Assalamu Alaykum and Kia Ora!
Welcome to our school website! This website is designed to keep you up to date with current news and activities that are happening at our school.
At Iqra Elementary School we pride ourselves on doing the very best for all our students, all of the time. This occurs by our staff’s strong commitment to their own professional learning and ensuring our programmes are engaging, motivating and challenging for all learners. It is also important to us that our students feel happy and safe at school. We provide a nurturing environment that has Islamic values and practices embedded in the daily routines of students.
We look forward to working with all of you on our journey to making our school a leading Islamic School to ensure our students stay connected with our religion, languages, cultures and strong heritage.
If you have any comments or suggestions for us, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Term 1 Ends: Friday 27th March
Term 2 Starts: Wednesday 15th April
Update to parents - 24/03/2020
Assalamu Alaikum Dear Parents,
I trust that everyone is taking care and is preparing to Quarantine, for the next 4 weeks. These are unprecedented times. I would like to share an update as to what my team and I are working on right now. We are working hard in preparing an e-learning structure that will be suitable for each year level.
The Ministry of Education has announced yesterday that they will bring the school holidays forward. The school holidays will begin on the 30th of March and will end on the 14th of April, inclusive.
IQRA has become a google school and all students and staff have been given access to G Suites. G Suites is a google run service which provides educators and students with apps where they can all work collaboratively. IQRA will be using Google Classroom.
In the next couple of days, you will be receiving a google email for your child. With this email you will also receive 2 codes these codes will allow your child to join google classroom. Attached to that email is a guide on how to join google classroom and how it works.
Google Classroom will be activated as soon as the holidays are over. Your child will have access to 2 classrooms, Arabic Classroom and their Year level Classroom. Teachers will be posting activities daily.
Teachers will assign group projects where students can work collaboratively using google docs and google slides. They will also assign Numeracy, Literacy and Islamic Studies activities.
Our Quran teacher is working on creating a system where she can group call students to work on their Qaaida as well as what app would be best to be used at this time. As for Quran each child should have a Quran tracking sheet, students can continue to follow this tracker and practice at home with either you or a sibling.
We would also like to have small group conference calls with students. Over the holidays we will be working out the structure of how this will look like.
From Wednesday the 25th March students will have been assigned tasks on Mathletics and Sunshine Classic to complete.
On a final note I would like to include the following from a Principal in NZ:
You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing...
Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.
Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavior issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally - it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be OK. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be OK. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do math. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.
If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day..