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.
The European dimension brings
• cross-border co-operation to research new models, ways and methods to resolve issues and problems relating to shared target groups
• the need to harmonise in order to simplify co-operation and improve comparability
• new perspectives on content and organisation: the inclusion of European and international topics in our school, the knowledge and understanding of other cultures and European co-operation all make a special contribution to the improvement of our pupils’ future chances both in their studies and in their professional lives. It is the school’s responsibility therefore to increase awareness of not only the convergence of the European Union’s member states and their citizens which is taking place but also the reordering of their relations with each other. The in-service training provision for staff members plays an important role in the realisation this European and international dimension. The variety and richness of other countries and cultures are important educational contributions to all subjects in the curriculum.
“The HBG is outstanding in providing its pupils with knowledge of Europe and preparing them for life in a united Europe”. On the basis of this evaluation the Hermann-Böse-Gymnasium was granted the status of “Europaschule” on 20 June 2007. This was reconfirmed by the jury following a re-inspection in 2010.
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 systematic use of bilingual teaching, based initially on an increased number of English lessons and then continued in a range of subjects taught through the medium English and often containing explicit reference to European themes
• The systematic preparation for external examinations such as CAE and DELF
• The participation, compulsory for all pupils in Year 10, in the simulation “Model European Parliament” (MEP)
• The participation in international MEPs
• The organisation of our own Model United Nations (ELMUN=ElefantenMUN)
• The participation in the international MUN in The Hague
• The regular participation of the school in Comenius projects
• The organisation and implementation of European and international pupil exchanges
• The involvement in local community issues such as the educational work to do with the “Elephant Memorial”
• The invitation of prominent guests to events with EU themes and the inclusion of the school in similar events organised by the City and State of Bremen
• The co-operation with the European Information Office in Bremen
• The recognition of the school as an IB World School and its right to offer the “International Baccalaureate” in addition to the German Abitur
• The introduction and use of electronic dictionaries (Casio-Referenzschule) and digital media