Perth North Tamil School provides an opportunity to school aged children to learn the Tamil language and engage in cultural activities.
The Tamil Language is spoken in various countries, mainly India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, as well as in Mauritius, South Africa, Fiji and Indonesia.
Migrant Tamil communities live across over sixty countries, with significant numbers in Canada, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia and a number of other European countries.
Our school was founded in 1995 in Ballajura and had been operating from the Kingfisher Community Centre for over 25 years.
Over the recent years, the school saw a steady growth in student enrolments. Since 2019, we expanded our operations in the Ballajura Place with additional facilities hired in the adjoining buildings to the Kingfisher Community Centre, including the Meerilinga Community Centre, White Lion Youth Centre and the Ballajura Public Library.
We started our operations from the Senior Campus of the Ballajura Community College from May 2021.
This move helps us to cater to the increasing demand for our services from the growing Tamil community in the northern suburbs of Perth, and also provides us with the opportunity to modernise our language program deliver with the use of purpose-built facilities.
Our School is supported by the Office of Multicultural Interests under the Community Languages Program, via the Tamil Association of Western Australia (TAWA). We also received one-off funding support from the Commonwealth Government through their community grants programs.
The City of Swan provided us with funding support to celebrate our Silver Jubilee under the theme “Connecting Through Culture” through the Ballajura Community Event Partnership initiative. As part of this program, we held a community picnic at Whiteman Park on 8 November 2020 with a range of traditional art forms and games. We also delivered Parai Tamil traditional drumming practice sessions for eight weeks from February to April 2021. The finale was a public performance held on 10 April 2021 at the Karijini Oval in Ballajura, attended by a large number of community members.
Our students and school community also participates in local and State level multicultural community events to promote our language and culture among the wider Australian communities.