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|Former name||Realgymnasium Quakenbrück|
|Number of students||799|
|Color(s)|| Green |
The Artland-Gymnasium Quakenbrück (AGQ) is a secondary school in the Artland region for students in grades 5 to 13. The Gymnasium dates back to a Latin school first mentioned in 1354, making it one of the oldest schools in Lower Saxony.
The Artland-Gymnasium and its predecessors have been the only secondary school in the Osnabrück region for centuries.
So far it has not been possible to conclusively clarify when the first higher education institution was built in Quakenbrück. What is certain is that in 1354 a school director in Quakenbrück (Latin: rector scolarum in Quakenbr.) is mentioned in a document. The chroniclers agree that this was an institution of the St. Sylvester Church, which originally had to care about new clergy. The city of Quakenbrück must have participated since 1507 at the latest, which is evident from a series of invoices. Until 1893, the school was housed in an annex to the St. Sylvester Church.
In 1647, the dean Vitus Büscher redesigned the school system. The old Latin school was merged with the Protestant elementary school, with a Catholic school remaining. When the monopoly of Latin teaching fell in the course of the 19th century, the Quakenbrücker Magistrate applied for the conversion to a Progymnasium, which started operations in 1832 with three teachers, three classes and 40 students, the number of which, however, steadily decreased until the school became a Realgymnasium and achieved increasing numbers of students.
In 1874 the school moved to a new building on Große Mühlenstraße, which was subsequently expanded and rebuilt several times. In 1964, a new building was necessary again after the number of students had risen to 550.
The city of Quakenbrück provided a 3.04 hectare site in the southeast of the city center of Quakenbrück, only a few hundred meters from the market square. The district of Osnabrück constructed the building for a construction cost of almost 7 million DM, a school complex with a sports hall and an auditorium with a stage and orchestra pit, which is also used by the city's cultural ring for theater events, was created. The inauguration of the school took place on 20 January 1967, the speech was given by former student and then-state minister of the economy, Karl Möller.
The AGQ is located in the southeast of Quakenbrück's old town, near the River Kleine Mühlenhase and Lake Deichsee, but also near the city center, the train station and other transport connections.
At the school, 799 students are taught by 67 teachers.
The school complex has a break hall, a sports hall, a youth library, a library for grades 8-11 and grades 12 and 13, a lounge for the 13th grade and a school garden. In addition, the Artland Arena is used for physical education and the Quakenbrück swimming pool for swimming lessons. A new cafeteria has been completed in 2008 and a new auditorium in 2015, after the old 1967 auditorium was demolished in 2013.
Since 2013, the school has been actively maintaining a network of contacts in the local economy, which aims to make it easier for students to start their professional life through internships and scholarships. Students can be issued a certificate for partaking in activities in preparation for their choice of study and career. These certificates have been issued for selected students in 2014, and have been regularly issued since 2015.
At the Artland-Gymnasium, students chose a special focus for the last two years. This focus can be linguistic, social, scientific or athletic.
In addition to the normal lessons, the Artland-Gymnasium offers additional learning opportunities and activities.
The topics of the various groups are: mopeds, chess, books, computer science, photography, performing arts (theater and musical), music (school band, bowed string instruments, wind instruments), languages (English, Spanish and Dutch), biology ("experiencing nature" and Natural history) and sports (football, basketball, hip-hop and zumba). In addition, remedial classes are offered in German, English, mathematics, Latin and French. Bilingual lessons have been offered since the 2005/06 school year, for grades 7 and 8 in geography and grades 9 and 10 in history.
A school medical service has been in place since the 2018/19 school year.
For a time, the computer science club took care of the maintenance of the AGQ website. The markup language HTML is taught there, with which the students can design their personal website on a subdomain of the school.
The school newspaper, Das Wendeblatt, at times Q-Side, was published by a team of student editors, but the youngest editors graduated in 2012, and there has been no school newspaper since then.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Alumni Association in 2004, the Artland-Gymnasium Foundation (German: Stiftung Artland-Gymnasium) was established with the purpose to support the Artland-Gymnasium in achieving its educational goals.