May 14 2008

Looking for a High School?

Published by at 6:30 pm under General

When I was away now for 2 weeks I was teaching at a local high school (Fyresdal Videreg√•ande Steinerskole). This isn’t the regular type of high school, but one that specializes in teaching sustainable crafts and biodynamic farming. However, it is still possible to also do the curriculum required to qualify for subsequent studies at university or college.

Details about the school:

  • It’s a large farm/ranch owned by a foundation. They have sheep, cattle, swine etc… And quite extensive vegetable gardens. All ecological and run on biodynamical principles.
  • The school is a Rudolf Steiner School.
  • The location is quite remote and located in the sparcely populated muncipality of Fyresdal. Remember, you can walk around wherever you want in Norway. Trespassing isn’t an issue. That gives you plenty of opportunity for outdoors life.
  • There are two directions you can take to achieve a proffession at this school: ecological agriculture (+ forestry, crafts etc.) and ecological construction.
  • As a student at this school you are allowed to hunt, trap and fish for free on several thousand acres of land. In regards to hunting and trapping you still need to pass the government issued test before you qualify.
  • You have the opportunity to live in a dorm at the school. The food produced at the farm is by large consumed by the students.

From this autumn I’ll be teaching outdoors life (3 seperate weeks of fieldtrips around in the terrain. ) which I’m allowed to impart my own angle on (will of course include primitive skills) and some crafts.

If you are interested in more information, I’d advice that you drop them a mail.

Various photos of the school:


The sheep at the school are of the Norwegian stone age type (though not totally pure).


The mountains behind the farm makes for quite good scenery.


This is the main area of the school. Not all of the buildings are so easy to see from this point of view.


Photo of various working buildings. There are is a building dedicated to wood working a smithy etc…


Some rather small examples of buildings built with sustainable methods. The one to the left is a traditional timber cabin, the one to the right is a hay bale house.


A closer look at one of the vegetable gardens and a part of the orchard.


The second vegetable garden, with the barn at left and you can probably see some cows and a greenhouse on the photo too.


Some of the students (They aren’t all males, though it appears to be from this photo) .


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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Looking for a High School?”

  1. Justinon 10 Jun 2008 at 1:23 am

    Yes, I’m interested. But what provision for English is there? My children will need to learn Norwegian but will need help getting there!

    Like your blog.


  2. Torjus Gaarenon 10 Jun 2008 at 9:44 am

    Hi, Thanks for the compliment.

    Regarding that info I don’t know about it exactly. I think you should call: 00 47 90 81 27 04 or mail and I’m sure they’ll answer promptly.

    I do however know that there has been foreign students there previously and that this hasn’t been a problem.


  3. Justinon 10 Jun 2008 at 10:43 am

    Is it expensive?


  4. Torjus Gaarenon 12 Jun 2008 at 9:39 pm

    If you’re from Norway, Sweden, Denmark or Finland, the school will get state subsidies for having you and you’ll only have to pay a rather small fee. If you aren’t from these countries the costs will be around 50000 NOK per year, but the school is helpful with providing work for the students so they can pay down most of it through evening work.

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