CHSP Seniors Take A Walk Along Torrens River

To enjoy the last of the Spring weather, we took our CHSP seniors out for a walk along the River Torrens! It was a gorgeous morning to be out and about while enjoying the warm weather and wonderful scenery.

As usual, our seniors were excited to capture pictures of their walk and the things they spotted! Of course, we ended the trip with a short picnic break with light refreshments and lots of chatter under the blue skies!

CHSP Visit to Gorge Wildlife Park

We’re always up for new sights and adventures with the CHSP Seniors!

Visiting the Gorge Wildlife Park with the seniors was a wonderful experience, and the warm Spring weather played a huge part! We spent a lot of time interacting with the native animals and even got to pet the wallabies and koalas! We’ve got the pictures to prove it too!

The day ended on a high note with a picnic under the shade of the gazebo surrounded by nature and animals. Seeing the seniors in high spirits was incredibly gratifying, so we can’t wait till our next adventure together!

Sewing with Afghani SETS Ladies

We held another sewing workshop last month for our SETS ladies! We taught our ladies how to use electric sewing machines as they have only had experience using hand-operated machines before. This time, we made learnt how to make face masks and used the leftover fabric to make pillowcases!

The workshop was conducted by professional dressmaker, Mahboba Behmani, who did a wonderful job of inspiring our ladies to practice and improve their alteration skills!

We look forward to sewing you at the next one!

SETS Ladies Practice Conversational English

The 2-day Conversational English workshop held at the Salisbury Hub provided a space for practicing everyday English.

Our ladies gathered and opened up about topics about their day to day lives, sharing their wishes and concerns. The sessions were headed by our English tutor, Peta Abdalla, who led conversations. We hope that we were able to encourage confidence and greater community connection within our attendees.

MWASA is looking forward to holding more workshops that would provide means for more women to connect and thrive!

Oral Health with SETS Ladies

We love to see smiles on your faces!

In collaboration with Adelaide Dental School, MWASA held an informative session for our SETS ladies on oral health. We had dentistry students come in to teach participants about their and their children’s oral health! Our guest students had advised and given tips (as well as goodie bags) to keep their smile perfect.

Thank you to the students from Adelaide Dental School for your efforts in educating our ladies; it was very enjoyable and they learnt a lot!

Foundation Skills Students take a trip to The Cedars

A trip to the Art Gallery inspired our English students to visit the family home of artists Nora and Hans Heyson, The Cedars, in Hahndorf!

Foundation Skills students and tutors outside the Heyson family home.

Heyson family home.

It was a lovely day for a drive through the Adelaide Hills, the excellent weather and warm sunshine made the perfect trip for visiting too! Once there, our students had an amazing time touring the art studio, gardens, and family home. This experience connected us all to this talented family and gave our students the opportunity to practise their English! They had no qualms about asking the tour guide questions and talking about the artwork on display.

Inside the Heyson family home.

Inside the Heyson family home.

Quick lunch break!

We hope to be able to provide more opportunities for more of our students in the future!

Foundation Skills Students Visit the SA Museum

 

Last month, we took our class of Foundation Skills English students to the Art Gallery of South Australia! We had a look at the art on display by Nora Heyson and her father, Hans Heyson, both famous Australia painters. The students were very excited to be able to see the paintings close up as we had been talking about both painters during class.
 
It was a relaxing break from English classes as the students were able to spend some quiet time admiring the artworks!
Students at the entrance of the SA Museum
Student with an Australian painting.
 
The visit has inspired us to visit the painters’ family home in Hahndorf, so we planned for a visit for the next class outing.

 

Parenting Talk with Hassan Noori

MWASA held a Parenting Q&A Session recently hosted by Imam Hassan Noori for our newly arrived Afghani women.
It was a constructive session where the ladies were able to share their parenting challenges in a new environment and integrating into Australian society.
Thank you to Imam Hassan Noori for helping our ladies navigate through their parenting dilemmas!

CHSP Seniors go Mini-Golfing at West Beach!

Our seniors had a ball playing mini-golf!

Seniors enjoying a friendly hit.

Seniors enjoying a friendly hit.

Seniors enjoying a friendly hit.

Earlier this month, we took our seniors to the West Beach Mini-Golf course to enjoy a day outside under the warm sunshine. It was an exciting for our seniors who were eager to return to the golf course after the fun time they had last year! This time, the seniors enjoyed a friendly competition among themselves. They spent an equal amount of time posing and snapping pictures with the amusing statues!

Seniors posing with a statue in the West Beach Mini-Golf course.

Senior posing with a statue in the West Beach Mini-Golf course.

Senior and Sr Urika posing with a statue in the West Beach Mini-Golf course.

