Newsletter – Term 1 – Kewdale Campus

Executive Principal’s Message

Dear Parents/Guardians and Members of our Community

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmutallah wa Barakatuhu

As we are approaching toward end of term 1 2022, and the weather cools down, it is important to take steps to minimise the impact of COVID-19. Vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect your child, and the community. I would like to encourage and remind you all to book a COVID-19 Vaccination for your child. Over 50 per cent of all children aged 5 to 11 have now received a first dose, with many now due for a second dose (eight weeks after the first dose).

The Department of Health website provides a number of resources with further information about seeking COVID-19 vaccination.  Please see below fact sheet which you can use to communicate with your child.

Further resources are also available at: www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/who-can-get-vaccinated/children

Vaccines are widely available across the country at general practices, pharmacies and state-run clinics. You can find a participating clinic and make an appointment by visiting the Vaccine Clinic Finder at: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking

We find ourselves continuing to live in unprecedented and uncertain times due to the global Coronavirus Pandemic.  The Government has announced schools will remain open to best support continuity of student learning.  The College has recently opened online learning for students who need to isolate and those who are unfortunately Covid-19 positive.  May Allah (swt) grant everyone shifa and restore everyone to full health.  By providing online learning students are able to receive support for their learning courses and programs.  It is challenging to maintain a hybrid teaching model but with the perseverance of our dedicated staff, it has been another great achievement.

The College is committed to our Mission of “Islamic values and academic excellence for success in this life and the hereafter”.  To this end, we have worked hard to ensure students can receive both online learning resources as well as face-to-face for all academic courses including Islamic Studies and Quran. Please encourage your child to attend school if they are a symptom free close contact as long as they are tested negative through a RAT test for day 1 or as soon as possible after being identified as a close contact.

I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding during these very uncertain and trying times.  Please do your very best to keep your children in your home if they feel unwell or develop any Covid-19 symptoms.  This will assist in reducing the spread of the virus.  Please continue to be extra mindful of the higher risks to the older members of our community.

I would like to wish you all Ramadan Kareem.  I pray that Allah (swt), the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, continues to provide, protect and guide us all and that He bestows His blessings upon you all to gain maximum benefits this Ramadan.

With kind regards

Abdullah Khan

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents & Guardians

Assalam o Alaikum

Alhamdulillah, as Term 1 of the academic year is close to ending, I wish you all the best for the term break and the year ahead. The term has not been without challenges, and we have had to make several changes to manage the Covid and close contact issues. We do appreciate your understanding at these times.

We continue to battle with the ongoing problems of children’s attendance due to the Covid pandemic. It looks like pandemic life is a new routine; however, it cannot be an excuse to blow off a child’s continuous learning and education. The situation is challenging with this kind of situation and a new environment means more patience, perseverance, and determination is required at every stage of schooling and learning. We need to cope and adapt ourselves to this kind of reality.

The disruption of the past few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic had fractured the social contract around education. A few parents have chosen to keep their children home from school due to their concerns regarding the spread of the Covid – 19 viruses. It is certainly their choice; however, students and staff are expected to attend the school following the Department of Health and Education guidelines. However, I would like to point out that poor attendance impacts students’ attainment and is also linked to irresponsible and negative behavioural outcomes. 

It is a simple understanding that parents have a responsibility to get their children to school, with minimum absences, and, in return, the school does its level best to educate and look after those children.

The school endeavours to prepare our students for excellent academic achievements completing their curriculum each term. Though hybrid learning has been introduced to support the students in isolation, we continue offering face-to-face teaching for all expected to attend school.

I feel pleasure to state that a large majority of children are in the classrooms and have been engaged well in their learning, after school classes, assessments, sports, and extracurricular activities.

The end of term 1 student progress reports for primary and lower secondary will be provided in week 2 term 2, in sha Allah. I regret that we are unable to conduct in-person parent meetings. However, email and telephone channels are always there to facilitate your request and address your concern if any.

The school have been advising and helping students to realize their digital responsibilities and the dangers associated with the inappropriate use of social media sites such as Facebook, Snapchat, and others.  I also request to be vigilant about your child’s use of social media and chat apps, take time to have your child show you their social media sites, go through their apps. Find out what they are putting out there for everyone to see.

The school ensures the safety of all students, please be advised, if any student is cyberbullying, sexting, or posting text or images that disturb the learning environment at school, will be dealt with seriously as a school matter. The Deans of Students will act to ensure that the School Behaviour Policy & Student Code of Conduct is enforced.

The School Provides Digital Library Portal “MyOn” for primary and “Wheelers Online eBooks and Audiobooks” for high school students providing access to many eBooks and Audiobooks to our students.

This Digital Library portal has a lot of collections of books with a great range from classic to recent releases. It is an excellent site providing general reading facilities to our students. Please advise your children to make the best use of the online digital library during and after the term break. The students have been provided guidelines to access the digital libraries. If your child encounters login issues, please contact school librarians:

For Primary School: tahmina@aic.wa.edu.au

For High School:  Idrismohammed@aic.wa.edu.au

I would like to thank you for your support and encouragement and wish you and your family a happy & blessed Ramadan Kareem.

I would like to appreciate students’ resilience, and sincerely commend the staff and teachers for their hard work and dedication as professional and critical workers.

The term break provides ample opportunity for the students to revise for the forthcoming NAPLAN online, Year 11 & 12 Semester 1 assessment. We wish our children a bright and prosperous future, in sha Allah.

You will agree with me that true learning is a partnership between school and home. Your recognition and appreciation for the hard work of the teachers and staff will help make the school a vibrant place of learning and contributing. I would appreciate it if you could send a few words of appreciation to your child’s teachers, it matters a lot to them.

Sincerely,

Br. Mohammed Nazar Khan
Principal Kewdale Campus

Deputy Principal – High School

Dear Parents & Guardians

Assalam o Alaikum

As we head towards the end of Term 1, I want to thank all members of the AIC community. We are still facing challenges associated with COVID-19, as we continue to navigate both staff and students having to isolate. As a school we are doing our best to minimise disruption to learning and thank everyone for their understanding. 

