Who we are

Calvin College

Where we learn together


Calvin College is a reformed comprehensive school with a wide offer of education, seven locations and over three thousand pupils. What is typical of Calvin College?

 

What is the school's character?

  • We start with the most important

We focus on the future and in doing so view life in perspective of eternity.

  • We offer a fitting education

We focus on the person instead of the results. We center on individual talents.

  • We stand next to you and stimulate you

We have consideration for responsibilities and needs. The word ‘relationship’ is central to us; we support each other.

The nurturing ground for all of this is our Christian identity. Every pupil is unique, a valuable creature of God. We feel connected as Christians. Here you are allowed to be who you are. Therefore we help you grow in a way that befits you. The slogan below the logo summarizes it as: ‘Where we learn together’ (Waar we samen leren).

 

What do we offer?

Calvin College, out of conviction, wants to offer the individual pupil exactly what he or she needs: a view on the value of a life with God and fitting education in challenge and care.

 

Clear in identity

The Christian identity is reflected in many ways. Not only during day openings, religion classes, and themed days, the Christian faith is the topic of discussion. At various places throughout the school, the educational methods and forms are aimed at the connection with the Word of God. Calvin College aspires that pupils feel safe and at home at school. Pupils live in two worlds: their home and school environment guided by the Bible and the secular social environment. Calvin College sees it as their task to guide pupils in making responsible decisions.

 

Strong in quality

Calvin College stands for quality in their work and that is not only measurable, but also perceptible. Measurable in everything represented in columns, figures, and percentages; perceptible regarding our Christian identity and the care we provide for our pupils. Calvin College scores highly in school performance examination. Several departments have once again received the predicate ‘Excellent School’, which covers more than just the results. In addition, there are the positive results of the annual contentment survey (Scholenopdekaart.nl) among parents and pupils.

 

Care is a priority

The school focuses on pupils’ care. This becomes visible in the heartily approach towards pupils, investment in mentorship, the broadness of the offered care, and the clear school-wide care structure. Mentors and career advisers help pupils in their (school) career, there are special trainings regarding performance and social anxiety, and pupils who need extra guidance receive care befitting their individual needs. Long before fitting education became topical, the school adopted a custom approach per pupil.

 

Locations and educational forms

Calvin College has seven locations spread over four places in the province Zeeland (in the south of the Netherlands). Goes has three different locations, Krabbendijke has two, and Middelburg and Tholen each also have their own location of Calvin College. All these locations offer different forms of educations to the pupils to fit their individual talents and needs. These forms are characteristic of the Dutch educational system and will be explained below.

  • Pro: praktijkonderwijs

For pupils that need education that is practically formed and given in small groups.

  • Vmbo: voorbereidend middelbaar beroepsonderwijs

Vmbo is divided into three streams. Vmbo tl+ is the most theoretical form of vmbo, while vmbo bb is strongly focused on vocational subjects. Vmbo kb is the educational form in between, where the focus on vocational subjects is stronger than in vmbo tl+, but not as strong as in vmbo bb.

  • Lwoo: leerwegondersteunend onderwijs

This is not a separate educational form, but concerns extra guidance for vmbo-pupils.

  • Havo: hoger algemeen voortgezet onderwijs

The pupils are, compared to vmbo-pupils, more independent, their learning pace is of a higher level, and they receive a larger amount of study material.

  • Atheneum

From year 3 onwards, these pupils learn independently and process study material in a fast pace. Compared to havo, atheneum is more focused on insight and the ability of abstraction.

  • Gymnasium

Similar to atheneum, except that pupils learn Latin from year 1 onwards and Greek is added in year 2. This form is aimed at a classical and intellectual education.

 

Goes Klein Frankrijk

 

Character

Goes Klein Frankrijk is the largest location of Calvijn College. This location has at least 1200 students, divided into sections of havo, athenaeum and gymnasium.

We are committed to good quality education, in which students are fully able to develop themselves. This is why reflection is important to us; we deliberately want to take part in the personal learning process for each individual student. There is a focus on tailor-made challenges. This is evidenced by a wide range of extra projects and programmes.

 

Trust and responsibility are key words in our education programme. In the upper classes of havo/vwo students daily sign up for so called ‘z-hours’, these are hours in which they can work on their own on a subject of their choice (independently). Besides a good training we go for development, among other things through instruction, theme days and subjects focused on personal development.

 

Our location invests a lot in personal care for their students. If a student is in need of specific guidance, we will search for a suitable solution together. In this context we have a special project called Student for you. Students from the 3rd up to the 6th year are confidants for students of lower classes. Motto: students should feel free to be themselves from day one.

 

The key words respect, responsibility and safety define the atmosphere in our school. In addition to the lessons, students can participate in for example a debating club, musical projects, sports tournaments, (international) competitions and projects that offer an intercultural experience.

 

Education

The location of Goes Klein Frankrijk offers the programmes havo (higher general secondary education), athenaeum (high school) and gymnasium (high school with classical education) from the first to the last year.

