At the last weekend of the school year, there is a celebration in memoriam of Duke John Casimir, the founder of our school.
During the ceremony on Friday at 6pm, the stone statue of Duke John Casimir at the corner of the Renaissance school building is crowned. One of the outstanding students of year 11 delivers a speech. Afterwards, the valedictorian climbs up a ladder to the statue of the school founder followed by the best students of year 11. At the top, the head of the statue is crowned with a wreath. Another one is attached to the arm of the former ruler. Then, the valedictorian empties three glasses of beer (or apple juice as an alternative) speaking the words: "Gymnasium Casimirianum vivat, crescat and floreat in aeternum" ("Long live Gymnasium Casimirianum, may it grow and thrive in eternity"). Then the glass is thrown to the ground and its shards are avidly picked up by the other students because they are said to bring good luck and good grades for the next school year. The celebration also includes the singing of the three verses of the school song. The first two verses before the crowning act, the last one at the end.
On Saturday, at 9.30 am, the "Festaktus", which celebrates the founding of the school, takes place in the Congress Centre. The audience for this event, which takes about two hours, includes students, parents, teachers and many alumni. The programme is accompanied by music performed by various Casi ensembles. A teacher delivers the official speech on a subject of their choice, and the principal honours the best students and bids farewell to trainee teachers and teachers leaving our school.
Students crowning the statue of the school founder