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Friday 15th December 2017

END OF TERM 22nd December 2017 – SCHOOL CLOSES @ 12:30

Yesterday the first Christmas Concert of the season was performed by ID3K and ID4MC. It was a truly magical performance that showcased beautiful singing and superb acting. Their musical collaboration showed the importance of appreciating what one has and giving consideration for those less fortunate.

The two classes discussed the concert rehearsal process and used their Personal Goal, thoughtfulness, to give praise and feedback one another. They identified skills in improving tone, gesture and movement. Ms Marie-Claire and Ms Karla have agreed to work with the classes on future collaborative projects as they have worked so well together and have forged some good friendships.

What’s happening next week?

Tuesday 19th December – ID1LV & ID2J Christmas Concert @ 09:00; ID1W & ID2K Christmas Concert @ 11:00; ID3J & ID4MA Christmas Concert @ 14:00

Thursday 21st December – IDRJ & IDRM Christmas Concert @ 09:00; ID5K & ID6M Christmas Concert @ 11:00; ID5A & ID6R Christmas Concert @ 14:00; Festive Dinner @ 17:50

Friday 22nd December – Last day of term – School closes at 12:30

Teachers with Compensation Days next week:

Monday 18th December – Ms Jackie is out – Ms Janet teaches ID2J

Tuesday 19th December – Ms Karla is out – Ms Clare teaches ID3K

Friday 8th December 2017

Tuesday brought great excitement. After spending a couple of weeks preparing for his visit, it was finally the day that we hoped Sinterklaas would arrive.

We all gathered outside in the school playground in the morning ready to greet him. After a while of waiting, we heard some music. It was one of the Pieten, Sinterklaas’ helpers, playing the saxophone! He was playing the songs that we have been practising in school! We all sang along. Then Sinterklaas arrived. He said hello to us and shook some our hands.

We followed Sinterklaas into the gym where there were lots of shoes and then we went to the hall for a special assembly. Sinterklaas and the pieten were our special guests. However, Miss Wilson noticed that there was a problem: Sinterklaas was wearing clogs! In our school we are careful about our footwear to make sure that we can all walk safely. Sinterklaas told us that he had lost his shoes! All was well though, as Ms Suzanne had found a sack with some shoes in. Sinterklaas’ shoes were in it!

When everyone was back in their classrooms, Sinterklaas visited, read them poems about their class and gave presents. The children in ID4, 5 & 6 enjoyed sharing their surprises and wondering who was their secret Sint.

At 12:15 we all gathered on the playground to say goodbye to Sinterklaas and sing him some more songs. What a lovely morning we all had!

What’s happening next week?

Wednesday 13th December – ID3 out to Museon

Thursday 14th December – ID3K & ID4MC Christmas Concert @ 14:00

Teachers with Compensation Days next week:

Monday 11th December – Ms Wendy is out – Ms Janet teaches ID1W

Tuesday 12th December – Ms Marie-Claire is out – Ms Helene teaches ID4MC

Friday 15th December – Ms Jenny is out – Ms Janet teaches ID3J

Friday 1st December

This has been exciting week with lots of preparations for Sinterklaas. IDR children have been enjoying a special Sinterklaas boat role play area, all children have made kruidnoten with the Dutch teachers and have enjoyed Pietengym, organised by Ms Suzy. During this task, the children practise being Piet, aiming to deliver presents while on the move! What great fun!

What’s happening in school next week?

Monday 4th December – Mr Matthew to Birmingham ‘Pi-academy’

Tuesday 5th December – Mr Matthew to Birmingham ‘Pi-academy’; SINTERKLAAS – SCHOOL CLOSES EARLY @ 12:30

Thursday 6th December – ID4 to Uithof

Friday 7th December – Ms Wilson out to Leadership Study Day

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Monday 4th December – Ms Kelly is out – Ms Janet teaches ID5K; Ms Mary-Anne is out – Ms Alice teaches ID4MA

Friday 24th November

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Monday 27th November – Ms Karla is out – Ms Janet teaches ID3K

