The Polish Community in Wellington, New Zealand, is a vibrant, social and culturally active community, that aims to share its rich Polish culture with the wider community and to pass on our culture to future generations. Our website provides you with an opportunity to learn something about our community as well as being a gateway to becoming involved in the Polish Community, either through The Polish Association in New Zealand, and/or other groups in the community.

Polish School News

logoTeaching opportunity at Polish School

The Polish School in Wellington is looking for a Polish-speaking volunteer to run the Playgroup class. Polish School is run and taught by volunteers (mostly parents), so you do not need any teaching qualifications or experience. You just need to be a fluent Polish speaker with a willingness to run a fun playgroup with children from 0 to 5, who are all accompanied by a parent. You will have the support of the Principal and other teachers for any classroom planning, plus a full range of modern teaching resources, including technology. Classes are held every Saturday from 2.30-4pm, in the Polish House in Newtown, Wellington.

Please contact School Principal Basia Tumiłowicz at We look forward to hearing from you.

Polish School is for everybody

Polish School begins its 64th year on Saturday 4 Feb 2017. The Polish School welcomes all children, regardless of their level of Polish language ability. Our pupils range from non-speakers to fluent speakers, from newborns to around Year 6. We provide fun, modern teaching methods and technology, with materials direct from Poland. We also have a library of books, games and DVDs for children to borrow and take home. Our aim is to promote Polish language and culture in New Zealand, encourage pride in Polish heritage and foster a positive community spirit. Classes are held every Saturday from 2.30-4pm, in the Polish House in Newtown, Wellington. You are welcome to come, have a look and try a class.

Please contact School Principal Basia Tumiłowicz at

Contribute to our book

The Polish School is producing a book on our history to coincide with our 65th anniversary next year. If you attended or were a teacher and would like to tell us your recollections, then please get it touch with Adam Manterys at

Check out our Facebook page

Stay up to date with what we’re up to on Facebook – “Polish School Wellington”. We now have over 215 followers!

Support Your School

Next time you shop at the Warehouse Stationery, please ask for Polish School school to receive Support your School points. It’s an easy way for us to earn credit and buy school supplies with it. Thanks in advance!


The 25th Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity


The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (GOCC) is a charitable foundation started in 1993 in order to raise funds for medical equipment for Polish hospitals. Every January, there is a „Grand Finale”, during which hundreds of volunteers collect money in the streets, there are concerts and other events, as well as online auctions. The Foundation uses the raised funds to purchase medical equipment saving the lives of newborns, of children injured in accidents, or for providing comprehensive elderly care. Last year’s finale raised a record amount of over PLN 72M (around NZD 24M). More information about the Foundation can be found on

The 25th Grand Finale of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (GOCC) took place on 15 January 2017.  A few days before the main event we held a special film screening at the Lighthouse Cinema in Petone. We sold nearly all the tickets, and the guests had an opportunity not only to see a prerelease screening of “Lion”, nominated for the Academy Awards in six categories, but also taste some delicious Polish baking. On Sunday 15 January the Polish House came to life, because from 11am to 3pm it hosted the GOCC Grand Finale. We offered sweet and savoury Polish food, an auction with interesting prizes, a lottery for kids, a magician, activities for the youngest ones, a quiz about Poland, and live music. We raised early $4,000 (including the funds raised at the cinema event and donations received by our Auckland-based volunteer), and our headquarters were even mentioned on Polish TV. We would like to thank all the participants of the Finale, the donors, with a special thanks going to the Polish Association, which allowed us the use of the Polish House at no cost. This year’s Finale again raised a record amount in donations all over the world: over $21 million NZD.

The Wellington GOCC Headquarters

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