7th April 2016
Yesterday the children from the ISD went to the TU Delft's Faculty of Industrial Design and tested prototypes of toys that had been developed by the student at the University. Everyone had lots of fun and some were even interviewed and were on television! You can watch this using the link:
Official School Opening
I would like to remind all parents that we will be hosting the official opening of the new school and True Colors on Tuesday 3rd November. Parents are invited to arrive from 16:00 with the official programme beginning at 16:30. We will encourage all children to remain in school on this day and we will provide activities and supervision between 14:45 nd 16:30. Following the official ceremony there will be some drinks and snacks available and some activities for the children. We look forward to welcoming you to this event.
Parent Teacher Conferences
On the afternoon of Wednesday 14th October and the evening of Thursday 15th October we held our first parent teacher conferences for the academic year 2015/2016. The conferences are an ideal opportunity for parents to meet with teachers to discuss the academic and social development of their children. Whilst every effort is made to accommodate all parents for meetings we are sorry that we cannot accommodate everyone’s first choice. We will look to see how we can improve this system in the future and we will keep you informed of any developments.
We would like to remind all parents that the school will be closed for the October holiday next week, Monday 19th to Friday 23rd October. School will reopen for student on Monday 26th October 2015.
This year we will be changing when we send out the mid-year reports to parents. Last year these were sent out on the last day before the Christmas holiday, however, this year the mid-year reports will be sent out to parents before the February holiday. Reports will be sent on Friday 19th February with children at the end of the school day.
Early Morning Procedures
We would like to remind parents that the procedure for early mornings is that children come into school, put their bags and lunch boxes on their coat racks and then go outside to play until 08:15 when they are told to line up. Children are not allowed to stay in the school at this period, they need to be out in the playground where we have provided staff supervision. The only time we will make an exception to this is when it is raining heavily. Over the next few months, as we head into winter, the weather is going to get colder and we would like to remind parents to ensure that all children have warm coats, gloves and hats to protect them from the cold.
School Resources – School Library
Over the last number of weeks I have begun to notice children and parents browsing through the library and helping themselves to books. Can I please ask all parents not to take any books out of the library as we are unable to keep a record of where the books are if they are taken home without our knowledge. Library and reading books should only be taken home with the permission and approval of the class teachers.
Following the October holiday we will have a visit from an IB consultant by the name of Sonya Eriksson. Sonya is an experienced PYP practitioner and school leader and will be in the school for two days meeting with teachers, students some parents and observing lessons. The purpose of Sonya’s visit is to verify where the school is in its authorisation process and to make recommendations to the IB head office in The Hague. She will be in school on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th November 2015. Following this visit, we should have a clearer idea on when the school will be able to submit its application for authorisation.
Parent Reading Workshops
On Wednesday 25th November we will run a short reading and writing workshop for the parents of children in Group 1 and 2. The purpose of the workshop will be to help parents better understand how we teach reading and writing in school and what parents can do to support the process at home. the workshops will be run by Ms. Jo and Ms. Tina. These will be the same workshops that were run last year and are more suitable to our new parents, however, existing parents are welcome to attend should the wish to do so. The workshops will run from 12:40 to 13:10.
Healthy Eating Policy
We would like to remind all parents that we have a healthy eating policy at school. This means we do not allow fizzy drinks, sweets, chocolates, crisps, biscuits etc… as a snack in school. We do this to help promote a healthy lifestyle amongst our students and community. In order for this policy to be successful we count on the support of all of our community. We would therefore like to remind all parents about the policy and ask you for your continued support.