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AFNORTH International School Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

Brunssum, Netherlands - On Thursday 1 June the AFNORTH International School (AIS) celebrated its 50th anniversary with a staff dinner.  General Farina and Mayor Winants were amongst the specially invited guests.  An eclectic programme consisted of speeches and musical entertainment performed by a number of students and teachers.  This was further supplemented by a series of anecdotes describing highlights in the history of the school.
Some 160 staff, management, board members, colleagues, former colleagues and guests joined in a wonderful entertainment event over dinner.  The school cafeteria was set up in restaurant style. Upon arrival guests received a welcome drink and were invited to write their names in the same guestbook that was used 50 years ago at the opening of the first AFCENT International School in Brunssum.  Dr. Uwe Bettscheider, AIS Director, welcomed attendees at the start of the official programme.
General Farina, in his remarks, spoke of the importance of the school for the AFNORTH community, as well as the influence of an international school experience on the lives of the children passing through AFNORTH School.  He spoke of his personal experiences as a father responsible for his family and the wellbeing of his children as they experienced an international school.  Mayor Winants underlined that the city of Brunssum is proud to have the international school within the municipality and stated how important the role of educators is to the future of the children and broader community.
Throughout the evening guests were entertained with music and anecdotes that served to inform and remind how the AFCENT/AFNORTH International School developed over the course of the years. Mr Bindels, as master of ceremonies, provided "dear memories” for some, together with sometimes surprising facts for others.
Guests enjoyed and were delighted by the evening programme.  

Story by Mr Rob Bindels, Assistant Director AFNORTH International School.
Photo: Erie ten Doesschate.

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