Vefsn Folk High School Toppen is a liberal (religiously and politically independent) folk high school with an age limit of 18 years youngest. You will have a solid range of subjects within, MUSIC laptop, STAGE PRODUCTION TEAM, FILM & YOUTUBE, THEATER, SPORTS , FOOTBALL, MOUNTAIN SPORTS AND KAYAKING NZ , OUTDOOR LIFE LIGHT and E-SPORTS .
The two-pronged profile allows you to study a subject in depth while simultaneously trying out new activities and subjects. You will meet like-minded people and really shine on the stage, in the studio, on tour or in the gym. You will also get to know people with other interests than you, this undoubtedly will broaden your mind and make you a bit wiser and more generous. All employers look for personal development and social skills, and this is precisely what you get at a folk high school.
A bit of day-to-day life
Below you will see how the timetable looked like usual weeks last school year. There will be some adjustments for the school year 2020-21. Most elective courses take place wednesday and in the afternoon / evening. Some line activity also requires work in the evening. We divide the school year in 5 periods, and plan one period at the time. This will cause some changes to the plan throughout the year.
During the year there are mandatory classes/events every other Saturday and 4-5 Sundays.
The school is open all day till we close at. 23.00 (usually). To make the most of the year you should take advantage of this opportunity and make things happen. Some of the classrooms are occasionally relegated to courses, trim groups and the like, but there is still good access in most rooms, except for regular teaching hours. The timetable is under revision and changes can be made.
As a student at folk high school, you must take a lot of responsibility for the community, both socially and practically. It also implies voluntary work and kitchen / in-house duty. In addition to these common duties, of course, cleanliness and order in your own room and bathroom / toilet is your responsibility.
We have a sheared kitchen for the students which can be used if you want to cook yourself a meal. Here you wash your clothes in a common laundry room, as all students use. You may want to mark your clothes before you arrive so that they are not easily confused. It is not allowed to bring pets to school. Smoking only in designated places (also applies to electric cigarettes).
During the school year, all the lines will go on field trips, both domestic and abroad. It is important that you have passport, travel insurance and European health insurance card (or similar for your country). You will receive more information about the tours when the school year starts.
Elective subjects are selected after you have arrived, but you can register for the major subjects Subjects for Higher Education (only Norwegian students).
You may want to check that you have insurance that covers all conditions by staying outside the home and your country. Make sure you have insurance that covers high value items (camera, computer equipment, musical instruments and sports equipment). It may also be advisable to secure against damage you may incur on other people’s assets. You also need a travelinsurance for school field trips. The school has an insurance for accidents occurring during school hours.
If you are studying in Norway for less than a year, you will not, as a general rule, become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. Please read about your rights and obligations:
Next year you can choose following programes:
Here you can unfold creatively and develop as an actor in a positive classroom environment. You get to try the untested, get better at what you’re good at, and find out what you like best. Whether your experience from the theatre is scant or great, you will have challenges, knowledge and qualifications that really matter! Being inquisitive and motivated provides a good basis of learning a lot. You will develop as a human being and an actor. With dedicated teachers guiding all the way from script to a full-fledged performance magical moments on the stage are created.
We want you to gain an insight into the world of theatre so that after this year you will be provided with tools and qualifications that will enable you to work in the theatre on many levels.
- acting skills
- script/how to play a part
- improvisation/stage sport
- performance/Physical theatre
STAGE PRODUCTION TEAM
In the Stage Production Team you get the opportunity to realize your dreams and make your ideas come to life! You will create exciting solutions with sound and light for stage productions, and insights into how professional technicians make their choices. The experience gained through the different productions is equivalent to several years of work in the industry, and you will be left with a unique professional knowledge.
Mosjøen is a cultural city that offers a lot of cultural experiences during the winter. We work closely with Mosjøen Kulturhus, music and theater festivals in the district, and we have a good reputation. We are often hired as audio / lighting technicians and stagecrew at events. There may also be local actors or other Norwegian artists who are on tour.
You will definitely get valuable contacts in the industry.