Friday 1st December – Ms Wilson is out; Ms Molly is out – Ms Janet teaches IDRM

STUDY DAY Wednesday 22nd November – SCHOOL CLOSED FOR CHILDREN IN IDR, 1, 2 & 3

Friday 17th November

ID1 has been very busy learning all about their IPC topic, Jobs. This week the children had the privilege of interviewing VNS staff members about their particular jobs. Last week they choose the staff members they would like to know more about. Working in small groups they came up with their own questions they would like answers to. ID1 has interviewed Ms. Kay Wilson (Head of School), Ms. Jinnyeh (secretary), Mr. Rowan (concierge), Ms. Suzanna (gym teacher), and Ms. Merit (music teacher). The children asked questions such as “Who do you work with in the school?”, “How do you get to work?” and “What do you like best about your job?”. ID1 learned more about their school community while having fun.

What’s happening in school next week?

Wednesday 22nd November – STUDY DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED FOR CHILDREN IN IDR, 1, 2 & 3

Friday 24th November – ID1LV Class Assembly @ 09:30; ID4MA Class Assembly @ 10:30

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Monday 20th November – Ms Jinnyeh is out; Ms Kelly is out – Ms Helene teaches ID5K

Thursday 23rd November – Mr Matthew is out – Ms Helene teaches ID6M

Friday 17th November – Mr Anthony is out – Ms Janet teaches ID5A

Friday 11th November

On Monday of this week, children in ID4 and ID6 visited the Gemeentemuseum. For ID4 students the focus was De Wondermachine and for ID6 it was Klik klak! The following report from the ID4 and ID6 teachers describes their experience.

ID4 investigated various materials and inventions. We learned about different instruments and tools that are used in creating art. Our guide discussed how inventions usually come from a problem and people looking for a solution. Some inventions happen by mistake in someone attempting to make something else. We thought of future inventions that we could create to help the world and the environment we live in. The guides were very impressed by our interest in the exhibits and we really enjoyed sharing our opinions about different creations and the impact they had on us. We hope to follow up with activities in class to reflect our learning and do further research to answer some of the questions we had during our time at the museum. A really thought provoking visit.

ID6 enjoyed taking part in an active photography workshop exploring the theme of identity and belonging. Our guides shared with us how this can be captured on film using interesting examples.  We also visited the gallery and reflected on how the images and text made us feel and react. We learned about how photographs were taken in the past and explored an old camera and some film slides and images. Our guide discussed how photography has evolved over time and shared how digital photographs are now used. We then had the opportunity to take our own portraits, taking care to consider position, frame and perspective. The dialogue between photographer and subject is vital if effective images are to be framed and recorded. The workshop also inspired us and began to stimulate our ideas for our upcoming exhibition. A very successful and interesting workshop for all!

Today we enjoyed our first class assemblies of this academic year. The first one was led by one of our youngest classes, IDRJ. For them it was the first time that they had performed together for an audience and what a fantastic job they did! They delivered their lines confidently and clearly, and sat smartly and sensibly on the stage. They shared a great retelling of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and sang great rendition of Days of the Week and Goodbye song. Well done!

ID4MC was the first KS2 class to present an assembly. This was another confident performance that not only showed their literacy learning but also their great teamwork and how they learn actively in different ways. It incorporated song, dance, drama and video.

Good job IDRJ and ID4MC. The other classes have a lot to live up to!

What’s happening in school next week?

Monday 13th November – ‘Surprises’ Presentation to parents and carers of children in ID4 and those in ID5 & 6 new to the HSV @ 08:45 in the Hall; ‘Transition to Secondary School’ – presentation to parents and carers of children in ID5 & 6 @ 18:30 in the VNS Hall

Wednesday 15th November – Parents Association meeting @ 08:40 in the Staffroom

Friday 10th November – IDRJ Class Assembly @ 09:30; ID4MC Class Assembly @ 10:30

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Monday 13th November – Ms Judy is out – Ms Clare teaches IDRJ

Tuesday 14th November – Ms Wendy is out – Ms Janet teaches ID1W

Thursday 16th November – Ms Jenny is out – Ms Helene teaches ID3J

Friday 17th November – Ms Wilson is out; Ms Jackie is out – Ms Janet teaches ID2J

Friday 3rd November

It has been a busy week for ID5. They have had two visits out: one a culture visit to the theatre and the other to Ontdekhoek, a Science Discovery Centre.

