In addition to the Pearls of the Polish Economy, Honorary Pearls are awarded annually for outstanding contributions to culture, science and promotion of social values. The Pearl awards have been given out for the past 16 years and supported by all past Polish governments. The representatives from the current Polish government and President of Poland were also present at this year’s event.
This year we were proud to see Mrs Thomas, the school’s founder, to be awarded the Pearl award for having set up The British School Warsaw 27 years ago. Congratulations to Mrs Thomas for receiving such a prestigious award which was presented to Mrs Thomas by the Secretary of State representing Minister of Education and the Chair of Polish Academy of Sciences. In her acceptance speech, Mrs Thomas emphasised how the existence of The British School Warsaw has allowed foreign investors and international companies to expand their businesses in Poland while having their children educated at our school. Mrs Thomas also stressed the creative nature of our school across the curriculum but especially in Arts and Sciences, reflected in our daily teaching and learning but also in our close cooperation with MIT and Julliard School of Music.
The reflection and highlight of the creative character of our school was the performance of our school choir with Mr Clarke as a conductor and accompanied by Mrs Pawlik (one of the first teachers at our school when it was founded). The choir performed two songs, one in Polish (“Znasz-li ten kraj”) and one in English (“Hey Jude”) and received a loud and enthusiastic ovation. I was very proud to see our choir perform so well at the Royal Castle at such an important event. Congratulations to Mr Clarke and Mr Gibson for putting it all together. We all look forward to choir’s next performance.
Dr Jacek Łatkowski