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News from Head of Secondary, Izabella Słoczyńska

11 September 2014

This week, I met two students who have inspired me to think about the aims of education. The first is a young man in his early twenties who attended this school for a total of nine years. He is now working in Canada, and whilst visiting Poland wanted to visit his old school and meet some of his old teachers. Our alumni are always welcome here, as it is very much their school and always will be. From a teacher’s point of view it is wonderful to see how teenagers become adults we can all be proud of.

The second student is unable to attend school full time. He was here because he misses school and wanted to see his teachers, collect some work and be present in the building, even though he can’t currently be here with all the other students. He was proud to wear his uniform for a change, as he has been very ill and misses the routine of the school day and the routines we all take for granted. Children need the structure and regulations school provides as this often helps them feel secure in an unpredictable world.  The aims of education are to help an individual to develop their academic knowledge and skills, but also many other skills, so that once they leave, they can function as civilized and responsible human beings in the world beyond school. Working with teenagers can sometimes be a challenge, and teachers can sometimes feel unappreciated during the student journey through adolescence at school. This is why your support as parents is vital. The emphasis on punctuality, attendance and school uniform worn properly are not minor issues, but part of the development of a young person in readiness for the world of adulthood.

Another element of a well-rounded  education is the curriculum beyond lessons. This week our LEAP programme of activities was presented to the students by Mr Blanchard. All secondary school teachers offer a club either during lunchtimes or after school. Please encourage your son/daughter to sign up and try something new this year, as the experience will enhance their skills and talents, and may inspire and motivate them towards new goals.

The House system also gives students the chance to compete in a friendly way within school by exploring general knowledge  as well as dramatic, artistic and sporting skills throughout the year. Mrs Mroczkowska is our Secondary School House coordinator and introduced the activities for this half term which comprise both football and poetry competitions.

In the coming week, Year 13 parents will have the opportunity to meet Dr Latkowski at the year 13 Parent Forum on Monday 15 September at 16.00 in the IB Learning Centre. Please let Mrs Lange (dlange@thebritishschool.pl) know, if you are planning to attend this event.

On Wednesday evening at 18.30, parents in year 7 are warmly invited to meet their child’s teachers. This is a parent only event (no children please) and will begin at 18.30 in the IB Learning Centre. We look forward to meeting as many parents as possible and reassuring you that Secondary School is a great place to be.

Year 9 are away next Friday 19 September on a bonding trip with their Form tutors and three other teachers. We hope they enjoy kayaking and don’t get too wet!

If you wish to discuss any aspect of your child’s school experience, please contact your child’s Form Tutor or one of the Secondary School management team. Useful addresses are given below:

Year 7: Mr Taylor ataylor@thebritishschool.pl        

Years 8 and 9: Mr Snape rsnape@thebritishschool.pl

Years 10 and 11: Ms Ellis kellis@thebritishschool.pl

Deputy Head of Secondary School: Mr Bezodis lbezodis@thebritishschool.pl

Head of Secondary School: Mrs Sloczynska  isloczynska@thebritishschool.pl


Kind regards,


Izabella Słoczyńska

Head of Secondary