The history of Kolding Friskole
Seminar lecturer Kai Michelsen had an advertisement in the local newspaper in February 1981. With this, he wanted to get in touch with interested parties who wanted to help start a free school in Kolding. Kai Michelsen had himself gone to free school and wanted to create a school where there could be more coherence and security during the school day. The school was to be based on an ideology based on Grundtvig and Kold and be completely without political and religious views.
A group of interested parents and teachers signed up and participated in the educational debate at the same time as a number of critical debate articles abounded in the newspaper. With a background in a stable group of 15, in September -81 one could convene an information meeting about Kolding Friskole at Klostergården. After the information meeting with 30 attendees, you could form the school district at KF. As a result of the founding general meeting of the school district members on 5 Nov. -81, where the school’s articles of association were approved and the school board was elected, KF was a reality. One could now start looking for rooms for 18-25 students starting school in August 1982.
In February-March -82, a school leader and 2 teachers were sought and negotiations began on renting Hedeselskabet’s property on the corner of Dyrehavegårdsvej and Fynsvej. The municipality approved the lease on condition of a three-year course and a number of students of no more than 30. It was possible to start enrolling students to 0.-5. class. On 3 June -82, an extraordinary general meeting was held, where information was provided on finances, working groups were set up, the election of a supervisor, Leif Stenlev, and the final appointment of a school principal, Jørgen Bagge, and two teachers, Signe Olsen and Grete Schmidt Christensen, were approved.
The working groups started with the design of the school and on 7 August they were ready to receive 21 students for 0th-5th grade divided into two classes 0.-1.-2. and 3.-4.-5. The price was DKK 400 per. month for 11 months- sibling discount 1st child 300- 2nd child 250. There was a childcare scheme at the school until kl. 15.00 In October, Bente Ryberg was hired as secretary and replaced Lis Larsen in the office.
Interest in the school increased steadily, and in -83 you could hire another teacher and by the start of school in August -83 you had reached the 30 students who were max according to the municipality. New and larger sites were searched. Restaurant Skoven was bought and in May -84 KF moved into the forest with a samba procession through the city. The school year in August started with two more new teachers, now a total of 6 teachers and 52 students, divided into 3 classes – small, middle and large class.
With the influx of students, it was decided that in the long run there should be two year groups in each class with a maximum of 25 students with a two-teacher scheme.
With the support association’s Christmas room on 1 Dec. -84 started a new era, which has kept up with nice profits for the school’s best.
In 1985, changes and improvements were needed, which meant that the bowling alley was rebuilt with rooms for music, shaping and crafting. At that time, the school had 80 students up to and including 8 p.m.
In August -86, there was a change of school leader, and Knud Nørregaard took over and during the first years faced, among others. a. challenges in relation to cuts in government subsidies to private schools. The school survived, and in May -90 the plastic track could be inaugurated, and in June the first of many Music in the Forest was held, which presented the children’s music development throughout the school year as well as small school bands.
In addition to the aforementioned new traditions, a joint Shrove Tuesday party was held in the coming years, the 9th grade went on trips abroad and the students participated in YMCA’s school tournaments and diligently brought home trophies – not least Fair Play trophies.
The school went to camp school every year and had got a nice rhythm of exchanging the physical setting with other free schools around the country.
On August 22, 1992, the school was able to celebrate its 10th anniversary with circus theater and cake orgy for its 130 students.
The development at the school has never stood still, new ideas have also taken root in collaboration with, for example, Kolding Theater, where all the school’s students in ’97 were involved in Balder’s death and in 2000 The New Millennium and later the Key Ring.
Trapholt has also been an important partner in connection with the school’s work with children’s art and in particular, as there was a lack of premises in connection with the large new building. In the year 2000, there were 147 students at the school and there were plans for new construction. The permission for this was given in February -02, and this meant that the schooling in addition to Trapholt in the spring was moved out into the woods, to the Nature School, Mariesminde and Geographical Garden. September -02, 800 m2 of new premises could be inaugurated at a price of DKK 7 million. kr.
The rooms were built for group reading of 2 classes with folding doors between the classes, – 15 students per class. The large hall provided the best conditions for the traditional morning gathering with song and storytelling as well as as a showroom for the children’s art.
The new extension received honorable mention on Architecture Day.
For many years, the students had experienced common subject courses, and in 2003 the school worked with the Middle Ages under the title Svend, Knud and Valdemar, which resulted in building up-to-date environments at the school, dressing and cooking and finally a joint walk to Koldinghus, which has also been a partner. in several connections.
In 2007, the school was able to celebrate its 25th anniversary and look back on a positive development and subsequently state that parents chose the school based on its profile.
In the spring of 2009, a new science house was built, which also contained a classroom on the 1st floor, which was a welcome expansion of the number of rooms.
Over time, the school’s buildings have been renovated and in 2017 the trip had come to the horse stable, which was arranged for leisure and smooth transition, Frispirerne. The most recent renovation took place in 2019, when the bowling alley was changed to two large rooms for music and parking.
In 2016, Knud Nørregaard retired after 30 years. For the next two years, Anders Johansen sat in the school leader’s place, and since August 2018, Jane Riis Lagoni has held the school leader job, first as acting and since April 2019 employed as school leader.
The school in the forest with the best possible surroundings has had a healthy and exciting development over the last 38 years and will no doubt continue in the same track in the future to the great benefit and pleasure of the students in the future.