03/06/2020: ENROLMENTS OPEN FOR 2020-2021
APEEE membership + APEEE Services registration (Canteen – Transport – Lockers – Friday Daycare)
As of 3 June 2020 you will be able to register with the Parents' Association (annual APEEE membership) and the APEEE Services (Canteen - Transport - Lockers - Friday Childcare) for the school year 2020-2021.
In spite of the current situation and the uncertainties for the future, we have decided to launch the enrolment for the next school year on the assumption that the School will reopen normally in September.
Of course we will take into account the evolution of the situation and we will adapt to the directives of the competent authorities in due time.
We would like to remind you that refunds of subscriptions/payments for the current school year for the Canteen, Transport and Extracurricular services will be made as soon as possible.
Please follow the instructions below to enrol to the APEEE and Services 2020-2021.
IMPORTANT: please do not make any payment for the services until you have received a payment request by e-mail with the bank details specific to each service. These requests will not be made before the start of the school year for the Canteen and Transport services, but your place is well guaranteed.
The APEEE and the APEEE Services
Only parents who are members of the APEEE can register for the APEEE Services (Transport, Canteen, Césame, Lockers, Berkendael Extracurricular Activities). The contribution for one school year is 50 EUR per family. As your APEEE membership will be automatically renewed, a request for payment of 50 EUR will be issued directly. Please proceed with the payment using the bank account and the structured communication indicated therein.
Registration for Services
As of Wednesday 3 June your subscriptions and orders below will be automatically renewed for the year 2020-2021:
You will also be able to register for Garderie Césame as of 3 June.
For the extracurricular activities in Uccle and Berkendael, registration will only take place in September; you will receive an e-mail later on.
Therefore, you do not need to re-register your child if you already have an ongoing order for these services.
However, for the proper functioning of the services, it is crucial that you check/modify and then validate your orders by 27 June, according to the procedure explained below.
If you no longer need one of the services, please cancel the order for that service.
Connect to the APEEE/APEEE Services Registration website via this link: https://services.uccleparents.org
Check your Children's data and add new Children if necessary.
ATTENTION: fill in all fields except those related to the Section, Class and Level. These fields will be automatically filled in by the system when the school provides them to us.
Check the data about the Adults.
Check the orders of Services for your child(ren) and add/remove them if necessary.
The Services displayed in your "Dashboard" are those you ordered for 2019-2020 and have been automatically renewed. You can confirm/modify/delete/add Services for each of your children until 27 June included. After this date, no further changes will be possible and the Services displayed on your "Dashboard" will automatically be considered as activated and ready to be invoiced.
Register your child(ren) for the Daycare on Friday afternoon if you wish.
Validate each confirmation/modification/deletion of Service.
STEP 7 – LAST ONE
Do not pay anything until you receive a payment request.
Requested Services will be marked as "en traitement". This allows you to modify them if necessary until 27June. Do not pay anything during this period! Wait for the payment request from each Service (each service has its own bank account); it will be sent to you in September.
IMPORTANT: You can start using the Service(s) as of the first day of school (3 September 2020), even if no payment has been made yet.
NEWS AND UPDATES FROM THE APEEE (18/05/2020)
|Dear EEBI Parents,
We write this APEEE update at the close of our tenth week of social distancing with heavy hearts due to the untimely death of our beloved EN nursery teacher, Rachel Napthine. Rachel was an institution unto herself - the first teacher to an entire generation of EN children. The APEEE had the good fortune to work with Rachel over the past two years on the Francis Pirotta Art Competition. For this project, she dedicated herself wholeheartedly to keeping alive the memory of her former pupil and in so doing gave solace to the whole of the primary community - her devotion to her pupils and to our school knew no bounds. Rachel will be sorely, sorely missed...and our hearts go out to her family and loved ones in this unimaginably difficult time.
| REOPENING OF EEBI SITES
The APEEE would like to thank parents for their feedback into the reflections over the last few weeks on the re-opening of our school. This proved invaluable input into the final decision of the four Brussels school directors, communicated on 14 May. The position of our parents is very much split between sending their students back to school before the summer or keeping them at home, as discussions within APEEE and also the short survey by the school demonstrated. But we all agree that safety comes first and that the quality of teaching for all students, including those with specific needs, is essential.
