Poland. Olsztyn

Poland. Olsztyn


Poland is a country in Central Europe and covers the area of 312 679 km² making it the 69th largest country in the world and the 9th largest in Europe. With a population of over 38 million people, Poland is the 33rd most populous country in the world. It’s bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and Russia. Poland is divided into 16 administrative subdivisions called voivodeships.

Warsaw is its capital and largest city. Other big cities include: Gdańsk, Łódź, Wrocław, Szczecin, Kraków and Poznań.

A conventional date the country came into existence is 966 when Mieszko I of Poland, who was the sovereign of the territories which nowadays lie within the borders of Poland, was baptised. In 1025 the Kingdom of Poland arose. The current borders of Poland were established during the Potsdam Conference at the conclusion of World War II in 1945.

The natural environment of Poland is highly diversified. The Baltic Sea is located to the North whereas vast lowlands and the lake district cover most of its northern and central part. The South is dominated by highlands and two mountain ranges: the Carpathians and the Sudetes.

The most important sectors of Polish economy in 2015 were: industry (26,1 %), wholesale & retail commerce, transport, accommodation & gastronomic services (25,4 %) and public administration, defence, education, health care and welfare (14,7 %).

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Coat of Arms of Poland


Olsztyn is a place where we were born and raised, a place to remember forever. So what is this little homeland of ours like?

Olsztyn was founded in 1334 and in 1353 conferred the municipal rights. An interesting fact is Nicolas Copernicus, since 1497 until his demise, performed various functions in the Warmian Chapter and while residing in the Olsztyn Castle between 1516-1521 he executed his astronomical observations and wrote Monetae cudendae ratio (On the Minting of Coin). The location of the city made it a theatre of frequent military operations. After Poland regained independence and the plebiscite of 1920 the city was incorporated into East Prussia. Upon termination of World War II Olsztyn became an integral part of Poland.

The area of our city is 88,33 km2 and the population amounts approximately to 175 thousand. Olsztyn is the capital of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship where the head office of the city county authorities and the Warmian diocesan curia are located. Olsztyn lies in the southern part of Warmia, the historical region, and it’s divided into 23 distinctive districts. Our school is situated on Lake Długie – one of the 16 lakes within the city limits.

Coat of Arms of Olsztyn

Not only does Olsztyn comprise a beautiful cityscape, but also multiple monuments worth seeing:

  • Gothic castle of the Warmian Chapter, second half of XIV century
  • St Laurence Church in Gutkowo, end of XIV century
  • Old Town Hall (erected in XIV century, rebuilt after the fire in 1623-1624)
  • Fragment of the city walls with the High Gate, XIV century
  • Art nouveau buildings of Dąbrowszczaków Street in the city centre
  • House of the Olsztyn Gazette

Nowadays Olsztyn is the cultural centre of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship and a paradise for water sports and leisure seekers. Recently erected infrastructure managed by the Ukiel Recreation Centre is considered to be one of the best and most attractive in the country.

Cultural and scientific establishments are numerous here: Stefan Jaracz Theatre, Olsztyn Puppet Theatre, Warmian-Masurian Concert Hall of Feliks Nowowiejski, Planetarium, the University of Warmia & Mazury with the largest student campus in Poland, Kortowo, which constitutes a separate city district.


The Association of Academic School Teachers is currently in charge of the school, which is situated on scenic Lake Długie at 4 Bałtycka Street.

In 2001-2005 the building housed both Catholic Gimnazjum and high school. In 2005 the school was taken over by the University of Warmia & Mazury and it was the time when 12th Academic High School was conceived.

Since 31.08.2012 the school has been run by the Association of Academic School Teachers and its full name is Olsztyn 12th High School of Maria & Georg Dietrich. Beside High School the building also houses 23rd Gimnazjum of Maria & Georg Dietrich.

Currently our High School consists of nine classes of various profiles. It regularly achieves high scores in state external examinations. In 2017 the school was awarded a “Golden Badge” by the Perspektywy magazine and classified as best in Olsztyn and second best in the voivodeship. For many years our students have excelled in city and regional sports tournaments, which makes us unique and stand out amongst other schools – excellent sport and didactic achievements are our distinctive speciality.

The school is unique due to its atmosphere and rich educational offer. We organise numerous school trips to London, Berlin, Paris or Malta and collaborate with schools in Offenburg, Germany, and Jurmala, Latvia. Moreover, we cooperate with various cultural, educational and scientific institutions.

Among other activities for students the following deserve being distinguished:

  • Educational initiative – Law Classes
  • Drama classes
  • Foreign language certificates
  • Student Council

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