Wesoła Polska Szkołą in Christchurch was started in 2008 with Polish children and those with Polish heritage living in Christchurch.

The aim of the school was to gather together school-aged children to learn Polish language, Polish history and tradition. Children met usually on Saturdays for a few hour to learn in Polish. They also took part in variety of events connected to history and anniversaries and celebrated Polish tradition such as at Easter and at Christmas . The school was led by two teachers Sylwia Śmierowska, who taught the younger group and Lea Sawicka who taught youth.

The Christchurch Earthquake disrupted teaching for a while

The school re-emerged after a break in a new format. Currently, Wesoła Polska Szkołą organises a holiday programme for school children. During the holidays they meet for two days from 09:00 to 15:00 (and sometimes to 17:00). The program is very interesting and varied.

Games, learning Polish and shared preparation of meals brings the pupils together and makes learning fun and successful. In 2015 the pupils took part in a trip to Wellington of the 2nd of May. There they visited the Polish Embassy and met the Ambassador Mr Zbigniew Gniatkowski. they also visited Te Papa Museum and visited the Polish School in Wellington, where they participated in the lessons and could talk with the pupils from Wellington school.

At the present time the school in Christchurch is run by Sylwia Śmiarowska with help of Dorota Ratka.

AT last Christmas Wigilia the pupils of  Wesołą Polska Szkoła tok part in a Christmas Szopka building competition  and in Jasełka (Nativity Play).

The children received diplomas for participation in the school activities in 2015 and a 'sweat prize' for their hard work.

The school is going to be run again in 2016 as the school year begins.

All those interested in participating in the school activities in 2016, who live in Christchurch or near by we kindly ask to contact us by email: wesolopol.sz@gmail.com


Sylwia Śmierowska


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