What do pupils and parents think of HSL? Read here about their experiences:
Bagas Tjahjowidodo, pupil at HSL since class 2.
What Bagas likes best about HSL is that everyone is always very friendly to each other. It does not matter who you are or where you come from, everyone is nice to each other.
HSL has a wide range of after-school activities and Bagas has already participated in several of them. The annual Sinterklaas celebrations are a highlight for him.
‘This year, I was part of the Bukit Tinggi Friendship Day, where I got to know pupils from different schools in the area better’.
‘I think that IPC is unique to HSL. Other schools do not have this. I love the variety of themes at IPC, as well as the way of working. I have just tried to make an art work in the impressionist style, and I learnt to paint the play of light and include it in my work’.
‘I will be making the switch to international education in a few months. I will really miss my teachers. They have helped me to stand up more for my own opinion, something I am very proud of’.
Stefanie Mulder,left HSL in class 8 in school year 2010-2011.
If we ask Stefanie what she remembers most about HSL she says;
‘I mostly remember the IPC projects and camps. At IPC you learn subjects that you will encounter later at the international (secondary) school. Thanks to the camps I attended at Tioman and Bintan I have seen a lot of the local environment. I also loved being in a musical at the end of class 8’.
Stefanie learned to plan her homework efficiently at HSL, and this has come in very useful at secondary school.
‘Thanks to HSL, the standard of my Dutch improved, and being taught maths in English gave me a good preparation for international education’.
‘I see HSL as a good mix of Dutch education and culture in an international environment’.
Henneke Brink, parent and board member of HSL
As the mother of two daughters and a board member, Henneke Brink is closely connected to HSL. She told us of the impact of moving abroad on her children and the role of our school.
‘Our daughters, who were five and seven at the time, were not at all pleased about moving to Singapore. They came round a bit after seeing the beautiful tropical environment, but what really made the difference was starting at HSL. They felt at home and completely able to be themselves from the very first day. I think that this may be the most special thing of all about HSL: children can be themselves and grow in the way that suits them best. Children who need extra attention or support are given it ̶ but so are children who need an extra challenge. Everyone is seen’.