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Primary School Guide 2011 2012


Primary School Guide 2011-2012 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 “Learning – The Heart of The International School of The Hague”


ISH Primary Learning Policy 6 The Philosophy of The International School of The Hague: Our Mission Statement


School Fees 9 Rules for Students, Staff and Parents/Guardians


Communication with Parents/Guardians 10 Curriculum Information Primary School, IPC and Mother Tongue


Languages 12 Reporting and Parent - Teacher Meetings


The Primary School Day 14 Attendance Procedures 14 Leave of Absence 15 Schedule of Events and Holidays, Day Care and After School Care


Contact Us 17


“Learning – The Heart of The International School of The Hague” The International School of The Hague (Primary) is now in its 8th year. It is home to around 550 students from ages 4 -11. Our students are from over 80 different nations and speak 60 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 afterschool classes in a number of these languages also exists. The ISH Primary School is one of over 1300 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. Our definition of learning drives everything we do. It reads: “Learning at ISH is a dynamic journey where, through rigorous thinking and practice, we develop our knowledge and skills to give us a greater understanding of ourselves and our world.” I hope you find the information in this booklet useful and relevant to your child’s education here at ISH. G. A. Scott

Principal of Primary School


ISH Primary Learning Policy:

“Learning - The Heart of The International School of The Hague” At ISH we learn by: 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

ISH Primary Learning Policy:

“Learning - The Heart of The International School of The Hague” How do we monitor learning? 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 respond 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 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: Our 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 Fees for Current ISH Primary Families from Sponsoring Companies/Organisations Reception – Year 6: €5175 Fees for Students not sponsored by a company and have started school before 01 August 2009 Reception – Year 6: €4175 School Trips (and additional costs) Reception trips: Shopping, Zoo, Farm, Beach €25.00 Year 1 trips: Windmill trip, Flowers and Insects, Gemeente Tuin. Holidays, Beach €40.00 Year 2 trips: Clara Maria, Kinder Museum, Transport Trip to Delft €80.00 Year 3 trips: Camp/Burgers Zoo, Chocolate, Escher Museum, Keukenhof, Naturalis Museum, Videoconferencing €120.00 Year 4 trips: Museum of Antiquities, Gemeente Museum, Camp, Corpus €200.00 Year 5 trips: Space Expo, Van Gogh Museum, Camp (Texel), Orchestra visit, Gevangen Poort €275.00 Year 6 trips: Camp, Delta Works, Nemo (Science Museum), Binnenhof, Mauritshuis €350.00

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, religion 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 to improve children’s learning. 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 Take care of Properties 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 and learning 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.

Communication with Parents/Guardians How we communicate; school  home - Home  School communication books/homework diaries - 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, usually on Fridays - 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 - Weekly Podcasts - Moodle online learning platform 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 November and April. 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 are 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.

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 1300 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. 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: Early Years 3 - 5 years Milepost 1: 5 - 7 years Milepost 2: 7 - 9 years Milepost 3: 9 - 12 years Strand 1: Independence and interdependence Children learn about: 1.10 strategies for solving conflicts in peaceful ways 1.11 positive and constructive attitudes to competition 1.12 taking another’s point of view Strand 2: Communicating Children learn about: 2.1 using gesture and expressive body movement for communication 2.2 understanding non-verbal messages Strand 3: Exploring Children learn about: 3.8 moving in space and moving to rhythm 3.9 using a variety of strategies for exploring and making sense of the world 3.10 setting and solving problems Strand 4: Healthy living Children learn about: 4.1 keeping themselves healthy 4.2 self-help and self-care 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 activities for their children that let them achieve the learning outcomes having fun at the same time. 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 2 Language and Communication Development 3 Mathematical Development 4 Exploring and Understanding 5 Information Communication Technology 6 Physical Development 7 Creative Development In addition, because of the unique nature of our school we also have: - English as an Additional Language - Dutch PE Kit It is school policy that all 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 swimwear consisting of a swimming costume, towel and swimming cap (optional).


Specialist Lessons In some cases, teachers other than your child’s homeroom 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 Swimming Dutch Music Reception 1.0 hr. (2x30)   1.5 hr. (2x45) 1 x 30 min. Y1 1.0 hr. (2x30)   1.5 hr. (2x45) 1 x 30 min. Y2 1.5 hr. (2x45)   1.5 hr. (2x45) 1 x 30 min. Y3 1.5 hr. (2x45)   1.5 hr. (2x45) 1 x 45 min. Y4 45 min. 1 x 45 min. 1.5 hr. (2x45) 1 x 45 min. Y5 1.5 hr. (2x45)   1.5 hr. (2x45) 1 x 45 min. Y6 1.5 hr. (2x45)   1.5 hr. (2x45) 1 x 45 min. 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.

Languages Children in all age groups learn Dutch from a native speaking teacher. In each year group, there are three to four 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 Normally your Mother Tongue is the language you have been using with your child since they were born, the language you have used to speak to them when they were babies, to send them to sleep, to tell them their first stories, to comfort them when they are afraid or hurt or the language that will come out naturally if you have to suddenly stop them if in danger or when you are not happy with them, the same language spoken by your own parents. 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 our 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, additional languages classes are opened according to demand and are subject to the availability of qualified tutors. This year we also support Italian, Hungarian and Catalan. These classes 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.

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. November - Parent Teacher Consultations February - Full, written, mid-year progress report. Reception & Year 1 children will receive a report based on the Early Development Curriculum strands April - Parent Teacher Consultations


July - 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 Review 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. Reception – Y1 Y2 and Y3 Y4, Y5 and Y6 Lessons begin 08:35 08:35 08:30 Lunch* 12:10 – 13:00 11:50 – 12:30 11:30 – 12:10 Lessons end* 15:00 15:00 15:00 *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 Arrival at School and Absence 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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 primary office beforehand or upon arrival at school (in the case of an early morning appointment). In addition, students sign in/out at primary office.

Schedule of Events and Holidays, Day Care and After School Care Schedule of Events and Holidays 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. Younger children (Reception and some Year 1 children) will be collected by an adult and taken to the after-school care location. 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.

Safety and Security, School Plan and Participation 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 or primary office 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 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 a top class 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 fulfilment of our ambitions. We now provide top quality international education for around 550 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.


2011-2012 School Plan - A Selection of Targets for the 2011-2012 School year ICT Partial installation of wifi Increased use of mobile learning devices throughout primary Innovation and Cooperation Development of staff (professional development) and student links between ISH and ENMS Coaching programme for all staff Global Citizenship A toolkit for citizenship and conflict resolution training for children Mind, Brain and Learning Good brain-friendly teaching practices to be made explicit, leading to effective, brain-friendly learning in every classroom Environmental learning Green Flag status for ISH and whole school environmental awareness and changed practices Development of outdoor learning facilities Facilities, finances and professional development Mental maths focus 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 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. 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 Address 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 Admissions If you have queries regarding admissions and our procedure please would like to contact our admissions department. Admissions Department Tel: +31 (0)70 328 1450

Fax: +31 (0)70 328 2049

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 het algemeen bijzonder onderwijs Secretariaat Postbus 95572 2509 CN Den Haag Tel: +31 (0)70 331 5252 email:

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 The photographs published in this guide have been taken by Christel van Meeuwen.

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School Guide - Primary - International School of The Hague  

School Guide - Primary - International School of The Hague

School Guide - Primary - International School of The Hague  

School Guide - Primary - International School of The Hague