Gdynia Bilingual High School No. 3 was founded in 1950. It was first located in a district of Gdynia called Grabowek on 47, Sambora Street. In September 1963 a new educational stream was introduced, ie. bilingual classes in English and Polish.
Then, just a month later school moved to a new building on 27, Dzierzynskiego Street, which after the political changes of 1989 was called Legionów Street. The school is named after the Polish Navy, because officers and ratings contributed to the erection of the present building in 1963.
Headmaster Wiesław Kosakowski
Exams in the auditorium
In 1990 the first democratic election of a headmaster took place, won by Mr Wieslaw Kosakowski, who was re-elected in the mid-nineties and remains the headmaster until today. In 1991 the International Baccalaureate programme was introduced, thus in 1993 the school was the official organizer of The Second International Baccalaureate Summer Workshop for 230 teachers from 45 countries. In the same year the school was officially called Gdynia Bilingual High School No 3 and International Baccalaureate School No 0704.
In Washington, Kosciuszko's Monument
Since then the school has specialised in the teaching of English - until recently it was one of only a handful of schools in Poland where subjects such as Science, Maths and Geography were taught in English. In 1991 a new curriculum was introduced, whichdivided the four-year system of education into two two-year courses.
During the first two years of education our students can attend either general classes with a broadly based curriculum, further divided into bilingual classes in Polish and English (system introduced in 1963) and classes with extended English syllabus, or Mathematics, Computer Studies, Physics and Chemistry stream in the extended English syllabus. In 1997 a humanities stream was introduced for both bilingual classes and classes with extended English syllabus. During the final two years of education our students may either continue the above or choose a new stream from the following: Mathematics, Economics, Geography, History stream in a bilingual class or a class with an extended English syllabus, Biology, Chemistry and Physics stream, also in both types of classes, a finally International Baccalaureate (IB) with English as the language of instruction.
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Mr Tomalczyk and his talented mathematicians
It is worth noticing that English is not the only foreign language taught in our school. Students may also educate themselves in French, German, Russian or even Latin. Furthermore, there is a wide range of additional subjects and out-of-school activities to choose from: Applied Economics, Small Business, Students' Clubs(History, Biology, Geography, Computers, Mathematics), Community Service, European Club, Hiking Club, Sports, Music Club, etc. One of the results of these activities is the school's website.
In order to make students' work easier the school is equipped with 3 computer studies rooms, computerised library, auditorium, gymnasium, fitness club, art studio, modern laboratories for such subjects as: Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Economics, as well as hoarding facilities, canteen and a care.
Facing the reform of education we decided to open a Junior High School in September 2000. In small classes or about 20, new students are being educated in two bilingual classes with a broadly based curriculum, and one Mathematics, Computer Studies, Physics and Chemistry Stream in extended English syllabus class. Political changes in Poland, which took place in 1989, made it possible for the school to begin an international co-operation with schools from Sweden, United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Norway, Finland, Germany and Lithuania.
School was awarded with the 'Kwiatkowski' medal
UNESCO diploma for the school
Best IB student 1995, Magdalena Roda
We have always prided ourselves in being one of the leading grammar schools in the country, one of the criteria for this ranking being the number of participants and prize-winners schools have in the finals of nationwide subject competitions ("Olympiads"). The years 1995-2000 have been no exception and we have indeed been "top of the form" throughout this time. Again, in 1996, 1997 and 1998, according to the standards of Polish UNESCO committee, we were proclaimed to be one of the best secondary schools in Poland. In 1993 and 1996 our school was a winner of the Best School in Poland Ranking (by "Polityka" - a popular magazine in Poland). In 1996 and 1998 we were proclaimed to be Top School in the Gdansk Region by local TV and newspapers. For perfect results our students are frequently awarded with different types of scholarships, the most outstanding being the ones from The Polish Ministry of Education (highest number - 6 - in the school year 1996/97) and The National Children's Fund (highest number -11 - in 1995).
Jakub Pawlewicz's diploma
Leszek Kołodziejczyk, a talented philosopher
Marcin Stefaniak's diploma
Over the years our students have also won the prizes at international Olympiads, the most outstanding achievements are:
Mathematics (world finals) Marcin Stefaniak - bronze medal, Toronto - Canada
Mathematics (only Baltic countries) Jakub Pawlewicz, Leszek Kołtuński - first prize, Stockholm - Sweden
Informatics (world finals) Jakub Pawlewicz - silver medal, Eindhoven - The Netherlands
Informatics (only countries of Central Europe) Jakub Pawlewicz - silver medal, Szeged - Hungary
1996 Mathematics (world finals) Marcin Stefaniak, Leszek Kołtuński - silver and bronze medals, Bombay - India
Mathematics (Polish-Austrian Competition) Jakub Pawlewicz - first place
Informatics (world finals) Jakub Pawlewicz - gold medal, Szeged - Hungary
Philosophy (world finals) Leszek Aleksander Kołodziejczyk - first prize, Warsaw - Poland
Mathematics and Logic Games Competitions (International Championship of France) Dominik Wojtczak - first prize, Paris - France
Philosophy (world finals) Piotr Labenz - prize winner, Romania
Mathematics (world finals) Marcin Stefaniak - gold medal, Taiwan - Taipei
Philosophy (world finals) Dorota Trepkowska - 4th place.
Iga Korneta, best IB student 1998
Beata Lipska's diploma
Best IB students 1999
Some of our most outstanding students have been awarded scholarships to leading English public schools such as Eton, Clifton and Dulwich, and also the United World Colleges of the Atlantic and the Adriatic, where they have excelled.
For the last five years the English Speaking Union has organised Public Speaking Competitions, and each time the contest was won by one of our students, who went to represent Poland in the World Finals in London:
1995 - Magdalena Suszycka,
1996 - Zofia Esden-Tempska,
1997 - Łukasz Hall,
1998 - Katarzyna Pastuszak.
Groups from our school have taken part in the "Odyssey of Mind" Competitions in recent years, and have represented Poland in the World Finals in the USA, where they were among the frontrunners:
1995 - 13th place,
1997 - 7th place,
1998 - 6th place.
In 1991 we were accepted into the I.B.O. and introduced the International Baccalaureate programme which is taught in English In the exam years since the inauguration here some of our students have achieved excellent results (ie. 45 points out of 45) which places us among the hest schools in the world.
The school also co-operates with University of Gdansk, Technical University of Gdansk, Maritime University in Gdynia, Polish Naval Academy in Gdynia, Gdansk Medical Academy.
Practically all of our students continue their education at universities; some have made it to the London School of Economics and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The recipe for success? We have a dedicated staff (including two UK citizens of long standing) with an excellent blend of youth and experience, many of whom are competent speakers of English. The vast majority of our students are highly motivated and are very keen to do well. Individual initiative on the part of both students are staff is encouraged and rewarded. Tradition is linked with innovation. Many of our former students return to School as teachers, claim that only here can their dreams of a fruitful life come true. Last out not least, we nave good contacts with the British Council, which has assisted us with the acquisition of textbooks, especially for the I.B., and also with the in-service training of members of the school staff (improvement of English language skills).
Year 2000, a Jubilee Year for our school, will hopefully open new perspectives for the students and teachers of Gdynia Bilingual High School No 3, International Baccalaureate School No 0704 and Academic Junior High School.