Al Falaah College Magazine 2022

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2022 SCHOOL MAGAZINE

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3 AL FALAAH COLLEGE MAGAZINE 2022 • 04 From the Desk of our Board and Management 10 Meet our Reception Unit The future begins Here! 18 Fun in the Foundation Phase It’s the place to Be. 36 Learning, friendship and fun for everyone in the Intermediate Phase 62 Learners today. Leaders tomorrow High School 78The race for Holistic Education through Sport has no Finish Line SINCERE GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION TO • Our Advertisers •The Al-Falaah College Teachers and Learners for their valuable contributions • Magazine Committee Members:
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From the desk of our

PRIMARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

All praise is due to Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala and peace and salutations on our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW), his family and his companions.

It seems like the 2022 academic year has come and gone in a flash. However, the effects of looting, the Covid-19 pandemic and the floods have left their mark as it had impacted on many lives and families.

As we prepare for the new year, we pray that we can put the pieces back together and enjoy life as we knew it, once again.

We are living in challenging times indeed. Our children are exposed to so much of inappropriate and concerning information in this current day and age, it is hard for us as parents to keep track.

The ills of social media, access to unfiltered information on the digital platform and the promotion of LGBTQ are just a few of the many evils that we have to be aware of.

We have a responsibility to ensure that the Emaan of our children is deep- rooted and strong enough to weather any storm. Although they may sway at times, they must NEVER break.

It is therefore imperative that the relationship between the home and school is stronger than it was ever before. This partnership is the cornerstone to grooming our children into the adults we wish them to become and together, I am confident, we can achieve this.

The highlight of the year was the opening of our new pre-school. Alhumdulillah, the state of the art design and the amazing educators on this campus has made it an outstanding success. We hope that learners will build a strong foundation here which will set them up for success as they continue the journey over the years at Al Falaah College.

Alhumdulillah, we are blessed to have a committed and dedicated band of educators who have gone beyond the call of duty to make 2022 another successful year at Al Falaah College. I record my thanks and appreciation to them, to my management team as well our staff in the administration department for ensuring that we achieved what we set out to do for the year.

Planning and preparation for the 2023 academic year has commenced and we hope that it is a more stable and pleasant year for us all.

As this year draws to an end, we wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday.

May Allah Taa’la bless, guide and protect this Ummah. May He also use us as ambassadors of this beautiful deen and may we continue to grow from strength to strength.

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IT IS THEREFORE OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THE EMAAN OF OUR CHILDREN IS DEEP- ROOTED AND STRONG TO WEATHER ANY STORM. ALTHOUGH THEY MAY SWAY AT TIMES, THEY MUST NEVER BREAK. “
MR Z MUHAMMAD

From the desk of our

HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

MR Z AHMED

By the Grace and Blessings of Allah, we, at Al Falaah College, are thankful for being given an opportunity to provide another year of quality service to the community. As an independent Islamic school, we take our faith experience with serious intent. We are proud of our ethos, traditions and commitment to academic excellence. We are also dedicated to our mission of educating the whole person in a disciplined Islamic environment, one which contributes to the development of an Islamic personality and Allah consciousness, Insha Allah.

Set up in 1985, Al Falaah College has journeyed through all these years and gained the trust and appreciation of many students and their parents alike. With a vision to excel in all spheres, we are consistently ranked among the top performing schools, while our staff continue to demonstrate clearly their dedication to the holistic growth and development of every child in their care.

At the end of 2020, I wrote in my message - We, and our children, will emerge on the other side of this pandemic stronger, more resilient, more agile, and more willing to adapt to change and prepared to accept circumstances beyond our control. We would have gained skills which only a pandemic of this nature could teach in such a short time, so widely and with such intensity.

We started this 2022 academic year with the hangover of two years of COVID. However, we quickly freed ourselves from the shackles of restrictions, and embarked vigorously on reactivating the full scope of normal school activities. Not only did we participate in many more external Olympiads, external competitions, sports fixtures - and the like – but we also excelled in many, Alhamdulillah.

I am so very proud of our student’s many Regional, National and International accomplishments documented in this edition of the magazine. We accomplished more National and International awards this year, then ever before. When I see them in the classroom, on the stage, playing sport,

engaged in community service projects, student volunteers on driveway duty and presenting at assembly, I sense their commitment to their school and their genuine desire to learn and give back to the school and others. As Principal at Al Falaah College, I am honoured with the trust that families place in us, and consequently parents can assuredly repose faith in the sincerity of purpose and dedication of all the teachers on the staff.

The support, hard work and resolute enthusiasm of all staff, students, parents, board members and other stake holders are immeasurable and greatly appreciated. As we march towards the end of yet another exciting year, we pledge to work for every child - and in the process, open new vistas and success in this world and the next, Insha Allah.

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WE, AND OUR CHILDREN, WILL EMERGE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS PANDEMIC STRONGER, MORE RESILIENT, MORE AGILE, AND MORE WILLING TO ADAPT TO CHANGE AND PREPARED TO ACCEPT CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. WE WOULD HAVE GAINED SKILLS WHICH ONLY A PANDEMIC OF THIS NATURE COULD TEACH IN SUCH A SHORT TIME, SO WIDELY AND WITH SUCH INTENSITY.

Launch of “GAIS”

GLOBAL ASSOCIATION OF ISLAMIC SCHOOLS

By the favour of Allah, Al Falaah College, under the able leadership of our High School Principal, Zaffar Ahmed, initiated and launched The Global Association of Islamic Schools.

The aim of this global enterprise is to unite Islamic Schools from around the world under a single banner. GAIS currently has 220 members from over 26 countries. Some of the members are heads of Islamic School Associations, Academics, Researchers and school owners.

Al Falaah College has already benefitted immensely from the many and diverse international networks established through this initiative. Our students participated in an online program with the Indian Space Agency, while our teachers participated in online programs with Academics from the US, Dubai, UK, Turkey and Pakistan. We also hosted researchers and trainers from Turkey and Pakistan at Al Falaah for three days of training in October this year. We are in the process of signing a memorandum of understanding for ongoing support and to pilot an innovative International program in the Primary school next year, Insha Allah.

Among the highlights of GAIS was the first ever in person five-day Retreat held in Turkey during the October holidays. Over 70 school leaders, academics and researchers from Islamic schools from around the world met to craft a Strategic Plan for the Global Islamic Schooling sector, and we also started planning for the next Global Conference on Islamic Education which is planned for 2025, Insha Allah. Delegates also had an opportunity to visit some schools in Istanbul.

Al Falaah College was well represented by Ismail Dawood, Abdullah Sujee, Sheikh Irshaad Amod and Zaffar Ahmed at the inaugural meeting of the Global Association of Islamic Schools in Istanbul. On our return from Istanbul, the Al Falaah team had the opportunity to also visit some schools in Dubai.

For Al Falaah College, it is particularly gratifying that Zaffar Ahmed, our High School Principal, continues to be Ameer of the Steering Committee of the Global Association of Islamic Schools. Zaffar Ahmed was also presented with a Special Global Leadership Award at a Special Gala Dinner attended by GAIS delegates and many Turkish dignitaries, including the Turkish Deputy Minister of Education.

We pray for the continued success of GAIS and are humbled that our Principal Zaffar Ahmed, is leading this Global initiative, Alhamdulillah.

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Delegates at GAIS Retreat in October held in Istanbul
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BOARD OF GOVERNORS Message from our

All Praise is to ALLAH and Salutations on our Nabi Muhammad SAW. The frenetic pace of life and the multitude of challenges facing families has created a scenario of despondency and negativity on many fronts. Therefore, as parents who are entrusted with the responsibility of nurturing our most valuable resource, our children, we have to step back and re-set our compass towards optimism, reflecting effort, resilience and productivity. Success comes through a sustained intelligent effort over a prolonged period of time –synonymous with planting and nurturing a garden into a full blooming orchard of fruit.

Therefore, parenting requires a focus on quality time and more time, as there is no investment for a parent more valuable than quality family time. Parents often find themselves on this “treadmill”, on the incline and moving at a pace. There is the job/ business, family commitments, friends, gym, entertainment, sport, smart-phone, salaah/ musjid, travelling, etc. With all this, parents are required to nurture their children with wisdom and goodness, develop their self-esteem and develop them to be ambassadors of the Deen and family. This is an investment for both this world and the next. If we want our children to pray for us after we have departed from this world, then it is not just going to happen by chance, it requires a vision and a plan. May ALLAH guide all parents to fulfil the duty and obligation of parenting.

Alhamdulillah, we have once again enjoyed a very gratifying year at Al Falaah College. As a Board, we are overwhelmed by the many accolades achieved provincially, nationally and internationally across all sectors of the school – life (academic, spiritual, sport, co-curricular). We thank the Almighty for blessing us with an institution like Al Falaah College. Our sincere compliments to our dedicated leadership and staff who are always obliging to serve the institution. We also place on record our thanks to the parents who have played an active role particularly in the sports, junior achiever’s and hifz programs. May ALLAH bless your efforts.

The strategic development of the Preschool has gained tremendous traction in 2022, and we now have a fully subscribed and functional AFC

Preschool with 200 learners across Grade 00 and Grade R. We are inundated with applications for admissions across all grades and had to sadly turn-away learners due to space constraints. Our infrastructure has now reached its maximum and we want to focus on developing our specialist facilities to complement our quality education, insha ALLAH.

In 2022, we launched the Al Falaah College Waqf Fund, an endowment vehicle which will insha ALLAH drive the financial sustainability of the College. Regarding the fund, we have included for 2023 a voluntary waqf contribution of R100 per month per learner which will feature on the fee statement for your acceptance. We request your kind contributions towards this spiritual investment opportunity.

I also take this opportunity to thank my Colleagues on the Board and Executive for their commitment and sacrifices. May ALLAH bless you. JazakALLAH Khair

Finally, we remember the many beautiful souls who have passed on and make dua for their magfirah and Jannah. We request your forgiveness if we have erred in any way and request your duas for the continued success of Al Falaah College and all our institutions.

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IF WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO PRAY FOR US AFTER WE HAVE DEPARTED FROM THIS WORLD, THEN IT IS NOT JUST GOING TO HAPPEN BY CHANCE, IT REQUIRES A VISION AND A PLAN. “
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WELCOME TO OUR PRESCHOOL

HOD REPORT

Alhamdullilah ala kuli haal!! “All praise and thanks are only for Allah in all circumstances!” It is only HIM that we can be grateful to, for our achievements, growth and our state-of-the-art Preschool campus! The year 2022, brought on the Great Trek from our main school to our new Preschool campus, after 18 yrs of wonderful memories and growth of our AFC Preschool in our main campus.

Mixed emotions were order of the day as the team and truck worked tirelessly packing and carting 18years of built up resources and memorabilia of Preschool. Alhamdullilah, we have settled beautifully and are fully operational and loving the new campus. Our kids never want to go home!

We have inculcated 21st century teaching ideas into our curriculum, thereby allowing learners to explore and learn in a safe and happy environment. The whole paradigm shift in accordance to current trends in early childhood education, include incorporating play with early literacy, introducing children to science education and exposing learners to an integrated curriculum. These trends help children to prepare for future learning experiences and we are so glad to be able to offer this.

“Love, Dream, Laugh” is certainly evident in our day to day routine. Taking Early Childhood Development to greater heights is what we strive for daily. We have spent a fruitful year with our little learners, enjoying every moment of our 21st century campus. Our airy and spacious play areas have definitely contributed to our children’s learning experiences this year, Alhamdullilah.

Some of our highlights for the year have been:

• Helicopter visit

• Sleepover

• Bagless day

• Fruit & Veg truck shopping

• 100th Day Celebration

Our team of passionate and vibrant Teachers & Assistants definitely follow the example of our

Beloved Nabi Muhammad SAW, which is to show kindness to children. We thank our team for their patience and for always having a smile on their cheerful faces.

Our Admin team get a huge high five for understanding the needs of our little angels.

Finally, to our Parents, for honouring us with the opportunity of letting your kids be ours for the year 2022 - we salute you!

Have a restful and fun holiday!

Dollops of love...

A. Wariyawa

HOD - Preschool

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RAINBOW CLASS LITTLE ARTISTS CLASS

OUR AMAZING CLASSROOMS GRADE 00’S

GRADE 00 (HK) - RAINBOW CLASS

A Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow

A rainbow of happiness, fun, and laughter resounds in the Rainbow Class. There’s nothing quite as beautiful as a classroom filled with rainbow handprints, and rainbow arts and crafts that mesmerize the soul. The brightest colours fill our day as we explore all aspects of our curriculum. Learning has never been more fun, as we learn through play. Adventure and wonder await our little one’s each day as they happily explore all that the Rainbow Class has to offer.

GRADE 00 (FS) - LITTLE ARTISTS CLASS

The little artist’s class is the inspiration of fun, creativity and the hub of innovation and passion for learning.

These little artists will surprise you with their ingenuity to learn and grow. Where learning is fun and fun is learning!

GR 00 (SA) - SHIP SHAPE

Ship Shape in the Shapes Express!

Our babies were welcomed aboard the Shapes Express, all ready to enjoy the ride to shape up in 2022. Learning through play in the Shapes class

is filled with days and weeks of overloaded fun, creativity and new activities. The enthusiasm and eagerness of our shining stars each day ensures successful learning and building memories together as a family.

GR 00 (TP) - HAPPY CAMPERS

Who said that you can’t bring the outdoors, indoors?

Well, that’s exactly what the Happy Campers class did this year. Our tents were up. Our food was grilled. It was time to camp and we were so thrilled. Running, jumping, playing and fun in the sun. We couldn’t wait to explore. We kept on asking our teacher for s’more and s’more and s’more!

GRADE 00 (NK) - THE DONUT SQUAD

Our Delightful Donuts

Welcome to our classroom where “love is sprinkled everywhere we go”. Perfection is often elusive, but good teachers continuously strive to obtain it.

Our Donut Squad learners are at the epicenter of all teaching and learning experiences, within which we encapsulate life-changing interactions, using a variety of methodologies that build a firm foundation for the years to come.

Together we learn, love and grow.

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SHIP SHAPE HAPPY CAMPERS DONUT SQUAD

OUR AMAZING CLASSROOMS GRADE R’S

GRADE R (AW) – ICE CREAM

Scoops of Fun in our Ice-cream Class!

