2022 – Term 1 Newsletter

14 April 2022

In Term One we have had some free clinics, continuing programs and have begun planning for the coming years events. This term we have achieved the following.

  1. Successfully secured $3000 in Sporting Schools Grants.
  2. Run free AFL Coaching sessions for years R-4
  3. Begun promotion for our first gender segregated Auskick in Term Two.
  4. Begun planning for multicultural opportunities through the SANFL.
  5. Set Sports Day for Term Three.
  6. Begun planning Term 4 Swimming.
  7. Set Years 4-6 Camp for Term 4.
  8. Maintained open communication with key stakeholders for upcoming inter school competitive opportunities.
  9. Secured a visit from AFL Great Bachar Houli.

Sporting School Funding

Since Term Four 2019 AIC has had consistent funding through the Sporting Schools initiative to run sporting programs in school. Due to changes in costing, the program now runs over alternate terms in the junior primary and upper primary with each sub school receiving two terms of coaching. This term junior primary tried gymnastics. We had a large amount of equipment already in stock allowing us to put our money into coaching sessions. Students and teachers alike had fun experiencing something new and different and learnt considerably from our excellent coach Kylie.

Auskick

Next term we will be running our second Auskick program at AIC and our first ever gender segregated program with Islamic coaches. Auskick (AFL) will be run on Thursdays for 8 weeks by external coaches. All participants will receive a welcome pack. Students who have not yet used their sports voucher can register for free using the QR code attached to the posters around the school. If you are needing assistance registering please contact me for support. To prepare for Auskick we ran a recent assembly promotion assisted by the SANFL Multicultural Team who stayed to run clinics for Reception to Year Four students for the day. It is exciting to see the depth of talent we have in our school beginning to develop from such early ages.

Calendar Dates

May 5th Auskick Begins

May 27 5/6 Interschool Competitions Begin (TBC)

June 23rd Auskick Ends

August 10th Girls Bachar Houli Cup

August 17th Boys Bachar Houli Cup

September 15th Sports Day – Bridgestone Athletics Centre

November 14-18 PE Week

December 7-9 Year 4-6 School Camp – Mylor Adventure Camp

School Camp

This year we took options to students after years of returning to Mylor we offered three alternatives. Students chose to return once again to Mylor with a few changes. This year there will be increased premium activities and we have asked to have input into the menu options. We will be attending once again in term four however next year we are planning to move camp to a new exciting location and have it in term three to assist with prayer timing.

Bachar Houli Visit

Last year 80 of our upper primary students attended the inaugural Bachar Houli Cup along with students from two other schools. This event was put together by the SANFL and representatives of each school and was a tremendous success, sparking a huge boost in AFL interest across all three schools. It also led to the employment of two Islamic staff who now support the Bachar Houli Foundation and the SANFL to deliver multicultural footy to South Australian schools. This has meant a great deal for our school and was evident when Layan Saadeh from the SANFL visited last Friday for the Auskick promotion and opened with an Arabic greeting to the surprise and delight of our community. On the last day of this term Bachar Houli (recently retired Richmond Premiership Player)plans to visit our school. He hopes to meet with as many students as possible and share his experiences as a professional Muslim athlete and will join us for dhuhr prayer inshallah. This is a wonderful chance for our students to learn from someone who has played sport at the highest level whilst practicing, raising awareness and celebrating his faith.

It is exciting to see our sports programs leading to external opportunities through competition and club based sport. Students are showing increased interest in sport and are developing their confidence to try new things through the varied opportunities on offer. Looking forward to Term 2!