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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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partyThe EN section just had its annual teacher/parent party. Thanks to all those who came along and made the evening such a success! The FR section party is coming up. Details have been sent out via email and tickets are still available!

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On 3 March the Nursery/Primary Education council met. Parents representatives from the Dutch, German and English sections attended. You should have received summaries from your section reps but here is an overview!

The topics discussed included security, the evolution of the various classes and sections for the next school year and the follow up on the whole school inspection. The discussion reflected the need for consistent security procedues to be in place and parents made the point that some feel that the barriers being put up between parents and the school are excessive. Issues such as the weight of backpacks, swimming lessons and the transition from P5 to Primary were also on the agenda.

We take this opportunity to remind you that parents who have specific health and safety concerns (including security) can contact the APEEE's dedicated working group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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The Community Fund has granted funding to a gardening and landscaping project. The CFC’s recommendation to fund this project up to a total of 3,000 euros was approved by the CA in their meeting on 10 November 2015. 

On 25 September 2015, the CFC received an application for funding from one of the teachers in the EN section, Noel Rowland, to support a project To develop a coordinated landscaped site for EEB4.  This will take the form of individual garden areas for seasonal vegetable, annual flowering plants and miniature fruit trees.  The project will link with similar projects in different countries. Its envisaged that the project will involve all sections and levels and will be taught both in DDM and through European Hours. The CFC welcome this exciting initiative.

If you want to know more about the Community Fund, please check  out the webpages where updates are published, or have a read of the 2014 -2015 annual report which will be circulated ahead of the GA.  Or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The European Schools Groupe de Suivi or “Steering Committee (composed of representatives from the General Secretariat, the European schools, parents, the Commission, the Belgian Government and the Régie des Bâtiments) and the Central Enrolment Authority (“ACI”) met during October 2015 to discuss infrastructure in the European Schools and to prepare the Guidelines for the Enrolment policy for 2016-2017.  EEB4 was represented at all of these meetings by members of the CA.

Some key points under discussion:

    • A major issue under discussion at the moment is how to deal with the overcrowding of the Brussels Schools. Proposals include opening Berkendael as an Annex to Uccle.  This also affects our school: our maternelle is already full and with Laeken set to accommodate an Estonian section, space is becoming an issue in all levels of the school. This also impacts on the APEEE run services. The canteen has a maximum capacity and has already had to increase the number of services this year. The site can also only accommodate a fixed number of buses at any one time – another logistical constraint. And periscolaire relies on classrooms and facilities (such as sports halls) being available to accommodate activities. These issues are therefore, all being followed closely.

    • Last year the enrolment policy changed the historical “sibling rule”, where siblings were guaranteed a place in the school of their siblings, to a more limited sibling rule, where the principle was kept in place for secondary students as one group, and for primary and nursery, as a second group.   The rationale for this was to address overcrowding in the three other schools. However, this proved to be a very controversial issue and the Complaints Committee ruled that the full siblings rule should be reinstated, which was welcomed by the APEEEs of all the Brussels schools.


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