OUR VALUES

Following from the mission and vision of our school, we have formulated our school values.
  • Enquiry
    We believe in developing enquiring minds through questioning, investigation and discussion.
  • Adaptibility
    We promote children’s self-confidence to explore new ideas, strategies and roles as we expose them to a range of new situations and promote an understanding that change is constant.
  • Respect
    We encourage respect for each other, others' views, cultures and traditions and promote responsibility for the community, living things and our environment. We promote whole school and community respect, ensuring that children understand respect does not only relate to age.
  • Resilience
    We encourage learners to try their best and to persevere and overcome difficulties. They must know their own strengths, develop their targets and be aware of their learning styles. We aim to stimulate children’s growth and desire to do well in all areas of learning.
  • Morality
    We promote moral understanding using our school Golden Rules, praising positive behaviour through open discussions such as cicrcle time sessions and assemblies. In child speak we display the section of our behaviour policy which clearly explains levels of consequences. We ask even our youngest children to reflect on incidents and consider the difference between right and wrong. We laways treat each day as a new one and learn from our behaviours.
  • Communication
    We believe in a learning community that is committed to communicating in a variety of ways with children, parents, staff and all stakeholders. We endevour to give challenging and effective feedback to children to enhance and encourage responsibility for their own learning. We are transparent with parents about their children's progress and beahviour and are privileged enough to have open minded parents who are similarly transparent with us. This open communication ensures solid home school relations for the benfit of every child.
  • Thoughtfulness
    We want learners to think beyond their immediate environment and to become informed, independent, responsible world citizens. We encourage curiosity, imagination and creativity and aim to empower children to find solutions. We instil the ethos that no matter how sure we are of our own opinions; we must listen to others, learn from them and be mindful of their possibly different views.
  • Cooperation
    We view education as a partnership; between parents, teachers and children. As a learning community we acknowledge and promote cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders, actively including parents in their child’s education. Similarly, we plan cooperative lessons in the classroom and team events on the field. As we encourage "learning for life" we remind children at every learning curve that they must be able to work with others.
Acceptance
Our school aims to teach children that every member of every society should be treated with the above mentioned personal values. We move, exist and learn in a small school with a large diversity. Hosting over thirty different cultural backgrounds, catering to special educational needs where possible and combining two different curricula we are gaining a real taste of today's world; a truly international one. We accept each others' differences, listen to each others' views and yet feel able to enquire and ask questions. Our school aims to make a significant contribution to the acceptance of other cultures besides the Dutch culture yet we insist on a "touch of Dutch" at all times. We are firm believers of self identity and knowing ones roots. Many of our students come from mixed race families learning to accept differences and diversity in their homes not only at school. At NISL we believe the world comes together to learn from each other; something a text book cannot teach.