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Translation by mgr Agnieszka Kryczek


The Patron

Walenty Roździeński was born about 1560 and traced his origin back to the Hercyg family. The duke of Opole gave the ironworks near Lubliniec to one of the Hercygs. The family accepted the surname – Bruskowie and their coat of arms was called “Serdecznik”.
Walenty’s father – Jakub Brusek- arrived near Mysłowice about 1546 . He married and had two daughters – Dorota and Anna and two sons – Jan and Walenty.The family was the owner of the inn Roździeń. Walenty’s parents had the financial problems and they ran into debt. About 1595 the father died and shortly after Walenty’s brother. At that time Walenty took a wife.
Walenty took the surname Roździeński from the place he came from.
On 8 January 1964 the head teacher of the Secondary School (Liceum), Zygmunt Misiaszek, decided that the school would be given the name of Walenty Roździeński. However, on 24 January 1964 the head teacher Misiaszek presented the project of changing the name of school for Gustaw Morcinek. This change was caused by the fact, that the XVI-century author of “Officina Ferraria”was unpopular and little known to the contemporary youth and society.Gustaw Morcinek as the Silesian writer was known to everyone. However, the school’s name wasn’t changed because of the objection of the local community. The area, where the school is located is the district of smithcraft and metallurgy and Walenty Roździeński is associated with this district. In this connexion, the head teacher Misiaszek decided, that the school would receive the previously suggested name. The final change of the school’s patron was explained by the fact that, Walenty Roździenski (his real name was Walenty Brusiek) was the author of the poem “Officina ferraria abo huta i warstat z kuźniami szlachetnego dzieła żelaznego”. This poem is a detailed and vivid description of the work of the metallurgists of those days, their customs and beliefs. Iron and steel industry was very significant in Silesia. The life of the poet and his family was connected with the growth of metallurgy and smithcraft in this region.

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