Since last week, we have been welcoming new members of staff to the Netherlands and the BSN. Changing jobs AND countries is a bold move, especially during a pandemic. Unlike previous years, many of these new starters did not have the opportunity to visit the school any earlier (either during the interviews or a pre-visit). From the moment of applying, through to accepting a job and preparing for the move, the HR team were in regular communication; providing support and advice, as well as updates on the ever changing travel restrictions. New starters also benefited from the services of a relocation agent who provided personal assistance with, e.g. house-hunting, registering with the city hall and opening a bank account. BSN’s priority was to provide as much support and reassurance as possible during such uncertain times.
For some, the first opportunity to meet each other, over a cup of coffee and a stroopwaffel
, was at the ‘HR Fayre’. This event was designed to: introduce the new starters to key HR functions; facilitate the completion of various employment-related forms; and, verify original documentation as part of BSN’s Safeguarding procedures. The HR team were impressed by the enthusiasm and positivity of the participants, and by how well they were integrating—many of them had already bought bikes and were travelling the ‘Dutch way’.
With the formalities taken care of, it was time for some socialising during the ‘BSN Big Weekend’, as organised by BSN’s own ILA
(International Leadership Academy). Despite Covid-related restrictions, the wonderful Induction team managed to pull off 4 successful, socially-distanced events:
- walking tour of The Hague
- welcome borrel (reception)
- ‘brunch at the beach’
- visit to Kompaan (local) brewery
Quite often during these early days, staff form cross-campus friendships that last throughout their time at the BSN.
Following the Big Weekend, BSN core and campus inductions took place, including a welcome from BSN’s new CEO, Heath Monk. Next week the students return! Many cannot wait to get back into their classrooms and do what they do best—teaching children—albeit it in unusual circumstances.
We wish everyone, new and existing staff, Good luck with the new school year!