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Primary Newsletter | Issue 11 | 10 February 2012

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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

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Dear ISH News Readers,

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Primary News

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Dates for your Diary

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Primary Photographs

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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 * Cover photograph has been taken by Christel van Meeuwen


Dear ISH News Readers, Dear Parents, I am delighted to share with you the outcomes of our 2012 parent Questionnaire. We had 321 returned questionnaires, which is a tremendous response – thank you all. You can see the results for each question displayed on the following pages. The results are below in percentage form, rounded to the nearest whole number (for this reason, not all add up to exactly 100%). As you can see, the results are extremely positive. The middle column is a ‘satisfaction rating’ with the percentage of ‘strongly agree’ added to ‘agree.’ Some of the additional comments are very interesting and we will be acting on many of them. One piece of instant action as a result of questionnaire comments will be a special day when you will be able to come into the classroom and your child will walk you around their classroom and go through their books with you. The teacher will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have. This will be on Thursday 24th May and two time slots will be offered. First thing in the morning after drop off (08:45 – 09:45) and the last hour of the school day, 14:00 – 15:00. I know this is a long way off but I realize that many of you may have to take an hour off work , hence the early notice. Today was ‘Warme Truiendag’ or ‘Warm Jumper Day’ in English. We turned down the thermostat on the central heating (only a little as it’s very cold outside) and the children enjoyed wearing a dazzling range of jumpers. This was to raise awareness of energy use and to understand that we can sometimes do with a little less. The children entertained us all with a great dance (called a Flash Mob) which you can see in next Monday’s podcast. I will be out of school for a week, from Friday 17th February as I have to go with my family to my new school in Bangkok. Our children must spend a few days in school and I have a number of meetings and interviews to conduct there. My wife also has a new position working in the same school so, just like ISH, school will be our second home. Enjoy the weekend and best wishes,

Graeme Scott Primary Principal

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Primary News INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE HAGUE (PRIMARY) Questionnaire for parents and carers Percentages in brackets  

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The Winter Session of After School Activities will end 20 February. The New Spring session of activities will commence on Monday, 5 March. Payments for Spring session activities need to be paid no later than Wed. 15th February to confirm participation.

 

1  My  child  enjoys   school   2  The  school  is  a   safe  place  for   my  child   3  My  child  is   making  good   progress  at  this   school   4  The  school   supports  my   child  in  having   a  healthy   lifestyle   5  The  school   informs  me   about  my   child’s  progress   6  My  child  is   growing  in   confidence  at   this  school   7  The  school  sets   appropriate   homework  for   my  child  

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2    

3  (Column  1  +  2)   4  

Strongly   agree  

 Agree  

Agree  or   strongly  agree  

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44  

44  

5  

Disagree  

Strongly   disagree  

99  

0  

0  

52  

96  

3  

0  

44  

52  

96  

5  

0  

40  

54  

94  

5  

0  

26  

64  

90  

9  

1  

42  

53  

95  

2  

2  

25  

62  

87  

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after-­‐school   clubs     10   The  school   treats  my   child  fairly   and  with   respect  

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The  school   sets   appropriate   homework  for   my  child   8   The  school   has  a  strong   focus  on   children’s   learning   9   There  is  a   good  range  of   activities   including   trips,  visits   (and/or   camps)  and   after-­‐school   clubs     10   The  school   treats  my   child  fairly   and  with   respect   11   The  school   meets  my   child’s   particular   needs   12   The  school   deals   effectively   with   unacceptable   behaviour  

25  

62  

87  

11  

1  

52  

45  

97  

3  

0  

52  

51  

46  

46  

98  

97  

2  

1  

0  

1  

33  

61  

94  

4  

2  

30  

63  

93  

4  

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11   The  school   meets  my   child’s   particular   needs   12   The  school   deals   effectively   with   unacceptable   behaviour   13   The  school  is   preparing  my   child  well  for   the  future   14   The  school   has  strong   educational   leadership     15   The  school   respects  and   appreciates   different   cultures  and   nationalities   16   My  child   understands   some  of  the   different  ways   he/she  learns  

51  

46  

97  

1  

1  

33  

61  

94  

4  

2  

30  

63  

93  

4  

2  

41  

56  

97  

2  

1  

48  

49  

97  

2  

0  

67  

32  

99  

1  

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29  

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95  

5  

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Primary Newsletter | Issue 11 | 10 February 2012

Primary News Knowledge to Share

A pie graph overview of our Parent Questionnaire is available on our website:

Virginia Collier and Wayne Thomas, professors in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University, have conducted one of the largest longitudinal studies ever, with more than 700,000 student records. Their findings document that when students who have had no schooling in their native language are taught exclusively in English, it takes from seven to ten years to reach the age and grade-level norms of their native English-speaking peers. Students who have been taught through both their native language and English, however, reach and surpass the performance of native English-speakers across all subject areas after only four to seven years when tested in English. Furthermore, when tested in their native language, these bilingual education students typically score at or above grade level in all subject areas - http://education.stateuniversity.com/

http://www.ishthehague.nl/content/parents-0

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Mother Tongue Dear Parents, After School MT We have a possible tutor for Italian for the LS children on Wednesdays. We also have some interest for Romanian lessons. If you would like your child to participate in one of these language classes please contact me. Please look at the updated calendar and note the class dates as well as the make-up class dates: Wednesdays LS (Rec – Y2) 15 Feb. (no Portuguese) 22 Feb. (no Portuguese) 07 Mar. 14 Mar. 21 Mar. 28 Mar. 04 Apr. (make up class: Dutch, Portuguese)

 

