The NSW government has approved construction of first Sikh school in north-west Sydney.
The underlying philosophy behind establishing this first Sikh School is:
“The aim of the school is to provide its students with the best possible education in the best possible environment to achieve the best possible educational outcomes.”
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, told SMH:
“We have many different types of religion schools across NSW, including those of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith. This will be the first school dedicated to Sikhism teachings and the local Sikh community has been instrumental in making it happen.”
SMH reports that the Sikh community leaders hope that this school will nurture future Indian-Australian leaders.
Sikh Grammar School in Rouse Hill will be multicultural and welcome students of all backgrounds and denominations.
Tarlok Singh, Coordinator of the Sikh grammar school said in a Facebook post:
“Sikh grammar school is an institution dedicated to Sikhism not to any party or dera. … The school is fully dedicated to Sikh principles and Sikhism.”
This first Sikh school would be built near Tallawong metro station, on the north-west line.
The school will teach students from kindergarten to year 12.
It will also have boarding facilities, sporting fields, a pre-school and a Sikh temple.
Michelle Rowland, Member of Parliament for Greenway, New South Wales, congratulated the Indian community on this achievement:
The school’s website says:
“This school will invest time, attention and money to create leaders of tomorrow.”
The estimated cost are around $200 million, funded mostly by members of the Sikh community.