- Date: Feb 2013
BSK Flemington Sanskrit School inauguration ceremony was celebrated in a befitting manner at Homebush Boy’s High School premises on 5 February 2012.
The program started with taking the seats by distinguished dignitaries Mr Raju Varanasi Director, NSW Curriculum & Learning Innovation Centre; Mr William Hilliard Deputy Principal, Homebush Boy’s High School; Mr Alex Di Prinzio Education Officer, NSW Federation of Community Language Schools; Mrs Nina Conomos Leader, NSW Curriculum & Learning Innovation Centre; Mr Narayan Dhimol, Community Leader, Nepal / Bhutan Community, Parramatta Migrant Resource Centre. The guests were greeted by applying holy vermilion to their forehead.
Mrs Sumana Hebbar Coordinator & Teacher, BSK Flemington welcomed the dignitaries, parents and children, highlighting the importance of the ceremony. This was followed by lighting of the lamp by honourable guest Mr Raju Varanasi and chanting of the Sanskrit poems / verses / slokas by BSK Flemington little nightingales.
Mrs Akila Ramarathinam Secretary, VHP Australia explained in detail VHP activities throughout Australia emphasizing on the aims and goals of VHP Australia in maintaining social cohesion, harmony, inclusiveness. She went on to say how Bala Samskara Kendra, Sydney Veda Patasala, Hindu Scripture classes are gaining momentum drawing people from different backgrounds and culture.
Mr Raju Varanasi in his address to the gathering mentioned he is honoured and humbled to be a part of the ceremony, spoke about his attachment with the Vedic culture, urged people especially children to follow the rich culture, making use of all the facilities that the country is giving, and keep the roots intact. He also said it was heart warming experience to light the auspious lamp. He further added that he is extremely happy and appreciate the efforts made by VHP Australia for starting BSK / SVP, first Sanskrit school in the country (first school outside India) which teaches vedic chanting and vedic mathematics to the children.
There were two power point presentations by BSK students: Sanskrit – Hidden Treasure, BSK aims and objects & Sanskrit in Britain. While the former glorified Sanskrit, the later explained love and appreciation for Sanskrit by people of different culture.
Mr William Hilliard mentioned the audience that Homebush Boy’s School was a multicultural centre occupied by different communities organising one or the other activities. He also said the power point presentations were informative and he could gain some insight about Sanskrit. It is by his grace a venue to teach Sanskrit regularly is available.
Mr Alex Di Prinzio in his address to the audience said VHP Australia unlike the other organisations is well organised, working hard through its activities not only to keep the roots intact but also for the peace and harmony of the country. He also said it is really a pleasure to work for such communities. Mrs Nina Conomos in her speech said she is new and is looking forward to working with VHP Australia and the Sanskrit teachers. She also said that it is good to see the oldest language Sanskrit still in use when all its counterparts have vanished completely. Mr Narayan Dhimol in his address mentioned close cultural association of Nepal, Bhutan and Hindu communities; said it was his priority to attend the inauguration ceremony amidst of other activities because of his roots with the Hindu culture.
The program ended with the vote of thanks by youth leader & coordinator Mr Arjun. He thanked all the distinguished dignitaries, teachers, parents and children for their valuable presence in making the event a grand success. He also thanked Mrs Saraswathi Sashi of VHP for overall coordination and promotion of BSKs. He also stated that VHP of Australia President Mr Brij Pal Singh has inaugurated another Sanskrit school on 5 February 2012 at Waitara Public School, Hornsby. Light refereshments were served after the event.
BSK is currently operating in more than 6 suburbs in Sydney - Hornsby, Baulkham hills, Moorebank, Carlingford, Homebush, and Toongabbie. Interstate in Melbourne and in Brisbane as well, in one suburb each, starting last year.
For further information to enrol, kindly contact Mrs Akila Ramarathinam, National Secretary on 8814 7016.
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