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.
I extend you a warm welcome to our school community. I am very privileged to be part of the team at Taqwa School. I am excited and continually challenged in this role and am grateful to be part of such a welcoming community. My aim is always to work together with our students, staff, parents and the School Board of Directors to make Taqwa School the best school it can be.
My commitment to our community is to lead the school with a clear vision for the future which should always place student learning at the forefront of decision making.
We continue to develop and enhance a school that:
- Reflects the values of its community.
- Focusses on the religious, intellectual, physical and creative development of each child.
- Strives for the highest academic standards.
- Involves the community in learning.
- Develops relationships through communication and reflection.
I have an open-door policy and urge all parents to take this opportunity to discuss any issue with me so that we can move forward together. 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.
Taqwa School is a community dedicated to providing a holistic approach to learning in compliance with the Islamic Ethos.
At Taqwa School we deliver the Australian Curriculum, whilst upholding the values of Islam. Our learning environment has been established on the basis of creating and maintaining a learning community. We come together to learn and share our achievements. Individual students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning, whilst our staff offer encouragement, motivation and guidance. We actively encourage collaboration, leadership and innovation.
This shared commitment is achieved through the formation of lively ‘communities of practice’ and the ongoing cultivation of the idea that all members of Taqwa School – students, staff, parents and friends – are part of a learning community.
- Learn… everything you need to know
- Excel… in everything you can
- Lead… yourself and share with others
A typical day at school for a student in any year group would begin with the morningQuran recitation. This provides an opportunity for internal reflection, peace and calmness and is integral to our daily routine.
All students participate in a 1.45 hourEnglish session each morning. In these lessons students learn core skills in reading, comprehension, writing, grammar and spelling. Teachers draw on a range of explicit teaching strategies including, the use of synthetic phonics to teach spelling, guided, modelled and independent reading and writing sessions and a range of strategies to support comprehension and vocabulary building.
Mathematics is also taught in separate timetabled sessions and students participate in approximately 5 to 6 hours of instruction per week, depending on their year group. We use the Maths U See program which includes video tutorials, workbooks and manipulatives. This helps to ensure that teachers are using the same mathematical vocabulary and explanations, across all of the year groups. Teachers use a range of supplementary games, online activities and concrete materials to enhance the students’ interest and participation. They also have opportunities for real word problem solving and collaboration.
Students generally participate in twoProject Based Learning sessions each day. In these sessions the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Health, Information Technology and The Arts are integrated to offer a deeper learning focus. Students are encouraged to ask questions, work collaboratively, take ownership of their learning goals and are given opportunities to apply their new knowledge and skills in a range of creative and innovative ways.
Islamic Studies cover the fundamental tenets of Islam and all students participate in two specialty lessons each week. Learning includes essential topics from the areas of Aqeedah (Ideology and Creed), Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Aadaab and Akhlaaq (Manners and Etiquettes), Seerah (Islamic History) and Tafseer (Meanings of the Quran). What students learn in Islamic Studies is essential knowledge they will find relevant throughout the various stages of their lives. Students participate in two lessons each week.
Students participate in twoArabic lessons each week. They learn to communicate through speaking, listening, reading and writing. They learn the fundamentals of pronunciation and intonation, how to read and write the alphabet, and how letters are formed and joined.
The students participate in daily fitness lessons and one specialtyPhysical Education (PE) lesson per week. They learn a variety of fundamental movement skills including: running, dodging, throwing, catching and kicking. They also participate in cooperative games that allow them to practise these skills. We hold annual Swimming lessons, an Athletics carnival and regularly invite specialist organisations to work with the students to develop skills in specific team sports.
Creating and maintaining friendships at school is a very important part of your child’s learning. Children are explicitly taught skills to enhance the development of theirSocial and Emotional Learning. For example, how to share, be kind and include each other in learning and play. They also learn how to recognise emotions in themselves and others, how to make good choices, how to behave appropriately as a member of a group, how to resolve conflict and how to care for themselves and others. Research has found that children learn best when they are happy and feel safe. Students in years 5 and 6 are also encouraged to become leaders within the school and participate in programs to support them in leading school initiatives and becoming great role models.