Junior high – Secondary level years 7–9 2018-10-12T10:59:03+00:00

Our secondary level provides plenty of challenges. With more concentration on subject teaching and work experience in business, forestry and agriculture. The pupils go out into the world and discover their own characters. With all their strengths and weaknesses.

What we offer

During year 8: work placement in retail – Selling products in a bakery. Participating in work at a laboratory. Or working in a fashion store: In year 8 the pupils complete a three to five day practical work placement. The school helps them find the placements and shows them how to apply. This introduces the pupils to a working environment and gives them their first taste of what it is like to be gainfully employed.

Beginning of year 9: forestry work experience – The program for year 9 kicks off with work experience in forestry. The whole class takes part in a forest project together for a week. Bushes are trimmed back, trees planted, paths laid and fences built. The young people are introduced to the daily work routine of a forestry worker and participate in an ecological project.

End of year 9: Agricultural work experience – At the end of year 9 the pupils apply for a three-week practical on a farm. Usually in Switzerland, but sometimes abroad as well. They live and work with the farming family and gain experience in this kind of work. During this time they are away from home for three weeks – often a real challenge.

Each class has a class teacher who supervises and supports them over these three years. This teacher and the subject teachers form a team. This class team supports the class teacher and has a representative at important meetings and school events.

Each class 8 completes a theatre project together which they rehearse for four weeks. This is a challenge, both artistically and socially. The pupils play a role but they have to work together off-stage too. They learn a lot about themselves personally in the process. With all their strengths and weaknesses.

At our secondary level we have orchestras for wind instruments, guitars, strings and recorders. The orchestral work continues in years 10 to12 – with large-scale concerts and tours. This is the beginning of an artistic education of these young people that lasts for several years and demands high standards of them. Pupils who do not play an instrument participate in scientific projects.

The Waldorf curriculum gives equal weight to the arts, crafts and cognitive subjects. Subject matter is geared to the pupils’ age and stage of development. There is no such thing as having to repeat a year. The young people mature in terms of character – free from stress or fear.

At the secondary level, the block subjects are taught in the first two lessons of the morning. For example, four weeks of chemistry, followed by three weeks of math and then four weeks of German. This means the students can deepen their knowledge of a subject without interruption.

Pupils of all ability levels attend class together and are taught at different levels within the class. It is only in years 10 – 13 that there is tuition in groups of different ability levels.

In years 7 and 8 the pupils are given written reports detailing their knowledge of subject matter, learning and social competences. In year 9 they are given a report containing grades and marks. So they can see in detail how they are progressing individually.

Team

Laura Frey

Class teacher 7a

Sakia Ruby

Class teacher 7b

Jan Wenger

Class teacher 8a

Vivian Schüler

Class teacher 8b

Jürgen Schafranietz

Class teacher 9a

Georg Jost

Class teacher 9b

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