First we want to emphasize that we very much like to welcome other teachers or school staff to visit us for a job-shadowing of one or two weeks. When contacting us we can arrange a timetable corresponding to your wishes as well as we can take care for your accommodation.
Reinbek is a small town in the southern part of Schleswig-Holstein, the northest department of Germany. It has about 27.000 inhabitants, a number which is increasing. As Reinbek is situated in the near of Hamburg, the big port, some of the parents are working there. Reinbek has some shopping centers, some small industry as well as some trading companies.
Next to some prehistoric discoveries nearby, it was said that since 1772 the development of Reinbek took place when craftsmen and their families settled around Hinschendorf and the Täbyplatz of nowadays. Under the administration of Prussia new structures were inaugurated and the head of the rural district has its official residence in the castle of Reinbek.
When the Hamburg-Berlin railway was built in 1846 Reinbek enlarged, many guest-houses and residences were built up as people of Hamburg visited Reinbek for week-end activities. This development lead to further settlements of craftsmen as well as extension of hotel and restaurant industry.
Since 1952 Reinbek has got town privileges which lead to an increase of residents in all parts of Reinbek. Next to some old houses more and more commercial buildings as well as blocks of flats and were constructed. Some new shopping-centers were built up, next to areas of detached houses in the outskirts of Reinbek.
OGS Mühlenredder derives from Offene Ganztags-Schule, which means we are open till 5.30 p.m. to care for our pupils (voluntary and not free of charge).
At present about 250 pupils, aged 6-10 are visiting our school from 1st to 4th form. The school building is an old one but permanently increasing. As most of our pupils stay at least until 2 p.m., we have got a large Mensa, constructed in two sections. In future further extensions are foreseen, especially rooms for our afternoon activities. Newly we could unclose our new entrance with additional cloakroom.
Our first and second graders have lessons from 8 am to 12.00 pm, the elder ones stay from 8 am to 1.15 p.m.
In the afternoon we have lots of clubs (sports, handcraft, cooking, music, games, etc.) and our pupils have one hour time to do their homework. Some of our pupils enjoy a breakfast at 7.00 am. The OGS takes care for our kids until 5.30 pm, depending on parents wishes.
Our staff consists of teachers, office workers, kitchen staff, educational assistants and volunteers. The funding body of the antemeridian and afternoon staff are different, but all try their best regarding the welfare and care of our pupils.
We have teams which take care for our classes. Next to the classteacher, the teacher of the second main subject act as a substitute in case of illness or other absence. So a constant support can be delivered. As we have installed regular meetings for all class and subject teachers, there is a usefull and precious interchange with regard to our pupils.
Our aim is to include all pupils in all our school activities independent of their special need or outstanding behaviour, if they are immigrants or locals. That is why most pupils work autonomously along an individual schedule. Our staff likes to profit from locations out of school for our pupils' learning progress.
A special lesson is our Erasmus-lesson - first installed during our Comenius-projects - when once a week all kids worked together to advance the tasks of our last Erasmus-project with Estonia and Finland. They worked in small groups (4-5) of mixed-age pupils out of 3 or 4 classes from 1st to 4th grade. From time to time we all met in plenary lessons to exchange results, to practise common work and project tasks. When hosting guests of other or our partner schools, we also come together for a welcome with our school song.