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High School

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Polish School Visit

A group of students aged 16-19 visited Our Lady’s, from an area in Poland called Żywiec, to witness what life was like for a student in London.

Report by Natalia Grzesik

On the 12th of February, a group of students aged 16-19 visited Our Lady’s, from an area in Poland called Żywiec, to witness what life was like for a student in London. It was an enlightening experience during which they had the opportunity to view the facilities in our school, which would differ greatly from their school, and even view the way of teaching in various subjects. This was also a chance for us to discuss the similarities and differences in our student lives, ranging from uniform and makeup choices, to types of schools and exams. They told us how different our school was from theirs, and how lucky we were to have all these amazing facilities, considering they only have one interactive whiteboard in their whole school, and they do not have access to some of the subjects we do, such as Drama. They seemed to be greatly impressed by the facilities, such as availability of laptops, and our PE pitch on the roof. Moreover, many mentioned how kind all the students were and how nice the school environment was. As well as that, they were fascinated by our Arts Department, including Drama, Music, Technology and Art. Overall, this event was very successful, since it allowed external students to witness a varying education system, but also to practice their knowledge of the English language, which is an important skill, greatly respected by Our Lady’s. Other than that, communication with external students ‘opened our eyes’ about the schools in Poland and the contact with them would allow similar events to take place in the future. Dziękujemy!