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Primary School Guide 2010 2011

“Learning The Heart of The International School of 1 The Hague”


Primary School Guide 2010-2011 The International School of The Hague

This school guide has been designed and composed according to Dutch regulations, following the guideline as stated in art.13


Table of Contents Introduction Learning Policy Philosophy of The International School of The Hague School Fees School Trips Rules for Students, Staff and Parents Leave of Absence Communication with Parents/Guardians Curriculum Information Primary School, IPC and Mother Tongue Reporting and Parent - Teacher Meetings The Primary School Day Attendance Procedures School Events and Holidays Day Care and After School Services Safety and Security School Plan Participation Contact Us

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“Learning - The Heart of The International School of The Hague” The International School of The Hague (Primary) is now in its 7th year. It is home to around 470 students from ages 4 -11. Our students are from over 70 different nations and speak 55 mother languages between them. The teaching staff of the school are also international in nature and in outlook. Specialist staff are employed to teach Physical Education, Dutch, Music and ICT. In addition, staff trained in special educational needs work alongside a number of our children whilst those who are not yet fluent in English are supported by our English as an Additional Language (EAL) department. All children work in their own mother tongue once a week and the option of after-school classes in a number of these languages also exists. The ISH Primary School is one of over 1000 schools worldwide using the International Primary Curriculum and in 2009, became the first school in the world to achieve accreditation, and did so at ‘mastering level’, the highest possible standard. After Year 6, our students move on to Secondary education, provided here by our own Secondary School. Having both Primary and Secondary Schools together on the same site provides many opportunities for integration, easing our students into their next phase of education. The school has a strong focus on learning and incorporates recent brain-based research and multiple intelligence theory into daily classroom practice. In this booklet you will find information relevant to your child’s education here at ISH. I hope you find it useful and interesting. G. A. Scott Principal of Primary School




Recognising and valuing all learning styles and multiple intelligences and celebrating individual differences


Encouraging students to reflect upon and enhance their personal development through the ISH Personal Goals


Aiming for all children to be environmentally aware and responsible through the inclusion of sustainability issues in the curriculum and involvement in community projects


Recognising that e-learning will continue to develop and committing to furthering our knowledge, skills and understanding through electronic means


Using research into neuroscience and social psychology to influence our teaching

How do we accelerate learning? At ISH we accelerate learning through:


Providing a high quality learning environment to assist our students in reaching their full potential


Building and maintaining a network of positive relationships within the ISH community


Facilitating progression, using informative, reflective and evaluative cross-curricular planning


Engaging children in learning by using a variety of strategies to meet the individual needs of the child


Actively encouraging parental involvement in all aspects of the child’s learning and school life


Promoting each child’s ownership of the learning process


How do we monitor learning? At ISH we learn by:

At ISH we monitor learning by:


Using effective plenaries to encourage the children to reflect upon their own learning


Valuing and monitoring different types of learning through planned formal and informal formative assessments


Analysing and evaluating key summative assessments


Regularly setting targets that are shared and reviewed with children and parents


Sharing success criteria with the children and encouraging them to critically and sensitively assess their own work and that of others


Monitoring the development of children’s attributes and attitudes


Involving parents in the monitoring process


Regularly and consistently responding to children’s work


Using horizontal and vertical moderation

How do we continue learning? At ISH we seek to continue children’s learning by:


Meeting with our secondary school colleagues and agreeing specific transition principles (including regular reviews of this process)


Facilitating the transition process from class to class, from primary to secondary (including teacher exchanges, transfer of information etc.) and from school to school


Ensuring children maintain a portfolio of their work


Ensuring our parent community are fully informed and involved in the learning process


Promoting effective staff development and feedback


Being open to and aware of innovation and research


Implementing a successful teacher induction programme


The Philosophy of The International School of The Hague: Mission Statement We seek: - to develop our students’ full potential - to be a community school based on honesty, fairness and respect - to foster global awareness and an understanding of international interdependence - to prepare students to be lifelong learners - to promote a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle - to make an active contribution to global, international and local communities

