Dunakeszi's oldest school is Saint Stephen Primary School. It has been operating in its current building since 1897. The school adopted the name Saint Stephen (founder king of Hungary) in 1997, on its 100th birthday.
Since then, the school has established a very rich tradition: on Saint Stephen's day our pupils have the opportunity to show their skills and knowledge by taking part in sporting and other competitions, cultural and art shows and in an Arpadian age playgroup. We have got our own coat of arms, flag and badge, we have planted a tree in honour of Saint Stephen and the exterior wall of the building is decorated with the relief of King Saint Stephen and Queen Gisella made by István Lengyel artist-teacher.
Our school has been functioning for several decades with two classes in each form. The fact that there are 20-22 pupils on average in our classes makes it possible for us to form a personal contact with the children and their parents. Hence our school has a familiar, personal ambience where we can shape our special pedagogy according to each child's needs.
Our pupils often achieve excellent results at poetry and prose recitation, lecture, culture, art, foreign languages, maths and Hungarian language competitions.
At the same time, we have been placing great emphasis on the teaching of foreign languages on a high level since the middle of the 1980s. Each pupil starts English or German in the first year. From the third year, those qualifying for the advanced level group will learn their chosen foreign language according to a special curriculum, in small groups and with a lot of lessons per week. Similarly, those who do not study the foreign language in the advanced group will learn it in small groups throughout their school years.
Saint Stephen Primary School has two foundations. The Gajdár-Pajor Foundation's aim is to support talented pupils of a disadvantaged background during their secondary school studies. The Foundation for Saint Stephen School was established in 2008 by parents and its goal is to enrich extra-curricular activities within the school.
Furthermore, parents have also launched the yearly organization of a charity ball. Its profit covers the costs of new furniture or other new equipment helping to improve the standards of education and teaching.
Every year, several classes spend a week in an open-air school where children can learn about their culture and environment in a non-traditional way. Besides studying, they attend sporting and arts and crafts programmes in the camp.
The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities for the pupils. During the school year, all of our junior class students (with parent and local government support) will attend swimming classes. At the same time, every pupil can be a member of the football, basketball, volleyball or any other club of the school.
We improve our eighth-form pupils' chances to continue in a good secondary school by providing talent development clubs and entrance exam preparatory classes. The maths and Hungarian literature and language exams taking place at the end of the eighth year prepare pupils for secondary school work.
The best pupil in Hungarian language and culture is rewarded every year with a Mihály Kenyeres plaquette together with some money.