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PA Update: Renovation or Relocation of ESB?

PA Update: Renovation or Relocation of ESB?

ESB Parents’ Association voices concerns and requests opportunity to be heard regarding the renovation or relocation of European School Bergen.

In the beginning of the summer holidays, we learned the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture & Science wishes to move the school to another location outside of Bergen. The Ministry stated they would no longer consider renovating the European School Bergen, and they are looking at other locations in the region. As you have probably seen, a translated statement from the Ministry was posted on the school website.

Rumors were spread in local newspapers during the summer holiday. And we were contacted by many ESB parents with their concerns and confusion.

Since the Ministry’s statement was published, we have been in communication with the school management as well as JRC and EMA staff to determine how we can ensure the parents’ concerns and questions will be addressed.

We have also researched the European School system to learn more about the process and the best way to represent the ESB parents in this matter. We have now communicated some of the parents’ questions and concerns to Interparents (the Parents’ Associations of the European Schools) asking for their guidance and support. A summary of these points are below :

  1. We ask for support in insisting that ESB parents are heard before any decision is taken at the Board of Governors (BoG). We are concerned and surprised about the intention to relocate the school and have concerns about the criteria the Ministry has chosen, without consulting the parents of the school.
  2. We ask for support in requesting the underlying documentation used in choosing not to renovate ESB in Bergen.
  3. Has any Type 1 school been moved before – and if yes, what was the process?
  4. Can a Type 1 school be changed into a Type 2 school? Has that happened before?
  5. Would it be possible to receive confirmation from the European Commission that the current status of ESB will remain (Type 1), even if the school moves?
  6. Is our understanding correct, that the Dutch Ministry alone cannot decide whether the school will move – and where to?
  7. Does the BoG have to unanimously approve the proposed move, and the new location?
  8. Will the site agreement of the JRC prevent the school to be moved far away from the current location?

Once we learn more about how and when we can be heard in this matter, we plan to reach out to parents to facilitate additional questions and concerns. If you would like to be contacted, please join the PA and subscribe to our email list to ensure we have your contact information. You may also contact us with your concerns and questions.

Would you like to also be a part of the PA Committee? Learn more about available opportunities here. You can also learn more about how to get involved at our upcoming Annual General Meeting.

Nicole GottholdPA Update: Renovation or Relocation of ESB?
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The PA Needs Your Help

The PA Needs Your Help

Do you want to be an active part of parent activities in school?

New School Year.. New PA Committee!

After almost 2 years with the same Chairperson the chair is now free for another parent! Do you want to be a part of the decisions-making process with a team of enthusiastic parents behind you? Let us know and let’s talk about it!

We also need one more Vice-Chairperson, supporting the chairperson and collecting all the input from the Committee.

Are you more interested in working in the background writing minutes, organising meetings and supporting the committee? Then Secretary could be something for you!

Maybe you are interested in how the transportation of the children is organised, and would like to help improve that? Why not be the new Transportation Contact?

We need active parents to help with different activities – especially the events in school. Depending on how much time you are willing to give, we need Events Coordinator(s), parents for the Events Team and Active Members that are willing to lend a hand – to be asked when needed from event to event.

Do you speak French & English and would like to (help) run the Francophone Events in school?

Are you a JRC or EMA staff member or spouse? Be one of our Contact Persons!

Questions – or want to hear more? Please get in touch! We would be very happy to talk about how you can support us in supporting our children and the school!

Available Volunteer Opportunities


  • Work closely together with the PA Vice Chairpersons
  • Participate in school meetings: Admin Board meetings, School Advisory Council meetings, meetings with management, meetings with parents
  • Support the Parents’ Association Committee members
  • Chairing or co-chairing meetings in the Committee and other parent meetings
  •  Be a voting member of the PA Committee, representing all parents in our school

Vice Chairperson

  • Work closely with and support the other PA (Vice-)Chairpersons
  • Support and collect information form the other Committee members
  • Chairing or co-chairing meetings within the Committee, parent Class Rep meetings, parent Work Group meetings, contact with Student reps
  • Be a voting member of the PA Committee, representing all parents in our school


  • Work closely with, and support the PA (Vice)Chairpersons
  • Organise Committee meetings and parent class rep meetings, write minutes and official letters, update PA calendar, book PA room
  • Be a voting member of the PA Committee

Events Coordinator(s)

  • Brainstorm which events the PA will present in school
  • Plan the events with school management, students and Events Team
  • Maintain event budgets and event timelines, create them for new events
  • Be a voting member of the PA Committee

Events Team Member

  • Organise events with the Events Coordinator(s)
  • Help coordinate volunteers for the event – and be present at the event

Event Help / Active Member

  • Help organise and lead events as available

Transportation Contact

  • Support and help improve the organisation of the transportation of the pupils
  • Be a contact person for parents and school regarding transportation issues


  • We need French-speaking parents helping with the French speaking events

Interested in one of these opportunities or just in learning more?

