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We are proud to announce that Scope IT Education is coming to our school! The students will be immersed into a weekly program designed just for them.
Here at Arkana College, we believe our students should be receiving an education on the fundamentals of the technology that is a huge part of their present and will undoubtedly feature in their future, no matter what dream they follow! That is why we are so pleased to inform you that we have found a program that will teach our students the technology skills that will provide them with a huge advantage as they continue their schooling and then enter the workforce in the future.
Here at school, we can teach the students how to engage with technology and incorporate it into their school work. We know that the students can use technology to play games and ‘generally consume’ the apps and websites available to them, but ScopeIT Education can offer our students a computer coding program that takes their education one step further. ScopeIT can extend our students learning in technology to include:
- How the internet works;
- How to build basic apps, websites and other computer programs;
- Safe use of the internet;
- Logical thinking, problem solving techniques and creative design using technology;
- 3D printing and robotics.
We strongly believe our students should participate in this program as the benefits will complement their education today and will arm them for their 21st century future. In this ever-changing area, we have a responsibility to provide our students with an education that is current and progressive.
Hands-on learning Courses feature fun puzzles and interactive games. The students will learn about the ‘engine’ that drives computers in a way that relates to what they already know about technology and their devices. Over time, students will actually be coding apps and printing 3D objects in class.
Creators, not consumers Students are spending increasing amounts of time on electronic devices but they are missing the underlying principles of how they work. Through learning computational thinking, design and reasoning, we show them how to be creators of technology! That’s what ScopeIT Education can do for us!Read More >>
Swimming skills, particularly among children are fundamental to every individual’s safety and overall motor skill development. In order to meet the PDHPE syllabus requirements, it is compulsory that all students of Arkana College take part in the 8-day swimming program that has been organised for Weeks 9 and 10 of Term 3 at the Hurstville Aquatic Centre. Qualified swimming instructors will be there to assess your child and instruct your child daily. The classes are to commence Wednesday 14th September 2016 and continue each day till Friday 23rd September 2016. Due to Eid Al Adha, the program has been condensed into eight days and classes extended to 50 minutes.
|SWIM TIMETABLE||SWIM LESSON TIMES|
|Years 4, 5 and 6||12:20 – 1:10pm|
|Years 1, 2 and 3||1:10 – 2pm|
|Kindergarten||2:00 – 2:50pm|
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The school will be closed on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of September to mark Eid Al Adha.Read More >>
To celebrate Literacy and Numeracy Week and Science Week, Arkana College has organised a myriad of activities for the students to engage in. They include:
- Our Spelling Bee (8/8);
- Book Character Parade 10/8;
- Mathematics K-6 ‘Fun Trail’ at Luna Park Sydney (12/8);
- Science Incursion (24/8).
Mr Ali has organised a 5 week ‘Dragons Backyard League’ clinic for the students on Tuesdays this term. It will start Week 3 (Tuesday 2/8) and conclude Week 7 (Tuesday 30th August) inclusively. Also, a reminder that swimming, as in previous years, is set for the final two weeks of term 3.Read More >>
School holidays begin Friday 1st July 2016 and resumes Monday 18th July. We wish everybody a safe and enjoyable holiday. Eid Mubarak also to all our families.Read More >>
Friday the 1/7 will be a Pupil Free Day. It has been set for Parent Teacher Interviews.
Between 8:30am and 4.00 pm, Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held at the school in the classroom teachers’ classrooms. This is an opportunity for parents to discuss with classroom teachers, your child’s progress over the first two terms of the school year, and the Half Yearly Report.
Due to the nature of the Arabic/Quran/Islamic Studies Programs, interviews for these subjects will be conducted concurrently, on the same day as the main classroom teacher interviews, between 8:00am and 4:00pm, in the School Hall. All the teachers for these subjects will be in this area, ready for interviews as required. It will run on a first come, first serve basis. Please also be mindful of the times you have been allocated for interviews with the mainstream classroom teachers, so as you can plan accordingly around this. Please keep interviews restricted to no more than 10 minutes each, so as to give all parents an equal opportunity to speak with the teachers.
Mainstream interviews will be booked online via www.schoolinterviews.com.au. Please be aware that you will only be able to book/ change or cancel interviews until Tuesday 28th June. The website will be inaccessible after this date.
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We will be having our annual Anasheed Concert on Thursday 30/6 in the school hall from 11:30-1:30pm. The classes have paired up again this year and the children are ready to SING. Come along and enjoy the presentations prepared for you.Read More >>
During this blessed month, we will begin with the distribution of our Ramadan bags. We will also be having several events for your reference including:
- Quran Competition with judging in the week beginning Monday 27/6;
- Islamic Bookfair during the week commencing Monday 20/6;
- Our annual Iftaar Dinner on Friday 24/6;
- Our annual Anasheed Concert on Thursday 30/6 from 11:30-1:30pm.
Ramadan Mubarak to all our staff, students and parents. May Allah SWT accept all our prayers, duas and fasting during this blessed month.
Throughout Ramadan (Monday 6/6 – Thursday 30/6 inclusively at this point in time) school will conclude at 1:30pm (with two teaching blocks from 9-11am and 11:30-1:30pm). We will have prayer from 1:30-2pm and the children will be dismissed afterwards. For our working parents, Ms Adla will operate our before school care as normal and our after school care services til 4pm sharp.Read More >>
The ‘Wrap Them In Love’ blanket drive collects new blankets which are distributed to Asylum Seekers in Sydney. The blanket drive is held during the lead up to winter in order to collect blankets from the community and redistribute within our local areas to ensure those in need are kept warm during the cold winter nights. The project will begin immediately and run for three weeks, concluding Friday 20/5. PLEASE donate (to the front office) a new blanket to this wonderful cause. Alternatively, a cash donation of $20 could be made and we will buy a blanket on your behalf.Read More >>
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 >>