Sikh Grammar School Masterplan

A multicultural school for multicultural Australia

The Sikh Grammar School Australia (SGSA) is an independent coeducational school advocating Sikh principles and values. Situated in Rouse Hill on a greenfield site, SGSA will serve the rapidly expanding greater western Sydney and its rich and vibrant Sikh community.  SGSA’s site at Rouse Hill will provide for 1,260 students from Kindergarten to Year 12 in an integrated educational campus, along with an 86-child Early Learning Centre and Boarding facilities for 110 students.

Sikh Grammar School Australia represents the first of a kind in Australia. It is a unique purpose built school and cultural statement that draws references from Sikh culture and appropriately interprets this into contemporary form and expression.

SGSA believes the journey to success requires dynamic community engagement supported by an organised vision with strong leadership. The philosophy is an inter-dependent student engagement promoting growth around values and morals. SGSA advocate that the Sikh principles of: Eat together; Pray together; and perform Community Service together are the core philosophy in their teaching. Religion and culture have been passed on from generation to generation using the same method.

The proposed Masterplan embraces the Civic Heart, village green and addresses the core building of the Sikh Grammar School, the ‘Gurdwara’- Place of Worship. Opening of the principal pedestrian entry directly through to the Civic Heart celebrates the School’s activities and offers an invitation to the community to engage.

Upon arrival, the Gurdwara forms a striking presence with abstracted expressions of Sikh culture. The floating sculptural element bends and folds in places with deliberate lines that guide people into the School entry or the Gurdwara itself. The glazed block façade is perforated with small openings that allow daylight to penetrate and natural ventilation to occur. Standard glazing solutions behind this external skin are used to facilitate practical operations for natural ventilation and abstract dappled light internally.

The buildings form an edge to the site and surround central open spaces. This offers a strong connection and interface with the street frontage for access, serviceability and street presence.

CLIENT Sikh Grammar School, Sydney

LOCATION Rouse Hill, NSW, Australia

STATUS State Signification Development approval received

YEAR 2020

SCALE 21,830 sqm

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Country on which this project is sited, the people of the Darug clan. We pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.