Unity Grammar, an Islamic School in South West Sydney celebrated its ‘Reach for the Stars Gala Evening’ on Saturday 10 November with red carpet reception for invited guests, staff, alumni, students and their families showcasing the institution’s academic excellence and community service.

During its 10 years of existence the school boasts of an amazing variety of achievements including 900+ students, 137 HSC graduates, 3 world robotics finals, 88 orphans sponsored, 30 water wells built, 8 regional Grand Final titles, 2 Umrah trips, public speaking and art finals, feed the homeless program and an alumni Cambodia humanitarian trip with Aus Relief.

Ahmed Bassal, MC of the event. Photo courtesy of Unity Grammar.

The theme of the gala evening embodied not only the beautiful setting of the event but the significance of the occasion as a celebration of the stars of the past, the present and the future who have made the Unity Grammar journey possible.

The Reach for the Stars Gala Evening brought together sheikhs, Imams, school leaders, community leaders, staff, alumni, parents, family and friends in a giant marquee equipped with a big screen on College grounds with fairy lights, mocktails and canapes served under the stars on a warm, clear evening in Austral.

The program for the night started with the welcome and an address by the Hon Anne Stanley, Federal Member for Werriwa who congratulated the school for such high achievements in a very short time after its foundation.

Unity Grammar Chairman, Khalil Hafza. Photo courtesy of Unity Grammar.

Unity Grammar Chairman, Khalil Hafza during his address said “As we come together tonight, we celebrate the incredible accomplishments that we, as a family made up of Parents, College Executive, Middle Leaders, staff, students and the local community have achieved. Tonight we share our immense gratitude for the belief and commitment this family has shown throughout the journey.”

“And tonight, we celebrate the coming together of the Unity community, who has achieved the kind of success we never thought possible. For us here at Unity, tonight highlights the completion of the first chapter of the Unity Grammar journey. It has been a brilliant decade of fun, learning and growth and has created the perfect foundation to embark on the next 10 years,” he said.

Unity Grammar Choir. Photo courtesy of Unity Grammar.

A video message was delivered by Mr Jihad Dib, state member for Lakemba and Shadow Minister of Education congratulating the school for being a great success story.

Unity Grammer CEO Mr Aaron Boyd highlighted the innovative programs and facilities developed by the school and layed out the next 10 years strategic plan for further expansion and excellence at the institution.

Awards were presented for 10 Year Service Recognition to M Khodr,  E Badaui, N Sultan and S Mestu followed by the school song by Unity Grammar Choir led by  Mr Muhamed Khodr.

Photo courtesy of Unity Grammar.

A heartwarming reflection was delivered by Mr Wally Ayad from Aus Relief describing their humanitarian support trip to Cambodia together with Unity Grammar alumni and staff followed by a video documentary on the Cambodia relief program.

Mr Osman Karolia, now the Community Engagement Officer for Unity Grammar called on well known footballer and record holder Hazem El Masri, thanking him for accepting the invitation and started off with the auction of a number of memorabilia and artwork going towards Aus Relief humanitarian programs.

Hazem El Masri with Unity Grammar Chairman, Khalil Hafza. Photo courtesy of Unity Grammar.

Hazem El Masri Bulldogs memorabilia with his photos and awards as well as his signed t-shirt and hats were promptly snapped up for $5000 each while a 10 kg Cadbury chocolate pack fetched $1000.

An original artwork by one of Unity Grammar Year 12 student Zara Khan that had been displayed for a few months at Casula Powerhouse Museum was auctioned for $3000.

Photo courtesy of Unity Grammar.

Moved by the poverty and relief work by Aus Relief shown by the Cambodia documentary Hazem El Masri pledged for support making an intention to join the relief team to Cambodia next year.

The program ended with spectacular fireworks on the school ground and mingling of guests for networking.

Photos courtesy of Unity Grammar.