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Juliëtte Van Eerdewijk

Primary Principal's Blog - June 23, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I can’t believe that we only have two weeks left, the year has flown by and there is still so much left to do for all of us. The Year 5 camp has been going very well and the students have had an amazing time. I am sure they will come home with many stories and great memories.

Year 1 Performance

Year 1 had their performance for the parents. As always, they were stealing the show with their lovely songs and dances. The enthusiasm and drive that they have was lighting up the Glasshouse and could be felt around the school.

Changes in staff

Every year we have some teachers leaving the school and I want to inform you that the following members of the teaching staff are moving on to new adventures:

  • Mrs. Helen Moriaty will be leaving to go back to the UK. Mrs.
  • Ageeth Bosman will be travelling and living in Australia but may be back in the future.
  • Miss Ffiona Phillips is returning to the UK as well as Mr. Daniel Green.
  • Miss Miriam Munneke will start working at the American school
  • Mrs. Suzanne ten Berge will move to Germany.

There will be two Teaching assistants leaving us:

  • Mr. Alistair Smith and Mrs. Sadie Mauries are both leaving for new challenges in their lives.

It is always sad to see staff leave, but we want to thank them for their dedication and hard work at our school and wish them all the best of luck in the future and wish them well with their new endeavours.

All these people have been replaced by new staff members or by internal changes. We are happy to welcome:

  • Miss Laura Mackinnon in our Year 3 class
  • Mr. Michael Haines and Mrs. Patricia Hubbers will both be joining the Year 5 team.
  • Miss Georgina Rushe and Miss Bhauna Bandolia will join the EAL department.
  • We will also welcome an extra Dutch teacher next year, Mr. Siebe Ten Have

There will be some movement of our current teachers:

  • Mrs Lynsey Briek will return to Year 1
  • Mrs. Jamie Lewis will move to Year 4
  • Mrs. Gina Starkey will move to Year 2
  • Mr. Joshua Martin will become a Year 1 teacher
  • Mrs. Parveen Chahal will become a full-time Year 6 teacher

Until Christmas Caroline Lapierre will be our literary coach and her position will be filled by Xenia Patsiora.

Our Assistant Principals also have swapped places, Ms. Ingrid McKenna will now be responsible for Reception and Year 1, Mrs. Sue Tee will be taking care of Years 2, 3 and 4 and Miss Philippa Walker will become part of the Year 5 and 6 team. We are finalizing the TA position.

Preparation of students to new year groups

Next week we will be preparing the children for their move up to their new year groups. Some levels will be split whilst others stay the same. This is also a time they will meet their new teachers and the new teachers will also have written a short biography about themselves to introduce themselves to the students.

Year 6 visiting Film Festival Amsterdam

This morning Year 6 students were all dressed up to go to the Film Festival in Amsterdam. They looked wonderful as if they were ready for the red carpet.

Reminders

You will have received the information from our staff about Tuesdays’ short strike action and the Primary school will officially start classes on Tuesday 27th June at 9:30.

I wish to remind you that the last day of school for Primary is Friday 7th July and we close at 12:00.

Have a great weekend.

Juliette van Eerdewijk

Primary Principal

Posted by Belinda Verhagen-De Beus on Friday June 23 at 13:32
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Primary Principal's Blog - June 16, 2017


Year 6 Trip

Tuesday morning we had a buzzing Glasshouse as our Year 6 students prepared for their trip. With great excitement and maybe some anxiety they all got ready and left on time. We have had regular feedback from the staff and it appears that all students are having an amazing time, although now that it is day four they are quite exhausted. I am sure they will sleep well tonight. Thank you to our staff who have taken the large group out on this trip.

Discrepancy between salary Primary Teachers and Secondary Teachers

As you are aware our school is subsidized by the Dutch government. Our teachers' salaries are aligned with the Dutch regulations and you may not have been aware that there always has been a discrepancy between Primary teachers' salaries and Secondary teachers' salaries, even if they have the same qualifications. Soon you will receive a letter from the PMR (Primary Participation Council) on behalf of the teaching staff, as Primary teachers in The Netherlands are organizing a strike. They will explain what the reasons are behind this strike and how this will affect our school.

Performance reception children

The Reception children performed for their parents on Friday morning. The joy of songs and dances, some children with huge smiling faces whilst they were moving to the rhythm of the song "Jambo", and some more serious faces not always certain why the rhythm of the Jambo song needs to make them move. However, they like to sing, and count in different languages and perform and thanks to the enthusiastic audience it was a great success. The school has never been rocked like this before!

Posted by Belinda Verhagen-De Beus on Friday June 16 at 12:53
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Primary Principal's Blog - June 9, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This four-day week was filled with two special events and other business.

Sports day

One was the sports day for Years 2, 3, 4. Unfortunately it was a rainy, windy day therefore we had to be inside the gym hall for this event. The children had a lovely time competing with the help of many of the Year 5 students and teachers and teacher assistants. It was great to see parents attending who were supporting in any way that they could. I want to thank all of the people who have helped out during the day and especially the PE department for organising this event. It was another success.

Performance of Shakespeare

On Thursday, we had the practice and Year 6 evening performance of Shakespeare. It is amazing what our students have learnt in such a short time (one day per class) and how they were able to understand the stories of Shakespeare as well as performing these plays so well. This event is truly inspiring, as you see children coming out of their shell, performing and using Shakespearian language! Well done to our students and a big thank you to the company that supported this event and of course to our own staff members who work so hard with all the children every day.

