Islamic College of Melbourne’s Secondary programs, Junior and Senior, are often described as exemplary; these programs are among some of the most strategic, considered & highly valued in the secondary education category. From the opportunities that we make available for our students to the flexible study arrangements & varied pathways that can be accessed, ICOM is always looking for new ways to improve and build on our Secondary offering.
During our Annual Eid Festival held last Friday our Secondary students also seized the opportunity to participate in the day’s events, enjoying many of the larger rides specifically brought onto College grounds for our senior students to engage with and enjoy. We also held a Secondary students VS teachers soccer match which was very competitive, an ICOM tradition which takes place each and every year.
Over the next two weeks our Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 students along with 1.2 million other students Australia-wide will be sitting their NAPLAN tests. NAPLAN is an assessment program designed to test the literacy and numeracy capabilities of students at various stages of their educational journey. These standardised tests assess students’ reading, writing, language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy and are administered by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
This week, as part of our Secondary Leadership, Careers & Pastoral Care Program, our Year 7 students have been taken out of their comfort zones and are in training for something exciting. All of our Year 7 students are developing their circus skills through a series of physical incursions such as juggling, plate spinning, using hula hoops, performing acrobatics & more.
On Wednesday 30th of March our incredible Secondary debating teams headed off to Williamstown High School to compete in Round 2 of Senior Debating for 2022. We had a very successful evening with four debate wins and four best speaker awards, Warresha Akhtar of Year 11, Nosayba Aljibaly and Afifa Khan of Year 10, and Adam Yahia of Year 9 all were awarded best speaker on the night, congratulations to them!
What a great way to end Term 1! Our Multicultural Fair was back this year after it’s initial success last year, developed as an engaging event to run alongside parent teacher interviews. The Palestinian theme was incredibly strong this year with many fundraising efforts being executed throughout the day including the selling of Palestinian olives, badges and pins, lolly bags, a Palestinian Kunafah stall, our Palestinian themed photo booth and lots more.
To mark the last day of Term 1 for 2022, the College held an assembly for both Primary & Secondary schools as part of our Multicultural Day celebrations. Our theme this year is to celebrate Palestine and all that it represents while bringing attention to the atrocities that have taken place there, highlighting ways that we can come together as a community and do our part to help.
This year Islamic College of Melbourne’s Annual Multicultural Week is celebrating amazing Palestine and all of its incredibly strong & proud people by running many engaging and educational activities.
Our students will learn many things about Palestine over the course of the week, including learning about Palestinian cuisine, the history of Palestine and their struggles throughout history, traditional Palestinian dress & crafts, how we can support Palestine and its people and much more.
To mark the start of our Ramadan events for 2022 our entire Secondary cohort were invited to a special Welcome Ramadan Assembly this morning where they were addressed by the College Principal Dr Abdul M Kamareddine who gave a concise verbal presentation on the importance of Ramadan, it’s spiritual significance and its effect on our students and their wellbeing.