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ISH Building Manager - Posted Thursday, Jul 6, 2017 11:18:15 AM

You can follow progress on our new Primary School building on our live video feed:

Still from our live building webcam




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j.davis - Posted Wednesday, Jul 5, 2017 12:44:25 PM

Secondary students saying goodbye for the summer. It was the end of the academic year 2016-2017 for the Secondary School at 12.30.

For the Secondary school:

The school will remain closed for students until 23 August.

The first two days will be for new students only. And normal classes for the whole school start on 25 August.

For the Primary School

Classes continue until Friday 7 July. he first day of school for Primary will be 28 August.

Have a great summer!

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Primary school - Posted Tuesday, Jul 4, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Ground breaking ceremony On a sunny afternoon on July 4th 2017 the symbolic first pole for the construction of the new building was hammered in the ground by Maarten Knoester (Executive Director of the Stichting Rijnlands Lyceum) together with Juliette van Eerdewijk (Primary Principal of ISH), Pjer Wijsman (Business Manager of ISH) and Harm Benthem (Stadsdeeldirecteur Loosduinen)


The actual first pole will be put in the ground during the summer holidays when construction will start but the school wanted to celebrate this moment with the children and parents of the school while the school was still in session.
There were speeches by Maarten Knoester and Harm...., the student council had balloons, all the children were waving their flags and they sang the "Squish" song in two different versions.
It was a festive start to the building construction.
We will keep you up to date with more details as the construction begins.
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j.davis - Posted Monday, Jul 3, 2017 12:58:47 PM

Sunday 25 June was all about sports at ISH. It was the annual sports awards dinner. But before that, the inaugural ISH Alumni v Varsity football match was played. We had alumni from several years take part. It was great event. On this occasion the Varsity Team won by 3-0. But who knows what will happen next time?!


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j.davis - Posted Friday, Jun 30, 2017 5:42:48 PM

The Geography Energy Challenge aims for students to get acquainted with an important societal theme: the energy transition. The transition is a challenge for the whole world; every person and all organizations will be affected and can (and must) contribute.


The Geography Energy Challenge at ISH is a way to learn about the transition. It provides students with an impression of the importance and diversity of the energy sector in our society. The didactical approach is based on action learning: the student is an actor in the transition and is faced with questions like: what is the transition; what are our goals, what is needed to achieve them, and: what can I do contribute to the transition, what can I do to help my school to achieve its goals?

The problem or challenge is real: our society must organize its energy system in a different way and we have only two or three decades to get it done. There is broad consensus about the goals (e.g. the COP21 Paris agreement), but very little consensus about the short term actions. In the chaotic discussions, facts and fiction are sometimes hard to distinguish.


The ISH Geography Energy Challenge

In year 9 geography classes, students operated in teams. Each team addressed a concrete question, such as "How much gas and electricity does ISH use and how can this be reduced?" and "How much electricity do ISH's solarpanels generate and how much is this compared to the total energy use of ISH? Can this be improved?". There are many ways to answer the questions. The teams had to acquire knowledge to understand the status quo and the needed actions; they collected and analyzed data and made strategic choices about their approach and reflected on their choices.




Relevant fact sheets and data sets were made available, and the teams were facilitated to gain knowledge of the energy use (and production) of the school. An iBook was provided with the necessary background information about energy and how to calculate with energy. All results were presented on a "market square" (June 27, period 7) where students, staff met and shared ideas, experiences, contacts, follow up actions. The market place setting asked for comprehensive, seductive, inspiring and convincing communication strategies.


Connections in school

The Energy Challenge project is an inquiry based and authentic project, with a real purpose and audience. It is a form of Service in Action learning as students are proposing solutions to make the energy use at ISH more sustainable. The project has the Global Context of Globalisation and Sustainability demonstrating the importance of local actions and the effects on global sustainability.

Moreover, schools in the Netherlands are legally required to comply with the "Activiteiten besluit erkende maatregelen" in these legal measures the Dutch government has set out that organizations such as schools are required to take all energy saving measures that have a payback time of 5 years or less and to investigate into such measures.

ISH is an Eco-School and is proudly flying the Green Flag. The Geography Energy Challenge fulfills some of the criteria for our continued commitment to the Green Flag such as monitoring data about the school's energy use effectively using this in curriculum work by creating graphs and charts on energy usage. Moreover, during the Challenge students will be collecting evidence to show the school's progress; data, costings etc. This evidence will be analysed and evaluated to help develop future actions.


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