Inselschule Neuwerk

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Inselschule Neuwerk
Neuwerk School.jpg
Ensemble of the Blüsenhaus (school from 1885 to 1912) and the Neuwerker school building (since 1912) at the former location of the small lighthouse
type of school Primary school , secondary education
founding June 12, 1827
place Neuwerk
country Hamburg
Country Germany
Coordinates 53 ° 55 '10 "  N , 8 ° 29' 24"  E Coordinates: 53 ° 55 '10 "  N , 8 ° 29' 24"  E
carrier Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
student 2
Teachers 1
management most recently (2015/16 school year) :
Meike Müller-Toledo

The Inselschule Neuwerk is a dwarf school on the Insel Neuwerk in the area of ​​responsibility of the School and Vocational Training Authority (BSB) of the Hamburg Senate . It is led by a teacher delegated from Hamburg. It is here that all Neuwerker children are schooled from the first to the tenth grade (in line with their earlier assignment to primary, secondary and secondary schools). The school building also includes an official residence of the Hamburg Senate for the teacher's family. There is no secondary school at Neuwerk. Young people who want to attend a grammar school , for example , are usually trained in the boarding school in Bederkesa, Lower Saxony .


School pictures
Former school and prayer house from 1826 in the Neuwerker Turmwurt
Old school at the tower on the steel engraving by Jens Gray / Johann Heinrich Sander (around 1840)

The Neuwerk island school goes back to an initiative of the inhabitants of what was then a farmer's island in 1826. In 1825, the February flood had decimated livestock and affected land on the island, causing parents to worry about their children's future. Since the parental legacy was threatened by the natural disaster, they wanted to enable their children to go to school. To do this, they turned to the city of Hamburg and submitted the floor plan for a school building. Previously, the children had only been given scanty reading and writing lessons, but now regular schooling should take place. After negotiations with the Senate and the collection of private donations, a smaller school building was finally built north below the tower. On June 12, 1827, Pastor Weiss from Döse inaugurated the school and prayer house with a baptism. The teacher initially worked on a voluntary basis and had to stay with the parents of the schoolchildren until, from 1850 onwards, he received a small fee for his work.

After the small lighthouse was torn down, Hamburg built today's schoolhouse in its place in 1912.

When the small lighthouse on the north-west dike was given up in 1885, it was decided to set up the school in the Blüsenhaus , the former lamp keeper's house. From Easter 1887, the teacher was given his own apartment there for the first time. The original building at the Great Lighthouse is now used as a toilet block.

In 1912, today's schoolhouse was built where the “little lighthouse” previously stood. It initially consisted of a classroom with an anteroom and an adjoining room as well as an apartment above for the teacher. The former school building, which was later used as a goat barn, now serves as a sports room in the attic area and as a work room on the ground floor.

In addition to Heinrich Gechter - who worked as a teacher on the island from 1902 to 1909, founded the school camp, wrote a guide to Neuwerk and who was responsible for the first plantings on Scharhörn - the following teacher, Hans Cors, should be mentioned. He spent the longest period of service at Neuwerk from 1909 to 1950 and also distinguished himself on rescue missions through his lifeboat membership.

In 2012 the school had to close temporarily due to insufficient student numbers. There is a guarantee of existence for the property and the buildings are being maintained and renovated by the responsible Hamburg authorities. There was no school operation in the 2015/2016 school year because there were no school-age children at Neuwerk. In the 2017/2018 school year there will again be a school with one student.

Web links

Commons : Inselschule Neuwerk  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Printed matter 18/8058 of the Hamburg citizenship: Future of the school on the North Sea island Neuwerk (district Hamburg-Mitte) and the "two-pillar model" from "district school" and "high school" from March 4, 2008 by MP Alexander- Martin Sardina .
  2. Printed matter 18/5001 of the Hamburg Citizenship: Official apartments of the Hamburg authorities from September 26, 2006 of the MP Gesine Dräger .
  3. Arthur Obst: The island of Neuwerk: historical representation. Rauschenplat, Cuxhaven 1888, p. 41 (Hamburg State and University Library).
  4. ^ Walter Höpke: The population of the island of Neuwerk. In: A tower and its island - monograph of the North Sea island of Neuwerk. 1952, pp. 105f.
  5. The Neuwerkers want a school. Official website, archived from the original on April 12, 2010 ; Retrieved October 27, 2012 .
  6. Karina (then 9th grade): A new school for the island (student work). Official website, archived from the original ; Retrieved October 27, 2012 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. ^ Irena Güttel: Inselschule Neuwerk - a school for Kaya alone. Die Welt Online from September 18, 2012.
  8. Authority for Schools and Vocational Training: Student Numbers from August 25, 2015
  9. ↑ The 2017/18 school year starts with new highs for students and teachers. All-day registrations continue to rise. In: . School and Vocational Training Authority, August 29, 2017, accessed March 9, 2018 .