Prerequisites for Learning

There has been a significant focus on re-establishing high expectations in 2022.

We have appreciated the support from students and parents as we focus on adherence to College routines, policies and procedures. In line with this, the College Leadership Team has commenced a focus on the prerequisites for learning. This includes:

  1. Being on time
  2. Being in correct school uniform
  3. Being ready to learn (correct materials for class)
  4. Being respectful

Year coordinators and teachers will continue to assess uniform as students enter the classroom, check students have brought all the correct materials to class and are providing a safe teaching and learning environment by being respectful and following teacher instruction. Parents/guardians can expect to receive a notification via sms/email if the student in not meeting the expectations of the College. For students that have recurring notifications in these categories, parents/guardians will be contacted by the Year Level coordinator to better understand why expectations are not being met and develop a plan to bring about positive change. It is our intention that this proactive approach will support students to achieve their best learning outcomes.

Year 11 & 12 Expectations

It has been an excellent start to the 2022 school year!  The Senior School students have started the year extremely motivated and focused and it is pleasing to hear so many positive comments from teachers of their classes.

All students in years 11-12 are expected to work hard as they work towards their main goals of:

  1. Academic success by achieving their WA Certificate of Education (WACE)
  1. Successful entry in post year 12 tertiary or further studies for a successful career

Successful students are:

  • Goal Oriented
  • Disciplined
  • Self-directed learners
  • Manage time for effectiveness rather than efficiency

Conscientious Year 11 & 12 students will do at least 3 hours’ study per evening.

Attendance

Attendance below 90% is shown to put students at significant educational risk. We are working with students and families to get students to school every day.

Attendance requirements are 90% 

If your child is absent, please contact the central office and provide a reason for their absence.

Hybrid Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced students, parents, and teachers into a mode of teaching and learning not previously experienced. We have all had to move at lightning speed to make adjustments to the way content is delivered and, in the way, continued learning is achieved for students who are Covid positive or are a close contact with a Covid-19 positive household member.

As the Deputy Principal for High School, I know I speak on behalf of the whole Leadership Team when I say how incredibly proud, I am of our teachers for the significant work they have done to continue teaching in this rapidly changing landscape. Equally, our students have demonstrated amazing resilience and flexibility and our parents have continued to work in close partnership with us.

We are consistently reviewing and adjusting our strategies, our programs, and our delivery at this time.  We are intensely conscious that parents are being required to play a broader role in their child’s education, that is greater than they would normally in many cases.

If you are wondering how, you can support your child through the maze of working and often playing online, and wanting to keep them safe, your first port of call should be the eSafety Commisioner website. Each month they have a focus on an eSafety issues to support parents. This month it’s cyberbullying and online drama.

eSafety’s Parent guide to cyberbullying and online drama

The Term 1 webinar provided parents and carers with the tools to support young people to have safe and respectful online relationships. It also offered advice about what to do when things go wrong.

It was designed for parents and carers of young people aged 11 to 18 years old.

It covered:  

  • starting conversations with your child about their online friendships and positive ways to deal with changing relationships
  • understanding the rights, laws and community expectations that govern social media use
  • where to seek help if your child is involved in a cyberbullying incident.

For Further information, click here.

As students grow, it is important that they are encouraged to persevere. Personal success comes from working hard, both inside and outside of the classroom. Strong work habits, 100% attendance and positive character attributes lead students to success. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with all members of the school community to foster a positive school climate where staff and students achieve success.

May Allah SWT help and guide us to nurture the souls and minds of our students for them to achieve success.

Sincerely,

Sehrish Chaalni

Deputy Principal High School

Deputy Principal – Primary

Dear Parents and Guardians

Alhamdulillah this has been a very busy term.  As the deputy principal of Australian Islamic College, I would like to welcome every single one of you and greet you with salamu alakum wa rahmatalli wa barakatu. During these difficult and trying times, I would like to express my gratitude to all staff, students, parents and the wider community for all of your patience and support during these difficult times that we are currently going through.

I would like to remind all parents and care takers a few very important things as we navigate our way through these difficult times.

Punctuality: Please be mindful that the school assembly starts promptly at 8.25am. Arriving late can be disruptive during the assembly and especially at the start of the first lesson. Literacy is the first lesson of the day where reading is a priority. If students are late, the miss this lesson. This is vital learning for the students and they cannot afford to miss out on these lessons. Please be on time.

Early Departure: If your child has an appointment or you would like to pick them early, please report to the Primary office first to collect an Early Departure note. Students will not be released from class until an Early Departure Note is presented to the class teacher. Please allow extra travel time to pick your child earlier if your appointments are far from the school. We do not allow for Primary students to walk to the High school office unattended. They must be picked up from the Primary school.

Supervision: There is no formal supervision of children before 8.00am. All Staff are on duty after school until 3.45pm. Please ensure your child is picked up on time. After 4.00pm they are taken to the Primary office. Please be mindful that the staff on duty or office staff has to stay back to look after the child and this causes a lot of inconvenience. Please contact the Primary office if there is an emergency and you are unable to pick up your child on time.

Uniform: Students are expected to wear school uniform which must be neat and clean. All students must be in the correct school uniform. It is also recommended that uniform is labelled so it can be easily retrieved if lost. Please check the yellow Lost Property bin outside the Primary office for any lost items.

Lunch Order: Please ensure lunch orders are clearly labelled and placed in a sealed envelope with the correct amount. We encourage children to develop healthy eating habits and minimise eating junk food. 

A reminder to families who have children in both Primary and High School - please refrain from allowing the older sibling to order lunch for Primary siblings. Primary and High school have different lunch times. There have been instances where the Primary sibling had to wait for some time for lunch to be delivered. Please try to give each child the required amount of lunch order money to avoid this issue.

Recess and Lunch: Please ensure your child has been adequately provided with enough food for the day. There have been cases where students did not bring food at all. Parents are responsible for the welfare of the child. Students are reminded to check their school bag at recess time if there is lunch provided. If not, a phone call is made to the parents to bring lunch to the school for their child.

