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Year 1

Assalamu Alaikum,

Time sure flies when you are having fun! And this year has certainly been filled with fun, along with hard work and perseverance for the Year 1.1’s!

The end of the school year is a time of reflection for both students and teachers. Along with learning many exciting topics and participating in a variety of interesting activities over the year, my Year 1’s have also acquired knowledge in dealing with everyday issues. They learned that the school family is made up of other diverse and unique individuals just like themselves. They learned to accept and appreciate others who are different from them. They developed the skills of compromise and sharing which enabled them to establish and retain strong friendships.

My students are uncannily perceptive, and discovered exactly how to make me smile and say “I am so proud of you.” They also learned which buttons not to push so as to provoke my ‘stern look’, a visit to the Principal’s office or the dreaded phone call to parents. My Year 1’s have realised that they alone are accountable for completing their homework. And more importantly, they have learned that their teachers will never fall for the “My homework flew out of the bus window” stories! 

Now, for the things I have learned...As a teacher, I have realised that giving up is not an option, especially with the children who are difficult to reach on the first, second or even tenth attempt. It is crucial to constantly search for new and innovative ways to present the same material in a more meaningful manner. It is all worthwhile when you see those particular students say ‘Hey, now I understand!” and are able to rejoice at their sense of accomplishment.

My belief in the love of family was reinforced each time I observed parents coming to view the students’ work with joy and pride. Working closely with parents made me realise just how crucial their support is for their children to succeed in all realms of life. I am grateful for their respect and support of my decisions and teaching methods. 

The most important thing I learned is that my students are themselves powerful teachers. They have taught me to notice their new haircuts, fix their bruises, laugh at their jokes, rejoice in their successes and empathize with their heartaches. They made me realise that there’s no place I’d rather be than in a classroom full of unique and unforgettable children. I will miss my class and wish them all the best for their upcoming adventures.

To all students, parents and colleagues; Cherish your memories of 2010 and have a great summer!  


Mrs Faria Mohsin 


Assalamu Alaikum

It has been an absolute pleasure to teach this year’s class of year ones. The year past has been filled with exciting yet significant learning experiences. The students have developed skills, knowledge and understandings that will equip them for the challenging task of year 2 ahead of them and their significant schooling years thereafter. Here are a few standout experiences from this year. 

Initially students engaged in activities that looked at themselves as individuals as well as members of a bigger community. Students valued their families and their personal responsibilities within their family unit and school community. Students reflected their learning through literacy activities such as journal writing and art. Students evolved into reflective and critical thinkers.

Students also applied themselves to science investigations. They asked the; “whats”, “whys” and “hows” to make mature conclusions. Students enjoyed discovering that the surface tension of water splits when detergent is added. Students gasped in amazement to watch paint scatter over milk when droplets of detergent were added.

Rainforests and Australian Culture also held the students interests. We, as a class, discovered various animals and plants. The atlas was a great resource and the students expanded their mapping skills.

There was great joy to witness the children grow in their understanding of literacy and numeric concepts. They too felt proud of their achievements.

We close by thanking the students for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.


Miss Gokavi &

Sr. Norzima.