Like in the mission statement of the school, the values, goals and rules of our dormitories derive from the Christian image of man. Furthermore, our dormitory life rests on three additional columns which are closely intertwined in everyday matters: Education, Faith, Fellowship.
Education, as we understand it, means not only academic training, good graduation results and the support of these goals, but also the teaching of practical skills and the cultivation of nobleness. Experiences like handling formalities on your own, managing to live together with so many other people or earning part of your school fees by working on the campus enable attendants of die Marienhöhe dormitory to walk through life with a greater independence and, therefore, self-esteem.
Dormitory life offers the unique chance to manage school assignments and requirements together even outside of the usual study times. Living door to door means also to drop by and inquire about something or study together for the upcoming exam. It can mean to meet one of the teachers living on the campus while jogging and get valuable tips for the next class test. And it means to benefit from our modern media library which supports any eagerness to learn with lots of books, encyclopedias and other media.
Our organized study time is the so-called “Lernbüro” in the afternoons from Monday through Thursday. It is used mainly for doing homework, preparing presentations, and studying for exams. There is also space enough for students to work together in small groups. The room has direct access to the media library.
Students of teaching with a great variety of subjects provide professional support for our students, practice with them and answer their questions. With their pedagogic knowledge as future teachers they can evaluate whether students use promising learning methods or whether they also need advice here.
Dormitory deans act as leaders of the “Lernbüro” and study coaches for the students. They are in regular contact with the teachers and learn about the specific needs of the individual students so that they can offer specific help.
Schulzentrum Marienhöhe is a Christian school. The school maintaining body is the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a Protestant Free Church. Therefore, the holistic Christian image of man is our basis for all instruction and education. Men and women are more than consumers, performers or students. They are created and loved by God and, therefore, precious. As Christians, we know that through love and forgiveness we are deeply accepted and valued by God and commissioned to live our lives in freedom and responsibility.
It is neither required to be a Seventh-day Adventist nor expected to become one. What is indispensable, however, is a positive openness for the Christian faith because it is the core of our school and especially of our dormitories.
Living our Christian faith is also closely connected with the other two columns. The cultivation of nobleness in the Christian context means not only obtaining good grades while the needs and the personalities of the students are left behind. Formal education is good but it is not everything when humanity is lacking. By our common orientation towards God, our faith is helping us here to put our human ambition into perspective and give it the proper significance.
Faith can be discovered and put into practice better in a community than alone, on the other hand it is measured in the dealings with each other. Faith or even interest in faith works as an integrative factor in our dormitory life. By participating in activities of the youth group of our local church many positive contacts are made, friendships develop and self-esteem is growing through tasks and goals.
A dormitory is no hotel but a deliberate living community. One aspect is, of course, to find friends that very often become friends for life. Another one is that there are conflicts and diversities which are unavoidable in every community. It is the special contribution of the dormitory to not only endure them but also use them through pedagogic help to develop an own personality. Integrating and asserting oneself; learning to address things; dealing with disappointments without giving up the other one; getting involved in projects together; to distance oneself without hurting; negotiating compromises; agreeing on something as a group; dealing with others being different; coping with feedbacks; accepting oneself … all this happens, of course, not only in the dormitory. But it happens here in a more intensive, condensed way: growing up in fast-forward but with a safety net and double bottom through pedagogic support.