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PA News February I

PA News February I

Dear Parents,

Well, we were all ready to send this out as a January update and then the news came in about Primary schools reopening next week AND our school’s possible change of location was featured in the local paper. Let’s start with an update about another hot topic from last year, by sharing with you a message that we received from the Food Bank in Alkmaar.

”Heden hebben wij van u een mooie donatie mogen ontvangen. Wij danken u zeer voor dit bedrag ad €1.900,- . Wij zullen dit geld gebruiken om ontbrekende etenswaren te kopen ten behoeve van de voedselpakketten voor de klanten van Voedselbank Alkmaar, Heerhugowaard e.o.”  o I’m only 12 lessons into learning Dutch but I believe that the above message translates as “you’re awesome, thank you”.


    • We wish to highlight that the following classes do not have a parent Class Representative for this academic year; S1N, S2N, S2F, S4F, S6N, and S6F. If you do not have a Class Rep in your class, it is difficult for us as P.A. to contact the parents of the class and to hear of any issues that might occur. A Class Rep also gathers input from their respective class parents for the Primary and Secondary Educational Councils (PEC/SEC) and attends the PEC/SEC Class Reps’ preparatory meetings. These meetings take place four times during a full school year are held during school hours. They are also, unsurprisingly, held online at the moment.A class may have more than a one Class Rep, so the role can be shared between a number of parents. Please refer to the other attachment you have been sent to see an outline of what a Class Reps’ role entails, and if any parents in the above classes are interested in becoming Class Rep, please contact


    •  Representatives of the P.A. and the school recently attended online the first of several meetings about the potential plans for the traffic flow and area surrounding our school. There were a lot of attendees in the meeting to represent the different tenants and residents of the area. Whilst this first meeting was primarily intended to explain the nature of the meetings that would follow, it was also taken as an opportunity for us to reiterate our primary concern: ensuring the safety of our children in the area around the school. When we have further information to share with you we will gladly do so.


    • This month saw the school’s Admin Board meet online and one of the items discussed was the future of our school canteen. We are not the only European School and Parents’
      Association having such a discussion and, due to that fact, it was stated in the Admin Board that this discussion will move up the managerial chain to allow a more central discussion to take place about the relationship between European schools, their canteens and their Parents’ Associations. We will keep you updated once these discussions have begun.


    • By now, both the Alkmaar and Zaanstad Gemeentes should have submitted their proposed locations of our future school to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (“OCW”) for consideration. In this weekend’s local newspaper you may have seen two artist’s renditions of how a school in Alkmaar could look: please do treat them as suggestions, not certainties. Later this week we will have a “first contact” online meeting with the OCW’s new leader of this project as they begin their dialogue with the various stakeholders that are involved.

That’s all from us for now: thanks again for making such a great contribution to the Food Bank and for continuing to be your children’s IT Manager/Classroom Assistant/Personal Motivator/Chef de Cuisine/Print Shop Executive/Peace Treaty Negotiator, all while they think that they have the tougher time of it right now. Let’s hope that next week’s return of Nursery and Primary goes well and that it is a sign of more positive things to come.

Take care,

ESB Parents’ Association

If you have any questions that you would like for PA to communicate on your behalf, please send them to us. 

Nicole GottholdPA News February I
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Message from the Food Bank

Message from the Food Bank

De Europese School

Betreft: donatie


Heden hebben wij van u een mooie donatie mogen ontvangen.

Wij danken u zeer voor dit bedrag ad €1.900,- . Wij zullen dit geld gebruiken om ontbrekende etenswaren te kopen ten behoeve van de voedselpakketten voor de klanten van Voedselbank Alkmaar, Heerhugowaard e.o.

