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Scan Magazine  |  Education Profile  |  Hellebjerg Idrætsefterskole

Learning about sport and life Hellebjerg Idrætsefterskole is a sports school with a Christian profile where focus is on character building in all students. Rather than focusing purely on an academic curriculum, the school targets all learning content around competencies.

scene creating new challenges, and students are encouraged to work closely with their sports mentors to contribute to the learning content.”

By Susan Hansen  |  Photos: Hellebjerg Idrætsefterskole

Character building also plays a part, and principal Sten Muff explains how: “It is about the students and their understanding of the world, their morals and selfperception. It is important that they develop to become complete individuals with inner discipline, resourcefulness and selfcontrol. We want them to become robust.” This is a useful quality for dealing with the challenges students are presented with in learning as well as in life outside of school. “We are interested in the idea of the larger community. It is about being with others and creating something together,” says Muff. Team sports are ideal for achieving such things and this is exactly what Hellebjerg offers in great abundance. Every year, 186

students are accepted and commence a new phase of their learning lives at Hellebjerg’s state-of-the-art sports facilities. Each line of study is designed to give the best experience tailored to the four disciplines offered, including football, handball, golf, and adventure and fitness. The latter entails a range of outdoor sports activities such as climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. The multi-disciplinary sports are ideal for students seeking a range of challenges, according to Muff. “It is about the entire fitness culture, where students are invited to participate. It is very popular and great for getting away on trips, domestically or abroad,” he says. “It is based on a constantly changing outdoor

Ambitions are high and each discipline is taught and mentored by some of the best teachers in the sector. Muff explains that great consideration is given to every aspect of school life and learning, with excellent facilities for sports practice and student accommodation consisting of contemporary, custom-built architectural studios in Juelsminde. “We believe in the importantance of integrating aesthetics and making it part of the everyday, and our facilities work well with the natural surroundings,” says Muff. “Beauty and aesthetics are positive influences as they make people feel good, and this can make a real difference.” For more information, please visit: www.hellebjerg.dk

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Scan Magazine, Issue 95, December 2016