Activities round the year
The first day back to school is usually placed in the second week in August each year. This is a classteacher day, for the students and classteacher to get to know each other and to deal with administration issues.
Students meet in the school hall for a welcome assembly before going to class.
8.10 Stages 2-7.
The day finishes for these students at 11.40.
9.00 Stages 8 to 11.
These students finish at 12.30.
10.00 Stage 1.
The day finishes for these students at 13.00.
Parent meetings for each Key Stage take place in the second week back. In 2023
17.00-19.00 Key Stage 1 classes, stages 1,2,3
19.00-21.00 Key Stage 2 classes, stages 4,5,6
17.00-19.00 Key Stage 3 classes, stages 7,8,9
19.00-21.00 Key Stage 4 classes, stages 10,11
This welcome event takes place in the first month of school.
All families in Key Stage 1 (Stages 1, 2 and 3) are invited to share food and eat together at the school.
This is a great opportunity for new families to meet and talk to other families and teachers.
Parent teacher conferences start in September with Stage 1 and continue in October and November with different classes – see the calendar for exact dates.
The conferences are for both parents and students in Key Stage 3 to 4.
In this first semester teachers focus on social and work related issues. Core subject teachers of English ,math, science and Danish are present in Key Stages 1,2,3, while all teachers attend the conferences in Key Stage 4.
In KS1 the SFO pædagog also attends to talk to the parents of those children who attend SFO.
In the third week of September, we have an information meeting for waiting list applicants for the next year’s Stage 1 class. All those on the waiting list are personally invited to attend this evening and listen to presentations from the Key Stage 1 Coordinator and the Stage 1 class teachers. After this meeting, applicants start to be invited for interview prior to places being offered for the following year.
If you are not on the waiting list, you are welcome to attend, but will not be invited for interview unless you are registered on our waiting list.
This super sports event takes place before the end of September and is usually placed on a Friday between 16.00 and 20.00.
All students in the school eat together, have fun and run appropriate distances for their age such as 1km, 2.5km 5 km and 10 km.
Parents are invited to join in and show students that they can run too!
This one week holiday is always in October in week 42.
The school is closed but SFO is open for those students who are registered.
Students in stages 4-11 participate in a poetry or short story competition in the first 6-8 weeks of school each year.
This lovely event is often judged by a writer or poet on our behalf. The prizes are awarded to the winning three poems in each of the key stage groups.
Each year we celebrate International Children’s Day on November 20th or the closest school day. This is the day the United Nations signed the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959.
Every year, Stages 1 to 9 and the equivalent Danish classes participate in various activities to celebrate this day and learn about children from other parts of the world. The day usually involves a fund raising event and the money raised is donated to children in another country.
The half year exams for Stages 7 to 10 take place in the second half of November, usually in Week 46.
Brobygning means bridge-building in Danish. During this week, students in the Stage 11 class visit two different colleges of further education of their choice in Aalborg.
This builds on the experiences they have had in Stage 9, so they are better informed about the educational choices in front of them.
Towards the end of November, Stage 11 is invited to an information evening with the Career Guidance Officer from UU-Aalborg. They are introduced to the resources available online which will help them make choices about future education and career paths.
In addition, they find out about open evenings at the various colleges in Aalborg.
At the end of November, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes each put on a school play.
In KS1, the lead roles are taken by stage 3 students, and in KS2, by stage 6.
Each play is performed twice, once on the Friday for the other classes at school and then on the Saturday for parents and families.
The first day in December is a special day when all classes spend the morning decorating their classrooms for Christmas.
Children often share a lunch together in their classes and eat ‘æbleskiver’, a traditional food during the Danish Christmas period.
Lucia is a Scandinavian Christmas tradition that takes place usually on 13th December. The children that participate, walk around the school in white shifts carrying candles and singing a traditional song.
All students in the international department receive a written half year report just before the Christmas holidays.
The last day of the first term ends with classteacher time and a church service.
In the fourth week of January, Stages 9,10 and 11 participate in an afternoon called Careers day.
Parents and other volunteers come in and talk to the classes about their careers and jobs. Students usually hear about four different types of jobs during the session, and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Open House takes place at the end of January. It is a day when we profile our arts and music education.
