On Saturday, October 26, 2013 the Holy Trinity Armenian Church’s St. Sahag – St. Mesrop Armenian Saturday School’s grade eight students, under the direction of their teacher, Mr. Antranig Tchilingirian, prepared a cultural program on the occasion of Armenian Cultural Day.
Each student with a flower in their hands for the schoolteachers entered the hall and took a seat on the stage. After the opening remarks and the welcoming message, the students took turns and presented the audience with beautiful Armenian music & songs, recited poetry accompanied by Mrs. Navasardian on the piano.
Rev. Archpriest Zareh Zargarian, the Parish Priest, Mrs. Arpi Panossian, the principal, Mr. Ara Ter Haroutunian, the Vice Principal and members of the board, teachers, students and some parents enjoyed a very well prepared program by the highest class of the school. It was easy to notice that the students of grade eight are doing their best in receiving high level of education in Armenian language, history, religion, and culture. The group will be travelling to Armenia for two weeks in July 2014.
At the end of the program, Mrs. Panossian thanked the students for their hard work as everyone truly enjoyed the program. She appreciated Mr. Tchilingirian’s dedication as always. She encouraged the students to take part in an interactive question and answer period where kids listed everything that made them Armenian and everything they could do to maintain and nourish their Armenian heritage.
To encourage the students of the school and teach them more about our rich history and culture, the parents’ committee had set tables in the hall covered by Armenian story books, poetry, handmade crafts from Armenia, posters, CDs & videos, maps and much more. Each class had a chance to see the items and have a discussion about it later.
In his closing remarks, Fr. Zargarian delivered a heartwarming message to students. With a brief explanation of the history of Armenians and Christianity in Armenia, also the role of Armenians in today’s modern world, Fr. Zargarian created a sense of pride amongst our students and encouraged them to always be very proud of their roots but also to become great citizens of Canada. At the end Fr. Zareh invited Mr. Chilingirian to recite one of his favorite poems, “The birth of Vahagn” by Movses Khorenatsi. Fr. Zareh, thanked the grade eight teacher’s tireless efforts and his love and care towards our students and the program ended by his closing prayer.