Back to Madrasah: Autumn Term 2018/1440 A.H.

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Back to Madrasah: Autumn Term 2018/1440 A.H.

15th Muharram 1440 A.H. / 26th September, 2018.

Dear Parents,

Salamun alaykum,

أَعظَمَ اللهُ أُجُورَنا و أُجُورَكُم بِمُصابِنا بِالحُسَين ع

May Allah make our and your reward great for our mourning for Imam al-Husayn (as)

Orientation Assembly:

The first day of Madrasah in the new Academic Year 2018/19 commenced on Saturday 8thSeptember, 2018.This was the first day for introduction of the Mid-Morning Madrasah Session from 9:55a.m. MashAllah it was fantastic to see the children and all volunteers attend on time with great excitement for the new timings. After recitation of dua the programme for the day included assembly where children were familiarised to the Mid-Morning Madrasah timetable, new class names, Year group composition, Awards presentation and various other house-keeping themes. Thereafter class orientation session was done and Tarbiyah manuals were issued.

Attendance Award:

100% attendance award was presented to Soraiya Manji and Muhammad Ameer Waheedi. Congratulations for being present on all Madrasah days.

In addition students who attained 95% or more attendance during the Academic year were recognised.

Congratulations to the children and their families.

House Points Award:

Makkah house was declared winner of the Academic Year 2017/18. Gifts were presented to the following who received the leading points in their houses:

attendance table

Updating of records:

Thank you to the many parents who attended on 8th September, 2018 to complete this task. Parents who were unable to update the registration forms are requested to meet the Admin team on 29th September, 2018. It is essential that you confirm / update the data on our records for your children in the Madrasah.

Muharram Children Majlis:

Al Mahdi Madrasah children actively participated in the special majlis program held on Sunday 16th , Thursday 20th and Saturday 22nd September, 2018.These events provided a platform for the young ones to engage in Azadari. The presentations of Azadari by the children ranged from craft work, quiz, speeches, poems, marthiya, and matam activity. Among the highlights of Azadari were address by guest dhakir Sheikh Miqdad Alidina, juloos / walk of grief, and preparing alam (flag) which will InshAllah be dispatched to Karbala during Arba'in.

Commendation to all for your attendance and encouraging our children to participate in this noble deed of azadari. May Allah SWT reward us all greatly for the mourning on Aba Abdillah a.s.

Back to Madrasah:

The timetable for Early Autumn Term 2018/19 can be found HERE.

Madrasah classes will resume on 29th September, 2018. All children continuing Madrasah are required to attend from 9:55 a.m. Madrasah will end with completion of Dhuhrayn salat at 1:40pm. Note that there will be no new admissions.

Teacher Development:

Our Madrasah places great importance to development of volunteers who devote time to serve as teachers. This term the Neuro-Psychology of Learning (NPL) programme is being organised over the weekend of 13th and 14th October, 2018. The programme is being kindly facilitated by Spiritual Academies Network- Council of European Jamaats (SAN –CoEJ) and MCE-WFED. Therefore there will be no Madrasah on 13th October, 2018.

Prepare your child for Madrasah-Dressing:

An aspect of preparation for Madrasah is arranging appropriate Madrasah dressing for your child. The dressing befitting for Madrasah is essential for developing the mind set of the child towards the Madrasah programme.

We would like to once again draw your attention to the dressing for Madrasah and the Attendance policy. To view them visit the following link:

Request you to kindly familiarise with them.

Prepare your child for Madrasah-Resources:

The Tarbiyah Manual, writing materials or books are part of the resources to be utilised by the child during the lesson. Failing to bring any of these resources does affect the participation of the student in class. Kindly ensure that your child attends Madrasah with the Qur'an learning book and Qur'an reading record, the Tarbiyah manual, writing material (Pen/Pencil, Paper) and a bag for the books. In order to have an effective learning day it is essential that children have all these required items with them during Madrasah.

Prepare your child for Madrasah-Attendance:

Every child is expected to attend Madrasah regularly and on time. Madrasah meets only once a week so a single absence can definitely affect your child's progress in Deeni Talim. You will agree that absenteeism does affect not only the Madrasah programme, but performance of the absent child. You are requested to take this into consideration.

Report Absenteeism:

If your child is unable to attend Madrasah then could you kindly notify the Madrasah on the day with reason for absence either by an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or SMS text to 0786 475 8000.

Children leaving early:

If for any reason you may need to take your child/children home early from Madrasah, you MUST please inform, at earliest on the Madrasah day the Admin team, either by an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or SMS text to 0786 475 8000,.

When you come to collect them, please do not go directly to your child's class. You are required to meet the Admin team who will then call the child from the classroom. This is important for safeguarding and to avoid causing any disturbance in the class.

Outstanding attendance:

Students who will have attained 90% or more attendance during the Academic year will be recognised at end of year assembly.

Mobile Phones:

Whilst we appreciate the need for some children to carry mobile phones to Madrasah it is essential that the phones are not utilised during the Madrasah session. If necessary pupils may bring their mobile phone into Madrasah under the condition that the phone is switched off and kept away from use during Madrasah. Should a pupil be found using a mobile phone during Madrasah, the item will be confiscated, and the Parent will need to meet Admin team for collection.

Access to the Madrasah:

The gates at the Al Mahdi Centre will be closed at 10:50 a.m. They will be re-opened at 1:00pm. Persons arriving after 10:50 a.m. will be required to press the buzzer on the side wall and request for entry to the Madrasah.

This move is being taken to restrict access of visitors to the Centre whilst the Madrasah is in session. This is essential towards safeguarding the welfare of all children and volunteers at the Madrasah; which is part of duty of care by the Wessex Jamaat.

We seek your support to uphold these practices for the successful operation of our Madrasah.

Safeguarding and reporting:

The Madrasah recognises its responsibility to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people whilst on Madrasah premises. Safeguarding is an essential part of our duty of care when working with children and vulnerable persons.

For any concerns on safeguarding kindly contact undersigned or Br Taki Jaffer. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,who is the Wessex Jamaat Designated Safeguarding Officer.

Meeting with Director of Madrasah:

As always, I continue to welcome parents to contact me (email /phone) or meet me. To arrange a meeting on a Madrasah day I would be grateful if you could kindly email me earlier. This will enable me to plan my diary and also save you waiting time on the day.

Together with your support and Divine tawfiqat we look forward to another term of imparting Deeni T'alim to our children, InshAllah.

Request you to kindly pray for barakah and success in the Tarbiyah for our children.

Meanwhile, as has been the case, feel free to contact me if there is any clarification you may need.

With salams andduas,

Fazle Abbas Datoo
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Resident Alim
Wessex Shia Ithna Asheri Jamaat