[S I Madressa] – PCB Newsletter Issue 03

PCB Newsletter - Issue 03 - January 2016
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Dear respected parents/ guardians/teachers,

Salaamun Alaykum

The PCB would like to welcome you all back to another new year at our Madressa. We pray you have all had a restful winter break, inshallah, and that we are all ready for a wonderful start to the term.

As we commence the second year of our three-year appointment, I would like to give you an insight into some of the things that the PCB have been involved in over the past twelve months. Apart from familiarising ourselves with the running of Madressa, the PCB have been very busy assisting SIM put together Madressa policies, addressing any parental issues, concerns and suggestions, helping to organise the Annual Charity Bake Sale, attending Admin and Teacher Workshops and of course, organising the Teacher/Volunteer Appreciation Event at the end of the Year.

Volunteer Appreciation Afternoon

We would like to formally thank all parents who came forward and helped in different ways; whether through financial or food contributions, by assisting with preparation of the gifts for teachers and volunteers or by helping serve and clean up on the day of the event. We couldn't have done it without your help.

The event was well attended by both teachers and volunteers as well as respective guests including Sheikh Mohamed Abbas Panju and our President, Mustafa Jaffer. Included in the programme for the event were brief speeches by the PCB Chair and our special guests, a slide show featuring a snapshot of all the activities taking place on a typical Sunday at Madressa involving students at both sites, teachers, volunteers and members of the Admin team and a video recording by some students thanking the teachers and volunteers .


The event concluded with a full course lunch funded by parents and private donors and all teachers and volunteers present received a gift handmade by the PCB team itself! We received a lot of positive feedback and appreciation messages from the teachers and volunteers who were quite touched by the event.


Future Initiatives

This year, the PCB plan to take on some new initiatives which will specifically benefit our children (more details to follow soon). We look forward to once again receiving your support and encouragement to make these happen. Furthermore, if you have any ideas or suggestions please contact us on pcb@madressa.net or you simply want to help and be involved, please also get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Muharram Competition

Our Muharram competition was very well received with over 92 entrants in total. Students in Kenmore were invited to depict a visual scene from events in Karbala and the older students were asked to submit a poem on the topic. We were very impressed with the quality of the submissions and hard work, enthusiasm and creativity put in by the participants. The winners, who were presented with their prizes and certificates at Madressa were as follows:

Classes 1 & 2—1st Jaabir Merali, 2nd Alina Ladha, 3rd Isa Ali Sumar
Runners up  Ali Akbar Ahmad, Khalisa Hemraj & Haani Merali
Classes 3  & 4—1st Abbas Ladha, Husein Visram, 2nd Aliya Muraj,
3rd M Basim Ali 

1st Muhhammad Gulhamhussein, 2nd Mohammed Shoaib Hassan,
3rd Mujahid Ali Hussain 
Runner up Malika Mulji


Disability Awareness Day by Sr. Azra Hassanali

Following the success of last year’s disability awareness day for Class 5, the Learning Support Department at Kenmore organised another awareness day but for Class 4. The 4 classes (2 boys and 2 girls) spent 20 minutes and each of 5 stations learning more about the following disabilities: Downs Syndrome, Hearing Impairment, Physical Disability, Autism and Developmental Delay. Each station included an introduction to the disability, a video clip or powerpoint presentation and an activity or discussion. The talks were given by Learning Support Assistants from our team, including parents of children with disabilities.

Alhamdulillah, we received wonderful feedback from students and teachers who all listened attentively to all our speakers and took part in discussions and activities enthusiastically.  Here are some photos from the day, including links to the video clips we showed. Please do take some time to watch them again with your children, using the learning points to generate discussion about the day.

Downs Syndrome  Documentary: ‘Abbas’ : https://youtu.be/D-Pwas6PeSA
Autism  ‘Living with Autism: by Joe Bell’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIr1q_t907k
Developmental delay ‘Living with Severe Learning Disabilities: Jack’s Story’ https://youtu.be/KgUqRDa-l2w
Physical disability ‘Talk to me’ : https://youtu.be/CL8GMxRW_5Y



Thank You & Farewell

On another note, one of our PCB members, Br Ali Haji, has moved to Essex and owing to the distance, is unfortunately unable to continue his role as a member of the PCB. Br Ali has made a great contribution to the team over the past year and will be missed. We thank him for all his hard work and wish him all the best in his new location. 


Offer every possible act of charity, for even a small date fruit will turn into a mountain on Judgment Day
- Imam Reza (A)

Parent Consultation Board
Sunday 17 January
Madressa opens

Sunday 7 February
10:30AM - 11:30AM

Parent Information Morning
at Stanmore

PCB Contact Details

We are here to listen ! We would love to hear your views and would appreciate your thoughts.

PCB can be contacted by email on pcb@madressa.net or by attending our monthly surgeries at both Kenmore and Stanmore sites.

If you have any concerns or issues you might like to raise, we would also welcome any suggestions or ideas for future Madressa functions.

- Mumtaz Hemraj Panjwani
PCB Members

Mumtaz Hemraj Panjwani
Abbasali Rashid
Asifa Pradhan
Kiran Ahmad
Faiyaz Nurmohamed
Sharmin Pirbhai
Mohamed Tejani 
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