Volume 31 Issue 8 - 7 June 2019

Student Leaders Iftar Dinner

On 29 May, I attended the Student Leaders Iftar Dinner held at Amity College. Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.

It began with the Islamic Call to Prayer by a student of Amity College. This call preludes the night and set the tone for an opportunity that I will hold dear as an event that allowed me to experience another culture alongside other student leaders. The event included musical performances by the Amity College Choir, two phenomenal guest speakers who gave us insight into the contribution that diversity makes to leadership. As well as this, there was the chance to hear the social justice initiatives made by Amity College including a visit to Christchurch following the mosque shootings. Each of these aspects allowed me to witness the amazing ability of diversity to create a unified community both locally and globally.

One of the best parts of the night had to be the amazing dinner. The dishes were drawn from a mostly Turkish background and included an array of chicken, rice and potato dishes that were literally so good. The meal concluded with eating far too much baklava and discussions with the students around my table regarding how to lead through change. As a table we decided that the three ‘Cs’ helped with this: Communication, Collaboration and Commitment. Finally, one of the best parts of the night was hearing from the two Islamic students and their experiences of being a Muslim in a contemporary world. This was an opportunity that I will not forget and am so glad that I was able to attend. 

Rhiannon K - Year 12 Student