Saturday, 13 December 2014

A MESSAGE FROM OUR 2014 SCHOOL CAPTAIN - Krikor Demirjian

The year of 2014 has come to a successful end. This year has been busy, fun, active and rewarding for all the students at AGBU Alexander Primary School.

We have had many travels, memories and class activities. One of them being our excursion to Canberra with the John Colet School, in which we represented our school very well. Our achievements also include participating and winning the Interschool Debating Competition. Our memories of the two sporting events of the year, being the Integrated Sports Day and the Sports Carnival. Also putting on a fantastic show at our annual Book Week Assembly.

The school this year unveiled our very own Chicken Coop and Greenhouse. Both of these areas were constructed and completed in the late weeks of term 3. The chickens have been very successful in producing eggs!

I have been honoured to represent my school in the year of 2014 as School Captain. I know that I am prepared to begin my journey through high school. I would like to give a big thank you to the teachers who have helped me through their encouragement and support. I feel very honoured that for the past seven years AGBU Alexander Primary School has been my second home. This school has taught me to read and write in both English and Armenian, it has also taught me about my culture and the meaning of our motto “To Grow and Serve”.

As to all of the students beginning their journeys at Alexander School in 2015, I am very confident that you will have the most memorable and enjoyable 7-8 years of your life. To our new school captain, enjoy the big responsibility as School Captain. I know it is a great honour to represent your second home.  

I would like to thank my family and friends for their support and helping me through my enjoyable time at AGBU Alexander Primary School. Thank you also to our school Board and P&C who have helped maintain the school in a wonderful environment.

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday...  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Krikor Demirjian


ADVANCED RESEARCH SKILLS

Since the start of term, the students of Years 5 and 6 have been enhancing their research skills by improving their understanding and application in this important area of the curriculum. The students have been gaining advanced research skills to better equip and prepare them to high school thanks to the support of an external assistant joining in their classroom.

With research skills being considered an integral part of the curriculum, our students are privileged enough to gain a leading edge, thanks to the support of our volunteer Library Coordinator Mrs Armine Sevazlian. During the weekly lessons the students have been working on their research tasks and will soon present their projects, which will also be added to the library database for future reference.


In addition, the lessons have been part of the Library upgrade project, as the students are becoming familiar with the new Oliver Junior library software. It is great to see the Library turning into a hub of activity as students gain lunchtime access, progressively transforming it into an ‘Information Resource Centre’. The school website is currently going through an upgrade to include a library page and to setup a direct link to the library catalogue system. I would like to take this opportunity and sincerely thank Mrs Sevazlian for taking on this task and carrying through a worthwhile project.





WORKING BEE - THANK YOU!

Many thanks to the families and friends who attended our Spring Working Bee last Sunday (23/11/14). Thanks to everyone’s effort the school grounds are looking nicer and brighter than ever!



Apart from weeding, shrub and tree trimming of the front gardens, we managed to give the playground and the veranda areas in front of the classrooms a good wash and pressure clean. Gutters were also cleaned out and the new cupboards or wardrobes were assembled in the storage shed. As a result of the hard work put in by everyone, during one of the hottest days of the year, we were able to greatly improve the appearance of the school grounds.

A special Thank You to: Garbis Abedjian, Ara and Ani Ananyan,, Ara Arzoumanian, Souren Bozikian, Steven Khatchadourian, Victor and Karis Khatchadourian, Emil Khoudair, Vahe and Cynthia Tomassian, Vatche Topouzian, Elena Zalata and the children who worked very hard and provided help were needed.

There is always a great feeling of community and a sense of satisfaction when our families get together, enjoy each others company and work for the good of the school in such a willing way. Well done everyone!




GUESTS FROM ARMENIA

On Monday (17/11/14) we welcomed a group of visitors from Armenia headed by Hrachya Harutyunyan, Acting CEO of the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund. Accompanying him were renowned Armenian singers Masha Mnjoyan & Murad Markhasyan, joined by the Australian Representative of the Diaspora Minister Mr Edvart Tarpinian and other committee members. The guests were greeted and welcomed by our Captain after being led into the hall. A special program was presented with songs, recitals and an instrumental.


The guests were pleasantly surprised by the special presentation and impressed by the student performance. In his return address, Mr Harutyunyan praising the students and the school in keeping the Armenian language and culture alive in a community far away from the homeland. The warm feelings that were generated inspired our guest from Gumri, Murad Markhasyan to sing a few songs for the children. The students also joined in the singing and were entertained by this unique experience.