Looking back on 2022 and welcoming 2023
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Looking back on 2022 and welcoming 2023

In this last news bulletin of the year, it is nice to reflect on 2022. Because it was a nice and special year in which we, as a community, could really connect again.

-by Marieke Folkers, Head of School

Two weeks ago, the whole staff stood in a field in Utrecht Papendorp, surrounded by ISU flags. It was so much fun, but also special to imagine that this is where we will teach your children from next August. We already saw pictures from the factory producing the units for our new building at Van Deventerlaan 31 (this is the new address!). This makes it even more real. Construction will start after the Winter Break, and we will keep you up to date on the progress.

All staff at the location of the new school building at Papendorp

Looking back on the first months of this academic year, I still get a smile on my face thinking about our 10-year anniversary festivities. It was so much fun bringing our community together, tasting the beautiful food our parents prepared and watching our students enjoying themselves with the bouncy castles, balloon artist, selfie frame and photo booth. Having all staff, the Parent Support Group, Participation Council, alumni and external guests together at Kinepolis later that day was wonderful. It was a truly special moment to be on stage with our former heads of school Jaap Mos and Rynette de Villiers.

Connection

This academic year we are able to have parents in school again without any restrictions. That is why the Kindergarten Team reinstated Parent Play mornings, whilst the primary specialists and secondary subject groups could finally bring back Parent Workshops to share their enthusiasm about their passion. Last week, for example we had secondary parent workshops for Music, Visual Arts and Drama as well as a primary parent workshop explaining the Computational Thinking curriculum. It Is lovely that parent teacher meetings can take place face to face and that our Parent Support Group can host their monthly coffee mornings in school. This shows how important connection is.

Fixed starting dates

New this academic year is that we work with fixed starting dates for new students. This not only creates a nice buzz on these starting days, but it also means that there is time for a proper onboarding for new students and their parents. It is nice for students that they are never the only one new, whilst new parents can make a vital connection to the school and at the same time also meet some other new parents.

This week we say goodbye to a few colleagues, and we thank them for their efforts. Ms. Vinnie who was able to fill in at such short notice for a colleague, Ms. Naomi who has been teaching grade 5 for the past few months while ms. Carol was on maternity leave and Ms. Edith van der Linden who, as previously communicated, has accepted a new job at the IB. We wish them all the best for their future!

After the holidays, we welcome back our colleagues who were on leave: ms. Carol and ms. Maria and also Mr. Moody will be back as programme leader after the holidays. We are happy to have them all back in school!

Bring on 2023

With 2023 dawning, I look forward to a busy and joyous second half of this academic year with fixed highlights on the ISU calendar such as Home Languages Week, DP Arts Exhibition, ISU Lit Week, King’s Day celebrations, Graduation ceremonies and much, much more.n

Next week we will enjoy winter dinner in primary, festive activities in secondary, seasonal chorus in the yard and a chance for parents to share a hot drink and seasonal bites at UniC.

For now, I would like to wish you a lovely Winter Break and safe travels if you are visiting loved ones abroad. The first day back is a staff study day, when we are taking the time to focus on the curriculum together. We look forward to welcoming our students back on Tuesday 10 January.