16 items tagged "volunteer"

  • An interview with Deputy Director David Cole

    David Cole joined our school in September this year. Here is our exclusive (!) interview...

    1. Tell us a bit about yourself, your background
    I began my career as a teacher in 1994, in Coláiste Chríost Rí, a secondary school for boys, founded by the Presentation Brothers in Cork Ireland. I was a Geography teacher mostly, but have also taught History and other subjects at various times. In 2002 I was seconded to the European School Brussels I, where I taught Geography and Human Science for 9 years. In 2011 I returned to Ireland, to my original school, but the opportunity to return to Brussels soon came up, and well, here I am! I have been lucky as, though very different establishments, both schools were amazing places to work in, and I enjoyed my time in each very much.
    I'm married, and have two sports-mad-boys, both of whom were born in Belgium and attend the European School. My wife is a teacher in Brussels I. I try to keep fit mostly through hillwalking and football, and I have played an old battered piano for more years than I care to remember.

    2. What are, in your opinion, the major challenges/problems/ areas for improvement in our Secondary?
    Well it is stating the obvious, but the biggest challenge is that we are a new and rapidly expanding school. In the secondary alone we had to integrate over three hundred new students, twenty-nine new teachers and a new deputy director since September. No other European School faced such an adventure! If you consider the whole school, the numbers are even more impressive! Next year we have to accommodate the subject choices of our new 6th years, and just a year later, get these 96 students ready for the school's first BAC...while still integrating even more new students and teachers at the same rate of growth!
    Meanwhile, recruitment will remain a challenge, as it is in the other schools. However, since the member states have begun seconding fewer teachers, our school will continue to face particular difficulties in this regard. It will always be a challenge to source and retain qualified, experienced teachers for various language sections in Brussels.
    The growing student body needs more facilities. We need to provide more sports areas, equip more laboratories and classrooms, and develop the playground, and the cafeteria...to mention but a few priority areas!

    3. What do you envisage doing to resolve the shortage of teachers?
    We will take this challenge on a many levels. We will continue to push member states and the Inspectorate to second more staff. Our local recruitment policy has proven very successful and we are building up a fantastic team who work tirelessly for the school - so clearly this will continue. We need to retain the experienced teachers who have developed the school thus far. I will work hard to make working in EEB4 an even more enjoyable and rewarding experience so that they stay with us. Team-building and development will always be a focus. We will also look further afield and continue to advertise abroad to cast our net as widely as possible. Last year Mr Schlabe managed to bring in several teachers who had previous careers as seconded teachers in other European Schools, which brought in a wealth of experience.

    4. Parents are very much interested in having Career Orientation activities for the Secondary students. We are ready to help. Do you plan any such initiatives?
    It is great to hear that parents are willing to help with Career Orientation Activities. Yes, indeed I am open to developing initiatives in this area. Our careers advisors have already taken the students to careers expositions this year, and also formed links with Lycee Jean Monnet to share best practice, and to cooperate in organising Orientation evenings. The 5th years will have work experience opportunities later this year, and I and the careers advisors have already laid out a plan for the year to ensure that students are best prepared and get the most out of their work placements. I will plan orientation activities with them over the coming weeks and I am sure they will be delighted to hear that parents are keen to help!

    5. How would you like to see the parents more involved to help making Secondary school experience better for the children at EEB4?
    I have already been hugely impressed with the level of parental involvement at EEB4, and I have only been here a short time! There are so many ways the school can benefit from a close involvement with the parent body! My door is always open to looking into new or improved initiatives to help making the secondary school experience better for EEB4 students. Only today (Friday 28th) for example, I had the wonderful experience of looking around the site and trying to imagine how we might spend the huge Somerfesto donation from 2013 (offered at last night's Education Council) on playground facilities for the secondary students. What an opportunity! There is great experience out there among parents, and I hope to tap into that experience to help with Career Orientation as mentioned above. Many more opportunities will occur, and the school year is still young - I have still to experience many initiatives that parents have been helping with for years.

    6. Is there anything I didn't ask that you'd like the school community to know?
    I have had an amazing team helping me over the last few months, representing ALL of the stakeholders involved at the school. I very much appreciate the warm welcome, the support, and the spirit of co-operation which has helped to ease me in and indeed to train me in! After only a few short weeks, I can tell that EEB4 is going to be another amazing experience.