On Monday, as part of the school’s culture programme, the ID5s visited the National Theatre to watch a performance of Enkeltje Mars. This musical performance imagined what life on Mars might be like.

Today, connected to their IPC theme, Making new materials, the ID5s visited Ontdekhoek in Rotterdam. During this day of scientific discovery they had the opportunity to: make chips; build boats, seeing which travelled quickest; build a dam; and make bracelets by punching holes.

What’s happening in school next week?

Monday 4th November – ID4 & ID6 out to the Gemeentemuseum

Friday 10th November – IDRJ Class Assembly @ 09:30; ID4MC Class Assembly @ 10:30

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Monday 6th November – Ms Mary Anne is out – Ms Jamie teaches ID4MA

Friday 10th November – Ms Jamie is out – Ms Helene teaches ID2K

Friday 27th October

Children from across the school have enjoyed performances in our school hall this week. IDR & ID1 were visited by a theatre group and all children watched a special Diwali performance during our school assembly.

ID1 had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy a cultural schakel (a storytelling experience). The children used their listening ears and sat on small cushions to enjoy this special experience. All stories were told in Dutch but the children were able to understand through movement, sounds, and expressions. Props were used to tell short stories, including investigating light and dark through shadow puppets, using sound to experience different animals and using shells and water to explore the sea. The children made lots of observations: “She turns it and the sound comes”, “It smells like cinnamon”. One story was about a secret in a box. The children were intrigued, asking “What is in the box?” and “Can you open the box?” The children were encouraged to use their imagination.

Today the children enjoyed a Diwali assembly, led by our students who celebrate Diwali. Some of our older children gave a presentation on different types of Indian classical and folk dances, and we were treated to a range of these performed from our youngest students to our oldest. It was great to see the children in their traditional costume and enjoying performing their dances on the stage. Well done to all for a great performance!

What’s happening in school next week?

Monday 30th October – ID5 Theatre Trip; Parent Consultations: Ms Suzy (Gym teacher)

Tuesday 31st October – Parent Consultations: Mr Matthew (ID6M), Ms Ruth (ID6R), Mr Anthony (ID5A), Ms Kelly (ID5K), Ms Mary Anne (ID4MA), Ms Marie-Claire (ID4MC), Ms Jenny (ID3J), Ms Karla (ID3K), Ms Jackie (ID2J), Ms Kate (ID2K), Ms Wendy (ID1W), Ms Judy (IDRJ), Ms Molly (IDRM), Ms Helen (EAL), Ms Monique (HCL)

Wednesday 1st November – Parent Consultations: Ms Marie-Claire (ID4MC), Ms Victoria (ID1LV), Ms Liz (LS), Ms Sarah (EAL) and Ms Jess (Handicraft)

Thursday 1st November –  Mr Matthew (ID6M), Ms Ruth (ID6R), Mr Anthony (ID5A), Ms Kelly (ID5K), Ms Mary Anne (ID4MA), Ms Jenny (ID3J), Ms Karla (ID3K), Ms Jackie (ID2J), Ms Jamie (ID2K), Ms Wendy (ID1W), Ms Victoria (ID1LV), Ms Judy (IDRJ), Ms Molly (IDRM), Ms Sarah (EAL), Ms Suzanne (HCL), Ms Suzy (Gym), Ms Merit (Music)

Friday 2nd November – ID5s out to Ontdekhoek

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Monday 29th October – Ms Molly is out – Ms Janet teaches IDRM

Friday 27th October – Ms Judy is out – Ms Clare teaches IDRJ

SCHOOL CLOSED FOR ALL CHILDREN – Friday 13th October – Teacher Study Day


HALF TERM BREAK – Monday 16th October – Friday 20th October

Thursday 12th October

This week, across the Netherlands, is Kinderboekenweek (Children’s Book Week). This year’s theme is Griezelen (or Spooky Stories). We have had a great week sharing stories and celebrating reading – of course with a focus on spooky stories!

