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The German school system

Optional Kindergarten education is provided for all children between three and six years of age, after which school attendance is compulsory.
The mandatory attendance starts at age 6 and ends at age 18. All children attend elementary school till grade 4 or 6. After that they can take one of three school paths. The Gymnasium is designed to prepare pupils for university education and finishes with the final examination Abitur, after grade 12 . The
Realschule has a broader range of emphasis for intermediate pupils and finishes with the final examination Mittlere Reife, after grade 10; the Hauptschule prepares pupils for vocational education and finishes with the final examination Hauptschulabschluss, after grade 9.

There are also Förderschulen/Sonderschulen. One in 21 pupils attends a Förderschule. Nevertheless the Förderschulen/Sonderschulen can also lead, in special circumstances, to a Hauptschulabschluss.

Most German children only attend school in the morning. There are usually no provisions for serving lunch. The amount of extracurricular activities is determined individually by each school and varies greatly.


The Irish Secondary School System


We're students from Pobalscoil Iosolde (Palmerstown Community School). Over here we start secondary school during the ages of 11-12 after 8 years compulsory years in Primary School. 

We start from 1st Year all the way up to 6th Year, which is 6 years in total. The Junior Cycle is from 1st to 3rd Year and after the three years we sit the Junior Certificate Exams. The 4th Year in Secondary School which is also called Transition Year is an optional year which means a student can choose to go straight from 3rd Year to 5th Year. The Leaving Certificate Course is for a duration of 2 years. After the two years we sit the Leaving Certificate Exams then proceed onto University. 


Our School offers a wide variety of subjects, besides the compulsory subjects English, Irish,  Maths and another European Language (German/French/Spanish) there is also Physic & Chemistry, Biology, History, Geography, Engineering, Construction, Technical Graphics, Music, Art and Business Studies.



The Swedish school system


The swedish school system

When you’re new born in Sweden, you’re most likely to stay home with your parents / parent until you’re around 1-2 years old. But after that age it’s most common to start kindergarten (dagis). When you’re about 5 or 6 years old you start preschool (förskolan), that’s also called year 0 in vernacular.  After that you start your three year primary school-time (lågstadiet) where you learn to read, write and count. By this time you’re about 9 years old and you move over to middle school (mellanstadiet). When you’re about 13 years old you start junior high school.

In some schools they make new groups every three years to make new cliques. But that depends on the head master. Generally every class has their own mentor for every subject until they start junior high (högstadiumet) at the age of 13-15.

When you’re in the late term of 9th grade you have to choose which school you want to go to and which course you want to study. There are some courses that will you a permission to go to the university. In those courses you read quite many subjects, like math, Swedish, English, natural science and some other specific subjects depending on which course you study.

Each årsgrejs? is divided into two terms. The fall term starts in the late part of august, with a fall break in November, and ends a few days before Christmas. The second term starts in the beginning of January and ends in the beginning of June.  During this term we have one week off in February and one in April. The summer break is about 10 weeks long.


By Anna Mathisen



 In Catalonia the education for children is compulsory from the ages of 6 to 16. Before  compulsory education there is non-compulsory education, kindergarten, for 3 years approximately. After that there is primary education, which means that children have to go to school for 6 years, so from the age of 6 to 12. Then students go to high school for 4 years, compulsory secondary education (E.S.O.), at the end of which they receive a Certificate of Education. If a student doesn’t get the E.S.O. certificate, s/he has to do a PQPI, which is a course that allows you to work or to do vocational training  to obtain an academic Certificate and then you can start working. If the student finishes the E.S.O. s/he obtains the compulsory secondary education certificate. And then the student can choose to do vocational training, intermediate level, (Cicles Formatius), or Batxillerat, which is 2 years of specified education. Depending on what  you want to study at the university, you have to choose one batxillerat or another. You can choose to do art, science and technology, social science and humanities. If you obtain that certificate you can work, you can go to university or you can do vocational training, higher level.


We live in Vic, a city which is one hour’s drive from Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia. It’s located in Osona, a region in the North-East of Catalonia. The city is surrounded by mountains, so we are on a plain, called “La plana de Vic” which means Vic plain. There are about 40.000 inhabitants.

