The International School of The Hague – A brief history by an observe
2018-03-01 | By Joy Davis - ISH
First published in ACCESS Spring 2018 magazine
What can I say about the International School of The Hague (ISH)?
I should feel quite qualified to say a lot about ISH. I’ve been involved in some of the biggest transitions in the school’s history. From a small international stream as part of Dutch school, to the 1,800-student Primary and Secondary School it is now. I have seen its development from different viewpoints: as a student, a relative, and now as an employee. After all this time, it still has a very special place in my heart.
In 1993, when I was a shy and awkward 11-year-old, I started in what had just officially become The International School of The Hague. I loved all seven years I was a student there. It was a nurturing and safe environment. It provided me with a great education that helped prepare me for the world. And now that I work here, I still feel this is as true for current students as it was for me then.
In 2006, the Primary School and Secondary School joined in a purpose-built building on the outskirts of town next to the dunes in Kijkduin. From then on, growth, both physical and educational, has been exponential. For some, it can be seen as too much change too fast. I, however, think it’s exciting to see how the community surmounts these challenges. It’s truly amazing how the students thrive and adapt to all the technological changes to become genuinely enquiring and involved members of society. And the teachers who support them are passionate educators who love to find new ways of bringing their message across to each individual student.
Although the school has undergone so many changes, the essence of ISH has not changed. It remains a school that allows the kids to explore who they will turn out to be. It is one of the reasons why I am delighted to be a Communications Officer at ISH, being involved in finding the best ways to communicate with the whole school community and maintain and build the level of engagement. So that ISH continues to be a place where the community feels comfortable and able to prosper. So that students can continue to feel what I felt back in 1993.
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