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Secondary Newsletter | Issue 5 | April 2013

Dear ISH News Readers, Dear Parents,

2 The International School of The Hague P. O. Box 52047 2505 CA The Hague Wijndaelerduin 1 2554 BX The Hague www.ishthehague.nl info@ishthehague.nl

Primary School Telephone +31 (0)70 338 4567 Fax +31 (0)70 328 2049 Email ish.primary@ishthehague.nl

Secondary School Telephone +31 (0)70 328 1450 Fax +31 (0)70 328 2049 Email ish.secondary@ishthehague.nl

As the warmer weather now reaches The Hague, it is very pleasing to report to you on the many events that have taken place at ISH recently. Last week we officially said ‘farewell, but not goodbye’ to our Year 13 students who are now on study leave in preparation for the forthcoming IB Diploma examinations. I am sure that you will join me in wishing the very best of luck with their examinations and fingers crossed for all of them. Prior to their departure, we were able to showcase the IB Visual Arts portfolios in the new building extension ‘Aula’ and there was certainly a great deal of excellent artwork on display. In recent weeks we have hosted two events at ISH that have been new and very much geared to how we are and how we wish to operate as a school. The TEDx Youth conference was a resounding success at the school and the theme of the event was ‘spark your talent’. The range and diversity of talent that spoke to the young audience of ISH students was thought provoking and inspirational. I would like to thank the TEDx team and especially three ladies, Mrs. Leen Maes, Mrs. Yarona van der Horst and Mrs Christel Van Meeuwen for their hard work and dedication in putting such an event as TEDx together with such success. The second event that we hosted last weekend was the Google Education Summit. This is only the second Google Education Summit to

be held in Europe and we were very honoured to host them here at the school. The event was well attended by ISH staff and the focus was to enable our teachers to utilize the vast range of tools that Google can provide to enable us to work more effectively as a school. The next major event that we will be hosting at ISH is the International Day taking place on Saturday 20th April. Our thanks to the PA for all their organization for this event and I do hope you will be able to come in and enjoy the global festivities that will be on view. I hope that you will agree that ISH is working hard in and out of the classroom. As Principal, I am working with the Deputy Heads and members of staff in preparation for the next academic year, part of which includes the recruitment process and hiring of new staff. My best wishes to you and your families for the forthcoming May break. Yours sincerely,

David Butcher Principal


In this issue “April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.” ~ William Shakespeare

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... Twitter ... Colours - IB DP Art ... buzz - TEDxYouth @ ISH sparking talent ... cleaning - our brand new extension ... discoveries - Challenger Project @ SES ... vitality - GoogleApps Summit @ ISH .. into action - MUNISH 2013 ... into Life - International Day 2013


Secondary Newsletter | Issue 5 | April 2013

Dates for your Diary April 2013 20 »»

June 2013

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IB DP exams start, ending May 22nd

»» Yrs 7/8/9 Language villages for French, German, Spanish

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»» Secondary students back to school

Secondary Yr 7

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»» Secondary school closed until May 10th

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Yr 10 trip to Delta Works

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»» Yr 12 Biology HL trip until 15th

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»» MDMC Centre Summer Concerts

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Trinity Music Examinations until 28th

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»» Secondary School closed

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»» Yr 12 Science Group 4 trip until 21st

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»» Yr 11 Geography trip

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»» Yr 12 reports handed out

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»» Yr 7 Olympics & Yr 13 informal

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»» ISH Secondary closed, staff study day

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»» ISH Rocks

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»» Visual Arts Studio workshop until 27th

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»» Yr 10 trip until 31st

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»» Yr 8 Survival Day

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»» Yr 12 study leave

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»» Yr 12 exams start, ending June 7th

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ISH International Day 2013

May 2013

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Yr 6 parents welcome - transition into

»» Secondary School closed until May 3rd

Please check our website for a complete calendar.

