Bigger and better!

This new school year saw the Kindergarten open its doors to more children than ever before. So much so that a new group has been established for the smaller children in the German Section. And leading this group is a new colleague, Frau Diana Büchel, who is very welcome and already an integrated member of the team. Her group is the Ladybird group.

The first week saw the children who were with us return for the morning sessions all week. The new children were invited to visit the Kindergarten in small groups with their parents.

This settling in phase has long been a contributing factor to the smooth and stress free start to the Kindergarten year for children, parents and staff alike.

On Monday 8th September all the children were in Kindergarten together for the first time. Time to get to know the building and the teachers and most importantly make friends. The uppermost aim in these first weeks is to ensure that the children feel happy and safe in this new environment.

All of the groups visited other groups and tried to remember the names of all the new people that were meet. Almost impossible! Slowly this will come and soon nobody will feel new anymore.

On Friday 12th September the first 'Singing Altogether' session took place. All seven groups gathered in the sports hall at 11.30. This is an opportunity for all the children to sing together but also share what they have been doing in the classroom. The first song was a welcome song followed by a German song, 'Der Hut steht dir gut!' which allowed the teachers to introduce themselves once more to all the children. The children were encouraged to join in with the words and actions of the English nursery rhyme 'Miss Polly had a dolly'. Finally the session ended with a rousing rendition of Ching Ching Ching!

A great end to the first week and a good way to see the weekend in.

Primary School

Legendary First Day at School!

The 2nd September 2014 had not only been a particularly exciting day for a total of 154 first year pupils from all European countries, but one that they will remember for the rest of their lives! On that day, the first-graders were welcomed in an official ceremony with speeches by Dana Pavličíková, Director of the Kindergarten and the Primary School, and Rudolph Ensing, Director of the ESM, as well as with performances by the older Primary School pupils in the sports hall.

As with all first-graders, the children's feelings ranged from excitement and nervousness to joy and curiosity about the new environment and the many unknown faces. With the enrollment in school an entirely new phase of life starts for these very young Europeans.

Year 2 pupils from the English and German language section had rehearsed a performance for the newcomers and then Dana Pavličíková symbolically sounded the bell for the first school lesson for each class. Carrying a creatively designed "Schultüte", a cone-shaped carton, filled with small gifts, and accompanied by encouraging cheers of parents and grandparents the first-year children walked to their classrooms to attend their first lesson.

Most children eagerly anticipate starting school and look forward to their very first day at school. The welcoming ceremony serves to help the first-year pupils to gain confidence, to feel welcome so that they feel less alienated and part of the school community from the outset.

A successful start to "real life"!

Secondary School

BAC To The Future

The official award ceremony of the European Baccalaureate was held simultaneously to the football World Cup. But, even if our graduates had to train much longer than the football players - for 12 years in total - all teams and individual players were allowed to reach the finals and actually win, as all 128 Secondary School graduates have passed the Baccalaureate exams this year.

They can be proud to have achieved such a diploma as each credential, each mark requires a lot of work and diligence. The grand official farewell celebration, which consisted of a diverse mix of speeches and musical performances and which was held on the 4th July 2014, represented the uncontested highlight of their school career.

Instrumentally accompanied by the Big Band, under the guidance of James Ready, the graduates festively entered the sport's hall to take their seats. After the musical prelude by the Secondary School Choir's, under the guidance of Julie Plugge, Mr Ensing, the Director, opened the ceremony with his welcoming speech.

He stressed how important it is that our students as future citizens of Europe and of the world, have range of skills to meet the challenges in a rapidly changing world. He referred to the eight key competences outlined in the European framework for lifelong learning, which ensure that all individuals find their fulfilment, develop active citizenship and integrate socially. One of these skills is the command of the mother tongue and therefore Mr Ensing finally congratulated the students in all their L1-languages.

In his speech, Mr Hrovath, the Director of the Secondary School, emphasised that courage is a particular strength of character. Like the great explorer Christopher Columbus, the young Europeans should go out into the world and not be discouraged by setbacks. "Don't stumble, but stand your ground, and have the courage to tackle and make things happen", he stressed.

Thereafter, speeches were held by Mrs Coelho, this year's President of the European Baccalaureate in Munich, Mrs Castellanos, Representatives of the European Patent Office, and Mr Weber, Representatives of the Parents' Association.

After the handing over of the well-deserved certificates and the Patent Office's prize-giving ceremony, in which exceptional performances of individual students are recognised, the students' representatives of all the five language sections were allowed to take the stage.

They thanked both teachers and the school community for the great educational environment in which they thrived, and and drew a very positive, though slightly nostalgic, conclusion of their past school years.  

We praise all graduates for their outstanding achievement and wish that they now focus on their future and take on the many new opportunities and possibilities in joyful anticipation as even in this moment, the old football proverb still holds true: "After the game is before the game".