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Primary Newsletter | Issue 11| 08 February 2013

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2 The International School of The Hague P. O. Box 52047 2505 CA The Hague Wijndaelerduin 1 2554 BX The Hague


Dear ISH News Readers,


Mr. Rae continued


Mother Tongue, CPC and Sports


Dutch News


Dates for your Diary

Primary School Telephone +31 (0)70 338 4567 Fax +31 (0)70 328 2049 Email This Issue is made by Verona Schroder Please contact for Newsletter items *Cover photo taken by Christel van Meeuwen

Dear ISH News Readers, Dear Parents, Next week we will once again be visited by John Peatfield a consultant from the UK who will continue his work with the teachers on developing children’s writing through speaking and listening. Also visiting the school at the moment are student teachers from the Texas Christian University USA. The students are currently based at Leiden University and are working at ISH alongside teachers in the lower school as part of their training. Recently some parents have expressed concerns about the safety of children as a result of the way some parents are driving and parking in and around the ‘Hungry Mind’ entrance. The roads around the school are always heavily congested at the start and the end of the school day and I appreciate this can cause frustration. However, the safety of our children must not be compromised and I respectfully request that all drivers behave diligently and with the utmost care when driving and parking. The update on IPC continues with information about anther two of the nine criteria.

Implementation of classroom practices that help children develop as we would like At ISH we recognise and value all learning styles and multiple intelligences, celebrating children’s individual differences. We arrange classrooms and other learning opportunities to facilitate collaborative interactive group work as well as providing opportunities for individuals to think and operate independently. To this end our classrooms, visits, and outdoor learning opportunities provide flexible environments where children gain the experiences and conditions necessary to help them develop as described in the second IPC criteria ‘shared outcomes about the kinds of children we are helping to develop.’ Teachers and children have a well developed understanding of the main learning styles (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic (VAK) as well as Howard Gardener’s multiple intelligences which is evident in their classroom practice. It is important, that whilst acknowledging each individuals preferred style and intelligence, all children are exposed to all styles enabling them to access learning however it is presented to them. Do you know your preferred style of learning? If you would like to find out then pay a visit to this web site

International Mindedness At The ISH we are proud of who we are and value sharing and celebrating this together. We understand that our actions and decisions can impact beyond ourselves. We reflect and act to find solutions, individually and as a collaborative, with the support of our Personal Goals.


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Mr. Rae continued Our definition of international mindedness is in line with child development in that it starts with the self (egocentric) then becomes more abstract as the children understand the impact of their actions and decisions on the wider community, eventually involving them in considering global issues. We are incredibly fortunate in having more than eighty nationalities at the ISH and we make full use of this diversity to share the individual’s cultures and beliefs so that they gain an understanding of living in a world that is influenced by events that generate from cultures other than their own.


Please note that last and found will be on display in the covered area during the week before the February holiday

An important part of developing international mindedness across the whole school was defining the kinds of children we are helping to develop as this includes qualities and attributes necessary to be truly internationally minded. At ISH within the curriculum all our children learn Dutch and take part in Mother Tongue sessions. These sessions are not only about language development but are also to cultivate an appreciation and understanding of the host and home country. A significant part of developing international mindedness has been the process we have been involved in which culminated in the award of Eco School Green Flag Status. Have a safe, relaxing and enjoyable weekend,

Kevin Rae - Primary Principal

Mother Tongue, CPC and Sports Mother Tongue After School The children have been working hard after school to learn and further develop their Mother Tongue. A Mother Tongue report has been sent home during the last session. As communicated previously, German Upper School group will receive a report later as their new tutor needs a minimum of lessons before she can evaluate the progress of the children. You will receive the registration booklet for the next session on Monday, 11 February. The deadline for registration is 21 February. If your child did not bring the booklet home you can pick up a copy at the primary office. New children are welcome to apply for registration too. Reminder for make up Lessons for Mother Tongue after school: -Both Dutch Lower School groups on the 13 and the 20 Feb.; Both Upper School Dutch on the 14 Feb. and Ms Alicia’s group on the 21 Feb. as well -Upper School German on 14/02 -Upper School Portuguese on 14/02 -Mr. Lucas French Upper School on the 14/02 -Lower School Arabic on the 13 /02

