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j.davis - Posted Friday, Dec 8, 2017 5:27:49 PM

Year 2 Moves from Toys to Food

It has been an exciting time in Year 2. Just last week, they finished their IPC unit Toys with a visit from a puppet theatre. This week, saw them start their new unit 'Food' with an exciting Entry Point.

At the beginning of a new IPC unit we have an Entry Point, which provides the 'wow' factor and gets children excited and motivated to learn about their new unit. In Year 2, they held an international food fair. Not only did the children have to bring food from their home country to share with their classmates, but they also had to prepare some information about the food which they presented to the class.

Each class had a sumptuous feast in their room with a huge variety of food from all the different countries of our children. We had sushi from Japan, rice and daal from India, cheese pie from Serbia, shortbread from Scotland, spring rolls from China to name but a few. The children were not only incredibly proud of the food they had brought in, but were also very open-minded about trying foods from other countries. What a great way to help develop international mindedness!

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j.davis - Posted Friday, Dec 8, 2017 2:55:57 PM

Sinterklaas came to ISH on his birthday 5 December. He brought with him his trusty Piets and they in turn handed out chocolate letters and pepernoten to all the kids in Primary. It was a great day! We hope he returns again next year. Here is a video with the pictures

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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 1:56:57 PM

The start of the basketball season this week was a huge success and the atmosphere in the Silverbacks Den was fantastic. The Varsity and JV Teams played rivals BSN at home and ISH won 3 out of the 4 games. With only one week of training together the Silverbacks dominated. Well done to all coaches and players. Also, a huge THANK YOU to all those who came out to support the teams and to our PA Silverbacks Team for keeping everyone going with the concession stand.

Results: vs BSN

  • Varsity Boys 48 -42
  • Varsity Girls 25-21
  • JV Boys 36-17
  • JV Girls 29-35

The Rugby Varsity Team have been continuing with their training out in the cold and wet weather. The first game for the team will be after the New Year. Keep up the good work guys!

This weekend sees the Varsity and JV Basketball Teams travel to Brussels to compete in a mini Christmas tournament against St Johns (STJ) and American School Paris (ASP). Good luck to all teams.

The ISH-Club teams have been performing well this first half of the season. Last week the ISH/HDS MC7 Hockey Team beat Pullox MC5 7-2. Both MC7 and MB5 Teams have performed very well this season and are looking forward to the second half of the season as the Hockey moves indoors for the winter. The HDS/Jumpers Basketball Team also won their game against Cobra last week. They are currently undefeated this season and look forward to playing up a division in the new year. Both ISH-Club teams are in action this weekend. ISH/HDS Teams plays on Saturday and the ISH/Jumpers Team play on Sunday.

Next week - the U12 and U14 Basketball teams open their season with a mini-tournament against ASH and ISD (Dusseldorf) at ISH. We hope to see you at the games supporting your Silverbacks.

Remember to follow all of the news and action on Instagram @ISH Silverbacks and Twitter @ISHSPORTS.

Have a great weekend. Wrap up warm as the winter is finally here!

Omar Boutayeb, Athletic Director

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j.davis - Posted Friday, Dec 1, 2017 3:56:01 PM

Friday, 17th of November, the jam session for Mexico was held on the Plaza after school. As many of you know, Mexico was recently hit by a devastating earthquake, which killed about 10,000 peop

le. Families were split up, and homes were ravaged by the natural disaster. The Red Cross in Mexico was in need of donations, to put Mexico back on its feet as soon as possible. Four Year 12 students were inspired to help with earthquake relief, and they wanted to incorporate this into their Community Action and Service (CAS) project.

What started as a small jam 'session' was turned into a concert, which attracted people from the whole school to come and watch. There were a variety of performances from a teacher's band, solo artists, rock bands, and duets.

Posters were hung, and emails were sent to advertise the event, which led to around 150 people to come and support their peers and teachers.

The two ways these students raised money, was through a bake sale, which sold treats as well as drinks to both the performers and the audience members. This was a great way to bring both the ISH community together for a worthy cause, as well as support the musical talent ISH has to offer.

In the end, these students ended up raising 260 euros at the event, which will all be sent to the Red Cross in Mexico.

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j.davis - Posted Friday, Dec 1, 2017 11:14:08 AM
Last year Ms Simone Bergmann interviewed some of our Global Initiative Network (GIN) students as part of the research she was doing for the local government of Loosduinen into what drives young people in Loosduinen.

Below is the English translation of the article published on, that she wrote following the interviews. For the full Dutch article please click on HERE

It's such a positive reflection of our students and how involved they are in making a difference!

Together step by step towards a better world

Simone Bergmann Thursday, November 30, 2017, 11:58

Bruno, Finn and Stephen have a great time at The International School of The Hague in Loosduinen. The students are year 8 students and are in the same class together. In the large, bright hall of their school, filled with the positive activity of fellow pupils, they tell me about the Global Issues Network that they take part in. This initiative focuses on encouraging young people to collaborate on a project-basis, at local, regional, and international level on sustainable solutions for global problems.

The boys clearly show enthusiasm and focus when they say that they come together faithfully every week to discuss global issues, to see where they can contribute to the improvement of certain situations. In 2016, for example, they helped a school (under construction) in Tanzania on a water pump. How? They say: "We organized 'bake sales' at school selling all kinds of delicious things, such as pancakes, hot chocolate, etc. for pupils, teachers, and visitors including our own families. Everyone was enthusiastic and we raised € 1,200.00. "

It's the little things ...
Bruno, Finn and Stephen do this in their free time after school. Why? The most important reason for all three is that they want to contribute to a better world. Because of the international work of their parents, they have been able to see that there may be major differences in different countries in, for example, the economy, the well-being and the environment. Perhaps if you do it right, you can create the space to do something positive for something or someone other than yourself. "You can start with small things," says Bruno. "It is important that we are open to change and also dare to look at things differently." All three of them are used to dealing with many different nationalities and their attitude is therefore very inclusive. Everyone is in fact ... different. That is just normal and accepted.

Bruno, Finn and Stephen are also enthusiastic about a project to reduce the use of electricity in their own school building. In short, they investigated and mapped out where in the school lights are burning unnecessary (long) and discussed this with the manager of the building on the basis of a plan. And indeed, due to their involvement something was done about it! I Naturally at home the boys also try to pay attention to their own light consumption, the separation of dirt etc.

Being creative
However, a question remains. These are pretty serious things, so what else do you do, so to speak, to relax a little? Bruno says he swims, plays basketball, and saxophone. Finn plays football and the trombone. And Stephen? "I play football and trumpet." They also sometimes play together. Because as you read, they can. Great!

Just a final note from these socially driven, enterprising, creative students? "Start in your own community. Look around you. At your own school, in your own area or neighborhood ... Take action, do not always postpone. Do not continue to complain or just talk about it. If we do it together, we will make the world a better place! "

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