The school is proud to have a ‘Parent Support Group’ (PSG) made up of a group of volunteer parents with children from across all year groups. The PSG organise special events and activities for students and create an information and social network for parents. The group represents the school community with parents working together not only to raise valuable funds for the school but to also enhance community relationships.
PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
The PSG is about much more than simply fundraising, the group exists to provide closer links between home and school and is an excellent way to bring staff, parents, and friends together socially in support of the school. The events we organise include; Welcome Coffee Morning, Halloween, Christmas Fair, Teacher Appreciation Lunch, Avondvierdaagse, International Fair plus Pizza Thursday & Friday!
We meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the staff room at the Rembrandtlaan location and when necessary join together in smaller groups to plan our major events.
Chair: Rosie Colman
Treasurer: Katrin Sieber
How we spend the money we raise
It is at our PSG Committee meetings that the decisions on how to spend the money are agreed, the money is spent on the extras that are not covered by the school budget.
Usually, members of staff will have a wish list of items that they would like the PSG to consider funding and we always endeavour to spend the funds in ways that will benefit all our children across all areas of the school. We try to spend the money we raise fairly quickly and that way you can be sure that in supporting our school, your children will feel the benefit, along with everybody else.
Our most recent major funding projects are the new playgrounds at Frans Halslann (2016) & Rembrandtlaan (2017), the Globe Music Programme (2016 & 2017) and in May/ June 2017 the donations of €1000 for teachers to spend on equipment for each year group plus €500 to the Dutch and €250 to the EAL departments. We are delighted to have been able to fund such worthwhile projects.
How we communicate with parents
Our principal methods of communication are by email via class reps and in the weekly bulletin sent out by the school. We try to include information on forthcoming events, activities and dates plus requests for assistance when we are planning large events. Following a PSG event we will always write to let you know how much was raised and let you what the money will be spent on.
How you can get involved
Offering to help before events or at other times during the year is so valuable. It doesn’t matter if you can’t help on a regular basis, or even if you can’t come into school, there are always jobs that can be done from home if you have an hour to spare e.g. wrapping gifts, preparing raffle tickets etc.
If you’d like to join the committee or get involved with a specific PSG event then please email firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to hear from you!
PSG EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
WELCOME COFFEE MORNING
At the start of the academic year we host a coffee morning to welcome the parents of new children to the school. PSG members put together information on non-school related clubs and societies that families new to the community may wish to access.
The children (and teachers!) dress up in their most ghoulish and fabulous costumes. Throughout the day the children take part in the many Halloween themed games the PSG organise. The gym at the Rembrandtlaan is unrecognisable by the time we’ve turned it into a witches coven ready to welcome the many ghosts, pumpkins, wizards, bats, witches and little devils. At home time, each child is given a little goody bag containing Halloween treats, no tricks needed!
Always a popular event with parents, an opportunity to browse the craft and gift stalls and get ahead with your Christmas shopping. The PSG also have a bake sale and run a café where you can have a decent coffee a nice slice of cake and spend a relaxed morning with friends.
EASTER EGG HUNT
At the lower site, the children hunt for chocolate eggs, and might even meet the Easter bunny!
TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCH
A lovely event, really welcomed by all the staff it’s our chance to thank them for all they do for our children. Each child comes to school clutching a single flower (any variety!) to give to their teacher on arrival at school. Then, at lunchtime staff take the chance relax and enjoy the veritable feast provided by the many talented cooks we have in our school community.
This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is most amazingly well attended and enjoyed by all the children, families, teachers and local community. We enjoy the very finest of food and drinks from across the globe, prepared and served by our talented parents. The entertainment is always great fun and is provided by local dance troupes and musicians, many of who attend the school. The children are kept busy all day with a wide variety of activities. Oh, and the sun always shines, always!
A fun Dutch tradition, children in groups 3-8 can get outside and take part in four consecutive evenings of walking, singing songs and having fun with their class and school friends. The PSG coordinate the enrolment of those children wishing to take part and provide the much needed refreshments plus a flower for each child on the last evening, to congratulate them on their great effort.
Throughout the year the PSG organise and administrate Pizza deliveries from a local restaurant every Thursday & Friday lunchtime. The pizza is very much enjoyed by those children who order it plus it gives parents a day off from preparing packed lunches, win-win!