Appointments: Communication between parents and the school is highly valued. Parents are requested to make an appointment through phone, class dojo or TEAMS if they need to speak with the Class Teacher, Behaviour Coordinator, Deputy Principal or Principal.

I hope in sha allah this year is a prosperous one for one and all based on academic and social success.

Sr Zana Hassan

Deputy Principal Primary

Kindergarten A & C

The kindergarten students got involved in a great occupational therapy activity, getting ready for pre handwriting worksheets. We got involved in pre writing patterns.

After brushing our pre handwriting skills, we focused on making/building things using straight lines.

A glimpse of how we learning our letter formation, letter names and sounds.

“P” is for pizza!

Building our fine motor skills

I can describe popcorn

Ice painting- our kindergarten students particularly enjoyed this colourful science experiments. Ice painting with salt and watercolours is the perfect balance of art of science and is all kinds of fun!

The Science behind Ice Painting- the salt makes the ice melt.

Since the ice melts in interesting patterns, painting over the patterns creates a gorgeous and unique tunnelled masterpiece!

Harmony Day

Kindergarten B & D

We’ve had such a great start to the term with most of the children appearing quite confident and comfortable in their new environment. A few experienced some anxiety at drop off time earlier in the term. We understand the difficulty of coming to terms with the mix of emotions: the uncertainty associated with being in a new environment away from parents and the need to play and be strong. Over time the children have learned to deal with the changes that kindergarten has brought about and are appearing more comfortable and confident each day.

There has been a lot of role play happening both inside and outdoors – a domestic scene with baby dolls, different dress ups, kitchen area, blocks area, home corner and many more. This area of play encourages socialisation, strengthens language skills, and allows children the time to explore and understand the world and the roles that adults play in society.

The children have spent the term keeping busy and keeping us on our toes! Children move around the space; both inside and out exploring the activities and learning about each other.

We have observed the children engaging with the different learning activities on offer and constantly marvel at their original ideas, creative endeavours and individual approaches to learning.

Outdoor play has been great for discovering sand or water play, riding bikes and climbing frame between a shared learning outdoor environments with our Kindergarten students. All experiences have been a great way for our students to settle and find their sense of self and belonging in their new environment.

“Five Senses and Popcorn Activity”

We hope you have a safe and happy break and look forward to seeing you in term two.

Teacher: Samina Khan

Educational Assistant: Jahan

Pre-Primary

What a great start to the year we’ve had! This term has been focused on building relationships, foundation knowledge and instilling a love of learning in each child.

We have focused on fostering interpersonal skills in the children. For some, this is their first experience of formal schooling and it may have been tricky making friends. In our classes, we try and provide environments that support student interaction. Children are given many opportunities to talk to one another and experience things together.

Literacy

In Literacy, children are learning Letters and Sounds following the PLD Program. Each week we learn and consolidate a few letters. We learn the name of the letter, the sound, how to form the letters as well as find words that begin with the sounds. We also try and incorporate Literacy Games on the computers so children can practice using the keyboard and mouse.

Numeracy

In Numeracy, children are learning the Numbers 0-20. They are learning how to form and write the number as well as count small collections and count in order. We also have been learning about 2D Shapes. Each week, children learn a new shape and have to create a Shape Monster out of paper which helps them to develop fine motor skills through cutting.

Arts

Our focus in The Arts this term is Visual Art. Children are learning about the Art Elements, specifically focusing on the Element of Line. Children have participate in different experiences that allow for their creativity to flow such as, Self-Portrait Painting, Still Life Painting and Free Painting. We have used different mediums such as paint, edicol dye and collage.

Specialist Classes

Physical Education is taught by Sr Nuria. She has organised for the children to participate in a 4-week Cricket Clinic presented by the Perth Scorchers Cricket Organisation. The children have had an amazing time learning Fundamental Movement Skills through catching and throwing and learning some rules of the game.

Harmony Day

We celebrated Harmony Day on Friday 18th March 2022. It was a wonderful day and it was so lovely to see everyone in their Traditional Dress! We were all a sea of bright colours, MashaAllah.

It has been very tricky this term not being able to welcome parents into the school. We would like to commend all the parents for keeping in contact with us through Class Dojo. As we are now not allowed to gather in large groups, our school has started Virtual Assembly which has been so beneficial to the Pre-Primaries as we do not usually participate in morning assemblies. It has been so wonderful being able to start our day with the 99 Names of Allah s.w.t and a dua for our school and friends.

We have made an incredible start to our school year and we are looking forward to sharing many more experiences with the children. Thank you again to all parents for their continuous support.

Year 1

The Year One Team:

1A – Sr. Shamin: “Assalamualaikum! I have been in this school for the last five years and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

I have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.

I strongly believe that early education is not about didactic instruction and information. It is about hands-on experience with the world of people, things, concepts and mentoring adults who help children understand how the world works and all that they are capable of. It is about discovering skills and knowledge, challenge and mastery.

May Allah make this year a total success for all of us In Sha Allah!”

1B – Sr. Sera: “I am passionate about the importance of early years learning and I am a big advocate for equal learning opportunities and play-based learning. I am excited to get to know your family and anything you would like to share about your goals and aspirations for your child. I look forward to learning and teaching with the class.”

1C – Sr. Ashley: “I am an early childhood teacher in my fourth year of teaching, this is my second year of teaching at AIC Kewdale. I strongly believe in the importance of early childhood education and firmly believe that all young children are unique and capable individuals. It is my mission to instil a deep-grounded love for learning in all my students. I diligently attempt to teach with passion every day so that my students may develop a desire to become ‘lifelong’ learners. I’m very much looking forward to getting to know your child and getting this year started!”

One of our primary goals at the beginning of the school year was to get to know our students. This is important for several reasons. The better we know our children, and the more they know we know them, the more invested they will become in school. 