Through the year we work with:
- PA systems: how to rig and use
- Microphones: types and techniques
- Searchlights: Fresnell, Profile, LED, Par etc
- Sound mixers: analogous and digital
- Equalizers (EQ): graphic and parametric
- Dynamics: booster/limiter, gate/expander
- Movable lights
- Lights design
- Lights programming
- Stage design
- Stage set, building/construction of stage
- Effects: reverb, chorus , delay etc.
- Musical productions in a studio: recording, mixing, mastering
- Maintenance: repairs, soldering
- Ear training, listening exercises, musical understanding, style analysis
- Theoretical basis within sound and lights
On Music Production you get to know what it’s like to be a music producer. Producing takes time, a lot of time. At TOPPEN you will get the time to do it!
Not only do we get 1-2 hours a day, but often 6-8! In such a collective, where everyone listen to each others music and instant access to constructive criticism, you develop very quickly.
We are also focusing on playing live! Therefore, our classes often varies between much personal work, technical theory and beeing «on the floor». Such teaching is about finding out different techniques and tricks to deliver electronic music in the best possible way.
This way you get a lot of inside information about how to go ahead to promote your own music!
In key words, the teaching is as follows:
– Own music
– Sound Design
– Collabing / Collaboration
– Train your ear
– Transcribe sounds
– Teachings and scales
– Develop Harmonies
– Learn about sound
– A lot of time for your own work
– Interaction with electronic instruments
– Artist Development
– Copyright and rights
– Tournament plans
– Recording plan
– Music Management
This is the line for you who find it difficult to choose. Who likes to be creative and want to experience new aspects of yourself. Here you can breathe freely, be safer, and have fun.
This is a real goody bag if you like different things to do. You don’t have to know everything before you apply, or be particularly good at it. Here you can explore and develop at your own pace and without beeing judged.
This line will give impetus to change, creative energy, inspiration, good ideas and initiative.
At Creative MIX you get the opportunity to participate in many exciting things throughout the year. You get to develop with creative and fun projects, and test everything from redesign and theater, to painting and photography. This line gives you many experiences and experiences that allow you to learn a lot about yourself and the others. At Creative MIX it is just a big plus that people are different and have different backgrounds and interests. Here you can find out what you like, test out new things, and expand the horizon.
At Creative MIX, your opinion and your wishes are important to us. We welcome input, and in consultation with you, we will create a eventful time. A good and safe classroom environment is a crucial for you to be comfortable and grow.
We believe that people learn the most in an environment that gives you the opportunity to test things out and make your own experiences. We are more interested in facilitating good experiences, and asking some questions, than always having the right answer. We know that humor and work satisfaction create the best team, good wibes and motivation.
At Creative MIX, we work practically and project-based. The projects vary in length, form and content according to the themes we are working on. Sometimes we have a Workshop that lasts for three days, other periods last for three weeks. If you want to work on a self-selected project, it is possible.
SPORTS AND OUTDOOR LIVING
At Sports and Outdoor Living it’s never a week that’s alike, and it’s almost impossible to get bored. There will be new experiences every week. The teachers are concerned that you should feel good while you are a student with us. We want you to have a good and safe environmen at school. We practise a lot of codetermination, and the students are always included in the planning.
It is important to us that you have a good experiense while you are a student at TOPPEN. Laughter and good experiences are something we strive for. We want you to go to bed smiling every night.
During a year at Sports and Outdoor Living, you get to try an incredible amount of different things. You get to do the things you love and at the same time get to check out new activities. In addition, you will have good opportunities to train individually and in groups. Helgeland has fantastic conditions for experiences and activities in nature, and we of course use as much of it as possible.
MOUNTAIN SPORTS AND KAYAKING
We mostly focus at Mountain Sports- here is a lot of action, exciting trips and nice prospects. Top of the mountain walks, climb the mountains, kites on the banks, walk Via Ferrata and walk in glaciers; stays in cabins, tents and snow caves and learns to know all the whimsical sides of the mountain.
In Kayaking we use the fjord and the rivers around the school, we practice rescue techniques and eskimorole in the pool and go on island hopping with sea kayaking and tents on the Helgeland coast.
