Message from the Principal – Al-Madinah School
Assalaamu Alaikum Rahmatullahi wa Islam. Salaat is held daily, as well as Jumma
Barakaatuh. In the Name of Allah, The Most Salaat on Fridays. The Islamic Festivals are
Beneficent and the Most Merciful. I thank observed and provisions are made for
Allah (ST) for giving us the Imaan and specialised study of the Holy Qur’an. To-date
creating us in the Ummah of Prophet 7 students (6 boys and 1 girl) have become
Mohammed (S.A.) Hafiz of Qur’an.
Firstly I would like to thank Allahu Subhanahu The school plays an active role in the local
Taala for giving us this sacred month of community through involvement in sports and
Ramadan. It is a month of forgiveness, cultural activities.
blessing and emancipation from fire of hell. I
wish Eid Mubarak to every Muslim. The school is providing a seamless curriculum
from year 1 to 13 classes. Therefore once your
Al-Madinah School started 2005 with a enrol your child at year 1, they have their
number of major milestones behind it and with complete primary and secondary education up
some new challenges ahead. We encourage to year 13 (NCEA level 3 – Form 7).
every student to aim high and to work hard to
reach his or her goal. We provide a warm and THE YEAR AHEAD
caring environment where individual needs are Enrolment
respected, hard work is valued and excellence The enrolment for 2006 is open and we invite
applauded. The students are encouraged to parents and caregivers to make application as
achieve success, learn enduring worthwhile soon as possible to avoid your child being kept
values, excel in education and inculcate respect on the waiting list, which may lead to missing
for others. A great deal shall be expected from out in the enrolment altogether. The proposed
the students and in turn we pledge to render the subject choices for the secondary school for
support expected to enable them to become 2006 is wide.
successful and responsible members of the
society. Extension to B Block and Continued
Upgrade of Sport Facilities
One very recent achievement is the upgrade of Building permit is near completion. We
the ICT system at Al-Madinah School. This anticipate construction work to start soon. The
upgrade at a cost of $60,000 included the new extension will house a new library, a
purchase of 26 new computers, establishment computer and science labs, new staff rooms,
of a new computer lab, access to improved technology and electronics specialist rooms
students learning system (classroom manager) and some basic classrooms. This will further
and provision for staff having remote access to give Al-Madinah the edge required to deliver
ICT facilities from their homes. curriculum in the technological age. We are
continuing to upgrade the sports facilities by
The school has made the decision to go ahead covering the multi-sports court, constructing
with the current provider Musac, which is now higher fences to avoid stray balls going offsite
accredited by Ministry of Education for and provision of larger range of sports.
providing the student management and
learning systems (SMS and SLS). Launching Al-Madinah School’s Intranet
The school is looking forward to launching its
The following information may be beneficial intranet, which will host its website, extranet
to you in deciding to enrol your children at Al- and e-learning system late this year. This will,
Madinah School: Inshaallah, promote a better exchange of
information amongst school staff and students,
With complete coverage of NZ curriculum, Al- school and the wider community and offer a
Madinah also offers students courses in unique opportunity for students and others to
Islamic subjects being Arabic language, Quran get information through the e-learning system.
reading as well as memorization and Islamiyat.
Opportunity to study Arabic language and Introduction of PBL Curriculum Model
religious education and hence achieve further The school is looking forward to introducing
credits towards NCEA. The Islamic character Problem Based Learning (PBL) model of
fostered by the school provides an curriculum delivery, which aims at students
environment for students that supports and having a faster learning and much better
develops their knowledge and practice of understanding of what is being taught. It is
accomplished through introducing authentic prosper in growth and quality of education
(real-life) problems as the impetus for learning. they deliver through your support, which in
PBL model curriculum selects High Order particular, is to send all your school-aged
Thinking (HOT) and independent learning children to Muslim schools.
skills as its two broad foci to not only re-
engage students in their learning but to In conclusion I wish to thank all staff and
increase the quality of their knowledge parents who have contributed to a successful
outcomes. This is closely linked to the 2005 year and extend a warm welcome in
outcomes of the current professional advance to all new students and staff for 2006.
development “Assist to Learn” (AToL) that I look forward to 2006 with trust in Allah
staff are having for the last two years. Subhanahu wa Taála. It is only by HIS Grace
Therefore teaching using PBL curriculum that this school exists and thrives. I pray for
model will just be an extension to the HIS help in our efforts and HIS forgiveness for
strategies teachers currently use in their our shortcomings.
