1. General Information
1.1 Mission and Goals
The German European School Manila (GESM) teaches educational subject matter in German and English language, following internationally accepted and renowned standards. Our children are given scope and motivation for their personal development. We want them to feel at home in our school. The school seeks to impart a realistic view of Germany and Europe in its many aspects. In addition, Filipino language and culture are taught. This approach enables students to relate to different peoples and cultures and promotes open mindedness to the world and a peaceful attitude towards others. The school encourages environmentally friendly behavior.
The school aims to enhance studentsí ability to choose educational paths that are commen-surate with their abilities. It is the schoolís task to deliver knowledge and skills to further in-dependent judgment and encourage personal and social development. Self-determination and social responsibility, acknowledgment of othersí ethical norms and religious values, as well as tolerance and respect for their beliefs are meant to follow.
The goal of the school is to communicate the contents of the syllabus as well as educational values. Educational aims and guidelines are in accordance with rules agreed upon by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of the Philippines. In the European section, educational aims and forms of teaching may differ from the guidelines of the Federal Republic of Germany.
1.2 Purpose of order of school regulations
The school can fulfill its teaching and educational goals only if all members of the European International School work together in harmony. This includes the school’s administration, principal, teachers, students, legal guardians (“parents” in this document), as well as members of other Eurocampus schools. The remarks and provisions contained in the schools’ regulations should encourage this type of collaboration.
1.3 Additional Rules
The rules are written in the form of general statutes and specific statutes, rules and regulations are often merely alluded to. Further GESM rules stipulating the rights and duties of persons and institutions participating in the schools’ activities are covered in the appendix.
2. Students and School
2.1 Educational Mission
In order to achieve the curricular and educational aims of the school it is important that students are given the opportunity to participate in the design of classroom and school activities in general. They need to be enabled to exercise the following rights and duties according to the school’s mission.
2.1.1 Students" rights
Through his participation in class and his collaboration in designing the classes and life at school, the student is, in accordance with his abilities and age, contributing to realize the right for education created for him.
The student has the right to
On request of the student concerned, a mediation board may be set up, consisting of the headmaster, class teacher, and one trusted student of his choice.
2.1.2 Duties of the Student
It is only possible for the student to reach the educational aims and to complete the work of the school by attending all classes and mandatory school events. In the interest of school life, the student is required to follow the instructions of his headmaster, his teachers, and any other authorized individuals within the context of the school. In that manner he contributes to the creation and preservation of the order necessary for peaceful coexistence and for the realization of the aims of the school.
The student has the duty to
2.2 Student contribution
Through contribution in various committees or after-school activities, students may participate in activities that are of importance to themselves and the school (such as the publishing of a school newspaper). The cooperation and exchange of ideas with students of other German schools in Southeast Asia and of international schools in Manila is being supported.
2.3 Students of GESM from other Schools of Eurocampus
The Eurocampus and the schools provide the unique opportunity to meet people outside their own nationality with different languages and mentalities. All students should put an effort in learning an understanding for liberty, responsibility for each other and admittance of diversity through constant active and responsible support of their teachers and educators. This can already be achieved by interaction and exchange on a daily basis with other students of the European International School.
3. Parents and School
3.1 Collaboration of Parents and School
To educate children and adolescents according to their talents and abilities can only be achieved through cooperation between parents and school. It requires educating students by being role models in action and behavior to further contextual understanding on their part through co-operation with them. This aim may only be achieved if parents and the school are in close contact with each other and they notify each other in order to possibly avoid difficulties, which may affect the academic progress of the student.
Parents have the right to
Parents support the school in fulfilling its educational aims.
3.2 Parentís Participation
Parents, whose children attend the school, are members of the German School Association and are requested to participate in the organization. They have the opportunity to participate in the decision making process of the school administration. The school administration stipulates the statute of the German School Association in Manila. Beside the work of the school association parents are provided with the opportunity to participate in practical school work in an appropriate manner. Here, the class parent associations and the general parent associations are suitable.
4. Admission and Enrollment of Students
Parents should enroll a student whilst submitting the required documentation. The brochures of the GESM contain detailed information on the matter.
4.2 Admittance and Graduation
The principal decides on both, general and specific class admittance issues, if deemed necessary in consensus with a committee consisting of grade teachers or subject teachers. BLASchA guidelines need to be considered when admitting students who wish to graduate with a German school leaving certificate.
Guidelines for admittance of students were stipulated by the school administration in agreement with the school’s principal and the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) of the Republic of the Philippines. Approval by the Department of Foreign Affairs is required.The guidelines can be obtained from the principal’s office.
Students, whose parents do not reside in the Philippines, may be admitted to the German school. Students, who have completed or will complete 18 years during the school year, oblige by their signature to commit to all regulations concerning students regardless of their legal age. This especially applies to the parent’s right for information.
Kindergarden prepares for formal schooling to follow and is a prerequisite for subsequent admission. The principal decides on exemption from this rule on the merits of the case.
At enrollment, parents receive a copy of the school’s rules and regulations, which needs to be acknowledged by signature.
In the case of a student leaving the school, a written notice is required from the parent(s) two months before the end of a quarter. The student will then receive a leaving certificate.
Students are dismissed, if they
In the first case, the student will receive a graduation degree, otherwise a leaving certificate will be issued.
Leaving students have to return all borrowed items to the school and any outstanding fees need to be settled. Parents are to ensure that all commitments towards the school have been met.
5. School Attendance
5.1 Participation in Class and in Events
Participation in class as well as field trips and class outings is compulsory. Registration for an elective course, a work group, or extracurricular activities mandates regular participation. The principal decides on any exemptions.
