We stimulate students in the search for and development of their talents. We prepare them optimally for further education and for a fast-changing society, so that they can offer a lasting contribution to society as responsible world citizens.
The primary school admits children from the age of 4 years and our lower foundation group enrolls children from the age of 3. The school is open to children of all nationalities, denominations and cultures, based on the principle of equality. Because children are taught to respect one another now, they are open to “others” in the future. We are vigilant about discrimination and bullying and will always be ready to take steps to prevent it.
We live in a society with many different political and religious convictions and with people with completely different backgrounds and origins. This is especially evident in our school with its many nationalities. By working together we shape our society and prepare the children for the role they will be playing in this society.
Our core qualities, the principles we as a school stand and strive for and how we distinguish ourselves, are: development-focussed, transparency, security, respect and inter-cultural behavior.
The focus of our school is the development of the students. To best support our students, all those who are connected to the school will continually work on their own development. We are a ‘learning community’.
Transparency is an important aspect to help students, parents and staff members know where they ‘belong’ and where they can go. It is also seen in the way we communicate about the choices we make and how we make them: in cooperation with all those involved in and around the school.
Our small team structure offers students and staff a secure environment, where they both are responsible for an atmosphere of trust and respect.
Respect determines how we act and respond and relate to others. Respectful interaction is all the more significant in a school like ours, which is characterised by a wide variety of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. We see this variety as an added value to our school. We want our students and staff members to see beyond their own cultural and national boundaries and to show international mindedness.
Core qualities of the Foundation Group
The Dual Language Foundation group provides a healthy and safe environment where children learn and develop to ensure children’s “school readiness”. It gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills to build the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
In the Foundation group, we seek to provide:
- quality and consistency in our early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind;
- a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly;
- partnership working between practitioners and with parents and/or carers;
- equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.
These are our four guiding principles:
- every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
- children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
- children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers;
- and children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.