17 Feb E-Sport & E-Music start-up, Valentines day & motivational talks
The turnout for the Cultural Studies presentations on Sunday afternoon was overwhelming and we estimate that over 1000 family members attended the presentations of the 21 different cultural studies. The presentations were approached in a variety of ways.
Some had made videos, powerpoint presentations complemented by travel stories, others visited an Oman market in Kærhuset and the Nepal teams served Dahl bat and milktea for the presentations.
Throughout the school, the senses were challenged with smells and sounds, as well as tastes of different cultures and the many travel experiences of the students. The week included lots of romance, lectures and we had a visit from over 100 of the pupils' friends who are on their winter holidays.
See photos from the day below.
Valentine's student event
Valentine's Day was a wonderfully romantic and beautiful experience for both students and staff. A group of students had decorated the dining hall, and organized Valentine's card writing, as well as bought red roses for everyone. In the middle of the afternoon staff meeting, the student committee came in with roses and bouquets for all the staff, much to their delight.
Sushi for Valentine's evening
It has only happened a few times in the school's history that we can serve sushi for the main course, but on Valentine's Day the kitchen provided a sumptuous sushi table and there was plenty for everyone. It was a great evening with romantic films in several cinemas and fun throughout the school.
Start of new profile subjects
Monday saw the start of last term's profile subjects, with 2 new subjects in particular attracting a lot of attention. The e-sports room is ready for inauguration and students started unpacking 18 new gaming machines and gear. In E-music, the team also started to occupy the room, which has been equipped with new office chairs, among other things, so that concentration can be maintained when composing E-music for many hours.
Exciting lecture with Hardeep Dhanjal
We should have had Sanne Søndergaard, but she was prevented and so we arranged instead an exciting lecture with Hardeep Dhanjal.He proved that he is one of the most talented and inspiring speakers and gave the students a captivating pep talk about motivation and personal responsibility for life and one's own development through a community with others. See more at http://www.athenas.dk/hardeep-dhanjal-foredrag-motivation-humor-peptalk.htm
Bob Dylan concert-lecture
On Valentine's Day, the musically interested students could experience an exciting and musical concert lecture by Thomas Ulrik Larsen. He gave a lively talk about Bob Dylan and his musical development over a long life. The lecture was organised in cooperation with the Folkeuniversitetet in Vesthimmerland.
It's winter holidays in some parts of Denmark this week and many of the students' friends are off, so we've organised a Friends' Day on Wednesday to Thursday. The friends are part of a regular afterschool programme of lessons, activities, cleaning and fun. The carooke evening in the banquet hall in particular attracted many people and the atmosphere was great. We will repeat the success next week from Thursday to Friday.
This weekend, students go home for a well-deserved extended weekend. Many have not been home yet from their travels and as we also had a programme on Sunday, there is a great need for a break. Last weekend we had a pedagogically unfortunate incident where some students chose to buy alcohol, which is not compatible with school rules. The students involved have been expelled and we are asking all parents and students to have a conversation about this as well as school rules.
Next week the students will come back on Sunday after 6pm and besides the academic lessons and profile subjects, the week will also include a big carnival party on Wednesday evening.
Thursday sees the start of the second Friends' Day and the following weekend will see both Gamers Weekend and Dance Workshop, with visits from several dance schools and open to participation from former REC dance students.
Best regards and have a great weekend!
Olav Storm Johannsen