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Primary Newsletter | Issue 14| 28 March 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 www.ishthehague.nl ish.admissions@ishthehague.nl Primary School Telephone +31 (0)70 338 4567 Fax +31 (0)70 328 2049 Email ish.primary@ishthehague.nl This Issue is made by Verona Schroder v.schroder@ishthehague.nl Please contact for Newsletter items

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Dear ISH News Readers,

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Mother Tongue News

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Music

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Mother Tongue and International Mindedness

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Dates for your Diary

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Parent Info

10-11 Photos - Teacher Appreciation 12-13 Photos - Walk4Water Cover photograph by Christel van Meeuwen


Dear ISH News Readers, On Wednesday 20th March our Y5 and Y6 children, accompanied by teachers and parents, braved the freezing conditions to take part in the ‘Walk for Water’. Apart from the physical effort of completing the walk whilst carrying several litres of water the children raised a significant amount of money. Through sponsorship the children raised more than €5,000 which was matched by a donation from the water company ‘Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland’ of more than €5,000. The Government then contributed 80 percent to make a total of more than €18,000. Today we received an email from the Max Foundation thanking us for our efforts and I have included an extract below;

“We will be able to build water sanitation complexes at schools in Bangladesh and ensure that hundreds of students will have access to safe drinking water, clean toilets and essential education about hygiene. This prevents unnecessary diseases which lead to school absence or even worse, child mortality.” On Thursday 21st of March the PTA organised the ‘Staff Appreciation Lunch’ in the Hungry Mind. Not only did the parents prepare a fantastic lunch and gifts for all the staff they also helped the Leadership Team supervise the children. I would like to pass on to all the parents who participated in any way the gratitude of all the staff. ISH is an amazing, caring community and it was yet another example of the mutual respect that exists between staff and parents. Please make sure that you have signed up for the Parent Teacher consultations on 4th and 9th April, which provide an excellent opportunity for you to reflect on and discuss your child’s learning. In an effort to make leaving school at the end of the day safer we will be asking the buses to pick up children from within the school grounds. The buses will line up in front of the school before 14:45 when the barriers will be raised to allow parents to enter in their cars. Could I please ask that if you do park in the school grounds that you do so for the shortest possible time and if you need to stay longer that you park in the car park. I hope you all enjoy a relaxing and safe holiday weekend.

Kevin Rae Primary Principal

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Mother Tongue News MT after school Announcement The Romanian Embassy will organise Romanian Language, Culture and Civilization classes for our Romanian speaking children. If you are Romanian you should have received an information letter. If you didn’t receive it by the 02 April, please contact the teacher: Mrs. Mihaela Stefan at mihastefan@yahoo.com Make up Lessons: - Spanish Lower School: No lesson on 3/04. Catch up on 3/07 - French Upper School Mr. Ring: No lesson on 11/04. Catch up on 4/07 - Arabic Lower School missed 2 classes. Catch up 3/07 and 10/07 - German Upper School missed 14/03. Catch up on 4/07

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Music Music Activities at the ISH Primary In the past weeks a few exciting music events have taken place. On the Wednesday the 20th of March the ISH STRING ENSEMBLE performed a concert together with violin students of Elise ten Westenend (teacher at the PIVO and Young Koninklijk Conservatorium). It was a lovely evening concert. Apart from performances from the three Ensemble Pieces, we had the opportunity to hear some very advanced violin players alongside some of our young performers. From Year 2F, Carmen Tortosa played a beautiful solo accompanied by Maurice van Lieshout on the piano. Carrying on the “wall of fame” legacy, our own ISH PRIMARY ROCK performed in the Eistedfod competition and won the first prize for ensemble playing! This group, under the coordination of Mr. Fennis, only started in October has had a fast learning curve and rightfully won the prize with their performance of Rolling in the Deep, by Adele. Congratulations to them and also to Laura ten Berge and Kayra Ertekin, Other events will take place in the coming months so please reserve the dates: 20th of April – ISH STRING ENSEMBLE PERFORMS AT THE INTERNATIONAL DAY 22ND JUNE – PRIMARY SUMMER GALA CONCERT – this is meant as the final ISH PRIMARY CHOIR performance of the year (together with a Woodwind professional quartet). The STRING ENSEMBLE will perform on this day and some selected soloists. An Autumn Gala concert is being planned together with the Secondary music department. We are looking for a special venue outside school for the event, as soon as the dates are fixed we will announce via a newsletter. If your child is interested in joining either the ISH Primary Choir or the String Ensemble – please don’t hesitate and contact me. We are looking for more players to continue the great work and learning experience for our children. Thank you in advance for all your input. Wishing you all a sunny Easter break, Mrs. Titan

