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Sunday, 04 November 2012 07:13



Our school is called Maria Skłodowska-Curie Secondary School. Maria Skłodowska-Curie was a Polish scientist working for a big part of her life with her husband – Pierre Curie. They were pioneer physicists doing research in radioactivity. They discovered two chemical elements – polonium and radium, for which they shared the 1903 Nobel Prize for Physics. Maria received another Nobel Prize (for chemistry) in 1911 for the isolation of radium.

The school is in the town of Tczew in the north of Poland, about 35 km south of Gdansk, a famous coastal city in Poland. Gdansk is also famous for being the cradle of Solidarity a trade union which was the first independent trade union in Eastern Europe after the II World War. Tczew is an average town in our standards – some 70, 000 inhabitants. It's not clearly an industrial or agricultural town, but it's an important communication junction and lots of people who live in Tczew work and study in Gdansk. We have some monuments, old churches, music concerts in the summer in our local open air theatre in the park, the museum of the Vistula River (only one in Poland) and a Art and Culture Center where you can learn how to play an instrument, dance or paint as well as see various plays and concerts on stage.


Our school is a state daily school. It is a Secondary Comprehensive school which means that it is for students at the age range 16 – 19 and basically it prepares the students for further (higher) education. When they finish they don't have any professional titles, they are just graduates of a secondary school.

There are about 50 teachers and 550 students. We have subjects like: Polish (our native language), foreign languages (English, German, Russian and French), geography, history, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, PE, RE, art, social studies, business studies and information technology. Students start their classes usually at 8 a.m. and have 5-7 lessons of 45 minutes each on average between Monday and Friday. The breaks between lessons last 10 minutes, one is longer – 20 minutes.

All subjects taught at school are compulsory. We have some extra activities like science or theatre club, a film club and the Comenius project.

After finishing the school, students can take final exam (an equivalent of A-levels in Britain), in Polish it is called "Matura". It is not compulsory but if they want to continue their education they have to pass it. The minimum number of subjects to take is 4: Polish, maths,
a foreign language and one which is of students' choice.

We have lots of rules in our school (and in all schools in Poland), and it would be too boring to write about all of them. The basic ones are that students can't smoke, drink or take drugs at school and they don't have to wear uniforms.

We don't have lessons on all state and religious holidays (among them: 1 January – New Year, Eastern, 14 October – Education Day, Christmas). We have summer holidays in the summer (the end of June until 1 September), Christmas break (about 10 days around Christmas), spring break (5 days around Eastern).

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