TOMASZ ZAN SECONDARY
SCHOOL NO 1
( I LICEUM
OGÓLNOKSZTAŁCĄCE IM. TOMASZA ZANA WE WSCHOWIE)
GENERAL CHARACTERISTIC OF THE SCHOOL
history of our school.
The beginnings of our school date back
to the year 1945. For the first year the lessons were conducted in a
building in Wolsztyńska Street (nowadays,
the building of primary school no 2), with 40 students attending
school. Then it was moved to a building in Matejki Street, where it
has been situated till today. In 1969 the school was given the name
of Tomasz Zan (a well-known Polish poet of the nineteenth century).
From 1981 to 1998 the building was shared with primary school no 5.
Nowadays it is occupied by the secondary school only. In 1996 the
Association of Middle and Secondary School Graduates was set up and
has been cooperating with our school until now.
students, teachers and resources.
of students attending our school oscillates around 400. The students
come from Wschowa, Leszno, Wolsztyn, and Góra municipalities.
The average number of students in a class is 29.
comparison with 1990s, the number of students attending our school
has rapidly increased. It is impossible, however, to accept more
students as we have a limited number of classrooms. The growing
interest in attending our school is caused by a varied choice of
sections introduced and high outcomes in external exams.
are conducted in three buildings comprising 18 classrooms, including
IT rooms. In addition, there is a library, a TV room, an assembly
hall and a gym. There are also sports fields, including a football
pitch, a running track and a long-jump track.
We employ 34 teachers,1 of them has a
PhD and 32 teachers have a Master's degree. There are also 9
administrative workers and attendants (3 accountants, a secretary, a
caretaker and 4 cleaners).
Our school is a 3-year
secondary school offering education in the following sections:
IT-mathematics, European, ecological, humanities and business-German,
depending on demand.
Foreign modern languages such as
English, German and Russian are taught in groups depending on the
on advanced level
Geography, German with business studies
Polish, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Biology, English, WOS
(Citizenship studies), Business Studies,sports-defensive classes,
basketball, volleyball, football, shooting classes, drama club,
poetry workshops, choir, Maths, History,and gym
Our school teaches students how to
plan their future and how to be successful in life.
Particular attention should be drawn
to the School Career Centre (SzOK). The primary objectives of the
planning students' educational
planning students' own career,
operating on the job market,
individual and group counseling.
Together with the career centre our
teachers have organized the School Club of Professional Activity
(SKAZ). During the club meetings teenagers learn more about
themselves, their strong points, job-oriented qualities, jobs, and
ways of possible future education.
Cooperation with Universities and
We have been
cooperating with various higher schools and universities as well as
schools abroad through the EU programmes (eTwinning and
Comenius-first steps in the field). We take part in open lectures at
Poznań and Wrocław Universities, The Higher School of Banking in
Poznań, and the Higher School of Arts and Journalism in Poznań.
Moreover, we participate in Educational Fairs organized by higher
2006/7 school year we started cooperation
in an eTwinning program, which is a European Union coodinated program
for school cooperation via the Internet. Our partner schools come
from Greece (3rd Lyceum
of Keratsini) and Italy (Instituto di Istruzione Superiore Statale
‘'Marco Polo" w Colico).
There are 3 main fields
of students' activity:
Our students also have
the possibility to develop their interests, to mention only few:
musical interests - in our
drama skills - in the school
drama club called "W Zanadrzu", previously called "Coincidence";
which took part in the Voivodship Amateur Theatres' Contest in
Zielona Góra ( in 2002 they were given a recognition award
and in 2004 they won one out of five first-place awards), their
activity and high level of performance guarantees full audience
every time they stage a play,
sports - during our
sports-defensive - during
after-school classes ( many prizes on shooting and archery contests
on different levels from local to nationwide),
connected with particular
subjects - studying literature, culture, languages, economy ( e.g.
taking part in nationwide internet contests such as Business Junior
2005 and School Internet Stock Exchange Game).
events in our school calendar
Organizing school events is a tradition
and fosters the feeling of unity, reminds the importance of the
Polish history and awakes patriotism and tolerance.
The Festival of
Tomasz Zan (the patron of our school),
Clean Up the
Tournament ( in English, German and Russian),
the beginning and
end of school year.
of student support policy are compiled in The School Upbringing
Scheme. The changes made in the plan follow new ideas and regulations
in the fields of education and legislation. Our priority is to
generate a well-understood culture of a young person's freedom by
creating the atmosphere of mutual understanding and friendship
connected with consistent demands. We believe that we can
successfully participate in the program of dealing with teenagers'
problems and their development.
mentioned policy is the outcome of students', parents' and
teachers' mutual work.
1- school management tasks and school traditions,
2- cooperation with the local community,
3- cooperation with parents,
4- encouraging the development of students.
cooperation of the Parents' Council, the Principals and the
teachers is based on an annually changed plan of cooperation, which
meetings with parents,
of meetings- group and individual ones,
calls and the exchange of information in a written form,
participation in the organization of school events,
of the school financial plan and the School Performance Plan,
school's activity in diverse fields,
fund-raising school events.
The Teachers' Council is a group of
people who are eager to cooperate in a friendly atmosphere. The
teachers work in:
teams: mathematics- environmental, humanities, foreign languages
Head Teachers' Council,
The teachers eagerly approve of the
Principals' initiative and often suggest interesting solutions to
the problems our school faces every day. Moreover, all our teachers
give a lot of attention to their professional development.
Students as well as our
school as a whole, participate in many competitions and contests.
In 2001 our school
participated in a nationwide Internet competition "Interschool -
the school of the future". We won the second prize, the first prize
was not given then to any school.
In 2003/2004 school
year our school took part in a nationwide program called ‘Top
School', which is a special program for schools that want to be
recognized as best schools in Poland. We were obliged to fulfill
certain conditions to meet the requirements. At the end of the school
year we were acknowledged as one of top schools in Poland. Thanks to
the title we joined the Academy of Top Schools and the information
about the project can be found at the address www.gazeta.pl/klasa.
During the school year
many school, local, municipal, regional, voivodship (province) and
nationwide contests are organized in our school. Our students have
succeeded in many of them some of them on the highest level. Among
others, students participate in such competitions as:
Foreign Languages/Maths Competition "Test Oxford Plus",
Languages Contest "Pupilpower",
Competition on Africa,
IT competitions of
Tournament (in English, German and Russian),
Contest in English,