Robert Koch School (Clausthal-Zellerfeld)

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Robert Koch School
type of school high school
founding 1831

Berliner Str. 16
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

place Clausthal-Zellerfeld
country Lower Saxony
Country Germany
Coordinates 51 ° 48 '36 "  N , 10 ° 19' 48"  E Coordinates: 51 ° 48 '36 "  N , 10 ° 19' 48"  E
carrier District of Goslar
student 453 (2016/17)
Teachers 45
management Gunnar Demuth

The Robert Koch School (also: RKS for short ) is a general high school and open all-day school in Clausthal-Zellerfeld .


School building of the RKS 1905–1969, today the Institute for Mathematics of the TU Clausthal . The facade was changed a lot after 1969.
School building of the Clausthaler Gymnasium 1845–1905. Today the seat of the State Construction Management South Lower Saxony

The history of the school goes back to 1597. At that time the school was operated as a Latin school . In 1831 the school was declared a "first class grammar school" and the first Abitur was also passed. In 1928 it was renamed after its most famous high school graduate Robert Koch , who graduated from high school here in 1862. At that time the school building, built in 1844, was in Clausthaler Graupenstraße; this building is used today by the state construction management. In 1905 they moved into a newly built school building on Erzstrasse, which today serves as accommodation for the Institute of Mathematics at Clausthal University of Technology . Due to the increasing number of schoolchildren, a new building was erected on Berliner Straße from 1967 to 1969, which could be occupied in 1969.

Initially, the students came from the entire Zellerfeld district , which was dissolved in 1972. Today the students come from the area of ​​the mountain and university town of Clausthal-Zellerfeld including its districts Altenau , Schulenberg im Oberharz , Wildemann and Buntenbock . The school is also attended by students from Hahnenklee , Sankt Andreasberg and Lautenthal .

Student exchanges and partnerships

Since 1964 there has been a student exchange between the Robert Koch School and the Lycée Napoléon in Clausthal-Zellerfeld's French twin town L'Aigle , which is still ongoing today. There is also an exchange with the Collège Molière, which is also located in L'Aigle.

Since the 1990s, Clausthal-Zellerfeld and Freiberg have been twinned, which also resulted in regular school exchanges.

Further partnerships exist with Alabama in the USA , Krakow and Oborniki in Poland and Spišská Nová Ves in Slovakia . A partnership with a school in London has existed since 2008. In grade 8, a bilingual exchange with Amersfoort in the Netherlands has been taking place since 2017 .


A motto from mining

Inscription above the main entrance

In 1724, when the school was rebuilt under Rector Fahsius, a special motto was coined, which is reminiscent of Clausthal's mining tradition :

Effodimus terra non absque laboratories metalla
Excole tu mentes, hoc opus, hic labor est

"We laboriously extract the ores from the earth, build your heart and mind - this should be your work, should be your effort!"

This motto can also be found today above the main entrance of the school building.

Red action

In the early 1970s, the school had a newspaper Rote Aktion published by the Socialist Action Collective (SAK) . In 1972 the Socialist Action Collective published the brochure Zur Praxis des Oberschulkampfes , which is the earliest and one of the few theoretical documents from a group of students from a forerunner organization of the Communist League of West Germany . However, this movement fell asleep again by the mid-1970s at the latest.

Cross-country skiing and competitive sports

The Robert Koch School has been a partner school of the Harz Ski Boarding School since 1998 . Prospective biathletes can live and train in a building belonging to the Lower Saxony Sports Youth in Clausthal-Zellerfeld. They are exempted from teaching to participate in competitions; the material will be made up later in hours to be given separately. This explains the high proportion of successful biathletes among their graduates.

The Robert Koch School is a partner school for competitive sports.

Computer AG

In 2001 a computer group was set up for senior citizens, who were instructed by students from the Robert Koch School.

Cooperation with the TU Clausthal

There is a cooperation with the TU Clausthal . Mathematics teachers at the school are involved in bridging mathematics courses at the TU as lecturers and trainers and receive further training there.

School medical service

There is also a school medical service , which is organized by students under the guidance of a teacher and is part of the Maltese emergency service .

German-French language seminar

Every year in February, the Franco- German language seminar takes place, at which RKS students and teachers as well as French exchange students work on projects, develop lectures and discuss them in the respective foreign language.

Student company for Nepal aid

Since 2013 there has been a student company , the Bato student cooperative, for Nepalhilfe. In this regard, the annual Nepal run is known, in which participants run a certain number of laps and these are paid for by a sponsor in any amount.

