Thursday, September 15, 2011

Miina Härma Gümnaasium

My last post was picture-heavy and text-light... This one is the opposite. It's also about school.
Proceed with caution.

September 1st is an important day in Estonia, as it's the day when all the students, all over the country, start school. Although technically it's the beginning of the new school year, you don't really have any classes on that day. At least, at Miina Härma Gümnaasium (, they have only a welcoming ceremony, followed by a simple class meeting.

I was originally going to be placed in Class 12B (equivalent to the senior class), but instead the school decided to put me in 11C. Their reasoning was that the 12th Class has important testing during the second half of the school year, and since I am not doing that, it would be boring for me while everyone else is studying. That seems reasonable, and 11C is pretty cool anyway!

Here's my class' weekly schedule:

(Click it to zoom in)

At first, Nora (the other Rotary student in my city) and I were put into all the classes that the other students had, like Chemistry, Physics, Math, Art History, and Estonian (the equivalent of our English classes), which are all taught in Estonian. It was soon discovered that we don't speak enough of the language for any of this to be helpful... yet. Instead, we just go to English, Foreign Language (German, in my case), English Literature, British Studies, Gym, and a special Estonian Language class.
We will be attending the full Estonian classes once we get a better handle of the language, though.

Finally, I just have to say that English class is incredibly boring.

And a sunset, just because.

1 comment:

  1. I love sunsets, thank you. Just because.