About our School
Zayed College for Girls is a decile 3, state integrated special character Islamic secondary school for girls Year 7 – 13). It was built by Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahayan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and opened in January 2001. This unique institution pursues excellence and innovation to provide a supportive Islamic environment for students within the New Zealand context.
Zayed College for Girls provides integrated education in a student centred environment, allowing young women to achieve personal potential, Islamic identity and valued citizenship.
For every girl to develop a beautiful character and academic excellence in a nurturing Islamic environment.
Kare in Te Reo Maori is an affectionate term for a friend.
Our values explain the nature of Zayed College for Girls’ collective character, allowing all staff to interact with each other, students, parents and the community in a consistent manner.
Educate a Woman, Educate a Nation
In Islam both men and women are duty bound to seek education, for the Prophet Muhammad said: “The search for knowledge is a duty on every Muslim.” (Bukhari)
“O Mankind, keep your duty to your Lord who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate (of same kind) and from them twain has spread a multitude of men and women” (Qur’an 4: 1).
A scholar who pondered about this verse states: “It is believed that there is no text, old or new, that deals with the humanity of the woman from all aspects with such amazing brevity, eloquence,depth, and originality as this divine decree.”
Zayed College for Girls
The special character of the school is determined by the faith system made up of the beliefs, values and lifestyles of Islam as embodied in the holy Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammed Sallalahu Alayhe wa Salam as explained by the four Mathhabs: Hanifi, Shafi, Hambali and Maliki.
The purpose of the school is to:
- Support the home and the Islamic community in the transmission of the Islamic faith system (as per the above Special Character) and lifestyle to the young women who attend the school.
- Facilitate the development of a mature and understanding commitment to the beliefs and practices of Islam so that students will become responsible and caring Muslims in the community.
The achievement of these goals is through a comprehensive and unified program involving every aspect of the curriculum and predicated upon:
- The firm faith and perception of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’Ala as creator and Sustainer of the Universe.
- The dependence on guidance from the Holy Quran and Sunnah as per the Special Character Agreement.
- Commitment to the holistic development of the individual – physical, intellectual, spiritual, emotional and social.
Zayed College for Girls – students, staff and school community – recognize the unity of faith we share and that this is reflected in its policies, its structures and the relationships of its members.
The students who attend the College reflect the diversity of our Islamic community, bringing a richness and energy that is exciting.
The majority of students attending Zayed College for Girls come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, sharing many languages between them. While the majority has English as a second language, most students have been in New Zealand schools previously. The staff at Zayed College are dedicated and committed to success for every student.
Zayed College for Girls is located close to Auckland International Airport, within easy reach of Central Auckland. The College is close to three main motorway networks connecting it to central, south and east Auckland.
The entrance to the College is a private road leading to a car park within a fenced campus. Students enter the College through an archway characteristic of Islamic architecture, and foyer that opens onto landscaped grounds enclosed in a private courtyard.
The gymnasium and indoor swimming pool also open onto this courtyard through bi-fold doors that allow for the privacy of students to be preserved while providing facilities for cultural and physical activities.The building on the opposite side of the courtyard is entered through the student atrium, which features a glassed in area with seating and a lift to a mezzanine floor.