Graduation Prom

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»» National Chinese Bridge Competition @ISH

»» Yr 12 Geography field trip until 12th


Dates for your Diary July 2013 02 03

»» Yr 7 trip to Archeon »» Yr 9 trips to Naturalis/Corpus

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»» Back to school Induction Day

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»» Back to school ALL Secondary students

until June 5th

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Yrs 7/8/9 Summer Party

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IB DP exam results

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Yr 11 Apprentish

»» Yrs 7-11 Reports handed out this week School ends at 12:00 for the 11 »» Secondary Summer break

Please check our website for a complete calendar.

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Secondary Newsletter | Issue 5 | April 2013

Confusions - a play about life, love and misunderstandings

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The Year 12 Theatre students presented a 1950’s inspired performance of ‘Confusions’ accompanied by members of the ISH chamber music ensemble on March 14 & 15, 2013. As a team they explored themes of damaged relationships, loneliness, desperate salesmen, quirky neighbours and confused waiters in Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical comedy accompanied by the contemplative melodies of Blue Moon performed by the roving musicians. The actors researched and designed their own props, lighting, costumes and sets to compliment their chosen themes and bought the production to life with energy and skill - Well done for a fabulous show!

Tribute concert to Malcolm 2013 photos online now

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In February 2010, prof. dr. Malcolm Davies passed away. He was our Subject Area Leader for the Arts, Director of the ISH Music school, Professor at the University of Leiden but first and foremost a popular teacher of Music and respected colleague. In tribute to some aspects of his rich life, an annual memorial concert was held on March 8, 2013 in the Malcolm Davies Auditorium.

ISH Secondary news bulletin 21.3.13 Informing amongst other items over the IPC Accreditation visit to the Primary School with appreciation expressed of the hard work and preparation from all staff for the visit. The Secondary School are next up with two dates for our five year MYP Accreditation (February or April 2014). The news bulletin also formed the final call for condolence messages following the sad loss of former student Veerle in her battle against cancer.

ISH Spring Issue Thought Fox magazine click to view >> ACCESS e-ZINE

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A Secondary Creative Writing Group meets on Tuesdays from 12.00-12.25 in room A208. We discuss each other’s work, other writers’ work and we also write during the sessions. The Thought Fox is part of that group’s activities however we also accept work from anyone in the secondary school who is not a member of the group. We produce a magazine three times a year and have great fun in the process, Spring Issue 2013 is now online.


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Invitation to parents - presentation on Bilingualism Announcing Professor Jim Cummins giving a presentation for parents on Bilingualism on Tuesday April 16 between 18:30-20:00.

The IB Learner Profile according to Drama students Faced with the challenging reflection of what does the IB Learner Profile mean for you as a Drama student, students picked a photo to denote the meaning and came up with a quote to give it purpose.

Useful information - Spring 2013 1. Spring Webinars at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Alert not to miss the Spring Webinar Series 2013 on April 4 & 25, 2013. The webinars are targeted at prospective students and parents. These General Information Sessions will serve to give an overview of the university, academics, student life, and admissions. For more information: http://nyuad.nyu.edu/ 2. Spring newsletters available now • from The Hungry Mind www.thehungrymind.nl • from the WBBI www.womensbusinessinitiative.net 3. Spring steps to take.... • Welcome to The Hague tour These introductory programmes run on a regular basis for all new international residents in The Hague. Contact for full information: internationalcentre@denhaag.nl • The Quality of your Professional Life A call to participate in the International Community Platform (ICP) survey on ‘The Quality of your Professional Life’. For more information: www.icpplatform.nl

Surviving the IB Diploma Programme During their final week of teaching in preparation for the IB Diploma Programme (IB DP) exams, Year 13 students dress up and enjoy their final week in school together. At the ISH Awards Assembly ‘Celebrating Success’, Year 13 students Kerry and Thomas advise the whole school on their own particular journey through the Programme and give tips and inspiration to future graduates. Listen to their moving motivation on www.youtube.com/ishthehaguevids

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Secondary Newsletter | Issue 5 | April 2013

Invitation to Year 9 musical drama productions Each Year 9 class working hard on a musical drama production shown April 17,18 and 19, 2013 in the ISH Malcolm Davies Auditorium, all welcome.

