Latest School Announcements
On your marks, get set, BANG!!!!!! As the puff of smoke rises from the starter’s gun, we’re off and racing.
Yes folks, it’s that time of the year again, when we gear up for the Annual Arkana College School Athletics Carnival at Hurstville Oval. Students must wear a t-shirt predominately of their house colour, comfortable track pants or shorts, hat and sneakers. We encourage students to express their House spirit and passion by “dressing up” in support of their house colour e.g. pompoms, posters, etc. Girls who wear the hijab, may wear a House coloured scarf. We encourage all parents to come along and enjoy the day with their child(ren).Read More >>
The students will be undertaking the NAPLAN testing in Term 2, Week 3 on the following dates:
- Language Conventions and Writing on Tuesday 10th May
- Reading Comprehension on Wednesday 11th May
- Numeracy on Thursday 12th May
The school holidays will commence on Saturday 9th April and children will resume school on Tuesday 26th April 2016. We hope every child has a safe and enjoyable holiday.Read More >>
Arkana’s students donated $1,022.50 to Muslim Aid’s ‘Fiji Cyclone Appeal’. Jazak Allahu Khayrun to all the students and parents for getting behind this important cause. May Allah swt grant you paradise for your generosity.Read More >>
Students from our school will soon be undertaking an education tour of the national capital. Students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $20 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.Read More >>
The school will be closed over the Easter long weekend from Friday 25th March til Monday 28th March inclusively.Read More >>
On Friday 11th March, Arkana College will be partaking in the Leukaemia Foundation’s ‘Crazy Hair Day’. A gold coin donation to support this worthy cause would be most welcomed. For an additional $1, students may have their hair coloured with temporary hairspray.
The Leukaemia Foundation’s Vision to Cure is being achieved by funding the best research. Decades of research have improved survival rates and treatment for people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders. However, blood cancer remains the second biggest cause of cancer death in Australia, claiming a life every two hours – so ongoing donations and help from the Australian public is vital.
Your ongoing support is much appreciated.Read More >>
On Tuesday 8th March 2016, we have an Islamic Morning and students are to wear Islamic dress. Children are to come in their favourite abaya, scarf/cap, etc. We have invited a special guest, a Story Teller, who will relay the Story of Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) and his teachings, and this will be followed by other Islamic activities for individual grades.Read More >>
Arkana College is introducing a debating program with an aim to form a school Arkana team that can participate in structured debates with children from other schools. Debating improves speaking, listening and research skills. We also endeavour to promote greater self- esteem and confidence in our students, while helping them to examine contemporary ethical and social issues of our time. Subsequently, we will be holding a public speaking competition on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th of February at 1:30pm in our school library in order to select members for the Arkana College Debating Team.
In order to qualify for this, your child must compose a speech of no more than 3 minutes in length (this will be strictly adhered to to ensure equity amongst participants). The children are to select from one of the following topics ONLY:
1. Gardening should be taught in schools.
2. Summer is a more enjoyable season than winter.
3. The best things in life are free.
Students will be judged on the following criteria:
- Clarity of argument;
- Expression and delivery;
- Reasoning and evidence.
The children are encouraged to be animated, engaging and convincing throughout their speech.
Seven students from each class (Year 4, 5 and 6 with twenty one students in total) will be chosen as finalists and will undergo debating coaching. Finally, the top three students of each grade will be shortlisted to participate in an interschool debating tournament. If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Melligi (debating coordinator) via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).Read More >>
Arkana College is holding its annual Swimming Carnival at the Hurstville Aquatic Centre on Friday 19th February 2016.
The swim carnival is open to all students from Kindergarten through to Year 6. All students will be placed into swimming and non- swimming groups and will be identified by coloured wrist bands. On the day, there will be novelty races for non-swimmers K-2 and heats for students 3-6 who can swim 25 metres. Capable swimmers in Year 2 can join the Year 3 races. Parents will simply need to inform Mr Halbouni or Mr Ali Kourouche on the day. There will also be unstructured free time swimming on conclusion of the heats and finals.
We need parent helpers to assist with extra duties on the day. Your help will assist with the smooth running of the carnival. The volunteers will be allocated a specific job on the day and will be required to give their undivided attention and best efforts. If you are able to volunteer, please fill out the appropriate section below.Read More >>
The staff will commence on Wednesday 27/1/2016 and engage in professional development. The children from Years 1-6 will resume on Thursday 28/1/2016 and Kindergarten will commence on Monday 1st February 2015. Children on Kindergarten will be expected to remain at school for the entire day, concluding at 3:30pm daily.Read More >>
Friday the 11th of December 2015 is the last day of term. We wish everybody a safe and enjoyable holiday.Read More >>
Mr Ali Kourouche has organised our annual end of year ‘Aquatic Fun Day’. The children will be engaged in a myriad of indoor sports and swimming. A day full of fun for all the children K-6. Parents are invited to attend and accompany their children.Read More >>
Parents and families are invited to attend the end of year K-6 Presentation Night. Come along and enjoy the presentations and Powerpoints showcasing the talents of our students. We also have a myriad of trophies to be presented to our students. The Presentation Night will be held in the school hall from 5pm.
