• November 27, 2013
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The best Polish school and the best teacher in Lithuania have been chosen

© Teresa Worobiej

Today in The House of Polish Culture in Vilnius, Numerous awards have been got to 31 schools and 60 teachers within the confines of XIX edition of the contest “The best school – the best teacher” organized by the Association of Polish Schools’ Teachers “Macierz Szkolna” (“School Mothercountry”). There have been chosen the best Polish schools, four of which are: J. I. Kraszewski High School in Vilnius, H. Sienkiewicz High School in Lendwarow (Trok region), Junior High School in Pogiry (Vilnius region), E. Orzeszkowa High School in Baltoji Vokė (Šalčininkai region).

–          Hard work is the recipe for the best school – said, Helena Juchniewicz, the headmaster of J. I. Kraszewski High School in Vilnius, who is a prizewinner in the schools in capital category. – I must admit that teaching staff is engaged in their work. That are teachers who form a school through their innovative attitude towards various duties, candour about ideas and the participation in projects. And it guarantees the success of a school.

The headmasters and teachers attended the gala of handing awards in various nominations and categories for primary schools, junior high schools and high schools as well as for teachers of particular subjects, whose students got the greatest grades in state Matura Exam.

Getting into universities was the only criterion of betting candidates almost two decades ago. Now, there is dozen or so of criterions and getting into universities is not the most important one. A new nomination was added this year: the participation of schools in contests and competitions. The organizers of the event stress that the ranking motivates schools to work harder and get better results.

According to Józef Kwiatkowski, the chairman of “Macierz Szkolna” (“School Mothercountry”), the more criterions are taken into consideration in betting schools, the better the grade reflects the reality. Students’ results in centralised Matura Exam, so called state, is one of the criterions taken into consideration. The number of students passing a state exam and their grades, the number of students who got the greatest results from History, Lithuanian, Mathematics and Foreign Language exams are taken into consideration.

If we are asked about a Polish school in Lithuania, we answer that it is active, modern and open to other schools place. Children like it and parents have trust in it – said, Rita Tamašunienė, a local government officer in Polish administration of EAP           in the RL government. She also stressed that Polish school is a struggling place. – The school survived many periods: ideological teaching, fighting with a mother tongue, communism, the lack of teaching staff because of eliminating intelligent Polish people in Lithuania, Polish schools fought for country independence, democratic ideas, freedom of speech… Now, treaties were signed, conventions were ratified but Polish school in Vilnius, in the independent country, is still struggling. It deserves thanks for struggling for the most important ideas – for surviving and the mother tongue – stressed, the parliamentary representative, who gave gifts to participants with Wanda Krawczonok, the chairman’s deputy of EAP.

Jarosław Czubiński, Polish ambassador to Vilnius, Stanisław Cygnarowski, Polish consul general to Vilnius, Longin Komołowski, the chairman of the Association “Wspólnota Polska” (“Polish Community”) and many others honoured the event with their visit. They said “Thank you” to Polish schools for their great achievements in teaching students and for their organized work. Polish schools have been receiving a help from Mothercountry for many years. All contests, methodological workshops for teachers, summer camps for children, renovations and building schools in Vilnius – The Association of “Wspólnota Polska” (“Polish Community”) and its particular branches help Polish schools in Lithuania in all those undertakings.

Awards were given by Józef Kwiatkowski, the chairman of the Association “Macierz Szkolna” (“School Mothercountry”), the RL parliament representative, Longing Komołowski, the chairman of the Association “Wspólnota Polska” (“Polish Community”), Stanisław Cygnarowski, the Polish consul general to Vilnius, Wanda Krawczonok, the chairman’s deputy of EAP, Artur Ludkowski, the capital councillor, the director of DKP in Vilnius and councillors from EAP, the Corporation of Vilnius Region, the Corporation of Vilnius, the Corporation of Šalčininkai Region, the Corporation of Troki Region with the mayors and the managers of education department ahead. The representatives of Agronomic College in Łomża, where many students from Vilnius study, gave awards and expressed their thankfulness towards teachers from Polish schools in Lithuania. That afternoon, many words of gratitude were expressed towards Polish schools and the teachers, who form those schools and can encourage students to achieve new aims and to set themselves a high target.