The Director, Mr Goggins, organised three reflection meetings to listen to the views of students, parents and teachers, and we were able to present the nuanced positions of our parents - including the specific situations of our sites in Uccle and Berkendael - and to help influence the final decision on the re-opening. The option chosen by the school direction allows parents to send their children back to the school sites for a few days and some activities before summer, on a voluntary basis. Distance schooling will remain the norm for most, if not all pedagogical content. Now we are concentrating on assisting the school management to detail their programme for June and perhaps more importantly to prepare for the return to school after summer.
(See Quality of Remote Learning below. See other COVID related communications further below.)
|ZERO TOLERANCE FOR CYBERBULLYING - TALK TO YOUR CHILDREN!
As rightly recalled by the school management a few days ago, the increase in internet use due to the COVID-19 outbreak has also brought an increased danger from cyberbullying. Unfortunately, a recent very vile incident in our school community has again reminded us all of the need to stay vigilant.
In this context, it is crucial that we all speak to our children and make them aware of what is and is not acceptable behaviour online. Bullying can take many different forms, and cyberbullying is a particularly pernicious form. And bullying can happen anywhere, including at school or even at home. Bullying has devastating effects on victims and can lead to depression, self-harm, and even suicide. We, the APEEE, consider that there can be no excuse for bullying at our school.
We therefore support the school’s policy of no tolerance for bullying, and this includes bullying online. Particularly in the case of cyberbullying, the lines between school and private behaviour blur due to the nature of the internet: for instance a post on a class chat - or to a group to which most members of a class are party - cannot be seen (only) as an outside-of-school event just because it took place out of school hours/premises. It is worth bearing in mind that bullying of all types is a criminal offence in Belgium, as well as an additional infringement of a number of other laws, depending on the circumstances. If done online it can be a breach of the 2005 Belgian telecom legislation which condemns any use - even unique - of electronic communications to annoy or cause harm to someone. In other words, even a text message or (single) Instagram post can come back to haunt its author. It may also be a breach of the anti-discrimination law of 2007. Needless to say, even the internet is not fully anonymous, and bullies can be identified. And the internet does not easily forget, making it all the more important to be mindful of what one posts.
We underscore that children need to be made aware of the issues, including the need to think twice before posting comments or replying to or passing on messages, pictures, etc. In the case of bullying we strongly encourage all to speak out: report it to the relevant educational advisor in first instance and also to the school’s authorities.
|QUALITY OF REMOTE LEARNING - SUPPORT FROM APEEE
As we finish our eighth week of remote learning, it is a moment to take stock. Despite the absence of a formal remote learning programme, most families have felt a steady increase in the level of teaching as the weeks have passed. Nevertheless, a few problems persist, and as it seems that we may be in-and-out of this situation for a while to come, it is worth investing the effort to make remote learning work for our children…
Parents who still have quality concerns about one or more online class(es) are reminded to follow the school’s complaints procedure: address concerns first to the teacher and if needed escalate these concerns to the advisor and/or deputy director.
In the meantime, at our 28 April Board meeting, the APEEE committed to providing greater support to parents experiencing quality issues with distance learning in individual courses. Families with quality concerns that for whatever reason cannot be addressed through the school’s complaints procedure, are encouraged to contact their class and section reps as well as the members of APEEE’s Remote Learning Feedback Group.
APEEE’s Remote Learning Feedback Group:
The RL Feedback Group will work with your representatives to address your concerns at the appropriate level. At the same time, the APEEE will continue to ask the school management to ensure that minimum standards are met across all classes, sections, cycles and sites.
|FUTURE OF THE BRUSSELS SCHOOLS - EVERE TEMPORARY SITE
The Central Office held three meetings of the Brussels Groupe de Suivi in March and April 2020 to develop a proposal for populating the temporary primary school site due to be opened on the former NATO campus in Evere in September 2021. The site will be a quick-built modular structure intended to hold up to 1500 students. It therefore promises to reduce the overcrowding in the existing four sites, while at the same time exacerbating the shortage of places for secondary students. The proposal to populate the site must be delivered by early Autumn 2020 in time for the drafting of the 2021-2022 Brussels Enrolment Policy.
