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j.davis - Posted Friday, Dec 1, 2017 10:33:00 AM
As a part of the IPC unit called The Great, the Bold and the Brave - the Year 5 children have been investigating ancient civilizations. One of the main focuses is The Romans and learning how they have had an impact on our society today.

As one of the History tasks, the children investigated Roman shields. They learned that shields were not only a practical war implement but also served as a decorative tool for many Roman soldiers. Research has shown that many shields were personalized to a unit and in some cases to an individual who had progressed up the ranks. So the children had a chance to research Roman symbols and how these were used to communicate messages. If you look carefully you might spot the symbols such as the Eagle or the Lightning bolts that were frequently used on shields as a reference to the gods. But, you will also be able to see symbols that are personal to the children in Year 5.

We hope you enjoy looking at the truly unique shields!
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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 4:46:17 PM
On 23 November The International School of The Hague (ISH) hosted the first Global Issues Network Day. This student-led event had the theme Tackling Global Issues Locally, a very relevant theme in today's far reaching global world.

The program included inspirational speakers, and workshops in the morning and afternoon, and a sustainable fashion show. The workshops in the morning were presented by students from ISH and the International School of Amsterdam (ISA). In the afternoon workshops these students were joined by refugees for hands on activities.

We were honoured to have speeches from:

  • Carolyn Edgerton, a Canadian lawyer specialized in the investigation and prosecution of conflict – related violence. She worked as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). She took part in the prosecution of political and military leaders of former Yugoslavia for crimes associated with the conflicts, among them Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.
  • A representative from InStock, a restaurant trying to combat food wastage. InStock picks up unsold products from local supermarkets and with this they create amazing dishes. For this reason the harvest each day is a surprise both for the chef and for the guest.

There were some very interesting workshops that allowed the students to think about, and be experienced to things they would not otherwise have a chance to come into contact with.

For more details about the program, please click the link below

Program Details

It was great day! The students did a wonderful job and will certainly be repeated.

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j.davis - Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 5:07:43 PM

Friday's Dance Assembly made a fantastic close to our current IPC unit, Art and Artists, how artists see the world. After many weeks of practice, collaboration, compromise and a lot of hard work, the Year 6 children put on a truly great and exciting display in the theatre. Their class dances were superb and it's clear they took great pride in their accomplishments. Well done, Year 6!

While dance grabbed the spotlight this week, so much more was taking place in the classrooms. The Year 6s have worked on their final artworks, including various Cubist pieces. Some classes have also produced video reflections on their work.

In writing workshop, all classes continue with their study and work on persuasive speech writing. In maths, some children worked on fractions while others looked at negative numbers.

Finally, please note that Year 6 will soon start the next IPC Unit, Fairgrounds, The Physical World. Our entry point features building a fairground from 'junk' materials. Please encourage your child(ren) to bring in any items that might be useful for the activity.

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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 1:14:00 PM

On Wednesday the Early Years Team hosted a group of schools from The Hague and surrounding areas as part of the Early Years Forum.

The Reception team shared information about 'In the Moment Planning', Leuven Scales and Writing Workshop.

There was a chance for the attendees to tour the setting and see the children free flowing within their setting.

We also enjoyed some fun musical interludes with the Early Years Music specialist, Kate. It was a great chance for staff to share ideas and good practice with each other and make connections with colleagues from other settings.

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j.davis - Posted Monday, Nov 13, 2017 4:16:54 PM

Dr. Amy Dickman visited ISH Primary last Friday giving presentations about her life, her job and the conservation projects she leads. Amy presented to every student in the school and she left a big impression on the minds of our students. She met the younger students, up to Year 2, in year groups or paired classes. She then met Year 3, followed by an assembly for Years 4, 5 and 6 in a packed MDA Theatre with students intently listening to every word!

One of our school golden rules is 'To Look After Our Planet'. Squish the Spider tells our students to be principled and also to be respectful by thinking about others. Well, Amy's words and shared experiences have really and truly left our students with strong feelings of responsibility in these areas.

Amy talked about how her Ruaha Carnivore Project is helping to not only increase the numbers of big cats in Tanzania, but also help educate and better the lives of local people in the area. Our students were able to relate to children of the same age in Tanzania where many only have one meal per day and many do not attend school, but instead look after livestock. Those who do attend school have no basic resources like books, pens, chairs, or even toilets. The Ruaha Carnivore Project involves working closely with local people to improve the relationships between them and the big cat population whilst also raising money to improve resources within schools, thus providing children with a better education and a brighter future.

We have asked students to think about and reflect on the stories and experiences Amy shared with us, to discuss these with their family and friends as well as in class. We are hoping that students bring their ideas to their teacher and/or the student council and as a school we will make some decisions about what to do next in the coming weeks.

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