மேற்கு ஆஸ்திரேலியா தமிழ்ப் பள்ளிகள்
North Tamil School | South Tamil School | Bunbury Tamil School | Valluvan Tamil School
The Tamil Association of WA, with the help of hard-working volunteers runs four Tamil Schools one for the Northern Suburbs, two for the southern suburbs, one in Bunbury. Our teachers come from different countries, like India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Singapore. This diversity not only gives our children a vast variety in the teaching techniques but also gives the teachers an understanding of how our language is taught in each of their countries.
Tamil schools are supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) with funding provided under the Community Languages Schools program. They also participate in the OMI’s Pathway to Improvement Program (PIP) and achieved the Stage 1 registration status in 2019.
Teachers participate in ongoing professional development programs. Students participate in a range of Local Government and State level multicultural events and competitions, promoting the Tamil language and culture to the broader Australian community.
The school acts as a center for many children to learn the language and participate in Tamil cultural activities. The school holds the end of term assemblies to allow children to perform at events at the end of each school term. The school also holds parent-teacher meetings for teachers to discuss the children’s progress.
Further to this, the school conducts an annual Tamil Concert which showcases student’s language skills along with traditional dance and music items. The school community comes together to celebrate Tamil New Year and the Deepavali festival.
While schools operate individually, the principals frequently communicate and share knowledge with each other to organize group events like the School Concert, Tamil speech competition and Sports Day.
The schools adopt the New South Wales Federation of Tamil Schools (NSWFTS) syllabus and material. This syllabus is used in Tamil Language schools across Australia.
Our Tamil schools are as diverse as our country, with student and teacher percentages spread across 4 countries where Tamil is spoken. The principals and teachers look towards continually improving everything from the syllabus to teaching techniques.
All teachers provide their services voluntarily. Apart from some token amounts of money that may be paid for travel or associated teaching aids, our teachers do this purely for their love of the language and culture. It is important that you as a parent or member note the hard work put in by our Tamil School teachers and applaud them for their efforts.
Perth North Tamil School provides the opportunity for school-aged children in the northern suburbs to learn the Tamil language and engage in Tamil cultural activities. The school has 9 classes and 10 teachers with over 100 children enrolled in 2019. A management committee comprising ten volunteers is responsible for the school’s administration. Parents and senior members from the community provide valuable guidance and advice in developing the school’s programs and events.
The school was founded in 1995 by Tamil community members living in the northern suburbs of Perth. With the growth in student numbers, the school has expanded its facilities with additional classrooms in the adjoining Meerilinga Community Centre in 2019, and the Ballajura Public Library and the White Lion Youth Centre from 2020.