About Us

Our Story

Minto Sinhala School has a very special and unique primary objective of serving the Sri Lankan community in Minto and surrounding suburbs. 

The school has recognized the need for holistic development of our children and therefore is focusing on developing programs to improve their overall wellbeing including physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills through a variety of learning and co-curricular activities. 

Teachers, parents and volunteers are to build the resources, acquire technology and adopt methodologies essential for the development of the school. 

As a result, we are confident that every child will develop a strong sense of identity, and will connect and contribute to our community.

Vision & Mission

Vision

As the premier Sinhala community organization in the area, helping all Sri Lankan children to develop Sinhala language skills, enhance cultural awareness, merge into a community enriched with social-cultural values, and to help them to become a part of a greater community that shapes identities within a stimulated environment.

Mision

To see the children becoming effective communicators and achieving their socio-cultural goals by becoming involved and confident learners.

Our Goals

Environment

Provide an enjoyable, safe and supportive environment within a positive and friendly social setting.

Structure & Strategy.

Setup and implement a basic operational structure and a developmental strategy.

Elements

Implement the required elements of teaching and learning practices to enhance the student outcomes.

Wellbeing programs

Develop and implement a student wellbeing program, so the students and parents will benefit much more from the time they invest in.

Skill development

Assess and introduce customized skill development programs to enhance the speech, drama, music, singing and dancing skills of each student.

Leadership and recognition

Develop a student leadership and recognition scheme so the children will have the opportunity to develop their social, leadership and communication skills, and receive valuable grades, awards, certificates etc. which can be used as important additions to their portfolio and evidence of achievement. 

Personalized assessment

Develop a personalized student assessment system and development plan for each student to achieve his/her personal best within a very supportive environment.

Teaching skills

Develop teaching skills – School to provide necessary knowledge and training for teachers are aware of the standard practices and initiate appropriate developmental measures to meet the objectives.

Trainings & resources

Work with volunteers and provide them with the appropriate trainings and resources to best serve the school.

Our Long Term Goals

Develop the school and it resources to a level which is capable of serving all the Sri Lankan children in Campbelltown and surrounding suburbs, and to bring the school to a level where such participation could be anticipated.

Develop the school and it resources to a level which is capable of serving all the Sri Lankan children in Campbelltown and surrounding suburbs, and to bring the school to a level where such participation could be anticipated.

Develop and streamline all the policies, procedures and guidelines so that the school will operate within a systematic management practice similar to other well established organizations.

Develop and streamline all the policies, procedures and guidelines so that the school will operate within a systematic management practice similar to other well established organizations.

Volunteer development – Provide strategies and training to the volunteers developing their knowledge and skills so that they can assist the school in areas where the assistance of various experts are required.

Volunteer development – Provide strategies and training to the volunteers developing their knowledge and skills so that they can assist the school in areas where the assistance of various experts are required.

Develop and introduce a program to improve the value of voluntary participation in community service.

Develop and introduce a program to improve the value of voluntary participation in community service.

Story of the Minto Sinhala Language School

Once upon a time…

Mr. L. T. Fonseka, a dhamma teacher in Sri Lanka, started teaching Buddhism to his own two grandchildren at home in 1993. Interested parents started sending their children as well to this class. In a few weeks, it became apparent the house was not sufficient to accommodate the number of children who wanted to attend the dhamma class.

School moved to under a tree at the Leumea Temple

The Buddhism Class was moved from the house to the Leumea Buddhist Temple. The Class was conducted under a tree. It was quite a sight to see the elderly Mr Fonseka surrounded by over 20 young children studying Dhamma and Sinhala. The class was conducted under the tree for a month.

One day the Venerable Maha Samai, an Internationaly well known great Buddhist monk and the chief incumbant of the Leumea Temple saw the gathering under the tree and came to inquire about it. Mr Fonseka and children showed their respect to the great monk and explained to him this was a Dhamma School and a language school for the children. 

 

Venerable Maha Samai requested the Dhamma School under the tree to be stopped immediately.

Most Venerable Maha Samai

“The children will be cold in the winter which will be here soon.” said the Venerable Maha Samai. “Please use my Library in the temple for the Buddhism Class as long as required.”

The Dhamma School was moved thereafter to the exquisite library of the Leumea Temple. The library was air conditioned and heating was available in the winter. It had many Buddhist artifacts and Buddhism books, some of them very rare.

In 1995 the Minto Sinhala Language School was set-up with the guidance of the Sinhalase Cultural Forum by a group of parents at the Minto Primary School. All the students in the Dhamma School at the Leumea Temple were attached to the new school. 

Mr L. T. Fonseka was appointed as the first Principal.