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ISH students in the spotlight Dutch, English and Mathematics are a few of the subjects in which students have excelled in recent weeks..... Congratulations go to: Regional Dutch Reading Competition: Year 8 student Kate ‘ Ze deed het echter geweldig en dat werd beloond met een daverend applaus! Terwijl de jury in beraad ging werd het publiek vermaakt met een quiz over de net voorgelezen boeken.Na een tiental minuten kwam eindelijk het verlossende woord: Kate was tweede geworden! Dat betekent dat ze doorgaat naar de provinciale voorronde in Delft! Ge-wel-dig nieuws!!’ In the local competition here in school too, Kate did very well given the competition. BBC Public Speaking Awards 2013 Performing in the preliminary rounds, Victor , Gloria and Felix. Rachel won in the preliminary rounds and the quarter final and will be competing at the semi final, the finals are due on Tuesday 16th April in Hilversum. Local and International Maths competitions Kangaroo: Years 7,8 & 9 WizBrain, Malo Year 8 (108/150) Years, 10,11,12 & 13, WizProof, Adil Year 12 (105/150) (followed very close by Jesse 106, Rachael 105) Math League: In Leibniz Years 7,8 & 9. Nogueroles Year 7 (17/18), Akif Year 9 (16/19) In Ramanujan Years 10,11, Habibi Year 11 (14/18), In Polya Years 12 &13, Jesse Year 12 (12/18) (followed by Adil , Rachael and Patrick 11/12)

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ISH Secondary MR news flash 25.3.13 Included a report on the MR meeting. Next meetings are scheduled for Monday, 13 May and 24 June at 18.00 hours in room A210. Full information: >> ISH Secondary MR


Gallery selection of the latest photos See all photos on the website: www.internationalschoolofthehague.nl, with many photos available on the news pages of our school photographer www.christelvanmeeuwen.eu

IB DP Music Recital February 2013

Tribute Concert to prof.dr. Malcolm Davies

Selection of the latest films Available on: www.youtube.nl/ ishthehaguevids

The IB Learner Profile according to drama students

CONFUSIONS play about life, love and misunderstandings Yr 12

SURVIVING THE IB moving motivational speeches from Kerry and Thomas

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Spring Twitter 12 April •Surviving the IB DP, motivational speech according to graduating students 10 April •Model United Nations at ISH 2013 •ISH Secondary MR news flash 25.3.13 •Spring freshness 09 April •27 Ways To Be A 21st Century Teacher - Edudemic 08 April •Teaching vacancies advertised now •@TheHagueOnLine The weekend special 03 April •World School Network visit ISH - 350 Students, staff and NGO advisors from various institutes come to ISH to present…http://www.worldschool.nl 02 April •Save the Date and Travel Around the world in 80 Minutes INTERNATIONAL DAY APRIL 20, 2013 27 March •IB DP Art Exhibition photos available now 26 March •Tribute concert to Malcolm 2013 photos online now 23 March •EARTH HOUR 23.3.13 at 20,30 turn off the light for green energy

INFO in Dutch >> http://youtu.be/P_30a00Wfyo INFO in English >> http://bit.ly/xm5aQi #earthhour 22 March •Confusions, a Yr 12 play about life, love and misunderstandings, review to follow soon: http://youtu.be/2XmESKiku0w via @youtube #ishthehaguenl 21 March •ISH Secondary news bulletin 21.3.13 out now 20 March •TEDxAmsterdam ‫@‏‬TEDxAms Amazing program. You are invited! •West Holland Foreign Investment Agency newsletter March http://lnkd.in/GGrJpu •IB official ‫@‏‬iborganization New study explores what it means to be an #IB teacher: http://ow.ly/ jfefK •ISH Spring Issue Thought Fox magazine online now 19 March •Hope you enjoyed the first #TEDxYouthISH event. Thanks to the many hands that made it possible! Watch http://www.tedxyouthish.com •Drama students were faced with the challenge of recognising the IB Learner profile within their subject •Useful information - Spring 2013 - for your career local news •TEDxDelft ‫@‏‬TEDxDelft says Have fun today #TEDxYouthISH at the international school of The

