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Juliëtte Van Eerdewijk

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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I want to thank the ISH community for the great International Festival that we had last weekend. There were many different stalls and activities available for families to enjoy, from playing outside, watching dances and listening to music, to eating lovely foods in the sun. It was a great success and I want to thank everyone who has contributed to this event.

Our Primary school will be closed on Friday and Monday and will be open again on Tuesday, 18th April. The children will have a four-day week followed by a two-week holiday.

I wish to remind you that the Municipality will have an open evening on Thursday, 20th April. Unfortunately, Mr. Butcher and I will be attending the ECIS Leadership Conference during that time, but Mr. Wijsman should be able to share with you the upcoming changes to our school and the surrounding area.

Yesterday, you should have received the Parent Satisfaction Survey. May I kindly ask you to fill it in?

I wish you all a very good long weekend.

Kind regards,

Juliette van Eerdewijk


Posted by Nalan Pool on Thursday April 13
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week our Year 4 had an amazing Fashion Show which was well attended by our Year 4 parents. This particular group was very interested in design costumes related to animals! Great entertainment for everyone and a good example of a very successful exit point.

The past few months have been exciting for both teachers and students as we have started writing texts using a Writing Workshop approach. It is a way to teach children to write interesting, thoughtful and carefully crafted texts with a specific audience in mind. They write about topics that interest them, work through the writing process and develop independence as writers. A few year groups have already ‘published’ their favourite piece and they seem to be more excited and motivated to write. We are looking forward to reading more inspiring texts from our young writers. Early in the new school year, we will offer a workshop for parents so you may learn more about the approach.

Love to Read will start on Monday, 27 March. The purpose of this programme, which we are doing for the eight year, is simply to celebrate and encourage a love for reading. The money raised will be used to purchase new books for the library.

Enjoy the weekend,

Juliette van Eerdewijk

Posted by Nalan Pool on Friday March 24
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last weekend we had many different activities taking place that involved students. On Saturday we had a concert, in which our young learners performed as well as the choir and the school band. There was also the first public performance of our newly established school orchestra. We are very proud of all their performances and hope you enjoyed the concert.

The ISH community also participated in the CPC Run in The Hague. We were very proud of all the runners there but especially want to mention Sophia from Year 6W, who came in first in the 2.5 km school run. This was a great achievement.

Talking about running, our DailyK is also well attended. We are looking into getting more morning runs for our students.

It was so pleasing to see so many parents attend the Looking for Learning Workshop last Monday. At ISH we view Looking for Learning as an incredibly valuable tool to gain insight into how our students think and learn. The main elements of Looking for Learning were explained to parents with some very interesting and learning focused discussion taking place as a result. We appreciate that the early morning time is not suitable for all parents and we do have plans to run this workshop again at different times.

Have a nice weekend.

Juliette van Eerdewijk

Posted by Nalan Pool on Friday March 17
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Welcome back, I hope everyone had a good and relaxing holiday with their families. Since arriving back on Monday, the school has been going full steam ahead with the great learning taking place in school. There were many exciting events his week.

On Tuesday, the Years 5 and 6 classes, as well as some of the Secondary classes, attended a short concert from the group called “TAKEN”. This boyband promotes cyber safety in their concert and this was much appreciated. Our school has been looking at different ways to promote e-safety and a greater awareness amongst our students with regards to this.

The school continues to develop the writing strategies within the classes following the “Writing Workshop” and the IPC units in all the different classes are also leading to some great learning opportunities. Preparations for the Year 4 exit point, a fashion show, are bringing much excitement to our corridors.

We have started the DailyK Challenge on Tuesdays and Fridays, which seems to be a great hit and many children and families will be participating in the CPC Run this weekend.

This promises to be an amazing weekend for our community, we hope that you will enjoy participating in the events mentioned above and have a relaxing weekend!

Kind regards,

Juliette van Eerdewijk

Posted by Nalan Pool on Friday March 10 at 15:04
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

It was with great pleasure that we welcomed you on Wednesday to our Student Led Conferences. It was also great to hear such positive feedback already from many families. The Student Led Conferences play an important role in the learning process. Students reflecting on their own learning and explaining this to their parents, in their mother tongue, shows a high level of thinking and allows for a much richer and deeper experience. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedules.

As our children become more connected to the digital world, cyber safety and cyber-bullying are issues close to every parent's heart. At ISH we believe it is part of our mission to help educate our students and community about these issues - so we have enlisted the help of "TAKEN" - an Irish band currently based in London - to get the message out to our ISH students. On 7 March, the band will play 3 concerts for students of Years 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 in the MDA. Starting with three songs, the members of the band will host a Q&A session based on their own experiences, followed by two more songs and a brief Meet & Greet session.

We hope that you have a great holiday with your family and hope to see you all back on Monday, 6 March.

Juliette van Eerdewijk

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 6 March: Back to School !
  • 9 April: International Festival

Posted by Nalan Pool on Friday February 24 at 10:25
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This week the Primary teaching and support staff were treated to a Staff Appreciation Lunch organized by the PTA. There were lots of parents helping out. We want to thank all of these volunteers and wonderful parents who have made this event so special to us as a staff. It was much appreciated by everyone and we sincerely loved this special treat!

