Our school building
Our school is located in an historic building on the Columbusplein in Amsterdam West. We have 280 students divided over thirteen groups. Our school has its own gym, library, arts and crafts studio, and two enclosed outdoor play areas for the little ones. Pupils from groups three to eight play on the Columbusplein in front of the school.
“The Visserschool is a small-scale school with a broad view that prepares children well for their future in a multicultural society."
Our students are divided into thirteen groups which currently include four groups 1/2, two groups 3, two groups 4, one group 5, one group 5/6, one group 6, one group 7, and one group 8. The average class size is between 20-25 students. The kindergarten groups accept incoming students throughout the school year and may have up to around 30 students by the end of the school year.
Our bilingual education is given shape by an ambitious team of teachers, support staff, and teaching assistants. The school is managed by a principal, site manager, and a management team. Each year, the team receives training in the latest teaching methods. Also, all staff members have a required English C1 level training or are currently working towards this level.
We are very proud of the multinational aspect of the Visserschool. All together we have more than 40 nationalities represented in the school. The official languages are English and Dutch, but many students also speak another language at home. Global awareness is central to our school and is what connects us all together.
“It's a 'Dutch' school, but as an English speaker I feel accommodated for."
Our focus on creativity
Creativity is of paramount importance at the Visserschool. During our visual arts classes students learn to develop expression through visual images. These lessons are taught by a certified arts teacher in our 2nd floor arts and crafts studio. Besides visual education, the school appeals daily to the creativity of the students through thematic lessons.
Our school culture
Our school is a safe and peaceful school. Work is carried out based on clear school protocol and guidelines as laid down in our handbook. For example, we work through student mediators on the premises to keep the environment pleasant and safe for everyone. Our students scored us at 8.6 on a recent safety survey. Moreover, our school is an ecumenical school and part of AMOS (Amsterdam Ecumenical School Group). AMOS schools were traditionally rooted in Christianity. Today the identity is fulfilled in the broad and original Greek meaning of "ecumenism": the whole inhabited world. This means that we are open to students from all different backgrounds. We all share our knowledge, stories, and celebrate holidays together with the great world religions. It is all about meeting each other and getting to know and understand one another.
“The Visserschool is a peaceful school for all children."”
Our student council
The Visserschool has its own student council which generates new ideas and advice to school directors. The council is chosen by students from their group starting from groups four through eight. Last year, they initiated a school birthday calendar hung in the corridor, the distribution of fruit provided by the school, and a sustainable waste program. The student council meets every six weeks and is supervised by Mr. Michiel, the school principal.