We aim for our students to be: Inquiring; our students develop their natural curiosity and enjoy posing questions to enhance their knowledge and understanding. Adaptable; our students approach new tasks with confidence, anticipating the unfamiliarity of new terrains, cultures and ideas and embracing these challenges. Resilient; our students will persevere with a task and are capable of putting disappointment aside when they are not successful straight away. Principled; our students can develop a moral standpoint on local and global issues and feel compelled to act in order to make a difference. The students also show respect for other moral positions. Communicators; the ISH student can communicate in both verbal (often in more than one language) and non-verbal ways, and is able to adapt their communication to different contexts and audiences. Creative; by using a range of different thinking strategies our students can be creative in solving simple and complex problems. Cooperative; the ISH student can identify a range of different roles in collaborative group situations and is able to adopt any of these roles. The student is able to work alongside and in cooperation with their peers. Respectful; our students know about the different needs of others and their environment. They respect these needs and can act according to this knowledge.

We believe that this is best achieved by: - pursuing academic success - developing physical and creative ability - using international curricula - working in partnership with our students and their families - valuing the language and culture of The Netherlands as a rich learning resource - fostering and encouraging international– mindedness - responding sensitively to the full range of students’ educational needs - recognising the importance of Mother Tongue languages and supporting their development - encouraging students to take part in a range of activities outside the formal curriculum - interacting with global, international and local communities through the exchange of resources and knowledge


School Fees PRIMARY EDUCATION Reception

Fees for Current ISH Primary Families (€) 5100

Fees for Current ISH Primary Families from Sponsoring Companies/Organisations (€) 5100

Years 1 - 6





Reception trips: Shopping, Zoo, Farm, Beach


Year 1 trips: Windmill trip, Flowers and Insects, Gemeente Tuin. Holidays, Beach


Year 2 trips: Clara Maria, Kinder Museum, Transport Trip to Delft


Year 3 trips: Burgers Zoo, Chocolate, Escher Museum, Keukenhof, Naturalis Museum, Videoconferencing Year 4 trips: Museum of Antiquities, Gemeente Museum, Sci-Tech, Camp, Corpus

95.00 150.00

Year 5 trips: Space Expo, Van Gogh Museum, Camp (Texel), Orchestra visit, Gevangen Poort


Year 6 trips: Camp, Delta Works, Nemo (Science Museum)


Rules for Students, Staff and Parents/Guardians School Rules The ISH is a school community comprising many different nationalities and cultures. It is a central rule of the school that children at all times show tolerance and respect for the race, culture, creed and nationality of other students. School rules are reviewed regularly by staff, students and parents. They are issued in the form of ‘Golden Rules’ to all children at the beginning of the school year and to new children as they join the school during the year. They are on display in classes in a number of languages and as visual aids. Home School Agreement All parents and children are asked to sign our ‘Home-School Agreement’ each year. This document highlights the responsibilities both parties have in making the home-school partnership an effective one. Teachers also sign the agreement, making the commitment a three-party understanding.

ISH GOLDEN RULES Be Gentle, Careful and Safe Be Kind and Helpful Be Honest Listen to Others Look after Property Work Hard Look After our Planet These rules are reinforced through assemblies, circle time and personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE).

ISH Community Helpers All Year 6 students are part of our ISH Community Helpers programme. They assist staff in the daily organisation and running of the school and are available to help the younger children. Buddies The Primary children are involved in a Buddies programme. This involves classes pairing up with those from other year groups, to work on projects and/or reading together. The older children learn much about pastoral care and empathy, whilst the younger children love the friendship and relationships that stem from this arrangement.


Leave of Absence Special Leave from School If a student must be absent for reasons other than illness, doctor, hospital, dentist or orthodontist appointments, a “Request for Special Leave” form should be completed and returned to the administration office at least four weeks prior to the requested leave date. Special leave may only be granted up to a maximum of 10 days. The ISH reserves the right to deny a request for special leave. ISH is bound to Dutch regulations (leerplicht) in this respect.

