Secondary School

Welcome to the British International School Gdańsk – Secondary School with Bilingual Departments. As of March 2024, we are a candidate school for the prestigious IB Diploma Programme and are seeking authorization. 

We are currently enrolling students for the 1st grade of our secondary school. This is a bilingual class with English as the language of instruction, where all subjects are taught in English except for the Polish language, and the history and geography of Poland. We primarily use our own programs, which are in line with the Polish national curriculum. Our approach to education is based on several key principles that set us apart from other schools. We aim to provide a comprehensive education focused on developing versatile, reflective, and conscious global citizens.

Our key principles:

Holistic Approach to Education. We place great emphasis on the development of the entire personality of the student, not only academically but also emotionally, socially, and physically. We provide a secure environment in which the students are encouraged to develop to their full potential in all aspects of their lives. 

International Perspective. Our secondary section is an extension of our international primary school where our students represent over 40 nationalities, and our teachers represent 15 nationalities. Promoting the understanding and respect for other cultures, languages, and perspectives is at the heart of our approach to education.

Critical Thinking and Research Skills. We promote teaching methods that encourage students to actively engage in their own learning process, to ask questions, to think critically, and to conduct their own research. Students are motivated to seek knowledge independently, to develop analytical skills, and to collaborate in groups.

Interdisciplinary Projects. We place great emphasis on understanding how knowledge is related to real-world problems. Therefore, teachers collaboratively plan interdisciplinary projects that help students understand the connections between topics and their real-life context. We run humanities projects, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) projects, literary projects and theatre productions which involve public speaking, singing and dancing.

Communication and Collaboration. We focus on communication and collaboration skills by teaching teamwork and effective communication in various contexts.

Values. We actively promote the development of ethical attitudes and values. With this in mind students are encouraged to reflect on their actions and how these actions impact on others and the world around them. Our teaching is based on key values which builds relationships among students and between teachers and students.

Formative Assessment System. Assessment at BISG is formative and multifaceted, encompassing both summative assessments (from tests and exams) and formative assessments (continuous progress evaluation, identifying students’ strengths, and setting goals). Students are also encouraged to reflect on their own learning process and self-assess their achievements.

Additional Activities and Programs

·      Model United Nations (MUN): Our school actively participates in UN simulation conferences, allowing students to develop diplomatic and debating skills on an international platform. These skills can be transferred by students attending MUN conferences throughout Poland and Europe. 

·      STEM Fair: We organize annual STEM fairs where students present their projects in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

·      Oxford Debates: Students have the opportunity to participate in Oxford-style debates, enhancing their argumentation and public speaking skills.

·      Theatre Performances: We organize theatre performances where our students perform on real theatre stages, developing their acting talents and creativity.

·      Language Trips: Students can participate in language trips to countries such as Spain, France, or Germany, allowing them to apply their language skills in authentic contexts.

·      Integration Trips: We organise integration trips, during which the entire class has opportunity to get to know each other better and bond.

·      White Schools: Students can participate in white schools, where they can develop their skiing and snowboarding skills.

·      Sporting clubs: as extracurricular clubs.

From classes 6 to 10, students have the opportunity to join the Student Council, a committee of democratically elected student representatives, two per homeroom. Councillors act as the student voice, representing the student body. They enhance the school spirit with events such as movie nights and discos, in-school initiatives such as bake sales and special celebrations, take part in community work and raise money for charity. Student Council is a great introduction to politics, and gives students valuable experience in teamwork, communication, collaboration and community building.

The Laboratories of the Future programme for schools in Poland is a government initiative aimed at modernizing the country’s education infrastructure. The programme is focused on creating innovative learning environments that will enable students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills. The Laboratories of the Future programme provides funding for acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment, and the development of educational programs promoting innovation, experimentation, and project-based learning.

With the help of the grant our school has been equipped with a 3d printer, 3d pens, Microbit microcontrollers along with electronic tinkering kits, Edison programmable robots. Our students can now enjoy our new Art and DT classroom equipped with stoves, ovens, kitchen robots and utensils, as well as sewing machines. We’ve also acquired high quality audio/video equipment including two digital cameras, a sound mixer, micro ports, a green screen, lights, a gimbal and a camera stand. With the help of the new equipment we can make learning an even more enjoyable and hands-on experience for our students whilst preparing them for the challenges of the modern world.

At BISG we embrace new technologies and are constantly looking for ways in which we can incorporate technology into teaching.

T29: All of our classrooms are equipped with digital projectors paired with interactive whiteboards or interactive monitors plus audio system and fast Internet connection to enhance the learning process. Apart from having a state-of-the-art ICT room equipped with separate workstations for every student, a printer and a 3d printer, we also have 60 laptops available to use during any subject lessons for the older students while the younger students can use tablets.

We have a wide range of technical equipment to use during lessons from video/sound recording devices, programmable Lego and Edison robots, microcontrollers and 3d pens.

With the help of the solar panels installed on our roof we employ technology to lessen our carbon  footprint, while the Airly (air quality sensor) installed on our building provides valuable data on the air quality in the vicinity of our school. 

B10: Each classroom has a large 70” interactive SMART Board as well as a document cameras for whole-class reading. In addition there is a computer suite equipped with PCs and tablets for whole-class ICT lessons.

J46: Each classroom has a large 70” interactive SMART Board. In addition there is a computer suite equipped with PCs and tablets for whole-class ICT lessons. 

The British International School of Gdansk puts on an annual musical production, which includes our entire school community – from students, to staff to parents. However, unlike other schools, our productions are always unique. Instead of dusting off the same old done-to-death shows, we make our own. 

Student volunteers write scenes, pick songs and come up with choreography, which are then polished with the guidance of our experienced staff. We then go away for a week-long intensive rehearsal ‘bootcamp’ where students not only learn acting,singing and choreography but also life skills such as cooperation and communication. 

All of this culminates in a production staged in a professional venue, where parents and friends are invited to witness everything their children have learned from the experience. The result is a production that not only reflects our diverse school community but also contains content and topics relevant to our students’ everyday lives. 

Oh, and it’s also a lot of fun too!!

At British International School Gdansk we embrace new technologies and are constantly looking for ways in which we can incorporate technology into teaching. 

In our Tysiąclecia branch all of our classrooms are equipped with digital projectors paired with interactive whiteboards or interactive monitors plus audio system and fast Internet connection to enhance the learning process. Apart from having a state-of-the-art ICT room equipped with separate workstations for every student, a printer and a 3d printer, we also have over 75 laptops available to use during any subject lessons plus tablets to use in the ICT room. 

Teachers and students have access to high quality audio/video equipment including two digital cameras, a sound mixer, micro ports, two green screens, lights, gimbals and camera tripods and photographical blends to make learning an even more enjoyable and hands-on experience for our students whilst preparing them for the challenges of the modern world. 

With the help of the solar panels installed on our roof we employ technology to lessen our carbon  footprint, while the Airly (air quality sensor) installed on our building provides valuable data on the air quality in the vicinity of our school.  

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