Gimnazjum nr 2 im. Polskich Noblistów w Gostyninie

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World Day Against Child Labour



On the 12th of June 2017 the corridors of our school were decorated with posters connected with the World Day Against Child Labour. The posters had been prepared by a group of approximately 30 second and third year students as an extracurricular task for their social studies classes. The pupils had analysed shocking data about child labour in the world as well as the laws regulating child labour and children's rights which are often brutally violated. The posters showed a lot of information and touching photos, and that's why they attracted the attention of many. We hope that this action, taken as one of the Erasmus tasks, will sensitize our students to the problem of child labour and maybe it will even influence their future consumer choices.


Agnieszka Koper


The Final Erasmus Meeting



On Sunday the 17th of May 2017, a group of students and teachers from our middle school set off for the last Erasmus project meeting. This time it was held by our partner school in Kalmar - a beautiful seaside town in Sweden. Similarly to all the previous meetings, the schedule of the visit was very ambitious.

On Monday morning students and teachers from all 6 partner schools were greeted by the organizers of the meeting and by the head teacher of the host school. Then, the students started their special integrating classes, whereas the teachers were first shown round the school buildings and then they started to work on the project. This time we focused mainly on summaries we analysed the results of all the projects tasks and their benefits for both students and teachers. In the evening, teachers, students and their host families met in the school canteen to have dinner together. This meeting was unusual, because the Turkish team had prepared various surprises for us - a treat, some gifts and interesting quizzes. Everything aimed at presenting Turkey and its culture due to the fact that unfortunately, we couldn't participate in the project meeting in this country previously planned for October 2016.

On Tuesday, students took part in sports activities at school and they had an unusual, interactive art class. Later that day, they met to watch a film together and chat with their peers from all the partner schools. The teachers continued with their project work. They also met the local authorities and listened to a lecture on the region's policy on refugees.

On Wednesday, apart from having classes, we visited the medieval castle in Kalmar. The visit proved to be highly interesting because we didn't only listen to the guide, but we were also allowed to sit at the royal table and to get a photo on an original throne. What's more, we could see an amazing, temporary exhibition of royal robes made entirely from paper. The teachers visited a famous craft school Capellag?rden, too. The history of the school gave us a fresh insight into students' personal development and the way we teach practical skills.

Thursday was devoted to a trip to Öland. The island is a real paradise for nature lovers. We visited the Ottenby ornithological station and the island's lighthouse which had a breathtaking view for those fit enough to climb up its steep stairs. We saw countless species of birds as well as seals living in the wild. Öland, often referred to as the Island of windmills, made a great impression on us.

On Friday we watched a touching dance show prepared by a local artistic school. Later, we visited Kalmar läns museum to see the remains of Kronan - a warship that sank in 1676 during a battle near Öland. The guide focused on everyday life in the 17th-century Sweden. The students could also try on replicas of clothes worn at that time by people from various social classes.

On Saturday morning, we started our journey back home. Since our flight was due on Sunday, we could go for a walk in the city centre and see some landmarks of the capital of Denmark. We had enough time for memories, too.


Agnieszka Koper


European Day of Solidarity between Generations



"The world belongs to the young, but without the support of the elderly and experienced they cannot achieve anything."

Promoting understanding between younger and older citizens of Europe - that's the aim of the festival celebrated on 29th April since it was established by Intergenerational European Commission in 2011. European Day of Solidarity between Generations is perfect for a mutual conversation. The celebrations on that day are supposed to stimulate intergenerational integration and make the European Union a friendlier place to live for elderly people.

"You'll be a senior yourself one day, too", "A smile unites generations", "With the years, life becomes more beautiful", "Young and old - together we can make it all" are just examples of numerous slogans which appeared in the corridors of our school to celebrate this unusual day in our school in 2017.

We celebrated European Day of Solidarity between Generations as one of our Erasmus project tasks.


Katarzyna Majewska


The Project Meeting in England



Between 20th and 24th March 2017 students and teachers from Gimnazjum nr 2 im. Polskich Noblistów w Gostyninie took part in another Erasmus project meeting. This time it was organized by Smith's Wood Sports College - our partner school from Birmingham in England. As always, the hectic schedule of the meeting let us work on the project as well as get familiar with the history of the region and its most interesting tourist attractions.

We spent the first day of the meeting in the partner school. The students had special history, IT and science classes and they got to know the British educational system in practice. In the afternoon, they took part in some sports activities. Teachers, in turn, learned about the education in Britain thanks to a short lecture and a multimedia presentation. They also got familiar with history of the city and geography of the region and worked on the project summarising recent tasks and planning the ones that hadn't been completed yet. In the evening, all the guests were invited to dinner and a wonderful concert prepared by teachers and students of Smith's Wood Sports College. We also had an honour of meeting the mayor of the city.

