About Us

Welcome to the website of Bolesław Chrobry Secondary School (I LO) in Gniezno


The School's History


Gniezno is a Polish town situated in the Greater Poland region, 50 kilometres of Poznań. Bolesław Chrobry Secondary School is the oldest secondary school in Gniezno and one of the oldest ones in the Greater Poland region. It was founded in 1863, originally, as the school for boys, later it was transformed into a Royal Secondary School. For over 100 years the school was situated in the town centre. As a result of the school's development and in recognition of its merits, the school has been transferred to a modern building called the Monument of Poland's Millennium. We have kept up the school's tradition, we have our own standard, anthem and emblem. The Day of the Dead Eve has been the day of remembrance of the late students and teachers since 1947. Every year in April, we celebrate the Day of the School's Patron - Bolesław Chrobry, the first king of Poland. He lived in Gniezno, which was the first capital of Poland. Our school belongs also to the Oldest Polish Schools Club.




Students learn for three years there and, at the end of the third year, they take the secondary school examination. They are usually 19 years old by then. There are about 30 students in each class. It is compulsory to learn two foreign languages choosing from among English, French, German, Spanish, Russian. There are classes with an extended curriculum in Mathematics, Sciences, History, Polish, English and Civics. We cooperate with many tertiary schools such as Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Universitas Nicolai Copernicus in Toruń, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, European Culture Institute in Gniezno, Poznan University of Technology, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poznan University of Physical Education.


Our students have the opportunities to take advantage of a number of extracurricular courses:

I Choose e-physics – a project on physics and IT technologies,
Oxford Debates – promoting the skills and culture of debating,
Workshops for young journalists,
Książnica - readers club,
Ecology club,
Physics is interesting,
SWOI – a project on extracurricular activities in IT,
Second Life campaign – a campaign promoting organ transplant,            
Cancer preventing campaign "Mam haka na raka",                            
Creative student – a project developing creativity in students ,
Instaling – a language learning platform,
SKS – a youth sports club
Chrobry Club – a sailing club founded in 1968, seated on Lake Powidz. Students learn there how to construct and take care of the sailing equipment and how to sail. Those who take part in a sailing camp gain rights to sail lakes and rivers.
Polish Red Cross,
Theatre Circle,
P.S. club - for young artists,
Science Club 3D,
Tourist club named Włóczykij (Vagabond)
Liturgical group in which students gain an insight into religious matters.


International Exchanges

For a number of years our students have been taking part in international student exchanges. We have been cooperating with the following schools all over Europe:

• Denmark

- Roskilde Efterskole in Roskilde (since 1994)

- Den Internationale Efterskole in Helsingor (1998)

Ikast Ungdomscenter in Ikast (2002)

• France

- Lycee Maupertius in Saint Malo (since 1999)

• the Netherlands

- Sint Janslyceum in s’Hertogenbosch (1999)

• Lithuania

- Vytauto Didziojo Gimnazija in Trakai (2000)

• Germany

- Gymnasium Athenaeum in Stade (1997)

- Friedrich-Magnus-Schwerd-Gymnasium in Speyer (1999)

• Great Britain

- Secondary Comprehensive School in Tuxford

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