One of our basic principles is that children enjoy going to school. Maintaining a positive atmosphere requires rules and making arrangements with the children. Several times a year we review these rules. This ensures that the rules are the same in all groups, and are adjusted where necessary.
This page contains important rules. For more information, please refer to our school guide.Download our school guide (Dutch)
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You are very welcome to get to know the Da Costa School! We regularly organize introductory mornings. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to attend one of these occasions.
Frequently Asked Questions
The school boards in The Hague and the city council have agreed to change the registration process of primary schools. In the new situation, parents register their child from the age of 3. Parents may also opt for multiple schools. This is because it’s included in the Primary Education Act and because it reflects our own experience. It also meets the preferences of parents.
Parents of children born on, or after 1 October 2015 register their son or daughter from the moment the child turns 3 years old. For children born before 1 October 2015 nothing changes.
To register, you can make an appointment with the school director. You will then receive a letter from the school confirming your application. When registering, we will also discuss with you whether the school has a waiting list and which admission criteria we use. For further information regarding the registration of your child, please refer to the document "stappenplan aanmelden basisschool" (in Dutch) and to chapter 2.7 of our school guide.
In preparation for their arrival at primary school, children can have a try-out period up to 5 partial days. These moments are planned in consultation with the teacher. A try-out is not possible in the month of December and the months of June or July, depending on the start of the summer holiday.
All groups start at 08:30am and end at 14:45pm. There is no school on Wednesday afternoon. Groups 1 through 4 finish at noon. Groups 5 through 8 work for an additional half hour and finish at 12:30pm on Wednesdays.
This way these groups "save up" time, which allows for afternoons off at Sinterklaas, Christmas, the summer holidays and the day before spring break. This also provides opportunity for a study day for the team.
Yes, the children of group 8 are given first aid lessons. These are concluded with a theoretical and a practical exam. If they pass, the children receive a diploma.
The team of the Da Costa School has an arithmetic coordinator and a behavioural specialist.
Mrs. A. Boekhout - Veldhuizen is our arithmetic coordinator. Her responsibilities include supervising the teachers in the field of arithmetic, preparing and coordinating the arithmetic meeting and ensuring that made agreements are being met.
Ms. M. van der Kooij is our behavioural specialist. She supervises individual team members with regard to children who require a particular approach. She supports the team in completing the "Kijk! op sociale competenties" tool and manages the anti-bullying policy of the school. She is also the school contact for complaints.
Yes, that is possible. Our school has a partnership with Kinderopvang 2Samen for after school care. Your child will be housed in the building of 2Vliegende Hollanders, located next to our school. The head office of Kinderopvang 2Samen is located at Laan van Meerdervoort 70 in The Hague. 2Samen can be reached via +31 (0)70 338 55 00 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found on 2samen.nl.
Parents of children who qualify for after school care can register their child with Dak Kindercentra. This includes Anne Dak, located at Koningin Emmakade 119.
We also work with Zo Kinderopvang & BSO. This includes Kinderopvang Zo, located at 2e Sweelinckstraat 148, 2517 HB in The Hague. Zo can be reached via +31 (0)70 310 78 03 or via email@example.com. For more information, please contact Mrs. A. Den Hamer, location manager Zo at the 2e Sweelinckstraat.
During the year, the Da Costa School organizes several special activities, such as the Da Costa Bike Tour and the 3-day work week (both activities are for groups 7 and 8) and a school dance. The school photographer visits our school to take group and portrait photographs. Once a year the entire school is turned on its head because the teachers celebrate their birthday. At the end of the school year we have a prom, organized by and for group 8 who will be leaving school.
Cultural education is important to the Da Costa School. Therefore, as part of the “Culture Menu”, all children visit various heritage institutions during the school year. We also participate in the Culture Link. This organization offers many activities in the creative arts. Our students and staff visit plays, musical performances and/or dance and pantomime activities. Some of these are organized at school.
For more information about special activities, please refer to chapter 6 of our school guide.
For parent communication, we use the private, online parent portal Schoudercom (SCHool OUDER COMmunication; “ouder” is Dutch for “parent”).
Communication takes place as much as possible through this portal. In order for you to be able to use the portal, it is important that the school has your current email address. You are responsible for providing us with a working email address
Mrs. M. Jonathan manages this system. Please contact her if you need to update your personal details. Our parent portal can be reached at dacostaschool.schoudercom.nl/inloggen.
If your child can’t come to school, e.g. because of illness, we kindly ask you to notify us by telephone before 8:30am. In case we have not received any notification, we will call you after 09:00am.
If your child can’t participate in physical activities such as PE or swimming lessons, you are required to give your son or daughter a note or call the teacher. Your message will be noted in the school agenda.
In the event that we suspect unlawful absence we will contact the attendance officer. See also chapter 8.2 of our school guide.
