Our Secondary 10 and 11 students are based in the heart of the city centre of Odense, at Slotsgade 15. It is a short walk away from the main campus. Together with Secondary 8 and 9, the Years 7, 8 and 9 from Henriette Hørlücks Skole are also located here. Buildings open at 8.00 and the first lesson of the day starts at 8.10. Most school days have 8 lessons and end at 14.45 or 15.30.
In February 2020, we completed refurnishing the Slotsgade Chemistry & Physics labs and the Biology lab. These new labs contain state-of-the-art equipment for conducting experiments and provide a learning environment where the learner is at the centre of all activities.
“Slotsgade” is also home to the new Design & Technology makerspace offering creative work spaces for interactive learning.
We have invested in a wide variety of tools and materials as well as a 3D printer and a laser cutter. Odense International School students study Technology & Design from Primary 4 – Secondary 9, and Art & Design as an elective in Secondary 10 and 11. Our methodology is based on design-thinking and our students work with a range of materials and techniques. We pick up coding skills and experiences with robots and ICT as well.
Lessons are 45 minutes long and organised into two-lesson modules. We have breaks between each module. Students in S10 and S11 have 33 lessons per week.
Students are provided with their own lockers inside the classroom.
Most mornings start with an assembly. Mondays to Thursdays this is lead by Henrik Jørgensen, the owner of our school, in Danish. On Fridays, Odense International School gathers the international community of students for a separate international morning assembly in English.
Students eat with their classmates in their classroom. Most students bring a packed lunch. We do not have a fridge, microwave or a canteen.
From Secondary 8-11, students may leave campus and go to a nearby supermarket to purchase their lunch. Unhealthy foods, such as soda, crisps, and cakes are not allowed.
There is a youth centre at Østre Plads which is run by Odense Municipality and 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. The centre is open until 21.00 on Mondays – Thursdays and until 17.00 on Fridays.
Denmark is known for is bicycling culture, and Odense is routinely hailed as the best bicycle-friendly city in the country. For students ages 12 and up, it is not uncommon for classes to bicycle off campus for a class outing pending parental permission. Please note that bicycle helmets are mandatory if biking on a school trip.