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Thursday 24th May

What’s happening next week?

  • Monday 28th May – IDR visit Gemeentemuseum
  • Tuesday 29th May – IDR & ID1 Games Day

Teachers with Compensation Days next week:

  • Monday 28th May – Mr Matthew is out – Ms Janet teaches ID6M; Ms Karla is out – Ms Kristen teaches ID3K
  • Friday 1st June – Ms Wilson is out; Ms Molly is out – Ms Janet teaches IDRM

 

Thursday 17th May

SCHOOL CLOSED FOR PENTECOST MONDAY 21ST MAY

This week saw the entry points for the final IPC themes for this academic year.

ID6 stepped back in time to experience life in a Victorian school. All children and teachers dressed in traditional clothes and carried their lunches in tea-towels and in boxes because plastic was not invented! They faced a morning of drills, inspections and were not expected to speak until spoken to! The boys and girls took this challenge very seriously and played their roles perfectly. They enjoyed a variety of lessons – learning to use an ink pen for writing and trying not to get ink on their hands. In the afternoon the pupils participated in physical education with Ma’am Suzanna and learned to drill to a beat. At the end of the day, children agreed that the experience gave them a great insight into to the changes in the education system over the years. They all agreed that it was good to travel back to the present day and to be 21st century HSV pupil.

 

What’s happening next week?

  • Monday 21st May – SCHOOL CLOSED FOR PENTECOST
  • Wednesday 23rd May – Ms Wilson, Ms Jinnyeh and Ms Karla to BHV training
  • Friday 25th May – Ms Mary-Anne to International School of Düsseldorf regarding Outdoor Learning

Teachers with Compensation Days next week:

Friday 25th May – Ms Wilson is out

 

Thursday 26th April

 

SCHOOL CLOSED on FRIDAY 27TH APRIL for King’s Day

MAY HOLIDAY – SCHOOL CLOSED – MONDAY 30TH APRIL to FRIDAY 11TH MAY

This week there have been many festivities in school related to King’s Day. On Monday and Tuesday the children ran off their energy in the annual Sponsorloop. Today, after starting off with an assembly in which they performed the King’s Day dance, the children enjoyed playing traditional Dutch games. In addition, ID5 have held their King’s Day Market, the exit point of their IPC theme Going Global. It has been a fun end to a busy term!

 

 

 

What’s happening the week after half-term?

Wednesday 16th May – 08:40 Parents Association Meeting

 

Teachers with compensation days during the first week back:

Monday 14th May – Ms Marie-Claire is out – Ms Kristen teaches ID4MC

Tuesday 15th May – Ms Jenny is out – Ms Clare teaches ID3J; Ms Molly is out – Ms Kristen teaches IDRM

Wednesday 16th May – Ms Jinnyeh is out

Friday 18th May – Ms Wilson is out

 

Thursday 19th April

 

SCHOOL CLOSED on FRIDAY 27TH APRIL for King’s Day

MAY HOLIDAY – SCHOOL CLOSED – MONDAY 30TH APRIL to FRIDAY 11TH MAY

 

This week Reception visited the Stadsboerderij t’Waaygat. They travelled by tram 9 to the city farm in glorious sunshine. At the farm they were able to get up close to a variety of animals including sheep, goats and guinea pigs. This was a wonderful end to their IPC Animals unit in which they could share their knowledge and vocabulary related to farm animals. They then enjoyed playing in the playground before returning to school.

What’s happening next week?

Monday 23rd April & Tuesday 24th April – Sponsorloop (during Gym time)

Thursday 26th April – 14:50 Fitlala Dance to parents on the playground; 15:30 Choir Concert to parents

Friday 27th April – SCHOOL CLOSED

 

Monday 30th April – Friday 11th May – SCHOOL CLOSED – May Holiday

 

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Monday 23rd April – Mr Matthew is out – Mr Kenny teaches ID6M; Ms Wendy is out – Ms Janet teaches ID1W

Tuesday 24th April – Ms Kelly is out – Ms Mary Rose teaches ID5K

Thursday 26th April – Ms Karla is out – Ms Janet teaches ID3K

 

Friday 13th April

Today, we enjoyed two class assemblies led by ID2J and ID5A.