Then gradually we delved into studies. Let us take a sneak peek on what we have learnt this term:

Literacy

In literacy we mainly focused on reading and writing. When you read it fires up your imagination and stimulates the memory centres of your mind. It helps recall information as well as stabilize your emotions. The importance of a reading habit is that it strengthens mental muscles. In writing we followed the seven steps programme for narrative writing. They gradually gained confidence in writing a narrative. Apart from that we also put a lot of focus to develop their speaking skills as well as their spellings, grammar and comprehension skills.

Numeracy

Students in year 1 have been working very hard in Maths. We have been practicing our addition and subtraction.  Playing with shapes seems to be our favourite activity at the moment! In order to learn how shapes are different from one another, they’ll learnt to pay attention to the little details that distinguish shapes.

HASS

In history we had a great time exploring past and present-day family life while in geography we were learning about constructed, managed and natural resources. We went for walks, observed and discussed about our opinions and thoughts about different kinds of features.

Science

Ma Sha Allah! Our little scientists are learning all about ‘Earth’s Resources’ and how they play a very important role for life on earth. We firmly that they form the basis of everything humans need to survive and that it is our duty to conserve them. We learnt about different types of clouds and rain and did an experiment called ‘Cloud in a Jar’. It was a great way of demonstrating how water moves out of clouds and produces rainy weather.

ART

In art we have been learning about the famous artist called Jimmy Pike and did the ‘Rainbow Serpent’ artwork. We also used our creativity to create illusions called ‘Web of Lines’.  I would like to inform you that the teachers were greatly impressed by their students’ artwork and that we have some great future artists amongst us Alhamdullilah!

Health

In Health we have been learning about how to give compliments to others, how to stay safe and all about team work. They also expressed their feelings on what makes them happy, sad, excited, annoyed and so on.

Healthy Breakfast

The little Year 1s learnt about the importance to eat something nutritious each morning to re-fuel for the busy day ahead. The ‘Healthy Breakfast’ was an ideal opportunity for the teachers to talk to their students about never skipping the first morning of the day and to always have a healthy breakfast.

Waste Free Lunch Box Day

The children took pride in showing their waste free lunch boxes to their peers contained packaging that could be composted or recycled, and nothing that could go into garbage bins and landfills. They said “It is our duty to keep our country clean and keep our world clean.”

School Clean up Day

This was a great way to inspire our students to learn about the impact of rubbish on their local environment while playing an active role in their community. It was a very special day when students and teachers worked together to clean up the school which is special to us all.

Harmony Day

We celebrated Harmony Day in our own classes by holding discussions about the cultural diversity and how we might improve the world to make it more harmonious and a beautiful place. We also expressed our opinions by writing and making pretty posters! 

Year 2

Alhumduliliah we have had a busy and productive term in Year 2, despite these trying times and many challenges.

Literacy

This term in Literacy, we learned about the features of a narrative text exploring the structure of a narrative text while developing our imaginative skills. In grammar, we developed our fluency in proper nouns, capital letters and conjunctions. We covered a range of reading comprehension strategies such as finding word meaning in context and drawing conclusions to make inferences.

Numeracy

In Numeracy, we developed a range of skills in addition and subtraction strategies, place value, arrays, division, halves and quarters, 2D shapes, half past and quarter to time language, measurement and capacity and number sequences. Students used hands on manipulatives and prime resources to develop their number fluency and understanding of concepts.

HASS

This term in HASS, we explored about the Past & Present taking a closer look at history learning about timelines and past events, we also dived in to learning about famous Australians from the past. In geography, we discovered oceans and continents while learning about important lines like the tropic of Cancer, tropic of Capricorn and equator!

Science

In science, we explored the concept of Earth and Space taking a closer look at our solar system and the world around us. We also developed our understanding of the water cycle engaging in hands on experiments and investigations to further develop a secure understanding of the concepts.

Health

This term in Health, we developed our fluency in  learning about strategies to identify feelings, identify safe places, introduce warning signs, look for clues about risks, personal emergencies, strengths and identity, achievements and success and physical activity in the community.

Art

In Art, we explored patterns and had a tremendous amount of fun crafting mosaic masks using shapes, we also enthusiastically developed our drawing skills by drawing landscapes like city landscapes.

Year 3

English

Sharp Reading

Sharp Reading is a teaching and learning framework that provides direction for students and equips them to be SHARP (efficient, cutting edge) in their understanding of reading. Sharp Reading allows students to THINK while reading in order to unpack and understand text. This is our daily morning routine since the beginning of term 1 with the year 3 students.

Persuasive & Narrative Writing

Narrative writing allows students to discuss how language is used to describe the settings in texts, and explore how the settings shape the events and influence the mood of a narrative. Students also drew connections between personal experiences and the worlds of texts, and share responses with others through narrative writing.

Persuasive Writing aims to present an idea to a reader and persuade them to agree with the writer’s point of view. Learning to write persuasively is a crucial ‘real life’ skill for students. Some examples of persuasive texts include: arguments, expositions, discussions, and letters to the editor, debates, reviews and advertisements. The year 3 students have been focusing on specific structures when writing persuasive texts. Some of the structures we have been following include: sizzling starts, global statements, connectives, high modal verbs and ending with an impact.

Reading Comprehension

The students used comprehension strategies to build literal and inferred meaning and began to evaluate texts by drawing on a growing knowledge of context, text structures and language features.

Grammar & Spelling

The students learned a range of grammar concepts including that verbs represent different processes, for example doing, thinking, saying, and relating and that these processes are anchored in time through tense.

Year 3 students have been focusing on NAPLAN words as well as a spelling skill weekly for term 1.

Numeracy

Number and Algebra

The students have count to and from 10 000. They have classified numbers as either odd or even. Students have recalled addition and multiplication facts for single-digit numbers. They have recognised the connection between addition and subtraction and solve problems using efficient strategies for multiplication. Students have modelled and represented unit fractions. They have represent money values in various ways. Students have correctly counted out change from financial transactions. They have continued presenting number patterns involving addition and subtraction.

Measurement and Geometry

Students have identified symmetry in the environment. They have matched positions on maps with given information. Students have recognised angles in real situations. They have interpreted and compared data displays. Students have used metric units for length, mass and capacity. They told time to the nearest minute. Students made models of three-dimensional objects.

