The Establishment of JEQ Preparatory School

JEQ Primary was established in January 2015 as there was a need to complete the circle that was already established and well functioning. There was a pre primary catering for the very young ones and a girl’s institute for the young ladies and a boy’s institute catering for young boys from around 10 years old. There was a gap between the pre-primary and the two institutes.

After much planning the primary school was established to cater for the in between ages. 

Over 30 years ago an association for Muslim schools was established in the UK and since then a lot of research and planning has taken place. Many Muslim schools have been established all over the world and a lot of fantastic work has already been done in this regard.

The time is right for taking Islamic education to the next level and JEQ is bold enough to tackle this task head on. Research has shown that the transformation of an education system takes around 30 years to stabilise so we are well placed to do this.

We are registered with the Western Cape Education Department wand we have developed a programme whereby our learners will memorise the Qur’an as well as make meaning of all the knowledge that they gain. We are using the Qur’an as the basis of all knowledge and perhaps this will be the difference with Muslim schools the world over. We do not see the Qur’an as an add-on to the academics but rather as the basis of our whole programme.

Together with CAPs we use the Yusuf Islam program called Skills for Life as well as the Qur’an itself to give the children a beautiful, holistic education that sees Islamic and Academic as one package.

We are wilfully countering this anti academic culture that exists in Muslim institutions and we are establishing the fact that Muslim schools can offer the highest standard of education that is required to allow our children to take their rightful place in societies globally. We recognise and take cognisance of the full potential of children and set targets and challenges that will prepare them to be great as hufaath and great in any career they choose to follow.

 In this way we hope to produce balanced Muslims who will make their mark insha’ Allah as great pioneers that Islam was famous for centuries ago.  The Skills for Life programme is designed to expose learners to past civilizations of great Muslims to inspire them to achieve. Insha’ Allah

Currently we have 16 children in grade 1 with Fatima Mohamed as their teacher and a multi-grade class of 5 grade 2s and 5 grade 3s with Shafeeqah Mohamed as their teacher. In the Qur’an programme we have Sheik Abdul Karriem as the supervisor and Mualima Arshiyah Ismail as the main Qur’an teacher.

The principal is Nazeema Omar who developed the Skills for Life curriculum for Yusuf Islam and wrote the textbooks based on the series. She has been in education since 1977 and in the last 20 years or so has been involved in textbook writing for publishers such as Maskew Miller Longman and Oxford University Press. She has been involved in education research not only for the department of education but also for universities. She was a whole school evaluation supervisor for the Western Cape Education Department. She has conducted many teacher training workshops nationally and participated in Islamic education conferences nationally and internationally.  She is presently an advisory board member of IBERR- which is the International Board for Education Research and Resources. 


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School Rules

• General Principles

• School and Class Attendance

• School Uniform and General Appearance

• Valuable and Personal Belongings

• General Rules

• Rules Governing Public Places

• School Enrichment Programme

Disciplinary interventions and sanctions

Disciplinary Committee:

Dr Yusuf Lalkhen, Sheik Suleiman Benjamin, Nazeema Omar (principal).

Jam’eyyatul Qurra’ is committed to providing an environment for the delivery of quality teaching and learning by:

• Promoting the rights and safety of all learners, teachers and parents.
• Ensuring learners’ responsibility for their own actions and behaviours.
• Prohibiting all forms of unfair discrimination and intolerance.
• Eliminating disruptive and offensive conduct, including bullying.

General principles

The Code of Conduct spells out the rules regarding learner behaviour at the School and describes the disciplinary system to be implemented by the School concerning transgressions by learners.

Section 8(4) of the SA Schools Act provides that all learners attending a School are bound by the Code of Conduct of that School.

The School rules are intended to establish a disciplined and purposeful environment to facilitate effective teaching and learning at the School. Nothing shall exempt a learner from complying with the School rules. Ignorance of School rules is, therefore, not an acceptable excuse.

No learner has the right at any time to behave in a manner that will disrupt the learning activity of other learners, or will cause another learner physical or emotional harm.

The School will contact parents/guardians when a learner’s behaviour becomes a cause of concern and will endeavour, in a spirit of constructive partnership, to resolve the problem.

If a learner does not attend School regularly, the relevant register teacher will report the absence of the learner to the parent and the Principal in writing.

All learners are to arrive at School before the official starting time. Learners who are late for School will be marked absent as registers are completed at the beginning of each School day.

School and Class Attendance

• Any absence from School must be covered by an absentee note from a parent/guardian.

• Should a learner be absent from School for a period of three (3) days or longer, this leave of absence must be supported by a letter from a medical doctor.

• Any absence from a formal examination, test or task must be supported by a letter from a medical doctor.

• No learner may leave the School during School hours without a letter from a parent/guardian requesting the release of their child and the permission of the Principal from whom an exit note must be obtained.