  • Brussels International Singers

    carolsLe « Brussels International Singers » est un chœur international dont les choristes se réunissent chaque année pour préparer un concert de Noël dans la plus pure tradition des « Christmas Carols » Cette année il aura lieu le samedi 13 décembre à 20 heures à l’église Saint-Jean Berchmans (Collège Saint-Michel) au profit de la FRA (Fondation Recherche Alzheimer).Pour constituer un chœur d’enfants, nous cherchons des enfants de 6 à 14 ans. Nous avons pensé que les enfants de l’Ecole Européenne seraient heureux de participer à un si beau projet. Les répétitions auront lieu les dimanches 9, 23 et 30 novembre et 7 décembre dans une académie de la région bruxelloise et la répétition générale aura lieu le vendredi 12 décembre à l’église Saint-Jean Berchmans (Collège Saint-Michel). Pour toute information ( y compris le bulletin d’inscription) n’hésitez pas à nous écrire ou à nous téléphoner. Nous répondrons volontiers à toutes vos questions. Madame Giacoma DI CARA LAVALLE: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.Madam Maria-Filipa FERRAZ-de-OLIVEIRA: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

  • Brussels International Singers

    carolsThe « Brussels International Singers »is an international choir. It is preparing a Christmas carol concert (for charity) on 13 December 2014 and is looking for singers – ages 6 – 14. Rehearsals will take place on Sundays 9, 23 and 30 november and on 7 December in one of the Music Academies in Brussels. The Dress Rehearsal is on Friday 12 December at l’église Saint-Jean Berchmans (Collège Saint-Michel). If you want more info (or to enrol) please contact Maria-Filipa FERRAZ-de-OLIVEIRA: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

  • Calling all anglophone singers!

    Come and join a choir!

    Children from the International schools in Brussels have been invited to participate in the 2014 Brussels Carol Concert to be held in the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels (KCB)on Sunday 14 December, at 5pm.Children from EEB4 are welcome to join! There is a websiteand for more info you can contact Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.. Here is the info we have received.

    "The suggested age is 7 - 15 years but of course we can make exceptions. Come along and try it out - if it suits then come again - if not, then enjoy being in the audience. We are having fun afternoons with music games, some singing, some learning of words, a wee party with food from your countries - please bring a contribution if you like - no pressure - I will provide the drinks! Could I please ask parents to type out the words. Some can follow from the music scores but younger children would benefit from just having the words in front of them. We do not expect the children to read the music.

    Our next get together will be on Sunday 19 October ,  2-4pm. Venue is St Johns International School in Waterloo. Please look at the website to find directions. We have to use the back entrance to the school!!

    Future rehearsals/get togethers are booked for Sundays November 16 and 23. Again, these are not compulsory but we hope that you will be able to attend.

    In December we plan to get together on Wednesdays 3 and 10. Time - 5.30 - 7.30pm Venue for these December rehearsals will be Salle Laeticia, Avenue des Grenadiers, 1050 Ixelles. Parking is good - we have space for 20 cars, then there is easy parking in the street. Details of this venue are on the website.


    Saturday December 13 from 10 - 12.00 in the Conservatoire itself .

    It is compulsory for all who wish to be on stage on Sunday 14 December. There are no exceptions ( neither for the adult choir) - sorry. You will be welcome to sing from the audience if you cannot be with us for the dress rehearsal.


    Sunday 14 December at 5pm. Warm up from 3 -4.30 pm (15.00 - 16.30)

    Dress code - to be advised - but usually the children wear red or green tee shirts with dark skirts or trousers.Good shoes please - no trainers on stage!!

    Aim for the" Christmas green " or a bright red.

  • Changes to our Comms team

    webmasterThe APEEE Comms team has some new additions after our call for interest. Welcome to the new members of our extended IT group:  Lorraine, Sven and Nora. Carla Sabeva has now taken over as VP Comms. For any questions about the newsletter, or if you can help translate, please contact Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.


  • Eureka! has moved...

    eurekaHave you been looking for the Eureka! room? Wondered where it had gone?

    Eureka (for primary/nursery) is now situated in the basement of building J, in a small room (J.U1.003) opposite the ICT class.

    Every Friday morning, parent volunteers will collect items of clothes which have been left in the grey laundry baskets (next to the main doors of various buildings) and sort through them. They will try to return any items marked with a child’s name, to the child. The unlabelled items will be put on display in the corridor outside the Eureka room between about 9.30 am and 12.30 pm for children to look through during their breaks, or for those parents who can gain access to the school.

    The Eureka! team is still looking for a room in secondary for all the secondary school lost property. We will update you if and when there is any news.

    As always, we welcome parent volunteers who are able to come along for a few hours once a month to help manage the service, especially for secondary.

