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Dear Parents,

We are proud to present the School Guide 2018-2019 for Secondary
education at the European School The Hague (ESH). The information
in this guide applies to all students and parents in the Secondary cycle
and provides an overview of the organisation of the school and the
teaching. We are an officially accredited European School providing
multilingual and multicultural education.

In the Secondary school we prepare our students for the European
Baccalaureate. This school year is a milestone in our history as we will
see our first year of graduates complete the European Baccalaureate.

We are also starting this new school year at a new school location.
This School Guide is a dynamic document and we aim to update it
but we recommend that you regularly check our website and the
Parent Portal for the most recent version and additional information
not contained in this School Guide.

On behalf of the staff of the ESH, I wish our students a successful
school year.

Frans van de Kerkhof MPA, MES
Director European School The Hague

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“Educated side by side, untroubled from                                           1)	Practical Information:                                                   7) 	 Communication with Students                           18
infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with                                        A Day in the Life of ESH                                           4
                                                                                                                                                                8) 	Learning and support                                20
all that is great and good in the different                                       2) 	Secondary School:
cultures, it will be borne in upon them as they                                         The Curriculum                                                    8     9) 	 Beyond the Curriculum                                22
mature that they belong together. Without                                         3) 	Secondary School Structure:                                            10) Contact details external organisations 23
ceasing to look to their own lands with love and                                         Language Teaching                                               12
                                                                                                                                                                		 Holiday Calendar                                        24
pride, they will become in mind Europeans,                                        4) 	 Assessment                                                       13
schooled and ready to complete and consolidate                                                                                                                  		 European National Days                                  25
                                                                                  5) 	 Reporting to Parents                                             14
the work of their fathers before them, to bring                                                                                                                 11) Index                                                  26
into being a united and thriving Europe.”                                         6) 	 Communication with Parents                                       16
Jean Monnet

School Management                                                                 Absences / Special Leave Request                                              We are a part of the Stichting Rijnlands Lyceum
Director: Mr Frans van de Kerkhof                                                                                          Executive Director: Dr. M. W. Knoester
Deputy Director Secondary:
Mr Francois Roosegaarde Bisschop (Ad Interim)                                     Admissions & Administration Secondary School                                  Contact information
Assistant Deputy Director: Ms Floriane Bruna                                      Ms Anke Lutkenhues                                                            P.O. Box 486, 2240 AL Wassenaar
Support Leader: Mr Jaap Marsman                                                                                              Backershagenlaan 3, 2243 AB Wassenaar
Facility Manager: Ms Danielle Eijkenbroek
                                                                                  Secondary Support Coordinator                                                 Email Address
Contact information                                                               Ms Annemarie Schreuder                                              
Oostduinlaan 50, 2596 JP The Hague                                      
Tel: + 31 (0)70 700 1600                                                                                                                                        Website
                                                                                  Cycle Leaders                                                       
School website                                                                    S1-3 Ms Lyn Brown                                                     S4-5 Ms Cheryl Oosterman
                                                                                  S6-7 Ms Caroline Emery
Email Address

                   The ESH is part of Foundation Het Rijnlands Lyceum.                               The ESH is affiliated with the European Schools by means                                              Design: Studio Het Mes
                   Foundation stands for excellent education and                                     of an Accreditation and Cooperation Agreement, we offer
                   supports its schools in realising the best education for its                      the European Curriculum and provide education for the
                   students.                                                                         European Baccalaureate.

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1       Practical Information: A Day in the Life of ESH
                                                                                                   concierge. They have one week to find the card, otherwise,
                                                                                                   a new card will be requested by the facility manager,
                                                                                                   Ms Danielle Eijkenbroek.

                                                                                                   Staff wear an ID-card with a blue lanyard and visitors
                                                                                                   register at the reception by signing in and receiving a
                                                                                                   visitor’s card with a yellow lanyard (printed with ‘Bezoeker’).

                                                                                                   Lockers are available to hire for all students. The annual
                                                                                                   rental of the locker costs € 17.50. The locker card is integrated
                                                                                                   within the ID badge. This card is also used for printing and
                                                                                                   as a Library card to assist students when borrowing books.

                                                                                                   Canteen and Snacks
                                                                                                   Hot lunches, snacks and sandwiches are available in the
                                                                                                   school canteen for Secondary students who register with
                                                                                                   the catering company that operates within the school
                                                                                                   (LOF Catering). Please contact them directly for prices
                                                                                                   and details and to arrange a hot lunch contract:
                                                                                          There are also vending
School Times and Breaks          Entry to / Exit from the European School                          machines available for students.
                                 The Hague
Periods                          Please note that the school doors open at 08:15.                  Break Times
0 (Optional)   07:45 –   08:30                                                                     Secondary students have the option of using the courtyard
1		            08:30 –   09:15   Parking                                                           and the field during break and lunch times. Alternatively,
2		            09:15 –   10:00   Please be informed that there are no free parking possibili-      they can use the common room, or read and work in the
3		            10:00 –   10:45   ties directly around the school, if you would like to park your   multimedia centre.
Break          10:45 –   11:00   car you should park it in the neighbourhood (paid parking).
4		            11:00 –   11:45                                                                     Mobile Phone Use
5		            11:45 –   12:30   Bikes                                                             The use of phones is not allowed in the school building
6		            12:30 –   13:15   Bike parking is available on the school premises.                 except during break. Posters around school explain where
Lunch          13:15 –   13:45                                                                     students can use their mobile phones. During lesson time,
7		            13:45 –   14:30   ID Badge                                                          students are only allowed to use mobile phones with the
8		            14:30 –   15:15   The safety of our staff and students is a priority. For ease      permission of their teacher. Taking pictures or filming is
9		            15:15 –   16:00   of identification, all secondary students receive an ID-card      forbidden unless permission is given by a member of staff.
                                 on a yellow lanyard. This should be worn visibly on arrival       Please also see the Phone Policy and Social Media Policy,
                                 at school every morning and be kept handy throughout              both of which are available on the Parent Portal.
                                 the day. In the case of loss, students pay € 10 to the

