The Islamic School of Canberra hosted their annual Open Day on Saturday 3 November on what turned out be a fine day and saw a huge turnout from the Canberra community for the event.

The day was the culmination of a great year for the school which saw its enrollments increase, stability in its ownership and governance, improved academic results, acceptance by the broader Muslim community, continued Territory and Commonwealth funding  and an in-principle agreement with the ACT Government to extend the school to Year 8 from 2019.

ISC students perform at the open day

The day included activities for kids, fairy floss, performances by the school students and speeches by dignitaries, school officials and the Parents & Friends Association (PFA), with the PFA looking after the BBQ and food serving for the day.

It was also a few days before the ISC Principal, David Johns, sadly announced his resignation, effective at the end of the year.

Principal David Johns, right, with (L-R) Nic Manikis, Burhan Ahmed and Dr Rafiqul Islam, ISC Board Chair

“I have decided to step down from my role to provide an increased level of care to my family, especially my parents,” said Mr Johns, quoting from the Qur’an, Surah Al Isra, verse 23.

“The level of support and kindness that has been directed to me through this community has been very humbling. To work with the teachers to support the spiritual and academic lives of our students has been for me, incredibly rewarding and life changing,” he added.

PFA President Kalam Azad (left) works the BBQ on Open Day

Dr Rafiqul Islam conveyed his shock at the resignation but said that the ISC Board understands his decision.

“David has not made this decision lightly and is conscious of the destabilisation that his departure may cause. His main reason was to provide increased support for his parents and own family and this has weighed heavily on him,” he said.

“David will conclude his duties as Principal at the end of this year and the Board will give serious consideration to how we may acknowledge the work he has done for us while at our school.”

Dr Rafiqul Islam said that work has begun, with Mr Johns’ assistance, to find a replacement.

“This school would be very attractive to candidates as the potential growth and opportunity at the Islamic school of Canberra is boundless.”

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