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Assyrian Primary School to Open After Years of Planning

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2002 at 06:23 AM CT

After years of planning and months of construction, children will fill St. Hurmizd's Assyrian Primary School for the first time today.

The first education facility outside the ancient culture's middle eastern homeland is located behind the apostolic Catholic cathedral in Greenfield Park.

“At the moment it is a nice building, but on Wednesday we will be a school,” principal Wayne Pettiford said.

“For all schools it's a hectic day but they generally only have a new kindergarten class . . . all our pupils are new.”

The 87 kindergarten, year one and two students will study the first curriculum to combine Assyrian culture, history, language and Christian religion with mainstream education.

“This is a turning point in the Assyrian community as a whole, it is an exciting new world opening up to young Assyrians,” mother of five-year-old Isaiah, Anna Lazar, said.

Significant Assyrian migration from Iraq to Australia began in the 1970s and continued steadily to form a strong community of over 20,000 in Fairfield.

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