Beyond the Classroom

Beyond academics, Elementary School students experience essential dimensions of learning. They participate in a rich array of programs which are unique to ASH and very much a part of who we are. Regular field trips to Dutch museums, farms, orchards and historical places are linked to the Elementary School curriculum. Through Art Masterpiece, Extravaganza, International Day, and many other enrichment activities, our students learn about themselves, the ASH community and the world.

We also ask that parents, staff and students take note of our policy regarding the use of ASH Campus Facilities. Official school supervision of students ends upon school dismissal, at which point students must be accompanied by an adult at all times when on campus after school hours. During the vacation periods, students may not be on campus using the school facilities unless under the direct supervision of a member of the Faculty.

Get Involved

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  • Student Ambassadors

    As part of our school transitions program A Safe Harbour, Elementary School Grade 4 Student Ambassadors help newly enrolled students get adjusted to their new school and community. Students who are interested in being an ambassador complete application forms and are selected at the end of the school year.

    When students first arrive at ASH they are confronted with a bewildering array of new and often unfamiliar rules, procedures, and services. What it often works best is having someone to help in the transition process. When a new student arrives in the Elementary School, or even before they arrive, they are matched with a Student Ambassador who helps the new student get to the right class, meet new friends, and learn the rules. Student Ambassadors attend a training program which helps them better understand the needs of new students. Our Counselor can also provide information for students and families in transition.

    The Student Ambassadors also produce the "Weekly Elementary School News" or WEN for Students, which you can watch online here.

    For additional information, please contact Ann Wiederhold, awiederhold@ash.nl.
  • ABF Sports

    ABF is an international sports club providing soccer, basketball, and baseball program for boys and girls aged 4-18. Visit www.abfsport.nl for information.
  • Artsy Club

    Students from Kindergarten through Middle School can partake in art lessons for a fee once a week after school. Run by a professional painter, the club focuses on exposing children to the tools and media of the artist and on giving them freedom to create. The children finish one piece per class and present their work to their peers for discussion. For information and registration, please contact Mrs. Nieto at 068.492.1106 or by email at brochadearte@gmail.com.
  • Dance Classes

    Tuesday at ASH Main Campus (Room M3)
    • 17:30 - 18:00 Princess Ballet (ages 3-4)
    • 18:00 - 19:00 Jazz/Hiphop (ages 10-12)
    Wednesday at the ABF Building
    • 16:30 - 17:00 Jazz/Hiphop (ages 5-6)
    • 17:00 - 17:45 Jazz/Hiphop (ages 6-8)
    • 17:45 - 18:30 Jazz/Hiphop (ages 8-10)
    Thursday ath the ABF Building
    • 16:30 - 17:00 Tap (ages 5- 6)
    • 17:00 - 17:45 Tap (ages 6-8)
    • 17:45 - 18:30 Tap (ages 8-10)
    Please contact Michelle Jenkins at mjdanceteacher.nl@gmail.com for more information or download this PDF with information about dates, dance clothes and shoes. 
  • Dutch Club

    Dutch Club, Tuesdays, 16:00 - 17:30, Room 1.63 HS: As a development of the Dutch Pats Club from last year, a club simply called “Dutch Club” is now available for Grade 4 and above students. The aim of the club is to give students an additional opportunity to practice the Dutch language in a practical approach, through songs, games, movies and activities. The club is led by a native Dutch speaker Simone Hogstra-de Graaf and supported by parent April Ruthen-Gough. Although the club is currently full, there is a large interest in new members, so we are looking to find another teacher in order to add an additional group or extend the current one. If you are interested in signing your child up for the club or would like more information, please send an e-mail to April, Mia and Simone at ashdutchpats@gmail.com.
  • Language Lessons

    Some parents in the ASH community organize after-school language lessons to meet specific cultural, linguistic, historical, and geographic needs. Generally, native Danish, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Swedish lessons are offered one afternoon a week.

