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Punchbowl Boys’ High School’s Iftar Community Dinner

By Kelly Sheehan | 25 May 2018 |

Punchbowl Boys’ High School has hosted its annual Iftar Community Dinner this week, which was attended by students, parents, teachers and community members, with the theme of ‘Community As One’.

Traditionally, during the month of Ramadan, Muslims have a pre-dawn meal and then fast during the daytime, before breaking that fast at sunset with a special meal, known as Iftar.

Punchbowl Boys’ High School Acting Principal Robert Patruno, says the event is something everyone looks forward to.

“Ramadan teaches the boys what it is like to go without. It’s also a time for reflection. A ceremony like Iftar is a way to build bridges within the community and celebrate success, moving forward and coming together as one”.

Bankstown Sports has recently contributed over $10,000 to the STAR program which has been running for a decade and focuses on a student’s passion for learning and their connection with the community.

The highlight of the STAR program is a snow camp in Jindabyne for selected Year 11 students, who work through various team-building and bonding activities to achieve goals.

Deputy Principal Chris Kazanis says the STAR program would not be possible without Bankstown Sports Club’s support.

“This program has evolved into a highlight of the student experience at Punchbowl Boys’ High. Because of programs like STAR, students feel that the school and community truly do care for them and will work together to give them the best”.

“Bankstown Sports provides us with support, friendship and guidance and we truly value our partnership. The club’s support has a meaningful impact upon all our students and we are very thankful. We are here to make a difference in our community and I believe Bankstown Sports shares the same goal”.


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