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Where do we live? Ostrołęka is a town in northeastern Poland on the Narew River, about 120 km (75 miles) northeast of the capital city - Warsaw. Situated.

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2 Where do we live? Ostrołęka is a town in northeastern Poland on the Narew River, about 120 km (75 miles) northeast of the capital city - Warsaw. Situated in the Masovian Voivodeship.

3 The symbols of our town The flag of Ostrołęka Coat of arms HAEC AVIS PROTEGE – Save It, Bird! Green – location in Green Forest Yellow – crown and clutches of the white eagle from the coat of arms Blue – symbol of the Narew River

4 A little bit of history The history of Ostrołęka reaches the end of XI century, when on the sandy island a defensive post was built and a village around it. Later that village became a City of Ostrołęka. The document that legistales Town Charter for Ostrołęka, originates from 1373.

5 European meaning of Ostrołęka In early 1807 in Ostrołęka the battle of Napoleon's campaign between French and Russian armies took place, won by Napoleons armies. The fact that name of the city was gullied on Triumphal Arc in Paris, speaks for its importance.

6 What we are proud of Every year in May (12 – 26 May) an event called "Days of Ostrołęka" takes place. Organized by The City Council, includes garden parties, athletic competitions, musical concerts. Important part of the event is an open air show "Battle under Ostrołęka", commemorating the events of May 1831 (important battle of national revolt directed against Russians invading Poland).

7 Bridge built in 1995 in form of an arc, modeled on bridge in Seville is the most recognizable symbol of the town. Town Hall The architectural side of our town

8 Fara church – the oldest sacred building in Ostrołęka (built in1399) The Old Town Signs of the past

9 Our region - Kurpie The Kurpie region is located in Poland on a lowland plain called the Mazovian Region (Mazowsze), which was once covered over by two forests known as the Puszcza Zielona (the Green Wilderness) and the Puszcza Biała (the White Wilderness).

10 The traditional costume Women wore red skirts with a green vest over a white linen blouse with some trim and always a necklace made of amber. Kurpie men wore long brown (or red) coats tied around the waist with a red sash, white linen shirts and white trousers which are fastened at the bottom with straps from the Kurpie shoes, which they wore.

11 The heritage park of Kurpie Kurpie homes were made out of wood and covered with straw, with a cross or flag mounted on the roof. The interior of the house was sparse, and the floor was wood. Windows in a Kurpie home always contained six panes of glass. Shutters and doors were painted.

12 What is our region famous for?

13 Folk art paper cutting Kurpie women have always been famous for their paper cut-outs (wycinanki) of animals, geometric designs, flowers, and so on.

14 Handicraft Kurpie make marvellous jewellery. Quite common material is locally dived amber. Local women are skilled at crochetting. Their lovely tattings are a real windfall for amateurs from the whole country.

15 Celebrating Christian feasts Kurpie Palm Sunday During this season, Kurpies delighted in making tall Easter Sunday palms out of small trees and decorating them with flowers and other ornaments in order to protect their houses from ghosts. Easter Kurpie women were famous for their beautifully decorated Easter eggs, and cookies made in the shape of the Easter lamb.

16 Celebrating Christian feasts Dyngus Day or Wet Monday (Polish Śmigus-Dyngus or lany poniedziałek) is the name for Easter Monday in Poland. Traditionally, early in the morning boys awake girls by pouring a bucket of water on their head and striking them about the legs with long thin twigs or switches made from willow or birch.

17 Winter Christian feasts The 6th of December This date is widely known as Santa Claus Day, when children and adults wait for gifts, which Santa is believed to leave in boots or socks hung above the fireplace. Christmas On the 24th December each Polish family dresses a Christmas tree and prepares Christmas Eve Supper consisting of 12 traditional meals, which they consume as the first star appears in the sky. Then comes the time of sharing the Christmas wafer, singing carols and opening presents.