In the centre of Vic, around the main square of the town, there is a part named “Casc antic”, which is a historical and old part of the city and where you can find a lot of churches built in the Medieval Times. The most important buildings are the cathedral, “El temple romà” which was firstly a castle of a rich family that fell down. The archaeologists found the Roman temple which was inside the castle years later and now it’s a museum.

On Tuesdays and Saturdays there is a very famous market on the main square of the town, which a lot of tourists visit. In the same square, there is also the Town Hall and the tourist office. There are many shops around the main square and we can say that it is the most bustling part of the city. 

There is a theatre as well, called “L’Atlantida” and built 2 years ago. Next to the theatre there is the music school and the conservatorium, which is one of the biggest in Catalonia. There are also three cinemas.

The UVic is the university in our city. It’s a private university and the only one in Osona. There you can study teaching, biology, journalism, psychology, nursing, among others. Many of the people who study for a university degree go to live in Barcelona because there are more public universities.

The typical food in our region is cold meat, especially the one named “llonganissa”. It’s a type of sausage made from pork meat, which you can slice and eat with bread or as appetizer. It is very typical because in the surrounding area there are a lot of farms that grow pigs.

We hope you now have a general idea of our city and traditions and we’re looking forward to seeing you here in December 2013.

"Plaça Major" the main square


"La plana de Vic"




 Our school is Institut Jaume Callis. It is a state secondary school located in Vic. There you can study ESO and Batxillerat. In ESO, which is compulsory, there are four levels and next there’s Batxillerat, which isn’t compulsory, and there are 2 levels. In Batxillerat there are 3 types depending on the subjects people choose. In our school you can study the science batxillerat, the technological one and the humanistic one. After 2nd Batxillerat you can go on to university.

In our school there are 730 students and 60 teachers approximately. The facilities in our school include a library, a theatre, four labs, a canteen and a lot of classrooms, all of them with projectors and active boards. There are also four computer rooms, there is an arts and crafts class, there are two workshops for Technology, there is a Language lab and a music classroom. As far as sports facilities go, there are 2 football pitches, one basketball pitch and a  sports pavilion. In the playground there are tennis tables, water fountains and some benches.



The building itself was remodelled four years ago, so it looks more modern now than it used to. The outside is of different colours and it is a U-shaped building. The inside is also colourful and the classrooms are spacious. The corridors are not very wide but they are decorated with photographs and quotations of famous authors.

We are all looking forward to your visit in December 2013!




IT-Gymnasiet Göteborg, Sweden

IT-Gymnasiet Göteborg, Sweden (by Anna Mathisen)


 It-gymnasiet is a small school with big ambitions. With 450 students the school has three courses to offer and those are: IT-technology, IT-design and IT-network/computer technology. Our school is located in central Gothenburg and our students come from different parts of Gothenburg.  

The most popular course is IT-technology and we’ve got three classes in each year. In IT-design and It-Network/computer we have only one class with about 30 students in each class. What makes our school so special is that about 90% of the education is taught over digital devices. We have iPads, 3D-printers and each class room has their own projector. Each student also gets to borrow a computer for the three years while you study at our school. We want to be updated so we can give the students the best experience in working efficiently with the newest technology.

We got a Facebook-page, check it out and like us: ”It-gymnasiet Göteborg”!




Gothenburg (by Adrian staffas Lindberg)

Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden with around half a million inhabitants. The city is located on the west coast.

During the 1900th century alot of Scottish and Dutch merchants moved to Gothenburg so there the city got it’s nickname “Little London”. Gothenburg is famous for its amusement park called Liseberg. The City of Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by King Gustav Adolf. It lies by the sea at the mouth of Göta Älv. Göta älv is the river running throughout the city. Gothenburg is the largest seaport in the Nordic countries. Gothenburg has two universities. The University of Gothenburg has approximately 25,000 students and is one of the largest universities in Scandinavia and one of the most versatile in Sweden. Chalmers University of Technology is a well known university located in Johanneberg 2 km south of the inner city, lately also established at Lindholmen,Hisingen.




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