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.
On Friday, 13th of May the College’s Annual Eid Festival took place, our biggest celebration to date! Our Primary students were absolutely overjoyed to take part in all of the activities and festivities that were arranged for them, including many rides, attractions and a petting zoo with many different baby animals including alpacas, rabbits & chickens for our students to care for and enjoy.
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!
Recently our Annual Primary Athletics Carnival took place over two action-packed days at Wootten Road Reserve. During day 1, all of Junior Primary enjoyed an introduction to athletics with many special activities tailored to younger students while our Senior Primary students were able to compete and rally on their housemates while taking part in all of the traditional athletics events during the second day.
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.
As an extra-special part of our Primary Ramadan celebrations, all of our primary students were visited by Ramadan Man this morning! Ramadan Man made his way to each and every primary classroom to deliver a special gift to all primary students which they safely kept in their school bags to take home with them after school.
This morning, the College welcomed all of our Primary students and staff with a very special Ramadan assembly. Thanks to the Primary Islamic Studies and Arabic departments, the College gym was well and truly transformed into a Ramadan-themed sanctuary for all to enjoy, with our Primary SRC leading the morning’s program and College Principal Dr Abdul M Kamareddine reading a very special story to all of the students in attendance.
On Wednesday, 9th of March, the ICOM Senior Debating Team participated in their first round of debating for 2022 at Williamstown High School. It was a very successful evening with four of our teams coming home with well-deserved wins! Our B Grade Team 1 consisting of Year 11 girls Rahemah Danish, Benazir Shafiz and Sumaiyya Baloch took home a commanding win over Caroline Chisholm Catholic College by four points, arguing for the affirmative on the topic of ‘That artists should be held legally accountable for deaths and injuries that occur at their concerts’. The girls from Caroline Chisholm Catholic College performed extremely well also. Rahemah Danish came away with best speaker for this debate, well done girls!
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.