Primary School

Farewell celebration of the P5 classes

It was a very special farewell for the Primary School children of the classes P5 of the European School Munich. They are not only the first class to be taught at the new Fasangarten site that will move to the Secondary School in Neuperlach in September for the school year 2020/21. Their entry into a new phase of life is also subject to exceptional conditions. Keep your distance, wear a mask, small groups. The special hygiene rules of the Corona pandemic naturally had to be taken into account. So there were two farewell ceremonies in the schoolyard for the two teaching groups, on 24 June and 1 July. Thanks also to the bright sunshine on both dates, all the children were in a great mood. 

The children sat with colourfully decorated cajons in marked circles to keep their distance. The stage was decorated with European flags. Primary School director Alexia Giannakopoulou and ESM director Anton Hrovath spoke to the children, bid them farewell from Primary School and encouraged them to start at Secondary School. Under the direction of Christiaan Dekker, the classes drummed together on cajons and clapped, first the self-made class mottoes, then to a recast version of "We will rock you": We will miss you! The children had written their wishes to the school on paper planes, which they threw into the air as a symbol of the flight from Primary School to Secondary School. The paper planes were then left behind. They are to be exhibited next year. Finally, there was a surprise when the certificates were handed over: Popsicles on a stick, just the right thing for the heat. There was live music to round off the event. See you next year at the Neuperlach location!

Secondary School

Workshop on LGBTQA+

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union prohibits discrimination based in particular on sex and sexual orientation. Nevertheless, the European Commission Agency for Fundamental Rights continues to report discrimination and hostility against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexual, queer, asexual persons and persons with other sexual identities (LGBTIQA+). To ensure that everyone can fully enjoy the fundamental rights they are entitled to under EU and national law, the European Commission has published a list of measures to promote equality for LGBTIQA+ people in 2015.   

Discrimination does not always arise from bad faith, often ignorance is the basis. That is why education and awareness-raising are an important part of the measures. At the European School Munich, the initiative to talk about LGBTIQA+ came from interested students of the Secondary School itself. At their suggestion, a workshop on the topic was therefore offered for the first time to S5 classes in the 2018/19 school year. In the last week of June, the workshop took place for the second time, due to the current situation via video conferencing in teams. A total of about 130 students take part. 

Expertise on the subject was provided by the Munich Awareness Project, an education initiative sponsored by the Social Department of the City of Munich. This initiative offers Munich schools the opportunity to visit classes of people who have been trained in pedagogical and didactic aspects of the topic. In a confidential circle, the young people were able to ask all the questions that interested them in an open discussion. Thanks to their many years of experience at many other schools, the guests were able to answer competently and in an age-appropriate manner.  

Overall, the participating pupils drew a positive conclusion from the meeting. In order to further promote an open, positive, respectful and tolerant school climate, which is a top priority for the European School Munich, the workshops will continue to be offered in the future. 

If you are interested and have questions on the topic, please contact the School Psychologist.

European Commission: LGBTI Equalitiy Aufklärungsprojekt München: Fragen und Antworten