Issue 24 Spring 1 2024
Welcome back! We hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits after a restful winter break. As we embark on a new term at Iqra, we are excited to continue the journey of learning, growth, and community building with you and your children.
In the spirit of the new year, we look forward to fostering a positive and enriching environment for our students, where Islamic values and academic excellence go hand in hand. Our dedicated teachers are eager to resume classes and guide your children on their educational and spiritual path.
Throughout the upcoming term, we have various exciting activities, events, and educational initiatives planned to make the learning experience at Iqra even more engaging and meaningful. We encourage you to stay connected with the school community through our newsletters, events, and parent-teacher interactions.
As always, we value your partnership in your child’s education and appreciate your ongoing support. May this term bring success, joy, and blessings to your family.
Wishing you a wonderful and fulfilling start to the new term!
Ustadha Saleem (Headteacher)
As we embark on a new term, we are excited to announce the focus on a key value that holds immense significance in today’s digital age – “The Character of a Muslim Online.” In an era where technology connects us globally, it becomes crucial to instill values that reflect our Islamic teachings, even in the virtual world.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) emphasized the importance of good character in all aspects of life, and this extends to our online presence. In a well-known hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The believer does not insult others, does not curse others, is not vulgar, and is not shameless.” (Tirmidhi)
Applying this hadith to our online behavior, we are reminded that our character is not confined to face-to-face interactions but extends to the digital realm. As representatives of Islam, it is our duty to embody these values online.
Teaching our children “The Character of a Muslim Online” is essential for several reasons. It helps them:
1. **Reflect Islamic Values:** By emphasizing good character online, we encourage our children to carry their Islamic values into the virtual space, fostering a positive and respectful online community.
2. **Digital Citizenship:** Nurturing the character of a Muslim online instills responsible digital citizenship, teaching our children to use technology ethically and respectfully.
3. **Positive Influence:** Our children have the potential to be positive influencers in the digital world, sharing the beauty of Islam through their words and actions.
As we explore this value throughout the term, we invite you to engage with your children in discussions about their online experiences and help reinforce the importance of maintaining an exemplary character both offline and online.
Topping Up Ceremony
Just before we took off for the Winter break, we had some good news to share. Baxall Constructors hit a big milestone by putting in the last steel beam for our new Iqra building. It was a special moment, and some of our parents and pupils got to be there, along with the architects working on the project.
The children even got to walk up the stairs to the first floor and be a part of the ceremony. Our Headteacher, Ustadha Saleem, was given a special memento to remember the day.
In January, the next exciting phase will begin with the constructors will start putting up the building blocks and walls. Alhumdulillah!
School Council Elections
Empowering our students with an understanding of the democratic process is a fundamental aspect of education at Iqra Primary School. Recently, pupils had the opportunity to engage in this process as they listened to the compelling speeches of school council nominees. The speeches were impressive, with candidates passionately making all sorts of promises!
On the 23rd of December, our young voters exercised their right to choose the new school council members. After careful consideration of the candidates’ speeches, each class gathered in the hall, where a dedicated voting booth awaited. With excitement, each child cast their vote, contributing to the democratic selection of their representatives.
Currently, the ballots are in the process of being counted, and we eagerly anticipate announcing the winners of the school council elections. This hands-on experience not only educates our students about the democratic process but also instills a sense of responsibility and active participation in the school community.
Stay tuned for the exciting results as we celebrate the successful culmination of our school council elections!
Iqra Primary's Spectacular Showcase
What a fantastic showcase of talent and meaningful storytelling at Iqra Primary School! Our Year 4 pupils recently took the stage at the Omnibus Theatre, captivating a live audience composed of proud parents, esteemed guests, including local councillors, and the Mayor of Lambeth, Sarbaz Barznji.
The young performers excelled in their play titled ‘A Muslim Londoner and a French Imam,’ a poignant story about a courageous young girl traveling to the past to meet Si Khadour, a French Imam who heroically saved Jews from the Nazis during World War 2.
Following the play, the Iqra School Choir delighted the audience with uplifting Nasheeds, creating a harmonious atmosphere. The impressive performances continued with a repeat presentation by our talented Year 5 students.
Parents and special guests were deeply impressed not only by the students’ artistic abilities but also by the powerful and positive messages conveyed through the play. We are immensely proud of our students for their dedication and the meaningful impact their performances had on the audience.
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended and supported this memorable event. It truly showcased the vibrant talents and the commitment to meaningful storytelling at Iqra Primary School.
World Philosophy Day
Iqra School had an exciting time celebrating World Philosophy Day with a special visit to the House of Lords. Our students engaged in discussions about the future with peers from other schools, earning us Silver Accreditation from the Philosophy Foundation.
During the visit, our students exchanged ideas with peers from six other schools, fostering deep thinking and open dialogue. The children also had the chance to meet Baroness Natalie Bennett, who graciously hosted the students’ visit.
This Silver Accreditation reflects our commitment to nurturing thoughtful minds at Iqra School.
New Plants for Iqra Builders
Our young students took a break from their routine to help at the construction site of our new school building. Guided by site manager Joe, they planted a garden using recycled materials like old sinks, adding a sustainable twist. The kids enjoyed getting their hands dirty, creating a colorful garden while learning about the future school layout.
Joe shared details about where classrooms and the playground would be, giving the kids a sneak peek into what’s coming. This collaboration not only brought the community together but also added a green touch to the ongoing development of our new school. Thanks to everyone involved for making this initiative a success!
During Road Safety Week, Iqra Children took part in a took part in an exciting workshop to actively engage in and learn about road safety.
During the workshop, students had the chance to observe workers in action, explore various vehicles and equipment, and participate in health and safety demonstrations. The setup included traffic management barriers, cones, and interactive elements to enhance road safety awareness.
This hands-on experience not only educated our pupils about staying safe around road work sites but also fostered a deeper understanding of the importance of road safety. We appreciate the collaboration between Ringway and Brake, which has contributed to creating a safer environment for our school community.
Lambeth Junior Citizenship
Year 6 is the final year for our children who will then move on to secondary school. In preparation for that transition, Iqra organised a special trip with Lambeth Junior Citizens in which the children were able to learn how to make better choices for a healthier and safer lifestyle.
During the workshops, students engage in scenarios led by various participating agencies, including TfL Citizens, Hope UK, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service, Metropolitan Police Service, and Thames Water. The scenarios cover essential topics such as bus and underground safety, active travel, health and wellbeing, fire safety, basic first aid, gangs and knife crime awareness, and environmental consciousness.
Feedback from participants has been positive, with one session described as a “fabulous afternoon” helping children make informed choices.We’re proud to contribute to the development of these important life skills in our students. Special thanks to the participating agencies for their valuable contributions to these engaging and informative workshops!
Year 6 Bikeability
Children in Year 5 and 6 took part in the Level 2 cycling program, where children learned to grow more confident with each turn of the pedal. Our expert instructors guided riders onto quiet roads, providing a real cycling experience that enhanced their skills.
Throughout the program, participants developed the confidence to start and stop with ease, pass stationary vehicles on roads, and gain a comprehensive understanding of road signals, signs, and markings. Additionally, they learned how to navigate the road, including quiet junctions, crossroads, and roundabouts, and gained valuable insights into sharing the road with other vehicles.
This program not only helped our young cyclists become more proficient but also instilled a sense of confidence and competence in navigating real-world cycling scenarios. A big thank you to our dedicated instructors for making this Level 2 cycling experience a success!