Kindergarten

Cause For Celebration

In September 2007, the current Kindergarten building opened its doors for the first time. Until then the Kindergarten had been in a one-storey building situated where the Eureka building is now. As the number of children rose, it became clear that we needed a new building to meet the requirements of the youngest children in our school. The children who walked through the door on the first day 10 years ago are now in Year 4 and 5 in the Secondary School!

On 24th October 2017, the Kindergarten celebrated the 10th year anniversary of the official opening of our building. This year's topic is "Day and Night" so the children have been thinking about what happens in the autumn as the nights get longer and the days much shorter. We looked at all the wonderful fruit and vegetables that were slowly getting ready to be harvested. One of these, the potato, became the focus of our celebration and the children's learning for the proceeding weeks.

The morning started with an army of parents who came to help the children prepare potato soup and potato salad. This delicious food would be served at the potato bistro in the afternoon.

In the late afternoon, the children, parents and staff met in front of the building. The children sang a rousing rendition of "Das Kartoffellied" accompanied by an enthusiastic percussion orchestra. We then watched a short time lapse video on a big screen outside the Kindergarten showing the construction of our building. Then the fun began when the children were able to take part in many different potato-related activities including a memory game, potato hunt, potato sack race and many more.

It was a wonderful event supported by a great team of parents who really helped our staff make it a very special occasion for the children.

Here's to 10 more years!

Primary School

Practice Makes Perfect

Smoothly maintaining one's balance, while simultaneously adhering to the traffic rules; cycling is no easy task! In order to take away uncertainties and to practice correct behaviour in traffic, Munich's youth traffic school organises cycling training and tests annually for the 5th year Primary School pupils of the ESM. This year the traffic school was held from the 14th September to 26th October 2017. In the Primary School's school yard, real traffic situations, including signs and traffic lights, are simulated.

The theory is covered in class while the practical part is held by two police officers in the school yard. The pupils are specifically prepared for the cycling test, which consists of four units. In addition to learning about traffic signs and the right of way regulations, the children also discover the dangers of the blind spot with the help of a film. As turning left requires a complex sequence of steps and therefore represents the biggest challenge, an entire unit is devoted to this topic. Eight steps are needed to perform this difficult task: look around, give clear hand signals, correct lane position, observe right of way, give priority to oncoming traffic, look around one more time, then turn left in a large arch while paying attention to pedestrians.

Based on real-life traffic situations, the traffic school practises safe road behaviour while improving coordination and reaction skills. This helps children to become active and cautious cyclists. In addition, they experience what a healthy and environmentally friendly means of transportation a bicycle is and how much fun cycling can be.

Secondary School

Expanding Horizons

In Europe, we are experiencing turbulent times in which a strong countermovement is building up in reaction to globalised processes. Against this background, the theme of this year's MunoM conference "Regionalism and Nationalism in Response to Globalisation" could hardly be more topical and provided material for intensive discussions among the delegates. At this major event, over 400 students from 28 schools across Europe visited the ESM and discussed future issues such as sustainability, refugee status, military conflicts, economic and social issues and drafted resolutions in the "UN General Assembly". The conference itself was held in the Green Container and the Europabau building of the ESM and in the Isar building of the European Patent Office between the 14th and the 17th November 2017.

The conference is a simulation of the United Nations, during which students assume the roles of diplomats and debate the most pressing world issues. Through debating they develop their skills in critical thinking, negotiating and increase their political awareness. Additionally, they also have the opportunity to meet like-minded teenagers and make new friends. Honing their oral English skills is another plus as it's the working language, just as is it is in New York.

Model United Nations breaks barriers between people, but it also breaks the barriers of our horizon which cloud our view, our understanding of the world around us. This is what this simulation game really is, an opportunity to expand your horizons - and to have a load of fun on the way.

For The Sake Of The Environment

Acting environmentally conscious and protecting the environment in everyday school life are the goals of the Secondary School's ECO-Club, which was launched in June 2017. It is part of the "Eco-schools in Europe", the "International Agenda 21-School" and the "Environmental School in Europe" programmes. Every Bavarian school - including the ESM - is entitled to apply for the official "Umweltschule" award.

For the current school year, we will focus on "sustainability and conscious consumption", "climate change" and "energy savings". Involving students in these projects aims to challenge, encourage and support them to bring about positive changes as regards to environmental protection in our school and to make less-motivated students aware of these issues and, if possible, integrate them into the projects. Current initiatives include the recycling of paper, the maintenance of the school garden and the building of a communication platform within the school. Further ecological projects are planned and aimed at fostering in students critical thinking on their own behaviour and encouraging them to develop both creative and practical solutions.

Many Secondary School's students volunteer in their free periods in the ECO Club. Their energetic support not only serves a good purpose, but also makes a significant contribution to making our school even more environmentally friendly.

Our ECO Club has already been awarded one in three stars for its sustainability commitment. Our goal is to get all three stars in the future.

Let's get started!

Activities:

  • Mondays and Thursdays: the ECO-Club is open to all Secondary School students from 12.40 to 13.30 in room EUR 370 and as part of the ECO-course (whole day concept)
  • Tuesdays : create a stop motion movie
  • Wednesdays: create an ECO island

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