School Guide - Rivers International School Arnhem

 
School Guide
   Last Revised: 2020
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents ...............................................................................................................................2
Foreword ..............................................................................................................................................5
Educational Philosophy/Rivers Mission ..................................................................................6
Vision......................................................................................................................................................6
Description of School .......................................................................................................................6
    Address .............................................................................................................................................6
    Catchment Area .............................................................................................................................7
    Tuition and Fees............................................................................................................................7
    Admission ........................................................................................................................................8
Academic Programme .....................................................................................................................9
    Assessment, Reporting and Promotion ............................................................................ 10
    Academic Honesty ..................................................................................................................... 10
Lessons ............................................................................................................................................... 11
    Lesson Times ............................................................................................................................... 11
Holiday Schedule 2020/21 ......................................................................................................... 11
Language Philosophy .................................................................................................................... 12
Language Policy .............................................................................................................................. 12
Learning at School.......................................................................................................................... 13
    Library and Silent Study Area............................................................................................... 13
    Tablets............................................................................................................................................ 13
    Books .............................................................................................................................................. 13
    Lockers........................................................................................................................................... 13
    Bicycle parking ........................................................................................................................... 14
    Smoking ......................................................................................................................................... 14
    Sports kit for physical education......................................................................................... 14
Inclusion............................................................................................................................................. 14
    Tutors ............................................................................................................................................. 15
    Academic Support ..................................................................................................................... 15
    Support Carousel ....................................................................................................................... 15
    Support Team.............................................................................................................................. 15
    Individual Educational Plans ................................................................................................ 16

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    The Care Advice Team (ZAT – Zorg Advies Team)........................................................ 16
    Cooperation partners ............................................................................................................... 16
    Information for School Guides in Secondary Education ............................................ 17
        Welkom bij de jeugdgezondheidszorg ......................................................................... 17
        Standaard onderzoeken ..................................................................................................... 17
        Spreekuren .............................................................................................................................. 17
        Nog vragen of een afspraak maken: .............................................................................. 18
Reporting Code Domestic Violence and Child Abuse ....................................................... 18
Community of learners ................................................................................................................ 19
    Pupils .............................................................................................................................................. 19
    Parents ........................................................................................................................................... 19
    Staff ................................................................................................................................................. 20
    Management ................................................................................................................................ 20
Rules of Conduct / School Rules ............................................................................................... 21
    Common Sense ........................................................................................................................... 21
    Courtesy ........................................................................................................................................ 21
    Respect........................................................................................................................................... 21
    Personal Safety ........................................................................................................................... 21
    Learner Profile ............................................................................................................................ 21
    In general ...................................................................................................................................... 21
    School rules in settings – non-exhaustive ....................................................................... 22
General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR ....................................................................... 24
Use of Social Media ........................................................................................................................ 24
    Pupils, please note: ................................................................................................................... 24
    How to act .... ................................................................................................................................ 24
    How not to act… ......................................................................................................................... 25
Attendance ........................................................................................................................................ 26
Quality Management ..................................................................................................................... 26
    2-Yearly Quadraam Quality Survey .................................................................................... 26
    5-yearly IB Reviews .................................................................................................................. 27
    Dutch Inspection ........................................................................................................................ 27
    DP Result Analysis..................................................................................................................... 27
    CAT4................................................................................................................................................ 27
    Reports........................................................................................................................................... 27

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    Curriculum ................................................................................................................................... 28
    Yearly review of staff handbook .......................................................................................... 28
    Evaluation Talks and Lesson Evaluation ......................................................................... 28
    Description of Tasks and Responsibilities ...................................................................... 28
    Evaluation of Tasks & Responsibilities by team members ....................................... 29
    Feedback International Parent Council ............................................................................ 29
    Staff Assessment ........................................................................................................................ 29
Timetabling ....................................................................................................................................... 29
    Timetable changes/covered lessons ................................................................................. 29
Student Administration ............................................................................................................... 30
    Contact Details ............................................................................................................................ 30
Exam Administration .................................................................................................................... 30
Participation ..................................................................................................................................... 30
    Participation Council - MR ..................................................................................................... 30
    Joint Participation Council ..................................................................................................... 31
    Student Council .......................................................................................................................... 31
    International Parent Council (IPC) ..................................................................................... 31
Communication with parents .................................................................................................... 32
Information Evenings ................................................................................................................... 32
Trilateral Talks ................................................................................................................................ 32
Complaints Procedure .................................................................................................................. 33
Anti-Bullying Policy ....................................................................................................................... 34
Documentation ................................................................................................................................ 35
Networks ........................................................................................................................................... 35
Disclaimer.......................................................................................................................................... 37
Appendix ............................................................................................................................................ 38
    Appendix 1: Lesson Table at Rivers 2020/21 ................................................................ 38

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Foreword
Welcome to Rivers International School Arnhem. The purpose of this school
guide is to familiarize you with our school as well as possible. It contains
relevant information for students and parents. Where indicated, it refers to
additional documents such as policies that are not included in this document.
These documents are available in the parents’ section on ManageBac and/or on
our website.
Third-party documents may be available in Dutch only.
Should you have any questions left after reading this document, please feel free
to contact us directly at info@riversarnhem.org and we will be happy to answer
them for you.

Enjoy.

J. Katzer
Head

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Educational Philosophy/Rivers Mission
We want our students to become caring and principled world citizens. We aim to
reach this goal by stimulating their curiosity and developing their personal
academic and social potential.

