The Richard-von-Weizsäcker Comprehensive School
The Richard-von-Weizsäcker Comprehensive School Rietberg was founded in 2013 and started with 173 pupils in August. The school will be expanding every year until 2022. With the final expansion, we expect to have around 1.200 pupils taught by around 100 teachers.
Our school offers all secondary school qualifications – from secondary school qualification (Hauptschulabschluss) to A level (Abitur).
According to our school’s motto living – learning – performing (Leben – Lernen – Leisten), we would like to educate our pupils to become responsible young adults in their future life.
Our students show a varied profile of society: they have many different religious, cultural and educational backgrounds. That’s why our school provides a wide range of offers for our pupils to participate in (projects, exchange programmes, Café Bistro International, …).
The heterogeneity of our pupils is met by intense teamwork and through supportive measures and advanced requirements for the different students. Consulting parents and students is another important aspect of cooperation between parents and school.
From year 6 on, the school offers French and Spanish as a foreign language. In year 7, there is the opportunity to join the bilingual class (social science and economics are taught in English and German). English and Mathematics are taught in different courses (basic and advanced level) starting in year 7. Later in year 8, German and, in year 9, natural science is taught in different courses as well.
Different competences of using digital media in natural-technical alignments are promoted in natural science, the elective subject and business and employment studies. These competences are for example qualified handling of application software, digitization of the world of work, nature and environment, school garden, every day science, etc.
The number of advanced courses and good grades decide whether a pupil can reach his A level or not. In contrast to the Gymnasium, the decision of reaching the A level is determined later due to the educational development of a pupil at a comprehensive school throughout the years. Thus, the pupil has the opportunity of gaining the highest educational qualification for a longer period.
The school’s motto (living – learning – performing) shows the principles of the school: pupils, teachers, parents and extracurricular partners organize school life together and every pupil is supported in his personal performance.
School starts at 8 a.m. from Monday to Friday and ends at 3.30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Tuesday and Friday school ends at 1.10 p.m. Changes in the lesson plan might be possible due to staff requirements.
The school has a canteen which serves fresh food four days a week.
The idea of dealing with the heterogeneity of our pupils is also provided by our participation in the project called Vielfalt fördern. Furthermore, the participation in the projects called Sprachsensible Schulentwicklung and Mathematik sicher können promote important basic skills for further educational development.
Physical Education and movement are further important aspects: Our facilities include several great gyms as well as an indoor swimming pool which helped pupils reaching first places in local championships in swimming in the past. Pupils can replace a school club in their lesson plan with the participation in a local sports club after school.
Culture and music are another part of our school life. Theatre plays, religious services, music clubs and the school band, choir and music lessons are just a few to be named. In year 7, pupils can choose the elective called Darstellen & Gestalten to act out their artistic abilities.
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Eponym: Richard von Weizsäcker
Information on the person
Richard von Weizsäcker was born on 15th April 1920 and died on 31st January 2015. He was a German solicitor and politician (CDU) who held different public offices in politics and church (e.g. president of the Evangelical Church Day, Participant of the German parliament, mayor of Berlin). From 1984 to 1994, he served as President of Germany.
According to Weizsäcker himself, his main job as a president was to meet people and not only to do representative jobs. He was interested in meeting young people especially. He was also not afraid of meeting harsh critics and marginalized groups.
Relevance to our school and education
Richard von Weizsäcker supported the idea of a modern school which focuses on the holistic educational approach. He was convinced that every human needs to be embedded socially and economically. The intercourse between humans should be determined by respect and appreciation for each other. Richard von Weizsäcker supported the idea of diversity of humans as a chance.
„Was wir zu lernen haben ist so schwer und doch so einfach und klar: Es ist normal, verschieden zu sein.‟ (Richard von Weizsäcker)