Br. Asin Ali (Principal)
Pledge To You All Contact details: Ph: 09-2755195
We have only two Muslim schools in New Fax: 09-2752292
Zealand – Al-Madinah School and Zayed Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
College for Girls. These schools can only email@example.com
Father’s Thanks to Al Madinah School
My two daughters, Shagufta Hanif and Shaista for three (3) years in recognition of her
Hanif studied at Al-Madinah School since their excellent academic achievement at University
arrival in New Zealand. They received their of Auckland.
primary and up to year 12 education at this
school. They were forced to leave Al-Madinah Similarly Shaista who received top academic
school when the Board of Trustees decided to award in two subjects in year form 7 (Year 13)
discontinue the education for secondary girls. is now doing an excellent work in her B Com
When they enrolled at Auckland Girls degree programme. She also received a
Grammar School (AGGS) to complete their University of Auckland scholarship.
last year of secondary education, they were
placed into the top academic class due to their My analogy is that if you have been taught
excellent achievement at Al-Madinah School. about fruits and if the examination question is
In spite of being an “out of zone students” about vegetables, you will never pass. Al-
AGGS accepted their enrolment on the basis of Madinah has taught my daughters the required
their academic achievement at Al-Madinah curriculum and has done very well that is
School. impetus behind their current achievements.
Both my girls have also received very good
Now Shagufta is doing BSc (honours) Islamic education and culture at Al-Madinah
majoring in mathematics and she had received School, which is the force behind their current
a letter of congratulations. Jamie Sneddon full practice of Islam at home and the
(Enrolment Director) of University of university. Therefore my pledge and cry to all
Auckland writes after her first academic Muslims is to have your trust and confidence
achievement “Congratulations on your in Al-Madinah School. My hearty
excellent grade in MATHS. The congratulation goes to the school principal and
Department of Mathematics is very much staff.
interested in top achievers like yourself, and Br. Syed Mohammed Hanif – Father of
we would like you to feel that you are truly Shagufta and Shaista.
a part of out department”. The Ministry of
education have given her a special scholarship
SPORTS REPORT 2005
The First Eleven Boys’ team came 3rd on the was an innovation at this school. It was a fun-
log table. We can be very proud of this filled sporting event with a series of
achievement considering the fact that we had competitive activities involving all students on
only seven senior boys in the team- the others a House basis. Each House group competed
were junior players. We had a squad of against the other Houses in the following
fourteen and every player showed commitment events: Tyre –stacking, Fifty metre Bin Bag
and dedication to training sessions and games. race, Apple search in basin of water, The
We came off with some very good wins Centipede, The Obstacle Chase, The Water-
against top teams such as, Waiuku College and babies and Tug-of-War
Strathallan Secondary School.
INDOOR ATHLETICS AND SOCCER
MULTI-SPORT COURT In term two we organised an Indoor Athletics
The multi-sport court was successfully and Soccer competition for the Boys at the
completed this year. Although we have not Zayed College Gymnasium. It was very
been able to carpet/ grass the concrete surface successful and student response was excellent.
as yet, volleyball , indoor soccer and basketball The objective of this event was to give all
games have commenced. We are currently students an opportunity to participate and not
negotiating with an Astro Grass company to only students who represent the school at the
complete the grass - court. Rugby / Touch various codes of sport. We hope to make this
rugby and volleyball are becoming an annual event because it is an amazing team-
increasingly popular and there is immense building strategy.
interest in these codes of sport. We are hoping
to start up a coaching clinic at school to ATHLETICS : CROSS COUNTRY
promote interest in rugby. The cross-country competition has been
scheduled for Term Four. The objective is to
THEATRE SPORT prepare a team this November/ December and
The Theatre Sports Day was held on Thursday January for next year’s County Sports.
22 September, commencing at 10h30. This
CONTRIBUTIONS BY PUPILS
THE PAKISTAN DESTRUCTION
An unexpected earthquake came and swallowed almost
30,000 people. A destruction like this had happened after
100 years. Innocent lives were taken away in seconds,
schools and universities were the first things taken by earth.
Nurseries with toddlers were also taken away in seconds
without anyone to help the innocent toddlers. People have
lost their families. Some don’t even have any family
members anymore. Children in school uniforms are taken to
hospitals 4 or 5 miles away. Their eyes are full of tears and
beautiful faces are turned into unrecognisable faces. They
need major help.
Ramadan Ramadan we all have to fast
Ramadan Ramadan don’t go away so fast
Wake up for suhoor early in the day
Wait eagerly wait for iftari, which comes later in the day
Oh sacred Ramadan, please keep coming every year with
Purify our bodies and souls from all earthly sins
By: Shareena Khan Bryant Room 11
Fasting In New Zealand
As we all know, this is the month of Ramadan and is the
Islamic month in which we Muslims fast throughout the
Fasting in New Zealand may be hard for some people who
were used to fasting in a different climate or environment.
But people soon get used to it by Allah’s rahma. Back in
Bangladesh, where I come from, it was easier because we
had people to cook and clean for us. But now, we have to
cook everything ourselves.
When I first came to New Zealand, fasting was really hard
because there wasn’t a variety of food for Iftari or Sehri. But
gradually, with the opening of so many Indian and Arab
shops, traditional ingredients are readily available.
Fasting is becoming similar to how I fasted in Bangladesh. I
thank Allah Subhana Taala. I hope everyone has the
opportunity to fast properly – that is keep away from food
and drink from sunrise to sunset, read Quran, pray five
times Salaah, pray Taraweeh and if possible pray Nafl
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