About us and our school

Szkoła Podstawowa nr 34 im. Mikołaja Kopernika

Our School

Our school is situated in Katowice, a city in Southern Poland. Katowice is the capital city of Silesia, an industrial region. It has about 350,000 inhabitants.
Our school can be found not in the centre of town, but in the suburbs, in a quiet, green district called LIGOTA.


Our school got its name to commemorate a famous Polish astronomer, medieval scientist MIKOŁAJ KOPERNIK known to the world as Nicolaus Copernicus. He is said to have stopped the Sun and moved the Earth.

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We will now show you what our school looks like. There are over 400 students and nineteen classes. There are a lot of nice people at our school - we hope you will get a chance to meet at least some of them!

ON THE OUTSIDE

INSIDE THE SCHOOL

Walking along the corridors

Our school has three floors and three long corridors, with large halls at the end of each corridor. Unfortunately they are quite narrow.

The classrooms

Our classrooms are big and colourful. They have a lot of maps, big noticeboards, overhead projectors, computers, green plants and cupboards. There are usually fifteen desks and thirty chairs, although there are generally fewer pupils (15 - 28) in our classes.
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THE LIBRARY

Our library is situated on the ground floor. There are almost fourteen thousand books in it that we can borrow to read at home or read in the library. We like spending our time there, just sitting and relaxing, too. The library also organizes competitions every year - this year, for example, we have a Norse Mythology year, with Norse myth decorations, audiobooks, films and quizes.

DAY CARE ROOM

Pupils can stay here before or after lessons if their parents are at work. Mainly younger children stay in the day care room. There are two rooms - a big one and a small one - that we can use to relax, play, watch films or do our homework.

CANTEEN

We eat school lunches here

LOCKERS

The lockers are situated in the cellars. Each student has one small green locker to keep his or her things in.

At the gym

Here is the school gym, where we do a lot of sports. Each class has four hours of physical education a week. We play team sports or practise gymnastics. Most students love their sports lessons.

AND HERE THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE

First of all, there's our Head Teacher, Ms Katarzyna Glowacka, and our Deputy Head Teacher, Ms Kazimiera Szczygiel.

OUR EUROPEAN PROJECTS

In our school, we have been taking part in European projects since 2003 - non stop!

We have done some Comenius projects, some Erasmus+ projects, we've hosted two language assistantships and sent a lot of our teachers to international training courses.

You can check all our international experiences here:

ABOUT THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN POLAND

In Poland children start their compulsory education at the age of seven. Before that they usually attend the so-called “zero” classes, but these are organized in kindergartens.


For the first three years children attend grades 1, 2 and 3, which are called “beginners’ education”. They have most lessons with their own teacher only, just Religion and English are usually taught by some teachers from “outside”. They do not get marks for separate subjects, but at the end of each school year they are evaluated by their teacher in a descriptive way. They follow the course of the so-called “early education”, which includes such areas as Polish, Maths, Environment, Sports, Art and Music.
In our school there are now seven classes of the beginners’ education, with 18 – 26 students in each class.


For the next five years students follow the course of elementary and junior secondary education (grades 4,5, 6, 7 and 8). They now have each subject with a different teacher and they get one teacher who is their counsellor, their form teacher. He or she is responsible for them, goes with them for class trips, holds meetings with parents, fills in the register book and generally takes care of them.


In year 4, students have the following subjects: Polish, English, Maths, History, Science (combining elements of Biology, Geography and Physics), Art, Music, PE, Computers, Religion and one lesson with their form teacher to organize class things.

In year 5, subjects of Geography and Biology are added to the list, in year 7 - Physics, Chemistry and German and in year 8 - Civics.


At this stage students get marks, from 1 to 6. 1 is the worst, 6 the best. Students who get 1 in a few subjects at the end of the year have to repeat the year.


Right now there are 12 classes of this "older" stage in our school.

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Except for compulsory education, there are different extra activities for students to attend after their lessons. There are for example: sports teams, a computer club, a school newsletter team (they write and issue our school newsletter,
KLEKS), a Tourists’ Club, a cheerleaders’ band, a school choir, a school theatre group, a regional heritage group, an art club or additional Maths and Polish lessons for students who have problems at school.
Our Drama Club prepares and performs great shows for everyone to enjoy.
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