Yum yum in your tum!! Our 2022 little ones had scoops of fun in our Ice cream Class this year! A blended style of fun and learning allows our learners to learn for life and beyond. We ensured that none of our Ice-creams melted, by being super excited and involved in all our day to day tasks. The engagement and exploration of our learners this year was most amazing, Alhamdullilah!

GRADE R (AS) – UP UP AND AWAY Soaring for Success in the Up, Up & Away class

This year in the Up, Up and Away class, we had heaps of fun, yet at the same time worked towards learning for the class and beyond. We never let a cloudy day extinguish our fire to succeed! Our children’s enthusiasm to encounter each day with the biggest of smiles was our biggest accomplishment

GRADE R (NS)

Bubble Trouble!

– BUBBLES

“There is no angry way in which you can say bubbles!” Surrounding every child in our class with bubbles of love - Alhamdullilah this year has been delightful. Our learners were bubbling with enthusiasm whilst engaging in various activities offered throughout the year. Learning and play go hand in hand and in our bubbles class we ensure that all our learners complete a full Readiness program in order to transition smoothly into formal schooling.

GRADE R (MP) – CUPCAKE

Cupcake class, where every child is cuter than a Cupcake and learning is sweet! Research tells us that preschool aged children learn best when they are free to explore and learn in a safe, caring, comfortable environment. We have designed learning opportunities for children every day and our classroom sets the stage for most of these opportunities. Alhumdulillah we enjoyed sweet success in the Cupcake class this year!

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Do you remember way back this year When I was only just this tall? Now look at me! I’m up to here! And my, I’ve learned a lot this year! ICE CREAM UP UP AND AWAY BUBBLES

GRADE R (FY) – UMBRELLA

Showering love in the Umbrella Class

Drop into grade R for some fun. This is how we learn in our Umbrella Class. Our book corner “It’s Raining Books” is a quiet area in the classroom filled with a variety of books. We have a huge carpet near our Toy shelf and our Maths and English shelf is full of activities. Pre-writing activities using sand trays and playdough are important to help develop fine motor skills, pencil grip, crossing the mid-line and making patterns. At the block construction area learners use their imagination to build. Taking turns, sharing and problem solving skills are developed during play. Puzzles help learners to develop team work and fine motor skills. Hand puppets help learners to use their imagination, being able to make up and tell stories, building their confidence, creativity and speaking skills. Learning is all integrated with lots of fun filled activities.

GRADE R (KK) – CANDYLAND

Candy, Candy Everywhere!

The classroom is an important part of memories for the educator and child. As educators, the aesthetics of the learning environment is vital. The reason we display children’s art and purposeful learning materials carefully in a neat and orderly manner is: Firstly, we believe that the classroom must be appealing to the child and call out to them. We want the activities to entice the students. After all no one enjoys trying to work in an untidy environment with activities that are misplaced.

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UMBRELLA CANDYLAND
CUPCAKE

OUR PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM

FANTASY AREA

Role play is an important part of a child’s development. It builds confidence, creativity, communication, physical development and problem solving. Along with being a fun activity, it also allows children to get into character and act out real life roles or fictional performances. Our fantasy area is a firm favourite amongst all our Pre-schoolers!

FANTASY PLAY-WHAT’S COOKING?

Alhamdulillah, we are blessed at our Al Falaah College Preschool to have so have many play areas. The pretend kitchen has our little masterchefs cooking up a storm. The kitchen play area allows our little chefs to use their imagination and creative skills by exploring the real-like apparatus, kitchen cutlery and plastic food objects to create tantalizing treats. Basic skills of teamwork, social skills and communication with peers are developed through play. Mathematical concepts, vocabulary and life skills are enriched, as they are given the opportunity to do measuring for pretend recipes, counting, learning the safety hazards in the kitchen, independence and packing away items. Learning through play is all about having fun at Al Falaah College Preschool.

FANTASY PLAY- VROOM, VROOM!

Busy little Firemen, off to save the day! Splish splash, wishy washy, car wash time! Oh what fun! The sheer delight of pretend play and the happiness derived, is as vital as the importance of the development of creative thinking skills, gross and fine motor control and social skills. During Fantasy play, the art of conversing is learnt, vocabulary is enriched and self-esteem, along with self-confidence is developed.

SENSORY PLAY

Sensory play, sometimes known as messy play, is an activity that engages and stimulates children’s senses. It is really about giving children the opportunity to explore with their senses: smell,

taste, touch, sight, and hearing. Although we often perceive sensory play as getting messy or dirty, it is more than that. It is actually a very important part of childhood!

Each time a child is engaging their senses, they are discovering and experimenting the world around them which is crucial for healthy development. This could be anything from jumping into muddy puddles, playing with coloured rice, manipulating play dough or simply taking in sights around them.

The benefits of sensory play are endless, these include cognitive development, motor skills, language development, awareness and adaptability and a whole host of others.

OUTDOOR PLAY

Good “old-fashioned” outdoor play is vital for healthy development in children’s early years. Being active outdoors, provides valuable experiences for our little ones, which directly impacts their physical development, social skills, creativity and intelligence.

At Al Falaah College, we facilitate free outdoor play and planned, focussed outdoor play activities, large motor skills, agility, balance and co-ordination is achieved. Emphasis is also placed on appreciation for the environment and the bounties that Allah has bestowed upon us, Alhamdulillah.

BALANCING STATION

Balance is an important aspect in the development of a child. It aids a child in hand eye coordination, body awareness and writing skills, as well as many other attributes which contribute to wholesome learning.

At Al Falaah College Pre-school, we have added the use of balancing equipment in our everyday activities to help our children develop their gross motor skills, as well as strengthen their core muscles.

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SENSORY LIGHT TABLE

The light tables have become one of the most popular science and sensory equipment. They never fail to fascinate and mesmerize children with their soft glow and amazing colours. The children watch and learn with wide eyes as the exploring begins! The light tables are used as a teaching and learning tool used for scientific discovery and allow the children to learn in the most meaningful way, through a hands on experience. And most importantly the light tables are a fun, easy way to brighten up even a gloomy day!

BULLETIN BOARDS

1, 2, 3, You can count on me, said the bulletin board! Our class bulletin boards are eye catching and appeal to the visual side of learning of every student. They inspire, engage and create a happy atmosphere and are a powerful teaching tool used to re-inforce lessons, display students work and much much more!

WRITING CENTRE

What are the benefits of a writing centre in Preschool?

• Introduction of pre-writing skills

• Fosters independence

• Encourages creativity

• Assists in finger gym exercises

Alhamdullilah, at our AFC Preschool Writing Centre, our learners use a variety of fine motor manipulation skills, techniques and writing aids. Our children are able to strengthen their little finger muscles and learn how to write without any pressure.

BUILDING BLOCKS

The organic experience of touching wooden blocks develops neurological connections in the child’s brain which enhances the memory. A wooden toy is very soothing, wholesome and nonintrusive in nature. Block play offers open ended learning experiences for example developing the mathematical mind by comparing shapes and sizes, as well as increasing attention span and self-esteem.

BOOK NOOK

Spending some quiet, quality moments with a good book in our Pre-school book corner is a firm favourite. Cozy bean bags, comfortable mats and easy to reach book shelves makes it an attractive and inviting space to visit. Touch and feel books, nursery rhymes and finger puppet books makes the experience more enjoyable. Learners make up their own stories by looking at the pictures in the book. They learn how to share, take turns and turn the pages correctly. Reading books aloud to learners helps them to develop language, imagination, improves memory, listening skills, critical thinking and empathy. Books are enjoyed best in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Pardon the MESS, our children are learning AND MAKING MEMORIES!

Welcome to our FOUNDATION PHASE

CHANGING MINDSETS, A NEW WAY OF THINKING AND UNLEASHING THE POTENTIAL OF OUR CHILDREN….

Alhamdulillah with the Mercy and Blessings of Allah (SWT) we are fortunate to have resumed to a new normal. Our teachers and learners, both navigated pathways of teaching and learning to achieve the many successes of being in an Islamic school. As teachers we aim to mould the fithrah of our littles learners by working together with parents and facilitating a curriculum that fosters the development of an Islamic mindset. The Foundation Phase environment together with our Islamic Studies curriculum is the primary source for this successful development.

The promoting of reading is an integral part of our education. Many reading activities such as the book challenge, reading eggs (an online phonic, reading and comprehension programme) and reading for leisure during breaks took place in the Foundation Phase. Encouraging reading improves vocabulary, strengthens problem solving skills, exposes learners to new ideas and aids in learning for life. Furthermore, learners were introduced to coding and robotics. We aim to use coding in the Foundation Phase to enable our learners to develop future skills of creating websites and apps, process data, and do lots of other cool things. Grade 3 learners were introduced to the 7 Habits of ‘Happy kids’ which helped to strengthen their socio emotional and leadership skills.

This year co-curricular and curricular activities took place after 2 years. I am pleased to make mention of a few successes over the past year. Our book character day was phenomenal as learners got to share their favourite book with their friends. Some other favourites in the Foundation Phase were outdoor playtime, art, spring picnic, excursions, reptile show, UShaka Wet and Wild (Grade 3 boys and girls), anything but a back pack day and gardening for the grade 3 learners.

Islamic Studies in the Foundation Phase is

integrated into the daily routine of our learner’s school day. The aim of Islamic Studies is to ensure that the Quran and Sunnah permeates the heart and transforms our children so that they engage in good deeds and refrain from inappropriate behaviour. A Special Assembly was held for our Grade 3 learners who reached their own milestones, as they entered Quran, Masha Allah. Our Grade 3 learners must also be acknowledged for receiving their ‘pen license’, well done!

Sports in the Foundation Phase has always been a firm favourite of our little ones. With netball, soccer, cricket, archery and many other sports being introduced our learners are spoilt for choice. Our under 9 boys have continued to perform well both at district and zonal level and were runners up in the AMS soccer tournament. The swimming gala and annual athletics and have been absolutely successful.

To our wonderful Foundation Phase parents, working collaboratively with your-selves as partners in education has afforded us teachers, the opportunity to ‘Show off” and ‘celebrate our successes. May Allah (SWT) guide us to encourage our precious children to do the right when no one is looking and may they lift their hands in prayer upon our demise, Ameen. May Allah (SWT) reward you abundantly for your kindness and fulfill all your dreams, Insha Allah Ameen.

To our dedicated teachers and secretaries, Shukran for your commitment and hard work, May Allah (SWT) reward each one of you. Take time to bond with your precious families as we often neglect them, rest well and have a lovely holiday.

Shukran

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A tiny glimse of what WE DID THIS YEAR GRADE ONE HS

TENS AND UNITS Numbers, Numbers, Numbers!

Grade 1HS enjoyed an interactive lesson focussing on tens and units. They used cube counters to group up their numbers into tens and units.

The children learnt that 10 cube counters stacked together is called “a ten”, and single blocks are called “units or ones”. This activity helped learners to understand place value, value of numbers and 2 digit numbers.

SPRING DAY - 2022

Spring has sprung at Al-Falaah College!

Grade 1HS learners celebrated Spring Day by dressing up, designing beautiful spring hats and having a spring picnic.

Learners worked on their fine motor skills by cutting and folding strips of paper to make 3D flowers which they stuck onto their spring hats.

They were excited to be dressed up in brightly coloured outfits enjoying their favourite picnic snacks with their friends. They played games and ran on the lush green fields of Al-Falaah College.

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GRADE ONE SH

BOOK CHARACTER DAY

In term 2 we celebrated Book character dress up day. Learners had the opportunity to come to school dressed up as their favourite character from a book. There were some very diverse choices from Cat in the Hat to Little Miss Splendid. Learners enjoyed parading around the school and sharing some of their heroic stories with their teachers and peers.

MATHS LESSON - SHARING EQUALLY

Sharing is one of the most common ways of thinking about division. In Grade one students are shown how to divide quantities using one to one correspondence. This is useful in real life too. The students were invited to participate in a sharing word problem where they got to share smarties between themselves. They learnt that in order to share equally they would need an equal amount of smarties. Thereafter, they made up their own word problems using their whiteboards to show how they shared their smarties.

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GRADE ONE MM

PJ’S AND POPCORN DAY

This winter we had a fun day while keeping warm inside. The children came dressed in their pyjamas, carried their pillows, favourite snacks and hot drinks. Learners were treated to freshly made popcorn. The children loved every minute of the day and it was a great way to end off the second term.

PUNCTUATION

( . ! ? )

Punctuation is the use of symbols such as full stops, exclamation marks or question marks. This divides written words into sentences and clauses.

Full stops (.), are used to close a sentence or to prevent it from running away. Exclamation marks (!), are used to show an emotion. Question marks (?), are used when you want to ask something and are awaiting an answer. Grade 1MM had fun learning about punctuation marks.

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GRADE ONE ZR

LEMONADE DAY

Easy, peezy, lemon squeezy!

On a hot summer day in february, grade 1 learners enjoyed a lemonade day. Learners were ecstatic to have chilled, refreshing cups of lemonade, made by their teachers. “it was the tastiest cup of lemonade!” Was the comments of many.

Learners experienced a joyful time bonding and chatting, while sipping on their lemonades. A sweet and memorable day for our grade 1s!

LADYBUG - HALVING LESSON

“Adding fun to learning creates the best educational experience possible.”

-Tamara l Chilver

The grade 1zr class enjoyed learning about doubling using ladybugs. Learners were given pompom’s and coloured in beautiful ladybugs. Thereafter, learners were taught how to double a number by placing the pompoms on one side of the ladybug and repeating the same number of pompoms on the other side of the ladybug. This taught learners that the concept doubling requires to add the same number to get to the answer. Learners enjoyed learning this mathematical concept in an interactive and fun

SMARTIES - DATA HANDLING LESSON

Learners in grade 1zr learnt about data handling using smarties. They placed the smarties on a table, sorting it according to the different colours. They were asked questions about the smarties, such as “which colour smartie did u count more off?”, and “which colour smartie did u count the least off?”. This taught them how to read and understand a data handling graph.

Learners thoroughly enjoyed using the smarties to learn and eating it was even sweeter!

BEAUTIFUL ABSTRACT ART BY GRADE 1’S

The grade 1 learners enjoyed art lessons where they learnt to trust their ideas, think creatively and explore possibilities. They have created beautiful abstract art using different shapes, lines, colours and textures.

GRADE ONE SM

MINI CHEFS COOKING UP A STORM

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. But if it sends chocolate chips and a spatula your way…then you show off those culinary skills and cook up a storm.

