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April 11, 2019

IB Visual Arts Exhibition

2019-04-11T06:28:46+00:00April 11th, 2019|

After two intense years of practice and creation, the 2nd years Visual Art students had their Final exhibition on Sunday the 7th of April. The community had the pleasure to walk through a transformed Hoegh and witness an exhibition full of talent, creativity, and diversity in style and mediums. A rewarding and overwhelming afternoon for the Art students as they shared their Art with their peers and teachers.

Click here for some pictures from the exhibition.

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Outdoor Leadership

2019-04-04T09:14:38+00:00April 4th, 2019|

The Outdoor Leaders in training went on their 5th trip over the weekend of 30th March. It was spring skiing: an overnight trip with the aim to ski in steeper terrain with more complex route-finding, needing an awareness of avalanche danger. Recent days of high winds had warned us that avalanche danger might be high and, coupled with poor visibility, we were extra careful with the navigation as we climbed up behind Storehesten.

On the north side of the mountain the snow was still deep, and we found a good place for our tents, in good position to ascend the next day. The evening saw increasing winds and quite a lot of new snow. We definitely did not have spring conditions in the hills yet! The morning was predicted to bring decreasing wind and clearing skies so, after breakfast, we set out towards the top and after a while it did indeed clear up. Unfortunately the wind had scoured the hillside of any new snow leaving only the old icy sheet of snow. So, as a group, we decided to descend to camp and pack up for the return back to the school.

Although we were only a small group,we still had a good time and got to feel how it was to be exposed to the poor weather, and experience how the wind and the poor visibility impacted what we could do. It was interesting to see how the landscape changed from being dark and intimidating to becoming light and inviting depending on the visibility. Navigation without visible landmarks or a trail to follow is demanding. We all got valuable practice and experiences even though we would have preferred still and sunny days.

See the video here.

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Dignity and Dignitaries

2019-04-02T13:59:46+00:00April 2nd, 2019|

Prime Minister Erna Solberg with student, Chat.

This, year’s annual Mandela Lecture was given by Evelin Lindner in our auditorium March 29th, on the theme – From Humiliation to Dignity: for a Future of Solidarity. Equality in dignity was a central concept in Evelin’s address to the students, or to use a Norwegian term: Likeverd. This both resembles and is opposed to the concept of a dignitary, someone you subject yourself to. At the same time we had a group of 15 volunteers and participants at Ridderrennet, an event in the spirit of Likeverd, for joint athletic achievements and companionship. On completion of the final race, our two participants, Chat (Cambodia) and Hannah (Liberia) received their congratulations from Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Equality in dignity on and off campus.

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RCN – ‘Young Researchers’

2019-04-02T07:08:08+00:00April 2nd, 2019|

The organisation Unge Forskere (“Young Researchers”) run an annual competition throughout Norway, inviting applicants attending upper secondary school to submit their research projects. The IB Extended Essay format lends itself appropriately to research at this level. Of 153 projects submitted by upper secondary students nation-wide, 24 were selected as finalists, including five RCN students:

  • Liva (Latvia) – The distribution and abundance of four coastal lichen species on an island Svanøy (Sogn og Fjordane, Norway)
  • Kieren (Malaysia) – – Will nudges be effective in helping students make rational decisions when it comes to consumption habits?
  • Musonda (Zambia) – A study of the natural resource curse and the Dutch disease on the city of Chingola (microscale) and Zambia (macroscale).
  • Ossian (Finland) ) – Special economic zones as a development tool for economically Less-Developed Countries – learning from experience
  • Sona (Armenia) – Assessing the existing tobacco problem in Armenia and analyzing the effectiveness of the current and potential policies of reducing tobacco consumption in the country.

These students are invited to Oslo to meet with the other finalists, the panel of judges and professional researchers, before receiving their prize and attending a celebratory meal.

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