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FEBRUARY, 2011

AL NEWS A Special Occasion

The Inside News.... Inside this Newsletter, you can read about: • Prophet’s Birthday; • 2011 Parliament; • Building Works; • Bulletins & Newsletters; • IB Matters; • Learner Profile; • Payments; • Y3 Class Leaders; and • Calendar.

Online Newsletters www.azc.nsw.edu.au

! Al Zahra College celebrated the Prophet’s birthday with a special family fun day at Arncliffe Park on Friday, 25 February. Organised by the Parents’ Auxiliary, students enjoyed jumping castles, snow cones,

mini soccer and tug of war, along with many other activities. Parent organisers secured donations and raffle prizes from local and district business houses. A great day was enjoyed by all. Thank you, organisers.

All editions of Al News are available online each month. Please provide us with your email address so that we can forward to you future AZC weblinks to keep you up-to-date.

VALUES

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CELEBRATING THE PROPHET’S BIRTHDAY AZC would like to thank the following businesses that donated to Al Zahra College for the Prophet’s Birthday Celebration Day. - Said Pastry Cakes - Good Guys Rockdale - Bunnings Warehouse Rockdale

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Security - Rebel Sport, Rockdale Plaza - Wraps and Grills on Kelsey - Eastlakes Dental Surgery

A special thanks to all the mothers who donated to the celebration and assisted on the day.

- Abeer Gift Shop Arncliffe - El Zein Supermarket - Mystiques Glamour Hair Designs - Noveautique Giftshop Arncliffe - She Beauty Clinic Arncliffe - Makki Constructions - Tempe Mechanical Repairs - Integrated Business VOLUME 14, ISSUE 1: FEBRUARY 2011!

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2011 COLLEGE PARLIAMENT ! Elections have finalised AZC Parliament Ministers for the year and class representatives for first semester. The elected leaders are: Prime Minister: Ali Chahine

NUT FREE ZONE Mohamed Soummaka, who is in Kindergarten in 2011, has a severe nut allergy.

Opposition Leader: Zahra Abou-Ghaida Deputy PM/ Finance Minister: Jaffar Ali Special Events Minister: Mariam Boussi Welfare Minister: Amenah Hamdy Environment Minister: Fatima Hamid Arts Minister: Zeinab Hammoud Sports Minister: Ibrahim Matar Deputy Opposition Leader/ Arts Shadow Minister - Fatima Karagullly Special Events Shadow Minister: Fatima Bdeir Welfare Shadow Minister: Hadi Mehdi Environment Shadow Minister: Simantha Kalam Finance Shadow Minister: Karar Abu Al Kassim Sports Shadow Minister: Ali Faour Speaker: Humam Al-Taiff Kindergarten: Mariam Taleb and Ali Awada Year 1: Sophia Karnib and Mohammed Muslmani Year 2: Israa Nasser and Zain Nasour Year 3: Medina Abdul-Menhem and Ahmad Sabra Year 4: Haneen Al Kahi and Bilal Chahine Year 5: Betol Al Mashat and Ali Ahmad Nasser Year 6: Tiba Anz and Zain Ali Year 7: Sara Farhat

Year 8: Kawthar Karagully

To prevent a medical emergency, there can be no nuts or foods containing nuts in the school. This includes, especially Nutella and hazelnut products, and anything containing tree nuts. Al Zahra College and the Soummaka family appreciate your assistance in making our College a nut free zone. Thank you in advance for your complete support.

PODCASTS The speeches of all candidates for the position of Prime Minister can be found on the Parents’ Portal. On the left hand side of the Parents’ Portal home page, under documents, go to PODCASTS. Open this link and open the folder 2011 PM Candidate Speeches. Ali Chahine, Zahra Abou-Ghaida, Amenah Hamdy, Fatima Bdeir and Jaffar Ali are featured in these podcasts.

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Year 3 Class Captains 2011 and their Speeches

! As your class captain, I will make you proud. So hear me as I shout out loud. VOTE AHMAD 2011!!!!!!!

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Calendar

2 March • AZC/ ASISSA West swimming trials

3 March • Interschool sport • Active After School Sports 7 March • School Photos • Active After School Sports 8 March • Y6 excursion to NSW Parliament House 9 March • Active After School Sports

Ahmad Sabra Teachers, friends and classmates, lend me your ears. If you make me your 2011 class captain I will take away all of your fears. Just like Leonardo from the Ninja Turtles, I will make a fearless leader. And I also just happen to be a great reader.

