On November 11 General Sosabowski Polish school of the Polish Embassy in the Hague located in Brunssum celebrated the 99th anniversary of Polish Independence. (Polish: Narodowe Święto Niepodległości). The school welcomed also officially the new students into the school who recited the school oath.
Polish Independence Day Celebration
The school prepared a unique artistic programme consisting of poetry, music and visual footage presenting Polish history and courage.
National Independence Day. (Polish: Narodowe Święto Niepodległości) is a national holiday day during which Polish people commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty as the Second Polish Republic in 1918 after 123 years of partitions.
Since 1795 Poland was divided between Austria, Prussia and Russia. In 1918 the World War I ended asa defeat to all those major European powers. In October 1918 the process of formation of Polish independent government and seizing power from the hands of Austrians took place. On 11 November 1918 Józef Piłsudski, founder of Polish legions who came back from German prison one day earlier, was appointed the Commander-in-Chief over the Polish Forces. Three days later Pilsudski was given complete civil control over Polish territories.
11 November was celebrated as a Polish Independence Day since 1920. In the communist period it was forbidden to celebrate this day but it was restored immediately after the collapse of communism in 1989.
Welcoming new students and reciting the school oath
This is the one of the most if not the most important moments in the school years: welcoming new students and reciting the school oath. It is a Polish tradition in which 1st year children of the primary school are welcomed to the school community and recite the school oath promising to do their best at school. They receive a special diploma as a commemoration of this event.
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