Our balanced and rigorous IB programmes enable our students to gain the skills,
the breadth and depth of knowledge, and a positive attitude towards learning
that will also prepare them for success in later life.

Rivers International School Arnhem is a small and caring international
community, which is able to draw on the resources of a larger partner school. We
provide a stimulating learning environment and guide our students in an
atmosphere of intercultural understanding and respect.

Vision
We want our students to fulfil their potential both academically as well as
socially. We want them to leave with an understanding of what they have
learned at Rivers being able to say: “I have learned this at Rivers” and with the
knowledge that they have learned as much as they could possibly learn.

Description of School

Address
Rivers International School Arnhem
Parnassusstraat 20
6846 RB Arnhem
The Netherlands
Tel.:    + 39 (0)26 – 320 2840
Fax:     + 39 (0)26 – 320 0113
E-mail:           info@riversarnhem.org
Website:          www.riversarnhem.org

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Rivers International School Arnhem is part of Lorentz Lyceum, which in turn falls
under the authority of De Gelderse Onderwijsgroep Quadraam (Quadraam). The
school’s brinnummer number is 20TZ12. The principal of Lorentz Lyceum is Mr
W. Zwart. The Head of Rivers International School Arnhem is Mr J. Katzer.
More information concerning Lorentz Lyceum can be found at
https://www.lorentzlyceum.nl/over-ons/. More information concerning
Quadraam can be found at https://www.quadraam.nl/over-quadraam.

Catchment Area
The school caters for students in the region of Arnhem – Nijmegen –
Wageningen, the region of Gelderland, and the border area with Germany, i.e.,
the county of Cleves.

Tuition and Fees
At Rivers we believe that you have to be able to plan the future of your children
in financial terms. In order to be able to do this, we have created the School fees –
Terms and Conditions document for you. It provides an overview over the school
fees and all additional costs you may face and states all rules, regulations and
procedures.

Rivers International School Arnhem is officially recognised by the Dutch Ministry
of Education, which contributes funds to the school.
Students resident in the Netherlands can be admitted to Rivers secondary if they
fulfil the requirements of the Regulation on International Oriented Secondary
Schools 2010 (IGVO-regeling 2010, article 8.)
In order to attend Rivers, payment of school fees is compulsory and does not fall
under the criteria of the “voluntary parents contribution” set by the Dutch
Ministry of Education for primary and secondary school in the Netherlands.
School fees are set annually, in accordance with Dutch International School
Guidelines (artikel 73 WVO jo art. 9 Beleidsregel Internationaal georiënteerd
voortgezet onderwijs – see IGBO/VO website).

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School fees are needed to fulfil the educational aims and duties of Rivers. They
are used for reducing class size, additional classrooms, support staff,
professional development courses in English, lunch supervision, the provision of
a modern, caring and supportive learning environment, membership of
international organisations and accreditation services, hiring staff
internationally, to provide translations and for resources from abroad.

School fees are subject to change. Parents should expect school fees to increase
by a cost of living adjustment on an annual basis in line with the Consumer Price
Index (Consumenten Prijsindex, CPI). Above the CPI, additional factors can lead to
a further increase in school fees of 3 – 5%, such as, for example, an increase in
public-sector salaries; a decrease in the government’s educational subsidies; an
increase in membership and accreditation fees; an increase in licensing fees for
essential educational and administrative software.

The School fees – Terms and Conditions gives you an overview of all ruling terms
and conditions concerning school fees and additional costs. School Fees and
Additional Costs details all costs for the academic year together with payment
details and deadlines. Thirdly, the Non-Payment Policy details what happens in
case parents/companies should fall behind with payments.
The Fee Agreement constitutes a binding contract between parents and school
that all parents have to fill in and sign in order to be admitted to Rivers
International School Arnhem.

The School Fees – Terms and Conditions are available on ManageBac and on our
website. The Fee Agreement will be sent to parents during the yearly
(re)registration process.

Admission
Students who fall under the Dutch Compulsory Education Law (Article 11g and
article 14, 1969 - Leerplichtwet 1969), Secondary Education Law (artikel 27,
Wvo) and under Regulation on International Oriented Secondary Schools 2010
(IGVO-regeling 2010, article 8.) can be admitted to Rivers.

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Further, admission is regulated through our Admissions Policy which can be
found in the parents’ section of ManageBac and on our website.

Academic Programme
Rivers International School Arnhem falls under the Dutch law on Secondary
Education (Wet op het voortgezet onderwijs, 14 februari 1963).
The rules of the Collective Labour Agreement for Secondary Education
(Collectieve Arbeidsovereenkomst voor het voortgezet onderwijs, CAO VO 2015-15)
apply.

Rivers International School Arnhem also follows the rules and regulations of the
International Baccalaureate Organisation concerning authorisation and offering
of Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

The DP curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the DP core, comprising
Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the Extended
Essay. Students may opt to study an additional sciences, individuals and
societies, or languages course, instead of a course in the arts. The IB recommends
a minimum of 240 hours of teaching for DP HL and 150 hours of teaching for DP
SL courses. For TOK 100 hours of instruction are set.
MYP comprises eight subject groups. The MYP requires at least 50 hours of
teaching time for each subject group in each year of the programme. In years 4
and 5, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject
groups within certain limits. At least 70 hours of teaching time for each subject
group is recommended for certification.

