We are a recently renovated school, open to cooperate with parents, friendly and tolerant. We provide our students with constant learning opportunities, paying due respect to the tradition of our country, region and school.
The school is located in the outskirts of Legnica, the city in south-west of Poland. Nearly 500 students aged 13-16 attend our school in the school year 2015/2016.
At the moment there are about 50 pupils with specific needs such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dysorthographia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) of various levels. Some of our students come from wealthy families. On the other hand, most of them come from socially and economically middle and lower class families having fewer opportunities in life when compared to others. There is also a group of students living in the underprivileged districts of the city. This fact puts them at a risk of social exclusion. It also brings them a kind of social handicap which considerably limits their future opportunities to study or travel, because their families cannot support them financially. Therefore, we constantly raise students’ awareness of tolerance and open-mindedness.
As for the curriculum, ICT is used as a tool to assist all subjects and team building is taught through outdoor activities where many important life skills are developed to support and enrich the lives of our students as they move from adolescence to adulthood. Also taught in school are: Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Geography, ICT, Polish, History, Music, Sport, Art, Social Education, Religion. There are a few foreign languages taught in our school, namely English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian.
Hence, taking part in the international projects is not only to improve students’ communication abilities, but also foster their multicultural awareness. The history of Legnica is extremely diverse, therefore the presence of minorities of Ukrainian, Lemkos, Jew, German and Romani origin in our city. We would like these communities to share their cultural heritage and make our students aware of our city, as well as our country being the place open to diversity where every single person would be able to express themselves no matter what their race, religion, age, gender or sexual orientation is. The problem of fighting against discrimination is a great issue in Poland and what needs to be done is making sure that young people in our country become thoroughly informed and consequently utterly aware of the advantages of living in a tolerant and peaceful way.
According to the received wisdom, learner’s motivation plays a crucial role in the endeavours to the effective learning. Motivation is a prerequisite of the success, a factor that influences one`s behaviour. It may empower learners to action, direct them and help to put all effort toward a set goal. We believe that apart from the question, if motivation is initiated by internal or external factors, motivation needs to be constantly sustained and increased and, at some point of the learning process, both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation may turn into a coherent whole. Learner’s engagement requires to be supported so that it can continue for a period of time. Our teaching team focus on three reinforcing elements. Firstly, we try to direct the initial motivation into new channels to sustain learner’s active involvement. Secondly, we recommend setting clear goals, both short-term and long-term purposes of an action. And finally, we place emphasis on the attractiveness of learning environment and providing variety of subjects to meet students’ needs and expectations. It is worth mentioning that our school has introduced a School Programme to support gifted and talented students which includes personalising of the curriculum to respond to the students` needs, differentiation of the curriculum through changes in pace and teaching methods etc. We also have a wide offer of after school clubs to meet our students` expectations – every single teacher has in his or her offer two extra hours of extra-curricular activities a week. And to stimulate students` intellectual development and to build motivation we focus in our work on interdisciplinary learning – in form of various multidisciplinary school projects, outdoor games, numerous internal and external school contents, educational trips, etc. We also cooperate with the University of Wroclaw – our students participate in lectures and labs in Science, Physics, Astrology, Maths and Biology. We cooperate with the local theatre and cinema. We are part of New Horizon of Film Education project in which our students regularly go to the local cinema to watch valuable, niche films related to such problematic aspects as aggression, resolving conflicts among young people, characteristics of adolescence, dealing with violence, etc. After each projection teachers involved in this project receive educational materials (class scenarios) that can be useful at school. Thanks to them teachers are able to develop more effective and more conscious communication with their pupils and treat young people as responsive and curious about the world. We try to involve our students in school life as much as possible, encourage them to take the initiative – they head the school assembly shows and activities. We`ve been given a title of school that supports talents by the Centre for Education Development, a national teacher training institution. And finally, to encourage students to learn foreign language we take part in international projects – we were part of two multilateral Comenius projects and other student exchange cooperations. All these motivation building strategies are closely related to the guidelines of multilateral school partnership, realisation of which is based on setting clear goals, meaningful interaction and experiential learning.
Our staff counts 53 experienced teachers. We work together to encourage students to reach their full potential. Our mission is to celebrate success of the individual student, to encourage individual talents and skills and to maximise their engagement with social and educational settings which are most appropriate to their present and future needs and aspirations. We work towards students to experience: personal security, respect and being valued, supportive relationships, sharing their lives with positive adult role models, clear, humane and flexible boundary setting, successful achievement boosting their self –esteem, opportunities to obtain academic and/or vocational qualifications, chance to develop and exercise personal responsibility. We believe, that we work to reverse patterns of failure, to motivate and ultimately encourage pupils to be the best that they can be.