First published in ACCESS Summer 2013 e-zine
The German International School The Hague is proud to be celebrating its 150th anniversary making it the oldest international school in the Netherlands.
At the end of June, the school will pay tribute to this great honour with a weekend full of celebrations ranging from ceremonies at the Diligentia Theater, an international school festival and an evening of dinner and dancing at a beach club. The special events are attracting hundreds of alumni and past teachers who are coming back to The Hague from all corners of the world to share in the joy and the history.
It all started in 1863 with a modest initiative by the German Evangelical Church The Hague. The first classes were held in the back building of the church. It was only in 1925 that the school had a building it could call its own. After several moves, the DISDH is now located in Statenkwartier at the centre of the international zone.
The DISDH has always played an important role between Germany and its host country. The continuation of the German School after the 2nd World War marked the first initiative between Germany and the Netherlands leading to the opening of dialogue and rapprochement between the two countries. The result was a strong cultural exchange which has been upheld until today.
Students now represent over 30 nationalities. The trend in recent years for international families to choose the school is rising. School Director Dr. Hans Meyer explains why: “Education ‘Made in Germany’ is a sign of quality recognised not only at German universities and within the German labour market but also at universities across the world”. Dr. Meyer is absolutely convinced of the quality of his school and an external audit has proven him right. In 2011, the school was awarded the certificate of “Excellent German School Abroad”.
German is the basic language with Dutch, English and French taught intensively at an exceptionally high level. Children with no prior knowledge of German receive extra language instruction. The recently introduced bilingual International High School Diploma (German and English) further prepares students for the global environment in which they live today. Throughout their history, the school has always been committed to meeting the needs of their families. Full day care from 7:45 am to 6 pm for children (ages 3 to 11) is available including a holiday programme. In addition, a wide array of extracurricular activities rounds out the school day for students of all ages.
The strength of the school remains in the quality in education and individual care offered to each and every student. The German International School The Hague salutes the past 150 years of excellence and looks forward to a future rich with growth and development.