Katarzyna Tymińska, mgr
The child-centered school has been my motto since the beginning of my teaching, i.e. from 1989. I always follow the words of Janusz Korczak:
"There are no children - there are only people"
"You have to love a child so much that you discover yourself in the respect you show it."
Our school is at the beginning of the road to change. This change mainly affects teachers, but also parents. We want to create a school that will support children in discovering their strengths, talents, predispositions and interests, which will help them choose their life path. This is a process that we have already started and we will not change our course. This is the direction: support the child, encourage it, help him discover his strengths, support parents in the educational process. In addition to knowledge and fluency in English, we equip children with what is most important: the so-called soft competences, i.e. coping with emotions, cooperation in a team, resistance to stressful situations, relationships. We learn from the best. We are inspired by the Dobra Edukacja Association or the social movement Awakening Schools (Budzące sie szkoły). We are moving away from grading. Assessment cannot be an end in itself, but the pursuit of cognition should stimulate the child to work more and more intensively. Working on yourself, overcoming your weaknesses and limitations. Without comparing yourself to others. Each child is different, each is important, each has different talents - and we see and nurture it.
William Harding Carter - soldier and reformer - said, "There are only two inexhaustible inheritances that we must hope to pass on to our children: roots and wings." By choosing a soldier, legionnaire, and teacher as the patron of the school, we not only give our students an example of patriotism, but also through this choice we want to inspire them to seek and explore the history of their country and city. We show how important history is in the lives of these young people, their roots and concern for historical memory. We also help our children grow wings, giving them a chance to study in a bilingual school. Using English in parallel with their mother tongue, developing their passions, interests and talents. We do not teach, we lead our children to learn on their own, with the kind and caring participation of wise mentors who are our wonderful teachers. We teach the error culture by allowing them to make mistakes. Because as Maria Montessori said:
"A child who has never learned to act independently, to direct his own behavior, to manage his own will, as an adult is easy to control and must always rely on others".