Help From The Heavens

Asalamualaikum,If there's one thing I've learnt in this quest to open the school, nothing happens without the help from the heavens.There have been so many instances where help has come for where we least expected it, that I can emphatically say that we would not have got this far without divine intervention. I hope and pray that the fact that help has…

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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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O’ Ramadan, you have come just in time

Asalamualaikum All, Isn’t it amazing that every year Allah sends Ramadan just when we need it most? Post-Christchurch I feel like I’ve been carrying a weight on my shoulders and this weight has just been added to exponentially since the absolutely senseless acts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. May Allah grant ease to all those impacted by these events…

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Our Hudaibiyyah Moment

Asalamualaikum, “It must feel like giving birth to a still born baby” That’s what someone said to me when they found out the news! I can’t even imagine what a mother that gives birth to a still born feels like - but I do see the similarities. That mother goes through the mourning sickness, carries a growing weight around for…

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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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