On Tuesday, the school took us to a one-day trip to London. The nice weather let us have a pleasant stroll in the city centre. We saw some of the well-known landmarks of London: Buckingham Palace, London Eye, The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, the Trafalgar Square and the residence of the British Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street. We also relaxed in St James' Park which was full of beautiful, spring flowers and we went shopping to the Oxford Street.

On Wednesday we went to Warwick to visit its medieval castle and to walk along the picturesque streets of the town. In the evening, students from all the partner countries strengthened their new friendships during a movie night together.

On Thursday morning the students had regular lessons with their hosts, whereas the teachers watched a presentation concerning innovative teaching methods used by their colleagues from England and Sweden. They also watched fragments of lessons conducted by the teacher from Smith's Wood Sports College. We all had a sweet afternoon ahead of us - we went to Cadbury world. We also visited The Sea Life Centre - an aquarium in Birmingham.

Friday morning was the time of hard work. Students had their regular classes and teachers discussed important project issues. However, we got a great prize for the effort afterwards - we went on a bus sightseeing tour of Birmingham, we did the shopping in the city centre and visited the Thinktank Science Museum. In the evening we had to say goodbye to our project partners. There were tears and hugs which proved that our students had become good friends with their peers from abroad.


Agnieszka Koper


21st March - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination



On Friday the 18thof March 2017 class 1 c and their form teacher Alicja Zygmunt celebrated the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The festival established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966 is celebrated all around the world every year on the 21st of March. It's the first day of the Week of Solidarity with People Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination, which finishes on the 27th of March. The celebrations aim at commemorating the victims of the massacre in Sharpeville and of other incidents of this kind and at developing social activity for the elimination of all forms of racism, xenophobia and discrimination in the world.

First, students learned some facts about the history of this international day, the ways of celebrating it as well as the institutions and actions taken against racism and anti-Semitism in Poland. Then, the students showed their creativity and invented their own slogans against racial discrimination and prepared several artworks concerning the issue. Some of the works were later used to prepare special decorations on a school bulletin board.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was celebrated in our school as one of the Erasmus tasks.


Alicja Zygmunt


What to do if…?


In January and February 2017 the form teachers of all the classes in our school conducted a special debate on discrimination, moral courage and values during their homeroom. Students listened to several fragments of a story about a schoolboy who suffered from racial discrimination and decided if his friend should help him under given circumstances - risking his position in the class, exposing himself to the classmates' mockery and accepting the possibility of losing their friendship. Students answered "yes" or "no" taking a seat on the correct side of the classroom. Teachers asked them to express their opinions and to describe how they would feel if they were in the characters' shoes and what could be done to solve the problem. They conducted a discussion on discrimination, tolerance, equality and the significance of moral courage. Then they read out the next fragment of the story, the students answered "yes" or "no" again and the discussion continued. At the end, the teachers read out two possible endings of the story to let students see what would happen if the main character helped his friend and what would happen if he failed to do it.

We were pleased to see that most students claimed that the main character should help his discriminated friend. In everyday life, the situation looks slightly less optimistic, but we hope that the debate attracted the students' attention to the need of tolerance and respect for others, and to the meaning of moral courage and the ability to oppose undesirable behaviour.

The debate was organized as one of the tasks in our Erasmus project.





Agnieszka Koper


"I like my hometown" - a photo contest



In September and October volunteers from our school looked for interesting places to photograph them and show us the reasons why they love our hometown. Some of the volunteers were students who worked on this Erasmus project individually. However, also students who belong to a regional activity club at our school went for a special photographic walk with their teacher mrs Agnieszka Janecka. A lot of beautiful pictures were taken and all of them took part in the "I like my hometown" photo contest. The photos depicted nature and Gostynin's greenery as well as its architecture. There were several pictures of the castle, the Town Hall, our fountain, the original wooden houses that grace the town and the historic building of the town's oldest grammar school.

After an animated discussion, the jury chose the winning photographs. Małgorzata Leśniewska from class II B won the first prize with her photo of Gostynin's artificial lake. The second prize was awarded to a work of the regional activity club, whereas the third one to Aleksandra Jankowska - a student of class I C. Gifts that will surely help to develop the students' passion for photography were presented to the winners a few days ago.

During the last regional activity club meeting the members of the club expressed their opinions on the photographs taken for the contest. They also composed short poems explaining what they liked about our hometown.

