Message from Marieke Folkers, Head of School
One of the traditions at the International School Utrecht is a community message from the Head of School before every break. Ms Marieke Folkers takes the time to share her reflections with you. School parents can also speak with her during the monthly Meet & Greet with the Head of School.
Dear ISUtrecht community,
With our well-deserved May Break just around the corner, I would like to take a moment to reflect. Since our Spring Break, a lot has happened in the world. Covid-19 seems to have faded into the background and we are all shaken to our core by the war in Ukraine. I am proud of our school community for sticking together and keeping an open mind and heart for all members of our community affected by the war. For me, that is what international education is all about.
Although Covid-19 is not totally gone, we are very pleased that we can organise overnight trips and excursions for our students again. We look forward to trips to Terschelling, Friesland and Overijssel for the students in grades 6-9. For our grade 5’s we managed to organise a trip to Zeeland, and we are still working on a trip for the grade 10’s. Our exam students already had a lovely day at the Efteling and a brunch to mark their last day in school. They will start their exams on 28 April, and I would like to wish them every success. After they have finished their exams, they will have their prom. The graduation ceremony will mark the official end of secondary education for this group, and I am convinced that they are well prepared for their next step in life.
A “save the date” went out for our 10-year anniversary on Wednesday 7 September 2022. Behind the scenes we are already busy organising the festivities and we look forward to celebrating this special milestone with our whole community. The heart of the celebration will be an international food market for staff, students, and parents, including performances and games. After the May Break you will be asked by our Parent Support Group to sign up for a food stall. However, should you be traveling home over the May Break, you can of course already bring back some props. We would like you to bring back a flag, so we can have all our national flags on display on 7 September.
School story and branding
Tied together with our upcoming anniversary, it is our wish to have a deeper look at our school story and branding. We started this process in the autumn talking to staff, students & parents. The first results have been shared with staff and parents. We came up with a set of values that we tried to put into order during a whole staff meeting and a parent Meet & Greet session. We are currently working together, loading these values to specify what they mean to us. All this work will provide us with a new look and feel, taking the school forward on its journey into adulthood. We look forward to sharing a new school logo with you after the summer.
At this time of year, we are all working hard to prepare for the next academic year, recruiting new staff, finishing our re-enrolment, looking at classes and class sizes, making sure we are off to a good start in August. Once this process is finished, we will of course share it with the community. For now, I would like to wish you a wonderful May Break and I look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 9 May.
Best wishes, on behalf of the team,
Head of School