The Final BACxit

The school books can be closed now as a new chapter begins! The BAC-proclamation represents the glittering climax in the school career of the European school system. The marvellous ceremony on 7th July 2017 consisted of a varied mix of speeches and musical performances. Special emphasis was put on the recognition of the pupils' achievement - the successful passing of the Baccalaureate examinations - which they had accomplished by studying diligently and with intense personal commitment. Instrumentally accompanied by the Secondary School's orchestra, under the guidance of Kasia Moskwa, the graduates marched festively into the sport's hall to take their seats. The prelude consisted of the Secondary School choir's performance, under the guidance of Julie Plugge.

Rudolph Ensing opened the ceremony with his welcoming speech. He congratulated the graduates on their remarkable performance, but also stressed the importance of being respectful and supportive towards others. "Your freedom ends where the freedoms of others begin," the ESM Director emphasised. Taking up the thoughts of the Head Master, Anton Hrovath, the Director of the Secondary School, called on responsibility that arises from passing of the school leaving exams. "The way to the goal starts on the day you take over hundred percent responsibility for your own actions", Anton Hrovath cited the Italian philosopher Dante. Speeches then followed by: Olga Drápalová, this year's President of the European Baccalaureate in Munich, Maria Castellanos, Representative of the European Patent Office and Georg Weber, representatives of the Parents' Association.

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

"Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices..." these are the first words of the European Schools' aims, which are stated in the foundation stones of all European Schools. The ESM graduates can now look back on a school career, which has left its mark by preserving their national identity whilst cherishing being a European citizen. Growing up with many different cultures encourages the development of tolerance, a European sense of belonging and the expansion of inner horizons.

Even though this year's motto "BACxit" is an allusion to the Brexit, our Secondary School graduates may now be leaving our school, but will still remain part of the larger European family. And as not only the ESM is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, but also Star Wars, we would like to pass on our best wishes to our students by quoting its famous slogan:

"May the force be with you".