ESH Primary and Early Years
Since opening in 2012, our Early Years and Primary school provides young learners with a dynamic, multicultural and multilingual environment in which to play, grow, learn and develop. In accordance with the European Curriculum, Early Years involves a cycle of 2 – 2.5 years followed by 5 years in the Primary cycle. ESH primary has over 920 children with more than 45 nationalities.
ESH primary school has five language sections: Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish. Our SWALS (students without a language section) are placed in the English, French, German or Dutch language section. ESH offers Greek, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Finnish, Slovenian, Portuguese and Spanish mother tongue tuition lessons on a daily basis. LANGUAGES AND SUBJECTS INFOGRAPHIC
Cultural Trips and After School Activities
One of our goals is to provide children with opportunities to learn and develop beyond the classroom. ESH teachers organise many excursions to museums, art studios, outdoor learning centers etc. which correspond with learning the "8 Key Competences" identified in our curriculum.
We also we invite external tutors to offer a variety of enrichment activities after school. Children may participate in a selection of 36 different activities.
Dutch Culture / Celebrations
Our school is partly administered and financed by the Dutch government – and as such, we have a positive Dutch influence in our education and school culture. Many of our colleagues are Dutch and bring the “touch of Dutch” to our school culture and spirit. A few examples to demonstrate our embracing of the host country’s culture includes:
We celebrate Koningsdag with fun and games, clothed in orange - with lots of fun and festivity. We also celebrate Sinterklaas, and our multilingual children all sing along loudly (in Dutch!) when Sinterklaas visits our school, with his boisterous Pieten, doing acrobatics and spreading the ‘pepernoten’, ‘kruidnoten’ and ‘snoep’ to ecstatic primary children. At ESH, we encourage parents and pupils to watch the pomp and ceremony as the King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima proceed with the Golden Coach through the streets of The Hague, on “Prinsjesdag”.
All ESH pupils learn to read, write and speak Dutch, from Early years to P5. These daily Dutch language lessons, we call “Dutch as an Additional Language”.
We are proud of our school's facilities and how these contribute to a safe, fun, enriching environment for our children.
- We have a separate, well equipped Early Years playground
- Two sunny libraries with over 20 000 books, audio books and magazines in 15+ European languages
- Two well equipped sports halls / gymnasiums
- Extensive grass playing field (under construction - new playground design in progress)
- Learning Garden
- Artificial turf soccer field
- ICT suite
- Music room
- New children's Kitchen and Science Room "Kids Food Lab"
- Large Atrium
- Canteen serving fresh hot nutritious lunches (Lof Catering)
- New stylish Parent Cafe with free coffee and tea, a comfortable place to mix with and meet other parents.
SOCIAL SCHOOLS - our communication App
Effective communication between a school and home is essential. At ESH, we believe connecting with parents on a frequent basis helps build relationships which benefit the child's education in various ways.
We have invested in a communications app called Social Schools. Every parent in the primary school will have an account that will connect them to their child(ren)'s unique learning environment, in a closed, secure, GDPR compliant platform.
To learn more about the future functionality and wonderful benefits of Social Schools can offer ESH, please look at this presentation. We have not made use of all the functions intentionally. We are rolling them out, in a step-wise manner. Please continue to report absences the usual way, via firstname.lastname@example.org.