Rivers International School Arnhem Secondary Department is made up of six
year groups. The first four, MYP2 – MYP5, follow the International Baccalaureate
Organisation’s (IBO) Middle Years Programme, the last two, DP1 & 2, follow the
IBO’s Diploma Programme.

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Assessment, Reporting and Promotion
Assessment, Reporting and promotion are described in the respective policies
which can be found on ManageBac. These policies are:

    •    Teaching, Learning, Assessment and Reporting in the Diploma Programme
    •    Assessment Policy MYP
    •    Promotion Guidelines

Academic Honesty
We aim to foster a shared understanding and approach to academic honesty at
Rivers. In our Academic Honesty policy, we define standards, expectations,
behaviours and thus aid the development of the necessary skills and attitude to
succeed.
The Academic Honesty policy can be found on ManageBac.

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Lessons
The lesson allocation at Rivers can be found in Appendix 1 – Lesson Table at
Rivers 2020/21.

Lesson Times

 Period 1               08.30-09.30
 Period 2               09.35-10.35
 Break
 Period 3               11.00-12.00
 Period 4               12.05-13.05
 Break
 Period 5               13.35-14.35
 Period 6               14.35-15.35
 Break
 Period 7               15.55-16.55
 Period 8               16.55-17.55

Holiday Schedule 2020/21

Autumn                      17 – 25 October 2020
Christmas                   19 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
Spring                      13 – 21 February 2021
Easter                      5 April 2021
May                         24 April – 9 May 2021
Ascension                   13 – 16 May 2021
Whitsun/Pentecost           22 – 24 May 2021
Summer                      24 July – 5 September 2021

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Language Philosophy

The language of instruction at Rivers International School Arnhem in both the
IB-MYP and IB-DP programmes is English.
The English language is tightly linked to cognitive growth of students in our
school, because it is the process by which meaning and knowledge is negotiated
and constructed. It is the main tool for building our knowledge of the universe
and our place in it. Language then, is central to learning, as well as to literacy,
and is thus closely related to success in our school.

We further the students’ learning in the English language in our Language A and
Language B courses. Many learners in our school are constructing knowledge in
a language that is not their mother tongue. Therefore, language learning is not
confined to the English courses and takes place in all other disciplines. All
teachers at Rivers International School are language teachers.

Language is also integral to exploring and sustaining personal development and
cultural identity. We promote and organise the continued learning by our
students of their mother tongue.

Language Policy

With our Language Policy, we aim to promote:

    •    Multiculturalism and multilingualism as the norm.
    •    Multiculturalism and multilingualism as a source for understanding,
         appreciation and enrichment on a personal, academic and social level.
    •    The importance of bilingualism as a key to academic success.
    •    The importance of Mother Tongue as the key to full bilingualism.
    •    Cognitive, linguistic, social and personal development.
    •    The accessibility of our school to the community.

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For further information, please refer to our Language Policy which can be found
on ManageBac.

Learning at School

Library and Silent Study Area
The library and Silent Study Area are open to pupils from Monday to Friday. Both
provide the opportunity to consult resources, perform research and to study
individually.
Library and Silent Study Area are quiet rooms to allow for focused and
undistracted learning.
Our Research and Resources Assistant is available to our pupils for consultation
and support.

Tablets
School provides all students with an iPad to facilitate teaching and learning.
Pupils sign and adhere to an acceptable use policy. Printing for pupils is available
after payment.

Books
Textbooks are handed out at the beginning of the school year. School provides
books free of charge to parents. Pupils treat them with care.

Lockers
A locker is available for every pupil and assigned at the start of the academic
year. They can be opened with a school pass. Lockers are used to store personal
items and school materials. No other items may be stored in a locker. The pupil is
responsible for the content of his/her locker. For the replacement of a lost school
pass, € 7,50 will be charged. If the school pass has been forgotten at home, the
concierge can open the locker during break.

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The municipality may perform a check of lockers at least once a year. This check
will happen in the presence of the police and will not be announced previously.
Pupils and parents are informed once the check has been performed.

Bicycle parking
Bicycles, mopeds or scooters are to be locked in the appropriate spaces. These
spaces are not guarded, and their use is at your own risk. The school cannot be
held liable for theft or any damage.

Smoking
Rivers is a smoke free campus.

Sports kit for physical education
Rivers has its own sports outfit. Pupils will receive a sports t-shirt from school at
the start of the year and are obliged to wear it during P.E. lessons. The costs for
replacing a sports outfit are € 18,00.
Non-marking sport shoes are to be worn in the gym.

Inclusion

Inclusion at Rivers aims to support and promote an inclusive culture throughout
the school, enabling all children to achieve their full academic and social
potential, overcoming barriers to learning and participation.
Further to the information provided below, please also consult our Inclusion
Code available on ManageBac.
Please also consult Lorentz Lyceum schoolondersteuningsprofiel available on
ManageBac.

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Tutors
The tutor monitors the development of the academic and social potential of the
tutees under his or her supervision, advises and supports the tutees in this
respect and liaises with teachers, coordinators of CAS or Action as Service as well
as the MYP or DP coordinator and with the Inclusion Officer if so required, in
order to arrange for the best possible support of the tutee.
Secondly, the tutor communicates and reports on the development of the
academic and social potential of the tutees, with the tutees, parents or guardians,
teachers and future tutors.

Academic Support
The school offers a Boosting Club. This club is run by DP2 students and provides
support in all subjects to lower years. Participation is voluntary.

