Primary School

"ESM meets media" - Media literacy

What is media literacy? The pupils of the P5 classes of the primary school already have a rough idea: "How to deal with mobile phones", they answer the question. On Monday and Wednesday last week, the European School Munich organised "ESM meets media" for them - the media competence days as part of the transition days. The transition days serve as preparation for secondary school. The media plays a very important role in everyday life. Because everything is conveyed through the media and with the possibilities of the Internet, today everyone quickly becomes a media producer themselves. This makes it all the more important for pupils to learn how to deal with media at an early age.

The introductory lecture of the German media pedagogical specialist institution Studio im Netz e.V (SIN) quickly shows how much the children already have to do with different media. They recognize the different Youtube celebrities better than many adults, use the Internet for research and chatting and play video games. One student even reports that he is already making and editing videos himself. "I'm a media educator, I like media," says SIN board member Hans-Jürgen Palme. "But I also know where to watch out." The purpose of the Media Competence Days is to teach pupils where to be carefull and how to protect themselves.

The consulting and support team of the European School Munich is organising "ESM meets Media" for the second time, coordinated by Daniel Schard. Media educators and tutors teach the primary school pupils in workshops on various current media topics.

"What are fake news", teacher Martin Duggen, for example, asks the class. Can it really be that people breed cats in jars? Of course not! But fake pictures of cats in jars have been circulating on the Internet for many years. A video of the online offer of the German public broadcasters ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio "So geht Medien" (How media works) explains what kind of fakes there are on the Internet and how to recognize them. The pupils can then test their knowledge with a quiz. The best way to learn how easy it is to produce fakes is to try it yourself: In front of a green screen, the pupils take photos with the tablet and exchange the backgrounds in no time - suddenly it looks as if they are standing in the middle of a fantasy world.

Another important topic is data protection, which is the subject of another workshop. What happens, for example, if you lose your smartphone? Without password protection, anyone can access the stored photos or send messages to friends in the owner's name. Students learn how to protect their devices, but they also learn that in popular messenger apps like WhatsApp, by default, everyone can see if they are online and have read a message.

The topic of the third workshop is cyberbullying. The European School Munich is actively engaged against all forms of bullying, among others through the KiVa program and special anti-bullying trainings. In exercises, primary school children talk about what forms of bullying can take on online. The big difference to the offline world is that bullying can happen quickly, anonymously and independently of time and place via the Internet. This of course makes the search for perpetrators more difficult, which is why cyberbullying must also be given special attention.

Secondary School

BAC-Proclamation 2019: Congratulations!

The pupils of the upper cycle have been working towards this for a long time: Their school days have come to an end and a new, exciting phase in their lives has begun. For many, apprenticeship, job or university will soon follow. During the proclamation last Friday, 5 July 2019, not only were certificates handed over and the end of the school career celebrated, the pupils were released into the future.

Dressed festively in evening attire, the students moved in to the great applause of all and accompanied by the Big Band of the Secondary School. It showed that 169 successful graduates are quite a lot.

The opening speech of the Director of the European School Munich, Rudolph Ensing, was at the same time his farewell speech. One last time, as every year, he welcomed all graduates in their mother tongue and congratulated them on their great success. Among other things, he recalled the miracle of Pentecost and reminded to also live the generously and respectfully as the students did at the ESM after school. "I am fully confident that you will safeguard and further develop the European spirit that unites us," Ensing told the high school graduates: "I have said it before: all men will be brothers, but we already are!”

Anton Hrovath, the current Director of the Secondary School and future Director of the ESM, also congratulated his graduates warmly. This was followed by speeches by Andreas Beckmann, Deputy Secretary General of the European Schools, Helder Guerreiro, Vice-President of the European Baccalaureate, Maria Castellanos, representative of the European Patent Office, and Jean-Luc Dupuis, representative of the Parents' Association. The Secondary School’s concert choir and orchestra provided the musical atmosphere. After the presentation of the diplomas, the representatives of the various language departments of the BAC class did not hesitate to address their former teachers again. With many humorous anecdotes, they once again reviewed how their experiences at the ESM had shaped them. After the graduation, a reception rounded off the evening.

This year, the proclamation is not only a turning point for the 2019 BAC graduates. With a new director and the new site at Fasangarten, the next chapter also begins for the European School Munich. From now on, graduates will write to their own without the supervision of the school. Wherever the future may lead: Everyone will go their own way with a lot of courage and self-confidence.

The European School Munich wishes everyone the best for this summer and for the time afterwards.

Student exchange with Barcelona

What began in the school year 2017/18 as a language trip for S5 L3 Spanish has become an exchange project with Barcelona in the current school year. Last school year class S5 L3 was able to visit the Escola Pia Sarrià in Barcelona for one day and make contact with students of the same age. This great experience has now led to the European School Munich winning the Escola Pia Sarrià as an exchange school in Barcelona. 

In April, the students of S5-L3 and L4 Spanish successfully participated in the exchange project for one week. They visited the city centre of Barcelona and the unique buildings of the architect Antoni Gaudí: La Pedrera, La Sagrada Familia and the Parque Güell. There were workshops in Spanish (Salsa dance course, Museo de Chocolate). During an excursion the classes visited the beach of Sitges. The students lived with Spanish families, so they could get to know the Spanish and Catalan culture up close.

The students of the Escola Pia Sarrià already spent a week in Munich and the European School at the beginning of May. They visited Munich's city centre and saw the Deutsches Museum, the NS Documentation Centre and the Dachau Memorial. The Spanish students stayed with host families, too.

All students were able to gain valuable experience during the exchange. Both humanly and linguistically, the project was a success in every respect.

In addition to her work as an educational consultant, the teacher Antonia Bellastrada accompanied the exchange in Barcelona and Munich. She also acted as a tourism guide for the Spanish students. Antonia Bellastrada and Raquel Otal, the organiser of the exchange, are very proud to be able to offer this experience to the students. The exchange school from Barcelona is looking forward to the next school year 2019/20.