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Mother Tongue and International Mindedness

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Dates for your Diary March

April

CT Days

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School Photographer in till 22 March

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School Closed - Holiday

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School Closed Inset Day

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Parent Consultations

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Ms Goodhand

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School Closed Easter Weekend

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Parent Consultations

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Ms Wernars

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Jim Cummins presentation 18:30 - 20:00

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Year 3 Camp till 19 April

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May holiday All Students back to

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Ms Ostiguy

Mr gray

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Mr Curiston

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Ms Banks

School on 13 May

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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Parent Info We are delighted to announce the visit of Professor Jim Cummins, world top specialist on Bilingualism, professor at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, from 15 to 17 April. Professor Cummins will look at our Language Development Policies and at our practices, he will work with the staff and on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 he will present for ISH Parents on Bilingualism and how to support its development. 6:30 to 8:00 PM. His presentation will be 45 min and there will be time for questions. A coffee/tea time will follow to allow further conversation. We hope many parents will be able to attend since this is a great opportunity to discover about latest research in this area and implications for us at school and at home. Invitation with more details and sign up slip will be sent home closer to the date.

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Save the Date Saturday, April 20 12:00-16:00 This Year the International School The Hague will host it’s 3rd Annual International Day on April 20th, 2013. The event is a splendid demonstration of the cultural diversity of the school and it is open to the local and expat community. Delicious specialities from around the world will be offered at the culinary fair and Music, dance, and drama performances will be part of the entertainment program. Free entry at the ISH The Hague Wijndaelerduin 1 2554 BX Den Haag The Netherlands


Parent Info NETHERLANDS -USA WOMEN SOCCER GAME

Invitation ‘Welcome to The Hague’ program Dear Sir/Madam, The City of The Hague cordially invites you and your family to our ‘Welcome to The Hague’ program on Monday 8 April 2013. The morning is organised to help give you a better understanding of the city, and especially how The Hague International Centre can make your stay more comfortable. It will also give you an opportunity to broaden your network of contacts and meet other expatriates. The program is as follows: 09.40-09.50 hrs Arrival at The Hague International Centre in the Atrium of City Hall, Spui 70 09.50-10.00 hrs Welcome address by Frank Kooman, coordinator The Hague International Centre 10.00-10.15 hrs Presentation on the The Hague’s international website www.thehague.com 10.15-10.30 hrs Presentation ACCESS and The Guest Card 10.40-10.50 hrs Audio-visual presentation of the city “The Hague Impressions” 11.00-11.30 hrs Visit to The Hague Public Library 11.30-12.30 hrs Guided walk through the historic city centre of The Hague 12.30-12.45 hrs Closure of the program with coffee, tea and Haagse kakker, a Hague delicacy at the THIC, where you will be offered a special welcome package. While the event will be of particular interest to new residents of The Hague, residents of surrounding towns are of course welcome, as are children, although no special children’s program will be organised. Space is limited, so please RSVP before Wednesday 3 April to the above e-mail address of The Hague International Centre with your name, address, e-mail and company or organisation, along with the number of persons attending. Please be aware that although there is no charge for your participation, we would appreciate it if you would inform us if you are unable to join us for the program. This way we could make your spot available to people on the waiting list. We look forward to welcoming you to The Hague! With kind regards, Astrid Bronswijk, Head of the Department of International Affairs

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Primary Newsletter | Issue 14| 28 March 2013

Photos - Teacher Appreciation

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Photographs taken by Christel van Meeuwen www.christelvanmeeuwen.eu/ish


Photos - Teacher Appreciation

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Photographs taken by Christel van Meeuwen www.christelvanmeeuwen.eu/ish


Primary Newsletter | Issue 14| 28 March 2013

Photos - Walk4Water

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Photographs taken by Christel van Meeuwen www.christelvanmeeuwen.eu/ish


Photos - Walk4Water

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Photographs taken by Christel van Meeuwen www.christelvanmeeuwen.eu/ish


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