5.2 Absence from School
If a student is unable to attend classes or school events due to illness or other reasons, parents must notify the school in writing within three days. In special cases a written note from a doctor may be requested.
5.3 Leave of absence from class and school events
Leaves of absence from specific classes can be granted by the respective subject teacher or the high school principal in grades 11 and 12. Permission for an entire day’s absence can be granted by the head teacher. All other cases are decided by the principal.
Longer breaks, especially when due to holidays, will be permitted under special circumstances only on the basis of an application. The applicant takes responsibility for any resulting drop in the performance of a student. In such cases, depending on the student’s performance, promotion to the next grade can be suspended by the school. Details are covered in the relevant statutes. If a student is unable to attend classes on time after holidays due to unforeseen circumstances, the school’s principal needs to be given notice immediately.
5.4 Exemption from participation in Ethics class and Physical Education (PE)
Ethics is a regular course in school. An exemption from class is not possible. An exemption from participation in physical education class for longer periods can only be granted with a written note from a legally qualified doctor.
6. Performance, Assignments, and Promotion
6.1 Performance and working conventions
The teacher assesses student performance observing his pedagogical responsibilities. He acts according to valid regulations, adhering to the criteria established at the subject- and general meetings. Details are found in the relevant regulations.
Homework complements classroom work, serving to strengthen and secure the previously covered ground as well as to prepare for upcoming subject matter.
Scope and level of difficulty of homework are to be determined in such a manner that the student is able to complete it independently in an appropriate period of time. The class teacher provides that the scope of homework is coordinated with the subject teachers. Homework is discussed and checked in class and homework notebooks are viewed regularly. Details are found in the regulations for the Second Level (I).
Promotion and the issuance of report cards are regulated by rules on promotion and report cards. These regulations have been dismissed by the general meeting and are being implemented by the school administration. The regulation is being presented to the committee of the Federation and the Länder for overseas education (BLAscha) for approval.
7. Violation of Rules and Disciplinary Measures
School life in general and classroom activity require order, which contributes to the successful schooling and educational process. If a student willingly violates school rules, the school may take disciplinary action if required to protect people or belongings or to protect the educational process.
It is part of the educational objective to provide insight into the necessity and meaning of rules, and to urge the student to identify with such rules and subsequently observe them.
Disciplinary measures should only be used to reinforce students’ commitment towards social responsibility. They need to be applied in a manner that is commensurate with the general educational responsibility of the school as well as its pedagogic responsibility towards the individual student.
Educational measures should always have priority over purely disciplinary ones. Any sanction must be strictly proportional to the severity of the infraction.
Collective measures, corporal punishment or any measure that violates human dignity is forbidden. The general conference establishes the catalogue of appropriate educational and disciplinary measures. Further remarks on the rules of the GESM in relation to educational and regulatory measures are dealt with in the under Section I, Educational and Regulatory Measures.
8. Duty of Supervision and Liability of the School
The school is obliged to supervise the student during class, breaks, free periods, as well as during school events. Supervision commences fifteen (15) minutes before and ends fifteen (15) minutes after class. Supervision is carried out by teachers or any person authorized by the school. Such persons could be volunteering parents, suitable students who have been entrusted with specific tasks, or entrusted school employees. Students are obliged to follow the instructions of these people.
8.2 Insurance Coverage and Liability
Upon admission, students are insured by the school against accidents that may occur to them on the way to/from school, during class, or during participation in school events. Terms and conditions can be obtained at the secretariat of the GESM. Valuables are not insured and the school cannot be held liable in case of loss or damage.
9. Safety and Health Matters
9.1 Public Health
To safeguard students’ health, especially with regard to infectious diseases, is a prerequisite for a functioning community. All participants are called upon to contribute to this objective. The school takes measures to guarantee a healthy campus environment, and needs compliance with relevant rules and regulations by both parents and students. Therefore, guardians are obliged to withhold their child from school immediately if a contagious disease (German measles, rubella, tuberculosis, scarlet fever, chickenpox, diphtheria, meningitis, hepatitis, etc.) occurs in the household. This also applies to a cold and to the occurrence of lice.
The headmaster then takes necessary measures in consideration of the regulations of the local health institute. In case of contagious diseases or lice, the child may only be allowed back to school with a positive certificate by a legally qualified doctor.
Sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks are prohibited on the school grounds at any time. Exceptions to this rule can be granted, which would allow consumption of alcohol by students sixteen (16) years of age and above under the supervision of representatives of the school’s administration. The principal decides on the merits of each request. Hard Liquor and drugs in any form are not allowed. For school-sponsored events outside the school grounds the same rules apply.
All measures which address security issues on the school’s grounds are covered under the ‘Emergency Plan of the European International School'.
10. School Year, School Outings
10.1 School Year
The school year extends from August 1 until July 31. School vacations as well as other class-free days are determined by the principal in agreement with the school administration on a yearly basis. Parents are informed in advance.
Philippine regulations and domestic German regulations are considered when determining the holiday schedule in an appropriate and school-related manner.
10.2 Class Trips
The school determines outings’ schedules, with events subsequently approved by the principal and declared “school events”. Before any such activity can take place, responsibility and supervision issues shall be addressed. All questions relating to school outings are covered under the relevant regulations of GESM.
11. Treatment of Objections and Complaints
Decisions by appropriate committees on promotions and disciplinary measures are treated as strictly internal matters of the school, with objections and complaints against such measures being dealt with by the school within its own competency. The school determines the process by which - on request of parents- the principals’ decisions or those of the meetings will be examined. Since such requests usually pertain to educational matters, the final authority rests with the principal or the concerned committee meetings.
Due process governing parents’ objections and complaints is spelled out in the school’s relevant statutes.