About the School
Khalsa Punjabi School was established in November 1994 at Blackburn, Victoria to fulfill the needs of the Punjabi and Sikh Community. It was the first afterhours ethnic Punjabi School for the students around Melbourne. The school started with a handful of students and steadily the number started to increase. Khalsa Punjabi School has its own library on campus with a large number of books, dictionaries, journals, CDs, audio cassettes and other multimedia equipment.
Khalsa Punjabi School has actively participated in the community programs to promote cultural diversity within the school community and multicultural community in Melbourne. Khalsa Punjabi School has participated in the Essay Competition hosted by SBS Australia on Multiculturalism in Australia. A number of school students participated in the competition and won first, second and third prices in different age groups, in a grand ceremony at University High School in Parkville.
Khalsa Punjabi School students have also participated in the exhibition held at Doncaster Civic Centre by Soka Gakai Association of Victoria. Children made paintings and scathes on multicultural Australia. This Association is organizing another information session on environmental awareness by displaying projects prepared by many ethnic school students in near future. The school students will again participate in the function.
The school has also contributed in “Indian Smoke-free Festival” which was held at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne by performing a colorful Indian dance. Students have enjoyed performing and at the same time visited an exhibition on cultural diversity at the museum.
Growing demand of the Punjabi language in Victoria and keen interest of students at all levels prompted the management of Khalsa Punjabi School to initiate the process of accreditation of the Punjabi language as a LOTE in Victorian schools. Although the process was started by the school, it was only possible with the active support of major Punjabi and Sikh Organizations of Victoria and around Australia. With major efforts and dedication by Khalsa Punjabi School Management, Punjabi has been approved and accredited by the Department of Education in Victoria. The school staff has been involved in designing Study Design of Punjabi Language in association with LOTE manager of VCAA. Punjabi language will be implemented in Victorian Schools from year 2005.
Khalsa Punjabi School is fully prepared to serve the needs of VCE students learning Punjabi as second language from year 2005. Khalsa Punjabi School staff regularly attends the activities for their performance development offered by Department of Education and Training. These sessions help to develop a good teaching and learning environment for teachers and students.
Gurbani Kirtan School
Gurbani/Kirtan School has been successfully running for the past 3 years. The school aims at giving an opportunity for children, youth and adults to learn the most valuable skills of Kirtan singing of Gurbani in classical music ragas and playing the Harmonium (Waja) and Tabla taught by qualified and experienced music teachers employed by SGNSS. It also provides for the learning of Paath/Gurbani and Sikh values. This indeed is a highly commendable project to benefit our younger generation and promote our traditional/cultural values inline with the multicultural/multi-faith policies of Australia.
The school operates weekend classes on Saturdays and Sundays to give families a choice of day that suits them best. Classes are held in the classrooms of Khalsa Punjabi School. Saturday classes run between 1pm to 4pm and are sectioned into 3 sessions. Sunday classes run from 1pm to 3pm and are sectioned into 2 sessions to cater for various small groups according to age/ability and learning standards. Students are given ample opportunity to perform on Gurudwara stage to gain confidence and receive Guruji’s blessings and of saadh sangat in congregation on special Gurpurab’s programmes. This is a golden opportunity for your children and not to be missed out on. Please come forward and enrol your children A.S.A.P to take part in the forthcoming special event of 300th Anniversary of Sri Granth Sahibji in October.
The school runs as per Victorian school terms and school holidays. You have a choice to attend on Saturday or Sunday. A token fee of $30 per term for children and $50 for adults is your contribution towards this noble cause. Teachers’ salaries and all other costs are subsidised and paid by SGNSS. Any donations of cash/prizes to encourage children’s efforts are very welcome from members of Sangat/Community. Any financial hardship cases/newly arrived migrants get free exemption. Gurbani/Paath classes are complimentary.
For further information please contact:
Co-Ordinator:Mr. Ravi Walia | 0407-134-706
Kirtan Teacher Paramjit Singh | 0430595198
OR See Us In Classroom Saturday/Sunday
M: 0419 332 787
M: 0423 204 428
M: 0405 177 326