Dear Parents, One of our tasks at this time is to establish numbers for the following school year. Students in Y9 have been busy with their choices for Y10/11, and Y11 students are being interviewed this week by a small group of teachers to agree on placement in IB Diploma courses for Y12/13. This will mean many happy but also a few disappointed students, because – as we can only offer full Diploma courses which are demanding – not everybody will automatically transfer to Y12/13. Students of concern were warned in reports and extra letters already, so this should not come as a surprise. What does indeed surprise us and makes planning difficult is the fact that a quarter of parents did not return the ‘Method of Payment’ form or send a ‘withdrawal’ form, so opening classes for 2011/12 would become a guessing game more than a responsible planning exercise. This is why we have to assume that, even after our follow-up e-mails, if we do not hear from you, we can give your child’s place to someone from the waiting list, or close groups (if they are not needed and so we are wasting money – your money). I know that our tone this year has become more direct than before. In the interest of granting admissions earlier, we need you to understand this point of view. In the meantime, please refer to the link below displaying the wonderful success in the CPC run, which included the prize for the largest school entry. It was coincidence that just this week we had the experts from Context-Bravo back for a platform evening to talk to 15 parents about drugs and adolescents. A worthwhile annual presentation. The same advisory group also works with our students as part of the Dutch Healthy School Project. ISH is helping Japan. A number of fundraising activities took place already, mentors discussed the situation last Tuesday in their classes, and the major social event of the year, the International Day, is also
dedicated to this cause. I hope to see many of you here at school on Saturday 26 March, from 12.00 onwards – program below. Another event not to miss is the Best Little Theatre In Town, when our younger ISH Secondary students bring us a lively musical theatre production on Thursday and Friday of next week. Form availability: The method of payment and withdrawal form are available on our school website, under downloads/ Standard Terms and Conditions. Latest news on website: http://www.ishthehague.nl/news • alternative-hansel-and-gretel • city-pier-city-run-hague • april-8-art-exhibition • chess-news • congratulations-winner-regional-readingcompetition • spring-here-greenspace-action • we-care-japan-not-alone-
ISH International Day Saturday March 26, 2011 Come and enjoy the International Day at the International School of The Hague on Saturday, March 26 between 12 and 16:00, entrance is free. Travel around the world in one afternoon: it is possible this Saturday. The day starts with a Flag Parade at 12 o’clock, where many of our 86 nationalities will proudly carry their flag. Afterwards you can eat at the International Food Fair, watch performances from students like the Folklore group Matrosjka, Irish Stepdance Kilkenny, Djembe group ‘de Beat’, Indonesian school of The Hague performing traditional dances,…Football -Volleyball - Used Book Sale - Storytelling of Folktales in different languages - Games and Fun for all ages. Profits will go mainly to a fund which will help rebuild/restart a school in Japan in the earthquake and tsunami effected area. T-shirts with ‘we care; you’re not alone’ will be on sale.
ISH NEWS bulletin With best wishes from,
Peter Kotrc. Principal of Secondary International School of The Hague
SECONDARY SCHOOL March 24, 2011