Outside the main competition, students took photos of the bus stops in Gostynin. Their peers in all the partner schools in our Erasmus project did exactly the same, because our friends from Turkey plan to prepare a little exhibition showing bus stops and fountains in the hometowns of all 6 school participating in the project.

Congratulations to the winners of the contest and many thanks to all the participants. The contest works are shown in the presentation below as well as at school on a bulletin board near the art classroom.


Agnieszka Koper
photographs by Małgorzata Leśniewska, Aleksandra Jankowska, Kamil Wiliński, Zuzanna Kaźmierska, Koło Regionalne


International Day of Non-Violence in our school



International Day of Non-Violence is celebrated in the world on 2nd October. This year the second year students decided to celebrate it in our school, too. In September, on their art classes, they designed logos promoting living without violence. Teachers voted to choose one logo which was later used to produce special stickers. The stickers depicting the logo designed by a student of class II A - Anna Paćkowska, were distributed on Monday 3rd October to every pupil and staff member of the school. Placed on our clothes, they reminded us how important it is to eliminate violence.

The logos prepared by the remaining second year students were presented in the school corridors along with some basic information about the International Day of Non-Violence.

During the lessons on the 3rd of October and during the art classes devoted to designing logos in September, teachers reminded the students that there are many different forms of violence and all of them unnecessarily hurt the others.

International Day of Non-Violence was celebrated in our school as one of the Erasmus project tasks.



Agnieszka Koper


A Role Model


To have good morals and a correct attitude to life, a child definitely needs a good example set by the adults. That is why, the last Erasmus+ task for the school year 2015/2016 was connected with role models.

At the end of May, all students in our school had a special lesson during their homeroom. They talked to their tutors and classmates about admirable features and behaviours. Each student also had some time to think who and why could be a role model for him or her. Volunteers collected extra information about their idols and along with some photos or drawings they presented it to the class during their next homeroom in June. They also explained why they admired a given person and which of his or her actions they might want to implement in their own lives. Some students involved in the Erasmus+ project prepared posters presenting information about their role models in Polish or English. Right before the summer holiday, the posters were exhibited in the corridors of the school.

It turned out that our students don't admire only famous people. A family member, especially a mother, is often a role model for a teenager. As for the most admirable features, student appreciate the ability to work hard to achieve your goals and fulfill your dreams even against all odds. They also admire eagerness to help people in need.


Agnieszka Koper


An International Meeting in Gimnazjum nr 2



Between 30th May and 3rd June our middle school organized an Erasmus+ project meeting. 16 teachers and 17 students from our partner schools in England, Romania, Turkey, Sweden and Spain visited our school and town. Thanks to the fact that students from the partner schools lived with host families, some students from our school could actively take part in the meeting, too.

Monday 30th May 2016
The students from the partner schools along with our students who hosted them took part in a variety of classes aiming at integrating the group and familiarizing the guests with our country and traditions. First, they watched a multimedia presentation about Poland. Later, they had a maths lesson together and a special dance class. They learned our national dance - polonaise and a regional dance called "klepany". They also had some integrating dancing activities and they learned some contemporary dances popular with Polish teenagers.
Teachers watched a presentation about the educational system in Poland and one about our country in general. They were shown round the school buildings and they summed up all the Erasmus+ tasks done in each country in school year 2015/2016. Then, they had a meeting with the Mayor of our town in Gostynin's castle.
In the afternoon we all went to the culture centre in our town to see a performance with Polish music and folk dance. We saw a folk song and dance ensemble "Promyki Lucienia", dancing groups "Ananasy" and "Ananaski" from Primary School no. 2 and several students from the town's music school. Later, after a short walk around the town, the guests went to the school gym to have dinner prepared by our students and their parents. The evening finished with a short school dance.

Tuesday 31st May 2016
On Tuesday the participants of the meeting visited the capital of Poland and went to Żelazowa Wola to see the birthplace of an outstanding Polish pianist and to have a relaxing stroll in the garden surrounding Chopin's house.

Wednesday 1st June 2016
On Wednesday there was a trip to Toruń. The participants of the meeting enjoyed themselves in a science museum "Młyn wiedzy" and visited the old town looking for places related to our scientist Mikołaj Kopernik. On the way back home we visited Ciechocinek, too.

Thursday 2nd June 2016
On Thursday morning we came back to school. Students had a music class during which they learned to sing two popular Polish songs: "Szła dzieweczka do laseczka" and "Hej sokoły". Later, they presented their singing abilities and the dances they had learned on Monday to the their teachers during a performance in the school gym. The guests could also see our dance group and listen to vocally talented students of our school.
During the next three lessons, students got some basic information about geography of Poland as well as some interesting facts about each partner country - their history, famous people or even body language.
Teachers found enough time to work on the project. They planned the tasks for the nearest future and they chose the date for the next meeting.
In the afternoon, students went to Łąck to visit the local stud and relax around a bonfire. The teachers went to Płock to learn some facts about its history and to see the tourist attractions of the city.