Grade 1 learners were thrilled to don their aprons and chefs hats and put their creative cooking skills to use. Learners had a busy morning creating sumptuous desserts and gourmet sandwiches. They amazed us with their cake decorating skills as well.

This was an important interactive lesson which allowed learners to have fun whilst honing in maths skills such as capacity, volume and counting. Following recipes is an excellent technique to process and follow directions. Our Mini Chef Day was without doubt a sweet success!

READ FOR AFRICA OUTDOOR LESSON

Phonemic awareness in young learners is essential for the development of good reading and writing skills. It is imperative that learners are given the opportunity to engage in fun interactive lessons. This creates a love for reading: a task many children view as tedious.

In this interactive lesson learners were put into teams. Each team was given a few letters of the alphabet. A word was called out and each team had to sound out the word and build it as fast as they could. The energy and excitement throughout the lesson was tangible.

GRADE TWO AD

ALHUMDUILLAH!

Alhumdoillah , we are fortunate to begin our day with Allah’s name. Mornings are spent on reading Fathiha, Yaseen and Zikr. We give thanks daily to Allah for all that He has Blessed us with.

MATHS & TIME

Teaching children how to tell time can be quite challenging. Reading an analogue and digital clock is complicated . We have 24 hours in the day but the clock only goes to twelve. To help the children tell the time the lesson has to be hands on and simplified. The kids had fun making and wearing handmade watches and pretending to tell the time. The learners enjoyed a clock game with their handmade watches.

FRACTIONS & PIZZA

Fractions can be tough ! It takes time and repeated teaching for children to have a good understanding of fractions.We started off our fraction concept this year with a super ” Fun Fraction Pizza “ themed day. As the lesson progressed the pizza was divided , fractions were written with their denominator and numerator and the pizza was devoured. Learners had a blast!

MATHS WITH PLAYDOUGH

Learners simply loved making their own playdough in class. Using measuring resources such as cups , teaspoons and tablespoons they measured their ingredients carefully , and successfully made their playdough. They enjoyed squishing and squashing their playdough. After our playdough was made we focussed on length, patterns and comparing using the playdough as a resource.

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GRADE TWO FM

POM-POM FUN LEARNING MATHS

Learner’s in Grade 2FM were captured with a fun, exciting and colourful lesson as they learnt about Hundreds, Tens and Units. Brightly coloured pompoms were used in the facilitation of the concept.

GUMBALL NOUNS ACTIVITY – LETS PLAY!

Learners learnt about nouns creatively, using gumballs. All the little smarty pants were tasting and chewing away as the lesson objective was successfully achieved! This was done by writing on a gumball machine the different types of balls they play with (eg. soccer ball, tennis ball etc.)

MATHS MAKES LIFE ADD UP: TIME TO CUBE

Learners had a cube of a time doing this activity! Jelly tots and toothpicks were used as a learning resources to build a cube. Paper cubes and worksheets were used to reinforce the concept of cubes and 3D shapes.

ADDITION BY DECOMPOSITION: SING IT

Grade 2FM learners were taught addition by decomposition creatively singing a maths song as a means to remember the method!

KINDNESS IS BEAUTIFUL

At Al-Falaah College we have been campaigning that “kindness begins with me.” Grade 2 FM learners coiled beautifully multi coloured paper and made a beautiful art work highlighting that “kindness is beautiful.”

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GRADE TWO RS

ELEPHANT TOOTHPASTE

Grade 2 Learners presented amazing Show and Tell’s to their class mates in the first term. One particular highlight in Grade 2RS was their own teacher demonstrating how to make “Elephant Toothpaste” – a popular science project using safe ingredients which resulted in volcanic eruptions!

Show and tell provides an opportunity for learners to develop their listening and speaking skills together with enhancing their social emotional development through :

• Speaking skills - learners rehearse at home before presenting and they develop good communication skill as they explain the item they have brought.

• Listening skills – learners learn to show respect when someone is speaking.

• Emotional skills – learners have an opportunity to share their interest and their happiness with us. They show confidence in themselves.

• Social skills – other learners who enjoy similar interest will connect with them which increase friendships with the learners.

TUESDAY TWO’S DAY IN GRADE 2

February 22 2022 marked a special day for Grade 2’s. When you wrote or read it, 2/22/22, it became a palindrome, meaning it read the same forwards and backwards. The day also fell on a Tuesday, which is how the pun “Twosday” came to reference. Being one of the most exceptional date in over a decade Grade 2’s grabbed the opportunity to engage in fun activities.

The “TwosDay Tuesday” theme for the day included activities with the number two in mind: Counting in 2’s, teachers matching hijabs to teach the idiom “two peas in a pod”, digital abbreviated

badges, crown crafting and the tasting of two sugar snap peas in a pod were thoroughly enjoyed by Grade 2RS.

CLEAN HANDS – A RECIPE FOR GOOD HEALTH

Global Handwashing Day is celebrated annually on 15 October. This year, Grade 2RS focused on the links between handwashing and food – which included food hygiene and nutrition. Handwashing is an important part of keeping food safe, preventing diseases, and helping children grow strong. Their lesson tagline, Clean hands – a recipe for good health, reminded them to make handwashing a part of their daily sunnah actions, which is washing their hands :

1. Before eating 2. After eating 3. Before and after using the toilet

4. When you wake up from a sleep etc…

SOUTH AFRICAN AND PROUD OF IT!

“Diversity is the one thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.” –Winston Churchill

The Foundation Phase Celebrated their Proudly South African Heritage on 23 September 2022. Our ideals, our code and standards, the things we live by and teach our children - are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings and appreciate the country we live in. With this in mind, learners came dressed in their traditional South Africa cultural attire and indulged in South African foods like braaied wors served on rolls, milk tart, biltong and malva pudding.

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GRADE TWO NV

GLOVES, MASKS, SCALPELS…

It was time to save lives! It was time to repair those Contractions! Learners enthusiastically wore their gloves and masks and began to operate. They were taught how to convert words into contractions and where and when to add an apostrophe. Learning, using a practical approach, proved to be an exciting way in understanding contractions and the concept of removing letters with their scalpels (scissors).

Hisham bin Urwa (Radiyallahu Anhu) mentions that a person asked Ummul Mu’mineen Sayyiduna Aisha (Radiyallahu Anha) what were the actions of Nabi (SAW) in his house. She mentioned that he would sew or mend his clothing and repair his shoes. (Musnad Ahmad 25926)

We understand from the above that sewing or mending clothes will fall under the Sunnah of the Ambiyaa Alayhis Salaam. Learners practised the beautiful Sunnah of sewing as part of a fun activity. They learnt how to sew on a button and then to stitch. The end result was a little star cushion.

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GRADE THREE NM

TROPICAL VIBES

Grade 3 N.M. started the year off with fresh tropical vibes. I welcomed my learners with fresh juicy fruit on the first day of school. It was a splendid start to the day. This year I aimed to nurture and help grow my learners by introducing them to the term growth mindset.

A growth mindset simply means that people believe their intelligence and talents can be improved through effort and actions. A growth mindset also recognizes that setbacks are a necessary part of the learning process and allows people to bounce back by increasing motivational effort. Simply put, you may not be born smart but you become smart by believing you can learn things. Every Monday was spent having a special morning snack while discussing growth mindset steps and tips. These discussions were motivating and exciting.

ENGLISH - CREATIVE WRITING

Ice-cream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream. Creative writing can be done in many imaginative and stimulating ways. Using the ice-cream as our main noun word for the day, we started by using adjectives to describe the object. This led to the learner’s receiving a sweet in the shape of an ice -cream to help in the creative writing process. Once our word bank on the object was done, we used our imagination and wrote about our experiences with the real ice-cream.

READ FOR AFRICA

Phonics play a pivotal role in nurturing young readers. At Al- Falaah we use the Read for Africa approach to learning phonics. Phonics in the early years of schooling and beyond is essential for children to become successful readers, spellers and writers. Therefore it will encourage reading and the love for books from an early age.

Children learn to recognise how sounds are represented alphabetically and identify some letter sounds, symbols, characters and signs. We call these sound pictures. There are different levels starting with pink for our grade ones and going to yellow which are used by our grade 3’s. The lessons include workbooks, games and assessments.

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KIDS MARKET MANIA

Planning the Market Day lends itself to many different subjects. The Grade 3 learners first had to decide on an item or items to sell. For this step we had a brainstorming session together, to settle on items that will sell the best. Once the items were finalised, the name of the stall was to be decided upon together with a catchy phrase. The learners had to make a poster to advertise their product.

The Grade 3 learners were super excited to be little exhibitors for the Grade 3 Market Day this year. Each learner had their own stall and had the opportunity to market their goods. It was a memorable experience for our young traders, as they had a feel of the real business world.

All learners were required to adhere to guidelines. They were required to pay a rental fee and were also allowed to have special offers as well as buy one, get one free bargains. Our AFC learners learners were given the opportunity to purchase from the stalls, thus giving our young learners a

GRADE THREE KG

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SPRING….NEW BEGINNINGS

This Spring our class was a- buzz with planting. Learners arrived to school with their planters, seeds and potting soil. They planted flowers, methi, dahlia and other herbs. They were very excited and watched on a daily basis how the plants developed with Allah’s Blessings from a seed, to a seedling, small plant and eventually a fully grown plant. Many of our learners who planted methi seeds enjoyed a sumptuous meal of methi bhajee. In this process grade 3 RK learners learnt all about:

Plants don’t set limits for themselves. ...

Plants allow their struggles to make them stronger. ...

Plants turn towards the sun. ... Plants are adaptable. ...

Plants add value to other people’s lives. ... Plants are happy with being themselves. ... Plants move at their own pace.

They also learnt about patience, nurturing and love for plants. Furthermore, they learnt that plants provide food and oxygen for the entire biosphere, literally supporting the existence of

7 HABITS OF HAPPY KIDS

In Grade 3RK we also studied the 7 Habits of Happy kids which developed social and emotional skills, together with a love of learning and leadership. These were:

Habit 1 - Be proactive.

Habit 2 - Begin with the end in mind. Habit 3 - Put first things first. Habit 4 - Think win-win. Habit 5 - Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Habit 6 - Synergize. Habit 7 - Sharpen the saw.

Learners thoroughly enjoyed the stories behind

FLASH CARDS MAGIC

Flard cards teach the ‘numerocity’ of numbers, thus establishing a solid maths foundation. Flard cards allow learners to build up and breakdown numbers into their constituent thousand, hundred, ten and unit elements. These cards give learners a visual perspective to help them in learning and understanding the concept of Place Value. Working cooperatively encouraged communication and good social skills. This interactive lesson was thoroughly enjoyed by all learners.

CHARACTER DRESS UP

Young learners have an intrinsic motivation and a love for learning. As a teacher I facilitate a conducive learning atmosphere which nurtures motivation. Learners dressed up in their favourite book character costume and walked out of the pages and into the classroom. They role played a small part of their book for their peers. The kids were thrilled and presented themselves well, with good oral skills. The different storybook characters led us to faraway lands where anything was possible. Good morals and values about friends, foes, family and loved ones were learnt from these characters.

SPRING PICNIC

When a subject is fun and engaging, learners associate it with positive feelings and their confidence grows. We took our Lifeskills lesson outdoors and celebrated the joys of Spring with a lovely Spring picnic. The learners came with picnic blankets and baskets loaded with goodies. The teachers and learners soaked in some rays of sunshine and enjoyed the beautiful day.

GRADE THREE ZK

Foundation Phase ISLAMIC STUDIES HIGHLIGHTS

QURAAN JALSA

“The best amongst you is he who learns the Quraan and teaches it to others” (Hadith). Alhamdullilah, the majority of our Grade 3 learners officially entered Quran @ Al Falaah College. A special assembly was held this morning wherein those learners who have achieved this important milestone were acknowledged.

It is indeed a great achievement and honour for the teacher, child and the parent. The commitment and dedication shown towards the Quran will most certainly be a means of success in this world and the next. InshaAllah. Ameen. With every privilege there are rights and duties that have to be fulfilled. Amongst the rights of the Quran are:

1) To believe in it

2) To recite it

3) To respect it

4) To understand it

5) To act upon it

6) To call to it

We make dua that the Almighty continues to use us for the service of the Quran and that he makes us from his chosen and special servants. Ameen.

SALAAH IN THE FOUNDATION PHASE

Any time and age is the perfect opportunity to encourage our children to form the habit of praying, develop a love for performing Salaah and reciting or listening to the Adhaan.

Ultimately, we want our children to feel a desire to pray within themselves and long to speak to The Almighty, without being compelled to do so by their parents or teachers.

Most importantly to understand that it is an obligation to pray, and not a choice.

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ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

GRADE 4 - MS F DOCRAT

World Read Aloud Day

“A child who reads, will be an adult who thinks.” World Read Aloud Day is about celebrating the power of reading aloud. It encourages children and adults to grab a book, find an audience and read aloud! This year, we asked our grade 6 learners to read a part of their favourite book aloud. They found a captivated audience in our grade 4 learners who were enthralled with the delightful stories read to them. It was an inspiring way to promote the enjoyment of books and reading!

Ramadaan POET-TREE

Poetry writing helps young children find a creative voice. It is a wonderful way to play with language and allows learners to express themselves in an imaginative way. Intermediate Phase learners wrote inspirational poems on the beautiful facets of Ramadaan and created an impressive POETTREE display.

GRADE 5 - MRS TS ABDULLA

World Read Aloud Day

World read aloud day was initiated in 2010 with the aim to strengthen the reading of children and communities through the power of stories. It is celebrated on the first Wednesday of February. This year it was on the 2 February. At our school, we engaged in a variety of reading aloud activities. Learners in grade 5 dressed as their favourite book characters and read the most exciting extract from their favourite story books. Educators also read myths, legends and fables to their learners. Reading aloud is an activity that has a great impact on children’s development.

It builds many important basic skills, introduces vocabulary, provides a model of fluent and expressive reading and helps children recognize what reading for pleasure is about. In our fast paced, technocratic, postmodern era, reading for pleasure is almost nonexistent. Activities like world read aloud day will hopefully resurrect the pleasure to be found in reading.

