Co-Curricular Enrichment Program
“Ganztag” or our co-curricular enrichment program is a new and constantly evolving term in a school where students learn from morning to afternoon in a rhythmised daily routine.
At our school, we have embraced the concept of whole-day learning and structured it in a way that best meets the needs and requirements of our students. By looking closely at each individual child and the classroom dynamics, we help our students make the most of the time they have at school. Every moment from early morning to afternoon is precious and counts!
Our school’s Ganztag team actively and enthusiastically shape school life. Within the full-day program, our Erzieher*innen hold responsibilities that go far beyond the level of care traditionally offered before school and in the afternoon. This involves both Support-Teaching, that is, lessons planned together with the teacher, and the organisation and implementation of various and varied full-day offerings. These take place throughout the school day and are linked to the content of the lessons or result from the development phases, the children’s interests and current issues facing children and young people.
In Years 1 to 6, each school class has its own Class Erzieher. The children are accompanied through the day by their class Erzieher – during Support-Teaching in class, during Ganztag and study periods, during class council, on project days, at school events, during breaks and meals together in the canteen. They are important persons of trust and support the children in their learning and language acquisition as well as in their personal development. Together with the class teacher, the class Erzieher*in forms the class leadership team. Both colleagues work together as equals in order to support the children as best as possible in their academic learning and in their social development.
The Erzieher also plan and organise the afternoon program with over 30 clubs for all age groups and, together with our teachers and external club leaders, offer a wide range of working groups and clubs for the children. They also organise the exciting and varied holiday program for Years 1 to 6.
We offer our secondary students in Years 7 to 10 age-appropiate clubs according to their interests and with more demanding tasks, as well as consultations with the subject teachers, support with homework, more personal responsibility in the regular class council and in the school committees, and challenging projects.
Below you will find all the clubs we are offering this school year:
FAQ on our Co-Curricular Enrichment Program
Early care supervision takes place before lessons begin, from 6 to 8am, for all children in Years 1 to 6 whose parents already have to go to work. The children rest or play together and start the new day in a slow and relaxed manner.
Lessons start at 8.10 a.m. for all students in Years 1 to 6. For secondary school students in Years 7 to 13, the school day starts at 8.30 a.m. The respective class or subject teachers are present in the classrooms 10 minutes before the start and accompany the children/young people to a calm and organised start to the school day. Depending on the year level and the day of the week, the compulsory school day for each class ends between 13:30 and 15:30.
In order to make the school day as comfortable as possible for all students and have the daily routine run smoothly, the daily schedules for Years 1 & 2 vary from Years 3 & 4, Years 5 & 6 and 7 to 10 in lessons and break times as well as in Co-Curricular Enrichment times for Years 1 to 6. In this way, we ensure a quiet lunch time, relaxed break times in the schoolyard and optimal utilisation of the subject rooms. Each class receive their timetables and daily schedules at the beginning of the school year.
Our afternoon program takes places between 13:30/15:30 (depending on the day of the week) and 18:00, with lots of clubs in either the English or German language. These clubs are made up of school students from all classes, also for our students in secondary level.
For all primary school students in Years 1 to 6, afternoon supervision is provided until either 4 pm or 6 pm, according to the individual supervision vouchers. This consists of free play time in the schoolyard or in our spacious early/late care room on the ground floor.
Our school library is also open five afternoons per week and on two afternoons, the students have the opportunity to finish their homework in the homework hoom.
Lesson units or immersion activities can last for either 40 or 120 minutes. During this time, depending on age, development and the students‘ daily mood, one or more short breaks are taken, in which concentration is maintained by means of short movements or relaxation exercises.
Through this regular alternation of phases, which either demand increased attention or phases which practice relaxation, we accommodate the natural daily rhythm of the students.
In addition, individual, partner, group and station work, and other working methods change over the course of the school day.
This enables us to achieve optimal learning conditions for the children in all subjects and immersion activities throughout the day.
Ganztag functions as a bridge between lessons and playful learning: In addition to school subjects, study time, breaks and Klassenrat (class council), our students in Years 1-4 also have Ganztag integrated into their timetable. During this time, the class Erzieher*in is responsible for leading special activities. These are designed to strengthen team spirit and class cohesion, or to address interests and topics that are relevant in class or in everyday life. Together with their class teacher, the children deal with new situations in the class as well as with social or cultural issues. They deal with current circumstances, such as festivals or seasonal features, and address specific questions and current sensitivities in the class.
