Primary School Educators

Grade 3 - Head of Department - Foundation Phase – Mrs F.B. Rajub

It’s no surprise that I am a teacher. I love to study. As a young girl, the Hadith – ‘Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave,’ – was firmly embedded in my psyche. So I did just that, I studied – a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Psychology and Islamic Studies, an Honours degree in Psychology, an Honours degree in Religion and Culture and a Higher Diploma in Education.

In my first year of teaching I was overwhelmed by the realization of the sheer responsibility of the path that I had chosen to tread. Nineteen years later, I’m older, wiser and blessed to have inspired, motivated, loved and listened to the hundreds of learners who have added value to my life.

I believe that every child has been blessed with a special skill, talent or ability that spans the spectrum of intelligence. In recognizing this – be it mathematical, linguistic, creative, sporty or technical – striving for holistic development and affirming children in what they excel at is essential. In the words of Albert Einstein, ‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will believe its whole life that it is stupid.’

Here in the Foundation Phase, we take cognizance of this uniqueness and create an environment for children to thrive. It’s all about balance. We nurture and support but we also set boundaries and establish rules so that our children can grow into responsible young boys and girls. We recognize the needs of the 21st Century child, but we also know the importance of the basics. We offer that balance – the old and the new, so that while striving higher we establish a firm foundation.

The dedication and commitment of my team in achieving our shared goals inspires me. The hugs, smiles and cheery greetings from my little ones put a spring in my step daily. I am so glad to be part of the Orient family – you would be too.

Head of Department - Intermediate Phase – Mrs R. Soni

Educators play a key role in society. I am honored and privileged to be in the teaching profession for 27 years, of which 21 years have been served at Orient Islamic School. I am a dedicated and motivated educator who is passionate in ensuring that the highest standard of teaching and learning is achieved.

I believe in total commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every learner. My key role is to inspire and mould young learners to achieve a high standard of Academic Excellence and outstanding Akhlaaq. My focus is to develop critical thinkers and exceptional leaders who will contribute positively to society as inspired by our Beloved Leader Prophet Muhammed (SAW). Therefore, I strive to enhance the talents of every learner, ensuring that their different styles and ability levels are catered for and fully developed.

As a team leader I thrive on leading by example, motivating and setting high standards for educators and learners. I have established and continue to nurture positive relationships with my educators, learners, parents, administrators and all stakeholders.

In order to achieve Academic Excellence and ensure the development of quality teaching, I ensure that my team are abreast with changes and developments in the curriculum so that we can articulate and commit to a shared educational vision.

In Sha Allah, I believe my team and I will help develop the future leaders of the Ummah.

Grade RR – Ms D. Bux

My name is Miss Dilshad Bux and I am currently teaching the Grade RR class in the Foundation Phase. I have been in the teaching profession for more than 20 years…Graduating in Reception Year Teaching and Early Childhood Development from UNISA.

I joined ORIENT ISLAMIC SCHOOL eight years ago and have taught in the GRADE R and the Grade 3 classes. I have a passion for working with the Early Childhood age group and am committed to creating joy in a child’s life by teaching them how to make friends and helping them to build up their self confidence at an early age.

In my Grade RR class the children learn through PLAY and HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES…eg Songs/Outdoor games/Craft Activities and Stories

I LOVE my job and come to school everyday determined to make a difference to a child’s development life.


Grade R - Mrs A. Khan

My name is Adila Khan. I am a dedicated and hard working educator with over 20 years teaching experience. I am currently teaching the Grade R’s at Orient Islamic School.

I am a resourceful educator with an ability to incorporate and encourage intellectual and social development in students. I am enthusiastic and committed with a natural ability to appreciate and inspire children.

My goal and objectives are to be the best educator and role model and to enhance my learner’s performance, and shape a better world for them and empower them. I strive to give of my best to make a difference in the lives of the children as well as the school.

My aim is to always be meticulous in my work, and an excellent role model worthy of emulation. I have learnt that being persistent, motivated and taking initiative is truly very important in achieving my goals and objectives.

Grade 1 - Mrs A. Gaffoor

It was perhaps about fulfilling a self-actualisation need that led me to become an educator. Belonging to a family of educators who devoted their lives to education was an added impetus in my decision making. This noble profession has also been the profession of all the Prophets of Allah (SWT) who all left an indelible impression on all of humanity. This distinctive desire to make a difference in people’s lives prompted me to become an educator.

I found it absolutely fascinating as how malleable the formative years of a child one can be and the impression that one makes on them is permanent. Teaching at Orient Islamic School serves a dualistic purpose for me as I deem it an Amaanah(trust) by the Almighty that I have in my hands, our future leaders of the Ummah. I also maintain that teaching should have subversive tinge to it, so that it would challenge stereotypical thinking and prepare our little learners of today for a challenging and intriguing tomorrow.

“A 100 years from now it will not matter what my bank account was the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But, the world maybe different because I was important in the life of a child.” –Anonymous-

Grade 2 - Mrs R. Hassen

I am privileged to be an educator in Orient Islamic School, I have 35 years of experience in the Foundation Phase

I have a passion for teaching and love working with little children

My goals are:
– To develop every learner holistically; that is, spiritually, physically and academically – To serve as a role model and to inspire my learners – To teach with love, understanding and compassion so that my learners are equipped to face the challenges in life

Grade 2 - Ms R. Moola

The beauty of teaching is that you are always learning no matter which end of the classroom you are standing…it is my philosophy that we do not just teach our children a curriculum, we teach them life. They are our future-of the country, of our planet, of our Ummah. Each child is unique and possesses a goldmine of untapped potential which I hope daily to unearth and allow to shine!

My goal as a teacher is to be better everyday than I was the day before, to let every child in my class know and believe that they are special and to have them leave my classroom with knowledge and skills to benefit them as successful individuals in this world and the aakhirah.

I may teach them life, but they teach me love…

Grade 3 - Miss S. Manjoo

I believe that all children are individuals and should be taught in a manner that addresses their individuality. I believe that education should be inquiry based. if you allow the learners natural curiosity to lead their voyage into the unknown, not only will it enhance their interest in learning, but it also becomes personal to them and far more important.

I believe in alloting extra one-on-one time for struggling learners and allowing more challenging opportunities for advanced learners in order for all my learners to reach their full potential. A teachers work goes beyond just teaching, it is a responsibility to provide learners with as much help and love as possible. To me teaching is an art.. being and educator is not my job… it is my passion.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

Grade 4 - Mrs N. Bassa

I am passionate about Islam, teaching and global Muslim and environmental issues. My goal is to groom well balanced, responsible, confident young leaders with strong Islamic values and a well informed world view.

My motto is professionalism and dedication underlined with empathy. I totallly believe that every child can achieve and I strive to assist, guide,mentor and cajole every child in my care to achieve their potential.