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a.nthenge - Posted Friday, Mar 22, 2019 3:09:00 PM

The Secondary Music Department hosted its first ever International Schools Music Festival. Over 100 students and teachers from The British School of the Netherlands, European School of The Hague (Primary Section), Rotterdam International Secondary School joined our students for a weekend of music and friendship. 

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Our students performing at the International Schools Music Festival

One of our saxophonists, Liel said:

“I really enjoyed making music with students from different schools and all the different ages”.

One of our violinists, Linda said:

“It was interesting to see the different approach by students from BSN: they played with lots of emotion”.

Lastly, two of our singers Adrianna and Sara said:

“It was great to see how easy it was to rehearse together with students from another school”.

We are extremely proud of our students and we are excited to do it all over again next year. 

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a.nthenge - Posted Friday, Mar 22, 2019 3:04:51 PM

Seven of our Year 12 students traveled to Vienna last weekend to compete in the Senior ISMTF Competition. After a long trip down to Vienna, they decided to unwind and visit the Technisches Museum Wien, which is located in the outskirts of Vienna. They had a look at the gorgeous interactive displays and spent the rest of the evening exploring the wonders that Vienna had to offer. 

On Saturday, they participated in the individual competition, followed by a team competition. On Sunday, the students part in "The Sunday Chase". Essentially, the teams were chosen at random from the different schools (so our students had to work with other students that they had not met before). The teams of 5 went from one room to another, solving problems and the students were allowed to use calculators to try and finish the "chase" as fast as possible with as many correct answers. 

Our students participating in the group competition 

The Sunday Chase inspired our students to find solutions to the enigmatic mathematical problems they encountered over the weekend, and they spent the rest of their journey back to The Hague discussing them. Many thanks to Mr Boros who coached the team in preparation for the competition.

Our students taking part in the "Sunday Chase"

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a.nthenge - Posted Friday, Mar 15, 2019 4:05:13 PM

Congratulations to the IB Career-Related Programme team and students who were recently visited by an external BTEC Assessor. It was a real pleasure to hear their work praised in such glowing terms. It's clear that the success of the BTEC is in large part to the inspiration, energy, and commitment they bring to the programme. They are role models for the attributes that we want to develop in all of our students. 

Our IBCP Students visiting the Stock Exchange in Amsterdam

The Assessor commented explicitly on the quality of their inquiry, communication, and creativity. She was hugely impressed with the diversity of learning taking place within the Career-related Programme. As a school, we are immensely proud of our students and the support we have received from the BTEC Assessor. A big THANK you goes out to Mrs. Trumic, Mr. Inziria, Mr. Brunas for their incredible support and guidance. 


Our IBCP students visiting the Rotterdam Business at the University of Applied Sciences

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a.nthenge - Posted Friday, Mar 15, 2019 1:11:23 PM

The month of March is a special one at the Malcolm Davis Music Center (MDMC).  Apart from the fact that the days are getting longer and that spring is knocking at our door, it is also a month filled with music making.

On the 23rd of March, the MDMC will hold its annual Eisteddfod Musical Competition.  It is a tradition which dates back to the 19th Century, where all sorts of performers joined together for a friendly competition. There were poets, actors, dancers, and anything from the performing arts.

We adopted this tradition about 15 years ago and restricted it to musicians and music making.  

One of our alumna, Elizabeth, performing at the Eisteddfod Musical Competition 

Our Eisteddfod competition is a full day of music making, where young musicians from ISH and other schools around the Netherlands come and compete for the chance of winning first, second or third place.  

I would like to invite you all to come and admire these young musicians as they showcase their talent to an enthusiastic audience.  

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to email Idan at 

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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 4:28:00 PM
Last week, Lara Rikers, Mindy McCracken, Jackie Jones, and Josh Martin presented at the Multilingual Learning in International Education (MLIE) Conference organised by the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS).
One of the highlights was a joint presentation given by Mindy McCracken and Lara Rikers from the ISH, and Dr Jim Cummins, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. Dr Cummins has been at the forefront of multilingual education for many years. His research into French-English bilingual programmes decades ago provides the academic foundation for best multilingual teaching practices today.
Together, Dr Cummins, Mindy and Lara presented on Identity Text Projects: Generating Academic Power in Multilingual Classrooms. Since 2013, our school has been actively collaborating with Dr Cummins, who has consistently validated the ongoing work we do, to weave home languages into our mainstream curriculum at ISH.
Lara Rikers, the head of our dynamic ISH EAL department, had this to say about her ECIS MLIE conference experiences:
"With the unwavering support of our assistant principal Sue Tee and our principal Juliette van Eerdewijk, we have been able to develop innovative educational practice that intersects with research and theoretical claims that empower teachers as knowledge-generators."
In Lara Rikers and Jackie Jones' break out session, they explored possibilities to accelerate students' learning through accessible technology, to help students to build up academic language, not only in the target language of instruction but in all of their home languages. This session contained a number of practical take-away methods, enabling teachers to feel more confident and comfortable using technology tools flexibly in the classroom.
In Josh Martin and Mindy McCracken's break out session, the flexible use of oral translation software was explored through a range of Year 1 settings and subjects, allowing English beginner students to access their learning in home languages while building up their academic English at the same time. This innovative strategy has also recently been published in the EAL journal of the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum's (NALDIC), which can be found online here>>
The multilingual ISH language philosophy is evident in all of the presentations given at this world-level, ECIS language conference. At the ISH, we strongly believe that by tapping into your students' full language repertoire, you can help them to build up the strong academic and linguistic foundation they need for their future learning successes.
Mindy McCracken is an official ECIS MLIE Committee member, and this has been her first time organising this specialised conference. For Jackie and Josh, this was their presenting debut at ECIS MLIE.
Congratulations to all of our ISH presenters. They have done a fantastic job representing our unique, internationally-leading school on the world stage.
If you would like to read more about our ISH language presentations, please click on the links below.
Follow this very active and vibrant team on Twitter to keep up to date with their latest developments. 
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