Partner 4: Poland

Primary School nr 1/ Gymnasium nr 1

We institution is calledAdam Mickiewicz Primary School no. 157. Adam Mickiewicz was the great poet and writer of the Romanticism.

We used to be Gymnasium no. 1 named after Robert Schumann, who, of course, we do not need to introduce. We were joined with a neighbouring No.157 Primary School as a result of the educational reform of 2017. However we managed to retain our values and the biggest asset which is bilingualism. We run bilingual classes in English, German and Spanish. Bilingual classes have 5 lessons of a selected language a week and 2 subjects taught in the language of their choice. English bilingual classes have bilogy and social studies taught in English, Spanish classes – biology and art and German ones – history and social studies.

Our tradition is to organise educational trips to various EU countries at the end of each school year.

We have run student exchange programme with La Fontaine school from Valencia in Spain for 4 years.

We teach children between the ages of 11 and 16 both, from the neighbouring quarter, as well as from the whole of Warsaw and suburbian areas. There are about 400 students and a team of 40 dedicated teachers. Our school is relatively small and cosy and we all know one another.

Lessons start at 08:00 and finish at 15:30. Some of us, students and teachers, use the canteen, which serves full hot lunch during long breaks at 12:30 and 13:35.

The school building was erected in the 1960-ties of the XX century and is located in Mokotów, one of the biggest and most green quarters of Warsaw, close to 2 Metro stations, parks and nice squares.

Our teachers, especially language ones, are dedicated, active and involved in all school activities.

Apart from everyday regular lessons we run Erasmus+ projects. Last year we completed 2. We have 1 ongoing project entitled The World Is Bigger Than What You Can See On The Screen that ends in 2019. This year we have started 2 new Erasmus+ projects – one about renewable sources of energy and the other one about ecology. These new Erasmus+ eco projects are run by our science teachers in cooperation with language teachers.

Warsaw is the Capital city of Poland, situated in the heart of the country, on Vistula River.

The city is the home to about 2 million citizens but many people also commute to and from work in Warsaw from the outskirts and towns nearby.

Public transport in Warsaw is very well-organized and you can get to every place in Warsaw choosing between buses, trams, Metro or city-bikes.

Warsaw is a very green city with a big number of beautiful parks and squares, very much liked by tourists and guests to the city, for eg. Łazienki Royal Park (where you can take a tiny boat and sail on a pond, feed squirrels, swans or peacocks, go for a walk and relax, listen to summer piano concerts, go jogging, watch a play in an amphiteatre, organize an event in Old Orangery or just walk through it from Mokotów almost to the city centre).

There are many other beautiful parks such as Wilanów, with its Baroque Royal Palace built for King Jan III Sobieski and his wife Mary or Konstancin Spa Park(just slightly outside Warsaw).

The Palace of Culture and Science may be a relict of old times but it is the unquestionable tourist attraction of the city. The palace seats theatres, cinemas, a youth club, cafes, restaurants, offices and a concert hall. You can take a lift to go up to the 33th floor to admire Warsaw panorama.The view is absolutely breathtaking!

One of popular tourist places in Warsaw is our beautiful Old Town, along with King’s Castle, all reconstructed after the Word War II. The Old Town is on UNESCO World Heritage list.

And now the food…..Polish cuisine is absolutely delicious, so once in Warsaw you must try our local Polish delicacies. Pierogi (dumplings), makowiec (poppy seed cake), compote (fruit juice) just to mention a few….. Warsaw culinary offer is wide and varied so everybody will find something for him or herself. Polish and international bars and restaurants can be found everywhere in here.

There is, however, something absolutely unique to Poland when it comes to food– milk bars.

These bars offer very good food at relatively low prices and are open mainy from morning to not so late afternoon to cater for the needs of hungry clients of all ages!

Well, coming back to our Erasmus+ project. The project close-up meeting will take place in Warsaw in 2020. Apart from all the above mentioned places and city attractions we would also like to invite you to see Copernicus Science Centre, boulevards along the Vistula, Old Prague Quarter and Świerk National Centre for Nuclear Research.

Project Erasmus+ Coordinator: IES El Brocense, Cáceres, Spain. 2018-2020

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