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Primary Newsletter | Issue 16 | 27 April 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


Dear ISH News Readers,


Primary News


Dates for your Diary


World Book Day


Parent Info

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 photograph has been taken by Christel van Meeuwen

Dear ISH News Readers, Dear Parents, What an exciting week it has been here at ISH. We had the visit of Jeremy Strong, one of the world’s top children’s authors and he was extremely well received – the children absolutely loved it. I’m sure we’ll see an upsurge in book sales in The Netherlands for many of Jeremy’s books. His website is certainly worth a look. We also had Nick “The Bird Man” Williams talking to the children and showing them his photographs about wildlife and birds in particular. He was very entertaining and informative. You can see his work at I have just returned from an IPC accreditation visit to a school in South East Asia. Confidentiality reasons prevent me naming the school in question but it was another excellent IPC school. It’s always nice to go out and see other international schools, especially outstanding ones such as this. There is certainly something about the International Primary Curriculum that engages children and, with skillful teaching, allows them to go deeper into concepts and really begin to learn at a high and rigorous level. One of our own year 6 children recently told me, “when you’re learning well you want to find out more”. Curiosity in children is so important – not just in children but in the workplace too. There is a danger that, the longer children are in some schools, the less curious they become. Well that’s certainly not the case in the school I visited this week, and it’s not the case in ISH either. My final website of the week is This is a group of people determined to celebrate and support curiosity in children. They present some of their thoughts and ideas to help make this a reality. It is interesting to note that, in an analysis of truly great people such as Mahatma Ghandi, Marco Polo, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Socrates, the following common traits have been identified: Focus, Preparedness, Conviction, Perseverance, Creativity, Resilience, Risk-Taking, Independence, a Sense of Higher Purpose and of course…..Curiosity. Have a lovely weekend and we’ll see you all back at ISH after the holiday.

Kind regards,

Graeme Scott


Primary Newsletter | Issue 16 | 27 April 2012

Primary News A few weeks ago the Year 2 and Year 3 Mother Tongue children traveled to London ... there is a hub of activity there at the moment in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games! The children got into their Mother Tongue groups and had to think of a famous sport from their home country, which is “played� in the Olympic Games. Their homework was to collect information about their chosen sport and in their Mother Tongue groups, they had to present their findings, including the following information.


1. What is the name of the sport? 2. How many people are needed for this sport? 3. How is the sport / game played? 4. How is the game won? 5. Has your home country won any medals for this sport? If so, how many? 6. Any other interesting facts about this sport! Enjoy the pictures of some of the children giving their presentations to the rest of their group!

Primary News Mother Tongue News Dear parents, Although we would love to provide MT classes after school for all the languages of the school sometime it is not possible. I would like to share some places where classes in your Mother Tongue is taking place in The Hague area. If you know of others please let me know and I will share with our community. We will start with: -Italian : -There is a regular Polish school which is meant for Polish families who are temporarily outside of Poland. They use the Hofstad Lyceum in The Hague. Younger children attend twice a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays. They work through the same curriculum as in Poland. Here is more info: Otherwise, there is a Saturday playgroup for Polish children, every two weeks for ages 3-8 in the Hague. More info at -The Danish school takes place at the American School in Wassenaar about two Saturdays a month from 09.15 to 12.15. Contact : Gudrun Gilhuis ,, 06 55 89 64 43 Or Lisbeth Borg,


The US Portuguese lesson was cancelled yesterday due to teacher sickness. This lesson will be taking place on the catch up day: 28 June. • This year we will say fairwell to some of our teachers and in another newsletter we will say goodbye and thank you. We have already started looking for possible MT tutors to start tutoring our MT classes from September 2012. If you know someone with teaching qualification or experience that would be willing to teach their mother tongue please invite them to contact us. We know we will need: Dutch, French, Portuguese teachers. Possibly German and Spanish too. After School MT: • Due to a change of Lower School sports day there will be MT LS on the 16 May instead of 23 May. Please look at the updated MT calendar Enjoy the holiday and if you are going home don’t forget to bring back books, magazines, board games, CD and DVD in your Mother Tongue for your children to enjoy when in The Hague! Kind regards, Pascale Hertay, Deputy Head,

Lower School (R-yr2) Wednesdays, 12:30; 20 min. lunch finish at 13:50.

Upper School (yr3-yr6) Thursdays, 15:00, 10 min snack finish at 16:10.

11 April 18 April 25 April 09 May 16 May (**) 06 June 13 June 20 June

(*) 19 April 26 April 10 May (***) 24 May 07 June 14 June 21 June


MAKE UP CLASS: 28 June: Portuguese

(*) 12 April – No MT classes, Parent/Teacher Conferences (**) 23 May – No MT classes for Lower School, Sports Day (***) 17 May – No MT classes for Upper School, Holiday

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Primary News Year 3 Camp - From the Students Rainforest camp by Toby On the 19th of April to the 20th of April we went to the bus at school to go to the Burgers Zoo. At the zoo we saw the penguins. Then we went to the Tropical Rainforest. It was so hot in there. We also had our own guide. He was very nice. We saw a lot of birds. We also saw otters.


