Al Ghazali College was established in 1999 and has enjoyed an excellent reputation as an Independent Islamic School. The school has a long tradition of academic excellence and offers a broad range of extra-curricular programmes that foster life-long learning and leadership. Within its precinct, the school has a mosque complex which serves the learners of the school and the broader community. The mosque complex boasts the following facilities: a conference venue, a library that is open to the community, two swimming pools and modern gym facilities for both genders. The school hall includes a lecture theatre, indoor soccer and cricket playing areas, a fully functioning theatre hall.
The school has a strong and honoured tradition in exposing its learners to leadership development programmes as well as enrichment activities which include Eco and Sustainable projects. As part of their holistic development, learners are encouraged to fund-raise and to contribute generously towards worthy and deserving courses.
The school caters for all the grades (grade R to 12). Class sizes are small so that learners could receive individualised attention. The school follows the National Curriculum Statement. In addition, the learners also follow a range of Islamic Subjects to strengthen their Islamic belief in the Oneness of Almighty God.
A strong work ethic and positive work habits are consistently inculcated – this is with a view to maximise the learner’s tertiary education option. The curriculum is structured with a strong emphasis on the use of learning technologies (such as Smart Boards) in our classrooms.
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TEACHERS OF AL GHAZALI COLLEGE
The best qualified teachers are sought by the Board of Governors. Teachers at Al Ghazali College are all registered with SACE. Al Ghazali College enjoys a more than favourable teacher-learner ratio where the current class sizes do not exceed twenty-five.
Serving humanity with wisdom, love and humility.
To create future oriented leaders through individualised learning.
We will inculcate the values of respect, integrity, compassion, innovation, curiosity, change, lifelong learning and excellence within an Islamic framework.
Al Ghazali College prepares young people to develop a deep sense of commitment to serve humanity and to make a positive difference in the lives of others by following the Qur’an and the example of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
We are committed to nurturing open, trusting and healthy relationships with all role-players. Our commitment and passion for the teaching and learning process is intended to establish a high performance culture of academic excellence where all learners are supported to discover and reach their full potential. The practices at Al Ghazali College will therefore reflect, encourage and promote research, critical thinking, creativity, change and innovation.
- STRATEGIC FOCUS
1.1. CURRICULUM PROVISION
We will provide a dynamic curriculum which will be sustained through evaluation where every learner’s ability is nurtured and advanced so that they apply what was learned to new and complex situations. Through such a curriculum, our learners will develop skills to:
(b) think critically;
(c) communicate effectively;
(d) collaborate with one another; and
(e) be creative and innovative.
1.2. ESTABLISHING A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE AND LIFELONG LEARNING
We develop a culture of excellence that permeates every classroom in our school. In addition to achieving the best grades, the focus will also be on providing the best education thereby creating a lifelong passion for learning.
Higher order thinking skills will be developed and enhanced where:
(a) Teachers deliver lessons that stimulate and encourage interactive collaboration; and
(b) Opportunities are provided for learners to actively find information through research in order to solve problems, answer questions, create and share information as well as use multi-media presentation of learning.
1.3. DEVELOPING THE WHOLE PERSON
We will engage our learners in relevant and challenging opportunities to enhance their individual academic, social/emotional, physical and spiritual growth by following the Qur’an and the example of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
An inclusive education will provided where the ideals of Islam are modelled, practised and encouraged. These ideals will include, but not limited to, accountability (hisba); reflective practice (tafakkur) and righteous behaviour (akhlaq).
Teachers will focus on every child, in every classroom every day. A responsive approach will be adopted to address the academic, social, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of each child.
2. KEY STRATEGIC AREAS
Over the period 2019-2021, our efforts will be focused on the following key strategic areas:
2.1. A learning environment which is individualised, inspiring, energetic and stimulates a passion for learning.
2.2. Prepared and professional teachers who nurture and inspire learners to reach their full potential.
2.3. The development of holistic learners with the requisite skills, knowledge, attitude and values who take responsibility for their learning.
3. STRATEGIC GOALS
By September 2021, 100% of learners will meet or exceed grade level reading, writing and comprehension skills across all subjects. The November 2019 and 2020 data will indicate an 80% to 100% growth in oral and written proficiency and show that learners have been developed to think critically, communicate effectively, deal with change and solve problems in a variety of contexts.
By September 2021, 80% of learners across all grades will be able to use appropriate strategies to calculate and solve problems of various kinds and communicate their thinking effectively.
(a) Grade R-3
At the end of each academic year (2019-2021), learners will be able to:
- read for learning, communicate effectively, demonstrate an understanding of concepts and skills as well as show and explain their thinking all the time; and
- build logical thinking skills using concrete, semi-concrete and abstract strategies.
(b) Grade 4-12
At the end of each academic year (2019 – 2021), all learners will achieve a minimum mark of 60% in all subjects and grades.
(c) An improvement of at least 5% (year-on-year) must be achieved.
By September 2021, all learners will be able to competently use grade appropriate verses of the Qur’an, the speech and acts of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to acquire a more elevated moral and spiritual conciousness, leading to faith and righteous action.
In order to meet the needs, interests and abilities of 70% to 80% of learners, selected sporting codes and activities will be provided with the objective of developing confidence, respect, responsibility, teamwork and sportsmanship amongst learners.
3.6. EXTRA-MURAL ACTIVITIES
By the end of September 2021, all learners would have had the opportunity to participate in internal and external competitions as well as make presentations to demonstrate that they have developed skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.
During the period 2019 to 2021, learners from grade 4 to 12 will be provided with some form of digital literacy where they become effective users of digital systems, critical consumers of information and innovative creators of digital solutions.
Before the end of the 2019 academic year, an appropriate staff performance management system will be fully developed so that the achievement, commitment and the productivity of staff are recognised and rewarded.