Medical Appointments Any student, who must leave school during the school day for medical or similar appointments, should bring a note of explanation to the school administration beforehand or upon arrival at school (in the case of an early morning appointment). In addition, students sign in/out at school reception.

Late Arrival at School If a student is late for school due to a doctor’s appointment, etc., he/she must report to the Primary Office on arrival to sign in before joining lessons. A parental note should accompany a student who is late because of an external appointment. Persistent unexcused lateness will be followed up.

Communication with Parents/Guardians Teachers may be consulted briefly before or after school but not during lesson times. We actively encourage parents to make appointments at any stage of the year to discuss queries or concerns as they arise. There are two formal occasions each year to discuss your child’s progress in depth and future targets for development. You will be invited by letter for a consultation with the teacher in October and February. Sign up boards for meeting with specialist staff are posted in the weeks preceding the consultations. In addition your child has a communication book (Reception - Year 2) and a homework diary (Year 3 - Year 6) in which short, non-confidential notes can be exchanged between home and school. Staff email addresses will be communicated at the start of the school year. Parents should always refer to their child’s class teacher as first point of contact. Then, if necessary, they may communicate with the appropriate Team Leader.

How we communicate with parents - a summary - Home  School communication books - Meet the Teacher evening - Parent-Teacher consultations twice a year (three times a year for Reception) - Reports twice a year (once a year for Reception and Pre-Reception) - Newsletters every two weeks - Class information letters outlining work to be done during that term - Weekly or fortnightly class updates sent to parents - Staff e-mail addresses available for parents to contact teachers - Class representatives communicate with parents via email - PTA meetings attended by parents and staff - Questionnaires seeking parental opinion - Team Leaders available for consultation - E-mails from school  home - Website


Curriculum Information Primary School, IPC and Mother Tongue The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) The IPC ( is regarded as an approved curriculum by the Dutch ministry of education. It is now in operation in over 1000 schools worldwide. During the year, homeroom teachers will deliver a range of complimentary subjects that are linked into a themed unit of study. Over an extended period of time, usually around 5-7 weeks, a single unit of study will allow the teacher to deliver a number of learning goals drawn from the IPC. The learning goals of the curriculum are split into four age bands covering the primary years. Within each age band there are three strands of Learning Goals: Subject Goals, Personal Goals and International Goals. Subjects include history, geography, science, art, design, IT, PE, music and society. Through the units of work, links are made to the host and home countries. Early Years 3 - 5 years

Milepost 1 5 - 7 years

Milepost 2 7 - 9 years

Milepost 3 9 - 12 years

Your child’s teacher will inform you about which units of work the class will study during the year through an informative, regular curriculum letter. It will be clear which Learning Goals are being addressed in that unit of study. Parents will have many opportunities to be involved with their children in the IPC work. The point at which children actually start working towards the Milepost 1 goals of the Main IPC Programme will depend on their individual circumstances and needs. It will also depend on the professional judgement of their teachers. Almost all children will start this process by the time they are six and many may start younger than this. Each strand contains its own appropriate learning outcomes for young children. Here is a small selection:

Strand 1: Independence and interdependence Children learn about:

Strand 2: Communicating Children learn about:

1.10 strategies for solving conflicts in peaceful ways

2.1 using gesture and expressive 3.8 moving in space and moving 4.1 keeping themselves body movement for communica- to rhythm healthy tion

1.11 positive and constructive attitudes to competition

2.2 understanding non-verbal messages

1.12 taking another’s point of view

Strand 3: Exploring Children learn about:

Strand 4: Healthy living Children learn about:

3.9 using a variety of strategies for exploring and making sense of the world

4.2 self-help and self-care

3.10 setting and solving problems

4.3 making choices

Each unit of work is based on a theme chosen to appeal to young children - for example “Sand and Water”. These units of work give teachers the framework to design classroom activities for their children that let them achieve the learning outcomes and have fun. Each IPC Early Years Unit usually lasts between four and six weeks. Alongside the learning objectives to be covered, every unit will be introduced by a letter to parents, explaining what the children will be learning. Some advice/suggestions on parental involvement will also be included.


