St. John Kanty Primary and Middle School is a small school complex located in Barwałd Średni, south Poland, 40 km south-west of Cracow, and 7 km away from two famous towns: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and Wadowice.

Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, inscribed in 1999 on the UNESCO World Heritage List and being one of the most important pilgrim and tourist places in Poland, is famous for its 17th century Mannerist Architectural and Park Landscape Complex and Pilgrimage Park. Wadowice - the birthplace of Karol Wojtyła - Pope John Paul II - attracts annually great numbers of tourists from all over the world. For more information click here:

The nearby village of Barwałd Dolny, with its beautiful 18th century wooden church, lies on the very interesting Wooden Architecture Route. This special trail runs through the whole area of the southern Poland joining over 240 examples of unique Polish wooden architecture. For more information click here:

In 2003, St. John Kanty Primary celebrated the 110th anniversary of its foundation. At present, there are 119 students attending the school. We offer quality education in a home-like atmosphere of small classes to children and the youth between the ages 5 -15.

The school complex consists of two separate buildings, where apart from traditional classrooms, there is a library, computer lab, gym, kitchen and assembly hall. Outside school, there are two playgrounds and a big garden with a football pitch. The main subjects taught at our school are: mathematics, English, Polish (spelling, writing, etc.), history, science, technology, art, physical education, religious education and computer science. The middle school additionally provides classes in: chemistry, biology, geography and German. The school also offers extracurricular activities, such as sports, a school choir and a computer lab. The head teacher is Ms Bernadeta Kalęba - Żołnierek.

All our students learn English as a foreign language. They have been involved in several small projects in addition to a pen-pal exchange with schools in Switzerland, the USA, England and Uganda. We are looking forward to hearing from other students abroad who are interested in exchanging correspondence, ideas and projects with our students in English or German. Please e-mail us at: spbarwaldsr@iap.pl (attention of Ms Małgorzata Malciak - the English Instructor)

To see some photos and to learn more about our school, please open the links (in Polish) in the menu: