Paulinum was founded by the Roman Catholic priest, scholar and
missionary Liudger in 797. Charles the Great (Charlemagne) had
instructed Liudger to establish a monastery in Münster which at that
time was called Mimigernaford. Together with the monastery Liudger also
founded a monastic school for future members of the clergy. When Liudger
was made the first Bishop of Mimigernaford/Münster in 805 the school
became a cathedral school for boys administered by the Bishop of
1500 marked a significant change in the character and educational
objectives of the school when the ideas of Humanism spread across Europe
and were also adopted by Gymnasium Paulinum. This meant greater emphasis
and focus on the study of classical antiquity, especially classical
Latin, and Greek was introduced as a foreign language in 1512.
In 1588 the school was taken over
by the Jesuits who were famous for their academic standards and their
strict educational principles. Gymnasium Paulinum remained a Jesuit
school until 1773, when the Jesuit Order was dissolved by Pope Clement
XIV. All the buildings and other assets passed into the hands of the
Prince-Bishop of Münster until, in 1802, the school was taken over by
the State of Prussia. During the Second World War the old school
building was destroyed and towards the end of the war the school had
practically ceased to exist.
In February 1946 Gymnasium
Paulinum was re-opened but it had to share classrooms with the
Schillergymnasium. In 1957 the present school building was finished.
Today the school is maintained by the City of Münster and local control
over educational principles and technology, the curriculum, teaching
methods, teacher training and promotion is exerted by the District
Administration in Münster.
Paulinum is a modern grammar school for boys and girls between 10 and 19
years of age, a little more than one third of the students being girls.
The school offers a wide range of subjects including languages (German,
English, Latin, Greek, French, Russian, Italian, Spanish), Mathematics,
Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Studies, History, Geography,
Politics, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Art, Music, Physical Education
and Religious Studies. It is well equipped for Computing and
Information Technology and it offers regular classes and
extra-curricular activities in computer studies. There is an extra Music
Branch for students with a special musical talent and interest.
Extra-curricular activities also include Chess, Choir, Orchestra, Rock
Band, Art, Basketball, Tennis, Athletics, Diving, Climbing, Skating,
Rowing and other projects.
Gymnasium Paulinum is the oldest
grammar school in Germany with a widely respected tradition as well as a
keen interest in the educational challenges of the future. It tries to
combine innovation and a strong sense of purpose for the future with due
respect for traditional values and well-established academic standards.
Gymnasium Paulinum is situated in
the centre of Münster, a city with a present population of about 265
000. Münster is the seat of one of the largest universities in Germany.
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