The first stage: investigation of the regions

For the first project stage, we decided to describe the regions of the four project schools. For this purpose, we looked into eight different categories:

1. Geographical position of the town and its hinterland I PL D
2. Local and international transport I PL D
3. Population – people and their needs I PL D
4. The structure of employment and the scale of unemployment I PL D
5. Tourist attractions I PL D
6. Local sporting, leisure and culture facilities I PL D
7. Shopping facilities and services I PL D
8. Local offices and institutions supporting small business I PL D

The presentations were given as part of the first project meeting in Suchy Las between December 6 and 12; they can be downloaded by clicking on the national symbol behind the topics. The Swedish presentation comes as one complete file, to be opened here.

These publications reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Gimnazjum im. Jana Pawła II w Suchym Lesie

The history

The construction of John Paul II Junior High School in Suchy Las began on 30th of October 2000 and the official opening of the school took place on 1st of September 2002 and since that day the school worked succesfully.

On 20th of April 2003 the Joint Commission of School, which consisted of the Students Council, the Parents Council and the Teachers Council, decided to give the school the name of John Paul II. John Paul II sent to our school a letter wishing us many good things. He also said some very important words, which became our school’s motto: „Demand from your yourself even if others don’t demand for you.” All students remeber this sentence and they try to do their best.

The building

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The blue-white monumental building hides modernly designed and well-equipped rooms, where we have lessons, meetings and others things. The central point of the school is the huge and impressive hall, which is 300 m2 and 7 m high. The characteristic thing of ths hall is a beautifuly glazed corner. In the hall we have special ceremonies, shows and spend breaks if the weather is bad and we can’t go outside. The plants supporters can spend their breaks in two ‘green halls’ with many little trees, cactuses etc. which look like a school botanic garden. Our lessons are conducted in well equiped classes. They are designed in a modern and oryginal way, because they have many unusual shapes and sloping ceiling windows. The physical education lessons are held in a gym or at the swimming pool. In our junior high school we have a canteen, which offers breakfest and lunch. There can be about 80 people at the same time. Our school is comfortable for studens with physical problems, because it has an elevator and a system of ramps. I like this school and I’m proud that I can attend here.

School life

Lessons in our Junior High School are run from Monday to Friday and the first lesson starts at 8 o’clock. Every lesson lasts 45 minutes and regular school hours finish at 14:30 p.m. After that time there are only additional classes, e.g. meetings for people who have special interests or classes for students who prepare for different scientific contests. The average number of lessons a day is 6 to 7.

A typical lesson
A typical lesson

The list of subjects taught at our school includes: Polish, English, German, Spanish, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography, History, IT, Music, Arts, Crafts, PE, Knowledge about Society, Family Education and Religion.

Most of our teachers try to make our school life more interesting by organizing special classes, e.g. laboratory classes, interactive classes, watching films concerning particular topics, visits to museums and institutions.

Every student has an opportunity to participate in all kinds of competitions and has a chance to take part in additional classes which can help them achieve the best possible result and receive additional points for the final certificate.

A break
A break

There is a break after every lesson. Most of breaks are 10-minute long but two of them are a bit longer, it means one is 15-minute long and one is 20-minute long. We have those two longer breaks to eat our second breakfast and lunch. The first longer break is at 9:40, the second one is at 12:30. Apart from eating our meals we spend the time of breaks to move from one classroom to another, to rest a little bit between lessons, to repeat information for some tests, to go to the toilet and to go outdoors to refresh our minds.

Several times during the school year there are special events, e.g. discos, sports competitions, charity events or special interests days.

The school is also open for parents, every 2-3 months there are special meetings with parents to inform them about our results and all other necessary information from school life. If there is a need all our teachers are willing to meet parents at any other time.

Celebrations and achievements

A few times during the school year there are different celebrations, which are important days in the calendar of our school. One of such special days is 14th October, which is the Teachers’ Day. However, not only teachers but also students celebrate on this day. In Gimnazjum im. Jana Pawła II w Suchym Lesie we usually have a ceremonious assembly with a historical presentation followed by artistic performances during which students play different instruments and sing songs. They usually receive thunderous applause for their effort.

