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j.davis - Posted Friday, Dec 1, 2017 11:14:08 AM
Last year Ms Simone Bergmann interviewed some of our Global Initiative Network (GIN) students as part of the research she was doing for the local government of Loosduinen into what drives young people in Loosduinen.

Below is the English translation of the article published on, that she wrote following the interviews. For the full Dutch article please click on HERE

It's such a positive reflection of our students and how involved they are in making a difference!

Together step by step towards a better world

Simone Bergmann Thursday, November 30, 2017, 11:58

Bruno, Finn and Stephen have a great time at The International School of The Hague in Loosduinen. The students are year 8 students and are in the same class together. In the large, bright hall of their school, filled with the positive activity of fellow pupils, they tell me about the Global Issues Network that they take part in. This initiative focuses on encouraging young people to collaborate on a project-basis, at local, regional, and international level on sustainable solutions for global problems.

The boys clearly show enthusiasm and focus when they say that they come together faithfully every week to discuss global issues, to see where they can contribute to the improvement of certain situations. In 2016, for example, they helped a school (under construction) in Tanzania on a water pump. How? They say: "We organized 'bake sales' at school selling all kinds of delicious things, such as pancakes, hot chocolate, etc. for pupils, teachers, and visitors including our own families. Everyone was enthusiastic and we raised € 1,200.00. "

It's the little things ...
Bruno, Finn and Stephen do this in their free time after school. Why? The most important reason for all three is that they want to contribute to a better world. Because of the international work of their parents, they have been able to see that there may be major differences in different countries in, for example, the economy, the well-being and the environment. Perhaps if you do it right, you can create the space to do something positive for something or someone other than yourself. "You can start with small things," says Bruno. "It is important that we are open to change and also dare to look at things differently." All three of them are used to dealing with many different nationalities and their attitude is therefore very inclusive. Everyone is in fact ... different. That is just normal and accepted.

Bruno, Finn and Stephen are also enthusiastic about a project to reduce the use of electricity in their own school building. In short, they investigated and mapped out where in the school lights are burning unnecessary (long) and discussed this with the manager of the building on the basis of a plan. And indeed, due to their involvement something was done about it! I Naturally at home the boys also try to pay attention to their own light consumption, the separation of dirt etc.

Being creative
However, a question remains. These are pretty serious things, so what else do you do, so to speak, to relax a little? Bruno says he swims, plays basketball, and saxophone. Finn plays football and the trombone. And Stephen? "I play football and trumpet." They also sometimes play together. Because as you read, they can. Great!

Just a final note from these socially driven, enterprising, creative students? "Start in your own community. Look around you. At your own school, in your own area or neighborhood ... Take action, do not always postpone. Do not continue to complain or just talk about it. If we do it together, we will make the world a better place! "

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j.davis - Posted Friday, Dec 1, 2017 10:33:00 AM
As a part of the IPC unit called The Great, the Bold and the Brave - the Year 5 children have been investigating ancient civilizations. One of the main focuses is The Romans and learning how they have had an impact on our society today.

As one of the History tasks, the children investigated Roman shields. They learned that shields were not only a practical war implement but also served as a decorative tool for many Roman soldiers. Research has shown that many shields were personalized to a unit and in some cases to an individual who had progressed up the ranks. So the children had a chance to research Roman symbols and how these were used to communicate messages. If you look carefully you might spot the symbols such as the Eagle or the Lightning bolts that were frequently used on shields as a reference to the gods. But, you will also be able to see symbols that are personal to the children in Year 5.

We hope you enjoy looking at the truly unique shields!
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j.davis - Posted Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 4:46:17 PM
On 23 November The International School of The Hague (ISH) hosted the first Global Issues Network Day. This student-led event had the theme Tackling Global Issues Locally, a very relevant theme in today's far reaching global world.

The program included inspirational speakers, and workshops in the morning and afternoon, and a sustainable fashion show. The workshops in the morning were presented by students from ISH and the International School of Amsterdam (ISA). In the afternoon workshops these students were joined by refugees for hands on activities.

We were honoured to have speeches from:

  • Carolyn Edgerton, a Canadian lawyer specialized in the investigation and prosecution of conflict – related violence. She worked as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). She took part in the prosecution of political and military leaders of former Yugoslavia for crimes associated with the conflicts, among them Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.
  • A representative from InStock, a restaurant trying to combat food wastage. InStock picks up unsold products from local supermarkets and with this they create amazing dishes. For this reason the harvest each day is a surprise both for the chef and for the guest.

There were some very interesting workshops that allowed the students to think about, and be experienced to things they would not otherwise have a chance to come into contact with.

For more details about the program, please click the link below

Program Details

It was great day! The students did a wonderful job and will certainly be repeated.

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j.davis - Posted Monday, Nov 20, 2017 5:07:43 PM

Friday's Dance Assembly made a fantastic close to our current IPC unit, Art and Artists, how artists see the world. After many weeks of practice, collaboration, compromise and a lot of hard work, the Year 6 children put on a truly great and exciting display in the theatre. Their class dances were superb and it's clear they took great pride in their accomplishments. Well done, Year 6!

While dance grabbed the spotlight this week, so much more was taking place in the classrooms. The Year 6s have worked on their final artworks, including various Cubist pieces. Some classes have also produced video reflections on their work.

In writing workshop, all classes continue with their study and work on persuasive speech writing. In maths, some children worked on fractions while others looked at negative numbers.

Finally, please note that Year 6 will soon start the next IPC Unit, Fairgrounds, The Physical World. Our entry point features building a fairground from 'junk' materials. Please encourage your child(ren) to bring in any items that might be useful for the activity.

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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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