Executive Principal Message
Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh
Dear Parent/Guardian and Community Members
Providing quality education, which is full of Islamic manners and values, is indeed a real challenge with current global pandemic. I ask Allah (SWT) to help us all accomplish the objectives we have set for AIC. I am sure that with the grace of Allah (SWT), parental support, and the help of the community we will Insha’Allah be able to face the challenges and will achieve our goals. I shall continue to work with you for the best interests of our beloved children and our community at large.
AIC has been working on swimming pool complex building project for more than two years, and I am now pleased to inform you all that the swimming pool complex at Kewdale Campus is ready for students for Term 3, 2022. We will update you of the start date for swimming classes for Term 3, 2022 and the swimming uniform purchases in collaboration with One World Uniform.
Australian Islamic College on behalf of Human Appeal, took part in fundraising campaigns this term to raise funds for Somalia and Yemen in Ramadan and have raised around $30,489.26. Thank you to all our staff, students and their parents and community who contributed to these very worthy causes. May Allah (SWT) reward you all abundantly.
Make sure you look for AIC on Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms for regular updates on all that is happening in and around our campuses.
Jazak’Allah Khairan for entrusting your child to us. I can assure you, we are more than willing to do all that it takes to make sure our schools are outstanding institutions, where our students get both their souls and minds nurtured. Such a mission is not possible without your continued full support and cooperation, and I look forward to working together now and into the future.
We call upon Allah (SWT) the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, to continue to provide, protect and guide us all and I wish our staff and students a happy term break.
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatulahi Wabarakatuh,
Alhamdulillah, after facing Covid19 restrictions in Term 1, this term we are allowed to conduct our morning assembly, pray together in the Mosque, excursions and incursions.
It is wonderful to see our Kindy and Pre-Primary students enjoy and have fun with their new playground equipment. They have fun playing in the new big sand pit.
This term, access to and from the early Childhood is available, Alhamdulillah and this definitely makes teaching and learning much more smoother. Kindergarten and Pre-Primary students enjoy having their sport lessons in the main school oval this term.
There have been a range of school activities and events held this term. Teachers with the support from the management, our parents and P&F, have been working extremely hard to ensure the success of each event that they provide for our children.
Some of the events are listed below:
Intercampus Quran Recitation Competition
Six of our students participated in the Inter-Campus Quran Recitation Competition held in AIC – Kewdale Mosque on Thursday, 2nd June 2022:
- Year 1: Yusuf Isa
- Year 2: Abdurahman Nassereddin
- Year 3: Sabrina Islam
- Year 4: Aisha Abdirahman
- Year 5: Zayd Rizwan
- Year 6: Mohamed Bihi
Selected Surahs for the competition:
- Year 1: Al Qaariah, Al Aadiyaat, Az Zalzalah
- Year 2: At Teen, Al Inshiraah, Ad Duhaa
- Year 3: Al Layl, Ash Shams, Al Balad
- Year 4: Al Fajr, Al Gaashiyah, Al Aala
- Year 5: Al Aala, At Tariq, Al Burooj
- Year 6: Al Inshiqaaq, Al Mutaffifeen
We would like to congratulate all our students for their hard work in getting themselves prepared for this very special event and their great achievements. May Allah Swt be pleased with them, guide and protect them always. Aamiin!
- On 7th June, all Pre-Primary classes went for a morning walk (close vicinity to the school).
- Pre-Primary A and Year 1C will be having a Planting Day in Jacqueline Park Drive Park Land, Thornlie on 22nd June while the Pre-Primary B and Pre-Primary C will be having it on 23rd June 2022 (in conjunction with Armadale / Gosnells Landcare Group).
Morning Assembly Speeches on AIC Values
Our Religion teachers are rostered to deliver speeches based on the Seven Islamic Values on Wednesdays during morning assembly. Those seven Islamic Values are:
On Friday, 6th May our school celebrated Eid Ul Fitr. Students and staff came to school in their beautiful Eid outfits. Our teachers organized class party and Eid Gift Exchange in class.
On Thursday, 19th May, Pre-Primary classes held a Food Stall fundraising to raise fund towards their graduation ceremony that will be organized at the end of the year. Our lovely parents prepared snacks and sweets for the fundraising and our P&F helped selling during morning and afternoon recess.
On Line NAPLAN 2022
Alhamdulillah, on line NAPLAN this year went smoothly. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to our teachers who worked extremely hard to prepare their students for NAPLAN. Thank you also to all students for studying very hard and their parents for their support at home.