Medina Abdul-Menhem Today I would like to ask you all to vote for me as your class captain. Last year, I was class captain in Year 2, but this year I want to do a better job. If you vote for me I will do my best to help everyone to be good students so we can all be happy. I am not shy to talk, so if you tell me something that we need to fix I can go to parliament and ask the Prime Minister.

I’ll show enthusiasm and confidence in the things that I do. And I’ll be a good role model as I have been at Al Zahra College I represent you. for four years and I know lots of people. We can all work Vote for me, as I have great together to be smarter kids. I suggestions for lunchtime want to help Mrs Iliadis and the activities for all. class to make sure things go Such as, soccer, rugby league, right. If you think of something, oztag and dodge ball. like more sports to play, I will go to the parliament. I will be a I also have great ideas for class good role model and make sure time, such as bingo, silent ball I always behave my best. and games of rhyme. VOLUME 14, ISSUE 1: FEBRUARY 2011!

10 March • Interschool Sport • Active After School Sports 14 March • ASISSA Swimming Carnival • Interschool Harmony Day Activities (Y3 and Y4)

Payments Parents are reminded that all payments should be made by direct deposit, Bpay or through the EFTPOS facility at AZC. The reason for this procedure is twofold: - AZC does not want to handle or hold cash on the premises; and - AZC wants to minimise any bank charges for parents who are withdrawing cash from ATMs to make a fees payment. AZC appreciates your cooperation in this matter. PAGE 4


AL ZAHRA COLLEGE 2011 COMMUNICATION The College Newsletter, Al News, and IB Matters will be published each month during school terms. Both publications can be accessed through the AZC website. Go to: www.azc.nsw.edu.au In addition, it is anticipated that Parents’ Bulletins will be sent home each week. Copies of notes sent home can also be found on the Students’ Portal (individual class notes) or the Parents’ Portal (College matters).

! READY TO LEARN It is absolutely essential that students arrive at school, ready to learn. This won’t happen if students do not have adequate sleep (10-12 hours, depending on age) or have unhealthy eating habits. If parents don’t have these two factors right, then learning and personal achievement will be a ‘hit or miss’ affair. How much sleep do your children have each night? BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Approval for a student to celebrate his/her birthday must be sought by the parent from the class teacher at least one week BUILDING WORKS prior to the planned date. Parties will be held There are a lot of building works occurring in and around between 3.00-3.30pm, so that students leave school at its Arncliffe and this includes Al conclusion. Zahra College. The only food permitted The major building works will be cupcakes or doughnuts, taking place includes a neither of which should contain Multipurpose Hall and a nuts. Lolly bags are not Secondary Classroom Block. permitted. Both buildings will reshape Younger students (PreAZC from 2012. school – Year 3) generally prefer their older siblings to Unfortunately, with any attend their class party. This building works are noise and request in writing should be inconvenience. given favourable consideration, AZC apologises to all unless other circumstances members of the AZC prevail (assessment community for the requirements, student’s inconvenience caused during behaviour level, etc.) this period of development. This request only relates However, we can’t wait till its to siblings and not their friends. completion to enjoy these brand new facilities. Thank you for your cooperation. AZC strongly encourages our parents to keep themselves informed about AZC.

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2011 TERM DATES* Term 1 Monday, 31 January Thursday, 7 April Term 2 Wednesday, 27 April Friday, 24 June Term 3 Tuesday, 19 July Friday, 23 September Term 4 Tuesday, 11 October Friday, 9 December * Parents will be advised by letter if there are any changes to these dates.

COLLEGE UNIFORM Parents are reminded that they must purchase available uniform items from AZC and missing/out-of-stock items from Yeronga School Uniforms (900 Canterbury Rd, Roselands). There is concern that some families are substituting College uniform items by purchasing items from unapproved suppliers. Specific concerns are boys’ trousers, school shirts, AZC caps and tracksuit pants. Parents can save themselves a lot of money by ensuring their child’s name is marked clearly on all pieces of clothing.

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Al Zahra College

THE LEARNER PROFILE Risk-Takers

Caring

Communicators

Thinkers

Reflective

Open Minded

Inquirers

Balanced Knowledgeable Principled the The IB Learner Profile is that attributes and descriptors that IB define the type of student hopes to develop through its P). programs (for example, MY

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