Primary School

Day of respect at the Primary School

Although it is currently important to pay attention to social distancing at school, social cohesion is not forgotten at the European School Munich. On Friday, September 4th, a day of respect was held and with it the kick-off event of the anti-bullying programme KiVa for classes P2 to P4 of the Primary School. KiVa is Finnish and means "beautiful" or "nice". It is a social learning programme developed by the University of Turku. Its aim is to prevent bullying even before a problem arises. The programme is scientifically monitored and its effectiveness is proven.

This year, of course, everything was a little different than usual. The classes prepared independently for the topic. They asked themselves questions in class, such as how they imagine a pleasant school atmosphere or what rules are needed for mutual respect. Hanna Mührl and Christiaan Dekker from the SMiLe team approached the classes via video chat on teams. They had a new friend with them: the doll VaKi. And she had many questions about KiVa. At her last school she was not doing so well - so she is happy to be at a school where everyone is friendly and respectful with her and with each other. In this way, the children learn in a playful way what is important in working together.

During the breaks there was a big surprise: Mr. Pepy and Mr. Dekker sang "Don't worry, be KiVa" for the school children on the playground and the school song "Wir sind die ESM!", which Christiaan Dekker had composed in the previous school year - of course with appropriate distance between the different groups. The song can also be viewed on the ESM Pinboard on SharePoint. You need to register via Microsoft access with the identification.

Finally, there was a little present for the school children: a ribbon with knots. This is to remind them of KiVa and the values of respect and community that are conveyed today. With this thought in mind, everyone helps to establish a positive school climate together. More info:

KiVa Program Antimobbing at the ESM SMiLe-Team

Secondary School

MUNoM 2020: Debates on Corona

Inevitably, much was different at this year's MUNoM conference. Nevertheless, the Model United Nations of Munich remained true to their idea. Pupils slipped into the roles of UN delegates and discussed topics of world politics. Of course, the ongoing corona pandemic was the most important topic. It is not only the topic that the real United Nations are currently talking about, the pandemic naturally changed the popular event of the European School Munich.

This year the many international guests were missing. As "MUNoM Experience Days", the simulation of the UN General Assembly could nevertheless take place on a smaller scale on 19 and 20 November. The former Kindergarten building at the Neuperlach site offered enough space to keep a distance. The appropriate mouth-and-nose protection with the MUNoM emblem was also available. The opening ceremony was streamed via video into several rooms.

Of course the opening speeches also referred to the pandemic. After Christian Waedt, Anton Hrovath, Director of the European School Munich, and Martin Duggen, Director of the Secondary School, and the teacher Michael Stryer spoke. They gave the students a historical perspective: What were the consequences of pandemics in the past and how could Corona change the world? Several history teachers spoke here, so a small specialist discussion quickly developed. But the teachers also reminded the young audience that other topics such as climate change or populism have not lost any of their urgency.

With these words, the pupils went into the committee work. Finally, they presented their resolutions. After all, the aim of MUNoM is to provide a realistic picture of political processes, to arouse interest in issues and to train debating.

It was good for everyone involved that with MUNoM an ESM tradition could take place again this year, albeit with restrictions. The European School Munich would like to thank all participants for their commitment. Special thanks for the organisation under the difficult circumstances go to Christian Waedt and Maggie Banatte-Schuster. We all hope that next year MUNoM can take place again in the usual framework.

Further information can be found here and on the MUNoM website.

ESM students plant trees

The sun has not yet risen completely above the treetops when 22 pupils from the French language section of the European School Munich arrive in a clearing in the Truderinger Forest on Monday morning. They carry hoes and boxes full of seedlings with them. Their aim on this project day: planting trees.

But before that, the S5 pupils should learn what the forest and the planting action is all about. With the foresters Marion Schmid and Thomas Mayr from the municipal forestry administration, two experts who knows everything about the forest are present. "In a healthy forest you don't have to plant trees," explains Mayr. But here, drought, storms and bark beetles have infested the spruces that once stood in this clearing. Now new tree varieties have to be planted. Not all species are equally suitable for this particular location. That is why oaks and beeches are now being planted.

After a short instruction on how to plant the young trees correctly, the pupils start with a lot of enthusiasm. Hoe, dig, check the depth of the hole, put the seedling in, cover with soil, and carefully tamp down. The work makes you warm up quickly. Most of the pupils don't want to stop anyway.

During the breaks the pupils learn other interesting facts. They calculate how much CO2 they produce approximately per year and learn how many trees would have to be planted to compensate for this amount. For the European School Munich, the tree planting project is not only a nice activity on a project day, but also part of the lessons for sustainable development.

At this first meeting, the teacher of the Secondary School Pierre Meyssignac is present. As class teacher he also coordinates the strategy of the school for sustainable development. He is accompanied by Florbela Calado, and in the afternoon, when Mrs Calado's class plants trees, the roles are reversed. Together with Mrs. Schmöhe and Mrs. Heyraud, Mrs. Calado runs an Eco Club where pupils can get involved in environmental issues alongside their lessons. By mid-November, a total of five S5 classes will have planted trees. By the end of the tree planting campaign, they will probably have planted several hundred trees together.

After each lesson, the schoolchildren continue to work diligently. It takes about 200 years until a tall tree grows from the small oak seedlings. The oldest oaks in Europe are estimated to be over a thousand years old. It is a nice idea that in many decades there could still be trees in the Truderinger Forest that were planted by pupils of the European School Munich on that day. The European School Munich would like to thank the Munich Forestry Administration for making this planting campaign possible and for the competent support of Mrs Schmid and Mr Mayr.