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j.davis - Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:00:39 PM

Year 11 Geography students recently completed a project on 'volunteer tourism', a growing international travel trend which involves combining tourism and short-term volunteering in developing countries.

By Bella Mandry
Geography Teacher

Students looked at the reasons behind the growth and popularity of this new form of tourism and the potential impacts on local communities in terms of sustainable development. The project culminated in a debate where students looked at all sides of the voluntourism issue in the context of an island state whose economy depends on tourism.


The project was the result of a partnership between the Geography department and Stahili Foundation, an NGO which works to promote children's rights and sustainable development in Kenya. Rob Oliver, who leads Stahili's Education and Advocacy work, took part in the lessons alongside the year 11 Geography teachers.


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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Apr 26, 2018 5:08:42 PM

On Wednesday 25 April, 21 students from Glee Club, VivaVoce and Primary Choir at ISH sang at the ANZAC memorial service. As part of the ceremony, the students sang a hymn (abide with me), the Dutch, Australian and New Zealand national anthems. The ceremony took place at the Westduin cemetery and was attended by the Australian and the New Zealand ambassadors as well as other Dutch officials. Our students represented ISH with great dignity and sang beautifully. The ambassadors themselves were very moved by the singing and have taken the time to come and talk to the students and to thank them for their participation in this important day.

By Tomoko Ogusu
Music Teacher

We would like to leave with the student's own impression and words of this event:

"The whole experience was quite cool and exciting. From rehearsals, to making harmonies with my fellow students from primary and secondary, to actually performing at such a special ceremony. Performing for Ambassadors and other dignitaries was very thrilling. All the important people made me nervous at first but I felt much better once we started singing. I feel very honored and privileged that I was part of something that remembers and celebrates fallen heroes. Y6 Jacinta M. Santiago (Primary Choir)"

"This was my first time attending a memorial ceremony and it was a really unique experience. I was very honored to meet the ambassadors from Europe and Australia and I was also very moved by their speeches along with the life stories of the soldiers who died in the war. It was such a lovely opportunity for us Secondary students to collaborate and sing with the Primary students which I found very enjoyable. It'd be great if we can do these kinds of events more often where students from different choirs come together to sing for good causes. Y10 Elena Liu (VivaVoce)"

"The ANZAC event was wonderful to participate in. The emotional, political, and cultural significance that the event holds is powerful. The speeches, memorials, and honors that were given were very moving so I'm glad to have contributed in setting the solemn, moving atmosphere. Observing this event was interesting too, because of the important people who attended, and because it was the first memorial service I have attended (and participated in). I really like how people from countries all over the world are brought together for a common, peaceful cause. Y12 Theo Edge (Glee Club)"

Idan Goldwasser (MDMC), Dina Titan (Primary Music), Tomoko Ogusu (Secondary Music)


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j.davis - Posted Friday, Apr 20, 2018 4:30:14 PM

This Tuesday 17th of April, the finale of the year 9 geography energy challenge took place. All the best plans from each class were presented to the whole of year 9 and judged by Ms Gray, Ms Stellema and Mr Zuijderduijn, as well as Mr Oudshoorn, one of the initiators of "het Haags Klimaat pact" (The Hague Climate Pact. The Geography Energy Challenge is based around the energy transition; the change of our energy system that is based on fossil fuels, into a system that is based on sustainable, renewable energy.

By Wieneke Maris
Geography Teacher

Students researched, in small groups, the energy use of the school, and proposed strategies to reduce this to become climate neutral in 2030, so as to be in line with the Paris climate agreement and " het Haags Klimaatpact".

As a part of their research all year 9 students went on a tour of the school with Mr Zuijderduijn to learn about the way ISH uses and reduces energy.

Congratulations to the winners of the challenge; the team from 9C; Victoria, Elisa, Maya and Marko. The jury was impressed with their plans to install Pavegen tiles that generate electricity from footsteps and to hold a cycling competition to promote sustainable transport. Well done to all the year 9 students for their research and creative solutions!

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j.davis - Posted Friday, Apr 20, 2018 3:12:21 PM

Our community minded IB CP Family organized a Vossenjacht (Fox Hunt) in partnership with Wegelaergroep, for scouts with special needs around Winkelcentrum In De Bogaard last Saturday. It was such a wonderful and worthwhile day!

By Alma Trumic
IBCP Coordinator


The whole event was arranged by our CP students who used their Business and Service Learning skills to organize, resource and fund the event. Students and teachers dressed up in glorious costumes to give the Scouts a treat. Led by Charlotte Vochteloo, the group dressed up as jungle animals, Disney characters and circus acts with the Scouts of Wegelaergroep, a local special needs charity, given the daunting task of finding the hidden members scattered around the mall. Luckily the rain held off and the excitement on the faces of the Scouts, students and teachers turned this event into a magical afternoon. The icing on the cake was that the students raised over €1,000 which will support the Wegelaergroep to go on summer camp which will no doubt be a highlight of their year!



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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 10:54:00 AM

Last week was a busy one for the Geography department. On Monday the Year 10 Geographers completed field trips to the Urban Farm in The Hague and Biesland farm in Delft. The aim of these trips was to take the curriculum outside the classroom and to develop an understanding of systems, scale and sustainability as part of the Geography syllabus. Over 70 students completed tours of the two very different farming environments and gained a great insight into their inputs, processes and sustainability. The information gained will feed into a summative assessment regarding 'Feeding a Hungry Planet'.

By Bella Mandry

On Tuesday the Year 12 Geographers spent the afternoon at the beach, thankfully in good weather. The aim of this additional time is to introduce a range of fieldwork skills, which are a key aspect of the Internal Assessment required for success in this subject. The internal assessment for Geography counts towards 25% of the final grade for standard level students and 20% for higher level students.

During the afternoon over 50 students along with staff cycled to the beach to undertake a number of primary data collection techniques in preparation for the Schiermonnikoog field trip in June. This involved the use of a variety of equipment, students also learned more about the importance of controlling variables and sampling. This workshop ensured that students are equipped with good practice prior to the field trips, allowing a greater quality and quantity of data collection in the field.

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