Support Carousel
For students who can benefit from extra support in the field of skills
development or resilience, there is a support carousel: a continuous range of
courses that students can join after referral from the tutor.
The support carousel includes the following items:

    •    Executive skills
    •    Dealing with gloomy thoughts or worry
    •    Resilience training
    •    Performance anxiety reduction training
    •    Social skills training

Support Team
Student support is preferably provided in the classroom and, where necessary,
outside. Where additional support is needed, the Lorentz Lyceum/Rivers
internal support team will investigate which additional support can be provided
at school. We strive for tailormade solutions as far as possible. Involvement of

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parents is of great importance here. Their stimulating, supporting (and
sometimes also controlling) role is a necessary condition for the success of the
counselling.
The support team includes the school psychologist, the neighbourhood coach
and the support coordinators. The support team meets regularly to discuss
students. The relevant tutor, and when necessary coordinator, join to discuss the
pupil in question.

Individual Educational Plans
If your child already has an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) from primary
school, we will talk to you to determine the support needed and to make
agreements about how we will meet this.
Should a pupil not have an IEP but require one school will set up one.

The Care Advice Team (ZAT – Zorg Advies Team)
Sometimes it can help to discuss a student in the Care Advice Team (ZAT). In
consultation with parents (and the relevant pupil), advice can be requested in a
wider team (with external bodies). For procedures and further information,
please contact school.

Cooperation partners
Rivers offers a wide range of in-house support options. Still, the school cannot
address every support case. For these cases, we can rely on our cooperation
partners outside school in consultation with parents and pupils.
A neighbourhood coach from the municipality is connected to the support team.
We also work in close consultation with the school doctor and the Regional
Office for Student Affairs (RBL) and, if necessary, with emergency services.
We do so together with the support team from Lorentz Lyceum. The complete
overview of support that Lorentz Lyceum/Rivers can offer can be found in the
School Support Profile (schoolondersteuningsprofiel - SOP) and the Inclusion Code
of Practice, which you can find on ManageBac and our website. Please note that
this document is available only in Dutch.

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Information for School Guides in Secondary Education
The GGD Gelderland-Midden (Regional Health Service) provides the following
information about their services:

Welkom bij de jeugdgezondheidszorg
De Jeugdgezondheidszorg (JGZ) helpt bij het gezond en veilig opgroeien van
kinderen van 0 tot 18 jaar. Dit doet de JGZ op het consultatiebureau, op school en
in de wijk. Iedere school heeft een eigen JGZ-team, bestaande uit een
doktersassistent, een jeugd- verpleegkundige en jeugdarts.

Standaard onderzoeken
Op het voortgezet onderwijs krijgen jongeren twee standaard onderzoeken, é én
in de onderbouw en é én in de bovenbouw. De onderzoeken zijn bedoeld om stil
te staan bij de gezondheid en het leven van de jongere op school, thuis en in de
vrije tijd. In de onderbouw wordt er in de klas een vragenlijst afgenomen en
jongeren en ouders worden gevraagd thuis een vragenlijst in te vullen. De JGZ-
medewerker voert aan de hand van deze vragenlijsten en eventuele signalen van
de mentor een gesprek met de jongere. De jongere wordt gewogen en gemeten.
In klas 4 wordt een vragenlijst digi- taal afgenomen, de gezondheidscheck.
Ouders/verzorgers zijn bij de onderzoeken niet aanwezig. Als er vragen of
twijfels zijn over de gezondheid, emoties, relaties, seks, alcohol & drugs of een
ander onderwerp, dan kunnen die gesteld worden via de antwoordbrief of per
mail rechtstreeks aan de JGZ-medewerker. De nadruk van het onderzoek ligt op
hoe het met de jongere gaat.

Spreekuren
Zijn er bijzonderheden of vragen dan kan er altijd een afspraak gemaakt worden
bij de jeugdverpleegkundige of jeugdarts. Dit is mogelijk voor jongeren uit alle
klassen van de school. Aanmelding voor het spreekuur kan gedaan worden door
de jongere zelf, zijn/haar ouder(s), als ook door school/ de mentor.

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Nog vragen of een afspraak maken:
www.vggm.nl/ggd/jeugdengezondheid
Stuur een email naar: ggd@vggm.nl
Of bel ons op werkdagen tussen 9.00-17.00 Tel: 088-355 60 00
JouwGGD.nl (website met informatie voor jongeren)
JGZ-team, Doktersassistent, Jeugdverpleegkundige en Jeugdarts

Reporting Code Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
According to the law each school must have a reporting code on domestic
violence and child abuse. The reporting code is intended as an aid for all
employees of the school when dealing with signals of domestic violence or child
abuse among students.

    •    Domestic violence: physical, mental or sexual violence or the threat
         thereof by someone in the domestic sphere.
    •    Child abuse: every form of threatening or violent interaction of a physical,
         psychological or sexual nature, actively or passively imposed upon a
         minor in a dependant or tied relationship by a parent or other adult,
         whereby serious damage of a physical or psychological nature is or might
         be inflicted upon the child.

This reporting code is applicable for all persons employed within the school, as
well as for interns, volunteers and contractors.
The purpose of the reporting code is, where necessary, to offer quick and
adequate help to the student concerned. This can be done by either reporting it
to Veilig Thuis (Safe at Home) and/or by providing help themselves. The steps
from the reporting code may aid in making clear what action(s) can be
undertaken by the school.

