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What is behind a calendar?

A calendar is a system of organizing days for different purposes. It has social, religious, commercial or administrative use.

But for Abu Dhabi Weekly Armenian school a calendar serves as more than just a tool for organizing days. It is a combination of a visual tour, brief national history, social review, work of art and several other elements besides being the fruit of dedicated work and inspiration.

As we mention inspiration, we come to know the person who motivates the whole process: Gulizar Jonian, the Principal of the school.

Click each month below and you will see the details of the calendar. First, you will have a good reference for Armenian religious and national celebrations. Then you will notice the birthday of each student according to the month.

The cover shows "Our Golden Alphabet" a theme, which will apply also for the year-end school celebration.
"The calendar had to be good quality, something the students and parents alike will be proud to keep and to remember", says Jonian. "This has an extra value, since most of the families living in this part of the world, relocate so often," she explains.
"Being a school calendar, the colors, pictures and the set up must reflect the small happy family atmosphere of our community school. To make it special, all our religious and national days are marked", Jonian says about the concept behind the calendar.
The students are the focal point, apart from the classroom pictures, their individual photos and names are illustrated. Every student's birthday is marked with a cake symbol and the name listed on the respective month.

"This truly makes the calendar very personal to each one of them. Just watching the students screaming with delight, showing each other their names and birthdays made it all worthwhile," she comments with obvious enthusiasm.  
Looking into the calendar (see below) we notice that special pages were allocated to particular occasions. For example, January 2009 features the school group photo. 

February records Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II's visit to Abu Dhabi, and Archbishop Goriun Babian's (Catholicosal Vicar of Kuwait and Gulf Countries) visit to the school with the Parish Priest (Reverend Aram Deyirmenjian) and members of the Legislative Council. Another picture features the visit paid by the school graduates to the Embassy of Armenia, together with other graduates from the Sharjah weekly school. Ambassador Vahagn Melikian welcomed them and gave them a briefing about the functions of the Embassy, stressing also the meaning of having an independent state.

April illustrates the school's Easter picnic photos, not forgetting the Martyrsí day (April 24th). December  covers Christmas and New Year party with Mount Ararat as the background of that page, "just to bring us closer to homeland", says School Principal Gulizar Jonian.
Jonian would like to extend her thanks to Reverend Aram Deyirmenjian for providing the list of the religious days. Special thanks to Berge Ohanessian for closely working with the School management and having a great impact on the final outlook of the calendar. Finally, words of thanks goes also to Raffi Kazanjian, from "Pioneer Printing" company in Sharjah for his professional help.

The calendar costs AED 50 (US$ 14). To obtain a copy contact Gulizar Jonian at her email.

January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009
May 2009 June 2009 July 2009 August 2009
September 2009 October 2009 November 2009 December 2009


Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2009 (10840 reads), comments: 1
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Posted by Shirley on Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What a wonderful idea, Gulizar! And what beautiful pictures! Maybe you should make another calendar next year for the city of Abu Dhabi! Well done.

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