|On the one hand, we are confident that weekends spent together at the boarding school are crucial for our community to grow closer together, particularly as the demanding school day leaves little leisure time. On the other hand, we emphasise that it is very important that our pupils maintain close contact and spend the weekend with their parents and families on a regular basis. This belief results in a clearly-defined two-week cycle in which alternate weekends are spent at the boarding school and at home. There are three different types of weekends at Schloss Neubeuern:
School weekends for years 7–12
All pupils in years 7–12 must stay at the boarding school at school weekends. There are six hours of lessons on Saturday, after which outings, sport, studying and other activities are available. There are usually two main activities outside the boarding school that pupils have to choose from at boarding school weekends. These may include a skiing trip in the winter, a visit to the Salzburg Christmas market or ice skating in Erl. Cultural activities range from the Pinakothek der Modernen and the DeutschesMuseum (GermanMuseum) in Munich to classical concerts and operas and pop concerts or football matches at the Allianz Arena in Munich. The sports hall is open for all sports enthusiasts on both afternoons and there are fixed study periods during the afternoon for all those who want to or have to study. The Coffee Corner is open for coffee, tea and cakes during the afternoon and the school’s very own disco offers dance fans the opportunity to let off some steam from 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Pupils may sleep in on Sundays, when the day begins with a large brunch buffet from 10.30 a.m. Our youngest pupils in years 5 and 6 can opt for a 5-day week and can generally return home almost every weekend if they do not want to stay at the school to spend time with their friends.
School weekends for years 5–12
All boarders stay at the boarding school at seven weekends per year, as we hold big celebrations and events on these dates. This begins with the cabin weekend to get to know the boarders in September and ends with the big summer party at the last weekend of the school year. All Neubeuern pupils help out at these weekends, thus contributing to the great success of our events.
Every other week, lessons end at 1.05 p.m. on Friday to allow even our pupils who are not from Bavaria time to travel home. Our international pupils and those who cannot go home often spend the weekend at a classmate’s home, which we also organise and support - everyone needs a change of scene from time to time, even when you live in a beautiful castle. It is thus rare for more than 10 to 15 pupils to stay at the school, but those that do are supervised by our mentors and well-looked after by the catering and domestic departments.