August 2013: Exhibition of Josef Lada

Lada Exhibition

National treasure – books by Josef Lada

Josef Lada exhibition held at Alimento Cafe.

Czech and Slovak Club Tauranga in co-operation with ACSET Trust Auckland, held an exhibition of the Czech painter and author Josef Lada at the Alimento Cafe, our thanks go to Lucie and Dan for organising the venue.

Josef Lada was a Czech painter and writer. He is best known as the illustrator of Jaroslav Hašek’s World War One novel The Good Soldier Švejk.

March 2013: A New Teacher Joins School

School class with Klara

Klara Luxford Rulisek with her pupils.

Our primary school welcomes a new teacher, Klara.

Klara Luxford-Rulíšek takes over teaching of the Czech classes from Dana. Klara is a qualified Czech primary school teacher.

This is a welcome break for Dana, who can now concentrate on other club ventures.

March 2013: Czech Easter

Czech Easter

Boys are practising their skill at making ‚pomlázka‘ (a whip).

Everyone enjoyed egg painting, easter whip making, Judas bread…

We have introduced this slightly controversial tradition in Tauranga. Considering that there are no-smacking-children laws in New Zealand, we had to tone down our traditions. Everyone enjoyed egg painting, easter whip making, Judas bread baking and even european hot dogs (frankfurters) were served.

January 2013: Our First Summer Camp

Summer camp Opoutere 2014

Summer camp Opoutere 2014

We’re going on our first Summer Camp. Taking place in Opoutere, Coromandel. We were joined by 6 children and 3 adults. Held at a beautiful location of a YHA hostel. We couldn’t have picked a better location. Close to the beach and the forest, with spectacular views right from our accommodation.

Although mum’s were a bit anxious leaving their husbands behind, it proved to be a great success, and an foundation for camps in years to come.

December 2012: Little Mole Exhibition

Krtek Exhibition

Little mole exhibition in Tauranga.

We are hosting Krtek (little mole) in Tauranga in co-operation with Czech Embassy in Sydney.

Thanks go to the Bohemia Tattoo Arts studio for lending us their premises to stage the event.

December 2012: St Nicolas Day

St Nicholas

Pepino is being ‚saved’ by the lovely angel.

St Nicolas in tow with an Angel and a Devil.

Whilst it’s not our first St. Nicolas day that we celebrated with our friends and families, it is the first event we have invited wide public to.

As it is customary we are joined by St Nicolas with an Angel and a Devil. Thankfully, the Devil takes no children away.

November 2012: Committee Election and Incorporation

Committee

Executive committee (from left) – Jana Bennett, Jana Heller, Jana Benfell and Dana Dunford.

The club is run by a committee. This was an easy task as everyone fitted in perfectly with their existing skills: Dana as the Chair, Jana Bennett taking on the role of a secretary, Jana Benfell’s love of orderly accounting suited perfectly to the role of a treasurer, and Jana Heller, our creative soul to write a chronicle.

Czech and Slovak Club Tauranga Incorporated, a charitable organisation … is born.

Our main activity is Czech School with more things to come soon.

Incorporation as a non-profit organisation gives us the opportunity to grow the club. We’re now eligible for grants from the government and other organisations, such as the BayTrust.

We also gain a Charitable Organisation status from Charities NZ, which gains us further benefits via tax credits, GST exemptions and others.

October 2012: New Logo is Drawn

old logo

Czech and Slovak club get s a new identity.

Our creative genius, Jana Heller draws our new logo.

Jana Heller, draws our beautiful logo, representing amalgamation of national symbols of both Czech/ Slovak people and local kiwi culture. Czech and Slovak flag is represented with red, blue and white colours.

A bow to our new adopted land is pictured in the form of a fern leaf turning into a kiwi bird, towering over a local landmark, the Mt. Maunganui.

An executive committee is the engine behind a newly formed club.

End of September 2012: First Fund Raiser

fund raiser

Our first fundraiser

We try our hand at raising funds selling donuts. It’s a great experience.

We have a lot of ides for the school and club, but little money to pay for it all. So, we decide that a fund raiser is the way to go.

We setup a stall outside the Arataki Community Centre for a community day. Our donuts are a hit with the locals.

End of September 2012: New School Open Doors

Czech School at Arataki

Czech School is moving, to Arataki Community Centre

We’re moving out of Dana’s garage into larger premises and a proper classroom at the Arataki Community Centre.

Our classes are now taking place at the Kingfisher room. It’s nice and with plenty more room for new pupils.

We’re now meeting for a couple of hours every Sunday .

September 2012: It All began in a Garage

School in a garage

First pupils of the Czech School Tauranga

The school was founded by Dana Dunford in September 2012.

She decided to teach her children Czech language in accordance with Czech republic primary school curriculum. She was joined by Jana Heller, Jana Bennett, Jana Benfell and Lucie Zednikova with their kids.

It became instantly apparent that Dana’s garage is too small for eight children. After a consultation with a Czech school in Wellington it was decided to find more appropriate space for school and to register the Czech club as a recognised organisation.

End of September 2012: New School Open Doors

Czech School at Arataki

Czech School is moving, to Arataki Community Centre

We’re moving out of Dana’s garage into larger premises and a proper classroom at the Arataki Community Centre.

Our classes are now taking place at the Kingfisher room. It’s nice and with plenty more room for new pupils.

We’re now meeting for a couple of hours every Sunday .

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