Statistics and Probability

Students have conducted chance experiments and listed possible outcomes. They have conducted simple data investigations for categorical variables. Students have interpreted and compared data displays.

Science

Earth & Space Science

Students have been reading about Earth’s rotation. They understood that the rotation on Earth allows time to change from day to night and vice versa. Students understand that successful cooperation with others depends on shared use of social conventions, including turn-taking patterns, and forms of address that vary according to the degree of formality in social situations.

HASS

The year 3 students have studied about the importance of fossils to our history. Students have learnt that Australia has six states and territories which can be represented on a map. Each state and territory has a capital city. They have understood that Australia has regional centres in each state and these can be represented on a map. They have become aware that Australia has many important and unique natural features in different states and territories including rock formation and reefs. Students have also identified who lived in Australia first.

Visual Art

In Year 3, students extend their understanding of the visual elements as they reflect on their use to create artwork using different mediums. They experiment with varying techniques and explore the different properties and qualities of materials that can be used creatively. Students explore art from other cultures and consider where and how artwork is presented to an audience. As they make and respond to artwork, students are introduced to the use of visual art terminology. They use the terminology to reflect on how the elements are used in the artwork they view and make

Health & Physical Education

The students worked on range of health subjects including: understanding the importance of a healthy and balanced diet in maintaining general wellbeing; recognising the importance of being physically active to improvement health and wellbeing; and describing situations and events that happen to them that lead to different emotions.

Year 4

Return to School

Alhamdulillah, we have had a successful start to the year, meeting many new and familiar faces who were excited to return to school after the long break. We settled down into our routines and set goals for us to kick throughout the year!

As the term progressed, many things became a little different for us, as we implemented many safety measures to minimise the risk of Covid-19 and keep us safe. Our students have continued to adopt many hygiene practices, such as regular hand washing and sanitising after using the toilet, before and after eating and when entering a classroom.  We are so proud of how all our students have embraced mask-wearing and continued to achieve and go beyond their learning goals despite the rapid changes.

Science

This term the Year Four students have become Geologists! We have been exploring “what’s beneath our feet”, looking at different soil types, rock types and asking many questions and discovering many answers along the way. We did a soil investigation looking at the effects of the different types of weathering and erosion that happen in our environment and how this changes our environment. The 4D clan have grown plants, which they will eventually be planting into the veggie garden, as part of the AIC Landcare Australia project. Overall, we have gotten our hands messy this term and uncovered many wonders!

Visual Arts

Our creative minds have been blossoming this term with students working on visual art and its elements. We have explored and created artwork using organic and geometric shapes, using real life objects to help us. Students discovered the influence that line and colour have on their own emotions, and they explored how the elements of visual art can be combined to deliver a message. We then used our knowledge of the elements of Visual Art to design Harmony Day posters to celebrate the uniqueness and beauty of Australia!

Literacy

Our writing this term has taken us to magical places full of wonder. Students in Year 4 are learning about narrative writing with a focus on ‘Showing Not Telling’ our readers what the character is feeling and doing. To help students in this endeavour we have explored onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance as well as superlative adjectives and adverbs.

Numeracy

Year 4’s are being exposed to progressively more challenging maths subjects such as angles, map reading, parallel lines and multiplication facts to 10 x 10 and related division facts.  Students are also solving multi-step addition and subtraction word problems and building their confidence working with 5 and 6-digit numbers.

In our numeracy investigations students have applied their skills in practical ways. Students have used compass and followed directions to reach places on maps. They have learnt the skill of using a key/legend on a map and devise their own too. Students are dealing with real world situations in numeracy to help prepare them for the future.

HASS

Overall, this term in HASS students have understood and explored the contribution Indigenous people had towards Australia.

Students have discovered the Connection Indigenous people have with Australia since colonisation. They have researched and studies the Indigenous past, creation stories and Arts. Students were involved in inquiry-based learning and worked in groups to explore the Aboriginal culture and uncover the history and contributions of Eddie Mabo to the Aboriginal community.

Year 5

It was amazing to usher old and new students into our classes this term. We also welcomed Sr Safia, into Year 5!

It has been an interesting term with new rules and routines. Nevertheless, our Year 5 students are resilient students! They took on the challenge of wearing the mask throughout the day and taking initiative to maintain social distance.

This is what we’ve been up to in Term 4:

Literacy

Our daily literacy block includes guided reading activity, spelling and writing. This term we focus on two genres: Narrative and Persuasive. It has been lovely to read creative and thought-provoking masterpieces written by our own students.

Numeracy

This term we review all strands of numeracy and applied multi-step problem solving strategies in operations.

Science

We focused on Earth Science this term. We explored the sun and moon, as well as terrestrial and gas planets. We created a simple model of the sun, moon and Earth, and we learned the order of the solar system. Apart from that, we had a ‘yummy’ time learning the different moon phases.

HASS

This term we learned about the economic, political and social reasons for the establishment of British colonies in Australia. We also studied the colonial development and settlement features, as well as their impact upon the native Australian environment and the daily lives of the different inhabitants.

Health

In Health, we learned about setting short and long term goals. We also differentiated safe and unsafe places, and we learned to identify physical indicators that we might experience when we are in an unsafe place or situation. Lastly, we studied how a healthy diet can affect an individual’s overall general health.

Arts

This term we focused on the visual art. We learned the different elements of art and we created art pieces by applying these elements. Apart from that, we also designed Harmony Day poster during our Art lessons

Special Program

The Year 5 students were given the opportunity to put their name in to be elected deputy head boy and girl. Each representative presented a speech in front of the cohort and votes were casted by the Year 5 students.

Year 6

Assalamu Alaykum Dear Parents

What an eventful term that came along with its own set of challenges and difficulties. Alhamduillah, we have managed to persevere and tackle the challenges head on. In year 6 we focus on preparing students for high school and providing them with the necessary skills that will enable to thrive and succeed in all subject areas.

