Kindergarten

Winner Of Art In Building

The winners of the "Kunst am Bau" competition for the ESM's extension building are officially confirmed: the judging panel has chosen designs by Veronike Hinsberg and the artist group STOEBO (Cisca Bogman & Oliver Störmer). These entries will be exhibited at the ESM from the 15th to 19th May 2017. The organiser of the competition was the "Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben" (BImA), which commissioned the "Staatliches Bauamt München 1" for its implementation.

Art in Building is considered an element of building culture and is an integral part of the construction of a building. The ESM's competition was about different design proposals for the three interior and exterior areas of the new school premise. 81 artists participated in this two-phase competition and submitted a total of 111 proposals. The panel of judges awarded Veronike Hinsberg with the first prize for the school's outdoor area and the nursery. Under the title "curtain - cortina - cohort", she developed three different gate designs. In an artistic way, the necessary limitation of the school grounds connects to the environment and neighbourhood, interpreting the rigid element of the gates as a moving curtain, explained the panel of judges.

The artists' group STOEBO won the first prize for the recreation hall and staircase of the Primary School. Under the title "Onomatopoeia", the design combines various elements as a continuous wall painting that runs through the rooms and corridors. "The interplay of colours, language theories, sounds and animal worlds is the strength of the concept", said the panel of judges.

Since the ESM's main building in Neuperlach has reached the limit of its capacity, the Primary School as well as part of the Kindergartens will be housed there. From the 2019/2020 school year onwards, the new school building will open its doors for 1,500 children.

© Press release (short version) courtesy of the "Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben"

Primary School

Drumming On Sheet Metal

To generate the sound of the Caribbean heartbeat from cut off oil barrels? This is possible with steel drums as hardly any other instrument is as easy to learn! They are known from the music styles of Rumba, Salsa and Merengue.

Between 23rd January and 2nd May 2017, the Caribbean drum teacher and music instructor Marcos Moreno from Spain gave lessons to year 1 to 5 Primary School pupils from the English, Spanish and French language sections. Each class received drum lessons during regular school hours.

With great sensitivity and energy, Marcos Moreno taught the children simple rhythmic exercises thus introducing them to the instruments and familiarising them with counting methods. Simple melodies and rhythmic chords were practiced without notes and often accompanied with playback music, which served as rhythm guidance. Group drumming allowed the children to explore new ways of communicating, such as listening and relating to each other. Even less outgoing children became fully involved. A sense of achievement usually develops fast and so the children very soon were able to drum quite a few rhythms and melodies. The entertaining aspect cannot be denied either as drumming Caribbean rhythms are simply great fun!

All participating children developed their own access to the steel pans during the course, especially because Marcos Moreno responded spontaneously and flexibly to individual needs. During the concerts, the young musicians created a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere with these strongly resonant and bell-like sounding instruments, conjuring up a Caribbean feeling and impressively interweaving it with well-known melodies.

About Dragons And Dinosaurs

We had waited for a long time before we could welcome the children's book author Ute Krause who read aloud from two of her beautifully illustrated story books to an audience, consisting of three year 1 one year 2 classes from the German language section. All the children sat quietly and were very exciting when the author from Berlin entered the room. Prior to the event, the children had learned about the cosmopolitan background of the author who had lived in several countries and continents. Katrin Rüger from the "Buchpalast" in Haidhausen had arranged this visit.

Up until now, she has illustrated 400 children's books, wrote and illustrated 27 of her own children's books, which were translated into many languages ​and turned into TV films. Her work has been widely acclaimed and even nominated for the German Youth Literary Prize. The first year pupils listened to the story of "Oskar and the very hungry dragon", in which Oskar, the next victim of the voracious dragon, can alter his fate away with the help of his wit and great skill by promising for the dragon to serve him delicious food forever. The dragon enjoys the food so much that he decides to open a restaurant with Oskar for the entire village community as well as for all other dragons. From then onwards, everyone lives peacefully side by side.

In the second story, the little dragon "Minus Three" wants a pet. He comes up with some crazy ideas to prove to his parents, who are initially skeptical, that he is indeed capable of looking after a pet. Finally, the dragon's parents agree and "Minus Three" gets Lucy, a caveman, as a pet.

