The Grange P-12 College, which is currently building a very strong relationship with its growing Indian community, celebrated India’s 70th Independence Day. More than 80 families joined in the celebrations, which saw students dance and sing to a range of Indian patriotic songs. “It was terrific to see students wearing their traditional costumes and highlighting their culture along with welcoming their families into our college community,” said David Smillie, the principal of the college Mr Smillie.
“We are inspired by the wonderful work they are doing in the Hindi community. We will be starting a scholarship program to support the Principal’s vision soon”
— Amit Parmar
“We were fortunate to have Ms Judith Graley, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, The Hon. James Merlino, attend along with Indian community leaders Mr Gautam Gupta, retd Colonel S Roy Chaudhryand Mr Amit Parma,” Mr Smillie added.
The institution’s Hindi teacher Mrs Renu Gupta led a group of 53 students in activities which included a speech about Indian Independence Day and singing Hindi songs and the Indian National anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’. Hundreds of Indian flags made by P-2 students in their Hindi sessions were being waved around the hall as students proudly went dressed in traditional costumes sang songs of nationalism.
“I have attended The Grange College a number of times and the enthusiasm of the leadership and innovation of its students always leaves me inspired. I see the Hindi language program is growing steadily and it is time that we join hands with Principal Mr Smillie, to help them enhance the program,” said Gautam Gupta at the event. “I hope to be able to connect them with a few good schools in India to establish exchange programs,” he added.
Amit Parmar distributed gift packs to all performers for the day and said, “We are inspired by the wonderful work they are doing in the Hindi community. We will be starting a scholarship program to support the Principal’s vision soon.”
Mr Smillie said that the college is working in consultation with the Department of Education to develop future learning relationships and cultural exchanges between Australia and India.
“We would like many more Indian families to enrol as we are the only Wyndham or Western suburbs school offering Hindi as a language at both Primary and Secondary levels,” he added.