Czesława Szablińska and Stanisław Michalkiewicz, leading the event, expressed the work of various subjects teachers with well-chosen maxims. They did it to make the time pass more pleasantly. Pupils of the best teachers appeared in the artistic part. String quartet under Krzysztof Stankiewicz’s leadership played pieces of Michał Ogiński, Stanisław Moniuszko, Antoni Vivaldi. Emilia Widtmann and Łukasz Kamiński, the prize-winners of this years’ reciting contest “Kresy”  also appeared in the event.

The students of the J. I. Kraszewski school, which is a prize-winner of the contest, played a separate concert. Jolanta Klenowska played M. K. Čiurlionis’ piece, Justyna Jurkojć performed in ballroom dancing. Two bands from “Kraszewski”: “Pierwiosnki” and “Melodia” dedicated their performance to prize-winners and honoured. Janina Stupienko is an artistic manager of both bands and Ksenia Florenkowa is a choreographer. The phenomenon of the bands is connected with special relationships between members of the bands and with family, warm atmosphere. The bands connect generations: children, students, parents and teachers.

Teresa Worobiej.

Sponsors: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland within the confines of the contest ‘Współpraca z Polonią I Polakami za Granicą” (“The Cooperation with Polish Community Abroad and the Polish abroad”), Embassy and Consular Section of republic of Poland in Lithuania, National Association Management Authority “Wspólnota Polska” (“Polish Community”) in Warsaw, the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania, The House of Polish Culture in Vilnius, the Association of Polish Schools’ Teachers “Macierz Szkolna” (“Schools Mothercountry”) in Lithuania.

The results of the contest:

Schools in Vilnius Category:

J. I. Kraszewski High School in Vilnius

District Town Schools Category:

H. Sienkiewicz High School in Lentvaris, Trok region

District Schools Category:

Junior High School in Pagiriai, Vilnius region

E. Orzeszkowa High School in Baltoji Vokė in Šalčininkai region

Titled Schools:

Schools in Vilnius Category:

1. A. Mickiewicz Junior High School
2. Jan Paul II Junior High School
3. High School in Grigiškės

Schools of District Towns Category:

1. K. Parczewski Junior High School in Nemenčinė

2. J. Śniadecki Junior High School in Šalčininkai

District Schools Category:

1. M. Baliński High School in Jašiūnai, Šalčininkai region

2.High School in Rukainių, Vilnius Region

3. High School in Lavoriškių, Vilnius Region

Titled teachers in the XIX edition of the contest „Najlepsza szkoła – najlepszy nauczyciel”(“The best school – the best teacher”):

Polish teachers:

1. Wanda Andruszaniec – J. I. Kraszewski High School in Vilnius
2. Łucja Minowicz – Wł. Syrokomla High School in Vilnius
3. Jolanta Pacyno – Sz. Konarski High School in Vilnius
4. Krystyna Witlicka – High School in Mickūnai, Vilnius Region
5. Aldona Sudenis – K. Parczewski Junior High school in Nemenčinė
6. Alicja Pieślak – „Żejmiana” Junior High School in Pabradė
7. Zofia Sokołowska – Junior High School in Eišiškės
8. Janina Snarska –E. Orzeszkowa High School in Baltoji Vokė

Lithuanian teachers:

1. Jolanta Zagurskienė –J. I. Kraszewski High School in Vilnius
2. Ina Jurgelienė –Wł. Syrokomla High School in Vilnius
3. Danute Visockienė – A. Mickiewicz Junior High School
4. Alina Ponomariova – Junior High School in Pagiriai, Vilnius Region
5. Irena Sutkevičienė – High School in Rukainių, Vilnius Region
6. Daiva Ranonienė – E. Orzeszkowa High School in Baltoji Vokė, Šalčininkai region
7. Valentina Nikitinienė –J. Śniadecki Junior High School in Šalčininkai
8. Renė Lučiūnienė –H. Sienkiewicz High School in Lentvaris

HISTORY TEACHERS:

1.Danuta Radewicz –Jan Paul II Junior High School in Vilnius
2. Beata Kowalewska –Sz. Konarski High School in Vilnius
3. Rasa Jachimavičienė – High School in Rukainių
4. Krystyna Karpicz –M. Baliński High School in Jašiūnai
5. Albert Wołk – High School in Lavoriškių
6. Aleksander Pieszko –J. Śniadecki Junior High School in Šalčininkai
7. Zyta Jurgielewicz –L. Narbutt High School in Kalesninkai
8. Alina Narkiewicz – H. Sienkiewicz High School in Lentvaris
9. Laima Narodowskaja – E. Orzeszkowa High School in Baltoji Vokė
10. Romuald Piotrowski – High School in Trok

