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Minaret College is the largest co-educational Islamic school in South-Eastern Melbourne, Australia. Established in 1992 with 22 students, in 2017 the enrolment has risen to approximately 1800 students from PreSchool to Year 12. The College has two campuses, the main campus is located at Lewis street, Springvale and the second campus at Tivendale Rd, Officer, which was opened in 2009.
Minaret College students continue to achieve very high academic results in VCE.
Students have also excelled in World Maths Day and various State and National Maths, Science and Literacy benchmark tests & competitions. Minaret College is active in regional debating competitions and also offers VCE Religion & Society and Texts & Traditions from an Islamic perspective.
The College has a sports program, and is involved in interschool sports including Australian rules football, cricket, basketball and soccer. Swimming lessons for primary students are provided for water safety.
The College provides Islamic studies, Arabic language classes, Friday & daily prayers and a halal catered canteen. Minaret College has been an active participant in interfaith activities, such as the Building Bridges project.
History and governance
The College was founded by Mr Mohamed Hassan, OAM (2007 Queens Birthday Honours) in 1992 as the Islamic College of Noble Park. The Springvale Campus (Whiteside P.S.) was acquired in 1996. The Minaret Trust is a not-for-profit entity and the College Board of parents and community volunteers meets monthly. The College is a member of Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) and a founding member of the Australian Council of Islamic Education in Schools (ACIES).