Overnight camp by Beyza Eroglu After the Burger’s Zoo we went to the Stay Okay in Gorssel to stay the night. The sun was shining so we got to play outside for a really long time. There was a playground and woods and a big chess board. At night time we read a book about the rainforest and then got hot chocolate to drink before we went to sleep. It was fun sleeping in a room with lots of people. Burger’s Zoo by Joe Scott At the Burger’s Zoo we went into the bush. We saw Manatees, flying foxes, bats and many more things. We saw amazing plants and food such as cacao trees and pineapples. We also went to the Ocean and Desert parts of the zoo – they were very good. Burgers Zoo by Mats When we went to Burgers zoo we went to the rainforest because our topic is rainforest. It was humid, hot and beautiful. I loved the birds. I mostly liked the Bleeding Heart Pigeon and the Biggest Pigeon in the World.

Primary News World Book Day World Book Day was a great success again this year and we hope that your children came home last Monday and Tuesday bursting with interesting things to tell you about their reading activities at school. If not, please be sure to ask them about the tents they spent time reading in, how Mr Silvester sang to them and told jokes over the tannoy as they were told to ‘drop everything and read’ and, of course, about all the laughter they shared with visiting author Jeremy Strong. During next week’s holiday, please help us to help them experience an ever-growing love of books by reading with them, reading to them and by giving them opportunity to see you read too!


World Book Day in Reception This week in Reception and Pre Reception we have enjoyed taking part in activities based around world book week. On Monday, we ‘dropped everything and read’. We also visited the conference room, where cosy corners and tents full of books had been set up or us to enjoy. Jeremy Strong came to talk to us on Tuesday about the books he has written and what it is like to be an author. We wore our pyjamas to school on Wednesday and enjoyed bedtime stories and songs with our teachers and friends in the speellokaal.

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Primary News After School Activities Please be reminded that there will be no gymnasium located After School Activities from Monday, 7th up to and including Monday, 21st May due to Secondary IB exams being conducted in the school gyms during this period. Speellokaal located activities will go ahead as normal.

Yearbook Photos Dear Parents, Please remember that after the holidays the Yearbook photographs will be taken from 07 May - 11 May. For more information please contact


International Day Last weekend our Secondary School hosted their International Day, it was a great success and was very well attended. We hope to see you there again next year.

Dates for your Diary April 30

Queens Day - Primary will begin as normal


CT Days May


Year 3 Keukenhof Trip


School closed


on Monday, 07 May


School Closed


Lower School Sports Day


Please check our website for a complete calendar.

May Holiday - Primary will begin as normal on Monday, 04 June

Ms. Byatt Ms. Briek Ms. H. Scott Ms. Jagdev


Ms. Byatt Ms. Briek Ms. H. Scott


Ms. Byatt Ms. Briek


Ms. Goodhand


Ms. Goodhand


Ms. Pearson


Ms. Pearson Ms. Bradley


Ms. Pearson Ms. Bradley Ms. Munnick


Primary Newsletter | Issue 16 | 27 April 2012

World Book Day


More photographs available on Christel van Meeuwen’s website:

World Book Day


More photographs available on Christel van Meeuwen’s website:

Primary Newsletter | Issue 16 | 27 April 2012

Parent Info Pilot Program Dear Parents,


At the ISH we would like to start a pilot of a school-based program designed to provide a forum where children can share their divorce/separation-related feelings, clarify common misconceptions of their experience, reduce their feelings of isolation and build competence. During the pilot we will introduce the children to problem solving skills, communication, and anger control skills. The official program is called Children of Divorce Intervention Program (CODIP) http://www.childrensinstitute. net/programs/codip The Children of Divorce Intervention Program (CODIP) is a school-based program designed to work with all school age children of divorce and separation. The program works with children in groups to provide a forum for children to share their experiences and teach skills to cope with divorce/separation, through skits and roleplays, films, and group discussions. The goal of the sessions is to decrease the children’s common feelings of seclusion, stigma, and being different. The results indicate that the experimental group improved greatly. We would like to start with a pilot of 3-4 sessions for the year groups 3,4,5, & 6 to see if this program would be useful in our school setting. These sessions will take place on Thursday the 10th of May, 24th of May and 7th of June in the afternoon from 3.00-4.15 If you feel your child would benefit / enjoy this trial, please send an e-mail to before 8th of May. Please feel assured that all information shared within this group will remain confidential. p.s. Parents who returned the enrolment slip during this week (23rd of April – 27th of April) will receive information via mail on the exact contact and place after the holiday. There will be a fine selection of fiction and non-fiction books for young and old at affordable prices. Fiction books include the latest paperback novels for children and adults as well as timeless classics. The non-fiction ranges from history and gardening to cookery, art, hobbies and lots more. There will be a commission of 10% of sales on the day to the school libraries.

Parent Info Book Fair - Two Days Thursday 10 May 2012 12:00 to 16:00 Friday 11 May 2012 8:30 to 16:00 On the Plaza - Cash only Sponsored by Andrew Summers Company Hope to see you there! Questions? Please email Izabella Tomljanovich at

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