CPC Run Dear Parents, More information will go home after the holidays regarding the CPC, we would just like to let you know that the numbers only arrive a few days before the race and they will be sent home for those who signed up for it. At this point we still have some numbers available for the 1km and 2,5km races. If you would still like to sign up, please contact Ms Ana at We will do our best to ensure that you can participate, however, due to the limited number of places left, it will be on a first come, first served basis. Our students have been training rigorously for the CPC during their PE lessons, they are showing us that they are resilient and principled. I am sure they are looking forward to the race. Please remind your children to keep practicing their running skills during the holidays to maintain their preparation to the event. If you would like to access the CPC site, please go to the following site: We will hope to see many of you joining us in this lovely event.

ISH Awards We are busy collecting information about extra-curricular sports achievements that take place outside of the ISH. If your child participates in, for example, a swimming club, handball club, etc‌and has won 1st, 2nd or 3rd places this school year, he/she will be asked to let us know in which sport they have achieved those results, the club they are a member with and when the competition took place. Please note that swimming diplomas are not included in this selection. Also, football competitions are not held until the end of May and therefore will be included on this occasion. Yours in sports, Ms Ana and Alex


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Dutch News Blind Spot Lesson Every year in The Netherlands accidents are caused due to the blind spot that truck drivers have in between their rear view mirror and side mirror. All children in The Netherlands also receive traffic lessons when they are in Primary School, this is because most Dutch children have a bike at an early age, nearly as soon as they are able to walk. As a result they interact with traffic from a very young age.


One of the special traffic lessons is the “blind spot� lesson. Most children do not realise that if they are close to a stationary bus the bus driver is not able to see them. This situation happens very regularly whilst waiting for the traffic light to turn green and is very dangerous if the driver wants to take a left or right hand turn. On making a right hand the driver can easily run into a cyclist. Making a left hand turn, the rear of the truck can swing out to the right and into persons stationed nearby. The vehicle that is making a turn must yield, but if the driver of the vehicle is unable to see due to a blind spot the driver is unable to give the right of way! It is because of this reason that children are taught where to stand so that the driver is able to see them, that they should give the thumbs up signal and if the driver waves in return they know they have been seen. During the lesson children are taught the following four basic rules: - Never walk close to the front or the back of a truck when you cross the road; the driver will not be able to see you. - When you come to a stop light, always stop your bike before the stop line. - If the truck makes a left or right turn keep your distance (2 to 3 meters) and stay on the right side of the road behind the truck. - Make sure you are able to see the driver and make sure (thumbs up) that he sees you. The Dutch department is concerned about the participation of our students in traffic. We have been able to organize, with the help of the Dutch municipality, a special lesson for year 6. The children watched an interactive presentation and received a list with questions about various traffic situations and they could experience firsthand how little you can actually see in a truck if you were sitting behind the wheel of it. The children were really impressed and realized that they had to change their behaviour in traffic. A truck is not something to mess with! So, the Dutch department hopes that with the help of this lesson your children will stay safe and maintain their distance the next time they encounter a truck in traffic. The lesson will take place on Monday, 18 February Kind regards, The Dutch Department

Dates for your Diary February



Open Day 08:30 - 11:30


MR Meeting


International Mother Tongue Day


Inset Day - No School for Primary



CT Days 14

Ms Vervoorn


Ms Briek


Ms Miros


Mr Curiston


Mr McCarthy

Holiday - All Students back to School on 04 March

21 21-22 22

Ms Stellema

Ms Briek

Ms Sanders

Please check our website for a complete calendar. CT Days are Compensation Days that Teaching Staff are allowed to make use of during the school year, this in accordance with Dutch Labour Laws as stipulated by the CAO


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