This week we were celebrating mother tongues as we had a special day on Friday with our assemblies. We believe in promoting mother tongue on a daily basis but it is nice to promote it even more with such an event.

The registration for the After School Mother Tongue Program will be closing this Monday, 20 February. Classes for the new term will begin on 8 March. We look forward to seeing your children joining again this coming term.

Next week will be a different week for our students. On Wednesday, we have our Student Led Conferences. On this day our students will inform their parents/guardians about the learning taking place at the ISH. Please enter the school building through the main entrance up the stairs to receive your entry sticker.

Have a good weekend,

Juliette van Eerdewijk

Posted by Nalan Pool on Friday February 17 at 14:32
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our staff have had such an enjoyable lunch with the Year 2 classes. We were invited as special guests and received a well planned lunch, prepared by the children themselves with the help of some parents and a special chef. The children served us well; a real privilege to have such a special lunchtime. Thank you to the parents who helped with this.

This week we also had some trips for our Years 5 and 6 classes.

Maths Week was a great success with students across the whole school taking part in a variety of maths activities. Particularly popular was the Mathletics Competition. The class winner was 6C - many congratulations to the whole class for their tremendous effort. Well done to everyone who participated in Maths Week. It was great to see maths being enjoyed across the school.

Have a nice weekend.

Kind regards,

Juliette van Eerdewijk

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 22 February: Student Led Conferences – no classes
  • 17 February: International Mother Language Day
  • 9 April: International Festival
Posted by Nalan Pool on Friday February 10
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we have reached February again, we are looking towards some active learning times within our curriculum. For IPC we are planning exciting exit points which we hope to share with you in the future and our Year 6 is starting the process of moving up into Secondary. We are working closely with the Secondary School to make this move easy for our students.

This month we will also start sending out requests for re-enrolments for the school year 2017-2018. We urge you to sign these as soon as possible to secure a place for next year, as we are already receiving lots of new applications from parents wanting to enroll their children into our school.

Next Friday, we are joining in the Warm Sweater Day. The whole of Primary will turn down the thermostat a degree or two. We hope that on this day we all save a little bit of energy, because: the greenest energy is the energy that we don't use! To stay warm, all children should come in their warmest and funkiest sweater.

If you are in the centre of The Hague this Sunday, please come and visit us at the “Feel at Home Fair".

Have a great weekend,

Juliette van Eerdewijk

Posted by Nalan Pool on Friday February 3
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week we were awarded the Excellente School Status, which is a prestigious award given by the Dutch Ministry of Education in recognition of high quality of education offered at a school. It truly was a great honour to become the first international school in The Netherlands to receive such an award. As a school we have worked very hard on keeping the focus on learning and the individual processes that students go through to reach their potential. It is a recognition for all of the staff members who have created a safe and yet challenging learning environment for your children. However, we see this award only as a stepping stone and will endeavour to continue expanding and enriching the learning experiences that we provide for our students.

Starting this process has meant that we commit to continuously reflect on our curriculum, learn from other schools and research, share our approach with others and keep an open mind to future changes which cater for the unpredictable career paths that our current student body will encounter once they are adults.

I want to thank everyone but specificly all the parents and guardians who have so kindly supported and congratulated us. This process could not have been successful without the dedication of my Primary Leadership Team and the staff members who hav

e worked tirelessly on a daily basis to put the vision of the school into practice.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Kind regards,

Juliette van Eerdewijk


Posted by Nalan Pool on Friday January 27 at 15:10
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our school is part of an organization called the Dutch International Schools (http://www.dutchinternationalschools.nl/), which consists of International Primary (DIPS) and Secondary Schools (DISS). All of these schools are connected to the Dutch government and semi-private. The Principals of these schools meet on a regular basis as we have a lot in common with both curriculum and regulations directed to us. It is a perfect place to share good practice and support each other in processes to follow.

On Thursday and Friday, Mr. Alan McCarthy and I joined the yearly DIPS Conference. The main focus was on the challenges that school leaders face and we discussed guiding principles for future education. This was led by Mr. Graeme Scott, a previous Principal of the ISH. Our current Primary students will be entering universities and the work force between 2030-2040. Bearing that in mind, we are continuously asking ourselves what their needs and their Teachers’ needs are since the Teachers are from a generation from the previous century! Which skills do our students need in this rapidly changing world and what kind of learning do we need to therefore stimulate? How can we ensure continuity and keep our Teachers aware of all the necessary changes? Very exciting discussions to have as school leaders. The conference was very valuable.

Next week, our students will participate in the ISH Maths Week. But this weekend, I hope you will enjoy the Winter Concert on Sunday.

Have a good weekend.

IMPORTANT DATES & EVENTS

  • this Sunday: Winter Concert (Nieuwsjaarsconcert)
  • Next week: ISH Maths Week!
  • 22 February: Student Led Conferences
  • Posted by Nalan Pool on Thursday January 19
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