First Sikh school in Australia hopes to create future leaders

I think highly of Sikhs.  They successfully withstood the Muslims for 1,000 years.  I personally know Sikhs well and see no danger in them. I actually have had young Sikhs living with me in my house so I put my money where my mouth is

There are no Sikh Jihadis. Like most Indians, Sikhs would rather talk than fight -- and give me Guru Nanak in preference to Mohammed any day. "Sikh" means "student" and Sikh Gurdwaras (temples) are open to all, regardless of religion, background, caste or race. 

Sikh customs are all fine and can  reasonably be accommodated among us -- because they do not bring hostility towards us with them.

The NSW 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.

The website also said there were more than 100,000 people from south Asia living in Blacktown and its surrounds, and about 50 per cent of them were aged between 25 and 40. Many of those would have school-aged children.

Strong support was demonstrated by the generosity of donations, the website said, which came from not only Australia, but also from the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Mr Jeet said Sikhism had three main principles; hard work, spirituality and service. “Because it’s a school for every religion and every faith, anyone can practice their own religion,” he said. “Sikh values are human values – no discrimination, nor oppressing.”

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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