Camps and Exchange Programs
Throughout their education at Prins Henrik School, students have the possibility of participating in field trips or longer journeys arranged by the school, for the purpose of showing them other places and cultures, while also enabling them to improve their language skills and make them more independent as individuals. They benefit greatly from the shared experiences in new places and in different contexts. At the same time, they broaden their cultural awareness and move one step closer to becoming “citizens of the world.”
Starting in the first grade, students head off to camp or on a trip for a couple of days to learn about different subjects (for example: nature hikes or beach walks), either in Denmark or other places in Scandinavia:
- Camp Møns Klint for students in fifth grade, 2022 and Vimmerby, Sweden 2022
The trip, which is arranged at the start of the school year, is meant to strengthen camaraderie among the students and the general well-being of the class. The students keep active with different sports and nature hikes. They do walks and tree climbing, as well as visits to a farm or a geological museum. In Sweden they visited the Astrid Lindgren World.
About a month after school starts, the entire sixth grade takes a four-day trip to a recreation center in Tisvildeleje in the north of Zealand. The trip, which is organized by the sixth-grade class teachers, is meant to ease the transition between fifth and sixth grade, helping the students create new bonds and friends in their collège classes. Alongside team building, with sports and social activities, the students also have assignments that prepare them for the expectations of six grade, and teach them to manage their academic work load.
- Every year at the start of January, a group of our 1ère students travel to Geneva to be part of the FerMUN challenge, organized by the international gymnasium in Ferney-Voltaire. Students can also take part in a simulated debate at a mock U.N. conference or visit CERN with their physics and chemistry teacher.
Read more about FerMUN.
Europe opens up for debate!
Project ARC – mapping controversies – the culmination of a three year project by the AEFE project FORCCAST (Formation à la Cartographie des Controverses et à l’Analyse des Sciences et Techniques), is a joint research initiative started by Sciences Po in Paris.
The ARC project puts the research into practice, bringing together three “pilot” schools to test the method:
- Le Lycée Franco Hellénique Eugène Delacroix d’Athènes – Greece
- Le Lycée Chateaubriand de Rome – Italy
- Prins Henrik School – Denmark
The goal is to find a joint process in which to “map out controversies” of new issues.
All students in 1ère took part in the “Mapping Controversies – COS 2024” project. For the second year in a row, this project brought together high school students from French schools in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. However, the project has been rolling out in France and in AEFE high schools for several years.
In fact, the Prins Henrik School is one of the pilot schools, having joined the scheme since 2018.
This year’s controversy concerned the participation of hyperandrogenic athletes in high-level sporting competitions, particularly at the Olympic Games. Issues of fairness in women’s sporting competitions and the consequences of regulations put in place by international federations were at the heart of the debates.
It was necessary to focus on different aspects of the controversy, such as :
– Legislative and sports regulation issues
– Biological issues
– Political and ideological issues
The students carried out simulated debates, taking on the role of a major player in the controversy, such as scientists, sports doctors and heads of sports organizations like the IOC (International Olympic Committee).
The Copenhagen students were able to exchange views with their Scandinavian counterparts on several occasions to prepare for their roles, and they also developed their ability to argue and express themselves in public, while dealing with a subject at the heart of current affairs.
Comments from social media:
“The second day was super exciting and interesting, smiling and happy faces, sharing and exchanging ideas. Top of the line learning and exposure, it was amazing!”
“Congratulations and a big thank you to the students in 1ère for their hard work at the ARC controversies project!”
For more information about the FORCCAST-project:
In May 2023 the German students in Seconde went on a trip to Berlin. They followed a rich program on the theme of the Wall, a place of political oppression and artistic expression: graffiti workshop, visit of the Museum of Urban Art, treasure hunt, visit of the Stasi prison of Hohenschönhausen, of the Wall Memorial, musical show… Eine sehr gute Reise!
Read more at: “Languages in Secondaire.”
Prins Henrik School is part of the ADN-AEFE exchange program.
The program enables individual students from seconde to do a school exchange for a couple of weeks at one of the 165 schools within the AEFE network, which are part of the program.
The purpose is for students to host a student from another French school in the world and for our own students to then be hosted by them in their home land.
This unique experience is a fantastic opportunity for our students to enrich their education and explore new horizons, while still being guaranteed quality instruction and a familiar curriculum, because the schools are all part of the same network: AEFE – Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger.
Additional details about the program:
- See video about the ADN program.
- Read about the exchange program here: ADN AEFE
- Sign up on the website: AGORA AEFE
ADN-AEFE in 2023
The school regularly arranges skiing trips to Austria or Sweden for students in collège and lycée.