IV Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace (Poland) is a comprehensive school, where young people (304 students at the age between 16 and 19) develop their skills and widen their knowledge in lessons, at home or during extra – curricular classes.
As ICT is the main area for development here, a lot of editions of Nationwide ICT Contest have been organized for lower secondary school students. Modern teaching is one of the most important elements of the educational strategy, which also includes project work outside school. The school supports young artists and musicians, organizing an Art festival every spring.
The school is well known for its high achievement in science and English. Students who attend IV LO come from different backgrounds. Staff takes advantage of various opportunities for teacher training. We want to share our four-year experience in Project Based Learning: multidisciplinary approach to teaching/learning that integrates knowing and doing, and which lends itself perfectly to the new project. In return, we want to learn about the methodologies used by the rest of participating schools.
The school promotes civil and social studies, by organizing a Know-Law contest for local schools pupils. It is crucial in our school community to widen the knowledge and awareness on active citizenship in Europe. Deeper insight into democracy, current problems of immigrant crisis and how to deal with them will enhance language competence and civil competence of the students.
IV LO is located in Szczecin, a city with a population of about 400,000. IV LO is a school where early school leaving rate is rather low. Although it is not a big problem, we want to discourage our students from leaving education early. We also would like to share our experiences with the schools that may be in a different situation. Taking part in the project, the students can discover their potential and talents, and also be encouraged to collaborate with students from other countries. Thanks to new and adapted learning strategies, more and more young people will find their way towards a constructive, positive future, also sharing their school space with their peers who have emigrated from other places in the world. Furthermore, the students’ mobilities will promote inter-cultural dialogue, equity and social cohesion, how to acquire and develop new skills and competences that they will need in their higher learning as well as in their future jobs. They will be guided to become more active citizens.
Our experience in order to prevent early school leaving includes attractive activities, which encourage young people to act and feel appreciated. One of them is the ICT Contest for lower secondary school pupils that evokes cooperation, rivalry, and pro self- development attitudes.
Our school has taken part in Comenius projects, which has had a great impact on students. We have a special cell that supports students with difficulties through counselling and activities directed to meet individual needs. Some teachers volunteer in order to help weaker students with extra activities. There is an individual learning plan for students with learning medical difficulties.
We have a team of specialists helping the new students to adapt their school environment if necessary. Students from underprivileged families benefit from free course books by publishers, social scholarship, and advice from school’s counsellors.
The students themselves organize social actions for their mates e.g. charity fair, Kindness Day, Christmas hampers.
A wide range of sport activities play a great role in raising the self-esteem of students which also encourages them to remain in education and belong in the school community.