Semester 1 Assessments and reports
Semester 1 assessments are in progress. Please check your child’s Teams account for Primary students and Class Dojo for the Early Childhood of any announcement regarding the assessment dates, homework, assignment, term project, revision or other general announcements. Semester 1 progress reports will be available for the parents to view on line in Week 10 of this term.
Official Sitting Windows
Writing & Digital Technologies
8th August – 12th August
15th August to 19th August
Science & Spelling
22nd August to 26th August
29th August to 2nd September
Please encourage your child to participate in ICAS Test Competition.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents for their on-going support. Insha-Allah we will continue to provide our children with high quality education and meaningful learning experiences.
Mrs Endah Hayes
We would like to take this opportunity to compliment the Kindergarten children on how well they have all settled back into class routines this semester. They have managed to retain and follow many new routines given to them very quickly. It has been an exciting start to this term with many different new learning experiences taking place in both the Kindergarten classrooms. The children will continue to build on the important skills they have developed.
We have also engaged with parents using Class Dojo and it has been an amazing platform not to only keep in touch, but to also share the child’s learning journeys with them. A big thankyou to all our Kindergarten parents who are actively involved and engaging using our class dojo platform.
We also have Sr Pat join the kindergarten A class as a volunteer for four days each week to support a small group of children. Kindergarten B had Sr Mallikah complete her Certificate 3 practical component for 7 weeks where she assisted the children in their learning.
The Whole Brain teaching and learning approach has worked well in class to establish routines and maintain positive behaviours. This teaching technique improves the children participation, engagement and concentration. Collaborative learning, learning through play and Intentional teaching are some of the teaching and learning practices that we use in class each day.
New and exciting adventures are happening in both Kindergarten classrooms. The children are provided with different learning opportunities to engage and allow for learning growth, exploration, investigation and discovery. This term we have included various Learning Centres within our classroom to allow for consolidation and of new concepts. Station Rotation is also taking place to allow for the different learning transitions.
THE LIST STATION ROTATION EXAMPLES:
- Small world play (dinosaurs, cars, animals)
- Science investigation table (colour mixing, exploration of insects)
- Art and Craft table (painting, colouring, drawing, picture making)
- Fine motor skills development activities (playdough, cutting, picture making, gluing)
- Literacy station (letter formation, initial sounds, word building)
- Numeracy station (number tracing, counting out, subitising, ordering and sequencing)
- Design and Tech (Hickory Dickory Dock Mobile, Humpy Dumpty construction)
In Kindergarten homework is sent based on the content that is being taught in the class and to reinforce concepts. We also set online digital homework tasks through Class Dogo and the students also regularly use Reading Eggs to support their literacy learning.
Alhamdullilah, we have had a flying start to Term Two in Pre Primary. The STEM project for this term was to create a plane. The boys and girls were excited to have the opportunity to create their own individual design. Afterwards the children flew and appraised their plane design which they had also drawn onto paper.
Our Eid Celebration Party took place on the first Friday of Term two and the boys and girls were excited to wear their traditional or new clothes as well as be involved in both fun and educational games to celebrate this important event.
Another wonderful development has been the completion of the new early childhood playground area and sandpit. Learning through play is an integral component to help behavioural, cognitive and emotional capabilities grow. It has been lovely observing how the children play cooperatively, watching them grow in confidence, take turns, expand their negotiation and problem solving skills as well as develop their gross and fine motor skills. The HASS learning area outcomes for this term includes experiencing and reacting to local places and our connections to them. With this in mind, a ‘neighbourhood walk and play’ outing is going to scheduled to take place shortly. This will also be a good opportunity for further partnerships to be established between teachers, parents and other family members who are going to come along.
Jazak Allah to all Pre Primary A, B and C families for their continuing support and assistance ensuring the best outcomes for their child at AIC Thornlie.
Pre Primary- Educators
Welcome to Term 2!! Students and teachers had a grand start to the term with our wonderful Eid celebrations!
Expressing joy, sharing and giving, these are evergreen qualities, yet Eid can look and feel different in different settings. How we make time to grow understanding of significant cultural events and celebrations is an important way to acknowledge, understand and embed practices that promote and support diversity in our learning community. Family traditions around these celebrations contribute to children’s sense of self, identity and belonging. So, despite the disruptions to this year, the Year 1 teachers have wanted every child in their cohort to experience the magic of Eid, our most cherished traditional celebration.
