HSV International Primary School

KSS Weekly update


Thank you to everyone in the KSS community for another great year of learning! Please note that the school is now closed and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday 27th August at 08:30.



Week beginning 2nd July 2018

This week saw the first of our Year 6 leaving traditions, the exhibition for the parents. For the past seven weeks the children have been working on art, drama, music and dance pieces around the tales of the Brothers Grimm. The audience of parents, siblings and staff were treated to a fantastic evening which showcased the children’s talents and highlighted how confident they are to perform. Thank you and well done to ID 6 and their teachers!

The annual end of year reports were issued today. We hope that you are as proud of your child’s achievements as we are. If you can find time to write a comment on the report and send it into school, please do so. The staff very much enjoy reading your feedback.

Please remember that the school year finishes at 12:30 next Friday 13th July.


What’s Happening Next Week?


  • Monday 9th July – ID 6 go to Efteling with Mr Toby, Ms Alice and Mr Mark
  • Tuesday 10th July – ID R to 2 classes visit Rotterdam Zoo
  • Tuesday 10th July- ID 3 to 5 classes visit Drievliet
  • Thursday 12th July- Leavers’ Assembly – ID 6 parents are welcome to attend
  • Friday 13th July- School finishes at 12:30


Teachers out of school next week


  • Monday 9th July- Ms Hager is out- Ms Clare teaches ID 3
  • Monday 9th July – Ms Marjon is out- Ms Janet teaches IDR
  • Monday 9th July – Ms Jessica is out-Mr John teaches ID 1
  • Monday 9th July – Ms Toebes is out – Ms Denise helps in ID 1
  • Wednesday 11th July – Mr Tim is out



Weeks beginning 18th and 25th June 2018


There has been a lot happening in the past two weeks, with little time to update the latest news. We have had two fantastic sports days, which were well organised by the gym team and highly enjoyed by the children. It was good to hear that the children participated in a sporting manner and have developed the resilience to cope if they did not win.

On Friday 22nd June, we enjoyed our annual summer party. Whilst the weather was not as warm as we may have liked, it was a very enjoyable afternoon with some delicious food, fun activities and a lively talent show. A big thank you to the parents who provided the home cooked food and for those who helped on the day with the various activities. Ms Marjon deserves a special thank you as she organised the whole event perfectly.  We have made a profit of €480, which we would like to add towards the purchase of a new stage for the KSS location.

Next week will be a big week for our ID 6 children. On Tuesday evening they will present their exhibition to their parents and staff from the school.  We are looking forward to seeing the various art, music, dance and drama elements of their work on the Brothers Grimm.

What’s happening next week?

  • Monday 2nd July- New ID R parents information evening at 18:00
  • Tuesday 3rd July- ID 6 present their exhibition about the Brothers Grimm
  • Friday 6th July- End of year reports are issued
  • Friday 6th July- New children for ID 1-6 classes next year visit


Teachers out of school next week

  • Monday 2nd July- Ms Hager is out- Ms Clare teaches ID 3
  • Monday 2nd July – Ms Toebes is out- Ms Denise helps ID 1
  • Tuesday 3rd July- Mr Beattie is late in- Ms Helene teaches ID 5
  • Wednesday 4th July- Ms Eileen is out
  • Friday 6th July- Ms Helene is out









Week Beginning 11th June 2018


On Friday, a team of children from ID 4 and 5 went to Breda to compete in a football tournament against the other Dutch International Primary Schools (DIPS). At the time of writing, the children have just returned clutching a trophy. They came third out of thirty teams- an amazing achievement, even more impressive when I heard that the children had not practised together very much. What was also wonderful to hear from Mr Adam, who accompanied the children, was the fact that our children were complimented on their sporting behaviour and good manners. We are very proud of the team and delighted for their success.

Next week Wednesday, we will have the first of our annual sports days and whilst the competition is a big part of the morning, I always enjoy hearing about the sporting behaviour of the children. I hope they will do the KSS location proud next week.



On Thursday ID R visited the Sealife centre in Scheveningen as part of their ‘Sand and Water’ topic. They had a lesson dedicated to looking at seahorses and they learnt how important the father seahorse is as he carries the young and raises them.

ID 5 joined with the ID 5 classes from the other locations for an excursion to the Neeltje Jans Delta project in Zeeland. This is an integral part of their finding out about the water defence system in The Netherlands and the children had a valuable learning experience.


Summer Party

We are all looking forward to the Summer party on Friday 22nd June. We are still looking for helpers, so please do sign up on the boards in the playground. Remember many hands make light work!


What’s Happening Next Week?

  • Wednesday 20th June- Sports day for ID 4 to 6 classes at HDM field, Theo Mann Bouwmeesterlaan
  • Friday 22nd June- Summer Party from 15:30-18:00


Teachers out of school next week

  • Monday 18th June- Ms Hager is out- Ms Clare teaches ID 3
  • Monday 18th June- Mr Adam is out- Ms Alice teaches ID 4
  • Monday 18th June- Ms Toebes is out- Ms Denise helps in ID 1
  • Tuesday 19th June- Ms Jessica is out – Ms Clare teaches ID 1




Week Beginning 11th June 2018

We have been active in our use of technology this year. This has been evident this week with two classes making use of the ipads. The children in ID 4 have been working on a collaborative movie making project, making short films in different genres around the school. We are curious how their movies will turn out once the editing process is complete.