Hague: Spark your talent 09 March •ISST Division II Varsity Girls Basketball 2013 at ISH best play, tough games ISST Basketball 2013 (playlist) >> view the ISH Silverbacks in Bonn •TEDxWarwick ‫@‏‬TEDxWarwick The Paralympic Games 2012, just one example of how selfdetermination can electrify human spirit 06 March •ISH Alumni group created on Linkedin, class of 2013 stay in touch professionally and personally: http://lnkd.in/mgV3hk 05 March •OECD Education ‫@‏‬OECD_Edu Follow Int. Summit on the Teaching Profession #ISTP2013 next week on teacher evaluation and professional standards http://bit.ly/YTP3Sv 04 March •@ICPlatform International in NL? Share your view on the quality of your professional life. Enable your talent to pay off!


Colours of Spring IB DP Art Exhibition The closing exhibition March 15, 2013 for IB DP Art students formed an opportunity for the students to show off their work to a wider audience – their parents, friends, fellow students and other teachers as well. The exhibition marked the end of the two years of their IB DP Visual Arts course and was well attended. Photos of the work are available now with a small selection on our website gallery and the full selection via www.christelvanmeeuwen.eu/ish A portfolio compilation can also be viewed - as in previous years >> ISH ART display 2013

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Breaking news from ISHNEWS Year 7 Special: Crow invades Art Exhibition The day after the exhibition a crow decided to come and check out the art at the art exhibition. It caused a lot of trouble. It kept flying, then landing and walking on all the art work. Yvonne, Asha, Ms Shaw and one of the artists in Year 13 all tried to get the crow out - it took about 15 minutes.


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Spring buzz New website launch for TEDxYouth event at the ISH

WWW.TEDXYOUTHISH.COM

Spark Your Talent at ISH

By Umay Eren Ertekin/ Y10 (14 years old)

From ISHNEWS Year 7 David Fons:

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TED is an event where people talk about interesting things, which can often be about educational things or things to do with a person’s talent. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. TED began in 1984. TEDx is an independently organized TED event.

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On the 19th of March, 120 student participants from the International School of the Hague (the ISH) enjoyed a truly unique and inspiring experience- a TEDx Youth event. Featuring fantastic talks, many engaging workshops and shows of entertainment throughout the day, we can only say that the event reached its aim and its slogan; ‘Spark Your Talent’. But what is TEDx Youth all about? A TEDx event is a local and self-organized TED-like experience, where the ‘x’ indicates an independently organised TED event. It brings people together to be inspired, amazed and intrigued in one event, enhanced by entertaining and stunning shows of music, dance and more. It brings the exquisite opportunity of attending a TED event in your local environment. TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading. It supports world-changing ideas of people from all over the world. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Expectations and enthusiasm for the event was high, visible by the high number of participants, compared to the expected number of 100. Many participants said that they watched TED talks regularly, and so could not miss this event. “I want to attend because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity!” says a year 8 student. A year 9 student commented: “I want to learn and I want to thrive as a human being by watching people who are doing just that.” The event started at 12 with registration, and consisted of two sessions of talks and presentations by the speakers, along with entertainment ( such as: dance, singing, poetry and music) recordings of TED talks shown, with a break and workshops in between (such as: drama, dance, Big Data, Badges, Handshake between Science and humanities and wish bracelets) . The topics of the talks ranged from making textiles out of nettles to emotional intelligence, from the building blocks of life to the development process of a novel idea. Amazing life stories were told; including that of Thierry Schmitter, Paralympics bronze medal winner, and Hanus Samró, author, entrepreneur and youngest member in the history of the Faroese parliament. Two of the many prodigiously successful speakers, Alex Horin and Ymiel van der Zanden, were ISH students.


