On 19th October the students from the Lyceum traditionally celebrated the Day of the opening the Lyceum in Tsarskoe Selo and the Day of the Russian Lyceum – Sofia. The holiday began with a ceremony, where students recited poems about the Lyceum. Some charters were given the students who had taken part in a competition for writing composition in European languages. This competition was organized by Bulgarian Association of Quality Services. The Russian Lyceum was the one that took part with compositions in Russian language. European certificate, level C, from Moscow Institute for Foreign Languages was given to Nina Lakichevich , student from 10th grade. Only 10 people from Bulgaria have received this kind of certificate and our Nina is among them.
After the celebration there were sports games on the school playground that were led by Alexander Ivanov- Physical Education teacher. In the classrooms and the halls of the school there were creative workshops, organized by the head teachers. In these small workshops students made beautiful objects. Mrs Babenko – Maths teacher –turned herself into a squirrel . She asked students riddles and gave presents to those students, who guessed.
Students from different classes put a wreath in front of the Pushkin monument in the centre of Sofia. The ceremony was official, students read poems by A. S. Pushkin and speech by the Principal of the Lyceum – Mrs Karsakpaeva. She remembered to students that it was their duty not to forget that place and on special days to put flowers on it. It was sad that in this day only our flowers were put in front of the monument. A garland with soft white chrysanthemums became a symbol of connection between the Lyceum in Tsarsko Selo and the students from the Russian Lyceum – Sofia.
In the afternoon the holiday continued with interesting activities. There was a competition for recitating poems by Pushkin and students from 5th to 10th grade proved their talent. Poems by Pushkin were recitated by the joury, teachers and guests. The winners were given charters from the Lyceum and presents from “I’m Bulgarian” magazine. Guests to the students from the Lyceum were students from Romanian Lyceum.
The celebration finished with joy and a cake, made by Nikol Atanasova’s Mum. We thank her very much about that.
Students from the Lyceum in the 19th century called 19th October “The day of the open hearts”. During the holiday the hearts of the students from the Lyceum were opened for poetry, creation, friendship and joy. The spirit of our students reflect Pushkin’s messages and testaments, which are topical nowadays:
“My friends, wonderful our union.
It is like the soul – inseparable and eternal!”