Playing Hooky-Sort Of…

It’s Wednesday afternoon in Amsterdam and the kids have a half-day from school. I’ve organised a babysitter for the first time ever on this half-day wonder of the Dutch school system. And am sitting in a cafe about 500 metres from my home. Decadent! I’ve decided lately to orient myself towards someone in need of…

Should my child attend a Bilingual school or an all-Dutch school?

This vexed question comes up regularly for expat/immigrant parents who are facing the task of sending their teen to secondary school/middelbareschool in The Netherlands. I admit I have a pretty simple view on this: choose a Dutch school. A view that I came to by considering quite a few variables. Namely: It seems like a…

Oh New York, You’re a Dame for Sure 🍏

Shortly after I arrived in JFK on a sleepless 8 hour KLM flight from Amsterdam, customs was unexpectedly cleared in 20 minutes and I was let loose. A quick gut decision ( a lifelong personality trait ) was made to take an airport train then hop on a subway to mid-town. All told an hour’s…

Gifted kids and Dutch Education

Dutch school education is characterised by a range of philosophies that inform parents’ school options. It ranges from Montessori, Dalton to Steiner-Waldorf to regular schools. My younger kids attend Montessori in the city. In the Dutch primary system, kids are tested twice yearly using national standardised tests which focus on maths, dutch language, spelling and…

High-school in Amsterdam and Why My Kids Love It.

Several recent reports have found that Dutch teens are among the happiest in the world, and having lived here for almost six years with my family, I have to concur. When we arrived here, we had no idea how it would unfold: moving abroad with a family and no social support, to a new culture,…