Tuesday, 20 August 2013


AGBU Alexander Primary School has a proud history of service to the community. We have always strived to show a positive school image and have led our students to become active participants and contributors of the community. This notion was reemphasised recently with the objective of working further to enhance the way our students are portrayed in the general public. We take great pride in the way our students are presented in their uniform, in their manner and hospitality during formal and informal occasions.

With this objective in mind, the school decided to join the after church volunteer service of providing coffee/tea and sweets to the parishioners. The idea was presented to the Armenian Apostolic Church Council of Holy Resurrection and was enthusiastically accepted.

Students of Years 5 & 6 have since joined this service on a number of occasions to help with the provision and distribution of sweets. It certainly is a great way of connecting with the community and portraying the proud image of the school.


Over the past three weeks we have had the honour of hosting a distinguished guest from Armenia.

Prof. Julieta Gyulamiryan, Doctor of Philological Sciences and Professor of the Chair of the Armenian Language and the Methodology of Elementary Education was in Sydney as the guest of the Armenian day and Saturday schools. She arrived with the support of the Armenian Minister for the Diaspora to provide assistance and professional development to the Armenian language teachers.

During her visits, she joined and observed the Armenian lessons to later assist and provide individual feedback and guidance to the teachers. Our teachers also joined with colleagues from other schools in after-school seminars that have provided enrichment and ideas to enhance the instruction of the Armenian language.

Our guest brought with her years of vast experience in the field of educational instruction. She has authored numerous textbooks that are used today in schools across Armenia and the Diaspora. She has carried out teacher training and provided methodical guidelines for Armenian schools in a number of communities including Syria, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Moscow, Sochi, Georgia and Abkhazia.

The parents also had the opportunity to meet and share in her knowledge during a special parent’s seminar.

Thursday, 15 August 2013


Last week our debating team travelled to Sydney Japanese School for their last debate of the competition. Our topic was ‘Space Exploration is worth the money’. APS consisting of Samuel, Ani, Jonathan and Kevork were the affirmative and SJS, the negative.

It was a very challenging debate right from the beginning. Arguments and rebuts were being exchanged, we were even able to repair a rebut the negative team presented to us! Unfortunately the debate was awarded to the Sydney Japanese School. Now this meant that we had both won 3 out the 4 debates and both of us were progressing through to the finals.

Thank you must go to Mrs Laura Demirjian for helping with transport on the day.

In class we are busily planning our fantastic arguments and rebuts for ‘New is Better’ that we will present next Wednesday 14th August at the German International School. We invite any Year 5 & 6 parents to come along to see the great work that we have done in debating and join in the party afterwards!

Mrs Meaghan Terrey — Debating Coordinator

Monday, 5 August 2013


On Thursday 25th July, Years 4-6 travelled to CARES in St Ives to learn about road and bike safety.

Constable Cooper met us at the reception and she drove us down in groups to the CARES track.

First we spoke about the rules and safety at CARES, what helmets we should be wearing and the Australian Standards that they should pass.

Next we lined up to receive our bikes for the day. Constable Cooper adjusted our seats and checked that our helmets were correct. There were two students whose helmets were either too small or two big so had to borrow ones from the centre.

We then wheeled our bikes down to the obstacle course. Firstly we had to weave in and out of the cones, then ride in a straight line to the stop sign and use our hand signal for stopping. We practiced this a few more times riding up and down the course.

After recess, we went inside to watch bike education videos. These consisted of what rules you should follow when riding on the road, what to look for in a helmet and the horrible injuries that can happen if we don’t wear a helmet.

After lunch, we headed down to the mini road course that everyone was looking forward to. We even had a special visitor who wanted to join our group – the resident Wallaby! Constable Cooper walked us around the track pointing out what the signs meant and how we should obey
them. These signs were a stop sign and a solid white line which means you have to stop, Children’s crossing, that you must stop at, Zebra crossing where you don’t have to stop but slow down and scan. Traffic lights like we see on the road, a roundabout, Turn left at anytime with care, Give way. There were two cul-de-sacs where you could have a rest or make a u-turn and a few speed bumps.

After learning all the road rules we were let loose on the track! Each of us had a licence with 13 points and Mrs Terrey and Constable Cooper were watching us just like the police do, and if we disobeyed any road rules we were pulled over and points were taken off us. Some of us were a little over excited and broke some rules and others had a perfect riding record!

Overall we had a fantastic time, the weather was beautiful and made the experience that much better. Thank you to Mrs Terrey, Mr Manoug, Mrs Seta, Mrs Topouzian and Mrs Betchakjian for helping with transport.

By Christine Boyadjian and Samuel Tateossian


On Sunday, 28 July the Alexander School Choir performed at a community ‘Fundraising Dinner’ organised by the Joint Committee for Syrian Armenian Relief (SOMM).

Our students joined the evening’s program of cultural performances by singing two songs appropriate for the event. Once again, they did a wonderful job and were well received by the audience. The event was supported by around 500 community members and helped raise over $80,000 in donations.

During the evening, $250 was donated on behalf of Alexander school students. The amount was raised through the fundraising efforts of our students. A special ‘Thank You’ to Mrs Sonia Apanian and Mrs Maggie Betchakjian who contributed to the effort by respectively donating and preparing the lunch special as part of this fundraising.

Below source: Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Resurrection.