The Plato project is an international, interdisciplinary partnership project of the European School Munich. Since 1996, eight schools have been working in cooperation with each other and have organised large scale events every year. The participating schools are: the Odsherreds High School in Asnaes (Denmark), the Hans-Leinberger-Gymnasium in Landshut (Germany), the Lieceul de Arta, the Liceul Octavian Goga and the Collegium National Georghe Lazar (all three in Sibiu, Romania), the European School Karlsruhe, the Institute Sacré-Cœur, the diocese in Pressbaum close to Vienna (Austria) and the European School Munich. The project is led and planned by an annual meeting of the directors or the coordinators. This meeting takes place simultaneously with the annual symposium of pupils from the partner schools.

The Plato project mainly comprises mutual pupils' exchange, common school projects, a common website and the development of didactical and methodical material for school lessons. In addition, teachers' exchanges through common workshops on pedagogical methodology are an important part of the project. Exchanges between administrative staff are also part of the programme.

2003 - 2005

In school year 2003/4, the Institute Sacré-Cœur held a symposium on the topic of "Europe is Dancing". Eight pupils from all participating schools spent an intercultural week together, learning different dance styles ranging from Viennese waltz to Romanian folk dance to rock'n'roll. In November 2004, the project "Art in Europe" took place in the Odsherreds High School in Denmark. A symposium on the theme of "Tourism: Designing a Marketing Concept" was held in Sibiu, Romania, in November 2005. Due to organisational reasons, the ESM was not able to attend.

So konnten die Teilnehmer bei einer abendlichen Stadtführung die Bayernmetropole im Lichtermeer erkunden, umweltschonende Energiegewinnung in der Geothermie-Anlage in Riem kennenlernen, in der "Einstein-Wellen-mobil" Ausstellung in die Welt der Gravitationswellen eintauchen, Poster von berühmten Wissenschaftlern gestalten, Ausflüge zur Allianz Arena und den Bavaria Filmstudios unternehmen, in Workshops zu wissenschaftlichen Themen arbeiten, sich bei Turnieren in verschiedenen Ballsportarten sportlich ausagieren und bei einer Präsentation der Ergebnisse und anschließendem Buffet die Projektwoche gelungen ausklingen lassen.


Under the slogan "Friends across Borders", the ESM organised a sport's symposium called "Sport-München 2006", which took place in November 2006. This symposium was organised and carried out by a group of committed parents and teachers. The event consisted of a large variety of sport's activities, which also included the "Friends across Borders" magazine (available as download; see below). Many pupils and teachers took part in the project. The pupils competed, in mixed teams, in Volleyball and Badminton matches and ran a relay race against each other. There were also many other exciting activities, i.e. a visit to the "Allianz-Arena", swimming in the Olympic swimming pool, an orienteering race around Munich and a visit to the Bavaria Film Studios. The participants also watched a training session of the Bayern-München football club. The celebration and prize-giving ceremony marked the highlight of the week.


"Circus Europe" was the theme of the symposium in November 2007 in Landshut (Germany). As agreed beforehand, the pupils of each participating school chose to perform one of the spectacular acts, which they had been rehearsing over many weeks. Eight ESM pupils, who were supervised by the mime and theatre expert Mr Jean-Marie Bottequin and supported by the teachers Mrs Filtri and Mrs De Stefano, had rehearsed clownery for the big performance in Landshut. The pupils of the other schools chose to perform as horses, magicians or do the music. Teachers from the participating schools offered workshops on site. In four morning sessions, pupils were able to study or deepen already existing skills in acrobatics, juggling, magical tricks and pantomime in mixed school groups. The skills acquired in the workshops became part of the entertainment programme of the final circus performance at the end of the project.


Eight secondary school pupils (year 3) of Mr Jonas' the ICT-course participated in the Plato project from 10th to 14th November 2008 in Karlsruhe. This time, the theme combined intellectual capacities with manual skills. The participants were asked to build a robot from Lego bricks and then programme this robot with the help of a laptop and the right software. At first, the pupils had to investigate the different sensors with which the robots make contact with their environment. The robots had to be able to stand still as soon as they encountered an obstacle, to recognise colours, keep a certain distance to the wall or drive along a black line. In addition, it was made possible to pay a visit to companies where robots were used and a research centre where the pupils were made acquainted with the latest robot generation. Another highlight was the visit to the interactive museum "Zentrum für Kunst und Medien" (Centre of Art and Media), which provided totally new insights into the use of computer in Art.


Under the slogan "Together for Nature" the Plato Project took place in the week of the 20th to 25th September 2009 in Sibiu, Romania. Eight pupils from the European Schools of Munich participated in the event. In order to raise the pupils' awareness about current environmental issues, each group had already completed a field study or project in advance. The pupils of the ESM studied the topic of air pollution and examined how it could be measured by Lichens. They spent two days in the mountain resort of Paltinis where they worked in different mixed-school workshops on topics such as water quality, tourism and alternative medicine. As part of the "World Clean-Up Day" (23th September), they cleaned up huge amounts of rubbish in the resort. Besides the different presentations and work, the participants also spent a majority of the time with a guest family and were able to become more acquainted with Romanian culture and the lifestyle of our Eastern European neighbours.


