HSV International School stands for the Haagsche Schoolvereeniging which was our first primary school established in The Hague in 1901. The school opened an international department in 1986 and offers international education which is subsidised by the Dutch Ministry for Education. Children who are eligible for places at the school are those from ex-pat families who are residing in the Netherlands for a period of 3-4 years or Dutch families returning to The Netherlands for a short time before being reposted abroad.
The International Department is housed in three locations situated in different parts of The Hague. VNS is the International Department’s largest location, situated in the Benoordenhout neighbourhood. It has two forms of entry (two classes per year group) and fourteen classes in total.
The HSV is an internationally diverse school, with families from all over the world. Our International Department has children from over 50 different countries, celebrating different creeds, cultures, languages and life styles.
We offer small learning environments with a maximum of twenty children per class and teach using a globally focused curriculum. There is a curriculum framework and teachers use this to plan lessons for the children in their class according to their needs. The mathematics curriculum is taken from the National Numeracy strategy from the U.K and the literacy curriculum takes the National Literacy strategy as its foundation. The International Primary School Curriculum (IPC) is used to teach science, history and geography, ICT, design technology, music and physical education, as well as community education in an integrated way. If children join the school with limited English, individualised support is received from our EAL team.
As part of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), The HSV International Primary School has adopted the following Personal Goals:
We work with the concept of developing a growth mindset. It’s our belief that most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.
Quality assurance at the HSV takes the form of lesson observations, regular teacher surveys using assessment data, as well continual revision of an active school development plan.
There is a systematic approach to testing, assessment and tracking progress. The children’s attainment in reading and mathematics is tested on an annual basis. These tests are used in conjunction with assessment continuums for reading and mathematics to monitor pupil progress. The children also partake in writing assessments three times a year that are used to monitor progress. Information from these formal assessments, as well as informal assessments, is used to plan learning opportunities for children. Reports are sent home to parents three times a year.
Parents have the opportunity to become involved in school activities in a number of ways. For example, each location has an Activity Committee consisting of interested parents/guardians who work with teachers and parents. They help organise special activities at school e.g. Christmas, Sinterklaas, book week, Zomerfeest etc. There is a Parent Teacher Council (known as the MR in the Netherlands), which plays an important role in the communication between parents, staff and Management at the school. Finally, each class has its own Class Parent, who helps the teacher with organising various class related activities throughout the year.
Once a month the HSV holds an open morning for prospective families. At the VNS location this occurs on a Thursday. Please see the HSV website for upcoming dates.
U kunt uw kind op onze school aanmelden vanaf 3 jaar.