Co-Curricular Programs and Activities
The extra-curricular programs play the most vital role in the proper growth and development of a child. Educators point out that informal education is even more important for a child than the formal education received within the four walls of a classroom. The major goal of NAA is the total development of an Islamic personality.
These activities, therefore, exert a crucial role in achieving our target. We prefer to refer to them as co-curricular programs rather than the extra-curricular.
The following new programs are a part of the daily school routine in order to enhance the students’ Islamic character:
- Taleemus Salat: because salat is the best behavior modification and development technique from an Islamic point of view, a five minute presentation is made M-Th by the principal before Salatul Zuhr to focus on the essence of Salat.
- Taleem al-Ikhlaq: in order to stress the importance of Islamic etiquette and manners and to inculcate Islamic moral and behavior, this program is offered as an alternate to Taleemus Salat.
- Two boys from each class take turns to recite a dua with English translation after the salat each day.
- A dismissal assembly program is being held for all students at 2:55pm.
- Two girls from each class take turns and recite a dua and Sura tul Asr with English translation at the dismissal assembly.
- Ayah/Hadith/Dua of the Week is posted, discussed in the assembly and memorized by all students.
- Dua for eating and drinking is posted for students to refer to.
- Dua is posted outside each bathroom.
- Etiquettes for the proper use of the bathroom are also posted outside each bathroom and discussed in the assembly program.
10. Each classroom has posted discipline rules that will be frequently referred to.
11. Each classroom will post Basic Character Traits.
The above routines are in addition to already existing valuable practices of the Morning Assembly program that includes physical exercise, recitation of al-Fatiha, supplication, explanation of the Ayah of the Week, instructions by the principal and nasheeds. In addition, after each lunch and snack break, children offer the relevant dua together.
Committees are established for each subject-matter and will organize the following functions and programs related to their field:
Mathematics: Math Bowl
Science: Science Fair
Social Studies: International Day and Geography Bee
Islamic Studies: Story-telling and Inter-Islamic School Quiz
Arabic/Quran: Qirat Competition, Arabic Calligraphy/Spelling Bee
English: Spelling Bee and Essay/Poetry competition
In addition to the above, the following activities will also be organized:
- 1. Isra and Miraj program
- Iftar-gram: Teachers and students exchanging a simple gift for Iftar among themselves [Ramadan].
- Food for the Hungry: Food banks, homeless shelters [Ramadan].
- Three one-act plays during the fundraising dinner.
- Eid Celebrations: Eid Card Competition, Eid party with nasheeds and plays.
- 6. Mock Hajj
- End of the Year Celebrations: plays, nasheeds awards.
- 8. Recognition of other Islamic events
The following clubs have been established:
- Student Shura Council: To practice Islamic concept of democracy.
- Dawah Club: Middle school students to engage in inter-faith exchanges.
- Reading and Book Club: Senior elementary students will read to their juniors and middle schools students will read to them. Middle school students will also review a selected book per month.
- Ecology/4-H Club: to keep the physical environment of the school clean and healthy.
- Islamic Boys/Girls Scouts: to organize recreational and social service programs.