We spent time after to have a nice lunch to catch-up with friends and catch some rest after the tough competition!

Seniors having a lunch break and having a rest.

Our seniors also spent some time after at Henley beach and strolling along the jetty while enjoying the ocean breeze.

Seniors posing on the Henley Beach jetty.

Senior strolling on the Henley Beach jetty.

We’re excited to hold more events for our Muslim seniors in the future!

Cervical Cancer Screening Talk with SA Health

Cervical cancer is among the most common cancer among women. The risk of a woman being diagnosed with this cancer by the age of 85 is 1 in 162.

MWASA held an informative talk on cervical cancer for all women ages 40 and above earlier this month. Our ladies learnt how to recognize early signs of cervical cancer and what measures to take to keep themselves as healthy as possible.

It is important that cervical cancer is detected at early stage, even before it can be felt. The 5-year survival rate for this cancer is 74%. Making the effort to exercise daily and making regular appointments with your GP is a good measure to take to spot the signs of cervical cancer early.

Thank you to Jacqueline from SA Health for coming in for the informative talk; our ladies were definitely very grateful.

Visiting the SA Museum and Lunching at Good Social Cafe with the CHSP Seniors

Earlier this month, we took our CHSP seniors to a trip to visit the South Australian Museum! The warm springtime weather was perfect for the seniors to take a leisure stroll to the museum from Victoria Square.

Seniors ready to take a stroll outside the SA Museum

It was an exciting tour for the seniors, and a quite a shock for some who had never visited the SA Museum before! We managed to explore all the exhibitions available, except for the Ancient Egypt gallery which some of our seniors found too scary! Our seniors were particularly amazed by the real life exhibits and were so very eager to learn more about them.

Seniors enjoying a leisure look at the museum exhibitions.Seniors enjoying a leisure look at the museum exhibitions.Seniors enjoying a leisure look at the museum exhibitions.Senior resting while posing in front of an exhibition.Seniors and staff posing for a photo with an exhibition!

We also treated the seniors to lunch the Good Social Café afterwards. The delicious food and the charming atmosphere of the café was perfect for catching up or just relaxing after a morning of walking.

Outside the Good Social Cafe– ready for a meal!Seniors enjoying their lunch and catching up for the week.

Can’t wait for the next outing with our seniors!

Games Day with CHSP Seniors!

To celebrate the ease in lockdown restrictions, our CHSP Seniors enjoyed a fun day indoors playing friendly games with friends! 🧩 We had played numerous mind-twister games that left the seniors full of laughter and chatter.
 
Among all the games played, the crowd favourite was Bingo! Our seniors were very engrossed in the game and many began to show their competitive streak . There was even a demand for a second round!
Seniors eagerly waiting for the number announcment during a game of Bingo.

Seniors playing Bingo. Continue reading “Games Day with CHSP Seniors!”

Sewing and Hemming Workshop with Vita Alnaimat!

It was amazing sewing with our ladies!

We held a hemming and alteration workshop last week where we taught our ladies the best and easiest way to hem their clothes! So long pants or skirt that gets caught won’t make you trip! The workshop was conducted by fashion designer and professional dressmaker Vita Alnaimat, who did a wonderful job of inspiring our ladies to practice and improve their alteration skills! One of our ladies was determined to buy her own sewing machine at the end of the session.

We look forward to sewing you at the next one!

Cross Cultural Training with Tatachilla Lutheran College and Pinnacle College

It was wonderful hosting a Cross-Cultural training session for the students of Tatachilla Lutheran College at Marion Mosque! MWASA’s Cross-Cultural Educator, Sr. Flora Chanisheff, had discussed the topic of Islam and Muslims, and hosted a Q&A session regarding common misconceptions. We even had some students from Pinnacle College to come in and sit with the students of Tatachilla. They aided Sr Flora with answering questions from the students of Tatachilla.

Year 12 Tatachilla Lutheran and Pinnacle College students having a chat.

It was incredible to see students from both schools interact and seeing them gradually break down social barriers and chat comfortably was very heart-warming, having shared lunch afterwards was full of lively conversation! It was an incredibly eye-opening experience for both Tatachilla and Pinnacle students alike and we can’t wait to host another session.

Shared lunch among students catered by Marion Mosque.

Big thank you to Nurhayati, Filzah, and Zuhair from the Islamic Society of South Australia for assisting in organizing and hosting the session. Thank you also to the year 12 students from Tatachilla College and Pinnacle College for participating!

Sr. Flora Chanisheff with Br. Nuru-deen Suraju from Pinnacle College (right) and Mr. Grant Wildman from Tatachilla Lutheran College (left)

If you are interested in arranging a Cross-Cultural session for your school or workplace, contact admin@mwasa.org.au