This weekend, students that participated in the Polish Nativity Castle (“Szopka”) Club attended the 39th annual Szopka competition at the Polish Cultural Club in Hartford.  Saint James School students, with much guidance from middle school teacher Mrs. Grondin, took 1st – 3rd place and two honorable mentions in this year’s competition!!  The winners were are follows:

1st place: Maya F. & Jameson F.

2nd place: Stefaniya B. & Mary L.

3rd Place: Johanna M. & Tiffany B.

Honorable Mentions:  Annabelle K. & Shreya S.;  Avery P. & Hudson P.


The Szopka Krakowska, or “nativity scene”, is a Christmas tradition originating from Krakow, Poland and dating back to the 19th century.  Though commonly called “Christmas Cribs” in English, they look more like castles or cathedrals and depict the Nativity of Jesus.  Saint James School has been involved with this cultural tradition for many years and members of the Polish Cultural Club look forward to seeing our students’ submissions each year.