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The Parental Committee is selected for a 2-year term during the general parent’s assembly meeting, represents all parents and actively participates in school’s life … Czytaj Dalej …
History of the School
The Polish School in Kitchener is the oldest Polish language school in Canada, being in continuous operation since 1894. It was a Polish nun, Sister Maria Ottona from Notre Dame Convent, who started formal Polish lessons.
In 1958 a Parents Association was established and for the next twenty years took responsibility for keeping the school alive. From 1978 the Polish School was the first one in the region that took part in the Heritage Language Program offered by the Government of Canada. From that point on, the Ministry of Education, through the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, provided major financial and professional support to the school. To mark the 95th Anniversary in 1989, the Polish School was named after Sir Casimir Gzowski, who was a famous Polish immigrant, engineer and patriot.
Now Sir Casimir Gzowski Polish School is part of the International Languages Program run by St. Louis Adult Learning Centre and still receivers support from the Parent’s Association. The school is located at St. John’s School. Every year approximately 300 students study in classes from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. There is a class for students who don’t speak Polish too. Lessons are on Saturday mornings from 9:00 to 11:30am. Students have the opportunity to learn the Polish language not only during regular classes, but also during after school activities such as drama and music clubs and a religion course. Also, the School Library is open to all students every Saturday after classes. Throughout the school year children are involved in many celebrations for parents, peers and the Polish community. Some of the special events include: assemblies to honor Polish national holidays, history lessons with guest speakers, along with a variety of school competitions and regional recital competitions. Polish classes are offered in the summer as well. It is the hope and dream of all Polish-Canadians living in the Kitchener-Waterloo area that the Polish School will continue to flourish and grow over the next hundreds of years!