2022 | Issue 2 - 18 February / Փետրուար

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Parent Information Session

Our Parent Information Session was made available to our parents on Thursday, 17th February. We were hoping to have our families at the school during our annual Parent Information Evening. However, the current restrictions continue to limit our activities and for this reason, we decided to have an information session online. Therefore, what we usually covered during the information evening was shared or emailed through a video presentation and slides that the teachers had prepared for their class.

The session clip and slides provided parents with the opportunity to find out exactly what is happening on a day to day basis in their child’s classroom and what our expectations are of students and parents. Parents were also be briefed and updated on some of the major programs in place and heard about the various ways they can contribute to the school community.

The education of children is a huge task. We all need to pitch in and play a supporting role - teachers supporting parents, parents supporting teachers, the school Board and school programs.

Manoug Demirjian

Capital Works - Carpets & Gutters

During the Parent Information Session, parents were informed that following the installation of new high-grade carpets across all the classrooms in 2021, the second stage is set to involve the installation of new carpets in the administration building. This will follow the replacement of all the gutters and downpipes, which were carried out during the Christmas break. Finally, the corrugated roof on all the buildings will be painted sometime this year. All these projects require significant capital investments, that have been planned and budgeted thanks to the support of the School Board.

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Capital Works - Carpets & Gutters

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Interactive Touchscreens & MultiLit

School Policy Documents

AGBU Alexander Primary School's Policy Documents are made available to parents on request from the School Office. In addition, the policies that are relevant to parents are also Shared in a folder with an email link. These documents can also be accessed from the Home menu of the School Stream App.

School Discipline Policy - Parent Handout

Parents should read this document carefully to familiarise themselves with the strategies implemented at AGBU Alexander Primary School to encourage positive attitude and behaviour.

The school has expectations of its students to maintain standards which will promote personal achievement and school pride. It is the tone of our school to be positive, encouraging and motivational. Children need this same encouragement from parents in order to succeed. Students achieve highest when parents take an active interest and role in their education and school life.

School Standards on Homework:

  • It is expected that students will complete set tasks to the best of their ability - untidy work will not be accepted.

  • Parents should check each set of homework to make sure its completed at the accepted standard.

  • Homework should be made a priority when students arrive home of an afternoon. However, teachers understand that students may have extra-curricular after school activities. If homework is unable to be completed, please write a note to the teacher stating the reason.

  • If your child has difficulty with set homework, please advise your child’s teacher in writing the following day. If the situation persists, please make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher.

School Standards on Uniform:

  • Students are expected to wear correct uniform at all times.

  • Students wearing incorrect uniform (any part) should provide a note to the class teacher stating reason.

  • Students in Years 3-6 can bring sports shoes to school for fitness and play. Students are allowed to leave a second pair of sports shoes at school to change into for their fitness sessions.

  • Students must have school hats at school daily. “NO HAT, NO PLAY”

  • Jewellery, nail polish and make-up not permitted. Only one pair, plain stud / sleeper earrings permitted.

  • Random uniform checks are conducted and students receive House points for correct uniform standards.

  • Students who lose an article of uniform (eg hat or jumper) will have a week’s grace after which time the article must be replaced.

  • Students who repeatedly forget sports shoes / hats will have records of misbehaviour sent home.

Birthdays of the Week

Happy Birthday to…

Vardan S. | Nicholas A. | Serineh M.

Student Lunchboxes

We are generally very happy with the contents of our students’ lunchboxes. Our school would rate fairly well with all the attention given to ensuring school lunchboxes contain mostly foods with good nutritional value. Whilst children may complain about lack of variety, try being inventive with the way you serve foods. Please continue to help us with this school program - keep up with the practice of providing low-fat, low-salt, low-sugar foods.

Fruit size can make all the difference between “fruit eaten” and “fruit wasted”. Please buy small-sized fruit for small mouths to chomp around otherwise, send cut fruit to school. Many of the younger children (P-2) could be wasting good fruit because it is just too hard to eat.

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Parents are instrumental in the success of our school’s healthy food program as providers of good, nutrition-filled lunch boxes. To help parents with the confusing task of deciding on suitable snack foods, below is a list of what we consider to be appropriate.

ONE ONLY - Snack Food which includes any one of the following: baked biscuits or snacks such as BBQ shapes; yoghurt or other dairy dessert such as Yogo or Petite Miam; slice of plain cake, fruit muffin or fruit toast; fruit straps/bars; breakfast/muesli bars, plain pop corn.

SNACKS WHICH DO NOT QUALIFY: All chips, roll-ups, LCM’s, chocolate muffins, cream biscuits and wafers.

UNLIMITED AMOUNTS OF - Fresh Fruit & Vegetables … fruit bars and fruit yoghurt are no replacement for fresh fruit.

AT LEAST ONE SERVE OF - Bread … sandwiches

Sandwiches are the most ideal lunch food but we do understand that children need some variety and often have home-cooked meals to replace sandwiches.

SUITABLE LUNCH DRINKS FOR SCHOOL - fruit juice, milk, water.

Armenian Student Fund

The Armenian Student Fund program continues this year at AGBU Alexander Primary School and we hope to raise enough money to continue sponsoring two children in Armenia. We know our small effort makes a real difference to these families in need.

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This service was initiated in our school program in 1994. Today, Alexander school students continue to sponsor two young Armenians - Arpine Nersissian & Garik Kasbaryan through the Armenian Apostolic Church child sponsorship program.

