A day at school
Students arrive at their own time in the morning, check themselves in and start their day at De Ruimte. Every student’s day at the school is unique.
No day is the same
The students indicate what they want to learn. Through recurrent activities a weekly program arises for students to join in. Everyone works from his/her own inspiration and enthusiasm. One can not predict the outcome of a day. The daily routine proves to be one of lively activity, without turning into chaos.
Students do whatever anything imaginable: they read books to one another, they work on their computer together, they climb trees, bake bread, they draw and paint, work on math or write an essay.
Some students make plans to make money, or write a script for a musical. Some do scientific experiments, calculate the size of the sun or find information on the internet. They play Dungeons and Dragons or are outside playing soccer.
Part of the students go to Math classes, or English or Biology. For some their agenda is filled, others do not even have an agenda; they decide in the moment how to spend their time.
All over the place you see people in conversation; laughing, discussing, socialising. Enthusiastic noises are heard in the gamers corner.
I am quite an active member of the school at the moment and I take a lot of responsibility. I participate in many classes like calculus, math, Dutch, geography and history. I make the minutes for the Mediation Circle and sometimes I help in the School Circle, putting all the motions on the board and in the digital system. This way I can keep track of everything that is happening. I am a curious person and I always want to know all that is going on.
Megan Loeff, student
It may happen that students get bored and do not really know what to do. That is not something we try to prevent. It is never an easy time, but at De Ruimte we see boredom as an important time for you to find out what is important to you and how you actually want to use your time.
Many students have a role in one or more circles in the school. Members of the Animal Circle start their day in the animal quarters taking care of the animals, Secretaries of the School Circle publish the agenda for the next meeting on the board, so students know what will be decided on at the next meeting. If you are one of the runners for the Mediation Circle you go around finding people that have to be in the Mediation Room at noon. Co-workers of the Lunch Cafe go to the supermarket at 10 am and spend the rest of the morning cooking. The smells they produce lure the hungry ones to kitchen at lunch time.
When I come in in the morning I first go around to check what is going on. There is always so much fun stuff to do! My favorite place to look is the art room; when I like what someone is doing there I try to copy it. The second best place is the central space for Primary Education and the room with the smaller kids. Sometimes Dorianne is baking things and then I like to join. So art and craft are my favorite activities, but I am always in for new things. I saw that they are making prints of people on big pieces of paper in the hallway. I think I will go check that out.
Thirza Brandsma, student
All students have their chores. Either you run the reception from 10-11 am on Tuesday or you fold the laundry, or you check the attendance list, or you help cleaning up inside or outside the building.
At the end of the day everybody clears away his own things before signing out.
Check out: ‘Een student kan de was doen’.
My regular school day? I come in, sit on the couch and wait for people joining me. We talk, about whatever is happening. Sometimes I walk around to see what is going on. I may want to find one of the staff members to talk to. Today I did sports. I also do math and history, mostly on Friday. I am working on Ruud’s motorcycle in the basement. Eric, one of the teachers is helping me to repair it. I like working there; it is nice and quiet and I can just do it my way.
I just came from the School Meeting. I always check what is being discussed. Whenever I have something to say about it I make sure I am there to give my opinion.
Xavier Trip, student