A Very Special Visit!

Our school has another important milestone in its 150-year long history. On Thursday (January 21, 2016), the current Slovak President, Andrej Kiska, visited us during his official visit in Spišská Nová Ves and thus became the first head of state to enter our school.

 

The President greeted the students and staff and attended an informal debate with our fourth graders in the assembly hall. Mastering the art of public speaking, Mr. Kiska managed to impress us with his motivational speech, good mood and sense of humour.

Among other things, he advised us not to take the easy road, but to choose colleges and universities of good quality. „The level of a college you choose, will define whether or not you will find a job and how you’ll find your place in society. Nowadays, there is a lot of colleges in Slovakia. Many of them, however, have a poor quality.“

Mr. Kiska thinks we should consider not only the Slovak schools, but also those abroad, in Czech Republic, Austria or the United Kingdom. „Don’t be afraid to go to Vienna, London, New York. Explore the world, but don’t forget to come back home.“

The President admitted he was very fond of our town and often visited the town square, the zoo or one of the restaurants. He also shared a story from his youth, when he was a student in Poprad. The then President visited his school and predicted that one of the students might become a President one day. Young Andrej only laughed at that thought and couldn’t imagine himself be the head of state.

„It was a really amazing opportunity to shake the President’s hand and to hear him speak to the 4th years. I appreciated that he answered questions from teachers and students after his speech. The President of the U.S. would not take questions from students unless the questions were approved beforehand. I also was happy that he commented on the refugee crisis.“

Ashley Clark

Mr. Kiska was asked to leave a message for the generations to come after us. „Everyone wonders what’s here for us in twenty, thirty, fifty years. I will try until the end of my life for Slovakia to become a country where people want to live. To be a home, open arms, where it is worth forgiving and asking for forgiveness… I would like to know if it is likely to happen.“ 

Lenka Stoláriková, IV.E