Sustainable Europe

Sustainable development, especially concerning the environment, should not only be an issue for the whole of Europe, but needs also to be implemented in everyday life. For more than a year now, the European School Munich has been working very hard to make the pupils and the entire school community aware of sustainability through numerous projects and activities. The "environmental school" award that the ESM received is a great success and a result of the efforts, but also a mandate to continue on our path. That is why we dedicated this year's Europe Day on the 9th May to sustainable development. In addition to the usual Europe Day programme, there were a number of events regarding this important and future-oriented subject.

The day started off with the swinging of all European flags to the sound of the European anthem, adapted from Beethoven's "Ode to Joy".

In Kindergarten a buffet was opened the day before for the children and their parents. A market was organised on Europe Day itself.

In the Primary School, parents were able to visit classes. A project day on the subject of "sustainability" was held for all pupils. In addition, students were able to take part in the workshop "Works of art made of waste" with the artist Raffaele Corniagga. The exhibition of the European Hour groups was on display in the Erasmus room.

In the Secondary School, parents were shown around by students in groups through the school building and were given the chance to visit lessons. At first, a philosophical theatre play about Leonardo da Vinci was performed in the Europahalle. Afterwards, the students watched a short film on the topic "environment", followed by a discussion. Finally, a lecture on climate change and sustainability was held in the Monnet room.

In the morning, book sale for a good cause was held and information about the project "Eco-Island" was on display. During the long break, there was "solar cooking" in the inner courtyard and in the cafeteria there was musical entertainment provided.

The European Union faces many challenges, including climate protection, the expansion of renewable energies and organic farming. This day proved once again that the most important issues regarding the future of Europe are not just abstract thoughts in our school, but actively tackled. In this way, the visions of a smart and sustainable European society can be further developed together.

Primary School

Bye Kindergarten - Hello School

The first day of school is not just a special day for children but also for their parents as a new phase in life begins! As in German schools, it is custom at the ESM that children on their first day of school carry a “Schultüte”, a cone-shaped carton, filled with small gifts such as stationary items, lucky charms, and snacks.

To give due importance to this significant event, an official welcoming ceremony with speeches by Rudolph Ensing, the ESM Director, and Alexia Giannakopoulou, the new Director of the Kindergarten and Primary School, as well as musical performances by the older Primary School pupils was held on the 4th September 2018. As a gift of welcome, Alexia Giannakopoulou presented each class with a small olive tree, which can be planted at the end of the school year at the new location of the Primary School, at Fasangarten. She explained: “These olive trees are symbolic. Just like your children will look after these trees, we in this school will look after your children, with the greatest love and care. We will respect all children and adapt to their individual characteristics and differences. We will help them grow, develop strong roots, flourish just like flowers and gradually unfold their talents and develop their full potential.”

Thereafter, the first-year children walked to their classrooms to attend their first lesson, carrying creatively designed “Schultüten”, cone-shaped cartons, filled with small gifts, and being accompanied by encouraging cheers of parents and grandparents.

Confronted by new faces, new classrooms, an unknown daily routine, most children find the bustle of the first school day very exciting. After all, they are inquisitive, very keen to learn and have long looked forward to their first day at school.

Enjoy the experience!

Secondary School

BAC-ardi, 12 Jahre sind Rum

That fact that the students used a play on words for this year's slogan "BAC-ardi, nun sind 12 Jahre Rum" has probably filled quite a few language teachers with joy. At the graduation ceremony - held on the 6th July 2018 - the graduates were released into the "freedom" of life. This ceremony marks the end of school career in the European school system. Instrumentally accompanied by the Secondary School's Big Band, under the guidance of James Ready, the graduates marched festively into the sport's hall to take their seats.

Rudolph Ensing opened the ceremony with his welcoming speech. He congratulated the graduates on their remarkable performance, and, in view of the still ongoing refugee crisis, he also emphasised how important it is to be there for each other. He asked the graduates to commit themselves with positivity to a world "...where not everything revolves around ourselves, but where we try to enable other do the same things that are so important to us".Taking up the thoughts of the Head Master, Anton Hrovath, the Director of the Secondary School, called on personal responsibility and impulses for action that arise from passing the school leaving exams. "Let's not be weak. Let's decide. Let us not be divided. Let's unite. Let's not be afraid. Let's dare to do (something). Let's not wait and see. Let's act now", Anton Hrovath cited the French President Emmanuel Macron. Speeches then followed by: Alex Coenen, this year's President of the European Baccalaureate in Munich, Maria Castellanos, Representative of the European Patent Office and Jean-Luc Dupuis, representatives of the Parents' Association.

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

In all their years at the ESM, the graduates have learned how to treat others with respect and dignity. They have lived Europe in miniature.

Congratulations, the future is in your hands! Let the European idea live on and act together.