Minaret College, the Melbourne based Islamic school marked a significant milestone by holding a two-day 30 Year Anniversary Community Celebration from Friday 25 to Saturday 26 November 2022 attended by students and their families, staff, community leaders and politicians.

On Friday 25 November, students from Springvale, Officer and Doveton campuses indulged in an exclusive students-only event with plenty of rides and food stalls. As indicated by the smiles on students’ faces, the day was the perfect way to wind down after a productive school year.

The following day, Springvale Campus opened its doors to the community, invited guests including Mr Julian Hills MP, College board members, leaders past and present, students from the original class of 22 students in 1992, College dux from previous years, long-serving staff members and families.

Minaret College has humble beginnings, being established by its Founding Director, late Mr Mohamed Hassan OAM, as Islamic College of Noble Park, back in 1992 with only 22 students. The College continues to be inspired by its ambitious vision to provide Muslim children with an environment that preserves their Islamic Identity by fostering Islamic values and prepares them to be model Australian Muslim citizens participating positively in building a prosperous, harmonious and safe society.

The College now spans three campuses in South-East Melbourne (Springvale, Officer and Doveton) catering for students from ELC to year 12 and continues to grow as local families seek a school which has a proven record of academic success while nurturing students in a way which develops their Muslim identity, inculcates  Islamic values and fosters Australian citizenship.

Speaking about the event, the College Board Chairperson, Dr Ahmed Hassan, reflected on the ‘seed’ that the College Founder Mr Mohamed Hassan OAM planted 30 years ago, and the flourishing Minaret Family which stands tall in support of the community.

Honourable Julian Hill (Federal Member for Bruce) addresses the audience

After the official ceremony, two significant installations were revealed to mark the importance of the occasion.

A 30-year timeline now greets visitors at the administration foyer at Springvale Campus, sharing the significant milestones that have laid the foundation for Minaret College today. A plaque commemorating the naming of the multipurpose hall to Mohamed Hassan Hall was also revealed as part of the day’s proceedings.

Inaugural naming of the Springvale Campus Hall to Mohamed Hassan Hall

Attendees went on to celebrate the day with festival rides or visiting stalls from local businesses and community organisations.

“This was exactly what we needed,” said Executive Principal, Mr Mohammed Taksim. “The last few years has been extremely taxing but a day like today allows us to reconnect as a community and show appreciation for all the blessings we have as a Minaret College Family.”

Primary students perform for an attentive audience.

Secondary students performing a nasheed.

Reflecting on the last 30 years, Mr Taksim shared, “Alhamdulillah 30 years ago, the College founder and a small group of dedicated staff made many sacrifices to create what we are enjoying today and I can only hope that our continued efforts will be similarly beneficial for generations of Muslim Australians to come InshaAllah.”

Minaret  College is serving the needs of the Muslim Community in the South Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne providing a learning environment enriched with Islamic subjects such as Qur’an, Islamic Studies and Arabic as well as daily Hifz program.

Over 2500 students are currently benefitting from this Muslim school infused with Islamic values in the Australian state of Victoria.

Rides for the brave and courageous!

Students enjoying the carnival rides.

For further enquiries, the College can be contacted via email at admin@minaret.vic.edu.au or further information is available on their website at www.minaret.vic.edu.au,

A day of smiles!

 

 

Jenny Bryant is currently the People and Culture Manager and a member of the Minaret College Leadership Team