In the meantime, the permanent fifth school foreseen as a full primary and secondary campus for 2500 students is currently scheduled to open in September 2026—and even this date, a decade later than expected, may be optimistic by most estimates. Moreover, the permanent “gift” of the Berkendael site to the European Schools has been unexpectedly shelved in the wait for the Evere temporary site. The Berkendael campus, like proposed Evere campus, is at the moment only available until the fifth school opens its doors.
At the Groupe de Suivi meetings, parents were presented with the following proposal to integrate the Evere temporary site and alter the current structure of the Brussels schools:
In sum, EEBI and EEBII would become “super schools” (total theoretical capacity 4100 and 4350 respectively) but potentially benefit from a wider range and larger size of sections, while EEBIII and EEBIV would become smaller schools (total theoretical capacity of 2650 and 2850 respectively) with a potentially smaller range and smaller size of sections. Nevertheless, it is still unclear how the current structure and population, particularly of EEBI and EEBII, will be impacted.
In discussion parents raised several points:
Parents asked for clarity on the foreseen impact on Ixelles and Laeken as well as on the DE, EN, IT, NL and ES sections, which are present at multiple schools and may be fragmented and weakened under the new proposal.
An early draft proposal was presented at the Board of Governors’ April 2020 meeting, but work will continue over the next months.
At its 28 April Board meeting, the APEEE set up an Evere Task Force to establish an EEBI whole-school APEEE position. The intention is to focus on basic principles and methodologies that should be followed in developing the final proposal. Our delegates will likewise continue to provide oversight and raise concerns. At the same time, it may be difficult for the APEEE to take a position on any detailed plan presented as there will inevitably be winners and losers even within a single school.
|CdE 2020 HOODIES – ORDER/PICK-UP NOW!
Our Student Committee (CdE) funds its activities and programmes through the hosting of events, like discos and cake sales, and through its annual sale of sweatshirts. This year, due to the unfortunate turn of events, our CdE has had to change its business model for distributing the hoodies.
Pick Up: Students and families who have already ordered hoodies can book an appointment to pick them up at the distribution point from 15.00 to 20.00, Monday to Friday through Monday, 1 June 2020. To avoid crowds, you will need to book a five-minute time-slot on the following website:
Schedule now at: https://calendly.com/molnarla/hoodie-pick-up-location
For further information see: https://13stars.eu/hoodie-pick-up-instructions/
Order: Still haven’t ordered a sweatshirt?!? We encourage you to take a look at this year’s CdE hoodie design available in 7 colours and to consider buying a hoodie or two...for your kids or for yourselves (sizing for P4 and up—XSS to XL).
Shop and order now at: https://13stars.eu/eeb1-shop-gdrp/
If you have any further questions regarding the hoodies, please do not hesitate to the CdE: EINSTOIL@student.eursc.eu
|APEEE FUNDING FOR PROJECTS – APPLY NOW!
The deadline for the APEEE’s Spring 2020 Call for Projects is Friday, 22 May 2020. We encourage all those interested in receiving funding for a school-related project in line with the APEEE’s objectives, to apply now!
(See more at: http://www.uccleparents.org/apeee/subventions-de-projets/)
COVID-19: THE APEEE SERVICES SUSPENDS ITS ACTIVITIES FOLLOWING THE CLOSURE OF THE SCHOOL (12/03/2020-29/05/2020)
[See other COVID-related communication in the section below.]
Dear EEBI Parents,
We hope this message finds you and your loved ones in good health. Due to the closure of the School, the Services are currently not in operation. As further information on the APEEE Services provision for this particular end of the school year, please note that the extracurricular classes (including swimming) and the Friday afternoon daycare are cancelled until the end of the school year, regardless of when EEB1 reopens.
