In the last year of German public primary schools, parents and teachers have to make an important decision - the transition to one of the three different types of secondary schools. Such kind of decision - often not an easy one - does not need to be taken in the European School Munich as the European Schools system is based on a comprehensive school concept. In line with this concept, the primary cycle is completed after year 5 and the transition to secondary cycle is held at the same school. Nevertheless, this transition symbolises a fundamental milestone in the child's school career.
The transition ceremony, in which the Primary School pupils of year 5 are officially bid farewell to, has by now become a tradition at the ESM. The aim of this event, which this year was held on the 1st July 2014, is to encourage the pupils' confidence and optimism for the next stage in their school career.
The extensive and varied programme ranged from musical contributions from the Primary School Choir, led by Mrs Coles and Mrs Plugge, and Wind Orchestra, directed by Mrs Coles and Mr Ready, to artistic show acts by year 2, led by Ms Hartleif, to dance performances by the European Hours dance group, led by Mrs Bellingacci, to the ceremonial presenting of certificates by the Primary School's Director Mrs Pavličíková to all year 5 pupils of. Finally, the Director of the Secondary School, Mr Hrovath, welcomed the newcomers in his speech. The varied and very entertaining programme played a key role in ensuring that the children experienced this crucial moment of transition as something special. It also added a festive touch to a nostalgic event, enabling the children to feel proud of their achievements and to heighten their anticipation of what is yet to come.
A very big thank you goes to all teachers and pupils without whose ceaseless efforts and positive energy this farewell and transition ceremony could not have become such a memorable event. 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.