Students gathered in the Language Centre today for a special lunch to recognise the start of Ramadan and for many to learn the meaning behind this important month on the Islamic calendar.

The event, hosted by the BSSC Student Council, encouraged students to think of Ramadan as a time to be more compassionate of those in need.

Student Council Secretary, Eky Smyth, said that one of the purposes of fasting at Ramadan is self-discipline… to be mindful of, and grateful for, the things we eat.

“It’s about feeling humble for what we have,” she said.

Year 11 student Liloma Qorbani explained that culturally, Muslims can approach Ramadan in very different ways.

“It allows us to know what it’s like to be hungry and thirsty, and reminds us that there are people in the world who experience that every day,” she said. “Most of all it teaches us patience.”

To recognise this, students were asked to line up to be served their lunch and say the words “Ramadan Mubarak” (‘blessed Ramadan’) as a way of expressing their gratitude and humility.

Congratulations to all those who worked so hard to make this such a meaningful and respectful college event. It was another great team effort by our Student Council.