By using illustrations from her books and by her entertaining reading style, she truly captivated the children from first to the last minute.

A big thank you goes to Ute Krause, for 1.5 hours of wonderful book presentation and to Katrin Rüger, for her tireless commitment in promoting reading!

Secondary School

Completing The Exchange

Earlier this spring, the European School Frankfurt visited the ESM with two busloads of young musicians who spent two days rehearsing and performing with music students from the ESM. Then from the 25-27 May 2017, the time came for the ESM musicians to return the favour. Two busloads of students from the ESM Orchestra, Concert Choir and Big Band travelled to Frankfurt to complete the musical exchange and strengthen the friendships and bonds we had started forming with our friends and colleagues from the ESF.

A busy day was spent with choral and instrumental rehearsals in the morning and a combined performance with all the musicians for the primary school in the ESF Aula. The hall was packed, and the young audience was attentive and enthusiastic. After lunch in the school canteen, the rehearsals continued into the afternoon. The ESM group had just enough time to travel back to the hotel, eat dinner and prepare for the evening concert back at the school; a schedule that would even challenge the professionals!

The evening concert was well attended by parents, teachers and friends of the ESF school community. After a warm welcome from the director, Mr Patscheider, each group had the opportunity to shine in the spotlight and show the efforts of their long rehearsals and hard work. The orchestras and choirs combined for several numbers, which were enhanced by a lively performance from the ESM Big Band. Students from the s-7 music class in Frankfurt were given special honours and performed several popular numbers in their respective school bands. The atmosphere was amazing, and the concert was impressive with almost 200 students making music together on stage.

The next day, the ESM group had just enough time for a quick tour of some of the sight-seeing highlights in the Frankfurt city centre, before climbing back into the busses and heading for home. There was no time to relax though, since it was our turn the following evening to repeat the performance again for our own ESM school community at the annual Spring Concert in the Europahalle.

Once again, our musical exchange proved that music has a fantastic power to unify people, break down barriers and touch lives in a special way. The ESM can be proud of its musical ambassadors who showcased the variety of talent at our school, and who represented us in the true European spirit.

Well-Prepared For A Good Start

The key to a good conference is always preparation. This year's Model United Nations of Munich (MunoM) delegate workshop took place in our school on the 12th May 2017. There were around 90 participants, 33 of which came from the Helene-Lange-Gymnasium, Phorms School Munich and Sebastian-Finsterwalder-Gymnasium Rosenheim, all between 13 and 17 years old. The workshop was organised differently to previous years, which turned out a massive success.

It took place between 10:00 and 16:00 o'clock, and although this may seem like a long time, the students were always busy researching with the laptops and iPads provided by the school, lobbying and improving their debating skills. The workshop started off with a presentation by the Vice Secretary General about MunoM and its rules of procedure. Everybody got their first impressions of the conference and the different positions in it.

The Executive Staff explained their involvement, including the work done before and during the conference and also explained why they decided to apply for their respective positions. The 90 participants were then split into 3 different groups of 30 people each. Everybody was assigned a country and got to research and debate about its point of view on topics such as "Freedom of Speech".

Despite the age differences, everybody managed form teams of countries with similar opinions to work on the resolutions together. This way the less confident students could get help and felt more confident about their resolutions. The Executive Staff also helped the groups when they were unsure of how to proceed. Each Committee was led by three Chairs, who had all participated in the Chair Workshop a few weeks before. The Chairs helped the delegates and answered any questions, which also made it easier and friendlier for the MUN rookies.

After about an hour and a half of lobbying and resolution writing there was a lunch break, whereafter all delegates were called back to their rooms to start the debating. The participants learned to address the house, speak in third person and how to general MunoM etiquette. They were always free to ask questions and ask for help, and the debates became livelier as the delegates became more confident and enthusiastic in fighting for their countries' opinions.

Before finishing, the Executive Staff explained how exactly to become a delegate next year, since it is organised slightly different this time; you are required to sign up and register through MyMUN. Altogether this workshop was a huge success and all participants seemed to have learnt a lot and managed to improve their debating skills in this afternoon already!