GRADE 6 - AHMAD LATIB

A Thundering Storm

Lightning crashed and thunder rumbled over my head as I raced back into the house dripping wet. The storm lit the sky and was so unexpected that even forecasters had not expected it. Luckily, I made it into the house in the nick of time. The rain pitter pattered against my bedroom window creating a lulling sound. Usually this would comfort me but tonight’s storm was nature showing her full might and power and it just scared me as the rain intensified and the wind howled and drowned out any outside noises. The rain was always something that would put me to sleep but not tonight’s. I could not wait for this storm to end to see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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A Thundering Storm - Ahmad Latib Grade 6 MK

Lightning crashed and thunder rumbled over my head as I raced back into the house dripping wet. The storm lit the sky and was so unexpected that even forecasters had not expected it. Luckily, I made it into the house in the nick of time. The rain pitter pattered against my bedroom window creating a lulling sound. Usually this would comfort me but tonight’s storm was nature showing her full might and power and it just scared me as the rain intensified and the wind howled and drowned out any outside noises. The rain was always something that would put me to sleep but not tonight’s. I could not wait for this storm to end to see the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

A Storm - Maryam Latib Grade 6 AH

A beautiful warm day soon turned into a very stormy day.

Lightning came from dark heavy clouds. Dark clouds moved across the sky like creeping panthers. The sound of thunder was deafening. Rain was drumming on the ground. People took shelter in their cars waiting for the storm to pass… their windscreen wipers furiously fighting against the increasingly powerful rain. A shiver went down my spine as a bolt of lightning appeared in the sky. Trees surrendered at the battering wind, forcing leaves and branches to be torn off their trunks. The sound of rain overpowered the quietening rumble of thunder. After about an hour of this turbulent storm, the sun finally peeked through the clouds and lit up the sky.

Thundering hooves pound the ground Throwing dust into the afternoon air I can see his flaring nostrils As he tosses his beautiful head in joy

I jump on his snow-white back, He takes off at a gallop

The Storm - Yusuf Latib Grade 6 NK

The sky was alive. Lightning shattered the sky and thunder roared as the rain furiously poured down. We had no choice but to stop on the side of the road and wait for the storm to pass. As thunder shook the ground, trees toppled over and the wind howled. Nature was in her element. Instead of settling, things went from bad to worse as hailstones the size of golf balls rained down on our car. I was terrified! As rain pelted against the windows, all I could do was close my eyes and hope this would be over soon.

Riding a Wild White Stallion - Maryam Latib Grade 6 AH

Father - Muhammad Latib Grade 6 NK

Fantastic in every way Always there for me Teaching me sports Helping me with my homework Everyone can count on him Really the best Dad ever!

Limerick: My Mother - Aisha Omar Grade 6 AH

My mother is so sweet She always keeps her worries discreet, She always holds me tight, If I am in any pain or fright. She never leaves anything incomplete.

The day the tornado came to town - Aisha Omar Grade 6 AH

It was a bright, cheerful morning, when suddenly, a massive black cloud loomed over the city. The wind howled; the rain came crashing down and the house shook violently. The green and red leaves flew off the shaking trees; brightly coloured roof tiles fell. People were in a panic and rushed to their basements. I ran frantically around the basement in search of food and blankets; I found none. Houses fell with bangs and booms louder than thunder. Then the strong brick basement walls gave way. I screamed for help, but no one came. I tried again, but all my efforts were in vain. Now thoroughly exhausted, everyone passed out one by one. I was fine as I was neither tired nor hungry. I shouted again from my corner under the dusty, dark ruins. As if things could not get any worse, a bolt of lightning and a gush of rain hit an electrical wire and sparked a burning hot fire.

It now felt as if death was so close, I could reach out and touch it! I passed out from the fumes, thinking I was dead. I woke up in a pink and white bedroom with a shock. A foreign lady entered the room and gave me food. She said she was visiting the city from another town and saw the mess. Her family helped us all out. Since then, we lived in that town and never saw such a bad storm again!

A Dark and Stormy Night - Sanaa Seedat Grade 6 AH

It was the darkest night of the year, not a star to be seen in the sky. The moon hid beneath an enormous blanket of clouds, while the wind howled like a thousand wolves. Suddenly, a flash! A web of dancing light spread across the horizon, followed by a roar of thunder. It felt as if the sky was being split apart, and then in an instant, the rain arrived. The clouds poured out all that they possible could, angrily and hastily. The wind howled louder not to be outdone by the pounding rain, and the lightning and thunder continued their dragon-like dance in the sky.

The Dinosaur - Aqeel Syed Grade 6 NK

Once I was walking in the jungle and I saw a dark and deadly dinosaur. The big fat dinosaur went roar and bragged about his large jaw. He chased me and made me flee. He stopped to eat and ate a big chunk of meat. He grabbed me and made me choke. I thought my bones just broke. He ran around and dropped me on the floor. I thought my muscles just tore. Suddenly he went stiff because he had fallen off a cliff.

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Flowers - Zainab Khan Grade 6 FAM

Flowers are fragrant. Lighting up the world. Oh so lovely. Wonderful and colourful. Everyone likes receiving them. Really a treat for young and old. Special in every way.

A Storm on an Island - Zainab Khan Grade 6 FAM

After a long time, we finally reached the island. It was dark, windy and gloomy. The sky was dark grey with huge clouds covering it. It was raining cats and dogs. The trees trembled when the wind blew. The sand was flying everywhere blinding us. The waves in the sea were crashing into each other making loud noises. We then started to walk deeper into the island. As we walked, it became darker and darker and scarier and scarier. We soon found empty land and settled down there for the night. It was very hard to sleep because we could hear the waves crashing against the rocks and the wind was howling. After a long time, we fell off to sleep. In the morning when we woke up it was much better- the sun was out and it was much calmer.

Flowers - Zahraa Patel Grade 6 AH

Flowers here, flowers there Love to see them everywhere On a porch and in the garden We see so many Each one special and pretty Roses are my favourite you see Smelling them fills me with glee

A Beautiful Snowy Day - Aisha Kaka Grade 6 AH

The thin, tall, dark pine trees stretched into the sky, scattered like straight pins in a cushion, and edged in white as if God himself had taken a pen

and outlined every branch of the trees. The misty, pine-fresh air instantly cooled my lungs with every breath inhaled and magically created a ball of steam as I exhaled. The ground was covered in white cotton candy inviting our little cold hands to gather the snow into tennis size balls till our fingers burnt with frostbite. All around us we could hear the laughter, giggles, and elated screams of excited children and their parents as they frolicked in the snow.

A Beautiful Day - Jennah Schmidt Grade 6 FAM

One Spring morning I woke up early to witness the bright sunrise. The sky filled up with warm colours and I watched the sun rays shine through my window. Later I saw birds flying over the soft green grass and animals walking through the meadow. I picked multi-coloured flowers in the warm wind and saw dandelions dancing in the gentle breeze.

As I strolled through the tall grass with my picnic basket, I was mesmerised by the most beautiful butterflies but as I looked up, there stood the most majestic oak tree I had ever seen. I sat there for the better part of the day in the cool shade of the oak tree, enjoying my picnic and my fantasy novel and that was the most beautiful day ever.

The Storm - Yusuf Docrat Grade 6 NK

Have you ever stood in the middle of a raging thunderstorm? You can hear the loud drum of the thunder. Lightning cracks the sky and lights up everything like a giant firework display. The rain thrashes the earth and you can see mini rivers of water all around you. Your clothes are drenched and your shoes are filled with water. The showers of rain wash away your sadness, pain and frustration. I like standing in thunderstorms and you may ask why? It reminds me that even the sky cries sometimes.

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AFRIKAANS DEPARTMENT

AFRIKAANS IN GRAAD 4

FUTURE CAREER BY GRADE 4 LEARNERS 2022

ZAYYANAH AHMED VALLY MAHOMED (4FDO)

Afrikaans:

My ouers sê altyd vir hulle vriende dat ek ‘n dokter of wetenskaplike gaan word, maar my droom is om ‘n professionele perdruiter te wees. Ek wil in die sonopkoms en sononder met my perd ry.

English:

My parents always tell their friends that I will become a doctor or scientist, but my dream is to be a professional horse rider. I want to ride my horse in the sunrise and sunset.

MUHAMMAD UWAIS KARIM (4FDO)

Afrikaans:

As ek groot is, wil ek ‘n robotingenieur word. Die rede hoekom ek hierdie loopbaan gekies het, is omdat ek kodering en robotika fassinerend vind. Robotingenieurs het reeds die eerste robot genaamd Sofia gebou. Sy is geskep om sosiale gedrag na te boots.

English:

When I grow up I want to be a robot engineer. The reason why I chose this career is because I find coding and robotics fascinating. Robot engineers have already built the first robot named Sofia. she was created to mimic social behaviour.

BIBI AYESHA DOCRAT (4SMA)

Afrikaans:

Ek wil graag ‘n wetenskaplike wees. Om ‘n wetenskaplike te word moet ek baie jare studier. Ek wil graag nuwe geneesmiddels vir siektes uitvind. Ek wil nuwe uitvindings skep. Ek dink wetenskap is baie fasineerend. Jy kan baie geld maak as jy ‘n wetenskaplike is. Wetenskap beteken om ontdekkings te maak en kreatief te wees.

English:

I would like to be a scientist. To become a scientist, I have to study for many years. I would like to find new medicines for diseases. I want to create new inventions. I think science is very fascinating. You can make a lot of money if you are a scientist. Being a scientist means making discoveries and being creative.

AZAIRAH SAYED (4KM)

Afrikaans:

As ek groot word wil ek ‘n onderwyser word. Ek wil nie ‘n gewone onderwyser wees nie. Ek wil ‘n gawe onderwyseres word wat kinders laat glimlag. Ek wil soos die gawe Al Falaah Kollege onderwysers word.

English:

When I grow up I want to be a teacher. I don’t want to be an ordinary teacher. I want to become a nice teacher who makes children smile. I want to become like the cool Al Falaah College teachers.

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ABDULLAH PARUK (4SMA)

Afrikaans:

Ek wil ‘n neuroloog word. Dit behels die brein, ruggraat en senuweestelsel. Die brein is die hoofdeel van die seneweesstelse. Die brein beheer al die ligaamsfunksies. Dit is ‘n interessante onderwerp. Daar is baie wat ons nie weet nie en nuwe ontdekkings vind elke dag plaas.

English:

I want to become a neurologist. It involves the brain, spine and nervous system. The brain is the main part of the nervous system. The brain controls all bodily functions. This is an interesting topic. There is alot we do not know and new discoveries are made every day.

ISMAEEL OLGAR (4KM)

Afrikaans:

My toekomstige beroep is om ‘n vlieënier te word. Om ‘n loods te word is baie opwindend. Jy vlieg na verskillende lande, ontmoet nuwe mense en kan baie geld kry. Jy moet ook fisies sterk wees. My droom lê in die wolke.

English:

My future profession is to become a pilot. Becoming a pilot is very exciting. You fly to different countries, meet new people and can get a lot of money. You must also be physically strong. My dream lies in the clouds.

MUAAZ

BODIAT (4FK)

Afrikaans:

As ek groot is, wil ek graag ‘n sjef wees. Ek het hierdie loopbaan gekies sodat ek keurige geregte, nageregte en drankies kan bak en kook. Ek wil ‘n wêreldbekende bakker wees. Ek het hierdie droom gehad vandat ek klein was.

English:

When I grow up I would like to be a chef. I chose this career so I could bake and cook exquisite dishes, desserts and drinks. I want to be a world famous baker. I have had this dream since I was small.

MARYAM OMAR (4FK) Afrikaans:

As ek groot is, wil ek ‘n veearts word. Die rede hoekom ek ‘n veearts wil wees, is omdat ek lief is vir diere. Regoor die wêreld is daar diere wat ly en ek kan niks daaraan doen nie. My droom is om hulle almal te red.

English:

When i grow up I want to be a vet. The reason I want to be a vet is because I love animals. All over the world there are animals that are suffering and we cannot do anything about it. My dream is to rescue them all.

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AFRIKAANS DEPARTMENT

AFRIKAANS IN GRAAD 5

The Afrikaans department has one of the most comprehensive CAPS assessment and content portfolio. In class learners worked hard on their exercises and creative writing We provide learners with ample opportunities to test them on various levels of competency. We certainly had our fair share of fun when it came to begriplees, kreatiewe stelwerk, transaksionele teks mondelinge, begripslees, praatjies, rolspel, en aanbiedings and taalwerk.

We always try and keep the themes fun and exciting in Afrikaans. This year our themes for grade 5 included, “Kombuis, My Skool, Groente en Vrugte, Sprokies, Plaaslewe, Diere, Wonderlike Suid-Afrika, Pizza, Toekomsdrome, My Gesin, Meer oor Jouself, Kamp en Vakansie” The pizza theme was by far the favourite. The grade 5s did an excellent job in answering their Pizza comprehensions based on the world’s longest and biggest pizza. Learners also familiarized themselves with the vocabulary on how to make a delicious pizza.

This year, incredible orals made on their future career goals. It was heartwarming to see so many learners ascribe to become scientists, surgeons, vetenary surgeons and businessmen and woman to name but a few. Learners dressed up in costumes representing their chosen careers and and made posters and brought along other visual items to teach their peers more on what their chosen job entails. In the Afrikaans class we love to sing and learn rhymes as part of building our vocabulary and learning new language concepts. A top favourite was “Tortelduifie” a small song that contains many compound words:

“Tortelduifie” Tortelduifie sit in die eikeboom Sing die lied van sy lewensdroom Koer, tortelduifie, koer Tortelduifie koer by die waterstroom.

Afrikaans class allows for time each terms for learners to peer teach. They design “teach-backs” sessions with various language components. This involves a pair of learners taking a section of the language notes and teaching it back to the rest of the class in a creative way.

As part of their presentations they have a fun quiz, girls against boys. It is always a compelling competition to see who will get the most boys and learners take great delight in scoring points

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AFRIKAANS DEPARTMENT

AFRIKAANS IN GRAAD 6

Onlangs het die graad 6 leerlinge mondelinge, praktiese en skriftelike artikels oor gesonde eetgewoontes voorberei. Een week se hardewerk was die moeite werd.

Elke leerling het ‘n beurt gekry om voor die klas ‘n demonstrasie uit te voer oor ‘n gesonde ietsie van hulle keuse. Die leerlinge het hulself uitgedoen en matige tot puik demonstrasies van allesoorte uitgevoer.

Die voorbereiding van toebroodjies, vrugtesappe, gesonde melkskommel smoothies, vrugteslaaie en veels meer is iets wat hulle elke dag voor uitgesien het, alhoewel dit senuweeagtig was vir die aanbieder.

