Sovereign's School in Grimma 1622-1627

The Royal Academy St. Augustin, a former monastery, was the school of future clerks and clericals. Prince Moritz of Saxony-Meißen founded this school in 1550. The subjects taught were religion, grammar, logic, music, the rules of poetry, ancient languages (Greek and Latin) and rhetoric. The first director, Adam Silber, a pupil of Melanchthon, had shaped the curriculum through the publication of his textbooks.

The educational system was based on the memorization of traditional texts and their translation. In addition to this, much attention was given to musical education. During lessons in music, liturgical verses were studied for the worship service, as well as choral arrangements by Orlando di Lasso, Adam Gumpelsheimer and others. The most important goal of education was to foster belief in God and trust in the "right faith".

 

 

The daily life of the pupils was regulated as in a monastery. The pupils slept in the former monastery's unheated cells. At 5 AM the pupils were woken up and at 8 PM they had to go to their cells. During the course of the day, educational lessons alternated with time for praying, as well as self-study.

Paul Gerhardt attended this school with his older brother, Christian, who had begun attending one year earlier. The strict school system did not suit Christian. Once he even ran away and ended up leaving the school prematurely.

In the school annual of 1625, there is an evaluation in Latin regarding PG. It says that he does have talent and that he shows diligence and obedience. His written compositions and his poems were noted as "tolerable".