Interviewing for the positions

This week has been an intense week for our leadership and some subject leaders as we are interviewing for the positions that need to be filled either because we are expanding in staffing or to replace our leaving staff members. This year we have four teaching staff positions, two EAL positions and a Dutch position. We hope to be able to finalise this by the end of this week.

New wing

We are also very happy to announce the start of the building of the new wing. The first major construction will start on the 17th of July, however, to celebrate this event we will organize a “breaking the grounds”event on Tuesday 4th July from 15:00-16:00. We hope that there will be lots of students joining us for twenty minutes, but further details of the event will be passed on to you when we have the exact details. We just wanted to let you know in advance and hope that you will be celebrating with us.

Have an enjoyable weekend.

Posted by Belinda Verhagen-De Beus on Friday June 9 at 10:20
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Primary Principal's Blog - June 2, 2017


Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope you had a few relaxing days with the long weekend and hope that this weekend, which will have the Monday off, will also bring you time to enjoy yourselves and your family.

This week was a special week for Year 6 as they have been practicing plays from Shakespeare, with the help of the staff members of “Act on Info”. This drama experience is excellent for our students, through practising lines, expressing these lines in different ways, focusing on the interactions in a play and the teamwork that is required to make a play a success. These are all parts of providing our students with different learning experiences.

On Thursday of this week, the Primary Participation Council (Medezeggensschapsraad, MR) met again. The main focus of our meetings this year have been a focus on security and building matters, on top of the normal topics where they need to give advice or approval. Recently they have given approval to the formation for next year, as we are going to have some small changes and expansion in staffing to provide us with a little more flexibility to do our timetables. Currently we are looking for replacing any leaving staff members and hiring new staff for the additional formation.

Coming Wednesday we will have a sports day for Year 2, 3, 4. This is always a fun event. We hope that the children will enjoy a different day as well.

Finally, we have changed to way you can contact the school’s PA and have created a more general email account. If you wish to get in touch with my PA please use the following e-mail: pa.primary@ishthehague.nl

We hope to see you all on Tuesday next week.

Have an enjoyable and sunny long weekend.

Kind Regards,

Juliette van Eerdewijk

Posted by Kathy Carlier on Friday June 2 at 14:31
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week was filled with great excitement and spectacular learning opportunities. Our Year Two students had some animals in the classrooms: an Australian lizard, a snake, a guinea pig and a tortoise. Giving the children an opportunity to observe these animals, look after them and see what it is that they are doing the whole day, was a beautiful experience.

Our Year Four students went on camp. This always makes the school buzz. Besides the great activities that they are doing they also need to deal with the separation from their parents. For some this is easy and for others it is not, but being together dealing with this makes it a lot easier and exciting. I am sure the children will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.

Whilst Year Four was away, their corridor was taken over by Year Five’s exit point “The Holiday Show”. We were so pleased to see so many parents come to school and being involved whilst the students were trying to sell their holiday adventure. The students had created business cards, leaflets, websites, posters and food in order to promote their country. It brought a great holiday feeling into the school.

Finally, our Year Six students went on a school trip.

I know that the other classes also had their interesting moments this week. Visits to the Greenspace always provide the students with activities involving several animals, e.g. releasing tadpoles in the water, looking at caterpillars, following butterflies and watching the geese and ducks around our school grounds.

I am sure we will have more amazing events taking place as we are nearing the end of the school year. School trips galore and sports days are all planned and will bring great pleasure to the students.

Have a great weekend,

Juliette van Eerdewijk

Posted by Nalan Pool on Friday May 19
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Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that you all had a relaxing holiday and that your children are set for the last weeks of our school year. Time seems to have flown by and I am sure before we know it, it will be the end of another successful school year.

This week was filled with some great learning. Year Two went to the beach as part of their IPC Exit Point of the Unit “Senses”. The children had an amazing time in this outdoor learning environment, exploring the sand and building sand castles while enjoying delicious ice cream.

Yesterday, a road safety day was organized through Shell, which was very much enjoyed by the students. Presentations took place in the MDA and a big Shell truck helped the students understand the dangers of the blind spot in trucks as a pedestrian, cyclist or other road user. A sensation was the driver breaking at speeds of 30km/h as well as 50km/h. Using cones, the students were asked to predict the distance that the car travelled before coming to a full stop. Seeing the difference of distance needed for cars to stop when driving 50km/h compared to 30km/h, and the cones being knocked over was certainly a shocking eye-opener to the students. We hope that the students shared their experience of that day with you. I want to thank everyone who was involved in organising this day. For all of us, road safety remains a priority while coming into school every day. Please slow down, be patient and vigilant at keeping all of our students and families safe by following the road rules.

The access to our school is currently slightly blocked due to the re-routing of the gas pipe that will enable us to start building in the near future. We have been informed that this work will be finalized at the end of next week and the road should be back to normal again.

The Primary Student Council organised “Crazy Hair Day”, as part of their commitment to support others. The money collected will be going to “Het Vergeten Kind” (the forgotten child), a great local Dutch charity looking after children in need.

When in school, please do not forget to check the Lost & Found for any of your child’s lost belongings.

It is going to be a busy term for us and we hope that with a little bit of sunshine, the children are going to enjoy every minute of it.

Have a great weekend!

Juliette van Eerdewijk

Principal

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 25 & 26 May: no school because of Ascension
  • 5 June: no school because of Whit Monday
Posted by Nalan Pool on Friday May 12
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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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