Reception and Pre-Reception Children in Pre-Reception, Reception and Year 1 (until the end of Term 1) follow a specially designed programme that incorporates both the International Primary Curriculum Early Years Programme and the UK’s Foundation Stage Curriculum. It is called the Early Development Curriculum. The learning of children aged 4-5 is described in 7 strands: 1

Personal Development


Language and Communication Development


Mathematical Development


Exploring and Understanding


Information Communication Technology


Physical Development


Creative Development

In addition, because of the unique nature of our school we also have: - English as an Additional Language - Dutch. Specialist Lessons In some cases, teachers other than your child’s home room teacher will take lessons in this section of the timetable. The details change depending on the age of the child. Please check your individual child’s timetable for details. PE Kit Children are required to wear PE shirt (available for purchase from the school book store), shorts or tracksuit trousers, gym shoes and socks (please vary according to weather). If your child is in Year 4, please ensure they bring appropriate swim wear consisting of a swimming costume, towel and swimming cap (optional).






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Languages Children in all age groups learn Dutch from a native speaking teacher. In each year group, there are three classes, differentiated according to ability from Year 2 onwards. Children learn to speak the language and learn about the history, culture and geography of the Netherlands. English as an Additional Language (EAL) The EAL programme is specifically designed to teach English skills as well as enabling children to access the International Primary Curriculum topics more easily. For our children for whom English is not their first language, the curriculum is supported by five EAL teachers. Children are taught within the class setting or in a small group. EAL support begins in Reception classes.

Mother Tongue Education at ISH It is crucial for children to develop their own mother tongue (MT). It is the language they use to communicate with their family and friends, it facilitates a possible rehabilitation to their home country, national school or university and it gives them access to their own culture and family background. Research shows that a strong mother tongue helps in the development of a strong second language. At the International School of The Hague we recognise the importance of children maintaining their own mother tongue and our vision is: “Every child is empowered to develop his/her mother tongue within the curriculum”. We have two different programmes running at ISH Primary: for the entire primary school, a Mother Tongue within the Curriculum Programme which takes place during school time, and for some languages we have an additional After School Mother Tongue Class. During MT within the Curriculum, children are mixed and reorganised in their first language groups. It is an opportunity for the children to use their mother tongue in the school context. Lower school children will understand and use their languages through practical activities; they will enjoy listening to stories in their MT and from their background; Y2-6 will participate in a variety of meaningful activities to enjoy exploring and communicating using their MT. They will undertake research in their MT, sharing their thoughts through speaking and listening and producing presentations. Our teachers do not speak all the mother tongues represented in our school so the children work independently, while the teachers facilitate the activities. Some students from secondary join us during that special time to support using their mother tongues. We also warmly encourage parents to join us during these sessions to support the activities in their own mother language. During the After School MT programme, children focus on the expansion of Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP: the “academic” vocabulary) and the development of reading and writing skills. When they are ready, they develop verbs and spelling and follow a reading programme. They receive a report on their progress twice a year. We usually have Arabic, Dutch, French, German and Spanish classes. This year we also support Italian, Hungarian and Catalan. These classes are taught by qualified tutors and give a chance to around 22% of our children to develop their MT further. We are always happy to look at possibilities to open and support a new language group. Special Educational Needs (SEN) We all learn in different ways. The SEN department at ISH tries to help students to integrate and participate in the international programme offered at our school by using their unique learning styles. SEN support is provided through a variety of methods, for a variety of reasons; in some cases our pupils are taught on an individual or small group basis during a necessary period of time. We are working according to the “response-to-intervention” approach. This approach seeks to prevent severe difficulties through early intervention, frequent progress management, and increasingly intensive interventions for children who continue to experience difficulty. Outside school professionals, agencies and Dutch institutions are also involved with some cases. The department is supported by a specialist teacher, one orthopedagoog and one psychologist.


