niedziela, 24 lutego 2008

Rybnik - Town

Welcome to Rybnik

"Green City" in Silesia - this is one of the most popular description of the city of Rybnik. The abundance of green fields - forests, parks, squares and flower compositions is just one of many advantages of the city inhabited by 140 thousand people.
Today's Rybnik is a natural centre for transportation, administration, economy, culture and education for neighboring towns.
In Silesia Province strategy for development Rybnik has a status of the centre of Western Sub-region - recognized as a modern and well managed local administration.
Over the past few years Rybnik has changed from typical coal-mine city to education centre for 600 thousand people living in our sub-region.
Many investments are made with regard to young people, among them Complex of Higher Education Schools being created in co-operation between the city three major Silesian universities: Silesian Polytechnic, University of Silesia and Academy of Economics in Katowice. City stadium has been modernized and dozen of modern and fully-equipped gyms were built.
State-owned School of Music, where such famous artists as Adam Makowicz, Piotr Paleczny, Lidia Grychtołówna or Henryk Mikołaj Górecki were studying, has got new building.
City authorities were also granted with Council of Europe Flag of Honor for international co-operation. Other major city priorities include construction of sewage system - co-financed by EU Cohesion Fund, improving city road layout and receiving money from European Union.
Thanks to its location amongst waters and forests, Rybnik gives an excellent opportunity to relax. More than 100 km of cycling routes, sports facilities and interesting walking paths along with Rybnik reservoir - all these are places, where you can actively spend your leisure time. Rybnik's virtues have also been highly acclaimed by investors as this is one of few cities in the region with grounds both in the centre and in the outskirts of the city designed for investment projects.
The business environment is also conducive to investments. There are non-governmental organizations, good local commerce network, banks, advisory agencies, insurance companies and editor's offices. Organizations gathering and supporting businessmen take active part in the process of industry restructure.

wtorek, 18 grudnia 2007


In Poland Christmas is preceded by many days of preparation.
Streets are lit by coloured lamps; shops are full of people buying presents, choosing Christmas cards.

Christmas trees are set up in every home.
Excitement and expectation can be felt almost everywhere.
The day preceding Christmas Eve is a unique one. It is believed that everything that might happen on it might influence the whole year to come. Much attention, for instance, is paid too the person who first enters the house and if it is a man, he ensures welfare to all members of the family.
Some people say that if you ask for food on that day, you will be hungry throughout the year.

The moment everyone waits for is Christmas Eve. When the first star appears in the sky, people take seats at the Christmas table. They do not forget about leaving an empty place for an unexpected guest. The table is covered with white tablecloth and hay is spread on it.
Another custom is the number of dishes. Traditionally there should be twelve of them and they must all be tested. The most popular dishes are red borsch, pies or sour cabbage with mushrooms, fish (usually carp) and poppy seed cake. Before the family starts eating, all its members share the holy wafer. There is also a custom of giving presents and everyone may find something nice under the Christmas tree. At midnight many people go to church to attend a special mass during which carols are sung. This night is miraculous because it is believed that animals can speak with human voices.
The first day of Christmas, 25 December, is usually spent at home. Work is forbidden. On that day carol - singers dressed as angel, a devil, King Herod or death visit people's houses. They sing carols and play various scenes from the Bible (however it is a rare custom).
The second day of Christmas is spent in a different way. People pay and receive visits, spend much time at the table talking or singing carols. From that day the carnival begins.
Christmas for Polish people is not only the yearly celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ but also the most familiar, traditional and jouful time of happiness. The birth of Jesus Christ is regarded as a king of symbol which heralds the days of peace and love.

Szkoła Podstawowa im. Jarosława Dąbrowskiego

Our school is situated in the most beautiful district of Rybnik.
There are 151 students in our school and 15 teachers.
Our school offers six – year education. Our students receive a primary school certificate. Then they are able to study at gymnasium. Our school is known for its high standard of teaching. The students attend classes regularly and are very active. They often carry on discussion on various topics, take tests, write composition and learn English. They readily take part in the school competition that involves the knowledge of English and vocabulary. The students know that it may pay off in the future. We also encourage our students to take part in the competition that is called „the knowledge of Great Britain and the USA”. Our school is known not only for its standard of teaching but also for its cooperation with the members of local organizations.
The students like their school very much and participate fully in the life of the school.
Our teachers are very capable but also demanding. They set high standards for the pupils and know their subject backwards.
We also would like to learn more about people living in Europe, their culture, everyday life, habits and customs. We want our students to be tolerant and respect culture of other countries.
We hope that what we do will increase the students’ motivation to learn a foreign language.

sobota, 15 grudnia 2007

Project: OUR WORLD

Our eTwinning Action Plan has proved to be an excellent pedagogical tool for our partnership.
Our Action Plan focus on several key educational values, one every month, from October to June. Students work on these values and implement school activities, creative productions, reflections, celebrations and actions in the community, and exchange them via web site, e-mail, and other electronic means. This Action Plan helps a systematic development of our project around the values in school activities and celebrations. When possible, school celebrations will be connected to European or international celebrations to promote a wider awareness of this dimension among students, teachers, parents and local communities of our partnership.
November: Our presentation.
Our city and our villages
December: Our different Christmas

January: Our Foods
February: Our Nature
March: I am solidarity (Peace)
April: Our Books (2nd International Day : “Book´s day”)
May: Our Parties
June: Evaluation
Schools participating to the project:
ANNA BASZCZOK (Szkoła Podstawowa im. Jarosława Dąbrowskiego, POLAND)
MARIANA RADULESCU (Scoala "Liviu Rebreanu" Mioveni, Arges, ROMANIA)
ANTONIA ZINGARIELLO (Scuola Primaria "R. Cotugno", ITALY)
ANA TUDOR (Scoala "Liviu Rebreanu" Mioveni, Arges, ROMANIA)