Today, there are nearly 500 children attending Buddhist Vihara Victoria Inc. Sunday School which originated when the temple was in Noble Park Victoria. The school accommodates children from Prep to Grade 9. In addition to teaching Sinhala at the Cultural and Sinhalese Language School (CSLS), Buddhism and valuable Buddhist concepts are taught at Daham Pasala to instil humanitarian qualities in our students. To accommodate the ever increasing number of children in the school, there are constructions going on for a new double storey building at the moment.
BVV CSLS is an accredited community language school with the Community Languages Schools Funding Program of the Victorian Government.
Ven. Gangodawila Soma Thera started the Daham Pasala at Regent Street in Springvale initially.
Daham Pasala was moved to 21 Rich Street, Noble Park and joined Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria (ESAV) as a language school.
With Buddhist Vihara Victoria Inc. moving from Noble Park to Berwick, the Sunday school also moved to 125 Homestead Road in Berwick.
Sone important milestones in the Sunday school history:
- 2016 – Current Sunday school building
- In-progress – Double storey building with classroom and other facilities
Frequently asked questions
Each year during December and January, Sunday school accepts new enrolments and renewals of enrolments from current students.
How do I enrol my child / children to Sunday school?
When enrolments begin, you can create an account in SkoolPAL system (https://skoolpal.com.au) to start the registration process. Please note that during the enrolment process, you’ll be prompted to provide your Buddhist Vihara Victoria Inc. membership number or receipt number received after paying the “Facilities Fee” during the enrolment process. Therefore, please make the payment and obtain the membership number or receipt number beforehand. You can find more details about making these payments and obtaining relevant numbers in below sections.
When enrolments begin?
Usually, every year by mid-December Sunday school is opening for enrolments. Please keep an eye on this page for exact dates.
What is the closing date for enrolments?
Enrolments are normally closing by mid-January. Please keep an eye on this page for exact dates. Please note that Sunday school does not accept any late enrolments after the close date under any circumstances.
My child / children are already attending Sunday school, do I need to re-enrol them?
Yes, every year all current students should go through a renewal process to update their details.
My child is still in kindergarten, can I enrol him / her for Sunday school?
Regrettably, Sunday school is operating classes only from Prep to Grade 9. If your child is attending a day school, then he / she is eligible to enrol in Sunday school.
Is there any fee involved with Sunday school enrolment?
Yes, you need to obtain the “Buddhist Vihara Victoria Inc. (BVV) Membership” or pay a “Facilities Fee” to enrol your child / children to Sunday school. Please contact BVV committee via firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries related to “BVV Membership” or “Facilities Fee”.
How can I obtain the BVV Membership?
Please download, print, fill this form and hand it over to BVV Treasurer or email to email@example.com. Membership fee will be a minimum of $20 per month and will be charged via direct debit. You will receive the membership number after processing your details.
How can I pay the “Facilities Fee”?
At this stage, the “Facilities Fee” is $240 per year and you can pay this fee as a single payment in the beginning or in 2 equal payments ($120 each) before the enrolment process and at the beginning of Term 3. Please use the bank account details listed below for the payment(s).
Name of Account: Buddhist Vihara Victoria Inc
Account Number: 523 868
Reference: Your mobile number
Please email the payment confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org and obtain the receipt number which is mandatory for the enrolment process.
School has a strict dress code as below.
Boys: White National Suite
Girls: White Lama Saree
Sunday school is operating on Sundays from 1.45PM to 5.30PM.
1.45PM – Assembly
2.00PM to 4.45PM – CSLS
4.45PM to 5.30PM – Daham Pasala
Please refer to the upcoming dates section for Term start and end dates and other special events and holidays related to Sunday School.
Every year there is a committee of parent volunteers getting elected to help with all the administration tasks of Sunday school. Office bearers including President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer getting elected during the Buddhist Vihara Victoria Inc. Annual General Meeting (AGM) volunteers can handover their nominations to the Vihara before that.
All other volunteers for the rest of the committee are getting elected during the Annual General Meeting of Sunday school, normally on the 2nd Sunday after school starts. Please refer to upcoming dates section for AGM dates.
You can contact the Parents’ Committee via email@example.com email address. If you have any messages for class teachers, you can use the same email and members of Parents’ Committee will pass the message to relevant teacher.
You can call Vihara on 03 9702 6275, if you want to contact Ven. Digamadulle Wimalananda Thero (Principal of Sunday school).
Sunday school is operating from Sakyamuni Sambuddha Vihara, 125 Homestead Road, Berwick VIC 3806.
Below listed policies and procedures are available at Sunday school. Please request a copy via firstname.lastname@example.org, if required.
- BVV CSLS operating procedure
- Enrolment and withdrawal policy and procedures
Discipline policy and procedures
Grievance procedure / policy
Anti-bullying (including cyber bullying) policies
Equal opportunity policy
Information privacy and records policy
Student attendance policy
Child safe standards policies
Fire evacuation procedure
There are some changes to the 2021 enrolments and please read this letter from Buddhist Vihara Victoria Inc. to understand what are these changes and why they are in place.
Important facts about 2021 enrolments:
- Enrolments / renewals will be open from 20 December 2020 to 20 January 2021
- If you are a new parent to Sunday school please make sure you have your BVV Membership number or “Facilities Fee” payment receipt number before proceed with the enrolment
- If you are a new parent and don’t have one of these numbers, please check our FAQ section for more details about fees, payment methods and how to obtain these numbers
- If you have any issues with these fees, payment methods or numbers please contact BVV committee via email@example.com email.
- Once you are ready please visit https://skoolpal.com.au and create new account (if you are a new parent to Sunday school) or login via existing account to start the enrolment / renewal process
- If you have any issues with the online enrolment / renewal process, including any technical issues, please use below form to submit a ticket.
If you are experiencing any issues with the online enrolments, please submit a ticket by completing this form with as much as details you can provide and with screenshots which will help to understand and resolve the issue efficiently.