Poland By:Anna and Molly

Monnet International School

The Monnet International School is located in Warsaw, Poland. It is the first school in Poland offering IB. Monnet goes from Kindergarten to High School. Monnet offers many languages including: French, German, Italian, Spanish, English, and Chinese. Monnet also includes many subjects that American schools offer. The enrollment fee is 400 zloty, which is 96.92 US dollars. The entry fee for Class one and two for twelve months, is 1.500 zloty, which is .36 American Dollars. The fee for class three for ten months is 1.624 zloty, which is .39 American Dollars.

Architecture

Polish architecture consists of a lot of modern buildings, but at the same time, it has a lot of traditional architecture. Many new schools, libraries, and office buildings are modern and unique looking. The older castles, churches, and older schools have a more traditional look and have beautiful simplicity. Compared to Williamsburg, Virginia, Poland is more colorful, and even the old buildings have pretty parts. In Williamsburg most of the buildings are brick and boring. The brick buildings in Poland have columns and unique parts to each building making them special. Williamsburg’s buildings almost all look the same. The Krasinski Palace was built between 1677-1683. Mr.Krasinski had this built after his father’s death. He wanted the castle to have French and Polish culture built into the castle, but he had to stick to the royal ancestor's theme.

This is colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg VA. The buildings are old and do not have much pizzazz. They do not have the decor and appealing look that Poland’s buildings do. Colonial Williamsburg is a place where people reenact how life was when Colonial Williamsburg was starting in America. The buildings have great history. Some of them were built by Thomas Jefferson. Some were the scene of a famous battle.

Art

Jan Matejko was a famous Polish painter. He was known for painting of historical Polish military events. Rejtan was one of his most famous paintings. Rejtan means the fall of Poland. Poland is known for a war like type of art.

Culture

Religion is a big part in Polish life. The most important holiday is Christmas. At Christmas, Polish families will take a thin white wafer, break it, and wish themselves and their family good health and prosperity for the year to come. This is called dzielenie opłatkiem. The most commonly practiced religion is Catholicism. One custom in Poland is everyone must have good etiquette. Poles have greeting etiquette, meeting etiquette, and dining etiquette. Men are expected to kiss a woman’s hand, and an acceptable gift for a lady is a flower bouquet. If Polish people have good etiquette they are considered, smart, intelligent, and wealthy. Family plays a big part in Polish culture as well. The Poles' extended family and family friends are considered immediate family, and it is normal to call your friend your sister or brother.

Traditions

Poland celebrates many traditions including Easter, and Christmas. These are all the same as America, but Poland also celebrates other holidays. Women’s Day on March 8 celebrates the accomplishments of women. Name Day is when friends gather gifts and give them to their friends, whose name day it is. Name day started when Poles started naming their children after saints. The child’s name was after a saint whose feast day was close to the day they were born. Name day is somewhat a birthday, but instead of the day you were born, it is the feast day of the Saint you were named after. Also Poland has lots of traditional dances and egg decorating parties.

Poles are poorer, more relaxed, and not focused on money. Instead Poles are focused on family, etiquette, and taking time to relax and enjoy life.

Food

Poles eat a lot of stew, dumplings, and other meat based foods. They like to eat things that are savory and are commonly eating things that are wrapped up, like dumplings.

Music

Poland is known for its classical music. Frédéric Chopin is one of Poland’s composers. No. 15: Prelude in D-flat major and Raindrop are two of his works. Poland also keeps up with modern music. Poles like Heavy Metal, Jazz, and Rock.

Weather

Poland has a temperate climate. Poland has warm summers and cold winters which is greatly impacted by the ocean currents from the west. Poland gets cold polar air from Scandinavia and Russia, as well as warmer, subtropical air from the south.The average temperatures are 65 degrees fahrenheit in the summer and 28 degrees fahrenheit in the winter. Poland gets about 500 - 700 mm of rain per year and only 5 - 20% is snow.

Interesting facts

Poland is the 9th largest country in Europe.Burek is the most popular name for a dog in Poland. Poland has had 17 nobel peace prize winners. Poles eat pizza with ketchup. In Poland watching Home Alone is a Christmas tradition.

Sources

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