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Thursday 18 September 2014

Polish childen enjoy a traditional get-together

Published 11/06/2013 | 05:24

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A Polish tradition of celebrating International Children's day was alive and well in Carlow.

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The Equal Chances Polish School, set up in 2008 at Presentation College Askea, organised a number of family fun events to mark the occasion. The day was open to everyone and children from around the town were invited to come along and join in the games and entertainment.

'Children took part in competitions, watched funny chemical experiments and danced along with their parents and teachers,' said director of the school Marta Szutkowska - Kiszkiel.

'It was a fantastic day of fun and joy with gifts and sweets for everyone.'

Classes at the school run every Saturday from 9 a. m. and include Polish, History, Geography, Mathematics and English for Parents.

'Children and young people from 5-18 work in eight age groups,' she added. 'The school employs qualified teachers and has a rich Polish library. Every Saturday morning we arrange a reading room, where reading classes are provided.'

Equal Chances cooperates with a number of institutions such as Embassy of the Republic of Poland, VEC, St Vincent de Paul, Integration Centre, Carlow Integration Forum, Carlow Volonteer Centre, and many more.

'We organise classes of Polish as a foreign language for adults and children. We hope to spread a little bit of Polish,' she said.

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