Many staff outside The Netherlands (but also some of our Dutch colleagues) need to get used to the traditional 'Dutch Lunch' upon arrival, especially when they walk into our school's canteen for the first time. Bread is the main staple and is often accompanied by deep fried 'kroketten' or perhaps the occasional 'haring'. The Dutch don't usually eat their warm meals for lunch, instead they prefer a quick pragmatic, nutritious cold lunch. Except for this one day, some time in October, when ISH Parents cook up a storm and overload the secondary staff with a sumptuous banquet for lunch, better known as the Staff Appreciation Lunch.
Last Wednesday I enjoyed many of the dishes prepared by our parents, such as Eritrean stew, Indian lentil curry or a Pinoy (?) tapioca mango dessert. Every year the parents present us with a food fest we still enjoy days after the event. Many of my colleagues arrived early, not to get the first pick, but because of the numerous lunch meetings that happen in our school for clubs, collaboration, academics or professional development. Despite the fact I rushed in to grab some food and leave soon after speaking to some of the parent volunteers, I hope they realise how much this initiative is appreciated by the our secondary staff. I did manage to take this snapshot of the parents after setting up and before the secondary staff began to dig in. On behalf of all the secondary staff at ISH, I would like to thank them for organising, preparing, coordinating and washing up afterwards. We are looking forward to next year's edition already!