School

The Secondary School of St Agnes was founded by Duchess Charlotta von Fűrstenberg who recognized the need for a program of family education that would reflect the needs of society. It was officially opened in 1861. The first teachers in the school were nuns. In 1906 a school chapel was built. After the WWI, new subjects were included in education, e.g. Czech language, homeland study, craft and cooking lessons.

Before the WWII and after it, the school was temporarily closed for several times. Finally, in 1991 it was re-opened officially. After many additions and increased programme demands, it was also almost completely renovated. The school is run by the Archiepiscopate of the Moravian Silesian Region. The school offers courses in pedagogy, social work and nursing. It also prepares students to universities to become elementary or secondary teachers. Students who study pre-school pedagogy may work in kindergartens. Those who study nursing will work in hospitals. Students who do social work programme can work as social councillors or in specialized institutions for physically and/or mentally disabled people.

There are a lot of various subjects students do according to the field they study. Students in pre-school education programme have music and drama lessons, so they sing and play several musical instruments and learn different techniques how to motivate and educate children through drama. They have also physical education lessons focused on games and exercises for small children. These students have professional training in kindergartens, too. Students in the social work programme study special psychology and they have art lessons, in which they learn how to make craft with clients in institutions. These students have their professional training in various institutions, e.g. retirement’s homes.  Students from the nursing programme have anatomy and medical treatment lessons, and they have their professional training in hospitals.

All students have an opportunity to sign up for after-school activities, e.g. the school choir “Datio”, art lessons, drama lessons (including improvisation drama) and there is a wide choice of sports activities, e.g. basketball, floor ball and volleyball. A lot of students have annual subscription to theatre performances and concerts, too.
The School has been involved in several international projects as a part of EU programme COMENIUS - European Cooperation on School Education. The programme supports school partnerships to promote language learning and mobility. So far, there have been multilateral or bilateral projects with schools from Lithuania (2005-2006), Belgium (2008-2010), Germany (2010) and Italy (2011).