Over centuries, catholic convents saw their duty also in passing on knowledge and values. With the goal of bringing up Christian offspring in mind, the chaplains offered the most promising boys a place to bring them up with their rules. As many of these boys came from simple backgrounds, the entrance in schooling like this was often the only chance for advancement. Today, as education is mostly in worldly hands, the height of boarding schools is over. Only a few are left and still in use.
Since the middle-ages, the catholic convents play a major role in carrying our culture, not only because of the great collections of educational material and the research, but also because they always wanted to pass their knowledge on.
Until a short time ago, the bishop seminars, apart from the Christian boarding schools, enjoyed great popularity and bore priests, officers, politicians, doctors, lawyers and not to forget artists and authors, short: a great deal of the social elite. The boarding schools were much respected; a pupil there was more important than a mere high school student and could prepare himself with strict catholic education in a strict catholic country for the higher steps in the job ladder.
The last Pupils accompanies the protagonists with detailed interviews back into their childhood. It is clear, that the boarding schools bore a huge deal of people who excelled in one way or the other. The stories of the protagonists move between transfiguration and deduction, repression and nostalgia. Union dominates only in one statement; that the growing up in one of these boarding schools was a formative experience. —http://shop.orf.at