Buddhas BirthdayEarlier on this month some of our students may have celebrated Buddha Jayanti to commemorate the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Gautama Buddha and founder of Buddhism. Celebrations vary widely from country to country, celebrations can include prayers, giving alms to the monks and decorating temples. The festival is also known by other names including Buddha Purnima, Vaishakh Purnima and VesakRamadanOn Saturday May 27th, many of our students will begin celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, where many of our students will choose to partake in fasting, where students will fast from sun up to sun set abstaining from food, drink and other physical needs during this period. Ramadan is one of the first revelations of the Qur’an to Prophet Mohammed. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam (five activities that shape a Muslims’ life) and during this period many Muslims donate to charity by participating in food drives for the poor, organizing a collection or charity event, and other voluntary activities.Madaraka DayOur Kenyan students will be celebrating Madaraka Day on June 1 to mark the Independence of Kenya in 1963.National Sorry DayThis Friday marks National Sorry Day in Australia, a somewhat controversial holiday for some in Australia. Like many countries, Australia has a past full of victories, celebrations and mistakes. National Sorry Day was set nearly 20 years ago as part of the Reconciliation which recognised acts made by the Australian government committed against the Aboriginal natives of Australia in 1960 known as the Stolen Generation. National Sorry Day is marked by Reconciliation Marches as well as speeches from community leaders, including Indigenous Australian elders, as well as educators.
A message from Principal
It’s been a few weeks since my last college wide email.
Firstly, let me say welcome to all our new faces including our new Operations Manager and Business Trainer Jim Dogruer! Welcome to PCBT and I sincerely, hope that your experience is a great one!
I also wanted to say thank you to all the students who have worked hard over the past few weeks to get caught up, attended the college diligently and contributed as active participants in their learning.
- Changes around the college
Many of you would have noticed we have finished our first round of updates to the college including finalising the painting, fresh, clean new bathrooms, a new look for room four and some greenery to reflect the new breath of fresh air around the college! I want to personally thank Ahmed, our owner, and the staff for all their hard work during this period. None of these changes would have been possible without the fantastic team at PCBT! Over the next two weeks we have a few more changes including a new coffee machine which will serve a range of coffees, hot chocolate and chai tea at just $2 a serve, as well as a full vending machine with a range of healthy and standard snacks. We are hoping to encourage students to take time to hang out at lunch and enjoy more time on campus with your fellow students.
- Updates to Policies & Procedures
We have revised the Plagiarism and Cheating Policy, this is available through the website or you can request a copy from your teacher.
- Contact Information & Course Progress
A final reminder to students, please ensure that we have your up to date contact information, including emergency contact info. If you are not up to date on your course progress, please arrange an appointment with myself and we can organise to review and get you caught up. Remember this is part of your Visa condition, so prioritise accordingly.
Thanks all and as always, I look forward to seeing you around the campus!
Quality Assurance Manager & Principle Executive Officer
Perth College of Business & Technology (PCBT)