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Issue 15 - Spring 2016


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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How do we ensure our children have a good-quality education, delivered by teachers who understand the European School System as well as the various national education systems to which most students return (either at some stage during their schooling or afterwards)? This remains THE key question for Interparents, the umbrella organisation of all the European School Parent Associations and the official voice of parents in the governing bodies of the school system.

EEBIV parents are increasingly involved in pursuing the answers through Interparents, channelling two-way communication with our APEEE pedagogical team and making sure the experiences and needs of our school are taken into account. As part of our commitment to find solutions, Sarah, one of our APEEE Board members, has taken on the Presidency of Interparents this Spring. Interparents is, of course, only one voice (often without an actual 'vote') in the Board of Governors so continuing to develop good relationships with the representatives of our various Member States is one of our main objectives so that they understand the issues we face 'on the ground.'

Where are we now? The demand for certain kinds of teachers continues to outstrip supply - impacting all linguistic sections and various subjects. As we near the end of another school year, an agreement between Member States on sharing costs for secondment of required teachers has still not been reached. Interparents is liaising with all stakeholders and meanwhile trying to find ways to increase competitiveness of local contracts for short-term teachers. We are also still working closely with the Commission and office of the School Secretary General to launch the External Evaluation of proposals to reorganise the Secondary Studies Programme.

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craftsSchool students demonstrating Bulgarian Folk craft as part of the rich cultural programme accompanying the week-long April meeting of the Board of Governors

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