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Khalsa Education Centre

The Khalsa education center (Punjabi School) is based at Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara on the 2nd floor next to the Guru Tegh Bahadur Museum. The Khalsa Education Centre was established in Nov 1990 (26 Nov) for providing vision and direction through learning Punjabi. The action plan was developed by the Education Committee under the chairmanship of Mr B.S. Atwal MBE.

The aims and objectives of the Education Committee is to develop a complete socio-religious and cultural education that enables Sikh children to learn about the Sikh religion, history, literature, kirtan, the Sikh way of life about culture and heritage. The centre also aims to make youth aware of their identity and spiritual well being.

This will enable them to enhance interaction and effective communication in their family and community closing the increasing gap, which is threatening our community as a whole. The Sikhs consider the holy Guru Granth Shahib Ji as embodiment of the spirit of then ten Gurus’. The holiest of the Holy Guru Granth Sahib Ji is written in gurmukhi script (Punjabi) so it is our primary aim that our younger generation should learn the Punjabi language to understand our religion and culture.

Khalsa Education Centre was a result of the regular Sunday Punjabi classes that used to be held at the Gurdwara Sahib long ago. With the efforts of Education committee (B.S. Atwal MBE, Dr Charanpreet S. Johal, Amarjeet S. Johal etc) and the committee and along with the dedication of the Mrs. Harinder Kaur Johal, the present shape came into reality.

The first Head Teacher being Mr B.S. Rikhi (1990-1992) along with teacher Mrs. H K. Johal started the School and did well even with a small number of students. But when in 1992 Mrs. H.K. Johal continued the work of previous Head Teacher which began to show tremendous improvement and the number of students rose to 320. She served untill 2004 and the shows demonstrated vision in developing the basic Sikh identity and its rich cultural heritage.

Since without language no culture can survive so the main aim of the concerned persons is to impart basic Punjabi language knowledge along with Punjabi GCSE, A Level, Sikh Studies etc. The syllabus is carefully designed to create interest on 2 important elements, Care and Quality in the Punjabi School. The school building has 7 class rooms and an Assembly Hall, The centre is fully modernized with central heating and double glazing which is one of the main reasons why it is chosen as the prime venue for GCSE, A Level and Sikh Studies exams.

Currently Mrs Kirpal Kaur is serving as a Head Teacher with around 7-8 other staff of teachers.

The school opening times are as follows:

Days Timings
Tuesday 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Wednesday 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Thursday 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Friday 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Daily Program

Morning

Parkash Guru Granth Sahib ji...4:30 am
Nitnem (Five Banis)..................5:30 am – 6:30 am
Kirtan & Asa di Var...................6:30 am – 7:50 am
Katha (Hukamnama)................7:50 am - 8:20 am
Kawishari/Dhadi......................8:20 am – 8:50 am
Ardaas (Diwan Samapati).........8:50 AM

Evening

Sri Rehraas Sahib......................5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Kirtan.........................................6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Katha..........................................7:00 pm - 7:40 pm
Kawishari/Dhadi.......................7:40 pm - 8:20 pm
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