On 7 July, the BSN was honoured to welcome The Hague’s Alderman, Hilbert Bredemeijer, to our school.
Alderman Bredemeijer is one of a team of Deputy Mayors of The Hague who sit under the Mayor, Jan van Zanen; he is the Alderman for Education, Sport and Outdoor Spaces. Luuk Helleman (Advisor/Spokesperson for the Gemeente Den Haag), Marleen Leroy (Education Advisor), and Vanessa Lambrecht (International Education Project Leader) also joined the visit to the BSN. The purpose of the visit was to tour the BSN’s newest school, Senior School Leidschenveen (SSL), Junior School Leidschenveen (JSL), meet our CEO, Heath Monk, and observe some BSN lessons in action.
International Education in The Hague
They were welcomed at Senior School Leidschenveen in the morning. The group sat down with Heath Monk and the Head of Communications & Admissions, Stacey Vickers, to discuss the BSN and international education in The Hague.
Alderman Bredemeijer commented,
International schools are important to The Hague, and play a vital role in helping to attract business and families to the area.
Alderman Bredemeijer and his team viewing one of the displays at SSL – this one depicts the number of different nationalities at SSL
Touring the Senior School
Alderman Bredemeijer and his team toured the cradle-to-cradle SSL campus with Headteacher James Oxlade and stopped to admire particular details and favourite spots. They even had the chance to see a Food Technology lesson, where students were hard at work prepping their ingredients!
BSN CEO Heath Monk said,
We feel a deep connection to the city of The Hague and its educational landscape. We look forward to seeing him later on in the year at our 90-year anniversary celebration.
3 - 18 Provision
Junior School Leidschenveen was next. The group observed an engaging Year 5 lesson, in which the children showcased their knowledge of aquatic mammals (more specifically, humpback whales!). This was followed by a tour of the Food Technology classroom, Science classroom and school library, where some of the students got to meet Alderman Bredemeijer and welcome him to their school.
Caption: Alderman Bredemeijer is greeted by JSL Headteacher, Karren van Zoest
The JSL tour concluded a successful visit from Alderman Bredemeijer and his team and served to further strengthen the relations between the BSN and the Gemeente Den Haag. The Hague’s Alderman, Hilbert Bredemeijer, commented after his visit, "International schools are important to The Hague and play a vital role in helping to attract business and families to the area. It was a pleasure to visit the BSN, tour the impressive new Senior School facilities and meet children and staff".
Heath Monk commented, "We were really delighted to have been able to show Alderman Bredemeijer and his team around the school, as we feel a deep connection to the city of The Hague and its educational landscape. We look forward to seeing him later on in the year at our 90-year anniversary celebration".