Meanwhile, our younger children in ID 2 worked together to make a film of the KSS location. This was made to show their pen pals in Italy, who they have been writing to regularly this year. The film captures the KSS location well and the children were clear presenters. Great job ID 2!

ID 3 have been looking at the use of technical Lego in a project for their current IPC unit, Bright Sparks. We had a team of Lego experts come into school to lead two sessions and this has really engaged the children.


What’s happening next week?

  • Monday 11th June- ID 2 visit the Museon for a cultural lesson
  • Thursday 14th June-ID R visit the Sealife centre
  • Thursday 14th June- ID 5 visit the Deltapark project in Zeeland
  • Friday 15th June – HSV participates in the DIPS football tournament in Breda


Teachers out of school next week

  • Monday 11th June- Ms Marjon is out- Ms Janet is in ID R
  • Monday 11th June- Mr Toby is out- Ms Alice is in ID 6
  • Monday 11th June- Ms Hager is out- Ms Clare is in ID 3
  • Monday 11th June- Mrs Wittenberg is at the Tarwekamp location from 11:00
  • Tuesday 12th June- Mrs Wittenberg is at the Tarwekamp location
  • Wednesday 13th June- Ms Eileen is out
  • Thursday 14th June- Mrs Wittenberg is out a.m. In from 13:00
  • Friday 15th June- Ms Toebes is out- Ms Denise helps ID 1
  • Friday 15th June- Mr Adam is at the DIPS football tournament- Mr John teaches ID 4





Week Beginning 28th May 2018


It is incredible to think that it is already 1st June, it feels like the final weeks of the school year are zooming past! This week we had a wonderful games day for the IDR and 1 children on a beautiful, sunny day. Mr Mark organised a variety of team games, some demanding physical skills others needing good thinking and collaborative skills. The children in ID 5 lead the small groups around the activities and are to be complimented on their interaction with the children in their care. We also invited children from the Lighthouse Special Education school and the level of integration was impressive. At the end of the morning there was a relay race and a picnic in the park. A big thank you to Mr Mark for organising such an enjoyable morning.

On Wednesday, ID 1 had a beach trip, in our playground. The children brought in all the things needed to have a fun morning and Ms Jess provided the ice lollies. This was the entry point to the children’s final IPC unit of the year, Holidays.

ID 5 had a special art workshop on Thursday on impressionism. The children had already done their own research into this style of painting and were guided by a professional art teacher to look more closely at their painting techniques and choice of colours and paint mixing. Mr Burford was very pleased with the levels that the children achieved through this session.

Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers organised a networking day for the colleagues in other Dutch International Schools (DIPS) on Thursday and this was well attended. Eowyn Crisfield, an expert in bilingualism, gave a presentation and some of the children from the bilingual department at the Nassaulaan location showed how they learn English.


What’s happening next week?

  • Tuesday 5th June- Day of the overblijf (lunchtime co-ordinators)


Teachers out of school next week

  • Monday 4th June- Mr Adam is out- Ms Alice teaches ID 4
  • Monday 4th June- Ms Toebes is out- Ms Denise helps ID 1
  • Thursday 7th June- Mr Beattie and Ms Jessica are at the Power of Reading course – Mr John teaches ID 5, Ms Janet teaches ID 1
  • Friday 8th June- Mr Beattie is out- Mr John teaches ID 5




Week Beginning 21st May 2018

We started the week with a day off for Pentecost and so the rest of the week has flown by! On Tuesday, ID R had a fabulous visit to an interactive theatre production in the Zeeheldentheater,  which was their second cultural visit of the year. That same afternoon, ID 5 had a Dutch cultural visit with Ms Vivienne to the Kinderboekenmuseum. Many year groups have visited this local resource and have enjoyed workshops tailored for their age. It is good to hear from Ms Vivienne that the children really use their Dutch in these lessons.

A number of staff have also been learning this week. Mr Beattie, Mr George, Miss Pinelopi and Mrs Wittenberg all had fire safety and evacuation training on Wednesday afternoon. On Thursday it was the turn of teachers who needed to update their First Aid training and today, Friday, Ms Jessica in ID 1 had the chance to attend an outdoor learning conference in Dusseldorf. We are looking forward to her bringing many ideas back into school.

What’s happening next week?

  • Tuesday 29th May- ID R and 1 Games Day; ID 5 children help lead the activities
  • Thursday 31st May – ID 5 have a special art workshop


Teachers out of school next week:

  • Monday 28th May- Ms Marjon is out- Ms Alice teaches ID R
  • Monday 28th May- Ms Hager is out- Ms Clare teaches ID 3
  • Tuesday 29th May- Ms Catriona is out- Ms Clare teaches ID 2
  • Wednesday 30th May- Ms Eileen is out
  • Thursday 31st May- Ms Trish is at the EAL day at the NSL location
  • Friday 1st June- Ms Toebes is out- Ms Denise helps in ID 1