First Sikh school hopes to create future leaders

There are few younger people from the Indian subcontinent in national or state sporting teams, Parliament, media or the ...

Kanwar Jeet (far left), one of the volunteers behind the establishment of Australia’s first Sikh school, with his family.CREDIT:STEVEN SIEWERT

The NSW (Australian state of New South Wales) government has approved construction of the southern hemisphere’s first Sikh school in north-west Sydney, which community leaders hope will nurture future Indian-Australian judges, politicians and sports stars.

Sikh Grammar School in Rouse Hill will welcome students of all backgrounds and denominations, but expects to attract mostly children with an Indian heritage, said Kanwar Jeet, one of the volunteers behind the project.

It will teach students from kindergarten to year 12, and will have boarding facilities, sporting fields, a pre-school and a Sikh temple. It will cost an estimated $200 million, funded by members of the Sikh community.

“It’s going to be a school for everyone,” Mr Jeet said. “But it’s in the vicinity of where a lot of migrants from an Indian background live. It will help give their kids that kind of culture that will inspire them to be the best.”

The school’s website said there were few younger people from the Indian subcontinent in national or state sporting teams, Parliament, media or the legal system. “This school will invest time, attention and money to create leaders of tomorrow,” it said...

...Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, said the school would be built near Tallawong metro station, on the north-west line.

“We have many different types of religion schools across NSW, including those of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith,” he said. “This will be the first school dedicated to Sikhism teachings and the local Sikh community has been instrumental in making it happen.”

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