The S.K.S.S. Temple in East London was first built in 1987. Soon, the local community decided that the younger generation should be taught to read and write their mother tongue Gujarati. Hence, Sahajanand School was founded consisting of several Gujarati classes at different levels. Since then, the School has had over 150 students studying Gujarati every year. Students as young as seven years of age have been taught the language from the alphabet through to recognised qualifications levels. During their seven years of studying, the students are prepared for their Gujarati GCSE exam. The temple is a register OCR centre and we hold our own Gujarati GCSE exams at our centre.
Discipline is taken very seriously at our school, and any misbehaviour will result in action being taken. However, till date there has been no need to take serious action, such as expulsion. But any actions, such as incomplete homework, will result in consequences. Continuous misbehaviour will result in parents being contacted and ultimately called into school to meet with the class teacher or the head teacher.
We are proud of the fact that our school has a team of dedicated teachers who take utmost interest in educating the students. Currently we have fifteen volunteer teachers and seven administrative staff who assist the teachers in running the school. Almost half of the volunteer teachers are ex-students of whom some are as young as 14 and have acquired Grade A in the Gujarati G.C.S.E. exam. They have taken the opportunity to pass on the knowledge that they have acquired to the next generation.
The Temple has not had the capacity to accommodate such a large number of students and this has always been a problem for us. However, currently, we are renting the school a few doors down, and holding classes in there. This has given us an opportunity to let the kids be at ease and comfort. In addition, classes can now commence while the religious Sabhaa is still on, whereas before classes started after Sabhaa. We are hoping that in the near future we are able to have sessions on our own premises and we are working towards that very goal.
Students also have opportunities to participate in cultural programmes, such as the Patotsav. This gives the students the chance to contribute to their culture and extend their knowledge further.
Every year the school has improved, not only due to the motivated workforce we have, but also due to the number of students and volunteers that increase every year. We are aiming towards a student-led environment, where we try to meet their needs in order to make their education as enjoyable and enriching as we can.