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Wyspiański Junior High School nr 3 in Rzeszow prepares its students to continue education in higher schools: secondary schools, technical colleges or trade schools.

Our school, since its foundation in 1999, has been actively involved in a series of enterprises. Both teaching staff and its students have initiated many various events as well as created interest circles that attract plenty of our students.

In the school there are many extra activities and additional classes such as clubs or interest circles. Among them one can mention: Sports Clubs and Cheerleaders, School Theatre ”Fraszka”, School Circle of ’’Caritas’’, Association of Children Friends. Members of the Tourist Club ’’Traszka” participate in various tourist events all over Poland on a regular basis. They have been ranked as one of the best teams several times.

Students of Wyspianski Junior High School nr 3 frequently take part in concerts, plays, movies. The best students are entitled to get scholarships granted by the Mayor of the  Rzeszów city and the Headmaster of the school.

Active students can develop their interests in Self governing Students Body, European Club, School Magazine 3 plus 8. There is also a possibility to use a school library and a school surgery. The school is equipped with two big  gyms, a dance room with mirrors and a fitness gym. One can find the only in Rzeszow beach volleyball courts in the school sports field. There is also a chance to use the state-of-the-art multimedia centre providing access to the Internet. The Association of School Initiatives Wyspiański plays a vital role in organizing plenty of events.

The school regularly organizes ‘’going out’’ to volleyball matches, in the wintertime students can masters their skiing skills on trips to the slopes in Podkarpacie region.

In our school there are created special classes for  deaf students. That is why many of our teachers have additional qualifications in surdopedagogics.

Teaching staff in the vast majority consists of certified teachers.

We have participated in international students exchange programmers such as:

  • 2006 – We are teaching you Poland, you are teaching us Ukraine, Polish-Ukrainian exchange-sponsored by Robert Schuman Foundation
  • 2007 – Life is theatre and people actors in it, Polish-Ukrainian exchange-co-organizer Foundation of Polish and Ukrainian Co-operation Pauci
  • 2007 – Patriotism of Tomorrow, exchange of students from Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia –   organizer Foundation of Education System Development-National Agency of the Programme Youth
  • 2007 – What can schools do against unemployment – exchange of students from Poland, Ireland, Czech Republic and Germany
  • 2009 – ECO-YOUTH-EUROPE, exchange of students from Poland, Italy, Latvia and Bulgaria
  • 2013 – „WEIHNACHTSWOCHE 2013“- Participation in a Polish-German-Ukrainian project about Christmas
  • 2014 – Cooperation with the German school in Lehrte – organizer Foundation of Polish-German Youth Cooperation

History

Rzeszów was founded in 1354 by king Casimir III of Poland. For a long time it was just a domain of the noble family of Lubomirski, one of the most important in Poland. Besides having a famous annual market, Rzeszów remained only another city on the trade route to Hungary.
In 1658 Jerzy Sebastian Lubomirski established the Piarist school, the second secondary school in Poland. Development of Rzeszów started when in 1937 military industry was located in the city: Państwowe Zakłady Lotnicze, producing aircraft engines, and a cannon factory – a branch of  Hipolit Cegielski factory.
Until on the outbreak of World War II the Jews of Rzeszów numbered 15,000, more than one-third of the total population.
The town was occupied by the German Army on 10 September 1939. German persecution of the Jews began almost immediately, by the end of 1939, there were 10 forced labour camps in the Rzeszów region and many Jews became slave labourers in the region. Jews were forced to live in the Gestapo-controlled ghetto. Many Jews managed to flee to Soviet occupied Poland. By June 1940, the number of Jews in Rzeszów had decreased to 11,800, of whom 7,800 were pre-war residents of the city, the rest were refugees from surrounding villages. Life in the ghetto was impossible and hundreds died. During WWII some 20,000 Jews were murdered in the ghetto in Rzeszów. Of 15,000 Rzeszów Jews, merely 100 survived the war. After the war an additional 600 Rzeszów Jews returned from the Soviet Union. Almost all of them subsequently left the city and the country.
In 2004, Rzeszów hosted the Central European Olympiad in Informatics (CEOI).

