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 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 and A Level with an excellent success rate.
The School Ethos
- Uphold the values and beliefs enshrined in the Guru Granth Sahib and the Teachings of the Ten Gurus’.
- Develop and maintain an ethos in which individuals feel valued and where personal endeavour and responsibility are foster
- Demonstrate empathy with the Sikh religion and promote Sikh Values and culture.
- Encourage Sikh children and adults to speak and converse in Punjabi
This is done by
- Regular acts of worship in which children and adults participate.
- Making children aware of their heritage through the celebration of the lives of the Sikh Gurus and their Gurpurabs.
- Teaching children through the curriculum of the messages of Guru Granth Sahib.
- Valuing individuals and their contribution to the community of the school.
- Making sure children and adults feel safe within the environment of the school.
Monday – 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Learn how to recite/read Gurbani (all levels welcome)
Sunday – 10:00am to 11:00pm
Learn how to read, speak and write Panjabi
Sunday – 11:00am to 12:00pm
Learn about the Sikh Religion, History and get to know Sikh adults & children