Exploring The Autumn Season

Dies ist ein Herbsttag, wie ich keinen sah... (This is an autumn day as I have never seen before...). 

This is how a famous poem by Friedrich Hebbel from the 19th century starts. The Kindergarten children of both French groups and one German group had the opportunity to experience such a day on the 22nd October 2015. In beautiful autumn weather the groups walked to the park near the Perlach shopping centre where some interactive booths had already been prepared and where the children could participate in small mixed groups.

At one booth, barks from various trees in the park had been photographed, printed out and then laminated. They served as templates for the children who were asked to find a trunk depicted on the picture and to trace the bark with pencils and paper. And then another interesting experience was awaiting them; they were shown pictures of the Italian artist Giuseppe Archimboldo in order to draw inspiration from the panel paintings of the late Renaissance, on which fruits or vegetables or other objects are depicted. At another station, autumn leaves, chestnuts, acorns and sticks were collected in order to create portraits, which were photographed afterwards. The result culminated in a work of art, in which the personified autumn wore a crown made of leaves, promising us a rich harvest. At the last station, green trees made of paper with adhesive strips were prepared. The children collected leaves and other things and stuck their little treasures onto the green paper on.

The other children, who were not busy doing activities, enjoyed themselves on the large playground. The autumn colours of the trees created an impressive atmosphere, while the wind was blowing and the leaves were falling from the trees.

This excursion was an unforgettable experience for the children who have now become little experts on nature. Surely, this day has left an enduring impression, just as "the autumn day as I have never seen before..."

Primary School

How To Cycle Safely

"It was cool working with the police," said Daniel from primary school year 5 of the Italian section. As all Primary School children of years 5, he learned the most important traffic rules in the youth traffic school in Munich. Between the 21st September and the 22nd October 2015, the young road users were taught how to cross roads, to give signals, to take left and right turns, to observe the right of way, to wear helmets, etc. This and many other topics were first covered in theory in class and then put into practice with the help of two police officers in the school playground.

The pupils were specifically prepared for the cycling test, which consists of four units. Besides learning about traffic rules, the children also discovered how to assess various traffic situations as well as road hazards. As turning left requires a complex sequence of steps and therefore represents the biggest challenge, an entire unit was devoted to this topic.

Alex from year 5 of the English section found the "blind spot" particularly interesting, the dangers of which were portrayed with the help of a film. A blind spot is defined as the area around the vehicle, which is not viewable from the rear-view-mirrors when sitting in the front seat. If car drivers cannot see cyclists in the blind spot, accidents could occur. Thus, it is essential to teach children a proactive and prudent approach that enables them to behave correctly in specific traffic situations. The safety features of a bicycle and the equipment of the cyclists are also topics covered in the traffic school. Many children were not aware that the wearing of bicycle helmets - although not mandatory - is an indispensable protection against head injuries.

The youth traffic school represents a protected practice area where real-life traffic situations are simulated. There are street crossings with traffic lights and road signs. This is a great help to the children when they apply what they have learned in reality. With numerous exercises and a final cycling test, the children are trained to become responsible road users as well as act in a cautious and appropriate manner. Thus, the risk that these "approved" cyclists will be involved in traffic accidents decreases significantly.

Moreover, for most children it was a great pleasure to ride their bikes on the school premises. Costanza from year 5 the Italian section summarised the experience as follows: "It was great fun to cycle on the school's playground for a change".

Secondary School

Focusing on Climate Change

Hurricanes, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, summer heat and mild winters, these are the signs of global warming and climate change. It's about time to find concrete solutions. This year's Model United Nations Conference of Munich (MunoM), was a kind of small scale world climate summit. It was held at the ESM and in the premises of the European Patent Office from the 10th to 13th November 2015.

About 420 students from all over Europe, and also from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, participated in the conference, had group discussion and drafted resolutions on the theme of "Global Warming and the Use of Green Energy".

In the simulation game Model United Nations (MUN), the participants take on the roles of delegates of the United Nations. In simulated committees, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly, they debate on international issues, negotiate compromises and adopt resolutions.

However, this conference was not about pure simulation as the participants were very well prepared, disposed over comprehensive knowledge regarding economic, political, environmental and social aspects, and committed all their expertise and efforts to participate as delegates of various countries in the discussion. Sometimes a whole hour was used to discuss one word for an amendment as they took the implications of such a word very seriously and were aware of the impact this could have on a global scale. English was used as main language.

"The sense of initiative and entrepreneurship" is one of the key competences for lifelong learning and as such one of our cornerstones for further school development. In this respect, MunoM is an integral part of our school.

A big thank you goes to the co-organising teachers Jasper Nederbragt, Kieran Kiely, Philip Allen and Reiner Hoffmann and all students who helped to organise and conduct this highly successful event.

We are looking forward to next time!

Fit 4 Life Without Addiction

Life skills and drug prevention are topics that play a very important in our school. To enable all year 3 students of the Secondary School to intensively work on these issues, a two-day project for each class was organised from 19th to 22nd October 2015.

"Fit 4 Life" was developed and carried out by our social workers Christiaan Dekker in cooperation with a specially trained team of the school's staff members. In two rounds, four classes at a time visited the local youth centre "Südpolstation" (Feierwerk e.V) on two consecutive days. Outside the school walls and away from the normal school day, the young people were able to fully focus and dedicate themselves to this programme.

On the agenda were a life story of the former drug addict Alexander Golfidis and the visit of the local youth officers from the police. In addition, there was also a lot of time to discuss the issues of drugs and addiction and to participate in numerous exercises and games. Our team also conducted the Bavarian police's programme "Sauba bleim" with the students.

This addiction prevention project focuses on adventure games, sensory perception and communication. The facts regarding drugs and addiction are conveyed in a themed and interactive manner. In this way, a sustainable and efficient strengthening of life and social skills can be achieved, while encouraging the students to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

These two days were concluded by a "letter to yourself". In this letter, the students were asked to reflect and structure their thoughts and impressions and to write down their own intentions in dealing with addiction and drugs in the future. The students will get these sealed letters back at the end of the school year and will then be able to decide for themselves at what point in their lives, the letter should be opened again.

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