The patron of our school as you already know is Kornel Makuszyński – famous polish writer.
In our school each year we celebrate our Patron’s Day – which is also the date of the birth of Kornel Makuszyński. This year students took part in competiton of knowledge about the patron of our school.
First place went to class IV B!
In Poland there is a tradition of baking Christmas gingerbread cookies. We eat them during Christmas time. Our students prepared some gingerbread cookies at school. They had a lot of fun.
There are many different recipes for gingerbread cookies and here is one of them :
1/2 cup honey
1 pinch of black pepper
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 cup sugar
4-5 cups flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in water
Heat honey until it boils, then allow it to cool until lukewarm. In a large bowl, sift the flour with the spices. In a separate large bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar until thick. Add the soda to the eggs, then the honey, then the flour. Mix well.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured board to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut cookies into Christmas shapes with cookie cutters. Bake them on parchment-covered cookie sheets in a 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until just lightly browned.
After cooling, The pierniki may be decorated with icing made of powdered sugar, water, and a drop or two of almond or vanilla extract. Or they can be covered with a chocolate glaze.
The sixth of December is the day when all children in Poland wait for presents from Santa Claus. In our school all the students were also waiting for Santa Claus, who appeared with a big sack full of sweets for everybody. Everybody was very happy!!
Our students also celebrated this day at the swimming pool.
Our youngest students also watched a special performance on ice on this day.
It was a present from Santa Claus for them.
On all Saints day you normaly go to church and light candles by the graves. You think a little bit more about the ones that have passed. In the evening it looks nice with all the candles. All Saints day (Allhelgonadagen) is the 1st of November and we celebrate All Saints day (Alla helgons dag) the Saturday after. You have celebrated All Saints day in Sweden since 1100 A.D with some exceptions because sometimes it was forbidden.
Written by Kajsa and Axel year 3, translated by Clara in year 6.