Catastrophic timetable management at European school Mamer

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European schools system is like a never-ending maze of paperwork and bureaucracy.

It’s as if they believe that the more forms you fill out, the smarter you become. Secretary general and deputy secretary general are too busy worrying about their pensions and summer vacations to actually produce anything useful.

It’s a system where children are just tiny cogs in a big bureaucratic machine, and education takes a backseat to administrative tasks.

It’s time for a major overhaul, because right now, the European schools system is about as effective as a chocolate teapot.

Email that explains bad timetable management of European school Luxembourg II.

Dear Mr Tournemire, Mr Wedel and Mr Pelikan

We as parents, would like a further explanation of how you have organised secondary year 1.

First and foremost, the children have come into a new school from primary and immediately been subjected to a temporary timetable.  No satisfactory explanation of this was ever given.  We have been patient but confused as to why Lux I was able to have timetables ready to hand to children from the first day but Lux II was not.

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Surely, 8 weeks is enough preparation needed to prepare timetables for all secondary pupils.  If Lux I were organised enough to have them ready, why did Lux II fail our children?

If there was a problem, why was this not identified long before the beginning of term so the timetable coordinators of Lux I could be called in to help before the start of the new term?

We, the parents and children, waited patiently for the permanent timetables to be made available.

We were assured at the parent meeting on Wednesday 16th September that there would only be a 5% change to the timetables.  We were also informed, more shockingly, that these timetables may need more tweaking.

We were not able to make further points to this because you had not allocated enough time for us as parents to ask our questions.  We were asked to wait.  We waited, only to be given a shock when these new permanent timetables were released.

The changes the pupils in class S1 ENA have been exposed to are shocking and quite frankly unacceptable.  These changes are:

  • 7 of 11 teachers changed, including the home/form teacher, Mr Morgan
  • The classroom has been changed
  • Many of the SWALS now have classes on their free afternoons
  • Without notice some children were moved from one class to another
  • The SWALS children have been segregated and discriminated against instead of integrated into the EUROPEAN school.
  • The new form teacher, Mrs/Dr Reilly, is demanding that the children call her Dr Reilly.  The children feel they will be punished if they forget this and accidentally call her Mrs Reilly.  If Mrs Reilly is so highly educated and demands a certain level of respect, surely she is  more suited to be the form teacher for year 4 upwards rather than newbies to secondary.

If only 5% of changes were expected why has our class been exposed to more than 50% of changes.   Were these changes just made to just the English section?   If so, why were we told at the meeting that the number of changes would be minimal?  These are not minimal changes.

Bad timetable management

These children have moved from Primary to Secondary and have now been exposed to even more changes.  Now they have been exposed to even more unacceptable changes.

The positive changes you have promised have certainly not been applied to class 1ENA.  We demand an explanation.  This really is not up for negotiation, as we have been more than patient with the school.

We demand a meeting between us, the APEEE, Mr Tournemire, Mr Wedel and Mr Pelikan, and that at a minimum Mr Morgan be re-instated as the form teacher.

We want a meeting this week, at the earliest opportunity but not Friday, to discuss these changes which have been imposed.  The parents in 1ENA are outraged by the treatment of our children.

Many thanks

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Aim of the European Schools

Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures, it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together. Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe.

Marcel Decombis, Head of European School, Luxembourg between 1953 and 1960