For the school year 2018 - 2019, the following dates apply:
|Spring break||22 February to 1 March 2019|
|May holiday||19 April to 3 May 2019|
|Ascension Day||30 & 31 May 2019|
|Whit Monday||10 June 2019|
|Summer holiday||22 July to 30 August 2019|
Voor het schooljaar 2019 - 2020 gelden de volgende data:
|Prinsjesdag||17 September 2019|
|Autumn holiday||21 to 25 October 2019|
|Christmas holiday||23 December 2019 to 3 January 2020|
|Spring break||21 February to 28 February 2020|
|Easter weekend||10 to 13 April 2020|
|May holiday||27 April to 8 May 2020|
|Pentecost||1 June 2020|
|Summer holiday||20 July to 28 August 2020|
From the age of four a child may go to school. From the first day following the month in which they turn five, the children are subject to compulsory education. This means that four-year-olds can occasionally be kept at home for a (half-)day, but from five years onwards the (stricter) compulsory education law is in effect.
Five-year-olds may (at the initiative of the parents / caretakers) skip classes for a maximum of 5 hours per week. The school must be informed of this. Extra leave, e.g. to go on holiday outside the busy (and expensive) holiday season or to prolong a stay with family abroad is not allowed. For further information about the Compulsory Education Act we refer you to chapter 8.4 of our school guide.
The introduction of clothing such as hijab and chador has made the issue of clothing regulation more relevant. This requires a clear policy with regard to its permissibility at SCOH schools. The SCOH is of the opinion that there should be clothing regulations for both teachers and students. To maintain clarity and uniformity, a number of criteria have been formulated:
- Clothing must not be unhygienic.
- Clothing must not be offensive.
- Clothing must not be associated with discrimination on race, color, sexual orientation, gender or political opinion.
- Clothing may not endanger the safety of pupil and teacher.
- Clothing may not hinder the fulfillment of a task or function.
- Clothing may not endanger the safety of the wearer and others.
- Clothing may not be dysfunctional, or hinder the fulfillment or exercise of a task or function.
For staff, criteria 1 to 7 apply; for students criteria 3 to 7.
Our school wants to offer students a safe pedagogical climate, in which they can develop harmoniously and in a pleasant and positive way. Bullying is unacceptable behaviour. When we notice that a student is guilty of bullying or of other aggressive behaviour, we will report this to the parents. We think it is important to have a clear policy that everyone involved can refer to in specific cases. That is why the school has an anti-bullying protocol that serves as a plan of action for the school. This protocol specifies which steps the school will take in the event of bullying: With whom do we speak, who are involved, and what is the next step. The anti-bullying protocol is available for inspection at school. Should you feel your child is being bullied, please contact Ms. M. Van der Kooij. She is the school contact regarding bullying.
Children are allowed to bring treats, but please consider the following:
- Discuss with the teacher when would be a good day to celebrate the child’s birthday.
- Not all parents approve of their child consuming sugar in the form of candy, ice cream, et cetera.
- Some children may be allergic to coloring and flavoring agents, milk products, et cetera.
- Don’t make it difficult for the children and make the treats sugar free.
- Preparing the treats is the biggest joy for the children: prepare the treats together with the child.
For a child, nothing is as fun as celebrating his or her birthday. Therefore, we dedicate plenty of time on birthdays. Experience has shown, however, that handing out invitations for the celebration at home can result in tears. It’s a great disappointment to wait for a promised invitation that doesn’t arrive... We kindly request you to carefully consider this aspect when preparing for the birthday celebration.
In the context of an extended school day, we arrange various activities for which children can register to participate. These are mostly creative and musical activities.
The Parent Council helps organize activities that don’t directly belong to the curriculum, but do add to an enjoyable school experience. This strengthens the bond between the parents and the school. The activities that the Parent Council organizes are usually paid from the parents’ contribution.
If any topics come up that you would like to discuss with the Parent Council then please contact us.
The Parent Council members for the 2018/2019 school year:
|Group 1-2a:||Emilie Gregoire|
|Group 3:||Anniek Bakker / Gijs van Vliet|
|Group 4:||Marie-Louise Woudstra / Dini Janssens|
|Group 5:||Marielle Back|
|Group 6:||Lenore Beij|
|Group 8:||Petra Mallant|
Our Participation Council (MR) consists of two parents and two team members. Approximately every three months they discuss various topics that concern the school, such as school policy, school organization, staff policy and safety in and around the school.
Please contact us if you would like to attend a meeting of the MR as an observer.
The MR keeps you informed of their activities via the news page (in Dutch) on this website. The members perform their tasks in accordance with the mission and foundation of the SCOH.
In addition to the MR there is also a Joint Participation Council (GMR). One MR member of each SCOH primary school has a seat in this GMR. They meet approximately every six weeks and discuss more general matters that aren’t limited to our school, such as school holidays. A report of this meeting is sent to parents via Schoudercom.
For the 2018/2019 school year the MR is composed as follows:
- Marieke Kruidhof
- Jonneke Stans
- Team members
- Marleen Koerselman-Parlevliet
- Annerie Boekhout-Veldhuizen