Courtesy Sangeetha Kutty
On April 22nd 2017, Brisbane Tamil School Inc. had inaugurated their 4th campus in Albany Creek State High School of Brisbane to encourage students residing in Northern suburbs of Brisbane to learn Tamil language and culture.
Brisbane Tamil School(BTS) was established in 1985 and has been teaching Tamil Language and promoting Tamil culture to the younger generations who trace their origins to a diverse range of countries including India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa. Brisbane Tamil School is also a member of the Ethnic Schools Association of Queensland(ESAQ) for the past 32 years. It has now over 100 students learning Tamil in their other three campuses – Brisbane(Holland Park), Gold coast, Toowoomba.
Each year BTS conducts sports meet, cultural concert and dinner night in addition to school competitions, reading challenge and open day event to showcase their students’ talents to community. BTS students have also actively participated in National level Tamil exams and have successfully won several national level prizes.
The inaugural event was conducted in traditional style with the lighting of lamps by chief guests and supporters to indicate that they as educators bring brightness to life through education. It was followed by boiling over of milk to signify that the place be overflowing with love. By sharing the boiled milk they signify that everything will be shared here including the knowledge and joys of life. These traditions were followed by the speeches by our school principal Mr. Ramanan and chief guests Mr. Sri Jeyanthirakumar and Mr. Sri who are active members in the community and parents of past students of our Tamil School. In their speeches they remarked how our Brisbane Tamil School is growing stronger every day and becoming the cultural hub in our Tamil community. It was interesting to note that the children of past students are also attending the school now. The day ended on a festive note, with traditional and contemporary foods being enjoyed by all.
The next major event of Brisbane Tamil school is the 32nd Annual Sports day to be held on 21st May 2017 from 8 am to 5:30pm in Centenary State High School in Jindalee. This includes track and field events and group events for both school students, adults and seniors in the community.
Weekly Tamil classes are conducted for children and teenagers every Saturday afternoon (2:00 – 4:30 pm) during school term with a 15 min break time. A welcome gift pack will be provided for new enrollments. If you would like to join Brisbane Tamil School to learn about Tamil culture and language please contact Mr. Ramanan, School President (0435 602 864) or Dr. Satha Iyathurai, School Co-ordinator(0423 545 283) or Dr. Sangeetha Kutty, Cultural Co-ordinator(0401074738) or Dr. Eswaran Velayutham, Toowoomba Co-ordinator (0432 980 338). For more information, please check the school website www.brisbanetamilschool.org.