This section is dedicated to all the Islamia Girl’s who wish to keep updated with various activities at the school, appreciate featured achievements and propose any ideas to the School Council.
“Islamia has been a big part of my life and one of the best. At Islamia I felt a sense of belonging, belief and safety. I was surrounded by committed teachers who were great and friendly. When I felt a sense of need I would go straight to them and they would treat me just like their daughter. I felt at ease in islamia as everyone around me shared the same belief as myself. Making friends was easy I didn’t ever feel lonely and what made me even more secure about the environment I was in was the fact that there was no such thing as bullying. When I’m on the road and someone asks what school I go to I’m proud to say I’m from Islamia Girls\' Secondary School!” Fatima BenKhaled
All the Students at Islamia are able to participate, organize, present events, collaborate with outside organizations and have many exciting and challenging opportunities. Not only do you learn more about yourself, gain confidence in your abilities but you discover many new experiences. As students at Islamia our responsibilities involve looking after our school and above all caring for our fellow colleagues.
Change of Uniform
Most recently the School Council proposed to change the school uniform. They worked together to design a new uniform and had a prototype made which was presented it to the Principal and Head Teacher.
As a school which looks forward to positive change, the Principal and Head Teacher responded positively to the outstanding work and dedication of the students. As a result the school uniform is now in the stage of being re-invented by a team of designers, taking on board the students prototype and will be ready in the by the middle of the next academic year (2010/2011).
Well done to all the girls for their hard work! And a huge ‘thank you’ to the Principal and Head Teacher for recognising the girls efforts and allowing them to make a positive change in their school.
Recent School Leavers 2009/2010
Anum Khan: 2009-2010
My Experience came to Islamia Girls’ School in Year 7, from a local state school. At the time of my graduation assembly in Year 6, some students were crying helplessly, but I remember feeling a buzz of excitement, with the knowledge that I was going to a Muslim girls’ school, where the focus would be on our Islamic etiquettes, spiritual development, as well as academic success. When I finally arrived at Islamia, I was not disappointed. The teachers were friendly and mother- like and everyone quickly became best friends. For me, the jump between year 6 and year 7 was quite overwhelming, nevertheless I quickly learnt to adapt to my new secondary school life.
Looking back at these years, my experiences have always been positive and the time has gone so fast that it is frightening. Five years seem to have boiled down to a day, as I try to recollect my memories. Throughout Islamia, you will have some days where you feel as free as a bird, with no homework, even in year 11, and other days where you feel like a mountain is placed over your shoulders; the main lesson that I have learnt and am still in the process of learning is time management. As you progress in your education, you will constantly feel more pressurised in time, and what once seemed like impossible to accomplish would soon feel like nothing compared to the next hurdle. Hence, it helps to focus on your goals one at a time, as my mother taught me, and not to dwell on the past.
Of the many unique opportunities offered at IGS I particularly enjoyed competing both in the Youth Parliament Competition and the ESU Schools Mace Debating Competition. I have learnt that the essence is not to always win, but to do your utmost best in whatever you do, following the Prophet (saw)’s exemplary example. I also treasure the memories of our Amnesty Day, where instead of having our normal lessons, the Amnesty Youth group invited speakers to talk on the subject of human rights, and we organised various workshops, dressing in non- uniform and selling international food to raise money for Amnesty International. The cultural evening and charity sleepover were also invigorating experiences in which long- term preparation and organisation resulted in one memorable evening, be it on the stage or having a midnight feast and dressing in fancy- dress costumes. The experiences at IGS have taught me to cope with stress, to look at the bigger picture, to work as a team player and always endeavour to help others.
I will undoubtedly miss this school, the true friendships, the altruistic staff, the heart-rending khutbahs, and the invaluable lessons, as I begin my journey on to sixth form.
Sarah Rhalem: 2009- 2010
My time at Islamia has been long and fulfilling, teeming with memorable and priceless experiences, which will be extremely hard to leave behind as it comes sadly to an end. Islamia has built up my confidence immensely over the years and established my identity as a Muslim girl in so many ways.
Academically Islamia expects high standards from all, and with helpful teachers and encouraging atmosphere this is easily achievable with a little hard work. The activities and opportunities have been varied- an inter faith photography course enabling me to express my thoughts as a young Muslim and meet other students of my age from other faiths and getting a very personal picture of their lives; debating in the Youth Parliament, presenting ideas and opinions and trying to win over others: getting to grips with real issues with Amnesty International and various talks by outside speakers; to trying to create a business and learn about the business world with Young Enterprise. They have all been challenging and shown me that I can do so much more than I imagined.
However what makes Islamia special is it’s approach in implementing Islam into the daily school routine and I am ever grateful for the chance of being able: to pray in congregation, listen to the khutbah on Fridays, attend Islamic Studies/Quran lessons and behave in an Islamic manner. Islamia is free from all the pressures that one may have to face at a non-faith school, granting us the freedom of comfort to express ourselves and our practices, enhancing our confidence but most importantly enriching our Iman. As a Muslim girl, I am now not afraid to step out into the world, make a difference and try my best to represent Islam in the best way possible. Islamia gives you a strong sense of aspiration and goals that are achievable as long as we persevere and have faith. By this I and many others hope to bring beneficial change to society where needed and help develop the world we live in. Giving back!
Overall Islamia exudes a warm welcoming ambiance, where the relationship between students and teachers reflects a strong sense of care and encouragement. To the extent where Islamia has become almost family and the hadith:
“None of you have reached the state of true iman until you want for brother what you want for yourself.” ……….is in near reach based upon our concern for each other.
I cannot express the extent to which I will miss Islamia but despite this I shall take what I have learnt along the way, with me and never forget the brilliant teachers and my fantastic friends, insha’Allah!