Literacy

The Warm-Up 10mins:

Its short, its sweet, it most certainly is effective. What is now a part of our every morning routine. Students start off the morning with literacy warmups that helps develop students’ comprehension skills, vocabulary, creativity and phonics knowledge.

Rotations 15mins:

It’s a smooth transition from the warm-ups to the rotations activity.  students know exactly where to go and what to do and are immediately on task. Students are divided up into 5 groups each group doing a separate activity with the tasks being rotated everyday. Each week the groups rotate between guided reading, ReadingEggs, complex sentence writing, text exercises and task cards. Each of the activities develop students literacy skills and provides students with a strong foundational knowledge of literature and literacy.

Spelling Mastery 15mins

No game can be played without understanding the rules. A well develop textbook that breaks down the most complex rules of the English language into bite size, easy to understand activities. The Spelling Mastery text is an all-in-one pack that focuses on English rules, vocabulary building and phonics knowledge.

Writing 20 mins.

They’re warm, they know the rules they got the tools now its time to play the game. The first half of the term students put their reporter hats on and focused on writing a recount for a news report. Whether they had to develop a problem for a story or sizzling start that got a reader engaged. The second half of the term students had their creative synapses firing with narrative writing. Students were given a picture prompt that set their foundation for their writing piece. No doubt will have a future author in the making!

Numeracy

Every lesson begins with a warm-up that cover past mathematical knowledge. We are putting Prime Math to the test. At the Australian Islamic College, we are always looking for the best text for our students. Prime is new to the school but not the world of Mathematics. The students dabbled with BODMAS, measured angles and are breaking down fractions. This year we have also incorporated a lesson with rotations that incorporate word-problems, Mathletics and games to demonstrate how math’s is found in all areas of life.

Science

Science is all about the Earth shaking, ground-breaking, tsunamis roaring and tornados blowing! Disasters come in many forms and natural disasters are the most dangerous of them all. Students now have a sound understanding of the relatively large, ball of rock that we call Earth. We explored the science of tectonic plates, the layers of the Earth and how they contribute to the Earths natural disasters. Volcanos, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes drought and flooding formed the bases of our science investigation.

Health

A topic that covers more than diet and fitness. This term we looked at protective behaviors and self-image. Its important for students to understand their surrounding environment and be aware of dangers. More importantly students must also know how to deal and what to do in those situations. The second half of the term focused on taking risks, per-pressure, self-acceptance and motivation and how they contribute to mental and emotional health and wellbeing

HASS

Some say there is no future in History that does not mean we cannot learn from it. Federation, governmental structure and laws, elections, Aboriginal history, human rights and Australia’s involvement in the war. These are some of the topics we looked at in class. Students had a deep look into Australia’s history and to the path that led us hear today.

Visual Arts

A picture paints thousand words. In other words, no novel series can complete with the level of art work produced by our students. Different themes, different topics, lines and shapes, harmony day and aboriginal art that’s where our students drew inspiration from. The talented work have bought light, colour and creativity into our classroom which are on display.

Digital Technologies

A Warm Welcome Dear Parents/Guardians,

It is a pleasure to start a new year with a group of children full of excitement and joy towards learning.

I’d like to formally welcome Sr Marwa who is our Digital Technologies teacher for Pre-Primary, Year 1 and Year 2. Some highlights to look forward to in this terms newsletter are:

  • Hardware and Software
  • Computer parts
  • Peripheral Devices
  • Input, output and storage devices

We practiced our typing skills using various typing activities.

Year 3 students were introduced to PowerPoint. They had to create a PowerPoint about Hardware and Software. They also practiced changing the text fonts, colour and sizes.

We learnt more about peripheral devices by participating in an online searching activity. We also participated in Kahoot to identify devices as input, output or storage devices.

Year 4 students consolidated their understanding about peripheral devices by completing tasks that were assigned to them on Microsoft Teams.

Year 5 students are learning about input, output and storage devices. They completed various tasks assigned to them on MS Teams.

Year 6 students created infographics based on computer and ICT rules. They participated in an online brainstorm using mentimeter. Students have been productive in creating infographics using a software of their choice such as Canva, MS PowerPoint or MS Word.

English & Drama

English and Drama Department

The Year 8 and 10 students studied units of poetry from around the world and analysed the use of poetic conventions to position readers with aesthetic pleasure and meaningful messages. They then tried their hand at the genre. Please find below a selection of poems by our students.

Can we breathe now?
By Ikram & Suwayda Year 8

Many people are racist and that is not okay

A young man named George Floyd was killed on the 25th of May

Another day a Black man lie dead on the streets

Another day he yells I can’t breathe with no relief.

But there is no difference between black and white

How can such a horrible thing be pinned on a race

and when we are seen we are called a “disgrace”

They judge the colour of one’s skin

But do not know what we feel within

All the people in the world have had enough

The racism we are getting is way too rough

We have our innocent people on the streets dying

Parents mourn and scream whilst children are crying

People in the world are taking a knee

For every Black person having to flee

Our mothers make food and feed us while it’s hot

Our people cannot even go out without getting shot

[now deep this question] how many lies is it going to take?

For justice to be served and actions to be made.

Our people run from the men in blue because they feel scared

Wishing and praying that more people cared

This has gone on for way too long

We need to come together, and all stay strong

This is not a problem for us Black folks to solve

The entire world needs to come together and this needs to be resolved.

Palestine’s Plea
by Asad Stacey, Year 8

While we are sleeping

They are weeping

All the children cry

As the world around them die

They will kill a dove

That flies high above

Without a care

For anyone anywhere

It doesn’t matter what religion or race

Its such a big disgrace

We can’t ignore the Palestinian plea

It’s just repeating history

From the river to the sea

Palestine will be free

Allah will make the enemy

Fall to their knees

The theme of this poem is a representation of the struggle of the Palestinian people. It describes how they experience many hardships, trauma and devastation, yet ultimately, they will triumph. This is displayed throughout the poem which is written in a timeline order. The mood at the start of the poem is sombre but as the poem goes on it becomes uplifting with the last stanza describing their victory over the enemy.

