WHITE EAGLE PRIMARY SCHOOL
KOSZALIN 75-445, 11 WANKOWICZA STREET
POLAND

KOSZALIN

Koszalin lies in north-western Poland where the Dzierzecinka River flows into Lake Jamno. The town is located about 10 km south of the Baltic Sea coast, on the main road between Gdansk and Szczecin. Other nearby towns include Kamien Pomorski, Mielno and Kolobrzeg. Koszalin is surrounded by beautiful forests and reserves, including the bird reserves in Parnowo (5 km to the west) and at Lubiatowskie Lake (5 km to the south). The highest point in Koszalin is Chelmska Hill, topped with a tower for you to climb and look out over the local scenery below.

The part beside the sea is interesting as it features many dunes, cliffs, spits and wide sandy beaches. This picturesque landscape creates a truly astonishing range of scenery, including the many little lakes and river valleys that divide the region.

The history of Koszalin (Köslin in German, Koszalëno in Kashubian, and Scurgum in Latin) is closely connected with that of the Western Pomeranian region, where different cultures have undergone a process of assimilation since the 12th century. Until that time, Koszalin, and particularly the Chelmska Hill, was a centre of a pagan cult and only a Slavic settlement. The region of Koszalin belonged to Poland at the time of Duke Mieszko I, but the first written reference to a specific settlement comes from the 13th century. Mieszko I adopted Christianity as the state religion, and soon a Marian shrine was built on Chelmska Hill. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Koszalin was one of the richest towns in Pomerania due to its advantageous location on several trade routes. Lake Jamno was a bay at this time and linked the town directly with the open sea, a situation that did not change until the 17th century when the isthmus between it and the open sea silted up and the town started to lose trade as a consequence. But before this happened, Koszalin had become the seat of the Pomeranian dukes and bishops from the Gryfits dynasty.

After the 17th century Thirty Years' War, Koszalin became part of Brandenburg and was considered to be the capital of the Duchy of Kashubia. In 1718 the town was destroyed thoroughly by a great fire, the damage being so complete that the town was almost abandoned. In the years 1815-1945 Koszalin was the capital of Prussian part of Pomerania. During that period it became an important industrial centre and railway junction. The town was largely destroyed by the Russian army during World War II and finally liberated in 1945. Between 1950 and 1998, Koszalin remained a provincial capital, but as a result of the administrative reform of 1998 it became part of the Western Pomeranian Voivodship.

Our school

We are a primary school situated in a modern housing estate of the town of Koszalin. The name of our school is White Eagle Primary School. We have about 900 students at the age of 6-13 and about 50 teachers work here. Our school building is modern and spacious with all necessary facilities: canteen, library, 2 gyms, community centre, computer lab. If you want to know more about our school click here. Our town Our town is in the north of Poland , 13 km from the Baltic Sea. There is no big industry here so we are focused on ecology and tourism. Educational facilities are also very important and on a good level. Technical University of Koszalin is one of the leading high schools in West Pomerania region. Our town is quiet and clean and there are a lot of green areas around. Here you can find out more about Koszalin.

Our teachers

We want to teach our students skills and knowledge needed in the modern world. They take part in many educational, sport and social competitions having success and satisfaction. Our school organizes the town multiplication championship every year and many other educational, sport and charity events. All the teachers are creative and open to new methods of teaching. They work out their own programmes and approaches based on the latest research and technology.You can see the effects of our cooperation here...(on the constuction)

Our students

Our students learn English from the age of 6 so in the last year at school they are on the pre-intermediate level. They attend many after school activities organized by our teachers. In 2008 we were involved in an e-learning programme with a school from Greece and this year we are working with schools from Romania, Poland and Slovakia. You can see the effects of our cooperation here.

Our school is very big. There are 900 students and 71 teachers. Here are the photos of our school and our teachers. The school was build in 1982. There are three pavilions A, B and C. We have our own library, canteen, two gyms and a common room for younger students. There are 46 classrooms, two I.T. rooms, audio-video classroom,corrective exercise classroom, and aspeech therapist.

The school year is divided into two terms and is ten months long. It starts in September and finishes in June. In July and August we have summer holidays. In winter we have two week break, usually it is in February and we also have some free days at Christmas and Easter. In May we have a long weekend in Polish called "Majówka".

We go to school from Monday to Friday. Every day we start school at eight a.m and we finish school at about two or three p.m. The breaks are 10 minutes long and we have one 20 minute lunch break.

We usually have six to seven lessons every day and 28 lessons a week. We study Polish, English, History, Science, Maths, Art., Music. We also have Technology, I.T,

Every year we have lots of festivals: Clean Up the World in September

Halloween in October

World Animal Week in October

School Festival in November- every year we visit different country and learn about its culture, history, literature and tradition.

Cake Day on 31th of November, when we sell cakes and cookies.

Nativity Play in December

14th of February St Valentine's Day

A day in March is devoted to one of the English speaking countries. Last year it was an Irish Day, this year it was a Scottish Day and next year it will be an Australian Day.

Greek Mythology Competition in March

Dance Festival in May

Athletics Championships in May and Sports Day in April