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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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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 10:07:00 AM

ISH Photography Contest

Photography Call for ISH community, this includes parents, staff, students, alumni and extended family. ISH will be holding its first photographic competition. All entries will be exposed at The Hague World Forum during the IB Global Conference. The theme for this year is "Inspiring Communities".

For our first 2017 ISH Photo Contest, we'd like to know: "What do you think an inspiring community is?" "What does "Inspiration" mean to you?"

Entry Period:

To ensure eligibility for the contest, please submit your printed picture size 20 x 30cms on photographic paper between Tuesday September 19, 2017 to October 13th, 2017.

Prize: First prize will win 150 euros

Rules and Guidelines:

can be found here

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j.davis - Posted Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017 4:00:58 PM

On Monday 28 August the orchestra had its first rehearsal for the year 2017-2018. The orchestra group seems to go from strength to strength and this looks to be another rewarding year for all those involved. Mr Jones has many fantastic things planned and if you would like to be part of it, just let him know.

Here are some photos from Monday.

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