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

Africa With All Senses

Ibrahima Ndiaye spent two days transforming the Primary School library into a Senegalese environment with its animals, especially its snakes, birds and monkeys in the south, its rhythms and its stories, which used to be told outside in the evening under baobab, a monkey bread tree, while sitting on warm floors under a starry sky. The author visited us on the 29th and 30th May 2018.

Our guest was born in Senegal in 1963, one of the great-grandchildren of the ruler of the Senegalese Kingdom of Sine. He has been living in Saarbrücken for the last 30 years. In his childhood, he made contact with the family of his German teacher who awakened in him the desire to go to Germany. He studied German, English, Romance languages and Literature in Dakar and in Germany. He also plays theatre and give dance lessons in Saarbrücken. He became famous for his traditional art of storytelling, inherited from his talented grandmother. This allowed him to make a great contribution of spreading the African culture.

Nowadays, as an award-winning author and story teller, he travels from school to school, giving the pupils a feel for his home in Africa using the Senegalese animal tales and family stories set on his scene. His joy which radiates through his whole body, the ease with which he picks up the children no matter what their age and also his acting as a comedian is loved by the children. His rhythmic accompaniments on Kalimba and Djemben carry everyone along, adults and children alike. Furthermore, one is fascinated by his extremely respectful and polite manner of communicating. We were all immersed in his cheerful African fairy tales to their end when the storytellers in Senegal say: "At this point, history falls into the sea, and whoever smells its flavour first comes to paradise."

All French Primary School pupils, their class teachers and many other adults at our school have smelled the flavour Ibrahina Ndiaye brought along. It would be great if everybody else could inhale and smell this flavour!

Secondary School

Art of Speech On The Agenda

The Upper Franconian monastery of Banz is known as the site of the CSU retreat in the Bundestag as well as the Bavarian state parliament faction. In this rural remoteness - an ideal place for retreats - one expects talks and insights, which do not as easily occur in the every-day political business in Berlin or Munich.

The group of s6 Secondary School students from the European School Munich knew how to use the contemplative atmosphere of the place for themselves at this year's rhetoric seminar. Under the supervision of Dr. Michael Wagner and in the trusted cooperation with the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation, the three-day seminar was held from the 28th to 30th May 2018. Dr. Cornelia Wolfgruber has once again been appointed as trainer.

The concept follows a holistic approach. Rhetoric is the art of speech, but in order to be convincing speaker, voice and body language are as much a part of it as a well-founded positioning. In the technically well-equipped rhetoric studio it is possible to document the speakers by video and audio recordings, providing a basis for in-depth analysis that would be inconceivable in any classroom.

After the participants agreed on topics, they first worked on different basics of poise with the help of practical exercises. The next step was to prepare a role from which a speech is prepared in different contexts (discussion round, presentation). The main topics "legalization of soft drugs" and "euthanasia" did not seem unusual at first glance, but it was not primarily a matter of tackling complex issues (which may be left to lessons in classroom), but rather working on confident demeanor.

The actual goal was to enable each participant to find the presentation that best suits his or her personality. Naturally, this is a process, which cannot be fully completed within three days, but this seminar had surely been an inspiring und and encouraging impetus for it.

Recipe For Togetherness

Bullying in schools is not a new phenomenon and takes many forms and should not be confused with short-term arguments. With the KiVa anti-bullying programme, the ESM Primary School pupils have been able to learn how they can help themselves and each other since 2015. This programme was founded on the initiative of a professor at the University of Turku in Finland. More than 1000 schools worldwide have already assigned to this programme.

Following its success in Primary School, we would also like to implement it in the Secondary School. For this purpose, the "KiVa Days" were held on the 2nd and 3rd May 2018. The use of KIVA has significantly reduced the incidence of bullying in the Primary School. However, it is a programme that contributes not only to the prevention of bullying, but also to the general improvement of the school climate and thus to an increase in willingness to learn. We would therefore like to expand the programme to the Secondary School and start next year with year S1.

The integrated concept of KiVa provides general preventive measures to be applied in class as well as specific approaches in acute cases of bullying or suspected bullying. During the KiVa lessons, mechanisms and consequences of bullying are demonstrated to the pupils. With interactive exercises and role plays, discussions and group work skills, pupils acquire knowledge and social skills in order to practise mutual respect and a peaceful way of living together on a daily basis.

The "KiVa Days", a network meeting of European KiVa schools, was held on the 2nd and 3rd May 2018. Lectures and workshops for KiVa teams and teachers as well as events for students were organised. A highlight was the deeply moving speech of the KiVa founder Christina Salmivalli as she described the dramatic consequences that can be caused by bullying, but also pointed out ways to prevent this.

Successfully counteracting bullying means having an observant perception, showing solidarity and acting with foresight and prudence. The KiVa anti-bullying programme offers concrete and practical methods, so that the social interaction at the school is lastingly and positively influenced.