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Tremendous Support for Guru Nanak Secondary School

The "Friends Of Guru Nanak Sikh Secondary V.A. School was formed in April 2004 by Paul Riat and Amarjit Singh Dassan to support the school in it's fund raising project for the new building. Under it's auspices a Kirtan Dawn was organised on Sunday 16 May 2004 at the school premises attended by over 400 people.

After the Kirtan many prominent Sikhs agreed to provide their support. Amongst them were Mr. Surinder Aujla, A.S. Bajaj, R.S. Baxi, Chan Chaudhary, Sarbir Chawla, Dr. MS Duggal, Ravi Giddhar, Dr Rami Ranger and Arvind Sawhney.

Some Of The Distinguished GuestsAmarjit Dassan & Paul Riat With Students

The very first function organised by the "Friends Of The School" was a great success and £10,000 was raised. It has been decided that regular Kirtan Dawans and cultural programmes would be held in future to raise funds for this noble cause.

Previously known as the Guru Nanak Sikh College, it was originally opened in 1993 as an independent school. With the grace of Satguru, the college readily gained a reputation as a centre of educational excellence. In September 1999, the college succeeded in obtaining Voluntary Aided status from the government and thus entered the state sector of education.

In January 2004, the secondary school had it's first OFSTED inspection. The school achieved a very favourable report. At present there are a total of 650 students with several hundred on the waiting list. The government has sanctioned a grant of £16 million for it's new buildings with only 10% contribution required from the school. The total cost of the building is approximately £18 million. The school has 11 acres of land for it's building and playgrounds.

Once the building of the school is completed, it will be a great Sikh Institution in the UK. If marketing and the building project is done effectively, raising the contribution of 10% from the Sikh community in the UK should not be a problem. Paul and Amarjit would like to thank all the members of the public who attended the function on 16 May 2004.

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