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Sports Lessons                                                 Behaviour is in accordance with the European Schools           Graphic Calculators
An appropriate sports kit consists of indoor sports shoes      General Rules (chapter 6 article 40 to 44). Please see         From S4 to S7 use of the TI-nspire CX CAS calculator
with non-marking soles, shorts, sports socks or sports shirt   below for an overview of specific behaviour concerns:          is compulsory in several subjects: Biology, Chemistry,
and a towel. We encourage parents to buy an ESH sports                                                                        Economics, Geography, Mathematics and Physics.
shirt. These are available at the website       Anti-Bullying and Cyber-Bullying Policies                      Students will need to purchase their own calculator.
Students will be informed when sports lessons will be          We are dedicated to preventing bullying in our school.         Details regarding this will be distributed. The ESH has
either outdoors or off the school premises. Appropriate        Victims of bullying should contact their mentor, the           a classroom set of the TI-nspire CX CAS calculators to use
outdoor sports kit, depending on the sport being               confidential person or Deputy Director Secondary, who          in S3 Mathematics lessons – whenever appropriate – in
followed and the season/weather, will also need to be          will immediately deal with the situation. We also regard       order to familiarise students with its use.
provided. In the summer periods after the May holidays         cyber-bullying as an area of concern. The school
some double period PE lessons will be held outside of          Anti-Bullying protocol is available on the Parent Portal       Parental Contribution
school, students will cycle from school together to the        on our website. Parents and students can also contact          School fees are mentioned on the school website. Parents
sports pitch.                                                  our Anti-Bullying coordinator Ms Elisabet Giménez Ruiz         may also be asked to contribute to their child’s participa-
                                                               with any concerns:                   tion in trips: parents will be charged for some trips such as
Musical Instruments                                                                                                           (but not limited to); S2 Camp Trip, S4L2 School Trip or S6
Students can bring their musical instruments to school         Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Abuse                                Cultural trip, Winter Sport Trip etc. This participation takes
on the days they have music activities or music lessons.       Smoking is not permitted anywhere on or near the school        into account accommodation, transportation, activities,
                                                               premises. Possession and/or use of alcohol and drugs are       food etc. ESH Secondary will invite parents to an Informa-
Safety                                                         strictly forbidden in the school, on the school grounds or     tion Evening during the year with more information about
Our school has a dedicated First Aid team that consists of     during school activities. The school policy on Drugs and       these trips.
teachers and support staff who receive refresher training      Alcohol is available on the Parent Portal on our website.
every year. For First Aid you can go to the concierge office                                                                  Privacy
(located near the entrance).                                   Confidentiality Person                                         ESH processes personal data of all its students. We are
                                                               The internal confidential person for students and parents      responsible for the careful handling of your child’s personal
Wi-Fi                                                          is Mr Suneel Madahar:                data. In the explanatory notes of the Privacy Protocol on the
Wi-Fi is enabled around the school. Staff and students                                                                        Parent Portal of the website we explain how we handle
have a special login code. Guests can have access to a         School Equipment                                               your child’s personal data.
temporary login, which is available on request from the        The school provides textbooks and specialist educational
ICT coordinator.                                               equipment for students in all lessons, particularly in
                                                               Science, Art, Music and Sport. In the unlikely case of
Code of Behaviour                                              loss, damage or misuse of these books or equipment
The ethos of the school promotes the attitudes and values      the school will ask for replacement from the person or
necessary for individual students to contribute positively     persons responsible for the damage. General school items
to their own personal development and to that of the           such as pencils, pens, rulers etc. are the responsibility of
school. The school employs a large variety of methods by       the individual student. Subject teachers will give students
which it strives towards a culture where poor behaviour is     an indication of what type of equipment they must bring
rare. One of the principal aims of our educational approach    to lessons in cases where equipment is not supplied by
is to enable students to understand and take responsibility    the school.
for their actions and to contribute to their own personal
development and that of the school. ESH has high expec-
tations with regard to pupil conduct and these are set out
in its Code of Behaviour, which is given to every secondary
pupil at the start of the school year and this Code of

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Absence – Reporting Sick                                         Absence – Special Leave Request                               If the parents agree, they will meet the pupil at the JGZ
If your child is sick or is not able to come to school for       If a student must be absent for reasons other than illness,   center. If the parents disagree, all attendance information
other reasons, please report this to the reception before        doctor, hospital, dentist or orthodontist appointments, a     will be transferred to the Attendance Officer of Dutch
8:30, either by email: or by         ‘Request for Special Leave’ form should be completed and      Compulsory Education.
telephone: + 31 (0)70 700 1600 If a student is absent without    returned to the reception or to
any notification, we will contact the parents. In the case       at least three weeks prior to the requested leave date.       Absences, Teachers
of absence due to an appointment, please inform the                                                                            In the event of teacher absence; in this case we have a
mentor and reception (               The ESH reserves the right to deny a request for special      procedure to ensure the least possible disturbance for
in advance, if possible, and otherwise upon arrival at the       leave. The ESH is bound to Dutch regulations (Leerplicht)     the students. This procedure can be reviewed on the
school.                                                          in this respect. For more details regarding the conditions    Parent Portal.
                                                                 for Special Leave, please see the school website.
If students fall ill during regular school hours they must                                                                     1. Absences planned in advance
report to reception after informing their mentor or teacher.     Absence – Gifted and Talented Students                        –	Absent teacher provides cover-work for every
Reception will contact the parents to alert them and agree       Some pupils who follow special educational programmes             teaching period.
on how the pupil will travel home. If you collect a pupil        in addition to their tuition at ESH might request time        –	Another teacher covers those lessons (preferably a
during school hours for a doctor’s visit, for example,           off during regular scheduled school hours to be able to           teacher experienced in the same subject).
please report to reception and indicate whether your child       participate. School needs to receive an official request      –	If no teacher available, pupils will go to La Permanence
will return to school that day. Please also inform the bus       provided with supporting documents and dates at the               (in that case refer to 2).
company if your child uses bus transport so as to avoid          beginning of the school year. The request can be sent
unnecessary delays for others on the bus.                        to                                  2. Non-planned absences
If your child is absent for more than one day due to illness,                                                                  – Pupils go to La Permanence.
a call to the school office must be made each day. If we         The ESH will discuss the possibilities in supporting your     – S1-S3 pupils stay in La Permanence.
have been informed that their absence will be for a specific     child to further develop their talent. Teachers should be     –	S4-S7 pupils go directly to La Permanence and collect
period of time there is no need to call each day. Please         able and willing to set up work for the missing lessons.         their work from La Permanence (within fifteen minutes
note that the school will always contact parents if a child                                                                       of the beginning of the lesson).
is absent. Regular or persistent absence will be followed        Absenteeism Policy                                            –	The Pedagogical Advisor can ask any available teacher
up by the school as the school is obliged to inform any          We must follow Dutch Regulations concerning pupil                to provide lesson cover.
unexplained absences to the attendant officer (Leerplicht).      attendance.
                                                                                                                               3. Long Term Absences
Please take note of our policy below on absences:                Lateness: in the case of 16 unapproved instances of           The management team will communicate any updates
If a student has been ill for more than 5 days in a row 2 sets   lateness, the school is required to report the student to     about staffing with parents as soon as they have relevant
of 2 consecutive days of illness (a total of 4 days over a       the Attendance Officer of Dutch Compulsory Education.         information.
period of 2 months or a total of 5 days over a period of
3 months) the student does not adhere to the above criteria      Absences/Sickness: After a number of absences recorded
but ‘illness’ is a cause for concern (regularly sent home ill    for sickness (normally 3 - 4) in a period of twelve school
from school, absence during specific days/events, patterns       weeks or 10 periods in a row, parents will be contacted
of absence etc), then the school contacts the parents to         by the mentor for a meeting. The purpose of this meeting
inquire about the absence. If the absence continues and          is to know if we can offer any help to the pupil. If the
is deemed a cause for concern, then the school informs           pupil is absent again, parents will be contacted by
the school doctor (Centrum Jeugd en Gezin, CJG) who then         the Pedagogical Advisor to seek agreement to involve
contacts the parents to arrange a meeting. The school            the nurse or the school doctor. Their involvement is
doctor then informs the school of next steps if necessary.       considered as preventive advice.

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We strive for excellence
in education to enable
our students to achieve
their full potential and
to become well-rounded,
responsible, academic
and respectful European

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2         Secondary School: The Curriculum
Secondary education in the European Schools lasts for
a total of seven years divided into three cycles. A key         Number of periods per week S1 to S3
element of the curriculum across all the cycles is the
multilingual teaching and learning that provides students       Subject and optional courses   S1      S2      S3
with the opportunity to become fluent in at least three
                                                                Language 1                     5       5       4
                                                                Mathematics                    4       4       4
Mentor Hours                                                    Language 2                     5       4       4
All students have designated mentor hours for the class
mentor to meet with students to discuss academic and            Language 3                     2       3       3
pastoral topics. Each class has one period of mentor hour
                                                                Physical Education             3       3       3
per week for this.
                                                                Ethics                         2       2       2
Observation Cycle S1 to S3                                      Human Science                  3       3       3
Students follow a broad academic curriculum of Language 1
(mother tongue), Language 2 (first foreign language) and        Integrated Science             4       4       4
Language 3, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Human
                                                                Latin		                                2       2
Science, Ethics, Art, Music and Physical Education, Human
Science and Ethics are taught in Language 1 in S1 and S2        Art                            2       2       2
and in Language 2 from S3 onwards. ICT is also a compul-
                                                                Music                          2       2       2
sory part of the curriculum in S1 and S2, and is optional
in S3. Latin is also offered as an option from S2 onwards.      ICT                            1       1       2
If Latin is chosen, it needs to be taken until the end of the
                                                                Mentor Lesson                  1       1       1
cycle of S3 and if you study Latin you do not have ICT in S3.
                                                                Total                          34   34 or 36   34

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Pre Orientation Cycle S4 and S5
Students continue to follow a broad curriculum during           Number of periods per week S4–S5                    Optional subjects S4–S5
these two years, which includes a number of compulsory
subjects. They must take Mathematics and Languages 1,           Compulsory Subjects   Ordinary Maths Strong Maths   Option Subjects         Periods per week
and 3. Integrated Science is split into Biology, Chemistry
                                                                Language 1                  4             4         L4 Spanish		                    4
and Physics and is studied in Language 1. Human Science
is split into History and Geography and is taught in            Language 2                  3             3         L4 German		                     4
Language 2, as is Ethics. At least two optional subjects must
                                                                Language 3                  3             3         L4 English		                    4
be chosen from, for example, Language 4, Economics, Latin,
Art, Music and ICT. Students can also choose Strong Maths       Physical Education          2             2         L4 French		                     4
(6 periods a week) or Ordinary Maths (4 periods a week).
                                                                Ethics in L2                1             1         L4 Dutch		                      4
Any combination of the optional subjects can be added           Geography in L2             2             2         Latin		                         4
to core subjects to make the number of periods weekly
                                                                History in L2               2             2         Economics in NL/EN		            4
to a minimum of 33 and a maximum of 35.
                                                                Biology                     2             2         ICT		                           2
                                                                Physics                     2             2         Music		                         2
                                                                Chemistry                   2             2         Art		                           2
                                                                Mathematics                 4             6         Mentor Lesson		                 1
                                                                Mentor Lesson               1             1         Total                        34-36
                                                                Total                       28            30

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Orientation Cycle S6 and S7                                      Course Structure in Years 6 and 7
The secondary school course culminates in the European           Subject choices Orientation Cycle
Baccalaureate at the end of Year 7. The certificate awarded
is officially recognised by treaty in all the countries of the
European Union, and many other countries. Those awarded          Compulsory subjects                               Optional courses (elective subjects)          Compl. Courses
the certificate have the same rights and benefits as other
holders of school-leaving certificates in their countries,       Column 1                  Column 2                Column 3            Column 4                  Column 5
including the same right as nationals with equivalent
                                                                 Language 1         4P     History           2P    Art           4P    Advanced L1       3P      Art               2P
qualifications to seek admission to universities or
institutions of higher education in the European Union.          Language 2         3P     Geography         2P    Music         4P    Advanced L2       3P      Economics         2P
                                                                 Maths 3            3P     Philosophy        2P    Biology       4P    Advanced Maths 3 P        ICT               2P
The Baccalaureate examination assesses performance
in the subjects taught in years 6 and 7. To qualify for          or Maths 5         5P     Biology           2P    Chemistry     4P                              Lab Science       2P
admission students must have spent both years in a                                                                                     (Advanced Maths
                                                                 Ethics              1P    Total          2–8P     Physics       4P                              Music             2P
school offering the European Baccalaureate programme.                                                                                  only if Maths 5 is
                                                                 Sport              2P                             Geography     4P    chosen in column 1)       Advanced sport    2P
These two years lead to the European Baccalaureate.                                        (These courses are
                                                                 Total         13 – 15 P                           History       4P                              Language 5        2P
Students must study at least ten subjects. There is a                                      compulsory unless
core of compulsory subjects which include Language 1                                       they are chosen in      Philosophy    4P
(mother tongue), Language 2 (first foreign language),                                      column 3. Biology 2P                                                  (Art2, Music2 and
                                                                                                                   Economics     4P
Mathematics, History, Geography, Philosophy, Ethics                                        is compulsory unless                                                  Eco2 are excluded if
and Sport. In addition, if no science subject is taken as                                  Biology, Chemistry or   Latin         4P                              chosen in column 3.
an elective subject, students must also take a course of                                   Physics is chosen in                                                  L5 New language)
                                                                                                                   Language 3    4P
two lessons per week in Biology.                                                           column 3.)
                                                                                                                   Language 4    4P
Students must take a minimum of two elective subjects
of four lessons per week and may take as many as four.
These subjects include each of the separate Sciences,
Humanities subjects, Art, Music, Philosophy and Languages
3 and 4. Mathematics can be taken as a 3-lesson, 5-lesson
or 8-lesson per week course. Three-lesson per week
advanced level elective subjects can be taken in Mathe-
matics, Language 1 and Language 2 which are additional
to the compulsory courses in these subjects. Students
may also choose two lessons per week complementary
subjects such as practical Science courses, introductory
Economics, Art, Music, Theatre. The table summarises
the choices available for students.

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Due to a high level of
proficiency in three
languages and the high
standard of the
European Baccalaureate
programme our students
are given the greatest
chance of success on the
widest possible stage.

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3         Secondary School Structure: Language Teaching
The syllabi in all the language sections of the European
Schools, including those at the ESH, are – with the
exception of mother tongue tuition – standardised. All
programmes of study in the different sections lead to the
same examination: the European Baccalaureate. Syllabi
can be downloaded from the European Schools website under European Schools/ Studies and

Language sections and L1
Our Secondary school currently has three language sec-
tions (English, French and Dutch). All students are placed in
the language section of their mother tongue or dominant
language (Language I). Students with a first language,
which is not (yet) offered at the school or students without
a language section (these students are called SWALS) are
placed in the English, Dutch or French language sections. If
necessary, learning support is provided for SWALS students
to bring them up to standard in their section language.
The Secondary school offers German, Italian, Spanish,
Hungarian, Slovenian, Finnish and Greek mother tongue           L3 and L4                                                    From the first year of Primary until the Baccalaureate
(L1) education in addition to English, French and Dutch.        From S1 all students learn a second foreign language (L3),   students must study a first foreign language (L2 or
                                                                to be chosen from the following languages: Dutch, English,   ‘vehicular’ language: French, English or German).
L2                                                              French, German and Spanish (subject to a minimum class
From the first year of Primary until the Baccalaureate stu-     size of 7). From S2 Students have the opportunity to study
dents must study a first foreign language (L2 or ‘vehicular’    Latin. From S4 Students have the opportunity to study a
language: French, English or German). From S3, Human            third foreign language (L4), to be chosen from amongst
Science and Ethics are taught through this vehicular            the following languages: English, Dutch, French, German,
language (i.e. English, French or German) and in S4-7           Italian, and Spanish.
the compulsory subjects History and Geography are also
taught in the vehicular language. The Economics option,         Dutch language lessons
which may be taken from S4, will also be taught in the          In S1 to S3, Dutch foreign language lessons are offered
L2 of the student, or in the language of the host country.      as an optional L3 to the students not enrolled in the
As the L2 is not just studied as a language, but is also the    Dutch language section. These lessons are not compulsory.
language of instruction for some subjects, our students         Dutch is offered as optional L3 or L4 in the subsequent
become very competent and comfortable in this language          years in Secondary to the students who do not attend
which is an asset in today’s multilingual world, students       the Dutch language section. SWALS students in the
can reach C1 level by the end of S7.                            Dutch language section will be obliged to take lessons
                                                                in Dutch as either their L1 or L3.

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4 Assessment
                                                                                                                               S4-S5 the grades will be between 10 and 0 and the passing
                                                                                                                               grade is 5.

                                                                                                                               The grading system for individual subjects uses a 0 to 10
                                                                                                                               scale with 6.0 as a pass mark. When a candidate is awarded
                                                                                                                               the European Baccalaureate, the overall mark is expressed
                                                                                                                               as a percentage and 60% is a pass. The calculation of this
                                                                                                                               final mark is complex. There are three main components
                                                                                                                               that contribute to the overall mark but for each subject,
                                                                                                                               there are varying assessments. The relative contributions
                                                                                                                               to the European Baccalaureate are: Preliminary mark 40%,
                                                                                                                               Written Examinations 36% and Oral Examinations 24%.

                                                                                                                               Preliminary Mark
                                                                                                                               This is composed of coursework assessment by teachers
                                                                                                                               in each subject and in internal examinations (Pre-Bacca-
                                                                                                                               laureate) set and marked by teachers in each subject.
                                                                                                                               The examinations make up slightly more than half of the
                                                                                                                               preliminary mark. Most of these preliminary examinations
                                                                                                                               are taken in late January of the final year.
S1-S3                                                           A timetable of the B-tests is distributed before the tests
Assessment is both summative and formative. From S1 to          themselves so that students have the opportunity to            Written Examinations
S3 continuous assessment plays a bigger role with regular       organise a revision schedule.                                  Candidates take five written examinations which must
homework and in-class tests. These grades are carefully                                                                        include Language 1, Language 2, Mathematics and in
recorded and help to form the basis of the grades given in      The average of these grades per subject is called the B-mark   addition two of the 4-lesson elective subjects. These ex-
the reports received by parents four times a year. As of this   and along with the A-mark they are used to determine           aminations are set in each subject by a panel of experts
school year we are implementing the European Schooling          whether the student has achieved passing grades across         using questions submitted by teachers from the schools.
new marking scheme, which means that in S1-S3 the               the year. At the end of the year students in S4 & S5 also      Marking is carried out by the subject teacher and scripts
grades will be between A – Fx and the passing grade is E.       have a C-mark which is the overall mark for the year,          are then marked completely independently by an external
                                                                taking all A and B marks into consideration.                   examiner. The two marks are averaged, with overall super-
S4-S5                                                                                                                          vision by the subject inspector.
In S4 onwards, students have regular formal assessments         In S5 formalised written examinations are held in December
four times a year. Assessment includes A-marks (based on        and June. The examinations are held in the exam hall.          Oral Examinations
continuous assessment, consistent with assessment in S1,        These form a B-mark at the end of each semester. The           Candidates take three subjects as oral examinations and
S2 and S3) and on B-marks. The B-marks are the result of        A-mark is formed by continuous assessment of classwork,        these must include Language 1, Language 2, or History/
a test that lasts 45 minutes. These B-tests are formally        homework and participation in the lesson.                      Geography and an option language which may include
scheduled by the school in all subjects twice every semester                                                                   a 4-lesson elective subject not already examined as a
over a period of two weeks. The tests themselves are written    As of this school year we are implementing the European        written examination.
and invigilated by subject teachers during lesson times.        Schooling new marking scheme, which means that in

