Dear parents, dear students
I would like to welcome you to the new school year. I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing holiday and were able to recharge your batteries for the new school year. I am particularly pleased to be able to welcome the entire school community back to a “normal” start to the school year after more than two years of the Corona Pandemic.
The school year 2022/23 will be characterised by a strong desire to maintain this school normality for as long as possible and to be able to live our school life again with all its facets, activities, school trips and events. Nevertheless, we are aware that the pandemic is not over yet and that we may have to anticipate restrictions again. However, I can assure you that we are well prepared for this possible challenge and we will always look after the health and safety of our students and staff. Of course, we will inform you about possible sanitary restrictions in due time.
As things stand, we are planning to hold several events. In particular, I would like to point out that this school year we will have the pleasure and honour of holding the “Festival for Arts and Music at the European Schools” (FAMES), which we had to cancel at short notice in March 2020 with a heavy heart due to the pandemic. This event, which is open to students from all European schools as well as accredited schools, is designed to give music and art-loving secondary school students the opportunity to meet and engage in cultural exchange. It will take place from 15-19 March 2023. You will of course receive further information on this.
This school year will also be marked by preparations for the 70th birthday celebrations not only of our school but also of the “system” of the European schools, as our school was founded in 1953 as the first European school. The whole school community will be involved in these celebrations planned for autumn 2023.
The 2018 a Whole school inspection of our school by external inspectors gave us as a recommendation a cyclical self-evaluation involving the whole school community. This took place in November 2019; we were able to present the results to you last year via the parent representatives. This school year – in May 2023 – there will again be a Whole school inspection and we will keep you informed about this in detail.
Today I would also like to draw your attention to the traditional Christmas Market of the two European Schools which, after a two-year break, will take place on 3 December 2022 at the European School in Mamer.
It now remains for me to wish you a successful school year 2022/2023.