Friday 3rd June 2016
We spent the last day of the meeting at Gostynin's stadium. Both teachers and students took part in numerous activities in the open air. They practiced archery, had a go at circus tricks, took part in races and other physical activities. Later, they played a football match and tasted our delicacy - cotton candy. In the evening we had some time to meet, talk and say goodbye. Apparently, the students didn't have enough time for that and on Saturday during the departures of the teams from each country there were many hugs and tears.
We hope that the meeting in Poland will be a source of many nice memories and that the relations established here will prove cordial and long-lasting. We also hope that taking part in the meeting let the teenagers reject stereotypes, open themselves to other cultures and get the motivation to learn foreign languages.

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Agnieszka Koper


Let's Read a Film


"Read a film" is another task in our Erasmus+ project calendar. Techniques of working with a film presented to teachers during the meeting in Romania helped students understand the original language version of the film "My name is Khan" by Karan Johar. However, the theme of the film was so touching that the majority of the students focused on it as a message to the world. To summarize how the film affected the young viewers I'm going to quote some of their statements.

Weronika: "The film 'My name is Khan' is about racism and it also shows how people with Asperger syndrome perceive the world. If everybody had Khan's attitude, the world would be a better place". Kuba: "The film shows intolerance towards Muslims and not only towards them". Kamil: "The film is about a man with Asperger syndrome who tries to lead a normal life. It teaches us never to give up and it makes us think carefully about our attitude to Muslims". Martyna: "The film brings up the issues of religious intolerance, terrorism and people with mental disorders". Kuba: "The film brings up such problems as racism, exclusion and coping with differing views. They are very important issues. It also shows that life is sometimes more complicated than it apparently seems". Kasia: "We should all be like the character of the movie. The world needs such people. The film inspired me to always do my best and never to give up". Samuel: "The film shows discrimination in everyday life. I liked it for its clear message". Julia: "The film is really sad, but it shows that we can divide people only in two categories: good people and bad ones. Our skin colour and our origin really don't matter".

In conclusion, we all recommend watching this inspiring film.


Edyta Lewandowska


International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


According to our Erasmus+ work schedule October in our school was devoted to events related to the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. On 17th October, that is on the day when this festival is celebrated in the world, we presented some shocking facts and statistics about hunger, lack of drinking water, poverty and illiteracy in the world on the boards in the passages linking our school buildings. The information was supplemented by an exhibition of posters presenting life in chosen poor countries. The posters had been prepared by volunteers from all the classes.

Apparently, the action moved the hearts of our students. Because of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty we also organized a charity tombola in our school, which proved to be enormously popular. On 30th October students and teachers could support the action buying a lottery ticket for 2 PLN. We managed to collect 434 PLN and we paid this amount to the account of UNICEF to help save children's lives in poor countries.

We are grateful to the teachers who donated prizes for the tombola and made the action possible. Many thanks to the students who helped prepare the event, too and to those who took part in it.








Agnieszka Koper


An Unusual Visit to Romania



Between 12th and 16th October 2016 a group of students and teachers from our middle school participated in another Erasmus+ project meeting. This time the organizer of the meeting was our partner school in Deva in Romania.

We spent the first day of the meeting at school. The students from all the partners schools got to know the school life of their peers from Romania taking part in special educational, sports and dance classes. Teachers watched a presentation about the educational system in Romania and they were shown round the school buildings. They also worked on the project summing up the tasks that had been done by then. The students spent the afternoon with their host families, whereas the teachers met some representatives of local authorities. In the evening, we all met to see a splendid folk dance show and to have dinner at the school canteen.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we visited some interesting places in Transylvania. We saw a salt mine in Turda, an impressive citadel and the city centre of Alba Iulia and the Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization "Astra" in Sibiu. We also went shopping and had a walk in the city centre. The trips gave us an opportunity to learn some facts about geography, history and traditions of the region in an interesting way. In many places, we could also see Orthodox churches which impressed un enormously with their beautiful interiors and murals.