Stages 1 to 9 and the equivalent classes in the Danish department put on a magnificent display of art and craft work. In addition, Stages 1 to 6 each perform a musical presentation in the hall. Families and friends welcome.
The winter holiday always takes place in week 8. This is usually the second or third week in February.
Parents are invited to stand for election to the School Board. The process takes place in January to March and elected representatives are announced at the Annual General Meeting in April.
On the 5th March all classes stop normal lessons to focus on issues and themes to do with personal wellbeing and social relationships.
During the project week, Stage 9 takes part in a brobygning (bridge-building) with the local colleges of further education. This is part of their preparation for choosing further education.
The week before Easter is project week. Students in Stages 1-8 take part in a project theme, often linked to the topic of the school drama performance which takes place in the same week. Classes are often mixed so that students can make new friends.
On the Thursday evening of this week, it’s the Annual School party. The work from Project week is put on display and there are fun activities for the students. In addition the drama group put on their play for both parents and students.
The second set of parent/teacher conferences takes place in February/March.
In Stages 7-11, all teachers of the different subjects attend this round of conferences.
World Book Day, first initiated by UNESCO, takes place sometime in March or April.
At Skipper Clement, the International and Danish classes in the junior school celebrate it by listening to a children’s author talking about their writing and by enjoying some special activities that focus on books.
The IGCSE oral exams usually take place just after Easter at the end of April. Students have oral exams in the languages, English, Spanish, German and any self study language a student chooses to take.
Students in Stages 6 and 9 sit Cambridge Assessment’s Checkpoint exams in English, Mathematics and Science. These exams are sent to Cambridge and marked externally. The results come with a diagnosis that helps students and teachers know areas of strength and weakness in student learning.
The school’s Annual General Meeting is held in the second or third week in April.
All parents are invited to attend if they wish.
Cambridge Assessment’s IGCSE exams are spread over the whole of May, the last week in April and the first two weeks in June. These are the school leaving exams for Stage 11. Stage 10 also take a couple of IGCSE exams, in English as a second language and core level mathematics.
FP9 and FP10, the exams in Danish language for Stage 10 and 11 take place in the first week in May for the written exams and in June for the spoken componants.
Every year Stage 6 students are invited to train for their cycling proficiency test. For this they will need a suitable bike and they will need to be able to ride confidently.
All classes from Stage 3 and up, have end of year progression tests set by Cambridge and following the curriculums in English, Mathematics and science. These are called end of year proficiency tests.
In addition students in Stages 7-11 have other end of year tests in most subjects.
These tests usually take place in the period covered by weeks 20-22.
Students in Stage 8 can choose to be confirmed into the Danish church. They follow confirmation classes with a priest for the whole year. Their confirmation day is usually the second Sunday in May, with Blue Monday the day following.
5th June is a holiday for schools to celebrate the signing of both the original Danish constitution in 1849 and the current constitution of 1953.
At the end of the first week in June, we have Transition Day. Classes from stage 1 to 7 ‘go up’ a year to experience their next year’s classteacher and the classroom they will move to.
On this day, we invite the new Stage 1 for the following year to join us for a day in school, along with holding an information meeting for their parents.
In the week before the last week of school, Stage 10 students find a work experience placement. They are helped in this by the career guidance officer. (UU vejleder)
Once all their official exams are finished, Stage 11 students take a two day course leading to a certificate in First Aid.
A shorter First Aid course is given to Stage 8 students earlier in the year.
The graduation ceremony for Stage 11 students takes place in the last week of school, usually on the Tuesday evening. Students receive their FP10 results and their end of year report. The IGCSE results are not released until 12th August and so cannot be given on this day.
All students participate in a sports day which usually takes place on the Wednesday in the last week of school. This is a fun day involving games and competitions between classes. School ends early at midday.
All students receive a written end of year report just before the summer holiday. This report includes attendance registers and checklists for the core subjects in Stages 1-9.
The checklists give a teacher assessment of each students’ mastery of a sample set of learning objectives from the core subjects, English, Mathematics and Science.
July is the summer holiday month for Danish schools. The summer holidays usually start in the last week of June and continue to the second week of August.
The SFO, (after school service) is open for some of the holiday weeks for children enrolled with them.