TEDxYouth Event @ ISH core team “I have been myself to many scientific, research and business-relating conferences and events and I can assure you that the TEDx event certainly belongs to one of the top events I’ve been to, especially when it comes to organization, execution, quality of presentation and networking. In one sentence, I cannot wait for the TEDx event next year. “

Spring buzz The hosts, Leticia Silva and Benjamin Omerbegovic, were also students, alongside David Butcher, the Principal of the secondary part of the school.

Miroslav Zivkovic, Scientist TNO-ICT

The whole event was supported throughout by students taking part in the exceptional Challenger Programme; an enrichment programme at the school for highachieving students, providing lectures on extended topics not teached in detail at school. The fact that the event was enjoyed was definite. Many participants state that the event met their expectations. Kylian van Oosterhout remarks: “I thought it was great that we were able to meet the speakers after they spoke.” “I enjoyed the speeches, most of them were inspiring and all of them were interesting. Besides that, the small video clips in between the various live presentations were extremely entertaining and fun to watch,” comments Bonne van Oordt. The satisfaction of the speakers was also quite tangible. The professionalism of the event was quite impressing, as Katherine Fortier says, who is a Child and Educational Psychologist and a speaker. Her main expectation was to meet inspiring young people, and she exuberantly states that she has indeed done that. Mr Schmitter describes the environment of the school and the multitude of nationalities and culture as truly inspirational. “To grow up in a multi-cultural environment,” he says, “is the best gift we can give youth.” “Creating TEDx Youth @ ISH has been an innovative, interesting, unique and challenging journey to me.” says Yarona van der Horst, co-organiser of the event. The event’s target of youth has a special meaning for her; she believes that it is especially important to “spark your talent when you are still young, when you can still be challenged. Adults usually already know their talents.” Ms. van der Horst states that she wanted to do something with the next generation. “Everyone has a talent, and it is essential that you do something with it; that you spark it.” We can only hope that such a superb opportunity and event will take place again; it has been fascinating and extremely enjoyable to host TEDx Youth at our school. The ISH looks forward to continuing to creating such amazing experiences in the future. This magnificent event was organised by Leen Maes, Yarona van der Horst, Christel van Meeuwen, Anna Lorant, Rick van Vliet, Dali van Weelden, Pia Fallenius, Jan Henk Roukema, Timothy Jones and Eva László. Special thanks also goes to the TEDx @ ISH Support and Student Teams, Mr. David Butcher, and all others; without them this event would never have been possible. We would like to also express our sincerest gratitude to all participators, speakers and workshop leaders! Photos thanks to Christel Van Meeuwen now available on Flickr >> TEDxYouth@ISH’s photo stream

Leticia Silva and Benjamin Omerbegovic

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Secondary Newsletter | Issue 5 | April 2013

Spring cleaning Extending the ISH

By Year 11 student Micaela Mussini extract from the shMAG student magazine Winter Edition 2012

Extension at the back of the school

I am fairly confident that all of you have noticed the innovation of the ISH building. The extension has a total of 1500 square metre, divided into three 500 square metre floors. The three floor extension should be completed and ready to be used in the month of January. In this article, you can uncover the enigmatic question of what the purpose of this extension will be.

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The primary functions of the ground floor will be an extension of the canteen, and an exam/year group assembly room. The 500 square metre of space will allow for two very open, spacious areas which are divided by a glass wall much like the one which was previously dividing the canteen from the Astroturf. The doors at the end of the canteen extension will lead to the Astroturf, and the exam/year group assembly room is connected with the side of the orange/ conference room. The fact that there will now be an exam room means that the PE gyms will be in use all year round.

