History – 3
International Curriculum – 4
MYP – 6
DP – 6
Educational Support – 8
Maartenscollege – 9
Focussing on the Individual – 10
Supporting Student Learning – 10
Extra Curricular Activities… – 11
International School Groningen – 1
Educating the students of
today to become the world
citizens of tomorrow.
and make a
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History In 2005 the International section changed its
name to the International School Groningen to
forge a closer connection with the city of
Groningen and to have a readily identifiable
St. Maartenscollege was originally founded by
location for visitors from outside the area. The
the Jesuits in 1946. It happened at the request
link with Maartenscollege remains as strong as
of the Roman Catholic community in Groningen
ever. The International School continues to
and the Diocese of Utrecht, as there were no
work closely with its Dutch colleagues and
Catholic secondary schools in the north-eastern
students of the International School enjoy
part of the Netherlands. The school was built
numerous activities which allow integration
here, in Haren, just south of the city of
within the Maartenscollege community.
Groningen. St. Martin was chosen as the patron
At present Maartenscollege has a population of
saint because he was also the patron saint of the
approximately 1400 students and 170 staff.
city of Groningen.
This includes the International School with a
In 1992 St. Maartenscollege merged with two
population of 90 students and 25 staff.
other schools to form ‘Maartenscollege’. In the
autumn of 1994, St. Maartenscollege
International School was founded as a separate
department of Maartenscollege, to provide
education for international students living in the
north of the Netherlands – with English as the
language of instruction.
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Students in the school are offered a curriculum which,
through the International Baccalaureate Organisation
(IBO), prepares them to become responsible world
citizens, through creative, critical and meaningful
contributions to society.
Students in the first five years of the school follow the
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
(IBMYP). In the final two years students can follow the
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
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“The International School Groningen
is a close knit community where
everyone’s opinion is valued.”
– IBO evaluation 2006
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The Middle Years Programme is designed to meet the needs of
students at the ISG.
Standardised and authorised by the International Baccalaureate
Organisation it offers students a comprehensive programme of
education in line with other IB world schools in countries everywhere
around the world. Students have the opportunity to study a range of
subjects which include: English, Dutch, French, Mathematics,
Humanities and Business Studies, the Sciences (Biology, Physics and
Chemistry), Expressive and Visual Arts, Technology and Physical
Education. Students meeting the standards in at least the final two
years of the programme will graduate with an IBO MYP Certificate and
Record of Achievement.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous, pre-university course of study.
Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum, the diploma model is not based on the pattern
of any single country, but incorporates the best elements of many. Students choose six subjects
from the following subject groups: Language A (first language), Language B (second language),
Individuals and Societies, the Sciences, Mathematics and the Arts. (Please see our website for
further details). Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams set externally by
the IBO in May of their final IBDP year. Students gaining a minimum number of points are awarded
the widely recognised IB Diploma, giving access to universities all over the world.
“The learning environment
enables all the students to achieve
success through questioning,
open-mindedness and risk taking.”
– IBO Evaluation 2005
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All classes are taught by highly qualified and experienced
teachers with either native or high fluency in English.
Each year group is guided by a class mentor who has
regular contact with parents regarding progress within
Extra support is available where necessary. In the MYP
extra tuition is available for students for whom English is
an additional or new language. Similarly, in addition to
regular lessons, a conversational Dutch course, Dutch
for Beginners, is offered to students new to the
In the MYP classes are of mixed ability but are kept
small, with a maximum of 22, to allow for individual
attention where necessary.
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The International School works very closely with the
large Dutch secondary school, Maartenscollege. The
ability to share modern resources and specialized
teaching areas is a real benefit to our school.
Through the common theme of the MYP students from
the International School and the Bilingual TTO
(tweetalig onderwijs) section work together on project
days and themed activities. This provides excellent
integration into the culture of our host country.
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The International School Groningen puts great
emphasis on knowing the students as individuals
and providing an education focused on their
own strengths and weaknesses.
Small class sizes, differentiated lesson material
and regular feedback and guidance are all steps
towards this goal.
The International School Groningen positively
encourages parental involvement. The school
provides three formal school reports every year
and two parent-teacher evenings. As well as
this parents and teachers maintain regular
contact throughout the school year whenever
the need arises.
The school is lucky to have a strong team of
parents who support the school through the
PSG (Parent Support Group). The group meets
monthly and includes representatives from each
year group. Open communication between
school and parents can only strengthen the
opportunities and education offered.
“I enjoy the MYP ...
a positive thing is the small classes,
allowing teachers to give you more
personal attention.” – MYP Student
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Extra Curricular Activities…
These are abundant at the ISG. For example,
fundraising activities and school trips both
within and outside of the Netherlands add an
extra dimension to the educational programme
at the ISG.
Model United Nations…
Music & Drama...
...to name but a few.
“You start small...
...but end up big after the ISG”
– ISG Student
Our doors are always open
for visitors. Please contact us
for an appointment and we
hope to see you soon!
International School Groningen
Visiting address Telephone
Rijkstraatweg 24 +31 (0)50 534 00 84
9752 AE Haren Fax
Groningen +31 (0)50 534 00 56
(Post cannot be delivered to the visiting address.) E-mail
9702 HC Groningen