 

In addition to the regular subject students get time to focus on a subject of their own choice. For students in the lower classes who can easily keep up with school and need extra challenge, there is the opportunity to participate in different/extra projects.

 

Goes Noordhoeklaan

 

Character

The location of Goes Noordhoeklaan has approximately 100 students and is a school for first and second year vmbo-students with a practical focus.

 

A school with a practical approach

 

With approximately 100 students, the school is by far the smallest location of the comprehensive school. Typical of Goes Noordhoeklaan are the small-scaliness, quietness and compactness. Experience shows that this provides excellent opportunities for students. The students are linked to a core team of teachers. In real life, this means an even greater commitment to the students and better communication.

 

Education

The location of Goes Noordhoeklaan offers a place to the practical minded first and second formers.

It provides education for two types of students: students who benefit from a basic programme with a practical focus and students who need more theory in preparation for vmbo tl+ in addition to the practical side of the learning programme.

Vmbo bb and kb students can continue their programme at the location of Krabbendijke Kerkpolder. From the class stream 2/3 students also go to location Goes Stationspark.

Practical vmbo in year 1 and 2

If you receive a recommendation for vmbo bb or vmbo kb, you will get 9 or 10 hours a week of vocational practice in year 1 and 2: commerce & service and technique. This is a preparation for your profile choice.

 

Learning area

The site has a learning area where students can work on cross curricular projects. It illustrates the relationship between theory and practice and motivates and challenges both students and teachers.

Students work independently on skills like planning, teamwork, independence and responsibility.

 

Goes Stationspark

 

Character

The location of Goes Stationspark has almost 250 students. Vmbo tl+ students can spend their entire school career at this location.

 

Calvin College is located opposite the station and the building has been used by Calvijn College since the summer of 2016.


The enthusiastic team has an eye for each individual student. The vmbo programme has created a look of its own through this building, which gives them the opportunity to develop the educational concept even more.

Education

The location of Goes Stationspark is a real vmbo school. The school provides education for years 1 to 4, so students can take part in the same course all four years of their school career.

The students are involved in a broad theoretical and practical program that prepares them for middle management functions in society.


Vmbo-tl with a plus
The vmbo-tl + learning route is a broad educational program with seven subjects, including the profession-oriented course services & products.

 

Krabbendijke Appelstraat

 

Character

The location of Krabbendijke Appelstraat has more than 500 students and offers a wide range of forms of education. Practical education, learning support and rebound/allround classes for year 1 and 2 can only be found at this location.

 

The atmosphere is nice, open and friendly. At this location everyone is special. The school culture can be characterised as structured, clear and humane.

Students are challenged at their own level, for example in the learning area. The location goes for custom fit, which is made explicit by investing in a choice programme and support hours.

 

Committed at every level

 

The school focuses on students care and has a solid care structure. The variety of forms of care is quite extensive, considering the range of the provision of education and the stay to rebound and allround facilities. The location shows commitment at every level.

Core values are safe, friendly and responsible. These behavioural values express themselves in school rules and activities.

 

Education

At the location of Krabbendijke Appelstraat students can pursue all levels in year 1 and 2, years 3 and 4 only offer vmbo tl+.  Practical education, learning support and rebound/allround classes for year 1 and 2 can only be found at this location.

Students who choose for vmbo tl+ or practical education can stay at the same location their entire school career. Vmbo kb and bb is offered at the location of Krabbendijke Kerkpolder for year 3 and 4. For upper school havo, athenaeum and gymnasium (from class 1 onwards), students go to Goes Klein Frankrijk.


Optional work time and excellence
In addition to the well-known courses, pupils in the lower classes also have optional work time. Stream 1 pupils in the lower classes with above-average intelligence can participate in enrichment assignments. Instead of regular lessons, the pupils may then work on another assignment. The assignments contribute to the development of 21st-century skills. In this way, students are challenged to use their higher giftedness.


Practical vmbo in year 1 and 2

If you receive a recommendation for vmbo bb or vmbo kb, you will get 9 or 10 hours a week of vocational practice in year 1 and 2: commerce & service and technique. This is a preparation for your profile choice.

 

Learning area
Students can work in stream 3 on the Learning area. An educational concept in which students work on cross-curricular assignments and take responsibility for their own learning process.

 

Vmbo tl with a plus

The vmbo-tl+ learning route is a broad educational program with seven subjects, including the profession-oriented course services & products.

 

Krabbendijke Kerkpolder

 

Character

The location of Krabbendijke Kerkpolder has more than 350 students. It is a vocational training school. From year 3 onwards students get practical education within the departments of building, living & interior; producing, installing and energy; economy & business; care & health, and allround/rebound.

 

Education is focused on acknowledging the students’ qualities and developing self-confidence. Students discover their talents and are challenged to develop these talents even more. They are trained to become professionals. Besides general skills the focus lies on developing practical skills. That is why the annual skills competitions are essential for this location.

We go for it together!


Teachers focus on relationships when associating with students. Everyone knows: we go for it together! Every year various activities are set up to strengthen the cohesion. The staff is right behind the students and if students need extra instruction or tailor-made care nothing is too much for them.