Ground floor - before and after The second floor has been divided into multiple rooms and offices. When entering through what previously were the library doors, you encounter a corridor lined by glass walls which leads to various different places. Also, there will be extra study rooms and a new secondary office.

First floor - before and after


Spring cleaning

NoteÂą the bookstore has moved to next to the Canteen

The first door on the right leads to the library, which is larger than before, and will be divided into a fiction and non-fiction sections.

Next, there is the staff room, with a great view of the school grounds. Due to the fact that the staff room will be moved to a new location, this means that the old staff room will acquire a new function, which has not yet been determined.

The third floor is, much like the second, divided into multiple sections and rooms. The entrance to this new part of the school will be through the middle of both the computer labs. The new technology office will be located in this section. There are many class and study rooms. The progress seems very promising and I am sure that we are all very excited and looking forward to seeing the finished product. It will be a great addition to the already wonderful building of the ISH. Many thanks to Mr.Butcher and Mr. Zuijderduijn for the insightful tour of the extension without which this article could not have been completed.

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Secondary Newsletter | Issue 5 | April 2013

Spring discoveries Challenger Project students visit SES A special lesson for Challenger Project students was arranged on location by Ludmila Naumova, Mrs.Naumova is a Senior Regional Director for Europe, Russia and CIS of SES, which is a leading satellite operator with global coverage over the whole earth. The services that are used via satellite are: Television transmission, Telephony, Internet, Maritime & Aeronautical services, Mobile communications, Disaster recovery and many others. SES is a commercial company. Students were introduced to the three main stages of satellite communications: Satellite design & manufacturing, launching into space (with rockets), and operation. Students met representatives of various departments (Engineering, Sales, Legal, and Operations) to explain different aspects of the business and how they are interconnected to run a successful business. Below is the company´s article on the visit, published internally±

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The International School of The Hague (ISH): Visit to SES

On 26 March 2013, SES was thrilled to welcome a group of bright young students from the international school in The Hague for an informative and interactive session, offering them a glimpse of the various facets of corporate life. Gerson Souto, Chief Development Officer, Gez Draycott, Senior Manager, Sales Engineering, Ludmila Naumova, Senior Sales Director, and Robert Owsiak, Senior Legal Counsel, represented SES at this event which was held in The Hague boardroom. The different backgrounds, nationalities and functions showcased the diversity at SES. Each took their turn to provide a unique perspective on their job scope within SES and explained the role of satellites in our everyday lives, giving the students and teachers a glimpse into the complex world of the satellite industry. When it was time for the question period, many of the students wanted to know a lot more about many of the discussed topics, and through the large volume of questions that were being asked, it became very clear that they were not only very interested in the satellite industry but had also retained a great deal of information from the presentation. Overall, the presentation was extremely well received by Mrs. van der Horst who organized it with Ludmila Naumova and by the students. On SES’ part, we are pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to shaping the students’ ambitions and aspirations as well as have the chance to share insights in the evolving role of satellites in our world.


And on the final day Ms. Miros ICT teacher from our Primary School was kind enough to give us a tour and show us how primary classes are blogging with their iPADs.

Spring vitality Google Apps for Education Summit in the Netherlands and Belgium held at ISH

Reception http://ish-reception.blogspot.nl/ Year 1 http://ishyearone.blogspot.nl/ Year 2 http://ishyeartwo.blogspot.nl/ Year 3 http://ishyearthree.blogspot.nl/ Year 4 http://ishyearfour.blogspot.nl/ Year 5 http://ishyearfive.blogspot.nl/ Year 6 http://ishyearsix.blogspot.nl/