ID2J shared their learning about their IPC theme Buildings. In their assemblies they presented a ‘Guess the building’ game. They gave lots of clues about famous buildings around the world and many children from ID2K were able to guess correctly! They also shared famous buildings from their home countries and sang two songs: one about Dutch houses and one about how different types of homes are built. Well done to ID2J for a great assembly!

Connected to their IPC learning on Globalization, ID5A presented their products that will be sold during their Kings’ Day market in two weeks. They shared the process that they have gone through conducting market research. Then each small business pitched their product to the audience and a ‘Dragon’s Den’ panel. They won the audience over with their products and we are all excited to visit the market on Thursday 26th April.

 


What’s happening next week?

  • Tuesday 17th April – IDRM to Stadsboerderij’ t Waaygat
  • Wednesday 18th April – IDRJ to Stadsboerderij’ t Waaygat
  • Thursday 19th April – Russian Mother Tongue Lunch

Teachers with Compensation Days next week:

  • Monday 16th April – Ms Wilson is out – Mr Fraser lead teacher; Mr Anthony is out – Ms Janet teaches ID5A; Ms Jenny is out – Ms Alice teaches ID3J
  • Friday 20th April – Ms Wilson is out – Ms Katie lead teacher; Mr Matthew is out – Ms Janet teaches ID6M

 

Friday 6th April

On Thursday, ID5 visited the Gemeentemuseum for their second cultural outing of the year. They were fortunate enough to be shown around the museum by one of the members of staff there who showed the children around and discussed the different pieces of art with them. They saw several paintings with different stages of detail and how they evolved into more abstract pieces. As well as this, there were giant models of spiders which represented a mother and daughter and the conflict between comfort and oppression. Finally, the children looked at and discussed ‘old and unused’ things that had been turned into something new and how this is also present in the Netherlands in places like Rotterdam.

 

The most impressive thing was how engaged the children were and some of the sophisticated comments that they made about the different pieces they saw. Clearly, they’re benefiting from the different cultural experiences they’re having here.

 

What’s happening in school next week?

Monday 9th April – Photographer in school

Thursday 12th April – ID4 visit to Rotterdam Zoo

Friday 13th April – 09:30 ID2J Class Assembly; 10:30 ID5A Class Assembly

 

Teachers with compensation days next week

Monday 9th April – Ms Jackie out – Ms Alice teaches ID2J; Ms Mary Anne is out – Ms Kristen teaches ID4MA

Tuesday 10th April – Ms Mary Anne is out – Ms Kristen teaches ID4MA

 

NOS Feature the HSV KSS children in a Report about the Growth of International Education in The Netherlands

 

On Wednesday everyone enjoyed the much anticipated Spring Breakfast. It was fantastic to see everyone welcoming the lighter, brighter weather and enjoying their breakfast together. All of us at VNS would like to express a big thank you to class parent representatives who did a super job decorating the classrooms and to parents for providing lots of delicious food. It was great to see the children so happy.

Today children from ID3, 4, 5 & 6 who participate in musical activities outside of school performed for their parents in the Spring Concert. During the morning, Key Stage 2 children were able to listen to the dress rehearsal and make their own contribution by performing spring songs practised with their class. Twenty-four children gave solo instrumental performances and we also enjoyed two trios! It was great to see developing talents across a range of instruments from piano to flute, from violin to ukulele. Well done to all the performers and to Ms Merit for her time and effort preparing the event.

We close today for the Easter weekend and wish everyone a wonderful, long weekend.

What’s happening next week?

