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

Proclamation at the drive-in cinema

There has never been such a proclamation ceremony in the history of the European School Munich. Due to the current restrictions on assemblies, the proclamation could not take place at the school this year. Nevertheless, a worthy graduation could be made possible for the graduates of Secondary School: The celebration moved to the drive-in cinema in Aschheim. 

Some families came in special cars, the mother's beetle or a large mobile home. Many decorated their vehicles with flags. ESM director Anton Hrovath and the interim director of the Secondary School, Martin Duggen, drove in with the ESM van. The greetings from Brussels were transmitted digitally: Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Budget and Administration of the European Commission, congratulated the students on passing the BAC with a video message that could be seen on large screens on the sides of the stage. The speeches of the two directors were also enlarged by video. Anton Hrovath praised the European spirit of innovation and cohesion, which is particularly important in the crisis, as the graduates themselves had experienced in the past months. This was followed by speeches by the representative of the European Patent Office, Maria Castellanos, and by Julien Jacoby, the representative of the Parents' Association. Honk concerts accompanied the speeches. 

Due to the special situation, the ESM choir could not perform at the site, but had prepared a musical video greeting. Afterwards the presentation of the approximately 180 diplomas took place. As every year, the students wore elegant dresses and suits. New was that this time there was also a mouth and nose protector with the ESM logo, and unfortunately the handshaking had to be cancelled. Then BAC coordinator Veronika Artelsmair addressed the graduates. Finally, the representatives of the language sections of the graduation classes said goodbye on behalf of all. Finally, a toast was given - from a distance and with water, after all, everyone came by car. 

Every year the proclamation is an event that many will remember for a long time. Due to the unusual circumstances, this time it will certainly be remembered. 

The media also found the original idea with the drive-in cinema interesting. The Bayerischer Rundfunk reported on the celebration on radio and television.

TV-report (German) Radio report (German)