From Boat People to School Builders

Stop The Boats! Stop The Boats! This was the three word slogan that some in Australia used to demonise and dehumanise people fleeing war, persecution and ethnic cleansing. We the public were being asked to believe that the savages coming on boats would come and ruin our society. But contrary to populist scaremongering - this is a story of success…

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It’s Not About Me! It’s About Us!

Let’s face it -we live in a “me,me, me” kind of world. It’s all about me! Through the rise of capitalism, our students are inheriting a very selfish world. A world where the amassing of material wealth and possessions is the primary objective of many. A society where at least at the macro-level compassion, the well-being of the environment and…

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Beyond the Grades

I’ve written a lot about our desire to develop the whole child. However let me be clear, we do want and expect our students to be strong academically. But for us, the process of learning is as important as the result. This is what we believe will truly sustain them as they progress in life. We want to be a…

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Educating for Tomorrow

According to Udo Gollub (CEO of 17 Minute Languages) young lawyers  in the US are struggling to find work. Using IBM’s Watson, one can now get legal advice within seconds. What’s more, such advice has been found to be 90% accurate compared to 70% accuracy when served by humans. Being a practicing lawyer myself, this one struck a chord with…

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5 Benefits of Keeping Our School Small

When we were thinking about the type of school we wanted to establish, we decided we wanted to keep it small. We know this is going completely against the grain of Islamic schools that have been popping up and growing into mega-schools.   However, we need to be true to ourselves. It’s not so much about the numbers as it…

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“Less than 10 per cent chance”!

Asalamualaikum, "I think you have less than 10 per cent chance of starting this school" That was the blunt assessment of our prospects that I received from someone very near and dear to me. So what does one do when they hear things like this? Is it time to give up? Or to fight on? I choose to fight on!…

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This is the reason we have to start the school

Assalaamualaikum, I pray that this finds you in good health and strong Imaan. The deadline to apply for registration in order to commence operations next year, is the 23rd of June 2017. Conveniently, this falls within the last 10 days of Ramadan! We've developed a plan of action for most parts of the registration application, but the missing piece of…

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