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Dear Students, Parents & Guardians

Assalamu Alaikum Wr. Wb.

A warm welcome to our new students and thanks to our returning students and staff for assisting them with settling into the new school year.

Alhamdulilah this year we have 26 new students that have joined us in the year 7 area and they have all settled well.

I encourage students to use the new year to reassess their goals and put in the time and effort required to achieve them in order to achieve their goals.

Time awaits no one and it is the only thing in the world that you cannot get back! Therefore, get the most out of it, and use it to your benefit.

  • Have goals: as we have discussed in previous lessons, setting goals will give you a ‘helicopter’ vision of what your life is about and will aid you in putting more effort into managing time, so you achieve those goals.
  • Rank your priorities: think about what is most desirable and worthy to you, and try to focus your energy on this.
  • Write it down: develop an action plan with deadlines. Write one up and put it in your diary, next to your bed so you see it every day, identify the steps you will need to take in order to achieve your goals.
  • Don’t delay today’s tasks for tomorrow: Doing this will prevent you from having the work multiplied, which will add stress and dissatisfaction about yourself and managing time.
  • Leave slack in your time table: do not fill your timetable with so many tasks, set out 3-4 main tasks to do every day and achieve them at the assigned times.
  • One thing at a time: If you start doing a particular task, finish it before moving on to the next one
  • Identify your prime time: your prime time is the time when you are most active and energetic, some people feel the most active late in the evenings, others early in the morning; you are to identify your prime time and get the tasks that require most work done at this time.
  • Relax: the muscles in your body tense up when you are stressed which leads to headaches, backaches and feelings of tiredness. You need to do things calmly and give yourself breaks.

On Wednesday the 15th of Feb we had our 2nd year level Assembly and we targeted a very important topic which is Bullying.

Bullying can be a serious problem for students and many students are not always aware that certain actions are the behaviours of bullies.

Bullying has been spoken about by Allah (SWT) in the Quran:

“O you who have believed let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one's] faith. And whoever does not repent - then it is those who are the wrongdoers.” [49:11]

What is bullying?

Bullying is the act of intentionally causing physical or emotional harm to another. A bully will usually target someone who they think is weaker than them to intimidate and gain power. Bullying can happen in a wide range of ways, and can be direct and indirect.

Direct bullying includes things like physical abuse, teasing and name calling.
Indirect bullying can be a little bit harder to identify and includes things like intentionally excluding a person from social situations, spreading rumours, manipulation and giving dirty looks.

What is cyber bullying?

Cyber bullying is deliberate, intentional, and repeated use of digital technology such as the internet and mobile phones to harass, abuse, or mislead others.

Certain aspects of digital technologies can make it easier for bullies to target others.

What do you do if you are bullied or know about a bullying incident.

The first thing you must do is report bullying to the coordinator. If bullying is not reported it cannot be resolved.

Along with informing teachers and coordinators of bullying incidents, here are some things that you could do to overcome bullying.

  1. Stay calm and in control of yourself. Bullies are watching and waiting for a reaction and if you get upset or respond with any lack of control, it gives the bully power. Tell them to stop with assertive but non-inflammatory words.
  2. Save the evidence! If there were witnesses or if in the case of cyber bullying save or print any instances.
  3. You are in control. Despite how you are feeling in the moment, you have the advantage because you did not do wrong, so why should you feel bad for someone else’s behaviour and un-Islamic actions that anger Allah (SWT).
  4. Please parents speak to your children about bullying and make them aware of the consequences

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the following issues:

Protection from Coronavirus – Covid-19

  • Use a face mask. Please parents make sure your child has a mask from home
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Keep distance while going out.
  • Avoid gatherings and keep yourself away from crowds.
  • Avoid touching your face without washing your hands.
  • Avoid ordering food from outside.
  • Eat healthy foods to keep your immune system working.

Prophet Muhammad PBUH in a hadith told the people not to go to an area where an epidemic has broken out or do not leave the area if you’re in it. This means that life and death are in Allah’s hand but making sure that you keep your health and other’s health protected, it is necessary.

  1. Reciting Surah Al-Falak and Surah An-Nas can cure any illness.
  2. Cupping (Hijama), Honey and Cauterizing contain a number of healing powers, which can be a great way to fight Coronavirus.
  3. Prophet Muhammad PBUH mentioned an agent of healing which is Honey. So, one should take a teaspoon of honey each morning.
  4. Black seed is being used for medicinal purposes for the last 2,000 years, experts claimed. Anti-Bacterial, Antioxidants and Anti-Viral properties can be found in the black seed.
  5. Allah in the Quran stressed “Taqwah” and Tawakal” which means God’s and Reliance upon Allah. There are some things that humans cannot control.

You can read duaa for coronavirus as much as you can, reading it after every Salah is suggested by the scholars.

(Praise be to Allah who had saved me from what He had afflicted you with, and for honouring me over many of his creations)

In addition, I advise all parents to monitor their children’s devices and to have parental control over the social Apps they are using.

Ms Sawsan Alshakshir
Year 7 Coordinator