Thursday was a very busy day for everybody. The teachers had two trainings prepared by our colleagues from Sweden. One dealt with alternative ways of using mathematical problems on a lesson and the other with using films in the process of teaching foreign languages. We also planned work on the project for the next few months. At the same time, the students had an art class and an extraordinary maths lesson. They worked in international groups under the watchful eye of all the maths teachers present at the meeting and solved problems prepared by all the partner countries in June and September 2015. During the day they had enough time to prepare a music performance for their teachers, too. On stage we saw both Romanian teenagers and their peers from the remaining partner countries. In the afternoon, the students went to an aqua park together and the teachers visited a magnificent castle in Hunedoara.

Friday was full of surprises. We visited the city rescue centre and a well-known school of gymnastics in Deva. We could see a fragment of a rhythmic gymnastics class as well as a performance that the students of the school had prepared especially for us. Excited after the visit to a school that shapes international sports champions, we went on a cableway ride up to the Deva's citadel to admire a beautiful panorama of the city.

The meeting in Romania was really unusual. We saw many interesting places, we learned a lot about local traditions, cuisine and even folk dance. We made many friends with people from other partner countries and all our students came to the conclusion that it's worth learning English diligently. The next meeting will take place in Turkey this school year and just like this time, students who are involved in our Erasmus+ project will take part in it free of charge.


Agnieszka Koper


European Day of Languages in Gimnazjum nr 2



On Friday 25th September 2015, we celebrated the European Day of Languages in our school. For this occasion, we decorated the corridors with flags of numerous countries and we placed colourful pieces of paper with some interesting facts about foreign languages and learning them as well as some basic phrases in several languages in the passages between the school building and on the bulletin boards all around the school. We also invited both students and teachers to a discussion by asking them two questions: "Why should we learn foreign languages?" and "What language would you like to learn and why?". Everybody could write their answer on a Post-It note and stick it to a board that we had prepared before. The respondents expressed various opinions. Some of them can surprise or encourage reflection.

Most students said that it was worth learning foreign languages to get a good job (also abroad) or to travel easily, to gain valuable experience and to meet new people. Some students claimed that learning foreign languages could sharpen our minds and improve our memory. What is more, it gives us the satisfaction of reading literature and watching films in their original language version and lets us understand the lyrics of the songs sung by our idols. According to our students, knowing foreign languages is also very practical - it lets us understand instruction manuals which are not always translated into Polish. It makes it possible for us to communicate with other players of internet video games and it even boosts our chances of finding a perfect candidate for a wife. We can learn languages out of pure altruism, too - for example, to help immigrants.

The vast majority of our students would like to learn Spanish or French. They emphasize how beautiful these languages are. Many people dream about visiting Spain and the reason to learn French for two people is their idol who speaks this language. A few students wish to speak Italian or Russian fluently. Many say, however, that English is the most important language as the universal tool of communication in the whole world. German, Mandarin Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Czech, Arabic, Korean and Turkish were listed too. A frequent reason why students dream of learning less common languages is the fascination for the countries where they are spoken. However, in case of Czech it is interesting vocabulary and for Arabic it is a substantial number of native speakers of this language in the world. Several students of our school desire to know many foreign languages and to build their future careers on that knowledge. One girl has even started to fulfill her dream and is currently learning Dutch on her own.

Many thanks to all the students and teachers who expressed their opinions. The authors of eight randomly selected opinions (students from class II C, III C, I B, II B and III B) will receive prizes for taking part in the survey.

We wish you all perseverance and successes in learning languages, as according to a philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein "The limits of my language are the limits of my world".


Agnieszka Koper


A Mathematical Challenge


After the summer break, we willingly resumed work on our Erasmus+ Project. On Tuesday 15th September, a group of 25 volunteers met to create interesting and inspiring mathematical problems. Working under the watchful eye of a maths teacher, Mrs Magdalena Lonik, they created many problems related to their everyday and school life. The most interesting problems, along with those created in June last school year, will be translated into English and placed on the etwinning platform of our project. In this way, the students from all partner schools in our project will create a set of inspiring exercises to work and learn together.


Agnieszka Koper


Happy again!

For a good start of summer holiday, we remind you our music task presenting videos to the song "Happy" prepared by each partner school in our project. As you can see, students from Sweden particularly liked the task and decided to make 2 versions of their video. Enjoy watching the results of our work.






THE VIDEO OF OUR SCHOOL

THE VIDEO OF THE SCHOOL FROM SPAIN

THE VIDEO OF THE SCHOOL FROM ENGLAND

THE VIDEO OF THE SCHOOL FROM TURKEY

THE VIDEO OF THE SCHOOL FROM SWEDEN - VERSION 1

THE VIDEO OF THE SCHOOL FROM SWEDEN - VERSION 2

THE VIDEO OF THE SCHOOL FROM ROMANIA

Agnieszka Koper



International Day of Families/ Talent Show 2015



For the fifth time already we organized a big two-day event aiming at integrating parents, students and teachers from our school. We managed to achieve that goal thanks to artistically talented teenagers who prepared a talent show for their parents and the whole school community on the 29th May and 1st June. The event was related to the International Day of Families planned as one of the tasks in our Erasmus+ project.

