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So finally we had the opportunity to see the new 010European school Luxembourg 2. It supposed to be a pleasant visit to an already finished school and we should all get to know where our kids will spend most of the days.

Unfortunately we were queuing even before we came to the parking place. Since parking was already full when we came security guards asked us to park at Lycee parking around 200m from the school.002

It really was a construction site as school administration warned us the day before. I don’t think they will be able to finish the school till 4. September 2012. Especially not if you know that whole construction sector has 4 weeks off in August.

Some observations and other parents’ comments:

  1. Playgrounds and recreational space are much smaller (less than 50 %?) than in the existing schools (any of them). No legal requirement on the size of playgrounds and numbers/ages of children?
  2. No sand pit in nursery?
  3. Swimming pools are fully booked from the start of the year (last years of primary will only be swimming 1/2 of the school year) – what happens when the school is full?012
  4. Stairs call for accidents. How will they be prevented? Lots and lots of stairs…
  5. Classrooms are adapted to Lux law – up to 23 children, and EU schools have a maximum of 30 children?! In my son’s class there are 26…All the schools and CPE will have to share one football and one basketball pitch???!!!
  6. CPE is a special case since it does not have any recreational facilities (indoors or outdoors). In the crèche for instance I haven’t noticed a sand pit, they have one swing, and garderie has (from what I could see) no gym and Study Centre has any football/basketball pitch… Canteen is shared so I expect children in garderie (3-4 years) will have to share the canteen with primary and secondary? (I do hope that is a mistake)

The buildings are in general very impressive, but we should see in the first few months, if they are also functional.

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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