Monday, 28 October 2013

FROM THE GARDEN TO THE KITCHEN!

On Tuesday (22/10/13) the students were treated to a delicious lunch thanks to the Year 3/4 class and our vegetable garden! Last week, Prep and Kindergarten students had harvested all the potatoes that were planted in our vegetable garden. They had even learnt to sort and count them to see if we would have enough to make a meal for everyone. Thanks to the support of Ms Smith we ended up having a variety of potato salads, wedges, baked potatoes, stuffed potatoes and even mashed potatoes!
It was great to see the children trying the different recipes and enjoying the meal with all their friends. Special thank you to all the families who supported the activity. The fresh potatoes were certainly given the thumbs up!


‘TARKMANCHADZ’ ART EXHIBITION

It was gratifying to see so many of our students and their families at the opening ceremony of the Children’s Art Exhibition on Saturday (19/10/13) evening. The exhibition for primary-aged children on the ‘Feast of the Holy Translators’ was organised by the coordinators of the ‘Sunday School’. It was under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Haigazoun Najarian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church.

Students had contributed individual artwork depicting the essence of the Armenian Alphabet and the founding fathers. After the opening of the curtain to unveil the wonderful art display in the Edgarian Hall, His Grace spoke warmly about the children and what they had produced. He was keen to talk to them and discover their thoughts and reasoning as to how, what and why they had produced their wonderful pieces of artwork in the way they had.

Guests had the opportunity to walk around and observe all the creative drawings, praising the children and encouraging them to continue producing wonderful pieces of art. The exhibition was on display until the following day.








N.A.P.L.A.N. - VERY PLEASING RESULTS FOR ALEXANDER STUDENTS!

The National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are conducted in May each year for all students across Australia in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students in the same year level are assessed on the same test items in the assessment domains of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Numeracy (Data, Measurement, Space and Geometry, Number, Patterns and Algebra).

Each year, over one million students nationally sit the NAPLAN tests, providing students, parents, teachers, schools and school systems with important information about the literacy and numeracy achievements of students. The results are also published on the ‘My School’ website.

This year the students should be proud of their efforts with no student scoring at or below the national minimum average in any area tested. The school averages were well above both the state and national averages. The charts below show the achievements of the school in comparison to the rest of the state and Australia.

As our parents are aware, the personalised education has always been the main feature of the Alexander classroom, made possible by the low student to teacher ratio. The excellent NAPLAN results across the whole school are here to reflect and state what we already know.