Gandhi Gruh Gujarati School
The Auckland Indian Association operates a school on Sundays which enables second, third and later generations to learn about their family culture and language.
The school runs for 2.5 hours each Sunday from 10 am to 1230 pm.
The day begins with Prathna, reciting of Sanskrit verses and the blessings of the Gods in the Radha Krishna Mandir before going to classes to learn Gujarati language and culture.
Each year, the children get to go on a School Trip. This is a fun family affair and some of the places visited include Maraetai Regional Park, Crystal Mountain, YMCA Outdoors, Nihotapu Dam.
Gandhi Jayanti is also celebrated with pride and passion and gives the children a great opportunity to participate.
Children also learn about and participate in the Independence Day and Diwali functions among other festivities.
Healthy Eating and Healthy Activities coordinator, Ila Kumar has conducted short fitness classes at the School to encourage the children to be active.
It is encouraged for children to start at school age but all are welcome and if this is of interest you could see the enrolment form below or contact Gandhi Gruh Gujarati School Chairperson:
Phone: (09) 630 5987
The School commences at 10am and concludes at 12.30pm. The day begins with Prathna, reciting of Sanskrit verses and the blessings of the Gods in the Radha Krishna Mandir before going to classes to learn Gujarati language and culture.
Currently there are 6 classes in the School. Children entre School when they are five and usually stay till around age 12.
Each year, the children get to go on a School Trip. This is a fun family affair and some of the places visited recently have been Maraetai Regional Park, Crystal Mountain, YMCA Outdoors, Nihotapu Dam.
Gandhi Jayanti is also celebrated with pride and passion and gives the children a great opportunity to participate. This means doing research, presentation and a couple of students get to MC the event. All this helps build confidence and self-esteem and most of all, promotes our heritage.
Children also participate in the Independence Day and Diwali functions.
Healthy Eating and Healthy Activities coordinator, Ila Kumar has conducted short fitness classes at the School to not only make it fun for the children and also get the mothers to participate.
The School has developed a curriculum and exams are held twice a year. At the end of the year, a prize-giving ceremony is held to acknowledge the top 3 achievers in each class ad starting last year, we have had two more awards up for grabs. Former President of the Auckland Indian Association, Chandubhai Daji, has kindly sponsored the Leadership Award and Principal Jayaben Pramodbhai has sponsored the Student of the Year Award.
The aim is to continue to make the School a better one.
We would like to promote the School to our Community. Enrolments are always welcome.
If there is reasonable interest, there is going to be the resumption of Adult classes each Sunday.
On 20 October 1955, a children’s language group was established under the name of Gujarati School. The founders of the school were Rameshbhai Nanu, Morarbhai Soma, Parbhubhai Jogi, Bhanabhai Dandiker and Vallabhbhai Daya and under the auspices of these people the school flourished.
Even though the mother land was thousands of miles away, these founders were new migrants struggling with their own settlement; finances were hard; yet still in these circumstances their commitment to preserving their mother tongue and their written language was unfavoured. The devotion and commitment by these founding members is truly commendable.
As more families and extended families migrated from India the Gujarati population in Auckland grew respectively, thus increasing the population of children also.
The children were encouraged to attend the school by the elders in the community. The notion was that the Hall was built and much hardship was endured in achieving this task, therefore, the children must support the community by attending school and utilising the facilities that had been provided.
In the beginning there were fifty to one hundred students attending the school and at one point there were over two hundred students attending. When the school first opened there were few resources. There were no blackboards chalks, books or chairs. The elders considered their plight and realised if they requested these items from India they would take six to eight months to get to New Zealand. At that time Air India was managed by Mr Bill Brambi. Mr Brambi arranged for these items to be brought from India, not only to Sydney where Air India’s final destination was, but he ensured they were forwarded onto Auckland. These items were donated to the school and in return the school stamped all heir books with a stamp of Air India.
In 1972 the school was re-named Gandhi Gruh Gujarati School. It was also decided the school would teach up to year 5. Currently the school runs to year 7, which included sisuvarg, primmer one, primmer two and balvarg.
The Gujarati School operated from the Gandhi Hall in Victoria Street Auckland from 1995, to 29 June 1992.
The following week, after prayers in the Radha Krishna Mandir, the School function was resumed.
In April 1995, the school moved into it’s purpose built classrooms. The inauguration of the hall and the classrooms was conducted by the Minister of Education and was accompanied by an cultural entertainment programme. The headmaster at this time was Manubhai K. Patel
With monetary donations from The South Auckland Charitable Trust, the School was refurbished and new tables and chairs were bought for the children. A photocopier and projector were also purchased.
Today the School is proud of its heritage and continues to provide a vital service to the community.