Al Falaah College

Al Falaah College is an independent Islamic school situated in the coastal city of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Al Falaah College
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Al Falaah College
Address
99 Lotus Road

Springfield

, ,
4091

South Africa
Coordinates29°49′12″S 30°59′54″E / 29.82000°S 30.99833°E / -29.82000; 30.99833 (Al Falaah College)Coordinates: 29°49′12″S 30°59′54″E / 29.82000°S 30.99833°E / -29.82000; 30.99833 (Al Falaah College)
Information
Religious affiliation(s)Islam
Established1985
AuthorityBoard of Governors of Al Falaah College
PrincipalAhmed Asmal
GradesR – 12
GenderF/M
Enrolment1000
Colour(s)Pink And Black
Exam BoardNational Senior Certificate
Websitewww.alfalaah.org.za

HistoryEdit

In 1985 Ahmedia School opened its doors in Bellair Road, Cato Manor, Durban.[1] The school marked the establishment of the first Islamically-based independent school in Durban, South Africa.

The school ran for the first year with a student population of 74. The first set of matriculants, a total of 21, graduated from what was then known as Lockhat Islamia College in 1991. The school was housed in Cato Manor for 12 years.

With the growth of the college, in 1998, under the name of Lockhat Islamia College, the high school moved to Umbilo Road, Durban while the primary school remained in Cato Manor, Durban. This move was a temporary move due to the construction of the new campus. In 1999 the college was re-located to its present campus in Lotus Road, Springfield, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

Al Falaah College todayEdit

The school enrolment sits at 950 students. The college caters for both male and female students from Grade R – 12. The intermediate and Further Education and Training (FET)[2] phase have separate classes for male and female students. AFC participates in the National Curriculum Examinations.

School emblemEdit

The school emblem has changed three times during the school's existence due to the name changes that the school underwent.

The college emblem consists of a crescent to the right, signifying the birth of a new era of enlightenment. The minaret to the left signifies the Muslim call to prayer and the center holds the book of knowledge. The quotation within the book is a saying of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, encouraging the endeavour towards academic excellence. The quotation says "Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave."

Islamic curriculumEdit

In addition to the National Curriculum the following studies are integrated into the Al Falaah curriculum:

  • Islamic Studies (Theory)
  • Islamic Studies (Oral)
  • Arabic
  • Hifz – Memorization of the Qur'an (Optional)

AcademicsEdit

In the Grade 12 examination each year Al Falaah College achieves an average of over two distinctions per student.[3] The College was also voted among the top 18 independent schools in South Africa by The Sunday Times.[4] It was recognised as by the Department of Education to be amongst the top 200 maths and science schools in the country.[5]

Matric Examination Results 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of candidates 55 45 49 59 51 53 54 73 71 53 86 79 71
Number of failures 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
University endorsement (%) 97 100 100 100 100 98 96 99 100 98 94 99 100 100
A aggregates (%) 31 33 38 50 47 32 30 46 37 25 43 49
A-B aggregates (%) 86 90 95 100 100 90.5 88 90
Subject distinctions 94 81 98 142 128 159 126 175 242 197 263 232 225 291
Number in top 50 (KZN) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

SportsEdit

  • Soccer
  • Cricket
  • Swimming
  • Netball
  • Mini-cricket
  • Indoor soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Gymnastics
  • Golf
  • Tennis

AchievementsEdit

  • 100% accreditation with UMALUSI (National Monitoring Body for Independent Schools)
  • Voted among the top 18 independent schools in South Africa (Sunday Times −2005)
  • 100% exemption matric pass rate over the past few years (with over two distinctions per student)
  • Awarded recognition from Department of Science & Technology for exceptional progress in Science and Mathematics
  • Awarded recognition for outstanding humanitarian efforts by many non-governmental organisations
  • Hafiz graduates
  • Best School at the Global Peace and Unity Festival 2013 (Africa/Primary)

MembershipsEdit

HeadmastersEdit

Primary schoolEdit

  • T Seymore (1985–1988)
  • OF Ameen (1989–2012)
  • Z Muhammad (2013–present)

High schoolEdit

  • EH Khamissa
  • MS Karodia
  • Y Salot
  • Z Ahmed

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Celebrating Success, 25 years of excellence in education
  2. ^ "FET Curriculum Overview" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 September 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  3. ^ KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education
  4. ^ 100% Pass Schools – As on 28 December 2006[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Creating Tomorrow's Stars Today[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Association of Muslim Schools (SA)

External linksEdit