How do we raise money for this program?

Students are requested to make a regular donation of a silver or gold coin each week. It is a good idea to have the children donate money from weekly pocket money or earnings regardless how small the donation. The learning experience to share and give selflessly, is a valuable one.

Collection is taken during Recess on Thursdays and students earn points for their House Teams. A weekly report on collections is given during the weekly Assemble and in the Newsletter.

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic Book Clubs - bringing children and books together.

Books are a very important part of children’s growth and development, and research suggests that the ability to read is critical to independence, success and personal fulfilment. It is said that, kids who read succeed!

Scholastic Book Clubs offer a good variety of age-appropriate books from Australia and the world at prices below recommended retail prices. Students purchasing from Book Clubs also help in earning Reading Reward Points for our school. These points are used to redeem valuable learning resources for the library and classrooms.

Pamphlets will be sent home regularly throughout the year, with 8 issues all in all.

All book club orders must be placed using the order form in the pamphlet. Money and completed order form (including your child’s name) should be placed in an envelope clearly marked “BOOK CLUB ORDER”. Students should place envelopes in the communication folder for collection to the school Office.

Donations to Alexander School

In Memoriam for the Late Nubar Shoghomonian

Mrs Knar Soghomonian - $200

Mr & Mrs Vahe and Nora Artinian - $500

Mr & Mrs Vahe and Annie Boyadjian - $200

Mr & Mrs Chris and Rita Boyadjian - $100

Mr Michael Boyadjian - $100

Mrs Mary Tchetchenian - $100

Mr & Mrs Garo and Margo Zerounian - $100

Mr & Mrs Serop and Magie Mikaelian - $100

Mr & Mrs Sarkis and Alice Der Bedrossian - $100

Mr & Mrs Vrej and Ashkhen Manoukian - $100

Mr & Mrs Hovhaness & Mary Kouyoumdjian - $100

Mr & Mrs Sarkis and Lucy Aroyan - $100

Janette Saprichian, Zvart Semsarian & Suzanna Serjararian - $100

Mr & Mrs Dikran and Seta Dikranian - $50

Mr & Mrs Arto and Silva Karagelinian - $50

Mr & Mrs Kevork and Vikcky Tashjian - $50

Mrs Marie Hagopian - $50

Ms Alice Sisagian - $30

On behalf of the AGBU Alexander Primary School Board, executive, teachers and parents, we pass on our sincere condolences.

May his soul Rest in Peace

Donations to Alexander School

In Memoriam for the Late Serop Mikaelian

Mr Joseph Mikaelian - $200

Mr & Mrs Rafi & Rita Mikaelian - $200

Mr & Mrs Varouj and Sona Tchetchenian - $100

Mr & Mrs Dikran and Seta Dikranian - $100

On behalf of the AGBU Alexander Primary School community, we pass on our sincere condolences.

May his soul Rest in Peace

Standard Collection Notice


  1. The School collects personal information, including sensitive information about pupils and parents or guardians before and during the course of a pupil’s enrolment at the School. This may be in writing or in the course of conversations. The primary purpose of collecting this information is to enable the School to provide schooling to the pupil and to enable them to take part in all the activities of the School.

  2. Some of the information we collect is to satisfy the School’s legal obligations, particularly to enable the School to discharge its duty of care.

  3. Laws governing or relating to the operation of a school require certain information to be collected and disclosed. These include relevant Education Acts, and Public Health and Child Protection laws.

  4. Health information about pupils is sensitive information within the terms of the Australian Privacy Principles under the Privacy Act. We may ask you to provide medical reports about pupils from time to time.

  5. The School from time to time discloses personal and sensitive information to others for administrative and educational purposes, including to facilitate the transfer of a pupil to another school. This includes to other schools, government departments, medical practitioners, and people providing services to the School, including specialist visiting teachers, sports coaches, volunteers and counsellors.

  6. Personal information collected from pupils is regularly disclosed to their parents or guardians.

  7. The School may store personal information in the ‘cloud’ which may mean that it resides on servers which are situated outside Australia.

  8. The School’s Privacy Policy sets out how parents or pupils may seek access to personal information collected about them. However, there will be occasions when access is denied. Such occasions would include where access would have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of others, where access may result in a breach of the School’s duty of care to the pupil, or where pupils have provided information in confidence.

  9. The School Privacy Policy also sets out how you may complain about a breach of privacy and how the School will deal with such a complaint.

  10. As you may know the School from time to time engages in fundraising activities. Information received from you may be used to make an appeal to you. It may also be disclosed to organisations that assist in the School’s fundraising activities solely for that purpose. We will not disclose your personal information to third parties for their own marketing purposes without your consent.

  11. On occasions information such as academic and sporting achievements, pupil activities and similar news is published in School newsletters and magazines, community newspapers and on our website. Photographs of pupil activities such as sporting events, school camps and school excursions may be taken for publication in School newsletters and magazines, website or any other marketing material. Please advise us if you do not wish photos of your child to appear in such publications.

  12. We may include your contact details in a Class List and School Directory.

  13. If you provide the School with the personal information of others, such as doctors or emergency contacts, we encourage you to inform them that you are disclosing that information to the School and why, that they can access that information if they wish and that the School does not usually disclose the information to third parties.

February 2022

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