The Personal Development Scheme provides students with an opportunity for self-discovery and personal development. The scheme consists of extracurricular experiences that help develop the confidence and social skills that will serve our students well in later life and enrich their university applications.
The scheme also aims to help students discover potential careers and university degrees. The Personal Development Scheme (PDS) is mandatory both for Fifth and Sixth Form students.
For Fifth Form students the Personal Development Scheme includes activities such as:
- workshops on various topics (i.e. wellbeing and developing resilience, public speaking and academic skills)
- lectures on project management with experts
- graded group projects chosen by students
Sixth Form students have to complete two individual projects from 3 types of extracurricular activities:
- academic (i.e. academic summer schools, internships in scientific institutions, conferences)
- professional (i.e. internships in companies, summer work experiences)
- charity (i.e. voluntary work, organising charity events)
Personal Development Scheme in 2019/2020
In 2019/20 school year, our students started their personal development scheme with a meeting with different NGOs (e.g. our guests included Agnieszka Lissowska-Lewkowicz from Centrum Wolontariatu, Małgorzata Dutkiewicz from Herosi Foundation and Marcin Kowalik and Mateusz Wyszogrodzki from A Dose of Painting Foundation). The PDS curriculum consisted also of workshops on developing academic and interpersonal skills such as public speaking, as well as A Level survival skills, non-violent communication, sex education and relaxation methods.
In autumn, our students had a master class on project management with experts from different fields. For example, Mrs Bella Szala talked about running her bakery, Mrs Malgorzata Wandzel shared her reflections regarding her collaboration with Muzeum Narodowe, Mr Tomasz Nowacki presented his company Unilogo Robotics and talked about certain challenges that they’ve faced. They also met Aleksander Wandzel from Abstra which is the biggest YouTube content producer company in Poland.
Finally, our Fifth and Sixth Form students developed group projects, which ranged from product development and creating unique t-shirts to collaborating with various charities and organising conferences. The Sixth Formers also carried on their individual projects, which included holding a student lecture, completing internships, or volunteering in educational and charity projects.