Secondary 7 students are based on the main campus and Secondary 8 – 11 students are based a short walk away in Slotsgade 15. Buildings open at 8.00 and the first lesson of the day starts at 8.10. The majority of school days now last until 14.45.
Most mornings our school day starts with a morning assembly. This lasts for 15 minutes or so and is run by the Danish Principal, Henrik Jørgensen, Mondays to Thursdays in Danish.
On Fridays Odense International School enjoys its separate morning assembly in English. Students are welcome to perform or co-host morning assemblies at OIS. Friday assemblies usually have a theme, and we conclude our assembly with a thought for the day.
Lessons are 45 minutes long and organised into two-lesson modules. We have a 15-minute break between modules and a 40-minute lunch break.
Students are provided with their own lockers inside the classroom.
Students eat with their classmates in their classroom. Most students bring a packed lunch. We do not have a refrigerator or a canteen.
We have a small food booth that sells buns, cheese slices, yogurt, and juice boxes daily on the main campus. Secondary 8-11 students may leave their campus with parental permission to purchase food in town. Unhealthy foods, such as soda, crisps, and cakes are not allowed at school.
There is no after-school care for students in Lower Secondary, but there is a youth centre at Østre Plads which is run by Odense Municipality and it is free of charge. The wide range of activities help children develop their creative and athletic talents,- everything from cooking to styling hair to dancing and playing board games.
Denmark is known for is bicycling culture, and Odense is routinely hailed as the best bicycle-friendly city in the country. In Secondary 7 students can take a bicycling safety test. For students ages 12 and up, it is not uncommon for classes to bicycle off campus for a class outings pending parental permission. We always wear bicycle helmets when biking for school events or during school time.
In Secondary, students are requested to bring the following items every day: