For many years it has been government policy in the Netherlands to ensure that all parties affected by management decisions have a say in those decisions. In the education sector this policy lead to the formation of School Councils, known in Dutch as ‘medezeggenschapsraden’.
Parents and staff are represented on the School Council, whose task involves approving certain prescribed school policy documents (e.g. school guide, school plan, annual budget, safety plans) and advising management on matters affecting the school. A law took effect on January 1 2007 that further regulates the rights and responsibilities of both the School Council and management by determining in which areas the School Council has a purely advisory role and when approval of the School Council is necessary for school policy to take effect. (please see below for the School Council Do’s & Dont’s for clarity on what the committee can and cannot get involved with)
The School Council consists of parent and staff members from the Frans Hals, Rembrandtlaan & Mondrian locations. They meet on the second Wednesday of every month at the Rembrandtlaan location.
If there is an issue you wish to be addressed by the School Council please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org any emails sent to this address will be automatically forwarded to all members of the Council, or, get in touch directly with one of the School Council representatives.
The School Council is comprised of four parents and four staff representatives:
Prashant Tapkhirwala (Chair & Parent Representative)
I am originally from India and have a daughter in Group 7 and a son at the ISH. I am on the School Council as I want to make a difference, not just be on the sidelines and complain about things that are not OK, but be a part of the solution.
Annika Shirley-Vouzas (Parent Representative and Secretary)
I am of English and Swedish origin and have children in groups 7 and 2. As a working mother, the opportunities to give back to the school and the community are rather limited due to being occupied during the day however I do feel I have a lot to offer and see the School Council as a perfect opportunity. I can usually be found at drop off and pick up in the playground at the Frans Hals location, so please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions on the School Council or an issue you wish us to take up.
I am British and have children in groups 3, 6 and 8. The reason I volunteered for the MR is that I am interested in being able to participate in the strategic choices of the school; to help discuss how to create the optimal learning environment for our children. I am enjoying seeing my children grow up here and the school of course takes an important role in this. A good school with involved parents helps to give the children the self-confidence to go out into the world, and I would like to contribute to that as a parent representative.
I’m from the UK and have children in groups 3 & 6. Over the past 5 years I have been lucky to be able to invest time in school life as PSG Chair where my skills, coupled with a bit of enthusiasm, allow me to make a contribution. As a link between the School Council and the PSG I aim to support the school and represent the views of the parent community to the best of my ability.
I have been in Hilversum since 2010 and I have worked at IPS Hilversum since April of that year. I am Group 7 and 8 co-ordinator and teach in the Group 8 Academy. My life in the international community is a busy combination of work, dogs and family!
I am Jo Stafford a teacher member of the school council. I have worked here for 17 years teaching the younger age groups and am currently teaching the Early Years Group at the Frans Hals location.
I am originally from the UK and have lived in the Netherlands since 1988. I have taught at IPS Hilversum for 25 years. During that time I have been a class teacher for groups 1, 3 and 4 and am currently working within the Learning Support Department.
I have lived here for 23 years and have 2 grown sons who are now 22 and 20. I have worked at the IPS for nearly 13 years now and started off at Frans Halslaan teaching groups 4 and 3. For the last 7 years I have been the Learning Support Coordinator which these days includes a lot of cycling around between all 3 locations meeting.
SCHOOL COUNCIL MINUTES