Newsletter 1.12.12

Dear reader!

The first snow has fallen and we have decorated the school for Christmas! We have been busy all week with book classes and students and teachers are tuning up for the upcoming end of term exams in week 51.

December and Christmas also marks the end of the hardest month of the year, because as Henrik Nordbrandt writes, there are 16 months in a year: January, February...October...November, November, November, November, November and December. This weekend was the start of this year's Christmas room and the students have taken up the challenge, so that already in the rooms there is total cosiness. In the assembly hall hangs the big Advent wreath, on the roof of seminariehuset shines the whole region's Christmas tree.

In the profile subjects, the final preparations regarding plane tickets, visas and vaccinations are being finalised and - perhaps at the same time as the stings, the students realised that there is only about 1 month left for the final preparations before we all set off on the second profile subject trip.

The Nicaragua team has an event today at Gabriels Torv in Aalborg, where they talk about their project and World Forests. Throughout the week they have been working on making signs and collection boxes in woodwork. So if you are in Aalborg, stop by the team at Gabriel's square, which is ready here from 10.00 - 15.00.

Pedagogical the week has been marked by the student party on Friday, yesterday. It was sweltering with party hormones and a few rooms were disturbed with nightfall Friday night. We'll have a chat with the students about this on Monday and once confidence is broken, we'll tighten things up with more night spots. Just as we are paying special attention to a rumour that there is a euphoric drug in the school. Fortunately, we are seeing an amazingly strong student body that is also committed to tackling the challenges head on and working together to keep the school drug free!

Next week is Performance Week, and this weekend is Becoming Weekend. The whole school is engaged in creative tasks and collaborative activities that challenge and strengthen students' project and creative skills, as well as shaking up students and teachers in the run-up to the profile expeditions in January.

The performance piece is also the creative highlight of the year. The response to the acting group has been overwhelming, so on Monday individual interviews were held with all those interested so that roles could be allocated. Those who did not get a role in the acting group, which carries the framework narrative the profile subjects are part of, are in the profile subjects' own part of the big performance show.

Everyone is welcome to see the performance, and we hope that parents and relatives of students in the respective profile subjects will come on the day of the profile subject orientation. There will be lots of activities throughout the school and the opportunity to meet both teachers and youth guides who are taking part in the cultural profile trips.

Ranum Efterskole exhibits at the Christmas market in Aalborg. During the week, the Nordic countries have been preparing to create an activity exhibition, where they present their cultural subjects, life at the afterschool and make competitions, as well as sell various homemade items to benefit the cultural profile subjects' activities in Nepal, India, Ghana, Nicaragua, Miami, etc. COME AND VISIT US - we are at the Christmas Market every day from Monday to Sunday from 2pm - and until closing time. We serve refreshments and create after-school Christmas fun in the city!

We are looking forward to a wonderful December and to seeing as many of you as possible on Saturday or Sunday at the Performance.

Best regards and have a great weekend!

Olav Storm