Tule eesti kooli – saad eluaegsed sõbrad!

Meil on koolivapid, koolimotolaul, meil kooli lõpusõrmused, lõpukingitused, preemiad, kiitused, meil on koolile pühendatud luuletus ,,Kingi mulle võti”. Meil on koolikalender alates 2011.

Eesti kool! Miks?

The Toronto Estonian Supplementary school is much more than a classroom that offers language instruction. The school is an integral part of the Estonian community.

We provide an environment for both adults and children to build bonds and our Estonian identity.  Having a group identity helps us feel a sense of belonging.

Relationships grow and mature within our school allowing children and adults take their identity into the community.

These are some of the ways that the school embodies Estonian culture and tradition.  Without the school, student participation at these events would not be possible.

  • Christmas pageant at the Ehatare Retirement Home, Santa’s visit and performances for the residents and parents
  • Christmas dinner, Santa’s visit, and performances for the parents
  • Mother’s Day pageant, performances for the parents, flowers for the mothers
  • EstDocs film presentations
  • March Deportation commemorative event
  • Estonian Independence Day Celebration activities
  • Shrove Tuesday / vastlapäev – vastlakukklid!!
  • Guest performances by Estonian artists – Rakvere Teater, Improvteater, Viljandi neidudekoor, Ewert and the Two Dragons, Lotte tegelased ja loojad, Leelo Tungal, Marko Mäetamm, Peeter Laurits, Kristiina Eehin, Silver Sepp, Olavi Kõrre, Võlukeeled, etc
  • School choir performances at various events
    • AKEN Bazaar
    • Rahvajoulupuu
    • Laulupidu
  • Introduction to local Estonian artists at the annual EKKT exhibition
  • Cards and greetings prepared by the students for the residents of Ehatare
  • Letters to Estonian defense forces abroad
  • Visits to VEMU for various events, ie EV100 travelling exhibition, Curly Strings
  • Traditional opening ceremony on the first day of school
  • Traditional graduation ceremony recognizing student efforts by the community, graduates receive a school ring or a ring with an Estonian crest
  • Theatrical performances for the community.
    •  “Kevade jälgedes” anniversary celebration for the school and other community organizations
    • “Pulmailu” ran in conjunction with the Estonian Independence Celebration and various school anniversaries
    • “Iludus on koletis” fundraiser
  • Video greeting from Nathan Philips Square to Estonia, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

In addition to hosting Estonian artists, participating in community events, maintaining traditions, encouraging relationships and connections for the future, the Toronto Estonian Supplementary School offers a broad program that includes geography, history, environmental sciences, singing, folk dancing, and language instruction. Did you know that there are at least 40 “secret rivers” in Estonia that flow underground? How many Estonian mythological creatures can YOU name?

We continue to instill a sense of belonging in our students, their parents and all those around us. It is crucial that we build bonds within our community and amongst ourselves to safeguard our Estonian identity.

KINGI MULLE VÕTI   (Arved Viirlaid)

(Toronto Eesti Seltsi Täienduskoolile 40-nda ja Keskkooli 25-da aasta juubeliks, 24. okt. 1989)

 Kingi mulle võti, VÕLUVÕTI,
 et ma avada võiksin
 oma esivanemate varamu ukse!
 Eks mõistnud me hõimud kord
 lindude keeli, metsloomade kõnet.
 Mu vanaemagi laulnud on muruneidude kooris
 ja vanaisa veel mäletab haldjate tarkusi.
 Vaarisade päevil tõesti kõik pirrud
 lõid põlema mõlemast otsast!
 Koiduga ehiti kambreid,
 ja linnuteelt õuele sõitis
 taevataguste varade voore,
 nii nagu laulikud laulnud…
 Olen oma rahva loomingu pärija.
 ei keegi saa võtta mult õigust
 avada noid ennemuistseid laekaid!
 Saalt valida võin Kalevi mõõga
 või vanemuise kandle
 või taevatarkuse kirjad.
 Kingi mulle võti
 mu rahva rikkuste,
 mu rahva südame juurde –
 kingi mulle mu
 ESIVANEMATE HELISEV KEEL!