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John Paul II’s Agricultural Training Centre in Radocza
in the past and today>>>
Radocza is a picturesque village, situated in Podbeskidzie Region, famous for its lovely wooden church dating back to 1553. It is situatedon the south-eastern edge of Silesian Foothills, on the Skawa River. It was foundedin the latethirteenth century, and, in 1326, it became the property of Radwan Radosz. Over the centuries, the owners of the village changed several times. Finally, at the beginning of the twentieth century the village become the property of Zofia, Judge Anthony Banas’s wife. The village remained the property of the Banaś’s family until 1945.
The beginning of schooling in Radocza and neighbouring villages dates back to the sixteenth century. By the time the public education was introduced, i.e. the nineteenth century, there had only been some parish schools. In 1910, in Bachowice, a village in this area, there was founded the School of Housekeeping for Girls, named after Queen Jadwiga, second of this kind in the country. In fact, the school educated housewives until the outbreak of the Second World War. The School founders were Dr. Franciszek Gołba,a priest, and Dr. Franciszek Stefczyk from Bachowice, a famous peasant activist and the founder of a credit union called Kasa Stefczyka.
In Radocza, in 1921,there was created abasketry schooleducating wickers. It was after the land reform, in the autumn 1945,that approximately 25acres of land with buildings, which used to be the property of the Banaś’s family, were handed over to be used by agricultural schools. Thus, on the former manor’s grounds, in some of the residential buildings, the stable, the smithy and the ‘rotunda’ which used to be a hydrophore plant, there was established the Complex of Agricultural Schools.
InOctober 1946, there was establishedthe 2-year-Secondary Schoolof Agriculture, laterrenamed theCommunalSchool of Agriculture. Its founder and firstheadteacherwas JanJarosz, who held the positionfor only26 days as he was arrestedby UB, i.e. secret politicalpolicein communist Poland, for belonging toWiN (Freedom and Independence – anticommunist organisation), and he spent eight yearsin prison.
In the early seventiesa new school building and dormitory were constructed inRadocza, and in the early eighties modern warehouses and workshops were put into use. In the 1974 the first technical school is established; it becomes the part of the newly established Complex of Schools - Agricultural Training Centre in 1998.
The school had no name till 1999. Thanks to theeffortsof the school administrationandthe teachingstaff, inJanuary 1999,the decision was taken to name the Complex of Schools after John Paul II. The school banner was blessed by the Pope, John Paul II during his visit to neighboring Wadowice on 16June. OnJune 26, 1999the formalnaming and blessing ceremony was held. The mass was celebrated by Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, Archbishop of Cracow, who then blesses a commemorative plaque and took part in the official celebrations. The document renaming the school was given to the school head teacher by Mr Józef Kozioł, the Head of the Wadowice District. The ceremony was attended by official guests and graduates celebrating on that day25th anniversary of the Technical School of Agriculture in Radocza. In subsequent years the educational institution was developing rapidly, improving the school’s image.
The school has maintained the high level of education.The students have received the Prime Minister’s scholarships and prizes from the Head of the Wadowice District for their high academic results. For several years, the students have been the winners of the National Contest of Agricultural Knowledge and Skills, thereby gaining admission to colleges and universities without examinations. In the past, the best students left each year to Switzerland for a few-month-vocational training. During the training they stayed with Swiss families of farmers, acquainted themselves with modern and ecological principles of management, improved their German and received high salaries.
Currently,the Complex of Schoolsis cooperating with the Dutch Schoolfrom Silvolde. Students carry outprojects in English on various aspects of life and culture of the Netherlands and Poland, and at the same time, get to know interesting places,people, learn about their mentality, experience unforgettable moments having contact withother people,and most importantly,improve language skills.
As a result of the constantly changing labour market,the school is adjusting the educational offer to meet the market’s current requirements and standards and has taken various initiatives to improve professional activation of youth. Thus, it creates new specialities, related not only to agriculture. Nowadays, students have the opportunity to choose from professions such as: a Digital Imagining Technician, Land Surveyor, LogisticsTechnician, Motor VehicleTechnician, Technician of Agricultural Engineering, Technician ofNutrition andFood Services, and Cook, Mechanic Operator of Vehiclesand Agricultural Machines in the basic vocational school. They can also attend the Secondary School of Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services.
The school also participates in EU projects, such as Modernization of Vocational Training in the Małopolska Province, within which there areorganized various vocational courses, remedial classes and classes developing key competences as well as internships, ‘vocational’ visits, and study visits. The project is aimed at strengthening vocational training and effective linking of the educational offer to the needs of the labour market.
Fruitful cooperation with the Association of"Carp Valley" created the opportunity for the school to apply for registration of ‘Radoczański apple-pie’, the cake which has been baked by our students for years,on the list of traditional regional products.
The students also achieve successes in contests and competitions in general subjects and subjects related to the newfields of study. There are a few worth mentioning here: Contest of Geodesy and Cartography Knowledge, MathematicalContest, Contest of Tourism andTouring, National OratoricalContest, District Spelling Contest, Automotive Tournament, various culinary competitions and numerous artistic competitions.
The students have also achieved numerous successes in sports. They were two-time gold medalists in the National School Youth Tournament of Volleyball for boys. The school athletes and table tennis players successfully competed in the finals of the interschool Olympic Games.
The school has also initiated the cyclical events: The Hike, Run and Bike Tour to Groń Jana Pawła II (John Paul II’s Mountain). This initiative was awarded by the Minister of Sports and Tourism in the national competition for the most interesting initiative popularizing sport with children and youth in rural areas.
Learning in Complex of Schools takes place in one shift. Thanks to the agreement with the local carriers, the arrivals and departures of the buses have been adapted to suit the time of beginning and end of the lessons. The school has aparking space, whichstudents can use. Moreover, the school has its own coach.
The schoolis also equippedwith learning facilities, machines and devices as well as vehiclesused for teaching to drive. Students who are obliged to obtain a driving license as a requirement of their curriculum in order to be granted the title of Motor Vehicle Technician, Technician of Agricultural Engineering, MechanicOperator ofVehiclesand Agricultural Machines, do not bearthe costsof the basic training connected withlearningthe rules of the road and learning to drive, so there by achieve a FREE driving license.