    For more information about what is offered at ASH, community members may login to InsideASH and go to ASH Calendars, and choose More in the filter options to see the After School Activities. You can also email transportation@ash.nl for more information.
  • Maker's Club

    Maker Club For Upper Elementary School Students, Tuesdays, 16:00 - 17:00, Mr. Goltz's, Room 1.11 ES: Students in Grades 2, 3, and 4 are welcome to join this club, designed to explore the creative side of your brain that likes to build, tinker and see how things fit together and work. There is no need to sign up, you can just show up on Tuesdays at 16:00. Each week, you can check Mr. Goltz’s door to see what the week’s challenge will be, if you are interested in that week’s challenge, just come and join us. This is a club where we do hands on projects that challenge our critical thinking and engineering skills. Sometimes we make the items in the club and sometimes we make them at home and bring them to the club to test and share. If you would like more information, please email bgoltz@ash.nl

    Drop off Information: Please note that the club starts at 16:00, and not earlier. Students can only be in the room from 16:00 onwards, when Mr. Goltz' is present to supervise. From 15:30 - 16:00, parents must supervise their children themselves, on the playground or otherwise, and not left in the classroom unattended. Thank you for your support and attention to this detail.
  • Music Lessons

    More than 20 professional music teachers from the community offer instruction on brass, percussion, and string instruments as well as guitar, piano, voice and woodwinds. To sign up for lessons, fill out a Private Lesson Request form available online on the Private Music Lessons section of the ASH website, or from the Arts Center Office. Financial arrangements for private musical instruction are made directly with the teacher. Contact: privatemusic@ash.nl.
  • Scouting

    Scouting groups foster teamwork, skill building and community service. Units are available for boys and girls aged 6/7 and up. The boys scouting group usually meet on Tuesday evenings, while the girls scouting group usually meet on Friday afternoons.
  • Kids' Tennis Clinics

    Kids' Tennis Clinics at ASH (KTC), Wednesdays, 16:30 and 17:30, ASH Sportshall: Tennis clinics open to Elementary and Middle School students from 7 to 14 years old. The clinics offer tennis instruction using a proven, exciting, fun and group oriented system to instill and foster competency in a life time sport. This will run on Wednesdays from 16:30 for younger and less experienced players, and 17:30 for older and more experienced. The first day of lessons will begin on Wednesday, August 27th. For more information and placing your children on the waiting list, please contact Simon Caycedo at scaycedo@ash.nl. Please Note: Preference will be given to those who have been in the program and then on a first come basis.
  • Swimming

    Many ASH students take weekly swimming lessons at the Sterrenbad, the local pool on Zanderijlaan 1, Wassenaar (070.511.8888). The Sterrenbad offers small group lessons to children of all abilities.

    The ASH Swim Team invites Grades 3 and 4 students who are competitive swimmers to try out. Practices are held weekday mornings before school at the Sterrenbad in Wassenaar. Meets are held both at home and away.

    The swim team is part of the athletics programme and is the only activity to include Elementary School students from Grade 3 onwards. It is important to understand that this is a competitive environment, and students must be selected through swim trials.

    We observe stroke technique as well as consider times of swimmers. This is not a learn to swim programme and students are expected to have a certain competency before trying out for this team. Not all students will be accepted onto the team and only selected students will compete throughout the season. A small number may be accepted onto the Training Squad where they will practice once per week. This is to support their already existing skills, and refine technique as well as giving them an example of what “swim training” is like.

    The swim trials here at ASH take place in late November and the season runs from this point until our last competition (NECIS) in March. During the season the youngest of swimmers take part in approximately 3 competitions before the NECIS championships in March. These meets are held on weekends and include traveling to Belgium, Brussels and Luxembourg.

    Training is 4 mornings a week, Monday through Thursday, and the Elementary School students take part in two of these sessions (on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). Trainings are at 06.15 (expect to arrive at 06:00) and take place at the Sterrenbad pool in Wassenaar. Students must be dropped off at the pool, though transport is provided from the Sterrenbad back to school after training is done. Upon returning to the school students can buy food and eat in the Middle and High School cafeteria before going to their classes. For more information please contact swimming@ash.nl.
  • Tennis

    The Elementary School Athletic Department offers group tennis lessons for a fee on Wednesdays after school. Beginners must be 7 years old. Contact Simon Caycedo scaycedo@ash.nl for details.

Athletics Program

If you have a login, please click here for more information on the Athletics Program at ASH.
University preparatory program for ages 3-18. Fully accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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