A reminder that ALL CHILDREN MUST BE PICKED UP AT 1PM. There will be no after school care on presentation night.Read More >>
The time has come to farewell your child’s primary school years. As part of that celebration, the Year 6 children will have their Graduation Dinner. The dinner will include a graduation ceremony, Middle Eastern cuisine, farewell video presentation and cake.
- Place: Summerland Restaurant
- Address: Chapel Rd, Bankstown
- Date: Wednesday 9th December 2015
- Time: 5pm
The whole school will on an excursion on Tuesday 8th December.
- The K-2 children will be visiting Sydney Olympic Park. The buses will depart at 9am and return by 3:30pm.
- The children Years 3-6 will be visiting Jamberoo. The buses will depart at 8am and return to school at 4pm.
As you are aware, some children have been chosen to represent Arkana College on a visit to the Islamic Museum of Australia in Victoria on Tuesday 1st December 2015.
Please be aware of the following:
- The children will travel on Tuesday 1st December 2015.
- Parents are responsible for dropping their child off and picking them up from the T2 Terminal at Sydney’s Domestic Airport.
- They will board a Jetstar flight to Melbourne Tullamarine on JQ507 at 0825. Children are to be at the airport no later than 0715. We will be meeting at the Azucar Café in the T2 Jetstar Terminal.
- They will return the same day on JQ522 landing in Sydney at 2105.
- Whilst in Melbourne, the children will get the opportunity to visit the Islamic Museum in Thornbury.
- The children will have lunch at Samira’s Café at the museum. A buffet has been organised for the children by the school.
- The children will then take a sight-seeing tour through the city and St Kilda (depending on time) before returning to the airport.
- There is no cost for this trip.
- Although children will not be in school uniform, we are requesting them to be in neat presentable clothing. Please, no thongs or sandals. Also be mindful of the weather in Victoria so please ensure your child has a jacket/cardigan.
- The children can bring money to buy a souvenir, snacks and for the purchase of a meal at Melbourne Tullamarine before returning to Sydney.
Gold Coast Booking Reminders
- Our Year 6 ‘BIG DAY OUT’ to the Gold Coast is on Wednesday 25th November 2015.
- We will depart on JETSTAR JQ402 from Sydney at 0705. Please arrive at the T2 Domestic Airport at 6am. Mr and Mrs Murgatroyd from Azucar’s Café at the airport have kindly, once again, organised breakfast before we depart.
- The Parent Council have organised a halal lunch for the students at Movie World.
- We will return on JETSTAR JQ425 departing Gold Coast at 1920 and arriving in Sydney at 2150.
- Movie World entry (through the school booking) has been organised for the children and the tickets will be collected upon arrival at the theme park. Any parents accompanying us can purchase their tickets on the day through the school booking form. This way, the cost is much less.
- We have organised a coach for transportation of students, staff and parents.
- Children will get the opportunity to purchase dinner at the domestic airport before we return.
- Please send your children with money, sunscreen and a hat. A small backpack can be brought with them if they wish.
- Please note that there will be no swimming on the day.
There is no better way to farewell the current year than participating in our school camp. Students from Year 5 and 6 will be able to participate in an experience that they will remember for years to come. We have organised to travel to the foreshore of Lake Macquarie in the Hunter Valley, Myuna Bay, which is about one and a half hour’s drive north of Sydney and about 40 minutes south of Newcastle.
Students will discover new skills and new experiences. They will take part in the sport and education centre’s outdoor education program. Using the traditional camp experience students will participate in outdoor activities such as kayaking, canoeing, raft building, rock climbing, bush walking and archery, just to name a few of the activities which are on offer at the centre.
Students will be sleeping in modern lodges, which accommodate four students per room, with girls and boys separated. Each room has an ensuite. Teachers stay in separate rooms in the lodge. Lodges have heating, air conditioning and a common room with TV and video. Some also have kitchen facilities. The centre provides pillows only; you will need to bring your own linen, sleeping bag or doona. Our school group will be in their own lodge. Nutritious meals are prepared by qualified catering staff in a commercial kitchen, so your child will never go hungry. Food provided will be Halal certified.
Year 5 & 6 students will leave for camp on Wednesday 11th November and return on Friday 13th November. Students must be at school on Wednesday no later than 8:30am for an 8:45am departure and will return to school on Friday at 3:30pm.Read More >>
Arkana College will be holding its first Trivia Night for 3-6 students on Friday the 23rd of October 2015 from 4-5:30pm in the school hall . Tickets for the Trivia Night will be $10.00 per student. There will be prizes for the winners on the night. Money raised from this event will go towards MS Australia.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system, interfering with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. MS affects over 23,000 in Australia and more than two million diagnosed worldwide. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too. There is currently no known cure for MS; however there are a number of treatment options available to help manage symptoms and slow progression of the disease.
The night will consist of fun trivia question rounds appropriate and suitable for all students. Students will be placed in groups of various age groups to compete against each other to the final round. Snacks and drinks will be provided for the students on the evening. All students are encouraged to attend the fun filled night to raise money for a great cause!Read More >>