When visiting our campuses, one of the first staff members you meet will likely be part of our friendly Security team. They play an important role in ensuring the safety of our students, families, staff and visitors.
Head of Security, Charles Broers, is keen to share practical tips and tricks so our community can stay safe inside and outside school.
”Caution is the parent of safetyAmerican proverb
The summer has come to an end, schools are back in full swing, and the (in)famous Dutch autumn has already begun (depending on who you ask). The days (or at least the daylight) are getting shorter, and it will definitely get wetter and colder.
As a friendly reminder, I would like to share with you my top three safety tips for bicycle travel to and from school.
Last weekend I did a check on my kids’ bicycles and protective outdoor wear. I found that both of them were missing their front lights. Apparently, they disappear just like my left socks do in the washing machine.
The final result? We replaced two front lights, put fresh batteries in their backlights and installed three reflectors. The discussion about safety vests and rain wear is still ongoing, but I’m not giving up.
I wish everyone a happy and safe autumn!
Hello! I’m Charles Broers, Head of Security and Data Protection at The British School in The Netherlands (BSN). I joined the BSN in June 2017, bringing my more than 25 years of experience in the world of safety and security.
My professional career began in the military, where safety and security are not taken for granted. I spent more than 15 years working for an international hotel chain, providing a safe environment for all guests, from grandma and grandpa on a weekend trip to the Head of State, royalty, artists and many more.
Before joining the BSN, I worked in operational security and risk management for nine years at Europol (European police).
I feel fortunate to be part of the BSN community, and I am proud of the important role that my team and I play in creating a safe and secure environment where our students can learn and thrive.