About us


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Marcinek, a popular name of The Karol Marcinkowki Secondary School in Poznań, is one of the best secondary schools in Poznań city and Wielkopolska county. Our students succeed in subject contests (olimpiady przedmiotowe). Moreover, almost all Marcinek’s graduates continue their education at different universities, both in the country and abroad. Our students succeed not only in gaining knowledge and skills at high standards, but they also achieve a lot of successes in such fields as art or sport. For many years our school has been a proud holder of a Polish-French department. When finishing our school, graduates of bilingual classes are fluent speakers of French and have great knowledge of French culture. Our school takes part in international exchanges, especially with other secondary schools from France and Germany. Marcinek’s students and graduates, together with their teachers, participate in charity actions, which are aimed at other teenagers, the disabled or people in need. We organize concerts as well as fund-raising actions. Each year we take part in a volunteer blood donation, which is organized at our school.

Posąg K.Marcinkowskiego /fot.MS


Marcinek fot.MS The school complex was built in 1903. From 1903 to 1919 the building operated as a German gymnasium “Konigliches Auguste – Victoria – Gymnasium”. At the beginning of 1919 the process of taking over the school by Polish people started. On the 1st April 1919 Antoni Borzucki was appointed the head teacher and the school got its name of the Karol Marcinkowski Public Gymnasium. From 1919 to 1939 only boys were taught at school. Unfortunately, when the Second World War broke out, the school stopped working as its students together with their teachers participated in war and were defending their country against the oppressor. The school begun working again after the War in 1945. In 1962 an extended programme of learning French was introduced and in 1964 the school was officially approved and joined to UNESCO Associated Schools. In September 1967 Marcinek was established a coeducational school and first female graduates left school in June 1971. Since the middle of 70s class profiles were introduced: human sciences, faculty of mathematics and physics, faculty of biology and chemistry, extended programme of teaching English and German.


Our well-known graduates, among many, are: • Zbigniew KIEDACZ – a colonel, who took part in Monte Casino battles, died in Italy in 1944 • Jerzy WALDORFF – a writer and music publicist • Leon TAYLOR – a lawyer • Stefan BORSUKIEWICZ – a poet, aviator and parachutist; died during the Second World War • Stefan STULIGROSZ – a conductor, a founder of "Poznańskie Słowiki" choir • August CHEŁKOWSKI – a senator • Antoni GĄSIOROWSKI –a historian • Ryszard GANOWICZ – a professor, a senator, a chancellor of Argiculatural Academy in Poznań • Wiktor HAGLAUE – a basketball player, a couch of a first league basketball team "Lech Poznań" • Lech TRZECIAKOWSKI – a historian, professor at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań • Marek SEWEN – a composer • Antoni DZIATKOWIAK – a cardiac surgeon, a professor at Adam Mickiewicz University in Cracow • Paweł ŁĄCZKOWSKI – a deputy Prime Minister in Hanna Suchocka government, a Member of Parliament • Wojciech KRUK – a businessman and senator • Stanisław BARAŃCZAK – a poet, translator, literary critic, professor of Harvard University • Filip BAJON – a film director • Jan WĘGLARZ – a computer scientist, a professor of Poznań University of Technology • Tadeusz DZIUBA – the Governor of Poznań • Marek JĘDRASZEWSKI – a bishop of Poznań diocese • Wojciech FIBAK – a tennis player and a businessman • Marek KRÓL – a Publisher and chief editor of „Wprost” weekly magazine • Katarzyna BUJAKIEWICZ – an actress


Marcinek includes two types of schools: – lower secondary school (with extended French teaching and other subjects taught in French; education lasts for 3 years and ends with a compulsory exam to determine secondary school, which students would like to attend to) – secondary school (when entering the school students opt faculty, to choose from: human sciences, faculty of mathematics and physics, faculty o biology and chemistry, extended programme of teaching French, English or German; education lasts for three years and ends with maturity exam).



Each year there is a Theatre Festival organised in our school. During three days, the school hosts students from different Polish schools and teenage actors compete with each other on the stage.



Students may attend after school clubs. To choose from:

– Latin Language Classes

– Japanese Language Club

– Canticum Novum Choir (the choir was established in 1990. Since then it had received many prestigious awards such as The Second Place at the 51st World Music Festival in Llangollen in Wales or The Second Place at the 10th International Choir Festival in Verona, Italy)

Canticum Novum 2010 fot. MS

– Nadir Theatre (the theatre was established in 2002, and since then it had received many awards)

Kandyd czyli Optymizm NADIR / fot. Sobucki

– Polish Red Cross Club (it is led by two female PE teachers, the club organised many actions such as volunteer blood donation, fund-raising for the poorest citizens of Poznań; moreover it is engaged in heath prevention treatment and takes part in contests about AIDS

Akcja krwiodawstwa w Marcinku / fot.MS

– The Eight Club (it is engaged in helping elderly people, others who are in need, promotion of healthy lifestyle and life without addictions; club’s motto is “Say Yes to the World”)

Początki przygody z teatrem Dr Miś

– Sport Club

– Film Club

– Enterprise Club

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