Making Great Strides

A lot has happened on our large-scale construction site in the last few months. The buildings shells have largely been completed, the roof-top chair has been erected, and thus the topping-out ceremony for the extension building of the European School Munich was celebrated on the 13th March 2017. There are exciting times ahead for the Kindergarten and the Primary School as the annex building with a sports hall is expected to be ready for occupation in school year 2019/20. The new premises have been built due to the acute lack of space at the main school site in Neuperlach.

The invited guests were able to witness that the building project in the south of Munich, at the S-Bahn station Fasangarten, has taken shape since the laying of the foundation stone on the 22nd June 2016. The outer contour including the roof construction of the Primary School and the sports hall have already been completed. The Kindergarten in the shape of a wind rose can already be seen on the bottom plate. The buildings will accommodate 1,500 Primary School pupils and 100 Kindergarten children. The design was conceived by the architect's office léonwohlhage (Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH), which emerged as the winner in an architectural competition with international participation.

The organiser of the event, which took place in a buildings shell on the construction site at the Fasangarten, was the State Building Authority Munich. In addition to the construction workers, craftsmen and architects, numerous representatives from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the European Patent Office and the owner of the property, the Federal Agency for Real Estate were present. The European School Munich was represented by the entire ESM school management as well as many pupils and teachers.

After welcoming speeches and formal addresses, Rudolph Ensing, Director of the ESM, thanked all those who participated in this project. Against the backdrop of the current crisis in Europe, he emphasised the European dimension of the school, which should become a reality in every day school live that will soon take place in the new buildings: "Unity in diversity - this is how we experience our school and we are glad that we will be able to implement this leitmotif here, too". Kornelia Haugg, Deputy Director for Vocational Education and Training at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, was in complete agreement with this statement and declared that the building project was a clear commitment to Europe by the German government. After all, it has taken over the entire construction costs, an amount in double-digit millions.

After the tradtional topping-out speech, the "Richtschmaus", a reception with food and drink, was held for the construction team as well as all invited guests. The European Hours' choir and the dance group of the Primary School as well as a band provided the entertaining musical and performance setting.

The topping-out wreath waved visibly over the beautiful buildings, which will soon be a place of encounter and education for our youngest Europeans of the future. Could this be a sign of a happy ending for Europe?

Primary School

World Of Wisdom And Fantasy

Children read every day; on the Internet, on smartphones, on display boards and of course in school. Reading books, however, provides access to knowledge, creativity and imagination, which is of vital importance.

Following last year's big school project "Appetite Comes From Reading", it was decided to hold the reading at the Primary School simultaneously to the Munich "Bücherschau" for children. Therefore, we held our reading week from the 13th to 17th March 2017. The library, which subscribed to the motto "how is a book this school year, organised visits to publishers and printing houses for school classes. The excursion of class P1Fra from Cecile Delas to publishing house arsEdition on Friday, 10th March marked the opening of the reading week. At the publishing house, the children were very interested and listened intently to all the explanations of the two-hour tour through the departments of publishing house.

During the reading week, the library offered presentations on two aspects of book making. Firstly, the historical aspect from the cave painting about 30,000 years ago to the present book was covered. The pupils were shown a clear time scale as well as a world map with all time periods and countries indicated that had contributed to the invention of writing, paper and book making. Lots of vivid images were presented, and viewing material, e.g. papyrus, parchment paper, a Roman book roll, a model of the Gutenberg press, and many more items relevant to the era.

Secondly, the making of a book was discussed from the initial idea to the actual writing of the manuscript to the finished print product. What does an author do?, What does the editor do in a publishing house?, What does a publisher have to think about before publishing a book?, What different areas of activity are there in a publishing house and what are they about? A pressure banner, what a capital volume, what are the individual parts of a book? The children were given visual material as well as in-depth answers and explanations to these questions. Short films for children about book making, book binding, in different languages were screened in the Primary School's assembly hall during the whole week.

A French "Kamishibai" presentation - a form of paper theatre in a showcase - for the Kindergarten children rounded off the library's programme during the reading week and provided many impressions about the book and contributed to the promotion of reading.

Secondary School

Promoting Young Scientists

This year's European Schools Science Symposium (ESSS) was held in Luxembourg between 26th March and 29th March 2017. This competition was hosted by the local European School Luxembourg I. About 150 pupils from 16 European schools presented a total number of 55 projects.

3 Secondary School pupils from the German and Italian language sections from our school participated this time.

They presented the following projects:

(1) Cosimo Gardella (s3it): "What knowledge can be gained from measurements of UV radiation?"

(2) Tanja Fritz, Nicolai Plenk (s6de): "The relationship between Groceries and Caries Bacteria"

The symposium began on Sunday evening with the official opening ceremony. The participants were welcomed by the director of the secondary school, Mr Arben Lufi and by the inspector of biology, Mr Max Wolff. We then listened to a scientific presentation entitled "The innate immune system: from insects to humans", by professor Jules Hoffmann (Nobel laureate for medicine, 2011). The Luxembourg I school choir and Jazz band provided the musical programme. Thereafter, we were taken by bus to the youth hostel, where we moved into our rooms and had the dinner.

Monday started off with a bus trip to school in the morning rush hour. In the morning all the students presented their posters and gave a presentation about their projects to the panel of judges and answered various questions about their projects. The panel of then had to decide which projects would be shortlisted. In the afternoon, the juniors (s2 - s4) went on an excursion to the "Minettpark", an industrial park for ore mining. The students of the years s5 to s7 took part in a guided tour around the city of Luxembourg. After dinner at the school, the finalists, five projects of the juniors and the seniors, were announced. The ESM students were very happy as one of their projects was among the nominated ones. The evening was rounded off with a science quiz. For Cosimo, however, this meant preparing the presentation for the next day.

On the morning of the following day, the finalists presented their projects in front of the entire panel of judges as well as all the participants from the other European Schools.In the afternoon, there was a visit to the "Science Center Luxembourg", a new facility for pupils who have just starting to learn about natural sciences. We were the very first guests and the students had the opportunity to carry out various physical experiments themselves, but also to actively participate in demonstration experiments. In the late evening, there was a show, in which we experienced pure physics in a fun way for an hour and a half. It was a very successful event for all participants; students, teachers and parents alike.

On the last day of the symposium, the closing ceremony was held. A few short speeches were given, including the one from the General Secretary, Giancarlo Marcheggiano. The speakers thanked and congratulated all organisers and participants for their achievements and for making this event a successful one. This was followed by the highly anticipated awards ceremony. There were five prizes for junior and senior projects as well as one poster prize. Cosimo Gardella won the 4th prize for his project on UV rays. Congratulations! In the afternoon we returned to Munich with plenty of new and interesting impressions.