Met vriendelijke groet,
Dhr. J. Emmaneel
Voorzitter Bestuur
Voedselbank Alkmaar, Heerhugowaard e.o.

contactgegevens: Voedselbank Alkmaar Uitdeelpunt: de Blije Mare
tevens uitdeelpunt: Pettemerstraat 39b Kajakstraat 60 1823 CW Alkmaar 1826 DN Alkmaar

telefoon: 072 – 540 1592 Uitdeelpunt: Heerhugowaard
e-mail: Stationsweg 49
website: 1702 AB Heerhugowaard

Nicole GottholdMessage from the Food Bank
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PA News December

PA News December

Dear Parents,


Well, we had a good run before being locked down: we’d made it past Hallowe’en, through St Maarten’s Day, we had seen off Sinterklaas and nearly reached Santa.  But here we are, dusting off our distance learning hats and preparing for a life without the high street once again.  I blame the Elf on the shelf…


  • Thank you to those of you that joined us for our Annual General Meeting last month. Here are some of the highlights for those that were unable to attend:
  • We have taken this year’s Food Bank drive online! Right now we are up to over €1,900 raised: this is simply incredible, thank you all so much.  The donation page is still open today (Friday 18th December) so, if you haven’t already done so, please click the “Donate” button to help:
  • There is no further update on the traffic flow around the school, including no further information about the pedestrian crossing that the Gemeente assured us would be installed on Churchilllaan. You may have seen the three different locations around the school that are now manned by the Traffic department representatives, resplendent in their day-glo clothing.  I have so far found them to be amicable so, should you have any queries or concerns, please don’t think them unapproachable.
  • During the Parents’ Association Committee’s most recent meeting we decided that Extra Curricular Activities will not be arranged for the coming Winter/Spring Term. It is still conceivable that the Spring/Summer term may be treated differently but we will have to wait and see how things transpire over the coming months.


Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & a happy and healthy 2021,



ESB Parents’ Association President

If you have any questions that you would like for PA to communicate on your behalf, please send them to us. 

Nicole GottholdPA News December
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ESB Canteen 2021+

ESB Canteen 2021+

Dear ESB Community,


Last month the Parents’ Association (PA) was approached by the school’s management with a request to take over responsibility for the school canteen, starting in the 2021/22 school year.  We were asked to make our decision about this by February 2021 so that the current canteen service providers can plan for the future.


The school’s management has been informed, by the Office of the Secretary General of European Schools (OSGES), that the school should not manage the relationship with its canteen service provider and that, at each European School, this should be undertaken by the PA.  Whilst the Parents’ Associations of some of the European Schools have previously taken on this responsibility, ours is far from the only school where PA is currently having this discussion.


Given that the PA Committee is comprised of 9 volunteers, we do not feel that we are currently in a position to consider taking over this responsibility, nor do we feel it very fair for the school to have to push this onto a group of parental volunteers.  Whilst InterParents are looking to discuss this with the OSGES, we have set up a Working Group to help look into exactly what would be required should the canteen service provider’s management be taken on by the Parents’ Association.  If this sounds like something about which you may be able to advise us, or if it’s something that you would like to become involved with, please send us an email at


To begin with we would like to ask for help in two areas: firstly to identify the legal requirements and liabilities that the PA would need to consider, and secondly to identify other service providers that may be interested in taking on the role.  This is not to say that the current canteen service provider won’t be invited to tender but we do feel it in the best interest of the customer to explore several options where there is the chance to do so.


Please forgive us for adding to those winter lockdown woes but we hope that, one way or another, a positive solution will be found: we’d love you to help us find it!



ESB Parents’ Association

Nicole GottholdESB Canteen 2021+
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Thank You from the ESB PA

Thank You from the ESB PA

Thank you all for your support this school year!

Dear ESB Staff, Students & Parents,

A huge thank you to all those who contributed to an incredible collection for the Alkmaar Foodbank.
chool Bergen NH

We raised an amazing €1900!

Thank you all for you generosity. We are sure that the foodbank will put the funds to very good use.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Best Wishes,
The ESB Parents’ Association

Nicole GottholdThank You from the ESB PA
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