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

School Life Quite Differently

After more than ten years, an era will come to an end, namely that of the proven pupils’ exchange with the neighbouring Rennertschule. With the relocation of the entire Primary School to the Fasangarten site in September 2019, it will no longer be possible to continue the exchange with the Rennertschule for logistical reasons. 

From the 12th - 15th November 2018, nine pupils of years 4 from the ESM and pupils from the Rennertschule took part in the exchange for the last time. 

The exchange grants valuable insights into a German school system. At the same time, it provides the children the opportunity to gain experiences and practical knowledge in a different social and school environment. Pupils whose mother tongue is not German, can deepen their language skills in the German-speaking surrounding of the Rennertschule. In addition, the exchange encourages children to become more independent and to enjoy meeting other children.

Most of the participating pupils of the ESM felt that the exchange was a diverse and enriching experience in their school life. The change of perspectives made many appreciate the facilities at the ESM even more: the big play ground, the exciting and multi-lingual books in the library as well as the care and support of the nurses.

For many years, the pupils’ exchange between the European School Munich and the Rennertschule opposite of the ESM has been an integral part of the Primary School’s curriculum. We would like to express our gratitude for the long and smooth running cooperation. We hope to be able to establish a new exchange with a primary school in the immediate neighbourhood.

Secondary School

On Your Books, Get Set, Go!

Who can escape the magic of a great story that comes to life through a good reader? Cornelia Funke addresses this ability in her novel “Inkheart” and fascinates readers of all ages. Her novel has been translated into many languages and made into a film. The story of her novel heroes Meggie and Mo, who can “read” characters from books, enabling them to change from the fictitious to the real world, inspired a wide audience. Again this year, year 1 Secondary School pupils explored these novel heroes. As part of the nationwide reading aloud competition, the pupils trained and proved their magical abilities to bring stories to life.

Since October, the S1 German classes have been selecting the best readers. Pupils who wanted to take part in the reading competition faced the vote in class with readings from their favourite books – and tried to inspire their fellow pupils with their choice of books. Because before they gave a three-minute taste of their self-chosen book, they introduced the story and heroes of their book - which at best made their classmates want to read the book themselves.

The class winners who were chosen in class competed in the next round for the overall school winner on the 4th December 2018. In the John-Peryer room, they competed against and with each other in two rounds for the title of best reader. In the first round, they read a self-chosen passage from one of their favourite books. In the second round, they had to prove their skills by reading a unknown text chosen by the organisers of the competition. The reading performance was impressive. It was certainly not easy for the three-member jury, consisting of last year's winner Mara Banyai as well as Mrs Gassner and Mrs Gehring, to choose the “best” reader.

Finally, the school winners were determined: Lasse Schenke who read from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone” by J. K. Rowling. He will represent our school in the next round in January/February at the district level. Good luck! The second place went Arianna Schmidt-Kärst. The third place was scored by Lydia Myrthes Menescal Heath with a reading sample Cornelia Funke’s “Ink Heart”.

In the end, however, everyone was a winner – not only the winners, but also the other participants, who received book vouchers, ranging from 10 to 50 Euros, but also the audience members in class and the jury members, who were able to get to know impressive reading performances and enchanting books.

Everyone Can Contribute

“Focusing on the principle of Equality and its meaning in relation to the structure of democratic values in the 21st century " had been the theme of this year's MunoM conference, which was held from 20th to 23rd November. 

The very impressive opening ceremony at the Hans-Seidel Foundation was followed by the sessions of the "UN General Assembly". What began with enthusiastic speeches at the opening session became clearly visible in the meetings" and debates, namely the themes of responsibility for life and, above all, of living together on this planet, whether in the socio-economic, political or environmental sphere. Like a red thread, the conference was about that it is down to each and every person and that everyone is able to make a difference. Motivating for all participants was the guest speaker Julia Leeb, a young journalist, who has set herself the goal to investigate by means of virtual reality journalism, and to tell stories from areas where nobody quite wants to travel to, i.e. Iraq, Libya, Congo, Afghanistan, North Korea, Yemen, etc. She particulary dedicates her work to the fate of women, not as people to be pitied, but to highlight their strengths. That was remarkable indeed!

The aim of this simulation game is to spark enthusiasm for current political issues in young people, to encourage them to conduct intense research and develop forceful arguments in order to use them convincingly in debates and to discuss passionately with the other participants. English is lingua franca in all discussions and negotiations. The structure of this conference is modelled closely to the real example in New York: participants are assigned one delegation of a UN member state per school.

This year’s MunoM conference ran very smoothly and yielded convincing and realistic resolutions so that the current Executive Staff Team is already looking forward to next year’s conference.

Further information can be found here!