Complete the contact form below and we will reach out to you to discuss your interests further.

  • Please select all of the opportunities you are intersted in. Press CTRL+ to select more than one.
  • Please add any additional comments you'd like to share.
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After School Activities Programme Details

After School Activities Programme Details

Updated 19 September 2019 with information for the 2019/2020 year.

The Parents’ Association is happy to announce the continuance of several Extra-curricular Activities (ECA) program improvements which were originally implemented during the Autumn of 2018. Please read the following information carefully and contact us with any questions. We will be available at the Parents’ Evenings,  ECA Informational Meeting, PA Welcome Coffee and Annual General Meeting to answer your questions in person. We hope to work with you to ensure your children enjoy wonderfully enriching programs and a service you value.

It is our aim to begin classes in the first week of October.  Registration will be open after the Informational Meeting held on 20 September, 2019. PA members will receive an email once registration is open.

We are thrilled to announce that we will be continuing to provide escort and supervision services to and from all after school activities. The class schedule has been adjusted to allow for these new procedures, and is as follows:

ECA Time Table (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays)
13:10 School Dismissal
13:10 – 13:30 ECA students convene at meeting point and eat lunch/snack
13:30 – 14:30 ECA Class 1
14:30 – 14:45 Transition from course/meeting point (parent pick up for children with only one ECA course)
14:45 – 15:45 ECA Class 2
15:45 Parent pick up/ transfer to Alles Kits.
15:45 – 16:25 Escort/supervision services are available for an additional cost for students not attending Alles Kits, but who take buses/taxis at 16:25. Simply add this transport add-on to your registration and the monthly cost will be added.

Escort and Supervision in Between Activities
All children enrolled in the first activity each day will be directed to a meeting point directly after school where ECA Duty Coordinators will provide supervision and guidance. During the first transition period (13:00 – 13:30) children will be given an opportunity to eat lunch/snack. You must provide this lunch/snack or arrange for a hot meal separately to be delivered from the ESB Canteen. Each ECA course teacher will come to the meeting point to pick up the children registered for their course and will escort them to the course location. ECA teachers will also escort their students back to the meeting point after each course is concluded. ECA Duty Coordinators will be present at the meeting point in between, and at the conclusion of courses to assist. Parents will then pick up their children at the meeting point each day once their ECA courses are completed for the day. For this reason, parents will not be allowed to remain in the school while their children are taking an ECA course.

Pick Up Logistics
When picking up child(ren), parents must report to the secondary gate (orange) to check in with security to receive admission to the school and meeting point. Please allow 5-10 minutes to check in with security. Once at the meeting point, parents will check-in with the ECA Duty Coordinators to sign their children out for the day.

If your child(ren) are only attending a class during the first class time slot, you must report to the meeting point at 14:30 to pick up. If your child(ren) have courses in both time slots, you would report to the meeting point at 15:45 to pick up. If your child(ren) has only a course in the second time slot, you will be responsible for picking your child up from school dismissal, and bringing your child to the meeting point for the second time slot at 14:45. You may also separately arrange with Alles Kits to provide care before and after the class in the second time slot if you are not able to.  However, please be sure both ECA Coordinators and Alles Kits are aware of these arrangements. Parents who arrange for transportation outside of the school must inform us and your transportation service to arrange for a change in service separately, and let us know via email that your children will be picked up by the service, and not by you (the parent).

New Payment Procedure
ECA courses will now be processed as a recurring payment via SEPA direct debit. Just like the PA membership, when you enroll the first time, you are acknowledging and agreeing to have recurring payments automatically charged to your card. We have worked with ECA teachers to establish an annual price for all classes. The subscription has been broken up into 9 payments. The first payment will be taken at the time of registration. The remaining 8 payments will be automatically processed on the 1st day of each month for 8 months, beginning on November 1, 2019. The last payment of the year will be processed on June 1, 2020. If you register for this course in the middle of the year, your subscription will begin the first day of the month after you subscribe, and you will only pay the remaining number of payments for the year.

For example, if you register on January 25, your first payment will be taken at the time of registration, and the next payment will be processed on March 1, and you would pay the remaining four payments on April 1, May 1 and June 1. Your child would begin attending class on the first week in February. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this new payment process.

Additional Child Care Services
There are some cases where children may require additional child care beyond the ECA class schedule from 13:10 – 15:45. Prior to 2018, children who used taxi and bus services were not able to participate in ECA classes because transportation services departed at either 13:10 or 16:25. Today in order to participate, Nursery – Primary 5 children require supervision from 15:45 – 16:25 and also require an escort to the taxi stand on Churchillian. We now offer this additional service.

