment has been made.