Norgesskolen started up in 2003 and since then, we have welcomed children from all over the world annually. Norgesskolen is financed by school fees, as the school does not receive any state funding.
The Norwegian classes
The students are primarily taught the Norwegian language, but culture, history and social aspects are also vital parts of the curriculum. The teaching is divided into four daily sessions, each session lasting for about 50 minutes. The students also have classes where they focus on culture or do crafts like baking or making Christmas ornaments.
We adjust the teaching to the students individual level, so that they feel comfortable, yet challenged. The Norwegian language is taught both in the classroom as well as through all the activities they take part in. Attending Norgesskolen should be interesting and fun. Our teachers are experienced in creating a good learning environment, with varied teaching methods.
Some topics are repeated every year and some are unique.
Every year we cover the following topics:
Norwegian traditions such as outdoor activities, celebrating Christmas and May 17th.
Norwegian society (government, values, school system)
Norwegian culture (litterature, music, film and food)
Preparations for Bergenstesten
We offer our students a chance to prepare for Bergenstesten. Bergenstesten is an official test in oral and written Norwegian language proficiency, required to attend Norwegian higher education. The actual test can be taken three times a year, and is offered only by Folkeuniversitetet. We recommend to study their website for more information.
The oldest students (15-18 years) with good overall competencies in Norwegian, are offered to prepare for the test at Norgesskolen. These preparations are afternoon classes, and comes in addition to the regular classes. To offer these classes, we need a minimum of five students to sign up.
The students prepare for questions similar to those of Bergenstesten, covering both the oral and written part. The curriculum follows the competency goals of Norgesskolen. On one of the last days of school, the students have the opportunity to take a previously given original exam, in order to prepare. Please note that this will only be the written part of the test. Everyone taking the mock exam will receive feedback in writing from the teacher.
The curriculum at Norgesskolen is based on the Norwegian curriculum for linguistic minorities. It is an age independent and level based learning platform. Level 2 is higher than level 1. The students at Norgesskolen are between 9 and 18 years old, and have variying Norwegian language skills. Students are divided into groups depending on age and Norwegian language proficiency.
The age groups are as follows: 9-11, 12-14 and 15-18.
The division may vary depending on the group of students.
Activities at the school
All of our activities are closely linked to the Norwegian tradition of sports and outdoor life, meaning lots of outdoor fun! The students will experience Norwegian traditions under the guidance of qualified instructors. The activities are an important part of learning Norwegian.
The students will have the possibility to try many different activities. At the beginning of the first week we have group activities to get to know each other and the school area. The afternoon activities vary from day to day, and the students may choose between several activities. We utilize the school facilities and the area around the school. We have a large gym with all types of sports equipment, a climbing wall, a bouldering room and a dance room available. We also offer activities such as sand volleyball, soccer, capture the flag, dodgeball, dance, swimming, canoeing, running and hiking.
Morning gatherings and other gatherings
During the morning gathering, we sing Norwegian songs. This gives the students an understanding of Norwegian culture, and the students will learn both new and older Norwegian songs. This is a very popular activity where everybody enjoys singing along. In previous years, songs such as "Forelska i Lærern" by The Kids and "Gøy på Landet" have been among student favorites. We also listen to Norwegian pop music.
In the evening, students socialize and eat together in the living room. They may stay outside, in the dorms or go outside the school area with dorm leaders. The students may play billiards, table tennis and various boardgames in the living room. We also have movie nights. The students also have access to pianos, guitars, drums and a dance room.
We will go on a day trip with cultural and historical content somewhere in Telemark.
The camping trip is always popular. The students hike to the camping site about one and a half hour each way. At the camping site, they can go swimming and enjoy different outdoor games. They learn how to set up and take down a tent. In the evening we barbecue “pinnebrød”, sausages and hamburgers.
We emphasize a sense of orientation, cooperation and how to behave in the nature. Climbing, camping and hiking are some of the activities where the children experience outdoor life and learn how to enjoy the Norwegian nature.