- The College
Students from the Reception class to Year 12 are engaged in the College Armenian Studies Program. From Year 9 onwards, students are offered an Accelerated Armenian Language Program which will enable them to sit their HSC in Armenian in Year 11.
Classes in Primary and Infants school include language, cultural activities, traditional music, poetry, dance and drama. From Transition to Year 4 there are separate classes in Eastern and Western dialects. From Year 5 onwards both dialects are taught in the one class in preparation for the HSC, in which students have to be able to understand both dialects.
Students who enter Galstaun College later in their school career, who have not previously studied Armenian, are offered the opportunity to learn Armenian as a Second Language. With extremely small groups and individual attention, these students usually progress very quickly and are soon able to join their mainstream classmates.
The College also offers Armenian History and Culture with the subject covering over 4,000 years of Armenia's history; tracing the early civilizations and cultural advances that have formed the social construction of our students' rich traditional heritage. Students in Year 10 studying Armenian History and Culture also use the Armenian Virtual College to reinforce student learning through the use of technology.
In addition to class-based activities, the whole College Community gathers to commemorate events such as Vartananz, Independence Day, Tarkmanchats, and the Genocide, while more light-hearted activities, such as dressing up for Paragentan and painting Easter eggs, teach students some of the older cultural traditions.
Galstaun College offers the opportunity for students in Year 10 and 11 to participate in the annual trip to Armenia. This pilgrimage allows students to experience an enhanced sense of self and personal identity and gain a rich and unique appreciation of their national heritage.
Students usually travel to Armenia in late September and undertake a tour which includes visits to key historical, architectural and cultural sites. This trip allows students to not only develop an active and informed relationship with their homeland, but also allows students to return home with a new found sense of maturity, responsibility and self-awareness.
In preparation for their Armenia trip, students in Year 10 organise a number of fundraising initiatives aimed at supporting various Armenian organisations and communities.