The line-up was really long and comprised 30 performers. Many students of our school learn to play musical instruments. A few of them: Korajczyk Dominik, Śniechowski Maciej, Dymowski Dominik, Filip Cieślak ,Tomasz Czajkowski, Kacper Zieliński and Rowiński Mikołaj, presented their skills to us.

There are numerous skilled vocalists in Gimnazjum no. 2. Students Weronika Ciaś, Karolina Jędrzejewska, Marika Gawryłow, Natalia Felczak, Natalia Leśniak, Rękawiecka Gabriela, Falkowska Julia, Ewelina Frankowska, Adam Laskowski, Zieliński Kacper and Kolasiński Konrad showed us their passion for singing. Several of those students succeed in external song contests. Weronika Trojanowska, who enriched our festival too, belongs to the students who are often rewarded by music juries. Together with Paulina Trojanowska she sang "For the Keeping" by Wayward Daughters.

A group of students presented a dance routine. We can only describe it as rousing because teachers watching the show joined in and started dancing in the audience. Many students (hard to say why) looked slightly surprised by the spontaneous reaction of their teachers. We were invited to dance by Kinga Walczak, Róża Kaszewska, Weronika Zagórska, Weronika Kowacz, Agata Uliczna, Marta Mondzik, Oliwia Kaniera, Kornelia Pilewska, Ada Jaworska,Klaudia Palczewska, Kasia Gorczyca, Mateusz Kryska, Łukasz Podleśny, Michał Kostrzewski , Eryk Domżał, Adrian Stanisławski, Hubert Borowy and Maciej Szewczyk.

Dominik Korajczyk dealt with the musical setting and sound. Photographs were taken by Antoni Korajczyk and the whole event was successfully conducted by Justyna Rudowska and Justyna Śniechowska.

During the International Day of Families students invited their parents to a sweet treat. In total, they had prepared 30 kinds of cakes. Many students dutifully helped in the kitchen and the school canteen.

The talent show finished with a school barbecue.

International Day of Families and theTalent Show are special days in our school when parents, teachers and schoolmates can see the performing students in a totally different light. Everybody has a talent. It's important to find an occasion and courage to present it to the others.


Joanna Wawrzyniak


International Day Against Child Slavery



On Friday, the 17th April students of class I A: Daria Badena, Julia Bieroń and Maja Wasilewska guided by their tutor Mr Mateusz Lewandowski organized the International Day Against Child Slavery.

To attract the attention of school society to the problem of child slavery in the world, the girls had had some posters printed. They showed touching photos of children who don't go to school and are forced to work long hours instead, often without getting any payment except a meagre meal. The exhibition was supplemented by clothes, shoes and toys. They symbolically represented goods manufactured by under-age slaves as well as dirty, worn-out clothes they might wear themselves. Apart from that, the girls distributed leaflets with data and statistics concerning child slavery to their schoolmates.

The event was organized according to the work schedule of our Erasmus+ project.

Agnieszka Koper i Mateusz Lewandowski


Tolerance for Social Minorities



On Tuesday, 24th March 2015, we could see a project presentation made by students of class II D. The project they had been working on aimed at preventing discrimination and exclusion of various social groups.

The project was related to the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination planned in our Erasmus+ work schedule, but its subject was extended due to the specificity of our region.

Students focused on 5 issues:

  • Intolerance for the disabled in our town
  • Disability in sport
  • The Romany minority and their problems
  • Jews in the history of our town's territory
  • " Stereotypes concerning different types of music

Students of class I A and I B together with their teachers were invited to see the presentation. Everybody watched it with great interest. While doing the project as an extra task for their social studies, students of class II D could extend their knowledge, gain new experience and develop skills.

Agata Olkiewicz


An Unforgettable Visit to Spain



On Sunday, 1st March 2015, a group of 4 students and 4 teachers from our school set off to Spain to take part in a one-week Erasmus+ project meeting. The meeting was organized between 2nd and 6th March 2015 by our partner school I.E.S. los Moriscos in Hornachos. The visit was a great opportunity to make friends, learn more about the culture and customs of other European countries, taste traditional Spanish dishes and use English in everyday situations.

Agnieszka Koper



International voting has been completed!


