This week we take a closer look at one of our first partner in the Comenius project, Hermann-Böse-Gymnasium, located in Bremen, Germany.
The Hermann-Böse-Gymnasium (HBG) was founded as a modern Realgymnasium in 1905. Today it is a Gymnasium with a distinct bilingual profile and has also achieved formal recognition both as a Europaschule and an IB World School.
The HBG is a mixed school with 1000 pupils who take their national school leaving certificate (Abitur) after 12 years of study. All classes in years 5 to 9 are taught bilingually. The range of foreign languages on offer and the variety of international projects which the school is involved in form the basis of the school’s recognition as a Europaschule.
In the qualifying phase of the Upper School an Economics option is offered alongside the traditional and bilingual options. Moreover, since March 2011 pupils can also opt for the “International Baccalaureate Diploma”.
The ideas behind a European education profile – the European dimension in the HBG. In terms of ideas and practice a school needs to be in tune with and as far as possible in advance of a society’s given stage of development. For us this means that as far as the European dimension is concerned we should build on the European Union’s transition from economic merger to political union and create an identity for ourselves based on an international outlook and cultural exchange.
Characteristic for the implementation of the central idea and the realisation of the European dimension in the everyday life of the Hermann-Böse-Gymnasium (and beyond) is the variety of individual activities, ideas, measures and educational content, including such different aspects as the participation, compulsory for all pupils in Year 10, in the simulation “Model European Parliament” (MEP), the participation in international MEPs and the new COMENIUS project on “Technology and Culture – a Common Market of Ideas: yesterday, today and tomorrow”