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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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To address the need for more European School places in Brussels without exacerbating overcrowding in some of the existing schools, the Central Enrolment Authority proposal this year included the creation a new school for September 2015. Unlike the existing schools, this new school was to cover just Nursery and Primary cycles and was to be seeded with some classes from September 2015. A decision was expected on December 12th from the Belgian Federal Government on granting the campus for the school but this was not forthcoming. Aware of this situation and after having discussed in its December meeting the details of the proposal (including school composition and longterm planning for its pupils), the Board of Governors decided not to create the new school as proposed at this time. To-date (as this newsletter goes online mid January), the decision, by the Belgian Federal Government, on the campus still has not been taken. A revised enrolment policy and accompanying guidelines for 2015-16 are nevertheless being developed. The Central Enrolment Authority of the European Schools has issued a communiqué on the enrolment situation.  According to this communiqué, "the Berkendael site’s availability is expected to be restricted to the 2015-2016 school year."

These factors have led to delays in the drawing up of the Enrolment Policy (and accompanying Guidelines) for the school year 2015 – 2016.  As a result, enrolments will not open until mid February. We suggest that you consult the EURSC where further information will be published in the week commencing 26 January 2015.

The APEEE is following this issue closely and has already participated in 4 meetings on the topic. All relevant information will be published on the APEEE website in due course.

Looking ahead...

As Mr Schlabe announced at the APEEE General Assembly, the Board of Governors of the European Schools voted in favour of the creation of an Estonian section at EEB4 on 18 December 2014. This decision would be reflected in the enrolment guidelines for 2016-17 and we expect to be giving a warm welcome to Estonian families in September 2016.

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