The Story Of Al-Rayyan School
Children were asked to arrive at 10am and be picked at 1pm. A set of Islamic Studies text books were introduced to provide ‘consistent learning’ to all children. The very first set of books were introduced by Sr Zahida and Br Iqbal and following advice from Br Farid the curriculum was implemented. As more families joined, further structure was introduced and the very first head teacher of the school, sister Zoya Samad took on the much-required administrative role in 2006. The volunteer staff were assigned responsibility of certain subjects playing to their strengths and by 2007; the headteacher had set up a school calendar, staff rota and end of year exams. With the increase in student numbers and the varying ages of students the needs of the school were out-growing the port-a-cabin. The older boys were moved to the library and were taught by Br Farid, Br Iqbal and Br Salem (currently Senior Boys teacher at AR School). Student numbers steadily increased and it became necessary for the volunteers to look for alternative facilities to run the classes. A governing body was set up to support the volunteers in managing the growth and progress of the school. Fees were introduced to cover costs of hiring a premises and a bank account was opened. It was at this time that the school website was set up. The website was designed by a volunteer and to this day is hosted, without charge, by a member of the community. In 2010 the venue of the school moved to a primary school in Bagshot. This was a very busy time for the head teacher and the staff. Admission forms, new procedures and processes were implemented for e.g., fire drills, first aid training, newsletters, DBS checks etc. Sr Zoya notes that despite the challenges, she enjoyed setting up the processes and structure that set the foundations of the school and always had support from staff, parents and the wider community. In 2011 the head teacher also arranged the school’s very first ‘school trip’ to Regents Mosque London. Since then an out of school learning activity is planned for students every year. In 2012 Sr Hina Ashraf became head teacher at Al Rayyan and introduced Salah to the school’s timetable. Sr Hina also set up and implemented the school’s first Child Protection, Behaviour and HOW WE GOT HERE Page 4 Health & Safety policies. It was during this time that the school syllabus was updated and job roles within the school were formalised. Alongside all the head teacher activities the governing body finalised the school’s constitution and the school was registered as a charity. Today, our head teacher Dr Humaira Ahmed has effectively established the school policies and procedures and has promoted the school’s standing in the community. Under her guidance the school has grown with new classes for senior girls and boys and an additional class to support progress of our younger students. Sr Humaira also ensures the staff undergo annual training and has established good working relationships with all the school’s stakeholders. Al Rayyan School has 95 + students and 18 volunteering staff. It has established strong links with external partners; Surrey Ethnic Minority Forum, Surrey Heath Inter faith Group, Surrey Heath Muslim Association, United Muslimah Group and others. The school regularly supports local charities and invites members of the wider community at an annual picnic event. Sr Zahida, (deputy head teacher of the school) was the very first sister who with herfriend started meeting up at Camberley masjid in 2002. She notes that over the years, Muslim brothers and sisters from all backgrounds were able to get together and work together, unified by their common goal to provide a safe environment of learning for their children. Sr Zahida also believes that the English language, common among us all has enabled us to work together as a community and build friendships and understanding.
Year 3/ Deputy HT
Qur’an teacher – Zarin Anika
Norhayati Che Morad
Mohammad Salem Sabur
activities and achievements
AlRayyan students do assembly presentations twice a year during our AGM and end of year award ceremony in front of very excited and enchanted parents.
Ma sha Allah
They also take part every year in annual Qirat and Speech competition organised by SHMA for local community and win a number of prices. We couldn’t be prouder of our students and their achievements that we were able to witness over the years.
END OF YEAR PICNIC 2016-17
REGENTS PARK MOSQUE
FRIMLEY LODGE PARK
Although the annual school trip was met with showers this year, it certainly was not a wash out! Parents and students came prepared for the day where they enjoyed a variety of activities such as 5-aside football, nature trails and games. Everyone enjoyed the wide range of picnic food including signature dishes made by some parents.