Daarna moes die leerlinge ‘n artikel, ‘n brief of ‘n gedig skriftelik aanbied waarin hulle vertel van gesonde eetgewwontes. Weereens het die leerlinge hulself onderskat, maar hulle het ook matig tot uitstekende stukke aangebied.

Leerlinge het ook vroeër in die jaar advertensies voorberei na ‘n media-les op advertensies. Leerlinge het dit heeltemal geniet en het verbasende presentasies aangebied.

Graad 6 Afrikaans vanjaar was pret, genotvol en interessant veral na Covid-19.

Recently, the grade 6 pupils prepared oral, practical and written articles on healthy eating habits. One week of hard work was worth it.

Each pupil was given a turn to demonstrate in front of the class an aspect of their choice on healthy eating habits. Learners performed moderately well to excellent in showing various culnery skills.

Preparing sandwiches, fruit juices, healthy milkshake smoothies, fruits-alads and much more, is something they looked forward to every day, although it was nerve-wracking for the presenter.

Thereafter, learners had to present a written article, letter or poem in which they talk about healthy eating habits. Once again, the pupils underestimated themselves, but also presented moderate to excellent pieces.

Pupils also prepared advertisements earlier in the year after a media lesson on advertisements. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed it and presented amazing adverts.

Afrikaans this year was fun, enjoyable and interesting especially after Covid-19.

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GESONDE EETGEWOONTES

As gevolg van Covid-19, het ons slegte eetgewontes ontwikkel, gewig opgetel en lui geword.

Waarom moet ons gesond eet?

Ons moet gesond eet, omdat dit jou teen siektes beskerm soos hartsiekte of kanker. Dit help om bene te versterk en jou immunstelsel te verbeter. Gesond eet help jou ook om langer te leef en dit hou vel, tande en oë gesond. Dit help om spiere te ondersteun en verlaag die risiko van hartsiektes, suikersiektes en sommige kanker.

Hoe kan ons gesond eet?

Die belangrikste en eenvoudigste manier waarop ons gesond kan eet, is om die voedselpiramide te volg. Ons moet ook ordentlike heoveelheid vleis en suiwel eet. Ons moet die minste hoeveelheid vet, olies en suiker eet.

Noe dat ons alles oor gesonde eet ken, wat gaan ons doen?

HONGER!

Ek is skreeuhonger. Ek soek suiker. Nee, ek soek hoender. Nee. Ek soek iets lekker.

O! Ek weet nê, My maag maak ‘n groot grom. Wat wil ek hê?

Tyd “tick-tick” ‘n bom.

My ma kom terug van werk. “Jou broer het suikersiekte!”

Ek is geskok, maar bly sterk. Ek wil nie hê my broer se siekte

Ek sal eet in matige porsies Ek sal water drink en vermy dorsies Ek sal gesond eet elke dag Ek sal gesond eet elke nag

Liewe Maariyah

Hoop dit gaan goed. Ek wil jou vertel van my interessante wys en vertel op skool. Ons moes ‘n gesonde ete van peuselhappies maak. Kan jy raai wat ek gemaak het?

Ek het ‘n ‘Super-Wrap’, een van jou gunsteling kos, gemaak. Hierdie wrap is ‘super-lekker’ en het al die voedselgroepe in. Toe ek aan ‘n idee dink, het ek daardie dag onthou toe ek en jy wraps gemaak het.

Om gesond te eet is baie goed vir die liggaam en die wraps wat ons gemaak het, is gesonde wraps. Ek dink ons moet ‘n uitdaging hou tussen die twee van ons om te sien wie vir ‘n week gesond kan eet. Hoe klink dit vir jou?

Ek hoop om jou in die vakansie te sien.

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GEOGRAPHY

GRADE 4

During Term 1, the Grade 4’s were taught how to draw and describe a short journey. They drew their own maps and described the route from one place to another using landmarks, street names, and directions such as left and right.

It is important that learners are able to explain how to get from one place to another. It will help them when explaining directions to somebody as they can tell them to look out for landmarks and street names to make their journey easier.

In Term 2, learners were taught the four main cardinal points of a compass. They completed a fun activity in which they drew a compass in their workbooks and included the four main cardinal points. Learners were able to colour and decorate their lovely compass drawings.

GRADE 5

In the first term, the grade 5´s learnt about the world using the globe. The globe is the best map of the world as it shows the world as round. Learners examined the globe to locate the position of the continents and oceans.

They also learned about Africa, our continent. They looked at the position of Africa on a world map and the globe and identified the neighbouring countries to South Africa on the map.

In term 3, learners explored the physical features of Africa and South Africa. Learners looked at the high and low areas, mountains, rivers and waterfalls.

Also in term 3, learners also did a project where they had to observe the weather conditions for 14 days. Learners had to make weather instruments in order to complete the project.

Below is just two of the many responses learners wrote about their favourite weather.

Salma Mansab – 5 FA

I love a cold winter’s day because I can snuggle up under a cosy blanket, drinking my sweetest, throat warming and mouth-watering hot chocolate. I can watch an interesting movie. I can’t imagine anything better than being in a steaming Jacuzzi, while watching the view.

Sahal Omar – 5 FBA

I like rainy weather. When it is raining I get to sit indoors and snuggle under a warm blanket. Rainy days give me the opportunity to watch movies and eat buttery popcorn and drink delicious hot chocolate.

The rain also nourishes the earth and gives the plants and animals water. Rain is also an important element of our survival.

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GRADE 6

In term 1, learners were introduced to latitude and longitude on globes and maps. They were shown how to read maps and how to find places on maps.

In term 2, learners studied why and how people trade. Learners were introduced to new words, such as ´manufacture´, ´process´, ´unfair and fair trade´ and ´exploitation´.

In term 3, learners learnt about climate and vegetation around the world. Learners enjoyed this topic because it created a sense of wonder, curiosity and respect for people, cultures and the environment. The topic focused on tropical rainforests, deserts and coniferous forests. Learners were made aware of the different climate regions, climate change and global warming.

Below are some of their responses to the topics that they learned.

Hot deserts: “I was surprised to learn that hot deserts receive only 250mm of rain in a year. I have learnt that most deserts are found on the western sides of continents.” Farhaan Paruk-6MK

Deforestation: “I learnt that deforestation not only affects humans but also plants and animals”. Umar Nasser -6MK

In term 4, learners learnt about population density, distribution, rural and urban areas. They were surprised to learn that certain laws and the history of South Africa are the reasons why people live where they do.

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HISTORY

GRADE 4

During Term 1, the Grade 4’s completed an assessment based on their “Local Area”. They were required to do research and create a poster on any local city/area in South Africa. This research required them to gather information and even interview their parents and grandparents on the local area of their choice.

Most of the Grade 4’s chose Durban, as it is the city their families grew up in. This gave them the opportunity to learn about Durban in the past and how much the city has changed since. It also allowed them to develop their research skills as they had to search for pictures, objects, newspaper articles, as well as interview a person.

Learners went above and beyond with their research and were excited to share the information they gathered. Alhumdulillah, they did a fantastic job with their posters.

GRADE 5

During Term 3, the Grade 5’s learnt all about life in ancient Egypt. We explored the reasons Egypt became a successful farming kingdom and the many things they discovered, such as mathematics, medicine and the 365-day calendar we have today!

Learners were intrigued to find out that the ancient Egyptians had a special form of picture writing called Hieroglyphics. Every picture is a unique representation of an alphabet, sound, or an idea.

The Grade 5’s completed a fun little activity in which they practiced writing their own names in hieroglyphics. Learners put in a lot of effort into drawing each picture to the best of their ability! We were able to gather many pictures of their beautiful names written in Hieroglyphics.

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GRADE 6

In term 1, learners learnt about the changes that took place in the farming societies who lived in the Limpopo River Valley.

In term 2, we learnt about the reasons why Europeans went on voyages of discovery and the results of their exploring. They also learnt about gifted individuals, thinkers and leaders who made a contribution to the Renaissance.

In term 3, the grade 6 learners researched and wrote a biography about a South African of their choice who had contributed to building our democracy. Learners used different sources to find the information. Learners wrote neat, attractive and well researched biographies.

Some responses from learners: ´Walter Sisulu was a guiding light and an inspiration for many people´. Hamza Timol- 6MK

Chief Albert Luthuli was a ´man of the people´ who fought fearlessly against a powerful and oppressive government. He was committed to democracy and brought education to the African people.´ Ahmad A. Bhorat -6MK

In term 4, learners compared western medicine to indigenous or traditional medicine. They learnt about modern scientific medical discoveries and how it has benefitted man today. They were surprised to know that the first heart transplant operation was performed in South Africa.

Mrs F. Amod- History- Grade 6

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NATURAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Natural Science and Technology was introduced to the grade 4 learners for the first time and they embraced the subject with much enthusiasm and curiosity. The curriculum began with Living and Non- living things, food chains, energy transfer, matter and materials, strengthening materials, Earth and the Solar system. They were engaged in many activities, projects and experiments where they were encouraged to think critically and with reason. Four learners were selected to represent our school in the AMS Science Fair 2022. We are proud to have taken 1st position in the grade 4 category. Hawa Makada and Hana Vahed were placed 1st for their outstanding project on ‘How struts reinforce buildings’

AQUATIC AND TERRESTIAL INVESTIGATION

Upon learning about habitats, students were required to differentiate between an aquatic and terrestrial habitat. Learners were grouped and were taken to the field. Learners were required to name any plants or animals that fit into each category of aquatic or terrestrial environment based on their knowledge of these concepts and the theory behind them. They had discovered these plants and creatures on the field and in the areas around the school. They were required to record their findings and then share them with their groups. This was unequivocal proof that the notion had been understood by the students. Students were overjoyed with their discoveries. This activity demonstrated excellent teamwork. The ultimate goal was for students to connect theory to practice through examples they identify that are based on reality. This demonstrated their comprehension.

VR EDUCATION

In September learners from grade 4 to 7 were given this amazing experience to scale away from planet earth, all the way to the outer confines of the known universe. The solar system is the gravitationally bound system of the sun and the objects that orbit it. Each learner was taken on their own private, CAPS curriculum based journey through space in a 360-degree Virtual Reality for approximately 25 minutes.

PAPER MACHE

The processing of materials was one of the main topics. In order to create a paper mache object, learners had to combine a variety of raw materials, including newspaper strips, flour, Vaseline, etc. They were free to choose whichever object they desired. Students displayed their talent and creativity. Among the items created were balloons, glasses, vases, mugs, bowls, and so on. While some painted it, some learners used spray paint on their sculptures. One learner decorated hers to resemble the Palestinian flag. The main goal was for students to comprehend how recyclable and raw resources are processed. Thereafter, they were capable of distinguishing the state of the materials before and after. A truly enjoyable and hands-on task that everyone took great pride in.

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WETLANDS POSTER

Learners conducted interviews and research on one of the many wetlands in South Africa. The students were given a list of wetlands and were asked to select just one they preferred most. Relevant information such as the following was included: the state or province where the wetland is located, the definition of a wetland, describing the wetland’s physical characteristics, how wetlands aid with flood control and how wetlands purify contaminated water. The aforementioned data was artfully organized into a poster format. Different artistic mediums and techniques were applied. The posters that learners presented were informative enough to portray their understanding. With their peers and groups, students also discussed their findings.

COMPARING STARCH AND GLUCOSE

Students were put into groups and pairs to carry out an experiment comparing glucose and starch. For this practical experiment, substances such liquid glucose, glucose powder, glucose treats, corn starch, etc. was effectively used. Students were asked to examine the texture, solubility, color, taste, and other properties of glucose and starch. The students could confidently distinguish between the two. This experiment showed excellent comprehension. All findings were discussed orally.

HOW TO DRY FRUIT!

For this activity, learners had to carefully choose between one to three types of fruit. They were then required to slice the fruit, leaving just enough space between each slice to arrange it on a rack. Following that, the fruit was placed in a sunny area for two to four days. The majority of the fluid from the fruit was evaporated by the sun’s heat, halting further ripening. Daily observations were required to be recorded. Once the fruit had dried, students were required to bottle or package it and bring it to class for analysis. Some students also went over and beyond by emailing and printing their results. Figuring out how to preserve dry fruit was the goal. The artwork had been delivered, and it was lovely. Certainly an exciting experiment.

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MATHEMATICS

DATA HANDLING

Data is information that we can measure and record. When we organize and record data we make it easy to read. Well organized data can help us to make good decisions. The Grade 4 learners did a data handling project to find out if this was true. They used the survey method to find out what fruit was favoured by different learners in the class. They then organized the data into a tally table and then a bargraph. Based on these graphs they were able to make informed conclusions. The learners really enjoyed the activity.

3D SHAPES

Learners investigated 3D shapes to experience creating and deconstructing three-dimensional (3D) objects. Some common misunderstandings that learners have are, not being able to visualise 3D shapes, or hidden faces when observing twodimensional (2D) perspective drawings. Other difficulties arise when learners are unable to describe the properties of a shape or solid, as they merely point out the obvious features visible to them. Namely; the faces, vertices and edges. These types of activities provide learners with opportunities to develop their spatial awareness and engage in mathematical thinking and investigation when working with 3-dimensional objects.

MATHLETICS AT AL FALAAH COLLEGE

Mathletics is the perfect Mathematics engagement program where pupils are empowered to take charge of their own learning. Adventures like Multiverse and Rainforest Maths allow pupils to challenge themselves whilst discovering new knowledge.

Topics discussed in class lessons are reinforced online. This allows pupils to stay motivated to learn even when concepts seem tough. It’s like having the teacher at home with you!

Mathletics reinforces schoolwork and classroom learning, focusing on the skills and concepts they need for success. Pupils visit the computer room weekly and have fun online whilst reinforcing concepts. A pupil had this to say: “I love that I can work on my own and also challenge myself”

LEARNING MATHEMATICS SKILLS

Pupils were asked to do a project on Data Handling. Skills of a tally table, pie graph, pictograph and a double bar graph were learnt.

They enjoyed learning how to read a graph and find information.

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LIFE ORIENTATION

TALENT GALORE FROM GRADE 4

Maryam Soomar in Grade 4FDO says: “I love to” In keeping with the syllabus, our grade 4’s were as busy as bees with their latest project on “Emotions” – the project called for skills development in many aspects - group work, tolerance, fine motor skills, cognitive skills, creative skills and lots of fun!!!

