Hawick’s Saturday School held a traditional Polish end-of-school year ‘Akademia’ event at the high school last weekend.
Founded by Mrs Katarzyna (Kasia) Gajewska and Dr Beata Kholbek in April, the Saturday School now has about 30 children, aged from three to 15.
Dr Kohlbek, who also heads up a similar school in Berwick, explained: “It gives Polish children the opportunity to keep up their education in their first language. There are lessons in Polish literacy, history and geography, and plans are in place to prepare the youngsters for GCSE exams in Polish.”
The school came about because Mrs Gajewska knew there was a large local Polish population and had heard about the Berwick school and wanted to set up a similar project in Hawick.
Dr Kohlbek said: “Helping Kasia to set up seemed like a natural step for us. We have learned a lot at the Berwick school and were delighted to share this experience with the Polish community in the Borders.”
Scottish Borders Council awarded the school £5,000 as a start-up fund earlier this year.
New children are welcome from September 7. For more information contact Dr Kohlbek at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01665 720521.