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During the summer holiday, DONS always goes on an adventure to a wonderful summer location. The youngest children go to a location close to home. The older children leave the city behind them and opt for fresh air and outdoor activities. All children can be brought to school as normal on all these days and also picked up again there. In the case of long distances, we will provide professional coach transport from the school to the summer location and back again.
Children who are coming to a DONS summer location for the first time will receive a tour of the site. A DONS teacher will also say what the indoor and outdoor rules are. We will also share how the groups will be divided and which activities we have in store for that day.
During the summer holiday, we work with theme weeks. You may combine your contract days or swap them during the six weeks of the holiday. During the summer, we organise a Big Closing Event for the Week once a week at the summer location at 15:30 instead of doing this every day. Parents are warmly invited to come and watch!
Due to the generous staff planning, there is a ample supervision. Our team receives extra first aid training, where we devote extra attention to ‘summer first aid skills’, such as insect bites. There is always an extra person from the DONS team available on standby duty and a car present on site, in case of emergencies. We also do a hazard identification and risk assessment at the outdoor locations in advance.
During the summer holiday, the same colour groups of DONS 1, 2, 3 and 4 are joined together at the summer locations, so Groen (Green) with Groen, Geel (Yellow) with Geel, etc. If more than 20 children from the same colour group are present, we will form sub-groups.
More information about the summer holiday can be found in the Pedagogisch Didactisch Beleidsplan (Pedagogical Educational Policy Plan). Parents are also informed in advance via a Summer Newsletter and a parents evening or Summer-Info stand dedicated to the summer holiday. For more information about the working method during the summer, a Zomerdraaiboek (Summer Scenario) is made every year, which can be requested via the DONS office.
All DONS children have been given the Zomer Handboek 2019 (Summer Handbook 2019), which includes important information that you will need in order to prepare for the Dons Summer.