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5         Reporting to Parents

Written Reports                                                The situation of students who are not promoted auto­          Transition for S3 to S4 and S5 & S6 parent/student
The school year is divided into 2 semesters but four written   matically will be subject to special scrutiny. On the basis   evenings are also organised in order to aid subject choice
reports are issued each school year. The mid-semester          of all the information available to them, the Class Council   for the pre-orientation cycle to know the consequences
reports (November and March) are used to monitor concerns      and the management will decide whether or not to promote      for the following years.
and inform parents and students of any potential risk of       the pupil to the year above. Please also see the Procedure
failing the year. The end of semester reports (January and     of Final Class Council document on the Parent Portal of
July) are used together with Class Council feedback to         the website.
decide on promotion and contain comments and grades.
                                                               Parents’ Evenings
Promotion of students                                          Parents’ Evenings with mentors and management staff are
Students need to be able to perform well across a wide         organised four times a year, for the whole class and for
range of academic subjects to obtain a positive overall        individual consultation. The first general Parents’ Evening
score. Students who have achieved sufficient marks in          with more information about the curriculum and practical
each of the promotion subjects will automatically be           issues such as B test for S4 will be held at the end of
promoted to the year above, without the need for delib-        September. Individual meetings with teachers regarding the
eration. If students have received a mark below the pass       progress of the pupil will be held at the end of November
grade of less than 6 across three or more subjects then        and in March/April. Dates will be communicated via the
they are at risk of failing the year.                          school website.

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ESH fosters a culture
of learning, we guide and
educate our students
to become creative and
critical thinkers who are
able to transition to the
next stage of education
and be successful in
their life.

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6         Communication with Parents
Newsletters will be sent out via email on a monthly basis.     If you have a question about…                          If you have a specific concern:
These newsletters will have updates about issues regarding
school life and school developments in general. The            Main school events                                     Related to a subject
newsletter publishing dates are approximate, depending         Parents Evenings, Information mornings for            → Contact the subject teacher first via email (see p.17)
on school holidays and communication of important issues.       prospective parents, Participation Council dates,     →	Read the Syllabuses available on the school website
All newsletters will be published on the Parent Portal of       Important current issues, etc.                           or on the European Schools Website for Languages
the school website.                                             → Check the school website Calendar or News section
                                                                                                                      Scientific Subjects
Email                                                          PTA (Parent Teacher Association)                       → Science Syllabuses
Important information that needs to be communicated            Coffee mornings, Book Sales, Summer Fair
at short notice will be sent to parents by email. You can      → Email: or                         Other Subjects
recognise these emails sent from school by the                 → Check the school website Calendar or Parent Portal   → Other Syllabuses extension.                                                                                               → Contact the Cycle leader (Middle Management)
                                                               PC (Participation Council)
Parent Portal                                                  → Email:                             Related to a class issue
Minutes of PTA and PC meetings and photo galleries                                                                    → Contact the Class Mentor via email (see p.17)
can be found on the Parent Portal of the school website.                                                              → Contact the Cycle leader (Middle Management)
Parents can access these with a username and password
which is issued on request.                                                                                           When above steps have been completed, parents
                                                                                                                      are invited to contact the secondary Deputy Director
ItsLearning                                                                                                           Mr Francois Roosegaarde Bisschop.
Staff use the online learning platform ItsLearning                                                                    → Email:
 for planning and student monitoring. All parents and
students have a login account with which the can track
the planning, the grades and the absences of the students.
The URL is:

Students can always check their most up-to-date timetable
online. Use the URL on ItsLearning to access this.

Parent Class Representatives
Every secondary mentor class has a Class Representative.
The Class Representative is a parent of one of the students
in the class who has the role of welcoming new parents,
sharing email lists of parents and assisting with activities
outside the class. Class Reps are chosen during parents’

