The Kellyville campus of the Australian International Academy of Education (AIA) celebrated their Harmony Day on Thursday 25 March in front of 300 excited students. 

School Chaplain Imam Farhan Khalil opened proceedings with prayers followed by thanks to the organisers and then introduced the keynote speaker, Philip Feinstein from the Music for Refugees.

School Chaplain Imam Farhan Khalil opening proceedings.

After emphasising how music can play an important part in people‘s lives, especially when it came to handling stress, Philip related how the Music for Refugee organisation achieved that goal in many different circumstances.

“Prior to Covid we visited the Villawood Detention Centre every week to have jam sessions with the refugees” he explained. “So we are all going to have a short jam right now: Get you keys out or get ready to clap your hands in time to me!”

The 300 students wildly followed Philip as he led them into a timely session of rhythm. These Kellyville students certainly knew how to keep a good rhythm.

Philip Feinstein of Music for Refugees.

The Australian International Academy of Education is an equal opportunity educational institution dedicated to the provision of high quality education for students from kindergarten level to Year 12 matriculation in Australia and globally.

Their head office is located in Melbourne where the first branch commenced in the late 1980’s. The Academy’s student population and staff comprise of a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

With a high level of educational prowess, AIA graduates become well prepared for admission into the best universities both nationally and internationally with many AIA alumni becoming global professionals.

“Just watching some of these students delivering their speeches made me realise that I was in the company of future leaders in Australia” Philip Feinstein commented.

One of the senior staff, Muhamed Merhabi, said, “All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a White has no superiority over a Black nor a Black has any superiority over a White except by piety and good action.”

Wearing dark glasses during his speech he became quite a fan amongst the students.

Senior staff member, Muhamed Merhabi.

And following with a sermon on peace and equality, Chaplain Imam Farhan Khalil said, “Fundamental Islamic society motto is that believers are nothing else than brethren. The verse refers to equality between individuals and lack of difference in terms of ethnic group, tribe and race.”

The Harmony Day concluded with awards to some students and their acceptance speeches. This was followed by a scrumptious array of food that everyone partook in.

The atmosphere of harmony flowed on during the day!

Packed house of AIA students.