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Our School Logos and our Mascot

The logo of GESM was designed in 2008 when GESM opened the International Section which was originally called "European Section".

 

It has same colours as the flag of the 47 member states associated in the Council of Europe (Strasbourg), which was founded by the Treaty of London on May 5, 1949.

 

In our logo, Pantone Reflex Blue and Pantone Yellow are used like in the European Flag, albeit with gradient and shadows.

 

The colours were chosen to have the same symbolic meaning as in the European Flag:

  • Blue stands for the colour of the sky and the universe.

  • Blue is also traditionally the colour of the European continent, stretching from Lisbon to Moscou, including also Turkey, a member state of the Council of Europe. Many parliamentarians referred to this symbolism when the Council of Europe was preparing to adopt the flag.

  • Lastly, blue is the colour of the Virgin. Mary’s stone is the blue sapphire which, again in the Book of Revelation (21:19), adorns the foundation of the walls of the New Jerusalem; blue is the colour of Mary’s mantle.

  • Yellow (zinc yellow) as a colour was chosen to be closest to gold. Golden and yellow have the same value in heraldry, just as in the German Flag, which shows another shade of yellow (melon yellow).

In the European Flag, the four five-pointed yellow stars stand for the European peoples. In our logo, the stars are formed and arranged similar to the European Flag, but ithey are meant to stand for the four main cultural elements of Eurocampus: Filipino, German, French, and International.

 

The blue shape is that of a human. The “dot” is supposed to be the head.

The whole symbol expresses openness and tolerance towards the multicultural opportunities. This is at the very core of our identity as a German School on Eurocampus Manila.

 

The Eurocampus Logo also reflects the colours and symbolic meaning of the Council of Europe's flag. However, in this logo the two stars are shaped and arranged in a different way. The two five-pointed stars touch each other at two of their points. They are not positioned side by side in an upright rectanguar way as in the Council of Europe's flag, but they are tilted towards each other.

The UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) links educational institutions across the world around a common goal: to build the defences of peace in the minds of children and young people. The over 11,500 ASPnet member schools in 182 countries work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice.

Our School Mascot: the Tarsier

This is our sweet little tarsier which was chosen byour students as the GESM school mascot in 2005. The picture had been painted by Andy Maluche, our baker of pretzels and typical German food for our "Laternenfest" (German lantern festival) and former father of a student here in school.

As the Tarsier is a very cute and endemic animal in the Philippines, it is something to be proud of, as we are all proud of our school.

In 2017, we all voted for SUSTAINABILITY as a key concept in our Vision and Mission. "This tarsier - which needs protection and a sustainable environment - is an adequate symbol for our school's vision and mission" (quote from a student).

 

martin gabel March, 28th 2019

German European School Manila

75 Swaziland Street

Better Living Subdivision

1711 Parañaque City, Philippines