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Tilburg International Primary School (TIPS) Update

Tilburg International Primary School students

Tilburg International Primary School students

8 January 2014

by Anne van Oorschot

This past August saw the long awaited start of the Tilburg International School – TIPS for short. There was, unfortunately, much uncertainty about if the school would open in August, which resulted in several perspective students being placed in other schools. In spite of this start-up challenge, the school opened its doors in the fall and welcomed 3 students. The teacher, Mrs. Fiona Knol, is very experienced and is helped by Fatema, a teaching assistant and their classroom is a bright and cheery spot, located within the Dutch primary school, Jan Ligthart- Huibeven.

I decided to pay a visit to Tilburg’s newest school and when I arrived, (more…)

A new expat’s view

the Ritter family

the Ritter family

21 August 2013

by Farrah Ritter

My family and I arrived here in Oisterwijk almost exactly 10 months ago. We have a four-year-old and two-year-old twins and were completely unsure if we were making the biggest mistake of our lives- OR we were going to have the best experience of our lives. It’s hard to tell when you are heading to a country you’ve never lived in before- especially so with your kids!

Time and time again, I cannot say how lucky we have been with finding (more…)

Special Announcement: Tilburg International Primary School

Starting in August 2013!

Starting in August 2013!

The Tilburg International Primary School – TIPS for short – is coming!

The International School Eindhoven (ISE), together with the Jan Ligthartgroep in Tilburg, is working on a dependence for English language primary education in Tilburg.  This school will be located in the Jan Ligthart School – Huibeven (Glimmenstraat 7) and will have an international curriculum, the education being completely under the direction of the ISE.

Children between the ages of 4 and 10 years old (11 years upon leaving) are welcome and the groupings will be dependent upon the number of students. TIPS will be opening its doors in the Reeshof in August 2013.

To register your child or for more information, see the school website: www.isecampus.nl

You can also request a brochure via the website.

Buddy Program sponsored by Tilburg University

Buddy Program

In the upcoming months, Tilburg University is initiating a new buddy program to help welcome and help newcomers feel at home in Tilburg. The process has been designed to support newcomers in broadening their understanding of the Dutch culture, widening their professional and social network and becoming more familiar with the city of Tilburg. A Buddy program will be a great tool to accelerate the newcomer’s ability to deal with questions, issues and concerns.

A buddy is someone who partners with a newcomer to Tilburg and/or Tilburg University during the initial period of adjustment after arrival. While primarily responsible for offering advice and guidance, the buddy may also offer encouragement and knowledge resources, as they help introduce the newcomer to the social and professional culture of the Netherlands.

The role of a buddy is important, and potentially critical, to the integration and well-being of a newcomer. While the newcomer adapts to a new country, town and work environment, a buddy may be an invaluable resource to helping pave the way to a smoother transition process.

TIC would like to support Tilburg University in their effort to assist newcomers by encouraging members of TIC to become a buddy. To learn more about the buddy program and becoming a buddy, please contact:

Mala at info@DEnLingua.com for more information.

One of our members says “farewell!”

Katie, Alerk and Callie bid us a fond farewell!

So many things have changed in Tilburg since we first arrived 7 years ago, just before the start of the academic year in 2005.  The Midi theater closed, opened and closed again. We went from having zero sushi restaurants to more than 5.  Pieter Vreedeplein opened.  But, the change that had the biggest effect on our lives must have been the start of TIC in 2008. (Ok maybe the birth of our daughter had a bigger effect on us, but more about that later.) I think I was one of the first University employees to sign up for TIC.  (more…)

Moving On?

As with most international clubs, it is the nature of the member population that people come and go as their work and personal lives
change and grow.  As such, we would love the opportunity to say a proper “goodbye” to anyone who may be leaving the club.  If you are moving on, please do let us know so we can bid you a fond farewell (and take you off that pesky mailing list!;)

Vacation to Vietnam

Hanoi

by Antoaneta Baltadzhieva

This year my boyfriend and I had a tough job deciding on the destination for our holiday. We both love to explore different cultures, preferably those we don’t know a lot about. It seemed to be impossible to choose only one country we both wanted to visit. So instead of discussing a lot, we decided to make a “game” out of it. Both of us had to write our top-4 destinations on a sheet of paper hoping one of them would match. If not, both of us had to back up our choice with convincing arguments. The latter was not necessary because we had a match – Vietnam!

(more…)

Verenigingsdag (Association’s Day) at the Heyhoef

Verenigingsdag 2012

by Mala Raman

This year, in an effort to reach out to the local expat community and businesses, TIC will be trying to increase its visibility through various outlets including ads in the local newspapers, folders at community centers and participation in events such as Verenigningsdag at the Heyhoef, in the Reeshof.

On September 1st, Thijs and I gamely set up our table to represent TIC. (more…)

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