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.
|27th December 2015||Holiday : Christmas Day|
|3rd January 2016||Holiday : Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday|
|24th January 2016||Parents’ meetings / Progress Reports|
|17th April 2016||Holiday: Vaisakhi|
|29th May 2016||Holiday: Guru Amar Das Ji’s Birthday|
|19th June 2016||Exams|
|26th June 2016||Exams|
|17th July 2016||Parents’ meetings / Progress Reports|
|24nd July 2016||Fun Day|
|30th July 2016||School Trip|
|31st July 2016||Prize Day|
|1th August 2016||Summer Holiday|
|14th August 2016||Summer Holiday|
|21st August 2016||Summer Holiday|
|24st August 2016||Summer Holiday|
|4th September 2016||New classes start|