Carnival Fools Let Loose

Carnival came early this year in Kindergarten. The children came into Kindergarten already dressed up from Monday 9th February in anticipation of the big celebration at the end of the week.

There were however many highlights during the week to enjoy! The children were able to paint their faces and transform themselves into animals, princesses, clowns, monsters and many, many more other characters.

There were also special carnival food to be tried and enjoyed. Of course many of the children brought in "Krapfen" (doughnuts) for their snacks this week and in the English section Shrove Tuesday came a week early and was celebrated traditionally with pancake with a variety of toppings.

On Thursday 12th February the Kindergarten had its first official disco and Ruben Garcia, a Spanish Primary School teacher, was on hand to DJ for us. The music was great and many of the children recognized the songs from the car radio that they listen to on their way to and from school. Some lucky children even got a chance to try out the DJ gear and scratch the records on the turntable.

Finally the big day came and on Friday 13th February and the children gathered once again the sports hall for our Carnival Parade. Each group of children, cowboys, princesses, animals, knights etc, paraded around to their theme music whilst the audience looked on in admiration!

What a fun week... a perfect way to end the half term and start the holidays.

A big thank you goes to the Parents' Association for sponsoring doughnuts for all children.

Primary School

Adventures in Munich

The city of Munich is over 850 years old. But how did everyday life look like in the city on the banks of the Isar River? Year 3 Primary School classes of the German language section were able to learn all about this in a vivid and entertaining manner when the children's book author Petra Breuer presented her special series "Abenteuer in München" ("Adventures in Munich") on the 12th February 2015. The three-volume work portrays Munich history - from the founding period to year 1318 - as an adventure novel for children.

The ten-year-old Anna lives in today's Munich and prepares a presentation on the history of the "cosmopolitan city with a heart". During her research, she comes across a book in library and starts reading about the exciting life story of another ten-year-old Anna and the same-aged Benedictus, who lived in Munich around 1185. She not only learns a lot about the growth of the city, but also about the way of life at that time. To do the presentation well, she asks her expert grandpa to answer all her questions during historical forays through today's Munich.

Petra Breuer is married and lives with her two children near Munich. Already in her youth, she developed a strong interest for Munich's history and decided to one day give an exciting account of it. She now works as a writer and editor. For her debut series "Adventures in Munich", Petra Breuer conducted intensive research - using books, the Internet and archives. The result is a continuous, historical adventure story, which takes children back to past times, while at the same time making references to the present era.

While reading from her book "Der Angriff des Löwen" ("The Attack of the Lion") the author succeeded in captivating the young audience by her powerful narrative, by her lively reading style and by demonstrating book illustrations. The participating pupils, who currently are covering the topic of Munich in class, listened attentively, but also showed keen interest in answering questions.

A big thank you goes to Petra Breuer for her visit at our school and for this entertaining excursion into the history of Munich. We are looking forward to a new volume of her planned ten-part series "Adventures in Munich".

Secondary School

From Addiction Back to Life

At the age of 13, Alex becomes a member of a notorious youth gang. Tattooed pierced, known to the police and willing to resort to violence. As a young adult, who is consuming drugs on a regular basis, Alex starts taking heroin. When he starts running short of this addictive substance, he feels compelled to resort to other means. Burglary, theft and drug trafficking follow. While the business is flourishing for his dealers, everything goes rapidly downhill in his life. Only when he comes face to face with death, he starts realising. Late, but not too late.

Vividly and powerfully realistic Alexander Golfidis, ex-junkie and author of three books, describes in his autobiography "Der Heroin Schuster" the vicious circle of his 15 years of heroin addiction, which he managed to escape only with great effort. The series of lectures on drug education and drug prevention were held between 23rd and 27th February 2015 for Secondary School pupils of years 3.

Golfidis truly captivated his young audience by talking about his drug-related past and by reading relating passages from his autobiographical work, in which he describes the plain truth of his disturbing history of drug abuse and his life behind the seemingly flawless façade of Munich. The students listened intently to his testimony and eagerly asked him a lot of questions at the end of the presentation, especially on how the life stories of the people mentioned in the book had ultimately turned out. The Power-Point presentation with photos from his youth as drug addict was visually very graphic.

