The International School Groningen aims to provide a top-quality individualised education through internationally recognised curricula to young people between the age of 11 and 18. The school stimulates academic success, supporting its students to become lifelong learners, building on the skills and qualities of the International Baccalaureate programmes.
Dutch primary and secondary schools have similar school year calendars with vacations determined by the Ministry of Education.
This includes summer break, winter break and one week of vacation in May. Other dates are governmental recommendations, and each individual school can choose whether or not to follow those recommendations.
The longer school holidays in summer have staggered start and finish times among three regions (the northern, middle and southern provinces) to prevent families from all going on vacation simultaneously. Be aware that each school also has additional closing days (margedagen). Each school has information on their own exact vacation and closing dates.
In secondary vocational education (MBO) and higher education, institutions are free to set their own holiday dates.
School holidays in public schools include:
- Autumn Vacation (Herfstvakantie)
- Winter Vacation (Kerstvakantie)
- Spring Vacation (Voorjaarsvakantie)
- Easter weekend (Pasen)
- King’s Day (Koningsdag)
- May Vacation (Meivakantie)
- Ascension Day (Hemelvaart)
- Whit Monday/Pentecost (Pinksteren)
- Summer Vacation (Zomervakantie)
More information about the dates of the fixed school holidays and public holidays can be found on the Government’s website.
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The GSV is a regional primary school with a Bilingual and an International Department. In our Bilingual Department we provide lessons in both English and Dutch, while in our International Department the children are taught in English. The GSV is a private, non-denominational school located in Groningen-South in the neighbourhood Helpman with the International department […]