MATHEMATICS TEACHERS:

1. Alfreda Grycewicz – J. I. Kraszewski High School in Vilnius
2. Teresa Stolarczuk – A. Mickiewicz Junior High School in Vilnius
3. Halina Strygo – Jan Paul II Junior High School in Vilnius
4. Ala Wakar – High School In Grygiszki
5. Irena Kalinowa – K. Parczewski Junior High school in Nemenčinė
6. Zenobia Mikielewicz – High School in Buivydžiai
7. Jolanta Żigaite – High School in Lavoriškių
8. Wanda Raczyńska – M. Baliński High School in Jašiūnai
9. Helena Moroz – J. Śniadecki Junior High School in Šalčininkai
10. Alicja Wołkowa – H. Sienkiewicz High School in Lentvaris
11. Filomena Pietkiewicz – Jan Paul II Junior High School in Vilnius
12. Danuta Łozowska –F. Ruszczyc Junior High School in Rudomino
13. Lilia Dulko – E. Orzeszkowa High School in Baltoji Vokė

ENGLISH TEACHERS:

1. Olga Nowicka – J. I. Kraszewski High School in Vilnius
2. Rozalia Visockienė – M. Baliński High School in Jašiūnai
3. Aldona Babicienė – F. Ruszczyc Junior High School in Rudomino
4. Irena Litwinowicz – A. Mickiewicz Junior High School in Vilnius
5. Jolanta Nowosielska – Wł. Syrokomla High School in Vilnius

RUSSIAN TEACHERS:

1.Tatiana Biskupska – High School in Grigiškės
2. Józef Jałowik – Junior High School in Pagiriai,
3. Stanisława Kaczanowska – K. Parczewski Junior High school in Nemenčinė
4. Anna Walicka – Junior High School in Eišiškės
5. Danuta Anichowska –A. Mickiewicz High School in Dieveniškės
6. Leokadia Kurylonok – H. Sienkiewicz High School in Lentvaris

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Titled Primary Schools in the XIX editio of the contest on the Best Polish Primary School in Lithuania (for results in the academic year 2010/2011 and 2012/2013):

1. Primary School in Pavilnys

2. Jan Paul II Pro Junior High School in Vilnius

3. Primary School in Pabarė in Šalčininkai Region

4. Primary School in Salčininkėliai in Šalčininkai Region

5. Primary School In Mostiškės, in Vilnius Region

6. Cz. Miłosz Primary School in Pakiena in Vilnius Region

7. M. Zdziechowski Primary School in Sudervė, in Vilnius Region

8. Primary School in Wesołówka.

Titled teachers from Primary Schools:

1. Lidia Wojtkiewicz – Primary School in Pavilnys, mathematics teacher
2. Krystyna Kalitkiewicz – Jan Paul II Pro Junior High School in Vilnius, the teacher of the beginning classes

3. Teresa Mojsiewicz – Jan Paul II Pro Junior High School in Vilnius, the teacher of the beginning classes
4. Waleria Gerfolwedin – Primary School In Mostiškės, mathematics teacher
5. Zbigniew Sinkiewicz – M. Zdziechowski Primary School in Sudervė, Physical Education teacher
6. Olga Wołkowicka – Cz. Miłosz Primary School in Pakiena, Polish teacher
7. Lilia Naruszewicz – Primary School in Wesołówka, the teacher of the beginning classes
8. Barbara Ligowska – Primary School in Pabarė, Biology teacher
9. Czesława Lewanowicz – Primary School in Salčininkėliai, the headmster’s deputy, History teacher

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 This year the distinction in „Participation in contests and competitions” nomination was given:

1. A. Mickiewicz Junior High School in Vilnius
2. W. Syrokomla High School in Vilnius
3. Jan Paul II Junior High School in Vilnius
4. Sz. Konarski High School in Vilnius
5. F. Ruszczyc Junior High School in Rudomino
6. Priest J. Obrembskiego High School in Maišiagala
7. High School in Mickūnai
8. Junior High School in Eišiškės
9. Jan Paul II Pro Junior High School in Vilnius
10. Cz. Miłosz Primary School in Pakiena
11. Primary School in Mostiškės

Source: http://l24.lt/pl/oswiata/item/22366-znamy-najlepsza-polska-szkole-i-nauczyciela-na-litwie-uzupelnione

Tłumaczenie by Anna Kwiatkowska w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Anna Kwiatkowska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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