Education

Universities:
• Rzeszów University (established in 2001 from a number of smaller schools)
• Rzeszów University of Technology (formed from The Higher Engineering School in 1974) website
• University of Information Technology and Management (established in 1996. Branches in Dębica,  Krosno and Nisko.
• Wyższa Szkoła Zarządzania
• Wyższa Szkoła Administracji i Zarządzania in Przemyśl, branch in Rzeszów (established in 1995)
Notable High Schools:
• Konarski’s Number 1 High School in Rzeszów

Transport

Rzeszów is located on the main West-East European E40 Highway, which goes from Calais in France via Belgium, across Germany, Poland, Ukraine and onto Russia and Kazakhstan. Traffic is therefore high, but as the city has a ring road through its southern districts, transit does not have to pass through the city centre. In recent years, communication has been improved by modernisation of the roads within the city. SCATS traffic system has been implemented.
Highway A4 is planned to be built as a beltway of the city, running through the northern districts of Rzeszów.
Airport Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport (Port Lotniczy Rzeszów-Jasionka) is located in the village of Jasionka north of the city. Scheduled passenger services include flights to: Warsaw (WAW), Dublin, London (Stansted), Bristol, UK, Birmingham, UK, New York (JFK Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport).
Buses
The city operates 49 bus lines including night and airport buses. Rzeszów is also a gateway to Bieszczady mountains, many buses heading for Sanok.
Railways
Rzeszów is an important rail hub on the main West-East rail route from Silesia and Krakow to the Polish eastern border and further on to Ukraine. Its main railway station was established in the XIX century and apart from it, there are three additional stations in the city (Rzeszów Staroniwa, Rzeszów Zachodni and Rzeszów Zaleze). There are also two non-electrified lines stemming from Rzeszów – to Jasło and to Tarnobrzeg.

Get around

The Old Town in city centre is small and easily manageable on foot. Rzeszów also has a well developed network of cycle paths, though there is a lack of bicycle parking.

Culture

Museums:
Many of Rzeszow’s state museums have free admission on Sunday and are closed on Monday.
• Ethnographic Museum
• Museum of the City of Rzeszów
• Diocesan Museum
Other
• Philharmonic Hall of Artur Malawski

Theatres

• Theatre of Wanda Siemaszkowa (est. 1944)
• Theatre Maska

Shopping

The main shopping areas are on the pedestrianised Grundaldzka and 3’ego Maja Streets. There are several small shopping centres in the city centre. There are many also large hypermarkets in the suburbs, most of which incorporate a small pasaż (shopping arcade).

Industry

• Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE:VRX) Rzeszów (formerly ICN Polfa Rzeszów)
• United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) Pratt & Whitney division – Aerospace engineering including one of world’s two F-16 engine manufacturers
• Zelmer SA – household equipment
• Asseco Poland SA (earlier Comp Rzeszów S.A) – computer software
• Novartis International AG (NYSE:NVS) Rzeszów – Gerber Products Company food production facilities
• Sanofi-Aventis (NYSE:SNY)

Tourist attractions

• palace of Lubomirski family from XVIII cent. The Lubomirski Palace, is situated on the edge of the edge of the old town and dates from the 18th Century. It now serves as the law courts and so the interior is generally closed to the public. However, it’s well worth walking around the impressive walls.
• main square
• town hall, established in 1591
• synagogues: “Small” (XVII cent.), “Big” (XVIII cent., restored 1954-63)
• Podziemia, underground tunnel. Trasa Podziemna (Underground Way), dating from the 17th Century, is a series of interconnected cellars stretching over several kilometres. The entrance is located in the Market Square.

Sport

• Resovia Rzeszów – the oldest men’s football team in Poland (1905 or 1904) and men’s volleyball team  playing in Polish Volleyball League
• Stal Rzeszów – men’s football team (Polish Cup winner 1975)
• Marma Rzeszów – motorcycle speedway Ekstraliga team

Notable people

As the largest city of the region Rzeszów has a diverse set of notable people associated with it. Hero of antinazi and antisoviet resistance, Lukasz Cieplinski, singer Justyna Steczkowska, general Józef Zając, and leading theater director Jerzy Grotowski, among others, were born or lived in the city. Polish prime minister and commander-in-chief general Władysław Sikorski studied there, while pioneer of the oil industry, Ignacy Łukasiewicz, spent much of his life in Rzeszów. Renowned Polish jazz trumpeter Tomasz Stanko is also from the city.

Media

Radio
• Radio Rzeszów
• Radio Eska Rzeszów
• Akademickie Radio Centrum
• Katolickie Radio Via
• Radio RES
Press
• Gazeta Codzienna NOWINY
• Super Nowości
Television
• Polish Television (TVP) branch in Rzeszów
• Rzeszów’s cable television
• Local television Vectra (old DAMI)
• Municipal television Rzeszów

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities
• Buffalo, New York, US
• Košice, Slovakia (since 1991)
• Nyíregyháza, Hungary
• Bielefeld, Germany
• Klagenfurt, Austria
• Lamia, Greece
• Satu Mare, Romania
• Lviv, Ukraine
• Lutsk, Ukraine
• Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine