At Højskolen Østersøen you are obliged to follow the classes, both the mandatory ones as well as a number of lessons per week of selectable subjects, defined by the school. This is not only for the school to comply with the Danish Folk High School Law, but also to ensure that we all meet each other on qualified topics.
Apart from that you and your fellow students are free to arrange activities, form committees, and address problems in a democratic manner. The school has certain bodies which are already established when you arrive.
Teacher in Charge, TiC
The TiC is at the school to ensure that everything runs smoothly during the after-class time. TiCs are not present around-the-clock, but are there in case of emergencies (e.g. someone needs a doctor, etc).
Two daily rally points on weekdays
Democracy is very much about communication, and as a students you are obliged to be there when information is given.
Information is passed on during morning assemblies, and just after lunch (12.25). You are obliged to be present at these times, in order for the school to be run efficiently. This is also the student’s chance to grab the microphone and advertise for initiatives, evening activities, etc.
At the beginning of all weekends there will be a weekend meeting, coordinating the weekend for the people staying at the school in the particulary weekend. It is not mandatory to stay at the school during the weekends, but two meals per day will be served during weekends.
If there is a topic which requires the attention or debate of the whole school, any five students can summon a school meeting by putting forth the topic to the School Director. Whether the topic is valid for a school meeting will be discussed at the following staff meeting, unless the topic is deemed so urgent by the School Director that a school meeting will be summoned before that time.
The students who put forth the suggestion are entitled to an answer after the following staff meeting (usually held at Mondays).
Teachers do not need to be five persons to put forth suggestions for school meetings.
At the school meetings all students are obliged to attend, as representatives from the teachers are. When relevant, kitchen staff, house keepers, etc. can be invited to school meetings.
Duty- and Feedback-groups, DFGs
Within the first weeks of your arrival you will be divided into groups across nationality, with a maximum number of 20 members per group. Each group is aided by a DFG teacher.
The groups have multiple purposes:
For giving feedback to the school in an informal environment over a cup of coffee
For students to arrange for duties at the school to be sorted (e.g. kitchen duties, minor cleaning jobs, and running the Café).
For students to arrange activities for evenings/weekends.
In other words DFGs offers opportunities to put forth ideas, criticism, and suggestions, as well as highlight positives.