    Please send info (name, phone #, availability) to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

  • Eureka! is expanding to Secondary

    eurekaAfter a difficult start in September, Eureka! is now up and running in both Primary and Secondary!

    The Eureka! service was originally set up by parents & is entirely run by volunteers. Lost & Found boxes are placed near the main doors of each nursery, primary, secondary and garderie buildings and near the gym halls. On Fridays, Eureka! volunteers empty the boxes and also pick up all lost items found in the cantine, library and around the yards. In the Primary section, labelled items are returned directly to the children in their classrooms. In the Secondary, they are placed in the Educational Advisers offices, where they can be collected. When at all possible, we will try to let Secondary parents know, through their class representatives, that an item bearing the name of their child has been found. Any valuables found are handed in to the Primary Secretariat or the Secondary Educational Advisers. All non-named items are kept and put on display in the Eureka! rooms for at least two months. At the end of each school term, unclaimed items of clothing are donated to a charity chosen by the Eureka team of volunteers. 

    Did you lose us? Space constraints and an ever-growing school meant the Eureka room had to move at the beginning of the year. Given the location and size of the new room, we quickly realised that it would only be suitable for the Primary Lost & Found  but, after some searching, another room has been made available for us in the W building, for the Secondary Eureka!

    The opening hours for the Eureka service are:

    Primary (room J.U1.003): 9h00 to 13h15 pm and 15h00 to 18h00 (parents allowed to access the school only from 12h15 to 1h15 pm)

    Secondary (room W.04.009): 10h30 to 13h30

    Could you find some time? With the opening of the new room, the demands on the Eureka team have obviously grown. We need your help! If you want to lend a hand, even if you only have a couple of hours to spare, please get in contact with us. Eureka is a parents' project who depends entirely on the availability of volunteers.


    For any further information please contact the Eureka! Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

  • General Assembly 2014

    It's that time of year again. The General Assembly of the APEEE is approaching.

    When?  19h00 to 23h00 on Wednesday 10th December 2014. In recent years there has been a tendency for the GA to last until late (or very early am). The CA is doing its best to ensure that the evening will run efficiently. But you might want to bring a picnic...

    Where? Salle Polyvalente of the school

    What? This is the meeting where the APEEE's accounts are approved, the CA is discharged, a new budget is adopted, a new CA is elected and you,  the parents,  have the opportunity to ask both the Direction of the school and the APEEE questions.  There is also the possibility for parents to present items ("motions") to be included on the agenda for discussion and if appropriate a vote. This has to be done in advance  - e.g. by the 19th November so please contact your class reps now!

    Who? All parents can come to the GA. Only class reps can vote. Please make sure that if you cannot attend you give your proxy to another class rep. Class reps should consult their classes on how they should vote and those instructions should be passed on if you give your proxy.

    All info is published on the APEEE website


  • Interpretation Request from EEB III

    Call to all conference interpreters of the EU institutions (civil servants or accredited free-lance)/ Appel à tous les interprètes de conférence auprès des institutions européennes ( fonctionnaires et Free-lance accrédités)/ Aufruf an alle Konferenzdolmetscher der EU- Institutionen ( Beamte und akkreditierte Free-lance):

    L'APEEE (EEBIII) cherche des volontaires pour l'Assemblée Générale le 18 novembre 2014 -  19 H30   Le régime linguistique est une 3-3 ( EN-FR-DE). 

    The APEEE (EEBIII) is looking for volunteers for its General Assembly on November 18, 2014 – as from 7.30pm. Language regime 3-3 (EN-FR-DE). 

    Die APEEE (EEBIII) sucht Freiwillige für die Generalversammlung am 18 november 2014  -  19 H30   Das Sprachrégime ist eine 3-3 ( EN-FR-DE). 

     Veuillez bien vous adresser à/Please contact/Bitte meldet euch bei: Carlota.Jovani (eu address) Merci/Thanks/Danke


  • News from Eureka!


    The Eureka! Team is now open on Friday afternoons from 3:00-6:00pm (close of garderie).

    The Eureka! room will be open to parents during the Christmas concerts at school. Following the Christmas holidays, unclaimed items found between the beginning of the school year and the end of October will be donated.

  • Pedagogical Working Groups

    We are looking for parents to join the "Behaviour working group N/P", the "Anti-bullying working group S" and the "Sexuality education working group N/P". No special experience is required but we are looking for parents who can commit for at least one year. The three working groups are set up by school with participation from teachers and deal with issues which are very important for the school community as well as for each individual child. Therefore, an appropriate representation of parents in these groups is needed. The parents' representative should ideally become member of one of the parents pedagogical working groups (N/P and/or S) to ensure a close link and transparency with these groups. The parents' representatives should support the school in the implementation of their policies but should also present the parents' view. For more info contact Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

  • Save the date! Performing Arts Day

    Does your child take part in music/drama or dance activities? Would you like to know more about the opportunities to participate in performing arts through the extra-curricular activities programme? Or with the school?

