And here I am back with my monthly overview about our life at SKALs. In the last month was a lot of stuff going on, we had the Høstfest, efterskoleners dag, our Trip to Berlin and the Pige/Drenge Theme weekenden.
But first things first: We started in September with an amazing Outdoorweekend! We cycled to Spejders Klinten and build up our tents at the campground. After that, we started canoeing at the Fjord. It was sunset time, so we had a really amazing view. Afterwards, we all meet at the bonfire and ate marshmallows and popcorn.
The night at the campground was wet and extremely cold. Most of us needed a lot of hot tea to defreeze 😊 We tidied up the campground and prepare ourselves for the Slik-Race! An Adventure Race with different stations, for example canoeing, maths, and Teamwork. I worked at the teamwork station where the students had to go through a web without touching the strips. That was very funny. After they mastered the station, they get a lot of sweets. When we were finished, no student was really hungry for lunch because they ate to much sweets. We cycled back to school and had an hygglig evening and a calm and relaxing Sunday.
At Sunday evening, the other students came back from home and we were ready to start a new week in SKALs full of lessons, courses, homework, study hours and liniefag, and the everyday life had us back for the next couple of weeks.
We also had an høstfest to celebrate the beginning of the autumn time. It was prepared by 0.a and we had a lot of really really good food (A big thanks to our amazing kitchen team, the food in skals is awesome!) and sang nice farm themed songs. We also played some games in the gymhall and had a private Country Concert! Because I am really into country music, that was one of the things I enjoyed most. After the concert we were dancing our folkdances. This was a very amazing evening.
For the next weekend, all students went home and I was alone at the school. But my parents were there to visit me, so we did a lot of nice excursions all around danmark until Monday when the students arrived again in Skals. Everybody was very excited and lucks because on Tuesday morning (around 5 o’clock) we started to our big Berlin trip! 151 Students, 7 teachers, one “tourist” and one volunteer are ready for the big city trip! I was very happy that I was allowed to join them. We had a stop at Sachsenhausen an arrived on Tuesday evening at our small hostel in central Berlin, next to the Alexanderplatz. On the next day, we had a guided Tour through Berlin and went to Tempelhofer Feld to play some ultimate frisbee, drive tandem or Gokart and simply to relax. Directly afterward we went to Bahnhof Zoo to get some dinner and do some shopping. And for the evening we all wanted to go to the Friedrichststadtpalast to see the one grand show. This was really amazing and impressive. We were split up in different groups for the next day. Some went climbing in Mount Mitte and others went to the TV-Tower. I joined them and had some spare time afterwards. Then we all met back at the Hostel to get ready for our second activity. Here I joined the group for the Berlin Dungeon, but there was also a Group for DDR-Museum and Berlin Dom and one for Dönersafari. All teacher met in the evening to have a really nice dinner in a good restaurant to celebrate this very good trip. On Friday we went back home again with a small stop at east side gallery. The Drive back home was long but I had a lot of fun with my colleagues.
All in all was it very interesting for me to stand “on the other side”. I experienced school trips myself only as a student. Well, until now. It was really nice to see how much work and effort and planning has to be done to make such a trip really great. And of course, also the hidden teacher life, the daily meetings, the problems that has to be solved. There is so much more to do than just pack your stuff together and go!
After all that, I was really really tired because I had not slept much in Berlin (teacher meetings till half past midnight and early waking up in the morning), but there was not much time to recover. There is always something going on here in SKALs! This time, the students had to stay for the weekend straight after Berlin to prepare the efterskoleners dag.
I think, everybody had fun on efterskoleners dag and we could show people from outside our amazing school.
Then we had a nearly-normal-week here at SKALs, nearly normal because on Monday evening, there was a group of African drummers here at the school to teach us some traditional African dances and songs. This was awesome! I think the students enjoyed it very much. Some of the moves were quiet crazy and funny, and the song was really good. I have it still in my head: If you wanna baja BAJA! ….. And on Wednesday, we had the international module were the students had to work with the sustainable development goals. So, as you can see, there is always something happening here at SKALs and there is no “normal” week 😊
The weekend plans for this weekend were quiet exciting: it’s girls- and boys weekend!
On Friday, I was going with some girls to the solar walk for the animation festival in Viborg. It was really crazy and funny. The other girls who were staying for the weekend already started the Theme-Weekend with a belly dancer and hiking to another location to have some cosy time there. We were joining them later in the evening and watched a typical girly movie.
On the next day, we all began to make breakfast for each other. We bake pancakes and listen to music and danced in the kitchen. This was really fun. But afterwards, we had to tidy to again to get to our second big attraction: We were going to an outdoor camp and doing some totals ungirly fun stuff like an adventure parcour, shooting with bow and arrow and doing some water activities. It rains all day and at the end we were all very moody and dirty and wet but we had so much fun. 😊
On Sunday, we were all ready to start in a new week! The special thing about this: on Friday, some of my students were going to run a half or quarter marathon. I was allowed to join them to be there as a second teacher and I cheered them 😊 I was very proud when my students run and all were very happy.
The next weekend was a going-home-weekend so there were no students at the school and I was alone. Partly, because there was the gammle elevernes dag. It was crazy to think about my students in 5 or 10 years, sitting there and celebrating. Imaging them as grown ups 😊
Now, we are on our countdown for the autumn holidays. Today I have my first lessons completely alone with some students, and it went very well. I have successfully confused them all. No, don’t worry, a teacher has gave me instructions what to do and how, so all I have to do is explaining it to the students and answer there questions. This is really fun! It was very good, we understood each other, and they were working very focused and quiet.
Yeah, and that is it, my update for our SKALs Blog!