A-Z @LG

Academic honesty: With all the advances of computer technology, academic dishonesty is an ever increasing problem and Langkaer has a strict policy regarding academic honesty. Well-researched assignments often include other people’s ideas and information, but it is the way that you use these ideas and information that determines how authentic your work is. The IBO’s definition of an authentic piece of work can be seen below:

“An authentic piece of work is one that is based on the candidate’s individual and original ideas with the ideas and work of others fully acknowledged. Therefore, all assignments for assessment, regardless of their format, must wholly and authentically use that candidate’s own language, expression and ideas. Where the ideas or work of another person are represented within a candidate’s work, whether in the form of direct quotation or paraphrase, the source(s) of those ideas or the work must be fully and appropriately acknowledged.”

Academic Honesty p. 10, International Baccalaureate Organization, July 2009

Academic honesty is a skill that you will learn here at Langkaer, and your teachers will ensure that you know the difference between academic honesty and dishonesty in practice.

Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to:

  •  Plagiarism: passing off other people’s work as your own.
  •  Collusion: helping others to produce work that is not authentically theirs e.g. allowing them to     copy your work.
  • Duplication: passing off the same piece of work for different assignments or Diploma requirements.
  • Any other behaviour that allows one student to gain an unfair advantage over other students i.e. using a non-approved calculator in an exam or lying in your CAS journal.

Students who are found to be guilty of academic dishonesty will not be allowed to obtain their IB diploma.

 

Age of legal majority: Students who are over the age of 18 are considered as adults, and the school will from then on communicate directly with the student.  Parents/guardians to students under the age of 18 will be informed of grades and any consequences resulting from excessive absence or misbehaviour. Students under the age of 18 may not withdraw from the school without their parents’ consent.

 

Alcohol: Consuming alcohol on school premises is not allowed. In conjunction with parties and Friday cafés, alcohol is served in moderate amounts. However, you may not bring your own alcohol to school parties or Friday cafés.

 

Assemblies: An assembly is held every Friday during the morning break. These assemblies are a mixture of information and entertainment, where everybody is welcome to contribute. A special assembly for IB students will typically be held every other week, allowing important messages to be related in English.  However, IB students are equally allowed to sign up for a Friday assembly if they have information or an act of entertainment that is relevant for the whole school. Signing up for an assembly can be done on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. If there is a need for it, assemblies can also be held on other days of the week. During the month of December, where the traditional Christmas story is performed, assemblies are usually held every Tuesday and Friday.  

 

Bike ‘shed’: If you choose to ride your bike to school, it is possible to store it in a dry place. A bike area can be found in the basement of the new school extension, which can be reached by cycling round to the back of the school.

 

Books: Most books that you will need for class will be handed out by the school. The exception here being dictionaries, which you must buy yourself. Once classes start, you will hear more about buying dictionaries. Books must be furnished with a protective covering and you may not highlight nor write in them. The books are the school’s property and must be returned to the book room when you finish your exams or if you change school. If any of the books you have been given disappear, you must pay for their replacement.

 

Board of governors: The main task of the school board is to be instrumental in the school generating a strategy and policy which will give the school a strong and distinct image, a viable economy, an energetic and competent management, a qualified and talented teaching staff as well as modern and eminent teaching. The board consists of 9 members: 5 external members, 2 teachers and 2 student representatives from the student council. The headmaster is secretary to the board of governors.

 

Calculators: The IB has strict rules regarding which calculators are allowed in an exam situation. We advise that you postpone buying a calculator until you have been given a list of IB approved calculators.

 

Canteen: The canteen is open from 8.15 a.m. – 2.15 p.m. The canteen serves a variety of sandwiches, a salad bar, a daily warm meal and a selection of fruit, snacks and drinks. Stay updated on the News in English conference on First Class, as special offers are often posted here.

 

Change of address: If you move or your telephone number changes, you must remember to inform the school.

 

Computers: All classrooms are equipped with a projector, which provides good opportunities for incorporating computer exercises and media in teaching. These days, most students bring their own computer to school, but there is one computer room. All the computers have access to the internet and are frequently used during class and in preparation for class.

With a laptop you can connect to the schools wireless internet.

 

Each student is equipped with his or her own login and password, which is necessary for them to access the school computers.

 

Guidelines for using the computers:

1)   Everyone should observe good computer etiquette on the internet.

2)   Users have personal responsibility for their usage.

3)   Any usage of the school’s computers which the school regards as being a breach of security and guidelines for using the computes and may have a damaging effect on the school’s image is not permitted nor tolerated.

4)   Users may not alter computer nor system settings.

5)   Programmes may neither be downloaded nor installed on the school’s computers.

6)   Show respect and consideration for the computers, the system and each other.

 

Costs: Because Langkaer is a public school, tuition is free. However, legislation dictates that the individual student must buy their own teaching materials (calculator, dictionaries etc.) and should expect these costs to add up to no more than 2500kr. Furthermore, students are asked to pay 500kr for photocopies and compendiums. Students can also expect to have to pay for school trips (see ‘School trips’ below). More information on self-payment can be found in the welcome letter.

