Large Party For Little Fools

We did it again, succumbing to the carnival fever! 2017, too, saw brightly coloured children's costumes in our Kindergarten on both Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

Already the ancient Germanic tribes celebrated a wild festival towards the end of the winter. When people had had enough from the cold and freezing weather and frosty temperatures, they put on scrary masks and made a lot of noise with bells and drums in order to chase away the unpleasant winter spirits.

The church, of course, would not hear of it, however, allowed people to let off steam before the Lenting season. The term "carnival" is derived from the Latin terms "carne" (meat) and "vale" (farewell).

In the Roman Empire, the slaves in particular enjoyed the Saturnalia festival. Once a year, they were allowed to swap roles and enjoy the privileges of their masters. For one day, they were attended to, were allowed to crack jokes about their masters and to express criticism without fear of punishment. Our carnival speeches developed from this tradition.

To slip into a completely different role is probably the main appeal of the carnival season. To be a brave knight once or a noble princess, a funny clown or a strong superhero - such a prospect makes children's eyes sparkle with joy and their hearts beat faster. Little faces were painted colourfully, the rooms were decorated creatively and mouth-watering snacks were offered.

All the groups met in the sports' hall for the carnival parade on Monday and the children received a big applause for presenting their magnificent costumes. On Tuesday, we welcomed the Primary School teacher Mr Garcia who transformed himself in front of the children in DJ Ruben, turning our gym into a disco! We danced, sung and laughed to the beats of great music.

We have made every effort to thoroughly dispel the winter!

Primary School

Secondary School

It’s A Game: Decoding Politics

The Model European Council (MEC), the large political simulation game of the European Schools, held in Strasbourg from Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th March 2017 represented the 28 member states of the EU with students from across the European Schools system.

This simulation game is held annually and allows participants to assume the roles of politicians and simulate the predetermined negotiation and decision-making processes.

Ten Secondary School students from the ESM represented the nations of Malta and Sweden, whilst at the same time our students oversaw the presidency of the EU. Five council meetings met to discuss issues of finance, migration, environment and justice. Discussion and debate took place to write policy clauses on the introduction of environmental taxes and measures to control migration. The final day began with urgent debates by all council members on the themes of Russian incursions into EU waters, a response to the Scottish independence movement and the retraction of an official EU invitation to Donald Trump. In debates that were sometimes heated, Germany's power and attitude towards other member states was controversially drawn into question which resulted in an apology from Sweden to the German head of state.

The successful event led to agreement being reached on managing migrants, aid programmes in Africa, corporation tax in Ireland and across the EU. The trip was rounded off with a moving speech from the Lamia Hajj Bashar's, Yazidi human rights activist, tragedy and trauma under enslavement by IS militants.

The conference's range of topics was wide, the challenges were great and the work was hard. However, it was a great experience, which provided the students a sense of responsibility, raised their awareness and granted them a say within the scope of this role-play. Especially in view of the current EU crisis, they realised that even at a young age they can participate actively in political decision-making processes and work out solutions to global issues.

Together Is Better!

Music is a universal language that connects people. The ESM Orchestra and Concert Choir proved that once again when they welcomed 78 music students from the European School Frankfurt for a musical exchange on the 8th and 9th of March 2017.

The group from Frankfurt arrived on Wednesday, after having performed concerts at the European Schools in Strasbourg and Karlsruhe earlier in the week. After lunch in the ESM canteen, they joined the ESM choir and orchestra for joint rehearsals led by the various music teachers from both schools.

On Thursday morning, the groups shared the results of their hard work and hours of practise in two concerts that took place in the Europahalle. The ES Frankfurt orchestra, choir and school bands performed alone for the 4th year Primary School classes. Their colourful repertoire included many genres, covering classical, folk, pop, rock, and Latin American styles.

The highlight of the exchange took place when the ESF and ESM orchestras and choirs combined to perform an XXL joint concert for the secondary school. The Europahalle was hardly big enough to hold all the musicians and the enthusiastic audience! Highlights of the concert included the orchestra's performance of Karl Jenkin's Palladio, and the choir's energetic rendition of Cy Coleman's "The Rhythm of Life".

The exhausted but happy musicians from Frankfurt then took in a bit of Munich culture. After a visit to the "Altstadt" and the "Deutsches Museum", they ended their stay in Munich with an evening at Hollywood Super Bowling.

The successful exchange between the schools proved the motto that "together is better!" The ESM choir, orchestra and big band are now looking forward to rounding out the exchange, when they travel to Frankfurt from the 15th -17th May, 2017 for a reprise of rehearsals and a finale concert performance at the European School Frankfurt.