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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 1:14:00 PM

On Wednesday the Early Years Team hosted a group of schools from The Hague and surrounding areas as part of the Early Years Forum.

The Reception team shared information about 'In the Moment Planning', Leuven Scales and Writing Workshop.

There was a chance for the attendees to tour the setting and see the children free flowing within their setting.

We also enjoyed some fun musical interludes with the Early Years Music specialist, Kate. It was a great chance for staff to share ideas and good practice with each other and make connections with colleagues from other settings.

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j.davis - Posted Monday, Nov 13, 2017 4:16:54 PM

Dr. Amy Dickman visited ISH Primary last Friday giving presentations about her life, her job and the conservation projects she leads. Amy presented to every student in the school and she left a big impression on the minds of our students. She met the younger students, up to Year 2, in year groups or paired classes. She then met Year 3, followed by an assembly for Years 4, 5 and 6 in a packed MDA Theatre with students intently listening to every word!

One of our school golden rules is 'To Look After Our Planet'. Squish the Spider tells our students to be principled and also to be respectful by thinking about others. Well, Amy's words and shared experiences have really and truly left our students with strong feelings of responsibility in these areas.

Amy talked about how her Ruaha Carnivore Project is helping to not only increase the numbers of big cats in Tanzania, but also help educate and better the lives of local people in the area. Our students were able to relate to children of the same age in Tanzania where many only have one meal per day and many do not attend school, but instead look after livestock. Those who do attend school have no basic resources like books, pens, chairs, or even toilets. The Ruaha Carnivore Project involves working closely with local people to improve the relationships between them and the big cat population whilst also raising money to improve resources within schools, thus providing children with a better education and a brighter future.

We have asked students to think about and reflect on the stories and experiences Amy shared with us, to discuss these with their family and friends as well as in class. We are hoping that students bring their ideas to their teacher and/or the student council and as a school we will make some decisions about what to do next in the coming weeks.

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j.davis - Posted Monday, Nov 13, 2017 12:41:00 PM

We have some winners! There were many wonderful entries for the International School of The Hague (ISH) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Photo Contest. The winners have been selected and the finalists are hanging in an exposition on the Plaza.

The contest provided us with tremendous inspiration. The school will use it as a springboard to promote new ventures at ISH, making every effort to create initiatives that will help more and more people enjoy the benefits of photography.

Winners will be notified about when to collect their prize! Many thanks for all the wonderful entries!

Please find all entries on the following website:

ISH and IB Photo Contest

In joint first place:

Andrey Prikazchikov - Young Buddhist Monks

Graeme Anderson - Curlicity

Harald Lichtenberg - Radiating Happiness and Inspiration

In joint second place:

Eduardo Lira - A Colourful World

Yani Willems - Open Opportunity

In joint third place:

Yana Barysevich - Love for life

Iman Leroy Hajee - Jeunesse

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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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