  • Thursday 5th April – ID5 to Gemeentemuseum for Culture Trip
  • Thursday 5th April and Friday 6th April – Miss Wilson out to ECIS Leadership Conference in Berlin – Ms Marie-Claire lead teacher on Thursday, Mr Fraser lead teacher on Friday

Teachers with Compensation Days next week:

  • Tuesday 3rd April – Ms Ruth is out – Mr John teaches ID6R; Ms Molly is out – Ms Kristen teaches IDR
  • Friday 6th April – Mr Anthony is out – Ms Janet teaches ID5A; Ms Mary-Anne is out – Ms Clare teaches ID4MA

 

Friday 23rd March

SCHOOL CLOSED on Friday 30th March and Monday 2nd April for Easter

ID3 went on a Cultuural Schakel school trip to Het Nationale Theater to view a play and then take part in a workshop relating to robotics and the idea of artificial intelligence. The play, “Robotje,” explored the relationship between humans and robots by exploring their similarities and differences.

The children really enjoyed the experience:

“I liked the part where the alien and the astronaut were dancing in the snow because it was really funny how they danced together and tried to be friends.” Matilda ID3K

“At first, I thought the robot was creepy but then I realised it wasn’t so different from the astronaut after all.” Haarshith ID3K

“There were no words but the drama made you use your imagination.” Rayhanna ID3J

“I just imagined the words they were saying to each other.” Máté ID3J

“It reminded me of our English picture book Belonging and we put words to what we saw.” Zikki ID3J

What’s happening next week?

Wednesday 28th March – Spring Breakfast

Thursday 29th March – Spring Concert (Parents of ID3, ID4, ID5 & ID6 musicians performing in the concert are invited)

Friday 30th March and Monday 2nd April – SCHOOL CLOSED FOR EASTER

Teachers with Compensation Days next week:

Monday 26th March – Ms Molly is out – Ms Alice teaches IDRM

Tuesday 27th March – Ms Karla is out – Ms Clare teaches ID3K; Ms Wendy is out – Ms Kristen teaches ID1W

 

Friday 16th March

Today ID1W and ID6 performed assemblies for staff, children and parents.

ID1W shared their learning about the five senses. This included a demonstration of a science investigation in which they sampled different crisp flavours, an account of Louis Braille’s invention of Braille with examples of the children’s names written in Braille, artwork using colours to express emotions and the recital of a poem.

 

ID6 shared their learning about their Environment IPC theme whilst wearing t-shirts of their own design, screen-printed with environmental images. Through a video, they shared what the environment means to them using English and their mother tongue language. They described the effects that people are having on the environment and made promises of things that they will do to help protect it. Finally, through a moving song, they gave the message that in order to provoke change people need to work together.

What’s happening next week?

Tuesday 20th March – Croatian Mother Tongue Lunch; ID3 & 4 auditions for Spring Concert

Wednesday 21st March – STUDY DAY School Closed for children in IDR, 1, 2 and 3

Thursday 22nd March – ID5 & 6 auditions for Spring Concert

Friday 23rd March – ID3 visit to Theater Aan Het Spui

Teachers with Compensation Days next week:

Monday 19th March – Mr Matthew is out – Ms Kristen teaches ID6M; Ms Jinnyeh is out

Tuesday 20th March – Mr Matthew is out – Ms Kristen teaches ID6M

Friday 23rd March – Ms Marie-Claire is out – Ms Janet teaches ID4MC

Thursday 7th March

On Monday of this week, ID2 visited the Gemeentemuseum for one of HSV’s cultural excursions. During the visit, the children were introduced to sculptures and paintings by Pablo Picasso and Julio Gonzalez. By observing authentic works of art by both, they learned how three dimensional sculptures start out as a two dimensional artwork. The children were then given the opportunity to recreate observational drawings.

   


What’s happening next week?

