2.�� �School Charter
4.� � Learning Ethos and Curriculum
5.� � Language of Instruction
7.�� �Boarding Facility
8.��� Calendar and Holidays
9.� � Admission
10. �School Fees
11.� Enrolment Procedure
12.��Photos of the New School Building
The Cabella International Sahaja School is a values-based, English-language, international, boarding school, inspired by the teachings of H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi and the practice of Sahaja Yoga.
The school is located in Cabella Ligure, Italy, and, when it is fully operational, will be open to children aged from 6 to 12 years old. It operates under the auspices of the Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Sahaja Yoga World Foundation, an organisation which believes that the education of our children is one of the keys to creating a better world.
The Foundation is officially recognised by the Italian authorities and is listed in the regional register of judicial entities of Piemonte (prot. no. 747).
2. School Charter
Our vision is of an educational environment in which childhood is valued and respected, which harnesses the innate spiritual potential of children and allows them to grow up and develop in their own time, free from the artificial pressures and constraints of modern society. We see children as individuals with a profound sense of their own worth yet, at the same time, mindful of their responsibilities towards their family, their community and the world at large.
Our mission is to create an institution for children of Sahaja Yogi families around the world which provides for the protection of their innocence, for the development of their personality and for their academic advancement in a pure, ethical and spiritual environment.� We aim to facilitate their development into responsible members of the community who share a vision of an enlightened, world-wide human family, owing allegiance to one almighty God and living together in peace and harmony.
Our mission is underpinned by a belief in the need to nurture in children:
�� ��innocence and wisdom
�� ��creativity and spontaneity
�� ��inner-balance and inner-peace
�� ��righteousness and self-discipline
�� ��compassion and fearlessness
�� ��collectivity and detachment
�� ��humility and forgiveness
3. Origins������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� [to top]
Over the past 20 years its founder, H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, has established several international schools around the world, including India, Australia and the USA.� More recently She has repeatedly encouraged us to make use of Cabella as a centre for education in Sahaja Yoga.� Last year the World Foundation set up a boarding facility for international students who, under an agreement with the local Italian authorities, attend the local primary school.� The Cabella International Sahaja School is the natural evolution of this project.� It is also a direct response to Shri Mataji�s solicitations to provide our children with an education in which English is the main language of instruction and where the cultural focus is international rather than local.
4. Learning Ethos and Curriculum��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� [to top]
The Cabella International Sahaj School embraces the shift towards seeing the teacher�s role as one of setting up learning experiences in which pupils are active and have a degree of control over the work they undertake.� This move away from a passive acquisition of knowledge towards activities which enable pupils to develop intellectual and social skills in learning, fosters greater creativity, confidence and self-esteem.
However, we believe that too much autonomy can over-stimulate the ego in children and upset that delicate equilibrium between innocence and knowledge, which lies at the very foundation of a child�s overall well-being and development.� We therefore aim to generate a learning ethos that offers a balance between active learning and the acquisition of knowledge based on teacher presentation, exposition and demonstration.
The curriculum is appropriate and relevant internationally, as well as culturally sensitive.
We believe that this ethos and curriculum is fulfilled by the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.
5. Language of Instruction�������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������
The language of instruction will be English.� Italian will be taught as a second language.
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The teachers are Sahaja Yogis, have appropriate teaching qualifications and are trained in the delivery of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.
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Pupils attend class in the school building in Cabella where they are followed by the teaching staff.� After school and at the weekends they are housed in the newly-renovated, residential facility of Centrassi where they will take part in extra-curricular activities such as sport, theatre, cooking etc.� At Centrassi the children are looked after by a team of Sahaja Yogi aunties and uncles who operate under the leadership of the Housekeeper, who has extensive experience in working with children in a Sahaja Yoga environment.�� She is responsible for ensuring that the people dealing directly with the children are properly trained, as well as overseeing the day-to-day running of household affairs.� She reports to the Hostel Manager who has overall responsibility for ensuring that the environment for the children is safe and healthy and that it promotes Sahaja Yoga values and culture.� The Hostel Manger answers directly to the Principal
8. Calendar and Holidays��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� [to top]
The Cabella International Sahaja School follows the Italian scholastic calendar and, as such, children return home for holidays during the Christmas, Easter and summer breaks.
In order to ensure a smooth launch of the project, the school will start in a staggered manner, offering only Class 1 in 2009 and then opening one or two new classes each successive year up to Class 5.
As such, for the 2009/2010 scholastic year, only children who have their 6th birthday before 30th April 2010 should apply for admission.
Admission is open to Sahaja Yogi children around the world, although it may not be possible to obtain student visas for children from outside the European Union or Switzerland.�
10. School Fees����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� [to top]
Fees for boarding and tuition in the scholastic year 2009/2010 are � 5,600, payable in one lump sum at the beginning of the school year or in three instalments spread over 9 months.
11. Enrolment Procedure����
Please fill in the forms and return them via fax (+ 44 1865 300 451) or email (
- Application Form
- Delegation of Authority Form
- Copy of the passport of the person signing the Delegation of Authority Form
PLEASE NOTE that if your application is accepted, we will officially offer your child a place in the school.� Only once you accept this official offer of a place will your child�s enrolment be confirmed.