We started the week with a special assembly in the gym. Many children dressed up in book character costumes, some of them rather spooky!

In their classrooms the children have shared spooky stories, some read by parents. They have also written poetry and done art and craft activities connected to the spooky theme. Some classes have also practised spooky subtraction maths!

On Thursday we had ‘Drop everything and read’. Whenever the playground bell was heard ringing during lesson time everyone stopped what they were doing and read. Miss Wilson rang the bell so enthusiastically that it broke!

We finished book week and our half term with an assembly. Classes shared the things that they have been learning in their classrooms and all the children performed the Kinderboeken dance, led by Ms Suzy and the Book Week Dance team.

Thank you very much to the Book Week Team, to Ms Suzy for her work teaching the dance routine and Ms Merit for teaching the effective shadow puppet theatre this week.

What’s happening in school during the week after half-term?

Monday 23rd October – ID1 Theatre Visit in school

Wednesday 25th October – Book Market

Thursday 26th October –  IDR Theatre Visit in school

Friday 27th October – Diwali Assembly

Teachers with compensation days during the week after half-term:

Monday 23rd October – Mr Matthew is out – Ms Claire teaches ID6M; Ms Marie-Claire is out – Ms Clare teaches ID4MC; Ms Wendy is out – Ms Alice teaches ID1W

Tuesday 24th October – Ms Kelly is out – Ms Claire teaches ID5K

Friday 27th October – Ms Judy is out – Ms Clare teaches IDRJ

Friday 6th October

This has been a very different sort of a week for us all. We have had lots of people in and out of school for different events, as well as regular classroom learning.

On Monday, ID4 visited Rotterdam airport connected to their IPC learning theme Gateways to the World. Whilst there, they found out about the different roles that people play in the day-to-day working of the airport, they learned about procedures for check-in and security, investigated signs and drew a birds’ eye view of the runway.

Also on Monday it was International Non-Violence Day. This is observed on the 2nd October, the birthday of Mahatma Ghandi, pioneer of non-violence. In their classrooms, the children discussed the importance of peace, tolerance and non-violence.

On Wednesday, it was a study day for the teachers in IDR, 1, 2 & 3. Whilst the children from these classes stayed at home, teachers from across the three ID locations and from the Dutch department at the NSL location joined together at VNS to undertake a variety of ICT workshops. These aimed to develop skills in different technologies, knowledge of their tools, and awareness of how these can be used both in the classroom for teaching and for organisation. Examples of just some of the workshops offered included coding, the Google classroom and Osmo.

On Thursday, staff from HSV gathered in Zuiderpark, Den Haag, with an estimated 60000 teachers from across the Netherlands, to plead for better conditions for primary school teachers. Finding one another amongst the crowd proved challenging but groups of HSV staff were able to locate each other to show solidarity.

On Friday, ID3, 5 and 6 visited the Shell Discovery Expo on the Malieveld. There were lots of different science activities for the children to participate in, all connected to the theme energy. The children were able to build salt water cars by adding salt to a piece of paper to make the motor run. They saw a gravity light show. Here they watched a show on the ceiling and listened to a story. In the dome, they were able to carry out different experiments.

What’s happening in school next week?

Monday 9th – Thursday 12th October- Kinderboeken Week (Children’s Book Week)

Monday 9th October – Book Week opening – Dress up as a book character; Theatre Visitors in school – ID4

Wednesday 11th October – Book swap

Thursday 12th October –  ‘Drop everything and read’; Book Week assembly

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Monday 9th October – Ms Mary Anne is out – Ms Alice teaches ID4MA

Tuesday 10th October – Mr Anthony is out – Ms Clare teaches ID5A; Ms Karla is out – Ms Claire teaches ID3K