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7 October 2019 | Tyrifjord, Norway [Tor Tjeransen]  

Tenth grade students at a church school in Norway gained the highest-grade point average across the country during the last school year, this according to statistics recently released by Norwegian education authorities.

The graduating class of the Tyrifjord church school had a GPA of 5,22 on a grading system where six is the top grade.

A group of awarded students at Tyrifjord school.The seven students in the Seventh-day Adventist Church school at Tyrifjord who achieved the best results across the entire country. [Photo: Harald Giesebrecht/ADAMS]

Mr Jens Fossum was the contact teacher for the seven 15- and 16-year-olds in the class. It's not just the students who do well, the teacher gets top marks from his students. “He is the best teacher I have ever had,” said Jonathan Havstein, who explained that the teacher adapted his teaching programme for each student.

“He allowed us to learn in the way that suited us best,” Havstein explained. “This meant that some learned best by following as he explained in the classroom, while others learned best by reading the material on their own. Then the teacher made sure we all understood what we were learning.”

“There is no doubt that there was a very good learning environment in the small class,” says Susan Ursett, principal of the school with 52 students and ten teachers.

“The students in the class were a well-knit group, who knew each other well,” Ursett noted, mentioning three important factors that contributed to the good result: The students were highly motivated; they had excellent work habits and good teachers.

Havstein agrees. “We encouraged each other very much, everyone was very motivated to learn and to do well,” he says.

Mrs Susan Ursett Tyrifjord church school principal.Mrs Susan Ursett, principal of the Tyrifjord Church School, is very proud of her students. Pictured here in the school vegetable garden which provides vegetables for the cooked lunch the students are served daily. [Photo: Tor Tjeransen/ADAMS]Mrs Ursett is obviously very pleased and proud of the fine result but is quick to point out that such top results are sometimes easier to achieve in small classes. With few students per teacher, the teachers have time to sit down with a student until the student understands the subject.

Nina Myrdal, Education director for the Norwegian Union, says that the basic values characterising Adventist schools contribute to a good learning environment.

Tyrifjord church school is one of 11 Adventist Secondary Schools across Norway. Now the students have graduated they are gaining their next level of education at Tyrifjord Junior College. As a boarding facility the college serves students from across the country.

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