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Head of Middle School

Ready for 2022

As we start the hustle and bustle of the morning rituals of a school day. I pray that you’ve all had a fabulous summer break and the students are refreshed and ready for a great year together here at AIA.

I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the many new families who have joined us this year and a big welcome back to our ongoing students, families and staff. I would like to introduce and welcome new teaching staff that have joined us and have classes in the Lower Middle School in 2022:

Ms. Leila Hassan - English
Mr. James Giannakos – Mathematics, Personal Development, Form Teacher
Mr. Nicolas Amanatidis – English, Form Teacher
Ms. Halabia Merhi – Mathematics, Personal Development
Mr. Carlo Belfiore – Mathematics, Science, Form Teacher

We are happy to have them as part of our teaching team and wish them well for the year ahead.

Although the last two years were complex with lockdowns, online teaching and learning, I’m proud of all that we achieved together in 2021. Our Naplan results showed a great improvement and our end of year results from our senior students demonstrated that we improved even further on the successes of 2020. The excellence achieved by our students, in many different ways, should bring our whole community great pride. At AIA, We all- students, families and staff, have a role to positively contribute to our outstanding school. I am looking forward to working with you all again this year.

All our students have had a stable start to the 2022 educational year. We are pleased to see that students are ready to learn right from the onset. Each and every one of our students is important to us. Inshallah we will see that they do their very best.

The virtual 2022 Information Night on Zoom was attended by families, students and staff on Tuesday 8 February. The attendance by parents for the Middle School Years 6/7 was good. We realise that many of our families are not accessing information from the compass portal. If you have misplaced your login details please contact compass@aia.vic.edu.au to regain access to your child/ren’s information and other important newsfeeds. It’s of utmost importance to be informed of matters that relate and concern your child/ren.

The information evening was set in sessions. The first session was about our Strategic Priorities for 2022 and the importance of community involvement, the 2021 results were explained and this is where our mission and vision statements came to life. The second session was with the Year Level Coordinators. They informed parents of the expectation and the requirements to make 2022 a successful year for their child/ren.

Our Year 6 and 7 students have quickly moved into the spirit of being at school and engaging in opportunities to enhance their learning. The year 7 have had a session with elevate education where they were workshopped in writing techniques and persuasive writing. Moreland City Council Youth Services offered a presentation to highlight the services they offer to the Year 7’s.

Our teachers are been busy designing quality curriculum and implementing preliminary testing in ACER - PAT M, PAT R, eWrite and OnDemand – English and Mathematics. These tests will also be repeated in term 4 to demonstrate academic growth over the duration

All students in the middle school took home their diaries. Please make yourself familiar with the expectations and the policies that govern your child/ren they are included in the diary. If at any point you need to discuss a matter that related to your child, please contact your child’s year level coordinator, counsellors or myself.

Year 6 Coordinator - Ms. Shahana Siddiqui – sq@aia.vic.edu.au
Year 7 Coordinator - Ms. Sawsan Alshakshir – ak@aia.vic.edu.au
School counsellor - Mr. Belal Assaad – aa@aia.vic.edu.au
School psychologist – Ms. Tugba Buday – tg@aia.vic.edu.au
Head of Middle School 6/7 – Ms. Shirin Sezer Gunes – se@aia.vic.edu.au

We believe every student is unique and they process the world differently. The differences are led by what they live and how they are treated. Please be assured that we have an environment where caring, respect, honesty, responsibility and owning your behaviour are expected. We encourage our students to use their manners in dealing with others. I have included a poem from Dorothy Law Nolte Ph.D that confirms that children learn what they live.

Children Learn What They Live By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

I pray that all our students will ‘learn and grow all they can; serve and befriend all they can; enrich and inspire all they can’. I agree with all the stated points made by American author William Arthur Ward. If at any point your child comes home not right I urge you to let your child’s coordinator know. The sooner we are informed we will investigate and quicker the resolution can take place.

I pray that each and every child is given every opportunity possible to achieve., to be the best they can without comparison.

Kind regard
Ms. Shirin Sezer Gunes
Head of Middle School 6-7