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PTA (Parent Teacher Association)                               Complaints                                                       Parents, students and staff can also turn to the executive
The main role of the whole school PTA is to support the        Parents, students and staff who wish to make a complaint         director (the board) of the Rijnlands Foundation, Dr. M.W.
school by planning and organising activities such as the       may approach the appointed officials in the school organ-        Knoester, Postbus 486, 2240 AL Wassenaar. He can decide
Summer Fair in Primary, Book Sale, student parties like        isation, such as Coordinators, Deputy Directors and finally      to investigate matters himself or submit them to the
the Valentine’s Ball and many more events to come!             the Director of the school. In general, complaints regarding     National Complaints Committee. He can also refer parents
We are looking for some Secondary volunteers to join           a teacher or a member of staff will, in the first instance,      or students directly to the National Complaints Committee.
the existing PTA. If you are interested in getting involved,   be reported to the person concerned, so that he/she can
please e-mail:                             address the problem or clarify things. If this does not work,    Staff who wish to make a complaint do so in principle with
                                                               or if there are other reasons why this is not the best or        the principal of the school. The complaints committee of
The Participation Council                                      appropriate approach, the student or parent can report           the schools of the Rijnlands Foundation is the National
The Participation Council is the formal consultative body      the complaint.                                                   Complaints Committee. Please find the regulations and
for parents, students and teachers, in accordance with                                                                          address of the committee on the Rijnlands website.
the Education Participation Act (Wet Medezeggenschap           At each school there is an internal Confidentiality Person       The National Complains Committee gives an advice to
op Scholen). This council is elected directly by and from      to whom students, parents and members of staff may               the board. The board subsequently takes a decision.
the parents, students and staff in accordance with the         report matters requiring strict confidentiality. This would      For addresses, please see the appendix.
provision of “Regulations Participation Council Secondary      concern matters like abuse of power, both from (fellow)
Education” of the Stichting Rijnlands Lyceum.                  students and teachers, support staff and school leadership,
                                                               and other forms of undesirable behaviour. A student may
The school management requires approval or requests            be teased, psychologically and/or physically maltreated
advice from the Participation Council on a number of           or intimidated, or a parent may not feel taken seriously
decisions concerning education offered in school and           by the school leadership. Confidentiality Persons can give
the school organisation. The Participation Council also        advice in such matters, can offer (initial) care, support
meets with the school management on a regular basis.           and guidance towards external support organisations,
“Regulations of the Participation Council for Secondary        the external Confidentiality Person, the Executive Director
Schools” and the “Participation Statute” can be found          of the foundation or the National Complaints Committee.
on the website of the Stichting Rijnlands Lyceum. The
minutes of the PC meetings can be found on the Parent          The role of external confidential counsellor for the schools
Portal of the website. If you have any concerns you can        of the Rijnlands Lyceum foundation lies with Centrum
contact the PC at:                       Vertrouwenspersonen Plus. Please see the appendix for
                                                               contact details.
The Joint Participation Council
The Secondary Education Joint Participation Council is the     Before approaching the External Confidential Counsellor,
umbrella participation council for the schools for secondary   it is advised that parents, students and staff contact the
education of Stichting Rijnlands Lyceum. A member of           internal confidentialy person first. The external confidential
the parent section, two members of the staff section and       counsellor focus exclusively on serious forms of undesirable
a student represent each school. The “Regulations of the       behaviour (such as sexual harassment, intimidation,
Joint Participation Council for Secondary Schools” can         abuse of power, bullying and discrimination) and integrity
also be found on the website           issues (see whistle-blower regulations).

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7         Communication with Students
ItsLearning is an online learning platform specifically used
by teachers as a teaching aid and by students as a study
tool. It helps students and teachers reduce paperwork by
automating many routine tasks. It also tailors learning
objectives, content, method, pace and environment to
each pupil’s learning needs. The learning platform is
primarily intended for internal use in the Secondary and
offers general and course- specific information.

Information available for learners includes:
– differentiated course pages and planning
– multimedia-rich sources
–	access to encyclopedias, dictionaries and
   other research tools
– on-site messaging
– grades
– test calendars

Students are expected to actively monitor the courses
they take thoughout the academic year. Students sign in
using a code provided at the start of the year. Itslearning
is accessible 24/7 from computers and mobile devices.
The Itslearning app provides basic access and messaging.

Student Council
The Student Council is made up of student representa-
tives from all year groups and language sections. They
meet up regularly during school time to discuss matters
that the students themselves find important. Students
suggest the topics to be discussed, and volunteer to take
matters further, with the Student Representatives on
the Participation Council. Through the Student Council,
students learn the importance of raising important issues,
discussing them as a group and then working together
to find solutions to make the school a better environment
for all students.

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We educate our students
in making healthy and
responsible choices with
regards to their own
emotional development,
their social connections
and the environment.

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8         Learning and Support
                                                                                                                                Pastoral care
                                                                                                                                In Secondary school each class has a mentor who is the
                                                                                                                                first point of contact for the students. The school has
                                                                                                                                appointed a counsellor (Ms Lizeth Kessels) who is available
                                                                                                                                for students and parents to talk to confidentially about
                                                                                                                                issues that concern them. The counsellor can work together
                                                                                                                                with the school social worker and alternative methods of
                                                                                                                                counselling can be provided if needed.

                                                                                                                                Video Coaching
                                                                                                                                A number of our support coordinators are trained and
                                                                                                                                licensed as school video coaches. This means that at
                                                                                                                                times they can use video recordings of lessons to reflect
                                                                                                                                on teacher and student behavior as part of a coaching
                                                                                                                                intervention. These videos are never stored by the school.
                                                                                                                                They are anonymised and used in small internal discussions
                                                                                                                                (the video will only ever focus on details with people who
                                                                                                                                have approved the usage of video). After these discussions
                                                                                                                                these videos are deleted. If students are going to be videoed
                                                                                                                                for training purposes their permission will be sought.

As a multi-cultural environment, the European School is        –	students arriving late in the system who may have             Educational Support Provision
a true reflection of today’s society. Teachers use a variety      followed a different programme of study and may               In some cases it is necessary to provide additional support,
of teaching styles in their lessons in order to meet the          therefore have gaps in their knowledge or skills.             above and beyond the normal classroom differentiation.
needs of individual students. Where differentiation in         – students with a mild learning difficulty.                      At ESH we approach support in the following ways:
the classroom is not sufficient the school provides a range    – students with a diagnosed special educational need.
of support structures. Support is flexible and varies as       – gifted and talented students.                                  General Support
students develop and their needs change.                                                                                        Students may have trouble in a particular aspect of a
                                                               Educational Support                                              subject, may need to ‘catch up’ due to late arrival in
Differentiated teaching                                        The support policy at ESH follows the European Schools’          school or illness or working in their non-mother tongue.
Differentiation forms the basis of all good and effective      regulations and the Dutch legislation concerning ‘Passend        Students may need additional help with acquiring effec-
teaching. Differentiation is the responsibility of every       Onderwijs’ (suitable education). Our school is a participating   tive learning strategies or study skills. Such support should
teacher working in the school and should take place in the     member in the support network ‘Samenwerkingsverband              preferably be given in or outside the classroom, to small
classroom; it is designed to meet the needs of all students    Zuid-Holland West’ (SWVZHW). Through this network                groups and is short term. Groups are organised vertically,
This should include meeting the needs of:                      we are connected with all Secondary schools in the area.         horizontally, within or across sections, by focusing on
– students with different learning styles.                     A school advisor also visits the school on a weekly basis to     the needs of the students concerned. General support
–	students studying in a language section which does          help staff adapt their approach where needed.                    is planned and specific targets are set, including criteria
   not correspond to their mother tongue.                                                                                       for success and the information is included into the
                                                                                                                                appropriate planning document.

