Let The Activities Begin!

Workshops offer children the opportunity to experiment and learn in a playful way. On the 26th September 2017, the children in the Kindergarten started their afternoon workshops. For some who were at kindergarten last year and now are preschoolers, it was finally their turn to go to all the different courses and discover what happens in Sport, Art and all the other groups.

The preschool children were divided into seven groups with mixture of all five classes. These groups remain constant through the year, giving the children to make friendships with children from the other classes. It also gives the children the opportunity to visit different classrooms and be taught by different teachers. This is part of our preparation for our children going to the primary school who will have different teachers during the day for second language, sport, religion etc. It allows our children to practice changing groups and teachers in a small way so that are ready for "big" school.

The different courses are: Sport, Art, German, French, English, Music and Games. All of the courses are taught through German, except for English and French. This gives the children an awareness of languages other than their own and a feel for working through a different language.

The younger children are also kept busy. They are in two groups organised by floors. "Les Etoiles" and the "Regenbogen" group are together downstairs. Whilst the "Busy Bees", "Los Girasoles" and the "Eichhörnchen" are upstairs. These also have an opportunity to meet new children and find new friends.

A fun and exciting way to learn and make new friends.

Primary School

Exploring The Oktoberfest

Munich's Oktoberfest is the biggest traditional festival in the world. All Primary School's years explore the more than 200-year history and tradition of the Oktoberfest during the "Wiesnzeit".

The first and second years celebrated their mini Oktoberfest on the 22nd September 2017 in the classroom. Pupils and teachers wore traditional dresses, i.e. "Dirndl" and "Lederhosen", when they entered the white-blue decorated classroom. In the 2 dec, for instance, the school day began with a "Oktoberfest breakfast", with pretzels, white and Viennese sausages, butter and cheese spread. After the bellies were filled, the children watched a film with lots of information about the Oktoberfest (from the TV series "Willi will's wissen").

The rest of the morning lessons - whether in German, math, discovery of the world, music, art or sports - was all about the Oktoberfest. Thus, texts on the history of the Oktoberfest were read, Oktoberfest words were practiced, Oktoberfest pictures painted, a pretzel chain made, a popular song ("Fliegerlied") danced, or calculated how much money a family has to pay for a roller coaster ride. Different cakes and snacks, which the children had brought from home, were then served as refreshments. At the end of the day, every child received a gingerbread heart with his or her name on it.

It was a day of discovery that not only deepened the children's knowledge on the Oktoberfest, but also appealed to the taste buds of the little "Bavarian" Europeans.

A great way to get into the mood of the Oktoberfest!

Secondary School

The Final BACxit

The school books can be closed now as a new chapter begins! The BAC-proclamation represents the glittering climax in the school career of the European school system. The marvellous ceremony on 7th July 2017 consisted of a varied mix of speeches and musical performances. Special emphasis was put on the recognition of the pupils' achievement - the successful passing of the Baccalaureate examinations - which they had accomplished by studying diligently and with intense personal commitment. Instrumentally accompanied by the Secondary School's orchestra, under the guidance of Kasia Moskwa, the graduates marched festively into the sport's hall to take their seats. The prelude consisted of the Secondary School choir's performance, under the guidance of Julie Plugge.

Rudolph Ensing opened the ceremony with his welcoming speech. He congratulated the graduates on their remarkable performance, but also stressed the importance of being respectful and supportive towards others. "Your freedom ends where the freedoms of others begin," the ESM Director emphasised. Taking up the thoughts of the Head Master, Anton Hrovath, the Director of the Secondary School, called on responsibility that arises from passing of the school leaving exams. "The way to the goal starts on the day you take over hundred percent responsibility for your own actions", Anton Hrovath cited the Italian philosopher Dante. Speeches then followed by: Olga Drápalová, this year's President of the European Baccalaureate in Munich, Maria Castellanos, Representative of the European Patent Office and Georg Weber, representatives of the Parents' Association.

The interludes of the Secondary School choir's songs and the tunes played by the Big Band and the orchestra added a musical touch and created a glorious atmosphere.

"Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices..." these are the first words of the European Schools' aims, which are stated in the foundation stones of all European Schools. The ESM graduates can now look back on a school career, which has left its mark by preserving their national identity whilst cherishing being a European citizen. Growing up with many different cultures encourages the development of tolerance, a European sense of belonging and the expansion of inner horizons.

Even though this year's motto "BACxit" is an allusion to the Brexit, our Secondary School graduates may now be leaving our school, but will still remain part of the larger European family. And as not only the ESM is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, but also Star Wars, we would like to pass on our best wishes to our students by quoting its famous slogan:

"May the force be with you".