Sunday 11th March – CPC Run

Monday 12th March – ID2 Culture Trip

Tuesday 13th March – Romanian Mother Tongue Lunch; Parent Consultations

Thursday 15th March – Parent Consultations

Friday 16th March – ID1W Class Assembly @ 09:30; ID6 Class Assembly @ 10:30

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Monday 12th March – Ms Judy is out – Ms Kristen teaches ID2J

Friday 16th March – Ms Kelly is out – Ms Clare teaches ID5K

Friday 23rd February

This week, the HSV International Department have celebrated Mother Tongue Language Day. Throughout the week the children at VNS have experienced a range of different activities based on the them of  language.

In IDR, the children taught each other how to say ‘hello’ in their home language and told a fact about their home country.

Children in ID1 read The Glitterings, a story about aliens who are polyglots, speaking many languages and always wanting to learn more languages. The children wrote their name and the country they come from in their own language.

ID2J labelled classroom objects using their home language and experimented with Google Translate. ID2K investigated the way different languages are written.

ID3J told the story of their cave painting in their home language and counted to 10 in a different language each day. Based on their Power of Reading text, ID3K interviewed in role as journalists and witnesses using their home language.

In ID4, the children carried out a practical task ‘Find someone who …’, for example, ‘find someone who can speak three languages’. ID4MC joined with ID1LV to create ‘We are HSV’ video. ID4MA investigated languages by comparing vocabulary such as the number ten.

ID5 translated everyday phrases each day and had conversations using them.

The ID6’s wrote a collaborative poem on the theme of their Power of Reading text. Each person contributed a line, written in their mother tongue language.

In addition, children in KS2 have been on a language hunt. Using iPads and QR codes, the children were tasked with identifying different languages.

What’s happening during the first week back?

Monday 5th March – ID2 Culture Trip to Gemeentemuseum

Wednesday 7th March – Parents Association Meeting @ 08:40

Friday 9th March – Ms Kelly to Mathematics Course in London

Teachers with compensation days during the first week back:

Monday 5th March – Ms Jackie is out – Ms Clare teaches ID2J; Ms Karla is out – Ms Kristen teaches ID3K

Tuesday 6th March – Ms Jenny is out – Ms Kristen teaches ID3J

Friday 9th March – Ms Wilson is out

Thursday 15th February

SCHOOL CLOSES AT 12:30 on FRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY

This week the IDR students held their first charity event: a bake sale! All week at school they had been baking and preparing delicious sweet items and also made some other lovely, tempting bakes at home. They did a super job and raised €334,30! Well done, IDR!

ID2 students visited Van Het Kinderenmuseum where they designed and created their own hydraulic toys.

What’s happening next week?

Friday 23rd February – Reports out to parents; SCHOOL CLOSES EARLY for Half Term @ 12:30; School reopens Monday 5th March

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Monday 19th February – Ms Jackie is out – Ms Kristen teaches ID2J

Tuesday 20th February – Ms Judy is out – Ms Kristen teaches IDRJ

Friday 9th February

Today, ID5K performed their class assembly to a KS2 audience and their parents. The subject of the assembly was Space and related to their IPC theme Mission to Mars. They shared a timeline of scientific discoveries and events, artwork, haiku poetry and songs. The children presented very well and sang beautifully. Well done, ID5K!

What’s happening next week?

Wednesday 14th February – IDR Bake Sale

Thursday 15th February – ID2 visit to Het van Kinderenmuseum

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Monday 12th February – Ms Judy is out – Ms Alice teaches IDRJ; Ms Wendy is out – Ms Janet teaches ID1W

Friday 16th February – Ms Wilson is out; Ms Jenny is out – Ms Janet teaches ID3J

Friday 2nd February

ID1 visited the gemeentemuseum for a cultural event called ‘Emotions in Art’. They looked at paintings and sculptures, and were able to create some of their own art work around the theme of senses and the emotions.

