At Durack on Saturday 3 August, the Australian International Islamic College held its annual fete, followed by another fete on Saturday 18 August at the Gold Coast campus in Carrara – we have been extremely busy! Both events were blessed with beautiful winter sunshine and wonderful support from members of the community.

Stall holders set up early for the expected crowds and from 11 am it was great to welcome family, friends and neighbours to our college. Throughout the day people arrived and enjoyed the formal welcome program, shopping, rides, games and food on offer.
At Durack, the fete formally opened with a Qu’ran recitation followed by the College’s Nasheed group singing the national anthem. Mariam Banwa (College Principal) and Imam Abdul Qudoos Azhari (College founder) addressed the many parents present. Our Year 4 students gave a presentation on the topic of ‘resilience’ which is part of the college-wide positive behaviour program ‘You Can Do It’.
The stalls were busy – everybody went home with something, ladies can never have enough scarves, children love eating sweet things, parents like time to rest and have a chat with friends and as for the food – it was possible to feed your whole family whatever their taste in food, be it Indonesian, Indian, Middle Eastern of just good old fish and chips. There was something for everyone and when heat of the day left and the sun went down, it was time to end such a successful day with a big bang – a firework display.
The support from the community was immense, the day was exhausting but very enjoyable and rewarding. We will be back next year and thank all our sponsors and the community for their continued support.

Ursula Muncaster
Head of Primary