It goes without saying that a refund will be granted to parents who have paid their subscriptions, for all services. However, at this stage, we are not yet able to confirm the amount that will be refunded for any of our services (including canteen and transport where applicable) until we receive:
- a definitive confirmation as to the number of days of closure (which will of course impact the number of days not served to be taken into account)
- the final calculation of the contributions granted by the Belgian state during the unemployment period COVID-19 for companies and self-employed persons.
Once we have these data, it will be possible to make a correct calculation of the amounts to be reimbursed, also taking into account the fixed costs, the solidarity contributions towards our employees and contractors in temporary unemployment and any losses that remain to be covered, so as to not endanger the survival of APEEE Services (the non-profit association for the children and parents of Uccle and Berkendael) and its employees.
In parallel, we are also making every effort to organise the start of the next school year and you will soon receive information and instructions for the re-inscriptions for the academic year 2020/2021. In case of particular requests to the Services’ Staff, for the time being you can contact them ONLY by e-mail. Please find the contact information for the different services listed in the box below.
Thank you for your continued collaboration, understanding and support. Take care of yourselves and stay healthy.
President of the APEEE Services
APEEE Secretariat Info:
The APEEE Secretariat will continue to conduct daily business, albeit in a limited capacity, and the APEEE Board will continue to hold essential meetings, as is possible within the given the constraints.
In case of need, the Secretariat will be available during normal office hours: Monday-Thursday, 8.30 – 12.30. Due to remote work, we advise you to contact us by email, using the address below. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
For additional information and the latest updates, see Communication on COVID below.
President of the APEEE
|E-mail addresses of the various APEEE Services:
General Coordination - email@example.com
Extracurricular Activities Uccle (Césame) - firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail address of the APEEE Secretariat: email@example.com
COMMUNICATION FROM THE APEEE AND APEEE SERVICES ON THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK (18/05/2020)
|Dear EEBI Parents,As we know, the school will undertake a partial reopening in June. More specifically,
(Note: you can find the full letter from the Direction as well as all official communications from the School and Central Office stored in your SMS/myschoolmanagement account for reference.) The option chosen by the school direction will allow parents to send their children back to the school sites on a voluntary basis for a few days and some activities before summer. Distance schooling will remain the norm for most, if not all pedagogical content. In the coming weeks, the APEEE will concentrate on assisting the school management in detailing their programme for June and perhaps more importantly in preparing for the return to school after summer.
In the meantime, many parents still have pending concerns regarding measures taken (or not yet taken) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the disruption in the school programme. Here below, see the status of issues of common concern to EEBI parents:
Cancelled S7 Programme and Trips:
Prospects for Student Mobility, Work Experience and Trips:
S4-S6 B Marks: After the publication of the Board of Governors’ decision on 2020 end-of-year evaluation of European School students, S4-S6 families raised concerns about the duplication of first semester B marks in the second semester reports and the potential impact on student motivation and university admissions.
2020 Baccalaureate: The final formula for the Baccalaureate was not determined by the Board of Governors (BoG) during their 15-17 April meeting but is currently the subject of a written procedure to that body. The key issues at stake are the ponderance of A and B semester marks in the final mark for each course and the relative weighting of courses in the final mark. The APEEE will inform you of the results when these are known, sometime after 24 May.
Remote Learning Quality: In closing, given that the status quo will continue at least through June, the APEEE has committed to supporting families that still have concerns about the quality of the EEBI distance education regime.
If you have concerns, and for whatever reason the school's complaints procedure (see 18 March message below) does not meet your needs, we urge you to be in touch with your class and section representatives--or, for Berkendael families, with the Berkendael Working Group--as well as with APEEE's Remote Learning Feedback Group.
We will also continue to urge the school to ensure that distance teaching meets a minimum standard for all courses.
As always please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions:
We wish you and your family healthy and peaceful end of year.
Dear EEBI Parents,
As noted in the message above, the APEEE Services will be closed without children in the school to care for, but they will be available by email through the contact address of each Service. They will treat all problems related to the unforeseen disruption after the return to school.
