Stanislaw Malachowski High School community cordially welcomes you to their newly redesigned website. We are proud and happy to give you basic information about our unique Alma Mater.
No-one can imagine a picturesque Plock Tuma Hill without St Michael’s Collegiate which was founded and built almost 850 years ago. Today this collegiate is a component of a huge building complex called Stanislaw Malachowski High School. This school is the oldest school in Poland working without any breaks despite the hardships noted in the history of Poland.
The school has changed its profiles and names many times throughout the years. To begin with the Collegiate School, through the Jesuit College, the Departmental School of the Commission of National Education, the Voivodship School, the Guberniyal Grammar School, the Grammar School of the Polish Educational Society, the State Grammar School, Stanislaw Malachowski Grammar School and finally up to contemporary Stanislaw Malachowski High School.
The complex consists of four buildings being erected successively in the 12th, 17th, 20th and finally 21st century. This is the place where tradition meets the modern times and history helps the youth to search better prospects for their future. The teachers’ main goal is to educate these young people with high spirits and intellectual aspirations. All members of this little community are especially proud of the school archaeological museum in which the visitors can admire the remains of the 12th century walls, the 14th century gothic tower and a notable school chapel decorated with masterful, nearly 100 year-old, polychrome made by Wladyslaw Drapiewski .
The school of the 21st century not only tries to keeps its traditions live but also it changes its character to follow the expectations of the modern world. Therefore the general organisation, the forms and methods of teaching are changed. However the virtues and principles are left unchanged. The school motto is: “Fellowship in needs, freedom in thoughts, love and respect in all aspects of life.” The school community cherish the history and traditions dating back to 1180 and is proud of the graduates who loyally served to their motherland and people. Among them were scientists, commanders, inventors, scholars, soldiers, poets, writers, university professors, a president and a Prime Minister. Their work and achievements oblige next generations to respect, devotion and selfless service to the public. The intellectual foundation the school wants to provide its students with the ability to improve cognitive needs, give independent opinions, look for new solutions and ways, broaden minds and get knowledge. Both the present students and the graduates participate very actively in cultural, political and scientific life of Poland. Therefore, each year the top graduates are honoured with the medals Diligentiae which made them feel responsible for the heritage they leave their Alma Mater with.
All tasks and actions taken by the teachers in order to shape the young minds derive from the idea of Christian love and the rich sources of European humane ideas. Regardless the religion and world-view, all students are to respect other people’s opinions and beliefs. They are taught to treat each human being with love and care. Referring to the popular attitude represented by the students of Jesuit college you learn to be, to work and to serve to the public, the school wants its graduates not only to be independent, useful, active, creative, honest and diligent but also open-minded, tolerant, emphatic, loving and kind-hearted people. Therefore, the charity work is very popular and many students decide to work as volunteers for hospice, nursing home or community centre.
According to two popular ratings made by Polish newspapers, Rzeczpospolita and Perspektywy, Malachowianka is one of the best northern Mazovia schools. The students get very high results from their final exams. Most of our graduates get to prestigious universities both in Poland and abroad. The school tries to meet the students expectations and needs of the labour market by offering more and more science, medicine and languages-oriented classes. Thanks to the teaching staff’s flexibility and dedication the graduates are well-prepared to continue their education at universities, colleges, polytechnics and academies studying science, economics, law, languages, psychology, history, political science and medicine.
Nowadays the school provides its students with:
- competent , well-educated and dedicated teaching staff
- well-equipped subject labs including two modern computer labs, 3 physics labs and two chemistry laboratories
- a wide range of afterschool clubs and activities
- sport facilities such as gymnasium, fitness rooms, a ballet room, playground
- language classes (English, German, French, Italian, Russian and Latin)
- a library with the collection of over 60 thousand books
- free wi-fi, a reading room and canteen
The school is especially proud of its 150 students who took part and won national and international subject contests known as olympiads. These students have proven they are the best at maths, linguistics, physics, chemistry, IT, biology, literature, Russian, English, German, Latin, the history of fine arts, geography, history, economics, social science, philosophy and art. Our students are also successful at national science, language, literature and music competitions.
Each year about 200 students applies for subject competitions participation. Also they are very successful at sports contests and championships especially volleyball ones.
Over a hundred students sing in the school choir Minstrel, which does not only give concerts in the school auditorium on different school occasions but also performs in the Cathedral Basilica altogether with famous Polish opera singers and popular pop artists. The choir has already given their concerts in Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Czech Republic, Spain and Sweden.
The school also cooperates with the school communities from Plock sister cities and organises student exchanges with the USA (Fort Wayne, Indiana) and Israel (Netanya), France (Auxerre), Germany (Darmstadt) and Russia (Mytishchi).
Being a member of the community representing the oldest schools must equal great responsibility and honour. We all know that the history and tradition our schools pride themselves are as equally important as guiding next generations to find their place in the United Europe and preparing these young people to build and live in a better world.