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2022 | Issue 3 - 14 March / Մարտ
From the Principal
A Note of Appreciation
Over the past 15 years, I have been given the honour to lead this wonderful educational establishment. Therefore, I must admit that it was a humbling experience to receive a special birthday surprise from those who have been my inseparable family since I started teaching here. With the support of Board members, graduates and parents, the students and staff truly surprised me on Friday afternoon with a special assembly. At first, I assumed the school was coming together to watch the video clip of our student's contribution to the 'Internation Mother Language Day' prepared by the AGBU Armenian Virtual College (AVC). However, it soon turned out that more was in place, as another clip started rolling and my family joined me... I could not have asked for a better way or place to celebrate - a place where since 1996, I have had the privilege to step into these classrooms, taking each day as a blessing from God to serve the Australian-Armenian community. Thank you for all your well wishes.
Happy 50th Birthday!
Video: Happy Birthday Baron Manoug!
Lent... A Time For Reflection
During the weekly assemblies, I have been reflecting on one of the important periods in the Christian calendar - Lent. With Lent being a season of 40 days before Easter, is a time for us to stop and reflect on the attitudes of our hearts, priorities and spiritual life as we prepare for Easter. There are special services held in churches during Lent, special times of prayer and special readings from the Bible.
From the early period, there were also strict Lenten laws to help with this ‘spiritual clean’. It was suggested that to abstain from all meat and animal products was a helpful discipline. All the body needed was a very simple snack in the evening. Today, many Christians still consider it helpful in giving something up during Lent, as a reminder of sacrifices Jesus made, the temptations He resisted during His time in the desert and that they are reflecting on the important things in life. Many continue with the tradition, while others only give up eating certain foods or watching TV or playing computer games... Others try to make more time in the day to think about God and pray.
This season of Lent might therefore be a good time for all of us to attempt a ‘spiritual cleansing’ of our lives. There may be attitudes that need to be dusted down, habits that need a deep clean or behaviours to be given up. At the assembly, one of the things we all agreed to give up were ‘distractions’. Instead, we decided to be grateful for a brain, for education and for every opportunity to learn.
More information will be provided as we start getting ready for our Easter Celebrations on Sunday, 3 April from lunchtime.
P&F Committee and Volunteer Scheme
As presented during the Parent Information Session, we would like to see the volunteer tasks for the school spread evenly across the parental body. The points system will continue this year and we are asking parents to indicate their choice and consider what they can do to assist in the running of the school. Further details about the scheme were emailed to parents last week with the attached online form. Thank you to all the parents who have completed the form and a kind reminder to those who still need to submit it.
We would like to take this opportunity and indicate that the P&F meetings are a good forum to bring your ideas or suggestions for the everyday running needs of our school. If you have any suggestions please approach P&F members to discuss and to include them on the Agenda for the following meeting. As you know the P&F plays an important role in running the canteen and catering special events. They are also responsible in organising a number of in-school events and providing general feedback and assistance in areas of need.
We understand that it’s not possible for all families to get involved in all aspects of the P&F or school life, however we encourage you to have your say. We would like to receive feedback as to how we can improve the services being provided to students and guests. For more information and to see how you can contribute to the Committee please contact the school Office - 9486 3266
Canteen Report - 2021
In 2021 the Canteen operated during the first two Terms and for five weeks during Term 4 (only Morning Tea and Afternoon Snacks), it remained closed for the rest of the time due to Covid-19, government lockdowns and restrictions.
We would like to sincerely thank all our parents for their continued contribution and involvement, even though we only operated for almost half a year, we managed to have a very active and successful Canteen. Through profits raised by our Canteen, we were able to fund maintenance needs and various other projects such as the Heart Smart program and the Sick Bay upgrade to name a few.
Mrs Svetlana Khachatourian & Mrs Araz Shahinian
2021 Canteen Coordinators
We hope you enjoy the 2021 Canteen presentation as we look forward to making more memories in 2022.
St Vartan's Day | Blessings & Holy Communion
International Mother Language Day | AGBU AVC Celebrates!
A wonderful gift for International Mother Language Day from AVC’s hybrid schools!
The “Ode to the Armenian Language” by Vahan Tekeyan comes to life in the drawings of students of the
AGBU New England District Hybrid Armenian School (NEHAS), Watertown, USA
Topalian Armenian School, Geneva, Switzerland
AGBU Alexander Primary School, Sydney, Australia
AGBU - École Alex Manoogian de Montréal /AGBU Alex Manoogian School, Montreal, Canada
and AVC Lab, Rostov-On-Don, Russia.
👏 Special thanks to Garo Meykhanajian from the AGBU Lazar Najarian-Calouste Gulbenkian School in Aleppo, Syria.
We like to congratulate everyone on their talent and amazing work. In particular:
Sevana Barsamian and
for having their artwork selected for this production.
Մայրենի Լեզուի Միջազգային Օրուան առթիւ հոյակապ մէկ այլ կատարում՝ ՀԲԸՄ ՀՀՀ-ի հիպրիթ ծրագիրին հետեւող դպրոցներուն կողմէ:
Աշակերտները գծագրութիւններով կեանքի կոչեցին Վահան Թէքէեանի «Տաղ հայերէն լեզուին» բանաստեղծութիւնը:
Ապրի՛ք տաղանդաւոր փոքրիկ արուեստագէտներ, հոյակապ աշխատանք կատարեցիք:
Մեր ազգային արժէքները միասին պահպանենք:
Armenian Virtual College - AGBU hybrid schools from different countries gathered together for this beautiful virtual poem recital to celebrate.
Birthdays of the Week
Happy Birthday to…
Dates to Remember
24/03/22 Life Education Van (Healthy Harold - Day 1)
25/03/22 Life Education Van (Healthy Harold - Day 2)
03/04/22 Easter Celebrations
11/12/22 Christmas Concert & Graduation
Armenian Student Fund
Report for Term 1 - Weeks 6 & 7
8 Points - Sevan $14.60
6 Points - Masis $10.40
4 Points - Ararat $7.40
Week 6 Total: $32.40
8 Points - Sevan $13.30
6 Points - Ararat $10.85
4 Points - Masis $8.85
Week 7 Total: $33.00
Congratulations to our first recipients of the year!
Let your teacher know when you are ready to collect your Teacher's Award and be included in this honour list.
Year 6: Martin A. (x2) | Adelin G. | Cristian H.
Year 5: Michael A. | Lucas D. | Sofia J. | Sirag K. | Kris K.
Anthony K. | Razmik K. | Daniel L. | Lio S. |
Year 4: Dzila M.
Year 3: Leah B. | Harout K.
Year 2: Sarkis D. | Scarlett H. | Elena J. | Davit K. |
Year 1: Nicholas A. | Grace B. | Sossi M. | Razmik S. |
Remember 10 Encouragement Awards = Teacher’s Award
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