"A Safe Harbour"
Throughout the school year, American School of The Hague welcomes new students, families and teachers into its international community. To help ease the transition process, a unique and internationally recognized transitions program was established many years ago and still supports families and staff. The program, “A Safe Harbour”, isn’t just one program or one person, it is an umbrella network of teachers, students and parents working together to help each of the community members with all of the aspects of arriving, orientating, integrating and departing. It provides a comprehensive approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities that arise with moving among cultures.
“A Safe Harbour” committees work together to help students, parents, and staff cope with the challenges, and maximize the opportunities, inherent in the experience of international relocation and cross-cultural mobility.
The committees are:
- Expat Life Experience: addressing the various transitional phases that individuals pass through and identifying challenges faced as expats, Third Culture Kids and Global Nomads.
- Student Ambassadors: 60 students, Grades 9 – 12, who help run New Student Orientation in August and any intakes during the school year, as well as communicating with new students prior to their arrival.
- Regular Parent Welcome Coffees: held by the Parent Teacher Organization and their various committees to give new parents an opportunity to expand their social network within the school and feel more at home in The Netherlands.
- Staff Ambassadors: helping new staff transition to ASH, checking-in with new hires throughout the school year to make sure they are settling in well.
The key to a good arrival is a good departure, no matter where you go in the world, which is why A Safe Harbour initiatives also support students, parents and staff when departing from the American School of The Hague community. The joint efforts of parents, staff and students are what make the ASH community flourish.
A Safe Harbour – bridging cultures, bridging lives.