Thursdays US (Y3 – Y6) 16 Feb. (no Portuguese) 23 Feb. (no Portuguese) 08 Mar. 15 Mar. 22 Mar. 29 Mar. 05 Apr. (make up class: Dutch, Portuguese)


Primary News Mother Tongue Within the Curriculum 17th January 2012 Year 2 & Year 3 Mother Tongue “It’s A Small World” : Our Third Destination Dear Parents, Over the past few weeks as well as for the next few months we will be working on a topic called “It’s A Small World”. This fun topic involves us “travelling” to many different countries or places around the world. This week we will travel to Australia! We will look at pictures of many of the beautiful and exciting places to see as well as share any experiences if anyone (a) lived or (b) visited Australia for a holiday. The main focus of choosing Australia as our next destination, will be to do a brief book study on a well-know children’s book “Wombat Stew”, written by Marcia K. Vaughan and illustrated by Pamela Lofts. ‘Wombat Stew’ by Marcia K. Vaughan is the story of a dingo who captures a wombat and plans to cook him in a stew. Various other animals happen by and offer Dingo suggestions as to what he should put in his stew. Dingo follows their advice, adding all sorts of not so appetizing ingredients. In the end, Dingo’s wombat stew turns out to be not nearly as palatable as he had anticipated. ‘Wombat Stew’ is a quick and pleasant read that should keep the young ones amused and may even have them singing the wombat song (“Wombat stew, Wombat stew, Gooey, brewy, Yummy, chewy, Wombat stew!”). The children will use this story as the basis to write their own version, using different animals from their home countries. They will, however, make theirs into a comic version, using speech bubbles and simple descriptive sentences. We will also do some role-play based on the book, for some added enjoyment. As mentioned in our previous letters, if you are aware of any up-coming celebrations or have something special you’d like us to celebrate from your home country, please feel free to email me some information and details. Please be aware that the planning is usually done up to 3 weeks before we “visit” a new place, so I might not be able to include it, if I do not have enough advanced notice. You can email me on s.gardella@ishthehague.nl We look forward to learning about our wonderful world, its people, and their special celebrations. Kind Regards, Shelley Gardella (I/C Year 2 & Year 3 Mother Tongue)

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Primary Newsletter | Issue 11 | 10 February 2012

Primary News After School Activities

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Dear Parents, The Winter Session of After School Activities will end 20 February. The New Spring session of activities will commence on Monday, 5 March. Payments for Spring session activities need to be paid no later than Wednesday 15th February to confirm participation. Please have a look at the schedule below for important dates: 13 February - 20 February - Last week of activities 20 February - Watercolours - make up lesson 24 February - Judo - make up lesson 24 February - Head to Toe Science Club - make up lesson New Spring session of activities will commence on Monday, 5 March 06 March - Fun Fit and Dodgeball cancelled due to Secondary Basketball tournament

Gate Information The back gate to The Hungry Mind community centre is unlocked in the morning by Cies, our security guard and locked again at 08:45. He then unlocks the gate again at 14:25 and, for safety reasons, it is finally locked at 15:30. On Wednesday afternoons, the gate is unlocked at 12:15 and locked at 13:00. This is to avoid any unauthorized access via this gate and to protect our own resources and any students who may still be in the building. Many of our secondary students are still studying in the building then. Please therefore be aware that it will not be possible to access the school from The Hungry Mind through this gate after 15:30, or 13:00 on Wednesdays.


Dates for your Diary February

March

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International Mother Language Day

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All Primary Students back to school

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Reports go out to Parents

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CPC Run

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Spring Holidays, all students return to

CT Days Jan. & March 13 13-17

Ms. Rikers

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Ms. Gardella Ms. Ana

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Ms. Gardella

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Ms. Gardella

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Ms. Gardella Ms. Welsh Ms. Gerretzen (PM)

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Ms. Welsh Ms. Priestman Ms. Sanders

school on 05 March

Please check our website for a complete calendar.

Ms. Briek Ms. Pearson

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Primary Newsletter | Issue 11 | 10 February 2012

Primary Photographs

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More photographs available soon on Christel van Meeuwen’s website: http://web.mac.com/christel.vanmeeuwen/ISH/Overview/Overview.html


Primary News Stop, Think, Do Conflict Resolution at ISH This past term, we have introduced a clear way of solving problems to the children at ISH. Stop, Think, Do is taken from a well-researched Australian social skills program that has experienced great success with students. It has been used in Australian schools as a way to prevent difficulties from arising in the classroom and on the playground (2002). This year, we have decided to adopt these same steps at ISH. The goal behind them is to continue building a peace-oriented school, where children are given the tools they need to solve their problems both now and for the future. The message behind the stop light, which is displayed in your children’s classroom, is simple, but powerful. It will be modelled to your children through class circle time and whole school podcasts. Here are the steps explained: STOP: If a child is having a problem with another child, they are first asked to think about how they are feeling and find a way to calm down. They may use the universal stop gesture to show they are serious. THINK: Once they are calm, they will need time to think about what happened. They can then explain their problem using their words to tell only the facts. The other child or children will be given a chance to speak too. A teacher or fellow student may assist to make sure all sides are heard. DO: Once everyone’s viewpoint has been listened to, the children (with the help of a teacher or peer) will decide on a solution to the problem. These steps will take time to become a regular part of our school lives. Through modelling and opportunities to practice, your children will gradually become more independent problem solvers. This is our bigger goal. To help this process along, please have a chat with your child about the stoplight steps. Perhaps it is even something you could try out at home to reinforce the message. Make sure your children understand why STOP, THINK, DO steps are important in keeping our school, and future world, a more peaceful place. Thank you for your time. Mrs. McCracken

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