The Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara provides a number of activities and educational classes including a Panjabi School, Creche, classes in Sikhism along with music classes on how to play the harmonium and tabla. The Gurdwara also has a library with a range of dual language books that are suitable for both children and adults.
The Gurdwara management committee believe that providing these activities and classes is important because it ensures that Sikh children are aware of their Sikh cultural and spiritual heritage. Additionally, being able to read and write Panjabi enables a Sikh to fully participate in the worship of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji because the Guru Granth Sahib Ji is written in Gurmukhi.
These are the activities and educational classes that the Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara provides:
|Day||Class||Details||Time & Location|
|Sikhism for children||This class teaches the basic beliefs of Sikhism; the teachings of the Gurus and provides opportunities to learn shabads from the Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
For children aged 5 and above with the class in English
|6:30pm – 7:30pm
First Floor Diwan hall
|G.C.S.E. in Sikhism||This class teaches about Sikhism in preparation to take the G.C.S.E exam.
All ages are welcome
|7:00pm – 8:00pm
|Library||The library has books for children and adults in Punjabi, English and dual language||6:30pm – 8:00pm
|Music Classes||The harmonium and tabla classes are aimed at all levels and ages. The aim is to develop confidence to perform in front of the Sangat.||6:15pm – 8:15pm
First Floor Divan Hall
Lower Music Room
|Sunday||Children’s Panjabi School||Children are taught to speak, read and write in Panjabi. The starting age is 5 years and most children progress to take GCSE Panjabi with an excellent success rate.
Prize Days are held annually to encourage and inspire the children and their families.
Class 1 Reception
Class 2 Primary
Class 3 Intermediate
Class 4 GCSE Foundation Level
Class 5 GCSE Higher Level
|10:00am – 11:30am
11:30am – 1:00pm
|Creche||Chidlren under 5 are provided with fun learning activities and encouraged to speak Panjabi. They also learn basic Sikhism, e.g. Mool Mantar and the 5 K’s||11:00am – 12:45pm
|Library||With books for both children and adults in English and Panjabi||11:30am – 12:30pm