We also celebrate the Patron’s Day. The patron of our school is St. John Paul II and on that day we traditionally have an assembly which commemorates him. This is for the youth to recall his life and papacy. Apart from that we recite poems and listen to school choir whose singing makes this day even more special.

Another big day is 6th December which is the St. Nicholas Day. We spend the long breaks in friendly atmosphere listening to Christmas songs. The members of the Student Council treat us with delicious tangerines. The students usually wear Christmas clothes, some of which are really funny.

Our school can pride on numerous achievements. In comparison to other schools in Poznań and in its vicinity, our students score one of the highest results in the final exams. Every year we have many winners in subject contests in such fields as English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Our students are successful in various sport disciplines, for instance in judo, volleyball and football. My school’s real claim to fame is a very representative display cabinet with a plethora of cups documenting the great achievements of our athletes.

This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The Ubbo-Emmius-Gymnasium


What our school, the Ubbo-Emmius-Gymnasium, is like

The UEG is a big school spread over several buildings. At the school there are about 100 teachers and 1400 pupils, with 25-30 pupils in one class.UEG1

We don’t wear school uniforms, but we have to wear appropriate clothes. We have five schooldays, Monday to Friday. We go to school by bus, by bike, by longboard or on foot, sometimes our parents take us to school by car. The older pupils sometimes have their own cars or motorcycles.

Before we can attend a gymnasium, the German word for grammar school, we go to primary school for four years. The length of the gymnasium is being changed back from eight to nine years; currently, the ninth grades and above will finish after 12 years altogether, the 8th grades and below after 13.

In German schools there are three main fields of education: German and three foreign languages (English, French and Latin), four natural sciences, five humanities and music, art, and sport. In addition to these regular subjects, we can choose even more, for example Old Greece. You can also choose Latin or French as a third language, music or sciences. These options start in grade 8, either as normal lessons or in so-called profiles, where we do extracurricular topics. These profile classes also start in grade 8.

The lessons start at 7.45 a.m. in 45-minute units. Most of the lessons are double periods, so they usually take 90 minutes, with a 5-minute-breaks in between. This means we mostly have three doubles in the mornings, ending at 1:05 p.m.

After a double, there are longer breaks; the first one 15 minutes and the second one 20 minutes long. Older students have nine lessons a day twice a week. In the 7th period we have a lunch break. We have a cafeteria, where we can buy lunch and snacks. After lunch there are school activities and clubs, for example the school symphonic orchestra, the school choir, sport clubs, language and science clubs, drama workshops and many others (see our website). These clubs are voluntary.

The UEG has got seven buildings: the main building with the Altbau (old wing) and the Neubau (new wing) for the 7th grades and the upper secondary, the pavilion for the 5th and 6th grades, the Ostersteg (9th and 10th grades), the Ludgeri building (8th grades), and three gyms. The laboratories for the natural sciences are all in the new building, whereas the old building consists mainly of art and music rooms and the administration facilities, such as the secretary’s office, the headmaster’s office and the staff room. We also have a large gym and two buildings which are used exclusively for classrooms.

When we have problems in school, students from higher grades offer tuitions. Here, we can catch up on the things we have not understood well enough in the regular lessons. This way, we can avoid the danger of having to stay in our grade one year longer if we have failed some subjects, or even to leave the school and attend another level of education.

About every second year we can go on a class trip. The first is in grade 5 for the newcomers to get to know each other. The second class trip depends on the teacher, so the next one might be in grade 6, followed by another in grade 7, 8 or 9. The last excursion goes to Berlin at the end of class 10.

Sometimes we have parties, like at Halloween, organised by the pupils in grade 11. They use the money for their senior prom.

All in all we can say that life at the UEG is pleasant, with nice and friendly pupils and teachers.

This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.