Our Institution’s Project Implementation Outline

BG Dornbirn is an institution with a long tradition. We have been offering general education for more than 100 years. While it is important to celebrate this rich history, we consider it vital to always be open for new challenges. At BG Dornbirn, we offer a broad general education based on humanistic values. We encourage young people to develop their individual personalities and help them to adopt key qualifications like the ability to work in teams, to think globally, to take responsibility for themselves and for others. The foundation of our work are the values of liberty, tolerance, solidarity, critical faculty and environmental awareness. 

 

Moreover, languages and intercultural studies play an important role at our school. Every student has to learn English from the first form onwards, as well as at least one more foreign language (French, Spanish or Latin) starting in year three. In year five they can choose between a branch with another foreign language or a branch with a special focus on economy and culture. The majority of students choose the branch with the third foreign language. Those who choose the branch with only two languages can still learn another language as an optional subject.

 

We are convinced that “learning to live together” is absolutely essential for the stability of our society, especially since we live in an area of economic strength based to a large extent on the work of immigrants and on the export of the goods produced in our country. Therefore, we are integrating this project into our daily work in all subjects. Apart from that we offer some specially designed courses and extra curricular activities, as well as special projects in which our students can develop their social competences. We have also cooperated in some Comenius projects and in a two-year project sponsored by the European Commission called “Education for Global Citizenship,” in which schools from The Netherlands, Italy, Cameroon, Chile and Austria participated and cooperated via e-mail, discussion forums and chats.

 

In the annexe, you can find descriptions of some of the projects we have carried out in the last two years or which we are planning for this year.

 

More information about projects at our school can be found here UNESCO Aktivitäten 2017/18

 

Specially designed courses are:

 

  1. In the four years of lower school we have a compulsory subject Social Studies in which we train students in such competences as independent learning, teamwork and conflict solution. It’s education for peaceful living together.
  2. In a special course during the second year at our schools, the students are taught a profound and responsible use of new media.
  3. For the senior students we offer various optional modules, which allow them to focus on their individual interests. 
    Some of these modules are: 
    Social Competence: Students train their social skills and do practical social work
    Languages: We offer courses of Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese and Italian for those who want to study an extra foreign language
    Literature and communication
    History and political science
    Design-Media-Art
    Scientific laboratory
    Philosophy
  4. We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including 
    The active groups of the Young Red Cross, UNESCO and Umweltzeichen
    We cooperate with social institutions like Caritas, „Children’s Village“ and social welfare—among others—for charity work, as well as with museums like the Jewish museum for history projects.
    One group of senior students organises a variety of social activities for the school community such as student parliament, discos, concerts, a school dance, etc.
  5. A group of teachers with a special training as coaches offer help to both students and fellow teachers in difficult situations.
  6. Additionally, a group of academically outstanding students offers help to others.

 

As a member of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network, we hope to get in contact with schools from all over the world in order to be able to broaden our global cooperation (for example exchanges with our Armenian and Bostonian partner schools). Moreover, we will continue to implement a culture of tolerance and mutual respect. We hope to intensify project-oriented teaching and the cooperation between the subjects, as well as the use of new teaching methods. Furthermore, we will intensify our extracurricular cooperation with institutions in our community.