السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
Alhamdulillah. All praise belongs to God alone. In 2015 Taqwa School opened its doors to families wanting an outstanding learning environment for their children within an Islamic context. Taqwa School gives children the knowledge, skills and dispositions to achieve their potential and contribute positively to the Muslim community, Australian society and humanity at large.
Families have been quick to appreciate the benefits of our community school, which offers Islamic and Arabic Studies along with student-centered individual and collaborative learning. Taqwa School is academic, inclusive and forward thinking.
A group of parents from the Spence Musallah in the north of Canberra saw a need for a local Islamic School that would provide an outstanding 21st century education for their children. A non-profit corporation was formed and in December 2014 Taqwa School was granted provisional registration.
The school is named after the word taqwa, which means being conscious of God. Taqwa combines having an internal moral compass with an awareness of accountability for one’s actions, thus being the best towards humanity and the rest of creation. The School’s values of excellence, respect, responsibility, multiculturalism and fairness echo the concept of taqwa and frame all of the learning at Taqwa School.
At Taqwa School we have clear educational aims. We want our students to be confident, respectful participants in all spheres of life in the 21st century. In Years K-2 we follow an Early Years learning model with a combination of explicit teaching, differentiation, and learning through play. From Year 3 we use an integrated learning journey model that involves both explicit ‘teacher-talk’ and student-centered learning. To do this we use Personal Learning Plans (PLPs), which enable students to identify goals, and design produce and present research projects that show their achievements across all key learning areas. In this way each school day involves a combination of explicit teaching and learning of essential content, as well as time for students to design, explore, examine and present a special project that shows the application of their learning and runs for the duration of each term. Taqwa School is a learning community that embraces differentiated, student-centered learning. It strives to meet the the needs of every child, enabling each to explore ideas, flourish as learners and be confident, happy young people.