The Board of Governors of the Sathya Sai Primary School Murwillumbah have acquired an additional campus for the Sathya Sai School in Australia. This campus will serve secondary students, commencing with Year 7 and Year 8 students next year. We bring you video of a visit to the new campus, and background on how the new campus came to be available to us.
The Story …
For some time the Board of Governors of the Sathya Sai Primary School Murwillumbah have had a vision to establish a high school at Murwillumbah. Parents of our primary school’s graduating students have also been requesting the school’s principal, Leelah Broughton, for a Sathya Sai EHV high school for their children.
The Sathya Sai Primary School at Murwillumbah has been operating for some 16 years and is now well established with an excellent reputation in that community. Our graduating students have become our ambassadors in the district through their exemplary character qualities. Notwithstanding the enthusiasm, the School Board felt that the establishment of a high school was many years away!
Recently a parent enrolling her children at the Sathya Sai School was asked how she knew about the school. She replied that “the school was the talk of the town“. She also stated that the Principal of the local High School had advised her to get her children into the Sai School. The current student captain of that High School is a graduate of the Sathya Sai Primary School. Such is the reputation of Swami’s school.
We do not have the resources to establish Sai Schools all over Australia, nor do we need to. Our goal is to have an exemplary model which can be adopted by other schools. This has been achieved at the primary level; however it is vital that we extend the model through the secondary years. The teenage years are a time of turmoil and it is essential that we develop a values based curriculum for the secondary level. For this to be credible we need a secondary school which will give the students a values based framework to carry them through to adulthood.
Towards the end of July the board became aware of an existing school (then used for other purposes) being on the market which had previously been operating as a private school. The school is sited on 10 acres in a locality called Dungay and is some 6 minutes drive from our primary school. Mr Neville Fredericks (then Central Coordinator) shares that he was told about this school and it was for sale at a knock-down price. These premises were acquired in September 2015.