 

Counselling: The school provides counsellors for students who require advice whether it be on academic or non-academic matters. The IB counsellors are Danny Goodwin and Maja H. H. Nielsen, and office hours will be visible in Lectio.

 

Curriculum: Langkaer uses Lectio to communicate their curriculum. At the beginning of the school year, the teachers create a general plan for written assignments as well as a curriculum with general descriptions of the academic content of the intended subject topics. The teacher can gather teaching materials for each class in Lectio and the students can share documents to help along any group projects. Students can also hand in their written assignments electronically. Come exam time, the covered curriculum will be visible to each individual class.

 

Exams: The IB final exams (3i) are held in May. Students have their last school day during April, and the time from then to the exams is reserved for revision. The exam period is a very stressful time, make sure you are well prepared and manage your time accordingly. Compulsory mock exams will be held in  early spring for 3i and at the end of the year for 2i and the pre-IB cohorts.

 

Extra-curricular art: Do you feel the need to express yourself in a more creative way? Throughout the year extra-curricular art classes are available after school to those students who might be interested. Supplies will be provided as well as guidance in form of an art teacher. Students may work on something new from session to session or work on an ongoing project.

 

Extra-curricular music: You can participate in scheduled extra-curricular music activities or rehearse with a band of your own. In the basement of the school, you will find a practice room where the school provides musical instruments and a recording studio. Students who are involved in extra-curricular music are also allowed to showcase their talent by taking part in the biannual musical, performing at the Langkaer Concert, and competing in the annual Langkaer-vision Song Contest (MGP). The two best performances will go on to compete against other high school winners in Aarhus in the inter-high school Song Contest.

 

Extra-curricular sports: Do you feel you need to burn off any excess energy? There are several extra-curricular sport activities at Langkaer. Basketball, football, handball, volleyball and community sports (where the sport you play is decided on the day by the participating group) are some of the options.  If you wish to learn a new sport, or refine your skills within a sport, and that sport is not already an option at Langkaer, then you have an opportunity to be heard. If you can gather a group of minimum 20 students who would be interested in partaking in the same sport, then Langkaer will find you an experienced instructor. If you have any questions about extra-curricular sports at Langkaer, then contact one of the PE teachers.

 

Film festival: At the annual film festival held in the autumn, the media classes exhibit their exam projects and all films compete for prizes in front of a live and excited audience – all in true Hollywood style.

First Class: Langkaer uses the online conferencing system First Class for communication between students and teachers and between students. Each student is given a personal username and password. There is a conference for each teaching class and several general and social conferences. There is access to First Class on all school computers, and a guide to downloading the program to your personal computer on the website. It is important that you check First Class every day as this is where your coordinator and teachers will communicate with you.

 

Friday Cafes: These cafés are held 4 – 6 times a year, obviously on a Friday afternoon. Each café has its own theme.

 

Insurance: Generally speaking, each individual student is responsible for taking out an insurance covering cases of theft, mishaps and accidents. The school does not have an accident nor liability insurance and does not provide compensation in cases of theft. Before P.E. it is recommended that valuable items are handed over to the teacher for safekeeping. However, the teacher does not have legal responsibility for any of the items. Regarding study trips abroad, the school advises students to take out their own travel insurance.

 

Interactive whiteboards: Interactive whiteboards are installed in all classrooms, and they provide excellent opportunities for using e.g. websites, film clips, and images in teaching.

 

The Langkaer Concert: Every spring a special concert is held at the school. The school’s music teachers present a varied concert programme where the different classes show what they have worked on during their lessons. Furthermore, those students who participate in the musical scene of the school e.g. as a part of extra-curricular music lessons are also encouraged to showcase their talent. The Langkaer Concert is an evening event, and the school invites all students and teachers together with their families and friends, as well as former students, to attend.

 

The Learning Center: The center is an integral part of the learning environment of the school. The learning center is an area built to create the best setting and frame work for the students to do their school work. Here they will find a calm, friendly and focused working environment and support in developing general and subject specific study skills.

Situated in the center of the school, it is staffed Monday through Thursday by different teachers representing a variety of subjects. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. students are welcome to visit the Learning Center if they need:

·      Help with their homework and assignments

·      Help in searching for information and borrowing books

·      General support and tutoring within your different subjects

·      Help in becoming a better reader

·      A quiet working space that allows for concentration

Students are very welcome to use the Learning Center as a place to do their daily homework.

 

Lectio: At Langkaer we use a web-based computer system handling student administrations i.e. schedules, grades, absence called Lectio. Students, teachers and parents are able to view the timetable of each individual student from any computer. The timetables are kept up-to-date by the school administration and the teachers. Changes can be made on a daily basis, so it is important to check your schedule every day. With a personal password each student can access their record of absence and grades throughout their years at Langkaer.

 

Lockers: In the Globe and in the basement, there are a limited number of lockers for student use. At the beginning of the year you will be informed on how to apply for one of these lockers.

 

Lost and found: In the office you can find the lost and found box. Here you may be able to find items that you have lost, and are also encouraged to hand in items you have found around the school.