VISUAL ARTS - GRADES 4 TO 6

Visual Arts provide an opportunity for learners to express themselves and unleash their creativity. It forms an integral part in the teaching of colour, layout, perspective and balance - all elements that are necessary for visual and digital presentations. Most importantly, Visual Arts provide experiences in ways that are practical and real.

The grade 4 learners explored warm and cool colours, primary and secondary colours, line, symmetry, stick figures, and observation of elements and design principles in the natural world.

The grade 5 and 6 learners used the elements of art and engaged in activities of line and design, stamp making, printing, creative lettering, monochromatic artworks, still life drawings, radiating patterns, buildings, architecture and

FESTIVALS AND CUSTOMS - GRADE 5

During Term 3, the Grade 5’s completed an assessment based on “Festivals and Customs”. They were required to research and create a poster on a festival celebrated by any one of the many religions practiced in South Africa. This research required them to gather information on why the festival is celebrated, how it is observed, as well as special clothes worn, and foods eaten.

Learners went above and beyond with their research and thoroughly enjoyed learning about different festivals celebrated. This assessment enabled them to explore the many cultures and religions practiced in South Africa. They were able to appreciate the diversity of our rainbow nation. Learners took pride in their posters and beautifully presented their research. Alhumdulillah, they did a fantastic job!

AIM OF LIFE SKILLS - GRADE 6

The aim of Life Skills is to equip learners with knowledge, skills and values that will assist them to achieve their full physical, intellectual, personal, emotional and social potential. At this very crucial age, our learners are faced with many challenges as they go through many changes physically and emotionally. The learners are guided to set goals for themselves, assist with problem solving, improve decision making strategies, dealing with social media and its harms. Learners were engaged in research projects, group work and role play activities. It has been a very interactive and enjoyable year.

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VISUAL ARTS

GRADES 4 TO 6

Visual Arts provide an opportunity for learners to express themselves and unleash their creativity. It forms an integral part in the teaching of colour, layout, perspective and balance - all elements that are necessary for visual and digital presentations. Most importantly, Visual Arts provide experiences in ways that are practical and real.

The grade 4 learners explored warm and cool colours, primary and secondary colours, line, symmetry, stick figures, and observation of elements and design principles in the natural world.

The grade 5 and 6 learners used the elements of art and engaged in activities of line and design, stamp making, printing, creative lettering, monochromatic artworks, still life drawings, radiating patterns, buildings, architecture and the environment. We have had a wonderful 2022!

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ISLAMIC STUDIES - WRITTEN

POSTCARDS FROM AFC’S 90 DAYS OF SPIRITUALITY

RAMADAAN JOURNALS

Our Grade 6 female learners were very enthusiastic about designing and working with their Ramadaan Journals which they started in Rajab,the first of the Sacred months. The Grade 6 boys created vision boards also in the month of Rajab, preparing their goals for Ramadaan, Alhumdulillah.

THE ME’RAJ

The learners in Grade 4 and 6 enjoyed recounting “The Me’raj”, the journey of our Beloved Nabi S.A.W. and highlighted the name of the Prophet he met on each level of Jannah. As a reminder of the precious gift of Salaah that Nabi S.A.W. received on this night, the Grade 4 learners made miniature musallahs that they placed in their Ibaadah corners. The Grade 4 learners were requested to create ibaadah corners to assist them remain focused in Ramadaan. These are some of the pictures received.

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RAMADAAN GOOD DEEDS CHALLENGE

The grade 4 and 5 learners thoroughly enjoyed their “Ramadaan Good Deeds Challenge”. The feedback from our learners was inspiring and motivating, Alhumdulillah.

“I really did enjoy this challenge (& made sure to get my family involved as well) Alhumdulillah! My favorite Good Deed was to pray Tahajud Salaah. My grandmother told me that she learnt that the Dua made at the time of Tahajud is like an arrow that never misses its target.and I should ask Allah for whatever I want at that time. I was always lazy to get up extra early to read Tahajud but this good deed card encouraged me to do it Alhumdulillah!”

“The Good deeds chart and every activity that we did, made my Ramadan very special. Everyday I would look forward to choosing my good deed, following a routine of Quran and marking my sheet and reading my dua card before iftar and after Salah. The deed I enjoyed the most was giving charity.”

RAMADAAN GOOD DEEDS CHALLENGE

Al Falaah College hosted an Islamic Studies Quiz Contest for the Intermediate Phase learners. In collaboration with our Art Department, we also hosted an Islamic Art Competition. Alhumdulillah,

ARABIC

DID YOU KNOW?

• There are around 280 million Arabic native speakers worldwide.

• Arabic words are written from right to left

• Arabic is the sixth most-spoken language worldwide.

• Geometry is an important part of Arabic culture. When it comes to Arabic constructions, we can use the high use of geometric figures.

• The Arabic language is a pillar of the cultural diversity of humanity. World Arabic Language Day is celebrated every year on 18 December since 2012. The date coincides with the day in 1973 that the United Nations adopted Arabic as the sixth official language.

IN THE INTERMEDIATE PHASE, LEARNERS ARE EXPOSED TO MANY CONCEPTS IN ARABIC

The course is based on a thematic approach, consisting of the following sections;

• Comprehensions based on topics that are learner centered. E.g. The Musjid.

• Language exercises that reinforce the vocabulary based on the topics. These exercises focus on answering simple questions in Arabic, providing the opposites for words, choosing the odd word out, translating from English into Arabic and vice versa.

• Basic grammar rules are taught via the implementation method meaning that our learners are shown how to use the rules rather than just learning the rules.

• Learners are also taught continuously how to form the letters and write words in Arabic.

• Oral work is covered via the aspect of prepared reading and dialogues, Thus allowing our learners to use the language.

Modules have been prepared accordingly. Below are some of the themes we cover over the year.

• Grade 4: Greetings, Introducing a new learner

• Grade 5: The library, The masjid, The playground and the restaurant.

• Grade 6: A visit, The scouts camp, The laboratory objects.

A LEARNERS VIEW ON ARABIC

Maryam Soomar in Grade 4FDO says: “I love to learn Arabic, I like how the words sound and I find it enjoyable to learn new words each lesson. Every day I look forward to the next lesson. My teacher makes it easy for me to understand. This year I have learnt a lot; from memorizing dialogue’s, learning attached pronouns and how to use it in my everyday speech.”

Finally, together as a community we can create a love for this beautiful language in our children.

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT High School

HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

The English team has worked vigorously to restore normalcy post-Covid, Alhumdulillah. Hence, this Department has striven to extend National and International competitions to our learners. To this end, we have achieved numerous accoladesfrom Reading competitions to Spelling Bee and Short story writing Nationally- to the International arena of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Writing competition, where Mrs A Lalpersad [HOD English ] was appointed as a judge for this prestigious competition, Inshallah. All praise is due to the Almighty.

My sincere gratitude and appreciation to my band of dedicated team members- R Paruk, S Naidoo, S Kannigadu and S Mahomed for their continued support, dedication and willingness to take on the cudgels of ensuring the success of our learners. It is our fervent wish that our Department continues to extend to our learners the opportunity to showcase their individual and collective talents and acumen in 2023, Inshallah.

A Lalpersad

SCRABBLE

During the third term of this year, the Grade 11 learners spent their Friday afternoons engaged in games of Scrabble.

This was a motivating and exciting way for learners to develop vocabulary, spelling and critical thinking skills. Through play, students were able to recognize word patterns, practice spelling, and increase their vocabulary as they built words on the board.

This was a game changer for the learners who realised that friendly sparring and competitive tension can be found in word play.

DEBATING

There is nothing like the competitive instinct to motivate students.

The Grade 11 debate club offered our learners a fun way of developing critical thinking, listening skills and confident communication. It also provided the learners with the opportunity to explore real-world topics and issues.

Some of the topics debated included:

• Hyper-masculinity is to be revered

• Colonial powers must pay reparation to former colonies

Most importantly, our learners learnt that it is possible to disagree constructively.

ENGLISH HOD APPOINTED AS QCEC JUDGE

The Management, staff and learners of Al Falaah College extend their warm congratulations to Ms A Lalpersad for her participation as a judge in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2022. The selection of judges is made from an international cohort of teachers of English and it is an immensely difficult task to choose applicants for this position.

We are honoured, therefore, that Ms Lalpersad was invited as a judge to this prestigious Essay writing competition. Congratulations and Mashallah to Ms Lalpersad-we are proud of you.

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THE LIFE & TIMES OF TUAN GURU English Book Review

“(I’m) a stranger in a land of unbelief.” These were the words of one of the first recorded scholars, leaders and luminaries in Cape Town, upon his arrival at the Cape. His name was Abdullah Ibn Qadi ‘Abd ul-Salam, who later known among Cape Muslims as Tuan Guru, meaning Grand Teacher.

From the Spice Islands to Cape Town: the life and times of Tuan Guru, is a biography written by Shafiq Morton. It’s purpose is to describe Tuan Guru’s history starting from Tidore in Indonesia, following his banishment by the Dutch East Indian Company also known as VOC, his arrival in the Cape and imprisonment in Robben Island and his institutionalization and revival of Islam in South Africa. Tuan Guru transcribed the Quran from memory, established the first non-racial teaching madrasah and the first mosque in South Africa, and compiled a 613 page Ma’rifat, or Islamic Textbook, detailing the fundamentals of Islam, which then became the definitive text on Islam in South Africa for over a century.

I was astounded by the great lengths the author, Shafiq Morton, went to in order to provide the most accurate description possible of the timeline of Tuan Guru’s life. The contents of his biography are dominantly factual, which can be seen by his use of specific names of people, precise dates and years of events that occurred, as well as an entire appendix on the family lineage of Tuan Guru dated from the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Morton uses evidence from narrations from oral traditions, opinions and theories of other historians, as well as historical facts, in order to provide a background for the reader on certain aspects of history. For example, Morton provides a background on the different teachings of Islam practiced in Tuan Guru’s birthplace, Indonesia, in order to explain the reasoning behind his specific Islamic teachings in South Africa.

However, while the use of specific dates and names is important in attaining credibility when compiling a reliable historical bibliography, if there is too much of this, the reader tends to feel overloaded with information. This is why, in some areas of the bibliography I found myself losing focus because I was being bombarded with facts, and ended up losing the plot of the chapter.

Tuan Guru was banished from his home with no

hope of return, and made to reside in a profuse number of different places in different continents, and the author did a remarkable job at emphasising on this to gain sympathy and empathy from the readers. Morton was able to summon this reaction from the reader through his use of imagery, when he provides the physical description of different cities in order to highlight their contrasting living conditions, by mentioning things such as the type of animals found there, the types of people residing there, the number of slaves, the weather conditions etc. This contrast highlights how acute Tuan Guru’s struggles were, as he had to constantly adapt to new environments. Coupled with the ample imagery, Morton also inserts colourful emotive language full of adjectives and rhetorical questions, which, in turn, makes you question whether you would have the strength to continue if faced with such situations. The magnitude of the impacts Tuan Guru had in South Africa is further highlighted when Morton dedicated an entire chapter to the meaning of his Ma’rifat and traces the considerable impact his descendants had on life in the Cape Muslim community and the broader South African society. This provides a “full circle” experience for the reader, as they receive a complete account of Tuan Gurus lifetime, as well as the legacy he left behind.

One of the key themes emphasized by the author throughout the biography that is prevalent in today’s society is perseverance with a trust in God. Morton details several accounts where Tuan Guru was placed under duress, or was placed in uncomfortable situations, yet, as Morton makes clear, Tuan Guru never abandoned his mission or lost hope. He knew that without hope and faith he would be truly lost, and therefore faced challenges and hardships with supplications and a firm faith in God. We as a society can take a lesson from this, because it is often perceived to be easier to give up rather than to stand up for and work towards what you believe in.

Morton’s account is well-written and worthy of the story is a remarkable man whose legacy lives on through his writings. I believe that this biography of Tuan Guru should be instituted into the Islamic Schooling curriculums, because his sheer impact on Islam in South Africa is explained beautifully in this biography by the author.

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2022 Highlights & Achievements

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

SOUTH AFRICAN ENGLISH OLYMPIAD

The 2022 South African English Olympiad titled ‘A Brave New World’ was written earlier this year. Well done to the following top achievers for their excellent performance, Masha Allah! 1. Asmaa Dinat - Silver 2. Hannah SM Bhamjee - Silver 3. Amina Moola - Silver 4. Nabeelah Kadwa - Bronze 5. Aisha Asif Memon - Bronze 6. Tasmiyyah Kudoos - Merit 7. Kaashifa Yusuf - Bronze 8. Ameera Salejee - Merit 9. Ammaarah Timol - Silver 10. Khairunnisa Essa - Merit 11. Fathima Zahra Khan - Merit 12. Yusuf Hussein Seedat - Merit 13. Aarifah Jangbahadur - Silver 14. Mahdiyya Khan - Merit 15. Raeesa Khan - Silver 16. Zakiyyah Seedat - Silver 17. Hannah Boylen - Merit 18. Faatima Asmal – Silver 19. Mariam Raja – Bronze 20. Fathima Haffejee - Silver 21. Naseeha Ismail - Silver 22. Ebrahim Shaikh - Merit 23. Khuzaima Abid - Merit 24. Umar Amajee - Bronze

Hosted by the South African Council for English Education & the Grahamstown Foundation.

SPELLING BEE 2022

Alhumdulillah, Congratulations to the following learners on their achievement in the South African Literacy Association Spelling Bee Competition Finals:

• Ayesha Mahomed - 1st

• Aaliyah Vahed - 3rd

• Mohammed Zia Ally - 3rd

• Muhammad Akoo - 10th

Masha Allah, well done.

NATIONAL CREATIVE WRITING

Masha Allah, Congratulations to our learners on their achievement in the South African Literacy Association Creative Writing Competition.

The following learners were placed 4th:

• Aisha Asif Memon - Grade 9

• Amina Moola - Grade 11

• Mariam Raja - Grade 11

The following learners were placed 5th:

• Ayesha Mahomed Grade 7

• Faatima Asmal Grade 9

• Zakiyyah Seedat Grade 9

• Fathima Haffejee Grade 11

• Bilqees Ebrahim Grade 11

NATIONAL READING COMPETITION

Congratulations to our Grade 11 learners who participated in the 2022 National Reading Competition Finals. Alhumdulillah, the following learners were placed in the top 10:

• Jannah Munsur - 1st

• Naseeha Ismail - 5th

• Sarah Jeewa - 8th

AMS SPEECH CONTEST

The Association of Muslim Schools (AMS) KZN Speech Contest was held on 13 August 2022 at Orient Islamic School. Congratulations to Muhammad Ismaeel Moosa from Grade 10A who achieved first place.

