Making Great Strides

A lot has happened on our large-scale construction site in the last few months. The buildings shells have largely been completed, the roof-top chair has been erected, and thus the topping-out ceremony for the extension building of the European School Munich was celebrated on the 13th March 2017. There are exciting times ahead for the Kindergarten and the Primary School as the annex building with a sports hall is expected to be ready for occupation in school year 2019/20. The new premises have been built due to the acute lack of space at the main school site in Neuperlach.

The invited guests were able to witness that the building project in the south of Munich, at the S-Bahn station Fasangarten, has taken shape since the laying of the foundation stone on the 22nd June 2016. The outer contour including the roof construction of the Primary School and the sports hall have already been completed. The Kindergarten in the shape of a wind rose can already be seen on the bottom plate. The buildings will accommodate 1,500 Primary School pupils and 100 Kindergarten children. The design was conceived by the architect's office léonwohlhage (Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH), which emerged as the winner in an architectural competition with international participation.

The organiser of the event, which took place in a buildings shell on the construction site at the Fasangarten, was the State Building Authority Munich. In addition to the construction workers, craftsmen and architects, numerous representatives from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Nuclear Safety, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the European Patent Office and the owner of the property, the Federal Agency for Real Estate were present. The European School Munich was represented by the entire ESM school management as well as many pupils and teachers.

After welcoming speeches and formal addresses, Rudolph Ensing, Director of the ESM, thanked all those who participated in this project. Against the backdrop of the current crisis in Europe, he emphasised the European dimension of the school, which should become a reality in every day school live that will soon take place in the new buildings: "Unity in diversity - this is how we experience our school and we are glad that we will be able to implement this leitmotif here, too". Kornelia Haugg, Deputy Director for Vocational Education and Training at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, was in complete agreement with this statement and declared that the building project was a clear commitment to Europe by the German government. After all, it has taken over the entire construction costs, an amount in double-digit millions.

After the tradtional topping-out speech, the "Richtschmaus", a reception with food and drink, was held for the construction team as well as all invited guests. The European Hours' choir and the dance group of the Primary School as well as a band provided the entertaining musical and performance setting.

The topping-out wreath waved visibly over the beautiful buildings, which will soon be a place of encounter and education for our youngest Europeans of the future. Could this be a sign of a happy ending for Europe?