- Island hopping by sea kayak
- Calm seas and roaring rivers
- Surfing with kayak
- Intro and Basic Sea Kayak (Wet Short NPF)
- Intro and Foundation River Kayaking (Wet Short NPF)
- Dog sledding
- Rock climbing inside and outside
- Top Tours
- Topptau- and Ledkort (Steep Short)
- Bouldering in Sila
- Camping in the mountains
- Ski lift trips to the ski lift
- Mountain trips on skis
- Snow cave
- Ice climbing
- Prepared for avalanche
- Sail Boat Tour
- Survival trip
- Chasing The Northern Lights
- Tutorial on using Maps and Compass
- First Aid Course
- Knowledge of maintenance and repair of equipment
- Project week with volunteer work
- Slack rope
- Winter Expedition
E-Sport at TOPPEN gives you an amazing opportunity to get an understanding of what e-sport is, while at the same time experiencing folk high school. During a school year, you get expert guidance on routine e-sports personalities and you will get to know all the e-sports can offer. Our focus is to make sure you get a true picture of what e-sport is and what it takes to keep up with this at the highest level, either as a player or in an administrative role.
In addition to being a student at folk high school and taking part in all that it implies, you will be able to:
- Mapping of own skills
- Participation in tournaments and competitions
- Guide to building an international profile
- Study trips to international events
- Guidance and expertise from routine e-sports personalities
- Guide to diet and exercise
- Guidance in analysis and strategy
A school year at Football will give you the opportunity to grow your hobby and passion without feeling the pressure to become the world’s best football player. At Football you will be allowed to make a mistake without having to be reproved and criticized. You want coaches that give you the opportunity to try, and also the opportunity to fail. Playing football should be fun.
At Football you will get training / professional guidance within:
- General skills development – care and reception / participation
- Football skill attack game – improve scoring skills, fight against established defense, create and utilize overtalls situation in attack, last battleground, betting after ballooning
- Football Skill / Defense – Collaboration 1st and 2nd Defender, Conversion from Defense to Defense, Established Defense Game
- Mental training
- Physical exercise – in addition to the pure football professional, you will have more sessions a week with general basic training
- Those who are keepers will receive follow-up of Espen Isaksen. Former team trainer for the National Womens team
This is the line for you who are still a little unsecure. Here you get the opportunity to try yourself, explore what you can achieve, and get guidance from good teachers who want the best for you. At Music you get time to test and develop yourself and enjoy music with others.
We focus a lot on interaction and our own development. You will receive guidance on your instrument and your personal style, so that you can explore and develop in the direction that suits you best.
We will visit several genres, different techniques, interaction and listening comprehension, stage performance, songwriting, concerts and events.
We want you to have a safe environment around you, so that you can dare to try what you want.
The line works mostly in projects, which may end with a concert. We play in bands or in other ensembles, depending on what is suitable and what people want to do.
During the year we will have some workshops with hired instructors. It may be within the areas technique, genres, improvisation or communication.
OUTDOOR LIFE EASY
A year at Outdoor Life EASY gives you lots of fun experiences in a safe and social class environment. We go on trips where you have plenty of time to enjoy your experiences and unwind in proper Northern Norway nature.
This is not a line for you who will always go the longest, the highest or fastest; Here we focus on creating the best hiking experiences with good people. You also lern to make proper gourmet food in the wild.
The area Helgeland is an Eldorado for outdoor life activities. Tall mountains, deep valleys, wild rapids, great glaciers, untouched National Parks, Norway’s best sea kayak coast line with over 30 000 islands – all this and more, in the near perimeter of the school.
South of the city are two National Parks. Lomsdal-Visten is a pearl on the Helgeland coast known for its nature adventure. Børgefjell is our second oldest and one of our most famous National Parks. Here you will find untouched wilderness with varied wildlife. Nature is wild and beautiful with its high peaks and deep valleys. The area is famous for good fishing and hunting.
The easy access to great nature gives us the opportunity to pack the bag and easily meet new adventures. We have a great variety of activities on the course, and together with your fellow students you will get to make an impact on what you want to do during the year. In addition to a great deal of trips in the wilderness, you will also get to try our new sea kayaks, ride a dog sled on snow, go island jumping by bike, climbing inside and on outdoor walls, bouldering and exploring caves.