Luxembourg Children and School
How is the school in Luxembourg?
In Luxembourg, children start school at the age of 6. The primary school consists of six school years, which are divided into three levels of two years each. Before starting primary school, all children must attend a two-year preschool. This is to ensure that children who come from immigrant families also have good opportunities. There are particularly many families who have come to Luxembourg from Portugal. The children from these families must first learn Luxembourgish or German.
Linguistic diversity poses a challenge even to children born in Luxembourg. In the first years of primary school, lessons are in Luxembourgish, then in German. In secondary schools, people then switch to French as the language of instruction. English is also the first foreign language.
About a third of the students switch to the general high school after primary school. It spans seven years from 7th to 13th grade. With the diplôme de fin d’études secondaires in your pocket, you can then study at a university. Check collegesanduniversitiesinusa to see schooling information in other European countries.
Two thirds of the pupils go to a technical lyceum after primary school. There are several types of this, spanning three, six or seven years of school.
There are also grades in Luxembourg. Points are awarded, with 60 being the maximum number of points. 50 to 60 points achieved correspond to a 1 for us. A 6 would be 1 to 9 points.
What are the names of the children in Luxembourg?
Boys born in Luxembourg are particularly often named Gabriel, Leo, Luca, Noah, David, Tom and Ben. Girls are most commonly named Emma, Lara, Zoe, Amy, Sarah, Charlotte, and Emily. Typical Luxembourg first names are not given that often. That would be for example Pit, Pol, Jang, Léini or Ketti. By the way, the most common surname in Luxembourg is Schmit. Muller and Weber are also common.
How do the children live in Luxembourg?
Children who grow up in Luxembourg learn several languages at an early age. Most people speak Luxembourgish as their mother tongue, but they also hear German and French everywhere. The lessons in the school then change first to German and later to French. So the children grow up multilingual.
The Schobermesse – Schueberfouer
Every year at the end of August, the Schueberfouer is celebrated on the Glacis field in Luxembourg City – in German: Schobermesse. It’s a huge fair with lots of carousels and stalls. It is traditionally opened by a flock of sheep and their shepherds.
There was a fair here as early as 1340. Around two million people cavort here every year. This makes the Schobermesse one of the oldest and largest hype events in Europe.
Anyone who is out and about at the Schobermesse is happy to enjoy baked fësch and ice cakes. It’s fried fish and fresh waffles.
On the first Sunday of Lent – that is the first Sunday after Ash Wednesday – the castle burning is a tradition in Luxembourg. To do this, a large fire is lit in many places. For this, wood is collected and then the “castle” is built, a wooden cross that is wrapped with straw. Winter is symbolically bid farewell by burning.
Echternach jumping procession
Every year on the Tuesday after Whitsun there is a procession in the city of Echternach. Participants jump through the city to polka melodies. Your destination is the basilica with the grave of St. Willibrord. He is the patron saint of Luxembourg.
Jump sideways to the front, alternating to the right and left. Participants usually wear a white top and black pants. You can watch a short film with the jumping procession under video.