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The reporting code is an aid and does not constitute a reporting duty1. The
decision whether or not to report a suspicion of domestic violence or child abuse
to Veilig Thuis2, is the result of a professional deliberation that is made within the
school on the basis of the steps set out in the reporting code.

The content of this reporting code complies with the statutory requirements,
including the Besluit verplichte meldcode huiselijk geweld en kindermishandeling
[Decision on obligatory reporting code domestic violence and child abuse]
(amended as of 1 January 2019). The deliberation framework in the reporting
code (step 4 and 5) is derived directly from the framework created for the
education sector.

The responsibility for the correct implementation of the reporting code lies with
the principal/director/central management of the school. The implementation is
done (among other things) by means of good communication and publication,
professionalisation (training) and including the reporting code in the induction
of new employees.

The Reporting Code concerning domestic violence and child abuse is available on
ManageBac and on our website.

Community of learners
Pupils

Our pupil body is made up of over 40 different nationalities.

Parents

1 A reporting duty does apply for suspicions of a sexual offence committed by an employee of the school against a(n) (underage)
student.
This reporting duty applies for all employees of the school. They are obliged the report to the competent authority and the
competent authority must then immediately consult with the confidential inspector of the education inspectorate. This
reporting code does not monitor this.

2 Veilig Thuis is the advice and reporting office for domestic violence and child abuse. Veilig Thuis is open to all victims,
perpetrators and concerned bystanders. The aid workers of Veilig Thuis answer questions and give advice. The aid worker also
investigates to see which professional help is needed. Further information:
https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/contact/contactgids/veiligthuis

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Most our parents have an expatriate background by either being a foreign
knowledge worker or Dutch nationals who have lived and worked abroad for at
least two years at the moment of registration. Some parents enrol their children
to prepare for a move abroad.

The school maintains close contact with parents. Parents receive regular
information via ManageBac, our website, Information Evenings and Parent-tutor
Meetings.

Staff

All Rivers teachers are experienced teachers. They participate in Continuous
Professional Development to successfully teach the IB programmes. All teachers
teaching at Rivers are proficient in the English Language as certified through the
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency gained within the first two years of
permanent employment.
Staff are internationally minded and consider themselves life-long learners.
Staff identify with the school’s mission and vision and are aware and endorse the
school’s policies. They follow agreed standards and procedures.
Staff take an active role and are leading in their continuous professional
development (cpd). The school may request PD depending on its needs if needed.

Management

The management of Rivers Secondary is constituted of the Head of Rivers, the DP
and the MYP – Coordinator.
The head is responsible for the quality of teaching, learning and administration
of the school. The Diploma Programme Coordinator is responsible for the
implementation and successful running of the Diploma Programme and is the
educational and pastoral leader of DP. The Middle Years Programme Coordinator
is responsible for the implementation and successful running of the Middle Years
Programme and is the educational and pastoral leader of MYP.

Head and coordinators meet regularly.

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Rules of Conduct / School Rules
Rules of conduct are based on common sense, courtesy, respect, personal safety,
and are designed to support a safe and caring learning environment and the
development and application of Learner Profile attributes.

Common Sense
By common sense, we understand the natural human sensitivity for other
humans, the environment and the community leading to desirable action.

Courtesy
By courtesy, we understand polished manners which we display at all times.

Respect
We show respect towards the needs and feelings of others. We act to make a
positive difference in the lives of others.

Personal Safety
With our behaviour and actions, we keep ourselves and others out of danger and
thus protect others and the environment.

Learner Profile
We relate our rules of conduct to the following Learner Profile Attributes: Caring,
Principled, Thinkers, Reflective, and Communicators.

In general
With all our words and actions, we actively contribute to a safe, courteous,
healthy and respectful atmosphere at school.
We are polite, respectful and courteous to each other and visitors.
At all times, we behave so to bring credit upon the school.
We arrive punctually to school, lessons, and appointments with all equipment
necessary.
We keep our personal items and school equipment in the appropriate places.
In and outside the classroom, we work hard and allow others to do the same.
We use the blue “Rivers” stairs during the day to move through the building.
During breaks we stay in the main hall or on the playground.

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We eat and drink in the main hall only.
We dress appropriately for school.
We follow a healthy lifestyle.
We follow instructions.

School rules in settings – non-exhaustive

 Setting                Common        Courtesy             Respect       Safety
                        Sense
 All common areas       Be where      Use kind words and   Clean up      Move quietly
                        you are       actions              after         from place to
                        with a        Use indoor voice     yourself      place
                        purpose                            Pick up       Walk down the
                                                           litter when   right side of the
                                                           you see it    hallways/stairs
                                                           Use indoor    Keep hands, feet,
                                                           voice         objects to
                                                           No public     yourself
                                                           display of    Follow
                                                           romance       directions
 Bathroom               Report        Use indoor voice     Clean up      Keep water in
                        problems      Make appropriate     after         the sink
                        or            use of facilities    yourself      Return to room
                        vandalism                          Wash hands    promptly
                                                           with soap
                                                           Respect
                                                           others’
                                                           privacy
 Hallways               Go            Use kind words and   Use quiet     Stay to the right
                        directly to   actions              voice         Walk at all times
                        where you                                        Allow others to
                        need to go                                       pass