For an additional 20 per child, per month you can opt to allow us to supervise your child in the ECA classroom, and escort your child to the taxi pick up area on Churchillian at 16:25. We will wait with your child and ensure they are picked up by their bus/taxi.
If you would like to utilize his service, simply select the option to have escort/supervision added to your reservation during ECA registration. An additional 20 per child, per month will be added to your monthly subscription for that class. Please only add this option to the class which takes place before the required supervision services.
Alles Kits
You may also require additional outside child care if you only register for one ECA class, but need care until 16:25 or later. If this is your circumstance, please contact Alles Kits separately to arrange for their services. You can register for their services on their website. They can provide child care until 18:00. If you are already enrolled in Alles Kits beyond 16:00, please let us know that your children will be picked up by the service, and not by you (the parent).
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Welcome Back from the ESB PA Chairperson

Welcome Back from the ESB PA Chairperson

Tina Eriksen
ESBPA Chairperson

Welcome back to a new school year!

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all our new families in our school community! We are looking forward to meeting all of you real soon!

We would like to start the new school year by inviting you to our Welcome and Info Coffee Friday 20th of September from 9:15-10:30 in the Drama Center (DC) in the Primary area of the school.

Who are we and how do we work?

The Parents’ Association is a group of enthusiastic parents who give their free time and skills to the PA – and through us to the school community. It is a great way to meet other parents and have fun together while supporting the school community, welcome and inform parents, and host different events in our school.

An important role of the Parents’ Association is to represent the parents in our school. We have a seat and a vote at the ES Bergen Administrative Board, the School Advisory Council and the Primary and Secondary Education Councils. To give all parents an opportunity to be heard, each class elects and provides at least one parent as Class Representative – or Class Rep (read more here).

The Parents’ Association meets the Class Reps regularly and we take relevant topics further to the Education Councils, to our regular meetings with management or to InterParents – the cooperation of Parents’ Associations of the European Schools.

In order to keep representing the parents and supporting the school community it is quite important that you all join us as members! To be a member means that you support us – and our work.

If you can take your support a bit further, please be a class rep! Or if you are able to give a hand, want to meet new people and be an active part of your children’s school community, we would be happy to welcome you as volunteer! As a volunteer, you give a hand when you have time – from event to event.

We are having our Annual General Meeting on 8th of October at 19:00 – 21:00 in the Primary Drama Centre in School, where the election of the new PA Committee will take place. All PA members are invited!

Looking forward to be seeing you in school!

On behalf of the PA,

Important Upcoming Dates

Welcome Coffee
Join the Parents' Association for a coffee, meet other ESB parents, and learn about the PA.
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ECA Informational Meeting
Parents interested in after school activities are welcome to meet ECA teachers and ask questions about the classes and program. ECA registration will remain online and will be open shortly after this event.
Learn More
PA Annual Meeting
PA members are invited to this important annual event to receive updates and hold annual committee elections.
Learn More
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Are you ready for Back to School?

Are you ready for Back to School?

Welcome back to ESB! Here are some important updates we thought you’d like to keep handy as you prepare for back to school.

Never miss an announcement.

Join the PA and/or subscribe to our news feed and never miss a beat.

We provide important updates on our event calendar and in our Featured News page that you won’t want to miss. Joining the PA ensures you receive our updates in your email box daily when they are posted. You can also subscribe an additional email addresses using our Mail Chimp subscription form here.

Show your school spirit with ESB Gear. 

Purchase a jumper, t-shirt, cap, gym bag and more. The PA Online shop has a variety of items available for kids and adults with the ESB logo including Primary’s required gym shirt. And we offer free delivery weekly to your child’s primary classroom.  (Secondary students must contact the PA to schedule a pick up time in the PA Room, 39).

Already a member last year? 

Then your membership renewal should have processed this week. Please check with your bank/credit card to ensure the payment was processed properly. And don’t forget to log in and update your member profile. Your children have moved up, and it helps us to know their current grade.

Synchronise your calendar

We update our calendar regularly with school events, PA events and Dutch Holidays. Add our calendar feed to your personal calendar and stay always know what’s going on.

What’s for Lunch?

We maintain an updated Luna Rossa lunch calendar so you always know what’s for lunch. You can also download the registration form on our canteen page at any time.

Get connected with local events.

ES Buzz is a weekly email newsletter curated by veteran ESB parents. The newsletter includes details on what’s happening in the region as well as with the school. It’s a great way to stay updated on what’s happening in villages throughout Noord Holland. You can subscribe and view their first issue of the school year here.

And don’t forget all the handy links on our website footer. We pin information here like handy school links and important contact information. 

Nicole GottholdAre you ready for Back to School?
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