SCHOOL ISN´T SCHOOL
Young people in Danmark attend "gymnasium", or upper secondary
school, between 16 and 19 years. "Gymnasium" lasts 3 years and ends with students taking
the upper secondary school leaving examination.
Stenloese Gymnasium & Hf offers three different instructions to the students.
- Gymnasium (it takes 3 years)
- Hf (It takes 2 years and starts after the 10th form. Hf has always been both youth and
adult education and was intended to be an alternative to the more academic education of
- a lot of different courses for adults
- 600 students attend Stenloese Gymnasium & Hf. There are 3 steps per 15 classes
and 4 hf-classes (=19 classes with 28 students), 75 daytime teachers and 4 study
advisers who give special information.
The course guidance service in the school of Denmark
In every Danish secondary school there is a guidance councelor´s
office where students are told everything they have to know about school in the
point of organisation. In Stenlose Gymnasium five guidance
councelor´s advise the students. Each one of them looks
after three to five classes therefore every class has one counceler.
two kinds of advice: on the one hand the general one for
the whole class on the other hand students can get help if they have any private
problems. During the first of the three years they go to
that school students are tought about everything connected with well proved
laerning methods, with optimal subjects as well as
preparing for an exam. In the second year the main emphasis is put on the
problem of looking for a job. Students learn to write a letter
of application and how to behave when they have an interview. In the third year
at last students are informed about universities and the
possibilities of study. The individual consultancy is used by students who have
problems at school (e.g. with their class or with a teacher)
or at home-students who need some support or consolation. At the age of 18 every
Danish student gets a financial support of
about 1200 krona a month by the government. This financial support may also
come more for example when the parents don't earn
much money or when the students move away from home. For that case there are
catalouges about special flats for young people. The
guidance councelors also deal with students who play truant. If that problem
arises there is a fixed plan that is followed step by step.
When a student attracts attention by playing truant very often the first step is
a discussion with the headmaster of the school. The next
step is a letter to the parents. If the student in this state doesn't stop
playing truant, he or she has to take an exam in every subject.
Students who fail this exam will be excluded from school. It's true this is a
long way but there have only been twenty students who
had to take this exam and around seven ones who have been excluded from Stenloese
Gymnasium because of playing truant.
The history of the Stenloese Gymnasium
The school was founded in 1979 and was
inaugurated in 1981 (because of construction works). Stenloese
Gymnasium offers many activities, for example, the choir, theatre orchestra and
many kinds of ball sports. One time a week there
is a morning meeting with some news and a special programme (organized by one
class). There is a Music evening -"Spring concert"-
with singing and a lot of funny games one time a year, too. The school possesses
a school committee (students from all classes ),
that is responsible for organizing special events and finding solutions for
problems. The Gymnasium has special subject rooms for Music,
Geography and laboratories for Chemistry. In 1990 the student's exchange began
and the first exchange with Potsdam was in 1992.
Between 1992 and 2000 7 times exchanges took place. Stenloese Gymnasium & Hf
has partnerchips with different schools in
England, Holland, Belgium, France and in Germany (Eisenach+Potsdam).