Where Little Princes Played

Castles, knights and princesses ... Which child does not dream of this? The groups of the Kindergarten's ground floor, the French group (Fr A) and the two German groups (B and C), went on a trip to the Nymphenburg Castle on the 9th June 2015.

Prior to this excursion, the children were busy preparing for this trip. The children built little castles and the teachers talked with them about their specific architecture and about how life had been at that time. And then the day of the excursion finally arrived. We took the underground train and tram, which was very exciting.

Once on the premises of castle, we all gathered in the Privy Garden, which became our meeting point and "camp" for the day, where we had our lunch and were could play games. The three classes were divided into five small groups, giving the children the opportunity to spend time with other children during the day. Each group could participate in an official tour of the castle, for instance, to have a look around the main castle with its many rooms to visit or take part in a guided tour on the theme: "Where the prince played and the princess dined".

As the site was so big and not all children were able to see everything, every group were given a specific task. One group painted the "Amalienburg" castle, other children were asked to spot certain details in the palace gardens and record their findings or to find the "Magdalenenklause", a habitable artificial ruin, with the help of a map. A highlight was the much-looked-forward-to-visit of the Marstall museum, where the children were able to marvel at the "golden carriage" of King Ludwig II.

No chance of boredom there: there were so many things to discover. However, even the most exciting excursion comes to an end eventually. And with many impressions and tired feet, we travelled back to Kindergarten. Two days later we met again and looked at the photos we had taken and the pictures we had painted. Each group told the others what they had seen and liked the best.

Primary School

Next School Stage in Sight

In contrast to German public schools, in which at the end of year 4 decisions are taken regarding the transition from Primary to Secondary School, the European School system is based on the comprehensive school concept. Hence, the Primary School finishes at the end of year 5. To smooth the way and to inspire confidence, an official farewell and transition ceremony for the year 5 Primary School pupils was held at the ESM on the 30th June 2015. This ceremony is designed not only to mark the change from Primary to Secondary School as a fundamental milestone in the school career, but also to enable the children develop confidence and raise self-esteem.

The extensive and varied programme ranged from speeches by Dana Pavličíková, Director of Kindergarten and Primary School, as well as Anton Hrovath, Director of the Secondary School, to musical contributions of the Primary School's choir, led by Liz Coles and Julie Plugge, as well as the Primary School's orchestra, led by Laura Immovilli, and the Primary School's wind ensemble, led by James Ready, to dance acts by Paula Bellingacci's dance group, to the ceremonial presentation of the certificates to all year 5 Primary School pupils.

A big thank you goes to all the teachers and students for their commitment. Likewise, we would like to explicitly thank the large number of parents present who shared and celebrated the end of this crucial stage of their school children's life. A few tears were shed, but quickly dried at the prospect that this transition only takes place within the premises of the same school. Thus, the parting entails the immediate arrival, which could be one more reason to await the entry into Secondary School with confidence and anticipation.

Secondary School

BACuna Matata

One moment these young students were sweating over their Baccalaureate exams, the next moment they suddenly turned into adults with a Baccalaureate certificates in their hands, ready to spend their lives outside the school premises for good.

On the 3rd July 2015, the European School Munich bid farewell to 134 graduates in a moving and grand celebration that marks the end of school career in the European school system. This year's slogan "BACuna Matata" was a reference to the phrase "hakuna matata", which in Swahili means something like "everything's fine".

At first, the main players of the ceremony, the graduates, entered the sport's hall. The musical accompaniment for this entry was provided the Big Band, under the guidance of James Ready. After the musical prelude by the Secondary School's Choir, under the guidance of Julie Plugge, with support from the Secondary School's Orchestra, led by Kasia Moskwa, Rudolph Ensing, the ESM-Director, went on stage. In his opening speech, he congratulated the students on their remarkable performance in various languages, but also reminded the young European graduates to maintain the attachment to one's own country of origin and, at the same time, to assume the global responsibility that comes from an increasingly interconnected world. Taking up on this idea, Anton Hrovath, Director of the Secondary School, stressed how important one's own strengths, heart, character, experiences and inner attitude are for their further lives and then he quoted the Roman philosopher Seneca who once said: "not for school, but for life you learn".

Thereafter, speeches were held by Stefan Walz, this year's Vice President of the European Baccalaureate, Maria Castellanos, representative of the European Patent Office, and Kerstin Arenz, representatives of the Parents' Association.

In alphabetical order and accompanied by the sound of their favourite songs, Anton Hrovath called the graduates individually on stage. Rudolph Ensing then handed over the diplomas, which the students received with a big smile on their face. This was followed by the Patent Office's prize-giving ceremony and the speeches of pupils' representatives of each class. The students expressed their gratitude towards the teachers and the school, gave insights into their frame of mind during their school career and talked about their future plans.The celebration's programme included the performance of the Secondary School's choir, musical interludes by the Big Band and the Secondary School's orchestra. All these performances enchanted the audience and rounded off the festivities in a successful manner.

With the European Baccalaureate, the young Europeans of the ESM have acquired the necessary skills for a successful life and can now set sail to new shores. Congratulations to all and "hakuna matata"!

Premiere: Twelfth Night

In the first week of July, the year s2-s4 drama group will again be presenting their talents. Following the successful performance of "Scrooge - A Christmas Carol" in December 2014 (for which the group has been nominated for the Pepper drama prize as "Best Newcomer"), the students will now be performing another classic: "Twelfth Night, or What You Will" by William Shakespeare. As we already know from the older students' drama performances, in this stage play there will also be some scenes in the original language version.

Shipwrecked and just barely escaped with her life, Viola strands on the coast of an unknown country: Illyria, ruled by Duke Orsino, who is courting the beautiful Countess Olivia. However, Olivia rejects Orsino again and again as she is in deep mourning about the death of her brother. Disguised as a man, Viola enters into the service of the Duke. The stranger comes in handy and is quickly made into Orsino's messenger of love. But the Countess still does not want anything to do with him. Instead, she falls hopelessly in love with "Cesario", who is Viola in disguise. Viola in turn has feelings for her master Orsino, who believes she is a man... Olivia's stuck-up steward Malvolio also has romantic feelings for his mistress, making him an easy prey of the other residents' mean pranks. When Violas twin brother Sebastian, believed dead, suddenly turns up alive in Illyria, the confusion becomes perfect: Everyone is in love, and no one knows who the other really is.

The performances will take place again in the Pepper Theatre in the PEP shopping centre in Neuperlach.

The premiere will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 19:30

Further performances will be on:

  • Thursday, 2nd July at 14:00 and 19:30
  • Friday, 3rd July at 11:00 and 19:30
  • Saturday, 4th July at 19:30

Students are in part rehearsing under the direction of the year s6/s7 drama group during their free periods, after school and on weekends. This time, the stage design can only be created in the very last minute, which is due to the particular type of material used. More shall not be revealed here, let yourself be surprised!

To avoid that both actors and spectators miss classes, there will be no performance visits during the regular school hours.

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