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:
Annika Shirley-Vouzas (Chair and Parent Representative)
I am of English and Swedish origin and have children in groups 8 and 3. 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’m from the UK and have children in groups 5 & 8. 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.
Gilles Thal Larsen (Parent representative)
I am Dutch, and grew up in the Netherlands, though English is my mother tongue. I am currently working as a lawyer for the Dutch government. I have children in group 4 and 6, and I see the growing importance of the school environment in their lives. The older they get, the larger the role of the IPS: the classroom, teachers, and their school friends. I am glad to play an active part in helping to make IPS as wonderful as my 9 year old daughter says it is.
Kelly Werner (Teacher Representative)
I have lived here for 24 years and have 2 grown sons who are now 23 and 21. I have worked at the IPS for nearly 14 years now and started off at Frans Halslaan teaching groups 4 and 3. For the last 8 years I have been the Learning Support Coordinator which these days includes a lot of cycling around between all 3 locations meeting with teachers and parents… It certainly keeps me fit!
John Jones (Teacher Representative)
SCHOOL COUNCIL CHARTER
SCHOOL COUNCIL MINUTES 2019-2020