The morning of September 10th, teachers, parents and grandparents alike gathered in the parking lot of Narnia Elementary School as Dana Hanesová, school principal, lead the opening ceremony welcoming a mixture of 148 new and returning students to the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
”Welcome back!” said Mrs. Hanesova. “We’ve been looking forward to seeing you again!” Mrs. Hanesova went on to share with those present how Narnia came to receive its name as well as the school motto: The further up and the further in you go, the bigger everything gets.
Mrs. Hanesova was followed by Slávo Poloha, co-founder of Narnia, who shared a story from the Bible about the nation of Israel. After reading the passage, Mr. Poloha shared that Isreal was facing a situation that seemed to be unsolvable but God rescued them. He continued on to say that in Narnia´s six years of existence there have been many times of experiencing God’s help and protection when things seemed impossible. As Narnia seeks to find the funds to purchase the facilities it’s currently renting, the leadership is trusting and relying upon God’s continued help in this need.
This year Narnia continues to grow with adding seventh grade and welcoming a new group of first graders! Miss Jana Mackova and Mr. Kamil Bartko, both teachers at Narnia, MC’d the introduction of each class and their teachers as each grade came forward and received their new class t-shirt. Parents and Grandparents stood by smiling, taking pictures, clapping for and waving to their son or daughter, and enjoying the positive atmosphere of the morning.
This particular school year was an exciting one for the history of Narnia as the school was able to rent and move into the school building next door to the old facility in order to comfortably house the expanding school. In honor of the new building, Narnia held a ribbon cutting ceremony in which two students, Nina Kostov and Lukas Podhorsky, who were awarded the title of „Narnia hero“ at the end of the 2011-2012 school year, assisted in cutting the tape and officially opening the school year! Students, eagerly awaiting the chance to explore the new building, entered freshly painted classrooms guided by their teachers where they met new classmates and learned about news for the 2012/13 school year. Students received tours of the school, learning where new facilities were such as the library, playroom, laboratory and after-school clubroom. Lunch was held in the cafeteria on the campus grounds and then students enjoyed taking advantage of time together during the afternoon school club.
Narnia’s administrative and teaching staff are thankful to God and all the parents and grandparents as well as many school friends for helping us celebrate this very special and very unique day. We also want to send a big thank you for all the help we received with moving, painting and cleaning the new facilities the two weeks before school started.
Now that school has officially stared, we can continue on this adventurous journey – The further up and the further in you go, the bigger everything gets.