On the 3rd of May ICB hosted Padua College and its sister school Mt Alvernia in what has become an annual tradition for the three schools. The day commenced with a photo of the three schools who met on the quadrangle as a welcome from ICB. After this, the schools moved up to the multi-purpose hall for an assembly run by the Grade 12s students.
After a recital of ICB and Padua College’s daily prayers, speeches were made about the school and how it helps us grow to become functional young Australian Muslims. It was concluded by a speech by Imam Waliyullah about tolerance in Islam, after which the boys and girls split into their separate groups to do smaller activities. The girls group got to try on a variety of Hijabs, donated for the occasion by grade 12 girls, and engaged in group discussion. Meanwhile the boys took a tour of the school, where the grade 12 boys took charge familiarising the visitors with the school. This was followed by Dhuhr Salah, which the visiting students watched. A sausage sizzle lunch was provided by ICB as a friendly and inclusive gesture, which students and staff enjoyed. The visit was an excellent experience to strengthen ties between the schools, and to teach acceptance between the students. Hopefully this tradition can continue long into the future.
Rida Ahmed 12A