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Moderate Support                                                 Support Profile
Moderate Support is an extension of General Support              As a part of the support network SWVZHW, the Secondary
and is provided for students with a mild learning difficulty     cycle at ESH is classed as a regular school. Within the
or in need of more targeted support. This could be appro-        Netherlands there are a number of Special Secondary
priate for students who may be experiencing considerable         Schools (SVO’s) catering towards very specific needs.
difficulty in accessing the curriculum due to, for example,      As a regular pre-University school, there are limitations to
language issues, concentration problems or other reasons.        the provisions we can offer. In certain cases, the pupil is
It is provided for a longer period than General Support          referred to a school where their needs can be met more
and each pupil has an individual plan. The plan includes         adequately. More details are available in the Support
specific learning objectives and criteria for evaluating         Profile, available on our website.
pupil’s progress and the success of the support. A pupil
receiving Moderate Support is usually following the              Centre for Children and Families
standard curriculum and assessed according to the given          The Centre for Children and Families (Centrum Jeugd
criteria and learning objectives for his or her class.           en Gezin) monitors children’s development, maintains
                                                                 preventative health care and stimulates a healthy lifestyle
Intensive Support                                                together with their parents. This programme is adminis-
Intensive Support is given following an expert’s assessment      tered by The Hague’s Public Health Department (GGD).
of the pupil’s special individual needs. Intensive Support       Health checks and vaccinations take place during a number
can be provided for students with special educational            of routine checks.
needs: learning, emotional, behavioural or physical needs.
Support can be given in order to help the students develop       Once a child has started Primary School, preventative health
his or her competences, subject knowledge, skills and            care will move from the Consultatiebureau to the so-called
attitudes. European Schools do not offer fully inclusive         schoolarts (school doctor) system. Children are then seen
education. This means there may be occasions where               at the ages of 5 or 6 and 10 or 11. In the Netherlands children
despite the school’s best efforts; continuing education          are offered the State Vaccination Programme (RIVM).
in the European School is not in the best interest of the        The school doctors and nurses of the CJG take care of
child. This may become apparent either before admission          these vaccinations. Children receive an invitation for the
or during the child’s school career. The school has to be        vaccination in the year of their 9th birthday. Girls will also
able to make appropriate provision for pupil’s pedagogical       receive an invitation for a vaccination against cervical
and social integration. If this is not the case, the school      cancer in their 13th year.
follows the procedure as outlined by SWVZHW.
                                                                 The CJG uses contact information from our pupil registration
Special Arrangements                                             database. If you object to this you can notify the school.
For certain diagnosed learning difficulties, there are special
arrangements available and allowed by the board of               The CJG will contact you by telephone if you do not
inspectors for students within our school. For example,          participate in the appointment and if they cannot reach
this includes students who have dyslexia, autism or              you by phone they will contact the school to ask about
dyscalculia. An overview of these arrangements is listed         the child, unless you object to this.
in the Support Plan, available on our school website.

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9         Beyond the Curriculum
Media Centre/Library                                             –	Rock Bands rehearse semi-independently during study               Trips, exchanges, excursions and events
The Media Centre is the place for ESH students to read,             periods the band members have in common.                          Throughout the year the staff at ESH organise different
work – individually or in small groups – and research            –	Choir, which rehearses once a week. No previous                   trips and excursions related to the curriculum. They also
information. The ever growing collections now cover:                experience is required and it is open to all students             provide several trips that have a true European focus by
–	More than 9000 books in the 9 languages taught                   who enjoy singing in a group setting.                             visiting other countries. A strong example of this is the L2
   at school.                                                    – Weekly Jazz Band (for wind instruments).                           Trip organised in S4, where students visit a European city.
–	Classic literature, fiction, arts, human and integrated       – String Ensemble (for bowed string instruments).                    Next to this the school also organises student exchanges
   sciences books and magazines to support the                   –	Music Passion Club, for the most committed and                    in collaboration with other European Schools for students
   European syllabus.                                               talented musicians. After a successful audition, a                in S4 and S5. A Work Experience Programme is also in
–	Online Encyclopedias in 6 languages accessible                   limited number of students get weekly lessons in                  place in S5. More information is provided at the start of
   from any computer in school and from home.                       composition, improvisation, exploring new music                   the academic year to all parents and students involved.
– Weekly newspapers and magazines.                                  genres and related topics.
–	A small collection of mangas and comics                       -	Concerts in partnership with the International School             Extra-curricular activities
– DVDs and a collection easy reading e-books.                       The Hague: music bands and a Choir perform in a                   Our students get the chance to participate in various
                                                                    joint concert for parents, pupils and staff members.              projects with other organisations:
At ESH, volunteer students are involved in the development                                                                            –	Walk of Hope is a peace initiative which aims to spread
of their library by suggesting new titles or accomplishing       All the groups are encouraged to perform at school events               the message of non-violence, tolerance and solidarity;
various library tasks. In cooperation with teachers, a reading   such as the Battle of the Bands and the Night of the Classics           it aims to bring people together and emphasises that
club has been set up in the school year 2016-2017.               at least twice a year. All activities are free of charge, although      what unifies us is more fundamental than what sepa-
Donations of books, mangas and comics are also appreci-          parents may be billed for special occasions such as trips               rates us.
ated. Donations in extra European Languages not taught           or guest lessons. The Jazz Band and the Music Passion                –	Youth Conference in partnership with Museon: is an
at school are also highly welcome!                               Club also work with students from the Royal Conservatoire               opportunity for some of our S4/5 students to get
Volunteer parents: parents willing to help on the basis of       on a regular basis.                                                     involved in public speaking, many for the first time,
4 hours per week can contact the librarian. Questions and                                                                                and is supported by the United Nations.
contact: You can follow the Media        Art                                                                  –	Science Symposium in partnership with other European
Centre activities on their twitter account: esh_mediacentre.     The Art Department runs a weekly Art Passion Club                       Schools this conference includes a Pupils’ Science
Students can self-scan their loans with their school ID card.    which offers pupils the opportunity to get acquainted                   Project Presentation.
Books and Class Sets overdue for more than 4 weeks are           with materials and techniques that aren’t part of the
to be replaced by the families.                                  official curriculum.
                                                                 Pupils can subscribe at the start of the school year, as
Music                                                            soon as the timetable is known. Costs (for materials)
The Music Department offers a number of weekly activities,       will be made known in advance.
some during, some after school hours. The exact times
and days are dependent on the timetable and change               After School Activities
from year to year. The following activities provide an           With the help of external partners and our own staff,
overview of what is available to students:                       we provide a large number of After School activities.
                                                                 The overview of these activities is shared at the beginning
                                                                 of each year. The coordinator is Ms Arline Martens.

