First published in ACCESS Autumn 2017 magazine
ISH grows from strength to strength
As we approach a new academic year, it is mindful to reflect on ISH over the past five years. In that time, we have seen exponential growth: from 1,300 students in Primary and Secondary to over 1,900 as we start school this August 2017.
Throughout this period, a key driver has been to improve the quality of education and match that with the retention and recruitment of new staff, as well as ensure that the facilities can match the growth.
In January, the Primary School was awarded the status of “Excellente School” from the Dutch Ministry of Education. Anke Buiteveld, Director of International Policy, presented the flag and plaque to Juliette van Eerdewijk, Principal of Primary and the Executive Director of Stichting Rijnlands Lyceum, Dr. Maarten Knoester. One of 184 schools nationwide, ISH Primary will enjoy the status for three years and is the first International School in the country to receive the award.
Continuing in Primary, after what has seemingly appeared a marathon at times, the new Primary Wing was officially opened on 4 July at the school. The wing will be a bespoke area for primary education for children up to 10 years old with 20 new classrooms, and will also include facilities such as a Gym, an Aula, and office areas.
The Secondary School once again produced a wonderful set of IB Diploma Programme (DP) results with the largest cohort of students ever to graduate from the school (153 students). We have received authorization to implement the IB Careers-related Programme (IBCP) concurrently with our IBDP this August. This is a more vocational course for students and gives them multiple opportunities to study here in the Netherlands and in the UK and US. Again, ISH is the first Dutch International in the country to offer such a programme.
Aside from that, ISH Secondary students had a busy year with an orchestra trip to New York and Washington, D.C.; a geography trip to Iceland; assisting refugees in our city; organizing the Walk of Hope to the Peace Palace; a tremendous stage performance of Cats; and continued success on the football pitch and basketball court, to name but a few… everything augurs well for this year.
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