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                                                            Keep body     Walk facing
                                                            and objects   forward
                                                            to self       Keep hands, feet,
                                                            No public     objects to
                                                            display of    yourself
                                                            romance
 Cafeteria              Observe       Observe table         Use quiet     Walk at all times
                        general       manners               voice         Hold tray with
                        health and                          Use good      both hands
                        safety                              manners
                        rules                               Clean up
                                                            your area
                                                            Respect
                                                            others’
                                                            privacy
 Playground             Be aware      Include everyone      Use kind      Use equipment
                        of activity                         words and     safely and
                        around                              actions       appropriately
                        you                                 Return all
                        Take care                           equipment
                        of clothing                         No public
                        and                                 display of
                        equipment                           romance
 Special                Follow        Arrive on time        Respect       Sit on your
 Events/Outings         directions    Use audience          personal      bottom
                                      manners               space         Stay in
                                      Actively listen to                  designated areas
                                      speakers/performers                 Follow
                                      Behave so to bring                  directions
                                      credit upon the
                                      school

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 Arrival/Departure Arrive and         Behave so to bring       Use kind        Use pavements
                        leave on      credit upon the          words and       and pedestrian
                        time          school                   actions         crossings
                        Make after                             Walk at all
                        school                                 times
                        plans
                        before
                        school

General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR
Information and consent forms are sent to parents during (re-)registration. This
information is also available on our website and on ManageBac.

Use of Social Media
Rules of conduct apply, mutatis mutandis, to the use of social media.

Pupils, please note:

    •    You are always personally responsible for what you put online.
    •    Online information is almost always permanently on the internet and can
         be found by anyone who is looking for it.
    •    The boundaries of what is punishable on the internet are clear. The laws
         and rules laid down in the Criminal Code (Wetboek van Strafrecht) also
         apply to the internet. What is not allowed in real life, is also not allowed
         on the internet.
    •    In case of criminal conduct, such as threats, libel or slander, the school
         management will take measures in addition to the measures taken by the
         police and/or the judicial authorities.

How to act ....

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    •    On the internet, too, I behave respectfully, so I only post positive
         messages or videos.
    •    I think about the consequences before I share, retweet or forward
         something.
    •    I have a neat profile picture.
    •    When I put something on the internet where others are visible or
         something that is about others, I always ask permission first.
    •    When I use my phone in class and specifically social media, I only do so
         with prior permission from the teacher.
    •    If I come across something online that may result in feelings of insecurity
         for myself, fellow students or staff (such as online bullying, belittling or
         threatening), I discuss this with my parents, my mentor or with the safety
         coordinator. I myself do not respond online.
    •    If I am bullied, harassed or threatened online, I save the messages and
         make print screens of, for example, Facebook, twitter or Instagram. When
         you report this, this can act as evidence for the police and school
         management.

How not to act…

    •    It is not wise to post personal information on social media (for example
         address, school or telephone number).
    •    I do not post personal information of others online.
    •    I will not post anything on the internet where others are visible or where
         others are concerned without their consent. This also applies to
         forwarding or sharing messages.
    •    I do not put strange photos, videos or messages online. I don't put
         negative posts about the school online.
    •    I do not swear on social media, nor do I bully, harass or threaten anyone. I
         also don't bother anyone.
    •    I do not send annoying messages under a made-up name or by making
         use of someone else's name.

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Attendance
Regular attendance at school is essential to ensure uninterrupted progress and
to enable children to develop their full academic and social potential. Moreover,
attending school is compulsory for all children up to the age of 18 in the
Netherlands. Parents/Wardens have a legal duty to ensure that their child
attends school regularly and arrives on time. Failure to do so may result in legal
actions by the local authorities. As school, we have the legal duty to keep a
record of a child’s/ward’s attendance and to inform the local authorities should a
child/ward not attend regularly.

At times, exceptional personal circumstances (Exceptional Circumstances) may
arise where a student requires a special leave of absence. Only situations that are
beyond the control or influence of either the parents or students, or where there
are grounds to indicate social or medical reasons for the absence are admissible.

For further information regarding attendance, how to report short-time absence
and how to request a leave of absence, please refer to our Attendance Policy
which can be found on ManageBac.
Additional information can be acquired from the region's School Attendance
Inspector, Leerlingzaken Midden-Gelre, at info@rblmidden-gelre.nl or at
www.rblmidden-gelre.nl.

Quality Management
Rivers makes use of the following tools to monitor and manage quality of
teaching, learning, processes and procedures.

2-Yearly Quadraam Quality Survey
Rivers takes part in the 2-yearly Quadraam Quality Survey. Rivers’ results are
reported separately from Lorentz Lyceum.
The outcome of these surveys informs the school development plan.

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5-yearly IB Reviews
As authorised IBO schools, we undergo 5-yearly evaluations of both DP and MYP
performed by the IBO in the form of a self-reflection. Management, staff, students
and parents are involved.
The results of these evaluations inform the school development plan.

Dutch Inspection
The Dutch Inspectorate performs inspections at Rivers International School
Arnhem. The results of these inspections inform the school development plan.

DP Result Analysis
All DP exam results are analysed every year. The feedback provided by the IB
concerning internal assessment is part of this analysis.
The subject results are analysed by student and by subject group/subject. The
student results are put into context over a 3-years period, i.e., MYP5 – DP2.
The exam results and internal assessment feedback is discussed with each
subject teacher. Targets are set per subject/teacher.