ID6 had a very busy week. The pupils visited Grafische Werkplaats as part of their handicraft project and IPC topic ‘The Environment’. This was a great opportunity to learn about the process of printing by producing their own design with the help of experts at the print works. As part of our cultural enrichment programme, ID6 attended ‘Beauty en het Beast’ at the Koninklijke Schouwburg. The boys and girls all enjoyed the performance and were all delighted to watch their fellow ID6 Jenel perform so well.

What’s happening next week?

Monday 5th February – Friday 9th February – Specialist Teacher Visit Week

Tuesday 6th February – Croatian Mother Tongue Lunch

Wednesday 7th February – ID6 vist to ESH

Friday 9th February – ID4 Culture Trip to Archeologie; ID5K Class Assembly @ 10:30; IDR & KS1 Disco 15:15 – 16:15; KS2 Disco 18:00 – 19:30

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Monday 5th February – Mr Anthony is out – Ms Alice teaches ID5A

Friday 9th February – Mr Matthew is out – Ms Janet teaches ID6M

Friday 26th January

STUDY DAY – School closed for students in IDR, ID1, ID2 & ID3

This week, IDR have been exploring their senses by going on a sensory walk in order to develop their vocabulary relating to different textures.

 

In ID2, the children are having fun learning all about Toys.  They have become toy makers, creating toys out of recycled materials, and have opened their very own toy shop!  They are enjoying counting coins, buying toys, and giving change in their toy shop.

What’s happening next week?

Monday 22nd January – Friday 2nd February – Voorleesdagen – National Read Aloud Days

Monday 29th January – ID1 & ID3 Culture Trips to Gemeentemuseum

Wednesday 31st January – STUDY DAY School closed for students in IDR, ID1, ID2 and ID3

Friday 2nd February – ID6 Culture Trip to Koninklijke Schouwburg

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Monday 29th January – Ms Jenny is out – Ms Janet teaches ID3J; Ms Jackie is out – Ms Alice teaches ID2J

Tuesday 30th January – Ms Kelly is out – Ms Clare teaches ID5K; Ms Karla is out – Ms Kristen teaches ID3K

Friday 19th January

Our VNS school councillors have had a busy start to the term. This is their report from their meeting:

This term the VNS student council members have been discussing an important upcoming week taking place in all HSV locations. A Week of Languages is being held to highlight the International Day of Languages which will be held on February 21st. There will be a special photo competition in all 3 locations including at VNS! The aim of the competition is to highlight the importance of languages and to celebrate diversities in our school. We hope that we have lots of participants in this competition and will be speaking to classes to remind them about it over the next few weeks. On 19th January we will participate in a special cross-location HSV Pupil Council meeting which will be hosted by KSS. This is an exciting opportunity to collaborate with pupil councillors from the other locations.

By Timmy and Yazid

Today the school councillors have visited the KSS location to meet with the school council representatives from the KSS and NSL locations. Also visiting were two members from the School Supervisory Board, Mr Pieter and Mr Frederick. The VNS councillors shared their latest developments from their school council meetings. They were also able to hear what the KSS and NSL locations have been working on. All councillors then worked together to talk about how students at HSV can stay safe online. The plan is to meet again together online to design, share and vote on a new desktop background for each Chromebook.

Our VNS School Councillors at the KSS location
HSV School Council discussions
VNS School Councillors presenting to the HSV School Councillors and representatives from the HSV School Supervisory Board
The HSV ID School Class Council Representatives

What’s happening next week?

Monday 22nd January – Friday 2nd February – Voorleesdagen – National Read Aloud Days

Tuesday 23rd January – ISH visits ID6 at VNS

Teachers with compensation days next week:

Tuesday 23rd January – Ms Judy is out – Ms Kristen teaches IDRJ; Ms Mary Anne is out – Ms Clare teaches ID4MA

Friday 12th January

Happy New Year to all!

We have had an exciting first week back at school after the winter break. Year groups have been starting new learning themes in Literacy and IPC, and have taken part in exciting events as part of their starting point for the term.