For several years, Golfidis has been running "Getaway e.V.", an association that also conducts drug education in schools, primarily based on the experience and insights of people affected. Authentic and emotionally moving!

Following the lecture series, the school social worker, Christiaan Dekker, organised a debriefing session for all classes who participated. He was assisted and supported by Sylvia Segerer Black, our school psychologist. The aim of this follow-up was to break down Golfidis' story to the reality of young people.

Specific topics were then elaborated and deepened as part of interactive exercises and talks. The educational work is based on the drug prevention programme "Sauba bleim" from the Bavarian police. For instance, students were asked to write down on post-its potentially addictive substances and behaviour patterns and attach them to one of the two wooden figures, labelled "addiction" and "pleasure". In this way, the students were able to realise that the line between pleasure and addiction is very thin. This reminded the 13-year-old Gloria of the proverb her father always mentions when he observes his daughter indulging in potentially addictive behaviour: "First you drink wine, then the wine drinks itself and later the wine drinks you."

The "addiction bag", filled with various items, made it clear that there is a whole range of things and activities in everyday life can lead to dependencies or cause illness, including computer games, smart phones, eating, losing weight, and of course alcohol and nicotine, to name but a few.

In the course of their lives, most young people come into contact with drugs and with activities, potentially creating mental dependencies, which they may consume or do out of boredom, curiosity or peer pressure. This makes it all the more important to raise awareness about the addictive potential and long-term consequences of drug use and specific behaviour patterns, helping young people to make the right decision at the right time. The unavoidable craving for a particular experience can destroy social bonds, prevent career opportunities and harm personal development. Students were also made aware that they can influence their own conduct and bring their lives on a healthy and favourable track by using the power of their reason and of their will.

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Young Talents in The Olympics

The winter sports enthusiasts among the ESM students unanimously agree that the cold season has indeed very beautiful aspects. In the district finals of "Jugend trainiert für Olympia" (young people training for the Olympic Games), the largest school sports competition in the world, four highly motivated teams of the ESM demonstrated their skiing skills on the slopes in Ostin at the Lake Tegernsee on the 8th February 2012. They competed in the giant slalom against same-aged alpine specialists from 13 Munich schools with a total of 26 teams.

"Jugend trainiert für Olympia" was founded in 1969 as a talent pool for high-performance sports and provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in sports competitions. The initiative encourages young people to do sports on a life-long-basis and promotes values ​​such as fairness, team spirit and commitment.

In contrast to the traditional slalom, the giant slalom resembles more the mainstream skiing done for leisure and pleasure. Despite constant change of direction, round curves can be skied in a moving rhythm. Speed and technical ability are necessary requirements.

In the competition's category III, Maria Nikolaidou, Mia Steffen, Giulia D'Attilia, Laura Petri and Marie Leber secured the 2nd place. The boys reached the 4th place in the same competition's category. The skiing team included: Henrik Fribert, Raphael Thomas, Theodor Thymke, Johann Nikolaides and Joshua Hunt. In the competition of the competition category III of the girls could with Maria Nikolaidou, Mia Steffen, Giulia D'Attilia, Laura Peter and Marie liver be achieved 2nd place. The boys went in the same competition class in 4th place and could also bring a certificate to take home. For the team went Henrik Fribert, Raphael Thomas, Theodore Thymke, Johann Nikolaides, and Joshua Hunt.

With Lorie Seranski, Sophia Friker, Sofia Veronese, Sophia Endrizzi und Silvia Pastore, the girls in competition class IV achieved the 3rd place. The boys Moritz Pregetter, Dominic Groh, Philip Schneider and Matis Sallard in the same competition class made it to the 4th place.

The great thing about this professionally organised race was that the young skiing athletes got a first taste of a real competition and at the same time achieving success. And who knows, maybe this competition will be the breeding ground for the new well-known athletes of the future.