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School braves the weather for a double-header trip

Posted on: 06 November 2013

The weather forecasters predicted gusty winds and heavy rain but Alhamdulillah the weather was favourable to the pupils of Fitrah SIPS as they embarked on two very different trips either side of Southampton on Wednesday 6th November. 

The Juniors went to Woodmill to try out Raft Building and High Ropes in order to develop confidence, self-esteem as well as improve teamwork – the latter a theme the school was keen to stress to reflect the way in which the host community of Madinah and the migrating Muslims from Makkah supported one another to build the foundation for a thriving Islamic society.

Group leader, Br Ali Rahmoune said “All of the pupils had never experienced these activities before but masha’Allah they were a credit to the school and their families for the way in which they applied themselves – they can’t wait to go again.  We are fortunate to have such facilities in our city and children and young people living in the inner city tend not to have such opportunities.  But as a school it is important to broaden pupils’ experiences and support them in developing skills and personal qualities that they can apply in later life insha’Allah.”

The Infants were led by Sr Aspia to Manor Farm as a treat masha’Allah for showing responsibility towards their class, a great attitude towards learning, demonstrating positive improvement in their Arabic and English studies and exhibiting excellence in manners towards staff and each other.

Alhamdulillah this trip could not have come at a better time as pupils were completing their study into Qurbani (sacrifice) for the Islamic festival of Eid ul Adha and some had never seen a cow before!  Valuable information was also gained for future subjects the pupils will insha’Allah be studying.

Sr Aspia said, “All pupils were introduced to Abigail, the resident Jersey cow at Manor Farm; we learnt many of the things Abigail’s rich creamy milk can make, we even had a hand at milking her.  We were then taken to feed the hungry goats - the children were excited to meet them as we have just completed "The three Billy Goats Gruff" story which we used during our Autumn Term Reading Week.  After meeting these and other animals we looked around Manor Farm and learnt of its history, participated in a Victorian lesson and enjoyed the opportunity in being in such beautiful surroundings masha’Allah.  Alhamdulillah the day was incident free and all the pupils managed to learn majority of the animal’s names in English and Arabic, with some lovely nasheeds being sung on the journey home.”