The IDR classes new theme is ‘Shopping’. They are enjoying using the new shop role-play area to buy different items and have been on their very first school outing to the local shops to buy vegetables!

ID4MC have explored dance and drama as part of their ‘Ice Palace’ Power of Reading text. The class read the part of the story where the villagers are watching the children dancing ‘and as they watched they clapped their hands to the fast, clever rhythm.’ ID4MC were taught a Scottish dance by Ms. Cara called ‘Cumberland Reel’ and used this to create the scene using folk music, jigs and reels. They even had the chance to learn another dance called ‘Strip the Willow’ that required focused communication and interactions with each other. On returning to the classroom the images from the hall were projected onto the Interactive Board. The children worked in role as Ivan, watching the people dancing. They considered some questions about what he was thinking and how he was feeling. The children then independently wrote their thought and identified their feelings. Finally they wrote a caption for the photograph in role as Ivan remembering the event. These were a really rich set of experiences which allowed the children to compare the extreme conditions of Ivan’s character from being in the snow to then suddenly coming upon a village with life and people dancing. A special thank-you to Ms. Cara for sharing her expertise in giving instructions for the Scottish ceilidh dances.

Children in ID5, whose new learning theme is ‘Mission to Mars’, have experienced astronaut training. This took place during a gym lesson with Miss Suzanne. They completed a fitness circuit that required them to undertake activities to develop different areas such as aerobics, stamina and hand-eye co-ordination. They also went on a visit to the Space Expo centre where they learned about the famous Dutch astronaut, André Kuijpers, and what it is like to live and work on board the International Space Station. The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring replicas of satellites, spaceships and memorabilia of space expeditions. They even created a vacuum that caused a marshmallow to explode!

What’s happening next week?

Friday 19th January – Ms Kelly out to Mathematics ‘Bar Modelling’ course in London; School Council visit to KSS – Ms Helene teaches ID5K

Teachers with compensation days next week:

  • Monday 15th January – Ms Molly is out – Ms Kristen teaches IDRM
  • Tuesday 16th January – Ms Wendy is out – Ms Kristen teaches ID1W

Friday December 2017

Tuesday saw three Christmas concerts performed on the VNS stage.

First on was ID1LV & ID2J with their story about Rudolph, too sick to guide the sleigh. The children sang beautifully and performed their lines well to the captivated audience. There were smiles all round. Next it was time for ID1W & ID2K to perform their retelling of the story of the sick reindeer who was helped out by Ralph. The audience were all very impressed by the children’s confident performance. A special solo performance brought tears of joy to the eyes of many! Well done to ID1 & ID2.

Finally ID3J & ID4MA performed their concert, Do you believe in Father Christmas? Once again, confident singing and acting impressed the audience. Well done to ID3J & ID4MA.

Thursday was another busy day of Christmas concerts.

First on the stage was IDRJ & IDRM. They showed what a great job they can do singing beautifully and describing winter scenes. They also performed a great musical accompaniment to ‘Pizzicato’ from Sylvia by Delibes with sleigh bells. Well done to IDR for performing their first Christmas Concert.

Then ID5K & ID6M and finally ID5A & ID6R performed adaptations of The Little Match Girl. This included an elegant ballet performance, confident singing – some in parts, and a stick dance. Well done to ID5 & 6.

On Thursday evening, we all enjoyed our Festive Dinner. Returning to a school lit up with twinkling lights, the children enjoyed a feast of delicious foods. However, the highlight of the evening was a visit from Father Christmas. Ho ho ho – Merry Christmas everybody!

What’s happening during the first week back:

Monday 8th January – SCHOOL OPENS for Term 2

Wednesday 10th January – Parents Association Meeting @ 08:40 (staffroom)

Teachers with CD days during the first week back:

Monday 8th January – Mr Anthony is out – Ms Alice teaches ID5A; Ms Marie-Claire is out – Ms Janet teaches ID4MC

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

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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