The Tamil School was started in 1979 by the Ceylon Tamil Association under the leadership
of Late Prof C.J Eliezer with nine students. The school was granted a small financial support
by the Federal Government in 1982 and by the Victorian State Government in 1983. During these
initial period classes were conducted in Prahran as the central location (although it was
originally started at Dr Chandrabanu's dance school). Later in 1984, a second school in
Carnegie, third school in Dandenong in 1987 and the fourth in Mill Park in 1988 were iniated.
By early nineties the school had established a total of eight campuses. With this
development it became necessary to set up a separate body under the Association to manage
the school. This body is now called the Tamil Schools Board with the co-ordinators of schools
as members. In addition some people with specialised skills are nominated to this board to
help in the continuous development of syllabus/curriculum.
Approval was granted by the Victorian Department of Education and Employment to conduct
classes for preparing students for the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) leading to
the university entrance and first batch of student appeared for the VCE Tamil examination in
1997. VCE preparations have been conducted at the Mill Park and Glen Waverly campuses and the
school has had reasonable success over the last five years.
The Victorian Department of Education and Employment has been providing training for
teachers every year at three nominated universities and financial grant based on the number
of students. The Victorian Multicultural Commission also provides limited purpose grants
each year. The Schools Board and the Association have fund raising activities to support
The Tamil School managed by the Tamil Cultural Association is also part of the Tamil
Schools Board. The school now uses the books developed by International Tamil Educational
Cultural Scientific Development Federation as textbooks. This helps to maintain a worldwide
standard and teaching language with the precious Tamil cultural base.
The schools have a cultural function at each campus with a joint annual Cultural Festival
or Kalai Vizha held in November. The students are encouraged to perform at this festival
participating in cultural item such as dance, instrumental music or vocal. Dignitaries
from the Multicultural Commission, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Tamil Scholars
are invited as guests for this function.