END OF YEAR PICNIC 2017-18
We celebrate our end of year results day with a presentation assembly where our students are awarded with certificates and gifts. The awards presentation culminates with the annual Al-Rayyan School Picnic where many activities and stalls are set-up to entertain the students and their families.
This is also an opportunity for the community to attend including neighbours, local faith leaders and Bagshot school staff.
Surrey Heath Faith Forum organized a Peace day event in Woking. Our students presented a “Muslim peace song” and participated in Peace poster and song competitions. Alhamdulillah, we had a strong turnout and eight of our students won prizes on the day. The event was arranged to demonstrate that all religions believe in peace. It was heartening to see our students integrating with peers and adults from various faith groups promoting community coherence and good will.
QIRAT AND SPEECH COMPETITION
Surrey Heath Muslim Association (SHMA) held a Qirat and Speech competition in Frimley. Al-Rayyan students took part in the event and also won trophies and medals for their performance.
END OF YEAR PICNIC 2018-19
We celebrate our end of year results day with a presentation assembly where our students are awarded with certificates and gifts. The awards presentation culminates with the annual Al-Rayyan School Picnic where many activities and stalls are setup to entertain the students and their families. This is also an opportunity for the community to attend including neighbours, local faith leaders and Bagshot school staff.
We organized an Eid Party for our students where they came dressed in their favourite Eid outfits to celebrate the occasion. In addition to their regular classroom-based learning, the children were treated to an extended playtime where they enjoyed some outdoor fun within the school premises. Our staff and volunteers prepared a selection of sweet and savoury snacks for the students to mark the religious celebration.
Charity and Our Community
cake sale for yemen
eid present donations for syrian children
The students participated in an event which sought to generate awareness of the plight of Muslim children around the world and help contribute towards the aid given to support them.
A total amount of £570 was collected through generous donations from students, parents and staff. This was used to purchase small presents as well as food items and toiletries for Syrian refugee families. The students made 82 colourful Eid Cards for their brothers and sisters in Syria.
rohingya muslim refugees
Staff and students donated generously to help Muslim refugees in Bangladesh. A total amount of £227.17 was collected and delivered directly to the refugees through a relative of one of the parent Mrs Shapna Chowdhry.
macmillan cake sale
Al-Rayyan supported a charity cake sale where staff and students had the opportunity to buy delicious homemade and ready-made cakes and biscuits to support Macmillan Cancer Support.
A total amount of £150 was raised for the charity which provides support from the moment someone is diagnosed through their treatment and beyond. Our thanks go out to everyone who supported this worthwhile cause.
Camberley All Night Cafe
This year we communicated our support for the Camberley All Night Cafe for the Homeless. This initiative serves veterans and the homeless and provides delicious free home cooked meals, complimentary drinks and refreshments throughout the night and a hearty hot breakfast is served at 7am. We will be encouraging, staff, parents and students to donate specific food items weekly to place as a donation for this cause if they wish.
More information can be found on the link below:
collection for syrian families
Staff and students donated generously for Syrian families coming to Surrey Heath. A total amount of £610.70 was collected during the summer picnic on 21st July 2018.
small business setup
The parents and staff at Al Rayyan supported an initiative in Bangladesh to setup small businesses. A total amount of £366.01 was collected through donations which contributed towards the setup and running of small independent businesses to generate much needed income for families. Our thanks go out to everyone who supported this worthwhile cause.
help the orphans
The staff and governors donated on two occasions for orphans in Malaysia and Morocco. In December 2018, the collection raised £570 which was donated to orphans in Malaysia and in May 2019, the second collection raised £330 which was donated to orphans in Morocco.
gifts for children
Staff and governors donated generously for a charity initiative organized through muslimhands.org.uk providing orphaned or disadvantaged children a gift. The amount of £400 raised was used to buy practical
items such as a school bag or equipment, together with items designed to bring a smile such as toys and sweets.