School Councillors Visited the Food Bank in Streatham
In R.E. children learn about how different communities and faiths sometimes give, as in Charity.
A volunteer from the charity SWAN came to talk to our pupils and encouraged them to think about people who might benefit from donations of food via the food bank at the London Islamic Centre, Streatham. Our children were very enthusiastic about this idea and over several weeks, many donations were collected that we were able to pass on - indeed some of our parents have continued to donate even after the expiry of our focus period.
Our Student Councillors then represented Iqra School on Tuesday 7th March when they visited the Food Bank at Streatham Masjid accompanied by Ustadha H Cassim and Vice Chair of the Parent (Fadwa) Councillors.
The children were able to see first hand all the good work done by the team of volunteers. They did their part by packing the hampers for the 30 families who were there to pick up their hampers. What an exciting day.
We want our children to be safe and feel that training them in some of the important life skills they will need is an integral part of a good, all round education.
Recently, we were pleased to welcome some pedestrian skills trainers from the local authority who came into school and worked alongside some of our classes to teach them all about road safety and how to ensure they crossed the road safely.
We work closely with the Transport For London Walk about Talk about programme to promote our children's understanding of being safe whilst moving out and about on the streets and pavements.
We were very pleased to have Brother Tariq Sheikh of Al Muntada Aid visit us in January 2017. He led a very special celebration assembly emphasising:
• The work that Al- Muntadha does
• The importance of Giving sadaqah
He praised our children, calling them ‘Super Heroes’ for having Fundraising events to help those in need.
Headteacher, Humaira Saleem, with Brother Tariq Sheikh and members of our school council, present Al Muntada with a cheque for £1077.44
Our School Councillors, Mariam and Shaheed presented him with a cheque for £1077.44 raised entirely through cake sale and the Bake Off Challenge! Brother Tariq awarded Iqra with a certificate from Al-Muntadha to acknowledge our effort to support those in need. He also brought in gifts for the children of Iqra.
Our school has a long association with the work of Al Muntada charity; the previous year our pupils were visited by another representative from the Al Muntada charity in March 2015. He told us all about the crisis in Syria and spoke about a charity that will help build a trauma centre to help the children and families affected by war. It is called 'Broken Minds'. The gentleman is pictured here receiving a cheque for £1300, raised by the Iqra community to help this worthy cause. We heard how the money will be used to support these families and two of our then year 6 pupils are also pictured presenting the cheque.
In March 2017, our parents, as ever, rose to the challenge of fund raising by baking, presenting and then selling the most stunning array of cakes any school has ever seen! Masha 'Allah to all of them for their love and support.
Last academic year, one of our focus causes was Trinity Hospice who provide skilled and compassionate end of life care for individuals and their families.
In October, our year 6 pupils were visited by a representative from Transport for London who spoke to them about issues around using transport as a young person growing up in London. It was an enjoyable and thought provoking session in which the children were thoroughly engaged.
Following the successful trials last year, U. Andy West has been asked to widen his programme of logic and reasoning for children to involve other year groups. (Please see his basic curriculum outline for your child's year group in the long term curriculum overview document on the curriculum page of this website.)
Andy is highly skilled at developing children’s thinking skills and getting them discussing things, listening to the points of view of others, shaping and developing their arguments and their thinking and reflecting.
Andy has also led sessions for staff in order to develop their questioning skills.
NB: The logic and reasoning programme has been initiated at Iqra in Collaboration with Creme (Centre for Research and Evaluation for Muslim Education) at the IoE and Philosophy Foundation.