The line “It’s just repeating history” emphasises that the struggle of the Palestinians has been going on for many years. Furthermore, it links to many times when a whole nation of people has been oppressed for their race and religion. The line “They will kill a dove” uses the technique of an idiom. This symbolises how the enemy does not care about peace as they will mercilessly kill, and a dove is a known symbol for peace.

Throughout the poem the rhyme pattern AA BB is used. This has a rhythmic effect that is pleasant to hear and creates a musical tone. In the third stanza alliteration is used with the two words religion and race. The effect of alliteration is that it emphasises the rhythmic quality of the poem.

Injury
By: Numan Mohamed and Elmi Elmi Year 8

Our poem is about a serious injury that took place on the road. A man was driving his car. His phone was ringing, and he had to pick it up because it was important. But when he looked down in a split second his car went directly into Mikes car. It made Mike bleed and Mike was in a serious injury.

Mike drove down the downhill road

The phone made a noise. Ring! Ring!

Mike made sure the car was slowed

Then crash! He was hit from behind and was sure he injured something

There was blood pouring

It was a serious injury

Mike leg was roaring

And the pain was soaring

The strange man got out the car

In a rush he called ambulance

Mike was asked if he was aware of his surroundings

The man was sweating about this accident

Mike was in hospital with a bandage on his face

Losing his memory

Mike was in a rush to leave this place

Mike said life is a mystery.

Nature
by Shahian Siddkey Aaraf, Ilyas Zazi and Rayan Adem

Nature is just so amazing

It blows the human mind

It is the most beautiful kind

Nature is what we see

The Green land and the big old tree

Nature is everywhere you go

Everything that lives and grows

Nature gives us something

We cannot live without

But in nature we shouldn’t doubt

The slightest touch of wind

A cooling touch, a gentle breeze

That is just sure to please

These are constants of water and air

Stop and enjoy nature

As long as it is right there.

Drama Report – Term 1

Our drama classes have been busy this term with Reader Theatre performances of the play; Boy Overboard and re-enactment of the film scenes. The photos below will take you on a theatrical journey.

HASS

HARMONY DAY

Harmony Day is a day to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, based on the successful integration of migrants into our community. Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. 

We celebrated Harmony Day on Wednesday, the 23rd of March.

Students were encouraged to wear their cultural outfits, whilst adhering to the Islamic dress code, and bring cultural food to share with their peers.

The day had started with the Australian National Anthem followed by an Islamic speech about Harmony in Islam and a recitation of a beautiful poem by Yara Soliman, year 11 ATAR student.

Harmony Day Facts

1. Egypt

  • Sham El-Nessim which means “smell of the breeze” is an old spring festival celebrated by the Egyptians since the third dynasty of the Old Kingdom.
  • The Egyptians invented the 365-days a year calendar
  • Cairo holds the world’s most valuable collection of items from Ancient Egypt. It contains more than 150,000 objects.
  • The Grand Egyptian Museum just outside of Cairo of the Gaza Plateau (next door to pyramids) is not only the new crown jewel of Egypt but it is also one of the largest, most modern, and most renowned museums in the entire world

2. Turkey

  • One of the oldest and largest markets in the world is the Grand Bazaar which is often described as one of the oldest shopping malls in existence
  • There are over 80,000 Mosques
  • The capital city of Turkey, Istanbul is the only city on earth on two continents, Asia and Europe
  • Turkey is the only country in the world that grows black roses

3. Pakistan

  • They produce over half the world’s footballs 40-60 million a year and it is handmade
  • Second largest Muslim population
  • The name Pakistan derives from two words, “Pak,” which is Persian for holy, clean or pure, and “istan” derives from the Hindi word “isthan,” which means a place.
  • Pakistan is the world’s first Islamic country to attain nuclear power

4. Somalia

  • Prehistoric rock paintings dating back 5,000 years have been found in parts of Somalia, including one of the earliest known sketches of a mounted hunter
  • Paintings in Somalia are among the most famous ones of their kind in Africa
  • Somalia is the easternmost country of Africa, located on what is known as the Horn of Africa
  • Somalia has the longest coastline in Mainland Africa with the most beautiful beaches

At lunch we had a competition for the best dressed students, and teachers.

High School Math

OLNA Year 10-12

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 who were required to sit OLNA had gone online and attempted the tests in Numeracy, Reading and Writing using the site: http://olna.com.au/

The school registered all those students and the student were given user names and passwords to practice all those questions.

Just as with NAPLAN, we make extensive use of the OLNA results and parents are reminded that success with OLNA is essential to achieve WACE.

The school also organised online Maths Enrichment classes for year 10-12 students.

Year 7 & 9 Numeracy Enrichment Classes

Students from year 7 to 9 are attending after school enrichment classes to enhance their skills.

NAPLAN Coordinated Practice Test 2022

The NAPLAN CPT online test for year 7 & 9 will be conducted on Thursday 24th March during school time.

2022 Mathematics Research Competition- The University of Melbourne

This year our year 7-11 students are participating in the Mathematics Research Competition.

Each age category will have a choice of eight questions to work on either individually or as a team. All students who submit a completed project will receive a Certificate of either Participation, Merit, High Commendation or Distinction. The fifteen finalists will also be invited to participate in a virtual Finals Presentation, and will all receive cash prizes. The competition is completely free to enter.

Further information can be found on the link below:

Mathematics and Statistics Research Competition

IT – Food & Tech

Food and Technology

We want to welcome Sr Sumaira Shehzad who is a qualified Chef. She has been teaching Food &Tech students the skills and techniques used in professional kitchens and how they are applied to home kitchens. The students have demonstrated their skills learned in the classrooms through re-creating delicious recipes. The Year 7-8 have learned traditional breakfasts, while our Year 9-10 have learned more complex recipes that challenged their skills and further developed their knowledge. Here are some of our students’ creations.

