Students, parents and grandparents may have many questions before sending their child or grandchild to Norgesskolen. Here we have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have other questions, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do they live at Norgesskolen?
The students live in dormitory houses at Sagavoll. There are both single and double rooms, showers and bathroom and a lounge area. The students are divided into age- and gender – groups. Each group has their own dorm leader – a counselor in charge. The counselors have fairly good knowledge of the student’s whereabouts at all times. The students may request a type of room and / or a special roommates, and we will do our best to satisfy them.
What about the food?
We have our meals in the dining hall and the dorm leaders eat with their groups. A regular Norwegian diet is served at Sagavoll, including among other things a lot of bread, which can be unusual for some. For breakfast, we get oat meal, fresh bread, knekkebrød (crackers), jam, cheese, ham and fresh fruit. For lunch there may be salads, soups or other warm dishes along with bread or rolls. For dinner, we have meat or poultry four times a week, fish twice a week and a vegetarian dish once a week. Vegetarians, vegans and students with allergies are served special food daily. For supper, the students eat packet food they have prepared themselves during lunch (stored in a cool place). We sometimes experience that students complain about the food. However, the kitchen staff at Sagavoll are doing their best to provide Norgesskolen with a rich choice of good quality food.
My child needs a special diet – what do we do?
It is important that we get detailed information about your child’s diet so that we can notify the kitchen at Sagavoll in advance. You fill in information about special diets or allergies in form 2 (information about the student).
Can they do laundry there?
Yes, they are able to do laundry. It is important that all clothes are labeled, especially for the younger students as the group leaders do their laundry. We assume that the older students do their own laundry. Norgesskolen covers the expenses for laundry.
What do we pack?
In addition to regular clothes, we recommend that you bring rain-wear, warm and wind stopping clothes and shoes for both out and indoor use. Remember to pack swimwear and a towel for swimming. The school supplies pillows, duvets, bed sheets and towels to all students. For more information, please read the equipment list.
May one bring a cell phone, iPad and a laptop?
You may bring a cell phone, iPad and laptop. They can however only be used in the communication hour. Then students contact their families, chat with friends and play games. Sometimes we use laptops and iPads in class for educational purposes. The teachers will let the students know when it is needed.
Should they bring pocket money?
When paying the school fee you may add 500 NOK as pocket money. We have a student bank where the students may withdraw their cash. The bank is administrated by the staff of Norgesskolen. The student may bring more money or a credit card if needed. We emphasize that cash and other valuables are student’s own responsibility.
Does one have to know Norwegian before coming to Norgesskolen?
No knowledge of Norwegian is required to attend Norgesskolen. In the classes, the students are divided into groups after age and language ability.
What happens if my child has to leave?
Sometimes during Norgesskolen students have to go home either because they fall ill, have home sickness or because they have violated the school rules. If this were to happen, the student’s parents/contact person will be notified in advance, and the return will happen at your own cost. In these cases, Norgesskolen does not refund any of the costs as expenses for personnel and rent are the same.
Do you have rules for drugs, alcohol and tobacco?
We emphasize that alcohol and any type of narcotics are strictly forbidden. It is not allowed to smoke at the school. As a part of looking out for the students, the staff will make sure that these rules are followed. Violation of the conduct may lead to expulsion. If this were to happen, the student’s parents/contact person will of course be notified in advance, and will have to cover the transportation cost.
Can one bring an instrument?
Yes, you can bring your own instrument. The students will have time to practice in the evenings. We encourage students to show their talents on our talent night and at the final show. We also have access to several pianos, guitars and drums at the school. We often hear and enjoy a lot students playing music.
Do they have to be Norwegian citizens to attend?
The students do not have to be a Norwegian citizen to attend. Most of the students are, but students of all nationalities are welcome to join.
What happens if my child gets sick?
We follow the student to a physician if he/she gets sick. If the condition is serious, we notify the parents or other contact persons. If the student is older than 16, there is a fee to be paid for the medical consultation. Norgesskolen usually covers those bills, however we expect the parents to refund extra expenses.
My child has special needs, can he/she attend Norgesskolen?
It depends on the needs. At Norgesskolen, we have a combination of classes and physical activities. The students should be able to attend the different classes and activities. For more details, please contact email@example.com