CAT4
All students sit Cognitive Ability Tests (CAT) at several points throughout their
academic career at Rivers. Part of the CAT4 results are predicted grades for a
number of subjects in MYP and DP. These are regularly cross-referenced with
reporting grades and with the final exam grade. Discrepancies may lead to
further investigations where indicated.

Reports
Reports are provided four times a year starting with a First Impression report,
reporting on core skills and followed by Progress report 1, 2 and 3.
Ongoing assessment is recorded on ManageBac.
Regular checks of ongoing assessment are performed by the DP and MYP
Coordinator.

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First Impression and Progress Reports are checked by tutors and DP and MYP
Coordinators.

Curriculum
Curriculum is recorded in ManageBac making use of unit planners for both MYP
and DP. Horizontal and Vertical Planning is taking place and is being recorded
separately by DP and MYP Coordinator.
DP and MYP Coordinators perform regular checks on ManageBac unit planners
and keep Horizontal and Vertical Planning up-to-date.

Yearly review of staff handbook
The Rivers staff handbook contains all information relevant to teachers in order
to perform their duties.
The staff handbook is revised on a yearly basis by DP and MYP Coordinator.

Evaluation Talks and Lesson Evaluation
Regular talks between members of staff and the head take place at the beginning
and towards the end of the academic year. These are planning and evaluation
talks.
The head visits lessons at least once a year.
The DP & MYP Coordinator, as educational leaders, also appraises staff and visit
lessons. This also involves a student questionnaire.
Feedback to staff is provided following a lesson visit and on the appraisal. The
appraisal outcome may become part of the head’s evaluation, too.

Description of Tasks and Responsibilities
Elements of quality management are specified in staff Tasks and Responsibilities
descriptions.

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Evaluation of Tasks & Responsibilities by team members
Tasks and Responsibilities are used as job description of different functions
within the school specifying expectations and tasks to be performed for a given
function.
Tasks and Responsibilities are revised on a need-be basis.

Feedback International Parent Council
Regular meetings with the IPC provides input from parents towards the running
of the school in terms of processes, procedures and communication.
Where possible, these are dealt with ad hoc or may inform the school
development plan.

Staff Assessment
Rivers makes use of Quadraam’s policy on hiring, inducting and evaluating new
staff. Rivers also makes use of Lorentz Lyceum’s/Rivers’ “gesprekcyclus” in order
to develop staff members professionally. Please also see Quality Management –
Evaluation Talks and Lesson Evaluation.

Timetabling
Rivers is timetabled together with Lorentz Lyceum.

Timetable changes/covered lessons
At times, a teacher might be absent or otherwise unable to teach a class. We try
and cover all classes with our educational assistant who will supervise classes of
absent teachers. Where this is not possible, students may be asked to study
independently. Where such a class is a first or last lesson, we may ask students to
stay at home or send them home and do the provided work there.
Resulting changes to the timetable can be found online via the Learning Portal of
our website.

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Student Administration
All students are administered making use of magister. Attendance is monitored
through ManageBac. Weekly overviews concerning students’ attendance are
produced and followed up on by tutors. Prolonged absence is dealt with by the
DP and MYP coordinator who will liaise with the respective School Attendance
Inspector (leerlingzaken).
All students and parents will be provided with access to ManageBac.

Contact Details
It is of high importance that the school has the correct addresses of parents or
guardians and pupils not only to communicate effectively but also to be able to
reach you quickly in case of an emergency. Please ensure that all changes to your
contact details are communicated to us in a timely fashion via
info@riversarnhem.org.

Exam Administration
Exams and external assessment are administered by the DP Coordinator for DP
exams and assessment and the MYP Coordinator for MYP external assessment
following the rules and regulations set out by the IBO.

Participation

Participation Council - MR

By law, every school in the Netherlands is linked with a Participation Council, the
so-called medezeggenschapsraad (MR). This is a participation council, in which
elected representatives of teachers, students and their parents are consulted by
the school management over matters concerning the management of the school.
As prescribed by law, there are separate MRs for the Secondary and Primary
sections of the school.

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The MR holds, according to legislation, two types of rights: the right of advice
(adviesrecht) and the right of approval (instemmingrecht). Matters in which
either right can be used are specified by law.
The MR meets with school management on a regular basis.
There is no separate MR for Rivers. Rivers is represented in Lorentz Lyceum MR
through a parent and a student attending.
A Rivers working group pre-discusses MR issues with the Head of River and the
Director of Lorentz Lyceum.

Joint Participation Council
The Joint Participation Council (gemeenschappelijke medezeggenschapsraad -
GMR) is responsible for the participation of schools that fall under the Quadraam
board. This GMR includes parents/guardians, pupils and staff of Quadraam
Schools. More information about this can be found at www.quadraam.nl.

Student Council

Pupils elect a Student Council yearly that represents student voice to
management. The Student Council has a constitution it follows. The student
council meets regularly and has regular meetings with the head. The Student
Council plays an active role in the school community.

International Parent Council (IPC)
The International Parents Council (IPC) is a group of voluntary parents who
meet regularly. They support parents, organise social activities in and outside
school for students and parents and are involved in extra-curricular activities.
The IPC meets regularly with the head of school. Each class is represented by a
parent class representative. These also meet with programme coordinators.

