It is very important to have a good cooperation between school and parents. In order to facilitate this cooperation, we will install an Advisory Board, a Participation Council and a Parent Committee.
This board is the advisory body representing the four European institutions and agencies. They meet regularly with the Executive Director and school management.
By law, every school in the Netherlandsis linked with a medezeggenschrapsraad (MR). This is a participation council, where elected representatives of teachers and parents are consulted by the school management over matters concerning the management of the school. As prescribed by law, there are separate MR’s for the Primary and Secondary sections of a school and separate general participation councils (GMR) which deal with the Stichting’s (Foundation) issues.
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.
The MR’s are regulated by the Dutch law 'Wet medezeggenschap op scholen'.
MR meetings 2012-2013
Dates and agendas for MR meetings are detailed on the school website. These meetings are public and can be attended by all staff or parents.
Next meeting is Tuesday April 16th, 2013. The agenda will follow.
The ESH Primary MR releases news information regularly. To follow ESH Primary MR's activities closely, click to read the meeting's minutes below
The Participation Council elects its own delegates in the Joint Participation Council for Rijnlands Lyceum Foundation. In this Joint Participation Council, the common issues for the three elementary school within the foundation (the European School of the Hague, the International School of the Hague and the First Netherlands Montessori School) are discussed.
Some of you may be unfamiliar with what the Parent Teacher Association — generally referred to as the PTA — is or does. Let’s start with the fact that every parent or guardian of a primary student attending the ESH is automatically a member. As are all the primary teachers. Parents and teachers: we all make up the PTA.
And what does the PTA do? First, and foremost, the PTA is there to benefit the school community. Through the PTA, we can have our voices heard, make contributions to the school and organise various activities for the children and families to build our community or just to have fun.
The PTA holds open meetings throughout the year that every parent is invited to attend to discuss school related issues and plan the different events we organize. These meetings are also attended by school representatives, giving us the opportunity to work together and have clear communication.
One of the greatest things about the ESH is our diversity - and that is reflected in our PTA. Maybe this is the first time you have had a PTA in your school, or you’ve never been involved before. Perhaps you have lots of previous experience. Whatever your position, your participation is valued. If you would like more information on being a parent rep. click on the following link
For most of us, English isn’t our first language, so please don’t let that stop you. Our goal is to get as many voices involved as possible, with as many accents.
Throughout the year the PTA organizes activities for our children and the school community. We need your help to make these events happen.
While some activities don’t take much organization, some, like the Summer Fair, need the support of many. If you can contribute your time, talent or ideas to help make these events a success, we would greatly appreciate it. Please feel free to contact any of the PTA board members listed below for more information.
Below are the contact details for the PTA Board. Please feel free to contact them with questions or offers of help.