Wednesday, 20 March 2013

GYMNASTICS PROGRAM


Our gymnastics program for the term has been a great success thanks to Be Skilled Be Fit’. The students are making excellent progress with the weekly sessions. The program is well structured and caters for outcomes set out in the curriculum. In this week’s session the students gained experience in Bars & Beam. The instructors have also made positive comments in terms of the goals set and targets achieved by students. We are all pleased with the results. The photos give a better view of all the fun and action!
 

 

 

QUESTACON SCIENCE SQUAD SHOWS

Students of Prep to Year 2 participated in the Questacon Science Squad Shows at the Sydney Japanese School. The workshops was not only entertaining and fun, but also very beneficial to the students, helping them understand some of the concepts presented in the Science Curriculum.

The topics covered included ‘Senses’ and ‘Sound Effects’. The students discovered how we use our senses  and learnt how vibrations make sounds using straws, cups and a bucket. They had an opportunity to play an instrument in a ‘silly’ band and made sound effects to tell a spooky story.
When asked what they thought of the show, the answer was… ‘It was great fun!
 

 

Sunday, 17 March 2013

OUR WET ENVIRONMENT - THE DAM

This term Year 1/2 have been studying wet and dry environments. The students were able to explore the school’s own wet environment -  the dam. These are some of their observations:



We have a dam because all the water is collected there. A dam stores water. Our dam was built before the school. The dam has brown water in it. Our dam has trees, algae and plants. At our dam we saw ducks and lizards. Our dam is shady because the trees are in the way. A dam is good because the plants and animals could drink a lot of water.
Kevork

We have a dam near our school. We have a dam because it stores water. The dam attracts birds and other animals. It is a place where plants can grow. The dam was built when our school was a farm. The animals drank water from the dam. The dam looks like a pond. It is just bigger and with holes. When we visited the dam we saw water reeds, land reeds, trees and grass. We saw ducks and lizards and also a rabbit. The ground was mushy sand and soil. It was shady because there were lots of trees. It is a good place for plants and animals because they can drink water whenever they want.
Lilit

We have a dam to store water. A dam is where animals and plants live. The dam was built before the school. It was a farm. The farmer used to dam so that the animals could drink. Our dam looks like a big pond and there are two pipes going into our dam. When we visited the dam we saw grass, trees, sticks and ducks. The ground around the dam was sandy. It was shady because there where lots of trees. The dam is a good place.
 Lara

We have a dam so the animals can live. The water from our school goes into the dam. Our dam was built before the school. There are two pipes that go into our dam. I like the lizards.
Alexandra

The dam is a place where plants grow. Our dam was built before the school. The water looks dirty. When we visited our dam we saw weeds and algae. We saw ducks, tadpoles and little lizards. The sand around the dam was soft and mushy. It was shady because there were many tall trees. I liked the dam because it was big and fat.
Christopher

We have a dam to store water. Our dam attracts birds and other animals. Our dam was built when the school was a farm. Our dam looks like a pond. When we visited the dam we saw algae and trees and grass. We saw ducks and lizards. We had fun.
 Jessica

We have a dam. It stores water. Animals and plants live in our dam. Our dam was built before the school. Before our school was built it was a farm. Our dam looks like a pond. When we visited the dam we saw algae and reeds. It was a lot of fun.
 Anita

'THE WORLD NEEDS MUSIC'

On Wednesday, 20th February the students of Alexander and Sydney Japanese school joined to watch a special performance called ‘The World Needs Music’. The show took us on a journey into musical styles from across the globe in a multi instrumental interactive performance. Playing the 21 stringed African harp (kora), guitar as well as West African xylophone it explored the rich and culturally diverse musical traditions of West Africa, Latin America, South India and the Middle East.

 



 

ALEXANDER SCHOOL STUDENTS RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION

In school tradition, students and staff attended the Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Resurrection on Sunday 10th February 2013. They joined the Mass, received blessings and Holy Communion on the occasion of ‘Vartanank’ and start of the new school year.
During the sermon, His Grace Bishop Haigazoun Najarian reflected on the liturgical calendar of the past week, as the church had come to celebrate the Feasts of St Vartan, St Ghevont and Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple (Diarentarach). Like the heroes of Vartananst, the students received Holy Communion and parents presented their children to the church just as our Lord was presented on the fortieth day of His birth. Congratulations to all the children who displayed exemplary behaviour both during and after the church service. They took part with the congregation by praying, singing the hymns and by following the Divine Liturgy.