Core values are respect, commitment, responsibility, authenticity and quality. These behavioural values are expresses in school rules and activities.

 

Education

At the location of Krabbendijke Kerkpolder students are trained for the professional world. From the 3rd year onward students can take vmbo bb/kb and rebound/allround.

Compared to lower school, many theoretical subjects are left out, the core subjects go on and students get an extra subject focused on a profession. In this way they get less theory and more practical education; not only at school, but also during work experience. They can study a subject on a higher level, but they can also, if wished for, take part in a learning/working course. Location Kerkpolder offers lots of tailored courses aimed at: graduation for every student.


Profiles and learning routes

Students can choose from four profiles:

  • building, living & interior; (BWI)
  • producing, installing and energy; (PIE)
  • economy & business; (E&O)
  • care & health (Z&W)

Each profile contains various learning tracks.

 

Middelburg

 

Character

The location of Middelburg has almost 400 students. It is a small and accessible location and almost every student gets to school by bike.

 

Typical of our culture: open, well-organised, structured, transparent, promising.

 

Students and staff are not only part of a learning community but can also be considered as a living community. The relationship between staff and students and between the students themselves is very important to us. There is a strong mutual commitment.

 

Committed and promising

 

The school goes for promising education and focuses on development of talents for both students and staff. Students can work on their own in an open learning centre and receive tailor-made challenges, for example extracurricular projects, science and a choice programme consisting of practical subjects.

 

Plenty of opportunities

Every student is appreciated: we aim to offer our students as many opportunities as possible. If necessary, we offer extra support. Abundant expertise is available to us. We like to help student proceed in their development and we also expect them to put in their efforts. We encourage independent learning and team work. These are important skills.

 

Christians in this world

Our education not only focuses on excellent marks, we also believe students should be prepared to be involved in our society. In many different ways we pay attention to this aspect.

 

Education

The location of Middelburg offers education for year 1 and 2 and vmbo-3 and vmbo-4 (tl+).

 

Vmbo tl+ students can spend their whole school career at Middelburg. Vmbo bb and kb 3 and 4 go to Krabbendijke Kerkpolder. Students who take havo and athenaeum (and gymnasium from year 1) go to Goes Klein Frankrijk for upper school.

 

Choice programme and extracurricular projects

Besides the regular subjects students in lower school are also involved in a choice programme. Stream 1 offers science. Students are confronted with a specific situation and are challenged to find a solution. They do research and develop skills in the fields of IT, technique, team work and communication. Students who do not have to spend much time on their regular subjects can participate in extracurricular projects. Stream 2-students are offered practical subjects.

 

Open learning centre

At this location students have z-hours: periods in which they can work independently. They can get down to work in an open learning centre. Students can work on, for instance, a computer task for a certain subject, they can read books or do their homework. In this way there is no loss of education hours.

 

Practical vmbo in year 1 and 2

If you receive a recommendation for vmbo bb or vmbo kb, you will get 9 or 10 hours a week of vocational practice in year 1 and 2: commerce & service and technique. This is a preparation for your profile choice.

 

Vmbo tl with a plus

The vmbo-tl+ learning route is a broad educational program with seven subjects, including the profession-oriented course services & products.

 

Tholen

 

Character

The location of Tholen has more than 300 students. Almost every student comes from the same area so everyone knows each other.

 

The following words are typical for our school culture: positive, thinking in opportunities, creative and innovative, open and direct, close.

The location focuses on developing independence and the students’ own responsibility in the learning process. In this way all students discover their own strengths and weaknesses and start working on their own school career. A personal charter and a class charter play an important role.

 

Developing independence

 

The location of Tholen goes for custom fit in challenge and care. Students experience the school as a safe place. The teachers are very close to the students. The school invests in a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Core values are honest, reliable and approachable. These behavioural values are expressed in school rules and the students’ personal charters.

 

 

Education

At the location of Tholen students can take part in the vmbo (tl+)-programme.

 

Students who choose vmbo tl+ can stay in Tholen their entire school career. In the 3rd and 4th year they can go to the location of Krabbendijke Kerkpolder if they want to do vmbo bb or vmbo kb. Upper school havo, athenaeum and gymnasium are offered at Goes Klein Frankrijk.

 

Practical vmbo in year 1 and 2

If you receive a recommendation for vmbo bb or vmbo kb, you will get 9 or 10 hours a week of vocational practice in year 1 and 2: commerce & service and technique. This is a preparation for your profile choice.

 

Vmbo tl with a plus

The vmbo-tl+ learning route is a broad educational program with seven subjects, including the profession-oriented course services & products.

 

Excelling

Besides the regular subjects in year 1 and 2, you will also get time to take part in a choice programme. We are interested in your talents. We help you discover them and offer you an opportunity to grow, also if extra subjects are concerned. We offer you lots of plus-projects. On Wednesday afternoon you can take part in workshops. If you are highly-gifted, you can get coached by a person specialised in giftedness.