Eight Secondary School
We would like to present some information about our school:
- There are 1158 students in 34 forms, an average number of students in one form is 34. In the school year 2002/2003 the school has admitted 414 new students out of 1760 applicants. For the last few years our school has been the most popular one among secondary schools in Krakow and the whole Ma³opolska region.
- There are 34 forms: 13 first grade, 10 third grade and 11 fourth grade. In the school year 2002/2003 we have created forms with the following syllabuses:
- 1C with an extended programme of English and German as the second language
- 1J comprehensive form with English and Russian
- 1L comprehensive form with English, German or French
- 1M comprehensive form with English, German or Russian
For the following forms original syllabuses have been created and introduced to the school curriculum:
- 1A and 1B - Biology and Chemistry syllabus with English and French
- 1D and 1K - Maths, Chemistry and Computer Studies syllabus with English and German
- 1E with an extended programme of German and English as the second language
- 1F with an additional course in journalism (languages:English and French)
- 1G -Maths and Computer Studies syllabus with English and Russian
- 1H with an additional course in multi-cultural education (languages: English, Russian or German)
- 1I with an additional course in law and economics (languages: English and German)
- Maths, Chemistry and Computer Studies syllabus. It aims at correlation between such sciences as: Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Computer Studies. The programme enables students to acquire profound knowledge of the world and all the changes it undergoes. Students learn to anticipate these changes, classify and evaluate facts by means of logical reasoning. Since the syllabus focuses on Maths, Chemistry and computer science there are more hours of these subjects in the curriculum than in other syllabuses. A lot of students who follow that syllabus have become finalists and prize winners of science competitions on regional and national levels. 100% of the graduates get admitted to universities (more than half of them take the secondary school final exam combined with the entrance exam to the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy and the Technical University of Krakow).
- Syllabus with an extended programme of German. Its objective is to enable young Poles to meet European youth through the studies of foreign languages, attaining knowledge about Europe (History, Geography and Politics, etc.) and direct contact (our school co-operates with schools in Manneheim, Berlin, Krefeld, Gie en and Vienna). One of the main targets is to stimulate students to overcome stereotypes, create the atmosphere of peace and friendship. History, Geography, Polish and Civil Society courses include additional points of study such as European history, culture and international co-operation in an integrated Europe. The candidates to this class are expected to prove a good command of German during the entrance exam. Students take 6 hours of German per week. Throughout the last two grades the language is partly taught by a teacher (native speaker of German) delegated by the International Exam Centre of Bonn. In the last grade students have the opportunity to take DSD II Exam, which is an exam giving an internationally recognised diploma required to take up studies in all German speaking countries.
- Syllabus with an additional course in journalism. The programme is targeted at preparing students to conscious, active and creative participation in their future social and professional life. The authors of the syllabus aspire to shape students' attitude open to the challenges of the contemporary world. The course is meant to provide students with skills and experience allowing them to benefit from the media and tools of interpersonal communication. The syllabus meets all the requirements of the Ministry of Education. Students take all the subjects on the comprehensive level except for Polish and computer course where programmes have been modified and extended to attain the educational objective. Workshops and extra-curricular classes which constitute an important element of the course are run by experts in various domains such as journalism, photography, sociology, literature, etc. Students take part in "educational camps", seminars; they create and edit their own magazine and write articles to the local newspapers. The syllabus helps students to become mature, sensitive and responsible, aware of their capabilities and limitations, able to use their own skills and qualifications as well as the achievements of civilisation. Forms which follow this syllabus are given guidance and patronage by the editorial board of the newspaper Dziennik Polski, the Institute of Rhetoric of the Jagiellonian University and the Catholic Institute of Journalism at PAT (Academy of Theology).
- The third and fourth grades start their lessons at 7:30 and finish around 2 p.m. The first grade attends the afternoon shift starting from 2 p.m. finishing at 7:25 p.m.
- In the school year 1999/2000 two prize winners of subject competitions on national level completed their secondary education in our school. One of them received a scholarship from the Minister of Education. In the school year 1998/1999 there were three such prize winners, in 1997/1998 we had four of them. From 1992 till 2000 we had 22 finalists of subject competitions on national level, among them 8 prize winners: two in Russian, two in Chemistry, one in Biology, one in History, Arts and Human Rights. This year VIII Liceum has been ranked 13th on the list of all secondary schools in Malopolska region.
- In the school year 2001/2002 99.25% of the graduates passed the Matura Exam (secondary school final exam). An average grade was 4.29 (with 6.0 being the highest possible grade).
