Do you know our headmaster Mr. Kačenga? You have a chance to know him better. He shared with us some of his student memories.
By Vladimíra Frajštáková
Where did you study and what are your secondary school memories?
I attended ZŠ Ondreja Bendíka and Grammar school in Levoča and I have very nice memories from those times. As most of young people, we tried to maximize the opportunities that were given us – a lot of cultural, sports and social activities. I continued in my studies at Pedagogical Faculty of UPJŠ in Prešov. I graduated there from PE and Russian language. Although collage life has its charm, secondary school life was more interesting.
Why did you decide to be a secondary teacher?
I have liked to talk to my peers from my childhood and my interest in sport prompted me to become a teacher. I was influenced by my teachers and a social status of a teacher that was more prominent and honorable.
You are a PE teacher. Which sport do you prefer?
I like all kinds of sports but I prefer ball games like football, basketball. From individual sports I like skiing, swimming and hiking.
What was you favourite subject when you were a student?
Of course, my most favourite subject was PE, but I liked foreign laguages and biology, too.
Who was your model to choose your profession?
More or less they were my teachers.
Haven´t you considered to be a sportsman?
Yes, I have, but fate wanted me to achieve greated success as a football refree. I was a refree for 26 years altogether, for 18 years in 1st league and for 7 years I was an international refree of FIFA and UEFA. It is very valuable, because I am the only one from our region.
If you could return to your school days for one day, what would you like to experience once more?
Skiing course, school ball, or just wander the school hallways.
Did you experience anything funny or intersting during your studies?
I had a lot of funny and intersting situations. Compared to today they were „potato brigades“, student working summer activites, where we could earn some money and do something useful.
How do you see modernity and its students?
We, the teachers, „ go to school“ every day, and we have a great opportunity to live student life and their problems. I think, that is why we can understand them better. Modern times bring a lot of temptations and opportunities to move in wrong direction than in the past. I appreciate modern students who have a clear goal ahead.
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