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j.davis - Posted Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017 12:38:00 PM
Last week and this Monday, we had representatives from the Loosduinen Police Force and the The Hague Rapid Response Team in the school building for an exchange of information. The purpose of the visit was for them to familiarise themselves with our premises so that they are better equipped to assist in the unlikely event of a school emergency.

Yesterday, one group of such a delegation was in our school, but several similar groups, will be visiting the school in the coming weeks.

Security Update: Security Foil Installed
Recently, we had a reinforced security foil installed in strategic places which ensures that the glass maintains a high level of resistance in the event of an attack. The security foils are recognised and verified by the certification issued by the Material Testing Agency as being the strongest films in the world - both in resisting burglary and in explosion protection. This is all part of our continuous efforts to improve the safety and security of students and staff in ISH.

Anti-ram Barrier Systems
Tomorrow we will place boulders in front of the school in order to protect the students, and staff from large vehicle impacts. To further improve the safety, in the near future certified bollards will be placed at the back entrance of the school (near the Hungry Mind).

Further Security Enhancements at ISH
Some of the other enhancements that are in the process are:

• Purchase of a professional handheld radio system for use between security, concierges, and the ISH crisis team.
• A robust and easy to operate remote door locking system installed on the front entrance doors.
• Improved communication within a shared database to and between reception and security guardhouse.
• Badge process: Parents will soon be given an identity badge to enter the school - for pickup and drop-off.
• Continued consultancy with security experts in the city.

We will let you know when more of these enhancements are implemented. In the meantime, do not be alarmed if you see police in the building in the next few weeks.

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j.davis - Posted Monday, Nov 6, 2017 12:44:00 PM

On 10 November 2017 Amy Dickman, Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Felid Conservation (the conservation of wild cats) at Oxford University, will be coming to talk to our Primary School students about conservation. Amy is involved in very interesting projects about the human-carnivore conflict, and this is a great opportunity for Primary students to learn about these.

Lions are one of Africa's flagship species, but their numbers have halved in the last 20 years, with around 20,000 remaining

The need for conservation is finally receiving a bit of the recognition it needs due to the unfortunate death of 'Cecil' the lion in Zimbabwe, which sparked an outcry and generated unprecedented passion for conserving this amazing species.

Amy, on the other hand, is not new to conservation. She has 20 years experience of working on large carnivores in African and founded the Ruaha Carnivore Project ( in southern Tanzania in 2009.

The Ruaha landscape is one of the most important areas in the world for lions, leopards and cheetahs, but so far has been largely ignored by researchers, which makes it hard to develop conservation and management plans for this area. It has the highest rate of lion killing documented in East Africa, as lions and other carnivores impose high costs on poverty-stricken local people. The project focuses on reducing carnivore attacks, providing local communities with real benefits from carnivore presence, focusing particularly on improving local schools, clinics and access to veterinary medicine. This has been extremely difficult because of the remote location of the place and the initial hostility of the Barabaig, who are the secretive and little-known tribe responsible for most lion-killing.

Amy will come to share the huge progress the team has made so far: since 2011 carnivore attacks on stocks have been reduced by over 60 percent, people are recognizing real benefits from wildlife presence for the first time, and most importantly, lion killings have been reduced by over 80 percent.

The aim now is to continue to expand this work both around Ruaha and beyond, to generate long-term benefits both for carnivores and local communities. And ISH is a great place to start! Our students will be able to take that knowledge with them to wherever their journey takes them.

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j.davis - Posted Friday, Nov 3, 2017 5:06:26 PM

ISH was over the moon to welcome NASA astronaut Steven Lee Smith to the school to share with us his thoughts and inspiring story.

The overarching message he wanted to leave the students with was this:

  • "The earth is our island"
  • This island is spectacular
  • We need to take care of our island
  • Limit the damage
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Use sustainable resources

And with this all it's important that we are nice to other people!

