Azad-Hye, United Arab Emirates
June 8 2005

UAE Armenians: Abu Dhabi Armenian School Final Celebration 2005

AZAD-HYE: On the 13th May 2005 the Armenians of Abu Dhabi gathered in
`The Club' to mark the end of the school year.

During the past years this has been an opportunity for the largest
gathering of Armenians in Abu Dhabi, besides the annual Ball.

The Director of the School, Mrs. Tamar Der Ohannesian, welcomed the
guests, among them the Ambassador of Armenia (Dr. Arshak Poladian),
the pastor of the UAE Armenians (Der Aram Deyirmenjian), members of
the Council (headed by Vahe Toukhmanian) and numerous friends and
family.

It has been customary to perform a school play with the participation
of all the students of the school and their teachers. The play
usually involves all kinds of expressive art forms, such as songs,
dances, poems, paintings, etc.

There was a slideshow about the student activities and events during
the year, followed by a show by the pupils of different classes:

The kindergarten pupils danced on the rhythm of a song called "Come
to my home". The students of the higher grades presented three
dances, entering into the stage with the known patriotic song
"Kedashen" (devoted to the struggeling town in Artsakh). One of the
dance carried the rhythmic style of composer Ara Gevorgian.

A student recited `For my sweet Armenia' by famous poet Yeghishe
Charents.

All the other classes performed enthusiastic dances tailored on
modernized rhythms of known Armenian melodies.

There was even a ballet performance by Kindergarten students (The
Swan Lake).

The students of the fifth grade came on stage with patriotic chants,
and proceeded to perform a modern dance set to the music of Ara
Gevorgian.

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The students of the eight grade took the role of the presenters or
masters of the ceremony.

5 pupils graduated from the kindergarten.

Der Aram highly appreciated the efforts of the teachers and mentioned
that without the school it would have been difficult to keep the
Armenian language as a live means of communication among the younger
generation.

Mr. Vahe Toukhmanian, chairman of the Council of the Armenian
Community, awarded gifts to the teachers representing the Armenian
alphabet on framed golden plates, symbolizing the 1600th anniversary
of the invention of the Armenian alphabet by Saint Mesrob Mashdots.

It is worth mentioning that the school had published a volume called
`Our School Year' in which detailed account of the school life and
students achievements, as well as many contributions from the
students were recorded in a presentable and memorable way, along with
photos and comments.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress