RCN is developing a relationship with Nordahl Grieg Videregående skole in Bergen. Earlier this week members of our student council travelled to meet their counterparts. Here are Student Council member Emma du Marchie Sarvaas’ s reflections.

Discussions continue...Six Student Council members travelled to Bergen on Sunday 22nd. We were met by two members and the ‘Student Inspector’ of the Student Council from Nordahl Grieg Videregående skole (NGV). We drove to the school and got a warm welcome from other Student Council members and the headmaster of NGV. Because it was already quite late we went to the homes of the six Student Council members who were friendly enough to host us.

On Monday morning, after we had our official welcome, we attended different classes. It was interesting to see the difference between the Norwegian school system and the way we have classes at UWC. One of the main differences was that NGV uses a lot of technology in class, this was then also one of the points we discussed in our meeting after the classes. The aim of our visit to NGV was to discuss a co-operation between UWC RCN and NGV. We talked a lot about ways to connect the schools and we exchanged ideas. We didn’t only talk, but we also held some Youth as Agents for Behavioural Change (YABC) workshops and had a very nice dinner and evening together.

Members of the two student councilsOn Tuesday morning we participated again in some classes and afterwards we had our final discussions about mental health, problems around the issue of motivation and a new initiative at NGV, the ‘Rainbow Week’. The Student Council at NGV consists of 66 students so after lunch we presented our ideas to the rest of the Student Council and shared a description of the structure of the RCN Student Council and our approach to academics and extra academics.

It was a very nice visit after which we came away with a lot of new ideas, inspired each other and created friendships with students and potential host families in Bergen. We hope to welcome the NGV students to our campus very soon!