International chemistry workshop

Since 2015 the international chemistry workshop has been held annually in the RKS and parts of the Technical University. As a rule, 25 students from different nations have the opportunity to gain in-depth insights into chemistry and some experiments with teachers and representatives from the university.

Reference school film

In 2017, the RKS received the title “Reference School Film”.

Special teaching offers

The subject of self-determined learning

Since the 2013/2014 school year, the lessons have been rhythmic. This means that the first hour is 40 minutes and all remaining hours are 80 minutes. At the same time, from grades 5 to 13, the subject of self-determined learning (SBL) is given every four hours. Since the other subjects have been shortened for this purpose, there are no additional lessons for the students. The aim of self-determined learning is to develop learning techniques and apply them in depth in the other subjects.

Foreign language sequence

In year 5 the first foreign language is English. In the second half of the 5th grade, French and Latin are chosen as the second foreign language from grade 6 onwards. Additional participation in Spanish is possible as part of a study group.

Compulsory elective offer in year 11

Schoolchildren have the opportunity to opt out of the second foreign language (French or Latin), which is consistently used from year 6 to 10, in year 11 and replace it with subjects as part of the compulsory elective offer.

European school in Lower Saxony

In the 2018/19 school year, the Robert Koch School was awarded the title “ European School in Lower Saxony” , particularly because of its diverse international contacts.


Years principal
1643-1673 Andreas Moering
1673-1683 Michael Schneider
1713-1726 JJ Fahsius
1807-1830 A. Chr. E. Dieckmann or August Carl Ernst Dieckmann , Hermann Dieckmann's father
1831– Vitus Humuth
1843-1865 Wilhelm Elster
Easter 1923 - January 24, 1925 Karl Hasler
May 11, 1925 - June 01, 1935 Bruno Engelhardt (from 1928 Robert Koch School)
October 1, 1935 - Walther Schmiedeberg
-1955 Carl Ahrens
1955-1972 Wilhelm Nothdurft
1972-1999 Helmut Radday
1999-2004 Carola Pliska
2004-2014 Gerjet Bontjes
2014-2020 Jutta Reusing
since 2020 Gunnar Demuth

Altogether, the names of 83 headmasters since the 16th century can still be found today. However, this also includes the headmasters of the former Latin school in Zellerfeld , which probably merged with the Clausthaler Gymnasium in the 19th century.

Known students

Literature (selection)

  • Ludwig Adolf Wiese (Ed.): Clausthal. (Fürstenth. Grubenhagen. 9050 pop.) , In: The higher school system in Prussia. Historical-statistical presentation on behalf of the Minister of Spiritual, Educational and Medicinal Affairs edited by Dr. L. Wiese, go. High government and lecturing council of spiritual, teaching and medic. Affairs , Vol. 2: 1864 - 1868 (1869) , with a school map and 10 images of school buildings, Berlin: Verlag von Wiegandt and Grieben, 1869, p. 418f .; Digitized via Google books

Web links

Commons : Robert Koch School  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Student statistics for general schools in the district of Goslar, school year 2016/17 , accessed on July 20, 2017
  2. a b c d e f Public advertisements for the Harz Mountains, June 29, 1972
  3. Festschrift for the 150th Abitur of the Robert Koch School, 1981
  4. Robert Koch, creator of modern bacteriology , accessed February 8, 2016
  5. RKS partner schools
  6. ^ Jürgen Schröder: Clausthal-Zellerfeld: materials for the analysis of opposition
  8. ^ School of Lower Saxony Ski Association
  9. Promoting Lower Saxony as a top sports location , PDF file, p. 5
  10. Seniors are conquering the information superhighway
  11. Malteser Schulsanitätsdienst p. 6/7 , PDF file, p. 4
  12. Student company
  13. Bato, student company
  14. ^ Website of the Bato student association
  15. ^ A b Ludwig Adolf Wiese (ed.): Clausthal. (Fürstenth. Grubenhagen. 9050 pop.) , In: The higher school system in Prussia ... , Berlin: Verlag von Wiegandt and Grieben, 1869, p. 418f .; Digitized via Google books
  16. ^ Eberhard Berenberg : Clausthal in ders .: Royal British Hanover State Calendar to the year 1819. With a foreword by Graf von Kielmannsegge, Lauenburg: Berenbergsche Buchdruckerei, 1819, p. 278; online through google books
  17. Franz Kössler : Personal dictionary of teachers of the 19th century . Professional biographies from school annual reports and school programs 1825 - 1918 with lists of publications , vol .: Daase - Dzialas , full text as electronic preprint (PDF document) from the Justus Liebig University of Giessen , Giessen 2007
  18. Helmut Radday adopted after 27 years as principal of the RKS , Stader Tageblatt , July 23, 1999