Reporting and Parent - Teacher Meetings Reporting on and Tracking the Progress of your Child For children in Reception -Year 6, there are four key opportunities to receive feedback about the progress your child is making. October

Parent Teacher Consultations


Full, written, mid-year progress report Reception & Year 1 children will receive a report based on the Early Development Curriculum strands


Parent Teacher Consultations


Full, written, end-of-year report Reception children will receive a report based on the Early Development Curriculum strands

Along with your child’s class teacher, specialist staff will be available for meetings on or around the dates of the Parent Teacher Consultations. Class Teachers will also make time to meet with parents outside of these more formal occasions. Staff from the SEN Department will arrange separate parent consultations. For children in Pre-Reception, parent consultations will be held in January and reports issued only at the end of the school year. Overview of Reporting At key points in the year, teachers discuss together the progress of each individual student in Report Meetings. These discussions take place with school management, SEN and EAL staff.

The Primary School Day Schedule ISH primary staff will assume responsibility for your child at 08:15 by supervising them in the school playground. Children enter the school building when their teacher comes to collect their class from the playground. Supervision is provided until 15:15. Reception

Y1 and Y2

Y3,Y4, Y5 and Y6

Lessons begin





11:30 – 12:30

11:30 – 12:30

11:30 – 12:30

Lessons end*




*Please note that on Wednesday lessons finish at 12:30 for all children. During the lunch-time recess, your child will be supervised by staff, supported by lunchtime supervisors, while they play and eat their lunch. Clubs and activities may also be offered at lunchtimes. Children are supervised by staff during morning and afternoon breaks. Pre Reception and Reception children are required to bring a healthy and nutritious packed lunch every day except Wednesday. The option of a hot lunch is available to Primary children from Year 1 – Year 6. Please avoid sending children to school with sweets, glass containers or fizzy drinks. We are not able to refrigerate packed lunches or to warm up food. We encourage all children to bring to school a drink in a watertight container, to keep on their table throughout the day.


Attendance Procedures Absence Please telephone the school office before 09:00 if your child will miss school due to illness or any other reason. If your child is absent for more than one day due to illness, a call to the school office must be made each day. If we have been informed that their absence will be for a specific period of time there is no need to call each day. Please see the “Leave of absence” section for more information on requests for leave.

Arrival at School Parents are responsible for the arrival of their children, at the correct time. You will be contacted if your child consistently arrives late. Please provide a reasonable explanation for their late arrival. Absences will be recorded in the school reports and late arrivals may be noted. If your child is not in school and we have not heard from you by 9:15 we shall need to contact you to ensure your child’s safety.

Collecting Children from School Teachers will personally hand your child to you at the end of the school day, or to an authorised adult whom you have placed in charge of your child. Children should be collected from school, in the playground, within 5 minutes of closing time. Supervision will end at 15:15. There will be a charge levied for parents who are regularly late to collect children. Please wait outside for your children. Any child who has to leave school for an appointment during school hours must be collected by a parent or guardian who must report to the administration office and sign their child out. If the child returns during the school day, again, the office must be informed. If you wish your child to leave school and travel home alone at the end of each day, you must request a gate pass for them. This can be done through the school office by completing the appropriate form. This arrangement will be renewed annually and is only available to children in Years 3 - 6.

Schedule of Events and Holidays

Day Care and After School Care Services

Safety and Security

For an up to date schedule please view our online calendar located on our website:

After-School Care, Reception - Year 6 After-school care is provided by This is a service for which fees are required, paid directly to the after-school club. The service runs from 15:00 when school ends to 18:30 and is based in Storks Baseball Club, near to the school. Children are given a meal, provided with assistance with their homework and also given the opportunity to participate in a range of activities, both sporting and artistic. For children in school-based after-school activities, there will be a separate collection at 16:00, when these activities end. Collection for after-school club is in the Glasshouse. Younger children (Reception and some Year 1 children) will be taken by an adult to the music room.