18 Folk traditions Kadzidlanskie Wedding Annually since 1944 on the third Sunday of June a local couple dressed in traditional costumes and accompanied by wedding suite, takes part in different attractions common for such an event. After the astonishing ceremony, everyone has a chance to dance with the newly weds, as well as to have a ride by cart or to perform in a musical show.

19 Our school in the past Gen. Joseph Bems Secondary School in Ostrołęka 97 years ago

20 How did it start? Living under Russian annexation wasnt easy. In Ostrołęka there were no schools teaching in Polish, so citizens created a private one. Mr Majewski became Head teacher. The first bell rang on1st October,1913 and 84 boys came to this private house adapted for a school building.

21 Only one break for almost 100 years In 1915, when the1st World Wars front approached Ostrołęka, citizens were evacuated and school had to be closed. In 1918 Mr Majewski reactivated it. Although the place changed a lot, students started learnig enthusiastically. It was the first and the last such a dramatic event in history of the school.

22 Building In 1919 teaching eventually became cheaper and available even for students with social setbacks. Only need was the school building, then. Since 1932 it has been a place, where young people are being educated.

23 Golesin Because of the 2nd World War, teaching had to be moved to nerby villages. It was really tough time for everyone. Golesin was a code name for school. However, no one has lost hope and in 1945 students came back to Ostrołęka.

24 Gen. Joseph Bem In 1975 he became a patron of the school. Bem is a hero of the battle, which took place on 26th May,1831 near Ostrołęka.

25 Heroes In 50s - Stalins difficult times - our students fought for independence. They joined national organisations such as:The Union of Polish Socialists and United National Faction. Police arrested them and sentenced to death or expatriated. Threated like animals, they spent their youth working in mines hundreds of km from home. Some died, another devoted their health, but thanks to them, Poland is now a free and independent country.

26 How have we changed?

27 Management Name and surname Function at school Subjecttaught Anna Małgorzata Koronka HeadteacherMaths Joanna Król Deputy Headmaster Maths Wanda Żuber- Staniszewska Żuber- Staniszewska Deputy Headmaster Chemistry

28 Our Teaching staff English teacher Ms Sławińska English teacher Ms Sławińska Biology teacher Mrs Gawrych Biology teacher Mrs Gawrych English teacher Ms Łomacz English teacher Ms Łomacz The Headmaster Maths teacher Mrs Koronka The Headmaster Maths teacher Mrs Koronka

29 Learning process How do we learn? Our high school is attended by about 800 students, who dont only come from Ostroleka but also live in nearby villages. The teaching staff accounts for almost 60 teachers. Before starting education in our school every pupil choses a learning faculty, which suits them best. There are avilable: *Maths,Computer Science *Economic (Maths,Geographic) *Medical (Biology, Chemistry) *Science (Maths, Biology, Chemistry) *Humanistic (Polish, History)

30 Nowadays We learn to improve ourselves.

31 Charitable actions Our school organises a huge amount of charitable actions. Students raise money, arrange raffles and take advantage of their own talents to help people in need. One of such actions consists in selling daffodils which we plant every year.

32 Foreign projects

33 Every year in February or March our school takes part in AIESEC. Volunteers from different countries (e.g. Brasil, Qatar, Singapore) come to our school to make their fatherland and culture more familiar to us. We dont want to abandon our school for a moment, so even during holidays volunteers from the USA visit us for 7 weeks in order to teach English. Willing students take advantage of such lessons.

34 German organisation called Internationaler Bauorden also stays in touch with us. While visiting them we work on our projects, eg. artistic, historic or media, which are to be shown in our school.

35 Although quite young for academic life, our students prepare for it right now. We take part in different lectures that are held at Polish Universities, eg. in Warsaw. Cooperation with Romania has been lasting for a couple of years. We exchange e-mails about school, region and traditions with Romanian students. Theyve even published our pieces of work in their school newspaper

36 Fun time However, we always find time to have some fun.

37 Pink rules!

38 High school prom About one hundred days before Matura, students, who are at the end of the third year of education in our school, take part in high school prom. That allows them to forget about final exams for a moment. Everybody loves dancing…

39 …as well as posing for photos ;)


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