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Catholic Primary School ‘De Watermolen’

 

Primary school De Watermolen is named after the Watermolenbeek, a small stream that flows behind the school. This primary school is located in a peaceful and green area. De Watermolen is a small school in the multicultural neighbourhood of Kroeven in Roosendaal. Most of our pupils live near the school in the south-eastern part of Kroeven and are from families with a non-western background. 

 

The social wellbeing of our pupils is very important to us. We work with PBS, which stands for ‘positive behaviour support’ (PBS). Teachers and pupils have decided together which positive behaviour we expect. The cognitive development of our pupils is also very important, in particular their language skills (reading and writing). Primary school ‘De Watermolen’: good for each other & well-organised 

 

Our key values:

What is important to us? What makes us special? What is our school good at? At our Catholic primary school ‘De Watermolen’ we work towards developing our pupils based on our four key values:

 

  • Trust
    Our pupils need to develop the right social skills in order to successfully take part in society as and when they grow up. This is why we pay a great deal of attention to feeling safe socially and treating each other with respect. We use the Kanjermethode (an anti-bullying programme) and PBS (positive behaviour support). We see, hear and understand every child. We treat each other with respect based on trust: teachers, parents, pupils and partner organisations.

  • Cooperation
    Cooperating with each other is very important to us and we are actively seeking this cooperation. It is important for our teachers, our pupils and our parents to form close partnerships. This also includes other primary schools, local residents in the neighbourhood, the municipality of Roosendaal, the housing corporation and care organisations.

  • Personal development
    Of course your child must learn to read, to write and to do mathematics at primary school. But when children leave school after group 8 when they are 12 years old, this basic knowledge is not enough. Their outlook on life, the way in which they interact with other people, their behaviour as an individual and in a group – this is what will affect the rest of their life. At Catholic primary school De Watermolen the personal development of your son or daughter is just as important as their knowledge development.

  • Result-oriented
    We are a small school with small, combined classes. This gives our pupils the chance to learn to be responsible and independent. The small-scale setting is one of the reasons why we have the time and the opportunity to offer our pupils suitable and adequate education. We aim to give every child the attention he or she needs for every school subject. We encourage every pupil to make the most of their talents. We work in an output-oriented way. We have been achieving very good results for many years!

The positive behaviour we expect
Every child needs to be able to feel safe at school. This is why we work with Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). Together with the children, we make a list of rules at the beginning of every school year. This list takes into account the age of the child and it is clearly displayed in the classroom. There is attention for the kind of behaviour we expect at our school throughout the entire school year. We have lessons about this with our pupils. The positive behaviour we expect depends on where you are in the school: the school playground, standing in line, the corridors, toilets, changing rooms or the area for sports and activities and there is also a set of general rules. The pupils receive positive rewards when they behave well and they can be rewarded together as the entire school. 

We have divided good behaviour into three different themes:

Parent-pupilteacher meetings 
It is important to us to work in close partnership with parents. This is why we organise several parentpupil-teacher meetings throughout the school year. These are not just parent-teacher meetings, but the children also come to these meetings. Together we will set goals and make arrangements for the months ahead. In addition, our teachers have individual meetings with pupils (called kindgesprek). During these meetings, the progress of the child is discussed in a one-toone meeting with the teacher and this is how the child becomes more and more responsible for his or her own learning process.

 

Children aged 0 to 12 
Children from the age of 0 to 12 are welcome in our primary school. This is because we also have a day care nursery for young children (kinderdagverblijf) from the age of 0 to 4 called Time for Kids on our premises. We also have a pre-school playgroup for toddlers peuterspeelzaal called De Watermolen (Kober). Playing and learning together at Catholic primary school De Watermolen!