The third quarter, in particular July and August, were rather “quiet” for Dilijan Central School, and though works were constantly conducted at the school, they were mainly related to the start of the new academic year. Therefore, life in the school began to intensify only in September.
September 1 at Dilijan Central School
September 1 did not only announce commencement of the most varicolored season of the year in Dilijan, but also the beginning of the brightest day, rich in knowledge at Dilijan Central School. The day was sunny, and the faces of Dilijan Central School students, their parents, and teachers were shining brightly, like the sun, when the academic year was officially announced and the school opened its doors to its students.
According to tradition, welcoming words and wishes first sounded in the courtyard during the ceremonial line, which was followed by the event organized in the school hall to welcome the heroes of the day, the first-graders, and announce their entry into the school life. Certificates of commendation were awarded to the students distinguished for excellent academic performance during the past year, and the teachers selected by the students were honored with letters of acknowledgment.
Then the enthusiastic mood of the day moved to the classrooms, and the learning process entered its natural course.
2017-2018 Academic Year at DCS, in Figures
Number of students
|Elementary school (1-4 graders)||55 ( 14 – first graders)|
Number of teachers
(8 – candidates of science, masters of sports, retrained or with teaching experience abroad, and 16 – with ten and more years of pedagogical experience)
Performance Devoted to the Armenian Alphabet
On September 15, the “Book of Flowers” performance was staged at Dilijan Central School, based on Derenik Demirchyan’s work bearing the same title. It is devoted to one of the main symbols of Armenia and all Armenians – the Armenian alphabet. The author and director of the performance is Zhirayr Dadasyan, the Art Director of the Pantomime Theater, the music is by Vahan Artsruni. After the performance, 9th-grade students Nare Stepanyan and Anna Amyan had an interview with Zhirayr Dadasyan.
– Why did you decide to stage a performance based on Derenik Demirchyan’s “Book of Flowers”?
– Because this book tells about all of us, about our people, our book, our wealth, and our tastes. We need to learn a lot from our ancestors, and I can’t say that we do it now. We learn from anyone, but not from our people and the culture we have created.
You can find the full text of the interview with Zhirayr Dadasyan here.
Visits and Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage to Holy Places
In September, 5th to 7th grade students of Dilijan Central School set out on a pilgrimage to holy places – Sevanavank and Hayravank monasteries and the khachkars (cross-stones) of Noratus. The purpose of the pilgrimage was not only to have an interesting and informative day, but also to introduce our holy places in a new way, to acquaint the students with their history and traditions, and to give rise to respect for our cultural heritage.
Visit to Vazgenian Theological Seminary
On October 7, the Armenian Apostolic Church commemorated the day of Jesus’ 72 disciples. Тo celebrate the day, 8th and 9th grade students of Dilijan Central School visited Vazgenian Theological Seminary at Sevan, where they got acquainted with the daily life of the Seminary students, attended their lesson in grabar (old Armenian), and then tried to write words in grabar and read grabar chronicles.
Guests and Interesting Conversations
Meeting with Arthur Meschian
On October 6, Dilijan Central School hosted architect and musician Arthur Meschian who had a sincere conversation with students, teachers and parents.
During the meeting, the children were given an opportunity not only to listen to the guest’s ideas and to disclose his image of an artist and intellectual person, but also to raise their concerns and learn about Mr. Meschian’s attitudes and perceptions of those matters.
Meeting with the Representatives of Young Historians Association NGO
Lilit Mkrtchyan, head of the Association of Young Historians, and Ani Vardanyan, member of that organization, visited Dilijan Central School in November. The goal of the visit was to develop critical thinking and debating skills of 9th grade students.
In the course of the meeting, Lilit Mkrtchyan presented to the students the basics and types of debate, emphasizing the preconditions needed to express one’s ideas in a debate and to secure the proper process of debating.
In autumn, 3rd grade students of Dilijan Central School implemented a beautiful project called “Autumn.” The goal of the project was to shape and develop the students’ abilities to explore and survey the environment and perceive beauty.
The project was implemented within the framework of seven school subjects, namely – Native language, science, fine arts, dance, music, English, and Russian.
The students summed up the project at a special event organized on November 28.
In fall, Dilijan Central School implemented another interesting and strongly educational project, Goshavank, which involved 6th to 9th grade students of the school. The goal of the project was to introduce Goshavank’s architectural structure to the children and perform practical tasks, such as taking measurements, making notes based on them, determining the scale, trying to draw parts of the structure, etc.
Great Pastime at School – Mexican Fiesta
There was a Mexican fiesta at DCS on October 27. It was organized in the framework of the Spanish language subject taught at the school, to develop and deepen the students’ linguistic thinking.
Several Spanish-speaking students, including Mexicans, from Dilijan UWC International School were also invited to the Fiesta. DCS students were able to gain deeper apprehension of Mexican traditions and holidays. The children cooked Mexican dishes together with the guests. And, most importantly, Spanish was the main language for communication among the students throughout the event.