Bordings Friskole – In EnglishBordings Friskole is a parent run school from nursery through grade 9. The school's ideology is based on the concept of schooling introduced by N.F.S. Grundtvig and Christen Kold.
Bording's Friskole was established in 1945 by Sigrid and Frede Bording supported by a group of parents. A large and spacious house from 1894 now houses the school. Each class have their own classroom. The building also offers specialist facilities like f.i. science lab and PE facilities, it has a library, IT suites, assembly halls and two school yards.
At the moment the school has 420 pupils in class sizes of approx. 20-21, with two classes in each year group.
Our aim is to 'provide education in a Grundtvigian-Kold' Friskole for children between 6 and 16 and to offer pre-school facilities. Being a Friskole we work according to the legislation on independent ('free') primary schools, i.e. 'we are committed to teach according to educational demands and goals in municipal schools'.
The school further aims at
- giving children, parents and teachers an environment in which they can commit to a joint ownership on education, the class and the school
- working for the child's personal, social and cultural development
- promoting the pupils' perception of technical and general knowledge as well as musical and creative capabilities
- developing the pupils' understanding of mutual values and needs
- practicing the vivid word through the narrative, song and discussion
- protecting the child's right to be a child
Teaching and learning
Being a Grundtvigian-Kold Friskole it's our duty to enlighten and educate - as well as giving the children the possibility of exploring and experiencing.
Technical knowledge and personal development are thus joint targets for the teachers' teaching and the pupils' learning - and have to be made in close cooperation with the parents based on each pupil's qualifications.
- solid teaching of general subjects
- only few pupils in each class (appr. 20-21)
versatility and variation in teaching as well as in pupils' activities
- co-operation, independence and self-management in pupils
- practical/musical ways of working and expressing oneself
- unifying activities such as morning assembly, project weeks, excursions and camps
- a feeling of safety and joy throughout the day
- well-being in the classroom through mutual care for each other
- narrative history of civilization to further understanding of the history
- active and versatile co-operation between home and school, parents and teachers
- The school day normally starts at 8.15 and normally ends at 14.10. In primary school the day normally starts at 9.00. Tutoring is in 3 modules, each separated by longer intervals.
- On all levels we teach PE, music, art etc. totally 6 lessons a week, while the narrative (history, social studies, religion etc.) takes up 3-4 lessons.
The annual plan consists of 40 school weeks - distributed on approx. 30 schedules weeks, approx. 6 special subject weeks, 3 project weeks and 1 head teacher week.
School – home
A close and vivid relationship between school and home is determining Bording’s Friskole’s possibility of being a good place for learning and being, for both children and adults.
As a Friskole we are a ‘different community’, where the responsibility for making schooling and school life succeed, is of mutual concern. Thus the co-operation between parents and teachers must build on active participation and mutual trust and respect. And we only get to know each other by making ourselves known.
- Parents’ meetings , at least 2 annual meetings in each class
- one annual PTA meeting
- communication log for use by parents and teachers
- newsletters, in which the head teacher reports on class activities
- meetings and arrangements for the School Circle members, arranged by the board, parents’ groups or the school
- activities for each separate class arranged by parents and/or teachers such as joint meals, games evenings and excursions
- Parents’ Association, consisting of one parent representative from each class. The Association is an informal organ, working to further the dialogue and the co-operation between school and home.
- ‘Work weekend’ on the ‘Friskolegården’ which normally includes the annual excursion for the children and parents in each separate class
- ‘Work Saturday’, where parents 2 days a year takes part in the maintenance of the school’s facilities
- ‘sports club’ responsible for parents’ access to use the school’s games facilities for sports activities.
The school society
The School Circle
The School Circle includes all parents with children at the school and others with a certain attachment to the school who want to support the school’s objectives. The members of the School Circle have the right to take part in the general assembly, which is the highest governing body of the school. The General Assembly elects the School Board and on recommendation from the Board also the school headmaster, who has the pedagogical and day-to-day responsibility towards the Board as well as the Ministry of Education.
The School Board has 7 members. The Board has the overall responsibility for the running of the school, including financial responsibility as well as hiring and firing teachers and other permanent staff after recommendation from the school.
The Association is made up of two parent representative from each class. The Association is an informal organ, working to further the dialogue and the co-operation between parents, classes and the school.
The school has two pupil councils - one representing the 4th to 6th formers, and one representing the 7th to 9th formers. Each class in each form elect a council representative and a substitute. The councils can arrange gatherings and deal with proposals and wishes concerning everyday matters.
After school club
The school provide before and after school care for nursery and junior school children (up to and including Primary 3). It’s an open care and activity club offering a safe and caring environment, giving the children continuity in their day at school. The time the children spend in after school care is to be considered their spare time, thus the activities we offer are to be seen as a supplement to playing their own games and making their own activities. We wish to help making the children’s time and activities in school a unity, although we are no all-day school. The club operates on normal school days from 7.30 to 9.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00. The club is closed on all school holidays except Winter Holidays (week 7) in the summer holiday.
Since 1976 we’ve been fortunate to our own camp facilities ‘Friskolegården’ situated in Klippinge appr. 40 km south of Copenhagen. This gives all classes the possibility of holding an inexpensive annual camp trip of 3 days’ duration. It’s also a tradition that each class with their parents arranges an annual weekend at the ‘Friskolegården’. It’s also possible - throughout the year - to use it for other pedagogical, social and private arrangements, ‘Friskolegården’ is available to all connected with the school.
In addition the school’s own tuition, offered on all class levels, the school offers voluntary tuition in music, dance and art. There is a fee to be paid by the parents.
The school is subsidised, and in addition the parents pay 12 monthly tuition fees. The same fee is paid on all levels, however there is a discount for second and subsequent children. Based on parents’ income scholarships are available in full or in part.
There’s also a fee payable for use of the School Club.
Admission and application for nursery classes is possible during the calendar year in which the child has his/her 4rd birthday. Beginning of the subsequent year all applicants are invited to an information meeting as well as an interview with the headmaster/vice headmaster. Confirmation of admission is given in May/June of that same year.
Admission is based on parents’ acceptance of the school’s ideology and aims. It is important that parents as well as the school have a positive trust in and expectation of a valuable and active co-operation on the schooling of the children. Siblings are guaranteed admission.
Junior School and Senior School
Applications for admission to Junior and Senior School classes are accepted at any time of the year. Entry is subject to an interview with the head master and the head teacher - and also to the child’s visit to the class.
Further information of registration and admission can be obtained by contacting the school secretary.
Phone: + 45 3538 6908
E-mail: [email protected]