Popular culture school for foreign nationals finds a new home

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A WEEKEND school teaching Polish children about their own country and culture now has room to grow after being offered space at a town primary school.

Diana Gajek’s Saturday morning sessions have proved so popular with parents and children that they had outgrown the premises in Abbey Path and she put out an appeal for more space.

But not one to sit back and wait for things to happen, Diana started approaching primary schools and found an ally in Spalding’s St Paul’s headteacher Heather Beeken, who was able to offer the use of four classrooms, as well as outside space.

Diana said: “The classes have been held at the school for a few weeks now and it is going really well. It means we are able to separate the children into different age groups and they can each have their own space to learn and play in.

“Since we started we have gone from strength to strength and currently have 46 youngsters, but we have more wanting to start in September and the move to St Paul’s means we can now take up to 100 children.”

But the Polish school is just one of the projects Diana has on the go.

She has recently set up a Community Interest Company, called EU Integration Centre CIC as the next step in her dreams of starting an integration centre to start building bridges between people of different nationalities living in Spalding.

She is also planning a charity New Year’s Eve ball to raise money for the project and is looking at setting up a council of representatives from the different communities who would meet to thrash out issues affecting the communities to bring them closer together.

And she is currently concentrating her efforts on finding somewhere to hold classes to help non-English speakers learn the language and help them integrate.

She said: “I can’t charge much for these classes, so I need somewhere quite cheap. I have already got several people interested so I want to find somewhere sooner rather than later.

“I am also hoping to speak to Mrs Beeken at St Paul’s about possibly started after-school activities for the Polish school.”

Anyone interested in finding out more or getting involved in any of Diana’s projects can contact her on 07413 394435.