In school year 2010/11 the project meeting was held in Sacré-Cœur (Pressbaum near Vienna) from 11th - 16th October 2010. Eight ESM students, accompanied by Ms Scheiber, contributed their share in the recurring symposium's theme "Europe is Dancing" by performing two Bavarian folk dances. In this way, they raised awareness about and increased the popularity of these local dance styles. The students rehearsed a variety of modern and traditional dance genres in the various workshops. The various genres included "Danish Quadrille", "Line Dance", "Jazz Dance", "Street Dance", "Salsa" and "Bachata". The newly acquired dance skills were then presented in the festive atmosphere at the big prom on the last night. Despite the busy days spent at the workshops, there was still time for sightseeing, for instance for a visit to the Benedictine abbey "Melk Stift", which is a cultural centre and part of the UNESCO world heritage, an airy boat trip on the Danube river and a tour of Vienna including a visit to Schönbrunn Castle, an impressive cultural monument.


The project meeting in school year 2011/12 with the motto "Art in Europe" was held from 14th to 18th November in the Odsherred school in Denmark. The Romanian groups were welcomed with a breakfast at the ESM during their stopover in Munich. This was followed by a short city tour of Munich in which Ms Scheiber showed the Romanian guests the Marienplatz and the City Hall. The short tour through Munich was rounded off with a visit to the "Pinakothek der Moderne", guided by Mrs Krüger. During the project week, the pupils participated in various workshops engaging in a variety of creative and artistic activities - such as photo editing, film, graffiti, abstract paintings, colourful sculptures, anti-fairy tale pictures and making masks. The finished works were then put on display in the festive atmosphere of the grand finale at the last day's exhibition. Despite the busy days spent at the workshops, there was still time for a walk along the local beach and a visit to Copenhagen where, among other things, the pupils visited H.C. Andersen's little mermaid and admired the Queen of Denmark's castle.


The project meeting in school year 2012/13 on the topic of "Theatre from the Middle Ages to Baroque", was held from 11th to 16th November 2012 in Sibiu, Romania.

A mixed group of eight Secondary School pupils from years 3 and 4, accompanied by the educational advisor Ms Krause, stayed one week with host families in the former European Capital of Culture.

Together with fellow pupils from Asnaes (Denmark), Landshut (Germany), Lviv (Ukraine) and three Romanian schools, they attended workshops, which were held by the accompanying teachers on various aspects of the topic. These workshops enabled the pupils to learn about masquerade; the characters and typical scenes of the classic Commedia del Arte; as well as traditional dances and juggling.

Trips to Sighisoara, world heritage site and oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe, as well as to the old fortified church of Biertan, a reception at the mayor's office in Sibiu and a guided tour, organised by the pupils of the Romanian partner schools, formed part of the extensive programme of activities.

Highlight of the week was the great performance on the last night in the National Theatre "Radu Stanca", the premises of which were made available especially to us. In front of 480 spectators, the drama groups first presented the results of the workshop work and then performed scenes, which they had rehearsed prior to the event, in English language.

The ESM pupils rose to the occasion and were able to shine in three scenes from Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream". They played the craftsmen who first rehearse and then the play "The Most Lamentable Comedy and Most Cruel Death of Pyramus and Thisbe" at the wedding of the Duke of Athens.


From 6th to 11th October 2013, the ESM hosted the "Plato Science Week".

The programme was dedicated to natural sciences and included workshops, experiments and excursions, but also afternoon activities.

The participants were given the opportunity to explore the Bavarian capital in the sea of lights during an evening guided tour, to learn about environmentally friendly energy production in the Geothermal Power Station in Riem, to immerse themselves into the world of gravitational waves in the "Einstein-Wellen-mobil", to design posters of famous scientists, go on excursions to Allianz Arena and the Bavaria Film Studios, conduct scientific work in workshops on various topics, to take part in various ball sports tournaments, and to round off the project week by a presentation and a buffet.

Many new friendships were made across national borders before all participants returned to their homeland.

A big thank goes you to the project coordinator, Jane Krüger, the press team, the host families and all other helpers!


Under the title "Europe on stage", the students developed different dance, drama and acrobatic performances in internationally mixed workshops together with their teachers. These were brought on stage together with the show acts which the schools previously prepared on Thursday night to the sold out "Theaterzelt" in Landshut. The participants of the ESM presented a thrilling acrobatic performance with the title "We will rock you", which had been developed by a student from year s7 all by herself and then rehearsed with her fellow actors. The international workshop "hip hop" was led by Kristina Scheiber together with a student of the ESM.

A trip to Regensburg and a medieval city tour of Landshut rounded off the programme. The students were able to refresh existing friendships with participants from the different countries as some of the students had already taken part before, but also many new friends were made.

Everyone involved agreed that such a successful and enriching project should and must be continued. For the coming cooperation of schools there will however be a revision of the previous concept. To this end, some of the headmasters and coordinators will have a working group meeting in Munich in the spring of 2016.


Since the founding of Plato, the project has proved to be a great success. The enthusiasm of the participating pupils is always so boundless at the end of each project week that everyone is inclined to imagine how nice it would be if the "cooperation" not only ensued across national borders, but would also stretch in time and last longer!

Projects such as this one, which reach across national frontiers, make an important contribution to the development of creativity and intercultural cooperation. The combination of creative activity and cultural cooperation promotes the emergence of a common European cultural ground and provides places of encounter and dialogue.

The sense of community is strengthened beyond national borders. The Plato project has facilitated the development of lasting friendships across borders for the past 20 years. Thus, every symposium significantly contributes to a peaceful understanding between European nations.