The SKLPC Saturday School has been running at Claremont High School in Kenton north west London for a number of years.
To be a supporting education service for students aged between 5 to 18
To prepare students for national exams
Provide opportunities for children and adults who wish to learn Gujarati language up to GCSE level.
Provide extra help to students who have learning difficulties.
To provide general knowledge lessons in the Hindu Culture.
This was the year when the SKLPC Gujarati classes were first established with the guidance of Premjibhai Varsani and with the help of Sureshbhai Varsani, Sarlaben Kara and Arunaben Vekaria. Initially the classes took place at the Hendon Samaj Hall where children were taught in groups. In the course of two years the Gujarati classes received help from Sushilaben Bhudia and Premjibhai Bhoja.
The number of classes increased as more of members became aware of the school. This led to the SKLPC Saturday School moving to larger premises where six classes were in operation.
Saw further expansion and required two schools to cater for children in the North London area. One held in Finchley, which was run by Sushilaben Bhudia, and another in Kenton (Claremont High School, which is the present venue of SKLPC Saturday School) run by Vijyaben Bhanderi.
Was the year Hansaben Khetani together with Late Jaswantiben Pindoria began Maths and English tuition classes for years 4 to 13, consisting of 40 students. Chandubhai Halai and Hansaben Pindoria took on the responsibilities to improve the Gujarati Classes.
Saw the Tuition classes expand quantitatively and qualitatively. Initiative was taken by the Education Committee to encourage the Youth to help in the school in the form of Support Teachers, Admin, Organising etc. School syllabus was established with the help of Chandubhai Halai, Hansaben Pindoria, Binduben Vyas and Rashilaben Shah. Balmandir Tuition classes were introduced for years 1 to 3.
GCSE Gujarati Classes for the OCR examination were introduced in our school by Rashilaben Shah and the first group of pupils sat for this examination the same year.
Student numbers increased to 350+ and subjects taught included Gujarati, Maths, English, Computer Studies and Science. A Special Needs class was also in operation and Workshop sessions for those who needed it. Balmandir classes were also organised for children aged 5-7. The Cultural side of the school initiated by Divya Vekaria was increasing in popularity, which included Dancing and learning musical instruments.
Started Gujarati Balmandir classes for ages 5-7, with the help of Sarlaben Asher and Jyoti Patel.
Due to increasing demand, GCSE science classes were introduced, Divya Vekaria introduced Hinduism classes, and we also started Adult Gujarati classes.
The initiative to train the graduated ladies from Bhuj Samaj School (Sanskar Dham) to become the future teachers commenced with the help of Hansaben Khetani and Radhaben Vekaria.
We started enrolling our cultural students for exams through the Sangit Examinations, enabling our students to gain certificates and qualifications that prove their talents. Due to the popularity of Year 11 Science classes, Year 9 and 10 science classes were introduced.
One day Internal Training was introduced and was conducted by Rashilaben Shah and Radhaben Vekaria.
We had almost 500 students. The school covered Maths and English from Year 1 to Year 11, A-Level Maths classes, Science classes for Years 9, 10 & 11, Gujarati classes, including GCSE and Adult classes, and finally Culture classes, which include Tabla, Harmonium, Folkdance & Bollywood Dance.
Launch of our first very series of Gujarati textbooks/workbooks titled Learn Gujarati. Level 1 and Level 2 are selling succesfully. We lowered intake age for students for Gujarati to 3.5. This class has proved to be very popular. We also started a Bharatnatyam class that is run in association with the Nrityakala Dance Academy.