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Chadwell Heath Sikh school’s new Golden Temple-inspired building is unveiled

PUBLISHED: 11:15 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:26 11 September 2018

Hundred of pupils at the Atam Academy laid eyes upon their new school building. Photo: Tajpal Dhamu

Hundred of pupils at the Atam Academy laid eyes upon their new school building. Photo: Tajpal Dhamu

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Hundreds of excited pupils at a Chadwell Heath primary school have for the first time laid eyes upon their brand new building inspired by the famed Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Hundred of pupils at the Atam Academy laid eyes upon their new school building. Photo: Tajpal Dhamu Hundred of pupils at the Atam Academy laid eyes upon their new school building. Photo: Tajpal Dhamu

Around 200 primary school pupils from the Atam Academy, in Barley Lane, Little Heath, gathered for the unveiling of their new building complex comprising a two-storey primary school, four-storey secondary school and Gurdwara on Thursday, September 6.

Tasveer Singh, one of the school’s founders, led the group in a prayer known as the Ardaas before touring the new grounds.

“Our vision was always to build an inclusive school open to pupils if all faiths and none,” said Mankamal Singh, who also founded the school.

“We have built the school on the principles and values of the Sikh faith of oneness, co-existence, selfless service and courage.”

Atam Academy's new building was unveiled on Thursday, September 6. Photo: Tajpal DhamuAtam Academy's new building was unveiled on Thursday, September 6. Photo: Tajpal Dhamu

He added: “We are really lucky that people have placed their faith in us and we will forever respect that and deliver.”

Mr Singh spoke of the concept of the building, and spiritual hall in particular, takes reference from the Golden Temple - also known as the Sri Harmandir Sahib.

The school is currently advertising for pupils to join its secondary school which is set to open in 2019.

The secondary school will take six years to fill the school by which poin it have around 1,300 pupils.

Atam Academy's co-founder Mankamal Singh. Photo: Tajpal DhamuAtam Academy's co-founder Mankamal Singh. Photo: Tajpal Dhamu

An official opening ceremony will take place at the school on October 13.

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