How we design education
Our school concept is based on the personal abilities and skills that each individual member of our school family brings to the table. We prepare students for the requirements of further education and the employment market, as well as developing the skills that our society needs. Alongside a high quality level of education, we promote team spirit, decision-making, and a creative drive.
3 Pillars of our school concept
I. All-day student care - no missed lessons
- More time for pedagogical and didactic work: the personnel plan ensures curriculum contents are taught continuously even if substitute teachers need to step in.
- More time for recreation, friends and family: homework is not usually assigned. The amount of learning to be done at home varies from child to child and should remain within reasonable levels. We strongly advise against creating pressure on children during out-of-school hours.
II. Well-planned learning rhythm reduces the amount of studying at home
- Curriculum: As a state-certified school, we teach all content specified by the Bavarian state curriculum. Many topics are taught as multidisciplinary subjects, i.e. parallel exploration of different specialist perspectives.
- Study hours: Every hour of teaching in core subjects is immediately followed by a study hour in which the students independently repeat and practice the content they have just learned, with subject teachers on hand to answer questions.
III. Extensive range of extra-curricular activity options brings leisure interests to school
- Extensive range of creative, music, sports, languages options.
- If required: additional afternoon coaching for secondary school students
An educational concept based on four core competences
Our time at school shapes our future. The knowledge we acquire at school and the grades we achieve determine our educational and professional careers. But whether we achieve success and happiness in life depends on skills that are often ignored by school timetables. We therefore encourage and support further competencies that complement the students' knowledge from their first school year up to graduation.
Achieving success and happiness
Learning to know
Knowledge competency describes the process of acquiring knowledge – on the one hand, knowledge in all subjects set forth in the > Bavarian Curriculum, and on the other, general and specialist knowledge which is acquired in extracurricular activity groups and talks, lectures and events.
Building knowledge competency at PGH
- In the proven regular rhythm of classes and work hours
- In numerous activity groups
- In three work experience periods at the secondary school
Setting and achieving goals and targets
Operational competency involves the ability to translate promises into actions. It concerns the ability to set the right goals and sub-goals, to develop strategies to achieve them, to implement these strategies and to reflect on the results
Building operationa competency at PGH
- By keeping logs and learning diaries and receiving feedback throughout the learning process
- By independently planning and organizing events
- By actively practicing targeted skills for dealing with challenging situations in a motivating environment
Personal competency is the development of a positive and realistic self-image and a mindset of self-evaluation and self-assurance – all characteristics which are essential for facing up to challenges and mastering tasks independently, or for seeking help when it is needed.
Building personal competency at PGH
- By independent work in work hours
- By giving talks and a wide range of presentations and performances (theatre, music, sports competitions) in a class and school environment
- Where required: support from study coaches or school psychiatrists
Being a strong team member
Social competency is the ability to work together with a group on mastering tasks and challenges, cope with conflict and join efforts with others in finding a successful solution. Characteristics such as empathy, helpfulness and respect are developed and encouraged.
Building social competency at PGH
- By following role models, e.g. school council members, mediators, school crossing guards
- By taking part in joint activities such as sports classes and activity groups, annual class trips and joint events
- Im By completing social work experience stints Sozialpraktikum in the middle school
Two vital topics: languages and health
Languages are the foundation stones of international exchange. Language skills pave the way for peace and trade.
We enable students to develop a confident and natural understanding of languages by recognizing overarching connections and contexts in different languages and applying them at more advanced levels. To achieve this, we complement language teaching by offering teaching of subsidiary subjects in English.
PGH also offers Spanish as a third foreign language. Other languages are offered as extra-curricular activities.
Health is a vital component of a happy, lively school day. In addition, it lays the foundations for concentration, and thus for success in studying. Sufficient exercise, fresh air and healthy food from the cafeteria and school kiosk are essential elements for health. We also partner with the physiotherapy vocational college in Traunstein to hold regular Health Days, where in-depth knowledge of anatomy, posture, sports and relaxation techniques are taught.