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10           Contact details external organisations
Internal Confidentiality Persons                              Parent Teacher Association
The internal confidential person for students and             Email Address:
parents is Mr Suneel Madahar. He can be reached at                                     Participation Council
                                                              Email Address:
External Confidential Counsellor:
Centrum Vertrouwenspersonen Plus                              Social Worker / Schoolformaat
Telephone 06 81 31 69 36                                      Telephone 070 308 0217

Centrum voor Jeugd en Gezin (CJG)
For all questions about children’s development and
education, child care and the school doctor.
Hanenburglaan 339a, 2565 GP The Hague.
Telephone: 0800 28 540

The Dutch Inspectorate of Education or
Questions about education: 0800 8051
Inspectors hotline: 0900 111 3111

Compulsory Education Office
Municipality of The Hague school attendance officer:
Telephone: 070 353 5500

National Complaints Committee
You can find the complaints regulations and address and
contact information of the complaints committee here:

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Holiday Calendar
August 2018                        September 2018                     October 2018                                 November 2018                            December 2018
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January 2019                       February 2019                      March 2019                                   April 2019                               May 2019
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June 2019                          July 2019
M    T    W    T    F    S    S    M    T    W    T    F    S    S
                          1    2    1    2    3    4    5    6    7        School closed (Holidays)
 3    4    5    6    7   8     9   8     9   10   11   12   13   14        School closed (Teacher in-Service Day)
10   11   12   13   14   15   16   15   16   17   18   19   20   21        School day ends at the latest at 13.30 (Class Councils)
17   18   19   20   21   22   23   22   23   24   25   26   27   28        School day ends at 12.30 (Class Councils)
24   25   26   27   28   29   30   29   30   31

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European National Days

At our school we pay attention to the European National
days. Please note that these are regular school days (with
the exception of Koningsdag).

  Country            Date        Name of the day             Country           Date      Name of the day
  Austria            26-Oct      Nationalfeiertag            Italy             2-Jun     Proclamazione della
  Belgium            21-Jul      National day                				                        Repubblica
  Bulgaria           3-Mar       Liberation Day              Latvia            18-Nov    National day
  Croatia            25-Jun      Dan državnosti              Lithuania         16-Feb    Independence day
  Cyprus             1-Oct       Independence day            Luxembourg        23-Jun    National Day
  Czech Republic     28-Oct      Independence day            Malta             21-Sep    Independence day
  Denmark            5-Jun       Grundlovsdag                The Netherlands   27-Apr    Koningsdag
  Estonia            24-Feb      Independence day            Poland            11-Nov    Święto Niepodleglości
  Europe             9-May       European Union Day          Portugal          10-Jun	dia de Portugal, de Camoes
  Finland            6-Dec       Independence day                                        e das Comunidades
  France             14-Jul      National day                Romania           1-Dec     Ziua naţională a României
  Germany            3-Oct       Tag der deutschen Einheit   Slovakia          1-Sep     Constitution day
  Greece             25-Mar      National day                Slovenia          25-Jun    National day
  Hungary            15-Mar      National Day                Spain             12-Oct    La fiesta de la Hispanidad
  Ireland            17-Mar      St Patrick’s Day            Sweden            6-Jun     Sveriges nationaldag
                                                             United Kingdom 21-Apr       The Queen’s birthday

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11        Index
1    Practical information:                           3   Secondary School Structure:             7   Communication with Students                   18
     A Day in the Life of ESH                    4        Language Teaching                  12       Itslearning                                   18
     Entry to / Exit from the                             Curriculum                         12       Student Council                               18
     European School The Hague                   4        Language sections and L1           12
     Parking                                     4        L2                                 12   8   Learning and support                          20
     Bikes                                       4        L3 and L4                          12       Differentiated teaching                       20
     ID Badge                                    4        Dutch language lessons             12       Educational Support                           20
     Lockers                                     4                                                    Pastoral care                                 20
     Canteen and Snacks                          4    4   Assesment                          13       Video Coaching                                20
     Break Times                                 4        S1-S3                              13       Educational Support Provision                 20
     Mobile Phone Use                            4        S4-S5                              13       General Support                               20
     Sports Lessons                              5        S6-S7                              13       Moderate Support                              21
     Musical Instruments                         5        Preliminary Mark                   13       Intensive Support                             21
     Safety                                      5        Written Examinations               13       Special Arrangements                          21
     Wi-Fi                                       5        Oral Examinations                  13       Support Profile                               21
     Code of Behaviour                           5                                                    Centre for Children and Families              21
     Anti-Bullying and Cyber-Bullying Policies   5    5   Reporting to Parents               14
     Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Abuse             5        Written Reports                    14   9   Beyond the Curriculum                         22
     Confidentiality Persons                     5        Promotion of students              14       Media Centre/Library                          22
     School Equipment                            5        Parents’ Evenings                  14       Music                                         22
     Graphic Calculators                         5                                                    After School Activities                       22
     Parental Contribution                       5    6   Communication with Parents         16       Trips, exchanges, excursions and events       22
     Privacy                                     5        Newsletters                        16       Extra-curricular activities                   22
     Absence, Reporting Sick                     6        Email                              16
     Absence, Special Leave Request              6        Parent Portal                      16   10 Contact details external
     Absence, Gifted and Talented Students       6        Itslearning                        16      organisations                                  23
     Absenteeism Policy                          6        Untis                              16       Holiday calendar                              24
     Absence, Teachers                           6        Parent Class Representatives       16       European National Days                        25
                                                          PTA (Parent Teacher Association)   17
2    Secondary School:                                    The Participation Council          17
     The Curriculum                               8       The Joint Participation Council    17
     Mentor Hours                                 8       Complaints                         17
     Observation Cycle S1 to S3                   8
     Pre Orientation Cycle S4 and S5              9
     Orientation Cycle S6 and S7                 10
     Course Structure in Years 6 and 7           10

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