The European Grammar School course of education is intended for linguistically talented schoolchildren who are interested in culture. During this course four foreign languages are taught, i.e. Ancient Greek and Latin as well as two modern languages. The particular benefit of this educational offer lies in the confrontation between the old and new languages. The children thereby gain immediate access to understanding European identity and continuity.
Those who complete the European Grammar School extend their language portfolio and acquire an additional qualification for their application for a place at university; but first and foremost, they broaden their horizon of thinking, which serves as an orientation for them both in their private and social lives. Through the dialogue with Antigone and Dido, with Odysseus and Don Quixote, with Hamlet and Oedipus, with Platon, Shakespeare and Sophocles, with Dante, Cervantes or Molière they acquire a much greater benefit than simply a mere 'temporary' use of skills and knowledge. They become conscious of their identity as a European and as a result, they are also able to confront differing cultures with a certain awareness and understanding.
In this connection, Ancient Greek is of particular significance. In the Greek lessons, basic texts are treated in the fields of literature, philosophy, history, politics, art and religion. They are referred to as "basic texts" because they provide thinking models that have influenced the entire European way of thinking – whether through acceptance of rejection – and even taught us what "thinking" really means.
Since the school was founded by the classicist, Kurt Hahn, Salem has felt itself committed to the classical tradition. In Year 8, Ancient Greek is offered as the third foreign language. In the European Grammar School course of education that is introduced here, Greek can also be chosen in Year 10 as the fourth foreign language. Both courses finish with the Graecum qualification. Choosing Greek as the fourth foreign language in Year 10, i.e. together with Latin and two modern foreign languages, not only requires having the necessary talent, but also demands a high degree of diligence, stamina and linguistic understanding. However, in the "European Grammar School" course of education the student does not have to choose between a second modern language (other than English) and Greek, but is able to take both.
The Greeks, by the way, called an opportune moment "KAIROS" and portrayed the Greek god "KAIROS" having a bald head with a large curly patch of hair on the front. Whoever managed to "grab him by the hair", i.e. seize an opportunity at the right moment, before he flew past, would be the lucky one. So, grab your chance!