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Kronwerk Gymnasium, Germany

World Class 2012 in partnership with the British Council bring you the stories of the schools where the dreams begin.

Kronwerk Gymnasium are twinned with Granta School, Cambridge

BBC World Class introduces Kronwerk Gymnasium, the school attended by Hinrich Romeike

Kronwerk Gymnasium

Number of students - 937
Number of teachers - 71
Where in the world? Rendsburg, Germany
Hinrich graduated - 1983

At Kronwerk Gymnasium, academic work is always the priority, but pupils are also given a host of opportunities to identify and develop their own individual talents and interests.

The school's proud of their excellent sporting facilities and strong profile in drama.

There is an emphasis on making students feel comfortable enough to develop their talents in a range of disciplines, and as Head teacher Frau Renate Fritz explains, the school wants pupils to become "competent, responsible and critical members of society".

Hinrich at Kronwerk

An English class at Kronwerk Gymnasium
An English class at Kronwerk Gymnasium

Herr Roland Papa, who still teaches at Kronwerk Gymnasium remembers Hinrich as "a very nice boy" with "a good character", but recalls that he was "sometimes full of mischief".

He recalls how even though Hinrich attained the marks needed to progress on to his dentistry studies, it was clear that sport and other activities were his priority.

Hinrich's links with his former school and teachers have continued, with a class recently visiting his home to see an example of ecological management that Hinrich learnt from his school days.

Olympic and Paralympic dreams

The entrance to Kronwerk Gymnasium
The entrance to Kronwerk Gymnasium

Kronwerk Gymnasium are planning special projects to coincide with the Games and the Olympics will play an important part in school life in 2012.

It is not only Hinrich who the staff and pupils at Kronwerk will be keeping an eye on at London 2012, as another former pupil, Jan-Philip Ohm, hopes to pick up a medal in wheelchair racing in the Paralympic Games.

Although few people at the school were there during Hinrich's time, their is still huge support for Hinrich and the school hope he can bring another Olympic gold back to Germany.

World Olympic Dreams

Hinrich is one of the athletes being tracked as London 2012 approaches and they strive to make their Olympic dreams a reality.

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