The APEEE will try to carry on as we can in a reduced capacity, carrying out much of our work via email or phone and holding mandatory meetings remotely if needed. Like the School, the APEEE has been quite overwhelmed by the deluge of communication over the last weeks. We have tried to respond as best we could to all concerns and to direct people to the right place. We have also greatly appreciated the School Management’s continuous communication and assurances given to families over this difficult period as well as a willingness to take parent feedback into account in their evolving response.
Over the recent period, concerns have related primarily to:
- The cancellation of trips: as far as we know this has not yet caused any financial repercussions for parents at our school—please let us know if problems occur.
- The impact of quarantine and school closure on the S7 students and the Bac: a conversation on this has been initiated with the Central Office through INTERPARENTS.
- The introduction of remote learning in the primary and secondary cycles:
- We are monitoring the programme put in place at our school and also tracking developments and best practices throughout the system to the best of our ability.
- We are also working with INTERPARENTS to raise questions about remote learning with the Central Office.
- PLEASE NOTE: if parents have any concerns—either technical or pedagogical—about the remote learning being implemented in their classes, we ask them to turn to the school first. We are hoping that the school is providing any needed technical support for teachers, parents and students. If there are pedagogical problems or concerns about the programme of a particular teacher, the school suggests that parents should go through the regular reporting structure—raise problems with teacher, escalate to advisor/deputy director…and so on. If parents cannot find answers to their problem using the normal channels, then the APEEE is of course happy to step in and support.
- Related to this, the APEEE will be collecting feedback, both positive and negative, from parents of primary and secondary on their experiences with remote learning. We will share and analyse this feedback with the other three Brussels APEEEs and INTERPARENTS as part of a larger effort to learn and improve as we go. We ask parents to provide feedback through their class and section representatives (or, for Berkendael families, via the Berkendael Working Group), who can collate this and forward to the APEEE’s four-members Remote Learning Feedback Group.
- As always please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions:
- APEEE- firstname.lastname@example.org
APEEE Services - email@example.com
- Kathryn Máthé
President of the APEEE
- We attach:
- a list of pedagogical continuity and remote learning measures sent by the APEEE on 6 March to the School
- a letter on Baccalaureate contingency measures sent by S7EN on 8 March to the School; later supported by other S7 classes
|Dear EEBI Parents,
We hereby wish to inform you about what the APEEE and APEEE Services have done and plan to do in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
First and foremost, we hope that you have all read by now the several communications sent by the School and Central Office of the European Schools. You can find these at: https://www.eursc.eu/en/Office/news or http://www.eeb1.com/en/communication-from-the-office-of-the-secretary-general-regarding-the-outbreak-of-covid-19-disease/ (and in your SMS accounts). It is important that parents keep apprised of the latest warnings given by the school and Central Office and particularly any changes in the red zones as they might affect their families.
The APEEE and APEEE Services have been working from our side, each in our own capacity, to address the situation.
APEEE Services' managers have made sure to vet their staff and suppliers/contractors according to the latest recommendations of the Central Office. They will continue to monitor the situation and keep close communication with suppliers/contractors and staff in the canteen, transport, extracurricular activities and back office to make sure they remain in full compliance with recommendations as these evolve.
For our part, the APEEE is also monitoring our team, but perhaps more importantly, we have done our best to compile and collate parent concerns as they are sent to us and to forward these to the school, Central Office and INTERPARENTS. We also continue to work closely with the school management, INTERPARENTS and the other Brussels schools to make sure that we are kept apprised of all the latest developments. Finally, we will work to make sure that parents’ concerns continue to be raised and addressed as the situation evolves.
From your side, we ask that parents remain patient with school management. As they remain focused on day-to-day developments and circulation of the latest information to the school community at large, individual letters and requests may not be answered immediately.
The APEEE will refrain from sending communications on COVID-19 directly to all parents as we feel that this might create confusion. But please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions:
RENTRÉE 2019-2020: WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE APEEE (06/09/2019)
Dear EEBI Parents,
the Parents’ Association (APEEE) welcomes all families — new and returning — for the 2019-2020 school year.