The day started with students eagerly and excitedly exchanging their Eid presents which they had brought in for each other. The joy witnessed on their faces when they opened their gifts was priceless! After this, students participated in games such as egg and spoon races, jump ropes and hula hoops organised by teachers. No celebration is complete without delicious food and we ended the festivity with a delicious feast. Thank you to all our parents for supporting this great celebration with a plate of food, which children could share and enjoy with each other at lunch time.
As part of our STEM education and in line with our Science program, children have been engaged in exploring and experimenting with different objects that create light and sound. For those of you who are unaware, STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics which is commonly used in education. STEM education develops in an individual personal dispositions such as problem solving, collaboration, creativity and innovation, also known as 21st century skills in education.
In line with their learning, students were encouraged to plan and build their own light or sound object. They then had the opportunity to showcase their work and present their findings to their peers in class. We would like to take this opportunity to applaud all our budding Edisons and Galileos for their creativity and effort put into building their device. Once again, we would also like to thank our parents for their participation and support in helping their child with their project.
The Year 1 teachers would also like to share some parenting ideas to help your child become the best student that they can be. Regardless of how the student has previously performed, this term and year offers a chance to set a new course. While it is tempting as a parent to make the attainment of good academic results the main priority, this is a narrow view that may be incompatible with long-term success. It is wiser to broaden your view and focus on helping your child or young person become the best student they can be. Here is how:
The rapidly changing world and workforce that your child will enter requires that they have a willingness to continually learn and adapt. The concept of a lifelong learner, previously lauded by educators with an eye to the future, has now become a reality. Learning and continual improvement should be embedded in each child’s psyche so that school life is just a starting point to a lifetime of learning, growth and development. Help your child see themselves as successful learners who achieve results through hard work and application, and that nothing is beyond them if they apply themselves.
Leadership is required in all walks of life including at school, at work, in families and in the wider community. Help your child see themselves as a leader by focusing on personal leadership capacities such as planning ahead, communicating clearly, being accountable for their behaviour, developing emotional awareness and fostering good relationships with siblings and peers. Personal leadership development provides a strong foundation for the development of leadership skills in more public forums in later life.
The school years are critical for the development of independence, which can easily be closed down by the roadblocks of impatience, overindulgence, fear and lack of time. Alternatively, independence is promoted when we show patience, provide opportunity, display confidence and teach students how
If there is one difference that modern schooling is making to the next generation it’s in the leadership they have shown in recent years to the maintenance of mental health and wellbeing practises. Parents can support their child’s long term wellbeing by embedding wellbeing habits including healthy eating, exercise, sleep, relaxation techniques, regular time in nature, gratitude and mindfulness.
If you want your child to be liked by others, it is essential to spend time and effort developing the skills and attitudes needed to succeed. Develop in them an awareness of how their behaviour impacts on others, instil manners and community-mindedness and develop a broad range of friendship skills that will assist them to relate well to others.
2019 showed us life is unpredictable, full of ups and downs, straight balls and curve balls. It is the unpredictability, the downs and the curve balls that develop children’s resilience. How parents and teachers react to the hardships, frustrations and difficulties kids face either hamper or foster resilience. Spoil, overprotect or pamper and growth opportunities are wasted. Support, encourage and teach kids to cope and you’ll be helping them develop a real sense of psychological hardiness and resilience that is essential for long term happiness and success.
Make this year a memorable one by helping your child grow and develop into the best student they can be. Keep the focus broad and do all you can to ensure that your child sees themselves as a confident and continuous learner.
Thank you again to all our parents for your ongoing support. Insha Allah, when we work in strong partnership between home and school, we will be looking at another successful year for our students.
In Our Classroom We Have Been Learning About:
For HASS, students used information they collected through their research on a famous Australian sight to write an information report. Students also used PowerPoint to present their findings to the class. We learned many fantastic facts as the students took us on a journey all around Australia taking in the stunning scenery and discovering more about our beautiful country and its rich history.
In SCIENCE students have been learning about what makes objects move. They experimented with forces, push and pull to see the effect it has on objects and how the object moves. This information learned was then used and integrated into our STEM project where students worked in teams to design, develop ideas and create catapults which were tested to see which one could project an object the furthest. Students enjoyed the opportunity to share ideas and learn how to communicate effectively in a team.