- The percentage of our graduates who become students at various universities and colleges is still increasing from 86.8% in 1992 up to 96.2% in 2002. These results place our school among the top 10 secondary schools in Krakow. Our students can take their final exam combined with the entrance exams to AGH (the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy), PK (the Technical University of Krakow), and AR (the Academy of Agriculture).
- There is a school canteen where you can buy lunch or dinner.
- Our school has: a gym hall, a cloakroom, showers, a mini stadium with a football pitch, a running track, basketball and volleyball fields.
- The School Sports Club (SKS) offers a wide variety of sports activities:
- table tennis
- For many years our school has been one of the most successful participants in various sports competitions such as Gimnazjada and Olimpiada M³odzie¿y. In 2000 our volleyball team came first in Gimnazjada. Since 1996 our badminton players have always come first. Every year we take part in the Samsung Race, our students become junior champions of Poland, Europe or even the world in tennis, bowling and billiards. Many students are eminent members of Krakow sports clubs at the same time having excellent results in learning.
- The school has two computer labs with 40 individual stands and 10 additional ones in the reading room which are at the students' disposal. The computer system is connected to the Internet by fibre with the sending rate 10Mb/s and is the only one in Malopolska region connected to the Academic Computer Centre CYFRONET. Our library and reading room are well-equipped. The book lending system is fully computerised. Additionally, we have 8 videos, a satellite TV and a wide range selection of video cassettes. There are also three science labs, two biology labs and an art studio.
- There is a broad scheme of international student exchange with Germany. We co-operate with secondary schools from Berlin, Krefeld, Giesen and Mannheim.
- We organise numerous educational camps as well as sightseeing tours in Poland and abroad (the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Slovakia and Spain).
- The school organises some extra-curricular activities such as:
- after-school classes in different subjects of study
- classes preparing students to subject competitions on various levels
- photography classes
- computer and Internet classes
- Old Krakow Heritage Society
- Language classes: Latin, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew
- Sports (see point 9)
- School choir, theatre and cabaret
- Driving licence courses
- Dance courses
- Students who want to realise their ambitions and work on their own projects find help and acceptance here. They can participate in the so called Theme Days (Earth's Day, English Day, etc.), Music and Drama Festival, topical quizzes (e.g. `Krakow - Its Historical and Cultural Heritage`; The Life and Works of Stanislaw Wyspianski`- the school's patron, who was a prominent painter and playwright, etc.) The students can write for the School Magazine and work for the School Radio. They are also involved in helping to maintain Krakow's cemeteries, which are an element of the town's historical heritage. They raise money for the restoration of old tombs and monuments as well as for the Wielka Orkiestra Šwi±tecznej Pomocy (a charity helping children). For a few years now there has been mock general election organised to raise students' awareness of the political processes. Apart from that students elect their Council and President. Every year the representatives of each form meet at the School Parliament session to discuss the work of the Students' Council and introduce amendments to the Statute of Students' Rights and Duties.
- School does not have facilities for the disabled.
- Security guards are hired to monitor the school building.
- Educational programme of all the forms is related to the school's patron, Stanislaw Wyspianski, as well as history of the theatre and historical and cultural heritage of Krakow. The school maintains close co-operation with Krakow's higher education institutions. Experience and achievements allow teachers of our school to supervise teacher trainees of the following faculties: Polish, foreign languages, History, Biology, Maths, Physics, Arts and Physical Education. The school participates in international programmes of the European Union: TEMPUS DESE (developing Schools in Europe), COMENIUS and SOKRATES. In recognition of its educational achievements in December 1994 the school was admitted to the Polish Association of Active Schools. Since 1994 we have been co-operating with the Civil Education Centre carrying out mock parliamentary debates, elections and mock trials. Since 1995 we have been taking part in educational programmes organised and sponsored by the Stefan Batory Foundation e.g. a course in entrepreneurship. Our co-operation with ZENTRALEN AUSSCHUSSES FÜR DAS DEUTSCHE SPRACHDIPLOM DER KULTUSMINISTERKONFERENZ in Bonn enables students of the fourth grade to take DSD II. (see 3/b) Our school is a consultant and an organiser of this exam for students from Krakow and the Malopolska region.
Since 1992 the position of the head teacher has been held by:
Mgr (MSc) Zdzisław Kusztal - a graduate of the Department of Mathematics at the Jagiellonian University
Mgr (MSc) Krystyna Cięciwa - a graduate of the Department of Biology at the Jagiellonian University
Mgr (MA) Grażyna Tomaszewska - a graduate of the Department of Russian at the Jagiellonian University