Vienna School Collective

The private elementary school at WUK.

Vienna School Collective is a habitat for children and adults alike.

Intellectual, social, emotional, and manual needs, requirements, and activities are all of equal importance. Gender sensitive conduct is our aspiration; its implementation is constantly being worked on.

The Vienna School Collective is grassroots democratic. It recognises the rights and competences of all – and naturally also those of the children – to represent, discuss, and co-decide one’s interests.

 

We want to create conditions…

...where children can grow up, learn, make new experiences, play, have exchanges with others – and above all, live – with pleasure and enjoyment and belief in their own skills.

...where children, teachers and parents shape their relationships in an emancipated and partner-like manner.

...where the school collective becomes a model for the enhancement of important facets of society such as democracy, self-organisation, self-determined life, and holistic development.


Learning takes place always and everywhere.

Holistic learning comprises body, spirit, and soul, and it is based on a holistic worldview. In addition to the advancement of the children’s knowledge, capacities, and skills, social togetherness with others plays a significant role in the Vienna School Collective. Social learning is an essential component of the schooling, thus confrontations and discussions are a part of daily life.

 

Grassroots Democratic Committee:

Meeting: The children regularly sit down together with the supervising teachers and discuss recent problems, school rules, school offers, desires and losses. Together solutions are found and tried out. The community as a grassroots democratic process in which all of the involved can learn.

Learning takes place in very different ways.

  • In the regular groups the emphasis is placed on learning cultural techniques and processing age-specific content.
  • Comprehensive projects provide the framework for acquiring specific content and applying the learned cultural techniques. The projects are interdisciplinary and in part for all ages.
  • In the afternoons there are courses and projects like, for example, English, tutorial groups, painting, pottery, and physical education. Skating or theatre and music, as well as gender-specific classes are offered in the boys and girls periods.
  • In the context of the “Action Week” (autumn), the “Winter Fun Week” (February), and the “Summer Fun Week” (May).
  • On field trips and excursions.
  • In the context of projects for the entire school (depending on the wishes of the students, for example, “City Project”, “Knight Project”, …)
  • Through playing in the various corners and areas of the school (play corner, theatre corner, library wall, sports room).
  • In the homes of the children.

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