New term, new campus for European School students

Photo: Maurice Fick

(JB) Thousands of European School students will get to grips with their school campus on Tuesday when the new building in Mamer opens for the first time.

Some 2,100 students from kindergarten up to secondary aged along with 250 teachers will arrive at the European School II to find brand new facilities. Among the top-of-the-range features are interactive whiteboards, 600 new computers, media centres, five fully-equipped sports halls and two swimming pools.

Another 300 children aged four years old and under will go to the Early Childhood Centre for the first time. The building, which has been several years in the making, is designed to accommodate up to 3,000 students. Among the nationalities to be taught here will be Czech, Danish, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Maltese as well as French, German and English. Each student will learn a second language.

Students are encouraged to reach the site using public transport, where possible. Campus director Emmanuel de Tournemire points out that there are regular trains to Mamer Lycée, located just 300 metres from the campus. Furthermore, youngsters can taken the number 8 bus from Luxembourg City when the line is extended.

Finally, a bike path has been constructed in the area along with secure bicycle parking spaces in the car park. Some parents and locals raised concerns about the high level of traffic expected. Mr de Tournemire advises parents dropping off their children to stagger arrival times between 8am, when the school opens, and 8.45am, when the first lesson begins.