Malek Fahd Islamic School

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Malek Fahd Islamic School (MFIS), is an independent, Islamic, combined primary and secondary school, in Greenacre, New South Wales with smaller campuses in Hoxton Park and Beaumont Hills. It is the largest Islamic school in Australia,[1] catering for 2444 students from Kindergarten to Year 12 across three campuses.[2] All MFIS students (and 80% of the staff) are Muslim.[2]

History

Malek Fahd Islamic School was opened in October 1989 with one campus in Greenacre. The purchase of the land for the school was secured through a $12 million gift from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.[3] The school started with 87 students from kindergarten to year 3 but has grown to over 2000 students in 2013.[4] In April 2011 the school established two campuses in Hoxton Park and Beaumont Hills both catering for students in early primary school.

In June 2013 the School Board, chaired by Tom Alegounarias, appointed the school's first Christian headmaster, Dr Ray Barrett.[5]

Campuses

Greenacre campus

The school's main campus in Greenacre includes 1070 students in the primary school (Kindergarten to Year 6) and 990 students in the secondary school (Years 7 to 12).[2]

The Hoxton Park campus opened in April 2011 for 78 students in Kindergarten and Years 1 and 2 as well as 4 staff. [6] In 2013 the campus has 87 students enrolled from Kindergarten to Year 4.[7][2] The campus has a modern two story building which caters for students from Hoxton Park, Liverpool, Lurnea, Hinchinbrook and Prestons.

The school also operates a campus in Beaumont Hills, opened in April 2011, for children in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2.[8][2] The campus initially started with 31 students[6] but has increased in size with over 200 students in 2012 from Kindergarten to Year 6.[2] In 2014 the school expanded to include Year 7.[2] The campus draws students from Beaumont Hills, Kellyville, Castle Hill, The Ponds, Blacktown, Seven Hills, Rooty Hill and Mt Druitt.

Curriculum

Malek Fahd Islamic School teaches according to the NSW Board of Studies mandated syllabuses. However all students are required to study the Religious Education syllabus throughout their schooling. The school also teaches Arabic throughout schooling.[4] Arabic is also offered as a subject for students completing the Higher School Certificate in Year 11 and 12.[4]

The school also offers a number of sporting and extra curricular activities including with other schools and local organisations.[4]


References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Malek Fahd Islamic School (2013) (PDF). School Annual Report (Report). Sydney: Malek Fahd Islamic School. http://www.mfis.nsw.edu.au/reports/MFISAnnualReport2013.pdf. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  3. Burke, Kelly (16 March 2004). "And the winner is: how private schools get paid". The Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/03/15/1079199148872.html. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Malek Fahd Secondary School". Malek Fahd Islamic School. http://www.mfis.nsw.edu.au/secondary/secondary.html. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
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  6. 6.0 6.1 Malek Fahd Islamic School (2011) (PDF). School Annual Report (Report). Sydney: Malek Fahd Islamic School. http://www.mfis.nsw.edu.au/reports/2011Report.pdf. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  7. "Malek Fahd Hoxton Park Campus". Malek Fahd Islamic School. http://www.mfis.nsw.edu.au/campuses/hoxtonpark.html. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  8. "Malek Fahd Beaumont Hills Campus". Malek Fahd Islamic School. http://www.mfis.nsw.edu.au/beaumonthills.html. Retrieved 2014-06-23.