We feel it is important for our community to learn Punjabi because Punjabi is the mother tongue of the Punjabis as well as the language of the Sikh Religion. Through learning Punjabi, we gain an undertstanding of the Sikh cultural and spiritual heritage and develop a strong tie with the Punjab, the birthplace of Sikhism.
More importantly, the Guru Granth Sahib Ji is written in Gurmukhi and it is only through knowing and understanding Punjabi that a Sikh can fully participate in the worship of the Guru Granth Sahib Ji in the sangat.
The Punjabi Language School teaches Punjabi up to G.C.S.E level. It was opened in 1975 and since then over 2,500 children have been taught Punjabi in this school. Currently there are nearly 200 children attending the school, aged from 5 to 16 years.
The aim is to provide fun and enjoyable activities for children to learn to speak, read and write in Punjabi. The starting age is 5 years and most progress to take GCSE Punjabi with an excellent success rate.
Fun days and Prize days are held annually in August/September and help to encourage and inspire the children and their families.
If you are interested in enrolling at the Punjabi School please contact us at the Punjabi School or pick up a form from the Gurdwara Library.
The Punjabi classes for children are held as two separate sessions every Sunday. The first session is from 10:00am to 11:30am and the second from 11:30am to 1:00 pm.
Each session has 5 separate classes:
- Class 1 Reception
- Class 2 Primary
- Class 3 Intermediate
- Class 4 G.C.S.E Foundation Level
- Class 5 G.C.S.E Higher Level
Important dates and holidays
These are the key calendar dates for the Punjabi school in 2015/2016.
|25th December 2016||Holiday : Christmas Day|
|1st January 2017||Holiday : Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday|
|22nd January 2017||Parents’ meetings / Progress Reports|
|16th April 2017||Holiday: Vaisakhi|
|28th May 2017||Holiday: Guru Amar Das Ji’s Birthday|
|18th June 2017||Exams|
|25th June 2017||Exams|
|16th July 2017||Parents’ meetings / Progress Reports|
|29nd July 2017||Panjabi Mela|
|30th July 2017||Prize Day|
|6th August 2017||Summer Holiday|
|13th August 2017||Summer Holiday|
|20th August 2017||Summer Holiday|
|27th August 2017||Summer Holiday|
|3rd September 2017||New classes start|