School Type: Public, Preschool and Primary School
Age group: 2, 5-12
Number of students: 350
Year Elected: 2014
At Gemeentelijke Basisschool (GBS) Sint-Joost-aan-zee, the Wider School (Brede School) program’s purpose is to develop a sense of belonging among students, and to widen the frame of learning as well as the quality of education. It is the only dutch-speaking school of its academic area, located in a popular neighborhood and composed of 35 different nationalities. It managed to turn its cultural diversity into learning opportunities, and offer students a unique perspective on the world. The children develop a “multi-identity”, which integrates their background into their new ecosystem. Regardless of origin, native language, residence or socio-economic context, each student has the opportunity for optimal development and thus contribute to more social equality.
Lessons are given according to themes: Under the theme ‘Growing’, teachers will combine the goals for different disciplines such as Dutch and World Orientation instead of setting goals per discipline).
Students have the ability to create their own rules together with the teachers and the director.
Creative solutions: The ‘solution house’ where children can work out their disagreements.
Toekomst Atelier (‘Future Studio’) brings in external professionals outside school hours to expose children to various professions.
ING program: Bank workers volunteer time to work with kids on their reading and math skills.