Peninsula Grammar has for some years given financial and administrative support to the Anglican Church in India in the establishment of a boarding school in the north of India in the state of Uttaranchal, near the city of Dehradun.
The Peninsula School in India is open to students of all faiths and will eventually house mainly boarding students. The school is expected to grow to around 300 students in accordance with, and contingent upon, a continuing building program. The principal language of instruction is English with an English language curriculum controlled by a curriculum board in India. Hindi and Sanskrit are also extensively taught. In the fullness of time, we hope to offer the VCE or other elements of the Australian curriculum.
Peninsula Grammar Mt Eliza provides considerable support to its sister school in India, with students hosting regular fundraising events for their less privileged counterparts overseas.
To understand this relationship one has to talk a little about the history of the Anglican Church in India. When India secured independence after World War II, it naturally embarked upon an intense process to counter the centuries of foreign political and cultural domination. Most of the churches of the Western world had had a presence and were extremely active in the areas of health, education and welfare. Through missionary programs, most of the churches were also evangelical in their approach and particularly appealing to those members of Indian society who were born into lower castes and for whom there were few prospects for betterment.
After Independence, the churches were severely limited in all of their practices and the Protestant Churches were amalgamated into two umbrella organisations, The Church of North India and the Church of South India. Church leaders endorsed this process as perhaps the best outcome in difficult circumstances.
In time, these umbrella churches attracted persistent criticism from internal and external sources for alleged mismanagement of inherited institutions and resources. The umbrella churches also had to contend with conflicting notions of correct theology and rituals of religious observance. Consequently, in recent years, the courts of India have witnessed numerous cases that have as their objective the dismantling of the umbrella churches and the return of their properties to their original owners. Some have been successful.
During these turbulent times, Bishop Samuel Prakash defiantly maintained an Anglican Church of India, even without the blessing of the Church hierarchy in Canterbury. He reasoned that his parishioners in a number of Indian states wished to maintain the rituals of worship, the values and the institutions that had originally drawn them to the Anglican Church. Internationally he enjoyed support from the more conservative elements of the Anglican Church and this, together with his perseverance, led him to win significant battles in the courts of India.
Eventually, The Bishop regained control of a number of properties formerly held by the Church of England as it was called at the time of independence. When it came to setting up a new school with these regained resources he sought guidance from his friends in Australia. That is how The Peninsula School in India came into being.
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