Steve's message resonated with both students and staff because of the very candid and honest recount he gave of his life and career to get to where he is today. Throughout all of this he tried to make clear that it doesn't matter what you look like, whether you're a boy or a girl, and no matter where you come from, if you're determined, you can get to where you want to go.

He illustrated his determination by showing the four rejection letters he received from NASA before his final acceptance letter on the fifth try over a total of ten years. He explained how he attempted to better himself after each rejection and in the end it paid off.

Astronaut Smith wanted to pass on the following advice give:

  1. Write to people to ask for help
  2. Get as many books as you can
  3. Learn the skills you can
  4. Take calculated chances along the way

And of course he told the students about the peculiarities of living in zero gravity for such a long time. Some of which were having to sleep in a cocoon on the wall, having to use velcro to keep everything in place, and of course that there are no showers in space.

What a fun and educational day at ISH. Thanks to Steve for visiting and sharing. And a special thank you to Yarona van der Horst for organizing this for our students and staff.

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j.davis - Posted Friday, Nov 3, 2017 12:07:31 PM

This weekend the 27th annual session of Model United Nations at the International School of The Hague (MUNISH) will take place. Their mission statement perfectly illustrates what MUNISH was created for "It is a conference run by youth, for today's youth, to benefit the youth of tomorrow." In that spirit, this year's conference with the theme - Peace, Justice and Inclusive Societies - promises to be the best one yet.

For a whole weekend, students can become diplomats and are given the responsibility of the roles they take on. The participants of MUNISH, numbering over 1000, debate, discuss and consider issues that affect our world today from the perspective of those that have the opportunity to make a difference. MUNISH leaves participants with a new perspective on our world and of their roles in shaping it.

"Peace, Justice and Inclusive Societies" is derived from Sustainable Development Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

In total there are 17 Sustainable Development Goals created until 2030. These were built upon the Millennium Development Goals which consisted of 8 broad goals set up for the year 2015, which had the same aim: to make the world a better place to live. The development goals focused on three aspects:

  • Social progress
  • Economic growth
  • Environmental protection

Whereby social progress is improved by peace, justice and inclusive societies - the theme of MUNISH. For MUNISH this year the committees will be discussing topics relating to this theme. They are focusing on different topics within the theme, such as LGBT equality, the gender pay gap, different ongoing wars in the world, and many more in relation to PEACE, JUSTICE and INCLUSIVE SOCIETIES

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j.davis - Posted Monday, Sep 18, 2017 9:34:00 AM


Did you know that research shows that parent involvement is a key component of effective prevention? Children whose parents talk to them about alcohol and other drugs are less likely to use them. Parental involvement is crucial to our efforts to reduce the risk teenagers face.

When: Thursday 5 October 2017 19:00-21:00

Where: Malcolm Davies Auditorium (MDA)

ISH is pleased to host an evening with an experienced Free from Chemical Dependency (FCD) prevention specialist who is able to support and guide parents.

Answer common questions such as:

"How do I talk to my child about drugs and alcohol?"

"What are the warning signs that my child may be abusing alcohol or other drugs?"

"What do I say about my own experiences with alcohol and other drugs when my child asks me?"

"What are some ways to teach my child to resist the pressure to drink or use drugs?"

This evening event presents an ideal opportunity for discussing alcohol and other drug related issues with your children.

We want our students to hear from both school and home that we want to support them in making good, informed and healthy choices about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use by adolescents - and that we are committed to keeping our children safe.

Please feel free to contact the Health Officer and the Counselling and Learning Support Staff with questions or concerns

FCD Prevention Works (, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, is a leading international nonprofit provider of school-based substance abuse prevention services. For over 40 years, we have worked with nearly 2 million students in 70 different countries, providing them with the knowledge, understanding, and skills they need to make healthy choices.

From Monday 2 October until Friday 6 October 2017 an FCD prevention specialist will be leading discussion, assemblies and drop-in chats for students and staff at ISH.

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