Participation Council (DR)

The participation council of the school (DR) consists of elected representatives of the parent, student and staff community. Their contribution and support on many items are crucial for the further development of processes and policies in school. They have an advisory role and sometimes have to give their consent on particular items according to the participation council regulations. The council meets every six weeks with the Head of School. 
The participation council of the school consists of 2 members of the parent community, 2 members of the student community and 4 members of the staff community. All representatives are elected for a period of 3 years. The participation council of the school is a subsidiary (deel raad) of the council (MR) of Het Baken. The meetings of the DR are open for the school community. The meeting dates can be found in the school calendar. Any information regarding the DR can be found via the DR Secretary.
These are the representatives for 2020-2021:
Parent representatives: Prashanth Shivaram, Eva Smyrnaiou
Student representatives: Esmachiah Aankomah, Matthew Snodgrass
Staff representatives: Olja Orlandini, Riette Pienaar, Monica Das, Suzanne Steur
Chairperson:Monica Das (  Secretary: Riette Pienaar
You can contact the participation council  for queries and input at

Parent representative:
Eva Smyrnaiou: 
Parent representative:
Prashanth Shivaram:
Student representative:
Matthew Snodgrass:
Student representative:
Esmachiah Ankomah:I am Esmachiah Ankomah, 15 years old and currently a student in MYP5. I am Dutch-Ghanaian and have attended this school for 3 years and beside being a student, I am a member of the DR. Having this role will give me an opportunity to represent the student body and to actively participate in the development of our school.
Staff representative:
Riette Pienaar:My name is Riette Pienaar and I am from South Africa. I have lived in the Netherlands for the last four years, together with my husband and two children.  I teach Integrated Science in the Middle Years Programme and Chemistry in the Diploma Programme.  Looking back at  my career at the International School Almere I am very thankful for all the opportunities I have had to develop in a personal as well as professional capacity, especially in my role as MYP5 mentor.  I wanted to join the DR because I wanted to have the opportunity to be part of the group that represents the entire school community.
Staff representative:
Monica Das: 
Staff representative:
Suzanne Steur:
Staff representative:
Olja Orlandini:My name is Olja Orlandini, originally from Croatia but have lived most of my life in The Netherlands. At the International School Almere I teach English but also support and guide my students in their development as people. Simultaneously, the diverse setting of our school provides equal opportunities for me to develop, both personally and professionally. I am honored to be joining the DR this year and I am looking forward to be working together with the staff, student and parent representatives, in order to continue to build and improve our school.

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