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COMMERCE High School

EMPOWERING LEARNERS WITH SKILLS IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP, BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

By the grace of Allah (swt), this year, a number of Grade 10 and 11 learners enrolled for the Junior Achiever SA Enterprise Programme.

Junior Achievement SA (JASA) is a youth empowerment organisation that prepares young people for the future world of work offerings three skills: financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurial skills. This was the first time the JASA entrepreneurial skills programme was offered at Al Falaah and the overwhelmingly positive response was an indication of interest, talent and the entrepreneurial spirit of our learners.

Learners were grouped into four team which effectively represented the four companies that they would eventually operate, as fully fledged businesses over the 16 weeks of the programme. Sessions were conducted at school by a JASA

facilitator on Saturdays. Each team was required to develop, produce and sell a unique product. Teams brainstormed product ideas and also conducted market research to finally decide on the product they would produce and sell. Teams needed to raise capital to produce and market their products. To assist with this, Mr Ahmed graciously allowed them to host a ‘Bake Sale’ at school. Alhumdulillah, the response was phenomenal and the event was a success allowing teams to raise the required start-up capital.

This was the starting point of an entrepreneurial adventure that allowed these learners the opportunity to develop amazing products, discover and overcome the obstacles to manufacturing their products and finding innovative ways to market them.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE 4 PARTICIPATING TEAMS:

TEAM 1 - DEAR SELF

This was a business created by a group of eleven high school girls who understood how stress and anxiety can affect your well-being. They started the business to create something that could really help those around them and developed a journal with a QR code that allows for you to combat negative feelings, and assists the user to relax, negotiate stressful situations and allow them to relax.

TEAM 2 - CALM CANDLES & CO.

This was a company that sold aromatherapy candles that melt into massage oil. These candles are 100% soy based, eco-friendly and vegan. They aimed to spread positivity, and encourage people to take time and focus on their wellbeing. The product was both beneficial (aiding in stress relief and added health benefits) and multi-purpose. All the team members were extremely excited and still are – they discovered that being an entrepreneur required hard work and perseverance but was extremely rewarding once your business is profitable.

TEAM 3 - IKUSASA MIRRORS

This group of boys, created a product that was able to satisfy customers’ wants, while also being able to ease and help out their day-to-day lives. Their company’s slogan was: “The Smart Mirror seamlessly blends the necessity of a mirror with the convenience of modern technology”. Their product took the humble mirror that we use daily, but transformed it into a device that would inform the user based on the information that they required, such as: the daily news, cryptocurrency trends, jokes, the weather for the week, live sporting scores, and much more - all by looking in a mirror while getting ready for your day. Being able to view a lot of information at just a glance while doing what you need to, was a big win for this company and for consumers as well, as shown by their impressive profits.

TEAM 4 - THE BEYOND GROUP

Through the JA program, they formed a business that aimed to provide the community with advanced restaurant service through an enhanced product. Their product, The Beyond Disk is an NFC (Near Field Communication) integrated item that allows users to open up menus and connect to Wi-Fi through seamless contact.

Their focus was set on creating a revolution in society. As a group of technologically influenced young men they saw a need to incorporate the use of Near-field communication technology in our society. Our country requires development and that was their MISSION. Their product was supplied to various restaurants around Durban throughout our 12-week venture. They believed that our community is heading towards a technologically based future and as such were determined to be part of this technological revolution.

Two of our teams were selected to go through to the second round of the competition which was held in Johannesburg. During the October holidays iKusasa Mirrors and Calm Candles & Co. competed against other teams from across the country. Alhumdulillah, iKusasa Mirrors was placed 3rd at the Regional Company of the Year Competition for JASA.

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LIFE & PHYSICAL SCIENCES High School

With the relaxation of the Covid restrictions this year, we enjoyed a greater degree of participation in external extra- and co-curricular activities. Our learners were both eager and willing to participate in various Expos, Fairs and Olympiads.

Our participants brought both honour to the Almighty, themselves, their parents, their teachers and ultimately our school, Al Falaah College.

National & International Olympiads

Al Falaah College learners across grades 7 to 11 participated in the South African Science Olympiads in August this year. These Olympiads tested the learners on their knowledge of topics covered at school and beyond the syllabus. A large number of our learners achieved commendable results. Masha’Allah!!!

Insha’Allah, the opportunity to participate in INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE OLYMPIADS in 2023 has become possible for a select few of our learners. Selection was based on their high ranking in the NATIONAL SCIENCE OLYMPIADS written earlier this year. We are extremely proud to inform that Abdullah Abisola (GR10) had been selected from candidates across schools in the country in his age category, to represent SA at the 18th IJSO (International Junior Science Olympiad) in Bogota (Columbia) in December. Due to unforeseen circumstances the trip was unfortunately cancelled. We however, commend Abdullah on his maturity on accepting gracefully, the rather disappointing situation and being willing and eager to try again next year, Insha’Allah!

The following GR 11 Life Sciences learners, have also been shortlisted for selection to represent SOUTH AFRICA at the 34th INTERNATIONAL BIOLOGY OLYMPIAD (IBO) to be held in Dubai in July 2023.

• Hannah, Saleh Mahomed Bhamjee

• Ayesha Bibi, Essa

• Ridwaan, Hansa

• Aboobakr, Joosab

• Jannah, Munsur

• Eman, Rana

• Husna, Randeree

In addition, to the being shortlisted for the Biology Olympiad,

• Hanna, Saleh Mahomed Bhamjee has also been shortlisted for selection to represent SOUTH AFRICA at the 54th INTERNATIONAL PHYSICS OLYMPIAD (IPHO) to be held in Tokyo (Japan) in July 2023.

• Eman, Rana has also been shortlisted for selection to represent SOUTH AFRICA at the 55th INTERNATIONAL CHEMISTRY OLYMPIAD (ICHO) to be held in Zurich (Switzerland) in July 2023.

Congratulations and Masha’Allah to all the learners on their fine achievement and we trust that their preparation for the selection tests, rewards them all to be part of the South African team/s participating in the 2023 International Olympiads.

Eskom Expo for Young Scientists MARYAM BASSA (Gr12) scooped Gold at the ESKOM EXPO for YOUNG SCIENTISTS, which is one of South Africa’s primary science fair for school learners. The Expo serves to bring together learners from all over the country to exchange ideas and learn from each other. It also serves to inspire young scientists and researchers to develop in the scientific method of inquiry. In this competition, Maryam exhibited her project based on her scientific investigations.

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Maryam impressed the judges with her project presentation titled: Aero-electricity – “A final thrust towards a wind powered world.” Her design was based on a coded turbine system, conducive for runway use, to generate electricity from the jet blasts of passing planes. An innovative and applicable project idea that could possibly help in our current electricity situation in South Africa. For her outstanding work, Maryam received in addition to the gold medal, a certificate as well as a prize from ARHI (Africa Health Research Institute) for her project being rated “Best in the Category”. Maryam’s commitment to task and ability to meet deadlines bodes well her future. Insha’Allah!

Further to this, we are proud of Maryam on being selected to participate in the Eskom International Science Fair in Gauteng in December. This follows her success in the regional KZN Eskom Science Fair held earlier on in the year. We wish Maryam all the best and pray her diligent work reaps the rewards she deserves.

The Annual AMS Science and Technology Fair

The Annual AMS Science and Technology Fair organised by the Association of Muslim Schools (AMS) and hosted at the HSBP Institute in August 2022, was open to grades 4-9 learners from all AMS schools in KZN.

Al Falaah College school learners participated from Grades 4 to 9. The attention to detail and commitment added to ‘out of the box thinking’ that made us extremely proud of the learners’ effort and presentation of their projects. Their dedication and commitment resulted in a clean sweep of the first place positions in the science fair!! Well done to our budding science boffins!!!

• 1st Place: Grade 7

Team Ayesha Mahomed & Habibah Essa

• 1st and 2nd Place: Grade 8 (2 Individual Entries) Team Aa’ishah

Muhammad (1st) & Muhammad Tahir Moosa (2nd)

• 1st Place: Grade 9

Anusha Ahmed & Aisha Asif Memon

Space Science and Technology Space Science and Technology are exciting areas for scientists and researchers which greatly impacts the societal and economic development of any country. India being one of the leading space faring nation in the world, opened a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Overview of Space Science and Technology” for School students in June/July 2022. The online course objective was to provide knowledge and awareness to school students on various aspects of Space Science and technology. Technical sessions were delivered by eminent space scientists of India.

This unique and exciting opportunity was taken up by two GR 10 learners, Terika Ganesh and Ammaarah Patel to understand/learn about this exciting domain.

They persevered and each achieved a ‘Course Participation Certificate’ from IIRS ISRO based attendance for the 10-hour online video sessions and successful completion on the online quiz assessment. Well done to our SUPERSTARS!!!!!

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High School

LIFE & PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Science subject requirements and methodology of teaching encourages practical work as part of the teaching/learning process. Al Falaah College learners across grades 7-12 were kept intrigued and occupied while co-constructing knowledge during various practical based lessons.

Life Sciences practical activities included teacherdemonstrations, learner-directed hypothesis testing tasks completed over time at home and hands-on activities conducted at school. The pictures below highlight some of these Life Sciences practical activities learners were engaged with in 2022, which included:

• Investigating the invisible world of microorganisms under the microscope,

• Conducting practicals to test for organic compounds in regular foods

• Testing the conditions under which enzymes work

• Determining vital lung capacities

• Proving that green leaves contain starch

• Estimating population sizes and extracting DNA

Physical Sciences classes were as exciting and educational, bringing the abstract concepts closer to reality! Titration practicals with the Gr 12 learners brought clarity to the technique widely used in the preparation of medicine, food science and well as water testing. (PIC 5). Using a flexi-curve learners were taught the way in which motors and generators operate simply and easily. Understanding of this topic of Electrodynamics, which is of such great importance to our industrial world, is essential as it would be easier to list the areas I our daily lives where Electrodynamics is NOT used!

Grade 10 learners were enthralled with the ‘ticker timer’ experiment. The ticker timer, otherwise known as a ticker, the creation of Edward Calahan, was originally used to print stock quotes on streams of paper and ultimately revolutionised the stock market. Today, it is also used to record an objects movement by making dots on a paper tape at regular time intervals. Through observation, working with the ticker tape, and by collaborating with each other, learners were able to solve problems, work with and use instruments correctly and strengthen their content knowledge, communication skills and confidence.

iPad technology was leveraged to creatively design practical investigations/lessons. Cutting edge online simulations was used to ensure a learner-centred physics classroom keeping the learners engaged, excited and in control of the knowledge acquisition.

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AFRIKAANS & GEOGRAPHY 2022 Highlights - Olympiads

AFRIKAANS DEPARTMENT

The Afrikaans department welcomed three new members to the team: Mr K.Reddy, Ms K.Mahomedy and Ms S.Bassa.They have adjusted well to the school. We wish them a long and enjoyable stay at the school.

Our learners participated in the speech evening held at school and acquitted themselves well at the function.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the year has been our learners performance in the senior Afrikaans Olympiad. A number of learners obtained distinctions.

The outstanding learner was Husnaa Haffajee, presently in matric. Husnaa has been performing outstandingly over the years and has obtained numerous academic awards. She has consistently been the top achiever in her grade over the years. Surely, her latest achievement must rank as her best thus far: Husna has been declared the best performing learner in KZN and third nationally in the Senior Afrikaans Olympiad. A remarkable achievement for a learner who was only exposed to the language in Gr 5, having relocated to the country from the UK.

This is a first for Al-Falaah College and the school is extremely proud of her outstanding work. What makes this achievement more remarkable is that Husna competed against learners from all race groups. Even more laudable is the fact that many of the learners against whom Husna competed, came from an Afrikaans background. For her fine achievement Husnaa received a certificate and a prize of R1100.

She was also interviewed by the ATKV, the organisation which conducts the Olympiad. Numerous radio stations have also interviewed her, amongst them Radio Islam, LotusFM and C II. The Alfalaah family applauds this humble, unassuming young lady . Husnaa you’ve done yourself, the school and the Afrikaans team proud. May you continue to obtain many more accolades in your quest for the very best.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY OLYMPIAD SOUTH AFRICA

Twenty four learners registered for the online National Geography Olympiad.

Both the learners and the Geography educators were extremely excited as this was the first time Al-Falaah College had entered the Olympiad. Quite surprisingly, there was a large number of requests from non-Geography learners to register for the Olympiad, unfortunately, they had to be turned away.

On the day of the Olympiad, all registered learners were present and proceeded with the Olympiad ,which consisted of a series of challenging multiple choice questions.

Inshallah, we will have greater participation from our learners. Congratulations to all our 2022 participants.

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MATHEMATICS High School

MATHS OLYMPIAD

The South African Mathematics Olympiad is the biggest Mathematics Olympiad in the country. Round one of the Olympiad was written on 10 March 2022. This Olympiad catered for Juniors which consisted of separate papers for grades 8 and 9 whereas the senior division wrote one paper from grades 10 to 12. . Each paper had 20 multiple questions and learners had one hour to complete the paper. Selected learners from grades 8, 9 and 10 wrote the online version of the Olympiad as follows:

Grade 8 - 21 Learners Grade 9 - 21 Learners Grade 10 - 17 Learners

Learners who attained 50% or higher in the first round qualified for the second round which was written on 12 May 2022. There were separate papers for the juniors and seniors. This time the grade 8 and 9 learners wrote the same paper. Learners had two hours to complete twenty questions.

The following table shows the number of learners who made it through to round 2: Grade 8 - 9 Learners Grade 9 - 5 Learners Grade 10 - 7 Learners

The best 100 senior and junior learners from the previous round qualified for the third round. Unfortunately none of our learners finished in the top 100 but the following learners achieved good results:

Yaseen Abookaker Gr 8 - Good Sayed Yusus Mia Gr 8 - Good

Congratulations to all those who participated as participation alone improves creative and analytical thinking.

