Minarah College

Running a paperless high school!

HICES are proud to showcase the incredible sustainability efforts underway at Minarah College.

Minarah College is an Islamic Faith based school and strives for excellence across all paths. The reason for going paperless is the importance of conservation and doing our part for the world. It was not an easy process to transition into. Persistence, perseverance, and thinking outside of the square allowed this to happen.

We live in a society that uses technology with the “world’s direction” heading into the “Paperless” world. Mr. Jay Halai, the Principal at Minarah College, is our insightful leader. He has a vision and brings it to life. Students in Years 5-12 receive assistance in their classes through the use of SMARTboards that have been installed, along with their Microsoft Surface 2 in 1 device. Using computers has provided and enhanced numerous learning opportunities, making educational tools more efficient and user-friendly.

Several reasons have factored in Minarah’s decision to go Paperless. The first one is environmental concerns. Using Papercut, a software, Minarah was able to see how many trees were being used to supply the school, as well as how much CO2 is being produced. The Paperless initiative has significantly reduced the school’s environmental impact and energy consumption associated with paper production and disposal. This also provided students with a chance to be held accountable for their contributions toward sustainability.

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With 1200 students and interactive SMARTboards in every classroom, going paperless has allowed teachers and students to become even more technologically suave and environmentally conscious. With paperless systems, we can use databases and document management software to quickly search, access, and update information. Not only has this benefited our teachers, but our students who now retrieve materials from anywhere with an internet connection. This promotes collaboration and communication with their peers. Students work together on projects, share ideas, and receive feedback online, regardless of their physical location.

As technology continues to advance, Mr. Halai has embraced this and has opened new opportunities for the school, teachers, and students. Interactive and multimedia learning experiences have provided students with more engaging educational experiences. This enables students to explore subjects beyond the traditional textbook while providing personalised learning paths and target instruction where necessary.

Although there are many advantages to being a Paperless School, the challenge of making this vision come to life was the change to staff. Some were reluctant and many staff members felt as though they were being left behind on this one-way bus to the future. Staff members received support to ensure a smooth and successful transition with the use of training sessions and professional development days.

As Minarah College continues its technological journey into the future, we look forward to working further with HICES to come up with bigger and beter ideas to make Minarah College sustainable for the future.

By Michelle Po and Miriam Ekermawi

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