Library

Welcome to Kewdale Primary School Library. We have a fantastic range of fiction and non-fiction books, graphic novels, series, classics and sports books available for students to borrow. All children across the school, from Kindy to Year 6 are able to borrow books for a week at a time. Children can change their books frequently if they prefer, or renew them. Kindy, Pre-Primary and Year 1 can borrow 1 book per week and Year 2–Year 6 can borrow 2 books per week. Please make sure your child has a sturdy library bag to protect their books.

Our students have access to MyOn digital library containing more than 5,000 books in variety of topics.

Please make sure you know when your child’s library day is and encourage them to share their books with you, even the older students. There has been a lot of research which shows that reading to your child, even long after they can independently read, helps them in all areas of learning. Dr Margaret Marga, lecturer at ECU has spent time researching reading aloud to 8-11 year old children and found that they miss being read aloud to by their parents. So it’s worth putting in the effort for the benefit of your children.

Scholastic Book fair is postponed at this time for current Covid situation.

Parents are always welcome to visit the library, just to have a look, to help shelve books or assist in covering new books. Volunteers are important in helping the library function smoothly, please pop in to see how you can help.

Physical Education

Welcome to our first edition of Physical education news for 2022!

This term it has been all about cricket! The students have been learning and practising their cricket skills. Many of our students have shown great skills in bowling, batting and fielding.

This term we had some basketball clinics for our year 5 classes and cricket clinics for our pre-primary classes.

We also had special football clinics with Br Adam and Br Tony with our senior boys in year 5 & 6.

Our annual school clean-up day was on March 4th 2022 and we had student clean up officers come out and help clean up the school. The students collected a lot of rubbish.

We are looking forward to PE in term 2!

Religion

The month of Ramadhan

The Religion Department encourages our school community to make the most of the month of Ramadhan. The teachers and students are fortunate this year that many days of Ramadhan are during the school holidays. This gives everyone the extra free time to dedicate to worship during the month of Ramadhan.

 

We find ourselves in very challenging times with the covid pandemic, the financial challenges due to high cost of living and the uncertainty of global tension. The community is encouraged not to allow these issues to be a distraction from the most auspicious month on the lunar calendar.

In this article the Religion Department is sharing ways that the community can gain maximum benefit from the month of Ramadhan.

Make acts of worship the priority

The greatest achievement that can be acquired from the month of Ramadhan is the forgiveness for our past wrong deeds. Doing acts of worship is one method of achieving forgiveness for our sins. Both the Quran and Sunnah teaches us that sins are wiped out by good deeds.

Narrated Abu Huraira:

I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying regarding Ramadan, “Whoever prayed at night in it (the month of Ramadhan) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”  (Bukhari)

Make an intention to search for the night of Qadr

The Quran tells us that the night of Qadr is more valuable than 1000 months. This means that worshipping the Almighty during the night of Qadr will equate to sincerely worshipping the Almighty for 1000 months. We do not know exactly when the night of Qadr is thus we are encouraged to search for it by engaging in extra worship during the last ten nights of Ramadhan.

Set a daily routine for the month

To maximise our gain from the month of Ramadhan it will help to have a routine. The routine should include worship time, rest time and fulfilling other worldly obligations. By preparing a written program for the month we will ensure that we make sufficient time for worship. Otherwise, our time will be consumed by other worldly needs.

Regularly remind ourselves, our family and our friends about the virtues or Ramadhan

By constantly talking about the virtues of Ramadhan we continue to remind ourselves about its value. The constant reminder will maintain our focus on the priorities of Ramadhan.

  • Ramadhan is the fourth pillar of Islam
  • The Quran was revealed in the month of Ramadhan
  • The doors of Paradise are opened, and the doors of Hellfire are closed.

Treat this Ramadhan as though it’s our last one

We do not know whether we will be given another opportunity to experience Ramadhan. This could be our last opportunity before our life is taken away. It is important that we give this Ramadhan our best effort just in case we don’t live to experience another Ramadhan.

Ramadhan is an opportunity to achieve high levels of spirituality and to draw closer to the Almighty. We should do whatever it takes to get maximum benefit from this opportunity.

Religion – Primary

All praise is due to Allah Ta’aala our Creator Sustainer and Nourisher. With the grace and mercy of the Almighty, term 1 2022 had a very smooth and exciting start. Many wonderful new kids had joined us in Primary and our journey of learning began.

Students have thus far this year been learning about various topics in Islamic Studies which InshaAllah will equip them to become better Muslims as the future leaders of our community.

Qur’aan teaching continues as normal, and an effort is also made to make the students understand the meanings of the short surahs of the Qur’aan. We request all parents to please assist their children and allocate some time during the evening to practise Qur’aan reading and memorisation to further strengthen what was learnt at school. We are also very excited and enjoying to teach and learn Islamic Studies using our very own Islamic Studies books prepared at AIC.

We find ourselves once again a few weeks away from the blessed month of Ramadaan which is indeed a great and blessed month. It is a time where we should increase in our Ibaadah and Duaa and beg Allah Ta’aala for his forgiveness, mercy and a way out from all hardships and difficulties facing the Ummah.

May Allah Ta’aala accept the efforts of all and make us from those who strive to please him InshaAllah Aameen.

Abdullah Haffejee

Religion Department

Kewdale primary

Sports

Asalaamu’alaykum Dear Community,

This term has been a great start to the year alhumdulilah. The H.P.E. department has developed multiple initiatives, programs and academies this year to give our students the opportunity to showcase and further develop their talents. In previous years, the soccer and netball academy have proven to help students develop into great student-athletes and citizens. This year we have introduced 3 more sporting academies, which are the basketball, volleyball and badminton academies. The badminton academy is further running full-time after school training sessions every Tuesday and Thursday. This is done under the leadership and coaching of our state coach, Sr. Crystal. 

During the past four weeks, we have competed in the Badminton WA Live Lighter Competition. Our students represented us extremely well. Not only displaying great sportsmanship but also making it through to multiple final rounds. We had three teams make it to the final rounds and one team advance to the grand final. It was a very close match, and our students secured the runner up position, this was the first time our school had progressed to the grand final. We are very proud and grateful of the students and coach’s achievements.