    Join us on Friday 20 March 2015 for the second edition of the EEB4 Performing Arts Day. Come and celebrate the musical, theatrical and dance talent in our school with performances from extra-curricular activities groups and school groups planned. You will have the opportunity to talk to the monitors who teach the music dance and theatre groups and watch your children perform!

    If there are parents among you interested in helping with the organisation of this fantastic event, please email Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

  • School Radio?

    radioAre you interested in helping to launch a project to start a school radio (in FR)? The extra-curricular activities team is looking for a parent who would be prepared to help organize this activity.

    For more info contact Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

  • Sexuality Education Working Group


    The APEEE is closely working together with school on all pedagogical related issues which are discussed in the education councils and in which the APEEE and parents are represented. To deal with important issues concerning the daily life and well-being of our children, the school can set up informal Working Groups in which teachers and parents can discuss opportunities and challenges but also develop concrete projects and solutions to ensure a healthy atmosphere at school. Amongst these issues, sexuality education is regarded as particular sensitive.

    It is within this framework that, last year, the school set up a Working Group of teachers representing all levels of Nursery, Primary and Secondary on sexuality education. The objective of the Working Group is to establish a curriculum for sexuality education in EEB IV. Throughout their school life, pupils should acquire age-adapted and coherent knowledge on sexuality through professional teaching. The Working Group takes into account the sensitivity of the issue and the fact that the school can only complement the sexuality education provided by parents. The main subjects of the first three meetings of the Working Groups during the last school year were gathering the different aspects related to sexuality in our society and to get an overview of elements of sexuality education presently spread over different subjects in the different language sections.

    Parallel to this work, the school has started to prepare a pilot project on sexuality education for S4 coordinated by the school nurses. Parents will be informed by the school directly on this project. From the outset, a small group of parents under the umbrella of the APEEE is actively following and contributing to the work of the teachers. The working group’s main objective is to ensure communication between the school and the parents about the developments of the curriculum and to represent parents’ views in the Working Group of the school. In close co-operation with the school the parents' group is preparing an information evening with an external speaker to be held in November 2014. This will also be a first occasion to present the Sexuality Working Group to parents. Further information will follow.

    The working group is open to all parents who would like to contribute in the establishment of the sexuality education curriculum which will be unique in the European School system. You are of course welcome with questions and remarks which you can send to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

  • Somerfesto

    Information about the 6th EEBIV Somerfesto should have reached you via your class reps this week: magic shows, bouncy castles, book sale, Pony Rides, face painting, Games, Karaoke, Fencing and Judo, Science Festival, APEEE info stand, School year book, Disco (P5 and above only) and Jazz Café and lots lots more!

    Advance sales of tickets will take place on Friday 6 and Tuesday 10 June when volunteers will collect completed order forms and distribute the tickets and bracelets. The Somerfesto tickets are available in two denominations this year (1 kupono and 2 kuponoj) and cost 10 euros for a block of 10 x1, 5 x 2 or a combination of the two. They can be used for all food and drink, books DVD's, face painting etc. The Jazz Café and Disco tickets are 5 euros each. Tickets will also be on sale on the day at the entrance!
    Remember to contact your Somerfesto class reps if you want to contribute to the food stands!

    As in previous years, the Second-Hand Book and DVD Stall will be an excellent opportunity for your children to find new and exciting books to read. We will be collecting donations of books and DVDs (for children up to age 15) until Thursday June 12. Nursery/Primary students may take their donations to Teresa or Cécile in the school Library. Secondary students may take their donations to Mr Doerr's office or directly to the school Library.

    Please remember to attach the completed donation form, including your child's name and class information. Anyone who donates three items may choose one free book or DVD at the Somerfesto Book Stall (only one free item per student, regardless of the number of items donated).

    And finally, to give our children a day to remember we need Volunteers, Volunteers, Volunteers! Many of you have already done so, but if you haven't yet, please go to the volunteers page of the website at http://www.somerfesto.eu to sign up. Students from Secondary and 5th Primary may also volunteer for some stands with their parents' permission.

  • Web Designer or Web Manager

    Calling any parents with skills in web management. We are looking for a new web manager to run the APEEE website. To ensure a smooth handover, we would like to find someone as soon as possible. Could you do it? Do you know someone who can? Please contact Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.

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