On Wednesday, 25th February, all the partner countries finished voting for the logo of our project. The Romanian design obtained the biggest number of votes and will now be officially used for example in our project website on etwinning.net:

http://twinspace.etwinning.net/3482/home/

The design prepared for our school by Zuzanna Kołodziejczak got the honorable second place.




Agnieszka Koper


School Treasure Hunt



On Monday, 23rd February, according to the Erasmus+ work schedule, a group of 22 volunteers and two teachers took part in an outdoor activity called geocaching which consists of looking for "treasures" using GPS and a special app for mobile devices - tablets and smartphones.

Before this extraordinary hike, we met at school where students watched a presentation which focused on several queries: What is geocaching? Where can a "cache" be hidden and what can be inside it? What are the rules of the search? Later, we formed two teams and set off to find all 4 caches that had been hidden in our town. Competing in teams resulted in a great eagerness to win and that is why both teams fulfilled the task quickly covering the distances between the caches.

Later, we met in the classroom again and the participants of the hike filled in an online questionnaire concerning this Erasmus task. They also found out how they could hide their own caches using geographical coordinates of a chosen place. We hope that students liked this way of spending free time which combines physical activity in the fresh air with modern technology. Perhaps geocaching will become a popular form of entertainment in our town soon.

We could carry out this task thanks to tablets that we had bought for our school with the Erasmus+ project money.

Agnieszka Koper


European Voting



The contests for the logo of our project have finished in all the partner schools. Now we can vote online till 1 p.m. on Wednesday, 25th February. To ensure that the voting will be just, students from each school cannot vote for the design that won the contest in their country. While voting we will be asked to give our first and last name as well as the name of our school. Later, we should rate the designs from our partner schools on a 1-5 scale. We give 5 points to the logo we like most, 4 to the one that, in our opinion, should take the second place and so on.

You can see all the designs and vote on the site of our project:

http://twinspace.etwinning.net/3482/pages/page/20637/

We strongly encourage you to vote!
Agnieszka Koper


The Music Task Has Been Completed!


The Erasmus+ schedule for January and February mounted a great challenge to us. Students from all the partner countries were supposed to sing a song whose lyrics refer to friendship, happiness and tolerance. We chose "Happy" by Pharell Williams and each country created a fragment of the lyrics in their national language as well. However, we didn't only have to sing the song but also record the sound and create our own video.

Student volunteers started to work before winter holidays. Under the watchful eye of a music teacher Mrs Urszula Lasota, they learned to sing the song perfectly. Mr Mateusz Lewandowski recorded the students dancing and singing and edited the film taking into consideration students' ideas and comments. You can see the results of the joint work of students and teachers under the link below.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAXfEIlqDcU/

Soon on our school website, on the Erasmus+ subpage, you will find links to the videos created by all our partner schools.

Agnieszka Koper


We have the winner of our logo contest


In January 2015 in our school there was a contest for a logo of our European Erasmus+ project, which we started in September this year. The jury looked carefully at all the works and after an animated discussion they chose 3 finalists - Katarzyna Wilińska from class I B, Julia Puternicka from class I C and Zuzanna Kołodziejczak from class II D. Because the winter holiday was coming, the girls had only one day to improve their designs. In the end, the jury awarded the logo designed by Zuzanna Kołodziejczak.

Similar contests took place in each of our partner countries: England, Spain, Romania, Sweden and Turkey. Zuzanna's logo will soon compete in an internet voting with the winners from the remaining countries. We will all be able to vote, too.




Agnieszka Koper


I'M GOOD ENOUGH!



January was a very busy month for students involved in our school Erasmus+ project. Among other things, they carried out two art tasks - they created their self-portraits and sculpted their own hands. Both tasks aimed at encouraging students to have a closer look at themselves and to find their fortes, so that they could confidently say: "I'm good enough".

The self-portraits were created by first-year students both during their art class and at home. Using chosen materials and techniques the students depicted themselves with objects that represent their interests and talents.

In order to create clay sculptures of hands, a group of volunteers met at school after their lessons. First, they watched a multimedia presentation prepared by an art teacher from our partner school in Sweden which showed them how to sculpt a hand step by step. Later, they looked carefully at their hands and with joy and optimism they started to work. The task proved to be more difficult than we expected, but the students didn't spare time or effort to complete it.

You could see all the works on an exhibition just before winter holiday. Anyway, we encourage you to watch the slideshow below.

Agnieszka Koper


Our First Erasmus+ Meeting



Between 1st and 4th December 2014 the deputy head-teacher of our school Mrs Jolanta Łykowska and an English teacher Agnieszka Koper took part in a transnational Erasmus+ meeting which took place in Sweden. The participants were teachers from all the partner schools - two people from each country. The aim of the meeting was to discuss details concerning the project work as well as to share experience, broaden knowledge and learn new skills.