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Communication with parents
We would like to establish good contact and effective communication with all
parents and guardians in order to inform, advise, discuss everything related to
your child’s/warden’s education.
Official communication from school will go through ManageBac. It is important
that you keep us informed about contact details changes so that communication
can reach you.
The fourteen schools that fall under the Quadraam Foundation all use the same
guidelines for the provision of information to divorced parents. Law stipulates
that a school must provide information about the progress of a pupil to their
parents, guardians or carers. This also applies if the parents are divorced. If both
parents retain custody after the pupil, the school has a duty to inform both
parents equally. If one of the parents has lost custody, the parent charged with
custody has an obligation to keep the other parent informed of important
matters concerning the child.
If this is not desirable in your situation, we request that you submit a written
request to this effect to the management.

Information Evenings
Throughout the year a number of information evenings take place. During those
we inform parents and guardians on a variety of aspects concerning school life
and provide an opportunity to have questions answered. Parents will be invited
to these.

Trilateral Talks
At Rivers, we believe strongly that our pupils should take ownership of their
learning. Part of this pedagogical concept is that we provide your children with
opportunities to do so.

A Trilateral Talk is a meeting of your son/daughter, his/her tutor and yourself.

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During these talks:
    •     your son/daughter will give a presentation to you and his/her tutor
    •     your son/daughter informs you about his/her school performance,
          celebrating successes and highlighting areas for improvement; these
          include the academic development, development in skills and social
          development (IB learner profile) and progress in Personal Project or
          Extended Essay (if applicable)
    •     your son/daughter and the tutor have received information from all
          teachers beforehand
    •     there is room for you to discuss the performance with your child and
          his/her tutor

All parents and guardians are invited to these trilateral talks and are expected to
attend.

Personal Contact
The tutor is the first point of contact for all parents. If necessary, the tutor will
refer parents/guardians to teachers, coordinators or the head.

Complaints Procedure
The Board of Quadraam has drawn up a Complaints Procedure that applies to all
schools under the authority of the Board. This Procedure explains which
agreements have been made with regard to the way complaints are handled. You
can download the Complaints Procedure from the website (www.quadraam.nl)
or request a copy via email (bestuur@quadraam.nl ) or by telephone via 026-
3208800. You can also find it on our website.

The Complaints Procedure indicates that, in the first instance, your complaint
should be addressed to:
1. the Contact Person of the school, Mrs A. Noorani, a.noorani@riversarnhem.org
and then

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2. the External Confidential Advisor of the Board, Mrs. Nicoline Broekhuis, email:
n.broekhuis@outlook.com.

Anti-Bullying Policy
At Rivers, we believe that all students and staff are responsible for creating a
safe, caring and protective environment in which everyone can work and learn in
an atmosphere free from intimidation.
Bullying is perceived to be unacceptable and if occurring will be dealt with until
it stops.
Attention will be given to all concerned, including those bullied, the bully or
bullies and the group in which it occurs.

An act of bullying can be described as:

    •    being called names or teased

    •    being physically abused or emotionally threatened

    •    being forced to do things

    •    receiving abusive or threatening text messages or e-mails

    •    being the victim of rumours or gossip

    •    being wilfully ignored or left out of group activities

    •    being the target of negative attention due to religious belief, gender or
         sexuality, disability, appearance, ethnic background, race, etc.

The above list is not exhaustive but merely represents the most common forms
of bullying. To list all forms of bullying is beyond the scope of this policy.
The following definition is applied:

            Any action of students in or outside the classroom that makes
            another student feel unhappy or uncomfortable and continues even
            after the student has made it clear that s/he wants it to stop should
            be considered a form of bullying.

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Additional information concerning prevention, reporting and action taken can be
found in our Anti-Bullying Policy available on our website and on ManageBac.

Documentation
The vast number of documents and policies in school makes it impossible to
include all of them in our School Guide. A large number of these documents can
be found either on our website or in ManageBac in the parents’ section under
Policies and Useful Documents.
Should you have difficulties finding a desired document, please contact
info@riversarnhem.org and we will assist you in finding what you are looking
for.

Networks
Rivers International School Arnhem and Lorentz Lyceum are part of Quadraam,
Gelderse Education Group (www.quadraam.nl).
Lorentz Lyceum and Rivers participate in the following national and
international networks:

       •   The Secondary Education Platform (het Voortgezet Onderwijs (VO)
           Platform)
       •   Partnership VO Arnhem, Betuwe, Veluwe
       •   Regional network Appropriate Education Arnhem (Passend Onderwijs)
       •   Learning Region Arnhem
       •   Regional Network Achterhoekse Schools
       •   European Platform TTO
       •   TTO - National network and Network East Region
       •   Dutch International Secondary Schools - DISS
       •   European Council of International Schools - ECIS
       •   International Baccalaureate Organization - IBO
       •   Anglia English
       •   POVO (Consultation primary education secondary education)

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    •    Cambridge English
    •    Confucius
    •    Erasmus +
    •    IMYC
    •    Unesco
    •    Directieleden Netwerk Arnhem - DNA

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Disclaimer

Dear reader,

We have compiled this school guide as carefully as possible, so that you get a
clear and complete picture of our school keeping in mind the requirements
imposed by the government on the content of school guides as well as the needs
of our pupils and parents/guardians.
In the context of quality assurance, we strive to do better every time. We can use
your help in this. We appreciate it if you give us feedback on this guide. Your
comments and suggestions will be treated seriously.

You can respond by telephone or e-mail: +31 (0)26 3202840,
info@riversarnhem.org.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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Appendix

Appendix 1: Lesson Table at Rivers 2020/21

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