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Finding Primary School in Weert

Updated: Mar 2, 2020


In the Netherlands, primary school is called basisschool which starts at group 1 (4 years old), however officially children do not have to start until group 2 (5 years old). Children stay on basisschool until they are in group 8 (12 years old).

If you google basisschool Weert, there are several options that show up. On the other article, I have stated some schools based on the different neighbourhood in Weert.

Here are some schedules for the open days coming up in 2020:

Laar

Address: Aldenheerd 10, 6003 NW Weert

Email: administratie@ikclaar.nl

Tel: 0495-533058

Open Day: Sunday, 8 March from 10am - 12pm


Boshoven

Address: Anjelierstraat 9, 6002 TP Weert

Email: info@odaschoolweert.nl

Tel: 0495-452877

Open Day: Sunday, 8 March from 10am - 12pm

Address: Meidoornstraat 2, 6002 TZ Weert

Email: info@obsdeuitkijktoren.nl

Tel: 0495-535444

Open Day: Monday, 16 March from 9-11am


Molenakker

Address: Oude Laarderweg 15, 6003 ME Weert / Molenakkerdreef 103, 6003 ME Weert

Email: info@obsmolenakker.nl

Tel: 0495-539067

Info Session: Tuesday, 7 April from 7.30 - 9pm

Address: Wiekendreef 101, 6003 BV Weert

Email: info@msweert.nl

Tel: 0495-543381

Open Day: Wednesday, 11 March / Thursday, 9 March / Tuesday, 26 May from 9am - 12pm

Saturday, 21 March from 11am - 1pm


Fatima

Address: Marienhagelaan 2, 6001 TP Weert

Email: info@bs-kameleon.nl

Tel: 0495-533086

Open Day: Sunday, 22 March from 11am - 1pm


Biest

Address: Maaslandlaan 1, 6004 GC Weert

Email: administratie@meerderweert.nl

Tel: 0495-452088

Open Day: Tuesday, 10 March and Thursday, 12 March from 9am - 12pm

Moesel / Kent

Address: Sint Jozefslaan 102, 6006 JN Weert

Email: y.vaes@eduquaat.nl

Tel: 0495-534518

Open Day: Friday, 13 March from 9am - 4pm


Graswinkel

Address: Graswinkellaan 9, 6005 KE Weert

Email: info@obsgraswinkel.nl

Tel:0495-540951

Info session: Tue, 10 March & Tue, 14 April from 8.45 - 10.30am


Leuken

Address: Middelstestraat 77-79, 6004 BL Weert

Email: b.caris@ikc-leuken.nl

Tel: 0495-534143

Open Day: Call them at 0495-534143 to make an appointment


 

Obs stands for Openbareschools, which means that the school has no religious orientation. Every school would have its own choice of educational programme that they use at school. It does not mean that all Obs school would adapt to the same teaching methodology.


What are the things to look out for when you find a primary school for your child?

  • Pay attention if the children at the school are happy, the body language of the teachersRead the mission and vision and see what fits your parenting style 

  • Request for a school visit, it would give you a better idea when the school runs on a regular school day rather than an open day 

  • Try to read about the school performance of the group 8 graduating scores

  • Try to read about the school inspection report

  • Close to home, most of the children who go to the school will live around the neighbourhood. Which makes it handy when they want to have a playdate after school.


Unfortunately, all the school listed are fully Dutch school. At the moment Weert is not equipped yet with any bilingual school. So, the big question is would my child be able to cope with a Dutch primary school without speaking a word of Dutch?

It all depends on a few factors.

  • How young is the child?

If your child is below 5 years old, the tendency for them to pick up the Dutch language and adapt to the new environment is a lot higher. Proper classroom learning only begins at the age of 6 (group 3). So even if your child does not speak a word of Dutch, kids at this age absorb the new language very quickly through playing and songs.

  • How open the child is to a new environment and people?

Bear in mind that your child is already having to adapt to a new environment, everything is new to him or her. If your child is outgoing and a happy-go-lucky kind of child, the chances are that he or she would own the new environment in a heartbeat.

  • How open the child is to learning a new language?

It could be frustrating when you have to express a feeling in a language that you do not understand. When the child is young enough, whether it's own native language or the new language it would be almost on a similar difficulty level. But if the child is already on a learning age, this could be a challenge at school. You can sign up to extra lessons (bijles) after school to help speed up Dutch learning your child.


Personally, I think it's important to understand if the school has a growth mindset and see if they can accommodate your child's best interest. My daughter started school here at Obs Graswinkle when she was 3.5 years old. The transition period was relatively smooth considering she spoke no Dutch prior to moving to Weert. The school had no special class to transition the non-Dutch speaking children. However, I would pledge to the dedication of the teachers from Humanitas kindergarten which is located within the Obs Graswinkle premise. They helped to build her confidence and create the most natural transition period for her as she eases into primary school at Obs Graswinkle too.



PS: English classes stain in group 7 (11 years old).


If you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line at nomadsinweert@gmail.com and I'll be happy to help you personally.


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