This year we can expect a new approach to French and English second language teaching for many students within the framework of the newly-released European Schools Language Policy as well as changes to the Friday routine on the Uccle campus for both our early Primary and early Secondary students. The new competence-based secondary marking system will be rolled out for the first time in the upper cycle with plans to introduce it at the 2021 Baccalaureate.
For the first time in a long while we look forward to continuity in our top pedagogical team. Mr Brian Goggins returns for his second year as the school’s Director, and he will continue to work closely with Ms Simona Cajhen and Mr Gianluca Longo, Deputy Directors of Primary (in Uccle and Berkendael respectively), and Mr Lars Roesen, Deputy Director of Secondary, to ensure that our students have the best possible education.
The Berkendael population continues to grow—jumping from 562 pupils last year to approximately 750 as of end of August 2019. The site is filling up fast! Including its so-called “satellite” classes, Berkendael currently hosts eight language groups (German, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Latvian and Slovak); Greek, English and Italian have opened up P1 groups for the first time this year. The population at Uccle seems to have stabilised at just under 3400. This year we will see an increase in our secondary population offset by a decrease in the primary. The site still remains almost 10% over its capacity (of 3100), a real concern for students in both cycles.
Students returning to the Uccle site will also be pleased to find a newly resurfaced football court (see also here). The project was undertaken by the school direction at the behest of students. The APEEE was glad to contribute 15,000 EUR to this project from the proceeds of our umbrella sales, sweatshirts and Fête funds which were complemented by contributions from the Student Committee (CdE) and the school.
The APEEE itself will be working under new Statutes which seek to formally introduce Berkendael and SWALS parents into our representation structure. Though we suffered setbacks due to unplanned absence in our staff last year, we hope that this year we can carry on with our plan to increase our visibility, responsiveness and accountability.
As parents ourselves, the APEEE knows that the European School system can be difficult to make sense of, even for those of us with long experience. As we start the year, we wanted to remind you that you should not hesitate to contact:
APEEE Services (our sister organisation): with questions about lockers, canteen and Friday garderie at Uccle, as well as those about transport and extracurricular activities at both Uccle and Berkendael.
School Administration: with questions about canteen at Berkendael sports uniforms (Primary and Secondary), the weekly timetable (Nursery/Primary at Uccle and Berkendael and Secondary) and annual calendar, or access to campus for both campuses.
We also wanted to remind you that over the longer term we — your elected class and section Representatives, your APEEE Board, and your APEEE Secretariat — are here to ensure that your questions are answered, your concerns are addressed and that your voice is heard at all levels in the school’s structure. In a broader sense, we endeavour: to keep you informed about important developments; to celebrate our community’s successes and confront our challenges; to work with other members of the community to effect needed change; and to support all families in need— all in order to enrich your and your children’s experience at the school.
Parent class Representatives are elected at the September/October class meetings:
Tuesday, 3 September: MAT, P1, P2
Wednesday, 4 September: P3, P4, P5
Tuesday, 3 September: MAT, P1
Tuesday, 24 September: P2, P3
Thursday, 26 September: P4, P5
Monday, 23 September: S1, S2, S3
Tuesday, 8 October: S4, S5, S6, S7
Your parent class Reps make up the building blocks of the APEEE Board and parent representation within the school, as well as the backbone of intra-class relations. An information packet on the APEEE as well as a brief description of the role of class reps are also available. We encourage you to get involved!
Please visit our webpage at www.uccleparents.org to find out more about the APEEE and the APEEE Services. You can also visit us at one of our APEEE Information Tables during September parent events. To keep abreast of developments throughout the year, read our APEEE NewsFlash and meeting reports drafted by your section and class reps.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
President of the APEEE of the European School of Brussels 1
What is the Parents' Association? What is its role?
Parent representatives act as intermediaries between parents and the school. They also participate in the organisation of some very important services such as the canteen, school transport, extracurricular activities etc. Your active engagement within the Association will make a positive contribution towards your child's overall school experience.
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Who are we? What do we offer? Why should you get involved? How can you participate?
Please have a look at our introductory pack:
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