Victoria: School’s ‘turban ban’ displays common misunderstanding of equality

Can a school impose a uniform policy that does not take into account a student’s religious or cultural beliefs and practices? This issue is being considered by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Sagardeep Singh Arora, on behalf of his five-year-old son Sidhak Singh Arora, is challenging Melton Christian College’s decision not to enrol his son unless he agrees not to wear his patka, a Sikh head covering.

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Sikhism Resources

On this page, we list resources relating to the Sikh Religion and way of life.

Australian Material

Dept of Education NSW Curriculum Support: Celebrating Diversity (integration of religious diversity, Sikh and Hindu, into K-6 HSIE) PDF

Dying Wish The story of a Sikh- Australian who wished for his ashes to be taken home to India

ABC Splash: Sikhs in Contemporary Australia

Sikh Society of South Australia: What is Sikhism

Sikhs in Australia: Arrival of Indians in Australia

Overview and History of Sikhs in Australia: Australian Sikhs

Racism, No Way: Introduction to Sikhs in Australia

International Resources:

Sikhs.org Glossary, Explanation of Sikh names and general resources

Harimandir Sahib – the Golden Temple: A Day at Darbar Sahib (The holiest shrine of Sikhism)

Saldef – Learn About Sikhs

Saldef – Brochure: Welcome to the Gurdwara (PDF)

An Insight into Sikh Philosophy and Beliefs: Sikh the Truth (PDF)

Harmandir Sahib

Harmandir Sahib – the holiest shrine of the Sikh Religion

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