Gymnasium Bernrode

Gymnasium Bernrode is a gymnasium (high school) in Heeswijk, the Netherlands. It was established in 1886 by Gerlacus van den Elsen, abbot of the Abbey of Bernejn the Netherlands

Background

Secondary enced, and the courses are often described as ’integral’, with classics included as optional subjects.Bernrode is exclusively a grammar school, one of the 38 independent grammar schools in the Netherlands as at January 2008.

History

This exclusive character has its origin in the past. It began at Berne Abbey, a Norbertine monastery which is situs decided upon. This combination of schools took the name ‘Gymnasium Bernrode’ and in 1961 receive

Organisation

The lessons are held from Monday to Friday. The first lesson begins at 8:35 a.m. and the second lesson follows 45 minutes later. After the third and fifth lesson there is a break. Most students may go home at 2:40 p.m., but a number of them sometimes have an eighth or nine lesson.

Holidays

During the school year there are a number of holidays: one week in autumn, two weeks at Christmas, one week in spring and the first week of May. The summer vacation of seven weeks is during the months of July and August.

Location

The school is situated not in a town but in a village. There is no big shopping centre near the school, only a few shops, and there are some flats but mostly small housing estates. The surrounding area has a green appearance with modern farms lying in the middle of meadows. There are many trees which border the roads.

Extracurricular activities

’Operation Injection’ is made up of a group of people who devote themselves to a project in a Third World country. They do this by organising all kinds of activities to collect money that can be ’injected’ into projects. It organises excursions within Holland or Belgium and also exchanges with Germany, Slovakia and Italy.

European dimension

As a grammar school Bernrode wants to strengthen its European dimension. Doesn’t modern Europe have its roots in Rodence activities to class exchanges.

Bernrode wants to give young people a sense of European identity and to improve their knowledge of European econrode, school for Europe’

Notable alumni

* Jan Marijnissen, politician
* Louis Sévèke, journalist

References


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