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European Schools closed from Monday as preventive measure

European Schools closed from Monday as preventive measure

Updated March 16 at 14:20

Dear parents,

It is now decided to close the school from Monday 16th of March until after Easter holiday (April 6). This could be extended – please check your emails and the school website:
The PA has decided to cancel the Extra Curricular Activities (ECA), starting from tomorrow, Friday 13th of March as well. We will be refunding at the end of the school year.
We hope that you are all following the hygiene rules and advices from the authorities:
For the closure of the school to have the best possible effect, we strongly recommend that you keep you and your family away from other people, if possible. We suggest for you to stay at home, teleworking if possible.
If you have any questions for the PA, please send them to this email address:

Kind regards,

The PA Committee

Nicole GottholdEuropean Schools closed from Monday as preventive measure
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Help the ESB Primary School Upcycle its Classroom Furniture

Help the ESB Primary School Upcycle its Classroom Furniture

The ESB Primary school has recently upgraded all of its classroom furniture.  In the spirit of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, we are asking parents to consider helping the school find a new home and purpose for the furniture rather than it ending up in the dump! Do you have a use for a classroom desk and/or chairs?

Parents who are interested in desks, tables and/or chairs should email us with the following information:

  • Name
  • Child Name & Class
  • Email Address
  • Items Wanted and Quantity (if known)

We will contact all interested parties with more information regarding viewing and collecting the furniture. However the date will be before 20 February as items not claimed by 20 February will be disposed.

Do you know an organisation or group that could use the furniture? Let us know! Please help us reduce our waste!

Photos of Available Furniture

Nicole GottholdHelp the ESB Primary School Upcycle its Classroom Furniture
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Let’s Go Bananas Again!

Let’s Go Bananas Again!

As you may have heard, the ES Bergen has again successfully secured participation in the EU School Fruit Programme for primary and nursery for the third year. Each week a selection of fruit and/or vegetables will be supplied and offered to your children in their classroom.

In order for the school to realize this project, the school and the Parents’ Association will again need volunteers to help with the fruit preparation and distribution three times per week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 09:00-10:30 am.

Distribution will begin on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 in all Nursery and Primary classes and will run for 20 weeks.

We cannot offer this program if volunteers do not come forward, so please…parents, guardians, grandparents, big brothers and sisters are all invited to help.

Whether you can help one or two days throughout the programme, or every week please help support this initiative. This year we have implemented an online sign up form leveraging You can volunteer for a single day, or recurring days throughout the year on this website. If you have any difficulty, you can also email us to let us know when you would like to volunteer and we can enter your details for you.

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact your teacher. If you have questions about volunteering, please contact us.

Your ESB PA Fruit Programme Coordinators,

Sue Garrone, Vanessa Nascimento & Batool Nagdee

We’re using to organize volunteers for this initiative.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click the button below to see our sign up page.
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually. will require you to enter each date separately. If you plan to sign up for a recurring time, please contact us directly and we will register for you.

Nicole GottholdLet’s Go Bananas Again!
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Message from InterParents: Citizens’ Rights – UK nationals in the EU Policy Paper Published

Message from InterParents: Citizens’ Rights – UK nationals in the EU Policy Paper Published

Dear Parents,

As discussed here is the link to the UK Government announcement. In summary, the section on education provides that UK nationals living in the EEA or Switzerland, who wish to study in the UK, will be eligible for home fee status and student support from Student Finance England, along with access to Further Education 19+ funding for courses and apprenticeships. This is available in England starting up to seven years from exit day in the event of a no deal or the end of the Implementation Period in the event of a deal. These undertakings apply to relevant family members, for example, children holding UK nationality born in the EEA or Switzerland to those UK nationals who have moved there from England.

Best wishes,


About InterParents

The European School Parents’ Association is a member of the umbrella Parents’ Association, InterParents.

  • the umbrella association for the Parent Associations of the European Schools
  • the ‘voice of parents’ on all aspects of governance of the European School System
  • the officially recognised representative of parents of all pupils in the European Schools in the Board of Governors – BoG (Conseil Superieur – CS) of the European Schools, in its subsidiary committees and its preparatory working groups
  • an organisation powered by volunteers who are nominated by their local associations

Read more about InterParents and the complete history of recent communications released by InterParents here.

Nicole GottholdMessage from InterParents: Citizens’ Rights – UK nationals in the EU Policy Paper Published
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Message from InterParents: Good news regarding Brexit in ESB

Message from InterParents: Good news regarding Brexit in ESB

We just received this information from Interparents:

Following an exchange of letters with the Secretary-General of the European Schools, the United Kingdom Department for Education confirmed on 1 March, the common understanding that, in case of a no-deal scenario, the UK will continue to :

● contribute to the system of the European Schools by seconding teachers until 31 August 2020;
● contribute with two national inspectors to the system of the European Schools until the end of the 2019/20 school year;
● provide experts in relation to the European Baccalaureate; and
● recognise the European Baccalaureate automatically if the European

Baccalaureate is acquired before 31 August 2020, specifically granting holders of the European Baccalaureate all the benefits attaching to the possession of the diploma or certificate awarded at the end of secondary school education in the Member State of which they are nationals; entitlement to seek admission to any university in the UK on the same terms as nationals of the UK with equivalent qualification.

Consequently, The UK Department for Education has now written to the teachers seconded by the UK to the European schools informing them of the withdrawal of their ‘at risk of redundancy’ status.

Great news for all European Schools!

Daniel WoodMessage from InterParents: Good news regarding Brexit in ESB
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