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New School at Kellyville

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A new school will be opening in Kellyville next year, starting with Kindergarten to Year 2, and is inspired by the principles of the Bahá’í Faith which teaches that every individual is a noble and spiritual being.

The principal at Esslemont College is Judy Navidi who has a 40-year career in education, spanning primary and secondary education, adult training and English as a second language. She has worked in both public and independent primary schools in Victoria and NSW as well as schools in The Kingdom of Tonga, Japan, and Tanzania.

She said she was looking forward to welcoming students in K-2 in February 2023 at the school at 13 President Road, Kellyville (the former M.E.T Independent School site).

“At Esslemont College we aim to empower each child to develop a desire for the attainment of knowledge, realise their inherent potential and make a positive impact on the world,” she said. “Our whole child educational approach is focused on the cultivation of intellectual, physical, emotional, moral, spiritual, psychological and social attributes in each child.”

A school spokesperson said a team of people had been working on the plans for the school since January 2021 “however the vision for a Baha’i inspired school in Sydney has been a long term goal “for those financially backing the school.

‘Funding has come from a couple of individuals who are passionate about education and in particular to offer a holistic educational program, aimed at educating the child to fulfill their inherent potential in order for them to serve and contribute to the betterment of society,” they said.

Chairman of the Esslemont College Board, Badi Mahabat said: “The founding values of Knowledge, Volition and Action, which are the hallmark of Esslemont College, will make learning a journey that is intrinsically rewarding and provide the foundation for the students to achieve their full potential.”

The college held a community open day recently and staff and board members were officially welcomed by Hills Shire Mayor Peter Gangemi.

“The Hills Shire is growing and there is a real need for additional educational resources in the area, particularly a primary school,” he said. “It’s fantastic to see Esslemont College opening in 2023 to students. It will be an important addition to the area’s educational and cultural life, and also for the Baháʼí community.

“ The college website says the objective at Esslemont College is to provide an educational environment in which every individual is considered a noble and spiritual being, and where excellence in all things is aimed for.

“We will deliver a holistic educational program focused on the cultivation of intellectual, physical, emotional, moral, spiritual, psychological and social attributes in each child. We aim to inspire each child to fulfil their inherent potential and to contribute to the betterment of society.”

“We are committed to the principle of diversity and seek to enroll students from a broad range of backgrounds, welcoming all children and their families from within the local area.” For more details visit

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Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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