Published in ACCESS Autumn 2015 e-zine
The end of August in the academic calendar is always an exciting time of year. At the International School of The Hague (ISH), it has been an unusually quiet summer, the first not marked by construction. That will come in the future.
What has been
The last academic year saw both the Primary and Secondary schools grow in student numbers. With the growth came a concerted effort to bring a clear sense of synergy to the school. Working with students, staff and parents we continued to ensure that the curricula are well implemented and that we offer a diverse and wide-ranging extra curricular programme that compliments the vast array of talent that we have amongst our student body.
We were delighted with the IB Diploma results of the graduating class of 2015. Our largest year group of 124 students returned a 98% pass rate with the vast majority of the students gaining entry to their first choice of university that ranged from the Netherlands (Erasmus, TU Delft & Maastricht) to the UK (Cambridge, Imperial), as well as other universities in the US and Canada.
The 2014-2015 academic year also saw Sports flourish with more teams than before, and it was lovely to see our Primary school students competing in sports fixtures. The pinnacle of the sports calendar was the Varsity Boys Basketball team who won Division 2 ISST in the last 10 seconds of the game. For the third year our Eco car went to the Shell Eco Marathon in Rotterdam and was the most successful it has been. And, it was the year of both the Little Shop of Horrors on stage, followed by a whole school production of Oliver! Finally, our inaugural trip to Iceland put an extra feather in our cap.
Sadly, we said farewell to Mr. Kevin Rae, the Principal of Primary but we are delighted to welcome Mrs. Juliette van Eerdewijk as the new Principal. With her wealth of international experience she will continue to take the school forward.
What will be
So, as we write this article, staff are returning to school looking refreshed and galvanized for the year ahead. We have welcomed our new staff and the excitement will be complete when the students return, also relaxed and refreshed. Our aim for the forthcoming year – to build on our successes and ensure that we continue to offer a thriving educational atmosphere at the school, driven by academic success, wonderful initiatives and a large dose of creativity.
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