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During these weeks there is a steady shuttle between Grenaa Gymnasium and Mols as all first-year students go to stay a day and a half at the nearby outdoor center, Karpenhøj. The trip is an essential part of the variety of activities that are meant to help the first-year students settling in at Grenaa Gymnasium.
Ulrick, Magnus and Andreas are first-year students and they gladly share their experience. “It’s cold to sleep in the remote shelter – bring a proper mattress. And a pillow,” Andreas says. “But the most important thing is to have a nice time, socialize and to be yourself.” The two others agree. Being one self is very important.
The boys appreciate the good weather that made everything more fun. “We did a kind of teambuilding contest and after that people were free to do what they felt like. Some went swimming, some played football and others gathered around a guitar,” Magnus explains.
What about meals on a trip like this? “Each of us belong in a “buddy group” established by the teachers at the first day at school,” Ulrick explains, and the buddies planned and cooked the meals together.”
“Buddy groups are a good idea,” Andreas thinks. “It helps integrating and avoiding someone feeling alone in the class.”
The boys seem well settled and confident together. However, in November when they have elected their STX specialized study programmes, they might no longer be in the same class. “I hope there will be some activities then to give the new classes a good start,” Andreas says. “One good thing is that because we’ve been in these preliminary classes during the STX basic programme, we will all be more aquainted across classes for the rest of our time here.”