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Lebanese Cultural Day

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

“You Have Your Lebanon and I Have My Lebanon”

The above quote is what the poet and philosopher Gibran Khalil Gibran said about Lebanon.

We say; we have our Lebanon with its people, traditions and beauty. Our mission at Antonine College is to convey this message to our students who call Australia home whilst keeping and embracing the Lebanese traditions.

On Tuesday 22nd November, we celebrated Lebanese Cultural Day. A day to celebrate and embrace the beauty of Lebanon. The day started with a short prayer service where students were dressed in white, red and green (colours of the Lebanese flag).

  • Years Foundation to Two students drew the Lebanese flag and signed it.
  • Year 3 students sang the Lebanese National Anthem.
  • Year 3 and 4 students studied facts about Lebanon. Students shared their knowledge and information in a presentation to their classmates. The presentations were then collated into a short video and viewed by the whole school.
  • Year 5 students learnt about the works of the great poet Gibran Khalil Gibran. Students wrote poems about the Cedars of Lebanon in both English and Arabic and presented them as part of the day’s celebration.

Following the assembly, all students and staff enjoyed several traditional Lebanese appetisers; Fattoush, Hoummos and Lebanese bread prepared by the P & F committee.

During lunch break, students brought their drums and Tableh and enjoyed playing music and dancing the Dabke.

A big thank you goes out to all staff who helped students prepare for the day, and a massive thank you to the P&F committee, who contributed to the success of the day through donating their time and effort.

A special thank you to; Sr Veronique Karam, Hiba Diab, Jackie Azzi, Jimie Al Chouerie, Mary Farah, Natalie El Halabi, Rania Tannous, Sophie Saba, Sahar Elcheikh and Vivien Eghnatios.

A big shout out goes to Coburg Fruit Market and Middle Eastern Bakery for their generosity and support.

- Communities of Practice – Culture Team

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