In HEALTH, students are using the PATHS program to help create a supportive classroom climate. It is intended to help social and emotional competence, teach self-regulation, decision-making and conflict resolution skills; prevent student aggression and other behavioural problems and improve critical thinking. We are also implementing protective behaviours and learning that we can talk to someone about anything. Students are understanding what a network is and recognising who is on their helping hand network, that is, a person they can trust and talk to about anything to help protect and keep them safe. We ask Allah to protect and keep all our children safe AMEEN.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) use to seek refuge with Allah for his grandsons Hassan and Husayn, and he said “Your father (Ibrahim) use to seek refuge with these words for Isma’il and Is’haaq: A’oodhu bi kalimaat Illahi’ttaammah min kulli shaytaanin wa haammah wa min kulli ‘aynin laammah (I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah from every devil and every vermin, and from every bad eye)”. (Al Bukhari)
We have enjoyed Term 2 in Year 2, learned many things from each other and look forward to the coming terms in shaa Allah.
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatulahi Wabarakatuh,
At the beginning of Term 2, we had a school-wide Eid celebration. The students participated in an Eid gift exchange where they bought a gift for someone else in the class. Once all the gifts were collected, the students exchanged them with each other and were very happy with what they had received. Everyone had a wonderful Eid celebration alhamdulillah!
In science, the students have been learning about heat and its effects on solids and liquids and begin to develop an understanding of how energy flows through simple systems. In the last experiment we conducted, students observed which material was the best at insulating. Students had to predict what type of material best insulates a cup of warm water. The materials included paper, aluminium foil, cottonwool, foam and fabric. We recorded the initial temperature of each cup and then the temperature every 5 minutes. We had a discussion and formed a consensus of which material was the best insulator. The students absolutely loved learning through experience.
Additionally, we have been focusing on drama, specifically reader’s theatre. The students were divided into groups and had to perform their reader’s theatre in front of the class. They focused on using expressive voices, gestures and movements as well as props. Some scripts that were preformed included Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Chicken Little. It was wonderful to see each groups’ performance mashaAllah, they’re absolute stars!
In sha Allah, we look forward to another exciting and productive semester
Mrs Vijay, Sr Rahnuma & Miss Edwards
Year 3 Teachers
Alhamdulillah we were able to witness another month of Ramadan this term. May Allah SWT accept our deeds and shower His blessings upon us. We would also like to give a big Masha Allah to many of the year 4 students who chose to fast for the whole month. To celebrate the end of Ramadan, the students participated in an Eid gift exchange whereby they had to buy a small gift for another student in the class. Once all the gifts had been collected the students exchanged them with each other and were very excited at what they had received. Everyone had a great time Alhamdulillah!
This term the year 4’s have been busy learning about many things. For STEM, the students were required to create a pulley system that would be able to go up 2 levels. There was a lot of trial and error that had to be done but Alhamdulillah all students put a lot of effort and detail into their projects and were successfully able to create amazing and unique buildings and structures. You can see some of their creations in the photos below.
In HASS, the students have been learning about different explorers and the things they ‘discovered’. We learnt that Christopher Columbus was the first person to prove that the world was in fact round and not flat and that Vasco da Gama’s voyage allowed Europeans an alternative spice route. To put these voyages in a better perspective, students were also able to use google maps to look at each route taken by these explorers.
Additionally in art we have been focusing on drama, specifically reader’s theatre. The students were divided into groups and were required to perform their reader’s theatre in front of the class making sure that they used expressive voices, gestures and movements as well as props. Some scripts that were preformed included Hansel and Gretel, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Hare and the Tortoise. It was great seeing what each group had prepared for their performance.
We look forward to all the new and wonderful things that the second half of the year will bring InshaAllah.
Jazak Allah Khair
Year 4 Teachers
Mrs Abrahams and Sr Aisyah
Alhamdullilah, we have had a productive and enjoyable Term Two in Year 5. NAPLAN has come and gone, and we thank all of the students and parents for the preparation and completion of all activities. A special thank you goes out to Ms Kay Abrahams who helped facilitate the catch up of all those students who were absent on the days of the test.
In Science, the students have been learning about light and it’s sources. This unit provided opportunities for students to explore the properties of light and how it enables us to see. In conjunction with this unit, the students constructed their own periscopes which was a thoroughly enjoyable for both teachers and students alike.
In what was great timing in regards to occurring simultaneously with the federal election, HASS focused on Civics and Citizenship in particular democracy and government. This unit was a great insight for the students in terms of how Australia is run at a local, state and federal level.
