BSN: Welcoming new families
2019-06-05 | By The British School Netherlands
Moving to a new country with your family is not always easy to do. You and your children are uprooted from their school and from friends and daily routines.
This can be a stressful time for the whole family. There are many things that need to be organised, such as finding a new school, a new home and new friends. And add to that, finding your way around another culture.
Five tips for settling in a new school
Settling into a new school however, is a thing in itself. The British School in The Netherlands (BSN) understands this and has many years of experience with transitioning families and making children and their parents feel at home.
Here are easy five tips that will help you and your children settle in their new environment.
Try to be as relaxed as possible. Your children will feel it if you are anxious. The more relaxed you are about their first day in school, the easier it will be for them. Children are resilient and will make friends easily if they are relaxed.
Participate in the events organised by the school. The BSN organises coffee mornings on each campus weekly for instance, where you can meet other mums and dads and set up play dates for your children. And perhaps you make some new friends yourself.
Contact the welcome committee at your school. Each campus has a welcome committee that is there to help you settle in. These are parents that have been through what you are going through! You can also join the family association to help organise their events.
Join a local expat mums’ group. There are many groups online on Facebook or Instagram for expat mums that will provide support and organise social events.
Explore your new surroundings! Take advantage of the public transport and bicycle paths to take your children for an adventure and discover all the Netherlands has to offer. Not forgetting the beaches and parks in The Hague!
“Bringing people together, having fun, learning more to support our students and creating an active and inspiring community is what the Family Association is all about. We are here for you and your family, enriching your experience as part of the BSN community.”
Lorraine Webster, Family Association Chair
The British School in The Netherlands has many years of experience to help make new families feel welcome. Let them help you make it easy for your family. Find out more about the BSN at britishschool.nl
070 315 4077