During daily meetings at Vasaskolan in Kalmar we made several important decisions that will let us work efficiently on the tasks planned to be done before the meeting in Spain in the first week of March 2015. We also took part in a few trainings. A teacher from Sweden, Katrin Jahrehorn, presented some interesting and efficient ways of using internet resources (Open Educational Resources) in the teaching process. Our colleague from Spain, Sergio Cuevas Hidalgo, taught us how to use the eTwinning platform to communicate and disseminate the results of the project. We also found out what the school in Kalmar and the city officials do to help students with special educational needs and to prevent early drop outs. We were most enthusiastic about the training conducted in a multimedia centre AV media in Kalmar. Mrs Mia Billmark, in a highly interesting way, explained us what geocaching is about and what are the numerous educational benefits that this form of entertainment in the fresh air can bring both during school lessons and extracurricular classes. This training was connected with a practical geocaching task for us.

On Wednesday 3rd December we had enough time for a short walk in the city. In the evening we had an opportunity to talk, to renew friendships, to get to know Swedish Christmas traditions and to taste some traditional dishes.

The project meeting was enormously interesting for the local media. A local magazine "ÖSTRA SMÄLAND" published an interview with the participants of the meeting whereas the multimedia centre created a video report from the training about the geocaching app. You can watch the film under the link below.

geocaching Sweden

Agnieszka Koper


International Day for Tolerance



International Day for Tolerance is celebrated on 16th November. According to the purpose of our Erasmus+ project we decided to join in and celebrate this international festival at our school this year. Students from class II a started fulfilling the task by designing a questionnaire about intolerance in various areas of our life. The questionnaire was later completed by all the students of our school and its results were analysed. Diagrams created for the answers to each question let the students and their supervisor draw many conclusions.

The questionnaire was designed to show how teenagers view tolerance, to check if our students are tolerant and if we should talk about tolerance with them more often. The second stage of celebrating the International Day for Tolerance was a school debate during which the results of the survey were presented to the school society. The headmistress of our school Mrs Beata Wasiak-Grudzińska opened the debate with a short speech on how important tolerance is nowadays. The notion of tolerance is sometimes hard to understand, but we hope that the survey, the debate and many conclusions we drew together will let our students understand it fully.

The questions that showed differences in our students views were discussed during the debate. Many times students' answers in the questionnaire were very wise, but we could notice some alarming tendencies, too. One third of the second year students stated that people who follow different religions than their own cannot see God in a proper way. Also, the second year students, more often than the others, wouldn't help a person in need if he or she had a different nationality. None of the first year students would refuse to help in such a situation though.

At first students in the audience didn't enter the discussion, but it quickly changed. Students expressed their opinions willingly. In case of some controversial questions more than 10 people spoke. The presenters conducted the discussion and made sure that students would draw correct conclusions. During the debate we could hear some pieces of music which refer to tolerance.

The deputy head-teacher Mrs Jolanta Łykowska closed the debate saying that we are all different but it's essential to accept those differences in order to live peacefully together. She added that we should take advantage of the International Day for Tolerance and of the school debate. We should think about our attitude towards the others and improve it if it's necessary.

Students who prepared the event are:
1. Maja Aftowicz
2. Dominik Dymowski
3. Natalia Felczak
4. Sara Górska
5. Julia Lemańska
6. Basia Michalak
7. Mateusz Olejniczak
8. Julia Twierdzińska
9. Mateusz Weber



Mateusz Lewandowski


ERASMUS+ in our Gimnazjum


We are pleased to inform that starting from this school year until August 2017 our Gimnazjum will be involved in an international, union program Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership in the field of education.

We will carry out the project entitled Developing Abilities to Socialize - Teaching and Learning New Perspectives by Sharing together with our partner schools from 5 countries: England, Spain, Romania, Turkey and Sweden. We will cooperate to develop our students' openness to other European cultures, strengthen tolerance and understanding, practice teamwork skills and make students more confident about their own abilities. We hope that the project will also help motivate students to learn, especially foreign languages, and that it will give them opportunities to socialize and to make new friends.

Apart from tasks that will be carried out at school, an important part of the project will be short term exchanges of groups of pupils and accompanying teachers. In total, 20 students and 20 teachers from our Gimnazjum will travel to our partner schools and in October 2016 guests from abroad will probably visit Gostynin.

For all the expenses connected with the project, our school was granted a funding of 37,330 euros.

Agnieszka Koper