School Uniform and General Appearance

• Learners are expected to wear the official School uniform and appear neat and tidy at all times.

• 0nly small stud or sleeper earrings and a watch are allowed.

• Fingernails must be kept trimmed short and clean at all times.

• During events that allow the wearing of casual wear, learners should wear neat, presentable clothes. Hair, shoes and accessories should be neat at all times.

Valuables and Personal Belongings

• The School will not be held responsible for theft of or damage to personal belongings on School premises (bags, books and clothing).

• Learners are not allowed to bring cell phones, large sums of money and other valuables to school.

• If a learner has to pay School fees on behalf of the parent, such School fees should be paid before the start of the School day. The money must be in an envelope with the name and surname of the learner as well as the amount and the date of payment. A receipt will be issued on the day.

• Arrangements should be made with the teacher for safekeeping of valuables, etc. during sports practices.

• Learners may not bring computer games, iPods or similar electronic devices to School, unless requested to do so.

General Rules

• Loitering and/or playing in and around the corridors, stairwells and toilets are not allowed.

• All litter must be placed in refuse bins or wastepaper baskets.

• Disruptive, unruly, rude and/or offensive behaviour will not be tolerated.

• Fighting or threatening of other learners is forbidden.

• The learner will respect those learners in positions of authority. A learner who is in a position of authority will conduct him/herself in a manner befitting someone in authority. S/he will respect the rights of other learners and will not abuse such authority bestowed upon him/her through his/her position.

• Learners must keep clear of areas that are indicated as out of bounds. These include:
I. The parking area.
II. The playing areas when it is not break or sport training
III. Electrical mains distribution boxes, fire extinguishers and hoses.

School Enrichment Programme

Involvement in activities making up the School Enrichment Programme forms a valuable and integral part of the holistic education of every learner. All learners are, therefore, expected to become actively involved in sport, cultural and/or service activities.
The learner is expected to adopt the correct etiquette pertaining to the specific activity at all times. Appropriate kit/uniform will be worn to practices.

Disciplinary Interventions and sanctions
The following list of interventions and corrective measures used by the School are aimed at correcting behaviour before suspension and expulsion:

1 A verbal warning/reprimand to express disapproval
2 Written warning
3 Final written warning
6 Community service to improve the physical environment within and around the School property
7 Homework detention
8 De-merit
9 Referral for counselling
10 Temporary suspension of school-related privileges
11 Exclusion from school activities and functions, e.g. academic award ceremony
12 Temporary suspension from class or School, pending disciplinary hearing
13 Disciplinary hearing
14 Failure to comply with interventions and corrective measures will lead to further interventions and may lead to the offence being categorised at a higher grade.

Parent Teacher Association

Insha’Allah, we will establish the PTA at the first parent meeting on Tuesday 10th February 2015. Time tbc

The main function of the PTA is that of fundraising and helping to organise and assist with extra-curricular activities. The PTA is not a policy making body.

All PTA functions and activities will be carried out with the approval of the Principal in coordination of the JEQ Board PTA Liaison – Mualima Hajir Bawa.

A strong PTA is essential to the success of our school. All parents are therefore encouraged to join and participate in school activities. The PTA chairperson will coordinate with the JEQ Board PTA Liaison.

Parents as Partners
Cooperation between the family and the school is essential. The school needs parents’ full support for its education programme to be effective and successful. If you have any questions or concerns, the procedure is to contact the teacher via the diary. If the matter remains unresolved, you may contact the principal to assist you. If you are still not satisfied send you concerns to the Board.
An education programme is only effective when there is a partnership and reinforcement in all areas of a child’s life.

Parent Responsibilities

Parents’ consistent support for the school, its staff and educational programmes will create a positive attitude in your children about education and the role of the school. As parents we have an important duty towards our children and an Islamic education must have a high academic standard and a healthy environment for both body and soul. We must continue to be perfect role models for our children.
Safety of the children is a priority. Please keep left when entering the gate, drop off and then to continue around the island to exit the gate. Please do not create a 2 way traffic situation on either side of the island.

School lunches

Please ensure that learners eat healthy meals at all times. Unhealthy foods and sweets have a negative impact on concentration and behavior patterns so this is strongly discouraged.
Learners are encouraged to drink water throughout the day, especially during hot weather. Bottles (that do not leak or topple easily) must therefore remain on their tables throughout the day.

Healthy bodies and healthy minds


Because we value reading as a crucial component of our programme, we are requesting that parents kindly donate books that learners could read and share. Please indicate if we may keep these books or whether they are on loan to the school.
Parents are welcome to donate a book to the school on the event of the birthday of a learner, which will be marked with the name of the learner. The learner will present the book to the school during an assembly.

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