Wittekind-Gymnasium is a mixed school of about 950 pupils aged between 10 and 18. They are taught by about 70 teachers, who cover all the subjects that enable the pupils to receive a good general education: Natural Sciences (including Biology, Chemistry, Physics as well as Mathematics and Information Technology), Social Sciences (including History, Geography, and Political Science), modern languages (English, French, Italian, Russian) and Latin, Religious Education, Art Education, Physical Education and Music.
English, the first foreign language for everyone, can be chosen in a bilingual branch with geography, history and biology taught in the English language. Especially the students of this branch are motivated, willing and able to discuss all sorts of controversial historical, political and social issues in English. For them, it is a special concern to practice English in a variety of contexts, to be open-minded towards guests from abroad and to take part in students’ exchanges with European partner schools. Therefore they are looking forward to the participation in Model United Nations Conferences. They regard the simulations as a challenge and opportunity to check their political knowledge and talent. Our students’ will to make the world a more peaceful one step by step is very strong. So they are waiting for HOPE, as they have been waiting for COMENIUS and ERASMUS programs before. They like experiencing English in a political context as a lingua franca of the globalised world and its globalised conflicts and fields of discussion. In the role of diplomats they would like to develop a feeling of responsibility for a peaceful and tolerant collaboration of very different people with very different backgrounds and intentions.
To sum up, The EU programs are seen as special chance and “once-in-your-life experience” to make one’s dreams and visions come true in an interesting European setting with young people with similar attitudes.
Apart from the European club called “Europoject”, our school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities in the fields of sports, music (orchestra, choir, big band) and drama to foster the students’ creativity and individuality.
Since this term (summer 2016), our innovative school is part of the program of inclusive education of our national board of education, which means that all students with special needs are welcomed in regular classes and are supported to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of social life of our school. Inclusive education is about how we develop and design our schools, classrooms, programs and activities so that all students learn and participate together. As far as we can see after this short period of time, all children benefit from inclusive education. It allows them to….
- develop individual strengths and gifts, with high and appropriate expectations for each child.
- work on individual goals while participating in the life of the classroom with other students their own age.
- foster a school culture of respect and belonging. Inclusive education provides opportunities to learn about and accept individual differences, lessening the impact of harassment and bullying.
- develop friendships with a wide variety of other children, each with their own individual needs and abilities.
However, individual needs may mean that some students need to spend time out of regular class for a particular purpose. Therefore, a special needs teacher is part of our team of teachers.
It is our future vision to make the students with special needs participants of an ERASMUS PLUS project to enable them to develop friendships in our partner schools in Europe.