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Assalamu alaikum! My name is Daud Llewellyn-Jones and I come from a town in west Wales. I am new to the Academy, so I’m not quite sure what to expect.

I love maths and anything to do with astronomy. My father has a big telescope, and I love looking at the planets and constellations. It was the love of astronomy that led my father to embrace Islam.

But I don't know if there will be much time for stargazing at Dar al Ilm - the timetable seems very full! It looks as though I might have a lot of catching up to do with some of the subjects that I have never studied before, such as Arabic and tajweed of Qur’an!

Assalamu alaikum! My name is Warsoma Ghalib. I’m eleven years old and my family are originally from Somalia and I have four brothers and two sisters. I’m one of the youngest in the family, so unfortunately I get teased terribly by my older brothers.

I’ve been at Dar Al Ilm since little school. One of my favourite subjects is science and I’m especially looking forward to this year’s science field trip – I’m sure it will be exciting, inshallah!

There is however one subject that I could do without - Physical Education! I cannot stand anything to do with sports!

Assalamu alaikum, my name is Reda Hussein. This will be my fourth year at Dar al Ilm, and I am really looking forward to it. I was the captain of the football team last year and this year I'm going to make sure that we come out on top in sports in the house competition, inshallah!

I'm also looking forward to junior archery this year. We had a chance to try it out last year for a short season to get a taste of what’s to come in senior school.

Archery was recommended by our beloved Prophet (pbuh). I loved it last year and I can’t wait to pick up the bow and arrow once again and get down to some serious target practice!

Assalamu alaikum, my name is Yusif Abdur-Raheem. I'm a new boy at the Dar al Ilm Academy, and I must say I am a little bit nervous about being here. It's my first time away from home and I'm not quite sure what to expect.

When my parents told me that I was going to attend a boarding school, it came as quite a shock! But now that I am here, things are not so bad after all.

One of my main ambitions for my time at the school is to try to memorise the Qur’an, inshallah. I know it’s not going to be easy - lessons start 6 o'clock in the morning sharp, straight after fajr prayer. I had better make sure that I get to sleep early!

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