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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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It’s that time of year when there is a call for candidates to join the CA of the APEEE for a two year mandate. This year, due to a combination of resignations and Board members reaching the end of their mandate, 14 posts will become vacant. Ideally they would be filled by parents from a range of levels in the school and from all sections. But perhaps you are wondering what this commitment would involve? Or whether there are other ways to contribute to the APEEE. Here are some thoughts.

How much time does being on the CA take up? This is a bit like asking how long is a piece of string? The CA meets regularly – approximately every three weeks and those meetings last for at least 2 hours.  In addition, there are internal committees (e.g. Transport/Communications/Canteen/Extra-Curricular Activities) who also meet.  The amount of time it takes depends a lot on what issues you chose to get involved in.

Is it possible to combine the CA with work? Do I have to be at all those meetings? The current members of the CA are a mixture of working and non-working parents. The main criteria is enthusiasm and commitment. The ability to attend every meeting is not necessarily the best measure of what contribution you can make.

When are roles assigned? The CA will meet shortly after the GA (10 December 12:00 - 14H30 CCAB salle 304) and all posts will be up for election. You will have the chance to talk to existing and previous CA members to try to work out what issues you might be interested in following.

I don’t want to be on the CA. Can I help in other ways? There are various working groups that involve parents who are not CA members (and which actively welcome them). These include the pedagogical groups (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), the Health and Safety Working Group (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and the Sexuality Education Group. There is also a parent led group which is looking at Educational Support issues. Or you can get involved in some of the social activities or other parent initiatives such as book sales, Eureka and Somerfesto. Why not look at our website to see what is going on?

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The SEC is an important forum for teachers and parent representatives to address the diverse issues which affect our secondary students. For details of what was discussed at the most recent SEC, please read on.

The SEC took place on 22 October 2015. The CA of the APEEE was represented by Kristin Dijkstra and parents were also represented by the section representatives from the DE, EN and FR sections. The topics discussed included school trips, the BYOD office  365 programme, bulletins and B tests and the School Rules. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, a number of parent points including preparation for the BAC, the need for a study hall for group work and an (indoor) solution for accommodating tartinistes, were not discussed on this occasion.

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Ever wondered how representative the CA is? Why not look at the statistics below to get an overall picture. 

These figures are based on the composition of the CA as of 1 November 2015. Please note that some CA members have children in more than one section and/or more than one level of the school.

 CA Representatives by section

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CA Representatives by level

 

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The DE and EN sections have both held events recently. Just before half-term the EN section had another successful halloween disco with fantastic cooperation from the staff and students including the preparation of all those snack bags! Any proceeds will go to the Community Fund.

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The DE section held their annual celebration of St Martinstag on 11 November with L2 learners participating.  St Martinstag is s the holy day of St. Martin of Tours and is traditionally celebrated with a Lantern parade. 

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