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In our school there are:
  • 3 classrooms with about 40 computers in our school. The classrooms are open during the breaks so all the pupils can use computers when they need it;
  • about 3000 books in the school library;
  • 2 sports halls and a body building gym;
  • 1040 pupils;
  • 79 teachers;

There are also some additional classes (extra studies):

  • MATHS: If you like counting, racking your brain, solving logical riddles it is great for you.

  • CHEMISTRY: For sure you want to check what will happen if you mix two different substances and what are the most important chemistry principles. Go to the chemistry classes and become a real young chemist.

  • GEOGRAPHY: Not only can you explore the world with your finger on the map but also you can talk about economic problems of our planet.

  • PHYSICS: Probably you think that it is the most difficult subject at school but you are wrong. So go there and check it.

  • COMPUTER SCIENCE: These classes are a good idea for pupils who are going to write their final IT exam.

  • HISTORY: There is a saying that history is the queen of all subjects . If you attend these classes you may find out that one of your ancestors was a king of Poland.

  • BIOLOGY: If you love animals and plants or you want to become a doctor or a vet in the future it is the best place for you

  • EUROPEAN SOCIETY: You can present and exchange your views about European Union there. You can meet your friends and make an interesting conversation

  • THEATRE GROUP: Theatre, stage, searchlight... Who hasn't dreamt about performing in front of big audience? We want to give you this opportunity.

  • ECOLOGY: You don't have to wear paper clothes and be a vegetarian to learn about environmental protection. It is sufficient to attend this classes.

  • MOVIE: When you watch films with your family, they always tell you to be quiet. Here you can present and share your views and opinions about films.
  • PCK (Polish Red Cross): If you want to know how to help other people in need and you want to learn the rules of first aid you should choose these classes.

  • SHOOTING: Our school gives you opportunity to train a great sport which is shooting.

  • SOCRATES: It is one of the European programs. Its aim is to teach pupils about other countries.

  • SKS: "In the healthy body, there is healthy spirit". All our PE teachers will help you to keep fit.

Patron of the school

Maria Stanisława Wasiłowska Konopnicka was born in Suwałki on 23rd May 1842. Her parents Joseph and Scholastyka Wasiłowscy arrived in Suwałki in 1841 with their first daughter Wanda born a year before in Warsaw. Joseph Wasiłowski worked as a barrister. The young marriage lived in Jan Zapiórkiewicz house in Petersburska 200 Street (today- Kościuszki 31).

In the same house, in May 1842, Maria Stanisława was born - a really well-known poet. Wasiłowscy lived in Suwałki for seven years after that event. During that time their four children were born: Jan Jarosław, Laura Celina, Zofia and Jadwiga Julia. Zofia died one day after her birth and was buried in the cementary in Suwałki. In September 1849 Wasiłowscy moved out from Suwałki and went to Kalisz. In 1850 the youngest sister of Maria- Celina Maria was born. Four years later Scholastyka Wasiłowska orphaned her children. After many years the poet would often look back on the childhood without her mother. She had hard and difficult duties because she was one of the oldest children.

Maria spent only one year in Warsaw and there she met Liza Orzeszkowa. And it was the beginning of their great friendship for life- they had the same interests.

In 1862 Maria married Jarosław Konopnicki. After years of looking after children and being a part of a social life she decided to devote herself to writing. Her first poem was "W Kaliszaninie". The series of lyrical poems "W górach" was included in "Tygodnik Ilustrowany" a year later. Compatriots accepted her poems very well, and even Henryk Sienkiewicz was impressed by her writing, so she decided to move to Warsaw. Her writing gained common recognition. In 1881, 1883 and 1886 three series of her poetry were published. She continued to use this style for the rest of her life. This kind of writing Konopnicka continued for all her life. Not only was she a good poet but also a great short-story writer ("Mendel Gdański", "Miłosierdzie Gminy", "Nasza szkapa", "Urbanowa"). She wrote some poems for children which are well-known in these days too, for example: "O Janku Wędrowniczku", "Stefek Burczymucha", "O Krasnoludkach i sierotce Marysi".

After 25 years spent on writing Maria Konopnicka received a house in Żarnowiec near Krosno. It was a gift from the nation. When she was a well-known writer she got back to her memories from the childhood spent in Suwałki. She wrote two pieces about that: "Z cmentarzy" and "Anusia". She died on 8th October 1910. And the whole society in Suwałki was shocked by that event. They organized a meeting where they read her poems and started a collection for a plaque. However tsar authorities opposed this initiative.

On 8th October 1935- the 25th anniversary of the poet's death- a plaque was fixed on the house in which she was born. In 1963, thanks to the teachers from Suwałki, The Main Board of Maria Konopnicka Society and financial support of The Social Fund of the Capital Reconstruction, a monument made by Bohdan Chmielewski was unveiled. Ten years later, in August 1973 Museum of Maria Konopnicka was opened.

History of the school

After II World War on 3rd April 1945 Franciszek Petela opened secondary and grammar school for men and became its headmaster. The school was situated at 22 Gosławicka Street (today Osmańczyka Street). It was officially opened on 16th May. On 22nd May secondary and grammar school for women was opened in Kościuszki Street.

The second headmaster of the school was Maria Tyszkiewicz who came to Opole from Warsaw. She studied history at the Warsaw University. She was also prepared to teach students living in the regions regained after the war.

In August 1945 she started admitting new students for the school year 1945/46. She also employed teachers and other school workers. For the students from nearby towns and villages she organized a dormitory. There was a surgery in the school building, it was led by doctor Danuta Sadowska. On 3rd September there was the first meeting of the school teachers. It started with hanging the national emblem of Poland.

The first teachers were mainly from the southern regions of Poland- Lwów, Wilna, Stryja, Stanisławowa and from the center of the country. However, some of the new teachers had worked in German schools they considered themselves to be Poles. During the first three years of the school there were from 13 to 15 classes. In all of them there were from 280 to 450 schoolgirls. In the school year 1945/46 twelve of them took their final exam.

The school building in Kościuszki Street consisted of two parts: the older one - in Kościuszki Street and the newer one - in Reymonta Street. It was decorated with the sculptures of Thomas Myrtek. There was also an additional building - the sport hall, which was used until 1965. During II World War the school was used as a hospital for German soldiers.

Maria Konopnicka was chosen a patron of the school by the students. In this way they wanted to express their happiness that Silesia became Polish again. Students also collected money for the school standard.

In 1948 this school was joined with the Primary School nr 4.

Translated by Magdalena Sinicka (October 2004)

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