April 13, 14 2013. Report by Wendy de Jong PA Principal With the promise of a weekend in a playground full of Google Chromebook tablet computers amongst the support of Google staff and Google Certified Teachers and trainers, I certainly had a spring in my step to find out more about what Google Apps for Education can offer, especially knowing that the Google help desk support for Google in Education (with free to negligible costs) is now on a par with support Google offer their businesses. Google offers • e-mail • calendars • YouTube • Google+ social media (for over 13 year olds) • Google blogger • an easy-to-use Dashboard for the domain’s Administrator • websites • and all the basics you need on it’s Google Drive: text files, drawings, spreadsheets, presentations. The big plus for Google is the collaboration it makes possible - sharing and amending information if needed, private cloud storage if not. The Summit had sessions to cater for every level of user with varying interest. The guarantee for each participant was to ‘leave the summit with knowledge that you can take away to your school and start using straight away.’ I came away with some new realisations • whole class worksheets can be managed and immediately accessed with a few clicks • scripting sources are freely available to individualise commands for mailmerges, customised website layout, digitalised forms, spreadsheet action • LingApps AppWriter is an assistive reading and writing tool, especially handy for second language learners or dyslexic support. AppWriter predicts words and converts text to speech, supporting all major languages (including Dutch). • you can take spreadsheet data and visualise it in many different ways, even to the extent of an animated graph!

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Secondary Newsletter | Issue 5 | April 2013

Spring into action Model United Nations at the International School of The Hague ..MUNISH 2013 Preparations are being made for the 23rd annual session of the Model United Nations at the International School of The Hague (MUNISH) running from Friday to Sunday November 1-3, 2013.

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MUNISH is a conference run by youth, for today’s youth, to benefit the youth of tomorrow, MUNISH is the embodiment of Model United Nations. It is an admirable opportunity to draw together conscientious, committed young citizens of the world to engage in the exchange of inspiring ideas. An eclectic and international mix of delegates, chairs, press officers, and advisors totaling over 700 participants congregate at MUNISH for a weekend full of debate, hard work and plenty of fun. The theme of this year’s conference is, “Peace and Justice”. Peace and Justice is a goal the United Nations strives for, a concept upon which our society is based. However, millions around the world are deprived of their peace and justice. Martin Luther King once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We hope that participants will be inspired to celebrate the peace and justice they have and to whole heartedly support efforts to ensure peace and justice around the world. Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin; they will always influence each other. Conflicts have led to severe human rights violations and lack of government and laws have led to conflicts. But can world peace really ever be accomplished? Do the laws always bring justice? And can justice bring peace? We hope that when participants travel back to their home countries they will take an inspiration and desire to fight for global peace and justice with them. This year’s theme will be reflected on the issues to be debated and will be the focus of the Special Conference, International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice, Security Council, and Advisory Panel on the question of Syria. For more information, view www.munish.nl Photos are now available online of MUNISH Board of Directors from 2013


Spring into life Save the Date and Travel Around the world in 80 Minutes International Day Saturday, April 20th, 2013 Time: 12:00 to 16:00, free entrance On Saturday April 20th, 2013, the ISH PA will host its annual International Day Festival to celebrate the cultural diversity of our community. The event will feature the traditional International Food Fair with various cultural and fun entertainments. The kick off will be the Flag Parade at noon in which many of our 86 nationalities will proudly carry their flag. This will open the culinary and cultural entertainment featuring African samosa, Spanish Paella, Belgian waffles, Chinese dumplings, and many more homemade dishes and home-baked goodies. Each country will also offer golden tips of unique destination and must see sights while traveling there. You cannot miss this years performance as presentation will be mainly from our own students, parents, and staff as well as outside groups like Chinese Dragon, Djembe group “de Beat”, Traditional Indonesian dances and more.... Included will be a fine selection of almost new books, for all ages, at the Used Book Sale. All profits will go to the charity “Build Africa” as well as towards supporting student initiatives in the next school year. The event is open to both primary and secondary school communities, as well as our friends and neighbours. For more information, view www.ishpa.nl

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ENJOY THE MAY BREAK


ISH Secondary Spring Has Sprung issue 2013