Safety and Security We take the care and welfare of our students extremely seriously. As a result, we have a number of measures in place to safeguard our campus and our children. One of these is the use of visitor badges. All visitors to the school, including parents, must sign in at reception and collect a visitor badge. This badge must be displayed whilst the visitor is in school and returned to reception when leaving. All staff in school wear identity badges.


School Plan School Plan The ISH has an active and dynamic school development plan. The School Plan of the International School of The Hague is written within the framework of the Strategic Policy Plan of the Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation. It outlines school developments in learning and teaching, ICT, staffing policy, organisation, facilities and finance. It is an active, working document used and updated by staff and management. The ISH Mission and Context Statements state clearly our aims and ambition to be an international community school serving the mobile, international population resident in The Hague. The opening of the ISH Primary School in August 2003, marked the first major step towards the fulfillment of our ambitions. Now, seven years on we provide top quality international education for around 470 children and we are privileged to watch them grow into responsible global citizens. The Mission and Context Statements form the basis of all school policies and are the rationale supporting our procedures.

Participation Various elements of the school community are represented at regular meetings. These are: Student Council Children are elected by their peers to join our Primary Student Council. The Student Council meets with members of staff and represents the views of the children throughout the school. They also organise events and raise money for charity.

2010-2011 School Plan - a selection of our priorities for the year ahead ICT - Introduction of iPod Touch devices on a 1:1 basis in Year 6 - Monday morning video podcasts to the children by the children - Smartboard training for all staff COOPERATION - Cooperation with new community centre The Hungry Mind - Development of SquISH the Spider personal goals toolkit CITIZENSHIP - Whole school focus on the Ethical and Respectful minds MIND, BRAIN AND EDUCATION - Staff to attend specific conferences on MBE - Monitoring process set up in school to assess brain-friendly learning strategies ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION - Special environmental assemblies and a ‘Green’ golden rule to be added - Green audit done in school CURRICULUM - Implementation of ‘Looking for Learning’ - Focus on Language Arts - Celebration of World Book Day Participation Council (MR) The Primary School has a Participation Council, which comprises three staff members and three members of the parent community. This group meets on a monthly basis and discusses matters such as school fees, management structure, daily operations and other issues with the school management.

FACILITIES AND FINANCIAL SECURITY - Refurbishment of specific areas within the school - Installation of new playground equipment

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) All parents are members of the PTA, although there is a Board who organise meetings in school and manage events. The support of the parent community is actively encouraged and it is through the concerted efforts of the parents and staff, that we have had many successful events in past years. The PTA also assist new families who have recently arrived in The Hague.


Contact us Primary School Wijndaelerduin 1 2554 BX Den Haag Tel: +31 (0)70 338 4567 Fax: +31 (0)70 328 2049 Email Website Mailing Address PO Box 52047 2505 CA Den Haag

Financial Matters For financial matters please contact our financial department situated in Wassenaar. Official Address: Backershagenlaan 5, 2243 AB Wassenaar Postal Address: Postbus 486 2240 AL Wassenaar Tel: +31 (0)71 573 0910 Fax: +31 (0)71 531 2167 Website

Admissions If you have queries regarding admissions and our procedure please would like to contact our admissions department. Admissions Department

School Inspector, Complaints Regulation Inspectie van het Onderwijs (Inspector of Education) Dhr. A. de Heer Europaweg 2 Postbus 501 2711 AH Zoetermeer Tel: +31 (0)79 320 33 33 Fax: +31 (0)79 320 33 39 Landelijke klachtencommissie voor openbaar en algemeen toegankelijk onderwijs (lgc-lkc) Postbus 85191 3508 AD Utrecht Tel: (030) 280 95 90 Fax: (030) 280 95 91 E-mail:

Tel: +31 (0)70 328 1450 Fax: +31 (0)70 328 2049

The vast majority of photographs published in this guide have been taken by Christel van Meeuwen. 17



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