We asked six people to tell us how they feel about their holidays this year.

Tomek, Zosia and Krzysiek are incredibly (niesamowicie) happy because:

  • “I don’t go to school and finally, after ten months of waiting, I can sleep as long as I want!”. – Tomek has to get up at 6 o’clock in the morning to get ready for school. He catches (łapie) his bus at 7!
  • “You can travel, go on a camp without thinking you have to go back to school the next day and you don’t have to cope (radzić sobie) with teachers – some of them can be really mean (wredni)”. – Zosia had some problems at school and believes that it was mainly because teachers don’t like her.
  • “You read a book because you want to and not because you have a test next week”. – Krzysiek loves reading books and has no time to do this during the school year. He doesn’t like the books they have to read for school.
  • “You can really relax!” – Tomek, Zosia and Krzysiek definitely agree with each other!

Basia, Monika and Adam are also happy but…

  • “I’m going on two different camps and I really don’t want to! I would like to rest finally”. – Basia says. She’ll spend 7 weeks at both camps which was the idea of her parents. Basia wanted to go camping with her friends.
  • “My parents have a farm so during the summer holidays I have to help in the fields. I think I’d prefer going to school!” – Monika doesn’t go for holidays anywhere. There’s too much work. When the harvest time (okres zbiorów) finishes, she can go and visit her cousins in the next village.
  • “I know I’ll miss (będę tęsknić) my class and I’ll be extremely stressed waiting for the first day in my new school! I won’t relax during the two-month holidays!” – Adam finishes the third grade this year. The new school year will be very special – he goes to high school (liceum)! New classmates and teachers can be very stressful.


Your final results!

In between the end of the school year and the start of the holidays there may be a small (or huge) disturbance. Your final assessment (świadectwo)! Your situation depends on many factors: the way you behave, if you study or not, whether your parents are understanding and finally – if you personally care!

I’m OK with my finishing marks this year. I’ll have no problem with any subject because I didn’t run away from school if I didn’t learn and teachers like me in general. My dad always says “Marks are not as important as what you have in your head”. I suppose they would be a little bit upset if my marks were bad but they know me very well so they know I study hard. Last year for example I got a 2 in biology but my parents just said “Don’t worry! What’s important is that you passed, right?” Well, of course if I get horrible marks and they see I don’t learn, then they may get angry and say “You won’t go on the school trip if you don’t learn!” Anyway, this year there will be nothing incredible, good or bad, on my diploma.

At the beginning of the school year I made a decision. I wanted to get a really good final assessment. My mum was a little surprised but happy. I’ve always been a good student. I like learning, especially subjects I’m interested in. I’ve always been good at history and polish literature. This year I took part (wziąłem udział) in an English language contest in our school! Maybe I wasn’t the best but I took second place (zająłem drugie miejsce) and, what is really important, my teachers believed I care. It helped me to get 6 in English and that really counts. This year my parents will get a congratulation letter (list z gratulacjami) as well! They will be really proud of me!

Every year it’s the same: I am an average student. I mean, sometimes I have problems, sometimes I get good marks. It’s normal for me and many of my friends. Then I get “offers” for my finishing marks and… I’m disappointed. I want to be better! I start learning, reading and asking teachers for help. Sometimes I have to take some extra tests. My parents go crazy then, shouting and paying money for private classes (this year it’s maths and biology). They can’t believe I would be able to manage on my own! But I know that if I studied a little bit harder during the school year, I wouldn’t have so many things to learn. At the end of the day my parents accept my diploma as long as I pass to the next class.

I’m so scared this year! I’m doomed (pogrążony)! My parents know I’m not a great student but this year they’re going to kill me. I’m in trouble in two subjects: maths and science. Teachers told me I still have a chance but I have to take some tests. I know I won’t pass because I would have to learn the material from the whole year. It’s impossible! I hate these subjects and I don’t understand them at all. My parents don’t realise I may not pass this year. I haven’t told them yet! I’m such a chicken! I’m trying to learn now and even my friends help me a bit but unfortunately I think it won’t really help. I’ll have to tell my parents soon. They’ll be shocked and it’ll take a year for them to forgive me!