Western Grammar School celebrated the end of exams for its third batch of HSC students with an inaugural formal held on Tuesday 10 November at the Emporium Function Centre in Bankstown where the top performers of the class of 2020 were honoured in front of their parents and friends with an announcement of their academic and character-based achievements.

Mr Irfan Afzal, the school’s principal, warmly welcomed graduates and guests to the special event.

The celebration dinner came on the back of a graduation ceremony held in Term 3 that denied the presence of parents and guests due to COVID-19 restrictions.

In keeping with the Islamic ethos of the school, bouquets of fresh flowers were presented to the parents and carers in recognition of their noble position and contribution to the success of their children.

Amira Rahman was named the DUX of her class and was cheered on by her family including her younger brother Salman, who was particularly impressed by Dr Zachariah Matthew’s motivational speech.

Dr Zachariah, the deputy principal of the Plumpton-based school, spoke of being agents of change and urged the graduating class to not settle for an average life and instead be among the one percent who are change-makers in this world.

Top performers of the class of 2020 presented by Usman Malik, HSC Teacher.

In his introductory advice, the head of the Islamic Studies Department, Shaykh Abdullah Hakeem, reminded the graduates and guests that at the centre of being a successful Muslim is dedication to the daily prayers.

The graduates responded to the parting advice by performing their last communal prayer with the school community following a melodious Maghrib adhan called by Laith Asad from year 10.

Shaykh Abdullah Hakeem from the Islamic Studies Department recites Quran.

The function centre, popular venue in the Muslim community, delighted the guests with a choice of a delectably cooked lamb or grilled chicken on a bed of sweet chili rice.

Guests were widely impressed with the event with some describing the night as “impeccable” and “the best formal ever.”

Following the vote of thanks by the assistant principal, Zulqarnan Malik, families and guests took to the photo wall to capture their dazzling outfits and the memories of a social event to end a year marked with the challenges of a pandemic.

Dr Zachariah Matthews, deputy principal, talking about becoming change agents.