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Issue 15 - Spring 2016

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Welcome to the Spring edition of our newsletter! After a short break we are back with updates on the N/P and Secondary Education Councils, details of new projects supported by the Community Fund and various updates on health and safety issues. Why not check out our regular column, "Love Laeken" and find out about what the Dreve Sainte Anne looked like before it became the busy street it is today!

On the services front, remember that the first enrolment phase for transport closes on 31 May 2016. Enrolments for extra-curricular activities will open on 1 June so keep checking the website for details of the activites. You should also have received details about the upcoming Performing Arts Day via email - for those of you who are wondering what Periscolaire involves, this is an excellent opportunity to come and see!

Finally, you should have received detils via email about this year's Somerfesto. The Somerfesto Committee has organised a wide range of exciting activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. Please volunteer to help make it the most successful school party ever! 

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pedestrianAs ever growing numbers of pupils arrive at school by foot, bike or car, the urgency to improve access via the Dreve Sainte Anne is ever more pressing. Here is an update on the latest developments from the Health and Safety Working Group.

 

Another issue which directly affects the safety of our children is the access and mobility issues we face on the Drève Ste-Anne. The combination of high volumes of motorised traffic, school buses and pedestrians and cyclists is challenging and continues to raise concerns.

The APEEE has recently met with the School and the Regie des Bâtiments (the Belgian organism that is responsible for all building and site aspects of our school) and is in direct contact with the City of Brussels to renew its requests that improvements are introduced. We have once again particularly expressed our concern regarding the difficult bus access to our school, urging the RdB to take appropriate measures. The RdB has now confirmed that it will enlarge the bus entry gate. We are now waiting for a precise time schedule.

We also repeated our efforts to highlight the importance of creating a new pedestrian access to the school for the Nursery children (between the underground parking entry and the exterior wall (café ‘Cantina’). The RdB has confirmed that it is looking into it and a feasibility study is foreseen. We hope that these measures will be implemented in the near future and we are monitoring this closely.

In addition to this, we are of course following up on the essential improvements needed in terms of traffic control on the Drève Ste-Anne. We are in constant contact with the City of Brussels and a meeting with them is scheduled before the end of this school term to discuss and review this. The measures that are foreseen should ensure that the traffic speed and the security of our children is better adapted to the increasing number of children coming or leaving the school by foot, by bicycle or by car.

In the meantime we ask all of you to be vigilant - please slow your speed and pay attention to other more vulnerable road users. 

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