Health has focused on the benefits of physical activity, of which there are many, mental and emotional wellbeing as well as physical.
Jazak Allah to all Year 5 families for their dedication, support, and assistance in ensuring the best possible outcomes for their child’s education at AIC Thornlie.
Year 5- Educators
Mrs Meyer & Mr McCloskey
Happy Eid Everyone!
To celebrate this wonderful event our class had a fantastic Eid party! We decorated our room and made Eid cards to send. To embrace the spirit of giving we exchanged ‘secret’ gifts to everyone in our class. Each gift cost no more than $20 but we still managed to receive some fantastic and thoughtful gifts. We had an awesome time unwrapping our gift and then tried to decide who our gift was from. It required some serious detective work and was so much fun!!
We also had a delicious Eid lunch, which included scrumptious samosas, curry puffs, pizza, spring rolls, cupcakes and lots of other tasty treats for us to enjoy.
We are really sad that Eid is over for another year, but let’s hope that next year Eid is even BIGGER and BETTER, Inshallah.
The Year 6 Leaver T-shirts
The year 6 leaver t-shirts have arrived and I’m sure you would agree that the students’ look very smart in their maroon and white. Well done to those students who purchased the t-shirt, we are sure you will wear it proudly and it will be a lasting memory of your final year of primary school.
Well done to the sport capitals’ who were recently appointed from year 6. These students’ are fantastic role models and great sporting ambassadors for our school.
Red Captains – Salma and Sami
Yellow Captains – Tehreem and Samara
Green Captains – Abdullah and Ilyas
Blue Captains – Safiullah and Noor Kayda
In science, the year 6 students learnt about earthquakes and volcanoes. They had a great time making their own volcanoes out of paper mache. Students’ had the opportunity to bring ingredients from home that they believed would cause the best ‘eruption’ of their volcano. This was extremely enjoyable to watch and we witnessed some fantastic explosions!
I pray this finds you in the best of Imaan and Health.
My name is Abdur Raheem and I am one of the Quran and Religion teachers at AIC Thornlie campus.
This term the students within that short time have showed great progress and it has been a pleasure to meet and have the opportunity to teach all of our students.
In Pre Primary we had revised a few core concepts in Islam. Namely the 6 articles of faith and the 5 pillars of Islam.
The 5 pillars of Islam was a focal point for our students this Term. Students were able to recall the 5 pillars and some detail about each. This was consolidated by an in class activity wherein the students made a hand with each finger representing a pillar of Islam.
Exploring the story of Prophet Nuh a.s was one of our final projects . The prophet Nuh a.s strove to call people to Allah. Ultimately only a few adhered to his warnings until Allah sent the flood that would leave only those who worshipped Allah on the face of the earth. Students were thrilled to try and recreate a replica of the ship of Nuh a.s to take home.
May Allah in his grace accept our efforts and the efforts of the students and grant them all a blessed future in this world and the next. Ameen
Term 2 Sports 2022
And the winner is…
Last term we set a skipping challenge for our primary school children, who have been training themselves to achieve the most skips without stopping. MashaAllah over 150 students took part and the student with the highest number of skips went to Zoha Idrees in Year 5! With a massive 334 skips without stopping, Zoha is our AIC Thornlie Campus skipping champion for 2022. Next challenge coming soon so stay posted!
Meet the Sports Captains
Each year, the new year 6 students nominate themselves to be sports captain for their colour faction. The captain’s role is a very important position, and a lot of thought and consideration goes into selecting the 8 students to represent their teams. Their duties include motivating and encouraging their team, always showing positive sportsmanship, creating the chants for their faction, leading the chants at the carnival and fundraising.
The selection was very difficult this year but with the help of the year 6 teachers, we collectively chose whom we believe deserve to lead their teams.
Many congratulations to Sami Fauzi and Salma Sabri for the RED faction, Samara Hourani and Tehreem Marwat for the YELLOW faction, Noor Kayda and Safiullah Sherwani for the BLUE faction, Ilyas Azman and Abdullah Taha for the GREEN team. I am sure you will all do a GREAT job!
Our wonderful Pre-primary children completed their swimming program and had so much fun learning and improving their water safety skills. Over the 8 days, the children learnt so many valuable skills including how to get themselves organised and ready for their lessons. MashaAllah they all did so well and received their certificates for their achievements.
Ms Heba Ridha
(Primary School Sports Teacher)