 

Parent consultations: Parent consultation meetings are held once a year in the pre-IB. The students are welcome to participate in these meetings, which are a good opportunity to discuss a student’s progress in each subject.

 

Parties: Throughout the school year we have 5 – 6 parties as well as the school gala for the graduating years. The parties are organised by the party planning committee which consists of about 20 students and about a dozen teachers. The entry fee is typically 50kr and alumni students are always welcome. After the parties, buses depart to Hammel, Galten, Brabrand and Aarhus.

Normally a disco and/or a band plays at the parties. At the School Gala in the spring, where parents are also welcome, dinner, Lanciers dancing, entertainment, bands, disco, cafés and much more are present.

 

Photocopying and printing: Any photocopying and printing done by the students they have to pay for themselves. Each student receives an allocation of 100kr to covers a year’s photocopying and printing. Once the 100kr is used up, students will no longer be able to print nor photocopy until they have topped up their account. Unused balances are not refunded. The student photocopying machine can be found in the study area.

 

School trips: In a number of subjects school trips of one day or several days’ length will be possible. School trips and study tours are voluntary for each individual but are only carried out if attendance includes almost the whole class. If a student does not participate, they will be given assignments in an appropriate dimension to compensate for their non-participation.

Expenses for school trips and study tours may not exceed 5500kr in overall price for one school year. 

 

Smoking: Smoking is not permitted on school property.

 

Student ambassadors: At school there is a group of student ambassadors consisting of current pupils. This group partakes in visits to state schools, welcomes pupils from our transition programmes as well as other guests at the school and finally participate at orientation evenings for future students. The student ambassadors are chosen during the autumn and are among other things trained in giving oral presentations.

 

Student Council: Langkaer has a very active student council consisting of passionate and enthusiastic students who want to make their school a better place. The student council can be involved in a number of issues, be it the physical parameters of the school, the educational policy, the evaluation of teaching, social events – all topics that are relevant to you as a student at Langkaer. One of the most important roles of the student council is to be represented in the committees of the school and in the board of governors. At the beginning of every year the new student council meets during an introductory weekend, where the battle plan is laid down. Everybody can be a part of the student council – you don’t need the highest grades nor a politician hidden within. It is all about wanting to engage yourself in your everyday life and about making a difference.

 

Student photography: Class photographs are taken every year, and each student is photographed for the school’s records and student IDs. The photographs will be taken within the first few weeks of the school year and the precise times will be visible in lectio. It is possible to buy the pictures for private use. On the first day of school, a ‘temporary’ photo of each class is taken, which the teachers use to help learn your names.

 

SU: SU is the term used for the state educational support that is available to students over the age of 18. You must apply for the state educational support on your own, and the first payment will come the first quarter after your 18th birthday. Be aware that if you have a part-time job alongside your schooling, you are not allowed to earn more than a certain amount. If you exceed this amount, you will have to pay back your SU

For Danish students: Apply through the website www.su.dk

For foreign students: You must apply for equal status because SU is typically only rewarded to Danish students. You must complete an application form as well as an information form through the website www.su.dk. NB: the website and the forms are written in Danish. 

 

Timetable changes: Changes in relation to the regular timetable will occur. The administration will announce such changes as early as possible, but in the case of illness it may only be a few hours in advance. Any changes can be seen in your personal timetable in Lectio.

 

Transport: No matter in which direction you live, there are several transportation options for getting to and from Langkaer. Below you will see which buses service the different routes, but for more detailed and current timetables please see www.midttrafik.dk, where you will find information on the yellow city centre buses and the blue regional buses.

 

City Centre Buses (yellow)

Bus nr. : Name of bus stop nearest Langkaer

Bus 3a : Idrætsanlæg TST

Bus 19 : Kileparken

Bus 35 : Direct line between Langkaer and the Brabrand area

 

Regional Buses (blue)

Bus nr. : Bus stop : Place of origin/destination

111 : The stop between McDonald’s and Bilka: Hinnerup/Skjoldelev/Foldby

112 : The stop between McDonald’s and Bilka: Herskind/Sjelle/Skørring

114 : The stop between McDonald’s and Bilka: Hammel

116 : The stop between McDonald’s and Bilka: Galten/Skovby

 

It is also possible to take the blue regional buses to and from the city centre by using the same bus stop.

When coming FROM the city centre, get off at the bus stop AFTER the McDONALD’S bus stop.

When coming TO the city centre, get off at the bus stop AFTER the BILKA bus stop.

 

In conjunction with school parties the school offers transportation to Brabrand, Galten, Hammel or Aarhus. The only requirement is that you have purchased a ticket through the school office. The price is 20kr and if you have purchased a ticket in advance you are ensured a spot on the bus.

Transportation subsidy: You can apply for transportation subsidy. Apply through the website www.ungdomskort.dk.

 

Ugly Day: A special tradition unique to Langkaer usually held at the end of February. It’s all about dressing up in the ugliest, most mismatching clothes you can get your hands on. The day includes boogie-woogie dancing, a catwalk show, crowning of the day’s ugliest student and the last Friday café of the school year. The perfect way to let loose and have fun during the cold and dark winter months.