ADVANCED PROGRAMME IN MATHS

Advanced Programme in Mathematics also known as AP Maths or Admaths is part of the Independent Examination Board’s (IEB) Advanced Programme courses which are available to both independent and state schools. AP Maths is quality assured by Umalusi and successful learners receive a certificate issued by the IEB. AP Maths is considered comparable in demand to the UK A-levels. Advanced Programme Mathematics, is designed to give academically gifted students the opportunity of studying Mathematics in greater depth. Three of our learners in 2022 enrolled to write the IEB AP Maths exam, namely Husnaa Haffeejee, Abdulla Moosa and NoorMahomed Ismaeel. These learners started this course in their grade 10 year and continued through to grade 12.

AP Maths is designed for students with a strong conceptual base for mathematics and who wish to be challenged further in the subject. There are, two major advantages in doing AP Maths:

• AP Maths has a positive rollover effect on subjects such as mathematics and physical science at school. This is because Ad-Maths teaches learners to approach abstract problems in a different way.

• It gives students a head start at university in fields especially in such as engineering, medicine, computer science and actuarial science where Mathematics is a foundation subject.

Curriculum

The curriculum includes calculus, algebra, statistics, matrices & applications. It may also include mathematical modelling relating to finance, finance statistics and probability. We are confident that our students will do well in AP Maths this year.

SIYAVULA WORKSHOP FOR MATHEMATICS EDUCATORS

Siyavula Publishers used our Preschool premises on the 4 august to host their Durban Workshop for Mathematics Educators. Educators from the Durban area were addressed by the CEO Mr Mark Horner who demonstrated the various new mathematics resources available for 2023. Dr R Singh was asked to interview Al Falaah Colleges’ successful student, Abdullah Abisola (Gr 10B) in the 2022 Siyavula Maths competition. He acquitted himself very well in front of the Edcators present. Well done Abdullah.

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ART High School

Art is a way of allowing learners an outlet to display their artistic talents while helping them with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness. Visual arts teach learners about color, layout, perspective, and balance: all techniques that are necessary in the presentation of academic work.

At Al Falaah College, we are proud to host an annual Art exhibition that show cases our learners’ abilities and provides an outlet for them to express themselves in ways other than the written word.

This year our learners once again outdid themselves with the superb quality of work. Insha Allah, we will continue to produce outstanding masterpieces from our future artists.

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ART IS NOT WHAT YOU SEE, BUT WHAT YOU MAKE OTHERS SEE.
Edgar Degas

QURANIC ARABIC & ISW High School

TRANSITION TO QURANIC ARABIC

Over the past few years, Al Falaah College has been moving towards Quranic Arabic rather than the normal modern standard Arabic.

With the grace of Allah Grades 7 to 11 have embarked on the study of Quranic Arabic. The focus of the subject is broken up into 3 parts:

1. Language, where learners are given exercises that strengthen their vocabulary.

2. Grammar: learners are introduced to grammar in a way that is very interactive and easy to apply. They are also given the opportunity to learn some the Arabic terminology in Arabic.

3. Ayaat from the Quran: the focus is on Ayaat that our learners hear often in the Salaah or during other Islamic occasions and Duas from the Quraan. They learn the meanings and grammar of these Ayaat.

During 2022, we also introduced a Quranic App developed by Imaam Jamal from the United States of America.

This App is to enhance the learning of Quranic Vocabulary in a very interactive and fun way. It is also based on the spaced repetition method, which is a method that increases how much information you retain. After every few lessons there is a test that a learner must pass in order to move to the next level.

Some leaners have progressed to level 100. We encourage our learners to embrace the learning of this beautiful Language.

ISW IN FOCUS

2022 can be marked off as the year where the ISW department made significant strides in offering pupils sound Islamic perspectives on global issues facing the world. Certainly, the LGBTQ+ movement has gained momentum and has impacted on the moral landscape such that it has confused people more than aligning themselves to the natural way of life as we understand and believe it to be according to the Quran and Sunnah. It is time to showcase how the ISW department made headway.

In the first term Mufti Buckus hosted a tarbiyyah program with Moulana Kharsany talking to the boys and his wife, Mualima Kharsany talking to the girls. It was an intense program that culminated in a robust Q & A. The Q & A session illustrated that our youth are curious and really want pro-active, relevant, and contextual engagement on issues they are facing. Therefore, another tarbiyyah program was arranged in the third term. The format was different in that pupils presented their solutions to very critical moral issues from and Islamic perspective. Furthermore, the open-ended Q & A session hosted by Mufti Buckus manifested once again that our youth are interested in enjoining in good and forbidding evil. All they want is our time and concrete reinforcement from our side that they can be spiritual, successful, and worthy as standard bearers of Islam.

‘Islam is a name of a practice’ therefore, the ISW department makes the point of using the many supplementary resources to augment the syllabus. In all the written subjects there are resources for deeper insight and research for the discerning learner and a means to entice the average learner to read more. The exam papers have an open-ended question section where contemporary matters are addressed such that the learner is tested on the application of an Islamic teaching. This gives the learner an opportunity to understand the broader nature and application of Islamic teachings arising out of the Shariah rulings.

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AFC prides itself on Islamic studies because it forms the cornerstone for its establishment. Therefore, AFC strives yearly to make incremental changes to improve the quality of learning and teaching support material. Educators participated in the ISNA Prophetic Pedagogy Course “Teaching with the brain in mind” and ISLA “Addressing LGBTQ Issues in Islamic Schools as well as the 5D Thinking Methodology. These courses trained our educators to create stimulating experiences for students and infuse the Islamic worldview into ISW lessons.

This year we piloted Sheikh Yawar’s Baig book on Leadership Lessons from the Life of Nabi Muhammad (SAW) which includes video content, questionnaires and reading. The learners were tested on this in various ways using the MOODLE platform and will complete the course independently with the positive reinforcement of the teacher. If we go back into history and look at the life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) we can see that He (SAW) paid attention to the younger segment of the community. He ensured that they were not only seen but heard while also empowering and enlightening the minds and lives of the youth. May this course empower our learners to be the leaders of tomorrow. Ameen.

Salah is the criterion of the day and the ISW department strives for excellence in the special time allocated for Salaah as we try to create an atmosphere of peace to the hearts and mindfulness to our Creator. Emphasis and strict supervision is applied to the correct acts of wudhu and discipline in Jamaat. Our dedicated team of Ulema and Muallimaat utilise the time after the fardh to inspire the learners with advice from the Quran and Sunnah. This we find to be very useful because learners identify with the profound topics and timeless examples of Nabi Muhammad (SAW).

Our youth are not provided positive Islamic experiences and acculturation, they will be susceptible to all negative influences. Oftentimes we hear youth saying, “I’m young, what can I do?”

Our aim and vision is to hear them say,” I’m young— with the help of Allah (SWT)—what can’t I do?” The deep study of Islam is a life-long endeavour, and both parents and Educators should motivate youth to continuously expand their knowledge and understanding.

In keeping with the above, the ISW department is working to make Islam a practice for the pupils. Therefore, the department will strive for excellence because we want every child in Janatul-Firdose. This focus makes us work with the pupils in such a way that they understand the world with the right moral compass and when they have to interpret life, they will do so from the Islam that dominates their hearts.

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SALAH IS THE CRITERION OF THE DAY AND THE ISW DEPARTMENT STRIVES FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE SPECIAL TIME ALLOCATED FOR SALAAH AS WE TRY TO CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE OF PEACE TO THE HEARTS AND MINDFULNESS TO OUR CREATOR.
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Welcome to our

SPORT’S DEPARTMENT

A YEAR IN SPORT AT AFC

Our biggest challenge in 2022 was to re-ignite the passion, desire and love for sport and to instil the mind-set of a healthier lifestyle once again. Alhamdulillah, with strength, patience and encouragement, we finally returned to normality post Pandemic with our children in high spirits and superb talents, MashaAllah!

As the year went by we continued to improve, asking ourselves what are the keys to success in Sport. What makes a Sportsman/Woman? Yes, we all know that talent, hard work, and passion are important, if not essential, in sport but there is something bigger that makes a sportsman somewhat “more confident”: The relentless dedication to never give up. It is hard to beat a person who never gives up and this is the mindset we nurture at AFC. A mind-set where every learner needs to believe in himself or herself enough to never give up.

After all, our motto, resonates through the Campus... “We win, we learn but we never lose for as long as we have given it our all.”

Extracurricular activities and sports teach learners many important life lessons. It teaches discipline, focus, dedication, hard work, commitment and teamwork. Being agile and fit improves brain activity and increases mental health which will help academically. It is our responsibility as coaches to value sportsmanship and award the courage shown by students rather than focusing on winning or losing. Sports instils plenty of values that help learners to navigate through life with honesty, integrity and responsibility for themselves and others.

To the unsung heroes, our coaching team, managers, guards, groundsmen. It is your hard work and dedication that has brought onfield success. I applaud you for making this a memorable year of sporting wins. These blessings from The Almighty we are indeed thankful for.

Finally, in the words of the 2022 world cup: “Look who we are, we are the dreamers, we make it happen, because we believe it. Look who we are, we are the dreamers, we make it happen, because we can see it here’s to the ones that keep the passion,” #RESPECT

Thank you for subscribing to our vision.

Head of Sport Shaheen Mahomed

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TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST BUT TOUGH PEOPLE DO
- ROBERT SHULLER
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A little snippet of our

GIRL’S ACHIEVEMENTS

AMS SWIMMING 2022

INDIVIDUAL 1ST PLACE

AWARDEES

• Zahra Deedat- 25m Freestyle (U9) & 25m Breastroke (U9)

• Tasmiya Kadodia- 25m Freestyle (U15)

• Husna Randeree- 25m Breastroke (U17)

• Aadilah Ali- 25m Butterfly (Open)

OVERALL RESULTS:

• Primary School - 2nd Place

• High School - 2nd Place

AMS NETBALL 2022

• U11A- Winners

• U13A- Winners

• U15- Winners

• U17A- Winners

• U17B- Runners Up

• Open- Runners Up

• U13 Player of the Tournament - Ammaarah Mehtar

• U15 Player of the Tournament - Yusra Mahomed

A little snippet of our

GIRL’S ACHIEVEMENTS

ASHTON COLLEGE U16 SOCCER

TOURNAMENT

• U16- Runners Up

NORTHLANDS X DANVILLE U15 SOCCER

TOURNAMENT

• U15- Runners Up

ORIENT KZN SOCCER TOURNAMENT

• U9- Runners Up

• U11- Winners

• U13- Winners

• U15- Winners

• U17- Winners

SPECIAL AWARDS

Girls selected for KZN Provincial Tournament:

• Ammaarah Mehtar (Gr 7)

• Sumaiyah Nyambere (Gr 7)

• Yusra Mahomed (Gr 8)

• Fathima Paruk (Gr 8)

2022 Coaches Award:

• Primary School- Amarah Amina Khan (Gr 4)

• High School- Zahra Rashid (Gr 9)

External Achievements:

• Archery - Sumaya Danka- Provincial & National Colours - Standard Bow (3rd in S.A)

• Cricket - Habeebah Shaik- KZN Provincial Colours

Sports Girls 2022:

• Primary School- Madina Amina (Gr 5)

• High School- Habeebah Shaik (Gr 10)

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A little snippet of our

BOY’S ACHIEVEMENTS

AMS SWIMMING 2022

Individual 1st Place Awardees

• Abu Bakr Essa- 25m Breastroke (U9)

• Hamza Asmal- 25m Backstroke (U11)

• Ahmed Mahomedy- 25m Freestyle (U13) & 25m Backstroke (U13)

• Urwah Khan- 25m Breastroke (U13)

• Hamza Soomar- 25m Breastroke (U15)

• Akbar Ally- 25m Backstroke (U15) & 25m Butterfly (U15)

• Suhayl Asmal- 25m Backstroke (U17)

• Azhar Ally- 25m Backstroke (Open) & 25m Butterfly (Open)

• Medley Relay Winners (U15) - Akbar Ally - Umar Adamjee - Hamza Soomar - Muhammed Hussain Surtee

Overall Results:

• Primary School- 1st Place

• High School- 2nd Place

AMS REGIONAL SOCCER 2022

• U9A- Winners

• U11A- Winners

• U15A- Winners

• Open- Winners

• U11 Player of the Tournament- Shaheed Bux

• U15 Player of the Tournament- Safwaan Hendricks

• Open Player of the Tournament- Yusuf Meer

• U9 Akhlaaq Award

• U11 Akhlaaq Award

AMS NATIONAL SOCCER 2022

• U13- Winners

• U15- Winners

• U9 Golden Boot Award- M. Hamza Bartleson

• U11 Golden Boot Award- Zaid Akoo

• U13 Golden Glove award- M. Adil Ribeiro Amod

• U15 Most Valuable Player- Safwaan Hendricks

• U15 Golden Glove Award- Abdullah Abisola

WENTWORTH 5-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT

• U11A- Runners Up

• U13- Runners Up

• U17- Runners Up

TOTI 5-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT

• U9 - Runners Up

LONSDALE 7-A-SDE TOURNAMENT

• U11 - Runners Up

YELLOWWOOD PARK 5-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT

• U13- Runners Up

AFC 6-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT

• U12- Winners

• U16- Winners

• U6- Runners Up

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SPECIAL AWARDS

Selected for AMS National All Star Team:

• M. Zaahid Moideen

• Safwaan Hendricks

• Yusuf Kajee

• Abdullah Abisola

Cricket Awards:

• U11 MVP 2022- Shaheed Bux

• U11 Most Improved Player 2022- Maahir Jadwat

• U11 Captains Award- Zaid Akoo

• U13 MVP 2022- Mohammed Akoo

• U13 Most Valuable Player 2022- Hani Mansoor

• U13 Player of the Season 2022- Mohammed Jadwat

• U13 Captains Award- Umar Essa

External Achievements:

Archery

• Akbar Ally- Archery 2022 Compound (2nd in S.A) Provincial Colours (U15)

• Azhar Ally- Archery 2022 Recurve (2nd in S.A) Provincial Colours (U18)

• Ismael Olgar- Indoor PMB Championship

Other

• Muhammed Doolarkhan- Tentpegging 2022 (U13)

• Muhammed Khan- Triple Jump 2022 (U14)

• Ahmed Kajee- Amashova (U19)

• Hasnain Malek- Amashova (U11)

2022 Coaches Award:

• Primary School- Armaan Rasool (Gr 4)

• High School- Ahmed Motala (Gr 11)

Sports Boys 2022:

• Primary School- Zaid Akoo (Gr 5)

• High School- Azhar Ally (Gr 12)

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