In Years 1 to 6, the students eat both lunch and snack at a table, as a class group, with their Class Erzieher*innen. It is important to us that all children have the chance to eat their lunch in peace. For this reason, we organise lunch breaks and snack times in different shifts, depending on the year level. Every child can take the time they need to eat and those who are finished eating are allowed to go and play in the schoolyard.
Lunch is prepared according to nutritional principles and delivered by the catering company Löwenzahn. Parents provide children with a healthy breakfast, an afternoon snack, and a water bottle with water or sugar-free tea. Students can fill up their water bottles at our water dispenser during the school day. Morning breakfast is served in the classroom before or after schoolyard break.
In cooperation with the Head of School – Year 1–10 (Ganztag) and our club coordinator, our colleagues design the voluntary in-school afternoon clubs according to their own strengths, interests, inclinations and the children’s ideas. We then develop and supplement these on an ongoing basis. Because of our linguistic immersion concept, the clubs are carried out in German or English, and sometimes jointly by two group leaders in both languages. The children get the opportunity to improve their language skills in a relaxed and natural atmosphere and in a smaller circle of people. After a trial period of around three weeks at the beginning of the year, the students attend the selected club for at least one school year. We determine in advance the ideal number of children for taking part in any one club. So, for example, we offer places in the Science Club to just a few participants, in order to create the best possible conditions for every child in terms of getting to performing experiments, while the Choir Club thrives on having a large number of pupils singing together. If a group has more applicants than places, then all students register and an anonymous selection is made to complete the club list. Each club focusses on its own key areas of competence. However, it is not only these, but also a variety of other skills that are developed and linked together.
If you have any questions about our clubs, please do not hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to advise you in the selection of the most suitable group for your child.
We essentially follow the Berlin school calendar and have holidays at the same time as all other students in Berlin. All details and exceptions can be found in the document “Our holidays and closing times” in the download area.
We offer a varied holiday program from 6:00 to 18:00 each day during the school holidays. This program is for children in grades 1 to 6 and includes lots of interesting projects, exciting excursions and relaxed freeplay time.
In two weeks of the summer holidays we have a closing time with emergency care from 7.30 am to 5 pm, for which you have to register until April 30th. In the last week of the summer holidays, during Christmas holidays plus 3 days before the Christmas holidays and on bridge days our school is closed. In addition, the school is always closed 3 days after the winter holidays during our team days.
Of course, we share the holidays and closing periods with all parents in good time. You can find them in the download area of our website as well as on the internal Schulweb.
Applications for the holiday program or questions about it can always be directed to email@example.com.
In the 1st and 2nd grade our students use open cloakrooms.
Every student from grade 3 onwards gets his or her own locker free of charge. Here the children can lock up school books, exercise books, sports bags, bicycle helmets and other personal belongings. For children in grades 1 and 2, a locker is optional.
The alternating phases of the rhythmic daily routine are also reflected in our room concept. Up until 4th grade, the students have two rooms with a connecting door available to them. The classroom is equipt with tables and chairs while the connecting Co-Curricular Enrichment Room is more individual with open spaces, relaxation corners, as well as craft and construction areas. These Co-Curricular Enrichment Rooms are also co-designed by the children. This concept allows the students to take a step back at certain times of the day and allows them to decide whether they want to work in the classroom or in the Co-Curricular Enrichment Room.
Year 5 to 10 have various group rooms available to them beside their classrooms. These rooms can be used for Team-Teaching, Support-Teaching or for working in small groups.
Please take a look around, if you would like to get an impression of our premises!
The class hour is called Klassenrat (class council), is a fixed part of the timetable and takes place once a week in all classes. The class teacher and (class) Erzieher*in use this time together to discuss topics that affect individual or all students and to monitor social processes within the class. The class council is at best moderated by the class representatives, if necessary with the support of the class leadership team, serves as an important basis for the concerns and worries of our students and is a democratic body to give all students and the class leadership team the chance to discuss possible problems but also to express praise and recognition.