Discover Germany | Issue 13 | April 2014

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Discover Germany | Business | Campus Nordsee

Campus Nordsee Successful learning in a healthy environment A good, healthy environment is key to educating children according to their needs, especially when health issues like diabetes or allergies are involved. The Campus Nordsee boarding school specialises in looking after children affected by these conditions as well as children with dyslexia. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: CAMPUS NORDSEE

The seaside resort of St. Peter-Ording is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Germany, with twelve kilometres of white sandy beaches, a unique landscape of dunes, pine forests and the fresh sea air combining to lure tourists to go swimming, kite surfing or land sailing. In the middle of this idyll lies the North Sea boarding school St. Peter-Ording, just 100 meters from the dykes. The boarding school therefore has a unique atmosphere. Currently educating 120 young people in a healthy environment, it aims to create a well-rounded balance of education and life skills. Healthy living is a motor for successful learning. Students study at different state schools in the village, beginning with primary school and

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ending, for example, at the local grammar school.The grammar school provides a nine year curriculum, thereby allowing children more time to learn.This is in contrast to the approach taken by many of Germany’s federal states to shorten the school period by establishing a grammar school certificate after eight years at grammar school and four at primary school. The afternoons are spent in small educational groups, allowing children to strengthen the knowledge that they have gained at school. But a good life-learningbalance also means that the students will always have enough time to do sports, relax or engage in music or computer courses. Thanks to the close proximity to the sea, the boarding school is an excellent choice for

children with health issues, particularly illnesses of the respiratory system or allergies. A network of medical professionals and doctors will ensure the health and safety of the children. Children have the opportunity to return home for weekends twice a month. While many pupils come from northern Germany, Bavaria and Berlin also feature as hometowns. The programme for international students is currently being expanded, and international contacts already exist with schools in New Zealand where children from St. Peter-Ording recently stayed as exchange students. Exchange programmes with Mexico and China are also in the pipeline. The school welcomes children from all over the world.